JonBenet Ramsey: Jury Wanted Child Abuse Charges For Her Parents

Fri, October 25, 2013 3:32pm EST by 3 Comments
JonBenet Ramsey Update
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Court documents released on Oct. 25 revealed a shocking new detail in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case! The indictment record says the grand jury voted to indict the girl’s parents and found that the girl’s death came as a result of her parents’ recklessness.

JonBenet Ramsey was brutally murdered in 1996 and her parents stood trial in 1999 — but no one was prosecuted. The jury voted to indict the 6-year-old girl’s parents when they found that her father John Ramsey and her late mother, Patsy Ramsey to be accessories to the crime. This shocking detail was only made public on Oct. 25 because the prosecutor never acted out this indictment, citing insufficient evidence.

JonBenet Ramsey Update: Grand Jury Wanted Child Abuse Charges Against Parents

The indictment alleges that between Christmas Day and Dec. 26, 1996, John and Patsy Ramsey “unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health,” which resulted in her death, according to People.

It is not clear from the new document release whether the jury thought either of the parents killed JonBenet.

The precious beauty pageant competitor was beaten, strangled to death, and sexually assaulted on Dec. 25, 1996. Even after the 1999 trial in Boulder, Colo., her case was considered to be unsolved. It is now considered to be a cold case.

JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case Still A Mystery

The prosecutor did not follow the jury’s recommendations to bring child abuse charges against JonBenet’s parents, so the judge kept the documents under seal.

The court documents were released on Oct. 25 after a lawsuit was filed by the Boulder Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The organizations said that the unprosecuted indictment case should be a part of public record. Mr. Ramsey opposed the release of the documents, claiming that the contents would be defamatory, but the court released a portion of the court documents. Mrs. Ramsey died from ovarian cancer in 2006.

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Posted at 10:15 PM on December 3, 2014  

so sad that the parents were blamed for a crime they did not commit—heart was aching for the ramseys—to mourn the death and to be blamed at the same time can not be put into words how parents feel—the truth will come out

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Posted at 11:51 PM on October 26, 2013  

This family had something to hide and it was that the brother did it.

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Susan G

Posted at 4:57 PM on October 25, 2013  

I believe that the ONLY reason the Grand Jury felt that the Ramseys were “unfit parents” was because they had entered her in beauty pageants. Correct me if I am wrong, but there was nothing else. I ALWAYS felt they were innocent and that the police really bungled the case. Her older stepbrother had been in prison. I suspected that perhaps someone he knew in prison had seen a picture of the young girl. This has destroyed the Ramsey family financially and emotionally. Her mother died from cancer a few years later. I absolutely believe that Mr Ramsey is completely innocent. It is horrific what has happened to him.

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