For 13 months, Jasmine
endured the abuse and torture that was given to her at the hands of her
mother's boyfriend and Police say they enjoyed every minute of it.
Child Protective Services sent over a Social Worker who was tricked in
to thinking that everything was fine. Social Workers had gone to the
home and finding no one there, they left a note with an intent to
return. With plenty of warning to change the way things really were,
Stewart Andrew Pirie and Melissa Galyer managed to make it seem like
they had a happy home, where nothing was wrong and when the Social
Workers got there, doing everything by the book, the fell for it and
left thinking all was well in the home.
The truth was that Jasmine was in trouble, being abused by her the
couple on a daily basis. Melissa had already been abusing Jasmine
before she even met Stewart, who has two children of his own, in
October of 2001. Jasmine would suffer more abuse after the two moved in
together. Reports say that Stewart would wear a horrible halloween mask
to scare Jasmine, he would grab her and hit her head hard enough to
leave bruises and cause her skin to break open, punch her in the head
with his fist, slap her and force her to wear the same clothes for
several days in a row. Jasmine was so afraid of him that at times, she
would have accidents in her pants and she was said to have developed a
nervous twitch over time. Steward would force Jasmine to stand
perfectly still for hours at a time, put her into a cold bath tube and
the couple would not feed her if she didn't eat the exact way they
wanted her to. In fact Jasmine had bruises on her body that could be
easily hidden by the clothing she wore.
Police called it one of the most horrific cases of child abuse they had
ever seen when Jasmine died after being shaken to death by Stewart for
wetting her bed:
"Jasmine's three and a
half years were miserable and loveless. There was never anybody
to wipe away her tears and she just cried alone in the dark, begging
for love which
came. This evil, evil case has cast a shadow over the lives of all of
the officers involved"
Inspector - Steve Clay
Social Workers had visited the home just a few weeks prior to her death
and an investigation would of course take place to find out "what went
wrong", "What they could do to be sure this doesn't happen again", the
same old stuff over and over with no
actions being taken.
In court, it came out that Stewart shook Jasmine so hard that her
injuries were comparable to someone having been in a car accident.
Stewart and Melissa then tried to come up with a story about how
Jasmine had been injured and the best they could do was to say that she
had slipped in the bathroom and hit her head. Doctors were able to
determine that their story was a lie and her injuries were far more
severe than simply having hit her head after slipping.
Jasmine had bruises on her face, jaw and chest along with grip marks on
with 18 of the bruises being on her chest, she died at Sheffield
Children's Hospital during a surgical attempt to save her life. In
total, jasmine had 52 bruises on her body that were over 24 hours old
and at least eight that were new. It came out in court that
Stewart had a previous investigation against him for abusing a
teenager, those charges were dropped.
Stewart Andrew Pirie was 32 years old when he was sent to prison for
eight years after pleading guilty to manslaughter and four years for
child cruelty, the sentences would run concurrently. Melissa Galyer was
21 years old when she was sentenced to only two and a half years for
child cruelty with the Judge saying her sentence was so short because
she seemed to be genuinely remorseful for what had happened and she had
learning disabilities. Judge Michael Mettyear said that Melissa had a
low IQ which caused her to have an uncaring attitude about what was
happening to Jasmine, though he said it did not excuse what she did.
Then WHY did she only get two and a half years? You, Michael Mettyear,
let this woman abuse her child to death by giving her a slap on the
wrist. This same Judge said that what Stewart had done was inhumane and
that there had been no excuse for what he had done adding that before
the abuse she had been through, Jasmine had been a happy, beautiful
The Area Child Protection Committee, an organization responsible for
agencies dealing with children was getting ready to start an inquiry
into what happened:
"Two Social Workers did
everything right, but yet a life was still lost. The two members
staff did everything by the book, but found nothing to concern them.
The failing on our
is that we have failed to engage the public. People knew about what was
Jasmine, but we received only one anonymous telephone call"
I remain thankful to Cat for sending me the names of the Angels who
need to be added to this site.