Eugene, Oregon The defendants, on or about December 9. 2009, in Lane County, Oregon, under circumstances manifesting and extreme indifference to the value of human life, did unlawfully and recklessly cause the death by neglect and maltreatment of Jeanette Marie Maples, a dependent person born August 9, 1993, contrary to statute and against the peace and dignity of the State of Oregon; The State further alleges this crime occurred in the course of, or as a result of, intentional maiming and torture of the victim. DATED December 10, 2009 at Eugene, Lane County, Oregon. ORS 163.095 (1)(c)(B)*
Maiming. A 16-year-old. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence. Wiki defines maiming as an act or physical injury that degrades the appearance or function of any living body, usually without causing death. So either this sweet and loving couple got bored with torturing this child or they got a little carried away with the festivities because when 911 was called and the emergency workers arrived, Jeanette Maples was lying in the bathtub injured and unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities have not released details regarding the exact abuse and torture this child suffered but were quick to explain the circumstances leading to her death affected detectives working the case. Documents filed in court state the alleged murder was caused “by neglect and maltreatment” and “occurred in the course of, or as a result of, intentional maiming and torture of the victim.” This was done by the hands of her mother and step-father, Angela and Richard McAnulty.
Outside of the senseless and savage death of this child is the thought that her death could have been prevented. Although she was registered as being homeschooled, Jeanette had some contact with her step-grandmother who noticed signs of abuse months prior to her death. In an interview, she described seeing a split and swollen lip and what looked like hair being yanked out by the fist full. Not accepting the standard, “she fell down the stairs” explanation that every single asshole abuser in the world uses, granny took a friend’s advice and called the state’s child abuse hotline. Many times. They did absolutely nothing and a child was tortured to death. Lynn McAnulty naturally regrets not calling the police – she simply didn’t want to lose contact with her grandchildren. I cannot imagine having to endure the torture Lynn will live with – feeling she should have done more to protect this child. I also feel, with multiple calls to a child abuse hotline, a damn surprise visit from that agency should have taken place. I guess I’m not the only one with that view: Dr. Bruce Goldberg, who is the director for Oregon’s Human Services has ordered an inside investigation into the caseworkers who may have been assigned this case. Although it’s too late for the child, it’s almost refreshing to not have a department-head cry, “we’re so over-worked” or “we did everything possible – it’s not our fault”.
Two other children who were living in the home were taken into protective custody, a 12-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. It’s not known at this time, if they were abused as well.
Angela McAnulty (41) and Richard McAnulty (40) were arrested on charges of murder by abuse. Thank God the death of these two sadistic people may be on the table. If they can’t take themselves out of the gene pool, I vote for doing it for them.
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