VA - Larkin Carter Carr, 4, beaten to death, Norfolk, 12 Nov 2018 *Arrests*

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  1. JerseyGirl

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    The investigation into Catherine Seals and her teenage son began in November. Larkin was being watched by Seals' 14-year-old son on Nov. 12 when he called his mother and said that the 4-year-old was unresponsive. Doctors who treated Larkin noticed that the boy's body was covered in bruises and that he had a black eye. Larkin died at the hospital that day. An autopsy was done two days later, and it revealed that Larkin suffered from blunt-force trauma to the head and abdomen and that his body was covered with between 70 and 90 bruises.

    On Nov. 9 — the Friday before Larkin died — Seals left the 4-year-old home alone with her teenage son. The teenager later admitted to police that during that time he slammed a chair into Larkin's stomach, held the little boy down, and repeatedly punched him. That weekend Larkin was very sick. He stayed in his bedroom all weekend, vomiting up brown and black matter, but no one took him to the hospital.

    Seals is charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect, and her teenage son is charged with strangulation, but neither face charges for Larkin's death. The felony charges stem from incidents that happened involving Larkin and his 3-year-old brother, Tyler, between July and November 2018.

    Larkin and Tyler's mother said that she noticed the bruises covering her sons during one of their visits months ago and that she took pictures of the boys and sent the information to Norfolk Child Protective Services. She does not know if the agency followed up on her report.

    Judge says 'I may go vomit' upon review of 4-year-old's death
     
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    Figures - I can't find her in the Circuit or General. It is Norfolk County, yes?

    TIA! :)

    I see she had a bond hearing (denied) on Wedn. 1/30.
     
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    That is beyond sad. It's tragic. There are many cases of a woman looking the other way, because her relationship with a man is more important, IMO. Someone needs to get charged for the child's death, and vomiting black could be a sign of internal bleeding. All MOO.
     
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    I'm confused. Doesn't it say in the article she is the mother of Larkin, who is deceased?
     
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    Niner, be VERY GLAD you can't access the articles. This is of the worst I've ever read. I hope ALL of the guilty persons get what's coming to them, in spades!

    I can hardly contain my anger for the treatment of this child, and will stop there before I say too much.

    JMO, really.
     
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    Monday, April 1st:
    *Bond Hearing (@ ET) – VA – Larkin Carter Carr (4) (Nov. 12, 2018, Norfolk) – only for *Catherine Louise Seals (35) (GF of father) arrested (11/2018) & charged (1/30/19) with 2 counts of felony child abuse & neglect. Held without bond.
    *Teenage son (14) arrested (11/2018) & charged with strangulation.
    Felony charges stem from incidents that happened involving Larkin & his 3 yr old bro between July & November, 2018. Larkin & Tyler were in foster care when they moved to Norfolk in July to live with their father on a trial basis. Their dad was engaged to Seals. The couple lived together with Seals' teenage son & her 1-year-old daughter.
    1/30/19 Bond hearing for Seals-bond denied.
    2/21/19: Files Bond appeal, but then withdrew Motion. Next hearing 4/1 for Seals.
     
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    Neglect charge certified against woman accused in connection to 4-year-old's death

    Apr 01, 2019

    "...Catherine Seals, the woman who was Larkin's primary caregiver and who was in a relationship with his father, is charged with felony child neglect in connection to the 4-year-old's death. Seals' 14-year-old son is charged with murdering Larkin.

    A felony child abuse charge against Seals was certified to a grand jury on Monday by Norfolk Circuit Court Judge M. Randolph Carlson II. The judge also nolle prossed -- or dismissed for the time -- another felony child neglect charge against Seals. That charge was connected to incidents that allegedly involved Larkin's 3-year-old brother, Tyler...."

    Charges certified against woman accused of neglecting 4-year-old who died
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    Case for mom charged in child death moves forward in Norfolk

    April 1, 2019

    "...Seals' defense attorney told the court her client did not realize the severity of Larkin's injuries. She testified that the mother gave him medicine and noticed he was recovering. The defense even alluded to the notion of Larkin being well enough to attend school.

    The judge decided there was sufficient evidence to move the case forward to the grand jury.

    Seals' son is expected back in court on abuse charges April 15. Prosecutors plan to try the teen as an adult. They are still determining if the same will apply to the second-degree murder charge. "

    Case for mom charged in child death moves forward in Norfolk
     
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    @YESorNO - you must feeling MUCH better!! Glad to see you posting! :)

    So - if there WAS a next court date for Seals in that article, you probably would have posted it, eh? [​IMG]
     
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    Monday, April 15th:
    *Preliminary Hearing (@ am ET) – VA – Larkin Carter Carr (4) (Nov. 12, 2018, Norfolk) – *Catherine Louise Seals (35) (GF of father) arrested (11/2018), charged (1/30/19) & indicted (4/1/19) with 2 counts of felony child abuse. Held without bond. CR19000261-00 Not in court system (only for bond) for Norfolk Circuit.
    Felony charges stem from incidents that happened involving Larkin & his 3 yr old bro between July & November, 2018. Larkin & Tyler were in foster care when they moved to Norfolk in July to live with their father on a trial basis. Their dad was engaged to Seals. The couple lived together with Seals' teenage son & her 1-year-old daughter.
    1/30/19 Bond hearing for Seals -bond denied. 2/21/19: Files Bond appeal, but then withdrew Motion. Next hearing 4/1 for Seals.
    4/1/19 Update: Certified to a grand jury on Monday (4/1/19) by Norfolk Circuit Court Judge M. Randolph Carlson II decided there was sufficient evidence to move the case forward. The judge also dismissed for the time -- another felony child neglect charge against Seals. That charge was connected to incidents that allegedly involved Larkin's 3-year-old brother, Tyler. No further dates available.

