We usually use the phrase “paying it forward” to describe the beneficiary of a good deed doing something nice for others rather than paying back the person who was kind to them. It’s a nice way of spreading the love around so that even more people can benefit.
But the idea of payback applies to bad deeds just as much as good ones. Perhaps the worst kind of bad deed that can be paid forward is child abuse…
Ever since a very young age, Angela had a very rough life. When she was 5 years old, her mother was murdered. Filled with feelings of loss and frustration, the young girl was hardly equipped to deal with this major change in her life.
To compound her difficulties, after a period in foster care, Angela and her 2 brothers would spend the rest of their childhood with their abusive father. He would regularly mistreat the children, often withholding food from them as a form of punishment, then beating them for “stealing” food from the kitchen…
A Way Out
For all of her childhood, Angela dreamed of being away from her awful situation. When she became a teenager, the possibility of making that dream come true became real when she began a relationship with a carnival worker.
At the age of 16, Angela left home with the carnival worker, joining him on the road as he went from town to town. Unfortunately, in addition to introducing the teenager to travel, he also introduced her to drugs…
Starting a Family
Angela’s relationship with the carnival worker didn’t last very long. After they split, she met a man named Anthony Maples and struck up a relationship. The pair got married and would go on to have two boys and a girl named Jeanette.
Despite the fact that she’d settled down, Angela never really got untangled from drugs. Her husband Anthony was arrested on drug charges and sent to prison. During that same period, Angela’s children were placed into foster care, due to suspicions of abuse…
Jeanette was just a baby at the time and would spend 6 of the first 7 years of her life in foster care. Over the years, Angela fought to regain custody of her children, even though they didn’t want to be with her. Her two boys, Anthony Jr. and Brandon sent letters to the family court judge pleading not to be sent back to their mother.
Back to Hell
The two boys remained in foster care but unfortunately for Jeanette, she returned to living with her mother, where the abuse continued. By that time, Angela had had another daughter and in 2002, had split up with Anthony and married a truck driver named Richard McAnulty…
The Weird Kid
Angela and Richard had a son of their own and shortly after, moved the family to Eugene, Oregon in 2006. Jeanette started her new school in the middle of 6th grade, where she was regularly made fun of for her ratty, clothing. What few friends she had noticed that she always seemed to be hungry and, whenever it was time for her to go home, her demeanor would change.
Jeanette would instantly become sad, withdrawn and anxious. Her friends knew that her mother was strict but never got to know the conditions inside her home, since Angela wouldn’t ever allow her to have friends over or even to have phone calls…
She Beats Me
Once, in 7th grade, Jeanette’s friend Amber pushed her to give the real cause of the repeated injuries she would show up to school with. Jeanette confessed that her mother beat her but when Amber suggested that she try and get help, Jeanette was fearful. “She got scared and said she didn’t want her mom to take her out of school because she thought things would get worse,” Amber said.
Amber still wanted to help her friend, so she told her mom, who then called Child Protective Services. She was told that secondhand accounts of abuse weren’t considered serious enough to send out a social worker. Amber and her mother alerted the school, who forced someone from CPS to go out to Jeanette’s home. They closed the case after determining that Jeanette was a “compulsive liar”…
After she graduated from 8th grade, Angela decided that Jeanette should be homeschooled. While the two other siblings who lived with her attended school and appeared happy and healthy, Jeanette had essentially no contact with the outside world.
Then, in the summer of 2009, Richard ended up in a California hospital, needing emergency open-heart surgery. Angela showed up at the hospital with all of her children. When she did, Richard’s mother Lynn noticed the bad shape that Jeanette was in…
Jeanette “looked bad, really thin. Her hair had been chopped off and she had a busted lip,” said Lynn. Afterward, Lynn called CPS anonymously. “I said I was a neighbor and told them to check on the kids and said the older girl is extremely thin, and they said they’d check into it,’ she said.
CPS disregarded Lynn’s concerns and, even though she called several times over the next few months, they never went out to check on her. It was only days after her last call to CPS that Jeanette’s condition become impossible to ignore…
She’s Not Breathing
On December 9th, Richard made a call to 9-1-1, telling the dispatcher that his stepdaughter had fallen down and, after seeming fine for about an hour, stopped breathing. But just a brief exam of the dying girl by the paramedics told a different story. Her face was covered in bruises and cuts and she was so malnourished and emaciated, she looked much younger than her age.
Jeanette was transferred to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after she arrived. Examination at the hospital revealed that she was starved and dehydrated. It showed her face was disfigured, her front teeth were broken, and her lips pulverized from all the beatings she’d taken. She also had scars and deep wounds on her head, legs, and back, including wounds so deep, her femur and hip bones were both visible…
During the trial, her sister testified that Angela forced her to gather dog feces so she could smear them on Jeanette’s face. If her sister tried to sneak her water at all, their mother retaliated by yelling at her and then beating Jeanette even more. The trial also brought up that before they’d called 911, Angela had apparently tried to clean up the blood-spattered bedroom and almost buried Jeanette to hide the evidence.
Both Richard and Angela were charged with aggravated murder. While Richard was sentenced to life in prison, Angela, who was the primary abuser, was sentenced to death. Anthony Maples, the biological father of Jeanette, made a wrongful death lawsuit against the state of Oregon for CPS’ negligence and was awarded $1.5 million.