People associated with Anonymous, the collective of Internet activists, are still seeking justice for 2-year-old Savannah Cross, who was killed in brutal fashion last year.
The activists already have been bringing attention to the fact that charges have been dropped -- for now, at least -- against Savannah's alleged killers, who were in charge of babysitting the girl when she was killed. Now, an Anonymous press release hints at protests at the Phoenix VA hospital, where Savannah's mother works.
Police said a couple that run something of an unlicensed babysitting service was responsible for Savannah's death, in December. Ryan Reed, then 27, admitted to abusing the girl, and his wife, then-28-year-old Allison Clement, knew that the abuse was happening, yet didn't do anything about it.
Recently, charges against the couple were dropped.
Court filings indicate that the medical examiner's office was very slow to get some tests done, and a deputy Maricopa County attorney assigned to the case repeatedly told the judge that these tests would be in any day -- which turned out to not be true. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office, in subsequent court filings, referred to this as some grave miscommunication.
No matter the reason, the charges were dismissed, at least until after these tests could be completed.
People associated with Anonymous caused a stink after hearing the charges were dropped, noting the brutal nature in which Savannah was killed.
Court documents indicate Savannah sustained "extensive trauma to include deep tissue bruising, pattern bruising, swelling and abrasions from head to toe, front to back."
"The medical staff described the bruises as 'too many to count,'" a probable-cause statement said. "These bruises appeared to be in different stages of healing, and could not have been caused by a single traumatic event."
Reed eventually admitted to abusing the girl, according to court filings.
In announcing "Operation Justice4Savannah," Anonymous mostly pointed the finger at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, which didn't get the test results it needed to complete reports necessary for the prosecution.
Now, Anonymous' attention had shifted toward Savannah's mother.
From the new Anonymous press release:
Phoenix VA Hospital, you have had more than enough time to remove [Savannah's mother] Ashley Dattoli Livengood from your employ. Indeed, she is not even a full-time employee and Arizona is a "right to work" state. You need prove no misconduct to terminate her employment. Our Nation's veterans deserve far better than to be "cared" for by this uncaring monster who reportedly told co-workers she would "see her when I see her" regarding Savannah. At this time you have 7 days to terminate her employment or we will begin directly contacting veteran's and military groups in your area. If you want protests on your campus, continue to ignore this demand. We will not ask again.
When Savannah died, court documents revealed that Savannah had been in the care of Reed and Clement full-time, for several weeks leading up to the girl's death.
Phoenix police didn't really expand on that, as a department spokesman told New Times at the time that Dattoli just "needed the help," and only saw her daughter during that time when she was dropping off payment to Reed and Clement.
A website affiliated with the Anonymous operation has encouraged people to contact the VA about Savannah's mother, but she apparently still works there -- hence the hint of a protest.
While Savannah was left in the "care" of Reed and Clement, Reed took to what he called "discipline" of Savannah, by smacking her and flicking her. According to court documents, Reed said he tripped and "stomped" the girl right in the abdomen on one occasion, which apparently turned out to be the fatal blow.
"The victim immediately curled up with her arms around her abdomen and spent the rest of the evening in this posture," according to the probable-cause statement. "Reed said that he ultimately picked her up and placed her in her playpen that evening and heard her making groaning sounds throughout the night."
Reed and Clement sought medical attention, but not until the next morning, when they found Savannah unresponsive.
Investigators eventually discovered that Savannah was sexually abused too, according to court documents.
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Court records show charges still haven't been re-filed against Reed and Clement. The couple faced various child-abuse charges, plus a charge of second-degree murder for Reed.
Read Anonymous' entire press release on the next page:
Anonymous Operation Justice4Savannah
Press Release 2
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2013
Greetings. We are Anonymous.
On October 11, 2013 Anonymous informed the local and national media of our involvement in the case of Savannah Cross, age 2, raped and murdered in the Phoenix, Arizona area. As of this writing her killers remain free due to the inefficiency of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office and her equally culpable mother continues to provide medical "care" for our Nation's veterans due to the uncaring bureaucracy of the Phoenix VA Hospital.
Enough is enough.
To the media of Maricopa County, the state of Arizona, the United States, and the world, you can not continue to ignore this. This is a child in your community, a child in your city, a child in our country. If you don't stand up for her, then who will? If not now, then when? There is nothing more important than seeking justice for an abused and murdered child. Step up to the plate and bring this horrendous story the attention it deserves.
Anonymous reiterates our demand that the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office stop playing budget politics with this case and get your job done so the County Attorney can re-file charges forthwith. You have had more than enough time. If the lab is the problem, then get on the telephone and fix the problem. Your seeming ineptitude is criminal in its own right.
Phoenix VA Hospital, you have had more than enough time to remove Ashley Dattoli Livengood from your employ. Indeed, she is not even a full-time employee and Arizona is a "right to work" state. You need prove no misconduct to terminate her employment. Our Nation's veterans deserve far better than to be "cared" for by this uncaring monster who reportedly told co-workers she would "see her when I see her" regarding Savannah. At this time you have 7 days to terminate her employment or we will begin directly contacting veteran's and military groups in your area. If you want protests on your campus, continue to ignore this demand. We will not ask again.
Anonymous wishes to again state that we fully support the actions of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Phoenix Police Homicide Division, all first responders, and the Maricopa County Attorney's office in this case. We thank you for doing your jobs. We again demand that others do theirs.
That is all.
OpJustice4Savannah continues to be engaged.
We Are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Email Contact: OpJustice4Savannah@gmail.com
Twitter Contact: @Op4Savannah / #OpJustice4Savannah