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Friday, May 6, 2011

[MS] Gulfport Officer and his girlfriend arrested for felony child abuse - "...and that is what it is."


Gulfport Police Officer Adam Dedeaux and his girlfriend, Kristen Eason, were arrested on charges of felony child abuse charge involving her two-year old child.

...Deputy Chief Papania said the decision to put Dedeaux on leave was made because of the seriousness of the allegations... “We have an injured child and two criminal suspects... The facts of this case pointed both to Adam Dedeaux and Kristen Eason, and that is what it is..."

[Innocent until proven guilty.]

PATROL OFFICER, GIRLFRIEND ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE
Sun Herald
By Robin Fitzgerald
Friday, May. 06, 2011
[Excerpts] A nine-year veteran of the Gulfport Police Department and a Bay St. Louis woman were arrested Thursday night on charges of felony child abuse involving the woman’s 2-year-old child, police Deputy Chief Leonard Papania said. Adam Dedeaux, 30, a patrol officer, and Kristen Eason, 28, are accused of causing physical injuries that required the boy to be hospitalized, Papania said. He said Dedeaux was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago when detectives began investigating the boy’s injuries... “No one is immune from criminal prosecution,” Papania said. “We have an injured child and two criminal suspects. “We’ve worked closely with the district attorney’s office on this complaint”... Municipal Judge Fant Walker set bonds for Dedeaux and Eason at $50,000 each. They were booked at the police department Thursday night and taken to the Harrison County jail... [Full article here]

GULFPORT POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ABUSE
WLOX
May 05, 2011 7:02 PM PST
[Excerpts] A Gulfport Police officer and his girlfriend were arrested Thursday and charged with Felony Child Abuse involving the woman's two-year-old child. Adam Dedeaux, 30, of Gulfport; and Kristen Eason, 28, of Bay St. Louis, are both being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on $50,000 bond each. The investigation began after police received information that Eason's son showed signs of abuse. "Child abuse alone is a difficult case, and you always have to follow the facts and go with the facts," said Deputy Chief Leonard Papania. "The facts of this case pointed both to Adam Dedeaux and Kristen Eason, and that is what it is. We have made those arrests. We've worked closely with the District Attorney's Office throughout the investigation." "we investigated it and we pursued it, and it is our intent to see that it is prosecuted and all parties are held accountable"... Deputy Chief Papania said the decision to put Dedeaux on leave was made because of the seriousness of the allegations. "It's disappointing that the number of professionals that we have working for this police department and throughout the Gulf Coast any time that a police officer is arrested for criminal misconduct" ... [Full article here]
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6 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 06, 2011

    Police officer, girlfriend arrested on child-abuse charge
    Sun Herald
    By ROBIN FITZGERALD
    Thursday, May. 05, 2011

    GULFPORT -- Adam Dedeaux, a nine-year veteran of the Gulfport Police Department, and his girlfriend, Kristen Eason, have been arrested on a felony child-abuse charge involving Eason’s 2-year-old son, Deputy Cmdr. Leonard Papania said tonight.

    The child was hospitalized and Dedeaux was placed on administrative leave when the investigation began two weeks ago, Papania said.
    He and Eason will be booked at the Harrison County jail. Municipal Judge Fant Walker set bond for each at $50,000.

    Papania said the only thing more disturbing than allegations of child abuse is that one of the suspects is a police officer.

    http://www.sunherald.com/2011/05/04/3087646/police-officer-girlfriend-arrested.html

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  2. Adam dedeaux was no true billed in grand jury today on all charges

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  3. How did that come about? I will go check for news.

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  4. The same grand jury that no true billed a murder case with DNA evidence.

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  5. FORMER GULFPORT OFFICER CLEARED OF CHILD ABUSE CHARGE
    8:49 AM, Jan. 4, 2012

    GULFPORT — A Harrison County grand jury has declined to indict a former Gulfport police officer and his girlfriend on a charge of felony child abuse involving the woman's son.

    The Sun Herald reports Adam Dedeaux, a nine-year veteran of the Gulfport Police Department, and Kristen Eason, were arrested in May after a New Orleans hospital notified local authorities of a possible child-abuse case involving Eason's son, then 2 years old.

    Dedeaux's attorney, Wayne Woodall, said the complaint was unfounded, and the Department of Human Services "ran amok" and assumed the toddler had been abused.

    Woodall says Dedeaux wants to return to work in law enforcement but has been waiting for the charge to be resolved.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120104/NEWS/120104005/Former-Gulfport-officer-cleared-child-abuse-charge

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  6. What is the difference between a true bill and a no true bill?
    wiki.answers.com

    "At common law, and in many states, a grand jury can return charges in either of two ways. One is to vote on a set of charges submitted by a prosecutor; these charges are contained in a proposed indictment, and if the grand jurors decide there is probable cause to support the charges, they vote a "true bill," that is, they vote to return the indictment and initiate a criminal proceeding. If the grand jurors decide there is not probable cause to support the charges, or that the charges should not be pursued for other reasons, they vote a "no true bill," which means the indictment is not returned and no criminal case ensues."

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