Jeanette Marie Maples
August 9, 1993 - December 9, 2009
A Grave Memorial
In our society we have created agencies,
by many names, that are set up to protect the worlds children from
abuse, neglect and other horrible things. In order for these agencies
to work, they have to do their job, more and more I am finding that
they do NOT do their jobs and
the most innocent among us pay the price, often with their lives.
Jeanette Marie Maples is another one of those children.
There were people in Jeanette's life who cared enough about her to call
DHS and try to get her the help she needed. Grandparents, friends and
teachers called the State Department Of Human Services stating that she
was always hungry, very thin, bruised up and they were sure she was
being beaten. It wasn't a stranger who was harming this beautiful
Angel, it was her mother, Angela McAnulty, who was 41 years old at the
time and her step-father, Richard McAnulty, who was 40 years old at the
time. The very people who were supposed love and take care of her would
be the very ones to cause her death.
In 2007, a friend of Jeanette's listened to her excuses for why she was
always bruised up and didn't believe her. Pressing her for the truth,
Amber Davis was able to get the truth out of her:
"She told her mom was
abusing her when we were in 7th grade. It's hard to understand
I told. Everybody told and nothing happened"
Amber told her parents about the abuse her friend was suffering and
they reported the abuse to the states child welfare office. Teachers at
her school also reported the abuse, though it seemed to do them no
good. Also reporting the abuse was Lynn McAnulty, Jeanette's
grandmother who called twice to report the abuse, trusting that
something would be done. Child Protective Services FAILED them all, especially
By not sharing information about child abuse and families who are
already in the system, the agencies set up to protect children, fail
them each and every day. If the system allowed for information to be
shared it would have been known that in 1995, Angela lost custody of
one year old Jeanette as well as her two older brothers, due to
neglect. The children in the home had very little contact with their
father, Anthony Maples, because he was in prison on drug charges. The
three children spent years in foster care, though the two brothers
wrote letters to the family court judge asking never to live with their
mother again, after 5 1/2 years, Jeanette was returned to the care of
her mother. Angel had another daughter by that time and would soon meet
Richard who drove truck for a living, they were married in 2002, had a
son together and the family moved to Oregon in 2005.
Jeanette was enrolled in school in the sixth grade in 2006 and was
though she was sent to school in ratty, dirty clothing, she was said to
have loved school even when she was teased by other children for how
she looked. Jeanette loved to write and read and poetry was something
she loved, though it was said that most of all, she loved to be away
from her home and would become almost depressed at the end of the day
when it was time to leave school:
"Once the bell rang to
go home, you could see she didn't want to go"
Karina Mora - Friend
|Jeanette was never allowed to have
friends over or to have them call her at home. Amber Davis said
Jeanette never complained to her mother because she didn't want to
pulled out of school and away from her friends making things worse for
her at home. When people started calling DHS about the abuse, they were
told that secondhand accounts of abuse were not serious enough to cause
a home visit. School officials then called and it seems even with their
complaints, DHS couldn't be bothered to try to save this little girl.
Jeanette graduated from the
eight grade and it was decided by Angela that she would be home
schooled from then on, though the other children in the home were still
allowed to attend public school. Jeanette was rarely seen outside of
the home and seemed to have little or no contact with anyone outside of
her home. Richard was away from home most of the time due to being a
cross country truck driver and when he landed in the hospital for open
heart surgery, Angela brought the children to visit him. Lynn McAnulty said that at that time,
Jeanette looked horrible, she was very thin and her hair had been cut
very short and Lynn took note that Jeanette had a busted lip. Lynn
decided at that time to make an anonymous call because she didn't want
her son to find out it had been her:
"I said I was a
and told them to check on the kids and said that the older girl is
extremely thin and they said they'd
check into it"
A few months after that, Lynn was visiting
at the home and Jeanette was standing against a wall as punishment for
God only knows what. Lynn talked to her and noticed that she had
another split lip, Angela said that Jeanette had fallen and hurt
herself. When Lynn left the home, she called DHS immediately never
suspecting that day in October would be the last time she saw her
Lynn answered the phone in her home on December 9 and it was her son
stating frantically that Jeanette was cold and not breathing, Lynn told
him to call 911 and he did, though it was already too late for
Jeanette. Richard and Angela were arrested later that evening and when
Lynn asked to see her granddaughter, she was asked not and she followed
the advice of the Police:
"They told me I didn't
want to see this body because it was the most horrifying thing they'd
Jeanette had been found by firefighters
laying on her back, shirtless in a dimly lit room, Angela was pleading
"Help my baby"
It didn't go unnoticed that Jeanette was very small for a 15 year old
so it was not odd when Angela was asked several times about her age by
the fire captain, Sven Wahlroos. Finding no pulse, paramedics started
CPR and put a tube into Jeanette's lungs trying to get her to breath
again. Though Angela appeared to be agitated she would become quiet at
times and then she would be hysterical, however, mostly noted was the
way she would burst out laughing:
"I just remember it was
an odd response. Very odd. I have never had that feeling in 18 years.
wanted to do was run.
In 18 years I have never cried about a call. I cried about this call"
Angela told paramedics that she had last seen Jeanette about an
hour ago after she had fallen. Angela was talking so fast and seemed
very nervous. Richard was there, but no one remembers him talking at
all. Ryan Sheridan, who was the lead paramedic, said it was a hard call
and that Jeanette had been found with no shirt, wet hair and having
bruises on her face as well as cuts above her eye, she was skinny and
frail, you could see her bones.
