by Denisse Montalvan
Most already know that I took care of my nephew while my sister served her one-year deployment in Afghanistan when she was in the Army. When I read this petition from Change.org I felt my heart has being torn out of my heart! We need justice and a better system for military moms. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION and let’s get JUSTICE FOR EVAN!
“In May 2012, I was sent on a 6-month deployment out of Dover AFB. Since I am a single mother to a little boy, I left my baby in the care of a military family that I believed I could trust.
On November 3, 2012, just 10 days prior to my return date, I was informed by my First Sergeant that my 21-month old son, Evan J. Dudley, was being airlifted to Alfred I. DuPont Children’s Hospital because he was in critical condition. I was rushed home to be with my son.
Upon arriving at A.I. DuPont, my son’s doctor informed me that Evan was in a coma and was not expected to live. He further informed me that Evan’s injuries were so severe, that in order for him to sustain such injuries, he would have had to fall from an 8-story building, straight down. Evan had no visible injuries to the outside of his body; however, his right retina was detached from his eye, he had so many hemorrhages in both of his eyes that the medical staff could not count them all, he had severe brain swelling and bleeding, and his lungs were extremely bruised. The doctors treated the injuries as a child abuse case.
On November 7, 2012, at 12:02 a.m., my 21-month old baby died in my arms. The next day, I was informed by a Detective that this was no accident and that my child was murdered. Evan’s death certificate indicates that a homicide was committed; that the immediate cause of death was “blunt force injury to the head” and that Evan “was assaulted to death”.
It has been over 9 months since my son was murdered. I have been as patient as I possibly can be while waiting for some form of justice to take place in this case. While the State’s Attorney, Susan Smithouser, and the AG team have a suspect and know exactly where to find him, an arrest still has not been made. Although I call the Prosecutor’s office on a weekly basis for an update, I am unable to get any answers. I feel that my son’s case is being put on the back burner and it is truly not acceptable. Rather than coming home to my child alive, I instead had to plan his funeral without even knowing what happened. Still, to this day, justice has not been made on my son’s behalf.
I plead with you to compel the State Attorney’s office to make an arrest in my son’s case. Over 9 months of waiting is long enough. There is a suspect in a murder case walking free in Dover right now. Please help.
Nicole Dudley, USAF’