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Spanaway boy died of asphyxiation, had bruising

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm with 3 Comments »
April 6, 2011 1:45 pm

Investigators have determined that a 5-year-old boy found dead in his Spanaway home Tuesday afternoon died of asphyxiation.

Jordan Gregory Stewart had been dead for at least 24 hours before Pierce County sheriff’s deputies found him at the home, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday. There were signs of bruising on his body, which had been wrapped in a blanket and left in a bedroom. A plastic bag was on his head.

Troyer said investigators don’t know who killed the boy but believe it was one of his parents.

“At this point, we really can’t say who killed him,” Troyer said. “The only two witnesses are gone.”

Deputies were at the home to check on Jordan after his parents were found dead after a high-speed pursuit along Interstate 5 in Thurston County.

Investigators have said they believe David Stewart shot himself after his car spun out on I-5 in Tumwater. The emaciated body of his wife, 38-year-old Kristy Sampels, was found in the front seat. She too died of a gunshot wound to the head. It’s unclear when Sampels was shot.

Troyer said Wednesday that there were signs of past abuse on Jordan’s body. The department has found no previous reports of child abuse involving the boy.

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  1. Why can’t those who commit murder suicides just blow a hole in their own heads and leave others alone…good grief.

  2. Who can really say now about the horrors this innocent child suffered at one of his parents hands. It breaks my heart to think of how he must have been treated. If the mother was emaciated then it would not be an unreasonable assumption that the father was the problem. It even occurs to me that he may have been on his way to Oregon to finish off the only living child at any cost. Where are the family members of this mentally off person? How can someone this sick go undetected at his job, in the military no less? Clearly there had to be signs something was wrong somewhere. It indeed takes a village to keep our little children safe and secure from these kinds of parents before they become “concrete angles.” Turning our head and acting as though we are blind or choosing to not get involved can only help to allow these types of freaks to turn on others, including their own. My heart goes out to the surviving child and what she must live with. May her mother and brother find some peace “in the arms of their angels” now. There are just way to many of these type of sad, cruel stories anymore. I am sure God weeps, as do we all.

  3. It sounds as if this family has been living in a private hell for some time. How very sad. Since at this point I have no insight into their private journey, I will simply hope that the next world holds the forgiveness and healing that clearly eluded them in this one.

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