The burning death of Kristen Salem

Kristen Salem

Kristen Salem
Mesa, Arizona, USA

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Kristen Salem was a two-year-old toddler who attended daycare in Mesa, AZ when she had her life cruelty taken from her.

On the afternoon of December 2, 1999, Shawn Ryan Grell, the 24-year-old father of Kristen, drove to the daycare she attended and signed her out early. He had written Amber Salem, the little girl’s mothers name, on the sign-out sheet and they drove off. He would later claim he signed her out early to take her for a drive to look at Christmas lights.

Kristen became fussy and started crying for her mother, which angered Grell. She tired herself out and dozed off to sleep and during this time, Grell drove to a gas station and purchased a gas can and filled it with gas at the station. He then drove his sleeping daughter to Meriden and Adobe Roads, which is a desert east of Mesa, and placed her in a ditch and poured the gasoline on her and lit her with a match. She immediately became engulfed in flames. Grell watched as his distressed toddler staggered around on fire and fell to the ground, burning to death.

The flames were reported to have been so hot, that Kristen’s hair-barrette melted down her face.

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Kristen Courtney Salem

July 7, 1997 – Dec. 2, 1999

According to Kristen FIND A GRAVE listing, she was buried at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona

Kristen Salem Gone To Soon is a memorial page which was created in 2009 to honor and remember the young life of Kristen. There is also a Facebook memorial titled Remembering Kristen Salem

The abuse and murder of baby Alissa

Alissa GuernseyAlissa Guernsey was born on November 2, 2007 in Columbia City, Indiana and was the youngest of three siblings. She was a happy baby girl who had just celebrated her first birthday in November of 2008. Sadly, that same month her father,  Michael Guernsey, was killed in a fatal car accident.

Alissa’s mother, Kelli Sprunger, was devastated at the loss. She had a history of drug dependency and depression and felt the death of her children’s father was too much to handle and that she wasn’t in the right frame of mind to properly care for her three kids so her cousin, Christy Shaffer,  volunteered to “care” for them while she got back on her feet.

But Sprunger didn’t get back on her feet, instead, she fell deeper into depression which caused her drug addiction to spiral out of control. She was also barely keeping in touch with DCYF/caseworkers. She was thankful that Christy volunteered to help watch over her kids when she could not.

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Photo of Kelli Sprunger with a small heart-shaped photo of her daughter, Alissa, in the corner

Alissa and her brothers were placed into state custody in Steuben County, IN. Shortly after, they were placed under the care of Matt and Christy Shaffer in Topeka, La Grange County, IN.

The Shaffer’s were not properly screened to see if they qualified as guardians but because they were relatives, DCYF figured that would suffice.

Prior to being placed with her aunt, Alissa Guernsey looked like your typical happy, healthy, bubbly baby girl. She was getting on her feet and all it took was a smile to get her to smile back. She was entering the early toddler stages of her life and like any young child, she loved exploring and playing with her brothers. But in the weeks ahead she would change to a completely different child. She would look battered, scared and withdrawn.

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Alissa’s appearance before and after being placed in Christy Shaffer’s (far right) care

Shaffer immediately singled out Alissa, which was most likely due to her age and the fact that she was the most defenceless of the three children. Alissa had just celebrated her first birthday and being just one, she wasn’t able to speak and Shaffer liked the idea of having her own silent punching bag.

Alissa was harassed and yelled at on a daily basis. She was pushed if she wasn’t moving fast enough, shoved if she was in the way, pinched just for the mere heck of it, kicked, slapped, etc. You name it this little girl endured it.

Alissa had cigarettes placed out on her multiple times but one of Shaffer’s favorite things to do was grab her by her hair and smash her little head against anything that was convenient and if there wasn’t anything convenient she would use the floor. By January 2009 her hair had bald spots due to being ripped out and she had bruises from head to toe, each in different stages of healing which help authorities later determine that the little girl was tormented over a long period of time.

Shaffer was extra callous and manipulating. To avoid detection she started taking  Alissa to doctors to try to find some type diagnoses, telling the doctors that she bruised easily and that her hair was falling out. She had been to specialists in Elkhart and Riley’s Children Hospital, none of which could ever find anything medically wrong with her after multiple rounds of blood testing.

During this time Christy Shaffer kept Alissa’s mother from visiting with her, but not with her other two children. She always made excuses, telling the mother that Alissa was sick or sleeping.

Staffer wanted people to believe that Alissa had Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or was born a meth/crack addicted baby and that was the reason she was “clumsy and always bruised” – According to the doctor and tox screen reports. Alissa was perfectly healthy. You can clearly see the before and after pictures of Alissa, she was perfectly happy and healthy with her mother, and turned in to a different baby with Christy Shaffer.

Alissa’s little body put up a fight for three long torturous months until one day she finally succumbed to the brutality that was unleashed upon her by her own aunt.

On March 28, 2009, Shaffer was driving, Alissa was in her car-seat behind her. There were other children in the vehicle including Alissa’s two brothers. Sometime during that car ride Christy became frustrated and angry with Alissa and started beating her and grabbing the screaming baby by her hair, banging her head multiple times against the car seat hard enough to cause fatal injuries. After multiple wacks she started losing consciousness. She was beaten into a coma.

Her lifeless body was strapped back into her car seat as Shaffer casually proceeded to go rent a movie, then drive to a nearby McDonald’s drive-thru to order happy meals for the rest of the children, including Alissa’s two brothers who had just witnessed their baby sister’s murder. Christy then proceeded to drive to her house, paying no attention to her nieces lifeless, stiff body.

When she arrived to her house in Topeka she let all the children out of the vehicle and got them situated in the house. She then went back to get Alissa’s body. During this time-frame she never once called an ambulance but did decide to call her brother several hours after the vicious attack.

Her brother was an EMT so he had some knowledge about what to do. He rushed to the house and noticed immediately that Alissa was cold to the touch, unresponsive with no heartbeat. He contacted 911 and performed CPR until emergency crew got there.

Alissa was then rushed to the hospital where a team of doctors desperately tried to save the little girl for 45 minutes. Despite their hardest efforts baby Alissa was pronounced dead on March 28, 2009 at 9:54p.m. She was fifteen months old.

Alissa Guernsey

An autopsy declared her death a HOMICIDE.

Two medical examiners concluded that Alissa had been deceased hours before arriving to the emergency room. They went on to say that her injuries prior to her death could have only been caused by a prolonged pattern of abuse. She was covered in bruises, marks and lacerations. Her internal injuries were just as horrific as her external injuries. Most of the marks were focused on her little head. Her arm was broken which meant this little child was in agonizing pain prior to her death. The insides of her mouth gouged into two open sores.

Christy Shaffer was arrested but never charged with her murder. Instead, she was only convicted of a singular count of a Class B Felony and neglect of a dependent. Her sentence? 77 days in jail.

