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Long time friend Robin Anderson, left, stands alongside mother Amnisty Freelen and her husband Aarin Freelen, during a funeral service for their son Joshua Keith Beasley Jr., 17, on April 1, 2023 at the McCrury Cemetery in Bogota, Texas.

Texas imprisoned Joshua Keith Beasley Jr. when he was 11, purportedly for his own good. Five years later, he returned home in a casket.

“They didn’t try to fix the brokenness,” his mother says. “They just broke him more.”

By Lisa Armstrong

Amnisty Mullin testifies to the TJJD board about the abuse her son has suffered in their care during a meeting at the Capitol on Jun. 16, 2022.

“Just laying as low as possible” 

“He’s free”

From left, front row: Stepfather Aarin Freelen, mother Amnisty Freelen, brother Slade Beasley and father Joshua Beasley Sr., during a funeral service for Joshua Keith Beasley Jr., on April 1, 2023 at Living Word Pentecostal Church in Paris, Texas.
A white rose is on display on the casket of Joshua Keith Beasley Jr., 17, on April 1, 2023 at McCury Cemetery in Bogota, Texas.

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