3-year-old had signs of being abused

3-year-old had signs of being abused

There are 353 comments on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram story from Oct 24, 2006, titled 3-year-old had signs of being abused. In it, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that:

FLOWER MOUND -- A Flower Mound man arrested in connection with the death of his 3-year-old stepson told police that the child's head hit the couch while the two were 'playing airplane,' but evidence doesn't ...

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Stephanie Anguish

New Iberia, LA

#1 Oct 24, 2006
I am a long time friend of the family and I know Russel very well. He would never do anything to harm anyone. He is a very loving and affectionate person like his mother and father. I love them very much and will be praying for them. I love you guys and keep your head up Russel god will be your judge.
unknown

North Richland Hills, TX

#2 Oct 25, 2006
I do not believe this was done on purpose! I believe this was an accident. It is a shame, but what about the mom, she bathe this child, changed this child, did SHE not notice or see a problem? Why did she stay IF she thought HER child was being abused? I have heard that people are threating the family...WHY? The family did not do anything! I know this family..let God be God, the truth will be brought to the surface.
withheld

Salisbury, MD

#3 Oct 28, 2006
It's a shame that here a person is accussed of something just because "evidence shows". Police do not know how active the child was. A three year old is into everything and can get bumps bruises and even fall injuring himself/herself without the parents knowing how bad the injury may be. I can see where the stepfather would be afraid that he would be accused of doing it on purpose. My youngest son by the time he was 3 had broken his arm, fallen hitting his head causing a big laceration, had uptean bumps and bruises, and this because he WAS SO ACTIVE GETTING INTO EVERYTHING. Until the police had a good amount of proof that he was abuising the child no arrest should have been made.
anonymous

Mesquite, TX

#4 Nov 2, 2006
Yeah, you hear everyday how children kill themself while playing inside.Sure along with other neck and torso bruises and injuries What's wrong with these mothers that don't protect their children If a predator hurt my child in any way He should fear me.That's for damn sure.
Slusher

Dallas, TX

#5 Dec 11, 2006
I went to high school with Russell. This is a guy who never attempted to hurt anyone but only wanted to make people laugh. Rus is not a violent person and was very hard to make angry. I dont agree with the police arresting him and calling him a killer without having proof that he did this. Rus keep your head up bud. Jess and I will be praying for you.
Masen Maney

Cottonwood, AZ

#6 Dec 18, 2006
I have know Russell Miller an the rest of The Miller Family. Russell is a very good guy. When I heard about this I was in shock I could not beleave that an wil not. Crazy things like this happen. Its the truth. Just trying to find out some info about this i saw allkinds of carzy things that happend to 3-year olds. Russell is not that person.
Shelly Hastings

United States

#7 Jan 2, 2007
Masen Maney wrote:
I have know Russell Miller an the rest of The Miller Family. Russell is a very good guy. When I heard about this I was in shock I could not beleave that an wil not. Crazy things like this happen. Its the truth. Just trying to find out some info about this i saw allkinds of carzy things that happend to 3-year olds. Russell is not that person.
I do not know Russell or the Miller family, nor do I care to. I do however know my grandson, Tanner Lee Webb.
Not one day in 2yrs and 8 months of his life did he ever know anything but love, caring and kindness. a very average 3yr old boy with bruises and bumps. Only when Russell came into the picture was Tanner kept from his family, and now he is dead. A person does not wake up one day and beat a child to death out of the blue.
Russell has and has had issues to have done this. He was the only one home all day with the baby. Not one of you saw the baby's body at the hospital and the injuries that occured that day and were new.
Past injuries I can say for a fact never occured before July 2006. I know that babys body from head to toe and saw him everyday until July. Any abuse that may have occured happened between July 06 and October 21, 2006.
The mother managed to raise that baby without issues or drama his whole life until Russell. No one loves that baby more than his mother so to attack her on Russells behalf is sick.
Only God and the people living in the house know how they lived and what went on. I dont know why she stayed if the baby was being hurt, none of this makes since but the end result is the same. Tanner wont be back.
Some sick people live in that house and there is a lot of facts to come out still.

You put yourselves in our place and think how you would survive getting the phone call that your 3yr old grandbaby is dead, or your own child was gone.

Your damn right, if myself or anyone els in the family or his mothers family knew that baby was being hurt there is not a CRACK SMALL ENOUGH TO HIDE IN!!!!!!
It damn sure would have been delt with and our baby would be here today where he belongs.

