September 9, 1996 -
February 2, 2005
Christoffer and his mother
were said to be lose and when she was divorced in the year 2000, they
were said to have become even loser with him sleeping in her bed and
hugging all the time, though Christoffer did spend every other week-
end with his biological father. Christoffer is said to be happy,
helping his mother cook, do housework and driving a farm tractor with
Death occurred in Norway
||People who knew
Christoffer, knew him as a happy child, always running
and playing and having fun and loving to climb trees and build forts,
just a normal,
active child. In the 2004, Christoffer's mother began to date a man who
eventually become his stepfather. This would turn out to be a mistake.
Moving off of the farm of her parents, Christoffer's mother began
dating and eventually moved in with a man named Kim Morten Larson. In
February of 2004, after he moved him Christoffer was diagnosed with
ADHD and when he is started on Ritilin, a Doctor says that he is doing
well and says his overall health is good. Kim takes interest in helping
with his stepson and is the soul administrator of the medication, he
also checks on him during the night.
Kim had lived in the home only a short time before
Christoffer began to show signs of abuse, he would show up with bruises
and sores and he began to have trouble sleeping and to make matters
worse, they began to spend less time with his grandparents and his
behavior began to change. Unfortunately,
when people would ask Christoffer how he kept getting hurt, her refused
to tell then. Christoffer had changed, he was no longer the happy
little boy that people had know, he became withdrawn and seemed to not
like to be around people any more.
Sadly, teachers at the school Christoffer attended saw the many bruises
and injuries that he had and not one of them made any attempts to get
him help by reporting what they saw. In January of 2005, Christoffer
started having trouble with movements of his head that he was not able
to control as well as dizziness. A Doctor examines him and finds
bruises on his cheek, a black eye and a bump on his forehead. The
Doctor is told that Christopher takes Ritilin for ADHD and that his
medication causes him to become dizzy. Christoffer said that
his stepfather had given him some "white powder" that he was allergic
At one point, Christoffer ran to his grandmother Carrie Gjerstad and
while screaming loudly and violently shaking his head, cling to her.
In the hospital the next day, Christoffer's Doctor said that the head
shaking and dizziness had been caused by an overdose of Ritilin. Even
though Christoffer had told about how his stepfather had given him the
"white powder", he was allowed to go home the next day. In February,
Christoffer was sent to school with more bruises and this time, the
school called his mother to arrange a meeting. At school, Christoffer
had what appeared to be scald marks on his skin and he was having a lot
of pain when trying to write. The next day, Christoffer does not go to
school because he is vomiting, very tired and a large bump is found by
his mother, on his head. Dinner time was no better, Christoffer threw
up again and was having trouble sitting up in his chair.
Christoffer is laid down and his stepfather talks his mother into going
out for a walk, telling her she needs the fresh air. That very night,
Christoffer was found with a paper towel shoved down his throat and
through his nose, he was dead. One report says that a neighbor told of
hearing a thud and then silence.
Christoffer has bruising across his legs, shoulders, face, right hip,
arms, thighs and face and the large bump is found when an autopsy is
done. A 17 cm skull fracture is found as well as crushing of his brain.
Reports say that child abuse in Norway is not often investigated
because of what is called a lack of evidence. The case of Christoffer
"We have now created a
new procedure. We will always consider the possibility of child abuse"
- Bjorn Halvorsen
It took four years for Kim
Morten Larson to be charged and tried and then was sentenced to only
eight years for killing him. The reason for the long wait was that the
case had been dismissed twice by the Police before a Public Prosecutor
ordered the investigation. Kim Morten Larson was found guilty of
bodily harm that resulted in death under particularly aggravating
circumstances. In court it was read:
"There is no question
of a single act of violence, but of serious violence committed many
over time and which ultimately lead to death. The deceased had
virtually no opportunity
defend himself against violence from a grown man, especially when he
saw that he could
get help from the mother. He was defenseless"
I am unable to find the name of Christoffer's mothers, however, I did
find out that she had two children after he died and they were both
taken away from her by Child Welfare due to her neglecting them. In
July of 2011, she was tried for complicity in violence resulting in
death, in the case of Christopher and in April of 2012, she was sent to
prison for two and a half years and was to pay a huge fine to
Christoffer's biological father.
Sadly Christoffer's gave is
not left in peace. People tear up flowers, put out candles and steal
things that are left for him, such as teddy bears. Gunner and Carrie
Gjerstad, his grandparents, report at least eight times when things
have been stolen or destroyed.
Christoffer's grandparents visit his grave...
Most of the pages dedicated
to this story are written in Norwegian and are hard to figure out even
when translated. I am glad that I was able to do as much as I was for
this little Angel.
Thank you to Lisa for sending me this story.
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