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Judge Refuses to Move Trial of Mom Accused of Killing Kids

There are 110 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Sep 22, 2007, titled Judge Refuses to Move Trial of Mom Accused of Killing Kids. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- The attorney for a mother accused of killing her two children by leaving them in a hot car says police ignored items in the vehicle that show the woman was concerned about her children's ...

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Jamie

Columbia, SC

#81 Sep 25, 2007
Spot On wrote:
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I'll be the first to stand in line to buy your version of her autobiography when it hits the store shelves since you know exactly what was going on inside of her head and can speak for her.
Like I said, send her to jail if she's convicted of murder. Heck, fry her. I'm OK with that. I'm not defending her, but with not knowing the whole story or exactly what was going on inside her head, I'm not jumping on the "she's a piece of crap" bandwagon either. Who knows, maybe my opinion will change once your book is released...
Poor thing is torn and wanting to make his smart azz comments. Hey jerk, I don't have to write a book and neither does she. Why??? Because SHE said that was how it happened! Oh and it's been said that a family memeber was waiting on her to show up with the kids and she NEVER did. Maybe you as a parent would put your job before your children but NORMAL GOOD PARENTS do NOT! If this waste of air were your wife and did this same deed, would you still be torn? If you say yes then you are just as screwed in the head as she is!

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#82 Sep 25, 2007
Jamie wrote:
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Poor thing is torn and wanting to make his smart azz comments. Hey jerk, I don't have to write a book and neither does she. Why??? Because SHE said that was how it happened! Oh and it's been said that a family memeber was waiting on her to show up with the kids and she NEVER did. Maybe you as a parent would put your job before your children but NORMAL GOOD PARENTS do NOT! If this waste of air were your wife and did this same deed, would you still be torn? If you say yes then you are just as screwed in the head as she is!
So she said "I don't have what it takes to feel guilt. I am a cold hearted piece of crap. I am a waste of good air!"

That's what you are saying...

Therefore, you write her autobiography since you know what she "feels"...

As far as my wife is concerned, I would be very angry... but it is my wife. I would have to do a lot of praying, but I couldn't honestly speak to that.

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#83 Sep 25, 2007
Jamie wrote:
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Oh and it's been said that a family memeber was waiting on her to show up with the kids and she NEVER did.
Oh, and show me this... Who (with credibility) said it? Where do you hear this?
Sam

Columbia, SC

#84 Sep 25, 2007
Spot On wrote:
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So she said "I don't have what it takes to feel guilt. I am a cold hearted piece of crap. I am a waste of good air!"
That's what you are saying...
Therefore, you write her autobiography since you know what she "feels"...
As far as my wife is concerned, I would be very angry... but it is my wife. I would have to do a lot of praying, but I couldn't honestly speak to that.
How about this, I feel sure that now after getting caught, she feels guilt. Doesn't all criminals? Is that better for you?
FACT: She knew she left her kids in her car for hours in SC Summer heat.
FACT: She knew she was washing dead bodies.
FACT: She knew she was putting them in trash bags like trash.
FACT: She knew she put them under her kitchen sink.
FACT: She ate her dinner while her babies were dead under her sink.
These are facts that SHE STATED over the last few weeks. Praying will NOT bring those kids back. Praying will NOT make this a bad dream. Praying will NOT make this any better for the ones that suffered in that hot car. Two wrongs may not make one right, but if my husband would have ever been this stupid, he'd be in a box as well. NOTHING comes between my child and I and NEVER will anything come before him.
Jamie

Columbia, SC

#85 Sep 25, 2007
Spot On wrote:
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So she said "I don't have what it takes to feel guilt. I am a cold hearted piece of crap. I am a waste of good air!"
That's what you are saying...
Therefore, you write her autobiography since you know what she "feels"...
As far as my wife is concerned, I would be very angry... but it is my wife. I would have to do a lot of praying, but I couldn't honestly speak to that.
Go back and read a little and you will see were she has said HOW things took place. The guilty never feel the guilt until they are caught. Keep feeling sorry for a murdering mother. It fits you well at this point!
SCgurl

Ridge Spring, SC

#86 Sep 25, 2007
Spot On wrote:
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Oh, and show me this... Who (with credibility) said it? Where do you hear this?
You know, nothing really has to be proven in this case- plain and simple- she has admitted that she locked them in the car and the autopsy has found the cause of death resulted from the kids being locked in the car. What is to be defended?

