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  1. #31
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    I hope both of them plus the worker who was fired get LWOP and learn what its like to be locked in a dark concrete room with nothing to eat.

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    Here is a KCCI reporter's twitter that's updating from inside the courtroom.


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    Finn Murder Trial: Doctor Testifies About Teen's Rapid Weight Loss

    https://www.whotv.com/2017/12/04/fin...d-weight-loss/

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    Nicole Finn repeatedly ignored officer, caseworker trying to see her, jurors told

    West Des Moines school officials watched over Natalie Finn, gave her food, contacted child-protective workers by phone and in writing, and exchanged hundreds of emails with her adoptive mother, Nicole Finn.

    But those efforts at the Walnut Creek Campus, an alternative high school, failed to save the malnourished 16-year-old.

    Instead, Natalie stopped coming to school in May 2016, not long after she was suspected of stealing $60 from a teacher.

    Natalie had used the money to buy junk food that she stashed in classrooms to last her until the end of the school year, witnesses said.
    Nicole Finn repeatedly ignored officer, caseworker trying to see her, jurors told

    The social worker for Iowa's Department of Human Services also left Nicole Finn four phone messages and an email, she told a Polk County jury..

    West Des Moines police Officer Craig Kincaid, a resource officer at Valley Southwoods, testified that he went to the home several times to check on the allegation.

    On each visit, Nicole Finn’s black Honda Pilot sat in the driveway. But she never answered the door, the jury was told.
    Jurors also saw photos Tuesday of Natalie’s skeletal, bruised body as Dr. Francis Garrity, a forensic pathologist, testified.

    The retired Polk County medical examiner, who still does work for the county and the state, said Natalie had little soft tissue, muscle or fat when she died.

    The 16-year-old weighed just 81 pounds at the time of her autopsy. Normal weight for a girl her height and age would have been 125 pounds, Garrity said.

    “She was in the fatal area, the lethal area,” he told the jury.

    Defense attorney Jennifer Larson suggested to Garrity that Natalie could have starved herself or had anorexia.

    But Garrity said he was given no information that suggested Natalie had tell-tale medical signs of anorexia.

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    'Since you're not going to get up, I'm not going to feed you,' Nicole Finn told daughter too weak to stand, son testifies

    Three or four days before she died, Natalie Finn became too weak to get up to eat, her brother told a rapt Polk County jury Wednesday in the murder trial of their adoptive mother, Nicole Finn.

    “What did your mother do?” prosecutor Nan Horvat asked Jaden Finn, 16.

    "She said, ‘Since you’re not going to get up, I’m not going to feed you,'" Jaden responded.
    Jaden said he spent most of the summer of 2016 in that bedroom, leaving only once or twice. He also testified he went as long as two weeks without food.

    He said he, Natalie and Mikayla used to sneak out their window to beg for money for food. But he said his mother discovered pizza boxes and other waste outside that window, so she and her ex-husband, Joe, boarded it up.

    Nicole Finn also installed an alarm on the three siblings' door to alert her when they tried to leave.

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    Awful to think about.
    I'm so sorry that humans who should have loved you failed you, Natalie.

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    Defense to Begin Its Case in Nicole Finn's Murder Trial

    https://www.whotv.com/2017/12/11/def...-murder-trial/

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    On Monday, the defense announced the West Des Moines mother will not take the stand.

    http://whotv.com/2017/12/11/therapis...alleged-abuse/

    Jaden told jurors his mother, who had lupus and fibromyalgia, spent most of her time smoking outside, sleeping in her bedroom or managing her pet rescue on a computer at a desk in the garage.

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...ion/926507001/

    In week three of Nicole Finn’s murder trial, a psychologist says the mother's mental health kept her from realizing the severity of her own daughter's health.

    After 16-year-old Natalie Finn died of starvation, Giacomoni said he diagnosed Nicole Finn with two mental health disorders.

    "The first one is post-traumatic stress disorder,” Giacomoni said. “The second is major depressive disorder."

    http://www.kcci.com/article/witness-...ealth/14410657

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdg411 View Post

    Jaden told jurors his mother, who had lupus and fibromyalgia, spent most of her time smoking outside, sleeping in her bedroom or managing her pet rescue on a computer at a desk in the garage.
    SBM
    Managing her what?!
    ••• RESCUE IS MY DRUG AND THE SHELTER IS MY DEALER •••
    Give me the old, the sick, the blind, the bald, the three-legged.
    The perfectly imperfect.
    The broken.
    I'll try to put him back together.
    Even if I can't, I will give him back his dignity.

    RIP, my little buddy Golyo (2000-2017)
    I miss your crazy canine antics more than I can say. I love you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DogRescuer View Post
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    Managing her what?!
    According to Secretary of State records, Nicole Finn owns and operates a pet rescue organization out of her West Des Moines home. CARE Pet Rescue had several Go Fund Me campaigns requesting money to pay for animal care. A description of the organization on adoptapet.com says its mission is "to place dogs into loving homes, but also to educate dog owners about responsible pet ownership."

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ents/95249642/

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    Testimony concluded Tuesday morning in the murder trial of a West Des Moines mother accused of starving her adopted daughter to death.

    Jury instructions will begin Tuesday afternoon, and closing arguments in the case are expected to begin Wednesday morning.

    http://whotv.com/2017/12/12/testimon...gin-wednesday/

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    The final witness in the Polk County case called Tuesday was a rebuttal witness called by the prosecution, who disputed testimony by a forensic psychologist who felt the mother of five suffered from dissociative thoughts.

    Dr. James Dennert, a former behavioral health medical director at Mercy Medical Center, said there’s nothing in Finn’s history to suggest she had dissociative thoughts, or thoughts that separated from reality, before her adoptive daughter’s starvation death on Oct. 24, 2016.

    Dennert said he reviewed a report by defense witness Dr. Carlo Giacomoni and other documents related to the case, as well as Nicole Finn’s medical history, and found no evidence she suffered from post-traumatic stress before Natalie’s death. He said he believes Nicole suffered from an adjustment disorder with depressive symptoms, not major depressive disorder as Giacomoni testified.


    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...ony/944722001/

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    Jury Deliberations Begin in Nicole Finn Murder Trial

    https://www.whotv.com/2017/12/13/clo...-murder-trial/

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