Anonymous Prepared to Protest at Phoenix VA Hospital
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People associated with Anonymous, the collective of Internet activists, are still seeking justice for 2-year-old Savannah Cross, who was killed in brutal fashion last year.
The activists already have been bringing attention to the fact that charges have been dropped -- for now, at least -- against Savannah's alleged killers, who were in charge of babysitting the girl when she was killed. Now, an Anonymous press release hints at protests at the Phoenix VA hospital, where Savannah's mother works.
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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.
Recently, charges against the couple 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.
No matter the reason, the charges were dismissed, at least until after these tests could be completed.
People associated with Anonymous caused a stink after hearing the charges were dropped, noting the brutal nature in which Savannah was killed.
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 eventually admitted to abusing the girl, according to court filings.
In announcing "Operation Justice4Savannah," Anonymous mostly pointed the finger at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, which didn't get the test results it needed to complete reports necessary for the prosecution.
Now, Anonymous' attention had shifted toward Savannah's mother.