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Myrtle Beach, SC

#87 Sep 25, 2007
SCgurl wrote:
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You know, nothing really has to be proven in this case- plain and simple- she has admitted that she locked them in the car and the autopsy has found the cause of death resulted from the kids being locked in the car. What is to be defended?
Read all of the posts before you jump in to speak. I'm asking where it states someone was waiting for her to drop off her kids. I'm not disputing the rest, and in fact, I have never disputed the rest. You freaking people are so busy bashing me, that you won't even take the time to read what I have written TIME AND TIME AGAIN... and (I'll cap the rest of this for the stupid people on here who keep trying to bash me) LIKE I ALREADY SAID BEFORE... IF SHE'S CONVICTED OF MURDER, THEN SEND HER TO JAIL OR FRY HER! Why do I have to keep repeating myself?
SCgurl

Leesville, SC

#88 Sep 26, 2007
I'll jump in any time I please. This is a FORUM not a private conversation. Obvious;y you're peed off that you have no basis for defending this sorry excuse for a mother. Any female can spread her legs and get preganant but it takes a lot more compassion, responsibility, self-sacrifice to be a MOTHER. No one is bashing you. Go back to all the articles written- as a matter of fact that is something I'll work on for you since you'd rather use emotion instead of fact to feel any sympathy for this woman. I remember what I read, I don't go on what is typed on this forum.

The only stupid person in this matter is the dymb
B!tch that locked her kids in a car for over 8 hours in the summer heat and then can't believe they died. She didn't care about them then and she sure doesn't care about themnow- just saving her @$$. That is what you should be mad about not about people who look at the FACTS and then make an educated decision.
SCgurl

Leesville, SC

#89 Sep 26, 2007
Spot On wrote:
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Read all of the posts before you jump in to speak. I'm asking where it states someone was waiting for her to drop off her kids. I'm not disputing the rest, and in fact, I have never disputed the rest. You freaking people are so busy bashing me, that you won't even take the time to read what I have written TIME AND TIME AGAIN... and (I'll cap the rest of this for the stupid people on here who keep trying to bash me) LIKE I ALREADY SAID BEFORE... IF SHE'S CONVICTED OF MURDER, THEN SEND HER TO JAIL OR FRY HER! Why do I have to keep repeating myself?
Her aunt, Alice Salters, said Wednesday she thinks Heyward might have been pregnant, but they never talked about it. She also suspects Heyward put the child up for adoption because she wanted the child to have a good life.

Heyward had her own problems, but she was trying, Salters said.

"She was trying to do what was right as a parent with the skills she had," she said.

A neighbor said Tuesday that she had agreed to watch the children but had to back out Sunday because she was sick. Heyward told her she would leave the children with Salters.

Salters said Wednesday she never heard from Heyward. She didn't know Heyward had to work at 3 p.m. but guessed her niece was working two shifts to try to make more money to get her children a bigger home.

She also bought her own car and earned a degree through Trident Technical College with the financial help of family members, Salters said.

http://www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/02/de...

Go to the charleston.net website and look up Sametta Heyward. There are many DETAILED articles on the murders she committed. So someone was waiting for the kids to be dropped off and she didn't want govt assistance yet used her friends and family to pay for her education -probably so she wouldn't have to pay it back herself.

