Adoptive mom's murder case goes to appeals court

Date: 2010-01-13
Source: wral.com

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard the case of a Johnston County woman convicted of killing her adopted son.

Lynn Paddock was convicted in June 2008 of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the Feb. 26, 2006, death of Sean Paddock.

Authorities said Sean was bound so tightly in blankets that he suffocated. Defense attorneys maintain that the boy's death was accidental and that Paddock's actions were a form of discipline, not abuse.

Paddock's attorney challenged evidence that her other children were abused.

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Appeal should be denied

This was a clean cut shut case. This foster/adoptive parent overstepped her boundary. Sean Paddocks family did everything they possibly could to keep him.
Our system is broken, and it is high time it is FIXED. Why couldn't our system help those who wanted to keep Sean in the family. They didn't even try. Instead they listened to the adult who said "I never hurt this child". This is wrong in every which way. Social workers didn't listen when Sean came home with all the markings of being abused. Had they he might still be alive today.

Lynn Paddock did what she did and now she should serve out her time like the bad adoptive parent she was. It is people like Lynn Paddock who give adoption a bad name and leave that bad taste behind in your mouth when you speak about it.

"Discipline, not abuse"

Defense attorneys maintain that the boy's death was accidental and that Paddock's actions were a form of discipline, not abuse.

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