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01-31-2010, 05:11 PM #1
Mother and brother arrested in woman's torture death (NY)
Laura Cummings did not deserve the life she endured.
Autopsy reveals woman tortured to death
Mother and brother arrested in woman's death
Updated: Saturday, 30 Jan 2010, 8:13 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 30 Jan 2010, 4:27 PM EST
Authorities have made an arrest in the case of a North Collins murder and it was the young woman's own mother.
Investigators believe her mental and physical disabilities played a role in her death.
Captain Ronald Kenyon of the Erie County Sheriff's Office said, "We've never seen anything quite as horrific as what we've seen in this investigation."
Authorities were suspicious immediately after finding a 23 year old North Collins woman dead.
"We find evidence of abuse going back to 1995. Physical and mental abuse also." Captain Kenyon said.
Neighbor, Rebecca Lee explained, "Her mom was kinda mean to her."
Neighbors saw the way Eva treated her disabled daughter.
Robert Lee said, "Somebody had walked by and the daughter was looking over at her and Eva didn't like it so she just snatched her by the back of the head and took her in the house, right by the hair."
Young Rebecca said she would visit Laura, who didn't get out of the house very often.
"She always looked lonely so I went over to see how she was. She was real nice," Rebecca expressed.
Investigators said that Child Protective Services had been called to the house in the past, but found nothing unusual.
Captain Kenyon said sadly, this is a case that fell through the cracks.
"Perhaps a lot of people had a hunch of what was going on, but I think everybody, unfortunately, thought that somebody else was taking care of it," he said.
Last edited by Texas Mist; 01-31-2010 at 07:37 PM. Reason: added Laura's complete name out of respect for her
01-31-2010, 05:25 PM #2
Ya know, I am getting really sick of CPS never doing there jobs... I know that they are understaffed and lack proper funding, but how does that excuse the fact that they went to this house and did nothing to help this poor girl?
Stories like this make me sick... I would love to know what kind of "training" these CPS staffers are given before they are allowed out into the field. (I know that there are good people who work for CPS, who go above-and-beyond, and to them I am sorry for my little rant. This is not directed toward them.)
It just seems like animal services takes more time & care looking at animal abuse cases than CPS spends on protecting children...
01-31-2010, 06:17 PM #3
A mentally and physically disabled woman being beaten and suffocated and burned with boiling water??? By her mother and brother???
For 15 years?
I want to slap the spokesperson for the police department, no offense...Yeah guess this one just slipped through the cracks....guess everyone thought that everyone else was taking care of it.
This did not slip through the cracks. This woman was tortured and beaten for at least 15 years by her caregivers. Clearly no one gave a cra*. Because even though the poor soul had regular visitors and there was a history of reports, mom was comfortable enough to hurt this child in front of others....
Why is brother not being charged with the full boat as well??? Gotta be coming...
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01-31-2010, 06:26 PM #4Inactive
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MOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDERING HER DISABLED DAUGHTER
The medical examiner ruled she was killed by three means: the final straw was suffocation, but she also had blunt force trauma and thermal burns to her face," said Capt. Kenyon at today's news conference.
Police say those "thermal burns" were caused by boiling hot water thrown in Laura's face allegedly by her brother Luke. Kenyon says their investigation further revealed a disturbing pattern of physical and mental abuse dating all the way back to the mid-nineties.
Rest in peace, Laura.
01-31-2010, 06:30 PM #5Registered User
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I am sick and tired, as well as disgusted with hearing the statement, "this is a case that fell through the cracks."
It seems as if our child protection agencies have WAY too many cracks and not enough caulking to fill up the cracks!
01-31-2010, 06:44 PM #6
Are we going to hear an outcry?? Why isnt CPS already issuing a statement? Who has been put on administrative leave?
Right-Laura was a disabled adult. So at some point, it didnt matter any more. Except to Laura of course. What a life. OMG, what a life.
01-31-2010, 06:45 PM #7
01-31-2010, 06:46 PM #8
I know, I know...step away Believe-but I am waiting just waiting to hear what kind of disability this poor soul had that made blunt force trauma, thermal burns and suffocation an effective form of treatment.
Like chaining someone to a bed and leaving them when a fire starts.
01-31-2010, 06:46 PM #9
01-31-2010, 07:06 PM #10Justice failed Caylee Marie!!
Please bring Haleigh home!
01-31-2010, 07:25 PM #11
I did a little reading on scalding thermal burns.
It isnt just the burn, it is the metabolic effect of the burn including increased output of everything...and need of everything. Heart beats faster, lungs need more oxygen etc...right, cause she was suffocated too. Wonder what the order was. Please God, that when he pitched the boiling water, she was already unconscious.
How base do you have to be to do this to your own? I dont get it. I never will get it I am sure.
01-31-2010, 07:31 PM #12
Multiple agencies saw Laura -- and did nothing apparently!!
Investigators say although she was 23 years old, Laura was described by family and friends to have the mental capability of a seven or eight year old child.
North Collins officials tell YNN, Laura's brother Richard Cummings filed a complaint back in July. He was upset about how he felt Laura was being mistreated by the family. Child Protective Services came out to investigate but when they realized the victim was 23 and disabled, Adult Protective Services came out to investigate a month later.
How could anyone just walk away from Laura and do nothing???!!!
from same link-
Eva Cummings has been in the hospital since her daughter’s death. Sherriff’s deputies arrested Eva when she returned home Friday night, along with her son Luke Wright.
“The mother’s been arraigned. Her charges are murder in the second degree. The brother of the victim has been arraigned on charges of assault in the first degree,” said prosecutor Thomas Finnerty.
Hopefully the murder charges will be upgraded to a capital offense & Eva rots in prison. And Luke, too!.
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01-31-2010, 07:42 PM #13Registered User
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Where is CPS/DHS? You all know where they are. They're in meetings to address "this tragic event". We'll get a "report" in about two months and exactly one or two heads will roll. This is so much like Jeanette Maples story in Oregon that I want to spit. Poor Laura's mom was "kinda mean." Kinda mean??!!
So often I see neighbors and family hesitant to speak out if they know a victim is disabled in some way. Do they rationalize that the parents know best or that the victim is too disabled to understand? Call it in and have the agency check and then call it in again.
I don't get it. Abuse is abuse. An adult yanking someone by the hair would get hauled off for domestic assault. Since when is that an appropriate way to move even a very cognitively disabled non-compliant person? If the person cannot be successfully maintained in a home environment, they need to be placed in a higher level of care.
Our family is certified to provide foster care for developmentally and physically disabled teens. We are seeing a frightening trend. Many families of origin are relying on the teen or young adult's SSI check in this economy and are keeping their family member in the home when it would be far better to have them enter skilled foster care. It's shocking at how tremendously critical a situation usually gets before parents will agree to voluntary placement. That's my guess with what happened here.
And now we have a dead young woman. Rest, Lady Laura.
01-31-2010, 07:52 PM #14Registered User
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Even in cases like Bianca Piper who was mentally disabled and had anger issues. Her mom made her walk home one night when she was having a tantrum and then never came home. To me, that's abuse as well.
I don't understand how parents can hurt or kill their own children, its mind blowing. I hope they enjoy prison.
01-31-2010, 07:54 PM #15
So -- why is Capt. Kenyon saying that everybody thinks somebody else was taking care of Laura's well-being???
TWO AGENCIES KNEW as recently as last July that we know of at this time.
At a minimum, the APS agency let her fall thru the cracks if they were the last to see her.....I'll never believe there were not signs of abuse at that time!!
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