Saturday, December 15, 2007


I read this story in the Indianapolis Star. Another woman kills her adopted child. The child is from China. Okay who the hell is approving these homestudies? Which agency is ultimately responsible? Here is the full story since the Indy Star only leaves it up for a week.

SHERIDAN, Ind. — Rebecca Kyrie always dreamed of adopting a child. Six months after her dream came true, she is accused of killing the Korean baby in a fit of rage.

Rebecca R. Kyrie, 28, Sheridan, was being held without bond Friday in the Hamilton County Jail. - Provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department
Friday, the 28-year-old Sheridan woman appeared in Hamilton Superior Court in Noblesville to face charges of murder, battery resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and aggravated battery.
The charges stem from the Sept. 4 death of Hei Min Chung, a 13-month-old girl being adopted by Kyrie and her husband, David.
Medical and police authorities claim Kyrie shook the girl so violently that the baby suffered fatal brain injuries.
Kyrie was arrested Thursday and is being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville.
The arrest followed a three-month investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. It stunned those who know Kyrie, a regular churchgoer who performed dance interpretations of Bible stories at Church of Praise in Eagletown.
“I’m just flabbergasted by this all,” said Phyllis Baird, a Sheridan neighbor who recalls how the couple put up a fence when they adopted the girl, whom they had named Chaeli, so she could play in the yard. “I’m sure she didn’t go up and say, ‘I’m going to shake you and kill you.’.”
Hei Min Chung, 13 months, died Sept. 4. Police said the girl had been shaken so violently that she suffered fatal brain injuries. (Provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)
Suspect’s mental conditionSheriff’s spokesman Maj. Mark Bowen said Friday that Kyrie offered no explanation for her baby’s condition when she called 911 on Sept. 3 and reported the child was frothing at the mouth.Later, however, she referred to personal problems, according to evidence filed in court.According to the sworn statement by sheriff’s Detective Scott McKinney, Kyrie claimed her child’s doctor “had prescribed Xanax and Lexapro for Mrs. Kyrie for some depression issues that she has had in the past that she was afraid might resurface.”Although Kyrie never acknowledged shaking the child, McKinney said that during a Sept. 4 interview with one of her biological sons, the little boy said “his mommy told him not to tell what happened to Sissy, which is the name he used for Chaeli.”David Kyrie was not implicated in the girl’s death. An employee of an Indianapolis hospital, he was at work when officials believe the injuries were inflicted.“They’d had the child for approximately four months,” Bowen said of the couple, who’d been working with Bethany Christian Services to adopt a child from Korea.“The mother had been caring for the child in the home and had contacted 911 because the child was reportedly having difficulty breathing and was frothing at the mouth.”Baby hospitalizedAfter the baby was taken by ambulance to Riverview Hospital in Noblesville and then moved to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, she was diagnosed with a severe brain injury and placed on life support.Chaeli died after she was removed from life support the next day. The recently obtained results of an autopsy show she died from “blunt cranio-cerebral injuries” associated with shaken baby syndrome.The death was ruled a homicide, and on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators obtained a warrant for Kyrie’s arrest.Kyrie has declined media requests for an interview, according to jail officials. Bowen said she has not admitted to shaking the baby, and he said her husband claimed no knowledge of any prior abuse.“It appears to be an isolated incident,” Bowen said.Doctor details injuriesDr. Rick Metz, a pediatric physician at St. Vincent Hospital, determined that Chaeli’s brain was bleeding in the front and back of her head and that she was brain dead, according to Detective McKinney.“Dr. Metz advised that this is a possible case of abusive head trauma, and when asked when the onset of symptoms would occur, Dr. Metz advised that they would occur within minutes to one hour of the abuse,” the detective reported.David Kyrie told investigators that when he telephoned his wife about 5 p.m. Sept. 3, she said Chaeli had been fussy. David Kyrie told detectives that “Chaeli is stubborn and it was hard to get her to do anything.” Sometime after the Kyries talked, the Riverview Hospital chaplain called to tell David Kyrie that Chaeli was being taken to St. Vincent and he should go there, David Kyrie told McKinney.David Kyrie told McKinney that the baby “vomited a lot” after coming here from Korea. Kyrie said she was later diagnosed with nodular gastritis and was on medication. He also said he and his wife had called 911 in July when the child suffered a seizure.State's DCS notifiedThe Indiana Department of Child Services was notified Sept. 4, and the Kyries were not allowed to have contact with their sons. They moved to a home in Fishers, and the 3-year-old and 5-year-old sons were cared for in the Sheridan home by another family member and friend, Bowen said.At Bethany Christian Services in Indianapolis, part of a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based not-for-profit adoption service with offices in 30 states, branch director Linda Wrestler said confidentiality prevents her from discussing specific cases.She said, however, that every client or couple seeking to adopt faces rigorous scrutiny.The case studies include parents’ written autobiographies, criminal and social services checks, verification of employment and finances, birth certificates, health records and personal references.In conjunction with the background checks, an agency social worker meets several times with the family, including at least once in their home.“We talk about their marriage, their lifestyle, what their child-rearing patterns are, their home and community,” Wrestler said.“One of the big things we’d cover would be the family’s motivation for wanting to adopt.”As her child lay brain dead at St. Vincent — with just a couple of months to go before the adoption agency’s required term of observation would end and the adoption would be finalized — Kyrie shed some light on the question.In a brief reference to her interview with a child protection case manager on Sept. 4, Detective McKinney said, “Mrs. Kyrie advised that it has always been a dream or goal of hers to adopt a child.”
Star reporter Chris Sikich contributed to this story.Call Star reporter James A. Gillaspy at (317) 444-5529.