The sentence outraged thousands of people in the community. Even to this day people are petitioning and creating memorial pages on numerous social media websites. The community surrounded the streets with picket signs similar to the one below. The “justice” system has not brought justice to Alissa Guernsey but the community has, and they’ve come together to make sure Alissa’s death doesn’t go down in vain.

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Join Lock Up Christy Shaffer, a Facebook page created which has over 5,000 ‘likes’. On the page you will find photos of Alissa smiling in her daddy’s arms as well as memorial photos by others who were touched by her life.

Another page, Baby Alissa Cries 4 Justice, which is one of the many memorial pages on Facebook, has a whooping 100K likes.

 

 

 

 

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There are many photos on Baby Cries 4 Justice including this one. The admin of the page wrote under the following saying;

This is a quote made by Judge Vanderbeck in the article in the South Bend Tribune “Was the Judge to Lenient” by Virginia Black… Photo Courtesy of Google Images***

“I’m not tipping my hand and suggesting that I know what I’m doing yet as to the ultimate resolution, I’m just — you don’t get faced with stuff like this and these people are being nice and if you take their side, and something tragic would happen with a child and a ticking time bomb — ah — that doesn’t make them bad, it kind of just makes them at the wrong place at the wrong time,” VanDerbeck said at one point, according to the transcript.

Alissa’s Army wants to know Judge Vanderbeck, How can you be so HEARTLESS?? Calling Alissa a “ticking time bomb”?? Alissa was PERFECTLY HEALTHY when she was placed in Christy’s care!!! There was NO MEDICAL REASON for any of her injuries and bruising!! This is documented by health professionals!!! How can you say Christy was in the wrong place at the wrong time??? SHE DID THIS!! How can you DEFEND a child KILLER?? YOU sir, have it backwards!! Alissa was in the wrong place at the wrong time and Christy was the TICKING TIME BOMB!!! I see a BIG CONFLICT OF INTEREST! YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RIGHT!! Christy should be CHARGED ACCORDINGLY!! WE ARE NOT BACKING DOWN!!! This one statement is the reason the world is OUTRAGED!! JUSTICE FOR ALISSA!!!

UPDATE: ALISSA’S PETITION on Whitehouse.Gov ended on January 14, 2013 and achieved its goal of going over 25,0000 signatures. (26, 892 to be exact) — Thank you to everyone who took the time to sign the petition, which can now be sent to the Obama Administration.

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Rest In Peace Alissa B. Guernsey (November 2, 2007 – March 28, 2009)

 

The story Nguyen Thi Nhu Y abused by her own mother

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Photo of nine month old Nguyen Thi Nhu Y

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Nguyen Thi Xuan Lan (pictured) was a nine-month-old Vietnamese-Taiwanese girl who suffered horrific abuse from her mother and step-father in the southern province of Dong Thap. She was slapped, burned,  beaten and covered in scorch marks as well as three deep wounds to her left thigh and in the soles of her feet which, doctors said, have been caused by hot objects applied to the skin.

On September 16, 2010, following a tip-off from a neighbor, a health officer in Long Hau commune Lai Vung District found Nhu Y covered in bruises and wounds from head to toe.

The neighbor along with witnesses said they heard the baby crying and the mother screaming and cursing. Prior to that they didn’t know about the abuse, as the girl was kept inside the house at all times.

According to doctors from the Dong Thap General Hospital, Nhu Y had bruises and wounds all over her legs and feet and all across his little body. They concluded that she suffered a 25% permanent injury.

The police would later find out that she was beaten and tortured by her own mother,  Nguyen Thi Xuan Lan, and 34-year-old stepfather, Le Thanh Tam. The couple not only took turns beating Nhu Y, but her step-father even video taped the gruesome footage.

When Nhu Y was being hospitalized, the mother was permitted to enter the hospital to care for her. However, Lan was not interested, so she was separated from the child. It took police no time at all to realize who was guilty.

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Photo of  Nguyen Thi Xuan Lan holding Nguyen, who must have been scared when that photo was taken. She was probably wondering why this awful woman was holding her.

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Photo of Nhu Y’s step-father in handcuff’s

The mother and step-father were brought in for questioning and it didn’t take long to get the both of them to confess.  They told police they beat the baby girl because she often cried and they believed she was a source of bad luck for the family. They believed that hitting her would drive misfortune away.

The child’s step-father, Tam, was the first to claim she was possessed by demons and told Xuan Lan that she (the baby) had to be ‘treated’ by him. Xuan Lan agreed and on August 14, 2010, Tam used his chin to press hard into Y’s two cheeks while his hands squeezed tight onto his step daughter’s mouth and face. This particular incident was being taped.

Both the mother and her husband (Nguyen’s step-father) were arrested. Area police have prosecuted her for abusing her baby.

According to reports, the neighbor who alerted police, was the same neighbor who took custody of the child while her mother was being sentenced. The aunt took custody shortly after.

Photo of Nhu Y who is being cared for by extended family members

Photo of Nhu Y and her grandparents

The Child Abuse Murder of Eli Johnson

Eli Johnson, 3,  lived with his mother Tye N. Shafer Johnson and her boyfriend Eddie E. Valdez. Eli’s mom knew abuse was going on in the home but never did anything to prevent it. After all, if she tried to stop her man he might leave right? If he left who would keep her bed warm or pay the bills?

Left; Johnson Center; Eli Right; Valdez

Perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on mama, she did after all say that they had “talked” about how “rough” he was and told him she didn’t really like it much.

Before I go into the exact event that killed little Eli on that September day in 2009 I want to mention one of the departments that I’ve found to be involved in this family’s life. Oklahoma Department of Human Services. They came into contact with Tye and her children for the first time on November 6, 2008. 9 months before Eli was tortured and beaten to death, and maybe sexually abused. Those charges were never founded or admitted but how else do you explain pubic hair in a 3-year-olds underwear and on his genitals? I only found that mentioned in one document and it was never spoke of again.

When OKDHS received their first referral the complainant said Eli had multiple bruises on his bottom while in the care of his mother Tye. The person calling said the biological father took Eli to the hospital and the doctor told him to make a police report. The report was filed and pictures were taken.

It took 5 days for OKDHS to reach Tye and the kids because they were delaying contact with the agency. OKDHS interviewed Tye, the children’s father, the paternal grandmother and 3 witnesses and also observed the kids.

Eli had bruises that were nearly gone by this time on his behind, upper back and around his eye. They also stated in their report that the doctor noted seeing “what appears to be finger length projections extending onto the right buttock and another separate small yellow bruise over the right SI area” and a “small superficial laceration over the lateral left eyelid.”

After OKDHS finished their observation of the Johnson children they offered “Confirm-Services” and Tye agreed to accept help.

On December 11, 2008 OKDHS noted in their files that they had not received a referral to provide those services.

On January 7, 2009 there was a note that the case worker was working with Tye on anger-management for the last 3 weeks and the 8th was the last contact they had with Tye until after Eli was dead.

