Pneumonia Or Murder? The Death of Baby Breanna Loveless

brianna-lovelessPhoto of 9-month-old Breanna Marie Courtney Loveless May 22, 1995 – Feb 22, 1996

(Some reports have Brianna Loveless as her name but according to her gravestone it’s Breanna Loveless.)

Breanna Loveless was born in Delta, Utah on May 22, 1995 to Ricky Lee Sanders and Dawn Loveless Wittison who is known by many as Bobbie Dawn Wittison. She was the youngest of three siblings, all girls.

Sadly, nine months after being born the blond-haired baby girl would die, and the cause-of-death quickly became controversial.

In 1996, Breanna Loveless died of pneumonia, at least that’s what her death certificate states. But the bruises, tears, broken collarbone, and multiple broken bones of different ages told a different story. One of abuse and torture.

“We were suspicious at the beginning because it looked like she hadn’t been taken care of,” said Jim Masner, a detective of Millard County Sheriff’s Office who worked on her case.

When paramedics arrived Breanna was in a full, soggy diaper that hadn’t appeared to have been changed for sometime.

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Left photo shows Breanna Loveless smiling in a baby tub. The right side photos are Breanna’s autopsy photos.

Breanna’s mother, Bobbie Widdison, divorced Ricky Sanders and started a relationship with Sanders brother, Travis Widdison. Travis moved in with Bobbie and was living there during the time of Breanna’s death. Both told conflicting stories that didn’t add up. They said 9-month-old Breanna bruised herself by bumping into the crib, and that her broken bones came from being wedged in the crib bars. They also said she had “brittle bone disease” and bruised easily. This excuses given were very similar to that of Baby Alissa Guernsey.

Investigators had to figure out who hurt the little girl and how she died. They weren’t buying the excuses.

Masner, who had never investigated a child homicide, sought help from wherever he could get it. He called Primary Children’s Medical Center, the attorney general’s office, and federal experts in Quantico, Virginia.

Robert Kirschner, a Chicago-based forensic pathologist who has since died, bridged the evidentiary gap.

The state medical examiner testified that the immediate cause of death was pneumonia, but the girl had suffered physical abuse that so weakened her she could not fight off an illness that probably would not have been fatal.

Breanna’s “death is an example of fatal abuse without ‘fatal’ injuries,” Kirschner wrote in a report. “This is very common in children who have been repetitively beaten; the pneumonia basically acts as the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”

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Photo of Breanna’s mother, Bobbie Widdison.

Bobbie Widdison contends that she found her daughter face-down in her crib. However, prosecutors say the position of the baby’s body – which already was in a state of rigor mortis when paramedics arrived – suggests she was on her back at the time of death.

The trial began with attorneys questioning Millard County deputy sheriffs who responded to a call of a baby not breathing at the Widdisons’ apartment, 395 E. 400 South, Delta, during the early morning hours of Feb. 22, 1996.

Deputy Morris Burton said that when he entered the apartment the baby was “stiff and cold” and had “what appeared to be bruises on her face.”

Deputy Brett Nielson testified that Travis Widdison told him the baby was put to bed at 9:30 p.m. the previous night. Bobbie and Travis Widdison then went next door to play cards with friends, and Bobbie Widdison returned at 11 p.m. to check on Breanna.

The deputy testified that Bobbie Widdison said the child was fine when she checked on her. But the couple said the baby was dead when they returned to the apartment after midnight.

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Photo of Breanna smiling shortly before her death.

Alan Smith, a Delta physician who had previously treated Loveless, was present on Feb. 22, 1996 when paramedics brought her to the emergency room. He tried unsuccessfully to revive her.

Smith said she was examined after her death and found to have numerous bruises, abrasions and scratches. She also had a broken collarbone, broken bones in both arms and one leg. Upon cross-examination by Gaither, Smith testified that Loveless had evidence of both viral and bacterial infections before her death. She also had been diagnosed with bronchitis, which could have led to pneumonia.

A 4th District jury found Bobbie Widdison guilty of murder for beating Breanna to death and six counts of child abuse. She was sentenced to five years to life in prison. Travis Widdison was found guilty on three child-abuse counts and sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The Widdisons maintained their innocence throughout the court proceedings.

A judge has dismissed a murder charge against Travis Widdison in the 1996 death of 9-month-old Breanna Loveless. Murder and multiple child-abuse charges remain against the child’s mother, Bobbie Dawn Widdison.

