Jeanette Maples was 15 when she was pronounced dead on December 9, 2009 by the hands of her own parents, specifically her mother, who always singled her out. Jeanette was tortured by her mother and father throughout her whole life. Jeanette was discovered by paramedics with wet hair and no shirt. Her mother, Angela McAnulty, had called 911 insisting that Jeanette had been fine a mere hour before she stopped breathing and demanded that they help “[her] baby”.
Prolonged abuse and torture left many physical markings, one including an exposed bone (femur) at the time of her death and even while she was alive, she was obviously the subject of abuse. Jeanette told teachers at school that she was, indeed, being abused after being questioned. Social workers then paid her parents a visit. McAnulty told the social worker that Jeanette was a compulsive liar and the injuries were old remnants of accidents. The social worker bought it and left and Jeanette was promptly put in homeschool.
Jeanette slept on cardboard in a basement covered in her own blood. Her face was mutilated from abuse. Torture devices, belts, and chunks of Jeanette’s flesh were found around the house. McAnulty would force Jeanette to collect dog feces and then rub them in her face and mouth. She had markings from months of strikes with belts and/or sticks. One paramedic explained her appearing as a concentration camp victim. Jeanette’s abuse was so extensive that the coroner wasn’t sure what killed her: the pneumonia, the prolonged starvation, the internal bleeding of the brain, or the countless other injuries.
Angela McAnulty pleaded guilty on February 1, 2011. She was sentenced to death and remains on death row in Oregon.