‘I warned them’.- Grandmother says 7-year-old found unresponsive could have been saved

Battles’ brother admitted to punching her before she was killed, but it is still unclear whether or not that led to her death at this time.

News 12 Staff

Aug 14, 2021, 2:30 AM

Updated 1,076 days ago

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The grandmother of 7-year-old Julissia Battles, who was found unresponsive inside a Bronx apartment earlier this week and later died, says her granddaughter could’ve possibly been saved.
Yolanda Davis says that she raised Battles in Brooklyn almost her entire life. She says she was only allowed to visit her mother in the Bronx on weekends. 
Davis says more than often, her mother never showed up for her. She says that wasn’t the only red flag she noticed - and repeatedly warned case workers at both the Administration of Children’s Services and SCO services of what would happen when her son’s daughter would stay with the child’s mother. 
However, she says not only was she ignored and argued with, but that at the start of the pandemic - a weekend visit with Battles’ mother was extended and she was never returned. 
On Tuesday morning, the 7-year-old was found unresponsive in the apartment and pronounced dead at the hospital. The NYPD is investigating the case as a homicide. 
Battles’ brother admitted to punching her before she was killed, but it is still unclear whether or not that led to her death at this time. 
Either way, Davis says her death could have been prevented.
“I feel that I warned them. I told them what the situation was that my granddaughter was having. The supervisor jumped down my face at the agency to fight me,” said Davis. 
The Administration of Children’s Services says it’s currently investigating the case with the NYPD. Police tell News 12 that the investigation is still ongoing. 
No arrests have been made at this time.


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