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Couple charged with murder denied bond

Albany Police Department detectives lead Gregory Keith Evans on from the Law Enforcement Center to a police car Tuesday.

Albany Police Department detectives lead Gregory Keith Evans on from the Law Enforcement Center to a police car Tuesday.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The mother of a 19-month-old girl and her boyfriend, who have been charged with beating the child to death, were denied bail at a first court appearance Wednesday.

Chaitia Stevenson, 20, and Gregory Keith Evans, 28, are in the Dougherty County Jail, a jail spokeswoman said.

Evans confessed to beating Chaitia Stevenson's daughter, Janaysia Stevenson, with a closed fist on three occasions since February, said Greg Blackmon, an investigator with the Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

"He said he just didn't like her baby. The child was beaten, she was expiring and Stevenson did not report it," Blackmon said. "She brought the child into Phoebe (Putney Memorial Hospital) Monday, but she had expired."

Stevenson did not make any admission of wrongdoing during the investigation, Blackmon said. She also appeared in Dougherty County Juvenile Court Wednesday. The month-old boy she had with Evans while they lived at 2806 Sands Drive was given to the state Department of Family and Children Services for protection, he added.

According to reports, Janaysia Stevenson was unprotected by her mother as Evans beat her about the torso and head, causing internal bleeding.

"This child suffered multiple, blunt-force trauma since February until she died," District Attorney Greg Edwards said. "The preliminary autopsy revealed chronic abuse. This case would bring anybody to tears."

Edwards, obviously hit hard by the cruelty of a mother who could watch as a man beat her child, said the death penalty is under consideration.

According to Edwards, Stevenson was a witness and allowed the beatings to continue. "For that reason the state will be prosecuting her fully for her involvement in allowing these activities to go on for the period of time that it did," the district attorney said.