Have you ever read about the mishandling of a rape case that is so horrific that your brain just cannot process it? Yeah? Now add on a dead toddler and you’ll get the hell that is the rape of Lara McLeod and the death of her nephew, Prince.
“Lara McLeod never wanted to report her rape. In those first few hours, the 19-year-old was barely able to put what had happened to her into words. Joaquin Rams, Lara’s older sister’s fiancé, had forced Lara to have sex with him, she said — just two weeks after Lara’s sister, Hera, had given birth to Joaquin’s baby … but she broke down and told her parents the next day … later that evening, she got a call from a police officer in Prince William County, Virginia, the suburb of Washington, D.C., where Joaquin and Hera lived. He wanted to know whether what Lara had told her parents was true. When Lara said it was, the officer told her that she needed to come to the station immediately for a formal interview. After a cursory investigation of the claim they compelled her to file, the police abruptly concluded Lara was lying about being raped and arrested her. Hera was charged with obstructing justice for aiding Lara’s alleged deceit, and had to spend her savings on legal fees to get them dismissed. Lara’s charges were eventually expunged, but not before her reputation was destroyed …
… Even worse, the authorities were spreading false information. Assistant DA Claiborne Richardson, who had signed off on the charges against both sisters, wrote in a January 2012 email to the mother of Joaquin’s ex-girlfriend, obtained by BuzzFeed News, that Lara had pleaded guilty and had “already received a partial sentence,” both of which were untrue. He said that Hera had “gained access to a crime scene under false pretenses and removed evidence” that “determined that the allegations of rape brought by Ms. McLeod’s sister were untrue,” and wrote that the sisters’ efforts “to manipulate this office and to ignore their actions will not occur.” (Richardson did not respond to requests for comment.) In reality, the charges against Hera were dismissed in May 2012 in about an hour and a half, with the judge calling Joaquin’s testimony “incredible.” But it cost Hera $50,000 in legal fees …
In the ensuing battle for custody over Prince, Hera and Joaquin’s infant son, it emerged that not only had Joaquin lied about his name, employment history, and age — he was a decade older than he had claimed — but he had also once been a suspect in his ex-girlfriend’s shooting death and a person of interest in his mother’s death, too, although he was never successfully charged in either case. He had been accused of child abuse by his other son, although never convicted, and ran an amateur porn site.
But thanks to the charges against Hera and Lara, Joaquin was able to portray himself as a comparatively fit parent — and the victim of a smear job. The judge granted Joaquin unsupervised visits. Three months later, EMTs found Prince unconscious on the floor of Joaquin’s house. The 15-month-old died the next day. Months later, Joaquin was charged with capital murder …”
The two police detectives that screwed up the investigation and got a toddler murdered were Bradford Cavender and Kimberly Norton. Since then, other members of the Prince William police force have been trying to act like it Cavender and Norton may not have done a great job, but they didn’t do anything wrong.
“Police Chief Steve Hudson … said the police report was “sloppy” and he thought some aspects of the investigation had been “shortcutted.” “I think fatigue played a part in this,” he said, “and not a good part.” Hudson admitted that the detectives had “reached a conclusion and didn’t pursue it further” and that, “in hindsight,” he would “prefer that the charges not have been made.” … But he said there was nothing “technically improper” with the charges brought against Hera and Lara, as it was the detectives’ “judgment call.” And, he said, even if the police hadn’t charged them, Joaquin still wouldn’t have been arrested for rape … Detective Samuel Walker said it’s standard protocol to arrest people for falsely reporting rape because the department tries “to deter false allegations,” but “only if they can determine that the person is at fault.” …
… every year on Prince’s birthday, [Hera McLeod] sends a letter to the authorities who she holds just as responsible for his death. This year, she included a photo of Prince with his two front teeth in, smiling and sitting on a red truck — with his birth and death dates printed above. “On July 1st, 2015, I would have turned four,” the card said. “May you always remember how the decisions you make impact the lives of innocent people. I will never forget you. I pray you will never forget about me.” This year, Kimberly Norton, one of the two officers who charged the McLeod sisters, put the card in a new envelope and mailed it back to Hera unopened. She rewrote her return address in block letters. Not Detective Norton, as Hera had written, but “SGT K. NORTON.” She had been promoted. So had Detective Cavender.”
The callous fuckery of that act astounds me, cynic though I am. Both Cavender and Norton are shitty police officers and even shittier human beings, but the returned envelope lowers Sargent K. Norton down to the level of cuntmonkey. They and the DA Claiborne Richardson are rancid piles of hyena pus and I hope they are punish such egregious wrongdoing, but they’ll probably get away with the fact they were accessories to the murder of a 15 month old baby. They certainly don’t give the furry crack of a rat’s ass that they did anything wrong, so there is no remorse keeping them up at night.
If you want to contact Prince William County Police Department and let them know what you think of the heinous anus boils sergeants Bradford Cavender and Kimberly Norton are. you can go here: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/police/Pages/Compliments-and-Complaints.aspx
Not that it will bring Hera McLeod’s baby boy back from the dead.