Mother finds 18-month-old daughter chopped in pieces, roasting in oven after leaving her under the care of relatives

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A toddler was murdered at this home in Oldonda village in eastern Siberia by her uncle

A man chopped up his 18-month-old niece then roasted her body parts in an oven, police said today.

Andrey Gadzhiev, the child’s 34-year-old uncle, was drunk when he was left in the care of the toddler for fifteen minutes while his sister, 29-year-old Elena Titova, went to visit a neighbour.  When she returned there was no sign of the child and her intoxicated brother could not explain what had happened to her. The child’s mother came home shortly after and went to search for the girl before noticing  an odd smell coming from the stove. When she opened it, the horrified mother discovered her 18-month-old toddler’s roasted remains.

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Andrey Gadzhiev (pictured under the blanket) would later tell police the little girl died when he “pushed her and she fell on floor”.

According to police, Andrey Gadzhiev  ‘showed no emotion when he admitted to killing the child, chopping her in pieces and placing her in the hot oven. He also had no explanation as to why he pushed the toddler but told police he panicked and “hid the child in the oven”.

I was trying to hide her body so I put her in the oven,’ Gadzhiev said.

According to police, the mother searched the house in Oldonda village in eastern Siberia, but then noticed a strange smell from the stove. Opening the hot oven, she discovered the burnt remains her toddler daughters body. The horrified mother then noticed a fragment of the child’s leg near the sink in the kitchen.

Very few details aside from the horrific description already told by Siberian police.

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
Amanda Sorensen

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The burning death of Kristen Salem

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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 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

 

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.

Teenage GIRL Accused Of Sodomizing Toddler

Ashleigh Geist, 18. (Police Photo)

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Originally Publish Aug 2nd, 2012 → An 18-year-old Kansas woman faces a penalty of 25 years to life in prison for allegedly molesting a 3-year-old boy. Ashleigh Geist of Olathe is charged with aggravated criminal sodomy for a crime that police say took place on July 9. The victim is reportedly not a relative of Geist’s.

Geist was arrested Tuesday, and was actively engaging in social media until police arrived to take her to to Johnson County Jail. She had very active Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts, where she displayed a marked interest in crafts, cooking, family and religion. On the day of her arrest, she tweeted about making something for the family mantle. She finished high school this May, and excitedly tweeted about graduation and her high ACT score. Now, Geist is being held on $250000.00 bond.

Because of the alleged victim’s age, prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. If given the maximum penalty, Geist would be eligible for parole after 25 years. Police and the alleged victim’s family have withheld details of the crime and the investigation leading up to Geist’s arrest.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe remarked that charges of sodomy are usually seen in cases involving male defendants. ”It’s unusual for us to see a female defendant in these types of cases,” said Howe. “We have had other cases where we’ve had female defendants committing these types of crimes but it is unusual.” According to Kansas state laws, sodomy is defined as “oral contact or oral penetration of the female genitalia or oral contact of the male genitalia; anal penetration, however slight, of a male or female by any body part or object; or oral or anal copulation or sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.”

Source: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/blog/2012/08/02/teen-girl-accused-of-sodomizing-toddler/index.html

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UPDATE; ‘Teen Accused Of Molesting Toddler Was Sexually Abused Herself: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/blog/2012/08/02/update-teen-accused-of-molesting-toddler-was-sexually-abused-herself/index.html

Horiffic Abuse Of Little Children In Middle East

INDIA – The Bihar Police has arrested a godman who used to trample upon infants to supposedly cure them of their illnesses.

Baba Jamun Yadav used to carry out his bizarre practice in the villages of the state’s Katihar region. He would make infants lie on the ground and stand on them with his bare feet.

Shouting ‘Jai Ho’, Yadav would keep one foot on the child’s thighs and with the other press hard on the neck, risking the child’s death from suffocation.

Action was taken against Yadav after Headlines Today exposed the barbaric practice on Tuesday. Police said Yadav had been put behind bars at the Barari police station and an inquiry had begun.

Yadav had tricked the villagers into believing that he had divine healing powers. They worshipped him and brought their children to him to be cured

Source: http://www.defence.pk/forums/world-affairs/42359-holy-man-has-been-arrested-child-torture.html#ixzz23amX62rp

The Murder Of Riley Ann Fox

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Photo of Riley & Tyler Fox standing next to a scar-crow

In the summer of 2004, a little girl named Riley Fox was abducted and murdered in the small town of Wilmington, Illinois., about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. It was a gruesome crime that rocked the Rust Belt community and remains a mystery to this day. But more than just a tragedy and a ‘whodunit’, the Riley Fox case is the story of her family’s strange, overwhelming ordeal — a nightmare in which Riley’s death was only the first excruciating episode.

