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Post by TomTerrific0420 Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:50 pm

A 15-Year-Old is among the dead after a murder-suicide in Dyersburg.

Police say they received a 911 call of shots fired in the 800 block of
Blake Cove. Police officers discovered four people were shot, three
fatally.

Todd Randolph, his wife Susan Randolph, and a 15-year-old child were
all found shot. A coroner pronounced Todd Randolph and the teenager
dead at the scene. Susan Randolph was airlifted to the Med with gunshot
wounds and has been released.

According to police, "The preliminary investigation has revealed that
suspect Christopher Milburn 861 Blake Cove, approached the Randolph
home and opened fire first killing Todd Randolph, and then shooting
Susan Randolph. Milburn then entered the home and shot his 15-year-old
daughter. Milburn was found by police about a block away with an
apparent self inflicted gun shot wound."

Dyersburg Police and the Department of Children Services launched an
investigation into allegations of abuse last week involving Christopher
Milburn and his daughter. Department of Children Services placed the
15-year-old into the care of the Randolph family pending the outcome of
the investigation.


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Post by TomTerrific0420 Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:04 pm

Police said Monday a northwest Tennessee man accused of abusing his
teenage daughter shot her to death and killed her foster father before
he turned the gun on himself.

Christopher Milburn, 34, on Sunday went to the home where his
15-year-old daughter had been placed by the state Department of
Children’s Services while the abuse claim was investigated, authorities
said. During the attack, he also shot his daughter’s foster mother,
wounding her.
“The 15-year-old went to stay with family friends while the
investigation continued,” child services agency spokesman Rob Johnson
said. He didn’t elaborate on what abuse was being investigated.
Police found the teenager and 46-year-old Todd Randolph dead inside
the home. Randolph’s wife, Susan, 45, was released Monday from a
Memphis hospital.
Police found Milburn’s body about a block away, apparently dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Dyersburg, a city of nearly 18,000 people, is about 70 miles northeast of Memphis.
The shootings marked the second domestic killing rampage in Tennessee in just over two weeks.
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Post by TomTerrific0420 Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:56 pm

When the 15-year-old girl accused her father of abusing her, she was
placed in a foster home while the allegations were investigated. That
home was just two doors down.A week later, the girl's father
fatally shot her and her foster father before killing himself in the
northwestern Tennessee community of Dyersburg. Now people are
questioning the actions of the state agency responsible for protecting
children from abuse and neglect.Officials at the Tennessee
Department of Children's Services insist there was nothing unusual
about placing the teenager in a house less than 200 feet from the
father she accused of abuse.Agency spokesman Rob Johnson would
not speak specifically about the case, citing the privacy of surviving
relatives, but he did say the department is looking into how the matter
was handled.Authorities would not specify the nature of the
abuse. Police are still investigating both the shootings and the girl's
allegations.When children bring accusations of abuse, he said, the department tries to place them where they will be comfortable."When
these things happen, it's not like we spirit them away," he said. "The
parents know where the kids are ... unless there's some extreme case,
an indication that something could befall the child."Christopher Milburn, 34, did not have a criminal history.Neighbor
Frank Hipps said Milburn was good friends with the foster father,
46-year-old Todd Randolph. The two had even vacationed together in Las
Vegas.Neighbor Charles Wootton, who called 911, recalled hearing
gunshots Sunday night and seeing Randolph lying in his yard across the
street. A neighbor who was a nurse tried to perform CPR while holding a
towel to the bullet wound in the man's neck, he said.Randolph's
wife, Susan, had been shot as well and was slumped over on the porch.
She was taken to the hospital and released the following day. Wootton
did not enter the house where the girl was slain.When a child is
placed in a temporary home, all parties must sign a protection
agreement, Johnson said. The details of the agreements are different in
each case, and he would not disclose what was in this one."The
goal is to get the child out of the home while the allegations are
being investigated," Johnson said. "Sometimes the allegations aren't
true."Ira Lustbader is associate director of Children's Rights,
a nonprofit group that sued the state in 2000 over how the Department
of Children's Services was run. In general, he said, when a child is
taken from a home, that child's safety is the top concern."It is
good to keep a child within the community so they can retain important
relationships," he said. But "safety trumps everything."Frank Hipps was less circumspect."That
kid shouldn't have been in that house," he said. "This might have been
preventable if she had been placed with foster parents out of the
community."State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Nashville Democrat who
leads a legislative committee on children and youth, said the panel
plans to look into allegations that child-welfare officials are not
removing children from dangerous situations."It's ridiculous to
place a child two doors down when the department is doing an
investigation," she said. "They're not doing what they need to do to
keep children safe."
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Post by TomTerrific0420 Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:28 pm

