| When you leave your
children with your mother, you think they'll be safe. If your mother
used to be a nurse, you are double sure they will be safe. Not if your
mother is Pamela Raymond. Pamela
was taking care of her grandchildren due to her daughter being in
recovery from being injured. Warren was only
three months old and his sister was four. Who knew that their
grandfather was starting to become irritated with them
being around. Rather than bring the children with her when she had to
go to the doctor, she decided it would be best
to give Warren something to help him sleep so he wouldn't bother
grandpa while she was away. Pamela decided
it would be okay to give the three month old some Imipramine, which is
an antidepressant, on September 13, 2010.
James Raymond said that during the time his wife was gone, about a five
hour period, he checked on the baby at least two times and Warren
seemed to fine. Pamela came home about
11:20am and asked him to go and get the baby. At that time, Warren was
face down in the bed and was not
breathing. Pamela called 911 while James tried to do CPR and was not
successful. Warren was pronounced dead at Copley
Hospital. The Vermont Forensics Lab would later find that baby bottles
in the home contained traces of the
Antidepressant Imipramine and a toxicology report showed that Warren
had died from a lethal dose of that drug.
Pamela at first denied giving the drug to Warren, she agreed to submit
to a polygraph test. Later, she admitted to putting the pills into
Warren's baby bottle on September 13, 2010 and
she found that they would not dissolve quick enough. Pamela took the
coating off of the pill and rubbed it on
Warren's gums until it was almost all the way gone and then gave him
some formula. Sure that she knew the side affects,
Pamela told Police that she didn't notice any of them in Warren.
Pamela was held on a $25,000. bond. The prosecutor had requested she be
held without bond due to comments she had made to police about being
suicidal while at the hospital:
"We are concerned that
there is a real and significant risk of possible self harm"
County State's Attorney - Joel
Marc Eagle, Pamela's
lawyer asked for bail saying she was going to be released into the
custody of her husband and that she was in no way a flight risk since
she has ties to this
community. Superior Court Judge Dennis Pearson sided with Marc Eagle,
agreeing that Pamela would not be a flight risk and set her bail. A
request had been made for Pamela not to contact Warren's parents, which
of course included Pamela's daughter. That request was denied by the
judge after Marc Eagle argued that Pamela's daughter had forgiven her:
don't think it's appropriate for the court to be interfering with
whatever healing process may
may not need to take place"
Superior Court Judge - Dennis Pearson
Pamela walked into court holding what looked like a fleece baby
"She's aware of the
administering medication that has been prescribed for
somebody else but not
for this child. And despite her knowledge of the risks, she
proceeded and then she took no steps to provide any care after the
Lamoille County State's Attorney - Joel Page
Raymond, 53 at the time, was charged with second degree murder
in the death of Warren Bailey. Pamela posted bail in October and some
conditions of her bail are that she check in on a daily basis with the
Police, remain in Morristown, receive mental health counseling and take
any and all medications prescribed to her. If she is convicted, let's
hope that she is, she faces life in prison, let's hope she does.
In April of 2011, there was an investigation into the deaths of
Pamela's parents who had died while she was the nurse in charge of
taking care of them in 2008. Pamela would not face
any charges as a result of that investigation:
an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of her
parents, but there was no evidence discovered that would support filing
charges with respect to the death of either parent"
As of today's date,
October 30, 2011, there has been no trial or date set for trial for
what she did to Warren.
In August of 2013, Pamela Raymond, who was 56 at the time, was lucky
enough to have the murder charge against her, dropped. Apparently,
someone felt that Pamela was incompetent and not able to stand trial
for what she did to that poor little Angel baby. Pamela will now get to
live at home, thanks to Judge Dennis Pearson who thought even though
she killed a baby, she deserved to be out, free, doing whatever she
wanted and not in a psyche hospital where she belongs. If she is not
competent to stand trial, why is she competent and to be trusted,
living in the community?
Christopher Moll, the States Attorney was asking the Department of
Mental Heath to review the case to find out what conditions would be
placed on Pamela:
"It is the states
position that she was not suffering from a mental illness"
Pamela's lawyer thought all along that she could be treated in the
community. Psychiatrists were not able to agree on what her mental
status was and during a hearing in 2012, the judge asked:
"Is it real, or is it
academy award winning material"
Even though for nine months a conclusion could not be reached about her
mental competency and it was argued back and forth if she should be put
in to a mental hospital or not AND
it was only AFTER she was
given a ruling not in her favor that her mental stability seemed to go
down hill, Judge Pearson decided that she could be treated in the
community. When in doubt, Judge Pearson, and you DO seem to have your doubts, ALWAYS err on the side of caution.
If she turns out to be mentally stable and was placed in the hospital,
then at least nothing bad happened. If she is NOT mentally stable and something
bad happens, you can't take that back, you can't turn the clock back
and do the cautious thing, you can't give back what is lost:
"We are waiting to see
what the Department Of Mental Heath says. It's frustrating"
We can only HOPE that they Department will do
the right thing and put this woman away forever.
Detective Cpl. Ryan
Thank you to Ali for sending me this update.
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