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  1. #16
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    R.I.P. Alexus you are safe now.

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    RIP, Alexus. what a sweet girl. Damn, if the sister knew the mom was bad news, why let her take the girls? this could have been prevented. Really sad. No one can hurt you now Alexus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanE View Post
    Being treated as a homicide. Past DPS contact. Abuse. Neglect. Same old story.
    Yep. Sadly reminds of the "two children buried under house" case in San Antonio in 2007.

    Jerry Salazar Gets Life For Death Of Two Children Buried Under Home (ksat.com)

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    RIP Alexus....

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    According to the news article, "The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said Jophlin, a mother of three, had her children taken away in 2004 because of abuse and neglect allegations. The children were returned to her care in 2005."

    There's something wrong with a system that has 'family reunification' as it's main and sometimes only goal. Wrong.

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    Video interview of the aunt. Very long, raw interview.

    She says Alexus brightened everybody's day with her smile, was very cute, very smart, and she wanted to be a doctor.

    Towards the end she says LE told them Alexus was beaten, black and blue all over, her neck was broken, the back of her head was severely bludgeoned.

    At the very end, a child crying off-camera says that Alexus' sibling saw it all happen.

    http://www.kmov.com/video?id=125896568&sec=549692

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    Good grief, sleep soundly little one.

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    Rest in Peace Alexus.

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    Rest in peace Alexus.
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    Police: Mom admits hiding girl's body, gives conflicting versions of death

    Read more: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state...#ixzz1SoIgYzJx


    Zumwalt-Jophlin told police she placed the child in the crawl space, the officer testified, and gave conflicting versions of how the child "passed."

    One version attributed the child's death to "somewhat accidental" circumstances, while other versions were "not accidental," the officer testified.

    An autopsy on the child was performed Wednesday in Bloomington by a forensic pathologist specializing in child cases. Results of the autopsy, as well as the cause of the child's death, have not yet been revealed.
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    My heart is breaking......

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    Rest in Peace Alexus.Every day another child dead WTH is wrong with these people!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanE View Post
    Video interview of the aunt. Very long, raw interview.

    She says Alexus brightened everybody's day with her smile, was very cute, very smart, and she wanted to be a doctor.

    Towards the end she says LE told them Alexus was beaten, black and blue all over, her neck was broken, the back of her head was severely bludgeoned.

    At the very end, a child crying off-camera says that Alexus' sibling saw it all happen.

    http://www.kmov.com/video?id=125896568&sec=549692
    Her neck was broken and the back of her head was basically bashed in.....the mother apparently hated her child. I'd love to spend 5 minutes with the mother alone. If she didn't want her kids then why did she fight to have them back after they were taken away the first time? I hope this woman has a horrible time in prison. Some inmates don't take too kindly of a child murderer.

    RIP Baby Girl Alexus

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    the world we inhabit is also occupied by monsters. Monsters who appear just as you or I or the cashier at the grocery, the maintenance man at the office.

    So sad they aren't more visible and obvious. I wish people's outside appearance matched the evil they possess on the inside. It would make it so much easier to stop this carp from happening.

    A person who could do this to their child must have some pretty dark, disgusting insides. If only it were more apparent to those who saw her every day.

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    Alexus' funeral was scheduled for Saturday.

    http://www.kfvs12.com/story/15134665...-rest-saturday


    Mary Zumwalt-Jophlin, 28, is charged with concealment of a homicidal death and obstructing justice in connection with the death of her daughter, Alexus Nicole Smothers.

    An autopsy was performed Wednesday in Bloomington but final results are not expected back for several weeks.

    More charges could be filed once those results are in, Franklin County State's Attorney Evan Owens said.

    No other arrests are anticipated in connection with the child's death, authorities said previously.

    "This investigation is continuing. We anticipate it concluding in the next three to four weeks. We hope to have further charges in this matter," Owens said in a brief statement to media after the hearing.

    "We will stay with Alexus as this matter goes through the court system."

    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state...#ixzz1T0yOFbfk

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