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[–] Factfinder2 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Notice that previously dropped child abuse charges other than those directly surrounding the death of the 3-year-old are not being readdressed. The feds are only looking at firearm violations and conspiracy to commit firearm violations--nothing about the kids.

[–] Samsquamch 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

It's because they were charged with child abuse crimes but the prosecution failed to present the charges within 10 days at their preliminary hearing. I don't know why the prosecutors missed something so obvious, and I also don't know if those charges can be levied against the suspects again.

I believe the FBI is arresting them on anything that can't be legally challenged at the moment while they figure out what to do about the other charges. There will be plenty of time to bring up the child death as the case moves forward; I can only hope it doesn't get swept under the rug somehow.

[–] MrShekelstein 1 points 12 points (+13|-1) ago 

I don't know why the prosecutors missed something so obvious

Any time the government pretends to be dumb, they're doing it on purpose.

[–] Factfinder2 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

From this previous Voat thread: Archive:

"Child abuse charges against them were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause."


"Prosecutors could still seek [child abuse] charges for the three by asking a grand jury to indict them but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed."

So what turned out to happen is that prosecutors announced today they're seeking a grand jury indictment on the death only. No mention of a grand jury for the child abuse charges, even though it would be legally possible to do that.

[–] carmencita 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

What do you suppose the reason is for not addressing the children? I would think that is an important factor. The children are with social services and I remember looking them up in that area and there have been complaints made by juveniles regarding abuse. This is worrisome.

[–] Factfinder2 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

See my comment to Samsquamch. I think they're not readdressing the child abuse charges because they believe the charges don't warrant the convening of a grand jury, which is apparently the route that would need to be taken. I hope the reason is not more nefarious than that, but it certainly could be, what with the feds filling in tunnels right away, etc.

[–] SterlingJB 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Who would put a bet up that mystery man Morton doesn't walk? Anyone?

[–] Factfinder2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not me.

[–] urbanmoving 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

the fbi will load them on a plane to sell them