June 10, 2005 - June 23,
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On June 23, 2007, a call
would come in that would shatter the lives of the
Boudonck family. Amy Boudonck was crying when she
"Get to the
Two year old Jonathan
was in trouble, he was not breathing and they needed
to get to the hospital. Greg Boudonck would be
holding his grandson as he died
already given her son a
bath that day. David said Jonathan wasn't breathing
right and that he was going to put him to bed. Later,
when Amy checked on Jonathan, he was no longer
breathing and she rushed him to the hospital. David
claimed that Jonathan had fallen in the shower and hit
in his eyes Greg Boudonck spoke with anger,
frustration and sorrow, about his grandson:
feels like a very big part of us is
gone. This is the worst time of our
lives. I’ve never had anything so
bad, he’s just such a loving boy. He
didn’t deserve to die"
Living in a
local motel were David Olson, Amy Boudonck
and her son, Jonathan Boudonck, who was
two years old. One night, Amy come home
from work to find David in the shower with
Jonathan, she did find this to be odd
since she had
“From what I
understand, my daughter had just gotten home
from work and the boyfriend and
the boy were in
the shower, which my daughter questions. She
had given him a bath earlier.
But she didn’t
question it too highly because she trusted the
boyfriend. They came out and he
wasn’t breathing right and, from what I
understand, said he was going to put him
down to bed"
Amy had tried to do CPR
on Jonathan, it didn't help at all. Greg said that
he doesn't believe Jonathan fell in the tub, he
feels that David did something to cause the death of
questionable. I saw Jonathan just before he
died. He didn’t fall in the bathtub, it
do that damage.
There is just no way. There’s no way possible"
The relationship between
David and Amy was rocky from the start. Amy's
parents didn't like or approve him as he had been in
jail and he seemed to be able to manipulate her.
David didn't work at all and he took care of
Jonathan while Amy did. David was working overtime
to convince Amy that her parents didn't love her at
all. At times, Amy would move back in with her
parents because David had beaten her up, he was
always able to convince her that he was a good guy
and she would go back to living with him.
Before his death, there
were other incidents that caused Greg and his wife
to become suspicious about how David was treating
Jonathan. At one point, his wife went to visit and
Jonathan was crawling instead of walking. When
questioned, David said that Jonathan had sprained
his leg and had not been taken to the hospital.
Raising a fuss, she was finally able to get them to
take Jonathan to the hospital where it was
discovered that he had a broken leg. Even a doctor
had called Social Services, still, they ignored the
abuse that Jonathan was going through and it cost
him his life.
Greg immediately called
Social Services and after several weeks went by,
they finally showed up to investigate. After
speaking to the Social Worker, Greg realized that
she was only going to defend David. Many
arguments would take
place, with nothing being done about what was
happening to Jonathan. Greg thought that living in a
hotel with a child was not acceptable, Social
Services said that they had no problem with the
living arrangement as long as food was available:
living in that cheap motel was just fine, as
long as they had food in there. I don’t
agree with that”
Other incidents left
bruises on Jonathan's body, including one on his
“I have seen
other cases when Jonathan come to visit and
there was a case a couple weeks
earlier where we
saw him and we questioned — there were a few
bruises down his spine.
And the boyfriend
said he fell in the bathtub again. It’s
amazing how many times a kid can fall in
the shower with
someone in there”
Greg continued to call
Social Services and it did him no good. Social
Services would fail Jonathan, the same way they had
and will continue to fail far too many other
Greg and his wife,
Jonda, did all they could to see Jonathan as often
as it was possible for them to do so. There were
times when Amy wouldn't allow Greg to see him
because she was angry with him for one thing or
another. Her mother Jonda was still allowed to see
him, though. During the times she moved home due to
being beaten by David, Greg got into an argument
with David about his treatment of his daughter.
David always won, when Amy would return to live with
him. There came a time when Amy announced that she
was once again pregnant.
