Blurb: Christina Sims, tired of her brother’ excuses concerning her beloved Christopher’s absence. She knows something terrible must have happened to her nephew with the sad blue eyes. Eventually, she exposes the brutal killer. But this flips Christina’s life upside down. This story depicts one woman’s courage to avenge a child’s murder, and save the remaining family.
Excerpt: According to Christina, four days after her initial statement with Sheriff Norris, she received word that John and Edna Mae were brought to the Fairfield County courthouse for questioning.
Delivered in separate cruisers, Edna Mae and their children were placed in separate waiting rooms. With police officers posted in the hall, social workers interviewed the children. The prosecutor questioned John, first. A sworn deposition was taken. The Prosecutor felt he could get a conviction in this case, fore Edna Mae, who sat just down the hall in another room, had minutes earlier admitted John scalded Christopher to death.
Unshaven and dressed in a dingy white T-shirt, and torn jeans, John was the prime suspect. He was read his Miranda Rights and instructed to sit in the chair provided.
Prosecutor Langdon informed John Engle that it had come to his attention that certain facts did not add up concerning the family’s Government Assistance they received throughout their marriage. Therefore, he and Edna Mae were brought in for questioning. The prosecutor then reminded the scrawny unshaven man he was under oath. John stated he had nothing to hide.
When asked how many children he and Edna Mae bore during their relationship, John admitted there had been ten children born during his and Edna Mae’s twenty-year marriage. When asked to name his children, the uneducated man used all his fingers to recall his brood. When John spoke the name Robin, the prosecutor stopped him and asked about her death at the age of three months.
John proceeded to insist that while the child slept, their oldest John Junior, accidently poured a jar of black pepper onto her face and she suffocated to death. According to Michigan court reports, that incident was written off as an unfortunate accidental death. Afterward, John moved the family to Kentucky.
While asked about his third child Ronny, also born in Kentucky, John admitted Ronny was removed from the home due to neglect and abuse. Reportedly, a relative of Edna Mae’s noticed the child was drastically underweight, and had what appeared to be cigarette burns on his arms and legs. John received probation for the incident, however, Edna Mae was never charged. John insisted that although he was a strict disciplinarian, he did not abuse his children. Prosecutor Langdon thought otherwise.
John insisted he and Edna Mae raised their children as best they acknowledging that children fall down and develop bumps and bruises, saying, “All kids have it hard growin’ up. Some just have it harder.”
When asked if he knew the difference between discipline and abuse, John ignored the question. He claimed what happened with Robin and Ronny happened years ago and no longer matters.
When asked if he and Edna Mae collected government assistance for themselves and all eight of their children including Christopher, throughout their marriage, John admitted he had, saying, “I guess I never found a job I like?”
When asked directly if Christopher was living with him and Edna Mae in their Rushville trailer, John claimed Christopher was living with Edna Mae’s mother in Columbus, Ohio and had been for eight months. John was then informed that the prosecutor’s office contacted Edna Mae’s mother who stated in writing that she had not seen Edna Mae in five years and had never met Christopher.
When told by Langdon that his office received a report of Christopher being deceased, John asked for an attorney. He and Edna Mae were then placed under arrest and initially charged with welfare fraud.
Author Bio: JoAnne is a cross genre author. She also canvas paints and writes song lyrics. She has 7 other books coming soon. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. Her website is www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com