Woman arrested for child's scalding d...

Woman arrested for child's scalding death

There are 536 comments on the The Coastal Courier story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Woman arrested for child's scalding death. In it, The Coastal Courier reports that:

“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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why

Wichita, KS

#21 Aug 14, 2007
Well no shit!! sarah had to be treated for the problems she had, This cruel person is the reason she had problems. Who knows what went on behind closed doors. This little girl was mentaly and physically abused by this waste of life. How on gods earth could any not stand up for erica? I feel for erica's family I would be ashamed to claim to be related to her. I hear people from her home town (erica's) aren't supprised, Alot of people seen how the little girl was treated at the ball games.
Pathetic

Republic, MO

#22 Aug 14, 2007
I can't believe there are actually people out there who think that murderer is innocent! No 7 year old girl would do that to herself. My two year old wouldn't get in a bath tub that hot!
Shocked

Augusta, KS

#23 Aug 14, 2007
Erica's brother just got off on child rape charges and now this. How much has to happen before this family wakes up to see there problems.
I Care

Augusta, KS

#24 Aug 14, 2007
Shocked wrote:
Erica's brother just got off on child rape charges and now this. How much has to happen before this family wakes up to see there problems.
What does this have to do with Sarah?
Get real

Hinesville, GA

#25 Aug 14, 2007
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!!
I saw the same that you did in regaurds to her son. He was always happy. He always got what he wanted and was treated well. He came over many times without sarah and even got enough allowance to buy a trampoline and a pool. Erika told me she gave trevor 20 follars a week because he was a good boy and always did his chores. That he was so responsible hed save all his money to buy the things he wanted. She also told me that sarah didnt even get her allowance because she never listened , She wouldnt clean her room . She was on punishment cause her homework wasnt done in the allotted time before the timer went off. I wish i would have put more thought into it at the time and wondered what actually went on behind closed doors. But I thought that maybe since it was all new to her welcoming someone elses child into her household that they hadnt had time to get closer yet .. I was wron ..I didnt know everything and I will definitely look at a situation I feel is a little odd more closely in the future. But the fact of the matter is that no matter how good erika was with her real some ..Her stepdaughter didnt get the same treatment. If Erika wasnt ready or able to deal with a child that needed her love and acceptance and a home where she would be made to feel that her life could also be normal and wonderful, then she shouldnt have accepted that kind of responsibility. Look where it has taken her. Some people dont have the capacity to care for one that isnt their own. You make a choice ..hers was to hurt the child instead of being honest with herself and explaining to the father that this wasnt the life for her. For that a tragedy has occured and she should pay for it. She had other roads to take and took the one that damned her. Don't make excuses for her and expect people to understand, because the only thing we all understand is that two children have paid dearly for this ..one is dead and the other is probably very confused and hurt.Many more who knew them both have cried and suffered. She will have to pay for all of those tears.
Someone

Harwood, MO

#26 Aug 14, 2007
Nikki, your stepsister, Christy, should also be responsible for the death of her daughter. She is the one who was on drugs and had to give up her parental rights to all her children, including Sarah. How horrible and all cause of drugs. She needs to think about this one long and hard before she EVER does any more meth!
My little girl wrote:
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!
feeling the pain

Olathe, KS

#27 Aug 15, 2007
YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK -- GET A JOB - BETTER YET SOME OF YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO LEARN TO SPELL!

COME ON - BRINGING HER BROTHER INTO THIS - WHAT HAS THAT GOT TO DO W/THIS SITUATION - NO ONE BUY A FAMILY MEMBER WITH A BITTER HEART, AND REVENGE ON THE FAMILY WOULD EVEN STOOP SO LOW AS TO SAY THAT. GET A LIFE - LEAVE YOUR FAMILIES ALONE! BETTER YET - IF YOU HATE YOUR FAMILY THAT MUCH - MAYBE YOU NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM THEM!
regret for you

Olathe, KS

#28 Aug 15, 2007
you know who you are that wrote about the brother also - you better watch your back
your family will know who posted that comment
Ptmsf

Stroud, OK

#29 Aug 15, 2007
I agree with feeling the pain..... Instead of running your mouth the bible says that we should lift each other up in times like these.
We hope and PRAY those of you who are seeking revenge instead of justice NEVER have to go through something like this in your own family.
Sad and Discusted Aunt

Stroud, OK

#30 Aug 15, 2007
Someone wrote:
Nikki, your stepsister, Christy, should also be responsible for the death of her daughter. She is the one who was on drugs and had to give up her parental rights to all her children, including Sarah. How horrible and all cause of drugs. She needs to think about this one long and hard before she EVER does any more meth!
<quoted text>
Christy did you wish about the food and beer after the funeral?? And what about the animal you were talking about?? Did you get that too??? I was at the funeral, and all of Erica's family was crying.. What were you doing besides laughing
facethis