Before you feel so torn maybe you should do more research into this crime. She had options and why she didn't take them -who knows? You can't justify locking your children in a car from 3 pm until 1130 that night. You cannot justify killing your own children.
SCgurl

Leesville, SC

#90 Sep 26, 2007
Spot On wrote:
<quoted text>
Read all of the posts before you jump in to speak. I'm asking where it states someone was waiting for her to drop off her kids. I'm not disputing the rest, and in fact, I have never disputed the rest. You freaking people are so busy bashing me, that you won't even take the time to read what I have written TIME AND TIME AGAIN... and (I'll cap the rest of this for the stupid people on here who keep trying to bash me) LIKE I ALREADY SAID BEFORE... IF SHE'S CONVICTED OF MURDER, THEN SEND HER TO JAIL OR FRY HER! Why do I have to keep repeating myself?
Heyward spoke to a supervisor by phone Sunday afternoon but never told her or co-workers that the children were outside, the Disabilities Board said.

When Heyward later contacted a supervisor to say there was a problem at the baby sitter's and she had to leave, another worker was called in to cover the rest of her shift, according to the agency's statement.

Another staff member could have covered Sametta Heyward's shift at a group home Sunday if Heyward had told her supervisor that she couldn't find child care, the Disabilities Board of Charleston County said Friday.

When Heyward finally contacted a supervisor around 11 p.m., her two children had been outside in her car for an estimated eight hours on a day when the temperature reached 88 degrees, investigators said.

The statement by the Disabilities Board was its first to address Heyward's contention in a suicide note that she wanted to check on the children but was afraid she'd get in trouble at work.

Heyward worked at Dana House, a small group home for people with mental retardation and related disabilities.

A pathologist determined that Heyward's children, 4-year-old Shawn Campbell Jr. and 1-year-old Triniti Campbell, likely died from heat exposure.

http://www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/04/co...

That was another excerpt from an article. Do your research on this woman, read the facts and then decide if you should feel more sorry for her or her children who died a horrible death.

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#91 Sep 26, 2007
SCgurl wrote:
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Heyward spoke to a supervisor by phone Sunday afternoon but never told her or co-workers that the children were outside, the Disabilities Board said.
When Heyward later contacted a supervisor to say there was a problem at the baby sitter's and she had to leave, another worker was called in to cover the rest of her shift, according to the agency's statement.
Another staff member could have covered Sametta Heyward's shift at a group home Sunday if Heyward had told her supervisor that she couldn't find child care, the Disabilities Board of Charleston County said Friday.
When Heyward finally contacted a supervisor around 11 p.m., her two children had been outside in her car for an estimated eight hours on a day when the temperature reached 88 degrees, investigators said.
The statement by the Disabilities Board was its first to address Heyward's contention in a suicide note that she wanted to check on the children but was afraid she'd get in trouble at work.
Heyward worked at Dana House, a small group home for people with mental retardation and related disabilities.
A pathologist determined that Heyward's children, 4-year-old Shawn Campbell Jr. and 1-year-old Triniti Campbell, likely died from heat exposure.
http://www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/04/co...
That was another excerpt from an article. Do your research on this woman, read the facts and then decide if you should feel more sorry for her or her children who died a horrible death.
I have never said I feel more sorry for her than her children. It is tragic, I agree. I can't imagine the horrible pain and suffering these children were inflicted with.

Thanks for the links and info. I read the article before, but missed the part about the aunt watching the kids after I read the part about the person who backed out.

I am only torn because, again... here you have someone who does not want to become a burden on society, a person who is a few breaks short of making it, a person who struggled, but kept trying. She's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.