That note from the 8th stated that they recommended the father not to allow the kids to go back to the mother until she complete preventive services. OKDHS told her that she would have supervised visitation until she completed some of the preventative services, after that she would regain her regular custody schedule. Tye agreed and signed the voluntary services agreement.

On December 11th there was another note in OKDHS files that stated there was communications with the district attorney’s office, the current safety plan needed to be amended to comply with the court order granting visitation between Tye and the kids. The note also said Tye hadn’t started any preventative services to regain normal custody.

The amended safety plan allowed Eli and Candra to be with their mom during the day if an adult was in their presence, at night they went to their father’s. The kids mother and biological father agreed to the mother’s boyfriend, Eddie or his sister supervising the mother’s visits.

Tye told OKDHS she abused Eli, not Eddie.

Evelyn Johnson, the kids great-granddaughter told reporters that OKDHS gave the kids back to Tye after she took anger-management classes.

The next OKDHS complaint came after Eli was already dead.

Eli was 3-years-old on September 16, 2009 when he was brought into Itegris Southwest Medical Center. Baby Eli was covered in bruises on his arms, legs, upper stomach, face, forehead, and genitals and he had cuts and sores on his lips. Eli was pronounced dead within 20 minutes.

Eddie and Tye both were taken to the police station were Eddie told investigators that he beat Eli after becoming “enraged” at him for pottying in his pants and because Eli would not listen to him. He continuously punched Eli in the stomach with full force.

Photo of Eddie Valdez AKA child killer

After punching Eli in the stomach he lost all control and began attacking him all over his body. He then sat him on the toilet and told him he’d better use the bathroom. Eddie then left the bathroom for a little bit leaving Eli to sit there, to let him think about his hideous behavior. 3-year-olds should not be having accidents and Eddie expected Eli to get that through his head.

When Eddie returned he was furious, little Eli was on the bathroom floor “playing”, not sitting on the toilet where he’d commanded him earlier. Eddie saw red and lost control again. In a police report he told an investigator that he “blacked out” and no longer had control over himself. He has no idea how many times he hit 3-year-old Eli Johnson. Eddie says he did not “come to” until he saw Eli’s head in the toilet.

Afterwards, Eddie imposed a time-out on Eli by forcing him to stand on his toes with his hands behind his back but Eli could not do this because he was too weak from his beatings so Eddie put him on a kitchen table and made him do it there. Eddie must have thought he would have more leverage there.

Eli’s choice was to stand on his toes, hands behind his back or fall on his face 4 feet to the ground. Eli fell, numerous times. This infuriated Eddie more, Eli was faking and Eddie wasn’t in the mood for a 3-year-olds games, Eddie picked him up by his arms, held him out and dropped him at least twice but it could have been more.

Pictured: Eli standing beside his sibling

During Tye’s interview with investigators she says that she heard her man giving her baby boy a “spanking” for having an accident in his pants but she had taken a Lortab (prescription pain pill) and was chillin’ on the couch while her son was, in her words, “screaming and crying more than usual.” She then decided she would go and see what was up and that’s when she saw bumps, lumps and bruises all over Eli, especially his little head. She told Eddie that he was going to far. Tye said she loved Eddie and thought he would change.

They resumed their day as a loving couple. Eddie’s brother Robert Valdez was there the whole time, he chose to go about his routine to. There were other kids in the home to.

Eli began throwing up everywhere and wasn’t being his happy, normal self. This went on for 5 hours, Eli was becoming weaker, couldn’t walk, couldn’t eat, he wasn’t Eli anymore but Eddie and Tye both admittedly say they didn’t think to take him to the hospital or call 911. That would have been too much trouble and they couldn’t have that.

Finally, Eli collapses and Eddie and Tye realized they had no choice so they drove him to Integris Southwest Medical Center around 5:40PM. We know what happened next.

Eli’s younger sister Candra (Kandra depending on where you see it) Johnson was 2-years-old at the time. Eddie said on September 15, 2009 Candra was being a terror and not minding him. Eddie has a hard time getting toddlers to mind and controlling his temper. The officers found Candra and she was also covered in bruises, she was alive though, thank God.

Eddie admitted to having an “anger problem” and to causing the murder of Eli and abusing Candra. What a great guy for accepting responsibility. I can see why Tye loves him so much.

Previous to this incident Eddie beat Eli’s feet with a plastic baseball bat so bad that they were swollen and black because he had another potty-training accident. Tye took him to the hospital several days later and left Eddie for a very short period of time but went crawling back to him.

Tye was sentenced to life in prison by a Oklahoma county jury in May after being found guilty of first-degree murder, child neglect and enabling child abuse.

Eli’s maternal grandmother said Eddie had “mental control” over her and she should not be charged with Tye’s murder. “I do think that she needs to do time because she failed to protect him,” Kimberly Shepard explained.

Tye gave birth while in prison to a baby girl, she was placed for adoption and is with her new family.

Candra was placed in protective custody, allegedly with a family member and Tye’s parental rights have been terminated.

The OKDHS’s last statement was;

“The OKDHS overall finding was Confirm-Court Intervention Requested, with a determination of shocking and heinous, which included a recommendation by the OKDHS for termination of the biological mother’s parental rights to the younger sibling.”

Too little, to late.

Mugshot’s of both Johnson and Valdez (wish Johnson showed that much emotion while her own child was getting beaten to death.)

There were 7 other children removed from the home that same day, they belonged to Eddie and his brother Robert Valdez. Robert Valdez took a plea deal for neglect and was sentenced to 1 year in jail, he had to testify against Eddie and Tye.

Eddie Valdez pleaded guilty in March to first-degree murder and 2 counts of child abuse. He agreed to serve a life term without the possibility of parole.

Source of article: Unforgottenangels.wordpress.com

 

The Unfavored Child – Sean Michael Sowards

Sean Michael Sowards was born on September 23, 2004 to Crystal Conklin and Michael Sowards of Warren, Michigan, who had been together for 8 years. Baby Sean was Michael and Crystal’s first-born son, they also had a little girl, Angelique “Angel” who was a year older.

In 2003, the girl tested positive for weed in her system, DHS provided services to the family.

In 2005 DHS received a report that Crystal was beating on Sean, they said she would wake the baby up just to beat on him. DHS was told “She doesn’t want him and only kept him because the father wanted him,”

Elizabeth Herd, Sean’s paternal grandma also called DHS;

“My concerns were Sean was being injured in his home,” she said. “I told them my 4-month-old grandson was being spanked by his mother because he wouldn’t stop crying.” She said she was told that “unless he is seriously injured or dead, they would not investigate.” and “They said parents have a right to discipline their children, and it was none of my business,” she said.

In 2006 Elizabeth was told by Crystal that her grandson had an eye infection, it was after this that she was kept away from Sean. Elizabeth also reported that she saw bruises and cuts on Sean but was always told that Angel did it.

