UPDATE: Joshua Harris, Riley's father says he even though it's been three months since she was killed, it felt like forever until Jordan Walls was indicted.

Walls, Riley's stepfather, is now in custody in Murray County after getting charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children in regards to Riley's death, on Wednesday.

"The hurt is just as fresh as the night it happened, and it's never going to go away," said Harris. 

Harris has been trying to find a new normal, since she was hit and killed by a truck. Riley was under Walls' supervision at the time. 

"You know every joy in life was ripped out of you and you can't get it back," said Harris. 

Court documents show that the children got out twice that night while Walls was distracted playing video games. 

"And the fact that he turned around and went back to doing the same thing, that's what he needs to be held accountable for."

Kelly Bloodworth, Riley's grandmother says she just wants justice for her granddaughter.

"I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that a video game was more important than those two children," said Bloodworth. "Though I do have compassion for him, and I know that it was an accident, it was a preventable accident."

Joshua knows there's a long way to go, but he knows that this is a step forward in the process. 

"A heavy person standing with both feet on my chest, I feel like one foot has been taken off now I just need the other one to come off and step in the same direction," said Harris. 

Now he watches videos of his daughter, and he talks to her every night. 

"I know I'll never forget my daughter's face, I was there the day she was born, but there's times it scares me that I may start to forget the sound of her voice," said Harris. 

He is doing everything he can to preserve and honor her memory. He even went to her grave Wednesday to tell her about the indictment.

"I've made sure to take them from my phone and my computer and take them to a disc to a hard drive just so I know that if I live 40 years from now, I can go back and listen to her," said Harris. 

Walls could face 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The step-father of Riley Harris, Jordan Walls, has been indicted on charges of second-degree cruelty to children and second-degree murder.

On October 16, two-year-old Harris and her stepbrother wandered out into the street. She was hit and killed by a truck. Walls was supposed to be watching them at the time. Wednesday, Walls was indicted on two charges.

"A grand jury returned an indictment against Mr. Walls for second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children," said Bert Poston.

Court documents show the children got out of the house twice that day, the door leading outside wasn't secured, and Walls was distracted playing video games.

Bert Poston, the District Attorney for Whitfield and Murray Counties, explained the charges.

"Second-degree murder is when a child dies without there being an intention that, that happened based on a second-degree cruelty. Second-degree cruelty charge is when there is criminal negligence, which leads to a child being injured," said Poston. 

In October, Channel 3 sat down with Riley's family. It was then that Kayla Harris, Riley's mother said she left Walls with Riley and her step-son, to take her oldest daughter to cheerleading. 

"When I left he was in the kitchen with them, because I had just put a snack for them on the table," said Kayla. 

It was after she left, that the two-year-olds got out of the house. Riley's grandmother's said back in October they wanted Walls to be held responsible. 

"You know a two-year-old can bolt at the speed of lightning and get away from you, but you can't let them. You have to watch them," said Kelly Bloodworth.

"It was an unfortunate accident but it was a preventable one," said Mary Harris. 

Poston says that Walls could face 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted. 

Warrants were issued for Walls' arrest on Wednesday morning, and arrangements were being made for Walls to turn himself in.


PREVIOUS STORY: The step-father of Riley Harris, Jordan Walls, contacted Channel 3 with this statement:

"I've known Riley since she was less than a year old. Of course, I didn't have the bond she had with her birth parents but I feel as if Riley loved me and I loved her like my own daughter. There was nights where Riley wouldn't go to sleep without coming in the bedroom and cuddling with me for a few minutes. Any body who spends a significant time around me and any of my children know they are my life and they know I would never do anything that I know would put ANY child in jeopardy Much less my step daughter. I've been suffering in silence in respect to Riley's blood relatives and close friends. I've wrecked my mental state thinking of the things I could've done better but nothing changes what happens. No amount of apologies will make up for the pain I've inflected on Kayla and her family but I still apologize for it all."

Police have not charged Walls or anyone else in connection with Riley Harris' death. 


Family members of two-year-old Riley Harris spoke to Channel 3 Friday for the first time. Riley was hit and killed by a truck in Murray County on Oct. 16th. 

Riley's family members say she was a funny, sweet, and loving toddler, and her death was preventable. 

Joshua Harris watches a video daily of his two-year-old daughter Riley saying 'I love you,' since she died. 

"I kind of knew in my gut that something was wrong when I pulled up," said Harris. "Everything had already happened."

On that night, Riley and her two-year-old step-brother wandered out of the house and into the street. 

"Riley's missing," said Mary Harris, Riley's Grandmother. "I said what do you mean Riley's missing?" 

"It was the hardest moment I will ever live through," said Mary. "My baby is no longer here." 

It was Mary who told Kelly Bloodworth, Riley's other grandmother that Riley had died. 

"She called me and said, Riley's gone, and I'm like, gone where?" said Bloodworth.

A truck had hit Riley. The driver in the accident was not charged, and police called it a horrible accident. 

"I don't blame them, I feel for them and if they want to reach out, they can," said Joshua. "I know it was traumatic for them... So my family, none of us blame them for it, and I feel like they're young people and I know it's bothering them just like it's bothering us, so no I don't have any resentment towards either one of the drivers."

Riley's mother Kayla Harris wasn't home when it happened. She left Riley with her step-father. 

"When I left he was in the kitchen with them, because I had just put a snack for them at the table," said Kayla. 

She says she almost didn't go leave with her eight-year-old daughter that night. 

"I have a lot of what if's," said Kayla. "What if I were to stay at home? What if I would have took them with me? I would have been there sooner?"

Kayla's mother, Kelly Bloodworth, tries to comfort her. 

"That it's not her fault and she thought she left her with someone she thought she could trust to watch her," said Bloodworth.

But Bloodworth also has questions. 

"You know a two-year-old can bolt at the speed of lightning and getting away from you and you can't let them. You have to watch them, and that's the part I don't understand," said Bloodworth.

They're hoping an investigation by the Murray County Sheriff's Office and the GBI provides answers. 

"It was an unfortunate accident, but it was a preventable one, very preventable," said Mary Harris. 

As the investigation continues, everyone is trying to adjust to a new normal. 

"It don't seem right," said Joshua. "There are days I think she is still coming home, and she's not."

"She would say, 'You OK? You OK Nanny? I love you,'" said Mary. "I can't hear those words no more from her."

They hold onto their memories of Riley, who they describe as a two-year-old with a bold personality.

"She always loved to talk, so she would just come out and you wouldn't know what she was saying, she would use her hands," said Kayla.

"When she walked into the nursery, she would go hi guys, just waving, whether she knew them or not," said Kayla. "She was just happy."

"She loved to walk around my yard and smell my flower, and pick them. She would put them in her hair, and take them to her mom," said Mary. 

"That's what makes it hard now, all the joy has been taken out of anybody's life that knew her," said Joshua. 

They still feel her presence. 

"My youngest son was digging in the backyard, and out of nowhere found a cross just a little cross like she gave it to him," said Joshua.

They hope other parents remember Riley's story. 

"So as far your kids hug them, love them, and make sure you spend time with them, and tell them you love them everyday, because I would give anything to do that, and I can't," said Joshua. 

Channel 3 checked in with the Murray County Sheriff's Office Friday, they say the investigation is still open and ongoing.