So what did kill Baby Breanna Marie Loveless? It seems the only people who truly know aren’t willing to budge.

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For more information on Breanna’s case, click Lost Angels – Breanna Loveless, which has a long list of different articles relating to the case.

Mother deemed insane when she drowned her toddler in 2010 is freed after doctors say she’s regained her sanity

(DAILYMAIL) — A mother who was deemed insane after drowning her three-year-old daughter in the bathtub has been allowed to walk free from jail just three years later – because doctors say she regained her sanity.

Jennifer Bigham, from Modesto, California, admitted killing the toddler in 2010 and was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

After doctors ruled she is now sane, Bigham has been allowed to walk free and was released from jail on Tuesday.

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Jennifer Bigham, 23, was being held without bail in the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of child abuse and murder in the death of her daughter, Alexandrea, sheriff's deputies said.

Pictured in 2010, above, and this week, below

Face that says I'm free: Jennifer Bigham had a beaming smile on her face when she was released from jail on Tuesday after doctors said she regained her sanity

Face that says I’m free: Jennifer Bigham had a beaming smile on her face when she was released from jail on Tuesday after doctors said she regained her sanity

The 26-year-old was pictured smiling in her blue hospital gown as she was released from the hospital.

Two relatives who were in the home at the time of the drowning heard the little girl splash and scream. By the time they got to the bathroom, she was unconscious and Bigham had stabbed herself and locked herself inside a bedroom.

The judge’s decision is said to be extremely rare, especially because the judge did not send her to a psychiatric hospital after the ruling, but to jail.

School of Law Professor John Meyers told CBS: ‘I understand why people would be upset, but what you have to understand is a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, means not guilty.’

‘It may seem anomalous to people that a person who murders a child could go “free” after three years, but what people need to remember is that if it’s a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, don’t forget the not guilty part.’

He said the doctor’s report would have been crucial to the judge’s decision, especially if she was deemed to not be a danger to herself or others.

Prosecutors disagree and are going to appeal the decision.
‘She’s a danger to society,’ said Elaine Casillas, a deputy district attorney, according to the Bee. ‘She’s not been evaluated properly.’

The same doctors who believed Bigham was insane at the time of her toddler’s death re-examined her and testified Tuesday that her sanity is restored.

Source of article: Dailymail.co.uk

Woman ‘killed boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter by force feeding her chilli powder as a punishment’

  • Apple Valley woman accused of killing her boyfriends daughter toddler Sunday Jan. 6
  • Sorensen, 21, arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death
  • Main chilli ingredient Capsaicin can be fatal in large doses

PUBLISHED: 08:21 EST, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 EST, 8 January 2013

A woman from southern California has been arrested after her boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter suffered a seizure and died after eating chilli powder.

Amanda Sorensen, 21, of Apple Valley, was taken into custody on Monday for allegedly feeding the chilli to the child as punishment.

Authorities confirmed Sorenson had been arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

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Arrest: Amanda Sorenson, pictured above and below, has been arrested after her boyfriend’s two-year-old daughter suffered a seizure after the woman allegedly gave her chilli powder
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The brutal Murder of Dystiny Myers

The picture above is Dystiny Myers, she was a 15-year-old high school student in Santa Maria, California. She was placed in a group home after her mom went to jail 2 months before her murder for a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of an illegal drug.

She was raised by her grandmother and everyone who knew her described her as being full of life. Her Pastor, Rick Bloom said she loved to sing and perform. He also said she was the lead in the majority of the children’s choir programs. She also attended church camps and consistently volunteered to feed the homeless.

She dreamed of being a model and even won a local competition. She could be the all-American girl right?

Pastor Bloom told reporters, “Everyone thinks about what we could have done. I know her grandmother and she did the best she could in very difficult circumstances,” “She didn’t get a chance to grow out of whatever she was going through,” Bloom said.

Dystiny’s 7th grade science teacher Mr. Bob Quirk said “She could have gone to college she could have done anything. Very bright. Very talented person. Sang. She was in our talent show,”

It wont let me post up the video right now so to view Dystiny singing in a school Talent Show, click link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA_lIm9J6zM&feature=player_embedded (Dystiny starts singing at 3:35)

She looks like any other normal teenager in this picture but unfortunately she got caught up with some adults that she shouldn’t have. She ran away from the home and stayed with Rhonda Wisto, a known drug addict and alleged dealer.

