FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — On Tuesday evening, HLN’s Nancy Grace asked Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries if 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmons’ two younger sisters, ages 6 and 8, had been medically examined after being alone for about a week with Aliahna’s murderer; Fries said they had not.
The fact these young girls spent about a week with 39-year-old Michael Plumadore, the man who brutally murdered and dismembered their sister while they were in his care, is disturbing.
Nancy Grace reminded the public that when her show first aired about Aliahna, the child’s grandmother, Amber Story, defended Plumadore and said she trusted him.
Story repeatedly stressed Aliahna walked in her sleep and claimed the little girl had left on her own. She said she did not blame Plumadore or her daughter, the only person she blamed for Aliahna’s disapperance was the person who had abducted her.
It was soon learned that on Monday night Plumadore confessed to beating Aliahna in the head with a brick Friday morning, killing her, then putting her body in a garbage bag and placing it in his freezer. He told detectives that later in the day he cut her body up with a hacksaw and placed her body parts into seperate freezer bags.
He led detectives to his freezer where he had stored Aliahna’s head, hands, and feet, and to a nearby dumpster where he’d dumped the rest of her body parts.
Before her murder, Aliahna’s mother, Tarah Soulders, described her little girl as partially blind and deaf, suffering from emotional problems and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Defecit Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant with Conduct Disorder.
One doesn’t have to stretch their imagination far to determine why she may have suffered from some of these disorders.
The question is – why haven’t Aliahna’s sisters been medically examined? Do they suffer from any of the same emotional and psychological disorders as their older sister?
It is important that a child be examined quickly so that evidence of any sexual abuse, if present, is not lost. This is not to imply the girls were sexually abused, but it seems prudent to have them examined sooner rather than later, given the circumstances.
Aliahna’s autopsy has been completed but results will not be released until Friday, Sheriff Fries said. It is unknown how much information will be released at that time or if Aliahna suffered from any form of sexual abuse before, or after, she was murdered.
In The Evaluation of Child Abuse in Children by Nancy Kellogg, M.D., and the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, it is stressed that examinations should be performed within 72 hours of suspected sexual abuse. This paper also provides information on how to properly obtain information for court proceedings.
According to AAFP.org, behavior changes that occur in children can be signs of sexual abuse. A complete documentation of questions to the child and their answers are critical, as well as a careful history obtained through a thorough physical examination. All findings must be documented. The physician performing an examination should be familiar with signs of sexual abuse. For more details, read: Evaluating the Child for Sexual Abuse, written by Sheela L. Lahoti, M.D., Natalie McClain, R.N., M.S.N., S.P.N.P, Rebecca Girardet, M.D., Margaret McNeese, M.D., and Kim Cheung, M.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Texas.
Plumadore is the neighbor and ‘friend’ who also cared for the children’s grandfather, James E. Lemmon, for about two years before he died Dec. 3, 2011. Lemmon was a registered sex offender and was convicted of child molestation in 2006 when Aliahna was only four years old. He shared a home with Plumadore in the Northway mobile park.
The mobile park consists of about 40 singlewides, about two dozen of which are lived in. There are 15 registered sex offenders in that small neighborhood, Lemmon was one of them.
Nancy Grace, like others who follow missing persons’ cases, said red flags went up when she initially heard Plumadore had gone out for a cigar at 6 a.m. the morning Aliahna went missing.
The public is having a tough time accepting that a person could do something so vicious and heinous to a young, innocent child – or to anyone, for that matter. Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries referred to Plumadore as a “monster among us.”
It was pointed out that 3/5 of the population living in that trailer park were registered sexual predators. It would be interesting to know if Aliahna’s mother was aware of this, or if her grandmother was aware. Undoubtedly they knew her grandfather was a registered sexual predator.
Slideshow: View more photos in Aliahna’s case including those who prayed for her and those who searched for her.
For more details on this story read:
Aliahna Lemmon: Missing Indiana girl found dead, neighbor charged in her murder
Babysitter admits he dismembered IN girl’s body; put head, feet, hand in his freezer
Timeline surround 9-year-old’s disappearance and murder
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