Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jesse Dingemans

Jesse Dingemans
--- - December 1, 2008

Jesse was eight years old when he passed away. On the day Jesse passed away, he was at school. He, along with his class and his teacher, were in the school's auditorium. He asked his teacher if he could leave the auditorium and go to the classroom to get something. The teacher told him that he could, but when Jesse never returned, went to check on him.

The teacher found Jesse with serious injuries to his neck. She quickly called for help, but by the time it arrived, Jesse had passed away as a result of his injuries. A few hours after Jesse's death, a man known as Julien C. was arrested. He admitted that he had been in Jesse's school when Jesse was attacked, but said that he had not been the one who attacked Jesse. He was on probation for a previous robbery.

Julien C. was found guilty of attacking and killing Jesse, and he was sentenced to twelve years. It is believed that Julien killed Jesse with a kitchen knife that he brought to the school from his home. 


Hailey Davidson

Hailey Davidson

Unfortunately, I am unable to find any information about Hailey, except for the fact htat she had cerebral palsy, which may or may not have contributed to her death. If you know anything about Hailey, please inform me in the comments of this post. Thank you.

Kelli Carter

Kelli Lynn Carter
December 14, 1996 - May 15, 2006
Kelli was born on December 14, 1996. She had a condition called Combined Variable Immune Deficiency. When she was one year old, she got her chicken pox vaccine, and had a very serious case of chicken pox afterwards. The spots were large and many of them became infected. She also developed pneumonia, leading to three visits to the emergency room in just two months. Doctors suspected that she may have cystic fibrosis, and she was referred to another medical center to be tested for that.
Kelli's first test came back negative. The doctor was baffled, as Kelli had all the symptoms of cystic fibrosis. He ordered for another test to be done. Partially through the testing, Kelli's blood work came back and it was discovered that she didn't have cystic fibrosis, but she was IgA deficient. Kelli's family was told there was no treatment for this, but that it wasn't that big of a deal. Kelli would probably just experience more colds than the average child, and those conditions would have to be treated like they would if they were caused by anything else. Kelli was sent to a children's hospital while she recovered.
Five weeks after initially arriving at the hospital, Kelli's symptoms were still there. Kelli continued to need extra oxygen, and her lungs were not improving. Finally, Kelli was able to go home with extra oxygen while doctors worked to find out why her lungs weren't clearing up. They did a test which resulted in the discovery that Kelli was an intense case of reflux. They did a surgery that prevented her from throwing up, which was meant to help her.
This seemed to help Kelli a lot. Her lungs began improving and in two months she was doing well without the help of extra oxygen. She began living life normally until the end of 2000. This is when Kelli began to get pneumonia again. They went back to the doctor who ran tests to see what was going on. In February of 2001, Kelli got pneumonia again. It was decided that they should do a bone marrow aspiration.
This is when it was discovered that Kelli had leukemia. The specific leukemia she had was acute lymphocytic leukemia. Doctors assured her parents that this was very treatable, and there was a good chance she would survive. The next day, Kelli began chemotherapy. Towards the end of her chemotherapy treatments, in 2002, Kelli started kindergarten. She handled the chemotherapy very well. She got to go on her Make A Wish trip to meet singer Aaron Carter and attend his concert. She had a lovely time.
By the end of 2003, Kelli finished all the chemotherapy. Unfortunately, in March of 2004, Kelli's lower left lung collapsed. Kelli began taking steroids and inhalants in an effort to open up her lung. Nothing really seemed to improve Kelli's condition, but it didn't worsen either. In the end of 2004, Kelli started getting sick again. She needed extra oxygen again and had many infections. She hadn't been gaining weight due to her chemotherapy, but when it was finished, she still didn't gain any weight which was concerning.
It was discovered that Kelli had celiac disease, which altered her diet. After her diet was changed, she began gaining a little weight. In March of 2005, a biopsy showed that Kelli had granulomas on her lungs, blocking her airway. She was given high doses of steroids to shrink them. She also got a feeding tube to help her gain weight. Her immune system was not very strong, but she continued going to school with her oxygen tank while getting good grades as well.
Kelli then developed shingles. Her feeding tube was also causing problems. She complained that her feeding tube hurt, and so it was removed in September of 2005. Two months later it was discovered that Kelli could no longer see out of her left eye. She had CMV. Another lung biopsy was ordered. This revealed that her airways were beginning to close. Her immune system was essentially fighting against itself, and it was beginning to harm all of her organs. Doctors decided that a bone marrow transplant would offer her the most help. Unfortunately, just days after the bone marrow transplant, Kelli passed away.

