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Man arrested for leaving baby in car at Clayton County courthouse

Man arrested for leaving baby in car at Clayton County courthouse

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forest Park man is behind bars after allegedly leaving his 3-month-old daughter inside of his car while going to court.

Courtney Lamont Kidd, 37, was arrested at the Clayton County courthouse Monday afternoon and charged with felony child cruelty.

He had his first court appearance Tuesday at 10 a.m., where his bond was set at $20,000. He is also not allowed to have contact with his daughter.

A source inside the Clayton County Courthouse told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that the child was in the car for a short period of time before a good Samaritan spotted her, taking it upon herself to get the child out of the car. The woman then took the baby inside of the courthouse, where she was treated.

Monday evening, Alexander spoke with Kidd's mother at their Forest Park home. The mother declined to tell the child's name, but said the baby was in her care and "doing just fine."

Security Guard Dodges Bullet, Foils Armed Robbery Attempt

Security Guard Dodges Bullet, Foils Armed Robbery Attempt

JONESBORO, Ga. -- It happened in a flash.

At the entrance to a store on Tara Boulevard, a would-be robber shot at the store's armed security guard. The security guard, somehow, dodged the bullet. And by his very presence, he stopped the man from robbing the store.

Even though the would-be robber got off a shot and got away, he got away empty-handed -- that is, with nothing but his life. And security guard Joseph Watkins is sure that after that quick confrontation a week ago at the store in Jonesboro, the guy won't be back.

"I literally had nanoseconds" to react, Watkins said Wednesday.

The store's surveillance video recording shows everything.

Watkins was inside the store, near the entrance. It was July 2, at about 8:30 p.m. Through the big, plate-glass windows, Watkins saw a man outside, approaching the entrance, wearing a hoodie and a "scream" mask.

Teen shot dead in Clayton County

Teen shot dead in Clayton County

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are investigating a fatal shooting.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 400 block of Clara Drive at around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Clayton County Police spokesperson Ashanti Marbury said the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released.

Police have not yet provided any information about a suspect or motive.

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Teen shot several times at Clayton County McDonald's

Teen shot several times at Clayton County McDonald's

MORROW, Ga. -- One man was shot Wednesday night during a fight at a Clayton County McDonald's.

The victim, 18-year-old Ziquay Willis, was shot five times at the restaurant at Mt. Zion Parkway and Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow.

Clayton County Police spokesperson JaQuitta Williams said the shooting stemmed from a fight between two groups of people. It began as an argument inside the restaurant and turned physical when the groups moved to the parking lot.

Willis was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is in critical but stable condition. Police have not released any information about a suspect.

Investigators are working with McDonald's management to obtain possible surveillance video of the fight.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Clayton County Police at 770-477-3513.

Riverdale murder suspect captured

Riverdale murder suspect captured

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A man wanted for murder in Clayton County has been taken into custody.

Joseph Horace Stephens, 21, is accused of gunning down a man Tuesday evening at a house on Stark Court in Riverdale. The victim was identified as Goldy Lee Watkins Sr.

After shooting Watkins, Stephens drove away in a black 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Thursday morning, Clayton County Sheriff's officials arrested Stephens. He has been charged with felony murder, theft by taking, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.

Suspect on the loose after police standoff in Riverdale

Suspect on the loose after police standoff in Riverdale

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are searching for a wanted man who they believe is armed and dangerous.

Joseph Poke is wanted on a number of charges, mostly probation violations, in several jurisdictions. Police responded to a domestic violence call involving Poke at a house on Post Oak Road in Jonesboro Sunday afternoon; Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said investigators believed Poke barricaded himself in the house and refused to come out.

The entire neighborhood was locked down as police tried to persuade Poke to leave the house, Hill said. The lockdown has since been lifted.

After the SWAT situation, police said they weren't sure if Poke was even in the home when investigators arrived. He is still on the run Monday morning.

Anyone who sees Poke is asked to call 911.

Charges upgraded against Mookie Blaylock in deadly crash

Charges upgraded against Mookie Blaylock in deadly crash


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Charges have been upgraded against a former Atlanta Hawk who caused a deadly accident in Clayton County last year.

Mookie Blaylock has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license, improper lane change, divided highway restriction violation and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The accident happened last May on Tara Boulevard. Prosecutors said Blaylock's Cadillac Escalade slammed head-on into a van carrying 43-year-old Monica Murphy, a mother of five, and her husband Frank.

Monica Murphy was killed in the accident, while Frank suffered a broken leg.

Blaylock's attorney claims his client experienced a medical emergency and blacked out shortly before the crash.

During a court appearance last summer, it was revealed Blaylock had six DUI charges.