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    Jennifer Schuett - Dennis Earl Bradford - Dickinson (Galveston County), August 1990

    Raped at 8 and left for dead, a victim raises her voice
    updated 11:15 a.m. EDT, Mon September 28, 2009
    CNN

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    It was August 10, 1990. Schuett was 8 years old and lived alone with her mother in the first floor of an apartment complex in Dickinson, Texas. The bedroom windows faced the parking lot

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    "It's not about me anymore," she explained. "It's about all the little girls that go to sleep at night. I know there are so many girls out there who have been raped and hurt. You have to fight back."

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    "When I opened my eyes, his face was the first thing I saw and he covered my face and mouth," she said. "He ran with me to his car. He told me he was an undercover cop and that he knew my family. He seemed calm -- not nervous, not aggressive."

    "Watch the moon. The moon will change colors and that is when your mom will come to get you," she recalled him saying. "Oh, it looks like she is not coming."

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    "He had a knife to my throat and touched my face and offered me Reese's pieces," she said. "I was scared but I knew I couldn't be fast enough to get away. Cars would drive by but I couldn't get away to get help."

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    She believes she passed out. "I woke up to him dragging me by my ankles," she said. "I felt thorns ripping the skin off my back. I would see him turn to look at me and I would play dead."

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    She passed out again, and awoke at daybreak. "I remember feeling dew around me and I couldn't figure out why when I screamed I couldn't hear myself," said Schuett.

    She lay naked on top of an ant hill with her throat slashed from ear to ear, and her voice box torn.

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    She passed out again, and awoke at daybreak. "I remember feeling dew around me and I couldn't figure out why when I screamed I couldn't hear myself," said Schuett.

    Much later, she said, "I heard children playing hide and seek. That is when one of the kids tripped over my foot," said Schuett.
    She was found at 6 p.m. on a hot August day. She had been lying in the field for nearly 12 hours. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.



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    Jennifer Schuett -- Dennis Earl Bradford, Dickinson TX


    Jennifer Schuett, 8-years-old

    Because Schuett survived and was able to talk, despite her would be killer's intentions when he slit her throat, we've heard a first hand account of the vicious, cruel and inhuman acts waged by Dennis Bradford. Her voicebox was damaged by the blade he used, and doctors said she'd never speak again. Yet she went on to become a strong voice for the thousands of victims who didn't live to tell their tales. Such courage. May God bless her.
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    Jennifer Schuett -- Dennis Earl Bradford, Dickinson TX, August 1990


    Here's Dennis Earl Bradford in 2009




    From an October 13, 2009, FBI press release:

    DNA AND DETERMINATION LEAD TO ARREST IN 19 YEAR OLD ATTEMPTED MURDER INVESTIGATION
    Eighteen months ago, the Dickinson Police Department requested FBI assistance in developing new leads on this unsolved crime. Because of advances in DNA testing, key pieces of evidence were sent to the FBI laboratory for advanced testing. A male DNA profile was successfully extracted , and that profile matched an existing DNA profile in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, that of Dennis Earl Bradford of Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Research conducted immediately after receiving news of the genetic match indicated that Bradford was arrested in 1987 in Dickinson for traffic offenses. His address of record at the time of the arrest was 500 Tanglewood in Dickinson, less than one quarter of a mile from Jennifer Schuett’s residential address of 3206 Lobit Drive.

    Bradford is currently being held in Pulaski County, Arkansas, awaiting extradition to Galveston County. Galveston County District Attorney Sistrunk advises that if Bradford chooses to fight extradition, a Governor’s Warrant will be issued and hearings will be held in Arkansas to resolve the issue. In the coming weeks, a date will be scheduled to present the charge and the evidence to a Galveston County grand jury for indictment.
    Dennis Earl Bradford, Charged With 1990 Kidnapping And Rape Of Jennifer Schuett, Hangs Self In Texas County Jail
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    First Posted: 05/20/10 06:01 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

    (AP)-Dennis Earl Bradford, 40, who was arrested in October, in connection with a 1990 case in which an 8-year-old Dickinson girl's throat was slashed after she was abducted and raped has been found hanged in his jail cell.
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    Raped and left for dead, woman shares her story of survival
    Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    on March 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM, updated March 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

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    "I remember everything about my kidnapping, all the details," Schuett said.