Gary Meade, the pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, is requesting
the community's assistance on behalf of the birth mother of the
15-year-old girl who was killed during Sunday evening's shooting. Meade said the girl's mother arrived in Dyersburg after the shootings
occurred and does not have the monetary resources to pay for funeral
services. St. Mary's has set up a fund where the donations will go toward
cremation and transporting the cremated remains back to Oregon. Meade
has already appealed to his parishioners and is now asking for the
public's assistance. "This is a mother who wants to take her daughter home," said Meade.
"She has a limited income and does not have the means to provide for a
burial."
Meade had met the young girl for the first time, Sunday
morning, as the Randolph family attended the morning service. He was
saddened to hear of the events that took place afterward and wanted to
help the victim's mother.
"For people who are looking for a way to contribute positively
in a time of great loss, this gives people the opportunity to make a
difference for a grieving mother," said Meade.
Checks can be made out to St. Mary's Episcopal Church/Milburn
Fund. They can be mailed to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 108 N. King
Ave., Dyersburg, TN 38024. Also, cash or checks may be dropped off at
the church office. The office hours are from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. In
order for the cremation to take place in a timely manner the church
will accept the donations through Friday afternoon. For more
information contact Gary Meade at 285-3522.
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Post by oviedo45 Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:17 am

TomTerrific0420 wrote:When the 15-year-old girl accused her father of abusing her, she was
placed in a foster home while the allegations were investigated. That
home was just two doors down.A week later, the girl's father
fatally shot her and her foster father before killing himself in the
northwestern Tennessee community of Dyersburg. Now people are
questioning the actions of the state agency responsible for protecting
children from abuse and neglect.Officials at the Tennessee
Department of Children's Services insist there was nothing unusual
about placing the teenager in a house less than 200 feet from the
father she accused of abuse.Agency spokesman Rob Johnson would
not speak specifically about the case, citing the privacy of surviving
relatives, but he did say the department is looking into how the matter
was handled.Authorities would not specify the nature of the
abuse. Police are still investigating both the shootings and the girl's
allegations.When children bring accusations of abuse, he said, the department tries to place them where they will be comfortable."When
these things happen, it's not like we spirit them away," he said. "The
parents know where the kids are ... unless there's some extreme case,
an indication that something could befall the child."Christopher Milburn, 34, did not have a criminal history.Neighbor
Frank Hipps said Milburn was good friends with the foster father,
46-year-old Todd Randolph. The two had even vacationed together in Las
Vegas.Neighbor Charles Wootton, who called 911, recalled hearing
gunshots Sunday night and seeing Randolph lying in his yard across the
street. A neighbor who was a nurse tried to perform CPR while holding a
towel to the bullet wound in the man's neck, he said.Randolph's
wife, Susan, had been shot as well and was slumped over on the porch.
She was taken to the hospital and released the following day. Wootton
did not enter the house where the girl was slain.When a child is
placed in a temporary home, all parties must sign a protection
agreement, Johnson said. The details of the agreements are different in
each case, and he would not disclose what was in this one."The
goal is to get the child out of the home while the allegations are
being investigated," Johnson said. "Sometimes the allegations aren't
true."Ira Lustbader is associate director of Children's Rights,
a nonprofit group that sued the state in 2000 over how the Department
of Children's Services was run. In general, he said, when a child is
taken from a home, that child's safety is the top concern."It is
good to keep a child within the community so they can retain important
relationships," he said. But "safety trumps everything."Frank Hipps was less circumspect."That
kid shouldn't have been in that house," he said. "This might have been
preventable if she had been placed with foster parents out of the
community."State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Nashville Democrat who
leads a legislative committee on children and youth, said the panel
plans to look into allegations that child-welfare officials are not
removing children from dangerous situations."It's ridiculous to
place a child two doors down when the department is doing an
investigation," she said. "They're not doing what they need to do to
keep children safe."
they were investigating abuse involving her biological father and they placed her 200 feet away from him? nothing unusual? they should be ashamed.


