2005 - December
A Grave Memorial
in the case
of the death of Nicholas Goodrich said that since Nicholas was unable
defend himself against his abusers, they would seek the death penalty
Raytone Wilson who was charged with aggravated murder. The mother of
Rachael Ewers who left the almost two year old child alone with her
he killed him, also faced charges of involuntary manslaughter in his
to work that day and left her son alone with her boyfriend, Raytone
She was home again by 3:00 p.m. and she says that she checked on her
he was in his crib and seemed to be doing okay. She said he was moving
around and was fine:
on him periodically throughout the evening and every time we checked,
I even saw him moving and snoring and breathing. He was just fine,"
10:00 p.m. when they
checked on him again, he was lifeless.
"I picked him
up and he was just lifeless,"
he immediately started CPR on Nicholas and that blood started to
come out of his nose:
"His face started
swelling up real bad and so did the back of his head. That's when I ran
in the front
room and said, Babe, there's something wrong with him,"
he never hurt Nicholas:
"If I had
done this then he would have been dead when she got home. If I
have done something
that Rachael knew that Nicholas was in a danger and she refused
to help him. Rachael says she had no idea that Raytone was capable of
"I never had
any reason to believe what so ever that he could do this"
flags went up
when Rachael told prosecutors that he had fallen off of the couch.
is such, almost a cliché excuse by an abusive parent. Children
not sustain bruises,
they do not
die from falling 18 or 20 inches off a couch"
Yost - Prosecutor
the aunt of Nicholas said that she and other family members tried to
him by calling the Franklin County Children's services:
"He was only
a baby. He couldn't talk, and we was talking for him. They never did
on Nicholas's head were taken by a baby sitter who made phone calls to
the Children's Services as well, still, nothing was done to protect
from harm. Rachael Ewers claims that case workers never contacted
her, not once.
a baby sitter who also called the Children's Services did no good. The
agencies that were supposed to be in place to help and protect
failed him. Rachael Ewers claims that she was never contacted by them
always seems to
be the case, the Children's Services are doing an investigation into
went wrong in the case of this abused to death child. It seems like the
only way to make them snap to attention is for a child to die. Then
wants to know what went wrong and what can they do to improve the
the fifth Ohio baby who is believed to have been shaken by a baby
and he would become the second one of those children to die. Duy Leon
died as a result of having been shaken by her mothers boyfriend.
again, I'll say it, these mothers care more about their boyfriends than
they care about
their own children.
Another child was shaken and remained on life support while two others
will survive, however, they will have lifelong disabilities as well as
physical and mental problems.
police that she thought Nicholas had bruised his chin in a fall he took
from the couch and she added that she thought that Raytone might have
him while performing CPR that evening. Police Captain Bruce Pijanowski
didn't believe this stating that the bruises seemed to have been caused
deliberately and said there was "significant physical trauma" after
Nicholas in the hospital. Nicholas was already dead when he was brought
into the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital at 10:25 p.m.
bruising all over the baby's body"
was held on $500,000. bond.
a baby caused
the brain to fly around in the skull and in the case of babies, the
has a lot of room. The blood vessels tear and this leaves a bleeding
that shows what is known as a medical fingerprint and proves that a
Carroll is a
nurse who teaches how to prevent shaken baby syndrome. Lisa says that
need to be educated as for the real dangers in shaking a baby and is
for laws that would make it mandatory for new parents and child care
to be educated on the dangers of shaking babies. Lisa is pushing for
on television to spread the word:
babies in less than a month, it just makes me realize we're not
audience. It just makes me sick."
In June of 2007,
Rachael Ewers plead guilty to three counts of child endangerment.
Wilson refused to accept any of the plea deals that had been offered to
him, claiming that he would never hurt Nicholas:
I would never hurt him, I mean I treat him like my own son and he's not
guess he forgot
what he had said just 24 hours earlier. Raytone had admitted that he
picked Nicholas up by his throat and thrown him to try to get him to
crying because he was playing a video game.
for Raytone and Rachel were looked at, police said it was obvious that
there were times when they were BOTH at work and no one was
with Nicholas. This means that there at times, Nicholas was home alone,
in his crib for a long time:
"You can see
there are six different times when they were both at work for a full
and no one was home with the child"
Assistant Prosecutor Alison Peters
with her second child and she was facing up to 15 years in prison.
Judge W. Duncan
Whitney sentenced Raytone Wilson to a prison sentence of 15 years to
for murdering Nicholas. Sadly, he will be eligible for parole in 15
We can only hope that no one will ever let him out!
In court, Assistant
Prosecutor Alison Peters, asked the judge to be a voice for Nicholas
that there wasn't anyone in the court to speak on his behalf:
“There is no
one in this courtroom acting on behalf of the child, he has no
like the defendant.
He has no voice. I’m asking you to be his voice”
the defense and the prosecution, the judge gave Rachel four years for
one, five years for count two and four years for count three:
an obligation to protect and care for their children,” Prosecutor Yost
“Ewers neglected her obligation and as a result will serve
for Women in Marysville.
was 23 at the time, was sentenced to serve a total of 13 years to be
consecutively at the Ohio Reformatory For Women in Marysville. Rachael
asked the judge to give her a second chance, stating that she had a new
baby girl at home:
I would like to request mercy, not for me but for the little girl back
for my return.
Not only do I need her but, more importantly, she needs me”
W. Duncan Whitney
had no sympathy for her when he said:
ma'am, why should I ever give you a second chance with your daughter
you showed no compassion for your son, Nicholas, whatsoever”
that someone makes sure Rachael is never reunited with that baby girl
and that in the future, if she has any more children, they are taken
from her immediately.
Occurred in the state of Ohio