Kenneth Lopez and Danielle McCleary
This is 21-year-old Kenneth Lopez.
As of the 8th of March, 2009, Kenneth Lopez and Danielle McCleary had been dating for about 3 months. They got along famously, like a matched set of knives, or possibly like two jars of pickle relish. Either way, they worked really, really well together and will probably be featured in some kind of parenting documentary at some point.
The couple had recently moved to Tampa, Florida from Illinois, taking up residence in room 108 at the Homestead Studio Suites hotel.
Living and travelling with Kenneth Lopez and Danielle McCleary were Danielle’s two children: a 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old Gabrielle Randel.
For some reason, Gabrielle cried a bit on the night of the 7th of March, 2009. Why, we don’t know.
It could have been related to the reason why Danielle McCleary had scribbled “DumbAss” on her older brother – or it might have been for some other reason. It doesn’t really matter.
But Gabrielle cried enough to seriously torque off Kenneth Lopez. Kenneth, applying those excellent parenting skills, slapped the toddler a bit and told her to shut up.
Gabrielle, like toddlers will do when they get spanked, cried some more.
This ticked off Mr. Lopez a bit more, who decided to take the discipline to a whole new level and brought out a bedsheet.
Once Gabrielle Randel was safely wrapped up in the sheet with her face and mouth covered, Kenneth Lopez took the toddler to pain school, beating and kicking the tot and generally inflicting the damage you’d expect a 21-year-old to be able to deliver to a 2-year-old girl who was wrapped up in a sheet Fortunately for Lopez, the tyke was under the sheet at the time of her beating and was unable to respond in like kind.
The results of the beating could have been featured on the next edition of “World’s most One-Sided Fights.” According to reports, Gabrielle Randel endured extensive blunt trauma to her forehead, a number of bruises and other marks scattered over her body (including a rather distinctive hand mark) and serious trauma to her genitalia.
Gabrielle Randel also experienced a shortness of breath, which quickly devolved into a total lack of breath. Danielle McCleary noticed her daughter’s unconscious and unresponsive condition when she returned to the suite. The whole “not breathing” thing evidently concerned Danielle enough that she called for emergency services.
Emergency personnel were impressed with Danielle’s penmanship in regards to how well she fit “DumbAss” on her son’s forehead. Penmanship is important, kids, don’t let your doctor fool you. Danielle later admitted that she had been the author.
The doctors at the local children’s hospital did what they could for the toddler, but Gabrielle Randel died later on that day, at around 1 in the afternoon.
Her brother hasn’t been handling his sister’s death well. According to officials, he has been having problems sleeping and has a bit of difficulty dealing with the fact that his little sister was mercilessly beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend. According to his father, Michael Randel (who drove 17 hours straight to Tampa from his Texas home when he heard the news), the boy insists that his sister is still alive, using the definitive proof of pre-existing pictures of her and pointing out that, “Gabbie’s not dead.”
24-year-old Michael Randel told authorities that he had not seen his children in three months because Danielle and Kenneth had left town without telling anyone where they were going.
Kenneth Lopez is being held in jail without bail on a charge of aggravated child abuse, a charge which you’d expect to be upgraded to murder, especially since he admitted to the whole thing.
Danielle McCleary and Michael Randel have had a custody deal worked out for the 3-year-old by a judge. Michael gets to keep the boy for an extended period. Danielle has been allowed supervised visits, as long as she refrains from writing on her son again.
UPDATE: 05/05/2009 – Danielle McCleary Charged In Death Of 2-Year-Old Daughter
Danielle Nicole McCleary, 23, was arrested on April 3rd, 2009 and charged with aggravated child neglect, a second degree felony, and aggravated manslaughter, a first degree felony, according to the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s reports say McCleary was present in the room and witnessed the binding, beating, and compression of Gabrielle Randel by her live-in boyfriend Kenneth Lopez.
Also, on March 19th, 2009 Kenneth G. Lopez was charged with First Degree Murder in addition to the original charge of Aggravated Child Abuse for the beating death of 2-year-old Gabrielle Randel.
UPDATE: 08/22/2009 – Kenneth Lopez’ Trial Moved Back to September
According to his court records, Kenneth Lopez’s trial, which was scheduled to begin with pretrial hearings on August 12th, was moved back to September 24th. Danielle McCleary’s records show her trial is still up in the air.
You can always check the status of these two defendants by clicking on the highlighted links for either Lopez or McCleary, and then clicking on the “Scheduling” or “Docket” tabs. The great thing about using document files to save web pages on DocStoc.com is that the links remain active, and you can navigate throughout the original website just as if you had logged in as a user.
Do Kenneth Lopez and Danielle McCleary deserve Hell?
- Yes - both do (85%, 345 Votes)
- Yes - only Kenneth (14%, 56 Votes)
- Yes - only Danielle (1%, 4 Votes)
- No - neither do (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 406
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