Mesa, Arizona, USA
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.
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