In Des Moines, Iowa, a
little girl suffered terribly at the hands of her
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
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
Living with her
father, Robert Valentine and his girlfriend Kara
Mikayla, her brother Robert and two children who
biological children of Kara. On January 7, Kara
report an unresponsive child and would claim that
had suffered a brain aneurysm and fallen down 20
hardwood stairs landing at the bottom on a
was walking up the
stairs and just went stiff and fell backwards
down the stairs. I was
the couch and she was going upstairs to get
her socks. Now I feel
like I'm being
had left Mikayla in the care of Kara and
received a call later in the
10:30 a.m. I got a
call from Kara. She said Mikayla was
unresponsive and en route
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
taken into custody by the Department Of Human
Services after Mikayla
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
grandmother, Georgia Valentine, said that she
believe that Mikayla had fallen down the
mother, Michele Movall had this to say:
kids tell me all
the time that she didn't like them and she
The case was under
investigation by the Iowa Division Of Criminal
Grove Police Department, County
Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Attorney
There were going to be more charges filed and
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
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.
her right to
a speedy trial and in July of 2011, there
to be a conference call that would set up a
for her trial.
Kara's request for bail reduction was
District Judge James Drew gave attorneys
October of 2011 to take depositions and will
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
asked for a bond reduction down to $5,000.
that she be placed on pretrial
bond reduction hearing Kara took the stand
willing to do
anything, I just want to spend some time
also said that she
would be able to live with her parents if
she was released on a lower
Assistant Attorney General Becky Goettsch
County Attorney Eric Simonson. Becky
about the integrity of the testimony"
made comments about allegations of abuse in
see signs of
abuse. If I did I would've reported it. As
far as prior abuse in
a supervisor with the Webster County DHS
said that he could not comment on any
had done in connection with the case.
William did say that the department does
each month and that reports can be in excess
ten pages long:
it had been investigated and was unfounded"
supposed to be 12 per person, but it's more
like 25 right now. It's a
we're so understaffed. When we're down from
seven staff to
five, I get worried"
that even with the
Legislature working on a new budget, he
think his department will receive
money and that
they do the best they can with
the time and resources they are given.
guilty and sentenced to 50 years in
after FINALLY pleading guilty
in a plea deal, to second-degree
court, a statement which was written by
Mikayla's brother, Robert, was read,
though he was
not in the
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"
read a statement:
can't believe I
won't be able to watch (Mikayla) grow up
and be there for the things
her life, like have her first date or go
to prom and graduate
from high school and maybe
Movall said. "She will never be able to
get married or
have children of her own. This
affected me but the many family members
and caring friends
of ours and her best friend
has hit him the hardest because he thinks
his fault. There's no reason a child
like this whatsoever. I will never be able
to forgive you.
Not now, not ever"
was not in court,
though a statement from him was read:
can a person be? To murder a baby and not
To take that life
and make others believe your innocence and
then waiting over a year to
My daughter was a beautiful and innocent
gave you the
opportunity I wanted,
and you murdered your responsibility. I
never have trusted you"
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.
of 2012, charges were filed against
Robert Valentine Jr., for
child endangerment resulting in the
death as well as
endangerment resulting in serious
injury. Robert's first court
appearance was on June 13, 2012.
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.
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.
be sent to Foust Funeral Home. and or
the Trappist Casket
Child Casket Fund 16632 Monastery Road
Peosta, IA 52968 Trappist
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.
Home & Cremation of Eagle Grove in
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.
want to thank Lisa for
sending me this update.
is June 16, 2014
and while doing a search for updates
Mikayla's case, I am unable to find
any information about if Robert
went to trial or not.
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