AOL

#31 Aug 15, 2007
If everyone who "saw" how she treated Sarah had taken time to step in and find help for her earlier, she might be here today. I find it amazing you can take the time to post on this board spewing out your so called "knowledge" of this situation, yet you couldn't take that time to find help for this little girl. In the word of Grandma Kaye, there is enough blame to go around on this case. If anyone claims to of had knowledge that Erica was abusing Sarah, thier claims should of been expressed BEFORE Sarah died, not now on an internet forum. Where was your wisdom when it counted? I am not saying Erica is guilty or innocent, I don't claim to be judge, jury or God, but I do know that had I seen what you described, I would of felt a moral demand to confront Erica with this, or seek help for Sarah. I never met Sarah, but I do know Erica's family and from what I have read and heard, I seriously doubt that she would be approving of all of this that is going on here on this forum. I can't imagine that Sarah would want her memory to be connected to what is going on here with her "brother" being brought into this and with what has been said about Erica's family. Please before you decide to hit that submit button after spewing out your "knowledge", think about ALL of the family that is involved. Sarah has siblings that are starting school in this small town today. It isn't their fault that this happen, yet they have people talking about them behind their backs and to their face regarding this and that isn't fair. Erica has a family, and I saw first hand the tears they shed for Sarah, the love they had for her and the pain they are going through right now with her loss and with what is going on now. Please for the love of God, think about who your comments are affecting before you send your post, and for those of you who did know Sarah, would she really want you to reach out and hurt someone else in her name? I think it is a shame that the memory of Sarah and the joy she brought to this world, is being lost because of the finger pointing and revenge that is being expressed on this forum. Let the justice system take care of Erica in this case, force them to prove her innocence or guilt. I just pray that Sarah's family, from ALL sides, and her friends would focus more on taking the gifts Sarah left them and use them to continue making this world the place Sarah had wished it would be.
why

Wichita, KS

#32 Aug 15, 2007
I see why the little girl had the behavior problem. Maybe she was crying out for help, because this monster has been abusing her all along. Any related should be ashamed not to know the truth, you should of seen the favoritism strangers from augusta sure did at the ball field!!!!!!
Someone

Harwood, MO

#33 Aug 15, 2007
Sad and Discusted Aunt wrote:
<quoted text>
Christy did you wish about the food and beer after the funeral?? And what about the animal you were talking about?? Did you get that too??? I was at the funeral, and all of Erica's family was crying.. What were you doing besides laughing
Sad, sad. Christy is a piece of work, alright. Just keeps on having kids, and giving them to the State of Missouri to raise. What a life. And what about Christy's family????? Why didn't they try to keep that little girl? I don't think they tried to get any of her kids. Just let em all go off to the state......gosh, what has happened to this world.
nurse

White House, TN

#34 Aug 15, 2007
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.
Please no one willing burns their self over 80% of their body. In fact Sarah's case meet all of the hallmarks of child abuse that are listed in my burn manual. How horrible to be beat everyday and then be burned to death. Erica is definition of EVIL!!!!!!!!!!
Get real

Hinesville, GA

#35 Aug 16, 2007
facethis wrote:
If everyone who "saw" how she treated Sarah had taken time to step in and find help for her earlier, she might be here today. I find it amazing you can take the time to post on this board spewing out your so called "knowledge" of this situation, yet you couldn't take that time to find help for this little girl. In the word of Grandma Kaye, there is enough blame to go around on this case. If anyone claims to of had knowledge that Erica was abusing Sarah, thier claims should of been expressed BEFORE Sarah died, not now on an internet forum. Where was your wisdom when it counted? I am not saying Erica is guilty or innocent, I don't claim to be judge, jury or God, but I do know that had I seen what you described, I would of felt a moral demand to confront Erica with this, or seek help for Sarah. I never met Sarah, but I do know Erica's family and from what I have read and heard, I seriously doubt that she would be approving of all of this that is going on here on this forum. I can't imagine that Sarah would want her memory to be connected to what is going on here with her "brother" being brought into this and with what has been said about Erica's family. Please before you decide to hit that submit button after spewing out your "knowledge", think about ALL of the family that is involved. Sarah has siblings that are starting school in this small town today. It isn't their fault that this happen, yet they have people talking about them behind their backs and to their face regarding this and that isn't fair. Erica has a family, and I saw first hand the tears they shed for Sarah, the love they had for her and the pain they are going through right now with her loss and with what is going on now. Please for the love of God, think about who your comments are affecting before you send your post, and for those of you who did know Sarah, would she really want you to reach out and hurt someone else in her name? I think it is a shame that the memory of Sarah and the joy she brought to this world, is being lost because of the finger pointing and revenge that is being expressed on this forum. Let the justice system take care of Erica in this case, force them to prove her innocence or guilt. I just pray that Sarah's family, from ALL sides, and her friends would focus more on taking the gifts Sarah left them and use them to continue making this world the place Sarah had wished it would be.
You are pointing fingers by writing your entry here .. same as everyone else .. The state works in a certain way , and that isnt always a good thing. If everyone who thought something was odd about that house and the way sarah was treated it wasnt enough to go and report them. many families yell at their kids .. it usually isnt a reason to take them away. Alot of things went on behind closed doors that noone was sure about . You cannot say everyone is at fault for not reporting because honestly noone knew for sure. But on that tragic day when that innocent child was burned to death by her stepmothers hand..and that is what happened, Obviously everyone who saw things that seemed a little off where going to feel as though maybe they could have done more. But they didnt know for sure and they didnt see enough to feel it right to bring down someones home when it could have been nothing. The only one at fault here is the woman who did the killing.. not the families not the ouraged people ...just the owner of the hands that stole that babies life. Because like everyone knows ..it is absolutely rediculous to believe that she did that to herself!
people1st