At the hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Hilton had the sad task of examining
Jeanette who had no signs of life. Angela said that Jeanette had been
eating, but that she had gotten very skinny lately and that she had no
medical problems at all. No medical problems except for the fact that
she had cuts and bruises both old and new that seemed never to have
been treated medically as well as broken front teeth and wounds all
over her legs and back. Dr Hilton noted that this was a petite girl who
was emaciated and she was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. on December 9,
After police took away boxes of evidence it was up to Lynn to clean out
the house and she was shocked by what she found. In the kitchen,
cupboards were padlocked, junk, toys and garbage were everywhere and
there was blood splatter in the bedroom.
In February of 2011, Angela McAnulty plead guilty to aggravated murder.
A jury would have to be chosen to hear the evidence against her in
order to decide if she would be eligible for the death penalty or not.
Richard's trial would begin in May, but he was not facing the death
At a court appearance in the penalty phase of her trial, Angela entered
the courtroom, she was crying and saying that she knew what she did was
wrong and members of her defense team tried to calm her down. Angela
would keep crying and wiping tears throughout the opening arguments and
would at times put her head down on the table. Prosecutor Eric
Hasselman said that the it would be proven that Jeanette had suffered
for months before she died adding that Jeanette had been starved and
dehydrated. Eric Hasselman said that Jeanette's mouth had been
"pulverized" after having been hit with a belt as well as stick over
the past few months, her face was disfigured, her head was bandaged and
a spot on her hip showed that she had been hit so hard that the flesh
was torn off clear to the bone:
"She had the appearance
of a concentration camp victim"
In court it was learned that Jeanette slept on cardboard in a room that
had blood spattered on the walls, floor and ceiling. Leather belts and
other "torture devices" were found along with chunks of Jeanette's
constantly in trouble with her mother"
Angela had been taking Jeanette into the room and beating her while
running the vacuum cleaner to cover up the noise so that her other
children would not know what was going on. Jeanette was often tied up
or made to collect dog feces and then it would be rubbed in her face
and stuffed in her mouth. Prosecutors informed the jury that Jeanette
had never done anything to provoke her mother and that her death was
caused by "intentional maiming and torture" and the jury should
consider giving her the death penalty. The jury was asked to consider
several things, was Angela's abuse deliberate, its it likely that
Angela will abuse again, did Jeanette provoke Angela and should she be
put to death for what she did? If the jury chose no on the death
penalty they would have to choose if she should get life without parole.
On February 24, 2011, the jury had listened to the testimony in the
penalty phase of the trial and after six hours of deliberating, they
sentenced Angela to death.
In April of 2011, after Richard had plead guilty to murder by abuse, he
was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25
years, by Circuit Judge Debra Vogt:
"Words cannot describe
the horrific nature of this crime and I'm talking about your crime, not
Judge Debra Vogt
Richard, who claims he has trouble
articulating his feelings, didn't speak in court, though his lawyer,
Gordon Mallon said in court that Richard regrets not having helped
Jeanette, who he considered to be his daughter. Richard said that he
had not been aware of the abuse in the beginning since he was mostly
gone from home, however, he saw it after he had a heart attack and was
home more, though even then he was so ill from an infected catheter
site that caused him to pass out and be put into the hospital quite
often. Even so, in the last weeks of her life, Richard knew about the
abuse and how bad it had become and he did nothing to stop it and even
allowed the child to go without food and water:
before her death, Jeanette showed Richard the extent of her injuries
and the blood
spattered room where he ad
absorbed most of Angela's whippings. Richard did nothing to protect
Jeanette, this neglecting his duty towards his
stepdaughter, when she needed him most"
One of Jeanette's sisters, a 13 year old, prepared a statement to be
read in court in which she asked the judge to give her father at least
25 years because he had never tried to stop the punishment and that he
had, at times, showed favoritism towards the only child who was
biologically his even to the point of physically hurting her and her
"With all of this said.
I think my childhood is not ruined, but depressing. I am slowly healing"
DHS of course wanted to downplay their
role in the death of Jeanette, as they do with ALL of the children who
die due to their lack of doing their job. Child Welfare Advocate, Robin
Christian had this to say:
"The leadership of DHS
is finally willing to work with advocates and scrutinize themselves.
is not making the kind
of child welfare investments they need"
Director of Children
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"Trying to make this
agency accountable is like trying to push a freight liner with a canoe
paddle. They are
maintaining the status quo. People call the hot line expecting
something is going to happen,
but you are dropped into
the abyss without any rope"
Attorney David Paul
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An Administrator for the DHS Office Of
Safety And Permanency For Children said:
"Our response times are
within 24 hours to five days. We have to document that a delay does not
compromise the safety
of the child. If a social workers goes out and determines abuse or
not a concern, that is
It wasn't immediately clear as for what steps the agency took after the
complaints came in about Jeanette but Amber though they didn't do
enough and I agree:
"The injuries on
Jeanette were completely obvious. There's no way anyone from the
department could have
seen her and said she
As it turned out,
Jeanette's death was just a drop in the bucket and for the past five
years there had been numerous complaints filed with the same sort of
results, DHS had failed to check on children, follow up on cases that
were already open and failing to properly document results, which
resulted in lawsuits:
"This agency cannot
hold itself out as protecting children when the repeated fail. I am
tired of hearing
they need new
resources. They don't need new regulations or a blue ribbon panel.
What's needed is
public oversight and it's not happening"
Attorney David Paul
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