On the morning of June 6, 2004, Kevin Fox was home alone with his two children, 3-year-old daughter Riley and son Tyler, 6. His wife Melissa was away that weekend for a walk to raise breast cancer awareness in Chicago.   Just before 8 a.m., Kevin was at a Street Fair til late night and went to pick up Tyler and Riley who were being watched by their Grandparents. He got home and layed then down in the living-room and went to bed. Sometime in the early morning hours Tyler woke up, he noticed Riley wasn’t there and woke Kevin (”Dad”) and told him that Riley was gone. Kevin began searching for her himself, but after 40 minutes with no luck he called the police.

By the time Melissa found out and rushed home from Chicago, nearly the entire town was helping search for the little girl. The turnout was a testament to just how close the community is.   “Everybody was so supportive. I mean, I still, I can’t thank everyone enough … It was really unbelievable,” Melissa said.   Kevin and Melissa Fox grew up in Wilmington and were high-school sweethearts. Kevin, a painter, doted on his precious daughter, saying she had “big brown eyes, the way she would look at you, and her smile. She just made your heart melt.”   ‘I Was Definitely Not Wasted’

Riley Fox was definitely described as a ”daddy’s girl,” as evident by this photo

The sequence of events on the night of Riley’s disappearance would prove crucial to the case. While Melissa was in Chicago, Kevin made plans to go to a street festival in Chicago with one of Melissa’s brothers, leaving Tyler and Riley with his mother-in-law for the evening. How big an issue was alcohol that night? “It wasn’t a big issue at all,” says Kevin. “I had some beers. I was definitely not wasted.”

Around 1 a.m., Kevin returned home with the children, who were both fast asleep. He put Tyler on a chair in the living room and Riley on a couch, covering her with a yellow blanket. He went to bed and slept until Tyler woke him to tell him Riley was gone.

At around 3:30 that afternoon, two female volunteers found Riley’s body face-down in a creek in the Forsythe Woods, about a two-and-a-half miles from the Fox residence.   “I just had this really bad feeling about this place,” one of them said. “And that’s why I came here.”

CRIME SCENE: Riley Ann’s little body was discovered at this creek by two volunteers who set out to search for the missing child

The police were called, but it would be some time before Kevin and Melissa would learn of their daughter’s grisly death. They were first brought in for questioning. Later that day, they were told that Riley had been sexually assaulted, bound and gagged with duct tape and drowned.   Through their sadness, the family resolved to find the killer.

An Intruder? Or Foul Play? 

Because Riley’s body was found outside of Wilmington, the investigation was taken over by the Will County Sheriff’s Office. And as is typical in cases like this, Riley’s parents and the rest of the family all agreed to be questioned and provide DNA samples. Kevin and Melissa even allowed investigators to interview Tyler, who police hoped could offer clues because he was asleep next to Riley before she vanished. From the beginning, the Foxes believed an intruder came into their house and kidnapped Riley.

But investigators didn’t think the house showed signs of forced entry, and, more importantly, they figured it would take a great deal of planning or luck for the killer to sneak into the house and snatch Riley during the few hours when her father was asleep and her mother wasn’t home.

They also wondered why Kevin waited 40 minutes after realizing his daughter was missing before calling the police.  Kevin said when he was growing up he learned that the only time to call 911 is, “if there is a fire … I never … I never thought my daughter was kidnapped.  Never, never in a thousand years,” he said.

While they spent time canvassing the neighborhood and interviewing local sex offenders, the Will County Sheriff’s detectives grew more interested in Kevin, the last known adult to see Riley alive.

They shot surveillance footage of him at Riley’s funeral, and they took special interest in a security video from a gas station located between the Fox home and the creek where she was found. Investigators believed it showed a car similar to Kevin Fox’s Ford Escape passing the station around the time of the murder.

The summer progressed with no named suspects, and public support for the family waned after a TV report portrayed the parents as indifferent to the death of their little girl. Rumors started swirling.

The Foxes sensed the community was turning, but Melissa never questioned her husband’s involvement. “I know Kevin way too well and watched him be a parent to our children every day,” she said.

The Interrogation

There was another dynamic at play. As the State’s Attorney Jeff Tomczak was dealing with pressure to solve the case, he was also fighting for his political life, with Election Day was approaching.

A week before the election, Will County detectives called the Foxes and asked them to come to the station. After arriving, they were immediately separated.