I don't feel sorry for her as much as I feel sorry for why she felt there was no other way out due to societal pressures...
Sam

Columbia, SC

#92 Sep 26, 2007
SCgurl wrote:
<quoted text>
Her aunt, Alice Salters, said Wednesday she thinks Heyward might have been pregnant, but they never talked about it. She also suspects Heyward put the child up for adoption because she wanted the child to have a good life.
Heyward had her own problems, but she was trying, Salters said.
"She was trying to do what was right as a parent with the skills she had," she said.
A neighbor said Tuesday that she had agreed to watch the children but had to back out Sunday because she was sick. Heyward told her she would leave the children with Salters.
Salters said Wednesday she never heard from Heyward. She didn't know Heyward had to work at 3 p.m. but guessed her niece was working two shifts to try to make more money to get her children a bigger home.
She also bought her own car and earned a degree through Trident Technical College with the financial help of family members, Salters said.
http://www.charleston.net/news/2007/aug/02/de...
Go to the charleston.net website and look up Sametta Heyward. There are many DETAILED articles on the murders she committed. So someone was waiting for the kids to be dropped off and she didn't want govt assistance yet used her friends and family to pay for her education -probably so she wouldn't have to pay it back herself.
Before you feel so torn maybe you should do more research into this crime. She had options and why she didn't take them -who knows? You can't justify locking your children in a car from 3 pm until 1130 that night. You cannot justify killing your own children.
So, could it really be that this murdering piece of crap had other options and new about them at the time? Dang!! So,does this mean that all of us damning this woman might be right? Dang!! Guess we are pretty darn GOOD parents!
Thank you for posting that for Spot On. Sadly though he still won't fully understand what it truly takes to be a great parent.

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#93 Sep 26, 2007
Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
So, could it really be that this murdering piece of crap had other options and new about them at the time? Dang!! So,does this mean that all of us damning this woman might be right? Dang!! Guess we are pretty darn GOOD parents!
Thank you for posting that for Spot On. Sadly though he still won't fully understand what it truly takes to be a great parent.
No Sam, I assure you there is no need to question my parenting skills, but I appreciate your concern. Morals and values are taught in my house using a conservative, loving discipline as directed by God. My wife and I are involved in every facet of our children's lives (from little league to school, from homework to relationships). My kids do not ride a bus to and from school, and enjoy the benefit of having a mom and dad who care enough to sacrifice for themselves for the sake of giving them the world, and being there for them every step of the way. I would take a bullet for every one of my kids; and if anyone ever chose to bring harm to anyone in my family, they'd better be able to outrun the 1000fps 380 round that I discharge from the working end of my Walther PPK.

Since you choose not to read my posts to gain an understanding of my thoughts, to see that I am all for her going to jail or the chair for her actions, and instead, you want to just jump on the bandwagon to spew your stupidity; then I guess this conversation is done.
Sam

Columbia, SC

#94 Sep 26, 2007
Spot On wrote:
<quoted text>
No Sam, I assure you there is no need to question my parenting skills, but I appreciate your concern. Morals and values are taught in my house using a conservative, loving discipline as directed by God. My wife and I are involved in every facet of our children's lives (from little league to school, from homework to relationships). My kids do not ride a bus to and from school, and enjoy the benefit of having a mom and dad who care enough to sacrifice for themselves for the sake of giving them the world, and being there for them every step of the way. I would take a bullet for every one of my kids; and if anyone ever chose to bring harm to anyone in my family, they'd better be able to outrun the 1000fps 380 round that I discharge from the working end of my Walther PPK.
Since you choose not to read my posts to gain an understanding of my thoughts, to see that I am all for her going to jail or the chair for her actions, and instead, you want to just jump on the bandwagon to spew your stupidity; then I guess this conversation is done.
Your posts were read and that is how so many now think of you as an idiot. You are so quick to tell other to go back and read, well sounds like you need to follow your own advice. I did not bash a poor mom with no other choices in her life. I did not bash this mom for having a job and trying. I bashed this evil monster b/c she DID have other choices and only now after getting caught does she feel or show guilt for what she did. Remember when you point fingers you have 3 pointing back at YOU.

