Father: 13-year-old confesses to killing 2-year-old sister

Sasha Lemaya Ray
Sasha Lemaya Ray

DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - DeKalb County police charged Tyasia Jackson, 13, as adult. She is accused of murdering her 2-year-old sister.

Jackson walked with her head down when DeKalb County detectives escorted her inside Magistrate court for her first appearance Tuesday.

Shelton Latroy Ray, told CBS Atlanta News that he is the biological father of Sasha Lemaya Ray, 2, who was found dead Monday afternoon outside their townhome on North Waldrop Trail in Decatur.

According to investigators, Jackson was babysitting Sasha and her four other young siblings while both parents were at work.

According to Ray, Jackson called him Monday around 11 p.m. from jail and confessed to the murder.

"She told me out of her own mouth that she did it," said Ray.

Ray said Jackson was caught with a boy inside the townhome while he and her mother were away from the house.

"My wife's coworker lives across the street. She was watching them. She seen my older daughter let a boy in the house. She called my wife at work. My wife told her to go get the boy out of the house," said Ray.

A neighbor went to the home and found the boy hiding inside a closet. Ray said after the boy and neighbor left, Tyasia told her three siblings to go up stairs while Sasha stayed downstairs with her.

"She made all the other kids go upstairs and then she stabbed her by the back door. Put her outside came back in the house, cleaned up the blood, changed clothes then came outside and started looking for her [Sasha] with everybody else," Ray said.

When her parents returned home, Ray said they asked Jackson where Sasha was and began looking for her.

Ray and Jackson's mother found Sasha's body in the backyard with serious injuries.

"I thought a dog or something had gotten to her because of the bruises, the scars and the bleeding. Murder was far from my mind at that time. I didn't think anyone had did something to her," said Ray.

Ray said he picked his daughter up and attempted to take her the hospital. Before they reached the end of their subdivision, Sasha died.

Investigators said Sasha was stabbed several times in her chest area.

Neighbors were shocked to hear that a 2-year-old was killed.

"It is really upsetting. When I heard it I wanted to cry, because it is someone so innocent," Jose Aguilar said. "They can't even defend themselves or talk. It is just sad."

Other neighbors said Jackson was very pleasant and well mannered. One neighbor said she would walk some of her younger siblings to the bus stop every morning.

Ray, his wife and other family members attended Jackson's court hearing on Tuesday. Before the judge came inside the courtroom, Ray told his daughter he loves her.

Ray said he and his wife have to bury one child and find the strength to support another.

"It's tough to swallow right now. I can't believe it. At the same time she still needs our help. We are her parents," said Jackson.

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