Kevin was taken into a very small room and interrogated for the next 14 hours.  According to Kevin’s account, detectives told him they had reason to believe that he had killed Riley.

“They broke me down mentally, physically, emotionally… but I stayed strong.  I knew… I, I denied everything, everything that they would say to me,” he said.

Kevin said the investigators told him to take a polygraph test, and he agreed, confident he’d pass. But afterwards, detectives told him he had failed. Finally, Kevin broke, offering a statement admitting he killed Riley.

According to the investigators, Kevin said he woke up in the middle of the night went to the bathroom, where he accidentally hit Riley with the door, causing her to stumble and hit her head on the bathtub. Thinking he’d accidentally killed her, he panicked and supposedly did something to make it look like she was sexually assaulted. Investigators said he put duct tape over Riley’s mouth, drove her in his car to the river and walked down the side of a small bridge and dumped her into the river. Hours after making that statement, Kevin Fox was charged with first degree murder.

Seeking the Death Penalty

The next day, Tomczak announced he would be seeking the death penalty. “The young child in this case died a terrible death,” Tomczak announced at the time, “And for that reason, the penalty deserves to be death.”

Hal Dardick, who covered the Fox case for the Chicago Tribune, noted that the decision to seek the death penalty is usually reached over weeks or months, not days. But Tomczak has consistently denied that his decision was motivated by the impending election, which he ultimately lost to Jim Glasgow.

Kevin insisted to his family that his confession was false and that after 14 hours, he believed it was his only way out of that room. “Say you were trapped in a, a burning room, and there was only one door, and the fire was just flaming around you,” he said. “It was my only way out.”

Click here to watch a reenactment of the interrogation.

Attorney Kathleen Zellner, who built a reputation for freeing the wrongly accused with DNA evidence, believed him. After a single meeting with Kevin at the Will County jail, Zellner agreed to take his case.

“I decided a long time ago, I did not want to defend people who I thought were guilty,” she said. “Just looking at him and listening to him, I decided I was going to take a chance with him.”

False Confession?

Zellner  says she was persuaded because Kevin had no history of child abuse, and she believed his confession was coerced. “It fit perfectly. It was a classic case of false confession,” said Zellner.

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Photo of Riley Ann as a flower-girl at a wedding ceremony

Zellner said the trauma of Riley’s daughter made Kevin vulnerable to what she calls psychological manipulation by interrogators.  Kevin said the detectives showed him pictures of Riley’s dead body and refused to let him speak to his father or a lawyer and made graphic threats. Kevin said that the investigators would “have me raped every day I was in there if I didn’t say anything.”

Police said Kevin’s account of the interrogation was exaggerated and inaccurate, and pointed out that he had failed the polygraph test. But Fred Hunter, who has years of experience working for both Zellner and Will County authorities, offered another explanation.

“It is pretty much polygraph 101 that you would not to test a subject who had been interrogated for hours. The validity of any test results after that are going to be tainted,” Hunter said.

Zellner said she found the confession itself suspicious. She said that on many fronts, the details he gave were, “an absolutely impossible story.” If Kevin had really accidentally hurt his daughter inside the home, then why didn’t he take her to a hospital or simply call an ambulance? And if he drove off with the little girl, then why was no forensic evidence found inside the car?

And lastly, Zellner had serious questions about the steep embankment Kevin allegedly walked to the water’s edge.

“I mean, the chances he could have come down that side are pretty remote,” Zellner said., adding that the current at that point in the river was too weak to carry Riley’s body.

She conducted her own test at the creek and said it proved a body dropped at that site couldn’t have drifted to the location where Riley’s body was discovered.

Zellner also cast a critical eye on the fuzzy surveillance video of the car seen passing the gas station on the night of Riley’s murder. She carefully analyzed the video and said, “The wheel base is shorter.  The angle of the windshield is different.  You would have to have the license plate or a very clear picture of his face to ever have that hold up in court.”

DNA Testing

Despite all of that, Zellner was still concerned about swaying jurors from Kevin’s confession. “The only way you can trump a confession is with DNA. You’ve got to have DNA,” Zellner said.

Because Riley’s body was in the water for hours, it was much harder to retrieve a DNA profile.  Zellner feared that she’d been robbed of the silver bullet which had worked for her so often in the past. “I thought it would take miracle for us to find DNA,” she said.  And she was right. The tests came back negative for blood and semen.

Click here to read the Illinois State Crime Lab Report.

For saliva, the test read “inconclusive.” Dr. Karl Reich, who runs a private Chicago-area lab called Independent Forensics, told Zellner the word “inconclusive” was actually a cause for hope.

