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Spokane, Washington: In a plea deal that's drawn anger and criticismwoman who originally faced murder charges for the death of her adopted sonwill likely be sentenced to just six years behind bars.
DeLeon faces sentencing Friday
Last updated: Friday, July 20th, 2007 08:35:54 AM
SPOKANE -- In a plea deal that's drawn anger and criticism, on Friday a
Stevens County woman who originally faced murder charges for the death
of her adopted son will likely be sentenced to just six years behind bars.
Carole Deleon pleaded guilty last week to criminal mistreatment for the
death of her adopted son Tyler in 2005 and the abuse of another foster
child. Carole originally faced life in prison if convicted in Tyler’s
death, but a deal cut with Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen and
DeLeon’s attorney spared her from murder charges and prevented a lengthy
“Tyler should get his day in court," Florence Moyle, whose nephew was
cared for by DeLeon, said.
The day she learned of Tyler DeLeon's death Florence promised him he'd
“I told Ty that moment, I'm not going to let this ride. I'm going to
push it," she said.
Like Tyler, Moyle's nephew Steven lived with Carole DeLeon. She was his
foster parent and Steven was once featured in a KXLY 4 Wednesday’s Child
segment. Florence says that like Tyler, Steven was abused. Both were
grossly underweight, denied drinking water and suffered broken bones and
Tyler's little body eventually gave in on his seventh birthday in 2005.
“This little boy didn't go quickly. This mother didn't harm him in a
rage. She didn't get mad and push him or stab him or smother him like
other parents have. This mother didn't feed this child for five years,"
The sad story of Tyler's life lies in the details, thousands of pages,
too much background for a boy who died so young. It includes nine full
pages of his medical history detailing bruises on his face, a broken
leg, teeth knocked out and bruises on his back.
Ty's doctor placed him on at least four different medications to treat
his behavior problems including Zoloft at age five. Every single drug he
was prescribed lists dry mouth as a potential side effect and yet
Tyler's mom went as far as to place a lock on his door to keep him from
sneaking water at night.
Even though Tyler's doctor treated him for dozens of injuries and
illnesses he never once reported any concerns about abuse to the state
which he is legally required to do. He didn't even report that Tyler
stopped growing at age three.
But, according to the state's own report, Ty never should have been in
Carole's home to begin with. Carole had three children taken from her
years before for abuse and neglect in Wyoming; the State of Washington
says it never knew that.
However they can't plead ignorance with their own reports.
State reports reference a Child Protective Services referral from July
2004, six months before Tyler’s death, in which the state determined
"the children in the DeLeon home were at high risk for future abuse and
The state not only left Ty and four other children in Carole’s care
after that but they placed a three- month-old baby with her as well.
Then after Carole’s arrest in Tyler’s death, the state’s complicity
continued. Even though a judge ordered Carole not to have contact with
her children a state investigator helped her send them cards and letters.
For all those reasons, Florence Moyle believes Carole DeLeon should face
the harshest penalty possible and she says little Steven agrees. In
fact, he was prepared to testify in DeLeon's murder trial.
“I think the only criminal mistreatment here, beyond what Carole did, is
done by the prosecutor,” Florence said. “By even thinking that this is
OK, by thinking this is acceptable."
Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen has said he wanted to spare DeLeon's children
and foster children from re-living their abuse but Florence believes
that's a cop-out, calling the deal unfair, unjust, and denying Tyler the
justice she promised him.
“I think she deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail personally,"
Florence Moyle is now planning a protest with several other people
outside the Stevens County Courthouse before the sentencing begins
Friday. Meanwhile in Seattle a law firm there is planning to sue the
state and others involved on behalf of Tyler's estate and the other
children removed from the DeLeon home.
A DSHS representative contacted for this story says changes have been
made to the system in the wake of Tyler’s and other children’s cases and
those measures have led to a decrease in re-abuse by 25-percent.
KXLY4's Karina Shagren and Melissa Luck contributed to this report
CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NSA / CIA
CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.
every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...
Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS
*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*
Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...
BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
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