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Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:44 pm



Emma Thompson was a beautiful, 4-year-old girl, who died a brutal, horrific death on June 27, 2009. Emma lived in Spring, Texas (north of Houston, Tx) with her mother, Abigail (Abby) Young, a sister and one half-sister. They lived in a beautiful home, with a swimming pool, in an upscale neighborhood.

For a slideshow of Emma Thompson, please click on the Link below:


http://www.click2houston.com/slideshow/news/20360317/detail.html


At the time of Emma's brutal, horrific death, Abigail Young was a Registered Nurse and was employed at Woman's Hospital of Texas in the Houston area. She worked in Labor & Delivery.

Emma's parents were separated in April, 2009. Emma's father, Benjamin (Ben) Thompson, had visitation rights. Emma's bruises were first noticed by her father, Ben, in early June, 2009. Thompson told Young to take Emma to the doctor or he would.

On June 8, 2009, Emma was examined by her pediatrician. Her doctor found she had vaginal and oral herpes, along with bruising inconsistent with the explanations offered by Abigail Young. She did note that Emma had a 102-degree fever and blisters on her fingers, inside her mouth and in her vaginal area and that she ran a series of tests. The doctor notified Texas Child Protective Services (CPS). On June 11, test results came back positive for herpes.

During an investigation by CPS, Young lied to the investigator and said she was the only adult living in her home with Emma and her two other daughters. She failed to tell them about her boyfriend, Lucas Ruric Coe, who has a lengthy criminal history.

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For details of Coe's criminal history, please read here:

"The system failed Emma"
Girl's slaying followed chances to prevent tragedy

By TERRI LANGFORD
Aug. 18, 2009, 9:52AM



Before Lucas Coe was accused of inflicting the injuries that may have killed 4-year-old Emma Thompson, there were at least five chances to keep him behind bars in two different counties.

The last opportunity came just three months before Emma turned up in a Houston area emergency room, sexually abused and fatally beaten. Both Coe, 27, and his girlfriend, Emma's mother, Abigail Young, 33, have been charged with injury to a child in Emma's June 27 death. No trial date has been set.

But a closer look at Coe's criminal history reveals some troubling facts — any of which might have altered the turn of events that led up to the Spring girl's homicide.

While Coe was serving six years probation for a 2002 Harris County aggravated assault, records show, he was convicted for DWI, pled guilty to a Montgomery County assault, failed to meet with a probation officer, got behind in his restitution to the Harris County victim and was indicted on a child abuse charge in Montgomery County.

Four motions to revoke his probation in the Harris County case were made: two in 2005 and two in 2008.


Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6576234.html


Note: Within the above article, there is a video (lower left side of page) of the probable cause hearing of Coe and Young on 8-11-09. This is not a video of the entire hearing.

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Based on the CPS interview with Young, Emma was not removed from her home. On June 27, 2009, Young supposedly went shopping and left Emma and her two other daughters with Coe. Per testimony at Young's trial, when she came back from her second shopping trip, she fixed sloppy joe's and then checked on Emma.

Young attempted to 'Super Glue' Emma's skull together before taking her to the emergency room by private vehicle. Young, a Registered Nurse, did not call 911 (EMS). Young drove down the street and stopped. During Young's trial, it was disclosed that Young pulled Emma out of the back seat and laid her on her vehicle. Passersby stopped, called 911 and did CPR on Emma until EMS arrived. While EMS was working on Emma, Young was on her cell phone per trial testimony. It is assumed that Young did this to give Lucas Coe a chance to leave the area.

As soon as Young left her home with Emma, Lucas Ruric Coe, went to a next door neighbor with Young's two other children (ages 6 and 11 at the time) and asked the neighbor to watch them because he was not suppose to have contact with them and he needed to leave. The neighbor noticed the flashing lights down the street. Coe told her that was for Emma. Coe, who was not suppose to have unsupervised contact with his daughter, who was 4 at the time and had signs of sexual abuse, had his daughter with him and they left.

Emma was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital - The Woodlands, Tx. (just north of Houston) where she was pronounced dead. At Young's trial, testimony indicated Young told the neighbors, when she came back from the hospital, that she bleached her bathroom before she attempted to take Emma to the Emergency Room. Also, she said she cleaned Emma internally with bleach wipes. Hence, Lucas Coe's DNA not found internally.

A short time after Emma died, Young moved to Brenham, Tx, her hometown. Young's mother, Margie Routt Young, is CEO and Director of the Foundation of Scott & White, Brenham, Tx. (up until a few weeks ago, it was known as Trinity Medical Center, Brenham, Tx. and Routt Young held the same position as she does today). Many people in Washington County (Brenham and surrounding area) feel that Abigail was hired because of the position her mother held and continues to hold with The Foundation of the hospital. She serves on the Board of Directors with the hospital administrator.

Abigail Young was hired as a Registered Nurse to work in Labor & Delivery at Trinity. On August 10, 2009, Abigail Young, in her uniform, was arrested at Trinity Medical Center by Brenham Police. Later that evening, she was transported to Houston, Tx. about 70 miles away.

At the same time Young was being arrested, Lucas Ruric Coe, was being arrested in Montgomery County, Tx. (adjacent to Harris County, Houston, Tx.). He attempted to run but was apprehended by Law Enforcement. At the time of Coe's arrest, he had on a black t-shirt with the following: "It is all fun and games until the cops show up."

For the video of Young and Coe after their arrest and in the process of being taken to the Harris County Jail, Houston, Tx, please click here:

http://www.click2houston.com/video/20352361/index.html




"Mom, Boyfriend Charged In Girl's Death"

KPRC
Houston, Tx
8-10-09

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The lead detective (investigator) in Emma's case, A. J. Kelly, Harris County Sheriff's Office, said in a press conference this is the worst case of child abuse he has ever seen in his 19 years in Law Enforcement.

Abigail Young retained attorneys in Houston, Tx and was out on $50,000 bond until her trial which started with jury selection on June 28, 2010 (1 year and 1 day after Emma died a brutal, horrific death) in Houston, Harris County, Tx.