On September 26, 2010 the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office received a phone call at 5AM to come to a location and investigate a body that was found on the outskirts of town. At first it was the fire department who showed up believing there was a grass fire but they soon found out that wasn’t the case. Deputies would soon find out that the person that was purposely thrown into shallow grave and set on fire was a 15-year-old local girl.

Later that day deputies arrested Jason Greenwell (20), Ty Michael Hill (28), Frank York(19) and Rhonda Wisto (47). They are all being charged with Dystiny Myers murder and special circumstances of torture, kidnapping and aiding and abetting.

The following day Cody Lane Miller (20) was arrested. He was in the hospital receiving care for his injuries.

All five of them are being held without bail and they have all entered not guilty pleas.

On October 4 the news released an article that said perhaps Dystiny was not the girl everyone thought she was, they also released this picture of her. It was from her MySpace account.

Dystiny takes a photo of herself, her appearance is slowly changing

In reality Pastor Bloom says she was once that girl he spoke of earlier on but she had gotten off track in the last year and lost her way.

Sadly, Dystiny had begun hanging out in the streets where she called herself “Spa3dz” and her past times included partying, drinking hard liquor, getting high and smoking “cancer stix” as she called them.

Dystiny Myers colors her hair black, her attitude starts to change as well, and she begins hanging with the wrong crowd

“wats crakn,mi name is dystiny but they call me (SPAD3Z) i luv2 par-t(haha)i dn’t drink beer though”IMA A HARD LIQUOR HYNA” i luv smokn MARIJUANA!!!(STONRS 4 LIFE) i’m also a nicotine fein,i luv my CANCER STIX.. ima helza good homie..no mattr wat my homies always cme 1st there my FAMILIO u can fuk with me but once u fuk with my homies there will be BLOOD SHED!!! i gots lots of h8rs…i aint evn trippn off them bitches all they are is (DRAMA) DNT HATE DA PLAYER,HATE DA GAME!!! L8TRS”

Click here to view Dystiny Myers Myspace – It list her age as 19 years old, the age she would be today.

Rhonda Wisto, the mother of Jason Greenwell, urged her son to go through with the horrific murder of Dystiny Myers. She also helped the group hid her body.

She also started hanging out in known drug dealers houses that had been raided in the past. Mr. Quirk, her former teacher said she dropped out of school after the first 5 weeks of high school. “If a kid like this can end up in this situation, it can happen to anybody,” Quirk said.

On February 7, 2011 all 5 suspects appeared in court for their pre-trial hearings. Normally a first degree murder charge would carry a 25 to life sentence but since there are special circumstances in Dystiny’s murder they can all be sentenced to death or life without parole.

Photo of Ty Hill who took part in Dystiny’s murder, he was also the one who shot her up with heroin moments before the attack
Ty Hill admitted to shooting Dystiny up with heroin before they beat her, he shot her up every night so she wouldn’t have suspected anything was wrong.

He then started beating the hell out of her with a baseball bat before handing it off to another guy and saying “Mark McGwire” her legs.

Jason Greenwell said the noise from the “bat bashing against her legs was making him sick and he couldn’t think,”

An expert testified that Dystiny more than likely died from mechanical asphyxiation but was also suffering from methamphetamine toxicity and blunt force trauma to her head.

MUGSHOT: Frank York

Forensic Specialist Kenneth Jones said he found a baseball bat in Rhonda Wisto’s truck that had finger prints and blood on it. He also testified there was a palm print that matched Frank York’s prints.

Mr. Jones also found three samurai swords and brass knuckles in that same blue pick-up truck; two of the swords had blood stains and strands of long, dark hair on them. There were numerous blood stains in the pickup; the blood has not been tested for DNA yet.

Deputy Stuart MacDonald from the coroner’s office said when they discovered 15-year-old Dystiny Myers’ body she was wrapped in a canvas bag, duct tape, several comforters and nylon rope. The young teen was also hog-tied and had sweatpants tied tightly around her neck and gloves in her mouth and throat.

Cody Miller being arrained in court back in 2010

Dystiny also had bruising on her body from her face to her back and down to her legs. She also had fractures on her skull and her eye had been gouged out. Parts of her body, including her face had been burnt beyond recognition.

