Immunity granted for younger boy in A...

Immunity granted for younger boy in Amy Yates death investigati...

There are 71 comments on the The Associated Press story from Oct 31, 2006, titled Immunity granted for younger boy in Amy Yates death investigati.... In it, The Associated Press reports that:

A Carroll County judge has granted immunity to a 14-year-old boy once thought to be the killer of 8-year-old Amy Yates.

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High Point, NC

#61 May 15, 2010
"amys dad is a publicity whore.Anywhere he can get on radio or tv and get something started, he is THERE with bells on"
I wonder how you act if you were in his shoes!

United States

#62 Jun 30, 2010
I'm shocked by some of the vicious comments directed at the poor father.... My goodness, have some empathy, folks. Imagine the rage YOU would feel in a similar situation. It sounds like the police bungled this a bit; however, hindsight is always 20/20 and police work is not easy. If the mentally challenged boy did it, he should serve more time than he is. That is a serious lack of control.....
T C Ray

Tulsa, OK

#63 Sep 17, 2010
Concerning Chris Gossett, having worked with the mentally impaired at one time in my life, I have to say that they do have memories longer than 2 years, and can keep secrets. When they are teenagers, especially the boys/men but not excluding the girls/women by any means, they do have to be watched concerning their sexuality and the exploration of it. The group home affiliated with the company sub-contracting services in our district had to have the norplant birth control system placed in all of their female clients due to the fact that they kept getting pregnant by the male client assigned to the home. And it was a problem. They had 15 & 16 year old retarded girls with 2 & 3 kids each, of which approximately 75% were also retarded. My point being, in the presence of those who they considered authority figures, these kids in the home were the most honest, gentle, and loving people you would meet, but place them in a situation where they thought they could "get away with it," and they literally changed from a "Dr. Jekell" to a "Mr. Hyde," becoming as amoral as the most hardened criminal, speaking with language that would make the most seasoned sailor blush. Just because these people have a lessened mental capacity doesn't mean that they don't learn & know how to play the system. Do I have a solution? No, nothing that is economically or socially viable, except that we do have a responsibility to deal with it as a society the best we can, and treat each case in accordance with its individual merits and needs.

Clinton Township, MI

#64 Oct 28, 2010
Im very late watching this case on dateline. I was very upset to hear what happend.First off as a parent of an 9 year old girl i would never never never let my daughter play with a 16 year old boy rather be he was mental imparied or not. Second its a shame how the police conduct there police work. They dont care if a person is guilty or not they just want an open and shut case. someone added that he chris gossett would have raped that little girl but he must have thought someone was coming and thats why her pants was unbuttoned and not pulled down. The first thing his mom said was that my son never lie now all of a sudden she knows h didnt do it. Yea rite. my heart and prayers goes out to the yates family....

United States

#65 Feb 11, 2011
To the best of my knowledge Chris is still free and will probably never be found guilty of murder. Which is sad to me and shows me that the system only works for a select few. Imagine if the mayor or governor or just someone of High society were faced with this. I would bet things would be handled differently. I miss my niece so much. I know she will have her justice. If not here by men then most definitely by God.

Carrollton, GA

#66 Feb 12, 2011
amys dad is like al sharpton, everytime he can get on the tv he is THERE--he is a MEDIA WHORE.I feel sorry for her family and the loss, but no amount of hell raising is going to get her back.She is in heaven

Tulsa, OK

#67 Feb 13, 2011
paul wrote:
amys dad is like al sharpton, everytime he can get on the tv he is THERE--he is a MEDIA WHORE.I feel sorry for her family and the loss, but no amount of hell raising is going to get her back.She is in heaven
raising hell may not get his daughter back, but it may eventually get her justice, and if you listen to what he has to say, that is all he wants. I can say with almost certainty that if Gossett were finally punished for his crime, Amy's dad would in all likelihood disappear from the media spotlight. But you know what? If it helps him cope with the loss of his daughter, I say more power to him. Having recently lost a young neice myself, I can tell you, until you've been there, you have no idea what you will have to do to get through the ordeal.

Greenbrier, AR

#68 Feb 13, 2011
Contractors & subcontracts should've been closely looked at immediately and still should be investigated.
Amys friend

Jasper, GA

#69 Mar 1, 2012
Justin Justice wrote:
<quoted text>He will pay for his crime and so will all others involved trying to hide it. I heard his momma is up all night and sleeps all day. <shaking head> Is she really that lazy?
He didn't pay for his crime.. he is back on the streets to do this to another little girl. I hope the courts can live with themselves when this happens.
Amys friend

Jasper, GA

#70 Mar 1, 2012
Becky wrote:
Not to argue, but Amy was days away from turning nine (not 6 yrs. old as the previous poster stated).
I just got done watching the Dateline story about this. What a sweet and beautiful girl Amy was! My heart broke for her and her loving family. I saw a grieving family, not one that looked suspicious in any way, as someone suggested a few posts up. Her dad did show emotion. He seemed truly devastated to have lost his precious daughter. Amy seemed very loved. They had so many home videos of her, which would indicate to me that they cared and loved her. Those videos must be very comforting to them now.
God bless Amy and her family. I hope her killer is brought to justice so her family can get some closure!
You are correct, she was just about to turn 9. His other daughter was 6 at the time. There are 2 girls.
TC Ray

Tulsa, OK

#71 Mar 1, 2012
Amys friend wrote:
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He didn't pay for his crime.. he is back on the streets to do this to another little girl. I hope the courts can live with themselves when this happens.
And I hate to say this, but having worked with mentally challenged teenagers in my past, I can say that he will most likely do it again with some surety on the matter. Most people on the whole tend to sell mentally challenged individuals short in lieu of the facade they erect. and I'll tell you exactly what Gossett has learned.- He can get away with it if he pretends to be the classic stereotype of the "retarded gentle giant." If someone who wasn't mentally challenged raped and murdered an eight year old girl they would get at least 25 years to life and be on the sex offender registration. And though local law enforcement appears to be trying to sugar coat and cover it up, what Gossett did was rape. He will do it again, I can promise you. And I can also promise you that he has learned from his mistakes and will take mesure to not get caught the next time..., this is so heart breaking....., my prayers go out to the Yates family

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