Anonymous Seeking Justice After Charges Dropped in Brutal Killing of 2-Year-Old
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People associated with Anonymous, the collective of Internet activists, have their eyes on Phoenix.
A press release from Anonymous introduces "Operation Justice4Savannah," which points out that murder and child-abuse charges were dropped against the two people accused of being responsible for the brutal death of 2-year-old Savannah Cross.
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Police said a couple that run something of an unlicensed babysitting service was responsible for Savannah's death, in December. Ryan Reed, then 27, admitted to abusing the girl, and his wife, then-28-year-old Allison Clement, knew that the abuse was happening, yet didn't do anything about it.
Yet, just a matter of weeks ago, the charges against Reed and Clement were dropped.
Court filings indicate that the medical examiner's office was very slow to get some tests done, and a deputy Maricopa County attorney assigned to the case repeatedly told the judge that these tests would be in any day -- which turned out to not be true. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office, in subsequent court filings, referred to this as some grave miscommunication.
|Allison Clement (left) and Ryan Reed.|
This obviously doesn't sit well with anyone who's heard about the case.
Court documents indicate Savannah sustained "extensive trauma to include deep tissue bruising, pattern bruising, swelling and abrasions from head to toe, front to back."
"The medical staff described the bruises as 'too many to count,'" a probable-cause statement said. "These bruises appeared to be in different stages of healing, and could not have been caused by a single traumatic event."
Reed and Clement had been watching Savannah full-time for several weeks leading up to her death. A Phoenix police spokesman told us last year that Savannah's mother simply "needed the help." The mother would show up at the house occassionally to pay Clement and Reed, police said.
Meanwhile, Reed took to what he called "discipline" of Savannah, by smacking her and flicking her. According to court documents, Reed said he tripped and "stomped" the girl right in the abdomen on one occasion, which apparently turned out to be the fatal blow.
"The victim immediately curled up with her arms around her abdomen and spent the rest of the evening in this posture," according to the probable-cause statement. "Reed said that he ultimately picked her up and placed her in her playpen that evening and heard her making groaning sounds throughout the night."
Reed and Clement sought medical attention, but not until the next morning, when they found Savannah unresponsive.
Investigators eventually discovered that Savannah was sexually abused too, according to court documents.