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Woman accused of homicide for a toddler’s death in Bellingham, WA.

Jurors declared to continue the probing of Kamie Dixon in the unusual toddler homicide that occurred at Bellingham, WA. The Whatcom County judge made the decision on Tuesday as a verdict. But later, it was again declared to the evictor that both had to agree on two accounts. As a result, she was charged with second degree murder. Dixon is accused of the homicide of Hazel Homan, the three-year-old daughter of her boyfriend.

As per the reports, she was found guilty of the murder and sentenced on July 14. Dixon was given a twenty-year imprisonment. At the initial stages of the trial, the report stated that Homan had a brain injury, and medically it was termed Shaken Baby Syndrome in November, 2019. The criminal testimony went on for three months with the prosecutor. The prosecutor claimed that Homan had to suffer repeatedly at the hands of Dixon.

However, the defense claimed that the death of Homan happened due to choking while she was having a breakfast sandwich. Dixon also claimed that Homan had testified of a locked jaw, necessary for chewing food. She was prescribed CPR. A video was presented in the court at the trial as a closing argument. In that video, the doctor recorded inside the throat of the child. But Doug Hyldahl, the attorney, said it is more of a scrambled egg, addressing the jury. However, the defense opposed stating that choking leads to brain injury and ultimately results in death, which happened in November 2019. Thus, Dixon is not an abuse of murder charge.

But the prosecution found out that Hazel had to undergo repeated physical torture from Dixon before the final encounter of death happened. During the trial, many of Homan’s injuries were reported to the court. The injury included a burnt hand and an infected eye; thus, the prosecution kept the argument that Dixon did it. But the defense claimed that it was due to vitamin D deficiency, which led to fracture and injury. Both kept conflicting and argumative statements. After many trials of both prosecutors and the defense, the jury still holds that Dixon should be charged with Homan’s death.

Families of Three Bucks County Murder Victims Sue the Parents of Cosmo Dinardo

“In our eyes, Cosmo DiNardo was given a playland for illegal acts,” said Carin O’Donnell, the attorney representing the Patrick family.

On Monday, March 5, exactly eight months after the first of four Bucks County murder victims went missing, the families of three victims filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Their lawyers said DiNardo’s parents and their construction company share the blame with the co-defendants in the criminal trial, Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz.

The suit alleges that DiNardo’s Parents, in light of his documented mental health issues, should not have given him access to guns, ATVs, or their company’s heavy construction equipment. It delineates how in 2017 Dinardo was involuntarily committed to a mental institution and prohibited from carrying a firearm. An affidavit from his February 2017 charge of illegal possession of a firearm states that DiNardo is “known to be suffering from mental illness.”

Craig Penglase, defense attorney for Kratz, said he was concerned the civil litigation could affect the criminal trial. Fortunato Perri Jr., a defense attorney for DiNardo, could not be reached for comment.

In July 2017, the bodies of Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown; Dean Finocchiaro, 18, of Middletown; Thomas Meo, 21, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, were found on a 90-acre Bucks County farm owned by the DiNardo family. The remains of the four men were found buried 12.5 feet underground in a converted oil tank that had served as a pig roaster.

On March 5, for the first time, family members publicly voiced their grief and remembrances of the three young men. Bonnie Finocchiaro remembered her son as an “awesome person” with a “huge heart.” Melissa Fratanduono-Meo spoke of her son Tom as “bright and funny,” always “a lot of fun.”

In a quivering voice, Sharon Patrick, guardian and grandmother of Jimi Patrick, described her final moments with her grandson. “I said, ‘Are you waiting for me to get up and kiss you goodbye?’ So I stood up and I kissed him goodbye. And I told him I loved him, and he told me he loved me. Then we hugged each other, and I told him, ‘Come home early.’ “He said he would,” she continued, beginning to weep. “That was the last time.”