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Sean Michael Sowards and sister

Michael came home from work on the evening of June 11, 2007 and saw his son in desperate need of medical attention. Sean was laying in bed unconscious in his own vomit. He picked his son up and rushed him to the emergency room at St. John Oakland General Hospital where it was learned that he had extensive head and brain trauma among many other injuries that were new and old.

When Sean arrived at the hospital he was unresponsive, covered in bruises and cuts from head-to-toe, he had a cut on his forehead that should have received stitches but was already healing, his toenails on his big toes were torn away, replaced with blood, he was essentially blind from from his eyes being burnt from most likely nail polish remover being poured on them, he had a broken finger, bite-marks and was underweight.

Sean was then transferred to St. John Hospital in Detroit for emergency surgery. Although the doctors did a heroic job and worked on baby Sean in surgery to relieve the fluid on his brain he still died 2 days later on June 13th. It was at this point his tragic nightmare-ish life story began to unfold in the news.

Crystal and Michael both were arrested on the 13th. On the 14th, after investigators spoke with Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office they released Michael from jail. Crystal was charged with felony murder and child abuse.

The couples 3-year-old daughter Angel was placed into the custody of Macomb County Child Protective Services. She was never abused, Sean was the only target of his mothers hatred.

Crystal was 7 ½ months pregnant and complained of labor pains so she was taken to the hospital. She returned to her cell as soon as they discovered there was nothing wrong with her.

During Crystal’s arraignment she cried uncontrollably and Judge Walter Jakubowcski Jr. told her he wasn’t impressed with her theatrics and said she was a danger to all children and he hoped God would save her soul before setting her bond at $500,000 cash.

Crystal and Michael told Krystal Magnan, a DHS worker;

” that he (Sean) was clumsy and he would bump into walls a lot, and (his sister) was physically aggressive toward him. She also said DHS investigated 2 complaints but they were not serious and were closed. “She didn’t really give me answers,” Magnan said. “She piggy-backed on what the dad said, what Mr. Sowards said.”

These excuses would be used many times by Crystal when talking about Sean’s injuries.

On April 18th Dr. Marcus DeGraw of St. John Hospital in Detroit testified against Crystal saying that;

“There was a repetitive infliction of pain for discipline, almost a torture scenario,” “He was abused … repetitively throughout his existence.”

Dr. Degraw treated Sean in the hospital and said he died of blunt force trauma to the head, a single blow “causing immediate symptoms.” He said the type of injury Sean had is what you would see in a high speed accident or falling from a window several floors high.

He said that Sean was undernourished and half the weight a child should be at for his age. During his testimony he said;

“To me, it was neglect, a restriction of food,” DeGraw said. “You would have to work extremely hard to make a child not gain weight like that.” You can feed a child 5 meals a week and he will still gain weight.”

Forensic nurse, Marnie Van Dam said in court that Sean had over 3 dozen bruises from head-to-toe and was covered in cuts and abrasions. His big toe toenails were ripped off, Sean’s eyelids were red and swollen and his corneas were cloudy. His bruises were in various stages of healing, proving that his abuse was recurring.

Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz agreed that Sean died of non-accidental blunt-force trauma to the head.

Assistant Macomb prosecutor Therese Tobin told reporters”He was battered head to toe,” “He was basically blind” from being shaking or hit on the head.

Photos of Sean’s battered and beaten little body were shown to jurors, pictures of his bed room were also included. There was blood covering the closet walls, the door, his sheets and the carpets. There was also blood on his clothes on the utility room floor and in the washer were more clothes with blood and the stench of vomit according to Officer Marlene Niedermeier.

Mathew Conklin, Crystal’s uncle testified that she treated Angel a lot different than Sean. He said he once warned her about it when Sean tried to climb up in her lap saying “Mommy, mommy” and she grabbed him by his forehead and pushed him back forcefully. Mathew said the boy hit his head hard enough it bounced off of the coffee table “like a ball.”

He said when Sean started crying;

“Angel looked at me and started screaming. She (Crystal Conklin) put her attention to Angel. She picked up Angel and said, ‘Poor Angel.’” “Angel got all the positive attention and positive interaction,” he said. “It seemed Sean was always dished off to the side.”

Mathew stated that Crystal and Michael stayed with him for weeks at a time due to their financial situation.

He also said while being sworn in and questioned by Prosecutor Therese Tobin that he believed Sean had not developed correctly for his age because of how he was treated by his mother. Crystal complained frequently that the baby cried all the time and never slept through the night.

“She was very upset at his crying,” he said. “She once said that something was wrong with him and then said she thought he was doing it on purpose.”

Mathew also testified that “Sean’s face was always covered with blankets” and she tried to keep him in his playpen down in the dark, wet basement or out in the garage so she didn’t have to deal with him.

Mathew also saw bruises and cuts on the boy but was given the same excuse as everyone else.

When Mathew was cross-examined by defense attorney Ronald Goldstein he said his niece did come to his home while Sean was in the hospital and she was upset and nervous. She told him that Sean had a seizure.

When Michael Sowards’ initially took the stand he said that he had not seen his girlfriend hit their son. He retorted and later testified that he did see her hit him. He said the reason he lied in the beginning was;

“at the time I couldn’t believe she could do that to my son. I didn’t believe what was happening. It was a nightmare. I didn’t think someone who I cared about so much could do that to my son. I believed she was excessive at times, but I didn’t believe she was capable.”

Michael also acknowledged his role by saying he didn’t do enough to stop the abuse of his son.

Cpl. Chad Richardson also testified and said that he interviewed Crystal twice. She told him that Sean vomited and she put him in his bed. She checked on him later and said “Seany, Seany” and he would not wake up. That was when she noticed that he had vomited a couple more times.

In the 2nd interview she said her and Sean were in the bathroom and he “slipped and fell, and she couldn’t catch him in time,” but that she never laid a hand on the child other than for discipline. Cpl. Richardson told the court “She said he was acting like a ping pong ball bouncing against the walls in the hallway,”

“We had her in custody for seven hours and she did not ask once about her son,”

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Michael at Sean’s funeral

Kathleen Conklin said she visited her sister the weekend before Sean’s death and his legs were both in one pants leg to restrict him from moving. It was normal for Crystal to wrap him in 2 blankets and either put him in a car seat or high chair so he wasn’t able to move around. She said she didn’t feel like her sister loved Sean “there was always so much anger towards him.”

When the prosecutor asked Kathleen how she thought her sister, Crystal felt about Angel she said, “She loved Angel. Angel was allowed to be a kid. She allowed her to play.”

Crystal suddenly had her own version of the story that Michael was the one that abused and murdered Sean except she had not mentioned one word about it until she took the stand that very day.

Attorney Tobin said in closing arguments;

“Michael Sowards failed his son. He admitted that to you,” Tobin told the jury. “He will answer for that later.” She also asked the jurors to consider both testimonies, Michael’s and Crystal’s.