On the night that
Jonathan died, he had a large cut over on of his
eyes and a bruise on his face. David was still
saying that Jonathan had fallen in the shower. An
autopsy would reveal that Jonathan died as a result
of a cerebral edema. If he had been taken to the
hospital after what was supposedly a fall in the
shower, he would be alive right now.
“I requested and
requested and requested help and I felt like
it was falling on deaf ears. They
did not help.
They did not check up on that child like they
Ana Compain-Romero, a
spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Social
Services, said that they have had visits with the
family in the past and that the case was being
reviewed. Ana said that they were cooperating with
law enforcement and would continue to cooperate
though out the investigation in the death of
David was not arrested
in connection with the death of Jonathan. He was
allowed to return to the hotel the night Jonathan
died. Greg is asking why:
are: why does this guy still walk free? Why is
child protective services NOT
Greg wanted to obtain an
ex-parte order to prevent David from attending the
funeral for Jonathan. David had made it clear that
he was going to be there.
people he’s showing up at the funeral. If he
shows up there, for his protection, I
was filing the
ex-parte. I don’t want a big scene"
Greg felt that the crowd
of people attending the funeral would not appreciate
the presence of the man who was responsible for the
death of Jonathan, he says they feel the same way he
does about what has happened and how David is
allowed to walk freely among them:
“There might be
a scene in this town. And it won’t be a very
good one if he shows up there.
I’m trying to
prevent something like that happening"
Greg says he feels like
a zombie, his heart is still aching and he misses
Jonathan. Amy gave birth to another boy and named
him Elijah, Greg calls him a beautiful gift from
"His name is
Elijah he is a beautiful gift from God. His
face and smile help me get through my
I will Not give
up on my battle for Justice for Jonathan"
Greg is asking only that
people pray for them. He says that no one should
have to experience what they have been through, that
grand- children are supposed to outlive their
Greg is still searching
for the truth. He doesn't want Jonathan to have died
in vain and hopes that further investigations will
reveal what he calls a damaged system:
“I hope they
investigate the heck out of this town and take
a look at how this town is run.
child’s death is way too many. There needs to
be something done in this town"
Jonathan's case was
eventually transferred to the Department Of Social
Services State Technical Assistance Team. This team
does the investigating of serious child abuse,
neglect and sexual abuse as well as child
exploitation and fatalities:
them to take the lead in this one. Their
job, I think, is children’s deaths
So they do that
all the time, I think"
Chief Sam Mustard
Sam Mustard believed
that the decision to pass this investigation on to
STAT will help out and allow his department to give
their attention to some of their other cases:
“It’s a benefit
to have them there. They’ve got the resources.
They’ve got people that do that day
in, day out.
Places like Lebanon, thank God, we don’t have
children dying every day. So when
you get a case
that you don’t know exactly why the child died
then why not call in someone that’s
an expert? It
How said that passing
off the death of an innocent child is such an easy
thing for ANYONE to do. WHO does
this make sense to? Sam Mustard? I guess as long as
he can sleep at night, that's all that should
matter. The Social Services and law enforcement of
Lebanon, Missouri has failed Jonathan Boudanck and
his family. Unfortunately, this is not the first,
nor will it be the last child to be failed by the
very services which are put in place to protect
"He should be
here with me. He should be at this park. He
should be able to play ball with
these boys. I
tried to get all the help in the world for my
grandson. I had so many plans for
this boy and I'm
never gonna forget him"
Please visit the
following links created by Greg:
In Memory Of Jonathan
A Book Written By Greg Boudonck
David Olson and Amy
Boudonck face charges in 2-year old's death...3
A mother and her
ex-boyfriend were in the Laclede County jail Monday
afternoon. The woman's father says the pair was
arrested and then released later that day.
grandpa has been fighting for three years to see
someone charged for the death of the 23-month-old.
Greg Boudonck says his own daughter texted him on
the way to jail "I'm headed to jail. It's your
fault. I hate you." Late Monday evening Boudonck
says she and her then boyfriend were released from
jail without charges. Despite her arrest, Boudonck
says he still loves his daughter but also wants
justice. “He was a little boy that was innocent and
didn't deserve what he had happen,” Boudonck said.
