Mikayla Valentine
September 13, 2005 - January 8, 2011
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In Des Moines, Iowa, a little girl suffered terribly at the hands of her fathers girlfriend. Kara Crasper, who was only 20 years old at the time lied and told the police that Mikayla Valentine had fallen down the stairs which was the cause of her injuries that would result in her death. On January 7, 2011, Mikayla would be lifted by air to the University Of Iowa Hospital after a call was made saying that a child was unresponsive. The next day, January 8, Mikayla would die.

Living with her father, Robert Valentine and his girlfriend Kara were Mikayla, her brother Robert and two children who were the biological children of Kara. On January 7, Kara called to report an unresponsive child and would claim that Mikayla had suffered a brain aneurysm and fallen down 20 hardwood stairs landing at the bottom on a hardwood floor:

"She was walking up the stairs and just went stiff and fell backwards down the stairs. I was
sitting on the couch and she was going upstairs to get her socks. Now I feel like I'm being
punished for an accident"
Kara Crasper

Robert Valentine had left Mikayla in the care of Kara and received a call later in the day:

"At 10:30 a.m. I got a call from Kara. She said Mikayla was unresponsive and en route
to the Clarion Hospital"
Robert Valentine

Robert added that the staff at the hospital had been great when treating Mikayla, but that they didn't have the kind of technology needed to deal with the brain trauma that she had suffered. The autopsy report lists the cause of death as abusive head trauma. The remaining children in the home were taken into custody by the Department Of Human Services after Mikayla died.

On April 26, 2011, Charges of first degree murder were filed against Kara Crasper. The charge of first degree murder is a class A felony which can carry a sentence of life in prison.

Mikayla's paternal grandmother, Georgia Valentine, said that she didn't believe that Mikayla had fallen down the stairs and her mother, Michele Movall had this to say:

"My kids tell me all the time that she didn't like them and she would hit them"

The case was under investigation by the Iowa Division Of Criminal Investigation, Eagle Grove Police Department, County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Attorney Generals Office. There were going to be more charges filed and Kara was being held on $500.000. bail.On May 27, 2011, Kara Crasper entered a not guilty plea her trial date was set for August 9. Kara also filed a
petition for a reduction in her bond and that trial date was set for August 8, 2011. Kara's attorney is Susan Flander of Mason City.

Kara waved her right to a speedy trial and in July of 2011, there was to be a conference call that would set up a
new date for her trial. Kara's request for bail reduction was denied. District Judge James Drew gave attorneys
an extension into October of 2011 to take depositions and will allow them to file motions up until November.  Wright County Attorney, Eric Simonson said he didn't think the case would go to trial until the beginning of the year 2012.

Kara's attorney had asked for a bond reduction down to $5,000. and asked that she be placed on pretrial
supervision. During the bond reduction hearing Kara took the stand and said:

"I'm willing to do anything, I just want to spend some time with my family"

Kara also said that she would be able to live with her parents if she was released on a lower bond. Representing
the state were Assistant Attorney General Becky Goettsch and Wright County Attorney Eric Simonson. Becky
Goettsch commented:

"I'm concerned about the integrity of the testimony"

Kara's mother made comments about allegations of abuse in the home:

"I didn't see signs of abuse. If I did I would've reported it. As far as prior abuse in
the home, it had been investigated and was unfounded"
Kendra Crasper

William Pischke, who is a supervisor with the Webster County DHS office said that he could not comment on any
investigations the department had done in connection with the case. William did say that the department does
handled about 100 cases each month and that reports can be in excess of ten pages long:

"The caseloads are supposed to be 12 per person, but it's more like 25 right now. It's a real
problem because we're so understaffed. When we're down from seven staff to five, I get worried"

William said that even with the Legislature working on a new budget, he doesn't think his department will receive
any more money and that they do the best they can with the time and resources they are given.

Kara Crasper was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in prison, after FINALLY pleading guilty in a plea deal, to second-degree murder. In court, a statement which was written by Mikayla's brother, Robert, was read, though he was not in the courtroom:

"You are a bad person. I do not ever want to see your face again. You know you killed Mikayla.
You know you threw her. So why didn't you just tell the truth? Tristan (Crapser's son), saw you
throw Mikayla down the steps"

Michele Movall read a statement:

"I can't believe I won't be able to watch (Mikayla) grow up and be there for the things she should've
done in her life, like have her first date or go to prom and graduate from high school and maybe
even college," Movall said. "She will never be able to get married or have children of her own. This
hasn't just affected me but the many family members and caring friends of ours and her best friend
 Robert. This has hit him the hardest because he thinks it's all his fault. There's no reason a child
should feel like this whatsoever. I will never be able to forgive you. Not now, not ever"

Robert was not in court, though a statement from him was read:

"How low can a person be? To murder a baby and not care. To take that life
and make others believe your innocence and then waiting over a year to confess.
My daughter was a beautiful and innocent baby. 
I gave you the opportunity I wanted,
and you murdered your responsibility. I should never have trusted you"


Robert said that he had wanted to stay home and take care of the children, but Kara would not allow it. Kara chose not to comment on any of the comments read in court.

UPDATE:

In June of 2012, charges were filed against Robert Valentine Jr., for child endangerment resulting in the death as well as child endangerment resulting in serious injury. Robert's first court appearance was on June 13, 2012.


Obituary:

Mikayla Alice Marie Valentine, the daughter of Robert M. Valentine, Jr. and Michelle L. Movall, was born on September 13, 2005, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City at the age of 5 years, much too soon but not before she touched all of our hearts. She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Mikayla is survived by her father, Robert Valentine; mother Michelle Movall; five siblings: Robert, Johnny and Avalon Valentine, Tristan Crasper, and Ryan Rasmussen; grandmothers, Georgia Valentine, and Carolyn Young and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorials may be sent to Foust Funeral Home. and or the Trappist Casket Child Casket Fund 16632 Monastery Road Peosta, IA 52968  Trappist Caskets

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove with Father Nils Hernandez officiating.

Foust Funeral Home & Cremation of Eagle Grove in charge of arrangements

UPDATE:

Kara Crasper, who was 21 years old at the time, plead guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison for what she did to Mikayla.

I want to thank Lisa for sending me this update.

UPDATE:

Today is June 16, 2014 and while doing a search for updates in Mikayla's case, I am unable to find any information about if Robert went to trial or not.

Death occurred in the state of Iowa

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