Woman arrested for child's scalding death

Aug 6, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Coastal Courier

“Sarah was a sweet child. She got along with everybody, and was your typical happy, little girl.”

A Fort Stewart soldier's wife was arrested Thursday and charged with the murder of her step-daughter. Erica J. Brennan of Ludowici was charged with the murder of her 8-year-old step-daughter, Sarah H. Harris. via The Coastal Courier

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i hope georgia has the death penalty
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why wrote:
i hope georgia has the death penalty
I am not her family, but you should know all the facts before you convict someone, your request is that another innocent life be taken!!!
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Augusta wrote:
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I am not her family, but you should know all the facts before you convict someone, your request is that another innocent life be taken!!!
Yeah a smart inteligent 7 year little girl just gets in a bath tub of scalding hot water and lays there without saying a word. Makes complete sense to me.
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The innocent has already been taken.
And the guilty needs to be convicted to put it nicely!!!
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"why" Why are you so quick to judge? Have you read the medical reports? I have. If she was forced into the bath tub there would have been signs of force, or Erica would have been burnt herself. "sad" Again, before you convict someone make sure you have all the facts. The medical reports, or maybe you should go talk to the child's doctor that had been treating her for her behavior for the past year.
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Aug 10, 2007
 
My heart absolutely breaks for this little girl and for her hero father who is going from serving his time in hell to a whole new dimension of hell back here at home. I do not know that mother, did not know the child and have not read the medical reports but I do know that if this woman did indeed murder this child then she should be given the death penalty.
Being the mother of five and having seen my own children act out on occasion due to their absent parent, it is inconceivable to me that a child would act out in this way!! True, I did not know her and every circumstance is different but COME ON NOW!!
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Aug 10, 2007
 
O know Erica personally. She has a son of her own, who I am related too, and she has been a great mom. From softball games to kick boxing to whatever her son needed. She took this little girl in and she accepted her. This girl had alot of problems with deeling wth issues of neglect from her own mom and having to deal with a step mommy and brother. I sure don't know all the details and I hope justice is served, but I will say that we need to know all the facts before we go accuing because erica was and is a great mom to Trevor and I just can;t imagine her doing this to any child, let alone a child she was making a family with!!
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Aug 11, 2007
 
There is absolutely no way that this child laid down in a tub of hot water on her own accord and obtained burns that were severe enough to cause her death. Having known the family and the situation, Sarah would not have done this. There is no excuse for this. And even Erica's OWN SON said his mommy was trying to hide the bruises that she had put on Sarah. Let's face the facts! She was afraid Russ would come home and see the bruises she had put on her and so she attempted to cover them up. How sad!
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Aug 11, 2007
 
I do pray that Erica finds peace in her heart with the Lord. She will have to answer to society but she will have to answer to the Lord as we will all have to do one day.
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I am a mother who has had to explain to her 7 year old that sarah will no longer be able to come over and play with her. I have met this beautiful little girl, and I know some of the issues involved. I saw the interactions with erika and her son ..which where amazing. She did everything for him. I wish I would have known the things sooner that I know now so that I could have questioned the situation and maybe been able to avoid a tragedy. When my daughter found out that sarah was gone and how she went from kids at school..she asked many questions. Some including ..Is that why sarah was always so sad because her mommy didnt want her? Is that why she was always in trouble? Is that why alot of times when her brother comes over she has to stay at home on restriction?..Sarah had a very sweet but quiet disposition. There is no way that she climbed into a tub of hot water and lay down to scald herself. Its a rediculous theory and no medical report in the world could prove otherwise.
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Aug 13, 2007
 
She may of been a great mother to her son, but things were not the same for sarah open your eyes and face the facts. Its obvious that some one must not understand the medical records released, or may they just cant read. Any one feeling pity for the moyher needs an evaluation their self.
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Aug 13, 2007
 
