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Brutal attacks on children in Washington County

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The mother of the second boy was arrested while visiting the second boy on child abuse charges.

 

A Hancock woman whose 6-year-old son allegedly was beaten by her boyfriend [in July] has been arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant in Pennsylvania, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose said Ashley Barnhart would be served with child abuse charges after she has been extradited to Maryland.  Hose said Barnhart was in Pennsylvania visiting her son, Dustin Michael Ray Barnhart, at a rehabilitation facility in Hershey.

 

 

 

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/mother-of-beaten-hancock-boy-arrested-in-pa/article_d0f66b40-3a2a-11e5-a2ec-db9f00959f92.html\

 

This happened back in August.  That poor little boy!  Now his mother and her boyfriend are both charged with abuse and in jail awaiting trial.  I hope he has someone.

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And to answer your question, yes I would still oppose the death penalty because if he got life without parole, he wouldn't be free to kill.  Once again I will point out, Death or releasing the killer aren't the only two options. Killing an innocent person (no matter how infrequent it happens) doesn't make sense to make sure a person, who killed an innocent person, gets killed. :confused:

  And to answer your child molester question, life without parole might as well be the death penalty. ;)

What you are really saying is put an innocent person away for life without parole  WHICH might be worse than death.

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Missed this story, but Robert Leroy Wilson was sentenced in connection with the death of Jack Garcia.

 

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/man-sentenced-in-boys-fatal-beating-over-missing-cake/38786758

 

A Maryland man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.   Robert Wilson, 31, took the plea deal Thursday [31 March] in Hagerstown. He tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother. They face trial on second-degree murder charges in May. Police say Wilson beat Jack unconscious after the boy's uncle, Jacob Barajas, handcuffed him to a chair.

 

 

Trials for the boy's uncle and mother are scheduled for next week.

 

In the other case of the boy who was severely injured, Aaron Vanmeter and Ashley Barnhart are scheduled for trial in July, 

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Shame.  Sounds like he might walk free before he dies.  Hopefully not.

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A Hancock man charged in the beating of a 6-year-old boy last year testified in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday that he felt coerced into giving a statement to police.  Aaron Jacob Vanmeter's co-counsel, John Salvatore, told Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. that the defense challenged the admissibility of the statement his client gave to authorities on July 3, 2015, because it was not voluntary.  

 

Vanmeter, 22, is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury, second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault.  The charges stem from a July 2, 2015, incident on Fleming Court in Hancock in which Dustin Barnhart was seriously injured.

The boy's mother, Ashley Renee Barnhart, also faces charges in the incident. She and Vanmeter are currently scheduled for separate trials in July.

 

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The mother of a boy who was beaten to death by her boyfriend last year was in Washington County Circuit Court Wednesday seeking to keep her statement to police and other evidence from being used against her at trial.  Oriana Iris Garcia, 26, of Hagerstown, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree physical abuse resulting in death and other offenses in the death of 9-year-old Jack Kirby Garcia, who died July 5, 2015, of injuries he sustained in a June 30 assault by Robert Leroy Wilson. 

 

Defense attorney David Harbin told Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. that the Hagerstown police detective who interviewed her on the morning of July 1 made an improper inducement and because of that her statement was not voluntary. The statement, along with a series of later emails and a chair Jack Garcia was reportedly chained to during the beating, should be suppressed, he said.

 

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Hancock mother of pleads guilty.

 

A Hancock woman who, along with her boyfriend, was accused of badly beating her 6-year-old son last year pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree child abuse and was sentenced to seven years in state prison.
Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Ashley Renee Barnhart, 26, formerly of Fleming Court in Hancock, to 20 years in prison with 13 years suspended for the abuse of her son, Dustin, in 2015. He also placed her on supervised probation for five years following her release

 

Her boyfriend, Aaron Vanmeter, is currently going through a bench trial for the abuse of Dustin.  

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It's too late for Jack but perhaps this little boy has a chance. Hopefully he will be adopted by a decent person who will actually love him. And, hopefully, there will be a permanent protection order in place so that the "mother" can never contact him. (Not even sure such a thing exists.)  The incubator does not deserve another chance. Ever.

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A day after she pleaded guilty to charges of physically abusing her son, Ashley Renee Barnhart was back in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday testifying for the state in its case against a former boyfriend who also is accused of beating the child.
Aaron Jacob Vanmeter, 22, of Hancock is charged with first-degree child abuse and other offenses for injuries suffered by Dustin Barnhart on July 2, 2015.
The three-day trial before Circuit Judge Viki M. Pauler began with testimony from police and Ashley Barnhart, who was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree child abuse.