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Sean’s marker

“Sean’s last week was spent almost blind. He would put his hand over his eye for some comfort, for some assistance. He was a 2-year-old walking around the house. He was trying to find his own way with this own hands,” Tobin said. “If your child couldn’t see, do you let him feel his way around the house or do you get him in a car, or get him in an ambulance and get him to a doctor? The reason [Conklin] didn’t is the dirty little secret. Sean was abused.”

“For some reason, Crystal Conklin did not treat her son the way she treated her daughter. Why is that? I don’t know,” Tobin said. “What we know are the ramifications of those feelings. What we know is that there was a bruised and battered Sean for whatever reason”

Michael cried through much of the court proceedings and said “The only thing that matters, is justice for my son,”

Crystal Conklin was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She was also given 9-15 years for the first degree child abuse charge and it will run concurrently.

On July 10th Michael Sean Sowards was sentenced to 9 months in jail and five years probation for second degree child abuse for failing to be aware of, stop or report the abuse.

Michael read the following letter in court;

Your Honor, Mrs. Tobin,

Everyone has regrets and choices in their life that they wish they could change or do over, do differently. I know I do! I just want to say, I love my children! I love them with all my heart! They were the most precious gift in my life and anyone who knows me knows how much I loved them. I made extremely bad decisions. I stayed in a very bad relationship in the hope that I could fix things, I could make everyone happy, or make everything ok as long as I never gave up trying. My judgment, my entire thinking process was clouded by years of verbal, mental, physical abuse and manipulation by a very ill woman. But never in my worst nightmares did I even think that all of this could ever happen. Like the saying, “Hind site is always 20/20″. Now that I have had time to reflect and have been away from Crystal for some time. I realize now more than ever how beat down mentally I was. But I kept thinking to myself, I had a baby on the way, plus Angel and Sean and all I wanted was for us to be a family. And the harder I tried the worse Crystal would be. Of course I wish I had left her, but she made that almost impossible. Your honor I failed my son, my children. But I always loved them and I never hurt them. I tried my best with what I knew and what I thought at the time was possible. But always that wasn’t enough. Losing my son, my daughter, my babies has crushed me! I can’t imagine any kind of pain worse than that of losing your children. I would give my life in a heartbeat for the chance to change things, to leave Crystal and protect my son. That’s my regret.

He has also given up parental rights to Angelique and Brianna so that they may have a better life.

Sean's family is very active in child abuse awareness and activism.

Sean’s family is very active in child abuse awareness and activism.

Crystal’s whole defense was that she was a “battered woman” that was scared to death of her boyfriend Michael. She attempted to blame Michael for Sean’s murder and abuse and said that she could not tell or Michael would retaliate on her.

Crystal lied from the moment she was arrested and she is probably lying as you are reading this article. She changed her story so many times and had absolutely no evidence to back up her story. Her own family knew she was rotten and once they were sworn in they had no choice but to tell the truth about how despicable she was because they didn’t want to be held in contempt.

Crystal even tried to blame her son’s death on her own child, Angel. Can you imagine the damage that would do to a child if she were to ever find out that her own mother blamed her for that.

In what scenario is it ever ok to spank a 4-month-old for crying? I don’t understand what reasoning DHS used when they said there was no reason to investigate the claim of abuse because “parents have a right to discipline their children” Elizabeth Herd, Sean’s grandmother said there were 10-12 complaints filed with DHS that went unnoticed.

As mentioned before Crystal attempted to claim the “battered partner syndrome” however no one believed her. In fact, it was believed that Michael was actually physically, mentally and emotionally abused by Crystal and perhaps was to weak to leave Crystal and protect his son from her.

This in no way excuses the fact that Michael had the responsibility to protect his son from being abused. He was the adult and Sean was the helpless child.

With that being said, there are not nearly enough resources for men that are abused. Men are supposed to be strong, be the protectors and the head of the household. Main stream society doesn’t accept weakness’s in men. It’s estimated that out of 100 domestic violence situations 40 of those involve men as the victim. It’s said that even those numbers may be a lot higher because a lot of men won’t come forward because of the stigma attached.

It’s hard to get women to report abuse even after all the programs that are offered, when is the last time you saw a commercial for a men’s shelter or abuse hotline for DV? If you see a man with a bruised face what’s your first reaction? I think it’s pretty obvious we have a lot of work to do in this area.

Please visit Seans Voice at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001033050337

Elizabeth and Danny Herd are very active in their community and work to prevent child abuse. Thank you for making a difference in so many children’s lives. Through you, Sean’s memory will always live on.

 God Bless You Sean Sowards is a website created in memory of Sean Michael Sowards

Source: Unforgottenangels

NYC: Fury over Facebook campaign to prove innocence of New York nanny who ‘murdered two children in bath-tub’

Update – 11/09/12 – NYC — Fury over Facebook campaign to prove innocence of New York nanny who ‘murdered two children in bath-tub’

  • Facebook page set up in support of Yoselyn Ortega has caused a massive backlash on the social networking site
  • ‘Support Innocence of Nanny Yoselyn Ortega’ believes that the nanny was not responsible for the killings of six-year-old Lucia and two-year-old Leo
  • Mother Marina Krim, found her children dead the bathtub in Upper West Side apartment on October 25th

A Facebook campaign which claims alleged killer nanny Yoselyn Ortega was not responsible for the deaths of two children in her care has provoked outrage.

The page ‘Support Innocence of Nanny Yoselyn Ortega’ – set up by an anonymous group – is pleading for any information ‘that could help bring the real killer or killers to be arrested.’

And since the page was launched on October 29th – four days after the brutal stabbings of Lucia Krim and brother Leo in their Manhattan home – it has sparked fury from people who believe that Ortega, 50,  should ‘rot in hell’, be ‘put to death’ to those who think it is plain ‘disgusting’.

The controversial Facebook page that has caused outrage online by asking people to support Manhattan Nanny Yoselyn OrtegaThe controversial Facebook page that has caused outrage online by asking people to support Manhattan Nanny Yoselyn Ortega

‘We believe she did not do this crime and she deserves to have her day in court to defend against the charges to prove her case in a not guilty verdict,’ said the administrators to Radaronline.com – who are now facing calls for them to shut down the page.

While the family nanny has admitted to harming the two children in her care on the Upper West Side, police sources have told the New York Daily News that she has not confessed to the double murder.

And users of the social networking site have responded with fury to some of the more outrageous allegations made on the page that are aimed at providing evidence for Ortega’s innocence.

‘This is absolutely disgusting,’ wrote one Facebook user.

‘I hope you burn in hell along with Yoselyn you piece of cr*p. You need a psych evaluation because it’s obvious you’re attention seeking.’

Claiming to represent the family of Yoselyn Ortega, the page has only received 16 ‘likes’ since its launch almost two weeks ago and asks readers to pray for her freedom.

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Update – 11/02/12 – NEW YORK CITY — ‘I’m paid to watch the children, not to clean’: Manhattan killer nanny tells police she was angry at family because they asked her to do housework:

The nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death at their home before slitting her own throat told police when she woke up from her coma that she was angry because the family wanted her to clean as well as look after the children.