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#95 Sep 26, 2007
Sam wrote:
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Your posts were read and that is how so many now think of you as an idiot. You are so quick to tell other to go back and read, well sounds like you need to follow your own advice. I did not bash a poor mom with no other choices in her life. I did not bash this mom for having a job and trying. I bashed this evil monster b/c she DID have other choices and only now after getting caught does she feel or show guilt for what she did. Remember when you point fingers you have 3 pointing back at YOU.
OK, you read without any comprehension and I am the idiot? I guess that's a fair deal for me. I have never stated that you were bashing this woman Sam. I have never pointed the finger at anyone (other than to suggest my own opinion, which you (finger pointing this time) are choosing to beligerently and personally attack...)

So, I'll stand by my comments here Sam.

I will suggest (reading her little suicide note she wrote) that it's possible she was feeling guilt even BEFORE she got caught, and even while her children smoldered.

I'm sorry that you can't comprehend even the vaguest and slightest possibility that this woman might contain even one tiny ounce of decency in her... Be it the perceived monster that she may be, that possibility does exist for decency. Yes, it's possible... whether YOU agree or not Sam, because I'm not forcing my opinion on YOU or anyone else. All I did was express another view, another opinion. Bash away Sam, I'm all ears.

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#96 Sep 26, 2007
You see Sam, the thing I find the most humorour is that you are arguing with me by spouting facts that I don't and have never disputed.

Was this woman responsible for the death of her children? Yep

Did this woman exercise poor judgement when she left her kids locked in a car to die, when she didn't seek medical attention, and when she cleaned up her kids instead of notifying cops? Yep

Should this woman go to jail for life or receive the death sentence for her actions if she's convicted of murder? Yep

Where I am disputing you Sam (and everyone else here) is in all of your assertions that this woman is 100% pure evil... and all of your assertions as to suggest you know exactly what was going on inside of this woman's head as this occurred. You see Sam, THAT is not factual. That is opinion freely open for adult and rational debate.

I understand the emotions involved here Sam, trust me I do; but if you're going to debate opinions with emotions and no clear rational thought and you're going to argue facts with someone who DOESN'T EVEN dispute them, then you are the one who is the idiot.(You get 4 fingers AND a thumb pointing at you on that one.)
SCgurl

Leesville, SC

#97 Sep 26, 2007
Spot On wrote:
<quoted text>
I have never said I feel more sorry for her than her children. It is tragic, I agree. I can't imagine the horrible pain and suffering these children were inflicted with.
Thanks for the links and info. I read the article before, but missed the part about the aunt watching the kids after I read the part about the person who backed out.
I am only torn because, again... here you have someone who does not want to become a burden on society, a person who is a few breaks short of making it, a person who struggled, but kept trying. She's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.
I don't feel sorry for her as much as I feel sorry for why she felt there was no other way out due to societal pressures...
How ironic is that statement- she didn't want to be aburden to society. Yet she murders her children adn what happens to murderers? They become a debt to society. If that was so important to her then she should have thought about the consequences of her actions when she did that to her children.
Sam

Columbia, SC

#98 Sep 26, 2007
Spot On wrote:
You see Sam, the thing I find the most humorour is that you are arguing with me by spouting facts that I don't and have never disputed.
Was this woman responsible for the death of her children? Yep
Did this woman exercise poor judgement when she left her kids locked in a car to die, when she didn't seek medical attention, and when she cleaned up her kids instead of notifying cops? Yep
Should this woman go to jail for life or receive the death sentence for her actions if she's convicted of murder? Yep
Where I am disputing you Sam (and everyone else here) is in all of your assertions that this woman is 100% pure evil... and all of your assertions as to suggest you know exactly what was going on inside of this woman's head as this occurred. You see Sam, THAT is not factual. That is opinion freely open for adult and rational debate.
I understand the emotions involved here Sam, trust me I do; but if you're going to debate opinions with emotions and no clear rational thought and you're going to argue facts with someone who DOESN'T EVEN dispute them, then you are the one who is the idiot.(You get 4 fingers AND a thumb pointing at you on that one.)
You're so right Spot On! You haven't disputed the facts here, nope not at all. I will say that you are rationalizing with a murderer and b/c of that you sound just as crazy as she IS. You gave your opinion and I did the same. You in your round about way said my opinion of a mudering evil witch that took a life of 2 small children was wrong. We can only assume that should the day ever come that your children are hurt or killed by a "crazy"; that you yourself will be first in line to hug that person. You will go to the weekly visitations.
SCgurl

