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    MA - Jason & Holli Strickland for attempted murder of 11yo child, Westfield, 2005

    WESTFIELD, Mass. Dec 5, 2005 — Photos hanging on Allison Avrett's living room wall show her daughter Haleigh as a smiling little girl with brown bangs hanging over her squinting eyes.

    Most of the pictures were taken before Avrett gave Haleigh up for adoption five years ago and long before the alleged beating that landed the 11-year-old in a hospital attached to the ventilator and feeding tube that keep her alive.

    Now, with Haleigh's doctors saying she will never recover from her vegetative state, the child is at the center of a right-to-die legal struggle.

    The state Department of Social Services, which has had custody of Haleigh since she was hospitalized Sept. 11, wants to remove her from life support.

    Her stepfather, Jason Strickland, who is charged in her beating and could be tried for murder if she dies, wants to keep her alive. Strickland is free on bail while awaiting trial.

    A juvenile court judge has ruled that Haleigh should be allowed to die. Strickland has appealed, and the state's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Tuesday.

    Avrett, who gave up her parental rights when she let her sister Holli adopt Haleigh in 2000, says her daughter should not suffer anymore.

    "They say the most she might ever do is open her eyes," said Avrett, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom with two other children. "I don't want her to sit there longer than she needs to."

    Police say the injuries that left Haleigh with severe brain stem injuries came at the hands of Strickland and his wife Holli Allison Avrett's sister.


    More... http://abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter...C-RSSFeeds0312

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    A Massachusetts juvenile court judge has ruled the girl should be allowed to die. And the state Department of Social Services wants to remove her from the ventilator and feeding tube that are keeping her alive.

    Strickland's lawyer has filed a legal brief asking that Strickland be named the girl's de facto parent.
    http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=4201380&nav=5kZQ
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    I don't like his attorney at all. The man who put her in this state should be named her de facto parent? No way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingDeb
    I don't like his attorney at all. The man who put her in this state should be named her de facto parent? No way!
    The only reason he wants her alive is because he doesn't want to be charged with her murder. A$$hole, should rott for what he did to her God bless her little soul.

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    Amen. I agree completely.

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    Haleigh Poutre case

    I have searched the forums and threads and can't find any references to this case. We sometimes get the New York Times national edition here and I happened to read about this case there. A full page article appeared in the front section. The case is in Boston. It's about the abuse suffered by this little girl, who is now in a vegatative state, and the step-father wants to keep her on life support. She was adopted by her aunt, who after the incidents that took her to the hospital the last time, either killed herself and her grandmother or vice-verse. The step-father was not on the adoption papers and is not a legal guardian, the state is at this time. The state would like to take her off life support.

    Here is the google page I found, full of links:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

    Anyone in that area got anything on this case, or point me to the forum and thread here?

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    Just reading this lets me know these are a sick bunch. This man doesn't want her to be taken off life support because he knows he will be charged with murder. I hope they do what is best for Haleigh. And I hope they put that creep under the jail. I wonder if he had anything to do with the death of the aunt and grandmother?



    Her stepfather, Jason Strickland, who is charged with beating her and who could face a murder charge if she dies, wants to keep her alive.

    A Juvenile Court judge has already ruled that Haleigh should be allowed to die. Strickland appealed, and the state's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case tomorrow. It will be the first time DSS has argued such a case before the Supreme Judicial Court.

    Concern for daughter

    Avrett, who gave up her parental rights when she let her sister adopt Haleigh in 2000, says her daughter shouldn't suffer anymore.

    "They say the most she might ever do is open her eyes," said Avrett, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom with two other children. "I don't want her to sit there longer than she needs to."

    Police say the injuries that left Haleigh with severe brain stem injuries came at the hands of Strickland and his wife, Holli, Avrett's sister. Within two weeks of the couple pleading innocent to the beating, Holli Strickland was dead, fatally shot in her grandmother's West Springfield apartment. The body of her 71-year-old grandmother, Constance Young, was beside her. The possible murder-suicide is still under investigation.

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    Horrible Story

    BOSTON - A man accused of beating his stepdaughter tried Tuesday to convince skeptical justices on the state’s highest court that he should have a say in whether the comatose 11-year-old is removed from life support. Jason Strickland, who could face a murder charge if Haleigh Poutre dies, wants the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court to overturn a juvenile court judge’s decision that he has no parental rights over the girl, who is now in state custody.

    “Without intervention from this court, this child will die,” said John Egan, one of Strickland’s lawyers.

    Haleigh’s mother, Allison Avrett, gave up her parental rights when she let her sister Holli adopt Haleigh in 2000. Avrett says her daughter should not suffer anymore.

    “They say the most she might ever do is open her eyes,” said Avrett, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom with two other children. “I don’t want her to sit there longer than she needs to.”

    Haleigh was hospitalized in September with severe brain injuries. Police say her stepfather and his wife Holli kicked her and beat her nearly to death with a baseball bat.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10349294/

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    Court: Girl Can Come Off Life Support

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that the state can withdraw life support from an 11-year-old girl who was badly beaten, allegedly by her adoptive mother and stepfather.
    Haleigh Poutre, of Westfield, was hospitalized in September after she was allegedly kicked and beaten nearly to death with a baseball bat.

    The girl's stepfather, Jason Strickland, asked the Supreme Judicial Court last month to block the state from taking her off life support, arguing that he was the girl's "de facto" parent. He is already charged in her beating and if she dies, could face a murder charge.

    The adoptive mother, Holli Strickland, who was also Haleigh's aunt, was also charged in the beating and was found dead alongside her grandmother in a possible murder-suicide less than two weeks later.

    The state Department of Social Services has custody of the girl and wants to remove her from life support, citing opinions from her doctors that the girl is in a permanent vegetative state.

    A juvenile court judge granted the state's request to disconnect Haleigh's feeding tube and ventilator, prompting Jason Strickland to appeal to the SJC. Doctors had said Haleigh would die within a few days without the feeding tube.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060117/...WtkBHNlYwM3MTg-
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    This poor sweetheart suffered so much .All this POS cares about is when she dies he will get DP I hope he rots in hell.

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    Girl in coma shows possible signs of life
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. A comatose girl in Massachusetts who was set to be taken off life support is responding to stimuli.

    A spokeswoman for the state's Department of Social Services says, "There's a possible change in her condition." More tests are planned tomorrow.

    More: http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp...7&nav=0bov2QvD
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    I'll give up hoping the SOB will be charged with 1st degree, if she can recover.
    Prayers.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Four Months Later Comatose Child Responds To Stimuli

    A comatose girl in Massachusetts who was set to be taken off life support is responding to stimuli.

    More tests are planned for Wednesday.

    Massachusetts has custody of the young girl and got a ruling Tuesday from the state's highest court allowing removal of her ventilator and feeding tube.

    But state officials ordered more testing before actually going through with the removals. http://www.wmtw.com/news/6229953/detail.html
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    I can't get this little peanut off my mind, please let her get better.
    Praying for Jason.
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    Where is Kayla Berg?
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    Excuse me, Mr. Congressman, but where are all of you who were willing to pass a bill about Terri Schaivo in Florida? Excuse me, all of the people who protested in FL, where are all of you standing up for this little girl?

    Terri was an adult, and had a mom and dad and family to push for her not to be taken off life support. This little 11 year old has a bio-mom who gave her away (and not when she was young and might have been adopted by a decent, screened family), a step-dad who is responsible for her condition, and no one to fight for her. And nobody is.

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    Does anyone have an update on Haleigh? Is she still alive? We have seen too many similar cases as of late! God bless her.


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