10, 1998 - September 1,
September 1, 1998,
Kendall Hunt was held under running water by an 18 year old man,
Shadron, who was the boyfriend of his mother. Kendall was held
under the water
in the bathroom sink until he drowned. Kendall was only six months old
at the time of his death.
Child Protection Services had been investigating this case. Kendall had
been treated twice by a pediatrician for suspected child abuse, he said
state agencies could have prevented Kendall's death. Kendall's
Jean Hunt, who was also 18 at the time of his death, was living with
Shadron at time the child was murdered.
Owen, a pediatrician
asked for an investigation of the state agencies that left Kendall in
the home where Devena Lee, Kendall's Grandmother had been documenting
of abuse on the child. Several times she attempted to do the
15, 1998 - Devena
brought Kendall to Owen's office to examine bruises on his body. The
on his stomach resembled fingerprints.
9, 1998 - Devena
brought Kendall to Owen's office with suspected burn marks that were
supposedly accidental. Kendall was first taken to the Department Of
Services and had them take pictures of the burns as documentation.
were three round burns on Kendall's right hand and it was obvious that
they had been put there on purpose.
took a cigarette and held it against this child's skin long
make three perfectly round holes"
the Spring of 1997, Mindy started dating a man she met at the
restaurant she worked at. Charlie White was already married and soon
returned to his family, that left Mindy alone and pregnant. Mindy told
her family in July of that year that she was going to have a baby. In
October of that year, Mindy was five months pregnant when she met and
began to date Gary Shadron. At that point, Mindy and her family were
not aware of the fact that Gary had a very violent criminal record that
included stalking, threatening and assaulting his own family as well as
other young girls. Gary was sent to boot camp for things like pulling a
knife on his stepfather.
made it clear that he loved Mindy and her child and eventually he moved
into the home of her parents. Gary was
in control of Mindy and her friends stopped visiting and he wouldn't
even allow her to talk to anyone unless he was
there with her. At one point, Gary Lee, Mindy's father, told Gary to
get a job or move out. Mindy decided she would
rather be with Gary and would move out if Gary was not allowed to live
that same time, Mindy decided to give power of attorney to her parents,
over her child and it was decided that the
baby would live with the Lee's until Mindy was able to raise him on her
own. On February 10, 1998, Kendall Layton
Hunt was born. Gary decided it was too much for him and left the
hospital only to return and demand that Tom and
Devena leave the hospital. For five days after that, Tom and Devena did
not see their grandson or their daughter, at
all. The Lee's decided to talk to a judge and were told that Mindy was
of legal age the decisions she made were her own to make. After telling
the judge who she was talking about, the judge sent the Lee's to Julie
Shadowski, the Director of Social Services. Julie talked to Mindy and
it was decided
that Mindy and Kendall would go home to live with her parents and that
a weekly visit would be made to their home to
help Mindy with Kendall. Gary was no longer allowed to live in the home
a few days after that, Gary had a run in at their home and the police
were called. The police came to take the
baby, but the power of attorney prevented that from happening. Mindy
went back to work and she started to see Gary
again. Devena would end up having to explain to Julie why Mindy was
missing her appointments with the Healthy
Families worker. Devena didn't know that Mindy was saving up money to
take Kendall and move in with gary.
May of 1998, after moving in with Gary, Terri Davis, who was with
Healthy Families, went to their home to take pictures of some bruises
that had been seen on Kendall. Kendall was taken to see a doctor at
that point. Gary told
people that the bruises had been given to Kendall by his nephew who had
accidentally hit him with one of his toys.
Dr. Owens said that the bruises looked like fingers to him. In June of
1998, Mindy called her mother and told her that
she and Gary had been arguing and that while she was feeding Kendall,
he had knocked a cigarette out of her hand
and was burned, though it was not an emergency. Since Mindy didn't
smoke, that story was not believed by Devena
who thought that it must have been Gary who burned her grandson.
took Kendall to Child Protective Services as well as the doctor.
Pictures were taken of the burns and she
was told that when a decision was made by the doctors, action would be
taken. Devena was told the next day that
Kendall was going to be placed into a foster home since the doctor had
decided the burns were intentional. Devena
was also told that even with a power of attorney, she had no rights to
Kendall, though she was allowed to keep him
for a little while.
started harassing Devena at work and had charges filed against him and
he was arrested and put in jail. A
custody hearing for Kendall was held and even with Kendall's biological
father there and all the proof that Kendall
was being abused, an IDIOT
judge, Judge Manning said that Kendall was to go back to his mother and
she was not
to leave Gary alone with the baby. YEAH...we
all know how often that REALLY
works! I think if the law changed and
Judges were to be held accountable for their IDIOT decisions, more children
would be alive today. That same day
was the hearing for Gary's harassment calls to Devena at work, Gary was
placed on probation.
history of women LYING and
saying they wouldn't leave a man alone with
their child repeated its self when Mindy left Gary
alone with Kendall and on September 1, 1998, Kendall died at the hands of this monster who
never should have been allowed access to this child after the abuse he
had given to him in the past. To
blame, in my opinion, are:
Gary, Mindy and Judge Manning. The only one of the three to be punished
would be Gary.
and indifference also killed Kendall. My
was betrayed, by the people
entrusted under law and paid
to protect all of Glynn County's abused
will never be fully aware of that betrayal because people
for protecting children hide behind state laws.
it up and they'll lie
about it. The
weakness in Kendall's case is
that people didn't act on obvious
and that nobody listened to me. There
so many times I took Kendall up there,
to children's services department.
I've told I don't know how many people. I've told
I've told judges. Everybody
acts like it's nothing. I
one caseworker to keep Kendall
out of the
that lady to not let Kendall go back in that home. I knew my
going to be
not taking that baby and running
somewhere with him"
made a promise
promises you nobody will ever, ever hurt you again.
I broke that promise to that little boy because he's dead"
of the state Department of Family and Children Services in Glynn
said he feels his agency did NOTHING wrong in this case and
had the following to say"
by the book and provided a great deal of services to
I'm comfortable with the way this agency
also stated that
he has investigated the case and plans no action. Of course not,
because that would mean you would have to admit that mistakes were made
a child died. You make me sick!
unacceptable. They're covering their tracks,''
back and forth holding a doll and said that he had held Kendall under
running water for about 1 1/2 seconds and several times, in the sink.
Gary claimed that
he had taken Kendall and laid him on the changing table and left him
alone thinking that would calm him down and
when he checked on him, Kendall was no longer breathing.
Chief Medical Examiner, Chris Sperry said:
putting a baby briefly under a stream of running water would not drown
also said that if Kendall was alive when he was removed from the sink
that he would have been able to cough and NOT able to cry.
Based on medical and toxicology evidence,
Chris had ruled Kendall's death a homicide by drowning.
child would have to be held under the stream of running water to drown"
February 18, 2000,
Gary Layton Shadron was sentenced
life in prison for the felony murder and an underlying cruelty to
charged merged together.
was not charged with anything even though she had been ordered by the
not to leave Gary alone with Kendall.
occurred in the state of Florida
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