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Katelyn Michelle Frazier
January 1997  - December 27, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial
On December 27, 2000, Pennee Frazier called the police to come to her home claiming that her daughter had fallen and could not get up. The police were in shock over what they would find in the Frazier home.

The home was a disgusting mess. Garbage and dirty dishes were every where. There was food ground into the floor and lying in the middle of it all was Katelyn. Katelyn had brothers and sisters who were not in much better shape, though, thankfully none of them were as bad as she was. Katelyn was only three years old.

Two months after Katelyn's birth she and her sibling were placed in separate foster homes which were close to each other. Lesley Dodson and her husband Rich Wray took in Katelyn and were very excited when told of the possibility that they would be able to adopt her.


Katelyn quickly began to thrive in her new home and was calling Lesley mommy by the age of 15 months. Lesley and Rich were so certain that they were going to be able to adopt Katelyn that they took her to meet their families.


Unfortunately, Domestic Relations Court Judge Nolan B. Dawkins decided that the Department Of Social Services had not proven to him that Katelyn and her sister Jessica were in any danger so they needed to be in a foster program with the goal to re-unite them with their mother

Katelyn's father, Donald Frazier had been convicted of one count of sodomy on another child and was ordered never to be left alone with her. After one visit with him, in October of 1999, Lesley noticed her bottom was red and took her to the hospital where it was determined to be a diaper rash. 

In November a teacher noticed bruises on her bottom and called Social Services who again determined that the report was not serious. Social Services was concerned enough to send a letter to officials opposing returning the girls to the Fraizer's, the letter was ignored and the girls were returned to the Fraizer's on February 14, 2000.

Lesley filed petitions and Rich's grandfather made calls to everyone he could think of and eventually the children were removed from the home again. Unfortunately, though her sister went to the same foster home, Katelyn was not returned to the home and the parents she had grown to know and love. 

During this time, Pennee had given birth to a third child and was expecting a fourth. She was now living in subsidized housing and the father of her fourth child, Asher Levin,  was living there with her. In December of 2000, the police would be called and  Katelyn would be dying.

Katelyn was taken to the hospital and found to have bruises all over her body. She was considered to be brain dead and was being kept alive by machine. Lesley and Rich went to visit her but were not  prepared for what they would face. The hospital refused to allow  them to see Katelyn or even to give them any information about her condition. Lesley then paid a visit to Social Services and said:

"You failed me and you failed Katelyn, you're not going to fail her again."

Just eight weeks after losing a custody battle over Katelyn, Lesley was going to say good bye to her. The staff at the Children's Hospital did all they could to prepare her for what she was about to see. Katelyn was laying on a gurney with a sheet tucked around her waist. Though her chest was moving up and down, she wasn't breathing, a machine was doing the work to keep her alive so that her organs could be donated. Lesley pressed her cheek against Katelyn's check and whispered to her:

"You play with all the Barneys' and all the Elmos and all the Poohs. You just play. 
Because for the first time, you can be a child, and no one will hurt you." 

On December 29, 2000, Katelyn died from blunt head trauma. In August of 2001, Pennee plead guilty to charges of failing to protect Katelyn from abuse, she admitted to allowing and watching Asher beat her children on a regular basis and not even trying to stop him. Pennee was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Asher Levin was convicted of felony murder, along with two felony convictions of child abuse and neglect and will serve ONLY 18 years in prison.

Katelyn

The stories that make cry
Are stories of innocence, and little lives
The sadness of their good byes
The children who have no say
Within harms way
How can we turn away

The sorrow of those who lie
Caring for no one else, I wonder why
So selfish they dare not try
Using the Father's name
To hide their shame
To cast such evil pain

(chorus)
But Katelyn dear
Fly like an angel up there
Because you're safe, in God's care, have no fear
For you will be a Savior from misery
Your life is now here for all to see
Let's set them free

They found you a place to stay
Safe and warm and full of love, somewhere to play
Then they took it away
Not one thought about you
What did they do
How could they be so cruel

They told us that they were there
Now tell what they saw, they just don't care
They left you in deep despair
Said it was best to do
Well someone knew
Look what they've done to you

(chorus)
But Katelyn dear
Fly like an angel up there
Because you're safe, in God's care, have no fear
For you will a Savior from misery
Your life is now here for all to see
Let's set them free

Though mommy tried hard to fight
They said it wasn't right, it's oh so sad
How can they sleep at night
Were they just full of greed
What was their deed
Just what more did they need

(instrumental)

Although we all have a name
Matters not what it is, it's all the same
If it's love don't complain
Children should not be one
They need a home
They must not be alone

(chorus)
Now Katelyn dear
Fly like an angel up there
Because you're safe, in God's care, have no fear
For you will a Savior from misery
Your life is now here for all to see


(chorus)
So Katelyn dear
Fly like an angel up there
Because you're safe, in God's care, have no fear
For you will a Savior from misery
Your life is now here for all to see
Let's set them free
For the children
Keep them safe and set them free

Song Writer: Thomas E. Brun
2002 Used with his permission
Thank you Thomas!
See the video, hear the song

Death Occurred in the state of Virginia

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