2005 - February
A Grave Memorial
woman to hurt a child? Could jealousy cause a woman to hurt a child so
severely that the child would die? Tommy Robertson says it could. On
27, 2008, Daytona Robertson died of blunt force trauma to her head.
says that his wife, Katie Robertson caused the death of her
seen Katie smack Daytona or hit her or anything like that. I really
that she was jealous
that she knew my daughter and I had."
her family, Daytona was a lovable little girl who had her father
around her finger. If she was handing him tools at the auto shop or
high heals, she was the light of his life. Tommy talked of what a good
girl his daughter was:
ever got in trouble because if she did, she'd have a look about her.
her up and hug her."
say that case
came to light when Katie Robertson called emergency personnel stating
her stepdaughter had begun to have seizures on February 25, 2008. Katie
was arrested for aggravated battery. Five days later, Daytona Robertson
died from her injuries. Police would meet with the District Attorney's
office to discuss if there
what led up to the injuries, but i do know that according the
began having seizures and that is when EMS was summoned"
Captain Randy Landen
February 29, 2008,
Katie was formally charged with first degree murder in the death of
In court District Judge Eric Yost set her bond at $100,000. and
her to stay away from and not contact her husband Tommy, at all.
upset with the charges filed against her:
at the single mindedness of the police department in the investigation
of this murder.
even bothered to entertain any other ideas besides that one."
- Katie's brother
mother said that the family was tired of being quite about the case and
that her daughter was a loving mother and would never lay a hand on any
didn't do it. I know she didn't do anything but love that little girl
much as she could."
that bond agreement by following Tommy to a mall and then then to the
station when he went to report her to the police. While visiting the
of his daughter, Mike Hundley saw a note that had apparently been
there by Katie. The note would be turned over to Tommy who would
the police that the note seemed to indicate that Katie was planning to
commit suicide. Katie's mother would deny that she was suicidal at all
and say that she had been visiting Daytona's grave every day.
were in the
process of trying to get a bond revocation hearing and were able to do
that, however, shortly before she would have returned to court to
have her bond revoked, Katie Robertson was found in a room at the home
of a friend. Katie was found in an unconscious state.
to the hospital,
Katie would undergo an emergency C-section and her son would be born on
April 23, 2008, weighing only one pound and nineteen ounces. He would
live for 20 hours before his family told him good bye. He was held by
and then he died.
blame the courts for the death of his child saying that if they had
Katie in custody and under their care, she would not have been able to
try to kill herself and his son would still have been safe and healthy
inside the womb.
that Katie was devastated by the death of Daytona, who was her
and that weeks later when her biological daughter, Kailee died at a
day care center, she just couldn't take any more. She says that
took a prescription drugs and sleeping pills in an attempt to kill
in suicide. But I can't sit here and judge her either."
was moved to
a treatment center to get psychological counseling and to recover
from what she had gone through. Katie's family says they love her and
will stand by her even though it is hard
do at times:
my sister and I'm at a loss for words. I can't find something positive
to tell her
life right now."
happening to us? What did we do to deserve this? We didn't do anything.
We're just as much victims here. We've lost children and we've lost
Orr, the public
defender in Katie's case would say in court that he felt Katie should
allowed to be out on bond and would do better with her family where she
could receive treatment saying that she was on medication and no longer
Edwards, said that on April 20, Katie had violated the court order to
have contact with Tommy or any other people who would be witnesses in
case against her. Justin said that it seemed odd that Katie spent time
across the street from the auto body shop owned by Tommy and that later
in the day she was at the
Square at the exact time he was there visiting friend. Tommy had also
a disturbing text message from one of Katie's friends who was with her
at that time.
that Katie had had no contact with Tommy and that it was a coincidence
that she had seem him at the mall and as soon as she saw him, she left
Owens said it was "amazingly coincidental" that Katie
at the mall the same time as Tommy and that a text message sent through
a third party was a violation of the bond agreement. The Judge said
Katie had known and approved of the text message.
June of 2008,
District Judge Clark Owens ruled that Katie should be in jail, for her
own safety, during the time she faces a charge of murder for Daytona's
death. The Judge also found that Katie had violated the order to have
contact with Tommy and after the discussion of if she should remain in
jail with a temporary revocation of
Judge said his main concern is for her to be healthy during this time:
get to the bottom of these allegations in the murder case"
donated her organs so that other children could live full, productive
memorial fund has
been established for Daytona Robertson. Donations can be sent to:
is June 15, 2014 and while searching for further information on
Daylee's case, I was unable to find anything new.
September 9, 2014
In September of 2014,
it was reported that Katie Cornejo was sentenced to 61 to 71 months in
prison for voluntary manslaughter. District Judge Clark Owens began his
sentencing by saying:
"There's probably not
going to be anyone in this courtroom that's happy with the result"
Alice Osburn, Katie's
lawyer, had asked that the judge not use the sentencing guidelines and
instead give her client probation or a lighter sentence. In court,
family members gave speeches about what they remembered about Daytona
and Katie's mother and brother were still claiming she was innocent.
Judge Owens said
there was no reason not to go by the sentencing guidelines when all of
the facts of the case came in to play:
"There's on thing that
everybody in this courtroom can agree on and that's that the death
child is a tragedy to everybody"
Daytona's father, said that he was glad that this was over and behind
them. Natasha Paul, Daytona's mother said she is still bitter about
"I hope she rots in
Hell and I hope someday she gets what she deserves"
you to Julie
for sending me this update.
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