After the jury deliberated for nearly four hours, Young's trial concluded on Monday, July 12, 2010 with a guilty verdict of the lesser charge of recklessness. Young was initially charged with serious bodily injury to a child by omission, which is a first degree felony, and she could have received life in prison. Young was taken into immediate custody by the Harris County Sheriff's Office and was taken to the Harris County Jail, Houston, Tx. The punishment phase was scheduled for the next day, July 13, 2010.

On July 13, 2010, the punishment phase began for Abigail Young. After testimony from both sides and closing arguments, the jury handed down the following sentence: 20 years in prison, $10,000 fine. When the Judge read the sentence, Young's knees buckled and she started crying. She had to sit down.

Abigail Young is currently in the Harris County Jail awaiting transfer to a Texas prison as evidenced by the information below. The following information is from the Harris County Sheriff's Office - Public Information Inquiry, Houston, Tx:

INFORMATION ACCURATE AS OF 08/31/2010 - 08:54 a.m.

NAME YOUNG, ABIGAIL ELIZABETH
SPN 02443077
DOB 08/26/1975

JAIL JA09/4J1 01E BOOKING DATE 07/12/2010
UP DATE OUT DATE
If the up date is the same as the out date, payment of the fine amount is not required to release the inmate from custody on that case.

CASE # 122787901010
BOOKING DATE 07/12/2010

CHARGE RECKLESS INJURY TO CHILD

COURT 232 COURT DATE 07/14/2010

BOND AMT 0.00 FINE BALANCE DUE
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Per Texas law, Abigail Young will be eligible for parole in five (5) years. During the Victim's Impact Statement for Emma Thompson, Ben Thompson, Emma's father, vowed he or a member of his family would be at every parole hearing for Abigail Young and speak against her.

Only two people spoke on behalf of Emma during the Victim's Impact Statement . . . . her father, Ben Thompson, and her paternal grandmother, Laurie Thompson. Ben spoke loudly and with what appears to be anger to Abigail Young. Laurie Thompson spoke eloquently and lovingly about Emma. She let all know who the real Abigail Young is since she was part of the family at one time. I feel Laurie's statement was outstanding!

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"Mom gets 20 years in daughter's death"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

KTRK - Houston, TX

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Jurors have decided how long a woman should serve behind bars for failing to protect her daughter from a deadly beating.

Those jurors deliberated for about an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon following closing arguments in the trial of Abigail Young, and returned a sentence of 20 years and a $10,000 fine. With good behavior, Young could get out of prison in five years.

Young was found guilty Monday of failing to protect her 4-year-old daughter from repeated physical and sexual abuse last year, allegedly at the hands of Young's boyfriend, Lucas Coe.

After the sentence was read, Emma's father, Ben Thompson, and his mother read victim impact statements.

Ben Thompson yelled in the direction of Young, "She was four years old. She had her whole life in front of her and you took that away from her."

Read more and view Victim Impact Statements:

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7552449
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In my opinion, this is an excellent Link. Below the main video box, there are about 7 videos of various stages of the trial. Katie McCall, Reporter, KTRK, Houston, Tx covered the trial. All video is live.

Within the article, is a blue box (to the left) titled 'Related Content' with excellent articles.

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Sadly, no one from Emma's maternal side of the family spoke on her behalf. I guess this should not surprise me because Emma is buried in a cemetery in Brenham, Tx. To this day, precious Emma who died a brutal, horrific death, still does not have a tombstone. She just has a little marker, provided by Memorial Oaks Chapel (funeral home), Brenham, Tx, with her name on it, date of birth and date of death. As of Monday, August 30, 2010, there was only a bouquet of silk faded red roses on Emma's grave! When I visit my maternal grandparents grave (which is often), I always stop and visit precious Emma Thompson!

Lucas Ruric Coe 's trial is scheduled for September 13, 2010 in Houston, Harris County, Tx. I will be following Coe's trial closely and I do plan to attend a few days of his trial if my schedule permits.

After doing a public inquiry from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, I notice Coe has a court date of 9-9-10. It was 9-13-10. Perhaps that is the day jury selection starts with trial date of 9-13-10. If I get a chance, I will call the Harris County District Attorney's Office or the Court Coordinator in Court #232 and get clarification for the aforementioned.

Coe is currently being held in Houston, Harris County, Tx. at the Harris County Jail. His bond was finally set at $300,000 and he has not made bail. The following info is from the Harris County Sheriff's Office - Public Information Inquiry:

LAST NAME COE
FIRST NAME LUCAS
DOB
SPN NUMBER 01980445
SSN

CHARGES FOUND =1

INFORMATION ACCURATE AS OF 08/31/2010 - 09:21 a.m.

NAME COE, LUCAS RURIC
SPN 01980445
DOB 11/24/1981

JAIL JA09/5F2 01F BOOKING DATE 02/18/2010
UP DATE OUT DATE

If the up date is the same as the out date, payment of the fine amount is not required to release the inmate from custody on that case.

CASE # 122787801010 BOOKING DATE 02/18/2010

CHARGE SUPER AGG SEX ASSLT CHILD < 6

COURT 232 COURT DATE 09/09/2010

BOND AMT 300000.00 FINE BALANCE DUE

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I will keep this thread updated during the trial. All main stream media in Houston, Tx, Brenham, Tx, and Bryan, Tx. covered Abigail Young's trial. Once Associated Press (AP) picked up the story, it was covered by major media outlets in Texas such as Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco, Beaumont, San Angelo, El Paso, etc. I also saw coverage in Mexico and New Mexico. There could have been other states that covered the story but I did not monitor it. My assumption is that Coe's trial will definitely be covered by major media outlets. A few days before Young's trial, a national TV station online website did a very interesting and informative story on Young's upcoming trial. If I can find it, I will post it.

