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  RTC's On Watch

  • August 27,2008 - Closing a tragic chapter More

  • August 26, 2008 - Body Exhumed Of Child Poisoned 5 Years Ago More

  • April 16, 2008 - Carolyn Futrell is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but walks out of instead of into jail. MORE

  • April 15, 2008 - Attorneys' losing statements. MORE

  • April 14, 2008 - Futrell defends herself on stand. MORE

  • April 11, 2008 - Defense claims that because Kayla had a cold and therefore she may not have been able to smell the pesticide that killered her. MORE

  • April 10, 2008 - Expert: 7-year-old would not have voluntarily swallowed poison. MORE

  • April 10, 2008 - Kayla's first grade teacher testifies to signs of abuse. MORE

  • April 10, 2008 - Witness says 7-year-old [Kayla Allen] wrote only positive things about woman charged in her death. MORE

  • April 9, 2008 - Day Two in Murder Trial Begins. MORE

  • April 8, 2008 - Capital murder trial of Carolyn Futrell (legal guardian of Kayla Allen at time of her death) begins. MORE

  • April 7, 2008 - Jury Selected in State vs. Carolyn Futrell Trial. MORE

  • March 3, 2008 - Another desperate plea by Amber James's mother to have her returned home is denied by judge. MORE

  • January 7, 2008 - Legal disputes linger over the death of Kayla Yvonne Allen more than four years after the 7-year-old Onslow County girl died of what investigators said was poisoning from insecticide. MORE

  • November 28, 2007 - Judge refuses to return Amber James to her parents, Vanessa and Marvin James. MORE

  • September 28, 2007 - Vanessa James was looking out for the best interest of her daughter, Amber, when taking her to the doctor. Now, Amber is taken away from her home and placed in foster care. MORE

  • August 28, 2007 - Kim Stevens, convicted murderer of Two Year-Old Jorden Grace Saager, Appeal Denied MORE

  • March 10, 2007 - If Carolyn Futrell, 36, is found guilty at trial of the first-degree murder of Kayla Allen, she will receive a mandatory life sentence. Futrell also is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. MORE

  • February 5, 2006 - Lanier set Futrell's bond at $200,000. Futrell made bond about a week later and was released from jail. The case is now set for trial in June.MORE

  • October 28, 2005 - NC DSS claims no culpability in Murder of Kayla Yvonne Allen because MORE

  • August 22, 2005 - Lawsuit brought against NC DSS for failure to protect Kayla Yvonne Allen, leading to her death. Lawsuit (PDF)

  • July 27, 2005 - Jacksonville Daily News - Poisoning Evidence Received, in the murder of Kayla Allen, age 7 - MORE

  • June 24, 2005 - Waymaker RTC Closed - KNOWN Convicted Felon employee threw child against the wall, breaking child's arm. MORE

  • June 24, 2005 - CADI License Revoked

  • June 24, 2005 - Ms. Beryl Shorter Grady, owner/manager, CADI, said the Comptroller's Forgotten Children's Report was not a fair report.

  • September 28, 2004 - Jacksonville Daily News, NC - Rule 24 Hearing, Charging Carolyn Futrell with Capital Murder in the death of 7 year old Kayla Yvonne Allen - MORE

  • September 22, 2004 - Houston Chronicle - Girl says she was locked naked in an attic room [CADI] MORE

  • August 18, 2004 - Houston Chronicle - Repeated Abuse of Children at CADI, Child & Adolescent Development Center, 2505 Southmore, Houston, Texas; rats, rape, "cooked-books", kids knocked into walls, kicked in the stomach, left without proper medical care, food poisoning, and MORE.

  • August 18, 2004 - Polly Ross Hughes - Houston Chronicle Rats and locked isolation, beatings....(CADI)MORE

  • August 18, 2004 - Grand Jury indicted Carolyn Futrell for First Degree Murder and Felony Child Abuse in the death of 7 year-old Kayla Yvonne Allen. Due to the heinous acts involved, the DA asked for the death penalty - MORE

  • June 25, 2004 - There are troubling allegations that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children are being overmedicated to dangerous levels.MORE

  • June 22, 2004 Shelley Kofler, Reporter for WFAA TV in Dallas, investigated this case further than anyone has dared, including a discussion about the amount of medication Kristen has been on while in foster care. View interview with Kristen's Mother, Elain Philpott MORE

  • June 18, 2004 - News Observer, Ann Saker reporting - Kayla Yvonne Allen Death MORE

  • June 13, 2004 - Unusual Death by Permethrin based Pesticide Poisoning - Jacksonville NC Daily News - MORE

  • June 11, 2004 - Fundraiser Targets Child Abuse - Jacksonville NC Daily News - MORE

  • May 26, 2004 - Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Mother of Poisoned Child lost custody three months before daughter was dead. MORE

  • May 24, 2004 - RALEIGH, N.C. - A woman whose daughter died of insecticide poisoning in the care of her legal guardian says judges refused four times in the past five years to return custody to her. MORE

  • May 21, 2004 - Eyewitness News 11 - ABC Local - AP Release - Mother Of Poisoned Girl Says She Tried To Regain Custody MORE

  • May 20, 2004 - Carolyn Futrell arrested in the murder of 7 year old Kayla Yvonne Allen - WWAY TV - MORE

  • April 6, 2004 Carol Strayhorne - Texas State Comptroller's Report The Forgotten Children

  • April 6, 2004 - State Comptroller's Report on the "care" of Kristen aka "Angela", during her six years of state foster care. UPDATE: After 8 years, she was finally allowed to go home!

  • April 4, 2004 - Abuse and Neglect in Foster Care State Comptroller, Forgotten Children's Report

  • October 16, 2003 - Margaret Downing- HoustonPress (PDF) Who Has Attention Deficit




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