Dominican Republic native Yoselyn Ortega was questioned by police after allegedly butchered six-year-old Lucia and two-year-old Leo while they were under her care at an Upper West Side, Manhattan, apartment last week.

Law enforcement officials told the New York Post that Mr and Mrs Krim asked their financially-strapped nanny to do simple housework as a way to earn money, thinking they were doing her a good turn. All this did was enrage her.

'Killer': Yoselyn Ortega is pictured with Lulu Krim, right, who she allegedly stabbed to death in a bathtub along with the girl's two-year-old brother Leo. Their sister, Nessie, left, was not at the apartmentSpeaking again: Nanny Yoselyn Ortega, pictured with Lulu Krim, right, and Nessie, left (who was not in the apartment during the attack)
Discovery: Marina Krim holds onto her daughter, three-year-old Nessie, after finding her two other children, two-year-old Leo and six-year-old Lulu, stabbed to death allegedly by their nannyDiscovery: Marina Krim holds onto her daughter, three-year-old Nessie, after finding her two other children, two-year-old Leo and six-year-old Lulu, stabbed to death allegedly by their nanny

‘She said something like, “I’m paid to watch the children, not clean up and do housework”,’ a law-enforcement source said of Yoselyn Ortega’s statements to police after she woke up from a medically-induced coma on Sunday.

‘There was friction between her and the family.’

In Ortega’s brief statement to police, she said her employers had arranged to give her an extra five hours a week in housekeeping work to help her make more money, law-enforcement sources told the Post.

‘They were asking her to clean and do housework and she was unhappy because it interfered with her doctor’s appointments.’

It was also revealed today that Marina and Kevin Krim were worried about Ortega’s job performance in the weeks leading up to the October 25 slaying and had told her that if she didn’t improve her job performance they might need to replace her.

A law-enforcement source told the Post: ‘She was told that if she didn’t improve her work, she would be let go.’

Last week, the mother of CNBC executive Kevin Krim said that the young family treated Ortega, as they would one of their own, ‘bending over backwards’ to help her and even buying plane tickets so she could fly to the Dominican Republic with them.

Leo Krim
LuLu Krim

Loss: Lulu and Leo, pictured, each had multiple stab wounds and were pronounced dead in hospital

Tragedy: Six-year-old Lulu, top, and her baby brother Leo, right, were found dead in the bathtub after they had been stabbed by their nanny. They are pictured with sister Nessie, 3, who was not hurtTragedy: Six-year-old Lulu, top, and her baby brother Leo, right, were found dead in the bathtub after they had been stabbed by their nanny. They are pictured with sister Nessie, 3, who was not hurt
Happier times: Marina and Kevin Krim, pictured at a 2009 event at Tavern on the Green in Central Park Happier times: Marina and Kevin Krim, pictured at a 2009 event at Tavern on the Green in Central Park

Oretega allegedly repaid this kindness by murdering her children before trying to kill herself. Marina Krim discovered her son and daughter, Leo and Lulu, in a pool of blood in a bathtub, each with multiple stab wounds.

She was due to meet Ortega and her other two children at the local swimming pool with her now only surviving child Nessie, three. But when they failed to show up, she returned to her three-bedroom, $10,000-a-month pre-war apartment at West 75th Street and found it dark, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

When she went into the bedroom, she discovered her children in a pool of blood and a bleeding Ortega.

The nanny, who had slit her wrists, then plunged a kitchen knife into her own neck as the horrified mother walked into the grisly scene, police said. She stabbed herself with such force that she fractured a vertebra in her neck, police said.

Though she looked after the children for two years and was treated like part of the family, the 50-year-old did not ask about them when she woke from her coma, asking instead about her own family before falling back under sedation. Police plan on questioning her again. Charges have yet to be filed.

Ortega’s sister Miladys said she spoke to her sister in the days leading up to the massacre and she gave her no indication anything was wrong.

But the nanny’s neighbors said she appeared in troubled in the weeks leading up to the murders and she had been struggling with money issues – which is why the Krims offered her more work.

Help: Mrs Krim and Nessie are covered by a blanket as they leave the apartment block on Thursday night

Help: Mrs Krim and Nessie are covered by a blanket as they leave the apartment block on Thursday night

Support: Her husband, Kevin Krim, later joined her at the hospital after he returned from a business tripSupport: Her husband, Kevin Krim, later joined her at the hospital after he returned from a business trip
Scene: Crime scene unit officials enter the luxury apartment building where the stabbings took placeScene: Crime scene unit officials enter the luxury apartment building where the stabbings took place

Ortega remains at nearby New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Toxicology tests performed on Ortega came back negative.

Neighbor Rima Starr, 63, recalls the moment she heard Mrs Krim make the grisly discovery.: ‘I heard blood curdling screams and I went down to the lobby and there was the mother screaming, hunched over the three year old.

‘At time she was screaming things like: “I’ll never speak to her again”, repeating that over and over again, then “it’s all right, you’ll be all right, you’ll be alright” to the child.

‘Then she would get waves of the reality of what just happened and then she’d go into just plain bloodcurdling screams with her arms flailing out to the sides.’

One neighbor revealed the superintendent of the apartment block went into the apartment and questioned Ortega, demanding: ‘So you cut her throat? So you stabbed her in the neck?’

His wife then came out to assist and told horrified neighbours who had heard the screams: ‘Two babies, in the bath, nanny’ and made a cutting sign across her throat.

Mrs Friedman added: ‘At that point I knew the nanny had something to do with it’.

Neighbours dialed 911 and, although Lulu and Leo reportedly appeared to be breathing when medics arrived, they were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Ortega was unresponsive but was taken to New York-Cornell Hospital in a critical but stable condition. She was in a stable condition on Friday morning and police sources say she may have also taken pills.

Scene: The murders occurred at La Rochelle, a luxury building on Manhattan's Upper West SideScene: The murders occurred at La Rochelle, a luxury prewar building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Paying respects: A woman leaves flowers in front of the buildingPaying respects: A woman leaves flowers in front of the building

Mrs Krim and Nessie, who had not witnessed the grisly scene, were also taken to hospital for treatment, and Mrs Krim was sedated.

A neighbour told the Wall Street Journal the woman had left the building ‘inconsolable, hysterical, frantic’.

Her husband, Kevin Krim, had been on a business trip and was met by police at the airport when he returned to New York. Officers recounted the horror to him and he was escorted to the hospital.

Mr and Mrs Krim remained at St. Luke’s hospital last night with Mrs Krim’s sister. Police said the shocked mother was unable to communicate.

On Friday, neighbour Charlotte Friedman said she believes she was the last one to see the children alive and that the nanny had looked ‘cold’ just half an hour before the murders.

She said that she was in the elevator with Ortega, who had a ‘poker face’ and appeared unemotional despite Lulu and Leo playing around.