After Coe's trial regarding Emma Thompson's brutal, horrific death concludes with punishment phase, he is scheduled to go on trial in Montgomery County (county just north of Harris County, Tx) on a case involving a young boy in Montgomery County.

In Emma Thompson's case, Coe is charged with super aggravated sexual assualt of a child less than 6 years old. The State of Texas (Harris County District Attorney Prosecutors) will be seeking the maximum sentence for Coe which is Life in Prison without Parole. The minimum Coe could get is 20 years in prison.

Justice for precious Emma Thompson! afro


Special thanks to the following for posting the pictures and videos on this thread:
Justice4All and Snaz, Administrators - Reality Chatter




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Post by Julie on Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:36 am

Ann - thank you so much for creating this thread for Emma. She was a precious little girl who deserved to live longer than 4 short years. She should have enjoyed a long life full of love, joy, happiness, laughter, trust.

Rest in peace Emma.

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Post by Julie on Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:57 am

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Only two people spoke on behalf of Emma during the Victim's Impact Statement . . . . her father, Ben Thompson, and her paternal grandmother, Laurie Thompson. Ben spoke loudly and with what appears to be anger to Abigail Young. Laurie Thompson spoke eloquently and lovingly about Emma. She let all know who the real Abigail Young is since she was part of the family at one time. I feel Laurie's statement was outstanding!

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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:38 am

Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09
by Julie Yesterday at 11:57 pm
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Julie, thank you for posting the Victim's Impact Statement YouTube video. I did not realize this was on YouTube!

I think Laurie is a lady with class! She was gracious enough to even thank the defense attorneys.

Emma was so lucky to have such a wonderful "grandma" in her little short life!
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Post by Julie on Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:46 am

Ann, I agree, her Grandma is very classy & spoke well, and from the heart.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:06 am

This is the Link to Memorial Oaks Chapel, Brenham, Tx.
Emma's funeral arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Oaks.

After reading Emma's obituary, please feel free to view her guest book. Also, if you would like, please sign her guest book.
You can use your nic or first name only.

I noticed a person from CA signed Emma's guest book in July, 2010.
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Obituary: Emma Catherine Grace Thompson

Our precious Emma Catherine Grace Thompson, age 4, left this earth to be with her God on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Emma was a happy little girl who brought joy to her family and friends. She was born in Houston, Texas on March 29, 2009 to Benjamin Randolph and Abigail (Young) Thompson.

Emma is survived by her parents, Ben and Abigail Thompson and her sisters, Laura and Julia. She is also survived by her devoted paternal grandparents, Laurie and Jim Thompson, her loving maternal grandmother, Margie Routt Young; aunts and uncles Matthew Thompson and fiancee Alicia Marks, Adam and Jennifer Thompson, David Thompson, Sam Thompson and Rachel Thompson; aunt and uncle Bob and Amanda Young Matthew; great-grandparents Bernice and Leonard Kuderna of New York and Mrs. Dagmar Thompson of Minnesota. She is pre-deceased by her grandfather Solon Young, great-grandparents Milton and Dorothy Ann Routt, Dr. George C. Thompson, Solon and Josephine Young.

Funeral services for Emma Catherine Grace Thompson will be held Friday, July 3, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 7810 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, Texas. Father Hanna, CSB will serve as presider. A private family burial service will be held in Prairie Lea Cemetery. A Rosary will be held at 7:00p.m. Thursday evening at St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Serving as pallbearers are Matthew Thompson, Adam Thompson, Jonathan Holbert, and Eric Japp.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To view the obituary online or to post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Emma's name can be made to the "Houston Coalition for Life" or the Respect Life organization of your choice.

http://obit.memorialoakschapel.com/obitdisplay.html?id=685229&clientid=memorialoakschapel&listing=All

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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:07 am

On Thursday, 8-13-09, there was a Candlelight Vigil held for Emma Thompson in Spring, Tx. Her aunt, Amanda Young Matthew, was a guest speaker.

Unfortunately, none of the videos (except snippets) of the vigil are no longer available.

Two of the songs played and sung at the Vigil were: Sissy's Song by Alan Jackson and Amazing Grace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCTQZhkQ0IE&feature=related
YouTube Sissy's Song - Alan Jackson with Lyrics



This is a beautiful video!
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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:18 am

Amazing Grace was sung at Emma's Candlelight Vigil on
8-13-09.

I would like to post this rendition sung by Rhema Marvanne, a 7-year-old Gospel singer. Rhema's mother died of cancer when Rhema was younger. Rhema has appeared on Maury Povich's Talent Show segment.

This is a beautiful YouTube video and I think Emma would like Amazing Grace sung by Rhema!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDlxmsciqY&feature=pyv&ad=4996981330&kw=amazing%20grace
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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:48 am

Very informative article and video!

Prosecutors: 4-Yr-Old Raped and Killed

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010, 6:06 PM CDT
DAMALI KEITH
Reporter - Fox 26, Houston, Tx



HOUSTON - An emotional day in court in the trial of a mother who's daughter prosecutors say was sexually assaulted, beaten and killed.

You may remember the four-year-old was diagnosed with herpes three weeks before she died.

Dozens of the four year old's autopsy photos were shown to jurors. They were very graphic pictures of her fractured skull.

Snapshots of more than eighty bruises on her little face, mouth and body were also shown and photos of evidence the four-year-old was sexually assaulted.

Abigail Young cried uncontrollably at the sight of the first autopsy photo of her daughter. She broke down again as the doctor who performed Emma Thompson's autopsy explained the trauma to the four-year-old.

According to prosecutors Emma died that night in June of last year after she was raped and beaten by her mother's boyfriend Lucas Coe.

"The defendant's relationship and love for Lucas Coe far outweighed the love for her daughter" says prosecutor Tina Ansari.

Three weeks before little Emma's death the four year old was diagnosed with genital herpes.

Young's attorney says her client, who was a nurse, thought her daughter contracted herpes through non-sexual contact with other kids.


Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/100629-prosecutors-4-yr-old-raped-and-killed
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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:08 am

After Abigail Young was released on $50,000 bond, she gave an exclusive interview to KHOU (CBS) - Houston, Tx. Her attorneys were on either side of her during the interview.

