adding children to my site, I do a lot of
research, look for pictures, look for a Find A
Grave Memorial, do all I can to tell the story
of the child and honor them in the best way
possible. My heart breaks every time I am unable
to find even a single picture of the child. My
heart broke even more when I visited the Find A
Grave Memorial for Matthew Mote and saw that
only one person, the person who created the
memorial, had left a message. Matthew deserves
to be remembered and memorialize, he deserves
much better than what was given to him.
In the year 1991, the State of Illinois
Department Of Children And Families did the
right thing in trying to protect the children of
Deena Kent, they transferred her case to Iowa,
after she moved. Unfortunately, the state of
Iowa did not return the favor when she moved
back to Illinois in 1993 and just a short year
later, a child would die from abuse.
On September 4, 1994, Raymond Burgess brought
Matthew Mote to the hospital where the doctor,
Scott Ludwig and several nurses were able to see
many bruises all over his body so they
notified the police. Raymond spoke to the police
and told them that he had been alone with
Matthew that day after Deena had left. Raymond
said that Matthew, a three year old, had several
accidents throughout the day and the last time,
he cleaned him up, put fresh clothes on him and
left him in his room to watch television.
Raymond claimed that he later went to check on
Matthew and found him underneath the box spring
saying it appeared as though the bed had
collapsed on the child. Raymond told Police that
he tried to revive Matthew but was not able to
so he took him to the car and picked up Deena on
the way to the hospital. Raymond said that he
had not hit Matthew at all when first
Raymond told a different story later, when
questioned again. Matthew had an accident and
while changing him, Raymond claimed that Matthew
threw feces at him and this caused him to punch
Matthew in the stomach several times and then
gave him a bath and left him in the room to
watch television as he had stated earlier.
Matthew had injuries on his rectum and Matthew
said he had used a rubber spatula to clean him
and that might have caused the injuries, denying
that he had sexually assaulted the three year
When Police searched the home, they went to
Matthew's room and found that the box spring was
off the bed a little bed, however, they saw toy
cars on the frame and dust as well as cob webs
on the bed frame, a sure sign that the box
spring had been in that position for a long
time. A rubber spatula was found in the bathroom
and it was clean.
On September 25th, an autopsy was done by Dr.
Mary Jumbelic and she found bruises on Matthew's
body, on his face, head, neck, check, stomach,
genitals, back, bottom, arms, legs and one large
bruise on his stomach area. Dr. Jumbelic found
tearing to Matthew's liver and mesentery.
Matthew had died as a result of internal
bleeding in his cranial and abdominal area,
which was caused by blunt force trauma and that
he would not have survived more than an hour
after receiving these injuries which she
believed were not caused by accident. Dr.
Jembelic's opinions were backed up by Dr. Lori
Frasier, a Pediatrician and Assistant Professor
and Director of the Child Protecting And
Advocacy program, who said that the Matthew had
died as a result of child abuse.
who was 26 years old at the time, was arrested.
Karen Mote, Deena's step-mother said that she
and other members of the family had reported the
abuse going on, many times:
reported her to DCFS and I know everybody
else reported her"
Included in the reporting was Delores
Fitzgerald, Deena's mother who would end up
raising Brittany, Deena's seven year old
daughter. It was reported that in June, Matthew
had knee surgery and at that time, the hospital
had seen and documented 17 injuries on the
child. Karen said she saw a lot of neglect and
tried to report it and get some help for
Matthew, it never came. A visiting nurse had
checked on Matthew for awhile after his surgery
until it was found that he no longer needed her
saw Matthew go through a lot of neglect. I
want people to know what's going on. It's
kills me to think that I'll have to look at
that little boy in his coffin"
Kent was sentenced to 36 years in prison for
not protecting Matthew while he was being
Raymond Burgess, who was 30 years old at the
time, was arrested and in court, several
witnesses for the defense testified that
they had seen Deena Kent abuse her son. The
Prosecution witnesses stated that they had
seen Raymond abuse Matthew on many
occasions. Matthew testified on his own
behalf and he told of the events on the day
that Matthew died only his testimony was
different than what he had told Police.
Raymond said that Matthew, who seemed to be
very clumsy, had fallen off of a stool, down
the stairs, ot of a tree, in the bathtub and
had been in a fight with two other children.
Matthew had a busy day and in addition to
that, Raymond did admit that he had punched
him in the stomach, but denied that he had
A jury found Raymond Burgess guilty of two
counts of first degree murder and one count of
aggravated battery of a child and the next phase
of the trial would be sentencing. At the
hearing, evidence was presented that showed that
Matthew had been sodomized, his anus was dilated
and semen was found inside of him. The state
wanted to seek the death penalty against Raymond
because of the rape of a three year old child,
they called aggravated criminal sexual assault
and the murder of a child in a heinous manner.
By the end of the first phase of sentencing, a
jury found the existence of both statutory
During the second phase, the jury heard of
violence that took place before Matthew's death.
A woman testified that Raymond had threatened to
kill her, using a gun, on at least two different
occasions and that woman's daughter backed her
up adding that he had also spanked her sister.
It was brought out in court that Raymond had
also been convicted of first degree forgery in
1987 and had been on three years of probation.
Defending Raymond in court were his father, a
former employer and some neighbors who all told
of a helpful and a very generous person who was
always nice to and got alone well with children.
A jury found there was cause to sentence Raymond
to death and the Judge sentenced him to death.
The death penalty was abolished in Illinois in
2011 and Raymond, along with many others, had
their sentences reduced to life without parole.
January 29, 2015
(Thank you Dana for this update)
It has been reported that on January
13, 2015, Ray Burgess has died in
prison. Ray's age was listed as 50
years old. A cause of death was not
given. The Jury Foreman, Gary Lohff
took the news well:
pretty sure I said HURRAY. The
pictures I can still see in my
child abuse cases that come up now
and then and the memories
as fresh as can be. You never,
ever forget it"
Gary said of Deena Kent:
know of had mixed emotions about
her. I think she knew something
been going on, but she didn't know
how bad it was and she was scared
The jurors had no fear and they felt
they did their job, only to have their
on that jury hated that S.O.B.. It
just really upset me when the
clemency. We had put him to death"
Gary Lohff had made a trip to
Springfiled in the year 2003 to speak
along with Judge Jay Hanson, who by
then was retired, to the Governor and
ask that an exception be made in the
case of Ray Burgess. Attempts to keep
Ray from being re sentenced to life
without parole didn't work.
The jury was affected deeply by this
after the trial, I'd be driving to
work, wiping tears off my face.
be honest with you, I've shed a
Gary Lohff said that nobody wants to
be filled with hate and celebrate the
death of another human being, but Ray
Burgess was not someone who was
taxpayers kept feeding him and
giving him medical care and when
think of that, it upsets me. We
could've saved a lot of money if
what he deserved"
found unresponsive in his cell
according to Stateville Correctional
Center spokesman Tom Shaer. Staff at
the prison tried life saving measure
but were not able to save him. Ray was
said to weigh almost 350 pounds and
was suffering with health issures.
Foul play was not suspected in his
death and the prison was waiting for
results from the Coroner.
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