Dante Silva sentenced in youth's drug death

Jul 25, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Citizen

Editors Note: This is an abbreviated version of a story scheduled to appear in Friday's edition of Foster's Daily Democrat. via The Citizen

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Meg Dantes step sister

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Jul 28, 2007
 
Wow, what does one say when they turn on the news only to discover that her step-brother is doing 10 to life for murder? Because although Dante (danny) and I have been estranged from each other for over 3 years now, we did live together at one point in time. He did give me piggy back rides, cook me ramen noodle soup, and share his taste in music with me. He was a big brother to me, blood related or not. And I have read the news articles, talked to family memebers and discussed the issue with friends and all in all, do i consider Danny a murderer? Absolutely not. A drug addict caught in the depths and despair of addiction..yes, but a murderer? No! Danny was devastated by the loss of his girlfriend. One of the few times I've about him in the past few years have been these three things. One, he was going to be a father. Two, he lost his unborn expected child, And three, the most devastating of all, he lost his girlfriend to a heroin overdose. And now, Danny being charged for this young girls murder only makes me cringe. My big brother Danny, who looked like the rapper eminem when he was younger. Danny, who used to wrestle with us and baby sit us as kids. Danny, who had a young age became a troubled teenager caught up in drugs and despair.
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That's why "Danny" left his girlfriend to die. He was so devastated he didn't even speak to the girl's family after it happened. He was so devastated he took all of the drugs with him to dump them in a dumpster. He was so devastated he called his grandmother to check on his girlfriend because "she wasn't feeling well" when he left. Can't imagine the devastation the his family is going through. I can imagine the devastation his "girlfriend's" family is going through. And they will go through it the rest of their lives. Not so for his family. The rapper Eminem sings about killing his wife. So I guess he is like that.
Holly Palmer

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Gee Gayle its pretty amazing for the mother that was so concerned and worried about her daughter that you did not bother to call me when you knew she was stayng in my house and After you found needles under her bed and did not even let me know ,so at least i could have kept an i on her,but no i guess you were too busy playing computer games again. And if Dante was so bad how come you let him stay at your house for 3 years against my will,and let him sleep in your 15 year old daughters bed. Dante loved Caity and you know he would never leave her to die. You also know how much i loved her and tryed to help her,but you were the only one that could have made her go to that program, that i went thruogh all the trouble to get her into,because once again, you were too busy,but you wouldnt make her ,even after i begged you for 2 hours. And yes i went to the police station after i left your house that day,and told them that Caity was going to die if someone does not make her go into the program and that you woulnt make her.And why were you at foxwoods that night knowing she was going to go to the program in the morningYou left her home all alone ,when she needed you.Harry ,your husband who you always bad mouthed and said was crazy, was the only one who actually had any real concern about her.Remember his exact words that morning wereGayle, I'm going to pick her up and drag her in hollys car, she is going to be dead and its going to be your fault,because you wont make her do anything.Dante wasnt hiding drugs in the dumpster he threw them there to get rid of stuff just like anyone would that has people come in and out of thier room,and he also said he did not want Caity doing anything while he was at work.What in your sick mind made you come up with this story about her not being able to shoot up in her left arm??? any heroin addict can shoot anywhere they want,and Caity was an addict weather you want to believe it or not.Why do you think i went crazy and got up the 500.00 so quick for her to get in this program. She came to me and told me how bad she was and that she knew i would make her go and that you wouldnt.She told me all she had to do is cry a little and you would just give in, thats why she came to me ,she knew she really needed help,and thats when Dante was away.You did not even know. I was so angry when you would not return my phone calls that day after aa i had gone thru to get her in there. When i read the articles you put in the paper i cant even believe some of the lies you wrote, its like your trying to get some kind of attention for yourself . Caity would be so hurt and discusted by you for what youve done to the one person that did make her smile. Speaking of that isnt that why you snuck Caity up to the rehab that my son was in, so Caity would be happy and smiling. I called and told you that he would get into trouble, but that did not matter to you. You stood watch while they made out in the parking lot and the staff kicked you off the propert for it. And then you went and picked him up at the rehab after you screwed it up. I calledyou and told you not to get him because i wanted him to stay there, but of course youwent and picked him up anyway, because Caity was so screwed up and you figured my son could fix her up and make her smile again.And as for meagan, Gayle, when i came to your house another time about Caity and how she needed achange of friends and asked you if her sister would take her out and spend time with her, your exact response was, Meagan has washed her hands of caity along time agoAnd i believe you were right because not once did her or your son ever show any interest in gettting her help. Caity would laugh at some of the things they said in the news. Its such ajoke how her and her brother had such a special relationship. He never even spoke to her is what she told me.
Holly Palmer

