Tajanay Bailey, Beaten & Tortured by Parents

Tajanay Bailey Tajanay Bailey (3) Indianapolis, IN

TaJanay Bailey, 3 years old will not get to celebrate the holidays this year. While other children are excited, thinking about what Santa will bring on Christmas morning, this child will have already had her funeral.

Just a mere month after child protection services placed little Tajanay Bailey (3) back into her mother’s custody her young life was suddenly ended. Tajanay’s “mother” Charity Bailey (20) (*or as I liked to call women like this (egg donor), and her punk boyfriend Lawrence Green (20), allegedly tortured this innocent little girl. They are accused of the following crimes against the preschooler:

    Hanging her in the closet for wetting herself
    Kneeing her in the head
    Delivering blows to Tajanay’s chest
    Whipping her with a belt

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    According to the police, when the paramedics arrived to the home, it was filthy and descibed as “an apartment in squalor.” The girl was later pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital. Tajanay had previously lived with a foster mother named Janice Springfield, for a while. This foster mother warned the state’s child welfare authorities that Tajanay would be in danger in mom’s care. Tajanay and her infant brother had previously been removed from the mother before due to medical neglect and child abuse.

    However, the state of Indiana for some unGodly reason decided to return Tajanay back to her mother anyway. They totally ignore the advice of a foster mother who had bonded with and cared for this child for most of her life and now that child is gone. Killed after being tortured, humiliated and treated no better than a rabid old dog.

    This is still happening and I don’t know why these state agencies turn a deaf ear to good foster parents who work so hard to protect these kids and nurture them, and give them a better life. A life they deserve! It was clear Charity Bailey was not going to improve-why did Tajanay have to be the failed experiment on this?

Sources:Indianapolis Channel

Bailey and Green Speak Out-From News WTHR

TaJanay murder suspect speaks out

Originally Posted: Nov 30, 2007 12:48 PM EST

Updated back on: Dec 19, 2007 01:11 PM EST

Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News

Lawrence GreenTaJanay BaileyCharity Bailey

Adrian Springfield, TaJanay’s former foster parent: “I’m just going to make sure that they get this right this time because it is terrible,” Springfield said. “The system — somebody failed her.”

Marion County – A mother and her fiancé faced a judge Friday and heard accusations of killing three-year-old Tajanay Bailey. Both face life without parole if convicted in her death.

Charity Bailey and her boyfriend Lawrence Green both pleaded not guilty to charges of neglect, battery and murder. It was the scene before court that revealed what Green may have told fellow jail inmates about what happened.

With charges of murder for neglect awaiting her, Charity Bailey hid her face from cameras as she got ready to face Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. For Bailey’s live-in boyfriend, Lawrence Green, who is also facing the same charges as Bailey plus a felony battery charge, it was a different story.

Green kept his head up and had this to say about TaJanay. “I’m not the one who whipped her,” he said.

The inmates behind Green taunted him to answer, saying, “Might as well speak up,” “It’s over for you, bro,” and “Tell her what you told us.”

When Green wouldn’t answer, they did it for him. “He said it wasn’t him. It was his girl. He said his girl put it all on him,” one inmate said.

Investigators have said Green and Bailey beat and tortured Tajanay over several days, at one point hanging the toddler by her

T-shirt in a closet. The inmates said Green had his own version of the story.

“He said he hung her on the hanger to stop the girl from beating her. That’s what he said. He hung her on the hanger to stop his girl from beating him.”

But if Green said anything like that to his fellow inmates, he wouldn’t repeat it for cameras. It was dead silence getting ready to face Judge Walton Pratt.

Heading into court, TaJanay’s foster father Adrian Springfield spoke briefly, saying he was there for TaJanay, a little girl he loved and lost.

“I’m just gonna make sure that they can get this right this time, ’cause it’s terrible, the system. Somebody failed is what it seemed to be and I want to make sure she’s treated fairly. That’s all,” said Springfield.

Charity Bailey and Lawrence Green sat next to each other in court but did not speak to each other or even look at each other. Only Bailey showed some emotion, shaking her head with her eyes full of tears when the judge read the charges against her.

Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, meanwhile, says going for life without parole is smarter than going for the death penalty.

“You need a very compelling criminal history and also with the state of the death penalty, difficult obtaining a conviction, the possibility of reversal, this is really the better choice with these facts,” he said.

In another courtroom, a judge is deciding whether to make public TaJanay’s case as a foster child. A mountain of paperwork could reveal why she was returned to her birth mother after a doctor found evidence of neglect.

Undoubtedly more facts of the case will emerge as investigators pour over Department of Childrens Services files about TaJanay. For now, Brizzi said it was too soon to say if anyone at DCS could face criminal charges in the toddler’s death.

A trial date was set for March.