Children are not decoration's, having a child does not give you the right to do with them as you please. God will be the judge and jury and God help the guilty.
People worried that Russell keeps his head up, you need to be worried about is soul.....he is a very lucky man he is where he is...not a threat in any way just an opinion...
Lee Bingham

Las Vegas, NV

#8 Jan 9, 2007
I ALSO WENT TO SCHOOL WITH RUSSELL AND WAS IN THE MILLERS HOUSE ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.RUSSELL NOR ANYONE IN THE HOUSE WAS VIOLENT.I BELEIVE THE CHARGES ARE FALSE!! AS LONG AS I HAVE KNOW RUSSELL HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY LAYED BACK PERSON WHO LOVED TO SEE PEOPLE LAUGH.....NOT HURT ANYONE IN ANY WAY. THIS IS ALL A MATTER OF OPINION....BUT FREAK ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS HAPPEN QUITE FREQUENTLY.

RUSSELL YOUR IN MY PRAYERS....

LEE BINGHAM
cassie

Killeen, TX

#9 Jan 10, 2007
unknown wrote:
I do not believe this was done on purpose! I believe this was an accident. It is a shame, but what about the mom, she bathe this child, changed this child, did SHE not notice or see a problem? Why did she stay IF she thought HER child was being abused? I have heard that people are threating the family...WHY? The family did not do anything! I know this family..let God be God, the truth will be brought to the surface.
why in the world would one do something so shameless as to accuse a greiving mother of not prtecting her child after being seemingly murdered. it is true that nobody knows for sure what happened, being that only 2 were home, and one of them is dead. how dare you say those horrible things u should be ashamed of yourself. instead of judging this young grieving mother, support her and help her find the answers.
cassie

Killeen, TX

#10 Jan 10, 2007
why in the world would one do something so shameless as to accuse a greiving mother of not prtecting her child after being seemingly murdered. it is true that nobody knows for sure what happened, being that only 2 were home, and one of them is dead. how dare you say those horrible things u should be ashamed of yourself. instead of judging this young grieving mother, support her and help her find the answers
Cortney

North Richland Hills, TX

#11 Jan 22, 2007
i know the mother of tanner very well and i know that if she saw one sign of abuse she would be out the door faster than you could blink , tanner was her life. She wouldnt marry a guy and put tanner in that cituation if she thought it was wrong . She protected him like there was no tomorrow. You should be ashamed of your self for judging someone that you dont even know. Children hurt them selfs, end of story , he was 3 . you think that when you were 3 you never had a bruise or a bump. Think about that . Stop judging her, she was a wonderful mom . Trust me.
someoneclose

Garland, TX

#12 Jan 23, 2007
Why did the police arrest him????? Because, it is true. That was our baby that he took from us. That is us the family that greive with it EVERYDAY!!!! of not having him in our lifes...Yes, everyone is right., the truth will come out. In court and in GODS EYES!!!So, all this name calling who did what and who is innoncent has to stop...We the family of TANNER LEE WEBB. Are the ones that are hurting the worst out everything. So, all the smart (***) remarks need to go away...
Slusher wrote:
I went to high school with Russell. This is a guy who never attempted to hurt anyone but only wanted to make people laugh. Rus is not a violent person and was very hard to make angry. I dont agree with the police arresting him and calling him a killer without having proof that he did this. Rus keep your head up bud. Jess and I will be praying for you.
if u could only imagine

Garland, TX

#13 Jan 23, 2007
i know tanner more than you people that are posting those rude commnets about my family member that just passed away! not none of the friends new him like is aunt or uncles grandparents mommy or daddy so all should keep that mean stuff to your selfs ! were you there when it happen ? no so you dont know if he did not mean to do! so shut it cause i loved that baby to pices and i know good and well know body in his family whould have hurt him neither whould his mommy or daddy ! r.i.p tanner lee webb i love you baby !
Destinee

Sneedville, TN

#14 Jan 23, 2007
unknown wrote:
I do not believe this was done on purpose! I believe this was an accident. It is a shame, but what about the mom, she bathe this child, changed this child, did SHE not notice or see a problem? Why did she stay IF she thought HER child was being abused? I have heard that people are threating the family...WHY? The family did not do anything! I know this family..let God be God, the truth will be brought to the surface.
I am the mother of 3 year old Tanner Webb and Yes I bathe my son everyday I looked at him everyday he was my world my angel my life for any of you who dont know me shouldnt jugde me I loved Tanner with everything I have I would give anything for him to take one last breath.It makes me sick that you have nothing better to do then bad mouth and sit and write on some web site.Do you know how it feels to wake up one day thinking everything is ok and that your son will be there safe and sound when you get home then he's not,you probley dont and untill you stand in my shoes I wouldnt say anything else im 19 years old and living in enough hell trying to live without my son.
Jessica

