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6-year-old girl found hanged in Texas
Centre Daily ^ | 9/12/07 | PAUL J. WEBER

Posted on 09/12/2007 6:59:47 PM PDT by Libloather

6-year-old girl found hanged in Texas
By PAUL J. WEBER - The Associated Press
Posted on Wed, Sep. 12, 2007

Family Photo via KTVT-TV
Shown in this undated family photo is 6-year-old Hannah Mack of Corsicana, Texas. Her body was discovered Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, hanging inside her family's garage. Police said Wednesday the child was sexually assaulted.

CORSICANA, Texas --A 6-year-old girl was found hanged inside her family's garage and had been sexually assaulted before she died, police said Wednesday.

Authorities have made no arrests or named any suspects since Hannah Mack's body was discovered by her mother on Monday. They are saying little about their investigation.

"I will confirm that the hanging and sexual assault were part of this scenario," Navarro County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Cox said.

Cox said several people have been interviewed and no one has been ruled out as a suspect.

"We don't want to do anything that would compromise a successful prosecution of this case," Cox said Wednesday before abruptly ending a brief news conference.

Neighbors in the rural lakeside community in east Texas are frustrated by the silence so far and worry that a predator remains on the loose.

In a letter to the sheriff's department, Navarro County Judge Vicki Gray said an autopsy of the body showed "a multitude of events that together caused the death of this child." No other details were released.

Dana Mack found her youngest daughter's body in a garage behind the family's secluded home in Navarro Mills Lake, about 65 miles south of Dallas.

Police said Dana Mack began searching after she realized Hannah was missing at a time she would have been getting ready for school.

The mother last saw Hannah sleeping on the couch around 1 a.m., according to Jean Langford, the girl's great-grandmother.

"(Dana) is just devastated. We all are," Langford said. "This is the worst thing that's ever happened to this family. Hannah was our pride and joy. She was our little sweetheart."

Langford said the family had hoped police would be further along in their investigation.

"What makes this so bad is that we still don't know who did this awful thing."

Those concerns are shared by neighbors. They say imaginations in town are starting to run wild.

"My kids sleep in the bed with me," said Pam Gray, who lives next door and whose children rode the school bus with Hannah. "They get off of school and they've heard all the rumors and wild things, and they're terrified."

"I'm just concerned about the kids out there," said Harold Hocutt, 75, a neighbor who knows the girl's family. "Little girls. Little boys. It's just something you don't forget. Every time I drive by (Hannah's house), I cry."

Police asked state caseworkers to not say whether Hannah's family had been investigated by child welfare officers, said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She characterized the request as uncommon.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 6yearold; civilizationdying; corsicana; girl; hanged; hannahmack; mommysboyfriend; sexoffender; texas
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To: All

This seems like it was more than just a sexual assault, that could’ve been done anywhere with an attempt to hide the deed later, but this hanging seems more like a brazen act meant to issue a ‘statement’ of sorts to someone.

121 posted on 09/12/2007 9:27:47 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: Libloather

This is one of the most horrible stories I’ve heard in a long time. Prayers for this innocent little girl’s soul, and for her family and friends.

122 posted on 09/12/2007 9:27:48 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: B-Chan

Thanks for the sketch. It captures my mood as well.

123 posted on 09/12/2007 9:28:34 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: Burkean

When I first read of this horrific crime a few hours ago, I wondered if a series of acts against Hannah had been filmed for internet distribution, and if the attacker was worried that she might blab too much in school.

I’m so glad the rapist/murderer was caught.

124 posted on 09/12/2007 9:41:19 PM PDT by ValerieTexas
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To: Rte66

Don’t forget Aunt Jessie and little Chloe :(

125 posted on 09/12/2007 9:42:40 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Midnight Hallway Hockey scores: Cats 3-Humans 0)
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To: WL-law
so they would have taken her from her bed. what's the difference?

my guess: family friend. not mother's boyfriend but you never know. somebody who knew that little girl personally did this. i cannot imagine her last few seconds of life. what she was feeling and seeing...the cops had better find this animal and kill them. once you do something like this it could only be the beginning. let's hope they find them quick.

126 posted on 09/12/2007 9:48:22 PM PDT by thefactor
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To: weegee

Crossed my mind.

Even a little kids futon bed that you can get at wal mart for cheap would be a lil bed she could have called her own if the living room was the only room.