18 comments on “Tajanay Bailey, Beaten & Tortured by Parents

  1. geminigirl07 says:

    New Details Revealed in TaJanay Case
    Updated: Dec 19, 2007 05:40 PM EST

    Rich Van Wyk/Eyewitness News

    Indianapolis – “There’s new information in the TaJanay Bailey case. Court and child welfare records detail the tragic death of the three-year-old girl who died last month. TaJanay’s mother and boyfriend are charged with murder.

    Among the 500 pages of newly released documents, Eyewitness News found that Charity Bailey cared for her child for about eight months of TaJanay’s three years of life. The girl lived about two and a half years in the guardian home, foster homes and the care of DCS.

    Tajanay was first taken from the home in 2004 when she was just three months old. Records show she was dirty, suffering from numerous skin conditions and hadn’t received proper medical attention.

    Mother and child were reunited 14 months later. They moved to Oklahoma and the case was closed.

    In May 2006 TaJanay was back in Indianapolis and in foster care. Previous records say she was neglected and abused.

    After another 17 months of care and counseling the family was reunited again. Less than a month later, in late November, TaJanay was dead.

    Her death is prompting change. The child welfare system and Indianapolis just started sharing information, attempting to prevent a similar tragedy.

    Indianapolis Police now know when they are called to a home or apartment where children have been abused or neglected. At the Marion County Communications Center, the computerized dispatch system contains the roughly 300 addresses of more than 700 children under the supervision of the Department of Child Services.

    Officers have orders to be more attentive to living conditions, and other questionable circumstances.

    Even if the incident appears insignificant and doesn’t require a police report, police are required to notify DCS they’ve been to the home.

    It is information that could have saved TaJanay Bailey’s life. The three-year-old had been a victim of abuse and neglect.

    TaJanay was killed after case workers returned her home. A short time later, police were called to the family’s apartment to quiet a domestic disturbance between her mother Charity Bailey and boyfriend Lawrence Green. Had DCS known of the incident, officials say they would have likely acted quickly to remove the child.

    Seventeen days later, Tajanay was dead, with Bailey and Green charged with her murder.

    Eyewitness News partners at The Indianapolis Star report that Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi plans to open a satellite office at the Phoenix Apartments where TaJanay’s family lived. It is one of the city’s most violent areas.”

    Source:http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=7520989

    What a shame the loss of this precious little girl. We can and should do better than this.

  2. Kimeca says:

    You would think that the state would have listen to the foster parent when she told them that the ,mother is not ready for that child and that something would happpen to her. It is very sad and hurtful to hear this.some parents meaning young parents should not have kids something bad always happen to the babies and then every body play dum.then you have a dead child on your hands. every body deserve to live and grow up and be happy as a child. thank you

  3. Kimeca says:

    They need to beat and tortured the mother aand boy friend just like they did that baby. let them see and feel the pain and being scared. hang them from some rope and watch them pea on them selves. God do not like ugly and when you mess with a child of god you never win, god do allthe time.

  4. geminigirl07 says:

    “…when you mess with a child of god you never win, god do allthe time.”

    I couldn’t agree more Kimeca,Tajanay’s ‘mom’ and the mom’s boyfriend should have to spend the rest of their lives behind bars for robbing that baby of a chance to grow up and become somebody. Moms and Dads who choose the party lifestyle of drugs and non-responsible sex, over their babies make me see red.

    Thanks for posting,

  5. C Latour says:

    I hear this a lot from state of Indianna. We need a federal Nixmary’s Law were the killer will go away for 25 no if ands or buts. Please sign the Child Abuse Prevention Act petition at gopetition.com. We need tougher mandatory sentences for child abusers and killers. We need to take this country back from the crooks and criminals, make your vote count!

  6. geminigirl07 says:

    Post From IN Topix Forum-From Tajanay’s Maternal Grandmother
    Originally posted Feb.2008:
    #35 Barbara Bailey wrote:
    “I do not live in Indpls, I live in Oklahoma, and had no idea of the abuse. My daughter (Charity Bailey) was here in Oklahoma living with me the year prior to this situation. I am deeply disturbed especially because I had tried to convince Charity to stay here with me prior to her return back to Indpls. She refused. I even tried to get her to let me keep TaJanay but she claimed they were doing good and that she (Charity) was in school. Then The last time I spoke to Charity she said she had a new boyfriend and was pregnant again and was diffentaly not coming back here to Oklahoma with me and my other daughters. Then I hear from my father that TaJanay had been murdered and that my daughter was a suspect.

