Mourning family and friends laid a 12-year-old girl from Georgia by the name of Kaitlyn Yozviak to rest this past weekend. Her parents have been accused of killing her. However, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is still not certain about the cause of death.
Kaitlyn’s parents were 37-year-old Katie Horton and 38-year-old John Joseph “Joey” Yozviak.
Special Agent in Charge Mary Chandler with the GBI says her team carried out another search warrant on Friday at the couple’s home between 10 a.m. and 4:30 pm, one day before the funeral, according to 13WMAZ of GA.
The parents are facing charges of cruelty to children in the second degree and murder in the second degree.
What happened to Kaitlyn Yozviak?
The story is still unraveling, but here’s what we know:
On Wednesday, August 26, Katie Horton called the authorities to tell them she had found her daughter, Kaitlyn, unresponsive. Medics took Kaitlyn to the hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead soon after.
GBI’s Special Agent in Charge Chandler told WGXA of Georgia that Kaitlyn’s body showed signs of excessive physical pain and medical negligence.
Family, neighbors said help should have come sooner
Family, friends, and neighbors have spoken up about the family, revealing more about this tragic story.
Katie Horton’s own mother, Anna Horton, said of the situation, “Joey should have been arrested immediately; he deserved it. Had the system done their job and rescued Kaitlyn, I would [have] raised her.”
Katie and Joey have been alienated from Katie’s mother for over ten years, reports say. Anna raises Katie’s two older sons, whom authorities took from Katie’s custody for unknown reasons.
‘Whoever held that little girl’s fate in their hands should be behind bars’
According to GBI, the Department of Family & Child Services (DFCS) had been called to check on Kaitlyn several times before her death. But for some reason, DFCS never took her from her mother’s custody.
Debra Ford lived next door to Kaitlyn. She said, “I can’t believe it that anyone would do that to their kid…I would have took her. I would have took her and I would have given her the best care, and I’m telling you now, if someone is out there and doesn’t want a kid, don’t want to take care of them, bring them to me, I’ll do my best to take care of it.”
A neighbor of Kaitlyn’s named Solomon London said, “Whoever held that little girl’s fate in their hands should be behind bars. That’s what they deserve. At some point, you’re paid to do a job.”
The neighbor also said that he had watched three of his kids play with Kaitlyn before. Apparently, he heard Kaitlyn say to the children, “Oh, don’t come no closer…my mom will beat me.”
London reportedly said that he wishes he called DFCS when he heard such a distressing comment coming from the young girl.
If you have information regarding the ongoing investigation into Kaitlyn Yozviak’s death, please contact the Ivey Police Department at 478-628-2479, or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 478-445-4173.