Julissa Batties’ wake attracts mourners in NYC demanding ‘justice’ for abused 7-year-old

Heartbroken relatives of the 7-year-old girl who was killed while visiting her mother’s Bronx home over the summer demanded “justice” Monday night when the child was finally laid to rest.

Dozens of mourners filled John’s Funeral Home in East New York, Brooklyn, after little Julissia Batties, who was found dead in her mother’s apartment on Aug. 10, with clear signs of trauma.

“I want justice,” said the young woman’s desperate grandmother, Yolanda Davis, at the funeral home. “I want justice for my grandson – I mean it.”

Julissia’s death was convicted as a homicide, after autopsy results showed she died of “blunt force abdominal trauma.” Almost three months later, no charges have been filed in the tragic case, which is still under investigation.

The girl’s funeral interrogation was delayed until Monday when her parents fought in court over custody of her remains.

Father Julius Batties, wearing a purple T-shirt with a photo of his daughter’s face in the wake of her, sobbed as she sat together over her closed white coffin for several moments.

Julius Batties' shirt dedicated to his daughter.
Julius Batties’ shirt dedicated to his daughter.
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Yolanda Davis, grandmother of 7-year-old Julissa Batties.
Yolanda Davis, grandmother of 7-year-old Julissa Batties.
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During the service, the father paid tribute to his dead daughter and remembers the times they shared together.

“Me and my daughter got to go through things because we love each other as much as we did,” he told the crowd of attendees.

An announcement about Julissia Batties' funeral.
An announcement about Julissia Batties’ funeral.

“I had a ball with her. I would go to work, come home and try to cheat on her with snacks. I love her, and will always love her. I will miss FaceTiming at night,” he added.

Mother Navasia Jones – who according to police sources has been questioned in connection with Julissia’s death – was allowed to attend the wake for an hour as part of the deal she made with Batties at the end of last month.

Sources said Julisia’s 17-year-old half-brother was also questioned by detectives. He allegedly admitted to punching her in the face eight times the day she died – although it was later determined that these blows were not what ultimately killed her.

There was a known story of domestic violence and police were called there on suspicion of assault six times from 2018 to 2020, sources said earlier.

Grieving at a memorial service for 7-year-old Julissia Batties.
Grieving at a memorial service for 7-year-old Julissia Batties.
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Julius Batties is crying at his child's coffin, 7-year-old Julissia Batties.
Julius Batties is crying at his child’s coffin, 7-year-old Julissia Batties.
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