Babysitter charged in death of 3-month-old

An Iron County babysitter has been charged in the death of a baby she was looking after. Full Story
mother with kids

Wright City, MO

#1 Jul 26, 2009
I do not think that anyone should have any sympathy for Martha Jane Farris. Anyone that takes the life of an infant deserves what she gets. The fact that a local church would post her bond does not say a whole lot about that church. Being a good christian is one thing, being a baby killer, well that is just not tolerable. So as for the ad in the paper about showing her that she is still cared for, yeah right. Let the so-called christians that bonded her out be her friends. As for me, I have three children that i love to see breathing. My sympathies to the Pratts', they are a great family. Sadly though, one less, thanks to this thing I cannot with good conscience call a woman.
diddo

Viburnum, MO

#2 Jul 30, 2009
i agree 110 percent. this is thing is not a woman, she is a beast. i just dont see how it is even possible to even think about hurting an innocent little baby. does this beast have kids of her own. i would never show her any kind condolences or pitty. she should b sentenced to death slowly so she can feel wut baby pratt felt. wut she did shredded billy & hannah's hearts to pieces & mine. what church was it that got her out & wants every1 to feel sorry 4 her. any1 know? they should b showing their hearts to the pratts not to the person who MURDERED their child.
mother with kids

Wright City, MO

#3 Jul 30, 2009
diddo wrote:
i agree 110 percent. this is thing is not a woman, she is a beast. i just dont see how it is even possible to even think about hurting an innocent little baby. does this beast have kids of her own. i would never show her any kind condolences or pitty. she should b sentenced to death slowly so she can feel wut baby pratt felt. wut she did shredded billy & hannah's hearts to pieces & mine. what church was it that got her out & wants every1 to feel sorry 4 her. any1 know? they should b showing their hearts to the pratts not to the person who MURDERED their child.
I'm not sure which church it was, but it is definetly one the I will never patron, or donate anything to.
Cam

Washington, DC

#4 Aug 5, 2009
This is the first I heard of a church posting the bond for her. In what newspaper did the article appear? As a local, I would like to know what church to avoid every donating money there.
just me

United States

#5 Aug 8, 2009
Cam wrote:
This is the first I heard of a church posting the bond for her. In what newspaper did the article appear? As a local, I would like to know what church to avoid every donating money there.
It was the mountain echo
Peter Rabbit

Wayne, NJ

#6 Nov 19, 2009
I heard on the radio she was in court again Tues. they said she would be back another court date on Jan. 14 You will have to keep track of it on the radio cause they sure wont have it in the Mt.echo thats for sure.
Hannah Pratt

Wentzville, MO

#7 Dec 16, 2009
It is Jan 12th at 9:00 am
Question

Wentzville, MO

#8 Jan 27, 2010
I'm just wondering what church posted her bond and what newspaper you read it in.

Since: Aug 10

Wentzville, MO

#9 Aug 17, 2010
It was Saint Marie du Lac, the catholic church by the duck pond, and it was in the daily journal for sure, i didn't see it in the mountain echo. And no, nothing about the trial, or the case will ever appear in the mountain echo unless she is acquitted because the owner of the mountain echo goes to Saint Marie du Lac
disgusted

Wentzville, MO

#10 Nov 3, 2010
I don't buy the Mt. Echo anymore. There is a lady who write one of the columns (liberty something maybe)...her name is Anise. If you look in this weeks X-tra she has yet again written about her and her church's support of "marty" Farris and how it is terrible that they have to go through this un-called for trouble. It absolutely disgusts me that she has never once said anything about the death of that poor baby or shown and sympathy for his family!
bad

Wentzville, MO

#11 Nov 4, 2010
It is pathetic. She should go through the same torture as she put that baby through. Not spending her day care free. She should have already been convicted and rotting in prision. Not running around free. I dont want to be her on judgement day. Im afraid her priest or church wont be able to bail her out there.
family

United States

#12 Nov 8, 2010
To Anise,
Yesterday we should have been celebrating William's second birthday, but instead we had to visit his grave. The only thing uncalled for was his death.
more objective

Denver, CO

#13 Nov 8, 2010
It is pathetic that so many have already convicted this woman of something they know very little or nothing about. Yes, it is always sad when a youngster dies, but just as important to find the actual criminal who done the deed. I live next-door to a daycare for very young children and can see how it would be very easy for rushing person to drop-off a ailing child on a unsuspecting babysitter who gets the blame because the child died while in her care. I also don't know all of the details of what occurred on that sad day, but I have spoken to this woman and do not believe she would do such a thing to a helpless infant. I'm more inclined to believe something happened before the child was dropped off. We all should avoid jumping to conclusions and realize that the pain and sorrow for this child's death will not be relieved by railroading an innocent person. The real criminal needs to be found and I suspect it is not Martha Farris. Unfortunately, unless real evidence or a witness comes forth with information, the truth may never be known.