KHOU no longer has the interview available for viewing.

KBTX (CBS), Bryan, Tx, covered the story about the interview on their news and showed snippets of the interview. The video is not available but the article is.

Keep in mind . . . this interview took place less than two months after Emma died a brutal, horrific death. Instead of being concerned about Emma's pain and suffering, Young is concerned about the 'hell she is in', how she feels, blah, blah, blah.

In a way, she reminds me of Casey Anthony . . . . me, me, me!
Disgusting to say the least!

The above is just my opinion!
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Nurse Charged in Child's Death Can't Describe "Hell I'm In"

Posted: 10:14 PM Aug 12, 2009
Reporter: Courtney Zubowski, KHOU 11 News



A woman charged in the brutal beating death of her daughter says she’s a good mother who would never hurt a child.

“Words can’t describe the hell that I’m in,” Abbey Young said in an exclusive interview with KHOU 11 News.

Abbey Young and her ex-boyfriend, Lucas Coe, are facing injury to a child charges in connection with the death of 4-year-old Emma Thompson.

Emma died at a Woodlands hospital on June 27.

An autopsy showed Emma had 80 contusions among other injuries. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to her abdominal area.

"My hope is that somehow God took care of her and that she didn't know what was happening to her," Young said.

Investigators arrested Coe and Young on Monday. Coe has been in jail since then. Young is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

“I want people to know my side, how I’m feeling,” said Young.

Read more: http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/53085887.html


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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:56 am

On June 28, 2010, ABC News (National - online) posted an article about prosecutions of a parent for harming a child by omission are unusual. This was posted regarding Abigail Young's trial. It is a 2 page article and is very informative. The second page includes an interview with one of Young's neighbors.

Rare Prosecution of Mother for Failing to Protect Her Daughter From Abuse
Prosecutions of a Parent for Harming a Child By Omission Are Unusual

By RAY SANCHEZ - ABC.com
June 28, 2010



Abigail Elizabeth Young, right, stands with her attorneys Colin B. Abmann, left, and Julie A. Ketterman, center, at the Harris County Criminal Courts in this Aug. 12, 2009 file photo, in Houston. Young and her boyfriend Lucas Ruric Coe are charged in the death of Young's 4-year-old daughter Emma Thompson. Authorities have said Emma suffered 80 bruises, a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and a vaginal tear. Collapse
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle/AP Photo)


Houston nurse Abigail Young went on trial today on charges she failed to prevent the death of her 4-year-old daughter whose body was battered with 80 bruises, had a severed pancreas and a fractured skull.

There were also indications that the girl had been sexually abused.

Young, 34, faces up to life in prison if convicted on the one count of injury to a child by omission. Jury selection began today in Young's unusual case.

Her daughter, Emma Thompson, died June 27, 2009.

Young's boyfriend at the time, Lucas Coe, 28, is to be tried in September on charges of aggravated sexual assault. At the time of Emma's death, Coe was facing an unrelated child abuse charge in another county.

The prosecution of a mother for not protecting a child is rare, legal experts said.

Sandra Guerra Thompson, a criminal law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, told ABCNews.com that the prosecution of a parent, especially a mother, for causing harm to a child by omission were highly unusual. "Most of the times when a child is harmed by a parent, the other parent is usually found to be also a victim of the abusive parent," Guerra Thompson said. "Although technically, like in this case, the mother has an obligation to protect the child and report the abuse, because of her status as a victim as well and really her psychological helplessness, prosecutors generally exercise their discretion not to charge."

Guerra Thompson called the case of Abigail Young case "eye-opening."


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Julius Villareal, a neighbor, told ABCNews.com. that Young appeared unusually calm given the circumstances and that she gave neighbors contradictory versions of what had happened.

Young and her boyfriend Lucas Ruric Coe are charged in the death of Young's 4-year-old daughter Emma Thompson. Authorities have said Emma suffered 80 bruises, a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and a vaginal tear.

"She told one group one thing and then told another group of neighbors a totally different story," he said. "She was cool, calm and collected. She seemed kind of normal for someone who just lost a child."

Villareal said Young told neighbors that Emma had fallen off the toilet in the bathroom, cracking her skull and splitting her lip. She described in detail how the girl suffered extensive bruising from CPR attempts. Young said extensive bruising on the girl's thighs was caused when she pulled Emma from the car once the girl passed out.

"The most surprising thing I saw was her reaction when officers were getting ready to enter her house," Villareal told ABCNews.com. "She seemed nervous. She tried to stall them and said she said she didn't have a key."

Villareal said Young went out of her way to mention that Coe was good to her and her girls. "In front of everyone, she was telling her oldest daughter that her boyfriend never hurt any of you girls and that he was nice to everybody," he said. "It was like she was coaching her."


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/jury-selection-trial-mother-accused-protecting-daughter/story?id=11035197&page=1

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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:06 pm

Snaz . . . .

Thank you for making Emma's thread look beautiful! Your skill is awesome! You have made this thread "come alive" and made it a special place for precious little Emma!

I appreciate you posting the pictures, videos, obit and putting the articles in italics. Regarding Emma, this is the most beautiful thread I've ever seen on the Internet! There is no other blog that has such a beautiful thread for Emma!

Precious little Emma was short changed in life by a mother who was suppose to love and protect her. Her short little 4-year-old life ended with her having genital herpes, being allegedly raped and brutally assaulted by Lucas Ruric Coe.

No four year old should be subjected to such a horrific death including a severed pancreas, busted lips, 80 contusions, vaginal injuries, massive internal injuries and a fractured (cracked) skull ! According to the autopsy report, Emma's fatal injuries occurred 12 to 24 hours before her death. She did experience pain and suffering. The Medical Examiner stated blunt force abdominal trauma as Emma's cause of death.

