10. 2007 - December 11, 2009
A Grave Memorial
In September of 2010, almost a year after
the death of Wyatt Fesler, Katherine Stanfield, who was 57 years old at
the time, was arrested and charged with first degree murder. In court,
Katherine was appointed a public defender and her bail was set at
$250,000., Wyatt is her step grandson.
In December of 2011, Paramedics were called to Katherine's home where
she ran a daycare, watching her biological grandchildren, Wyatt and a
few other children. Wyatt was rushed to the hospital where he died wo
days later. No charges were filed at first, then in September of 2010,
a Grand Jury indicted Katherine. Katherine's family stands behind her
saying that while Wyatt is not her biological grandchild, her called
her grandma. Lance Fesler, the father of Wyatt and Katherine's
daughter, Stacie Duval say that she loved Wyatt and would never do
anything to hurt him. Stacie says that Wyatt was prone to fainting and
holding his breath:
"Wyatt was fine, happy
and laughing. They went to the store to buy cars. My mom called
me an hour later and
said Wyatt had passed out. She ran a daycare for 22 years, she
would never harm a
child. She watched my children"
"I think the
detective's trying to make a name for himself. He's just trying to make
Stacie wondered if there was anger towards her sister who had been shot
and killed in 2007 during a standoff in which she pointed a gun at
Police and they shot and killed her. Katherine's family feels that the
incident is the reason the Police are targeting her in the death of
the charges against her while in court:
katherine Lea Stanfield, on or about December 11, 2009, did unlawfully
kill with malice and
forethought, murder Wyatt Fesler, a human being"
Judge Richard Schmidt
Bob Stanfield, Katherine's husband, said that during her interview with
Police, it was obvious they were trying to make it seem like she killed
Wyatt and that their claim holds no merit:
"He started accusing
her, "You're gonna go down for first degree murder", he asked her
questions like, "Did
you throw this little boy against the wall" and "Did you push him down"
and "Were you mad cause
he didn't take his coat off""
The only explanation that Katherine had was that Wyatt suffered from
dizzy spells in which he would pass out and fall down and maybe he fell
and hit his head. In October Katherine was bailed out of jail and her
husband was still saying that Wyatt suffered from a medical condition
that cause his injury:
"Ever since my daughter
met him, he's always been, he'd hold his breath and pass out.
I don't know if he was
actually holding his breath or losing his breath"
Bob said that Lance was standing by his wife and that he doesn't feel
she did anything to his son. On the day that Wyatt was taken to the
hospital, Katherine said that she took his coat off and when he went to
stand up, she heard a thump and when she turned around, he was laying
on the floor. Bob told reports that his wife loves children so much
that she wouldn't even correct them when they were acting up or doing
something wrong. Bob said that his family had been through a lot since
his son Jeremy had died after falling off a 240 foot cliff in
California and then he talked about his daughter, Sarah, who had been
shot and killed in the standoff with Police in 2007 adding that all
they can do now is hope for the best.
Site creators note: I
have become more aware of the fact that things are not always as they
seem, not always the way they are reported. I had been skeptical about
the guilt of this grandmother until I read about the injuries this
child suffered. I am of the mind that something more than passing out
happened to Wyatt
When Wyatt got to the hospital, he was in a coma. Paramedics had made
not of hand prints on his shoulders and he had injuries to his spinal
cord, bran and massive internal bleeding. Wyatt died two days later.
From the sound of it, there is no way that a child this small could
faint and land so hard that he would get these injuries. Hand prints
could be explained by someone grabbing the child and trying to shake
him away, though you'd have to be pressing pretty darn hard to leave a
hand print. Wyatt's cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma, by
In court during the June 2012 trial, in
his closing argument, Daniel Dinger said:
"Number one: ws a crime
committed? Was Wyatt murdered? And number two: did this
defendant commit that
crime? Is she the person who killed Wyatt? The answer to both
of these questions is
yes. This incident that caused Wyatt's injury was very physically
Daniel said that the injuries Wyatt had suffered could not have been
from a fall and that Katherine had given different stories about how it
happened and had lied throughout the investigation:
"That tells you that
this child was a victim of physical abuse. There's no question on that.
The injuries also tell
that you that Wyatt died from abusive head trauma. This was not an
accident, this was not
a child falling back, this was an intentional act of violence, abusive
head trauma that cause
Ed Odessey, Katherine's lawyer, said:
"Kathy loved Wyatt.
Wyatt loved her. It's a sad, tragic thing. but because it's a sad
thing, does not mean
that the last adult present with him has a criminal responsibility.
Kathy suffered a lost
here. She's the one who lost her grandchild but it was not at
Ed Odessey added that Katherine was a loving caretaker who just
happened to be the one who was there when Wyatt fell that day.
In June of 2012, Katherine was still saying she was innocent. Katherine
was found guilty of first degree murder and in August of 2012, she was
sentenced to life in prison without parole for at least ten years:
"It was an act of
violence, an act of significant violence on a helpless child"
Prosecutor - Dan Dinger
Wyatt Allen Fesler
This is not a good bye
to our baby Wyatt, but
a new day to celebrate all of our love and moments of joy and fun
times. What a handsome little man was he! O' baby, how you will be so
The tears are not of
sadness but tears of precious
moments, so smile baby Wyatt! While being held in the arms of his
daddy, he went to meet Jesus.
Wyatt is survived by his
mom, Stacie; two brothers, Chad and Jake; Grandpa Bob; Grandma Kathy;
Grandma Denise, and Great Grandma Barbra. Funeral arrangements are by
Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, Meridian.
Published in Idaho
Statesman on December 17, 2009
Allen Fesler May 10, 2007 Dec. 11, 2009
We have finally been
lay our darling little Wyatt to rest after three long agonizing years.
He was such a sweet,
handsome, intelligent, loving little boy. Everyone
he met in his short little life loved him. Wyatt's little soul was
released to the care of our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ while being
held in the arms of his Daddy.
He is survived by his
Fesler of Boise, his grandmother Denise Dockstader of Boise, his
great-grandmother Barbara Stearns of Caldwell, Idaho, Aunts Amber
Newkirk (Brock) of Kuna, Idaho, Sarai Fesler of San Diego, CA., three
Cousins of Kuna, Idaho and numerous Great Aunts and Great Uncles and
We carry your heart in
our hearts. Bone of our bone, blood of
our blood, flesh of our flesh. Our Darling, we miss you so.
Published in Idaho
Statesman on June 26, 2012
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