Jewell Marie Hendricks
I have a group of friends, one guy and a group of gals that get together once a month for a pot-luck dinner and a movie. And one of the all time favorites of this group is the movie “Sophie’s Choice.” I hate this movie with a passion. Not because of the acting, Meryl Streep is probably one of the best actresses alive and I usually love Kevin Kline.
No, I hate this movie because of the plot. In case you haven’t been forced to sit through this dribble, (spoiler alert) the movie centers around the choice forced upon Sophie by the big bad Nazis; she must choose between her children – which one will live and which one will die.
Now my friends and I have had many philosophical discussions on this topic and they have all come up with reasonable arguments. For me, there would be no choice. IF some big bad old Nazi forced me to choose between my children and there was absolutely no way for me to rip his throat out with my teeth, my choice would be we all die.
I cannot and will not choose between my children, contrary to what my problem child might think. Yes I will admit that there is one child that I do tend to favor (threat of death and horrific torture will never get me to divulge which one it is), but I would never place that child’s life above any of their siblings. As far as I am concerned, we are all in this together.
Jewell Marie Hendricks, 25, of Ogden, Utah announced on her MySpace page in November 2009, that she was awaiting the birth of her twins, Robert and Daniel. Anyone who has ever had twins knows that they mean twice the work.
In my own experience, having three children in diapers at one time was not fun and I barely survived the experience. My gruesome twosome have never been in sync. Even as babies, they had different sleep and eating cycles. In one way, I was lucky as they cried separately. Just as soon as you got one of them quiet, the other would start. It was a never ending cycle.
Jewell Hendricks didn’t have the childcare experience that I had. By the time Kyle and Kalin were born, I had already gone through infancy with three children so I was able to handle the double duty. But Jewell never seemed to get into the swing of things.
On Sunday, January 25, 2010, while her husband slept, Jewell Hendricks took a long hard look at her baby boys and decided that one of them just had to go. The decision for her wasn’t a difficult one because she had always loved Daniel more than Robert.
Jewell Hendricks told authorities that at first she placed Robert on her shoulder and began squeezing him. She squeezed him with enough force to break his collar bone, but not kill him. Undaunted, Jewell then wrapped baby Robert in a sleeping bag and wedged him behind her, against the back of the couch. She then fell asleep, on top of him, for a couple of hours.
When she woke up around 6am, Robert was dead. She told Detective Brian Eynon:
“If she only had one child, it would make her life better. And she loved Daniel more than she loved Robert.”
It was then that Jewell Hendricks woke up her husband, Phillip Hendricks, to tell him that Robert wasn’t breathing. Phillip immediately called 911 and then began to performed CPR.
Unfortunately it was too late. Robert would later be pronounced dead at the scene.
But something wasn’t right about Jewell’s story and the police were notified. It seemed that both Robert and Daniel both had several unexplainable bruises covering their bodies. When questioned, Jewell told authorities that it was because Robert was a clumsy child and kept falling down.
Now I’ve had quite a few of my kids start crawling and walking earlier than expected, but I somehow doubt that a 2-month old infant would be capable of crawling or walking anywhere, much less falling down accidentally, all by themselves.
At Jewell Hendricks’ preliminary hearing, Assistant Medical Examiner Pamela Ulmer testified that Robert died from blunt force injury to the head combined with smothering. Ulmer said the short falls described by Jewell were inconsistent with the level of brain injury and bleeding within the skull she observed during an autopsy. She testified that Robert also suffered a skull fracture, bruising on the head and both arms, a broken collarbone and bleeding of the eye.
But in a surprising move, Jewell Hendricks’ public defender, Ryan Bushell, made a closing argument at the end of the preliminary hearing. Bushell asked the judge to reduce the charges to child abuse or neglect, as the only evidence of the child being smothered was Jewel’s own testimony. He also noted that according to the deputy medical examiner’s testimony no evidence of the child being smothered was found at autopsy. Bushell said:
“Your honor, what we have here is a distraught mother who just lost a child and thought it was her fault as she was trying to quiet the child. What she didn’t know was that Robert’s head was already busted up.”
Basically, Bushell began laying the foundation for the old, “Jewell Hendricks is too stupid to have known that what she was doing was wrong,” even though Jewell used the word, “intent” numerous times during her confession with police.
The basis for this line of thought? Both Jewell Hendricks and her husband Phillip Hendricks had been in special education classes in high school. Seriously, that was the master plan.
Give me a fucking break.
When quieting a screaming infant, you don’t break their collar bone or their head in the process unless you want to kill them. Jewell Hendricks knew exactly that what she was doing was wrong. She wanted Robert gone so that HER life would be easier. Selfish bitch.
Second District Court Judge Michael DiReda didn’t quite buy the load of crap that Bushell was trying to sell and ordered Jewell Marie Hendricks to stand trial for first-degree felony murder. She is due back in court July 29 for a scheduling hearing.
Phillip Hendricks has been cleared of any wrong doing associated with the injuries suffered by both boys, and Daniel has been placed in protective custody.
After the hearing, Detective Eynon said:
“It’s really a sad situation. I’ve handled multiple cases in the past that have been violent, and even more violent than this, but in this particular circumstance you have a 2-month-old baby who is innocent and is really murdered for no apparent reason other than selfish reasons of a mom wanting a better life or more quiet around the house.”
Having children changes your life. When they are young, you are constantly exhausted, mentally taxed and emotionally drained. There are times you make decisions that later you ask yourself, “what the hell was I thinking?” But deciding that one of your children is expendable because you don’t love him/her as much as you love the other is just a cold hearted, selfish and evil act.
I hope that Jewell Hendricks is found guilty of her crime and that for Daniel’s sake, she never sees the light of freedom ever again. I mean if she thought it was overwhelming he was 2-months old, what the hell is she going to do when he is a toddler? And he can talk back. Daniel has exhibited signs of abuse already. It would only be a matter of time before Jewell decided that he “needed to be in a better place” just like his brother, Robert.
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