It has been over a year and her maternal grandmother, Margie Routt Young, who resides in Brenham, Tx, where Emma is buried, still has not bought Emma a tombstone, cradle, or ledger. I would think Emma's family would want her to have a beautiful tombstone with a ledger and cradle. Money is not an object. Routt Young can certainly afford it.

A Houston Chronicle reporter, who has covered Emma's case from day one, came to Brenham a few days before Abigail Young's trial started. Pictures were taken of Emma's grave and one picture was published in the Houston Chronicle in an article. I've been trying to find the article in archives to post here and have not been successful. The condition of Emma's grave is a disgrace and is disrespectful to Emma who died a horrific, brutal death.

If Routt Young does not do the right thing by 6-27-11 (the second year anniversary of Emma's death), I will approach her and offer to pay for Emma's tombstone, ledger, etc. Like I said, money is no problem with Routt Young so I don't know why Emma does not have a tombstone! I certainly hope it is not because she was thought of so little and the feeling that Emma does not deserve a beautiful grave!

I do know for a fact that Routt Young testified for the defense and supported her daughter, Abigail Young. She did not give a Victim's Impact Statement on behalf of Emma, her granddaughter! How sad and pathetic is that! The aforementioned is just my opinion!

Once again, special thanks to you, Snaz, and Reality Chatter for all you have done for Emma! I know she is looking down from Heaven smiling at you and thankful that Reality Chatter has allowed a thread to be set up for her . . . . . so that all can know the circumstances of her horrific death and seek justice for her!

You have done an awesome job! For you, Snaz:

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Post by Piper on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:35 pm

Ann, thank you so much for little Emma's thread. This little girl deserved so much more in her young life, for starters a mother that would protect her. It's heartbreaking. The so called mom and boyfriend are utterly disgusting, makes me sick to my stomach.

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Post by Justice4all on Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:00 pm

Mom's trial revisiting tragedy of Emma

Jury will be selected to find out if nurse had a part in death

By TERRI LANGFORD
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
June 28, 2010, 6:08AM



A year after a suburban 4-year-old's gruesome death helped force a state review of child abuse investigations in Houston, there's little else to show that Emma Thompson passed through this world. She's buried next to a grandfather she never met and no formal headstone is placed on her tiny grave, which features a humble funeral home marker and half-dead petunias.


Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7083574.html
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Post by Justice4all on Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:32 pm

Emma's mother chose to ignore the obvious abuse and kept lying and making excuses for her scum boyfriend. She deserves more than 20 years in prison.

I can't believe that Routt didn't give a Victim's Impact Statement on behalf of her granddaughter, but I guess that shouldn't surprise me considering that she didn't even get a headstone for Emma's grave.

It is sad that so many people failed Emma in life and after her death.
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Post by Snaz on Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:47 pm

Ann, the real thanks goes to you. You need not thank me. As I said to you before, you did all the work... I just "prettied" it up a little. And everything I know about that, I pretty much learned from Fysty and J4A. So I'd say it was a joint effort. They've been wonderful teachers over the last year.

Thank you for your dedication to seeing that this child receives justice. I have both read in your words and heard in your voice your passion and compassion, and while Emma was not so lucky in life, she is lucky in death to have someone with your huge heart looking out for her.

Thank you again for bringing this precious child and her horrific death to our attention. She surely did not deserve to suffer the way she did. It breaks my heart that anyone could treat a child that way, much less a mother. Sad

I hope Emma's grandmother will do what's right. She already failed her granddaughter in life. The very least she can do is provide a headstone for this poor child's grave.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:00 am

Piper wrote:Ann, thank you so much for little Emma's thread. This little girl deserved so much more in her young life, for starters a mother that would protect her. It's heartbreaking. The so called mom and boyfriend are utterly disgusting, makes me sick to my stomach.

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You welcome, Piper! A special thank you to Snaz for "getting" it off the ground and running!

Piper, I like the streamer you made for Emma! Too bad Young was not found guilty of the first degree felony. She deserves life in prison without parole.
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09
by Justice4all on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:00 pm
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Thank you for finding this article! Also, thank you for posting the picture of Emma's grave. If Emma was my granddaughter, she would not have half dead petunias on her grave. How disrespectful to Emma!

Message to Margie Routt Young: Margie, let loose of some of your money and be a decent grandmother . . . please get Emma a tombstone, ledger and cradle. You were the talk of the town when the Chronicle published that article!

Do your social friends and the Board of Directors at Scott & White know you let your granddaughter's grave look terrible with half dead petunias and you leave faded floral arrangements on Emma's grave? I wish the Banner would've published the picture of Emma's grave. But . . . we know that won't happen!

Oh, by the way, please put age appropriate floral arrangements on Emma's grave.

Show some respect for Emma - your precious little granddaughter, who died a brutal, horrific death as a result of your daughter, Abigail's choice in a man named Lucas Ruric Coe!

If Abigail had not told so many, many lies to CPS and others, perhaps Emma would have been removed from the "home of horrors" and be alive today!

Margie, so many find it hard to believe that you did not seek justice for your granddaughter, Emma! Instead you testified for the defense and supported your daughter, Abigail! How disgusting! You remind me of Cindy Anthony!
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In testimony at Young's trial, it was revealed that passersby did CPR on Emma while, Abigail Young, the Registered Nurse mother, did nothing!

Also, per testimony, while EMS tried to save Emma, Registered Nurse Young was inside the EMS unit talking on her cell phone. What kind of loving mother would do that? Oh, that's right, the Prosecutors said Lucas Ruric Coe was more important to Young than Emma was!

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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:07 am

Here is a short video I found on YouTube. It is from Abigail Young's trial which started June 28, 2010.

It is a live report from Katie McCall, Reporter, KTRK - Houston, Tx. Katie covered Young's trial for KTRK (ABC).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib4ho8Mcmcg
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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:16 am

Another video found on YouTube re Abigail Young's trial. At the end of this Live Report from Katie McCall, Reporter, KTRK - Houston, Tx., she explains Young's sentence (punishment).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNZjqbRF3Zo
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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:34 am

This video from KTRK- Houston, Tx (8-14-09) is very informative.

