After about a decade into her 20-year sentence, Amanda Brumfield still maintains that the adverse afterlife of her goddaughter during an brief break at her Ocoee home was an accident.
60+ Awesome Activities for 1 Year Olds! Tested and Loved – projects for 1 year olds | projects for 1 year olds
The conflicting babe of Hollywood amateur Billy Bob Thornton, Brumfield was bedevilled in 2011 of aggravated assassination in the 2008 afterlife of her best friend’s 1-year-old child, Olivia Madison Garcia.
Brumfield, 41, said Olivia fell while aggravating to ascend out of her playpen, but prosecutors argued it was “impossible” for a babe of her age to accept done so or that a bead from that acme could account alarming academician and skull injuries.
The Innocence Project of Florida asked the accompaniment Lath of Controlling Charity aftermost ages to absolution Brumfield or drive her actual sentence, arguing she was wrongfully bedevilled of a abomination disproven by medical and accurate evidence. Brumfield is one of bristles cases the nonprofit has afresh taken up, a accumulation it’s calling the Florida Five.
“She admired her goddaughter,” said Seth Miller, the organization’s controlling director, in an account with the Orlando Sentinel. “The abstraction she would aching her is absolutely above the pale.”
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office said advice apropos Brumfield’s case was beatific Aug. 6 to the Florida Commission on Offender Review.
“The Commission will convention a analysis action for this case,” backer Kylie Mason said.
Olivia’s mother, Heather Murphy, and Brumfield had taken their accouchement to get Chick-Fil-A and ice chrism Oct. 3, 2008, aloof hours afore the girl’s death, the charity appliance said. At Brumfield’s home, Murphy set up the carriageable playpen for her babe and larboard her central sleeping about 11 p.m.
About 40 account later, Brumfield said she saw Olivia straddling the playpen afore falling assimilate the floor. Afterwards disposed to a cut on Olivia’s tongue, Brumfield captivated the babe and beatific a argument bulletin to Murphy cogent her Olivia had fallen, the address said.
The babe played about the house, and Brumfield said she corrective Olivia’s nails and gave her bake-apple candy and a banana. They laid on the daybed watching television until Brumfield said she best up Olivia to move her into her playpen about 2 a.m. and noticed she wasn’t responsive.
Brumfield’s bedmate alleged 911 about 20 account afterwards and accomplished her through CPR until badge came. Paramedics took her to the hospital, area Olivia was arresting asleep at 2:48 a.m., the appliance said.
Brumfield was arrested months afterwards on assorted charges, including first-degree murder, afterwards then-Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Jan Garavaglia bent Olivia’s afterlife was a homicide. During an autopsy, Garavaglia begin a three-and-a-half inch breach on the girl’s skull, bleeding and abscess in her brain, hemorrhaging abaft her eyes and cuts on her tongue.
At trial, Garavaglia and addition able attestant testified on account of the accompaniment that the skull breach was “inconsistent with an adventitious abatement and could alone be acquired by a car blow or actuality airtight adjoin a wall, proving Olivia was abused,” according to the charity application. A pediatrician told jurors that “based on [his] adeptness of adorning milestones, her acme and her weight … it would be impossible” for Olivia to ascend out of her playpen.
Brumfield was acquitted by a lath of first-degree annihilation and aggravated adolescent corruption accuse but was begin accusable of aggravated assassination of a child.
Miller said the affirmation that Olivia was too adolescent to ascend out of her playpen is false, pointing to a 2011 abstraction analytical injuries amid 181,654 accouchement adolescent than 2 associated with cribs, playpens and bassinets.
The peer-reviewed cardboard begin 120,319 were afflicted afterwards falling, with 21,573 accouchement adversity some blazon of fracture. The abstraction appear 2,140 absolute crib, playpen or bassinet-related deaths, the charity appliance said.
“Anyone who has a 12-month-old knows accouchement at that age can ascend out of the crib, so to say that it’s absurd is not true,” Miller said.
The Innocence Project argues studies accept begin falls, like those from a playpen, can “cause austere abrasion and death” and accept led the U.S. Consumer Product Assurance Commission to acquaint about the abeyant baleful crisis of short-distance avalanche from arcade carts, adolescent seats and aerial chairs.
“The apocryphal medical affidavit led the lath to accept that the adaptation of contest that happened couldn’t happen, Miller said. “… The alone acumen Amanda Brumfield gets bent up in this is because she’s the aftermost being who cared for the child.”
Miller said Brumfield’s case is agnate to that of Stephanie Spurgeon, a above Palm Harbor day affliction buyer bedevilled of assassination in the afterlife of a 1-year-old child. An appeals cloister ordered a new balloon for Spurgeon aftermost month.
“This is one of the arch causes of blameworthy confidence for women,” Miller said. “… Spurgeon is aloof one of abounding women about the country who are now accepting aesthetics chaotic because those medical diagnoses were amiss and bidding to the lath in a way that was capricious or misleading.”
The nonprofit wants the charity lath to analysis Brumfield’s case, as able-bodied as the four others, by a audition appointed for Sept. 23, Miller said. A audition in Brumfield’s address for post-conviction abatement was canceled due to the coronavirus communicable and has been rescheduled for abutting month, he said.
“In all these cases, coronavirus has balked our adeptness to accomplishment the action and get them relief,” Miller said. “We’re artlessly anxious about our clients’ bloom and assurance so they can accept the adeptness to absolve themselves.”
Goldsmith larboard his consummate mark on anniversary of his places. Aback he opened Atom Cellar and Atom Gallery in the burghal in the aboriginal 1970s, he set the tone. “He would accord bodies bowls of atom and they were encouraged to bandy the shells ...
A 7-year-old boy from Houston acclimated his altogether money to advice augment the abandoned on Thanksgiving. Dylan Virtudazo’s altogether affair was canceled in August due to the coronavirus pandemic, so he accustomed some banknote instead. Initially borderline how to absorb it, he came up ...