Brandy Ann Boyd & Austin Levi Payne

Austin Payne and Brandy Boyd

Crimes: Child Abuse, Murder

Blake Cowart of Georgia, USA didn’t live to see his beautiful baby girl, Journey, grow up. Tragically, he drowned in the Etowah River in April 2013. Heartbreakingly, little Journey didn’t grow up after all. She was only 1 year old when she was brutally murdered on January 21, 2014. Her killers were her mother and her mother’s boyfriend.

“If I did not have my faith in Jesus Christ I would not make it,” said Mellodie Hunt, mother of Blake and grandmother of Journey. “This is horrible.”

A mother shouldn’t live to see her child die, and a grandmother shouldn’t live to see her grandchild die. It’s just so wrong. And knowing that the baby was brutalized by her own mother is beyond horrible.

Journey Ann Cowart’s mother is Brandy Ann Boyd of Bartow County, Georgia. She, along with her boyfriend, Austin Levi Payne, had expended a significant amount of time and effort beating and battering that helpless little 1-year-old girl.

Journey Ann CowartIn the weeks before Journey was killed, she suffered broken ribs, a broken arm and a broken leg that were left untreated. The pain must have been excruciating for her, but her own monstrous mother had no sympathy for her. The beatings didn’t stop. Finally, on January 21, 2014, Journey was taken to hospital. At that point she wasn’t breathing.

That’s right, Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne didn’t seek medical help for that poor broken baby until she was essentially dead. They are both hellbeastly, subhuman monsters who, IMO, don’t deserve to share this planet with the rest of us.

It is fortunate for the cause of justice that this pair of murderous asswipes did take Journey to Cartersville Medical Center. They could have hidden or destroyed her body but they didn’t do that. Instead, by taking her to the hospital, all of the injuries they’d inflicted upon that baby were soon revealed in all their horror.

Journey Ann Cowart, that poor baby, had bruises on her forehead, legs and torso. She’d been bitten on her shoulder. She had fractures of her leg, arm and ribs. She suffered traumatic injuries to her stomach and liver. She had brain damage and bleeding on the brain. Her killers had beaten her head and tummy against “an unknown solid object”.

The Medical Examiner determined that Journey Ann Cowart had been regularly abused for 6 to 7 months. That’s literally half of her life. And that means the beatings began a couple of months after her daddy drowned.

After Blake Cowart died, his parents had trouble visiting with Journey. Brandy Ann Boyd didn’t cooperate, and for good reason. When the grandparents did see the baby she was sporting bruises. The abusive hellbitch had to come up with explanations for them.

“Explained it away, said she fell and hit her head on the floor,” said grandfather Allen Hunt.

Journey Ann Cowart was only 1 year and 11 days old when she succumbed to her injuries and died. Her grandparents had held a birthday party for her but the hellbitch Brandy Boyd had understandably kept her away. By then the baby had broken ribs, a broken arm and a broken leg.

It is so tragic knowing how much Mellodie and Allen Hunt loved and wanted their granddaughter. I’m sure they would have taken her in a heartbeat if Brandy Ann Boyd had allowed that. But no, the evil hellbitch had no interest in saving her baby from being beaten, battered, tortured and ultimately murdered.

Soon after Journey was pronounced dead at the hospital, Brandy Ann Boyd, 25, and Austin Levi Payne, 25, were arrested and charged with murder.

In September 2014, a Bartow County grand jury indicted them on several counts including malice murder, felony murder, battery, aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the first degree.

In Georgia, felony murder refers to a death that occurs during the commission of an “inherently dangerous felony”. Malice murder is the killing of somebody with premeditation and intent to kill.

In November 2014 Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne both pled not guilty to the charges. I don’t know why they bothered — it’s not like there was any way the abuse was accidental or that somebody else had murdered little Journey.

On May 14, 2015, a jury found Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne guilty of felony murder, but not guilty of malice murder. I think the jury got it right.

On June 23, 2015, the pair were sentenced in Bartow Superior Court to life without parole.

Judge Carey Nelson said during sentencing, “For a mother to do this to her own infant child exceeds all human understanding.”

All that is left now is for those two evil roadturds to sit and rot in prison for the next 5 or 6 or even 7 decades. It’s what they so richly deserve, and I hope they suffer each and every endless day.

With justice being served, and with baby Journey buried next to her father, all we’re left with is asking ourselves “why?” Why the hell did Brandy Ann Boyd beat her baby? Why did she allow her f*cktard boyfriend to beat her baby? Why didn’t she hand her obviously unwanted child to somebody else, such as the grandparents?

Why did Austin Payne beat a helpless infant? Did it make him feel like a real tough man? Did he like the sound of breaking bones?

All I can surmise is that Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne are both sadistic monsters, and neither of them possess even an ounce of humanity. They are vicious, cruel beasts who are now where they belong — behind bars for the rest of their useless lives.

RIP, Journey Ann Cowart and Blake Cowart. I extend my condolences to the Hunts and other family and friends who mourn their loss.