It shows Abigail Young's home . . . the home Emma Thompson was brutally raped, beaten and abused in!

Info about Lucas Coe and his 4-year-old daughter is discussed also.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6964227

"Vigil held for alleged abused victim"
KTRK has the wrong headline with this video.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:01 pm

Regarding Lucas Ruric Coe Trial:
Houston, Harris County, Texas

Per Court Co-ordinator of State District Court 232, Harris County, Texas:

Lucas Ruric Coe's Trial Date is:
Monday, 9-13-10

Pre-Trial Motion Date is:
Thursday, 9-9-10

Pre-trial motion is a hearing regarding any pre-trial motions.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:18 pm

Per Office of District Attorney, Harris County, Texas -
Patricia R. Lykos

Docket for court 232 on 9/13/2010: (Partial - Name Specific)

State vs. Coe, Lucas Ruric
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Docket for court 232 on 9/9/2010 (Partial - Name Specific)

State vs. Coe, Lucas Ruric

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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:24 pm

As mentined previously, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston, Tx (Public Information Inquiry) indicates the next Court Date of 09/09/2010 in Court 232 for Coe, Lucas Ruric.

Charge: Super Agg Sex Asslt Child < 6
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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:30 pm

Per the above posts, all pertinent offices are on the same "page" regarding Lucas Ruric Coe. In other words, all dates are synchronized.

State District Court 232, Harris County, Tx
Office of District Attorney - Patricia R. Lykos, Harris County, Tx
Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County, Tx
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Post by Estee on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:33 pm

Ann, will you be able to go to this trial and keep us posted??? I'm sure there are a lot of angry people that want to see this perp fry...Emma's mom was fortunate to only get 20 yrs...
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Post by Julie on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:54 pm

Ann - thanks so much for all of the updates & youtubes.

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Post by sitemama on Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:24 pm

Why is this guy not charged with murdering Emma?

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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:39 pm

A few weeks ago someone, on The Hinky Meter, asked me about the Emma Thompson case. I know some folks that read at Val's that were following Emma's case during Young's trial.
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So . . . I posted this at The Hinky on Just for Chat:

» Ann - Tx said: { Sep 3, 2010 - 01:09:19 }

For those interested in the Emma Thompson Case, 4-year-old from Spring, Tx, who was brutally raped and beaten and died a horrific death on 6-27-09, the trial of Lucas Ruric Coe, charged with ‘Super Agg Sex Asslt Child < 6' is scheduled to start on Monday, 9-13-10.

Pre-Trial Motion Date is on Thursday, 9-9-10.

I just verified via phone with State District Court 232 Co-ordinator and the Harris County District Attorney's Office regarding the above dates.

I started a new thread and wrote an intro regarding the Emma Thompson Case on Reality Chatter (RC) with various Links posted regarding this case and Links from the Abigail Young (Emma's mother) trial which concluded mid July, 2010. There are videos from Young's trial posted and the Victim's Impact Statement Raw Video is posted.

Only Emma's father, Ben Thompson, and paternal grandmother, Laurie Thompson, spoke on behalf of Emma Thompson.

Sadly, Emma's maternal grandmother, Margie Routt Young, supported her daughter, Abigail Young, and testified for the Defense.

Routt Young did not speak on behalf of her granddaugher, Emma, during the Victim's Impact Statement – Emma Thompson.

I have a very personal interest in this case and I do plan on attending a few days of Lucas Coe's trial. I will keep the thread updated at RC during the trial.

If you are interested, here is the Link:

http://www.realitychatter.com/missing-murdered-f30/emma-thompson-deceased-6-27-09-t2705.htm
Reality Chatter – Emma Thompson – Deceased 6/27/09

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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:30 pm

Estee wrote:Ann, will you be able to go to this trial and keep us posted??? I'm sure there are a lot of angry people that want to see this perp fry...Emma's mom was fortunate to only get 20 yrs...
Yes, Estee, I will attend a few days of Lucas Coe's trial. I don't know if I'll be able to stand to be in the same air space as Coe! Yuk! Since I watch and will record our local news, I will be able to give updates before the clips are posted on the TV stations website some of the time. During Young's trial all of the videos were not posted. Just brief clips.

I've rearranged my schedule and I hope to attend at least 3 days of the trial, definitely the first day. I want to hear the opening arguments. Downtown Houston is about 70 to 72 miles from me (depending which way I go). I'll have to fight the rush hour traffic and it is a monster traffic jam! LOL If I could get 2 things rescheduled, I will attend more than 3 days. Coe . . . this is the big perp!

I would like to get a hotel room downtown but because of my husband's health issues, I know I can not be gone 3 days/nights in a row. It would be like a vacation - the hotel room and not have to be concerned about cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner! Laughing

Emma died 6-27-09 and Coe's trial is 9-13-10. This is a much more brutal case than Casey's and she still has not gone to trial! Florida needs to take lessons from Texas! Anyway, 9-13-10 is the day I have been waiting for. ~~~ Justice for precious Emma! ~~~

The reason Abigail Young got 20 years which was the maximum allowed for the lesser charge is because she was not found guilty of the first degree felony. Had she been found guilty of the first degree felony, her maximum sentence would have been Life in Prison without Parole.

The State of Texas ( Harris County District Attorney Prosecutors) was seeking Life without Parole and a first degree felony conviction.
They were disappointed that the jury did not find Young guilty of the felony but respected their verdict and was hoping during the Punishment Phase (which was the next day) that the jury would give Young 20 years, the maximum allowed.

The sad part is Young will be eligible for parole in 5 years (good behavior). Emma's dad vowed to be at every parole hearing to speak against Young. Did you see the Victim's Impact Statement video? I think Julie posted it upthread.

In the wee hours of this morning, I posted a video from YouTube where Katie McCall (local TV reporter) explained Young's sentence towards the end of the video. I posted 3 videos (one after another).