Ridge Spring, SC

#99 Sep 26, 2007
Spot On wrote:
You see Sam, the thing I find the most humorour is that you are arguing with me by spouting facts that I don't and have never disputed.
Was this woman responsible for the death of her children? Yep
Did this woman exercise poor judgement when she left her kids locked in a car to die, when she didn't seek medical attention, and when she cleaned up her kids instead of notifying cops? Yep
Should this woman go to jail for life or receive the death sentence for her actions if she's convicted of murder? Yep
Where I am disputing you Sam (and everyone else here) is in all of your assertions that this woman is 100% pure evil... and all of your assertions as to suggest you know exactly what was going on inside of this woman's head as this occurred. You see Sam, THAT is not factual. That is opinion freely open for adult and rational debate.
I understand the emotions involved here Sam, trust me I do; but if you're going to debate opinions with emotions and no clear rational thought and you're going to argue facts with someone who DOESN'T EVEN dispute them, then you are the one who is the idiot.(You get 4 fingers AND a thumb pointing at you on that one.)
But how do YOU know what is going on in her head? This was not an accident. This is a case of neglect that resulted in death.

All we have heard from this woman is that she made a mistake, she did it because she didn't want to lose her job, she didn't check on the kids because she didn't want to get in trouble, etc. It is all about her! Do you see what I am saying? Most parents who truly love their child more than themselves would not want to live if they knew they were the cause of their child's death especially if it was accidental as this nutcase is trying to claim. If she was capable of getting an education, she was capable of knowing right from wrong. Any jury will see that and I hope they make an example out of her.

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Myrtle Beach, SC

#100 Sep 26, 2007
SCgurl wrote:
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But how do YOU know what is going on in her head? This was not an accident. This is a case of neglect that resulted in death.
All we have heard from this woman is that she made a mistake, she did it because she didn't want to lose her job, she didn't check on the kids because she didn't want to get in trouble, etc. It is all about her! Do you see what I am saying? Most parents who truly love their child more than themselves would not want to live if they knew they were the cause of their child's death especially if it was accidental as this nutcase is trying to claim. If she was capable of getting an education, she was capable of knowing right from wrong. Any jury will see that and I hope they make an example out of her.
Like I said, I don't dispute the facts of the case. They are not disputable...

I have never once said I knew what was going on inside of her head, nor have I ever tried to pursuade you or the idiot Sam or anyone else here (who just jumped in out of the blue) to believe what I believe...

I have said things like "I believe" or "I think". Others have said things like "She is a witch" or "She knew better" or "She doesn't care about her children." Those are statements to represent precise and exacting knowledge about what this lady was thinking. What makes you (or anybody else here) so absolutely sure of what she was thinking to make such definitive statements? Nobody has said "I don't know what she was thinking, but she should've known better." Nope, instead, it's "She knew better." Did she?!? I'd suggest that if she really did know better, then why did she do it? Is it possible she panicked when she realized her bad decision resulted in tragedy?!? Yes, that's just as plausible as "She's a murdering witch".

We're not talking about a guilty OJ here who deliberately and maliciously murdered his wife and her boyfriend. We're talking about a woman who made a bad, or even stupid decision that resulted in the death of her kids.

If you don't see that, there's nothing more I can say... Just know that I will continue to stand and defend my own words and integiryt, becuase this has become a personal attack on me and my opinions because I'm the only one out of the handful who has stuck on this board and defended myself.

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