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    MI - Julia Niswender, 23, EMU student, Ypsilanti, 10 Dec 2012 - #4


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    Who Killed EMU Student Julia Niswender? Police Still Seeking Tips
    November 14, 2013 7:52 AM

    YPSILANTI (WWJ/AP) - New tips are being sought in the case of a 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student whose December bathtub drowning was ruled a homicide. Crime Stoppers on Thursday will renew the call for information about the death of Julia Niswender. More than $15,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

    Niswender was a Monroe native and an undergraduate at the Ypsilanti school. Her body was found in her bedroom Dec. 11 at the Peninsular Place Apartments on Huron River Drive, located across the street from the campus police station.

    A medical examiner ruled the official cause of death as asphyxiation associated with drowning.

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    Anyone who might have information is asked to contact Ypsilanti police at 734-482-9878. Tips can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, online at www.1800speakup.org, or by texting “CSM” and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
    Julia Niswender's stepfather named person of interest in her death, police say
    By Darcie Moran | dmoran@mlive.com March 04, 2015 at 12:21 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 1:20 PM

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    The Ypsilanti Police Department has named James Turnquist as a person of interest in the death of his stepdaughter and Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender.

    Turnquist is in custody in the Monroe County jail on a child pornography charge.
    Julia Niswender's stepdad was home when police believe she was killed, lawyer says
    By Darcie Moran | dmoran@mlive.com March 05, 2015 at 6:11 PM, updated March 06, 2015 at 10:05 AM

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    Although the Ypsilanti Police Department has named Turnquist a person of interest in Niswender's death, Ypsilanti police Lt. Deric Gress said it would be incorrect to call him a suspect at this time. "He has been on our radar," Gress said. "But I don't think we've gotten to that point."
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    http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/clip/952...iswender-video

    about a 3 minute video from November 2013. All the Niswender family and stepfather speak about their loss of Julia.
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    I'm sure this was discussed earlier, but I wasn't aware of it until now when I read an earlier article. Julia was asphyxiated before she was placed in the bathtub. The article goes on to describe a medical condition Julia shared with her twin and her mother, vasovagal syncope. This condition can cause an individual to lose consciousness at moments of high distress, but was "absolutely" ruled out as a factor in her death.

    In light of the other facts, i.e., no sign of forced entry, no evidence of robbery, Christmas gifts still wrapped, purse "untouched"; one could surmise that Julia's death was set up to look like an accidental drowning after she suddenly lost consciousness while taking a bath. I'm not pointing fingers at the stepdad or anyone else, but I can see now why LE might be looking for a suspect who knew Julia well enough to be aware of her medical condition, but who was unaware that an autopsy could rule out a vasovagal syncope event prior to drowning. Just a thought.

    Yuhas said the medical examiner's report shows Niswender died as a result of asphyxiation associated with drowning, but he confirmed the asphyxiation occurred prior to her being placed in the bathtub...

    "We don't know how she was asphyxiated," Yuhas said, after indicating it could have been done in a number of ways.

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    According to the Mayo Clinic, vasovagal syncope, one of the most common causes of fainting, occurs when a person's body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress.

    The trigger causes a sudden drop in an individual's heart rate and blood pressure, leading to a reduced blood flow to the brain, which results in a brief loss of consciousness.

    Yuhas said investigators were aware of the medical condition, which was ruled out as a cause of death.

    "It has absolutely been ruled out," Yuhas said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electric_rainbow View Post
    Trojan, since you have a copy of the report, can you confirm that the reason for CPS action is the child porn charges? Or is it due to separate allegations?
    There's more than the pending child porn involved. The "old" allegations from October 2000 are also mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_squirrel View Post
    What is exactly at stake here? What will happen if he is found guilty of neglect?
    What is the burden of proof for DPS?
    I'm not sure but we will all know by tomorrow night exactly what happened. If JT is found guilty in probate court, then basically KT & JT will not be able to live together! Not sure how that's going to work out if that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan1966 View Post
    There's more than the pending child porn involved. The "old" allegations from October 2000 are also mentioned.
    What exactly does the report say about the October 2000 allegations? Are there any allegations in the report that we do not know already?
    Who will testify tomorrow? I wonder if Jennifer will testify.
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    MI - Julia Niswender, 23, EMU student, Ypsilanti, Dec 2012 - #4

    Please continue here for Julia

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    Can anyone tell me about the 2000 allegations?