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You also say that the family did not even speak to you after Caity died, well, its alittle hard to have a conversasion with a person who is threating to kill you,writing nasty letters to you, sending sick cut up pictures in the mail, knifing your tires, And the worst most dishonoring thing you did was to hang the pair of angel wings that Dante had given Caity for valentines day in the tree in our front yard christmas morning with your daughters name written in fake blood. How sick and cruel can someone be. Its no wonder caity was so messed up and cut herself . I used to ask her when we would go to church together, what happened to her to make her cut herself all the time. She would never say, but i bet you know!!She was the saddest little girl i've ever met.Dante kept her away from the friends that You told him to. You hated all of them .Another thing is if Dante supposable left caity to die ,why the heck would he tell the cops where to find something he was trying to hide. He was the one that was honest about everything , except that they were doing heroin, When we were on our way to the hospital to see Caity, thats when he told me,I said why didnt you tell the police and he said he did not want Caity to get in trouble or arrested. Thats when he called Harry back , he had no idea that she was that bad. I thought she was pregnent or took too many perscription pills again.For you to put an innocent person in jail to try to and somehow make you feel better is a crime and Caity would be so hurt for him knowing you and your family did what you did. And so now you want my house too. The house that your daughter spent so many fun times in,, learned how to drive a backhoe,spent christmas,easter, and thanksgiving.Well i hope your proud of yourself, because Caity certainly would not be.
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Holly,
It is disgusting that you would write something like that online. If all this is true then I believe Dante would not be in jail. People don't go to prison by making stuff up. It was not the Brady's that pressed the case, but it was State vs Silva. I hope he rots.
JOE
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Gerry

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Reply to Joe.
Unfortunately what Holly Posted is all true, and sometimes innocent people do go to prison.
Don't judge before you know the facts.
barb

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Wow! Holly, you poor, poor rambling victimized thing. That mean selfish Brady family wanting to see justice for their dead daughter. Imagine that. I understand Dante's accomodations may not be up to your standards, but perhaps there's a padded cell next to him for you!
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Aug 3, 2007
 
Dear Mrs. Brady:
please do not respond to Holly Palmer's irratic ramblings. They do not deserve a response. Additionally, you hold absolutely no guilt with your daughter's death. I think Holly is just a mother scorned by the truth of product she raised.
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Aug 3, 2007
 
Reply to Gerry.
You are absolutely correct. Sometimes innocent people do go to jail. Fortunatly, though, sometimes justice is served and guilty people also go to jail. As for not judging before you know the facts, i believe Dante's jury and judge heard all the facts and only the facts. I don't believe any of the jurors were wearing your rose colored glasses during the trial.
Holly Palmer

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Aug 3, 2007
 
Dear Barb, How would you feel if your daughter and her very best friend went out together one night, got completely drunk or high or whatever, and your daughter slept over that best friends house. When your daughter woke up in the morning,she left her best friend sleeping and went to work. then sometime in the afternoon your daughter finds out that her best friend is dead. Do you think your daughter should be responsible for her death, after all she was the one with her that got the booze or the drugs or whatever, and do you think your daughter should have been able to tell that something was wrong with her???I know my son is guilty of doing drugs with Caity, and i'm not deniying that , but for him to be responsible for her choices is just not right. My son loved this girl and would never had left her had he known.
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Aug 3, 2007
 
Dear Holly:

Dante is not convicted for Caitlyn's choices, he has been convicted by a jury and judge for his own selfish, inhumane choice to leave her dying. Dante, being a heroin addict himself with a possitive history of prior overdosing and witnessing friends overdosing in the past, knew exactly what was happening. That is the fact! In response to your rediculous blurb you wrote, "how sick and cruel can someone be?", I suggest you re-read your "sick and cruel" article/blurb you wrote to answer your own question. Furthermore, if Mrs. Brady is now after your house, I hope she is aware that she you have a backhoe. I believe that may be worth some money.