Yes, there are a lot of angry people, especially in Washington County where I live. Mad Evil or Very Mad This one reminds me of Casey Anthony during one of her jail visits with the Ants!




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Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:41 pm

Julie wrote:Ann - thanks so much for all of the updates & youtubes.
Julie, you welcome! I'm looking for the one that shows the home for quite some time and the reporter is interviewing some of the neighbors. I have the Link but it is no longer available on the TV station's website. Blank page comes up and says no longer available.

If you run across it, please post it. Well, I need to go and pick up a Coconut Pie that is to die for! This little restaurant in our small community makes the best pies. I put my order in for one and they said I could pick it up after 3:30. We are having friends over later and I did not have time to bake something for dessert.

I'll have to push our friends out of the door so I can get on the computer and come to RC! LOL Now that is better known as being addicted to a website! Okay, I need to really go now . . . . ~ ~ ~ ~
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Post by Julie on Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:10 pm

Ann-If I see it, I'll post it.

LOL, I usually push hubby & the kids out the door, so I can come here. Laughing

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Post by Julie on Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:14 pm

Ann - I did some checking, and I can't find the video. I'll look around more later or tomorrow. btw, what TV station link did you have before?

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Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:55 am

Julie wrote:Ann - I did some checking, and I can't find the video. I'll look around more later or tomorrow. btw, what TV station link did you have before?
Julie, thank you for looking. It was posted on KHOU (Ch 11), Houston, Tx. Also, they did an exclusive interview with Abigail Young, in the court house (justice center) after she was released on bond. Both of her attorneys were on either side of her. What an interview! It outraged everybody I know!

I have the Link but when I click on it, a blank page comes up with KHOU Logo and says it is no longer available. I really want to post the video. I think I'll call KHOU and inquire about it. I would think they did not destroy it. Maybe they'll post it again. It is worth a try. Holiday week-end . . . . will probably have to wait until Tuesday. A skeleton crew usually works during holidays!

Julie, here is the Link to Ch 11: http://www.khou.com/

If you search archives, the interview took place in August. I'll have to check the exact date. I think it was on 8-12-09 or maybe 8-13-09.

Also, nearly all Houston TV stations covered the Vigil. Some stations had clips; others had lengthy videos of the Vigil (not in its entirety though). None are available now.

KHOU had an awesome slide show of Emma! That is not available either. Luckily, I found one on KPRC (Ch 2) an NBC station in Houston.

Do you think some of these videos could be on YouTube or some other video service?

I know if they are out there, my great teacher, Julie, can find them!

Thanks for your help, Julie! praise
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:12 pm

Julie,
The exclusive interview with Abigail Young and KHOU- Ch 11 - Houston, Tx was on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. It was after her hearing and she was released on bail.
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Post by Julie on Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:00 pm

Ann - All I could find are some old articles, with a video screen that doesn't play the video, so I guess they have been removed. I also checked youtube again....nothing. I also Googled for the video...nothing.

Here's the links, but you probably already have them.

8/11/09
http://www.khou.com/news/local/66166132.html

http://www.khou.com/archive/66657482.html

8/13/09
http://www.khou.com/archive/66974392.html

http://www.khou.com/archive/66971997.html

http://www.khou.com/news/local/66179217.html

http://www.khou.com/news/local/66166877.html


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Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:05 pm

Thank you, Julie, for your search efforts.

I have the Links you posted but I am glad you posted those because it would be helpful to someone who is not familiar with Emma's case or if someone forgot some of the details in the case.

I will call KHOU and see if I can get a "copy" of their exclusive interview with Young. I just thought media websites kept articles and videos forever! I should have got my nephew to copy it to a Flash Drive and then I would have it. Live and learn!
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Post by Julie on Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:22 pm

Ann - they only keep the ones that you're NOT looking for.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:08 pm

You are right, Julie. I have found that out. I have all of the Links but when I click on . . . . Logo with white page saying not available!

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Post by Julie on Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:12 pm

Ann - Hopefully KHOU will send you a copy, but I don't know if they do that.

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Post by Cali on Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:03 pm

Abigail Young KNEW of the rape of her defenseless little daughter, she saw the reports of oral and genital herpes. A mother, a nurse, and a heartless non-mothering woman. She lied to CPS saying she had no man in her home, or in her life. In addition to the crime of "Omission" she should also have been charged with a crime of "Child endangerment resulting from knowledge of and failure to prevent any of the following crimes: ongoing sexual abuse, bodily injury, and/or and death".
Abigail knew what was happening to Emma and did nothing to prevent any further harm. Had she acted responsibly, Emma would still be alive today. So, she did play a role in Emma's death, and should remain behind bars for the rest of her miserable self-serving life.
Ideally, she would join her lover in a double execution.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:52 am

Cali wrote:Abigail Young KNEW of the rape of her defenseless little daughter, she saw the reports of oral and genital herpes. A mother, a nurse, and a heartless non-mothering woman. She lied to CPS saying she had no man in her home, or in her life. In addition to the crime of "Omission" she should also have been charged with a crime of "Child endangerment resulting from knowledge of and failure to prevent any of the following crimes: ongoing sexual abuse, bodily injury, and/or and death".
Abigail knew what was happening to Emma and did nothing to prevent any further harm. Had she acted responsibly, Emma would still be alive today. So, she did play a role in Emma's death, and should remain behind bars for the rest of her miserable self-serving life.
Ideally, she would join her lover in a double execution.
Hi, Cali!

I remember we blogged about Emma on another site starting a year ago mid-August, 2009. I agree with your comment. Young knew and it is unfortunate that the jury did not find her guilty of the first degree felony versus the lesser charge. Had she been found guilty of the first degree felony, she would have been eligible for the maximum sentence and that would be Life without Parole.

The State of Texas (Harris County District Attorney's Office - Prosecutors) was seeking the first degree felony with Life in Prison without Parole. They were very disappointed the jury found Young guilty of the lesser charge but respected the jury's verdict.

