In a triumphant turn of events, a determined Bronx father has emerged victorious in his relentless pursuit of custody for his 4-year-old son, Jayceon. Julius Batties, 39, secured full custody this week, marking a crucial milestone in the aftermath of the tragic 2021 death of his 7-year-old daughter, Julissia—a heart-wrenching incident that sent shockwaves through the city.
The devastated father, still grappling with the loss of Julissia, is steadfast in seeking justice for her accused killers—his estranged wife, Navasia Jones, 37, and stepson Paul Fine Jr., 19. Both face grave charges of murder and manslaughter, with Fine additionally charged with sexual abuse. Thursday's family court ruling, however, brought a measure of solace to Batties.
"I have full custody. I got my son. It feels great," declared Batties in a conversation with The Post. The relief he felt was palpable, likening the experience to shedding the weight of years-long legal battles. "It's a big release like tons of bricks off my back because I've been fighting for this for a long time, and as it was happening in court, I felt the release... the freedom of being freed from them is like I've been freed from a jail."
The tragic discovery of Julissia's tiny, battered body in her mother's disheveled apartment at NYCHA's Mitchell Houses complex in August 2021 occurred against the backdrop of a protracted custody battle. Shockingly, city child services had returned the girl to her mother's care just a month before her untimely death. Arrests were belated, taking place in June 2022.
Batties, resolute in his stance, is unwavering when it comes to Jones's visitation rights. "I couldn't bear to look," he stated, emphasizing his commitment to shielding Jayceon from any potential harm. In the courtroom, Batties passionately testified, making his case for why he deserved full custody.
As for Jayceon, Batties assures that the young boy is thriving. "He is good, he's very happy, and I'll continue to make sure he is happy and well taken care of," affirms the devoted father. "My job is to keep him happy, let him be a kid, enjoy his life." Yet, the emotional rollercoaster persists, with the looming criminal proceedings representing the final hurdle in Batties' arduous journey. "Now it's just the criminal part... that's something I hope I can put behind me, too. That's the last hurdle I've got to deal with."
As Julius Batties embraces the newfound joy of having full custody of his son, Jayceon, the conclusion of this harrowing chapter brings a mix of relief and resilience. The courtroom victory stands as a testament to Batties' unwavering determination in the face of tragedy, marking a crucial step towards rebuilding a semblance of normalcy for his family.
While the custody battle has been won, the emotional scars of Julissia's untimely death linger, compounded by the pending criminal proceedings against her accused killers—Navasia Jones and Paul Fine Jr. Batties, resolute in his commitment to shielding Jayceon from further harm, faces the last hurdle with a hopeful yet heavy heart.
In the wake of this poignant journey through grief, legal battles, and the pursuit of justice, Batties remains steadfast in his mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for Jayceon. The echoes of Julissia's tragic fate serve as a somber reminder of the fragility of life and the enduring strength of a father's love. As the legal chapter closes, Batties now looks towards a future where he can focus on rebuilding and nurturing the happiness of his surviving child, hoping to leave the shadows of the past behind and find solace in the warmth of a father-son bond that transcends the hardships endured.