Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I can not described myself this terrible crime. How in the world these people were thinking putting an unprotected child without food, Hygiene and, water in those kind of conditions for months and thinking that he will survive?
I am shock to see this happen in America when we are bragging about family Values, dignity, and freedom.
Viva Tancredo. The blind American man who see only one issue American Citizens are concern is Undocumented Immigration. just happens in front of your nose. Shame on you Tommy. You have a lot of work to do before you go to our neighbors house.What you were claimed or stated that we importing these values from Third world people to our Country or we teach them to do so on their own Country?
See the report by Howard Pankratz from Denver Post
how this people make such Starved boy suffered for months, cops told
Court documents paint a horrific picture: Chandler, 7, dying in a closet; his brother, 5, afraid to help.
Jon Phillips walks into Denver County Court in Denver Monday May 14, 2007. George Kochaniec, pool)The 7-year-old Denver boy who died of starvation spent his last weeks in extraordinary deprivation, living largely in a closet without food, water and basic hygiene, according to unsealed court documents.
Chandler Grafner's half brother, Dominick Phillips, detailed the horrific conditions for investigators, the documents say. Dominick, 5, said that his father, Jon Phillips, and Phillips' common-law wife, Sarah Berry, would place Chandler in the closet for days on end whenever he was "bad."
They also wouldn't let him use the bathroom. Chandler instead would defecate on his hands and soil the walls, further angering Phillips and Berry.
"The parents would then take (Chandler) out of the closet and give him
Sarah Berry walks into court Monday, May 14, 2007, in Denver. (AP | George Kochaniec, pool)the 'mean shower' before putting him back into the closet." The affidavit did not describe what the "mean shower" entailed. Phillips, 26, and Berry, 22, were charged in May with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of child abuse resulting in death. One of the first-degree murder charges alleges they caused the death of a child under 12 and the second that they committed murder after deliberation. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.
Darren Cantor, Phillips' lawyer, said he couldn't comment on any of the allegations. Phillips, who had no biological connection to Chandler, had voluntarily taken custody of the boy in January after a court removed Chandler from his mother, who was Phillips' former girlfriend.
Punished for taking food. Where are those values
But while Phillips had told a judge that he wanted Chandler, Dominick said Phillips frequently called Chandler "bad," and his father and mother would put Chandler "into the closet and leave him there all day and night," Denver detective Dave Neil wrote in a police probable-cause statement.
Dominick said that Phillips and Berry had stopped feeding him and Chandler lunches weeks before Chandler died on May 6.
Investigators said in the document that authorities have pictures from January - the last time social services visited the home - showing Chandler in good health. There was no explanation of why his treatment allegedly changed.
In the spring, the only food Dominick received was Cap'n Crunch cereal in the morning and dinner at night, according to Neil. Dominick said the best dinner was tacos, but he would get one taco. He said if he wanted more food, he would receive oatmeal.
Dominick told investigators that Chandler would often not receive any food. If he complained, the adults would give him some oatmeal "but he would have to stay in the closet to eat it," the document alleges.
Dominick said that on a few occasions his older sibling would ask him to get him something to eat, but Dominick refused because he was afraid.
The child claimed the adults placed Chandler in the closet for the last time on Friday, May 4, for taking food from the kitchen. He was left there until Sunday, May 6, the day he died.
Dominick said his father removed Chandler from the closet, carried him to the middle of the living room and placed him on the floor, the documents say. Then the father removed a box, believed to be a litter box that Chandler was forced to use. A curtain was also removed from the closet and the items were placed in a Dumpster. Phillips and Berry changed Chandler's clothes before calling 911, Neil wrote.
According to Neil, dispatchers first were alerted to Chandler's situation at 2:57 p.m. on May 6. Berry told a dispatcher that Chandler had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for five days, had been dropping weight and earlier in the day had been foaming at the mouth.
Jon Phillips told police that Chandler had been ill for 10 days. He said the 7-year-old had been eating oatmeal and drinking Gatorade but may have "lost a little weight," according to the court documents.
But Dr. Marilyn Marr, of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Swedish Hospital, said Chandler's malnourishment occurred over an extended period.
Marr concluded that Chandler's death appeared to be the result of extreme malnourishment, characterized by physical wasting including loss of weight and muscle mass.
The Denver coroner also ruled that the boy died of starvation and dehydration.
Berry told detectives that Chandler had been very ill and may have vomited into the litter box in the closet, where she said Chandler liked "to hide." Without explanation, Berry also said she feared the cause of Chandler's death was related to the litter box in the closet.
Berry's attorney Jason Young couldn't be reached.