    Only for *Teenage son (14) arrested (11/2018) & charged (1/30/19) with 2nd degree murder by strangulation.
    4/1/19 Update: Is expected back in court on abuse charges April 15. Prosecutors plan to try the teen as an adult. They are still determining if the same will apply to the second-degree murder charge.
     
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    Okay - I see they have new case # for Catherine Seals:

    Hearings:

    # Date Time Type Room Plea Duration Jury
    1 05/01/2019 9:30AM Grand Jury

    link: Virginia Court Case Information
     
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    I'm guessing we won't hear too much about the teenager's hearing unless Judge changes it to adult court.
     
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    Wednesday, May 1st:
    *Grand Jury Hearing (@ 9:30am ET) – VA – Larkin Carter Carr (4) (Nov. 12, 2018, Norfolk) – only for *Catherine Louise Seals (35) (GF of father) arrested (11/2018) & charged (1/30/19) with 2 counts of felony child abuse & neglect. Held without bond.
    Felony charges stem from incidents that happened involving Larkin & his 3 yr old bro between July & November, 2018. Larkin & Tyler were in foster care when they moved to Norfolk in July to live with their father on a trial basis. Their dad was engaged to Seals. The couple lived together with Seals' teenage son & her 1-year-old daughter.
    1/30/19 Bond hearing for Seals -bond denied.
    2/21/19: Files Bond appeal, but then withdrew Motion. Next hearing 4/1 for Seals.
    4/1/19 Update: Certified to a grand jury on Monday (4/1/19) by Norfolk Circuit Court Judge M. Randolph Carlson II decided there was sufficient evidence to move the case forward. The judge also dismissed for the time -- another felony child neglect charge against Seals. That charge was connected to incidents that allegedly involved Larkin's 3-year-old brother, Tyler. No further dates available.
    4/17/19 Update: Grand Jury hearing on 5/1.
    *Teenage son (14) arrested (11/2018) & charged with murder by strangulation.
    4/1/19 Update: Is expected back in court on abuse charges April 15. Prosecutors plan to try the teen as an adult. They are still determining if the same will apply to the second-degree murder charge. No updates as of 5/1/19.

     
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    "...Seals now faces both felony homicide and child abuse and neglect charges. She met with the grand jury on Wednesday and her trial is set for August 12 at Norfolk Circuit Court....

    Court records indicate that the little boy’s father stated there had been a previous incident of suspected abuse involving the 14-year-old boy. Records also say on September 23, Carr and his 3-year-old brother were home alone with the teen when they both sustained serious injuries that required immediate medical attention...."
     
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    Stepmom does ‘absolutely nothing’ to stop teen son from beating tot boy so badly his intestine explodes. She now faces homicide charges [Prosecutor]

    A Virginia woman’s charges were upgraded in court Wednesday after prosecutors alleged she did “absolutely nothing” to stop the brutal torture and ultimate death of her 4-year-old stepson.

    According to court documents filed at the Norfolk Circuit Court, 35-year-old Catherine Louise Seals, who was previously facing child neglect charges, is now facing first-degree homicide charges in connection with the death of Larkin Carr.

    Assistant Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, Jill Harris, said that although Seals didn’t physically cause 4-year-old Larkin’s death, but she let her son, 14-year-old Robert Bolsinger-Hartshorn, beat, kick, slap, starve, and torture the little boy until he died.
    [.....]
    Detective Matthew Nordan testified that he spoke to Seals several times following Larkin’s death. The detective said Seals changed her story multiple times, but ended up admitting she witnessed Larkin throwing up through an entire weekend before he died.
    [.....]
    According to court documents, an autopsy noted Larkin had blunt force trauma to his head and abdomen. Harris said he had around 70 to 90 bruises on his body, according to WAVY. The autopsy indicated Larkin had around 10 welts on his scalp and a blow so severe that his small intestine ruptured.
    [.....]
    Larkin’s trip to the hospital in November marked the second time he’d been taken in with injuries. In September 2018, Larkin and his brother were brought into CHKD with strangulation injuries, reportedly caused by the 14-year-old.
    [.....]
    On January 30, Seals’ defense lawyer argued that her bail should be reduced since she wasn’t home at the time boy died, but still called emergency services to get him help. Judge Lauri D. Hogge, who said she was “speechless” after reviewing graphic images of Larkin’s tiny bruised body, denied the woman’s bond.

    “I may go vomit,” the judge said.
    [.....]
    Bolsinger-Hartshorn is being charged as an adult, is facing a second-degree murder charge. Both Seals and the teen remain behind bars without bond.
     
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