Memory Of

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Brylee Watson

Brylee Grace Watson
November 9, 2009 - January 18, 2010

Brylee was born on November 9, 2009 to Aubrey and Jacob Watson. Officers were called to Brylee's home late at night one day because they were told that an infant, Brylee, was unresponsive. When they arrived, Brylee was not breathing. They immediately began performing CPR in an effort to save her life. Then, she was transported to the medical center.

Doctors examined Brylee and determined that she was a victim of child abuse. She had fractures to her arms, clavicles, femur, and ribs. Her skull was also fractured, and her brain was bleeding. She was placed on life support. Brylee's father, Jacob, said that he had put Brylee to sleep in her crib. He said that when he came back to check on her just minutes later, he discovered that she wasn't breathing.

He said that after discovering Brylee wasn't breathing, he picked her up, and then tripped over their pet cat. He said that this caused him to drop Brylee and land on top of her. He then said that two men broke into the home and abused Brylee as well as another two year old child in the home. He stated that they took money and then left. Jacob was the only adult home at the time Brylee was injured. Her mother was at work.

The story didn't seem reasonable, and finally Jacob admitted that his relationship with Brylee's mother had become strained, and he took out his frustrations on Brylee. The other child in the home was taken into custody. Jacob was charged with first degree murder. As part of a plea deal, he plead guilty to one count of first degree murder and one count of child abuse. He was sentenced to two life sentences, but all but thirty were suspended as agreed to in the plea deal.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tillie Colbourne

Tillie Colbourne
November 6, 2008 - May 7, 2010
Tillie was born on November 6, 2008 to Annie and Gavin Colbourne. She had an older sister named Kassie, and just before her death, she became a big sister to Hollie. Recently, Tillie had been feeling ill. The day before she was happily playing with her five year old sister, and her illness seemed very sudden. She got sick three times in the night, and her parents became concerned. They took her to the doctor to see what was wrong. 

The doctor believed that Tillie had gastroenteritis. Tillie was given medication in order to help her, but by the evening of the same day, Tillie was experiencing stiffness in her neck. Her family called the doctor again and were advised to give her ibuprofen. The next day, Tillie was very sleepy, but the doctor had told her parents that this was normal, so they didn't worry. The day after, Tillie was extremely drowsy. Tillie could barely stand, and light was hurting her eyes. Her parents called for an ambulance because they knew something was wrong. 

Paramedics arrived and took Tillie to the doctor. When the doctor saw Tillie, they knew that something was very wrong. She was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis, which is the most deadly form. It also lacks the rash that usually leads to the diagnosis of meningitis. She was given antibiotics to help her fight the infection. For a while, she seemed to be improving.

While Tillie was being treated, her mother went into an early labor and Hollie was born. Tillie was staying at another hospital. She began to decline soon after Hollie was born. She had a stroke and Tillie's parents were told that the infection was now affecting her brain stem. More than 80% of her brain stem had been damaged and she was not likely to survive.

Tillie's parents made the decision to take Tillie off the ventilator and see how she would do. Tillie was in palliative care for a few days before she passed away surrounded by the love and care of her family.

