Skip to comments.Oregon woman loses fight to keep sons from home of child killer
Posted on 08/30/2011 11:57:40 PM PDT by Borough Park
She was a Brownie troop leader, a room mother, a Sunday school teacher and almost the definition of an Orange County soccer mom -- until she shot her two small daughters to death in 1991 while they slept in their home in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kristine Cushing, then 39, said she was the victim of anti-depression medication, a debilitating heart condition and worry over the impending dissolution of her 17-year marriage to former Marine Corps fighter pilot John Cushing Jr. when she shot her daughters, ages 4 and 8, and then attempted to kill herself.
She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and spent four years in a mental hospital. In 2005, California authorities concluded that she posed no risk and granted her an unconditional release.
Fast forward to now: The Cushings are back together, living on Vashon Island in Washington state, and an Oregon woman who married John Cushing four years after the killings has temporarily lost her legal bid to prevent her own teenage sons from living with the couple.
In his ruling, King County Superior Court Judge William Downing said Trisha Conlon, who only recently discovered that Kristine was living in the home, has not proved that Kristine Cushing poses an immediate threat to Conlon's two boys, ages 13 and 14, though he called for a full investigation to determine an appropriate final order.
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# the law?
The only way this nonsense will stop is if the enablers of these predators are punished when they repeat their crimes. How many times have we read about some idiot judge or probation officer letting someone go, only to have the perpetrator kill/maim/rape some new victim?
The officials who enable them should be charged as accessories, equally liable with the offender.
Maybe this lady will live the balance of her life on the straight and narrow — maybe not. Nobody knows. But the judge who made this ruling should “have some skin in the game”.
Anybody who “attempts to kill” themselves and doesn’t succeed didn’t really mean to get the job done.
He needs his head examined!
Just image the dialog, "Well how bad is your former wife? She's so bad she drove me back into the arms of my double child-murdering ex!"
Wait a minute. This time line is all messed up. The killings tok place in 1991; she spent four years in a mental hospital and was released in 2005. There’s ten years missing.
Secondly, Trisha Conlon married John Cushing four years after the murder - during the missing ten years. Was there any divorce(s)? And why does Cushing have custody in the first place?
This is wrong.
Birds of a feather....he’s a wacko too. I only feel sorry for the children.
Do any of these judges have a brain ..??
I seriously doubt it.
Good luck with that.