    Now I have no way of going back to the past to urge her to change her mind. So when people say things like where the “loving grandparents” it hurts me because I had no control over my daughter who is old enough to decide where she wants to live. Nor do I live near enough to her to help intervene. So now just 3 months after this horrific incident I am here in Oklahoma wondering what more could I have done. I do not know who I could contact in order to get my comments out there, so here I am on this web site. I refuse to allow anyone to judge me because ultimately the judgment for the entire event belongs to God. Therefore, I am not condemned but very grieved. My heart aches daily over my granddaughters death and the fact that my daughter was responsible. However, God is in control now and it is through
    Him that we all will get past the hurt of this. God bless you all and please remember our family in your prayers.
    Charity Baileys’ mother,
    Barbara Bailey”

    • Mary says:

      I have to say this is one time that I can not point fingers at the grandparents. It is so easy for people to judge when they do not know the whole story. I feel your pain in the comment that you have made about your granddaughter. People think that it is so easy to fix the problem without even knowing like you said that she is a grown woman who can take her child to another state no matter how much you do. There is so much red tape involved that you have to go through a process even if you know for a fact, please do not feel that all people blame you. I am truly sorry about you loss!

    • ab says:

      I know this was a long time in the past and nothing can be redone. But if anyone friend or family of a child knows they face danger or even suspects they might DO SOMETHING! And keep doing it. Go to DHS custody hearings, even if they r in another State. Call the police to come to ur home & take your report. Never give up. A child needs u.

  7. Nicole's lil brother says:

    Its so sad to see that the system we call child protection services messed up so bad…. what protection did or should i say do they offer….. We all need to come together and stand up for our babies and lead them in the right path for his or her future… and not six feet under… I am still deeply bothered that TaJanay’s parents are not DEAD yet… They can only stay on dead lock for so long………….
    sin
    Danny R. Gill Jr

  8. geminigirl07 says:

    I believe that anyone that savagely tortures a little child to death, or any child for that matter should pay with their own lives. Just because a person gives a child life, does not give them the right to mistreat or kill their own child like Charity has done. I am hoping with all my heart that Charity’s new baby be taken away from her within seconds after it’s born. Why shoud she have any rights to it? Thanks for posting.

  9. hurting heart says:

    This is truly sad and heartbreaking to read about another innocent child MURDERED by the hands of the parents. What senseless death, If the mother didn’t want the child why did she fight so hard to keep getting her back, I’m sure because of the welfare check she received for TaJanay only to smoke up in drugs.. from the looks of her picture I’m sure she was spaced out then.

    Then on top of that she let’s that coward boyfriend abuse her daughter to.They are COLD-BLOODED MURDERERS and should be punished to the fullest… It’s just sickening to read and if you look up “children murdered “ it’s thousands and thousands of kids that die just like little TaJanay Bailey.

    I do blame the System for not doing their job, they are only in it for a pay check and it’s sad that we have no one to care for our children any more. Where are we going wrong? what is this world coming to?

    And for the murderers LAWRENCE GREEN and CHARITY BAILEY, I pray that you get the max and ROT in HELL for the rest of your inhuman lives where you belong for killing an innocent child(your own child) better yet I hope you never make it out of prison “you don’t deserve a second chance”!!

    Too many babies dying viciously everyday!!
    LET’S PUT A STOP TO THIS WITH ALL OUR STRENGTH!!

    Rest in Peace precious TaJanay Bailey!!

  10. sehryn says:

    Fatal Child Abuse must incur a minimum sentence of LIFE IN PRISON with NO CHANCE for PAROLE…ever!!! And that also must go for Child Rape and Sex Assault

    yes, it is sad that perpetrators of child violence and murder often have themselves a childhood history of abuse and trauma, but that is not any reason to allow them their freedom

    they will just bring more children into the world to be abused

    they have something wrong with their brains from being abused as children…there is much research now that tells us that…so we cannot ever trust them to be safe with their own children…they will just repeat their own past

    Save kids…imprison sexual and fatal child abusers for life

    • geminigirl07 says:

      I so agree with you on the life sentence for fatal child abuse, it’s happening way too much and life sentences would send a stong message to other abusers out there.

  11. sehryn says:

    Until we as a society know how to undo the tragic ramifications of child abuse and neglect and its effects on parenting then parents who abuse and neglect must be prevented from having children in their care.

    It is sad and is terrible that nonfatal abuse leaves a life long legacy and is transmitted from generation to generation, but we must do something to stop the cycle!!!

    I never want to hear about another child dead and injured from violent abuse at the hands of their carers, it actually physically sickens me!!!

    But I know I will…around 4 kids a day die in the US from fatal child abuse and neglect. And that is just one country’s statistics.

  12. kwisso1 says:

    i know lawrence from working with his dad for years here in Alabama, he was around my very young kids on many occasions, and they liked him cause he played with them and made them laugh, so what i`m saying is I know a totally different Lawrence.

  13. Deonna says:

    This is messed up.

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  15. johnson says:

    So they will return a child to people who very evidently didn’t make any effort to change. But they will not yet return my aunts children to her when she has done everything they system has asked her and they get mad at her for stupid stuff. She took the classes, she moved to the place they see fit, she left her old man, she attends every meeting, takes whatever medicine they tell her to and she can’t even catch a break… OK INDIANA NICE FREAKING JOB!!

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