The town of Eugene, Oregon found out about a deadly secret; a teenager was killed, allegedly by her own parents. Jeanette Maples was just 15 years old when her life came to a tragic end. She was found injured and unconscious in a bathtub on Wednesday, December 9th, after a concerned person called police saying there was somebody in the house not breathing.
Once police and paramedics arrived, they noticed something off about the young girl's pallor. She was covered in bruises and looked malnourished. She was taken to a Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, Oregon, where she was pronounced dead not long after.
Meanwhile, police were suspicious. Noticing the bruises on the girl, they filed charges against the parents, after receiving critical evidence linking the parents, Angela McAnulty (41), and Richard McAnulty (40), to the crime.
Angela McAnulty is the girl’s biological mother, while Richard McAnulty adopted Maples. Her biological father lives in California. When Jeanette Maples' father was told of the news, he told reporters that he was told, “I’m sorry to inform you that your daughter’s been murdered” and also, “she said that it was really horrific.”
In court documents, a charge of murder was supported by evidence caused, “by neglect and maltreatment” and “occurred in the course of, or as a result of, intentional maiming and torture of the victim.”
Recently, Maples’ grandmother told a Portland, Oregon newspaper that she had told the State of Oregon Abuse Hotline, that she had seen cuts and bruises on Jeanette, but declined to go in further detail or leave her name, “because I didn’t want to lose contact with my grandchildren.”
Jeanette Maples, according to her neighbors, was never usually outside. When she was, a neighbor reported, that he’d tell her hello, and she would just walk away from him, not saying anything.
Her parents are now being held at the Lane County Jail, with Angela McAnulty having 3 charges against her, aggravated murder, murder by abuse, and tampering with physical evidence. Her husband, Richard McAnulty is just charged with aggravated murder and murder by abuse.
Angela’s two other children, aged 12 and 5, were taken and put into protective custody. It is not known whether the other children were abused or not.
An autopsy has been concluded on Maples, but the results have not been released. “We are waiting on the toxicology report to see if chemicals have also attributed to the death”, said a spokesman for the autopsy.
Meanwhile, prosecutors have not decided if they will seek the death penalty for one or both of the parents.
A funeral for Jeanette Maples was held on December 15th with family and friends in attendance.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Prosecutors on Tuesday will continue their push for the death penalty for Angela McAnulty, the 42-year old mother who admits to beating, starving and torturing her daughter until the girl died.
But the death penalty hasn't been carried out in Oregon for 14-years.
To date, in Oregon there are 36 inmates on death row -- five of them for crimes committed in Lane County.
If prosecutors get their way -- and a jury agrees -- Angela McAnulty could join that exclusive group.
"Once the guilt phase is reached, the person is guilty. And the question is, what's the penalty?" Elizabeth Baker, Eugene Attorney At Law.
Could 42-year old Angela McAnulty be the first woman executed in the State of Oregon?
Prosecutors have "death by lethal injection" on the table for this Eugene mother, who now admits to starving and maiming her own daughter until 15-year old Jeanette Maples died in December 2009.
That question will soon be asked of jurors in the McAnulty case.
Since 1904, 60 men have been executed in Oregon -- the first 40 by hanging, the next 18 by lethal gassing, and the most recent two -- in 1996 and 97 -- by lethal injection.
The two people that have been executed in Oregon in recent history chose to forego their appeals.
Thirty-six people are awaiting a death sentence right now.
Many are in the midst of a lengthy and costly appeals process -- something the Lane County District Attorney has steered away from in recent years because of financial constraints.
"Every aspect of a litigation, of a trial, would be reviewed and re-reviewed and re-reviewed," Baker said.
The McAnulty case and every conviction that ends here on death row stems from a specific type of charge -- aggravated murder.
As defense attorneys ply jurors with reasons why Angela McAnulty should stay alive, prosecutors continue their push.
This mother could soon join a very notorious group of men.
"It's really not about the sex of the defendant," Baker said. "The subject matter is really the victim and type of death that the victim experienced."
Angela McAnulty's court proceedings continue tomorrow.
The victim's stepfather, Richard McAnulty, is also charged with aggravated murder, but prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty for him when he appears in court in May
Teen’s life of abuse detailed to jurors
Angela McAnulty’s sentencing phase includes videos of her interviews with officers
By Karen McCowan
Published: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 05:01AM
Jurors weighing the death penalty for Angela McAnulty saw a new side of the admitted murderer Friday as they watched videotapes of her interviews with detectives after her 15-year-old daughter’s 2009 death from starvation and abuse.
