http://www.sacbee.com/ourregion/story/2483265.htmlMaybe it was the meth â€“ Brandy Sherrie Foreman, after all, had been smoking about half a gram of crank every day for nearly two months, the court records said.
Maybe it was the money â€“ Foreman had been the trustee of a $175,000 account set up for her daughter; she'd already tapped $22,000 of it to buy a car, and she stood to inherit the rest if her girl died, according to the prosecutor.
Or, as her lawyer said, maybe it was that Brandy Foreman "just wore out" taking care of her 12-year-old daughter Daelynn, a girl born with cerebral palsy and seizure disorder who had an abnormally small brain, never walked or talked and who wore diapers every single day of her life.
No matter the reason, Brandy Foreman, in Daelynn's last year, never took the girl to the doctor. She kept her out of school and routinely refused to answer the door when the social worker came knocking.
The girl's 23.5-pound body was discovered July 31, 2006, in their Orangevale duplex. She was covered with bedsores that showed to the bone.
Koller called the murder "particularly egregious." And not just because of Daelynn's vulnerability and her wasting away due to malnutrition and neglect. Making it worse, the judge said, was the fact that Brandy Foreman had just about every social service available to her that the state offers â€“ doctors, teachers, special schools, therapies. She also got Supplemental Security Income payments and an In-Home Support Services salary.
"The degree of neglect and indifference by the defendant to her child is hard to understand," Koller said, especially given that by most accounts, Foreman did an acceptable job taking care of Daelynn through the first 11 years of her life.
"It is not without notice," the judge added, "that there was a large amount of methamphetamine found inside the home" when authorities descended on the residence after Foreman called 911.
"In the final months of Daelynn's life, she lay immobile in her bedroom, in her own urine and feces, cut off from outside help, medical attention, nutrients and hydration, while the defendant simply waited for her to rot and die," he wrote.
Assistant Public Defender Sue Karlton's court papers quoted an ex-housemate as saying everything "seemed fine" with Foreman and her care for her daughter until an old boyfriend got out of prison and moved in a few months before the girl died.
Miller confirmed the parolee in the house coincided with Daelynn's degradation. According to the prosecutor's papers, Foreman and the boyfriend smoked half a gram of crank a day. The two also were charged with dealing the substance. Those charges were dismissed against Foreman in the interest of justice.
They got the $175,000 as the result of winning a toxic mold lawsuit against a previous landlord. Miller's papers identified Daelynn as the beneficiary of the fund and Foreman as the initial trustee, later to be replaced by her own mother.
"According to the terms of the trust, in the event of Daelynn's death, the money would become the property of her immediate heir, in this case, the defendant," Miller wrote in his trial brief.
The prosecutor said in court papers that the only signed withdrawal from the account was $22,000 that went toward a Dodge Magnum, "purportedly for the transportation of Daelynn to and from school and medical appointments. However, she never took her to school in the car, and the back area of the station wagon could not accommodate a wheelchair because it contained large sub-woofer type speakers instead."
http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/crime/archives/child-endangerment/The coroner found that Daelynn Foreman she died of bronchopneumonia complicated by malnutrition and neglect. A sheriff's report said the girl was "morbidly thin" with her skeletal features "clearly outlined under her skin." She also had bed sores in which bones showed "through several open holes in the skin."
According to police reports, Foreman had not taken her daughter to the doctor for more than a year before she died, and she also stopped sending Daelynn to a school for the severely physically disabled some 11 months earlier.
In her comments from the bench today, Judge Koller said that Brandy Foreman had been receiving SSI disability checks and also was being paid through the In-Home Support Services program and that she had been taking advantage of assorted programs for years.