Suspect In Daisy Coleman Case Charged With ‘Child Endangerment’ Not ‘Rape’

daisy facebookAs if it weren’t enough that a 14-year-old Daisy Coleman had been raped with more than enough evidence to secure a conviction – a case that was unbelievably dropped by the prosecutor. As if it weren’t enough that her and her family were then basically ran out of town for daring to seek justice. As if it weren’t enough that we just learned last week that she had been hospitalized with possible brain damage after a suicide attempt. Today we learn that the case that has had all of us shaking our heads in confusion and rage has ended with a guilty verdict. But the suspect has not been found guilty of rape. He was able to plea down to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

I’m not really sure what to say here.

Let me just remind you of a few things. After the attack, she was dumped, unconscious, on her mother’s porch in freezing temperatures. She wasn’t wearing shoes. She suffered frostbite and her hair was frozen.

From an article in the Kansas City Star after the arrests:

Sexual assault cases can be difficult to build because of factors such as a lack of physical evidence or inconsistent statements by witnesses. But by the time his department had concluded its investigation, Sheriff Darren White felt confident the office had put together a case that would “absolutely” result in prosecutions.

“Within four hours, we had obtained a search warrant for the house and executed that,” White told The Star. “We had all of the suspects in custody and had audio/video confessions.

But the charges were dropped by a prosecutor who didn’t think there was enough “evidence.”

From our own coverage after the attack:

To make matters worse, the Coleman family felt it best they leave the town of Maryville due to these sorts of threats being made against them. The house they left in Maryville that they were trying to sell mysteriously burned to the ground in April. Melinda Coleman fears arson due to the town member’s being angry about the rape case.

So attacked, left to freeze to death, ran out of town and driven to a suicide attempt. Now, a misdemeanor child endangerment charge:

Prosecutors say Barnett, who was then 17, endangered a semi-conscious Coleman when he allegedly left her barefoot in the frozen yard of her home hours before the sun rose.

No matter that there was photographic evidence of her attack. No matter that there were panties, sheets, empty bottles of booze. No matter that there were confessions. It’s a wonder that any teenage girl could ever feel safe in a world where this chain of events could occur.

Thanks Anonymous, for your relentless work in getting this back before a judge.

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    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      all I have faith in at this point is Anonymous. That poor baby. fuck.

    • Natasha B

      Where’s Dexter when you need him.

      • Kay_Sue

        Maybe he can come out of retirement for this??

    • CMJ
      • Snarktopus

        This. I have no words for my rage, so I will just agree with this gif.

    • Bunny Lucia

      So I am a peaceful person. I really, really am. But what we need is someone who is mentally unstable enough to go after these boys.

      I heard that way back the penalty for raping someone was to get your testicles smashed between two rocks. Can we PLEASE bring that back?

      I wish the violent feminazi’s that MRAs claim are everywhere actually did exist, they’d never let this shit slide.

    • Cyianna Anonmiss

      We are not done we will continue to fight for her until we see #justice4daisy

    • Kay_Sue

      This entire thing is sickening. Just sickening.

    • Muggle

      It’s a shame Marysville isn’t anywhere near the coast. I would totally hope for a category 5 hurricane to wipe it the fuck off the map.

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