United States

#36 Aug 16, 2007
feeling the pain wrote:
YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK -- GET A JOB - BETTER YET SOME OF YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO LEARN TO SPELL!
COME ON - BRINGING HER BROTHER INTO THIS - WHAT HAS THAT GOT TO DO W/THIS SITUATION - NO ONE BUY A FAMILY MEMBER WITH A BITTER HEART, AND REVENGE ON THE FAMILY WOULD EVEN STOOP SO LOW AS TO SAY THAT. GET A LIFE - LEAVE YOUR FAMILIES ALONE! BETTER YET - IF YOU HATE YOUR FAMILY THAT MUCH - MAYBE YOU NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM THEM!
uh...speaking of spelling, you have a typo. Best to double check your post before telling others to learn to spell.
JJCTLJ

Stroud, OK

#37 Aug 16, 2007
kansas14 wrote:
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!
IF YOU SAW SARAH AT SEVERAL EVENTS THIS SUMMER WITH THE STEP MOTHER LIKE YOU SAID YOU DID.....WHY DIDN'T YOU STAND UP AND SAY SOMETHING TO HER IF YOU FELT THAT STRONGLY ABOUT IT????? YOU COULD HAVE TOLD THE STEP MOTHER THAT YOU DIDN'T LIKE THE WAY SHE WAS TALKING TO SARAH, BUT NO YOU DIDN'T. YOU ARE QUICK TO BLAME LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IS....KINDA MAKES YOU WONDER WHERE THE WORLD IS GOING TODAY
JJCTLJ

Stroud, OK

#38 Aug 16, 2007
no way wrote:
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.
IF YOU SAY THAT THIS WOMAN IS NOT WORTH THE AIR SHE BREATHES THAT MAKES YOU NO BETTER THAN HER. PUT YOURSELF IN HER FAMILY'S SITUATION, AND SEE HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF SOMEONE SAID THAT ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER, GRANDDAUGHTER, SISTER, COUSIN OR NIECE. I DON'T THINK YOU WOULD LIKE IT ONE BIT. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE MADE THE COMMENT ABOUT WANTING TO READ ABOUT YOUR DEATH. YOU ARE SICK
facethis

AOL

#39 Aug 16, 2007
I see you missed the main part of my plea. We all have to take some responsibility for child abuse cases, if you see something that doesn't seem right, report it if your that concern. Even if the state doesn't find anything right away, it will stay on the record and after many reports help will be there. You can claim to know how it works all you want, but I DO know how it works, that is my job. Seeing how you decided to respond to my post shows me that not only did you miss or neglect to read the part about keeping Sarah's memory alive to do good things, you also seem to be touchy about the fact that you watched and did nothing.
straight from savannah

Jacksonville, FL

#40 Aug 16, 2007
JJCTLJ wrote:
<quoted text>
IF YOU SAY THAT THIS WOMAN IS NOT WORTH THE AIR SHE BREATHES THAT MAKES YOU NO BETTER THAN HER. PUT YOURSELF IN HER FAMILY'S SITUATION, AND SEE HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF SOMEONE SAID THAT ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER, GRANDDAUGHTER, SISTER, COUSIN OR NIECE. I DON'T THINK YOU WOULD LIKE IT ONE BIT. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE MADE THE COMMENT ABOUT WANTING TO READ ABOUT YOUR DEATH. YOU ARE SICK
Why is she sick. You would be suprised of how many of us are waiting to hear of this woman's death for what she did to that little girl! And no she doesn't deserve the air that she breathes!

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