Detective Eric Twisselman from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department testified that Cody Miller told him that they all beat Dystiny at Rhonda Wisto’s house. After the beating took place they “stuffed her into a duffel bag and taken outside the residence and ultimately placed into the back of a pickup truck,”

Dystiny was still alive at this point and once they got out to the location Cody claims he was “forced” to beat her more, dig a hole and hog-tie her.

When Ty Hill asked how he knew she was dead Cody said that “he rammed a glove down her throat and that he plucked her eye out,”

Detective Burgeson testified that at least two of the suspects admitted to beating Dystiny with a baseball bat, brass knuckles, hands and feet. “I asked Miller why he had kicked Dystiny, and he told me that she was making noise and that he kicked her twice and that she stopped making noise,”

MUGSHOT: Jason Greenwell

Rhonda Wisto is Frank York’s mother. He told his mother while all this was going that killing someone was the wrong thing to do. Rhonda told her son, sometimes “stuff” has to be done. “She told him that he would be okay and that she loved him and that she wanted the best for him,” Det. Burgeson testified.

They also planned to kill Cody Miller, the plan was to murder him and cut his head off according to Ty Hill. He said after they set Dystiny on fire Ty Hill hit Cody Miller in the head with a shovel and baseball bat, he planned to kill him to because he believed he was a police informant. Cody was able to get away and ran into woods.

They got in the truck and went to Jack in the Box where they spent $8 on tacos and then went home.

Sheriff’s detective Patrick Zuchelli testified that all 5 suspects were under the influence of methamphetamines while they beat and murdered the teenager. He said it was unclear if Dystiny was voluntarily using drugs by the suspects statements.

Mugshot of Cody Miller whose nose was broken due to getting attacked immediately after  Dystiny’s death.

Det. Zuchelli also testified that Frank York also told him he wanted to back out before the beatings began because he was scared but was encouraged not to by his mother.

Ty Hill tried to minimize his role in the plan but eventually gave up and told the detectives everything he knew including he was the one that actually made a “check list” of everything they would need to murder Dystiny and pull the plan off without getting caught. Police found the list when they found the baseball bat that had Dystiny and Cody’s blood on it.

So far the only motive for killing Dystiny is because she was being disrespectful.

The judge has agreed that there is enough evidence to carry the case to trial and all 5 suspects were sentenced and will never see the day of light again.

The family and friend’s of Dystiny all gathered shortly after her brutal murder to remember the good memories of the bright teenager they knew and loved.

The family and loved ones gathered shortly after the brutal murder to celebrate the short  life of Dystiny Myers

Although five suspects were arrested and are awaiting trail… Dystiny’s grandmother, Kathy Clark said she has no closure.

“There really isn’t. We take it one day at a time and we know that Dystiny is with Jesus. I think that’s what keeps me personally going, knowing that Dystiny is at peace with her maker,” said Kathy.

She said her granddaughter was full of life. A generous spirit, involved with the youth program at her church and a volunteer at a homeless shelter.

“When she walked in the room, the party started. Everyone knew Dystiny was there,” said Kathy.

But she said Dystiny was also a teenager who, shortly before her death, started making bad decisions and hanging out with people Kathy didn’t know.

“She went astray and I’m the first to admit it. She went astray. Dystiny was teetering in between the two worlds. She knew right from wrong. But unfortunately when we get caught up with something, it’s so hard to get out of it,” said Kathy.

How does a child go from being active in the church and feeding the homeless to being sucked in by the streets and drugs? A lot of people will blame the mother because she was obviously an addict herself but Dystiny did not live with her mother. Dystiny’s grandmother raised her according to every report I have read and family/friends statements. Surely there were signs that this young girl was getting in over her head so why didn’t someone do something? I guess none of these questions matter now, she is dead. What does matter is that this can happen with any child, it’s up to the parent or guardian to stop it.

