Aramis Theodore Brown
13, 2010 - January 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial
never easy to lose a child, I can only imagine
that it is much harder to lose a child when you
have to make the decision to remove your child
from life support. Toni Brown had to make that
decision for her son, Mikkah, who was barely over
a year old at the time.
Toni said that she never expected anything such as
this would happen to her son. Ryan Edwards, who
years old at the time, was the cause of the pain
Mikkah had and for what his mother was going
had been accused of beating Mikkah and was now
charged with child cruelty and aggravated battery.
taken Mikkah to an urgent care facility who then
transferred him to Children's Health care of
Atlanta Egleston. Toni was told that the prognosis
for her son was not good.
had suffered a severe brain injury, fractured
skull and severe brain damage.
If he did recover, he would
be severely handicapped. He would not speak.
He would not walk"
Toni said that she had never had trouble with Ryan
in the past and that now she was having good
bad moments. Ruby Huntley, Mikkah's grandmother
was trying to make sense of it:
him to take my grandson. I'm mad, I'm very,
February of 2012, Ryan Edwards was charged
with the murder of Mikkah. Ryan also faced
charges of child
cruelty and aggravated battery. Ryan remained
in jail and was not given bond. In that same
month, Ryan was
given an extension of the time he would be
given to build his defense and was given two
weeks to hire a lawyer.
Ryan had wanted to hire a private attorney
instead of using a public defender. A
prosecutor in the case said that
in the last 19 days, Ryan had plenty of time
to hire a lawyer. The judge in the case asked
Ryan to provide him with proof that he had
been looking for a lawyer and Ryan's wife,
Lakesha, talked to the judge about it. Toni
said she has nothing against this woman:
his wife and I guess as a wife, good or
bad, when you take take marriage vow,
I guess you
have to take them seriously. I know he
will never walk up out of here. I know
that in my heart of
heart, so that's okay. They can take
however much time they need"
Toni had attended the hearing and told
reporters that she and her family were
devastated over the death of Mikkah:
haven't stopped crying. It's been three
weeks and I cry every day.
My children cry. It's hard"
In May of 2103 a jury took about two hours
to find Ryan Russell Edwards, who was 35
years old at the time, guilty of killing
Ryan chose not to speak on his own behalf
and the Public Defender had no evidence to
show the jury. The Deputy Chief Assistant
District Attorney Katie Powers had shown a
video taped recording of Mikkah's brother,
Malakai, who had been 12 years old when
Mikkah died. Malakai had gone down the
stairs to get a drink of water and to find
out what the noises were that he was
hearing. What he saw was horrifying.
Mikkah had something around his neck and
Ryan was swinging him around like a rag
doll, though Malakai could not see what
was around his brothers neck because he
was being swung around too quickly.
Malakai said his brother looked to be
choking and when Ryan noticed him watching
he told him that Mikkah was alight, but
the look on Mikkah's face was of a child
who was scared and begging for help. When
Toni got home, Malakai told her what
happened. Malakai said:
was scared of him. I was afraid of
what he might do to me. He punched me
but that was because I didn't to the
dishes. That was a couple of years
said in court that Ryan told her he
was trying to toughen Mikkah up so he
wouldn't be a sissy momma's boy, she
admitted that she felt he played too
rough with the child. Malakai told the
Detectives that he believed his father
was very rough with Mikkah and that he
would ram his knuckle into his temple,
if Mikkah cried he would tell him to
Judge Albert Collier sentenced Ryan to
life in prison without the possibility
of parole, plus 120 years. He will
never leave prison alive:
feels good. I'm glad for that
Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson
May 20, 2016
was contacted by Toni who let me
know that I had several things
wrong in my story about her son.
I apologize to Toni for those
mistakes and I have corrected
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