Causing the death

A normal morning was interrupted Thursday by a man pushing a stroller who walked into the police station. Richard Helsinger, 27, calmly announced to the officers there that he had caused the death of his long time girlfriend. The child in the stroller was the couple’s daughter.

Police went to the couple’s mobile home and found the body of 21 year old Lindsey Tara Lakes. Police are not releasing details of the murder pending the autopsy report by the coroner.  

Helsinger has been arrested and charged with murder. Helsinger’s criminal history consists of a previous assault charge against a man. He was given probation and ordered into drug treatment on that charge in 1999.

Neighbors have reported that the couple appeared to be happy, holding hands and cutting up with each other as they walked the baby around the neighborhood.

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060707/NEWS01/607070378/-1/CINCI

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060706/NEWS01/307060020

Another baby who will grow without knowing her mother. Whose father will be unavailable to her, because he if he is convicted he will be incarcerated. You have to wonder how much she saw, how much she might understand about what happened to her mother. But one thing I feel certain of, is that she will not understand why her mother or even her father is there for her at bedtime. Yes, she will adjust. But at some point when she gets a little older she will ask questions about what happened to her mother and father. How will she feel when she learns that her father is the one who deprived her of even a memory of her mother?

Snapped during an argument? Drugs? Mental health issues? It is too early to tell yet what led up to this murder. But no matter the motive, nothing excuses murder.

Neighbors thought the couple appeared happy. But in a home with the door closed, only the family really knows what goes on.

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Cause of death is thought to have been strangling. Lake’s mother talked to her daughter on Wed. about 10 pm, and there were no signs of any problems.

http://www.channelcincinnati.com/news/9478205/detail.html

Police are not aware of any previous reports of domestic violence and says that the family has not indicated any tension between the two. Death is thought to have occurred after midnight, but police will not confirm that info until after the coroner’s report. They are not discussing any details of the confession, but they do say

“(Helsinger) was very calm,” he said. “He was very deliberate in his communication and once we realized what the situation was he was very cooperative.

“He seemed to be lucid and in control of his faculties, so he did not seem to be delusional or anything like that.”

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060707/NEWS01/607070372

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The coroner has said they cause of death appears to be “asphyxiation due to manual strangulation.” It is believed that she was dead for several hours before Helsinger went to police.

Helsinger has pleaded not guilty, with the stipulation that he may later add not guilty by reason of insanity.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/071506helsinger.html

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3 Comments

  1. candace bryant said,

    November 22, 2006 at 8:16 am

    THESE WERE TWO OF MY BEST FRIENDS…AND THE DAY THIS ALL HAPPENED IS A DAY I’LL NEVER FORGET… THEY WERE A GREAT COUPLE GREAT PARENTS AND BOTH GREAT FRIENDS OF MINE….HE WAS THE KIND OF MAN WE ALL WANT HE WORKED WHEN TARA WAS SICK HE COOOKED AND CLEANED(SHE HAD BACK PROBLEMS…SO TO HEAR THIS WAS JUST PLAIN CRAZY…ON JULY 6,2006 I LOST TWO FRIENDS..IT IS STILL HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT TARA IS GONE AND ITS ALSO HARD TO BELIEVE RICHIE IS THE CAUSE OF IT….I MISS HER SO MUCH THAT IT KILLS ME….

  2. Sydnie Rutherford said,

    January 26, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    tara was my one and only one person i could talk to and wha the did no one could ever forgive him he was so nice to tara and they seemed to be the greatest couple but the thing that descusteds me is that im olmost garenteed that that the baby was in there??????tara was the person i could always count on But all o really have to say is i hope he burns in he**

  3. Donnie Wyatt said,

    May 18, 2007 at 3:52 am

    first of all, let me begin by saying that I did not know this couple.. I am a distant cousin to Tara. Being in Kentucky, I didn’t know her as an adult, I only remember her as a child… I do know her family, and I can tell you that you’ll meet no finer people in this world.
    Tara was the only child of her parents; Kevin and Lucy. She was a mother to Haley… all of whom lost this beautiful person, senselessly and needlessly….

    Okay, we all get angry… very few of us commit murder out of anger… Take a walk, get a grip.. get out! There’s no excuse for killing anyone… If you find yourself becoming increasingly violent… seek help… call the authorities, friends, a parent, someone…

    Now sweet little Haley is going to have to rely on others to tell her how wonderful her mother was.. she’ll have no memory of the mother that adored her…
    This creep wants us to feel that he deserves sympathy and compassion… Well, he’ll not get ANY from my family. I can tell you that…
    Where was HIS sympathy and compassion for Tara?
    Life in prison is too good for him… Will Tara ever be able to come back from where she’s gone? NO! So why should society give him the chance?
    As I said at the beginning, I did not know Tara as an adult… but she was family… and family means the world to me…
    I never had the chance to do anything for her in her short life, but I can make sure that she is never forgotten.. I can tell her story and I can stand up for her rights….
    So, from the Kentucky kinfolk that Tara never got to know –
    We’ll never let the light she brought into this world, diminish!!!!


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