My Letter to the Indy Star

I write you again about another baby in Indiana. How many adoptees have to suffer? Melanie Addington from Iowa adopted a baby boy from Indiana. She caused permanent brain damage by shaking the boy and slamming him into a wall. Now you have another story where an adoptive mother adopted a baby girl from Korea. She does the same thing but she ends up killing the baby. Was this the same agency? Was this the same social worker that approved this?

Brynden Ayre, a father from the Indianapolis area, is currently fighting for the right to raise his baby girl. The mother jumped two states and then ended up in Utah. He registered in Indiana and Texas. The agency was American Center of Choice. This young man along with Cody O'Dea and Joshua Simmerson are fighting this same agency.

This agency was BANNED from Illinois because of this very thing. The Illinois Governor and the State Attorney General both stopped this agency. Why can't Indiana do the same thing?

These are the very reason why adoption records should be opened to the very folks living adoption. Adoption agencies are getting away with MURDER. No one will stand up for adoptees, natural parents, or adoptive parents (who do it right). No one protects us living adoption. The state of Indiana is violating the privacy rights of those living adoption. The state of Indiana is violating our fourth amendment rights. They are intruding into our right to privacy by interferring into our lives. They are holding our papers in seizure on the presumpton of harm. When is Indiana going to step up and start protecting us?

Amy K. Burt
Formerly of Indianapolis and Marion Indiana

Now whether or not they publish it is another story. They don't like to print my letters to the editor. I can get published every where else but in my birth state.


Anonymous said...

I personally believe Rebecca is completely innocent. I'm simply going to refer you to this website on the present investigations into false shaken baby conviction being investigated in Canada. Read this and ask yourself if you truly believe this can not happen in Indiana.

Anonymous said...

I don't care. I think she is guilty. I hold adoptive parents to a higher standard, not just to the adoptees but to the natural parents in this kind of situation. She killed that child just because the child was fussy and not minding. For Christ's sake, that baby was 13 MONTHS old. No child is going to mind at that age. Oh that is right, you think the child probably did it to herself. Go someplace else. I am a cop's own. I know better and I have asked the law enforcement in my community about this situation. It is a very very real situation. Then I wonder if you have done this to a child. Quit posting here.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps one day when you have a child or a loved one that has a child that succombs to a vaccination reaction or an underlying medical condition whereas the doctors are too lazy to look into all possibilities and rule a syndrome BASED solely on a theory and being discounted daily, you will have an open mind. What people cannot fathom because the vast majority of children do not die from vaccine complications or rare underlying medical conditions is that SOME children are medically compromised and do die unexpectedly. People are suppose to be innocent until proven guilty and people like you are the reason why innocent people go to jail because you are incapable of looking into the facts and evidence that does point to other conditions versus believing that the doctors that sway towards SBS are Gods. I guess you forgot the TWO incidences at Methodist where babies were given heparin and died/almost died. Guess doctors never make mistakes, eh? All doctors are given a medical education and their opinions are just that. Opinions .. based on what they know. I suppose for the doctors that will state this child was ill and died of those complications were quacks so it fits into the nice little do gooder mentality of assuming the worse and forgetting to look for facts.

Coleman Moms and Babes said...

What does vaccinations have to do with a woman slamming her child into the wall because she can't handle her child as a parent? You are a little lost on this one.

This child had bruises on her body and bones were broken. I don't think vaccinations have anything to do with broken bones.