Carole Ann DeLeon

Carole DeLeon, a 52-year-old ex-paralegal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane, has the dubious honor of being one of a select group of people who abused foster children in more than one state.

In Wyoming, back in 1987, DeLeon applied to be a foster parent, writing on the application that she loved to cook breakfasts for children of all ages. Due to the ever-problematic shortage of foster parents, her application was processed quickly and she was given a 12-year-old girl to take care of.

Shortly after the girl was placed in Carole DeLeon’s home, things started to go downhill for her. The foster child was never allowed to talk to neighbors, or go outside by herself. One incident involving the girl saying “hello” to a dog resulted in the child having to apologize to it.

A later investigation by the area sheriffs found that the foster girl spent most of her time in DeLeon’s care cowering in the basement or doing chores on DeLeon’s land like feeding chickens and milking goats.

Carole DeLeon’s Wyoming foster child gravy train came to an end when a babysitter for the girl noticed bruises and was able to get the whole story. Evidently DeLeon had hit the girl in the face a few times and was regularly depriving her of food. Once, while especially hungry, the girl ate three pieces of cheese that hadn’t been authorized by DeLeon. Once her foster mother found out, she tied the girl’s hands behind her with needlepoint yarn and forced her to sleep alone in the dark, unfinished basement.

Once the abuse had become apparent, the foster child was taken from DeLeon’s home by child services. Shortly thereafter, her two biological sons, who had been living with their father up until this point, moved in to live with their mom.

After several disturbance calls to the police and with the discovery that the two boys were bruised and bloody, those kids were removed from her home as well.

A pattern is kind of emerging with this woman, isn’t it?

Carole DeLeon moved from Wyoming to Washington, where she again applied for a foster-care license in 1996. She didn’t mention on that application that she had already had children taken from her in another state, which might have been an indicator that she might not be the best person to put kids with for any length of time.

Carole DeLeon took in about 14 foster children while she was in Washington, adopting five. One of the five was adopted in 1998 at the age of four months. His name was Tyler. He was, before he moved in, normal-sized for his age.

Tyler lived with Carole DeLeon for 7 years. During that time he had frequent hospital visits for things like deep lacerations in his hand, bruises, unexplained blood in his ear and a broken femur.

At one point Tyler’s two front teeth were knocked out.

And teachers were starting to get really concerned that he just wasn’t growing.

From the time he was nine months until he was seven, he gained a total of eight pounds.

Nobody was concerned enough to contact child services, of course, but when the mother of the child tells you that he has a medical problem involving the boy gorging himself sick and that’s why she sends him to school with a slice of bread, a few gulps of milk and a carrot stick – I guess that makes sense, huh?

Carole DeLeon made sure that teachers kept Tyler away from fluids, warning them that he would drink water from the toilet or puddles on the ground if they let him.

He was a thirsty boy.

On the night before Tyler DeLeon’s 7th birthday, he was so desperately thirsty that he pulled at the screen of his bedroom window long enough to rip a hole in it – so he could melt snow in his mouth.

The day after his birthday, Tyler DeLeon was dead. He weighed just 28 pounds, about the size of your average 2-year-old or two frozen turkeys.

Several other children in Carole DeLeon’s care were suffering abuse along the same lines. Carole had excuses for everything.

A second boy in the DeLeon home was also failing to grow at an acceptable rate. After the boy was removed from Carole DeLeon’s care, in four months he gained 18 pounds.

A third foster child removed from Carole DeLeon’s home also didn’t weigh what she should and was so dehydrated that she needed an I.V.


Carole DeLeong took a plea deal. She was given a six year prison sentence in exchange for her guilty plea, avoiding a life sentence.

At Carole Ann DeLeon’s sentencing, Superior Court Judge Al Nielson said:

I don’t remember a case, ever, that had the extremes of facts and emotions and the positions of the different parties. But there is a betrayal of the sacred obligation that all parents have to care for and provide the necessities of children. I do conclude that was recklessly disregarded.

While she was in the courtroom, over 20 people were picketing outside, walking up and down the sidewalk with signs calling for harsher punishment and a recall of Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen – who had agreed to allow Carole DeLeon to enter Alford pleas for the mistreatment charges, meaning that she didn’t accept guilt but acknowledged that she could have been convicted at trial.

Through her attorney, Carole DeLeon has said she intends to continue a legal fight to regain custody of four children she had previously adopted.

