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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Today's article for Sarah Ewing

Here is today's article:

5-year-old dies from injuries to her head

Stepmom mum on how it happened

By Sara Eaton
The Journal Gazette

A 5-year-old girl hospitalized in critical condition Friday for a head injury has since died, and her death remains under investigation.

Sarah Ewing was not breathing when paramedics arrived at her home, 3905 St. Joe Center Road, about 8:40 p.m. Friday. Paramedics called police to the scene, explaining that Sarah was in critical condition from what they believed was a battery, according to dispatch records.

She remained hospitalized in critical condition through Tuesday, but died late Tuesday or early Wednesday, family members said.

Allen County Coroner Dr. E. Jon Brandenberger said Sarah’s case remains under investigation. Results of an autopsy could be released today, providing details into the cause and manner of Sarah’s death.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne police have turned over their investigation to prosecutors, officer and department spokesman Michael Joyner said.

Joyner said Sarah had been with her stepmother, Shanna L. Pritchard, at the time the she was injured but declined to specify how Sarah was hurt. Joyner also declined to release additional information.

Police previously said they were interviewing family members to determine what happened.

Pritchard, 29, declined to comment late Wednesday about Sarah’s injuries, how she sustained them and whether she had any involvement. Pritchard described Sarah as an energetic, happy little girl who loved to play with her younger brother, Skyler Pritchard, 2.

She described her relationship with Sarah as good and said the pair used to do the grocery shopping for the family together. Sarah enjoyed singing, coloring and playing at cleaning around the house, Pritchard said, pointing to a plastic toy vacuum lined up among other toys.

Toys lined two walls of the sparsely decorated duplex and were meticulously organized. Magnetic letters formed the alphabet in perfect order on a small magnetic board. The letters were lined up in straight lines with equal spacing between each letter.

Pritchard said Sarah liked to take bubble baths and would pretend she was in a hot tub.

Sarah shared a bedroom with Skyler. Her bed was in one corner and Skyler’s was in the other with a dresser separating the two. At the head of Sarah’s bed, Pritchard placed several drawings by Sarah and a prayer she wrote for her. A tent sat in a third corner of their room.

If Sarah’s death is ruled a homicide, it will be the eighth in Allen County this year.

She is the second child to die this month. Ten-month-old David Turnage II was found unconscious April 9 inside a Bridgeway Drive apartment.

He died four days later. His father, who was home with him at the time, said he left the baby unattended in the bathtub. Police have said they believe David’s death was an accident.


At 10:20 AM, Blogger Patty said...

I'm so sorry. The girl is in my prayers. (Any idea what really happened?)

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shannah Pritchard recieved 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to neglect of a dependent in the death of her stepdaughter, Sarah. 30 years is the maximum sentence allowed under the plea deal for Shannah Pritchard.

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the ex-husband (Sarah's dad) like?


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