Eric Forbes Funeral Fund

$8,595 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 169 people in 38 months
Mitze Junger Pritchard-McDonald  DALLAS, GA

Eric Forbes was an energetic 6th grader at McClure Middle School in Dallas, GA. At only 12 years old he was beaten to death by the hands of his own father. When the paramedics arrived it did not take them long to figure out that Eric did not drown as his father said. They saw evidence of current and prolonged child abuse. As a community we are trying to raise money to give this precious boy a proper funeral and burial. If you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. We are working directly with the funeral home to pay for the funeral.

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -

Officials with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man accused of beating his 12-year-old son to death.

Authorities responded to a reported drowning at a home on North Springs Drive in Acworth on Friday and found Eric Forbes unconscious. The boy was taken to Paulding Wellstar Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Shayaa Forbes, 32, was arrested and charged with cruelty to children, according to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office. Those charges will likely be upgraded pending the results of the autopsy on the boy, according to the sheriff's office.

Officials tell FOX 5 that the sixth-grade student at McClure Middle School in Dallas, Ga., suffered severe trauma after allegedly being beaten by his father.

"The male juvenile, who had multiple bruises, bite marks, lacerations, and other marks that are consistent with physical abuse, appeared to have endured abuse for quite some time," Cpl. Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office said in an emailed statement.

Ashley Majors, the mother of the 12-year-old boy, said that Shayaa Forbes has a history of violence.

"I was abused for five years," she said. "The reason I left, but I didn't think he would do this to his own child, flesh and blood."

Majors said that she didn't know her son had died until two days later.

A 10-year-old girl who also lived at the home was taken into Department of Family and Children Services custody, according to the sheriff's office. A hearing will be held on Tuesday to determine who gets custody of that child.

Forbes is being held at the Paulding County Jail.


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Update 2
Posted by Mitze McDonald
38 months ago
We are completely taken by the love and support for this child! I can't believe that in 15 hours we (with everyone's help) have raised $2160.00. Please keep spreading the word! I have to get to a meeting so please everyone keep reposting this! See you tonight at Crossroads! Pizza Shack"¦ we will stop by after Crossroads to spread the love!!!
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Update 1
Posted by Mitze McDonald
38 months ago
This is a safe place to donate to for Eric's funeral. ALL proceeds will go directly to the funeral home. Please PM me with any questions.
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Eric Forbes
17 months ago

Hell! That's my name. Who was this unfortunate guy?

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Katrina Smith
38 months ago

Eric Forbes funeral arrangements: Williamson Mortuary 1410 Hwy 138 SW, Riverdale, GA 30296. Visitation is next Thursday night 6-7, Funeral is 12:00 on Friday

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Amy Sexton Hadley
38 months ago

What funeral home is he at?

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Christy Waki
38 months ago

I just want to say that I think this page and the amount continually increasing is proof of what an incredible community we all live in. I'm so very sorry that this little boy didn't get the chance to live the life a child deserves. No matter who killed him, he was a victim and I'm proud that we're all doing our best to help him now. Rest In Peace Sweet Eric, you and your sister are safe now.

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Carrie Brown
38 months ago

@Jackie this is not where you need to insert your judgement of what should or should not have been posted about the father... Remember you never know what goes on behind closed doors in ones home so your spill about how loving the father was is just an opinion of what people thought of him... I'm not sure about you but I got my facts from what the Sheriffs Office has put out there for community not the media...

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Jessica Chambers
38 months ago

@jackie dalton - speak what you know !!! are you kidding me !!!!!! THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jackie Dalton
38 months ago

Yes, it 's a very sad and tragic thing that happened to this boy. A family has been completely torn apart. I urge you to pleased donate to the family so Eric will receive a proper funeral. I do want to ask, where is the word "alleged"? What happened to the premise of "Innocent until PROVEN guilty"? All who know this man-family, friends and neighbors say this man is loving father that provided a good home for his kids. Why are we so quick to presume the worst based only on reports in the media? I believe it was reckless for the mother of this boy to go on TV and accuse this man of abuse. There are reasons that are not reported that this woman is the EX-wife, DOES NOT have custody of her kids and HAS NOT seen her son in two months. The courts would not have awarded him custody of those children if there was the slightest chance he was an abusive parent. If he is found to be guilty, then he will pay a hefty price. Until the FACTS are revealed in a court of law (not the court of public opinion), I ask that you reserve your judgement until the facts are known and not based on what you see on TV. The media has been known to be wrong before.

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$8,595 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 169 people in 38 months
Created October 16, 2013
Mitze Junger Pritchard-McDonald  
$50
Anonymous
37 months ago
RT
$100
Reed Tumlin
37 months ago
VK
$25
Vishal Kode
38 months ago

Rest in Peace Little Man

DT
$25
Debby Tuck
38 months ago

I know you are smiling now with the angels watching you

$25
Anonymous
38 months ago
MR
$10
Meredith Rae
38 months ago
$25
Anonymous
38 months ago
SC
$50
Sheryl Cooper
38 months ago

Rest in peace sweetie!

WF
$5
william finley
38 months ago

As a college student, I can only donate a little. I wish I could give a more. I'm sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to your family.

AM
$65
Ashley Marlin
38 months ago
Eric Forbes
17 months ago

Hell! That's my name. Who was this unfortunate guy?

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Katrina Smith
38 months ago

Eric Forbes funeral arrangements: Williamson Mortuary 1410 Hwy 138 SW, Riverdale, GA 30296. Visitation is next Thursday night 6-7, Funeral is 12:00 on Friday

+ Read More
Amy Sexton Hadley
38 months ago

What funeral home is he at?

+ Read More
Christy Waki
38 months ago

I just want to say that I think this page and the amount continually increasing is proof of what an incredible community we all live in. I'm so very sorry that this little boy didn't get the chance to live the life a child deserves. No matter who killed him, he was a victim and I'm proud that we're all doing our best to help him now. Rest In Peace Sweet Eric, you and your sister are safe now.

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Carrie Brown
38 months ago

@Jackie this is not where you need to insert your judgement of what should or should not have been posted about the father... Remember you never know what goes on behind closed doors in ones home so your spill about how loving the father was is just an opinion of what people thought of him... I'm not sure about you but I got my facts from what the Sheriffs Office has put out there for community not the media...

+ Read More
Jessica Chambers
38 months ago

@jackie dalton - speak what you know !!! are you kidding me !!!!!! THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+ Read More
Jackie Dalton
38 months ago

Yes, it 's a very sad and tragic thing that happened to this boy. A family has been completely torn apart. I urge you to pleased donate to the family so Eric will receive a proper funeral. I do want to ask, where is the word "alleged"? What happened to the premise of "Innocent until PROVEN guilty"? All who know this man-family, friends and neighbors say this man is loving father that provided a good home for his kids. Why are we so quick to presume the worst based only on reports in the media? I believe it was reckless for the mother of this boy to go on TV and accuse this man of abuse. There are reasons that are not reported that this woman is the EX-wife, DOES NOT have custody of her kids and HAS NOT seen her son in two months. The courts would not have awarded him custody of those children if there was the slightest chance he was an abusive parent. If he is found to be guilty, then he will pay a hefty price. Until the FACTS are revealed in a court of law (not the court of public opinion), I ask that you reserve your judgement until the facts are known and not based on what you see on TV. The media has been known to be wrong before.

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