I had askes Mrs. Brady not to respond to your rediculous ramblings, as I will also do now.
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Aug 3, 2007
 
response to barb
yes, you gave gayle bradi good advise not to respond to such rediculous, heartless and cruel remarks made by silva's mother. i feel we should all take your advise in response to holly palmer's cruel comments and respond with a statement i believe caitlyn's "loving" boyfriend told the police about the girl he "loved" regarding her death...."just let it go". Yes, that is exactly what we should all do with holly's slanderis comments!!!!!! shame on her and shame on her son. It's time they realize who the real victims are.....caitlyn and her family
Sheila

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I knew both of these kids, they have both spent time over my home hanging out with their friends. I am sorry Caitlyn had to die, but what you all need to remember is no one held her down to take these drugs. When Dante was sober Caitlyn would come over my house wired out of her mind, and I banned her from my property. I have witnessed this more than once. I told Dante myself that they both needed to get help. And when Dante did enter the rehab, who was it that went and took him out??? It wasn't his mother, it wasn't his friends it was Caitlyn and her parents.

This entire story is so sad, no one will ever be able to move foward until we all take some responsibility for not trying hard enough to help out these young adults.

The only thing resposible for Caitlyns' death is HEROIN and HER addiction to it.

It is not fair to lock someone up for life because they are a drug addict. If there was a law against being a drug addict we would have to build thousands and thousands of jails.

I pray every day for Caitlyn and Dante. I know she would have never wanted to see all this anger towards one another.

She loved Dante as much as he loved her.
Gayle Brady

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Caitlyn was not a heroin user. It was proven in court. Leave my daughter alone. Stop slandering her. I will not lower myself to respond to all of your slanderous accusations about me and my other children, just leave my daughter alone. Let her rest.
Liz

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Holly and her family were the only ones who cared about Caity. Holly and her family are some of the nicest and caring people I know. How dare you people trash her or her family. You all have no idea of what your talking about. And you dont even see that Dante and Caity had an illness .. throwing people in jail doesnt change anything.. it doesnt help the huge drug problem in our area.. Caity was suffering for years with this.. instead of trashing and blaming danny why doesnt her own family talk about how they tried to help her? Maybe they didnt try.. and Holly was the only one to try and that's why they cant do anything but blame danny. I am very sorry their tragic loss, but the Brady's arent the only "victims" here and arent the only ones who continue to suffer because of this.
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Aug 6, 2007
 
Oh, in reponse to "Barb" from Billerica.. were you in court? do you have any idea of what "truth" came up? You are naive to think innocent people dont go to jail. You dont have any clue about this case, or you wouldnt bother posting.. you are the "poor rambling..thing". Go back to reading your "star" and "enquirer" magazines..and leave Holly alone.
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Aug 7, 2007
 
I am a personal friend of Gayle's. Gayle was a very good mother who tried her hardest to watch over her daughter, Caitlyn. Gayle has never posted anything that wasn't brought up in court. Unlike the rest of you I might add. I sat in the courtroom throughout the trial, the verdict, the sentencing hearing and the sentencing. The only people who were there to show Dante support were his stepfather and his two aunts. His own mother wasn't in the courtroom for the trial or the verdict.

I would like to say that Gayle did a lot for her daughter. She has the records to prove it. I would like to know if Holly has records on how much she tried to help her son. Caitlyn wasn't the perfect child but she wasn't a heroin addict. When Caitlyn and Gayle first met Dante, he told them that his mother was nuts and had thrown him out of the house. Caitlyn begged her mother to let him stay there because he had no where else to go. Caitlyn and Gayle are compassionate people. In case you don't know, Gayle was the only one who liked Dante. All of her friends and family told her he was not a good person but she always stuck up for him. She lives with the guilt of liking him today. Dante lived at the Brady house for 3 years. If Gayle didn't watch over them. How come Dante is still alive today? He only went to his mothers house when Caitlyn wasn't home. She also lives with the guilt of throwing him out of her house because he threw a remote at Caitlyn and he gave her a fat lip. She believed that the Silva/Palmer family would have watched the two of them. Gayle used to search Caitlyn's room on a daily basis. Yes, she did spend time of the computer because it was right next to Caitlyn's room. The wall in the closet between the two rooms has an opening at the top. She could hear what was going on in the room. She used to be so tired because she stayed awake most of the night to make sure nothing was going on in the room. She also walked into the room frequently. Gayle was vigilant in trying to keep her daughter safe. The only thing she didn't do was make her stop seeing Dante. Because she believed that there is good in everyone.