Distress: On Friday morning, a woman and two children visit the apartment where the youngsters were killedDistress: On Friday morning, a woman and two children visit the apartment where the youngsters were killed
Sadness: A mourner places flowers outside the apartment as she breaks down in tearsSadness: A mourner places flowers outside the apartment as she breaks down in tears
Struggled: A woman cries at a memorial outside the apartment building just a block from Central ParkStruggled: A woman cries at a memorial outside the apartment building just a block from Central Park
Sympathy: A touching note left outside the apartment block on West 75th Street on Friday afternoonSympathy: A touching note left outside the apartment block on West 75th Street on Friday afternoon

‘I was playing with the children in the elevator,’ Friedman said. ‘The girl looked so delightful. I asked her if she was going on a play date or something and she said she was going home.

‘I said, “What did you do,” and she said, “Dancing.” And that was it – they were only on the second floor so they left.

‘She was smiling, happy, happy happy. The nanny just smiled – and nothing. The nanny was a colder type from most nannies that I have encountered.

‘She was poker faced. She wasn’t the warmest person. I never saw her as the warmest nanny.’

Ortega’s niece, Katherine Garcia, added that her aunt had been ‘acting kind of nervous lately’ but insisted that she had loved the children.

Friends said she had lost her apartment in the Bronx and was forced to move in her sister in Harlem. Police added that her family said she may have visited a psychologist recently.

Police said there were no immediate explanations for the murders and suicide attempt. Paul J. Browne, from the police department, told the New York Times he did not know a note had been left.

Family: Lulu is pictured with her father Kevin Krim and mother Marina Krim, who found her children stabbed in the bathtub and their nanny with a slit throat and wrists on the bathroom floor

The family had moved to New York from San Francisco within the last few years, and Mr Krim was named general manager of CNBC’s digital media division in March.

He is a Harvard graduate and has recently worked at Bloomberg and Yahoo, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The children’s grandmother on their father’s side, Karen Krim, told said that the family hired Ortega a year ago, until which time Mrs Krim had been a stay-at-home mother.

When Leo was born, they searched for a nanny. They even spent nine days with her family in the Dominican Republic, as documented on Mrs Krim’s online journal.

‘They just bent over backwards being nice to this woman,’ Karen Kim told the New York Daily News. ‘They were always doing things that were just fabulous for her. I’m just astounded, and I have no idea why something like this would happen.’

She added: ‘We’re just having a really, really hard time here. It’s the worst nightmare any parent could ever have.’

Trusted: It is believed the Krims went to Yoselyn Ortega's home, pictured, in the Dominican Republic in FebruaryTrusted: It is believed the Krims went to Yoselyn Ortega’s home, pictured, in the Dominican Republic in February

Adored: Mrs Krim often wrote about Leo's cute habits, like pretending to cook in his make-believe kitchen

Adored: Mrs Krim often wrote about Leo’s cute habits, like pretending to cook in his make-believe kitchen

Last post: Mrs Krim regularly writes a blog with pictures of the family and wrote this hours before Leo's deathLast post: Mrs Krim regularly writes a blog with pictures of the family and wrote this hours before Leo’s death

Mrs Krim, who teaches weekly art lessons to children, kept an online journal entitled ‘Life with the Krim Kids’, which she had last updated just three hours before the murders.

She had written: ‘Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible.’

The online journal paints a tender picture of her life with her husband and their beloved children, and gives an insight into the horrendous loss that has befallen the family.

She documents trips to pick apples, visits to pumpkin patches and playdates. Photographs show the children playing happily together around the home and on their first days of school.

‘One of the best parts of my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3 precious hours with little Lito all to myself,’ she wrote. ‘Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!’

Close: Scores of pictures on the online blog show the three children playing happily together at the homeClose: Scores of pictures on the online blog show the three children playing happily together at the home
Lulu Krim
Leo Krim

Adventures: The family even went to stay with the nanny’s family in the Dominican Republic

Adorable: Lulu is pictured with her younger sister Nessie, who was with her mother at the time of the killingsAdorable: Lulu is pictured with her younger sister Nessie, who was with her mother at the time of the killings

She added how he loved to play with toy cars and trucks, and would set up his own ‘kitchen’ in the living room where he would pretend to make bacon.

‘Lito, I must say, is a very clever little boy,’ she wrote. ‘He is super talkative and just has a million thoughts running through his brain and can express himself amazingly well for an almost-2 year old.  I’m thinking he could be a Mini-Kevin.’

The family lives in one of the city’s most idyllic neighborhoods, just a block from Central Park and a few more from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

It is home to many affluent families, and seeing children accompanied by nannies is an everyday part of life there, making the idea of such violence even more disturbing to residents.

Mrs Friedman added that the Krims are a quiet, nice friendly’ family.

Details: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recounted the sequence of events at news conference at NYPD Headquarters in New York on Friday morningDetails: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recounted the sequence of events in the harrowing incident at a news conference at NYPD Headquarters in New York on Friday morning

She said: ‘They were sweet people. They had two large dogs they used to walk, they were greyhounds I think. The children were full of life.’

All morning a steady stream of passers by stopped off at the apartment block to lay flowers, some of whom were in tears.

Among the tributes was a card on some flowers which read: ‘Dear Krim Family. We weep with you at your horrible loss. There are no words that can express our sadness. We pray for you and your beautiful children.

‘Every mother and father weeps with you and your family during this dark time’.

Police officers could be seen taking bags of evidence out of the building and at one point removed what appeared to be a long piece of wood which was about 12ft long.

‘LIFE WITH THE KRIM KIDS’: DOCUMENTING A HAPPY FAMILY

Marina Krim’s online journal, Life with the Krim Kids, paints a tender picture of life with her husband and their children – and gives an insight into the horrendous loss that has befallen the family.

Consisting of mostly photographs, the blog documents trips to pick apples, visits to pumpkin patches and playdates. Images show the children playing happily together around the home, on their first days of school and at ballet recitals

‘One of the best parts of my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3 precious hours with little Lito all to myself,’ she wrote. ‘Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!’

‘Lito, I must say, is a very clever little boy. He is super talkative and just has a million thoughts running through his brain and can express himself amazingly well for an almost-2 year old.  I’m thinking he could be a Mini-Kevin.’

Hours before his death, she wrote: ‘Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible.’

Of her eldest daughter Lulu, who was also killed on Thursday, she joked: ‘Lulu is in love. His name is Joakim, he’s 1/2 British, 1/2 Swedish.  He lives in our apartment building and speaks with a British accent, is a total hipster and we love his parents. She gets totally giddy around him. Not sure Lulu knows this but Joakim has 2 other girlfriends as well…’

She later added: ‘Lulu has another boyfriend — When I picked her up from school yesterday, she told me that Martin (pronounced ‘Mar-teen’, he’s half-french, half-peruvian) is her boyfriend and her valentine.  Apparently, she kissed him twice.’

