Casey "C.J." Elgie

5 year old Vietnamese boy, adopted by Jessica Vitale-Elgie and William Elgie, died 10 hours after ingesting a detergent/bleach solution from a bucket soaking his recently soiled underclothes. CJ was developementally delayed and weighed 30lbs. Ms Vitale-Elgie admitted she was disciplining the boy and let him suffer for hours prior to taking him to the hospital.

The Elgie's had a 6 yr girl from Korea and twin infant bio sons at the time of CJ's death. Ms Elgie had sought various therapies including attachment therapy for CJ.

Vitale-Elgie pleaded guilty in December 2002 to negligent homicide but later withdrew the plea when faced with a state prison term. In 2004, she was convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. William Elgie was never charged. Both he and his now ex-wife were ruled neglectful parents during Family Court proceedings.

At the time of the adoptive mother's conviction, she was on a paid leave from her job as a special-education teacher in the Buffalo (NY) school system.

Date: 2000-08-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Amherst, New York
United States
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Letters to the Editor 2002-20042004-03-01
JUDGING THE JUDGE IN ELGIE CASE (Editorial)2004-01-19
MOTHER GETS PROBATION IN DEATH 2004-01-17
SEARCHING FOR JUSTICE FOR C.J. (editorial)2004-01-16
MOTHER CONVICTED ON LESSER CHARGE 2003-10-10
MOTHER CONVICTED OF LESSER CHARGE IN SON'S DEATH 2003-10-09
HUSBAND SAID HE HALTED 911 CALL FOR SICK BOY 2003-10-02
INVESTIGATOR TESTIFIES IN CHILD'S DEATH 2003-10-01
TOXICOLOGIST SAYS EVIDENCE WAS DESTROYED 2003-09-25
DOCTOR TELLS OF BID TO SAVE BOY WHO INGESTED DETERGENT 2003-09-24
NEIGHBOR TESTIFIES IN CASE OF ADOPTED CHILD'S DEATH 2003-09-23
WOMAN WAIVES JURY TRIAL IN DEATH OF ADOPTED SON 2003-09-17
Police and Courts: Trial set for mother accused of negligence in son's death 2003-07-11
CHARGE IN BOY'S DEATH IS BASED ON NEGLIGENCE 2003-05-24
NEGLIENT HOMICIDE CASE TRANSFERRED TO NEW JUDGE 2003-03-11
POLICE & COURTS: Wolfgang recuses herself from negligent homicide trial 2003-03-10
WOMAN'S ATTORNEYS WANT WOLFGANG OFF THE CASE 2003-02-13
Woman takes back plea in son's death 2003-02-10
GUILTY PLEA WITHDRAWN IN DEATH OF ADOPTED SON 2003-02-06
MOM TO BE SENTENCED IN BOY'S DEATH 2003-02-02
MOTHER ADMITS GUILT IN DEATH OF BOY, 5 2002-12-02
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