Skyler Wayne Dunn
October 13, 2009 -
May 27, 2012
A Grave Memorial
While doing research about Skyler Dunn, I
leaned a few things about the state of Indiana and their view of
murder. I love the fact that there are no "degrees" of murder, murder
is murder and you pay a price for it. Autumn Dunn was about to find out
about the law and was facing the death penalty after murdering her
stepson, Skyler Dunn.
Skyler was found unconscious in his home
on May 21, 2012. Skyler was treated, but died a week later. Autumn told Doctors that Skyler had fallen
earlier in the day and hit his head. At first, Autumn was charged with aggravated battery and
neglect after she finally admitted that she had purposely dropped
Skyler on his head not once, but twice, because he didn't want her to
hold him and would not stop crying. I would like to ask her why she
felt that if she HURT him, he
would stop crying.
An autopsy report was going to be the deciding factor for the charges
being changed to murder, a charge which is punishable by death in the
state of Indiana. If she is charged with murder, a jury would decide
her fate unless the vote was not unanimous for death, then the judge
would decide. It was reported that the charge of aggravated batter
shows enough evidence that Autumn was abusing Skyler and the neglect
charge shows that she did not get medical help for him right away after
he was injured.
Earlier in the year a complaint had been made to the Indiana Department
Of Child Services saying that Skyler was being abused. Jean Seal,
Skyler's biological mother reported that she had started to notice that
her son had bruises on his face after his visits with his father on
weekends, DCF said no evidence of abuse was found at that time.
Autumn Dunn ended up pleading guilty to felony neglect and six of the
other charges against her were dropped. Indian has it right when they
say murder is murder, now they need to fix things and prosecute murder
AS murder instead of allowing people to plea down to things like felony
neglect. Skyler was not neglected, he was murdered, he's dead, not just
neglected. Autumn got off with only 30 years in prison for "neglecting"
Skyler. Jean didn't agree with the sentence but had only agreed to it
because there was a possibility that Autumn could get a lesser sentence
or not do any time at all if she had been found not guilty:
"She killed my son. All
he wanted to do was play with a ball. No amount of time can
take away the pain"
How sad is it that Jean had to agree to a
plea deal out of fear that a woman who ADMITTED
to killing her son because she was upset at his crying when SHE wanted to hold him and he wanted
to play ball, would maybe walk away with little or no time at all? What
is wrong in this world when people can admit to breaking the law and a
jury will not convict them?
|Jean filed a lawsuit against the Indiana
DCF saying that they were negligent
when dealing with claims of abuse against her son. Jean was also suing
Autumn as well as Allen Dunn, Skyler's biological father. In the
lawsuit is says that Jean and Skyler's Doctor had reported the abuse
they felt Skyler was suffering and due to DCF not conducting a proper
investigation, Skyler died of abuse at the hands of Autumn. Part of the
suit says: "DCF, it's agents, employees and representatives were
negligent in failing to properly conduct its investigation into reports
of abuse against Skyler Dunn".
Also in the
complaint are allegations
that the DCF didn't contact Skyler's Doctors or any other child abuse
experts regarding the injuries that were reported.
demonstrates one of the toughest challenges Social Workers face, in
that DCF did
conduct an assessment,
but at the time of the action, was unable to find evidence that would
abuse as defined by Indiana law"
DCF Spokeswoman -
DCF records show that a visit was made to
the home in January, though the Case Worker only talked to Autumn,
Allen and a set of grandparents and didn't question any of the
children. Living in the home were three other children who belong to
Autumn and one of the children, a girl, was interviewed AFTER Skyler was already dead and
she told the DCF worker that her mother would hit Skyler in the face.
It sounds to me like DCF was totally wrong in their investigation, they
should always talk to the children, ALWAYS! I hope that Jean wins her
settlement, nothing is going to replace her son and nothing will take
the pain away, but the expenses she was left with in order to bury her
son and to get therapy and try to deal with his death, are worth far
more than any money can compensate for.
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