 

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The state wrapped up its case Thursday against Aaron Jacob Vanmeter in Washington County Circuit Court on charges that he seriously injured 6-year-old Dustin Barnhart in 2015, while the defense introduced a recording of a telephone conversation hinting at the boy's mother's role in abusing the child.

 

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Police and emergency-medical personnel went to 3 Fleming Court on July 2, 2015, for a report of a child having fallen off a porch. However, Dustin's brain trauma and more than 80 other visible injuries were "more consistent with child abuse by means of torture," according to testimony by Dr. Allison Jackson, who examined the boy at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

 

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http://www.your4state.com/news/maryland/man-testifies-for-own-defense-during-last-day-of-child-abuse-trial

A Hancock man accused of brutally beating his former girlfriend's then 6-year-old son took the stand in his own defense on the last day of his bench trial on Friday.  Aaron Vanmeter, now 22, told the court that he met Ashley at a bar with his uncle in May. Just a couple weeks later, he said they moved into a trailer on Fleming Court - where the trouble began.  When they first moved in, Vanmeter said Ashley Barnhart, the mother of the victim who received seven years in prison for second-degree child abuse, had a job, but she quit soon after.

 

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The state poked several holes in Vanmeter's testimony, but the most significant came at the hands of his phone records.  Throughout his testimony, Vanmeter maintained that he did not go to fireworks on July 2, the evening of the incident, but text messages he sent to Barnhart - or "My Love My Life My True"  in his phone - read "I love you so much...just got back from fireworks an hour ago" just minutes after Dustin was taken away in an ambulance.

 

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Guilty!

Aaron Vanmeter testified last week that his former girlfriend was responsible for permanently injuring her 6-year-old son last summer, but a Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday found him guilty of first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury.  "Mr. Vanmeter, your version of events makes no sense," Circuit Judge Viki M. Pauler told the 22-year-old Hancock man.

 

Pauler also found him guilty of the other six charges filed against him after the July 2, 2015, injuries suffered by Dustin Barnhart at the Fleming Court home where he, his younger brother, mother Ashley Barnhart and Vanmeter shared.

 

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Sentencing was delayed to Sept. 20 after defense co-counsel John Salvatore requested a pre-sentence investigation. Pauler said she wanted the report to include a drug and alcohol evaluation.

 

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Sentencing for Aaron Vanmeter appears to have been postponed, according to Case Search.

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30 years for Aaron Vanmeter.

A Hancock man convicted in July in the brutal 2015 beating of a 6-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 30 years in state prison.

Aaron Vanmeter, 22, was convicted in July in a bench trial before Circuit Judge Viki M. Pauler of first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury and other offenses for the July 2, 2015, beating of then-6-year-old Dustin Barnhart.

Pauler sentenced him Tuesday [1 November] to 40 years in prison with 10 years suspended.

 

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The uncle of Jacob Garcia pleaded guilty in September to First Degree Child Abuse.

 

 

The uncle of a 9-year-old Maryland boy handcuffed and beaten to death over a missing piece of birthday cake pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse.

Jacob Barajas entered the plea Tuesday as jury selection was set to begin for his trial in Hagerstown. Prosecutors dropped other charges as part of the deal, including second-degree murder.

Barajas faces up to 15 years at his sentencing, which is not yet scheduled. The offense carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.

 

 

Sentencing is now scheduled for February, following the trial of the boy's mother, Oriana Garcia.

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http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/breaking/mother-pleads-guilty-in-son-s-birthday-cake-killing/article_55982410-ee11-11e6-83cc-177e366c3577.html

 

A Hagerstown woman charged in the 2015 death of her 9-year-old son, who was beaten by a boyfriend for taking a piece of birthday cake, is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree child abuse resulting in death.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing for Oriana Iris Garcia, 27, formerly of Lynnehaven Drive. He scheduled sentencing for March 31.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Mollett-Gaumer told the judge that the prosecution is seeking 30 years in prison with 10 years suspended.

 

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25 years for Oriana Garcia

 

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/mother-gets-years-in-birthday-cake-beating-death-of-/article_697ffe5c-1630-11e7-9671-cf7ece3c5bfe.html

 

One year to the day after her former boyfriend was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the fatal "birthday cake" beating of her son, Jack Garcia, Oriana Iris Garcia was sentenced Friday in Washington County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for her role in the 9-year-old boy's death.

 

Garcia, 28, formerly of Lynnehaven Drive, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree child abuse resulting in death for the June 30, 2015, beating that resulted in Jack Garcia's death five days later in Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

 

In imposing the sentence, Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. exceeded the prosecution's recommendation of 20 years of incarceration.

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