127 posted on 09/12/2007 9:51:55 PM PDT by Global2010 ( Romney/Hunter 08)
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To: Borax Queen; yorkie; processing please hold

Aw crap....

Prayers up for her family; this is awful. (And I can’t help but wonder if the perp’s an illegal.)

128 posted on 09/12/2007 9:54:12 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Finny

Don’t forget Jewish folks. Should say Judeo-Christian ethics.

I understand that studies show that “boyfriends” and “stepfathers” are a disportunately large group of offenders.

That is not always the case. Some men are better at fathering than the biological father.

As for the child sleeping on the couch, that is not that unusual. My little one was very stressed out during the campaign of attrition, and had to watch TV to fall asleep. The doors were dead bolted, and I was on the other side of the wall. Sometimes she slept with me. Ooops call CPS! Inappropriate!!!!

We should hold our fire until there is an arrest made, if there is one.

129 posted on 09/12/2007 9:58:48 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Midnight Hallway Hockey scores: Cats 3-Humans 0)
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To: Libloather

The next liberal who tells me that society today is what it “always has been” is going to get this article up shoved in front of them up close and personal! I can testify that none of my friends or schoolmates ended up sexually molested and hung inside a garage! Evil is growing in our world - those who deny it have their heads in the sand.

130 posted on 09/12/2007 9:58:59 PM PDT by Libertina (Puget Sound Chapter Summer BBQ time Setember 29th!)
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To: WL-law
it could have been the heat.....the child simply sleep where it was cooler......

let's not start in on this mother and her child, okay.....

131 posted on 09/12/2007 9:59:51 PM PDT by cherry
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To: nicmarlo

Thanks for the ping - I have avoided posting on this thread all evening. It makes me literally sick to my stomach to think of the terror and anguish this little angel endured at the hands of this monster(s).

132 posted on 09/12/2007 10:00:20 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: yorkie

Absolutely disgusting. I couldn’t imagine the thought of that having happened to one of my daughters...sick, sick, sick!

133 posted on 09/12/2007 10:01:31 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Lancer_N3502A
"What kind of monster would do that to such a sweet little girl."

I remember the BTK killer did this to a young girl early on in his "career" ...hanged her.....I also have read of a case that happened the same day as Columbine...somewhere in Minnisota IIRC.....young girl found assaulted and killed.....

hanging a child....what kind of perverted and evil animal would do that?

134 posted on 09/12/2007 10:02:58 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Nachoman
"Dallas news just said the live-in boyfriend has been arrested. The charge was for child porn"


I detest all porn, and I don't care who it is of or how "consenting" the victims are....

porn makes all women and children potential victims....

135 posted on 09/12/2007 10:07:21 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Wolfie

From an article in the Dallas Morning News:

Tanya Arnett, whose 6-year-old son, Hunter, attended school with Hanna, said she remembers seeing Ms. Mack with a black eye not long ago. She never asked what happened and Ms. Mack never volunteered, she said.

Evidently, there’s supposed to be a news conference in the morning. I suppose we’ll find out then if it was in fact the boyfriend or not. My bets are on him.

136 posted on 09/12/2007 10:10:18 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Burkean

you have to understand that a lot of women are just desparate.....and some are clueless....and like men, sometimes they let their hormones dictate their behaviour, instead of letting their mother instincts rule the day.....<

137 posted on 09/12/2007 10:12:27 PM PDT by cherry
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To: txroadkill
We wont be able to kill this guy fast enough

I don't want him killed fast.

138 posted on 09/12/2007 10:17:25 PM PDT by epow (3000 Americans were murdered on 9/11/01, 4000 unborn America babies were murdered on each day since)
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To: Libloather

Me too. There’s no punishment that could possibly be cruel enough for the one responsible for this. Prayers for the family.

139 posted on 09/12/2007 10:22:28 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Division Soldier fighting terrorists in the Triangle of Death)
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To: kenth
excerpted from that same article:

But as far as the future, "all she really talked about was she wanted to be a princess," Ms. Runion said, adding that Hanna will be buried in a frilly purple-and-white dress and her tiara.

I read this statement at a point where I thought I couldn't weep any more.

I was wrong.

140 posted on 09/12/2007 10:30:15 PM PDT by MarineDad (Whenever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits.)
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