11-year-old, teen arrested in 94-year-old's beating
by Kathryn Dobies and Brandon Wilson
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MARIETTA - Two boys, ages 11 and 15, have been arrested in connection to the Friday beating and robbery of a 94-year-old Marietta man.

The 11-year-old was arrested at an elementary school Tuesday around noon and the 15-year-old, accompanied by his guardians, turned himself in at Cobb County headquarters around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Both are being held in the Cobb Youth Detention Center, charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, burglary and violation of the Georgia gang act.

The boys are accused of beating Paul Smallwood with a rock in his home at the Crescent Square apartment complex on Austell Road near Pat Mell Road.

Smallwood's grandnephew, Ricky Scoggins, said Wednesday that his great-uncle was still in critical condition at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Scoggins, an Acworth resident, earlier said his great-uncle lost the ability to talk on Sunday because he started bleeding from his brain.

"He's in a whole lot of pain," Scoggins earlier said of the World War II veteran. "He was very independent. They took that away from him. He took care of himself, but they took all of that away from him."

Scoggins said Smallwood was coming home from taking a friend to the doctor's office Friday, when the younger boy followed him into his apartment and told Smallwood that his car needed work and he knew a good mechanic.

While Smallwood was trying to usher the kid out of his apartment, the other boy made his way into the home and threw a rock at Smallwood's head, knocking him down, Scoggins said. Once he was on the ground, the boy smashed the rock on the side of Smallwood's head again, Scoggins said.

The attackers broke Smallwood's shoulder and hip and took his cell phone and wallet, which only had $27 in it, Scoggins said.

Pierce could not confirm whether the kids lived in the apartment complex, but said Wednesday they have been seen there on a number of occasions before the crime.

"It is because of the closeness of people that live in and around the complex that originally led police to interviewing one of the two involved in the crime," Pierce said. "As a result of that information, detectives followed up on the lead and arrested the 11-year-old at the school. It was important to us very early in this investigation to try and reassure people in that community that there was no one on the loose. We had a very good idea right from the onset, based off that tip, in what direction to go in."

Crescent Square resident Charlie Lawton said Monday that a lady who worked in the leasing office said Smallwood's attackers did not live in the complex.
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Cobb Woman of Color
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October 15, 2010
When I moved to West Cobb, the community was much better. I have to admit with the influx of Latinos and inner city Blacks over the years, the area has been in a downward spiral. Section 8 vouchers allow former project families to move into neighborhoods bringing their project mentality with them.

I am nervous about letting my children attend schools with hoodlums and thugs.
Waiting for more
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October 02, 2010
Yes, I'm happy to know the legality. I'm still upset with the ages and lack of parenting. I'm sad to not hear the words "Hate Crime". If this were two white boys beating up a black man...

So when are the whites going to march on the streets? When is it going to make national news? How are the whites going to "demand justice"?
A Taxpayer
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October 01, 2010
Hey, Waiting for More--you feel better now that you know they're citizens of the U.S.? Is the crime less serious?

The real problem is that we have a lot of parents who don't know how to raise their kids to be responsible citizens. Now, you can certainly debate whether or not it's due to the kids mostly being raised by single moms. The absentee fathers of these kids are at least half the problem. If that community can't get its young men to understand that real men get educations and long-term jobs and don't measure their manhood by how many babies they've fathered, then there is no real hope.
SCARED PACIFIST
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October 01, 2010
It is stunning to see the level of violence within the African American Community. When I hear a news story these days, I can usually discern what race the perps are based on the level of violence reported. Throwing a baby out the window of a moving car, shooting robbery victims AFTER already getting the money, home invasions, and now beating an old man. My pacifism is gone. Seems to only way to quell my fears is to get a gun because there is no reasoning with these perps; they will kill you anyway. Very very sad. If someone comes into my house against my will, there will be no questions because I will be afraid of dying and have to shoot them. I used to march for peace during the Vietnam war and now I find myself in a war zone, extraordinary! And to top if off the parents will be either denying or justifying this behavior. Do they not get that doing this caused this kind of behavior in the first place???? FOR THE CASE OF MY OWN SURVIVAL I HAVE LOST COMPASSION.
mmmmmm
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October 01, 2010
Last year in a Cobb County elementary school with an over 50% free lunch ratio, my white daughter was in the 4th grade and was head butted in the stomach, and pushed into a fire hydarant on the parking lot by 4th graders who maybe were 10-11 year old. I asked the school what they were going to do about it, nothing.

