DeKalb County police charged Tyasia Jackson, 13, as an adult. She is accused of murdering her 2-year-old sister.

Jackson walked with her head down when DeKalb County detectives escorted her inside Magistrate court for her first appearance Tuesday.

Shelton Latroy Ray is the biological father of Sasha Lamaya Ray, 2, of Decatur. “She told me out of her own mouth that she did it,” said Ray.

According to investigators, Jackson was babysitting Sasha and her four other young siblings while both parents were at work.

Ray said Jackson was caught with a boy inside the home while he and her mother were away from the house.

Ray told investigators that Jackson called him Monday and confessed to the murder.

Veronica Hillman, a coworker of Ray’s wife who is also a neighbor, reports seeing the teen allow the boy into the home. The coworker then called the wife at work and went to the house.

Hillman said she found the boy hiding inside a closet.

“She made all the other kids go upstairs and then she stabbed her by the back door. Put her outside came back in the house, cleaned up the blood, changed clothes then came outside and started looking for her [Sasha] with everybody else,” Ray said.

Ray said he and his wife have to bury one child and find the strength to support another.

“It’s tough to swallow right now. I can’t believe it. At the same time she still needs our help. We are her parents,” said Ray.

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