ATHENA Brownfield loved the color purple and was “joined at the hip” to her surviving sister, a heartbreaking obituary for the four-year-old States.
Little Athena was reported missing on January 10, and officials found the remains of a child while searching for her on Tuesday.
Her tragically short life is to be commemorated on January 25 when Senator Roger Thompson leads the service.
According to the obituary, Athena was born on September 6, 2018 in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Her parents were listed as Wesley Robert Brownfield and Jasmine Adina Kay Faircloth Brownfield but she was living with caretakers at the time of her death.
“She grew up in Nebraska and later in Oklahoma,” the article states
“Athena loved to paint and Baby Shark. She and her sister were closely linked at the waist.”
The obituary states that she loved “playing dress-up”.
It confirms the girl died on Dec. 25 as the affidavit released by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation claims she was fatally beaten by Ivon Adams, 36.
Ivon was booked into Arizona on Friday and faces child molestation charges and a first-degree murder charge, OSBI confirmed.
His estranged wife Alysia was arrested the day before for child abuse.
Ivon was awaiting extradition, but he could be returned to Oklahoma because he is no longer on the Maricopa County prison list, KSWO reported.
The search for Athena began on January 10 when a postal worker found her sister unattended outside her home in Cyril.
Investigators discovered the remains of a child Tuesday afternoon in Rush Springs in rural Grady County.
The coroner’s office will analyze the remains to determine a positive identification.
According to documents obtained by KSWO, after being discovered, Adina told police that she had been left in the house and was “tired of being alone”.
The five-year-old girl spoke of her caretakers Ivon and Alysia Adams, whom she tragically referred to as “mother” and “father,” the documents reveal.
Alysia, 36, was questioned by authorities and reportedly confessed that her estranged husband beat Athena to death and “held her by the arms” on December 25.
The account claims that Athena “did not move and her eyes were scarcely open.
“He [Ivon] then put her on the ground and hit her in the chest at least three more times. [Athena] never moved after that,” the court filings added.
Alysia reportedly told investigators that Ivon allegedly fled the house with Athena’s body around 1 a.m. the following day.
The affidavit claims Ivon told his wife he buried the four-year-old girl’s body near a “fence line near their old property in Grady County.”
Ivon is being held on $1 million bail while Alysia, who appeared before a judge on Tuesday, is being held on $500,000 bail.
When deployed, Alysia must not leave Oklahoma, must wear a GPS tracker, and must not have contact with witnesses.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation revealed that Alysia is related to Athena and Adina.
The girls’ biological mother left the sisters in the care of Alysia and Ivon for about a year or two, court documents say.
The family lived in the house in Cyril, a small town 70 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, for at least two years.
For up to two years, the girls had never been taken to a doctor’s appointment or enrolled in school, court documents showed.
Athena’s older sister is now in protective custody with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Alysia was arrested because she “failed to protect[Athena]from abuse,” prosecution documents say, but pleaded not guilty.
Ivon hadn’t submitted a plea.
Athena is survived by her birth parents, sister, grandparents on both sides, and aunts and uncles.
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