    The smell of beer as he pulled off her underwear and raped her. The thorns that dug into her back as he dragged her by the ankles through the field in which he would later leave her to die. The stinging bites of the fire ants that swarmed from the pile her head lay on, the venom in their bites helping to clot the blood flowing from her slashed throat. The inability to scream out for help. The overwhelming fear.

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    Despite her injuries and her young age, Schuett scrawled a heart-wrenchingly detailed account of the attack. She wanted the man who hurt her to be caught so he couldn't hurt any other children. "I was a very determined little girl," she said. "I knew what had happened was wrong."

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    Despite the doctors' prognosis, Schuett regained her voice during her two-week stay in the hospital. She made her first sounds, she said, while trying to fuss at her mother for refusing to give her a chocolate bar.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5wKnOvtsL0"]Jennifer Schuett - Raped as a child, left to die gets justice 20 years later - YouTube[/ame]
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    Before Jennifer had the opportunity to read her victim impact statement in the courtroom during the sentencing phase of the trial, Bradford committed suicide on May 10, 2010. Not to be silenced, on August 10, 2010, the twentieth anniversary of the attack, sitting beside Bradford's grave Jennifer read it aloud.

    Read Jennifer's victim impact statement at Justice for Jennifer.

    Miracle pregnancy for woman raped, stabbed and left to die in a field aged 8 as she believed brutal attack left her infertile
    The Daily Mail
    By Rachel Quigley
    11:09 EST, 8 October 2012 | UPDATED: 13:35 EST, 8 October 2012
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    Speaking to the Today show after he was convicted, she said it was the most 'amazing moment of her life' but lamented that 'as a result of him raping me as an eight-year-old child, I cannot have children normally.

    'I’m an only child. I’ve always wanted a big family.'

    Enter Dr Craig Witz, a Houston fertility specialist who offered his clinic’s services to Schuett and her fiancé for free.

    Moved to tears when even speaking about Jennifer's dilemma, he said it was the least he could do after he heard of her tragic story.

    'It was without any thought ... for God’s sake, what can we do to help this person and try to make things right? Hers really is a story of survival.'
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    Arrest Made in 19 Year Old Rape Case
    JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press
    October 13, 2009

    Bradford was arrested in North Little Rock, Ark., where he has lived the past seven years. At the time of the assault, Bradford, originally from Dickinson, lived about two miles from the apartment where the victim was kidnapped, according to the arrest affidavit in the case.

    Houston FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Powers said because of new DNA technology not available when the crime occurred, Dickinson police investigators resubmitted evidence in July 2008 for testing at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va.

    The lab found DNA on male underwear recovered at the scene and ran it through the FBI's national Combined DNA Index System. The DNA matched Bradford, who was in the system after a 1997 kidnapping conviction in Arkansas. Police said he kidnapped a 35-year-old woman, sexually assaulted her and cut her throat. He served four years of a 12-year sentence in that case.
    Wheel of Justice Special: Jennifer's Story
    46 minute video report
    Published On: Jan 29 2010 04:15:16 PM CST Updated On: Mar 24 2010 03:01:55 PM CDT
    Jan. 30: A Wheel of Justice special looks at a story of survival from 1990. Then 8 years old, a young girl is stolen from her room, raped and left for dead in a field. Today that girl has become a young woman who talks about that long ago night.
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    Bringing this thread forward for anyone else who also watched the updated story of this case on 48 hours on ID last night.
    Here is a CBS link to this updated video and written transcript of the case.
    WARNING - Very graphic and disturbing.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jennife...apping-attack/



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