The police affidavits published in the paper were horrific.
They described months of brutal beatings, locked closets, whippings with a leather belt, using mop handles to beat her senseless. The whippings took place while she knelt on a linoleum floor to ‘make it hurt more’ with hands raised above her shoulders. They did this 10 to 15 times during a session.
They beat her for over 6 months. Until she finally died.
“The medical examiner found injuries of subdural hematoma, a lacerated liver. Police noted extensive bruising across her head, abdomen and legs, and noted multiple open drying wounds to her knees, according to the affidavit.”
The victim was just 10 years old.
A little girl. Who screamed endlessly while her ‘punishments’ were doled out to her.
Can someone tell me what kind of evil is this?
What kind of monsters do this to a small girl?
Why does this even happen?
How could anyone in their right mind even not notice this?
It’s been stated that many people did indeed report it. To the police, to DHHS, to anyone who would listen.
The police came and took reports. They left and the beatings continued.
DHHS was called. The beatings continued.
The couple had no criminal history in Maine. They continued to beat her.
When she finally did die, the parents plotted how to stage it as an accident. They nearly pulled it off. Except that little girl’s body was a bit too bruised to have been involved in an accident.
Of course the police became suspicious when the physical evidence of massive torture and abuse was finally identified. The medical examiner confirmed it.
By then it was too late.
She was dead.
The victim of monsters, of a system that never bothered to check beyond reports, phone calls and house calls.
I’m sorry if this seems to be a little on the opinionated side, and I don’t really give a good tinker’s damn if it does skew anyone’s judgement as to the parents’ guilt. If you’re going to be on the jury that hears this case, sorry.
This little girl did not ask to be beaten to death. She did not deserve to be mercilessly tortured-although by the time this was over, I’m sure that she longed for death.
I’m sorrowful that she died so violently. I’m horrified that she died so horribly.
I’m sickened by the system that let this go on and a 10 year old girl died from being abused to death by people who thought she was ‘faking her injuries.’
I do know she has stopped screaming and is now at peace.
If there is a Heaven, Marissa Kennedy has earned her rest.
And by the way: her mother is pregnant again.