Then she was called a the B word and punched in the eye on the bus by a black girl who lived in one of the Section 8 Apartment House Complex, ( only 3 white kids on the bus did not live in that complex). Of course, the bus camera's happened to be malfunctioning. I again asked Cobb County Schools what they were going to do, to this 10-12 year old? Talk to her. I filed a police report, all Cobb County Police did was write a police report for Simple Assault. But they never arrested this child, or interviewed her, or anything. My child got put in the front seat. So the victim got punished.
Nancy K
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September 30, 2010
At 11 years of age I knew the difference between right and wrong. The system needs harsher punishment for these brats who think they can do whatever they want to anyone they want.

My prayers are with this elderly man and his family.
Gangs?
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September 30, 2010
I heard on the news that this was possibly gang related. I think there are laws in regard to gang activity - which if it is - will possibly mean that they will get dealt with severely. Someone needs to get these kids on the right track before it's too late. I'm tired of hearing about this kind of stuff. And YES - had they been in school instead of on an unsupervised break - they hopefully would have been doing other things.
Truth hurts
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September 30, 2010
@$#@ breeds $#@$. The punks should get life in prison not probation like some wimpering judge is gonna give them.
Re; Waiting for more
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September 30, 2010
Actually, it is latino but most black. Crime in that area is mostly from the black population. Whatever the race-it is truly sad that these children could do something so horrible and not think a thing of it at that age! These parents create violent children and do not take responsibility for their actions. I hope they both get mandatory sentences!
Samantha S
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September 30, 2010
I agree with other comments. The parents should be arrested also. They are reponsible for these "children". The children are influenced by what they see. Parents need to realize that they have a major responsibility. I am so sorry for the victum.
waiting for more
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September 30, 2010
This is a highly latino area. So I'm sitting back and waiting if these kids are anchor babies and the legality of the parents. Next? Where were the parents?
anonymous
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September 30, 2010
As to where the parents were....moat likely at WORK.

The kids were on Fall Break from school..They need to be in jail..I pray for Mr.Smallwood.

That driver
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September 30, 2010
When I drove a school bus for Cobb County (including Cresant Square), that area near Osbourne High School was refered to as the crime zone. Gangs, robbery, assault, rape, & murder involving students were fairly commonplace. It's the roughest section in Cobb.
Indian Joe
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September 30, 2010
And how many other break-ins, robberies, assaults have they committed. Since the Cobb County/Smyrna police seem to be against doing finger prints there is no way to tie them to any other crimes. So they will be charged with one case of assault, robbery, etc - when chances are there are probably many many more.
Awful
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September 30, 2010
So sad...these "animals" deserve more punishment than they'll probably get. Maybe if those kids had been in school and not on a not-needed Fall Break, this might not have happened.
anonymous
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September 30, 2010
The parents should be arrested right along with the children. You are trash to raise trash!
^$@135
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September 30, 2010
after the Diane Busch whitewash, seems like the prosecutors' credibility is rather weak. it will vanish altogether if they let these animals run loose.
so sad in Cobb
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September 30, 2010
This again is so sad? Where were the parents? And in this case are the parents accountable? I can remember when we were kids my father telling us that if you did something wrong he would be responsible as well. So needless to say we stayed out of trouble.
George V
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September 30, 2010
Now these two young thugs will be released because "they are a product of their environment". I'll bet they feel really good about beating a 94 year old man.
Big D
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September 30, 2010
Where are the parents or guardians in this story? Were the students truants (supposed to be in school)? More reporting is needed for readers to get the full picture here!
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