“Inconclusive” simply means it hasn’t been read, and Reich said one reason for that could be that the state lab’s equipment might not have been sophisticated enough to pick up on what little DNA was there.

“Another testing, called Y-STR testing, could certainly be possible and might in fact be the right kind of testing for this case,” Reich said.

Y-STR testing analyzes the Y-chromosome, which is nearly identical in males of the same lineage and can be tested in small amounts.  Though that partial profile may not be enough to fully identify a criminal, it is enough there to eliminate a suspect with 100 percent certainty.

“It’s a well-established technique,” said Reich. But though it was valid in court, neither the state of Illinois nor the FBI was using it at the time.  So Zellner convinced the Will County prosecutor to send the samples to a respected lab in Virginia.

But she told Kevin the chances of gleaning anything from such a small sample were slim. It would take months to get her answer.  Bureaucracy held up the DNA samples and as the family waited, Melissa struggled to keep it together. “It was a nightmare, but I knew the only thing I could do was support Kevin, stay strong for Tyler,” she said.

Charges Dropped

Finally, on June 16, 2005, after eight months in jail, Kevin learned the results of the DNA test.

Riley Fox Murdered

Zellner remembers that phone call from Virginia:  “I pick up the phone and she said, I’ve got the profile done. There was enough DNA, I’ve excluded your client. I said, ‘well, you just saved somebody’s life.'”

She raced to the Will County jail to tell Kevin.  The accused father was stunned. “It hit me that, that I was going home and, and my name would finally be cleared,” he said.

With the case against Kevin collapsing, the new Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow held an immediate court hearing. Kevin Fox, who could have faced the death penalty, was released with all charges dropped.

But the case that had shattered the Wilmington community was far from over.  Zellner switched from defense to offense, pursuing a massive lawsuit on behalf of the Foxes against Will County.  The Fox family claimed that the investigators didn’t simply make innocent mistakes which led to Kevin’s arrest.  They were out to convict him from the beginning.

That DNA had been sent to the FBI, which is often the case when DNA samples need further testing that state crime labs aren’t equipped for.  But in this case, FBI records showed that “all additional DNA analyses were discontinued” once Kevin offered that confession. The FBI stated that a Will County investigator told them to stop, despite the “inconclusive” finding.

“It’s the one piece of evidence that could disprove the confession?..that could have set him free,” Zellner said.

Click here to read the FBI DNA Lab Report.

The police, Zellner argued, deliberately ignored evidence suggesting that an intruder was in the house. She said that there are numerous parts of the house they never bothered to check, including the back door, which was standing open.

“We know what’s how the intruder came in because the lock was broken,” she says. Zellner also claimed one of the windows was open from the inside, potential evidence of an intruder looking for an exit route.  None of this was ever fingerprinted, nor was the blanket used to cover Riley that night.

Jury Awards Millions to Fox Family

Professor Ann Burgess of Boston College, who was worked with the FBI profiling killers, testified on behalf of the Foxes that cases involving intruders are not as rare as many think. “There are  many cases where an intruder comes in and takes a child, Elizabeth Smart, absolutely, perfect case.”

In fact, just this summer, DNA analysis from the same lab that cleared Kevin Fox definitively cleared Patsy and John Ramsey in the notorious murder of their daughter, Jon Benet.  In the Ramsey case, the detectives once discounted the intruder theory as well. A lead investigator even wrote a book arguing that Jon Benet’s death was an accident quickly staged to look like a murder. Zellner thinks that’s what inspired investigators in the Fox case to adopt their own accident theory.

To convince the jury, Zellner turned back to the interrogation of 6-year-old Tyler Fox. She said the tape of the interrogation reveals how badly the police wanted Tyler to point the finger at his own father. Tyler can be seen covering his head with his hoodie and becoming more and more upset in the video as the interviewer questions him about Kevin’s possible involvement in the crime. According the Zellner, she counted 168 times that he’s asked and he shook his head, no.

“He’s trying to tell her he doesn’t know anything and she just won’t stop,” Zellner said of the interviewer. “I think what you see in that is just purely evil. They take this child who’s in this horrible situation and they are trying to manipulate him to help them frame his father. It is despicable.”

The interviewer on the tape settled with the Foxes out-of-court and denied any wrongdoing.  But the Will County detectives went to trial. After five weeks of testimony, a jury awarded Kevin Fox and his wife Melissa $15.5 million in their civil rights case against Will County. “We want people to know the truth.  We are not bad people; we never were,” Melissa said.

