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'I know no child ever wants to send their mother to jail': Brother of slain 5-year-old to testify

Posted at 7:44 AM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 07:44:00-04

It's been over a year and a half since 5-year-old Ta'Naejah McCloud was allegedly killed by her mother and her mother's partner.  The jury selection for the trial started on Tuesday and McCloud's family are already prepared to be court every day of the trial to see justice through.

"She's gone and I can't see my sister no more," said Ta'Naejah's brother Rayvon Owens.

A small group of friends, family and supporters gathered to pray for justice for Ta'Naejah, hoping to see their little girl finally get justice.

"You have to relive the tragedy that occurred," said family member Devinah Giles. "You have to relive the same pain everyone felt when Ta'Naejah was taken away, but it's sweet because we finally get to see justice happen."

The 5-year-old was allegedly killed by her mother Tequila Crump and her mother's partner Ursula Owens. Rayvon Owens, Ta'Nejah's older brother said he witnessed the abuse and alerted the authorities. Now, he has to do the unthinkable.

"I got to testify against my mother," he said. " I know no child ever wants to send their mother to jail, but for me, it's the right thing to do and that's something that I'm going to do cause I'm going to get justice for my sister."

Despite his struggles, the 16-year-old says memories of his sister helps keep him going

"I really miss my sister, and I truly do love her," said Owens. "I'm glad she's up there in heaven like I know she is coloring away with God and I know she probably sees me right now."

Jury selection for the trial will continue Wednesday.