Skip to comments.6-year-old girl found hanged in Texas
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.
A 6 year old sleeping on the couch at 1AM on a school night? And mom saw her there, but didnt care to carry her to her bed?
What if the girl was in the habit of sleeping on the couch, because it was THE ONLY SAFE PLACE IN THE HOUSE????????
Maybe when she was in bed, she would get ‘visits’.
One thing puzzles me, though...if the mother saw her sleeping on the sofa at about 1:00 PM, and hadn’t seen her since, until it was time to start getting ready for bed.....at what point do you wonder about this story? Why wasn’t she at dinner? Did anybody look for her then? Things don’t add up here. We have some serious neglect issues, and I can say that as a school nurse, I see this more and more, but less and less is done about it.
A 6 yr. old anaccounted for from 1:00 till bedtime seems very strange. This story raises more questions about the family itself.
It was 1 AM.
“The Lord is my Sheperd.....yea, thou I walk thru the valley of the shadow of the Death, I will fear no evil:for thou art with me. They rod and Thy staff, they comfort me......”
I read or heard somewhere that the most terrifying words a child can hear are, “Meet mommy’s new boyfriend.” I don’t know if this is the case here, but we have all heard of stories of women who will accept any creep and trust him with their children. I tend to blame this on our drug culture.
There is a certain subculture where freaks like this are acceptable and violence and predatory behavior are considered normal. She likes to get stoned. He likes to get stoned. She thinks, wow, we have so much in common and he must really care for me because he beats me! The drug culture has a lot to do with this, reducing people to predatory animals.
The serial rapist/killer Ted Bundy said that same thing when he was interviewed by the Christian psychologist Dr. James Dobson in a FL state prison before he was executed. He said that his obsession with hard core pornography had led him to rape, torture, and murder the scores of young women who he killed all across the country.
At about that same time Dr.Dobson was on a government sponsored commission that was set up by President Reagan to investigate the possible harm that porn is doing to society. He tried to tell the commission what he had learned from interviewing Bundy about the connection between hard core porn and sexual assaults and murders of women and young girls, but of course the majority of the non-Christian psychologists and psychiatrists on the commission simply poo-pooed the idea that watching porn could lead to these kinds of tragedies.
When and if they find the perpetrator of this horrible crime, I would bet hard money if I were a betting man that he will turn out to be a pedophile addicted to child porn who simply acted out one of his depraved fantasies that was inspired by child porn videos or photos.
I was going to rant here at the judgemental, “holier-than-thou” posts, but after reading this sick thread, I don’t have it in me. Instead I will simply say that my prayers go out to the poor Mom, sisters, and grandmom of this poor child.
Thank you for those words of comfort.
>>> Dana Mack’s co-worker Nikki Watson said Ms. Mack appeared friendly and eager to help and was active at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. The 23-year-old mother of one spoke to Ms. Mack at the cafe after she had discovered Hanna’s body.
“She doesn’t know” what happened, Ms. Watson said.
Another co-worker, Teresa Dunston, said Ms. Mack would always leave work to meet her children when they got off the school bus each afternoon. <<<
Strange as it may seem, some women are strongly attracted to men they think are "dangerous". I dated a young lady like that many years ago. Her ex-boyfriend had physically and mentally abused and humiliated her for the entire two years they had been together, but she was still infatuated with him the whole time that we dated. She told me that she hated him for what he had done to her and never wanted to see him again, but when he came back from his hitch in the army she went back to him and the abuse started all over again.
I tried to talk her out of staying with the guy and suffering more abuse, but she was so physically attracted to him that she wouldn't listen to reason. I don't know how that situation turned out, although they had married the last time I heard from her. I thought at the time that she was an unusual case, but I have since learned that many women are wired that same way. They find men who physically mistreat and abuse them attractive for some strange reason. Go figure.
I thank God that I later found and married a sensible and wonderful lady who has loved me just as I am for over 40 years, and who is sane and sensible enough that she would probably have had me thrown in jail if I had ever physically abused her.
The mother's boyfriend. I want to scream, here.
Not fast enough to dodge the extradition order that the Mexican consulate is sure to get.
The odds say they come from Mexico.
You always seem to have the perfect response.
So it is as I suspected earlier in this thread. Small neighborhood, no way someone came in and took her. Someone from within did it and I even suspect Mom knows and is covering for him. Was she really there at 1am? Why was Mom up at 1am? Where was boyfriend at 1am? All sounds like lies to me.
My Bad,,Somethings get under my skin,,this is one of them..
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