Gone Too Soon
Daily Echo

Sativa Eagle

Sativa Ann "Tiva" Eagle
September 2, 2010 - October 3, 2012
Sativa was born on September 2, 2010 to Sheree Roose and Tim Eagle. She had a twin sister named Indee and a brother named Bailey. Her family and friends sometimes called her by her nick-name, Tiva. She and Indee were born prematurely, but thrived. Around Sativa's first Christmas, however, Sativa's family began noticing that something may be wrong with her. Indee was a loud baby, and she would cry often, but Sativa rarely cried, and when she did, she cried softly. Around Christmas, Sativa began crying often. She also wasn't eating as much as Indee was. Her parents began to worry.
They took her to the doctor who concluded that she was just fussy. When she didn't improve, they took her to the doctor yet again. This time, she was diagnosed with colic. When she still didn't improve, they took her to the doctor for a third time. This time, Sativa was diagnosed with a cancer known as ALL which stands for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since she was so young, she only had a 40-50% chance of surviving. Had she been older, her survival rate would have been around 80-85%.
Sativa was set to go through five rounds of chemotherapy over the course of one year. She was supposed to be able to be at home in between sessions. Unfortunately, she became so ill, she only spent three of those days at home within the first six months of being diagnosed. She was diagnosed with a second cancer. This cancer was in Sativa's spinal cord, and she was unable to go through the preferred method of treatment because she was so young. Eventually a doctor decided that injecting Sativa's spine as a form of chemotherapy might be the best way to help her, in addition to the chemotherapy she was already receiving.
In January, Sativa nearly passed away while under anesthesia. Her cancer worsened, and at one point, she was on a ventilator for twenty days. Eventually, they got the news that Sativa would be able to receive a bone marrow transplant. If this worked, she would be healthy, but if it didn't work, it meant that there would be no other treatment options for Sativa. On May 24, Sativa received her donation from an anonymous person. Within the next three months, Sativa seemed to improve. Her hair grew back, and she began walking.
Unfortunately, a routine blood test revealed that Sativa's cancer was not gone, and still very, very strong. They attempted to help her with another bone marrow transfusion, but this failed. Sativa's family was told she only had weeks to live. She had just celebrated her second birthday. They decided to take Sativa home for the last few days of her life.
Sativa passed away in her home surrounded by the love and support of her family.

Bay of Plenty Times
Good People Award
Find a Grave

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rowan Ford

Rowan Damia Ford
April 11, 1998 - November 9, 2007
Rowan was born on April 11, 1998 to her mother, Colleen Munson. She had two brothers named James and Robert. She also had two sisters named Janice and Ariane. She was a happy little girl who always wanted to help anyone she could. She would often come to Sunday School early and greet her pastor on the steps, asking if there was anything she could help him with. She had just learned to swim and ride her bicycle in the months leading up to her death, and she greatly enjoyed both of these things. She liked watching the show Hannah Montana and her favorite color was purple. Her favorite food was spaghetti. She liked reading, coloring, singing, and drawing.
On November 3, 2007, Rowan was reported missing a little earlier than seven in the evening. Her mother, Colleen, reported that the last time she had seen Rowan was when she left in the morning for work. When she left, Rowan was in the care of her step-father, David Spears. Another man, Christopher Collings was also there. Another man was with them as well. They were downstairs playing pool and drinking alcohol.

At one point in the day, the three men left Rowan alone at her house and went to Christopher's home to drink more alcohol and smoke marijuana. Eventually, Christopher and David returned to Rowan's home. When they got back, Rowan was asleep. Christopher took Rowan out of her room and to his camper. In his camper, he raped her. David arrived and saw what was happening, but he did not stop Christopher from raping Rowan. Instead, he began raping her as well. When Christopher realized that Rowan knew who he was and may tell someone what he did to her, he strangled her with a cord. When Rowan was dead, he took her body and left it in a sink hole.

Initially, David told Colleen that Rowan had told him she was going to go play with a friend that day. Colleen believed him, but when Rowan never returned home, she grew worried and reported her missing. About a week after Rowan was reported missing, an investigator thought to look for her in the sink hole, where he discovered her body.

Both Chris and David were arrested. They were charged with first degree murder, forcible rape, and sodomy. Colleen divorced David after Rowan's death, and David took a plea deal in which he plead guilty to leaving Rowan alone. He was sentenced to eleven years. Christopher was found guilty of his charges and received the death penalty.

Ozarks First
Supreme Court of Missouri
Web Sleuths

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Skyler Kauffman

Skyler Rae Kauffman
June 14, 2000 - May 9, 2011
Skyler was born on June 14, 2000 to Heather Gebhard and Eric Kauffman. She was in the third grade, and she loved dancing and swimming. She also enjoyed music. One of her favorite things was attending Summer Camp at Camp Hopwood. She liked drawing, and was known for being very creative. 
Skyler was killed by a man who lived in her apartment complex. His name was James Troutman. Skyler's family had been concerned about James in the weeks leading up to Skyler's death because one day, Skyler and one of her friends came home and states that James had locked them inside his apartment. Skyler's mother called the police about this incident, but not much was done. James claimed that one of the girls had accidentally locked herself in the bathroom and then panicked
On May 11, Skyler was playing in the parking lot of the apartment complex when she disappeared. This was around 5:30 in the evening. James approached Skyler and took her. He raped her before he choked her with his hands, and then smashed her head against the basement floor. Around 11:00 at night, investigators found her body in a trashcan.
James was charged with first and second degree murder along with rape, abuse of a corpse, and kidnapping. He plead guilty to killing Skyler, and he received life in prison.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kristen Salem

