NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – I swear I thought we posted about this woman on our front page, but a search only shows a forum post by Dakota Valkyrie. Anyway, opening statements began on Friday for Kimberly Fry, the 38-year-old woman accused of murdering her 8-year-old daughter for not taking a bath.
Camden Fry was last seen alive by her father as he left for a hockey game back in August 2009 as she sat on the couch watching television with her mother. Later that evening, he would get a call from Fry stating that she was having problems getting their daughter to take a bath.
The next morning, Camden’s father would find her dead body in her bed and call 911. When officers arrived at the home, Fry told them that her daughter had fallen in the shower and that she had pulled her out and placed her in bed. Hours later, Fry was admitted to the intensive care unit.
While at the hospital, she admitted to an employee that she had killed her daughter. “I should be protecting my daughter and I could not protect her from me,” Fry allegedly stated. She was also witnessed writing a note to her husband stating, “Please don’t hate me.”
Another employee at the hospital reportedly heard Fry state her daughter was crying and screaming and wouldn’t take a bath so to make her stop crying and screaming, she used the very effective method of cutting off Camden’s air supply by sitting on her chest covering her nose and mouth with her hands.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office released their findings that seemed to back up Fry’s admission. It stated Camden had “significant bruising” on her upper body and died from “cardio respiratory distress due to asphyxia due to manual strangulation.”
Fry was charged with second-degree murder, as a grand jury did not feel there was any pre-meditation on Fry’s part, and placed on suicide watch in the Gloria McDonald Women’s Awaiting Trial and Medium Security Facility. Now, two years later, Fry is having her day in court – sans video cameras and audio recording devices.
As it has been pointed out, Fry already seemed to have a few screws loose before she murdered Camden, especially when it came to hygiene. Fry was a volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school and was known by school officials and other parents for her frequent rants concerning hygiene and her frequent hand-washing. You can see her in action rambling about M&M’s and marshmallows being used to teach kids fractions in this video. She appears at the 38:05 mark.Tags: bath, Camden Fry, Crime, Kimberly Fry, mental illness, ocd, Rhode Island, Strangulation