Krista - posted on 05/01/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )
This article is from my local paper this week:
Memories of dead son remind mother of short time together
By Murray Crawford
Posted 19 hours ago
Amy Bounting's lasting memory of her son, Camden, happened just five days before he was killed.
"I took him bowling and he giggled for the first time," said Bounting. "It's one of my best memories."
On March 19 Bounting's common law husband James Andrew Larose punched the six-month-old Camden five times in the stomach, which eventually led to the child's death and Larose's conviction this past week for manslaughter.
The couple had been in a relationship for 18 months before the fateful night of Camden's death. They had met at a local bar and through mutual friends started a relationship with Amy becoming pregnant shortly thereafter.
Eight months into the relationship the couple moved in together.
"He was a normal guy," said Bounting. "There was no indication he was capable of anything like this. It makes you sick to your stomach."
Three months into the relationship Bounting became pregnant with Camden and on Sept. 14, 2008 he was born.
"Camden was absolutely gorgeous," said Bounting. "His eyes, I will never forget them. His giggle. He was the happiest baby; he slept through the night at three weeks. There was no reason for any of this to happen."
Larose was alone the night for the early part of the night Camden died. Bounting had gone out bowling while Larose was left to mind his son. When Bounting came home she didn't check on Camden because she trusted Larose.
"Complete trust," said Bounting. "I trusted him, I was in love with him. I trusted that he wasn't covering my eyes with wool."
Court heard on April 26 that in the night Larose had been drinking double ryes and at one point had to change Camden's diaper. While changing the diaper Camden defecated again getting some excrement on Larose, who then proceeded to punch Camden five times in the stomach. The blows ruptured Camden's small intestine.
Larose put Camden into his bed and left the child alone.
The pathologist said it would have taken hours for the child to die and any intervention that night could have saved the child's life.
"James came in to get me because he had gone to get Camden because we had our six-month check up that morning," said Bounting. "James came in and said 'Camden is not moving.' I told him not to play such an evil trick on me. Then I went in and called 911."
At first Bounting said the situation was unbelievable. Camden was a happy baby with no health problems.
"At first I thought it was SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) because how was I to know," said Bounting. "Shortly thereafter my family all showed up and they were all skeptical that it was SIDS."
It took five days for Larose to be arrested, but Bounting said she felt something wasn't right even before the arrest.
"To realize that it wasn't actually SIDS, it didn't take five days," said Bounting. "It took a couple of days before I was realizing there was something wrong, but I still didn't want to doubt him. I faced a lot of denial; I still believed the man I loved couldn't do this to me. I can't explain all the emotions I went through."
Eventually that denial gave way to understanding and eventually outrage.
"As soon as I figured it out that it was him, because the cops came and arrested him from our house, there was no turning back," said Bounting. "He was done and he needed to go to jail right now."
At the Court of Queen's Bench in Battleford, Sask. on April 26 the ruling was passed down. The Crown sought eight to 10 years for Larose, who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter after originally being charged with second-degree murder.
The judge sentenced Larose to five-and-a-half years, less a month for time served. He was not given double time for the month he spent in remand.
"I was disgusted with what happened in court," said Bounting. "Seeing Larose again and how can the justice system think that my son's life was only worth five-and-a-half years. I don't understand how they can think five-and-a-half years was enough for what he did."
Right after everything happened, Bounting moved back to her parent's home.
"This has affected my life in so many ways," said Bounting. "Trust is a big issue, there are very few people I trust in my life now. To get back into a relationship with anybody is going to take me a very long time. Wanting to have a family is going to take a long time. I've persevered a lot since it happened."
I can't believe that the court would think that 5 1/2 years is justice for what this man did. The truth, as described in the article, is even worse than the rumors that were going around. The story was that the baby drowned while his father was bathing him, and he dressed the baby in pajamas and put him in bed to cover it up. What this man did, and how the courts handled it, makes me feel sick to my stomach.