Boyfriend in Child Abuse Case Given Maximum Sentence

By: Garin Flowers, Eyewitness News Email
By: Garin Flowers, Eyewitness News Email

Jefferson County, FL - October 10, 2012 - A Jefferson County man has been given the maximum sentence in a case of child abuse.

A judge sentenced 30-year-old Marvin Campbell to serve 30 years in prison.

He was accused and now convicted of beating his girlfriend's son last year. The child was just a year old at the time.

The little boy survived, but was hospitalized with severe brain injuries.

Campbell was convicted of aggravated child abuse causing great bodily harm.

He was a repeat offender which added to the length of his sentencing.


Jefferson County, FL - October 17, 2011 - Marvin Campbell Jr. has been charged with aggravated child abuse, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office .The charges come after the investigation into the abuse of a 1-year-old boy.

Jefferson County deputies say there was no abuse suspected from the mother of the child, the girlfriend of Campbell.

The baby is now "doing well" in Jacksonville at a rehab center.


UPDATE 9-27-2011

Jefferson County, FL - A toddler who was badly beaten last Thursday 9/22 finally woke up today 9/27 after undergoing emergency brain surgery.

Jefferson County deputies say there was no abuse suspected from the mother of the child. The toddler's condition is improving. At this time, deputies are unsure if the child will suffer brain damage. WCTV will keep you posted on when a court date is set and charges are filed.


Jefferson County, Florida - September 23, 2011 - 1:30pm

More information has been released about the baby in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial. While authorities are not releasing the first name of the baby, they are telling us that the baby boy's last name is Gardener. Baby Gardener is 18-months-old.

Stay with WCTV for updates.


Jefferson County, Florida - September 22, 2011 - Noon

Deputies in Jefferson County are investigating a child abuse incident.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the abuse of a 1-year-old boy. The suspect, 30-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr. is behind bars.

The baby is at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Deputies say Campbell was watching the child at the mother's home yesterday while the mother, Heather Murphy, wasn't home. Murphy and Campbell are dating, but Campbell isn't the child's father. He called 911 at about 1:15 yesterday afternoon when the baby was unresponsive. The child was then rushed to the hospital and had emergency brain surgery. Jefferson County deputies arrested Campbell because he's wanted in Gadsden County for not paying child support.

They're holding him here in Jefferson because he gave them a false name at the scene.


Jefferson County, Florida

Eyewitness News has learned that a boy, between 12 and 18 months of age, was beaten by the boyfriend of his mother, Heather Murphy, in Jefferson County yesterday, according to authorities in Jefferson County.

The boy is at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The boyfriend, Marvin Campbell Jr., is currently being held in the Gadsden County Jail on as he was wanted in Gadsden County on an unrelated charge.

All details of the incident are under investigation at this time.

Stay with WCTV for details.


