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Karen Pearman holds a family portrait of her husband, Johnathan Brooks and her 5-month old baby, Ayden, at her home Tuesday. Brooks is charged with the murder of their son. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Karen Pearman holds a family portrait of her husband, Johnathan Brooks and her 5-month old baby, Ayden, at her home Tuesday. Brooks is charged with the murder of their son. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

‘How do you pick up the pieces?’

By Jane Dail

The Daily Reflector

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Karen Pearman was on her couch at her home on Mandy Drive the night of Sept. 18 when a second person she loves was taken away from her.

Pearman said Pitt County deputies knocked on the door of their home, asked her fiance Johnathan Brooks to come outside and closed the door behind him.


The deputies asked him to turn around, handcuffed him and walked him toward a patrol car as she watched through the window of her living room.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart