Man Faces Murder Charges in Girlfrien...

Man Faces Murder Charges in Girlfriend's Baby Death

There are 97 comments on the WIBW-TV Topeka story from Feb 10, 2009, titled Man Faces Murder Charges in Girlfriend's Baby Death. In it, WIBW-TV Topeka reports that:

Ben Gericke of Beloit is facing first-degree murder and child abuse charges in the death of Stevie Dawn Mull last July.

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loved stevie much

Manhattan, KS

#1 Feb 11, 2009
think the momma needs to be where the boyfriend is!
outsider

Mankato, KS

#2 Feb 11, 2009
loved stevie much wrote:
think the momma needs to be where the boyfriend is!
could be ...did ya catch the fact that there is no evidence of physical injury!!! neglect sounds more like it to me. if her white blood count was so high, she should have been to a doctor days perhaps weeks sooner, that would be the mommy's responsibility
Life simplified

Beloit, KS

#3 Feb 11, 2009
I did read the article in the paper about the hearing. I'm assuming the local media outlets will report on the case but I don't know how in depth they will publish the facts and statements from the hearing.

I'm curious to know about your comment "outsider". The evidence of there being no physical injury must of been a fact you gathered from the paper?? I thought it said there was a bruise to her cheek (which could of been from a fall...maybe she fell in the shower when he left her unattended??) and also there where signs of healing wounds (which most young kids have, so I wouldn't jump to conclusions on that one either ONLY because the paper didn't say what they were from --- the Mom wasn't asked what the wounds were results from that I recall)...but I do remember reading something about peeling skin from her hands (possible blisters?).

Did they state her white blood count was elevated (if so, it wasn't reported in the article...which confirms not all details will be published)?

Is the hearing open to the public to attend or is just the family and the media present (along with witnesses)? Not that I want to attend...I just wondered. Maybe I shouldn't ask so many questions...and I don't want anyone to think I'm speculating about it. If I am misunderstanding or misinterpreting what I'm reading I would like to be set straight.
loved stevie much

Manhattan, KS

#4 Feb 12, 2009
think hearing is open to public but don't suppose the first day will amount to much except him pleading guilty or not guilty (no brainer)
KNOWLEGE IS POWER

Mankato, KS

#5 Feb 12, 2009
Life simplified wrote:
I did read the article in the paper about the hearing. I'm assuming the local media outlets will report on the case but I don't know how in depth they will publish the facts and statements from the hearing.
I'm curious to know about your comment "outsider". The evidence of there being no physical injury must of been a fact you gathered from the paper?? I thought it said there was a bruise to her cheek (which could of been from a fall...maybe she fell in the shower when he left her unattended??) and also there where signs of healing wounds (which most young kids have, so I wouldn't jump to conclusions on that one either ONLY because the paper didn't say what they were from --- the Mom wasn't asked what the wounds were results from that I recall)...but I do remember reading something about peeling skin from her hands (possible blisters?).
Did they state her white blood count was elevated (if so, it wasn't reported in the article...which confirms not all details will be published)?
Is the hearing open to the public to attend or is just the family and the media present (along with witnesses)? Not that I want to attend...I just wondered. Maybe I shouldn't ask so many questions...and I don't want anyone to think I'm speculating about it. If I am misunderstanding or misinterpreting what I'm reading I would like to be set straight.
pends on which paper you read...the salina journal was the most fair in my opinion on both sides but of course the white blood cell count as stated by the attending doctor is only mentioned on the back page but at least they mentioned it!!! the rest of the papers seem to have to poor guy tried and convicted before trial..its' open to the public in fact if you want REAL truth it would be best not to rely on the local paper ,,,the beloit call couldn't get the name right nor any of the facts
loved stevie much

Manhattan, KS

#6 Mar 3, 2009
so he pleaded innocent. Was stevie's mother at the trial since she is already shacked up with someone else?
outsider

Mankato, KS

#7 Mar 3, 2009
loved stevie much wrote:
so he pleaded innocent. Was stevie's mother at the trial since she is already shacked up with someone else?
the mother i gues doesn't care as long as she's not charged,,,so sad,,,when you know your child needs care, you get help!!!!how selfish can a person be to let someone take the blame ... and the justice , where is it in mitchell county??? i don't know how those people sleep at night. as far as i know Stevie had not been to the doctor in a long time and didn't have current shots. If that is not illegal it should be!!!people had seen that stevie was sick and her mother lied to them about having received medical care,,,there was no evidence of physical injury ,,,but there was a elevated white blood cell count,,,cause of death spinal hemorhage,,, i don't have a medical degree but i do know the elevated white blood cell count means infection .
Stevies mommy

Beloit, KS

#8 Apr 2, 2009
u know this site makes me sick. people that dont even know me saying things about me u people seem to know more than i do which is sad. say what u want but i lived for my babies and am trying like hell to get my son back. i dont know how to feel about this whole situation. i just wish i knew what i know now trust and believe my beloved baby would still be alive and well. nobody knows the situation i was in. ben seemed perfect and i trusted him with my babies if i didnt i would never have left them with him. ben worked in the day time i worked nights we didnt see eachother alot. i didnt know what was going on my son never told me anything and my babies never acted like anything was wrong. if u believe i should be where ben is...why is that? because i dont like to show my feelings around people i dont want people to feel sorry for me that does not mean i dont care. tell me people how am i supposed to act. none of u will even be able to think about what u would do if this happened to u. i know in my heart i love my babies with all my heart. i dont appreciate u people talking about my personal life when it is none of ur business and all of u should be ashamed of urselves. i am devasted and the last thing i what to read is that people think that i would hurt my own baby.
family

Mankato, KS

#9 Apr 6, 2009
thats just the point NOONE hurt your daughter intentionally,,,including ben and yourself!!!!!!!!!!the nurses and law enforcemnt and that Jess Heome who billed the county for his EXHAUsTIVE investigation there all psycho...it's no wonder you where scared to take Stevie to the doctor...something EVERONE keeps missing is that an INFECTION can cause a spinal hemorhage,,,meningitis IS a spinal hemorhage...SO PLEASE QUIT with the attitude that we're the enemy, we all want the REAL truth since the moment this happened!!! none of us are able to associate with you right now because you where ordered not to discuss the case as well as to protect the lies they have told you!!
family

Mankato, KS

#10 Apr 6, 2009
you think this site is bad have you read the horrible stuff on the other links to topix????
bens cousin

Mankato, KS

#11 Jun 21, 2009
ha let me tell you why i think you should be where ben is! one because your a HORRIBLE mother! you never looked after those kids properly, you woke up all late and started playin video games and darien would be doing whatever getting into whatever and stevie would just be standing in her crib waiting for someone to play with her or hold her oh yea an FEED her! thats the reason why she had an empty stomach that day cuz momma didnt feed her! i watched that shit everyday and yes i know you know who this is! and let me tell you something im not just sticking up for ben because he is my cousin im sticking up for him because he is INNOCENT! everytime i would walk into the your guy's room stevie would just light up and stick her arms out for me to pick her up hmmm i wonder why! do not sit her and try to play innocent and then go and try to blame this all on my cousin because at first you was all about him being innocent until you got lonely and found another man! and yea when they started pointing the finger at you too! i have never had so much hate for someone in my life! my family did nothing but good for you! they took you in and put a roof over your head and helped you cope, fed you helped you whenever you needed it and this is how you treat us! your wrong on so many levels amie and for that karma is really going to bite you in the ass and i cannot wait! i found out so much about you its unbelieveable! stevie died because of you! not ben not anyone else YOU! you were the legal guardian not ben so he could not take her to the doctors especially a couple days before she died when she wasnt herself and threw up on my sister TWICE! did you bother to take her into the doctor HELL NO! and im sure thats somewhat of the cause of all this cuz mommy didnt wanna get in trouble for hurting her lil girl right! just wait til everything really comes out bitch your gonna burn and no one is gonna have any sympathy for you!
Life simplified

Beloit, KS

#12 Jun 22, 2009
Bens Cousin....did the jury selection start today for Ben's trial?? I know the trial is coming up and I wondered if they have started the process of selecting jurors.

Also, do you think or know if Amie will ever be held accountable for her neglect? Obviously I only know what I "hear" or "read" but if Stevie had been removed from the home prior to her death, why did the place her back with her mother?? If Amie is the underlying reason her daughter is dead -- assuming she won't be charged with her death...I doubt a "wrongful death" charge will be brought in either.

I often wonder if Amie has her little boy back and also will she be at the trial not as a "witness" but because she loved her daughter [either supporting Ben or against Ben]-- I guess if my child died and I was not in any way at fault, I would be there fighting for the justice my child deserved....

I hope and pray the right person(s) will be punished for the death of Stevie. God bless her soul....
none ya

Belleville, KS

#13 Jun 23, 2009
bens cousin wrote:
ha let me tell you why i think you should be where ben is! one because your a HORRIBLE mother! you never looked after those kids properly, you woke up all late and started playin video games and darien would be doing whatever getting into whatever and stevie would just be standing in her crib waiting for someone to play with her or hold her oh yea an FEED her! thats the reason why she had an empty stomach that day cuz momma didnt feed her! i watched that shit everyday and yes i know you know who this is! and let me tell you something im not just sticking up for ben because he is my cousin im sticking up for him because he is INNOCENT! everytime i would walk into the your guy's room stevie would just light up and stick her arms out for me to pick her up hmmm i wonder why! do not sit her and try to play innocent and then go and try to blame this all on my cousin because at first you was all about him being innocent until you got lonely and found another man! and yea when they started pointing the finger at you too! i have never had so much hate for someone in my life! my family did nothing but good for you! they took you in and put a roof over your head and helped you cope, fed you helped you whenever you needed it and this is how you treat us! your wrong on so many levels amie and for that karma is really going to bite you in the ass and i cannot wait! i found out so much about you its unbelieveable! stevie died because of you! not ben not anyone else YOU! you were the legal guardian not ben so he could not take her to the doctors especially a couple days before she died when she wasnt herself and threw up on my sister TWICE! did you bother to take her into the doctor HELL NO! and im sure thats somewhat of the cause of all this cuz mommy didnt wanna get in trouble for hurting her lil girl right! just wait til everything really comes out bitch your gonna burn and no one is gonna have any sympathy for you!
You know in a way your right i believe that ben should take some responsibility because why did not ben feed her no excuse and in a way amie should be hung to death for not taking her to the doctor thats all i have to say logical or not
community

Tescott, KS

#14 Jun 25, 2009
Sad! This whole thing is sad! A baby lost her life because of ignorance, and the parents keep breeding. Such a domino effect. Both of the adults in this situation are guilty. The baby had no food in her system-yet Ben said he fed her pizza!! Yep, gonna believe that one. And the mom, Amie, has moved on to another man, and it's not been a year yet for the death of her child. Please don't try to get your other child back, let him be the one to break the chain!!! Leave him where he is at!!
none ya

Beloit, KS

#15 Jun 26, 2009
thank you thats awesome
Trojan Fan

Beloit, KS

#16 Jun 26, 2009
Just in: guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of child abuse!
NO JUSTICE FOR STEVIE

Beloit, KS

#17 Jun 26, 2009
community wrote:
Sad! This whole thing is sad! A baby lost her life because of ignorance, and the parents keep breeding. Such a domino effect. Both of the adults in this situation are guilty. The baby had no food in her system-yet Ben said he fed her pizza!! Yep, gonna believe that one. And the mom, Amie, has moved on to another man, and it's not been a year yet for the death of her child. Please don't try to get your other child back, let him be the one to break the chain!!! Leave him where he is at!!
I love what you've said, and you are right, please let the other child be the one to break the chain. The poor baby (Stevie) deserved so much more!! How sad!! I do hope the members of the hospital and the doctor are able to find comfort in knowing that we all support you, and would want you to do this again!! Fight for every baby-they deserve a chance!! THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS!!!
bens cousin

Mankato, KS

#18 Jun 26, 2009
you guys are so ignorant you really are and both the experts said they found food in her so you need to go on somewhere with your he said she said crap! and thats right he was not convicted if child abuse because he didnt abuse her! he did more for stevie than her own mother and me being his cousin i would not stand by and let someone just abuse a child! and amie still has yet to be convicted of her charges! like i said she was definetly not fit to be a parent! and im sure more than half of you know this! and FUCK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL!!!! all of them!!! they are the reason stevie didnt come back to life! i can almost guarantee it!
community

Tescott, KS

#19 Jun 26, 2009
bens cousin wrote:
you guys are so ignorant you really are and both the experts said they found food in her so you need to go on somewhere with your he said she said crap! and thats right he was not convicted if child abuse because he didnt abuse her! he did more for stevie than her own mother and me being his cousin i would not stand by and let someone just abuse a child! and amie still has yet to be convicted of her charges! like i said she was definetly not fit to be a parent! and im sure more than half of you know this! and FUCK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL!!!! all of them!!! they are the reason stevie didnt come back to life! i can almost guarantee it!
You're just stupid!
family

Mankato, KS

#20 Jun 28, 2009
community wrote:
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You're just stupid!
ben's cousin is not stupid by any means,,,,she was there ,,,not only there but also present at the trial, and furthermore KNOWS the TRUTH....I'm really surprised after the way the community has treated our family that noone absolutelly none wound up assaulting someone !!!!now if it would please the courts and the public after loosing a precious baby and having the PUBLIC decide ,,,we would really appreciate time to mourn and heal, it's been almost a year now ...i for one have had to be amazinglly strong through all of this and keep my family from being harrased and the gossips at bay!!!and let me leave the PUBLIC with clarification on there gruesome assumptions and rumors ...stevie had food in her stomach! I would also like to take the time to thank the jurors and the judge for there fair and honest verdict on this case, that must have been really hard to do with all the media slander , to base there decisions solely on FACTS...

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