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    AL - Shanieka, 11, Latricia, 9, & Christopher Ward, 8, starved to death, Jan 2005

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/02/05/ala...ngs/index.html

    What the h**l is wrong with people??!?!?!!?!

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    Cops: Mom intentionally starved kids

    Woman charged with capital murder in deaths of 2 girls, boy
    Sunday, February 06, 2005
    By STEVE DOYLE
    Times Staff Writer, steved@htimes.com
    Three children found dead in a southwest Huntsville apartment with no electricity were intentionally starved to death by their mother, police say.

    Huntsville police spokesman Wendell Johnson said Saturday that Natashay Y. Ward, 33, confessed to detectives Friday night and was charged with capital murder. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death by lethal injection or life in prison without parole.

    Johnson said Ward's children - Shanieka, 11; Latrica, 9; and Christopher, 8 - appeared malnourished. Police won't know exactly when or how they died until autopsies are complete, he said.

    All three children were students at Ridgecrest Elementary School, a short walk from their $399-a-month apartment off Patton Road. But they never returned to classes after Christmas break.

    Shanieka was a precocious fifth-grader who would have moved on to middle school next fall.

    Latrica was on the honor roll and made friends easily.

    Christopher got invited to a picnic for low-income kids at Brahan Spring Park last summer but decided to stay home with his mom instead.

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    Prayers for justice, Lanie

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    Yep, just as I suspected, she looks like a stuffed pig. How disgusting. I hope that her sentence is to starve her to death. Of course, it looks like it may take a year or two for her to die.

    Sorry, but stories about abuse to innocent children upset me greatly.

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    Maybe she is a crack whore and was selling her food stamps to buy crack. Some people would describe her as an animal....she is worse than an animal because an animal would not starve it's young. What is the profile for a person that would starve it's own young? Sick, obviously but, WHY? She disgusts me and makes me angry and sad.

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    This woman must be seriously mentally ill. I don't even want to imagine the hell that those children went through before they died. Where is the family? Why wouldn't the neighborhs have heard the children's cry for food? Why didn't human services come back with the police and force entry if she wouldn't let them in? I don't understand cases like this - they are so avoidable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by princessmer81
    This woman must be seriously mentally ill. I don't even want to imagine the hell that those children went through before they died. Where is the family? Why wouldn't the neighborhs have heard the children's cry for food? Why didn't human services come back with the police and force entry if she wouldn't let them in? I don't understand cases like this - they are so avoidable.
    Yes, they are avoidable. But the law prevents human services from breaking down the door and without probable cause the police can't do anything. Ties that bind.

    The real responsibility lies with family that know something is wrong and refuse/deny the situation. If this woman was mentally incompetent surely this would not have gone unnoticed by someone close to the family or the family itself. Not wanting to get your hands dirty has ruined many people's lives especially young children who often can't speak for themselves. It takes a while to die of starvation....someone was looking the other way. Mental instability/personality disorder whatever the situation, children died and someone was aware and someone was to blame.....not the children!!

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    It sounds to me that they were locked in seperate rooms and denied water as well as food. Being without water will kill someone a lot faster than going without food. This woman is sick!
    I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for pretending to be someone I'm not.

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    Poor little angels...don't worry...they are now feasting with Jesus at His table. This sorry excuse for a human being, their mother, should be starved to death as her punishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishleigh
    Poor little angels...don't worry...they are now feasting with Jesus at His table. This sorry excuse for a human being, their mother, should be starved to death as her punishment.
    I think we all feel the same way. These children didn't deserve this fate no matter who was incompetent. Little angels up above to help others who could have this happen to them.But I still want them to know that they were importent and others were thinking about them.

    Jilly, if you are with them please help them to transcend. Will see you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson
    Yes, they are avoidable. But the law prevents human services from breaking down the door and without probable cause the police can't do anything. Ties that bind.

    The real responsibility lies with family that know something is wrong and refuse/deny the situation. If this woman was mentally incompetent surely this would not have gone unnoticed by someone close to the family or the family itself. Not wanting to get your hands dirty has ruined many people's lives especially young children who often can't speak for themselves. It takes a while to die of starvation....someone was looking the other way. Mental instability/personality disorder whatever the situation, children died and someone was aware and someone was to blame.....not the children!!
    Did you think that I was saying that the children were to blame? That's how I interpredted your post - I hope I am wrong though. Anyway, I certainly don't thing that the children were at all to blame. Unfortunately the "system" and their family totally failed them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by princessmer81
    Did you think that I was saying that the children were to blame? That's how I interpredted your post - I hope I am wrong though. Anyway, I certainly don't thing that the children were at all to blame. Unfortunately the "system" and their family totally failed them.
    No, no, no. I was interperting the system as a whole. Sometime inflections on typed words don't express how you really feel. What I was saying is someone knew but didn't come forward for whatever reasons.Good lord, we know it wasn't the children faults. Someone failed them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson
    No, no, no. I was interperting the system as a whole. Sometime inflections on typed words don't express how you really feel. What I was saying is someone knew but didn't come forward for whatever reasons.Good lord, we know it wasn't the children faults. Someone failed them.
    Phew! I hoped I wasn't coming off as a moster.

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    Obviously this woman's family and Social Services were made aware that something was terribly wrong with the family when the mother refused to open the door to anyone. The children hadn't returned to school, the utilities had been cut off inside the apartment, and the family was about to be evicted, yet Social Services walked away without police intervention.

    The mother obviously wasn't capable of taking care of her children before they died, yet nothing was done when a knocks on the door by authorities were ignored.

    This looks like a case of If Onlies...

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    If only this woman hadnt been so selfishly cruel...

    Thats the only "if only" that really matters IMO. The blame falls on her, no one else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishleigh
    Poor little angels...don't worry...they are now feasting with Jesus at His table. This sorry excuse for a human being, their mother, should be starved to death as her punishment.
    Amen!

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