United States

#15 Jan 23, 2007
unknown wrote:
I do not believe this was done on purpose! I believe this was an accident. It is a shame, but what about the mom, she bathe this child, changed this child, did SHE not notice or see a problem? Why did she stay IF she thought HER child was being abused? I have heard that people are threating the family...WHY? The family did not do anything! I know this family..let God be God, the truth will be brought to the surface.
I am a friends with Tanners mother and Tanner was the most sweetest and cutest lil boy ever. I fell in love with him since the day I met him. I will never forget his face, his voice, or his singing and dancing. I remember the day he was over here on his 3rd Birthday October 13th, 2006 playing and having fun with me and his mommy. He was singing on his karake "Hate me today". I will never forget how cute it was to watch him and especially the cupcake he made me. I watched that boy grow for awhile, he was just getting smarter and smarter by the minute. He made me laugh and happy everytime I saw him. Tanner and his mother are like family to me no matter what it will never change. But I can tell you right now i've known Destinee for 5 years and never in her life would she put Tanner in danger and I know for a fact if she knew there were previous abuse there would be no prevous abuse she would of been out the door in a heart beat, Tanner was her best friend the only thing that kept her going. And I wish I had some way to bring him back for her because I'd do it even if it was to take my own life. I love you Tanner and miss you angel.
RIP TANNER

Haltom City, TX

#16 Jan 23, 2007
all of you people saying Russell is in your prayers should really think about what you're saying. Russell isnt grieving over the death of his child. Russell wasnt abused to the point of his death. Think about how Tanner felt in those last moments of his life. Worried, Scared, in pain..all of that for a 3 year old to take from a man who was suppose to love him. Russell is definetly not the person you should be praying for!! He still hasnt got what he deserves!! He took such a precious life away from a child and a loving family and yall people can sit here and judge Destinee like she was the one to do this?!?! thats pretty sick!!
DESTINEE, TANNER, the WEBB FAMILY & friends are in my prayers!! i love and miss you Tanner!! R.I.Peace
RIP TANNER WEBB

United States

#17 Jan 24, 2007
For everybody who can judge a grieving mother is sick! NObody should be praying for a man who could do this to a child period. Someone who a child trusts and loves and this is what the boy got in return. Russell is sick and should spend the rest of his life where he belongs. Destinee, honey keep your head up and remember you will meet him again, he would want you to go on. I know you do not know me and I dont I dont know you, but you are in my prayers. Keep your head up babe and if you ever need me you know how to contact me. You amaze me and are a very strong girl. Tanner will thank you for going on and keeping him in your heart forever. He also knows how much you and your family love him. Seems to have many people on yours and Tanners side. Dont worry about the trash poeple are talking. Again you are amazing!!! Kim
Brittani Province

Dallas, TX

#18 Jan 24, 2007
To this day I remember seeing the smiling face of an expecting mother walking through the halls of Richland. I too was expecting a boy and he arrived 3 1/2 months before Tanner. We had plenty of conversations as all mothers do sharing stories, bragging you could say, about how Tanner could do this and Hayden could do that. The amount of love and joy of Tannerís presence could be seen through the way Destinee spoke of himÖ

I cant even begin to fathom the loss, the pain, the emotions a mother has to go though after loosing her child. On top of ALL that dealing with RANDOM people commenting about YOUR situation?? Tell me how you would feel if everyone was in your business making assumptions about what they think the truth is. Yeah, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but Iíve read some VERY hurtful things from people who donít have a clue who anyone involved in this is. Regardless if you knew them or not respect should be shown for Tanner. I think everyone is focusing more on pointing fingers then on celebrating the life of a precious boy who left us all way to soon. I guess you could say Iím writing this to defend my friend and the dignity of her and her family (INCLUDING TANNER)! Iím tired people making this harder then it already is for Destinee and her family. Coping with a loss as great as this is almost impossible and having it broadcast all over the internet doesnít help either. Let Tanner rest in peace, he deserves it!!!

And to Destinee, the rest of the Spann family, Brian, and the rest if the Webb family I hope yaíll find the strength to go on and continue to keep Tanner Ďaliveí in the hearts and memories of everyone who was LUCKY enough to have time with this angel!
Breanna

Englewood, CO

#20 Jan 24, 2007
I agree we really just need to let Tanner rest in Peace and stay out of situations that all we know is what is said by "papers" and "heresay". Just leave the family be and let them greive in peace!!

my prayers are with you destinee
Kelly

Fort Worth, TX

#21 Jan 24, 2007
Nothing or anything you dumbasses say will bring this little boy back. Who the hell are all of you to judge anyone in that family ( Russel or Destinee)? None of you now the Destinee or Russel, all of your are just dumbasses acting like you know them just to say you know them. YOU DONT KNOW SHIT! That little boy was loved to the last breath he took and all of you are mocking his life and taking it in vain. Lets milk the cow some more huh? Get over it, nothing you say will make things different. Hes dead, Destinees in pain and Russel is locked up. Instead of wasting your ime gossiping, do something about if you all ave such a huge problem. Jesua, Russel has to live with the thought of wat happened, that is torture enough, and the mother my friend Destinee is in pain everyday! And yall dont make it better at all! You dumbasses make it worse. I am a bitch and I ont care who knows it, but the truth needed to be stated. So either fight against child abuse, ask destinee if she needs any help wit anything, do somethingother than gossiping.

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