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Prosecution continues of woman accused of beating son

Posted: December 31, 2013 - 1:49pm  |  Updated: January 5, 2014 - 1:07am
Shavoya Tenesia Davis, 26, and Wilford Elias Petersen, 57  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
Shavoya Tenesia Davis, 26, and Wilford Elias Petersen, 57

Prosecution of a Grovetown woman accused of beating her 10-year-old son in early December will continue in Columbia County Superior Court.

County Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine determined at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that there was enough evidence against Shavoya Tenesia Davis, 26, for the case against her to continue.

Christine also refused to grant a bond for Davis who has been held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond since her Dec. 4 arrest.

Davis and her boyfriend, Wilford Elias Petersen Jr., 57, were charged with child cruelty after Davis’ son complained to school officials that his “stepfather” beat him with a lamp cord for failing to write down his homework.

“He told the parapro that he was going to be moving a little bit slow that day,” Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Teresa Lamb said at the hearing.

The parapro at Euchee Creek Elementary School contacted the school nurse, who examined the boy and found lacerations on his arms, legs, back and buttocks. Lamb said the boy had bled through his underwear from wounds on his buttocks.

“Some wounds were scabbed over and healing and some were actively bleeding,” Lamb said.

The boy told investigators and a forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center that his mother and Petersen beat him with a variety of items regularly and the lamp cord was the most recent. Davis initially denied seeing Petersen hit the boy, but later admitted she’d witnessed the abuse.

Lamb said investigators executed a search warrant at Davis’ home and found the lamp inside an office off of the garage.

The boy is the oldest of Davis’ three children.

“During the search, there was no evidence that children lived there,” Lamb said. “There were no toys. It was strange.”

Lamb said there was no evidence the younger children were abused and it appeared the couple targeted the 10-year-old.

All three of the children were taken into the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. A DFCS representative said the children could be returned to Davis if she was released on bond.

A prosecutor opposed bond stating Davis was a danger to intimidate witnesses, to the community and to commit another felony. Christine refused to grant a bond.

Davis and Petersen are being held without bond.

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