Kristen Courtney Salem
July 7, 1997 - December 2, 1999
Kristen was born on July 7, 1997 to Shawn Grell and Amber Salem. On December 2, 1999, when Kristen was two years old, her father, Shawn, drove to her day care and signed her out early. On the sign-out sheet, he wrote Kristen's mother's name, rather than his own. He took Kristen and drove off. He claimed that he was taking her out of day care early so they could drive around together and look at Christmas lights. He had managed to leave his own work early by saying that he was needed at his girlfriend's house. 
Kristen's father took her to McDonalds first. At some point during the drive, Kristen became fussy and started crying for her mother. Shawn was angry, but Kristen soon tired herself out with her crying and fell asleep. Shawn drove to a gas station where he bought a gas can and filled it with gas. He drove out to the desert and took Kristen out of the car, putting her into the ditch. He poured gasoline on her and threw a lit match onto her. She became engulfed in flames. She briefly stood, walking at least twelve feet, distressed, before falling down and burning to death. The fire was reported to be so hot that her plastic hair barrette had melted onto his face. Her father, Shawn, only watched as she was burnt, and then got into his car, driving around for a bit before returning to see if the fire had gone out. 
After Kristen's father returned to the scene of the crime, he went to a convenience store to purchase beer. He told the cashier there that he had seen some children lighting a dog on fire. He said that he couldn't believe children would set a dog on fire and said that "this is what the world is coming to." Shawn drove around for several hours, drinking beer. He was eventually pulled over for drinking and driving. He gave the officer the bottle he had been drinking from, and after talking with him, the officer allowed him to walk home. He went back to his car after the officer left, and continued driving around. Around two in the morning, about two hours after he was first pulled over, another officer pulled him over. This officer arrested him and took him to the police station.
The officer processed Shawn and then released him. A taxi was called for him. He walked around after he was dropped off by the taxi until he reached a public phone. He called the police and told them several times that he had killed his daughter. He told them where to find her body. When a child's body was found where Shawn said Kristen's body was, he was arrested. A medical examiner ruled that Kristen had passed away due to smoke inhalation and third and fourth degree burns. It was said only the bottoms of her feet were not burnt at all. 
In a news conference, Shawn admitted to killing Kristen. He said that he was going to take her to see his sister, but then decided not to. He said he decided to kill his daughter, and he just needed a place to do it after he bought the supplies. He said that she had been asleep when he put her in the ditch, and that he had said, "Kristen, Mommy's here. Let's lay down." He claimed she woke up when he poured gasoline on her, and stood up when he lit her on fire. He said he was guilty and that he had taken Kristen's life from her "in a very sickening way."
Shawn was found guilty of first degree murder. He was sentenced to death, but about thirteen years after Kristen's death, it was determined that Shawn's IQ level was not high enough to sentence him to death. His sentencing was reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


London Sherwood

London Marie Sherwood
September 4, 2007 - December 4, 2007
London was born on September 4, 2007 to Jessica Sherwood and Joshua Schaak. She was three months old at the time, and Jessica had left her in the care of Joshua after a DNA test proved that he was her father. Joshua lived with his father, his father's girlfriend, and his father's girlfriend's two sons, but the other adults in the home made it clear that London was Joshua's responsibility. 
During the last week of London's life, while in the care of her father, she stayed in one room and slept on the same mattress as her father, though she was often left alone there. On December 2, 2007, paramedics were called to the home because it was said that London had bumped her head in the bathtub, and then stopped breathing.
London was taken to the hospital to be treated for a serious head injury. One of her eyes was bleeding, and she also had fractured ribs. She was put on life support, but she was unable to recover, so she was taken off of life support two days later. A medical examiner determined that she had been shaken and abused. Her cause of death was ruled as homicide due to child abuse.
When Joshua was interviewed after London's death, he admitted that London had not bumped her head in the bathtub. He said that he had actually become frustrated with London because she was fussy and crying. He admitted that he shook her. He said he forcefully put her onto the bed, causing her to bump her head against the wall. He plead guilty to second degree reckless homicide and was sentenced to nine years in prison.