Two men beat a Macon man to death after hearing the father of a young girl was behaving "inappropriately."
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Investigators arrested the girl’s father 29-year-old Levi Moss Jr., Friday around 3:30 p.m. Moss is charged with child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and probation violation.
"It was reported that Moss allegedly touched a juvenile female victim inappropriately and showed her pornography while visiting family on Nisbet Drive," according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office media release.
Moss is being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center without bond.
He has been arrested 15 times in Bibb County, said Bibb County Sheriff’s Lt. Sean DeFoe. Most of those charges stem from probation violations, he added.
Davis says the entire situation could have been avoided if they would have let law enforcement do its job.
"The hit squad didn’t know who they were looking for and they just got the first person that they saw. That’s terribly unfortunate," Davis said.
The suspects involved in the case are 25-year-old Yolanda Butler, 23-year-old Seymour Passard, and 22-year-old Ceyunta Cater. They all appeared in magistrate court on Friday. They’re charged with one count of murder and were denied bond. The case will be passed on to superior court.
This all stems from a home invasion on Thursday. Davis says Butler got a call from her younger cousin claiming her father was "behaving inappropriately." Butler took Passard and Cater to the home on Nisbet Drive.
Davis tells 41NBC Butler waited in the car while the two men went inside and severely beat a man who they thought was the father. They then took the girl to her grandmother’s house.
The victim, 40-year-old Sylvester Harden Jr., was taken to the hospital, but died on Friday because of his injuries.
The young girl is back with her family.
Investigators say Passard and Cater hit the victim in the head with a gun. A shot was fired, but no one was injured.
"They should have immediately called the Bibb County sheriff’s office rather than taking actions upon themselves,” said DeFoe.
The alleged aggravated assault happened around 8:50 Thursday morning at a house located in the 5000 block of Nesbit Drive, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Two men, 23-year-old Seymour Passard and 22-year-old Ceyunta Cater, both of Macon, are accused of taking an 11-year-old girl from the home. Sylvester Harden, Jr., 40, was beaten in the head during the incident.
Passard, Cater, and a woman identified as 25-year-old Yolanda Butler were arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault. Passard is also charged with a probation violation.
According to the report, there were four other juveniles in the house during the incident.
“The 11 year old girl and her father, who is a relative of Harden, were staying at the house,” the report stated. “The father of the child was also at the house at the time the incident occurred but ran out of the back of the house.”
Bibb County Sheriff deputies began searching for a gray Chrysler 300 the men used for the alleged abduction.
“Harden was beat in the head with a gun by one of the male suspects and the gun discharged,” according to the report. “No one was hit by the stray bullet.”
Investigators learned the young girl’s cousin, Yolanda Butler, drove the men to the house and waited in the car. After the men allegedly took the young girl, Butler drove to meet the girl’s grandmother.
“While deputies were at the house on Nesbit Drive, the child was returned to the house accompanied by her grandmother and the cousin that had assisted in taking her from the house,” added the report.
Deputies spotted the 300 Chrysler, Passard, and Cater at the Pinewood Park Apartment Complex on Mercer University Drive in Macon.
Butler, Cater, and Passard remain in the Bibb County jail. No bond has been set in the aggravated assault case.