The abused 7-year-old who was murdered at her Bronx home over the summer will finally be buried — now that her quarreling parents have settled their battle in court over her remains, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Julius Bates, father of young Julia Bates, has secured the right to claim the remains of his “princess” from the city mortuary, where they have been kept since her tragic death inside her mother’s apartment in the Mitchell Homes of New York City on August 10.
Mum Navasya Jones, 35, filed a petition in Bronx Superior Court in September asking a judge to give her control of funeral arrangements, saying she wanted her daughter’s body to be cremated so she always had something to remember. [her] by.”
But the stunned father, 37, said he wanted Julisia to be buried, telling the newspaper last month that he would “never agree” to her cremation.
In court papers, Bates also argued that it was inappropriate to give Jones control of their daughter’s last burial place – given that the girl was in her care when she died.
“Even if she didn’t cause the final blow, she didn’t protect her when she could,” Bates wrote in an affidavit filed earlier this month and obtained by The Post.
His lawyer also alleged in a filing that Jones was “one of two suspects directly or indirectly responsible for her murder.”
Lawyers for Nether Batties or Jones responded with multiple requests for comment. No criminal charges have been brought against Jones – or anyone else in the case, which is still under investigation.
Julisia’s body had evidence of trauma all over when she was discovered inside the apartment, and the death was judged to be a murder from “strong abdominal trauma”.
Law enforcement sources said the girl’s mother and 17-year-old half-brother were interrogated by investigators.
There was a known history of violence in the child’s home, and an alleged admission by the half-brother that he punched Julisia eight times in the face on the day she died – although it was later determined that these blows were not the cause of her eventual death, according to sources. . He said.
Bates wrote in his affidavit that “I understand that at some point there will be an arrest, and this will help me at least put some final touches on who is responsible for her death.”
The agreement he and Julisia’s mother reached, which a judge signed late last week, allows him to bury his daughter, while giving Jones separate viewing time at a funeral home in Brooklyn.
Prior to her tragic death and the ensuing fight over her remains, Julisia was the subject of a heated guard battle, with her paternal grandmother Yolanda Davis fighting in vain for years for the right to be cared for.
“We need to bury my granddaughter,” Davis told The Post on Wednesday. “I don’t want her in the morgue anymore.”
Davis said her granddaughter should be buried within the next two weeks and that she was making prayer cards for the funeral. You want to bury Julisia in a white dress that the girl chose for a wedding.
“Let her little soul rest in peace now,” she said.