Source: Unforgottenangels

Frail teenager ‘starved and abused by his parents and put on a bus to California with $200’ gains 10lbs in just one week (UPDATED LINK)

Frail teenager ‘starved and abused by his parents and put on a bus to California with $200’ gains 10lbs in just one week

October 4, 2012 UPDATE: Teen ‘starved by parents and locked in bedroom’ was so malnourished he still had baby teeth, his skin was translucent and his young sisters had not seen him for two years

 

  • Gaunt Mitch  Comer, 18, told police he was put on a bus to California on his 18th birthday by  his stepfather
  • He was found by a  retired policeman, looking malnourished, confused and only around 12 or 13 years  old
  • He said his  parents had barely fed him and forced him to stand on his tiptoes, facing a  wall, with his hands on his head for eight hours every day
  • Neighbours  said they did not even know the Comers had a son
  • Their two  daughters, who were said to not even know what their brother looked like, have  been taken into care
  • Paul and  Sheila Comer are in jail and will face bond hearings on  Thursday

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Paul and Sheila Marie (pictured above) are awaiting bond hearings after allegedly starving and maltreating 18-year-old Mitch, who was found wandering around a bus station more than 2,000 miles from home.

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Horrifying: Comer, who was found in a Californian bus depot weighing just 97  pounds, told authorities he spent the last four years locked in a room at his  parents’ Georgia home (pictured.) Neighbours were surprised to learn that the  family had a son as they’d never seen him.

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Woman suffers second-degree burns after man threw sulphuric acid over her in random attack at Laundromat

Woman suffers second-degree burns after man threw sulphuric acid over her in random attack at Laundromat

PUBLISHED:13:51 EST, 23  September 2012| UPDATED:16:31 EST, 23 September 2012

 

A  woman is in hospital with severe  burning after suffering a horrific attack in which a stranger viciously threw  sulphuric acid over her.

The unnamed woman was drenched in the  corrosive liquid as she walked into a San Diego laundromat on Saturday, causing  second degree burns to her arms and back.

Her attacker has been named by police as  55-year-old Arturo Jose Reyes.

 
Vicious: Arturo Jose Reyes, 55, allegedly threw sulphuric acid into the face of an unknown woman in San Diego

Vicious: Arturo Jose Reyes, 55, allegedly threw  sulphuric acid into the face of an unknown woman in San Diego

 

He was arrested about 20 minutes after  the  6am attack in his dark blue BMW at a nearby gas station, where he  was making a  disturbance.

The woman positively identified Reyes as her  assailant, telling police that she had never met him prior to the attack. 

 

 

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Mother Who Tortured And Killed Daughter, Nine, Sentenced 15 Years To Life In Prison

A year and a half ago Elizabeth Holloway, moved in with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and half sister and brother.  A year and a half ago, Elizabeth began being abused by her mother.  A year and a half ago, Elizabeth was 7 and ½ years old and had no idea that by 9-years-old she’d be telling her younger sister she was dying…. and would.

Pictured; Elizabeth Holloway, Nine.

Imagine you are 7 and ½ years old and you are moving in with your mother and siblings, exciting right?  It’s a new start that includes a sister and a brother, what could be bad about that?  I’ll tell you what could be bad about that… a mother that reportedly begins to beat you as soon as you move in.

According to police reports Elizabeth lived with her father until 17 months ago when she moved in with her mother Crystal Cardenas (25).  At which time it appears she became her mother’s personal punching bag enduring numerous incidents of abuse.  In the 17 months she lived with her mother she was reportedly choked, punched, kicked, burned and thrown to the ground.  Poor thing, I just want to hug her so bad!  A few days before her death on January 17th, Crystal reportedly punched and kicked Elizabeth, causing a bruised pancreas and transection of her intestines. These injuries would have resulted in Elizabeth dying “a very slow and painful death,” according to prosecutors.  Elizabeth experienced vomiting and loss of feeling in her lower extremities.  She told her 7-year-old half sister she felt like she was going to die.  Now that statement right there just does it for me, I can not imagine the fear she must have felt at 9-years-old and literally thinking she was going to die and having NO ONE to go to.  This little girl knew she was dying… it breaks my heart!

 Pictured; Crystal Cardenas, 25, setenced to 15 month’s to life in prison.

On January 17th San Diego Police were called at approximately 10:00 pm with a report of a child not breathing.  Paramedics arrived and took Elizabeth to the trauma center; she died at 11:56 pm.  The SDPD child abuse unit was originally handling her case, but the autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma and the case was handed over to homicide.

After a thorough investigation, that included interviewing the family, extended family, neighbors, former neighbors and people at the school Elizabeth attended, the DA’s office and SDPD concluded that Elizabeth’s mother Crystal was the one who inflicted the abuse and caused the death of her daughter.

Cardenas’ other two children are under the care of CPS.

Cardenas faces 25 years to life, if convicted of murder.  The preliminary hearing is set for February 16th.

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