Last year, she wrote: ‘When I ask Lulu what she wants to be when she grows up, she always says she wants to be a Mama. And she is going to be a really good one.’

In February, she added photos from the family’s trip to the Dominican Republic, where they saw the family of their nanny.

‘It was wonderful,’ she wrote. ‘And we met Josie’s amazing family! The Dominican Republic is a wonderful country!!’

• SOURCE: Dailymail.uk.co

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Update: 10/27/12 – NEW YORK — ‘He said he has to be strong for his wife and surviving daughter’: Relatives reveal brave media executive father whose children were ‘murdered by nanny’ is ‘trying not to fall apart’

  • Father Kevin Krim learned of children’s slayings en route home from a business trip
  • Mother Marina Krim, found son, 2, and daughter, 6, dead in the bathtub on Thursday in Upper West Side apartment
  • Then witnessed nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50, slit her own throat with kitchen knife before being rushed to hospital
  • Grandmother: ‘They bent over backwards being nice to this woman’
  • Neighbour describes how Ortega was visibly unravelling before the attack
  • Six-year-old Lulu tried to defend herself but died of stab wounds to her stomach and neck
  • Children’s father Kevin Krim, the vice president of CNBC Digital, returned from business trip to be met by police at the airport

Family: Lulu is pictured with her father Kevin Krim and mother Marina Krim, who found her children stabbed in the bathtub and their nanny with a slit throat and wrists on the bathroom floor

Lulu pictured with her father Kevin Krim and mother Marina Krim, who found her children stabbed in the bathtub and their nanny with a slit throat and wrists on the bathroom floor.

Growing memorial: The memorial for the slain Krim children grew steadily on Saturday

Pictured – Growing memorial: The memorial for the slain Krim children grew steadily on Saturday.

Click above for full article written and published by: Dailymail.co.uk

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Nanny ‘who stabbed to death’ couple’s two children as neighbor reveals mother’s ‘primal screams’ at finding tiny bodies

  • Mother Marina Krim, found son, 2, and daughter, 6, dead the bathtub
  • Nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50, had slit her throat and wrists with a kitchen knife
  • Ortega now in police custody and in critical condition
  • Neighbour describes how Ortega was ‘cold’ just half an hour before deaths
  • Children’s father Kevin Krim, the vice president of CNBC Digital, returned from business trip to be met by police at the airport

Pain: She is seen screaming as she is transported in an ambulance to hospital

Pain: She is seen screaming as she is transported in an ambulance to hospital

'Killer': Yoselyn Ortega is pictured with Lulu Krim, right, who she allegedly stabbed to death in a bathtub along with the girl's two-year-old brother Leo. Their sister, Nessie, left, was not at the apartment

‘Killer’: Yoselyn Ortega is pictured with Lulu Krim, right, who she allegedly stabbed to death in a bathtub along with the girl’s two-year-old brother Leo. Their sister, Nessie, left, was not at the apartment.

Leo Krim

Loss: Lulu and Leo, pictured above and below, each had multiple stab wounds and were pronounced dead in hospital.

LuLu Krim

Discovery: Mrs Krim is pictured holding onto her other daughter Nessie after finding her two other children dead

Discovery: Mrs Krim is pictured holding onto her other daughter Nessie after finding her two other children dead.

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Mother who called herself a ”monster” in court is sentenced to 99 years for beating her daughter into coma and gluing the tot’s hands to the wall.

On the day of the attack Escalona changed her Facebook profile photo to one of her and Jocelyn and wrote: 'Why does God put obstacles in my life?'

Elizabeth Escalona (left) was sentenced to 99 years for the brutal beating of her toddler daughter (right.)

10/12/12 Dallas, TX →After 5-days of gruelling testimony, Texas mother, Elizabeth Escalona, 23, sat tearfully in court today as she was sentenced by Judge Larry Mitchell to serve 99 years in prison for the savage torture-beating of her two-year old child.

”You savagely beat your daughter to the edge of death,” said the Judge.

In 2011, Elizabeth became so frustrated with her daughter (who isn’t being named due to legal reasons) during potty-training that she glued the child’s hands to the wall and brutally beat her.

Two of Escalona’s other children revealed in court today that their mother kicked their little sister in her stomach and hit her with a milk-jug before gluing her hands to a wall. She also dragged her (although uncertain if she was dragged by the hair.) Some skin had been torn off her little hands. She was hospitalized and in a coma.

Prosecutor Eren Price showed Escalona photo’s of her child’s injuries and asked her if she was a monster. ”A monster did this.” Escalona shook her head and replied a tearful ”Yes.”

Bruises: She hit the girl with enormous objects, including a jug, before dragging her across the floor

Photo’s showed bruises and marks all around the childs little body were also shown in court.

Painful: Other photos shown to the court reveal the bruises along Jocelyn's back after the attack

She hit her with large items including a jug and dragged her across the floor.

Torture: Photographs shown in the court depict Jocelyn's bleeding hands after they were glued to the wall

Photo’s of the toddlers bloody hands after they were glued to a wall were shown in court by prosecutors.

The words shown on an overhead display were written by prosecutor Eren Price, (left) and were shown in court as an emotional Elizabeth Escalona, 23, responds to a line of questioning in court yesterdayLIAR: words shown on an overhead display were written by prosecutor Eren Price,  (left) and were shown in the Dallas County Courtroom as Escalona responded to multiple questions in Yesterdays court-proceedings.

Escalona pleaded with Judge Mitchell for leniency, blaming her ‘black-out’ on childhood sexual-abuse and saying she did not remember the incident that unfolded last year. She said she didn’t remember where she got the glue or why she glued her toddler’s hands to the wall nor did she remember dragging her daughter, throwing things at her or kicking her in the stomach. Overall, she claimed she didn’t remember beating the poor girl into a coma because she wouldn’t potty-train correctly/quickly. Escalona continued to put on the ”water-works” but Price wasn’t buying it and showed her no mercy calling her a ”liar.”

Cross-examination by the prosecutors pointed out that Escalona was a consistently abusive mother who did drugs and beat her children. Proving she lied once again. They also showed she lied when Price was calling her a monter, Escalona was agreeing, calling herself a monter, contradicting her earlier statements of not ”remembering.” ”I hit her, I kicked her constantly, and she  didn’t deserve that,’  said Escalona. ”Only a monster does  that.”

Judge Mitchell, while agreeing that Escalona may have been sexually abused growing up, that it is no excuse for abuse and Judge Mitchell said the simple fact remained, the vicious assault on your child.

‘You savagely beat your child to the edge of  death,’ he said.

Escalona was sentenced to ninety years in prison and must serve at-least thirty to consider parole. Her loved ones cried out, some hanging their heads down in grief and disbelief. The mother of three surprisingly, showed very little emotion considering her theatrics threw-out the trail.

Her children are now in custody of the state and will hopefully get past the trauma they endured and grow up to be everything Elizabeth Escalona is NOT.