In the courtroom, the medical examiner testified that Caitlyn was not a long term heroin user. She testified that Caitlyn's veins were not hardened by frequent injections. No injections sites were on her right arm. Nothing was wrong with the veins in her right arm. That she was more than likely was injected by someone else. Fresh, within 24 hours, injection marks on her left arm. Other than those marks--nothing indicating IV drug use. That she most likely went into a coma within minutes of being injected. It took 6-8 hours for her to die. First developed pulmonary edema (that is when your lungs swell up with fluid) then developed aspiration pneumonia (that is because she choked on her secretions and they went to her lungs). A simple shot of narcan could have saved her. Gayle thought her daughter died right away only to find out during the trial that Caitlyn suffered for 6-8 hours.
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If Dante didn't lie about using drugs, perhaps she could have been saved but most likely not. If Dante didn't gather up all of the drug paraphernalia the EMT's would have noticed and used narcan maybe she would be alive today but most likely not. If Dante called his grandmother at 9 or 10 she would be alive today but most likely with some kind of organ damage, if he called right away when it happened she most definitely would be alive today. Why did he do what he did? He panicked. He didn't want himself to get into trouble. Holly, herself, stated above, that Dante told the truth about everything, EXCEPT that they were doing heroin. If Caitlyn did this to herself, where was all of the drug paraphernalia? Where did it go? No heroin baggies, no needles. Nothing. Where did it go? Why did Dante call his grandmother and ask her to check on Caitlyn at noon because she wasn't feeling well when he left?

Why did Holly sound so calm on the phone when she called the Brady's? I heard her message. A lot of people heard her message. Why did she ask the Brady family to call her when they had a chance? Caitlyn was already dead when the EMT's arrived at her house. She was dead for at least 2 hours. Why didn't someone go to the hospital with her? First the phone call from Holly which was made after Caitlyn left the house. No police involvement at the time. The investigation didn't start until they knew the cause of death 6 weeks after it happened. The Brady's didn't know she was dead until they reached the hospital. Why didn't someone go with Caitlyn? After all, no one from the Brady family got there until after Caitlyn already arrived. Why weren't the Silva/Palmer family already there? Why wasn't Dante there? Because they knew the truth of what happened.
If Dante had did all of the right things. If he called 911 immediately, perhaps he wouldn't be in jail today. But he didn't. He did all of the things a guilty person would do.
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I am a personal friend of Gayle's. Gayle was a very good mother who tried her hardest to watch over her daughter, Caitlyn. Gayle has never posted anything that wasn't brought up in court. Unlike the rest of you I might add. I sat in the courtroom throughout the trial, the verdict, the sentencing hearing and the sentencing. The only people who were there to show Dante support were his stepfather and his two aunts. His own mother wasn't in the courtroom for the trial or the verdict.

I would like to say that Gayle did a lot for her daughter. She has the records to prove it. I would like to know if Holly has records on how much she tried to help her son. Caitlyn wasn't the perfect child but she wasn't a heroin addict. When Caitlyn and Gayle first met Dante, he told them that his mother was nuts and had thrown him out of the house. Caitlyn begged her mother to let him stay there because he had no where else to go. Caitlyn and Gayle are compassionate people. In case you don't know, Gayle was the only one who liked Dante. All of her friends and family told her he was not a good person but she always stuck up for him. She lives with the guilt of liking him today. Dante lived at the Brady house for 3 years. If Gayle didn't watch over them. How come Dante is still alive today? He only went to his mothers house when Caitlyn wasn't home. She also lives with the guilt of throwing him out of her house because he threw a remote at Caitlyn and he gave her a fat lip. She believed that the Silva/Palmer family would have watched the two of them. Gayle used to search Caitlyn's room on a daily basis. Yes, she did spend time of the computer because it was right next to Caitlyn's room. The wall in the closet between the two rooms has an opening at the top. She could hear what was going on in the room. She used to be so tired because she stayed awake most of the night to make sure nothing was going on in the room. She also walked into the room frequently. Gayle was vigilant in trying to keep her daughter safe. The only thing she didn't do was make her stop seeing Dante. Because she believed that there is good in everyone.
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In the courtroom, the medical examiner testified that Caitlyn was not a long term heroin user. She testified that Caitlyn's veins were not hardened by frequent injections. No injections sites were on her right arm. Nothing was wrong with the veins in her right arm. That she was more than likely was injected by someone else. Fresh, within 24 hours, injection marks on her left arm. Other than those marks--nothing indicating IV drug use. That she most likely went into a coma within minutes of being injected. It took 6-8 hours for her to die. First developed pulmonary edema (that is when your lungs swell up with fluid) then developed aspiration pneumonia (that is because she choked on her secretions and they went to her lungs). A simple shot of narcan could have saved her. Gayle thought her daughter died right away only to find out during the trial that Caitlyn suffered for 6-8 hours.

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