September 1, 2012

Former housemate says 10-year-old injured another baby in June

Ashley Tenney says her 8-month-old daughter suffered seizures and was hospitalized after being alone with the girl who was charged with manslaughter in the July death of an infant.

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling mhhetling@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Tenney and Hopkins said they had lived in the Huard home for only a couple of months before their daughter, Jaylynn, went to the emergency room.

During that time, Tenney said, the 10-year-old usually seemed to have a healthy interest in Jaylynn and Brooklyn, offering to change diapers or help with bathing.

"I had a lot of trust in her," she said.

However, Tenney said the 10-year-old also seemed angry and possessive at times, or complained about no longer getting as much attention as she did before Tenney moved in with Jaylynn.

"She had so much anger," Tenney said. "She would get mad and just flip stuff over."

In the first week of July, Tenney said, she found a canvas bag filled with her daughter's clothing in a drawer in the 10-year-old's room. The bag also contained more than 100 photographs of Jaylynn, some of which had been torn and damaged.

Others had scrapbook stickers on them that said things like "my baby girl," Tenney said.

The 10-year-old's behavioral problems, according to the notice DHHS sent to her mother, include oppositional defiant disorder. That is a condition which can be characterized by "a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behavior toward" authority figures, according to a fact sheet posted on the website of the Mayo Clinic.

The DHHS notice also said that the 10-year-old suffers from attachment disorder. Children with that condition, according to the clinic fact sheet, are typically neglected, abused or orphaned; and the developing brain may be permanently altered.

The disorder happens, the fact sheet says, "because the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met and loving, caring attachments with others are never established."

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