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Post by oviedo45 Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:19 am

Grieving over the killing of her daughter in Tennessee, Jessica Lea Readen took refuge last year in her native Roseburg.

“It's about the only place I feel safe,” Readen said Tuesday. “I've been through hell and back.”

Her 15-year-old daughter, Stevie Noelle, was shot and killed Aug. 2, 2009, in Dyserburg, Tenn., by Chris Milburn, the girl's father. Milburn, 34, also shot the couple with whom Stevie was staying — slaying the husband and wounding the wife — before killing himself with a .40-caliber handgun.

A lawyer representing Readen filed a $13 million lawsuit recently in Dyer County Circuit Court in Tennessee against Milburn's estate. Readen also has filed a $300,000 claim against Tennessee, alleging the state Children's Services failed to protect Stevie.

The agency and the state attorney general's office have declined to comment to reporters. A Children's Services spokesman today referred questions to the attorney general's office, which said it was reviewing Readen's claim.

Readen told The News-Review that her child's death was preventable and that she hopes going to court will somehow help other children who find themselves in danger at home. “My intent wasn't to sue for money, I just want laws to be changed,” she said.

Readen was born in Roseburg and grew up in Reedsport, where Stevie was born. Readen and Milburn were never married, and he was out of Stevie's life for many years, Readen said.

“Out of the blue, he called up and said he wanted to get to know her,” Readen said. “I decided to let her get to know him.”

At the age of 9, Stevie went to Tennessee for a three-week visit. At her father's insistence, she never left, Readen said.

Readen, who said she lives on disability payments related to a bone disease, said she wanted Stevie back but didn't have money to hire a lawyer to fight for custody. “I kind of pretty much felt like a horrible mother,” she said. “It was pretty rough on the whole family because we're really close.”

Reader's lawsuit alleges that Milburn sexually abused Stevie, who ran away the week before she was killed. Authorities found her and placed her into the home of Milburn's neighbors Todd and Susan Randolph, while they investigated the abuse complaints, the Dyersburg State Gazette reported.

Readen said she was living in Florence at the time and got on a Greyhound bus when her daughter said she wanted to leave Tennessee. The shootings took place while Readen was en route.

Dyersburg police told the State Gazette that Milburn approached the Randolphs' home and opened fire, killing Todd Randolph, 46, first and then wounding Susan Randolph, 45, before entering the house and shooting Stevie. He went to a nearby field and shot himself.

A relative called Readen at a truck stop in Texas and told her Stevie was dead.

A couple saw her crying, learned what was wrong and gave her a ride to El Paso, where another relative paid for Readen to fly to Tennessee.

An Episcopalian minister told the Star Gazette that the Randolphs were devoted to each other and their church. Readen said Stevie told her over the phone the evening before the shooting, “Mom, I'm with really good people.”

Readen said that she didn't know until she arrived in Tennessee that the Randolphs lived close to Milburn and knew him.

The claim against the state says the Randolphs and Milburns lived three houses apart. Placing the girl so close was “obviously not safe,” the claim alleges.

About three months after the shootings, Readen said she and her 3-year-old son moved from Florence to Roseburg to live with her best friend.

“I was living by myself with my son and once something like this happens, you realize it can happen to anyone,” she said.
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