The Paulding County, Ga. father accused of murder and child cruelty in the death of his 12-year-old son Eric Forbes was given bond on Oct. 29. Shayaa Yusuf Forbes remains in the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Facility as of Tuesday afternoon despite the $30,000 bond being set by a judge hearing the charges.
Eric Forbes' father faces one felony murder charge and two child cruelty charges in the Oct. 11 death of his son, who he says was unconscious in a bathtub when he went to check on him, and that the youth's head was "bobbing" in the water when he found him.
An autopsy conducted in the state shows that the young boy was the victim of repeated abuse that had left bite marks, bruises and lacerations all over his body. And investigators are continuing to gather information in the case.
Shayaa Yusuf Forbes and the child's mother, Ashlei Majors, also have another child together. That female child is in the custody of Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services, and she has been since the night her brother died.
A burial fundraising effort on behalf of Eric Forbes took place earlier this month following his death, and the proceeds that exceeded the burial expense were going to be used to pay for a college scholarship for the victim's younger sister Erica.
Wells Fargo Bank, along with Dallas' Crossroads Neighborhood Grille and Cedarcrest Pizza Shack were all instrumental in raising money through the Eric Forbes Fund discussed on Facebook in order to help pay the cost of the 12-year-old boy's funeral and burial expenses. The effort was well received in the community, who turned out in large numbers to contribute to the effort.