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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Illinois mum who watched her 3 kids drown fights for new family

In horrifying detail, prosecutors described how three children, trapped in the back seat of their mother's car, screamed for help before they drowned in 4 1/2 feet of water in an Illinois lake while their mother and her boyfriend escaped unharmed.

Amanda Hamm was convicted of child endangerment and served five years in prison for watching her boyfriend carry out a plot to drown her 6-year-old, 3-year-old and 23-month-old children in 2003 because they interfered with the couple's relationship and his sex-and-drugs lifestyle.

 He was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.

Now in a bizarre twist, Amanda Ware and her new husband are fighting to gain custody of three children -- ages 5, 3 and 1 1/2 she had after leaving prison. They were taken away by child protection authorities last year after a doctor recognized Ware as the former Hamm.

A Cook County judge on Friday will decide whether the children of Amanda and Leo Ware were abused and neglected, even without evidence that they were physically harmed.
"This is a scary problem for all the people involved ... but most of all for the judge who has to decide whether to send these children home," said Bruce Boyer, director of the Loyola University child law clinic in Chicago, who's not involved in the case.
"What's so difficult is that the likelihood of something going wrong may be low, but if it does, the consequences are so high."
Under a legal concept called "anticipatory neglect," the court is not required to wait until a child is harmed before intervening if someone has harmed or endangered a child in the past, Boyer said, adding that such findings aren't unusual in child welfare cases. On the other hand, parents cannot be disqualified for custody solely because of their past if they prove that they're a capable parent.

But prosecutors and child protection authorities told Judge Demetrius Kottaras last week that, although none of the three living children has been physically harmed, there is direct evidence of current abuse and neglect. That includes domestic violence by Leo Ware against his wife and others, substance abuse and Amanda Ware's failure to follow treatment for mental illness, which created an injurious environment for the children.

In 2012, Chicago police responded to a domestic abuse call at the Ware's house after Leo Ware struck his wife. The next year, while she was pregnant, Amanda Ware sought an order of protection, saying she feared for herself and her children because Leo Ware was using crack cocaine and might become violent. Two weeks later, she had the order dropped.

Combined with the parents' histories, "this freight train of evidence is bearing down on three current children who must be protected," Assistant State's Attorney Joan Pernecke told the judge, according to transcripts of the hearing.

Attorneys for Amanda, 39, and Leo Ware, 49, said the children showed no signs of abuse and were healthy, even crying and taking off their shoes and socks to try to prevent child protection workers from taking them from their home last year. They also said no problems had ever been reported to the state Department of Children and Family Services until a doctor at a hospital where Ware gave birth recognized her.

Amanda Ware has a long history of depression and abusing drugs and alcohol, and 20 years ago told a mental health worker that she wanted to kill herself by driving into a lake, prosecutors said.

During her 2006 trial, witnesses said she was abused and manipulated by boyfriend Maurice LaGrone Jr., who also terrorized her children, none of them his, including by putting one child's head in an oven and chasing a child with a knife. While he couldn't keep a job and didn't want to watch the children while Ware worked, she bought him expensive clothes and jewelry, according to testimony.

Prosecutors at that time said she couldn't live without a man so was willing to sacrifice her children.

When the couple wanted to move from Clinton, Illinois to St. Louis, Ware asked her mother to take custody of two of the children, but she said she could take only one.

Months later, the couple drove to nearby Clinton Lake, about 150 miles south of Chicago, where on Sept. 2, 2003, LaGrone drove the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass down a boat ramp, at some point jumping out with Ware.

Both claimed the deaths were an accident and that they tried but could not get the kids out. Rescuers eventually called by Ware said it took just two minutes to remove the bodies.

Amanda Ware would not discuss the case before Friday's hearing, but last year told the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois, that she would never get over the deaths, "but I have to try to move forward and having a home, a husband and a family is the biggest part of that."

Leo Ware said in a telephone interview that the couple is being targeted unfairly.
"They want to compare me to Maurice LaGrone, but I take that as an insult; these are MY kids," he said. "We raised my kids for three years before they decided it was a problem."
Leo Ware admits to a criminal past as a gang member and drug dealer, but insists he's put that all behind him. He also said his wife deserves a chance to move on.
"We all make bad decisions in life," he said. "This is about moving on."

Source: FNC

28 comments:

Bonita Bislam said...

Hmmmmmm

Juliet Iwuno said...

God go help them resolve the issue. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

God go help them resolve the issue. Linda take note!

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Eyahhhh

Uzochukwu Theresa said...

anoda chance should be given pls

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Considering the offence that made her serve jail term, I would say she doesn't deserve to have any child. But after serving time, she must have learnt her lessons.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

AC£S said...

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Karlsson said...

She seems to be going after drug addicts, she shouldn't be entrusted with the kids pls

Ubanagum

timileyin blessing said...

Lord save us from wicked once who pretend to be a friend. TIMILEYIN BLESSING

christie benjamin said...

It's well....

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Ppl go thru a lot o

otee elizabeth said...

Nawa oo

lami said...

They shouldn't allow have custody of the kids.

MONTREAL said...

And then she came out of prison and married another crackhead...smh

Victor Emeka Isaac said...

She didn't need them





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Anonymous said...

Let justicetak it course...

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Native Doctor said...

This woman doesn't deserve custody of any child.
She's clearly sick, and not cut out to be a mother.



Sincerely speaking the mind of Amadioha

Jasmine Joseph said...

Mtchewwww which kind of Psychopath stil married the mad woman, custody ke ur not even qualified to look after a goat talkless of humans, oloshi woman

kings11ng said...

So many crazies who should be in asylum are roaming free in america. Blame it on the big pharmaceutical companies with their mind altering drugs

ary said...

Everyone deserves a second chance but in this case I think this woman does not deserve hers. Her tubes need to be tied! She is plain evil, who is to y history will not repeat itself?

kamustaka79 bluestone said...

Let God be judge. But if I were to judge, the kids should be taken away from her, and God should seal her womb. Period!!!!

Amaka Ngenegbo said...

After serving time, I think she must have learnt her lessons. Even if she gains custody of those kids, they should be strict supervision by the authorities.




















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Amaka Ngenegbo said...

After serving time, I think she must have learnt her lessons. Even if she gains custody of those kids, they should be strict supervision by the authorities.




















#TeamBlessed#

Jules Louis said...

Well, i don't blame d jjudge for the decision. Its scary what she can do again if she relapses back to her drug lifestyle.

tiwiex said...

Hmmmm. I agree. The essence of serving time is to fit the crime.it's unfair u are still tried for a case u have served time for.

success Light said...

I wonder d kind of brain cells dis oyibo people get sef

Ade Olasengbe said...

They should be tested and trusted first before handling d children to them.

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