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  • by mimi Location: tally on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    I used to date him and he was not a bad guy he was wrong for wat he did he needs to be in jail
  • by mike Location: tally on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    a couple of thousand volts would do him good.
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      by sally on Oct 17, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to mike
      i agree with u mike
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    Hey don't get so worked up over this thing. I know a lot of people on here are blaming Marvin, personally, I don't know the boyfriend or the mother but we all have a choice over how we react and respond to any and everything in life. We have control over our emotions. Let me just say that the mother should not get this child back and the child should be placed in DCF. She is an unfit mother for leaving the child with this man she barely knew. I don't know what to say about the boyfriend, whether he is innocent or guilty, but I am glad he did have the sense to call 911. I'm glad the child is okay but the mother should get jail time.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    EVEN THOUGH THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE BUT KNOW THAT BEING BLACK IN MONITCELLO IS A DEATH SENTENCE. The sheriff office is very racist. Think about the reason why some buisnesses closes a half a day on Wednesday'S on Monticello...Commeration of lynchings.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM in reply to Anonymous
      According to census results, Monticello is predominately African American. So, my question to you is: if it is a death sentence to be black, why don't you all ban together and VOTE OUT the incumbents so that your demographic can be more clearly represented? Oh yeah, cause it is easier to whine about something that it is to FIX it. My bad.
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      by SMH on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to Anonymous
      It's Thursday, and is for lynching due to crimes, not due to being black...smh...
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      by ? on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:22 PM in reply to Anonymous
      You are an idiot!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Yep, lets play the race card over and over again.
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      by L on Oct 18, 2011 at 08:46 AM in reply to Anonymous
      1. If everyone is black in Monticello, why did you people put in a racist sheriff? 2. Why don't you move if it's so terrible?
  • by Anonymous Location: MCLO on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    Marvin allegedly has 10-12 kids as of 2008 so imagine how many he has now. First off how can you care for someone else child and dont even take care of your own kids. I mean ALL his kids. Beating a child Marvin really!!! You cant possibly know how to care for someone else's child when you don't care for your own kids. The mother as neglegant anyway. You dont leave your kids with any man just because you are having relations with him. Project and hood Monitcello mothers just dont learn. Poor kid.
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      by Dee on Oct 18, 2011 at 05:07 AM in reply to Anonymous
      The REAL problem is the women who continue to have illegitimate children with anyone they can find on the street, including ones like this Marvin. Please ladies, have some self-respect and don't have children with someone who isn't committed to you enough to marry you. Our country would be a totally different place if every child was born to TWO parents who were committed to each other and wanted him or her.
  • by Badger on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    No man would ever beat a baby, so beat HIM like the DOG he is.
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      by Beatle on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM in reply to Badger
      sane people don't beat DOG's either...
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    You know wctv.tv only posts what they THINK everyone will want to read... Marvin hasn't been in the light SINCE this story so what does that tell you??
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      by me on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to
      THAT THEY DONT HAVE ANYTHING ON HIM!!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to me
        Exactly :)
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        by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:42 PM in reply to me
        Apparently they do.
  • by sad on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    TO THE FAMILY OF THE BABY: I pray for you all the time and pray for healing of your precious one. Stay strong.
  • by Family Location: Tallahassee on Sep 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    Michelle,You always have something to say, but the fact of the matter is a child is hurt do to an unfit mother the whole jefferson county knows about and now is trying to play innocent. because what mother would leave their children with a man that she has only knew two months.I personally think the baby had an underlying condition and marvin is being blamed. instead he should be honored as a hero for calling 911. because it clearly stated no physical evidence of abuse on the child....God bless you ignorant people.
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      by anon on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:50 PM in reply to Family
      The only ignorant person i see on here today is you, clearly you must be a family member of campbell's or another girlfriend. Cause i don't see how anyone can defend him at all. This was an innocent child.
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        by 2 ANON on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to anon
        HOW THE HELL YOU KNOW ITS NOT SOMETHING HEATHER DID B4 SHE SO-CALLED LEFT TO FIND A JOB?????? YALL IGNORANT FOR THROWING ALL THE BLAME ON MARVIN AND DONT KNOW THE STORY ITS JUS AS MUCH HEATHERS FAULT SO WHATEVA HAPPEN TO MARVIN HEATHER NEEDS IT 2
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          by a on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:31 AM in reply to 2 ANON
          if you have information regarding this then file a report. i'm sure for the safety of this child the deputies and dcf would liek to know.
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          by mimi on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:23 AM in reply to 2 ANON
          Amen
  • by Michelle Location: monticello on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    I know heather personally and I think alot of what yall say is truly wrong! She is a very loving mother.Everyone makes mistakes, but in this case it wasnt her that made a mistake. Who beats a baby??? What does a BABY do to you to make you beat them??? Marvin should be punished for EVERYTHING that HE DID! Heather keep your head up.Don't let these ignorant people get to you,Everybody that knows you, knows your a great mom :)
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