Though the jury rejected the most serious charge of conspiracy, for Kathleen Zellner, the huge judgment is an extraordinary victory for the wrongfully accused.  “I’ve won a lot of big trials,” she said. “I have not done a trial where I have felt that I so exposed people as lying.”

The Foxes’ Private Investigation

ABC News’ David Muir attempted to talk about the case with Jeff Tomczak, the first prosecutor and former state’s attorney who originally charged Kevin Fox with murder. Tomczak negotiated a resolution with the Foxes before the case went to trial.  He has denied any wrongdoing and told Muir, ” I stand by the decisions in that case.”

Will County authorities are appealing the massive verdict. The detectives declined comment, but in a written statement, current State’s Attorney Glasgow said he “continues to stand behind the detectives.  The facts and circumstances would have led any prudent investigator to determine they had probable cause to arrest Kevin Fox.”

Click here to read a statement from State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow about the case.

Glasgow believes the outcome of the civil trial would have been different if the jury had been allowed to view a videotape of Kevin’s confessions.  But that video was suppressed and had never been made public.

The Will County Sheriff’s Department says a new team of detectives is now investigating Riley Fox’s murder, but Kevin and Melissa aren’t just relying on them.  The Foxes hired two private investigators, Rich Grove and Carlos Rodriguez, to chase down any leads and loose ends. The Foxes believe they can advance the case themselves because they now have that partial DNA profile.

“Y-STR profiling can’t identify someone uniquely, like nuclear DNA, but it could certainly start a conversation with an investigator,” Reich said.

Though the Foxes won’t see any money until the appeals process is finished, Zellner believes her client has won back something even more valuable: his reputation.  But even after the DNA and the jury’s verdict, there remain some people in Wilmington who still believe Kevin Fox killed his daughter.

That’s one reason the Foxes have moved to another Chicago suburb and why it is still hard for Kevin to go back to Wilmington. “It hurts that some people around here don’t understand,” he said.

But for all they’ve lost, and all they’ve endured, Kevin and Melissa turn to their newest gift.  In March 2006, their third child was born — a little girl they named Teagan.

“Teagan does remind me a lot of Riley, her personality,” says Melissa. “They’re kind of the same.  But we miss her. Every day is a struggle.  To know that you had something so wonderful in your life, and that someone took it.”

Kevin is trying to move forward as a dad by being thankful for what he has today. “I have a beautiful daughter at home; a son; and a beautiful wife.  You never know what’s gonna happen.  So have no regrets and, and… just enjoy what you have.”

The REAL Killer of Riley Ann Fox

Riley Fox Murdered

Police Photo of Scott Eby

The charges allege that Scott Eby, a sex offender with a long rap sheet, abducted Riley Fox from her home on June 6, 2004, sexually assaulted her, bound her in duct tape, and then drowned her in a creek.

Scott alledged that he initially went into the Fox’s home to burglarize it but stumbled upon little Riley sleeping on the couch besides her brother Tyler. He snatched Riley and went to a rest-room stop where he sexually assaulted the little girl then murdered her. His sneaker was left at the crime scene and in it, was the name ”Eby” stiched. Had authorities properly looked through each piece of crime scene evidence, they would have scene it and investigated it, instead of pointed the finger at Kevin Fox.

RIP RILEY ANN FOX (March 31, 2001 – June 6, 2004)

Jesus will protect you for eternity

The murder of Charlie Hunt Aka ‘Child AB’

(The Abuse and Murder of Charlie Hunt took place in London, UK.)

 

Ms Chapman met Newton, Charlie’s Mother, in early 2009, believing he was a “quiet man, a caring man and a loving man” who got on well with her baby son.

But Newton wasen’t what he potrayed himself to be, behind close doors he was a sadistic, cruel animal who took joy in abusing young Charlie. Newton would video record himself abusing Charlie to watch later for his own sick pleasure.  One of the videos was titled ”Happy slap”. In the clip, taken two weeks before Charlie died, Newton is seen to aim 12 slaps around the head of the crying youngster. Other clips show Newton hitting, kicking, slapping, etc while laughing at the young toddler’s cries. Another video showed the little boy shivering in the freezing bathtub.

On 19 November, Newton returned home after his shift at a local factory to look after Charlie. This would be the day that Newton would cross the line. At 1630 GMT he went next door to his parents’ home for help with the youngster, who appeared limp, was struggling to breath and had a tremor down his left-hand side.

Charlie was taken to hospital and died from head injuries on 19 November 2009 after what the prosecution claims was a final fatal attack.

Newton will never be able to hurt this innocent, defenceless boy ever again. RIP Charlie Hunt – A Angel in Heaven ❤ God Bless you ❤ Continue reading