September 1, 2012

DHHS to 10-year-old's mom: You share the blame

The agency says Amanda Huard knew her daughter was a danger to children before a 3-month-old died in her home.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

and Michael Shepherd mshepherd@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Greenaway visited her brother, then went home and was asleep in bed by 11:30 p.m., she said.

Greenaway said Brooklyn's bassinette was brought up to the 10-year-old's room on the second floor of Huard's home.

She said she doesn't know where Maddison slept, whether in the 10-year-old's room or in the room of Huard's 9-year-old daughter. That daughter lived with her father but visited her mother. The father has since asked a court to remove Huard's custody rights.

After Brooklyn's death, the 10-year-old was placed in state custody.

Ashley Tenney, 20, who was staying in Huard's basement at the time, said she heard a commotion upstairs around 1:30 a.m. on July 8 and heard the word "dead."

About 1:40 a.m., Greenaway got a call from Huard, who said they had found Brooklyn not breathing and she had to go to the hospital. Then she hung up.

As they waited for word on Brooklyn's condition at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer campus in Waterville, the 10-year-old was impatient, Greenaway said. "She just kept saying, 'I'm tired, I want to go. I want to know what's going on.'

"I recall saying to her, 'It's not about you. It's about Brook.' Amanda told her to come and sit next to her and said, 'You didn't do anything.'"

Finally, a Maine State Police detective took Greenaway into an exam room.

"He said, 'I don't know how to tell you, but (Brooklyn) didn't make it.'" Greenaway said.

Police then interviewed her for two hours, she said, and later asked to see photos she had taken Saturday -- time-stamped photos that showed the child had no injuries just before Greenaway dropped her off at Huard's house.

Later, she told Huard that the DHHS would probably want to question her. "She just freaked out on me on the phone, like it was an inconvenience," Greenaway said.

A week later, a state police detective told Greenaway that the state Medical Examiner's Office had determined that her baby's death was not from natural causes. At that point, she started blaming Huard.

"To me, I think she should be arrested, put in jail and charged," Greenaway said Friday.

Greenaway said she was told by police that Huard told them she was watching movies on television while Brooklyn was crying.

When her daughter's body was released to the funeral home after an autopsy, she saw that the girl had "fingerprint" bruises on her face, a black eye and a bruised nose, she said. The medical examiner, she was told, ruled the cause of death suffocation.

Greenaway says she was also told that traces of a type of medication prescribed to the 10-year-old were found in her baby's system.

Greenaway said she still works with Huard at Elmwood Primary Care in Waterville but avoids talking to her.

Stokes, in the Attorney General's Office, said it may be some time before a juvenile petition -- the formal charging document -- is filed in Skowhegan District Court.

Had the 10-year-old been detained by police, the document would have to have been filed within 24 hours. Because she was issued a summons to appear in court Oct. 22, there is no need to hurry, Stokes said.

Staff Writer David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at:

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Kennebec Journal Staff Writer Michael Shepherd can be contacted at 621-5632 or at:

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Nobody was home Friday at 330 Center Road in Fairfield, where police say an infant was killed by a 10-year-old girl in July.

John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

  


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