Savannah > Teen Sentenced to 30 years for Death of Daughter

| April 10, 2015


SAVANNAH — Calabria Tiawana Bragg today was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 20 to serve after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 blunt-force trauma death of her 8-month-old daughter, according to a report in the Savannah Morning News.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesemann imposed a 20-year term on the manslaughter count, which the state reduced from murder, then added the 10-year probationary term for child cruelty and making false statements with special conditions as part of an open-ended guilty plea.

Bragg, then 17, was indicted last year on felony-murder counts in the Aug. 5, 2013, death of Arizona Mozee, cruelty to children and false statements and writings to law enforcement officer.

She has remained in custody since her arrest following indictment on April 2, 2014.

The indictment followed the death of the infant after she was found unresponsive in her bassinet. An autopsy determined the death was caused by a massive blow to her stomach area that caused her to bleed out internally, Assistant District Attorney Emily Puhala told Freesemann.

The prosecutor said the defendant’s “worst fears were going to come true and she lost it.”

The state’ evidence at trial would have shown the child, who had been premature, was badly underweight and required hospitalization to regain. The mother was granted a return of her child in Juvenile Court on the same day as her death, the prosecutor said.

“The cost was all to Arizona,” Puhala said. The defendant “was responsible for Arizona and she was unable to fulfill her responsibilities.”

But, defense attorney Richard Darden told Freesemann, “This is a case that could not only be predicted, but could have been prevented.”

Included in that was what Darden call the “obvious failure of the Juvenile Court when they returned the child to (the defendant’s) custody on the same day she died.”

However, he said, Bragg “is responsible and she did do it.”

He said Bragg, an eight-grade drop out who ran away from home at 13 or 14, was “allowed the run the streets” and become pregnant three times.

Evidence showed that Arizona was the defendant’s second child and that she was again pregnant when Arizona died.

“I’m not really surprised that we are here today,” Darden told Freesemann.

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  1. Roscoe P. Jenkins says:

    If this doesn’t warrant state sanctioned sterilization then I don’t know what does.