Joshua David Richards, the son of a police chief, is accused of fatally beating his young stepson with a belt while the boy’s mother was asleep.
A murder charge has been added to the list of alleged crimes believed to have been committed by Joshua David Richards, 21, after the death of stepson Brentley Gore, 3.
The boy’s mother found him non-responsive with multiple skull fractures and severe brain swelling in their Villa Rica, Georgia home on January 23, 2018. Gore was promptly airlifted to an Atlanta hospital.
Investigators believe that Richards beat Gore with a belt.
When news broke of Gore’s condition, a GoFundMe page was set up to assist with the boy’s medical expenses. At one point, he underwent surgery to remove a portion of his skull to relieve some pressure.
On January 28, Gore died in hospital.
When Richards was arrested on January 23, he was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to children, and possession of marijuana. A murder charge was added after Gore’s death.
Currently, Richards is being held in Carroll County Jail and is under a suicide watch.
Reactions after Death, Joshua David Richards’ Arrest
A portion of the text on the GoFundMe page said: “Brentley is a precious 3 year old boy who was harmed by a such evil human being that we didn’t even think could exist.”
Kevin Pugh wrote on Facebook, “Jesus has you now lil man… We will always love and remember you.” Pugh is believed to be Gore’s uncle.
Captain K.L. Shaddix of the Villa Rica Police Department said, “It breaks your heart. This is a beautiful child who is defenseless against an adult. It breaks your heart.”
Branon Rummel, who lived beside Joshua David Richards, added: ‘It is absolutely sad… No one deserves that type of thing, especially when you are a young child.”