There was a little girl

She was 22 months old. Her name was Marcella Hope Yellowbear. Yes, I am saying was.

She had lived a busy little life. From the age of 1 month she lived with a “foster father” Jamie Littlehawk Blackburn and his girlfriend Leah Lonebear. But the couple split up in May of 2004. When they split up, Marcella ended up with her grandmother Ruby Blackburn, and the foster father says he warned the grandmother not to let the girl go back to her mother Macalia Blackburn, 24 , as her mother had gone back with Andrew Yellowbear. Blackburn told the court about the parents, “Either one is fine by themselves, but not together,” A picture of little Marcella was shown to the court, that was taken on Mother’s day of 2004, which showed a little girl with a big ice cream cone. In the picture she appeared healthy and happy and covered in ice cream.

Sometime after that, Marcella ended up back with her parents. Blackburn says he attempted to see her after that, but the mother refused to allow him to see her, and would only talk to him through a window. On June 2, Blackburn asked the police to check on the child, and they reported back to him that everything seemed fine.

On July 2, Marcella was taken to the hospital by her mother. I cannot bring myself to describe the injuries which are described in the attached article. If you have read here very much, you will know that if I am refusing to document the injuries, then it has to be really bad. I am going to limit myself to the fact that she had been beaten, burned, and that the injuries were in various stages of “healing”. The attached article is much more graphic, if you wish to see for yourself. The rest of the photos shown to the jury were documentation of her  injuries which were found after her death.

Marcella wasn’t even two years old. By that age, she had already left her parent’s care, lived- apparently happily with someone else, survived their split up, and gotten returned to her parents. After living with them for a few short weeks, she didn’t survive.

Her parents are now on trial. And as usual, both parents are blaming each other for her death. Apparently they both had abused her, and each are blaming the other for her death. Andrew Yellowbear is standing trial for 1st degree murder in her death and the prosecutors are asking for the death penalty. Macalia Blackburn, has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to second-degree murder and is slated to testify against Yellowbear. The trial is expected to last two to five weeks.

And you know what? I don’t care who did what to her. They both abused her, it was ongoing abuse and one or the other stood by while the other killed her. I don’t care who did it, as far as I am concerned they both hold equal responsibilty to killing her!

The article doesn’t mention what condition the 9 month old twin siblings were in.

http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2006/03/19/news/wyoming/f4373444dd032ceb8725713500027e23.txt

Further checking on information on this little girl’s story just reveals more and more horror. This is a timeline of the events that led up to Marcella’s death.

 http://www.jacksonholestartrib.com/articles/2006/03/05/news/2072768725f0f8b6872571270071400f.txt

Conflict after conflict after conflict. Even Marcella’s funeral was a source of conflict, as well as disputes over where the guilty lies, who should have custody of the other children, and the limited involvement of the Northern Arapaho Child Protective Services and whether they failed in their responsibilty to provide protection for Marcella. Evidently the twins are with other family members, and the child that was born after Marcella’s death has been placed outside the family.                 http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2006/03/05/news/top_story/81a36f9dd2797925872571270078b000.txt

http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2006/03/06/news/wyoming/50-arapaho.txt

I want to believe that if someone sees a child being abused, they would report it. And that if a report was made to authorities, that they would act quickly to protect the child or children. But the system seems to be broken.

Her name was Marcella Hope Yellowbear. She was a little girl, and she was only 22 months old.

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Evidently there has been a little twist in the trial. The defense has shown a videotape of Blackburn talking with detectives, and she told that she was the one who killed her daughter. Prosecutors say that she later recanted her story, saying that Yellowbear had urged her to take the blame. 

 http://www.jacksonholestartrib.com/articles/2006/03/23/news/wyoming/6c338aa60b2d679e87257139005eb2ee.txt

I would think this is seriously going to hurt the prosecution, as Blackburn is the witness that is testifying against Yellowbear as to what actions were taken by whom when Marcella died. I am afraid that if I was a juror, I would be seriously doubting the credibility of the mother who took the blame for her child’s death, then recanted and later ended up with a plea deal. I mean what mother would actually take the blame for killing her daughter, in order to protect the father and murderer of her child?

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7 Comments

  1. teen said,

    March 20, 2006 at 10:31 am

    JESUS CHRIST! Both of them should be hanged.

  2. elitist said,

    March 20, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    That’s a pretty awesome name for a baby. “Yellowbear.” But I’m sure members of the family who actually got the chance to grow up caught a lot of crap for it.
    PS: Obviously it’s fine, and thank you!

  3. Holly said,

    April 4, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    I read about baby Marcella in the newspaper last weekend. And, as always when I hear something as unimaginable as this… I had to find out more. In hopes that it wasn’t as bad as the article I read made it sound.

    Unfortunately, in this case, it was WORSE than the first article made it sound. I have been in agony over what was done to this baby for almost a week now, with no end in sight.

    I have no way of comprehending how such agony could be inflicted upon a helpless, innocent child… a BABY. I really don’t.

    I read an article in which neighbors described hearing “thuds” followed by a crying child. And that they saw the twins, but never Marcella. I also read an article where the custodian of Marcella up until his split with his girlfriend went to the parent’s house asking to see her, and spoke to the mother through the window. She wouldn’t let him in. He did call Social Services – but why the hell didn’t he just beat down the door to get in himself???? I mean, a child was a stake, wasn’t she worth him potentially getting in trouble for breaking in?

    It is too late now, so I suppose no sense in asking all the what if’s and why’s. All I hope for now, is that somehow that baby’s coping mechinism’s were working foll force to get her through the final weeks of her life, as tortured as they were.

  4. April 4, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    I had a hard time with this one also. To think this child was almost saved by being placed with other relatives, then was given back is heartbreaking.
    Unfortunately for the foster father, he didn’t really have many choices. Had he broken into the home, and taken the child- he would most likely have faced criminal charges and the child would have been returned to the parents anyway. I wish they would give more info on whether the parents had had their parental rights removed, and would do some investigation as to how the child ended up being given back to the parents. Also why there wasn’t more of a response from the Children’s service agency and the police dept.

  5. YELLOWBEAR said,

    June 9, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    MY NAME IS YELLOWBEAR AND I AM VERY PROUD OF IT THANK YOU I BELIEVE THAT NONE OF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANY ONE YOU R NOT GOD SHAME ON YOU LET MY CUOSIN REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND ALL HIS ANGELS

  6. YELLOWBEAR said,

    June 9, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    MY NAME IS YELLOWBEAR AND I AM VERY PROUD OF IT THANK YOU I BELIEVE THAT NONE OF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANY ONE YOUR NOT GOD SHAME ON YOU LET MY COUSIN REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND ALL HIS ANGELS.

  7. June 9, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you Yellowbear. I am sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace now.


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