GBI says Heaven Woods had bruises on entire body

FORSYTH, Ga. -- Amanda Hendrickson wiped away tears through most of the hour and a half long hearing that recounted the injuries police believe led to the death of her 5-year-old daughter.

11Alive was the only station at the hearing, as prosecutors began to lay out their murder case against Hendrickson and her boyfriend Roderick Buckner.

GBI Special Agent Charlie Woodall testified, Heaven Woods had bruises on every part of her body, "Front, back, leg, arms. Almost everywhere except her face," he said in court.

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Woodall testified by the time Heaven died, her left arm and five ribs were broken. Several had started to heal -- a sign the abuse had gone on for some time.

But Woodall says the injuries the medical examiner believes killed her happened in Buckner's front yard. He says Heaven's mother was there as Buckner hit the girl in the stomach with his knee, then elbow. A neighbor who asked not to be identified says she saw it happen two days in a row.

"She just stood there like she was already been through this or something. She just braced herself," the neighbor said.

On Monday, she says she tried to call DFCS.

"I called and just got a recording saying someone will be with you shortly," she added.

When asked about it DFCS said in a written statement that it could not comment on details of an ongoing criminal investigation. But, "currently, the average call to the Central Intake Communication Center is answered within three minutes, and the majority of calls experience no wait time," said a spokesperson.

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Even if the neighbor couldn't get through, Woodall testified there were others who had reason for concern.

He told the judge several of Buckner's co-workers heard him on the phone, threatening to beat the girl. Even Buckner's mother allegedly called him demanding he get his girlfriend to calm down. Police believe, based off a text message they say Hendrickson sent, she was beating Heaven with her shoes.

So what could a little girl do so wrong? Woodall says they were upset Heaven kept soiling her pants.


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