One of her adopted sons, who is now living with another couple, wrote a letter that was read to the courtroom, describing nightmares that he had about Carole DeLeon and how he started crying when he learned that DeLeon would someday be released from prison:

I think it was not fair that Ty died and I want some justice for Ty. He never got to go fishing and he never got to play baseball. When Ty first died, I was scared Carole would kill the rest of us kids. I don’t want to be known as Carole DeLeon’s son.

Obviously, the death of Tyler affected Tyler’s biological sister, who lived in the DeLeon home and has since been placed elsewhere.

According to Patricia Markel, a court-appointed guardian for the children who were removed from DeLeon’s home, Tyler’s sister “cries for her biological brother, Tyler.” Crying as she spoke to the courtroom:

In her attempt, as a 6-year-old, to reconcile what happened to Tyler, she tells me Carole killed him. And she says Tyler is in heaven and when it rains the raindrops are his tears.

Laura Ashley Hall

If you’d just ask Laura Ashley Hall, love makes you do weird things.

Weird things like, oh…maybe buying your lover a hacksaw, some latex gloves, Febreze, ammonia and some other cleaning products at the local Ace Hardware.

Weird things like helping your lover cut the head and hands off the body of a girl he shot, killed and left in a bathtub.

Then of course you have to help him escape with a romantic drive to Mexico in your Cadillac and spend a fun-filled six days and nights soaking up the sights until Mexican police expel you from their country.

You may remember Colton Pitonyak, a student at the University of Texas who was the guy who shot Jennifer Rae Cave, a recent graduate of that school.

Laura Ashley Hall was his lover at the time.

She really, really loved him.

When the lovebirds were caught, Laura Hall told police that they had gone to Mexico just as a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, that she didn’t know anything about the dead girl in the bathtub with her head and hands severed and placed neatly on her chest.

After questioning, her story changed. Now she had been held at knifepoint by Colton for the whole drive, and had been threatened by him with a gun while they were in Mexico.

Of course later a friend of Ashley Hall told police that Hall had called and told her about having been involved in the whole business two hours after it started. Evidently Ashley Hall thought about defending Colton Pitonyak when the police showed up, but then changed her mind.

A co-worker claimed Hall had bragged to him about coming up with the idea of cutting up and disposing of the body and escaping to Mexico.

Another friend claimed Ashley Hall had said she gave Pitonyak a shopping list of exactly what they would need to use to cover up the murder.

This makes sense to me, because what guy would think of buying Febreze?

During the trial, Pitonyak testified that Hall couldn’t stand the idea of losing him and suggested they dismember Jennifer Cave’s body and run to Mexico.

Lots of interesting stories there.

Ms. Hall served four months before she was released on bail.

Colton Pitonyak is serving a 55-year sentence.

Let’s see what Laura Ashley Hall gets when it’s all said and done.

Noel George Martin

Noel George Martin, a 55-year-old pedophile, indirectly caused the death of a 73-year-old great-grandmother.

Two boys, one a 15-year-old and the other 16, were on the road to a life of crime. Stealing this here, pilfering that there.

Their life of crime took a more serious turn when, one night in October of 2000, they broke into the house that 73-year-old Marie Greening Zidan shared with her 47-year-old developmentally-challenged son, stealing a purse and $10. They returned the next night, looking for more easy takings, but woke Marie instead.

While her retarded son was watching, these two hit the great-grandmother over and over with fists and feet, fracturing her ribs before sitting on her chest while sexually assaulting her. When they were done, they strangled her to death.

These two teens, when caught, had no problem with what they had done. They’ve never apologised or shown any kind of guilt for what they did to another person. In fact, after they killed this helpless woman, they left taunting messages on her daughter’s answering machine.

Due to Australia’s odd legal system, the boys’ identities will never be revealed, although one is already out of prison at age 22.

Where does Noel George Martin come in? He was the babysitter of one of the boys.

Noel Martin also sexually abused one of the boys from the time when the kid was 9 until when he was 13.

Mr. Martin pled guilty to more than 30 sexually-related charges involving the boy. Charges like sexual penetration of a child and indecent acts with a child.

Do you think this kind of abuse could possibly have warped the teen’s mind a little bit? Maybe enough to blur his understanding of right and wrong? Maybe this was enough abuse to tear down the walls that hold someone back from indulging in what they otherwise would shrink from doing.

Just because your hand doesn’t hold the knife doesn’t mean you didn’t place the knife into the killer’s hand.