A 12 year-old Greensburg boy is dead. Police said Devin Parsons was murdered. The boy's mother and her boyfriend are now behind bars. It happened in the 600 block of E. Washington Street in Greensburg.
A lone teddy-bear sits outside near the home where Greensburg police say a 12 year-old Devin Parsons died Friday. Crime tape also surrounds the home where several police standing guard. Late Friday night police arrested the boy's mother, 29 year-old Tasha Parsons and her boyfriend, 30 year-old Waldo Jones. Investigators said little Devin was murdered.
"I kind of almost expected it, but definitely in awe, like wow," said Bobbie Gilland.
Gilland is Jones' sister. Gilland said she contacted authorities numerous times this year about the boy and his siblings' safety. She told 24 Hour News 8 she alerted investigators the children inside the home were in danger.
"I told them about how he didn't allow the kids lunch; how he beat them if they missed the bus, they had to wake themselves up," Gilland said.
Gilland wasn't the only one who called police.
Stacy Damaree alerted authorities too.
"I called CPS numerous times myself, you know hoping that something would be done about these kids and now it's a shame that this had to happen this way," Damaree said.
"Even though Gilland and Damaree say they called police about what was going on inside that house, we weren't able to find anything on Tasha Parsons. However, we did find a criminal past on Waldo Jones.
According to Indiana Department of Corrections, Jones was released from prison in July of 2010.
Jones had been sentenced in August of 2009 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction for OWI on his record.
"I just think something should have and could have been done," said Gilland.
Damaree said she's feels awful something like this happened.
"I hope that they wake up and realize that they are getting calls like this, this isn't no joke. This is children's lives," Damaree said.
The Decatur County Prosecutor released a statement to 24 Hour News 8.
James Rosenberry said his office anticipated filing criminal charges against Tasha Parsons Monday morning.
Parsons preliminarily charged with Murder.
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