Why would Danielle McCleary
write the words "Dumb A**" on the forehead of a three year old child,
her OWN child? The child didn't know WHY it was written there, he only
had the piece of mind to tell Police that it was written there by his
mother. Danielle had called 911 at about 5:00 a.m. on on March 8,
2009, to say that her daughter had stopped breathing. What she FAILED
to tell them was that her
daughter had stopped breathing because a man who had been her boyfriend
three months and who
she lived with in a in a hotel, had beaten her to death. It seems that
whenever these calls are made, that kind of detail is left out of the
information given to the 911 operator.
When first responders got to the hotel, they found the little boy with
the comment on his forehead and they also found Gabrielle Randel having
marks and bruises all over her body, blunt force trauma to her head, a
hand mark on her body and serious trauma to her genitalia. Gabrielle
was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and took her brother to be placed in
foster care. Gabrielle died a few hours later.
Kenneth G. Lopez, who was 21 years old at the time, admitted that he
had rolled Gabrielle up in a sheet and hit her over and over in an
attempt to get her to stop crying. Danielle stood there, watching and
did nothing to help her daughter. Kenneth was arrested and held on
aggravated child abuse charges. Danielle had the nerve to cry in court
as it was determined that she was not a fit mother and would not be
given custody of her son. Danielle admitted that she had written that
horrible word on her sons forehead. It was reported that the boy was
having trouble sleeping at night and had made comments to his
biological father, Michael Randel, about his sister and that when he
was shown her picture he said:
"Look, Gabbie's not
Michael had driven 17 hours to Tampa from his own home in Texas the
minute he got the call about his daughter having been injured. Michael
had not even known where his children were because Danielle had moved
away about three months prior and had not told him where she was going.
It was decided that the three year old boy could go to Texas with his
father until it could be decided where he would live permanently. I
don't understand that, if this man did nothing wrong, why wouldn't he
be given custody of his son?
In March of 2010, in order to get Danielle to testify against Kenneth,
who was facing life in prison, she was offered a deal where charges of
aggravated murder would be dropped against her and she could plead to
aggravated child neglect without knowing what sentence she would face,
that would be up to a Judge who could give her the maximum of 15 years
in prison. The sentence would not be given until she upheld her part of
the bargain and cooperated in the prosecution of Kenneth.
Before Judge Chet A. Tharpe, Danielle stood and listened to the
Prosecutor read about how Gabrielle had been fussy so Kenneth tied her
hands behind her back, wrapped her in a sheet, sat her down and put a
karate pad over her. Kenneth then hit the karate pad until Danielle was
quiet. Danielle cried as Michael Sinacore said about her:
"She failed to
intervene on behalf of her child"
I wonder if Danielle was crying for herself, or for Gabrielle, I like
it was for
Gabrielle, but why would she cry for a child she clearly didn't love?
She was crying for herself!
In August of 2011, Kenneth G. Lopez, who was by then 23 years old,
having plead guilty to second degree murder and aggravated child abuse,
was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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