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Alexa Linboom

August 16, 2006 -  January 3, 2012
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When Alexa made it to the hospital, signs were already present that suggested she had severe brain damage, what wasn't apparent, was what could have caused it. Alexa's posture was rigid, her color was blue and she was paralyzed, which told Doctors her brain had suffered some kind of injury.

On New Years day Alexa was at home and she had become thirsty so she decided to have a drink of grape soda, how could she have known what would happen next. In the home that day were Alexa's father, Randall Vaughn and her step- mother Mary Vaughn, who decided that this five and half year old girl needed to learn a lesson about "stealing" from her step-mother. As punishment for her crime of stealing grape soda, Alexa was forced by these two people, who she trusted to take care of her, to drink over two liters of soda and water:

"I don't know exactly how much liquid she subsequently drank, but there was 4 - 5 12 oz drinks, plus
water in between. The child was screaming out in pain, went into a paralyzed state and become
unconscious. They treated this child so cruelly that it caused the child to die. I don't know if their
intent was to kill the child, but their intent certainly was to harm the child"

District Attorney - Berkley Bell

Alexa died two days after being brought into the hospital. An autopsy showed that she had about 2.4 liters of soda over a one to two hour time frame and showed that Alexa had bruises all over her body. Alexa's death was ruled a homicide by way of acute fluid intoxication, her father and stepmother were arrested and changed with first degree murder and two counts of aggravated child neglect as well as aggravated child abuse.

In May of 2014 it was reported that before going to live with her father in Tennessee, Alexa had been living in Illinois with her mother. A called came into DCFS in 2007 claiming that an 11 month old child was being neglected. Records from that call are no longer available only to say that the case was opened and closed all within a three week time period. A second call came in March of 2011 saying that Alexa was being neglected and a case was opened though it was called a Differential Response which is a program that was designed to keep children in their homes, with their families and out of state care, unless it became 100% necessary. Records show that no one ever actually spoke to Alexa's mother, though several attempts were made by phone and  home visits and when contact wasn't made, her case was sent to investigations and nothing ever happened with the case until it was closed about a month later.

Alexa landed in the home of her father and stepmother in the Fall of 2011 and within a short time, she was dead. When a Case Worker went to the home it was expected that there would be two children living there, however, there were actually five children living in the home, the remaining children were removed from the home.

In February of 2014, Randall Lee Vaughn, who was 41 years old and Mary Vaughn, who was 58 years old, both plead not guilty at their first court appearance which came after a two year investigation. A trial date was set for October 20, 2014.
An investigation found that Alexa had urinated and vomited several times before the decided to drive her to the hospital. The couple admitted to having tried to feed her oatmeal in an attempt to calm her stomach but she passed out. While in the car on the way to the hospital, the couple say that Alexa was playing patty cake.



OBITUARY:

Alexa Rae Linboom
(August 16, 2006 - January 3, 2012)

Alexa Rae Linboom age 5 of Surgionsville became the fairest princess in all the land on January 3, 2012 at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City.

Alexa was a Tom-boy and a Girly-girl who was Top of her Class in Mrs. Hostatler’s Kindergarten Class at Surgionsville Elementary School.

She loved school and her classmates. Some of the things that brought enjoyment to her life was coloring, playing with her Barbie dolls, her love of animals, but her most joy came when playing with her brothers and sisters.


She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Charles E. and Patsy Vaughn and Uncle: Jeffery “Smack” NcNally.

Alexa leaves her father: Randall Lee and Nana Vaughn. Brothers: Tanner and Keegan Linboom; sisters: Jaime, Brandi and Carrie Vaughn. Aunts: Patty and Curt Barton, Bridgette and Andrew Sandidge, Chelsea Barton, Celine McNally, Rachel and Scotty Calton, and Neveda Miles, Jo Taylor and Boys. Her mother: Katie Linboom, grandmother: Deb Warford; great grandparents: Richard and Marzetta Linboom; great great grandmother: Margaret Morgan. Aunt: Crickett Linboom; cousins: Ryan and Jocelyn Hamilton; great uncle: David Linboom and several great great aunts and cousins.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Colboch-Price Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 with Rev. Billy Linkous officiating. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Long’s Bend Cemetery.

At first, Alexa's grave was unmarked, other than flowers and  a small, meant to be temporary, marker with her name on it.
Alexa's two stepsisters decided to start a fund and hoped to get donations to get her a headstone. Enough money was raised to buy the one pictured below. A beautiful memorial for such a beautiful,  little Angel girl.



UPDATE: December 10, 2014 (Thank you goes out to Leila for sending me this update)

In December of 2014, Randall Vaughn who was 42 years old at the time and Mary Vaughn who was 59 years old, having plead guilty to second degree murder and aggravated child neglect, were sentenced to 35 years in prison. Alexa's siblings gave helpful information in the case and being between the ages of seven and 16 years old, they are now living in foster care.

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Death Occurred in the state of Tennessee

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