It is truly frightening to be subject to the whims/accusations/venomous attacks of hurting people in man's justice system. Fortunately, in the justice system of America, the accused stands innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. People who have never been falsely accused of a crime don't seem to understand the necessity and the wisdom of this fundamental right we all share.

The above discussion reminds me of the witch-hunt trials that occurred in colonial days in New England. Many were hanged, tortured and cruelly treated in the name of religious/social justice. Those in charge of "justice" in those days were later discredited and shunned for the "railroad" justice called for by emotional individuals - however sincere. Our justice is not even close to God's justice. He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart and no lie will remain unexposed.

I hope those writing above will try to be more objective in their consideration of this matter. Those responsible need to be revealed, but it may not be those in your gun-sights currently. Please be more objective and consider all of the possiblities surrounding this child's death. Presumptiously committing another tradgedy will not undo that which has already occurred.
Hannah Pratt

Wentzville, MO

#14 Nov 8, 2010
I know my commenting to the post written by 'more objective' will not change anything but I feel the need to express my opinion.

Yesterday would have been my son Sam's second birthday. Instead of having a birthday party a few of my family members gathered together at his grave. We said the 'Our Father' and happy birthday before releasing a few balloons into the sky. Instead of Greg and Sam playing together Greg sat on the ground and he picked at the grass growing on his brothers grave.

Anyone can make a comparison to a historical injustice but the death of my son is an injustice all it's own. The Salem trials took place hundreds of years ago before medical experts used modern science and the reference is not relevant.
dis-belief

Millstadt, IL

#15 Nov 9, 2010
more objective wrote:
It is pathetic that so many have already convicted this woman of something they know very little or nothing about. Yes, it is always sad when a youngster dies, but just as important to find the actual criminal who done the deed. I live next-door to a daycare for very young children and can see how it would be very easy for rushing person to drop-off a ailing child on a unsuspecting babysitter who gets the blame because the child died while in her care. I also don't know all of the details of what occurred on that sad day, but I have spoken to this woman and do not believe she would do such a thing to a helpless infant. I'm more inclined to believe something happened before the child was dropped off. We all should avoid jumping to conclusions and realize that the pain and sorrow for this child's death will not be relieved by railroading an innocent person. The real criminal needs to be found and I suspect it is not Martha Farris. Unfortunately, unless real evidence or a witness comes forth with information, the truth may never be known.
It is truly frightening to be subject to the whims/accusations/venomous attacks of hurting people in man's justice system. Fortunately, in the justice system of America, the accused stands innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. People who have never been falsely accused of a crime don't seem to understand the necessity and the wisdom of this fundamental right we all share.
The above discussion reminds me of the witch-hunt trials that occurred in colonial days in New England. Many were hanged, tortured and cruelly treated in the name of religious/social justice. Those in charge of "justice" in those days were later discredited and shunned for the "railroad" justice called for by emotional individuals - however sincere. Our justice is not even close to God's justice. He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart and no lie will remain unexposed.
I hope those writing above will try to be more objective in their consideration of this matter. Those responsible need to be revealed, but it may not be those in your gun-sights currently. Please be more objective and consider all of the possiblities surrounding this child's death. Presumptiously committing another tradgedy will not undo that which has already occurred.
There's so much wrong with your comment it's pathetic! Let me guess Martha Farris told you it was "Shaken Baby Syndrome" just like you has told her church members, family, and friends. It was NOT baby shaken syndrome. it was a closed-head injury.That was caused by Martha Farris no one else. had you of been at the prelimary hearing you'd know that. You all need to come to the trial. That is if there is a trial, don't be surprised when she takes a plea deal. You say that you are inclined to believe that the baby was hurt before he was dropped off,,,,Well I am inclined to believe that Martha Farris, slammed the baby's head into the arm of the couch, lay him down(knowing he was hurt) and take care of the other children then call for help. That certainly isn't an innocent person being railroaded.
dis-belief

Millstadt, IL

#16 Nov 9, 2010
okay I was ranting when I left that reply so I want to do it correctly,,,,More Objective,,,you wrote,,you are inclined to believe that the baby was dropped off hurt,,,Well I am inclined to believe that Martha Farris slammed the baby head into the arm of HER couch, then laid him down(knowing her was hurt)and went on to take care of the other children in her home and then called for help. That is certianly not an innocent person being railroaded.
clarity

Wentzville, MO

#17 Nov 9, 2010
More Objective, it sounds as though you need to take your own advice. Perhaps you should go to the Daily Journal's website and read the repeated articles where Martha Farris told investigators that she had hit the baby's head off of the couch and stuck him with her elbow. The only one railroading her into these charges seems to be her own statement to law officials, the time of Sam's death and its cause. Though I do not know Martha Farris, I know Sam's family and she must have seemed trustworthy for them to leave Sam in her care. No one has accused her of intentionally hurting Sam, that is why her charge is involuntary manslaughter.
Lilly

Farmington, MO

#18 Jan 9, 2014
While here near Farmington, Missouri a brother and sister got 15+ years in prison for growing twenty pot pants in their home.

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