Shakeitha McGay and Allen McGay were both indicted by the 2021 October Grand Jury on charges pertaining to the death of 16 year old Shantoria Ducksworth who was in their guardianship at the time of her death.
The child was taken to the emergency room on the night of October 30, 2019, allegedly having been severely beaten. She died a few hours later. The preliminary autopsy report showed the female died of multiple blunt force trama. She had multiple lacerations to her head, face, back and body, including one deep enough to touch her skull, according to Clarke County Coroner Greg Fairchild. Fairchild also said the child had other older injuries that suggested a possible pattern of abuse.
Fairchild said the couple brought the child to the emergency room unconscious claiming she “fell in the bathtub”. Emergency room personnel tried to revive her but was unsuccessful and called law enforcement.
At the time of death, both of the McGays were charged with felony child abuse with more charges pending awaiting the final autopsy report.
Shakeitha McGay has been indicted for Ct. 1 capital murder, Ct. 2 felony child abuse, Ct. 3 felony child abuse, Ct. 4 felony child abuse, Ct. 5 felony child abuse, Ct. 6 felony child abuse, Ct. 7 felony child abuse, Ct. 8 felony child abuse.
Allen McGay has been indicted for Ct. 9 contributing to the physical abuse of a child.
A court date will be set and published as soon as the information is released.
We, the Grand Jury of the October 2021 Term of the Circuit Court of Clarke County, Mississippi, taken from the body of good and lawful men and women of said County and State, present this our report of investigations and recommendation. We have thus far been in session two (2) days and have examined eight (8) witnesses and returned forty-three (43) true bills of indictment into open Court and four (4) no true bills of indictment.
ADDITIONAL FINDINGS OF THE GRAND JURY
The Grand Jury finds that the death investigation of 16-year-old Shantoria Ducksworth revealed that multiple mandatory reporters had previously reported evidence of abuse. The Grand Jury insists that a full investigation be conducted and presented to the next Grand Jury regarding the prior abuse reports including the investigative efforts and outcomes for each of the prior allegations.
Other indictments include:
• Donald Paul Pittman, indicted for Ct. 1 touching of a child for lustful purposes, Ct. 2 touching of a child for lustful purposes
• Lester Cornelle Jefferson, indicted for Ct. 1 possession of weapon by felon, Ct. 2 possession of weapon by felon
• Anthony Quinn Loper, indicted for possession of weapon by felon
• Anthony Quinn Loper, indicted for Ct. 1 possession of weapon by felon, Ct. 2 possession of weapon by felon
• Mikel Peter Carlson, indicted for Ct. 1 child exploitation, Ct. 2 child exploitation
• Mikel Peter Carlson, indicted for Ct. 1 child exploitation, Ct. 2 child exploitation, Ct. 3 child exploitation
• Alandus Markell Conner, indicted for sale of controlled substance
• Alandus Markell Conner, indicted for possession of controlled substance
• Chad Austin Carney, indicted for possession of weapon by felon
• Christian Donovan Shope, indicted for felony malicious mischief
• Destin Rivers Yeates, indicted for Ct. 1 burglary of an automobile, Ct. 2 burglary of an automobile, Ct. 3 possession of a stolen firearm, Ct. 4 possession of a stolen firearm
• Jacqueline Lily Pittman, indicted for accessory after the fact
• Joe Tremaine Felps, indicted for receiving stolen property
• Terrence Parnell Trotter, indicted for Ct. 1 aggravated domestic violence, Ct. 2 aggravated domestic violence, Ct. 3 kidnapping
• Sharon Tillman (AKA) Sharon Tillman-Davis, indicted for embezzlement
• James Matthew Street, indicted for possession of weapon by felon
• Richard Deshun Jones, indicted for Ct. 1 burglary of a dwelling
• Aaron Jamal Mosley, indicted for Ct. 2 accessory after the fact
• Samaud Jasheer Williams, indicted for Ct. 1 burglary of a dwelling, Ct. 2 accessory after the fact
• William Franklin Rogers, indicted for touching a child for lustful purposes
• Babby Lynn Hairston, indicted for motor vehicle theft
• Bradford Lee Sellers, indicted for aggravated assault on a peace officer
• April Marie Thornhill, indicted for felony leaving the scene of an accident
CLARKE COUNTY JAIL
On October 26, 2021, we the Grand Jury toured the Clarke County Jail, and make the following findings:
More office space is needed for the officers to work.
There is mold in the kitchen vents and outside the recreation area.
The air filter system needs to be checked for mold.
The recreation yard needs an adequate drainage system.
The Grand Jury would like for the Sheriff’s Office to ensure that the evidence room is properly secured with restricted access.