The next day during the punishment phase of Young's trial they asked for the maximum allowed by law in the lesser charge - 20 years in prison. The jury gave her 20 years, $10,000 fine. She will be eligible for parole in 5 years provided (good behavior). $10,000 is a drop in the bucket for Young - no big deal and no problem paying it! In my opinion, this is like a slap on the hand for Young. Emma's life, pain and suffering prior to death are worth more than the slap on the hand Young got!

It made me sick when the Judge read the verdict of guilty, Young broke down and cried; those tears were for herself . . . not for Emma! When the Judge read her punishment, her knees buckled, she started crying and she had to sit down! Again, those tears were not for Emma! Young did not even bother to attend Emma's funeral. She was not in jail because she was not arrested until August 10, 2009.

She and Coe both deserve death by lethal injection! Young knew about Coe's background before she brought him into her home to be among her three daughters. Per trial testimony at Young's trial, Young paid Coe's restitution in another case in Harris County. It is a large amount. It was reported in a video by one of the Houston TV stations. It might be as high as $40,000. I can't find the video. If I do, I'll post it here.

I am looking forward to Coe's trial on 9-13-10. That is the day I have waited for . . . . Justice for Emma!
I think it will be a very emotionally charged trial.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:57 am

I wanted to post some more articles late Wed. night but unfortunately I lost my Broadband service and in the process lost all of my Links that I had in an open window. I'm slowly finding the Links again. I will post the links in separate comment boxes.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:13 am

This article, dated August 12, 2009, is from 48 Hours Mystery, Crimesider:

Murdered 4-Year-Old Girl Had STD; Child Services Did Nothing
Posted by Carlin DeGuerin Miller August 12, 2009





Emma Thompson, 4, died as a result of blunt abdominal trauma.

NEW YORK (CBS) It sickens the conscience. Yet another child is dead at the hands of her caregivers. But this time many are pointing fingers at Texas Child Protective Services, who did nothing despite knowing the murdered girl was given genital herpes and living with a man investigated three other times for cases involving children, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Abigail Elizabeth Young, 33 and her boyfriend Lucas Ruric Coe, 27, were arrested Monday and charged with felony injury to a child in connection with the June 27 death of Abigail's 4-year-old daughter, Emma Thompson. But more evidence is coming to light that while they may be directly responsible for Emma's death, they are not solely responsible.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-5234084-504083.html
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:37 am

This is an article published in the Viewpoints/Outlook section of the Houston Chronicle, Houston, Tx on August 15, 2009.

It is written by Randy Burton, who is the founder of the national child advocacy group Justice for Children - an organization that has corporate headquarters in Houston, Tx and an office in Washington, D. C.

Randy is a partner at the Houston law firm of Burleson Cooke, LLP.

Randy is a strong advocate for children. He has been interviewed by some of the major TV stations in Houston, Tx.
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CPS under fire in death of Emma Thompson


By RANDY BURTON Aug. 15, 2009, 4:39PM

The death of 4-year-old Emma Thompson has enraged the Houston community. According to news reports, Emma's mother ignored the abuse of her own child, denied it to the authorities and attempted to hide it by super-gluing her baby's skull together. This “gifted nurse” claimed Emma's injuries were self-inflicted and that she had contracted genital herpes from a dirty toilet seat. Neighbors and others who suspected abuse should have notified the authorities, something required of all Texans over the age of 18. But, judging by their comments on the story on the Houston Chronicle's Web site, Houstonians have reserved their strongest criticism for Child Protective Services. The agency, which was fully aware that Emma had contracted a sexually transmitted disease, failed to remove her from the home.
This tragedy is not an isolated example of poor judgment but the result of a conscious decision by CPS to leave this child in the home. CPS spokesperson Estella Olguin explained that “a sexually transmitted disease alone is not enough to put a 4-year-old into protective custody.” If Emma's STD and her mother's inconsistent stories about its origin weren't enough to trigger a thorough investigation and removal by CPS, what sort of evidence does it need?

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6574076.html
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Note the comments under the article!
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:03 am

This is the web site of Justice for Children. Last year (2009) Emma Thompson was featured on the front page.

The article (see above post at 12:37 a.m.) that Randy Burton wrote about Emma Thompson is still listed on the front page but not featured. Scroll down and look in the orange box to the right. You can click on it and it will take you to the article.

Emma is mentioned in several of the articles listed in the orange box.

Also, in the orange box you will find some of Randy's interviews with Houston TV stations.

There is some very interesting information on Justice for Children's web site.

http://www.justiceforchildren.org/
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This is a link to a list of articles within the site. Several are about Emma Thompson:

http://www.justiceforchildren.org/houston-news.asp
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:19 am

This is a video and article of the first press conference in the Emma Thompson Case. It is at the Harris County Sheriff's Office - Homicide Division in northeast Houston. The building is a secured building.

The Harris County Jail is in downtown Houston. In the video, you will see Young and Coe, in handcuffs, being placed in two separate vehicles for the transport to the Harris County Jail. This is the night they were arrested - 8-10-09.

A. J. Kelly, Investigator - Harris County Sheriff's Office, is the Lead Detective in Emma Thompson's case.
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Couple arrested in brutal murder of 4-year-old

By Jamie Nash - Montgomery County News, Montgomery, Tx
August 11, 2009



HARRIS COUNTY- On Monday afternoon, a few days after Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly revealed an autopsy had determined 4-year-old Emma Thompson’s death on June 27 was a homicide, the girl’s mother and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the child’s death.

Abigail Elizabeth Young, 33, Emma's mother; and Lucas Ruric Coe, 27, Young's boyfriend are charged with first-degree felony injury to a child.

The family resided in Spring, but Emma Thompson died in a Montgomery County hospital because it was the nearest facility available once medical care for her injuries was finally sought.

Representatives of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement at a Monday night press conference in Houston.


Read more: http://www.montgomerycountynews.net/index.php?module=article&view=760
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Video, article and picture of Emma Thompson

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Post by sitemama on Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:57 am

Have either one of them been charged with murdering this baby?

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