CBS46 News article – grandparents speak out
Patch.com article – not guilty pleas
My Fox Atlanta News article – verdict
WRGA Local News article – sentencing
LifeNews.com article – charges
11Alive News article – guilty

19 Responses to Brandy Ann Boyd & Austin Levi Payne

  1. Bengalpuss says:

    What can i say? “evil fucking cunts” that poor little darling, i fucking hate anybody that can harm a little defenceless baby, i just can.t understand it. What chance does an infant stand against an adult? That bitch of a mother, and i use that term loosely should be sat on death row along with that worthless cunt of a boyfriend. The paternal grandparents would’ve taken her in a heartbeat, but the selfish bitch wouldn’t allow that. I hope this pair of evil bastard’s live a miserable existence until they go to the pits of hell where they so rightfully belong.

  2. bulldoggy says:

    Baby killers can’t be punished enough in my opinion. Even if we could drop them off naked and covered in barbecue sauce in the middle of a safari where they’d be chased by predators and ultimately eaten, that wouldn’t be bad enough. Even if we could inject a deadly disease like leprosy that would make their body parts rot and fall off, that wouldn’t be enough. RIP little Journey.

  3. killpedos says:

    Oh my goodness. This sort of thing is way beyond my comprehension. As a mother who has buried my eldest son, and the grief that follows is indescribably heartwrenching.
    That poor little darling. No more pain for you sweetheart.
    CAUTION BAD WORDS FOLLOW;
    As for the VILE pieces of RHINOSHIT that did this unhuman act. I hope you burn to death after you have been SKINNED ALIVE.
    FUCKING COCKROACHES.
    Thats all I have to say at the moment.

  4. killpedos says:

    That poor little darling. I myself know what it is like to bury your own child through uncontrollable circumstances. But to physicallyhurt your child until they die is just pure evil. May god have no mercy on their souls and may the devil skin them ALIVE first then BURN the motherfucking pieces of rhinoshit.

  5. killpedos says:

    Sorry I know I have a lot to say on this pair. But I just wondered if they could be given to ISIS so they could experiment on them. Hmmmm just a thought. BOOM!!!! Hehehe……….

    • Bengalpuss says:

      You rant away killpedos, i agree cunts like these should be given to isis to behead.

    • darksunshine says:

      It’s been a year and a half since you wrote this comment and to this day I haven’t seen a better idea. Give them to ISIS to play with.

      • Bengalpuss. says:

        And hope that isis don’t kill the cunts outright, torture the Bastards with the most gruesome things they can think of.

      • Bengalpuss. says:

        I always can’t wrap my head around they’re pitiful faces, like they’re the victims. If I had my way id let family members alone with these two turd breaths to get real justice for that baby. And don’t anybody tell me that its wrong and bringing myself to their level cos I don’t give a Fuck. What chance did that beautiful little angel stand with these two pieces of monkey phlem

  6. moodymagic says:

    These pair of child killers need to suffer long and hard. Child Killer should be branded to their foreheads. burn in hell monsters

  7. Kellie says:

    God dam’it. An eye for an eye!!

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Definately an eye for an eye with baby killing bastard’s like these two!! And that doctor said that journey had been abused for roughly 6-7 months, just after journeys daddy passed away. At least she’s with her daddy now, loved and cherished with god, something that worthless bitch of a mother never did.

  8. HEART2SOFT says:

    All of the stories on this site are sad, but this story….I don’t even know where to start in wishing the most inhuman things happen to this pair, especially the mother, who was supposed to be her protector. They are monsters most evil. That poor poor little baby. God rest her little soul, and thank goodness she can finally be at peace. My heaviest, heartfelt condolences to the grandparents. I can tell this story is going to bother me throughout the night, my heart feels so heavy right now.

  9. BugZapper says:

    I was in the holding cell with this murdering scum.
    He cried like a baby the whole time.
    She was across the hall in another cell.
    They both got what they deserved.

  10. lanthanide-highway says:

    that is one fugly woman and he reminds me of a routine where the comedienne truthfully remarks that shaven-headed men look remarkably like dildos. and BITTEN?? they BIT a toddler like some rabid dog… they ought to be shot like mad-dogs if they’re capable of mindlessly biting like one.

  11. Karl Balduzzi says:

    your style of writting is very refreshing

  12. darksunshine says:

    I followed this story from the day it began. Its been nearly 3 years and it still makes me want one hour alone with each of these disgusting excuses for oxygen wasting beasts. I always wondered why the grandparents didn’t send DFCS to their house because of the bruises and the constant excuses, especially after the babys father suddenly drowning the year before (and why they didn’t connect these two cases is beyond me).
    Anyway, prison just isn’t enough. I truly hope these two are suffering every minute of every day, although I hear Brandy shows no remorse at all. I would like to see posts that every week that each of them have beaten within an inch of their lives but allowed to live for next weeks beating. But from what I hear they are both doing just hunky dory. To me that’s not justice.

  13. Tom Daly says:

    I totally agree. People like that do NOT deserve to have children. They should be sterilized.

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