McAnulty, a small, round-faced woman, has appeared meek and weepy in court. But on videotape, in the hours after her daughter died, she was agitated and combative as she lied about who “spanked,” starved and deprived her daughter of medical care, turning Jeanette Marie Maples from a seemingly healthy teen to a battered, infected and skeletal corpse.
At turns apologetic and indignant in the videotape, McAnulty started out blaming her husband and Jeanette herself for the teen’s hundreds of injuries. Richard McAnulty also is charged with aggravated murder in Jeanette’s death, apparently for failing to protect his stepdaughter.But on the videotape, Angela McAnulty changed her story over the next few hours as Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives Aaron Hoberg and Kelly Fenley revealed that her husband and their 5-year-old son both had said she inflicted Jeanette’s injuries.In forceful, sometimes rapid-fire declarations on the videotape, McAnulty first denied and then acknowledged hitting her eldest daughter with a leather belt, with tree branch switches, and with a wooden yardstick.“I spanked my daughter,” she told detectives. “I don’t know how many times. But only on the bottom.”After more questioning, she admitted that infected sores extending to the bone of Jeanette’s hips had started when McAnulty broke the skin with a leather belt.“I did wrong. It was horrible of me. I am very sorry. I wish I could take it back,” the 42-year-old mother shouted, but insisted: “I didn’t do the injury on the head. I know she probably died from that.”She said an open wound, which the prosecution called “a hole” in the back of Jeanette’s skull, occurred when the teen fell and struck her head. “There is no yardstick mark on my kid’s head!” she shouted on tape. “I swear to God.”McAnulty also admitted on videotape to turning off the water supply to the kitchen tap, leaving Jeanette to drink from the dog’s water dish and even the toilet. She said she didn’t want her daughter “up at night drinking all kinds of water.”On the tape she denied starving the teen, though the jury later saw a videotape of Richard McAnulty telling detectives that his wife padlocked the family’s pantry to keep Jeanette from “stealing food.” He said Angela had long singled out Jeanette for mistreatment, feeding her peanut butter sandwiches while the rest of the family ate Thanksgiving dinner.While the family’s two younger children slept in beds, Jeanette slept on the floor, a piece of cardboard beneath her to keep her bleeding wounds from soiling the carpet.Richard McAnulty said on tape that his wife considered it misbehavior when Jeanette begged her to stop a beating. Besides what he also called “spankings,” he said on videotape that Angela McAnulty punished the teen by making her stand hours at a time with her arms raised over her shoulders — even when she could not put weight on one foot because her mother had stomped and injured it. She also made the girl kneel with her hands behind her back, as if handcuffed, he told detectives.He told detectives he did not seek help for Jeanette because he was ailing from complications of a heart attack and was afraid of his wife. Though he’s “a big guy” and she’s “a little guy,” she had hit him in the past and controlled their home to the point he had to ask her to use the bathroom because she kept the door locked from the outside and carried the only key, he told detectives.An Oregon State Police crime scene analyst led off Friday’s testimony, telling jurors that she found a bowl containing bloody water and a sponge in the bedroom where McAnulty reportedly whipped and beat her daughter.Despite someone’s apparent attempt to clean up the room, forensic investigator Traci Rose reported that blood was still all over the bedroom, spattered “floor to ceiling” on two walls and between tiles of parquet wood on the floor. The droplets were so dense on the walls that she could see blank rectangles where something once hung. Later, Rose said, she found hidden away blood-spattered coloring book pages and framed pictures that had occupied the spots.The blood was Jeanette’s, a state police crime lab supervisor testified later.Hoberg cited the bowl of bloody water when he pressed McAnulty during his final interview the morning after Jeanette was pronounced dead. McAnulty discovered her daughter cold to the touch and impossible to rouse the morning of Dec. 9, 2009, he said. But instead of calling 911 then, he charged, she set about cleaning up Jeanette’s blood and other evidence before medics were summoned late that afternoon.“She died because she didn’t get help,” he said. “That’s your job as her mother.”
Prosecutor describes abuse
The penalty phase begins for woman convicted of killing her daughter
By Karen McCowan
Published: Friday, Feb 11, 2011 10:31AM
Angela McAnulty went to great lengths to hide her fatal abuse, starvation and torture of her 15-year-old daughter, a prosecutor Thursday told the jury that will decide if the admitted murderer gets the death penalty.
