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Middle School Student Dies; Pair Accused of Abusing Special Needs Child

The top Patch headlines from around north Georgia include the tragic death of a Roswell middle school student and a Marietta couple abusing a special needs child so severely he may have permanent brain damage.

Local Middle School Student Dies on Spring Break - Roswell Patch

Over the weekend, the families of North Fulton students learned the sad news that a local middle school student had been killed over spring break.

Former Hillside Elementary student James McHenry was vacationing with his family on Hutchinson Island last week when he was hit by a car Wednesday, April 3, according to a notice sent out by Hillside Principal Maisha Otway over the weekend. Roswell Patch has more on this story.

Tenant Charged with Burning Down Rental Property - Barrow Patch

A Winder man has been charged with arson after Barrow County Sheriff's Office investigators say he burned down the residence he was renting.  

Richard Evan Page, 33, was arrested April 2 following a two-week investigation into a suspicious fire at 315 E. Wright St., Apartment B, in Winder. Barrow Patch has more in this story.

Marietta Pair Accused of Abusing Special Needs Child - Marietta Patch

A 2-year-old special needs child was abused so bad last month that he has recurring seizures and may have permanent neurological damage.

The man who allegedly hit the boy and the woman who failed to get him medical treatment in a timely manner were arrested Friday afternoon, according to online jail records. Marietta Patch has more on this story.

- South Cobb Patch

A 13-year-old girl complained of pain and bleeding from her right ear after a Mableton man allegedly grabbed, punched, pushed and threw her.

The incident occurred in front of a 9-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy around 6:30 a.m. April 3 inside a residence in the 590 block of South Gordon Road.

According to a Cobb County criminal warrant, Serafin Diaz allegedly grabbed the girl by her hair; struck her in the face with his closed fist and open hand; placed his hands around her neck; threw her out of her bedroom; and pushed her into a hallway wall.  South Cobb Patch has more on this story.

Officer Says Suspect Attempted to Hide Behind Porch Before Tossing Drugs - Barrow Patch

A suspect with an outstanding warrant for his arrest was Tased after attempting to hide from a Winder officer, then refusing to comply with commands to stop and drop to the ground, according to a police report. 

The man was spotted April 2 standing on the front porch of his King Street residence. Aware the suspect had an outstanding warrant for probation violation, the officer parked and walked to the location. Barrow Patch has more on this story.

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