I saw Sarah at several events this summer with the step-mother. I watched Sarah come up to bat at a softball game. She looked terrified. As she swung the bat the first time I realized why! The step-mother began screaming at her, "You are not 80 you are 8! Swing the bat!" It broke my heart! When you see things like that and something like this happens you wish you could have done something!
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This woman is not worth the air she breathes. She is a waste of life, Someone else should be breathing that air. Believe me she will get what she deserves and more when they put her away, them women will tear her apart. Cant wait to read about her death.
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if you really beieve this little girl did this to herself your out of your MIND.I hope justice will be serveshe'll get whats come to her,especially in prison.Her life must of be hell before she died with her step mother and mother.More must of happen in that house then we know.Give her the death penalty
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Sarah was my baby she was my whole world. I remember when I would baby sit her and her sisters, It was the most fun I ever had. I remember when I would cry sarah would say,"Nikki why are you crying it'll be ok." She would always say "My aunt Nikki" She was always attatched to me by the hip or leg. I remember when we used to go outside and catch butterflies, and one day she caught one and I told her she had to let it go and she looked at me with those big blue eyes and golden hair and said,"She wants to be with her family" I used to lay awake with them at night and read the bedtime stories and they used to love to paint my toe nails and rub lotion on my feet and arms and put make up on me. and now that I cant do these things with my little girl. I hope that erica pays. I hope that she lies awake in bed at night and hears that baby girls cries in her cell while she sleeps, and thinks about the beatings she'll have to face for the rest of her life. If they don't kill her first!
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Augusta wrote:
"why" Why are you so quick to judge? Have you read the medical reports? I have. If she was forced into the bath tub there would have been signs of force, or Erica would have been burnt herself. "sad" Again, before you convict someone make sure you have all the facts. The medical reports, or maybe you should go talk to the child's doctor that had been treating her for her behavior for the past year.
First of all I just want to know where you got the medical reports! 2nd Her little boy told the detective what happened! 3rd Erica hurt my baby girl, I know it and you know it! Are you trying to convince everyone else or yourself! I hope the bitch payse I hope she relizes what she's done! How could you take sides with a murderer. Your pathetic! Your just as bad as her.
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Augusta wrote:
"why" Why are you so quick to judge? Have you read the medical reports? I have. If she was forced into the bath tub there would have been signs of force, or Erica would have been burnt herself. "sad" Again, before you convict someone make sure you have all the facts. The medical reports, or maybe you should go talk to the child's doctor that had been treating her for her behavior for the past year.

No one should have judgement but God. In this case many people possibly family members are coming to the defense of Erica which families tend to do, but what about Sarah? She is no longer with us but now with God. She faced many battles here on Earth. We will miss her. Justice needs to prevail and families need to look at the victim in all this,Sarah. Her son is the only one who was there to witness it. I hope he gets the help he needs. My prayers are for him. He possibly may have to live his life away from his mother. If his mother is guilty of the charges he will be better off. I have gone through a situation like this in my life
and it kills me inside to see this happen again. I pray that God will be with the families going through this and that all the truth will come out. If Erica is guilty I hope she finds God.
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You cannot use the medical reports to say she didnt do it. Obviously she isnt going to attempt try and burn her own hands. There are many explanations for her not being burned. She was much bigger than sarah, She could have easily held her in by her by the arms without hurting herself...which explains how sarah got out more than once when she put her back in screaming. Justice is called for here. She needs to pay for this horrible act, because no matter how many problems sarah may have had with her constant mistreatment she didnt deserve any of this and she didnt do it to herself. Her family may want to stand behind her but they should be helping her to repent for what shes done instead of trying to find excuses for it.
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Get real wrote:
You cannot use the medical reports to say she didnt do it. Obviously she isnt going to attempt try and burn her own hands. There are many explanations for her not being burned. She was much bigger than sarah, She could have easily held her in by her by the arms without hurting herself...which explains how sarah got out more than once when she put her back in screaming. Justice is called for here. She needs to pay for this horrible act, because no matter how many problems sarah may have had with her constant mistreatment she didnt deserve any of this and she didnt do it to herself. Her family may want to stand behind her but they should be helping her to repent for what shes done instead of trying to find excuses for it.
I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOU !
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Kansas friend wrote:
O know Erica personally. She has a son of her own, who I am related too, and she has been a great mom. From softball games to kick boxing to whatever her son needed. She took this little girl in and she accepted her. This girl had alot of problems with deeling wth issues of neglect from her own mom and having to deal with a step mommy and brother. I sure don't know all the details and I hope justice is served, but I will say that we need to know all the facts before we go accuing because erica was and is a great mom to Trevor and I just can;t imagine her doing this to any child, let alone a child she was making a family with!!
You should think about not bringing her sons name up in your post. He is only 7.

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