Those who knew and
loved Alyssa, knew that she loved her mommy, her
brother along with Dora, Winnie The Pooh and Disney
Princesses, most of all, she was mommy's little
Angel. Sadly, Alyssa would never get to meet her
little sister who was born after her death. Alyssa
would die at the hands of a man her mother trusted
to take care of her.
Christy Lynn Armstrong adored her children, loved
them with her life. On October 24, 2006, Christy
headed off to work and left her children in the care
of someone she thought she could trust, Paul Cotter.
Upon returning home from work, Christy went to wake
Alyssa up from a nap. Sadly, Alyssa would not
respond to her mother and was taken to the hospital
where she was placed on life support.
Test were done and it was shown that Alyssa had
blood on her brain that was both old and new, this
would show that Alyssa had been injured before
October 24 as well as on that day. Alyssa's brain
showed a midline brain shift and hemorrhaging behind
her retinas and Christy was told that if she were to
survive, Alyssa would be brain dead or in a
Prayers began immediately for Alyssa to receive a
miracle and survive this vicious attack. After three
days in the hospital on life support, Alyssa died.
Alyssa was never going to make it to Kindergarten,
she was never going to graduate High School, go on a
first date, get married or have children of her own.
Alyssa was robbed of her life by a man who couldn't
hold his temper long enough to save the life of a
In February of 2008 Paul Cotter, who was 27 years
old, plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the
death of Alyssa. Judge Neal Bronson sentenced Paul
to a meager ten year sentenced in prison with five
years of post-release control:
"This offender will
serve his debt to society for this senseless
against an innocent child"
Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel
I wish I could agree with Rachel Hutzel. This man
will serve his time, maybe get time off for good
behavior, time off for time served while waiting for
trial and he'll be out in no time. Alyssa gets no
time off for anything. I can only say that I am
happy and full of joy that she has seen the face of
Jesus and knows a love greater than any other.
Sadly, Christy Lynn Armsstrong died on October 12,
2012. She is now in Heaven with Alyssa, though she
has left behind her other children.I am unable to
find an obituary for Christy.