For years the grandpa
desperate for answers drove around Lebanon with his
dead grandbaby's picture taped to his truck window.
Next to the picture is a sign that asks anyone who
looks "If Laclede County will let the toddler's
death go unpunished."
Boudonck says he always
thought his daughter’s boyfriend killed the boy.
"There was barely any water in the lungs so it
couldn't have been drowning but Jonathan's brain was
more swollen than they've seen," Boudonck said. On
June 23, 2007, Jonathan was found unresponsive
inside a Budget Inn Hotel room. Boudonck says he
suffered head trauma.
His mother and her
then-boyfriend told police that Jonathan fell. The
boyfriend told KSPR News the same story in a 2008
interview with him while he was in jail on other
charges. “He just fell you know what I mean I saw
him in the process I went in to even catch him but
he still had fallen and hit his head on the side of
the tub,” the boyfriend told KSPR News reporter
Boudonck says he never
bought the boyfriend’s story. He protested on foot
outside the courthouse and with the sign on his
truck. His fight, a new police chief and a new look
at the "cold case" has now led to two arrests --`
the boyfriend and Boudonck's daughter. "I feel maybe
she protected him,” Boudonck said. “She's stupid.
She's ignorant." The day of the arrests is
bittersweet. "I stuck with my daughter. I still love
her," Boudonck said. He says no matter who is
responsible they need to be punished.
Police say new evidence
and new statements led to the arrests. “The arrests
of both individuals are the culmination of an
in-depth investigation that resulted in additional
evidence and statements obtained by detectives,”
Lebanon Police Chief Joseph Brauer wrote in a news
release. He says he can’t give any details about the
new information. “Everything right now is sitting in
the office of the prosecuting attorney for her
review,” Brauer said. “You'll have to ask her I
don't want to compromise what we do have."
KSPR News called Laclede
County Prosecutor Angie Hemphill-Wright Monday
afternoon. She has not returned the call. With 24
hour holds prosecutors have 24 hours to file charges
or the arrested are released. As of 10:00 Monday
night, the prosecutor has not confirmed the pairs
Police say they arrested
the man on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and
endangering the welfare of a child. They arrested
the woman on suspicion of endangering the welfare of
said there was not enough evidence to file charges.
Searching for updates
today, June 6, 2014, I was unable to find anything
related to anyone having been charged with the death
of this little Angel.
UPDATE: Thank you to the
anonymous person who sent this update.
for Amy Boudonck (Lebanon)
January 30, 1987 - October 30, 2016
Amy Jo Boudonck, daughter of Greg L. and Jonda Rae
Rumley Boudonck, was born January 30, 1987, in Omaha,
Nebraska. She departed this life Sunday, October 30,
2016, in St. Joseph Hospital, in St. Charles,
Missouri, at the age of twenty-nine years, and nine
She was preceded in death by her mother; and a son,
Amy is survived by her father, Greg Boudonck, of
Puerto Rico; two brothers, Eric Boudonck, and his
wife, Jessica, of Chicago, Illinois, and Emmanuel
Boudonck, and his wife, Amy, of St. Louis, Missouri; a
number of nieces and nephews; her paternal
grandmother, Shirley Ewing, of Fremont, Nebraska; a
number of cousins; as well as a host of other
relatives and friends.
She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and then
lived in Greenview, Missouri and Lebanon for a few
years. For the last few years, Amy had made her home
in O’Fallon, Missouri. She was currently working as a
cook at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant and was hoping to
move into management in the near future. She loved her
work and had a drive to succeed.
In her spare time she enjoyed shopping and playing
with her pet dog, “Roscoe”. She was a very spirited
person who was always looking to better herself. Her
family was very important to her and she especially
enjoyed spending time with them.
Amy was a loving daughter, sister, aunt,
granddaughter, cousin, and was a caring neighbor and
friend. She will be fondly remembered and greatly
missed by all those who knew and loved her.
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