Lone Oak, GA – Dorothy Dow is an 83 year old great-grandmother who was viciously beaten and set on fire in her own home last Thursday. Five people have been arrested in that case.
The GA attack
Dorothy was sleeping in her own bed when the suspects entered her home through a screened in back porch. They entered her bedroom and demanded money.
When she informed them she didn’t have any, one of the suspects beat her so severely with his gun that she ended up with two broken arms and broken fingers. Then they left.
Beth Dow, Dorothy’s daughter in law said she thought they were done. She had just survived the most brutal episode of her life. But they were not done.
They came back inside her house, threw lighter fluid on her, and then lit it with a match. Dorothy suffers from COPD, but still managed to get to a tank of water that is used for her medical condition, and put out the fire on her own body.
“So with her broken hand and fingers and her broken arm she took the top off of that bucket, raised it up, poured it on her head and put out her own fire.” Beth Dow
Dorothy was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and placed on life support. She underwent numerous surgeries and is receiving treatment for third degree burns to her head and other parts of her body.
The alleged perpetrators of a GA tragedy
Justin Grady, 38, Cortavious Heard, 18, and Shanquavious Cameron, 17 were arrested on Monday. Two women, Mina Christine Ellery, Angel Latrice Harmon, both 17, were also arrested.
Two of the male suspects, Grady and Heard, had been employed at Dow’s home as blueberry pickers. They were charged not only with beating and assaulting Dorothy Dow, but burglarizing her home and stealing her purse on August 2.
As of August 8, she was in a medically-induced coma.
Coosa Valley News reported the charges.
Grady’s charges: Criminal attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, arson first-degree, burglary first-degree, cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older and battery. Plus a separate incident of the victim’s purse with contents turned up missing. Those charges will be first-degree conspiracy to commit a crime of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime of financial transaction card theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft fraud when using/possessing identity information concerning a person.
Heard’s charges: Criminal attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, arson 1st degree, burglary 1st degree, cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older and battery. In addition he too will be charged with the burglary on August 2.
Cameron’s charges will be party to all of the previous charges listed for the other two.
Both girls are charged with criminal attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, first-degree criminal attempt arson, first-degree burglary, and battery as well as the burglary on Aug 2.
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