McAnulty pulled daughter Jeanette Marie Maples out of school after Cascade Middle School officials told Oregon’s child protection agency they suspected Jeanette was being abused. The mother, now 42, lied to put off a state caseworker who came out to investigate, Lane County Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman said.
Before whipping and beating Jeanette behind closed doors in a flesh-and-blood spattered “torture room,” McAnulty would turn on a vacuum cleaner and leave it running so her two younger children couldn’t hear what was happening, the prosecutor said.When the teen’s “pulverized” lips needed stitches, McAnulty did not take Jeanette to a doctor. As a result, her injuries healed from the inside out, medical experts testified Thursday, leaving the girl’s mouth deformed by scar tissue.Nor did McAnulty take her daughter to the hospital when whipping wounds on Jeanette’s hips became open, infected sores deep enough to expose bone. Instead, a medical examiner testified, someone at the McAnulty home apparently used a knife to trim away the child’s dying tissue.Angela McAnulty’s deeds were laid out Thursday before the Lane County Circuit Court jury that will decide her fate. She sobbed and pressed her face into clenched fists on the defense table as the jury viewed photos of her daughter’s battered, skin-and-bones body. Some jurors also wept as they viewed the pictures, which were not visible to courtroom spectators.McAnulty’s defense lawyers did not make an opening statement Thursday, opting to wait until they begin their case later this month.Her husband, Richard McAnulty, is also charged with aggravated murder in the case for refusing to prevent Jeanette’s death. The girl died on Dec. 9, 2009.Dr. Daniel Davis, the Lane County deputy state medical examiner, said Jeanette suffered so much harm inflicted so many ways that he could not determine which injury killed her. He said his Dec. 11, 2009, autopsy showed that Jeanette had experienced “prolonged starvation,” wasting away to the point that she had no fat and very little muscle tissue left on her body.That alone could have been fatal, he said. But she also had “multiple injuries in multiple stages of healing” over most of her body, Davis said, including bleeding in her brain from a recent blow to the head.He said he found evidence of at least 200 injuries, many apparently caused when she was struck by a “manufactured object with a straight, machined edge.”A blood-stained, broken wooden ruler was among evidence detectives seized from the McAnultys’ trash cans after her death.She also had pneumonia in the form of an abcessed lung that also might have sent bacteria into her bloodstream, causing shock and death, Davis said. In the end, he attributed her death to multiple factors, saying she was the victim of “repeated, ongoing, visible abuse and neglect.”Dr. Elizabeth Hilton, who pronounced Jeanette dead soon after Eugene Fire Department medics brought the lifeless girl to a local emergency room, told jurors she had never seen a more malnourished patient or an abuse victim with so many injuries.Earlier Thursday, those medics described responding to a 911 call reporting a 15-year-old in cardiac arrest at the McAnultys’ rented River Road area home. Their supervisor, Capt. Sven-Erik Wahlroos, told jurors the report was so unusual, they assumed someone had misheard a 50-year-old victim’s age.“But when we pulled up to the front of the house, Mrs. McAnulty was in the front yelling, ‘Help my baby!’ ” he said.Once inside, Wahlroos was disturbed by Jeanette’s wasted, battered appearance and McAnulty’s “odd” behavior and statements that the girl had simply been sleeping in the living room when her heart stopped.“It was one of the feelings on the back of my neck that something was absolutely not right,” he said, adding: “I wanted to run away.”He went outside and called a supervisor to report that he suspected abuse. Then, for the first time in his 18-year career, he cried after his shift.“It was an awful call,” he said.Detective Carl Wilkerson told jurors about searching the McAnultys’ home after other investigators interviewing family members learned that someone had tried to destroy evidence of Jeanette’s abuse. Among items he found in the family’s trash can, Wilkerson said, was a piece of cardboard allegedly placed beneath Jeanette as she slept on the floor to prevent her blood from soiling the carpet.But when he and other officers pulled up the carpet, Wilkerson said, they found that her blood had flowed off the cardboard and through the carpet and its pad, staining a wooden subfloor below. Similar stains were found beneath the carpeting of Jeanette’s room in the family’s previous, Danebo area rental home, Wilkerson said.He also reported finding two belts stiff with the girl’s dried blood, and tree branch switches stained red.Wilkerson likened the room where the girl was beaten to “something out of a horror movie,” with her blood and bits of her flesh spattered everywhere. At one point, he pointed out spots of her blood on a peach-colored, Barbie-sized dollhouse he found in the room. Jeanette had been beaten with such force, he said, that blood flew through the tiny windows of the dollhouse and spattered on the miniature rooms insideTeenager Allegedly Killed by Parents