    Also, what problems was Julia having at home that caused her to stay with her grandmother when not in school and what does her mom and sister say about that?

    I'm learning about this case. But I'd like to point out that if a person lost their best friend, their sister, their twin, they might be psychologically incapable of viewing the perp as someone in the home who the mother brought in and is supporting. They might be incapable of forming opinions that could cause them to lose what they have left.
    For Elizabeth, a minor child, a victim. Thank God she is home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    Can anyone tell me about the 2000 allegations?

    Also, what problems was Julia having at home that caused her to stay with her grandmother when not in school and what does her mom and sister say about that?

    I'm learning about this case. But I'd like to point out that if a person lost their best friend, their sister, their twin, they might be psychologically incapable of viewing the perp as someone in the home who the mother brought in and is supporting. They might be incapable of forming opinions that could cause them to lose what they have left.
    Gitana,

    Thank you *so* much for joining us on this dynamic thread. Your expertise and unique view is greatly appreciated. There is a CPS hearing today, but I'm sure Julia's grandfather will respond to your question after that. Thank you again for joining us!
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    It seems that there is a live stream. It says recess until 3:30pm



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    It seems that there is a live stream. It says recess until 3:30pm



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    looks like they are showing a different court case. JTs hearing is probably over but I dont know what happened. I cannot post links from my phone.


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    Hi All............. The Probate Court hearing today was for neglect against JT. The charges were dropped!! Why, I have no idea. Plus the Probate Judge did put a restriction on him in that he may only have supervised visits with his minor daughter. I'm not sure how that can be if the terms of him being bounded out of jail in Circuit Court said no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
    With the charges being dropped, I'm sure JT and KT are considering this a big victory!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    Can anyone tell me about the 2000 allegations?

    Also, what problems was Julia having at home that caused her to stay with her grandmother when not in school and what does her mom and sister say about that?

    I'm learning about this case. But I'd like to point out that if a person lost their best friend, their sister, their twin, they might be psychologically incapable of viewing the perp as someone in the home who the mother brought in and is supporting. They might be incapable of forming opinions that could cause them to lose what they have left.
    The year 2000 allegations were of abusing the girls when they were younger. The was a DPS report filed by their elementary school and DPS looked into it but did not do anything as far as a follow-up other than one home visit. This report and a description of these allegations were on the petition today in Probate Court. Unfortunately the "neglect" charges against JT were "dropped" today. These charges against KT were dropped last month.

    Julia's move to Grandma's house was do to an altercation between her and her mom (KT). JT packed her clothes up in garbage bags and threw them out into the yard. I have no idea what her mom and sister say about this as they don't talk to me anymore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosesfromangels View Post
    Gitana,

    Thank you *so* much for joining us on this dynamic thread. Your expertise and unique view is greatly appreciated. There is a CPS hearing today, but I'm sure Julia's grandfather will respond to your question after that. Thank you again for joining us!


    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan1966 View Post
    Hi All............. The Probate Court hearing today was for neglect against JT. The charges were dropped!! Why, I have no idea. Plus the Probate Judge did put a restriction on him in that he may only have supervised visits with his minor daughter. I'm not sure how that can be if the terms of him being bounded out of jail in Circuit Court said no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
    With the charges being dropped, I'm sure JT and KT are considering this a big victory!
    If there's not enough evidence then charges may be dismissed or dropped. However, the man was arrested for child porn and that clearly stands.

    In the case of bail conditions and probate or family court orders conflicting, the bail conditions will remain in place regardless of the conflicting probate orders, unless the criminal court agrees to modify the conditions.

    That means that unless the criminal court concurs with the probate court orders, JT will not be allowed to have contact with his child, if that's precisely what the bail conditions state. (Sometimes there are exceptions in bail conditions).

    What were the neglect allegations?
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