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Cassandra Killpack (Autumn Blackwell)

2002 Jun 1




Four-year-old Cassandra adopted by Jennette and Richard Killpack died after they forced her to drink a gallon of water, which caused her brain to swell.

The Killpacks maintained it was a form of therapy to help Cassandra with her emotional problems that she had from being abused before they adopted her.


Title Publication date
Woman convicted in her daughter's death by 'water intoxication' released from prison 2012 Jan 10
Woman convicted of water intoxication granted parole 2011 Feb 3
Mother who killed girl by water intoxication seeks parole 2011 Jan 19
Water-intoxication homicide upheld 2008 Jul 23
Court upholds sentence for child's death 2008 Jul 22
The Exorcists: The fine line between saving children and torturing them. 2007 Mar 7
Mom gets up to 15 2006 Jan 6
Lenient term is sought for mom 2005 Oct 20
Killpack jurors loathed verdict 2005 Oct 17
Split verdict surprises and stuns the Killpacks 2005 Oct 13
Editorial: Killpack ruling: sad, but deserved 2005 Oct 13
Killpack Says 'Things Aren't Better' Since Daughter's Death 2005 Oct 6
Defense begins in Killpack case 2005 Oct 3
Court hears taped Killpack interview 2005 Sep 27
Killpack admits she bit her child 2005 Sep 25
Neighbors say mom tough on 4-year-old 2005 Sep 24
Sister tells of angry events prior to the death of girl, 4 2005 Sep 22
Justice for victims? Babies and tiny children dead; those entrusted with their care are accused 2005 Jan 30
Couple Tried in Daughter's Water Therapy Death 2004 Oct 4
State revokes therapist’s license 2003 Aug 15
Utah parents accused of killing 4-year-old daughter with water 2003 May 7
Child discipline gone awry 2002 Dec 30
Pair charged with starving their children 2002 Oct 2
When Love Isn't Enough 2002 Sep 29
Man Seeks Ban on Therapy He Used on Daughter 2002 Sep 29
2 Cascade therapists say truth being twisted 2002 Sep 20
Dad: Girl Killed By Drinking Water Was Sneaky 2002 Sep 18
Cassandra Killpack 2002 Jun 9