PHILADELPHIA, PA (WTXF) – Images of two year old and her mother have a lot of people outraged on the Internet. The photos show a woman with a child she allegedly beat to death appearing as an angel at her grave.
Jeanie Kassandra Ditty, 23, and Zachary Earl Keefer, 32, both of Fayetteville, are charged with first-degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, in the death of toddler Macey Ditty.
Police say they were called when Macy Grace was taken to a hospital covered in bruises with life threatening injuries. She died on December 4, 2015.
One month later, Ditty reached Pennsylvania photographer Sunny Jo and asked for images depicting little Macy Grace reading, walking and sitting with her daughter.
Jo produces hundreds of similar requests for parents as part of his One More Time series. When he asked how the young girl died, Ditty said her daughter choked on a banana when she had a stomach ache.
Jo confirmed with FOX 29 that Ditty showed him photos of Macy Grace she wanted to use. She then said she wanted a picture of them reading her favorite book, The Giving Tree, together.
Jo said he could work with it, and started taking the pictures. After finishing the shoot, he decided not to charge Ditty because of the tragic circumstances
He later discovered the tragic circumstances as people shared the story on Facebook.
Despite the backlash, the photographer says he doesn’t have any regrets about doing the shoot.
“The reason I am open and talking is because this girl was killed brutally and she doesn't have a voice. This whole thing is a tribute for Macy Grace,” he told Daily Mail.
Ditty, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, was arrested on the evening March 24 when the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Macy Grace’s death a homicide.
Police later charged Keefer. The suspects were in a relationship, according to investigators.