View Full Version : Susan Witbracht and Dauntorian Sanders whip a 3-year-old to death
September 2nd, 2009, 09:25 AM
The mother of a 3-year-old child who died of blunt force trauma and her 23-year-old boyfriend have been booked on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse, Chandler police said.
Officers took Susan Witbracht, 26, and Dauntorian Sanders, into custody after detectives reviewed autopsy results.
Police said they got a call on Monday afternoon that a child was not breathing. When officers arrived at the home, they found the girl and began administering CPR, said Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department. Firefighters also joined the effort when they arrived.
The 3-year-old was then rushed to an area hospital, where she later died, Favazzo said.
Autopsy findings released Tuesday indicated the death was a homicide attributed to multiple blunt-force traumas, Favazzo said.
The child was covered in bruises from apparent belt and belt buckle strikes, he said.http://www.kpho.com/news/20674954/detail.html
Her MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/littlewitbracht
From a comment on her page (Aug 28 2009 11:55 PM):
i already told you that you deserve way better than that.
your a beautilful woman with a beautiful daughter and she dont need to see you go through that either..
no matter how much it hurts, do whats right for you and in the long run you'll thank yourself for it...dont listen to what other people say.....follow your heart and do what you think is best for you. will it hurt to let him go? yea it will but you know what as time goes by your heart will heal. just keep yourself occupied to make time seem faster.
trust me im young but ive been there couso. just keep your head high and dont let him think that your weak. men respect strong women. and you know the saying "you dont know what you got til its gone"
and if thats the only way to wake him up then do what you gotta do. but dont be so unselfish for a stuation like this. it concerns your happiness and you desreve to be happy
September 2nd, 2009, 09:42 AM
you know alot of the times it's the mugshots that piss me off the most....they almost always have this smug shitty look in their eyes like they think they did no wrong, and we (the nonassholes) are stupid....I don't know maybe it's just me...
sounds like he might have been abusive and if not abusive than a real "mans man" from what I read on his MS bio. both are still assholes.
September 2nd, 2009, 10:43 AM
I know what you mean about people's mug shot - always have that "smug" look. I can not even begin to wrap my head around how someone could "whip" a 3 year old? How would these people like to be whipped?
September 2nd, 2009, 10:58 AM
your a beautilful woman
She isn't beautiful looking to me. Has beady eyes and almost looks like she is going to puke in that mug shot instead of trying to look mean.
September 2nd, 2009, 01:17 PM
People who beat babies to death are as ugly as they come. It looks to me as if she has sommer teeth in the pic. You know, some are here, some are there.....
September 2nd, 2009, 01:44 PM
I see they're both in the military.
September 2nd, 2009, 02:13 PM
What ever happened to the time out chair?
September 2nd, 2009, 02:59 PM
The child was covered in bruises from apparent belt and belt buckle strikes, he said. Vile, vicious bastards. You know how much it must have taken that girl to die? she was tortured until succumbing to her injuries. Practically a baby....2 adult against a 3 yo.....mother of god.........
The victim's mother, Susan Witbracht, 26, Vileand her boyfriend, Dauntorian Sanders, 23, were each booked for one count each of first-degree murder and child abuse. I hope they are both beat down like the fuckn cowards they both are, beat until they beg, crying like a 3 yo. ...just rot and die.
This man is a monster and the monster who walks beside him is the bitch who bore baby girl.
Rest in peace sweet one, so sorry.
September 2nd, 2009, 06:50 PM
What ever happened to the time out chair?
You'd have to ask them, but with these two mouthbreathing specimens, the response from one is likely to be "what is time?" and from the other, "what is out?"
September 2nd, 2009, 08:32 PM
A Chandler man arrested in the death of a 3-year-old girl told police he has been beating her since June, but Monday’s was worse than usual, according to court documents.
Dauntorian Sanders, 23, said he and his girlfriend, Susan Witbracht, 26, have both beaten the girl with a nylon belt.
The girl is Witbracht’s daughter and the mother told police she demanded Sanders to stop the beatings, but she did nothing to stop him.
Chandler police arrested the couple Tuesday after an autopsy that found the girl died from blunt force trauma.
“Witbracht further stated she adored the boyfriend even after knowing the results of the autopsy,” court documents state.
“Witbracht admitted to witnessing the boyfriend hit the child several times with the belt and watched him drop her to the floor,” the document states.
Witbracht said she wasn’t involved in the fatal beating, however.
Sanders said he lost control and beat the child more forceful than usual.
“Suspect admitted he knew child was hurt and that is why he checked on child, which resulted in finding child not breathing, which lead to 911 call,” the document states.
In the 911 call, Sanders uses a curse word as an adjective to refer to the girl and he calmly tells the dispatcher she is not breathing.
Towards the end of the 40-second call, Witbracht can be heard in the background pleading with the girl to breath.
Sgt. Joe Favazzo, Chandler police spokesman, said investigators haven’t found any history of police or CPS involvement with the couple.
There were no other children in the home, Favazzo said.http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/143853
3-year-old Schala Vera's death was homicide from brunt force trauma, a medical examiner determined. There were bruises all over her body, showing belt and belt buckle patterns.http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/crime/3yo_girls_murder_09_02_2009
Fucking disgusting piss poor excuses for anything remotely human.
September 2nd, 2009, 08:47 PM
"...the mother told police she demanded Sanders to stop the beatings, but she did nothing to stop him...."
Words don't help, fists do. I would beat him every inch of his body until bruises cover his body. Sick bastard.
September 2nd, 2009, 11:06 PM
watched him drop her to the floor
Jeebus, is that dumbfuck so important to you that you let your daughter be treated like that and didn't stop it???
September 2nd, 2009, 11:51 PM
“Witbracht further stated she adored the boyfriend even after knowing the results of the autopsy,” court documents state.Hopelessly wicked. I truly believe there are people simply incapable of seeing their own souls reflected back at them through the eyes of their children. She allowed this monster to kill her baby as he lost control. Look at that face and tell me HOW? she is no mother, she is not human. The two will find no mercy as they serve hell together. That gives me some solace.
Littlest Shcala, if you'd only known that it wasn't your fault, and that you deserved unconditional love....that you were the light of life. Kisses to you sweetheart...kisses to you.
Rest in the heavens little Schala Vera.
September 3rd, 2009, 03:51 AM
jesus....reading the article dakota posted really gave me chills. the boyfriend used a curse word to refer to the little girl on the 911 call? poor, sweet baby...i'm feeling slapped into consciousness, to paraphrase athena's siggy.
September 3rd, 2009, 04:11 AM
These stories always break my heart. How, what and why are questions I would love answered....How could you hurt such a precious baby in any way...What could a helpless child do to piss someone off so badly they could continue to beat that child until he/she died..Why are such evil people given such a gift..
I thank God every day that I was one of the lucky ones and got out alive..Poor babies..I wish I could save them all... :(
September 3rd, 2009, 06:13 AM
Another black eye for AZ. Assholes need to get beat:argh:
September 3rd, 2009, 07:06 AM
Police have released the 911 call in the beating death of a 3-year-old Chandler girl.
It is believed that the mother's boyfriend, Dauntorian Sanders, called 911 then hung up. The operator called him back and he reported that the child wasn't breathing.http://www.azfamily.com/yahoo_rss/stories/chandler-news-090109-child-death.13a7c85bf.html
The video has part of the 911 call in it. The guy sounds pissed when he says the "fucking child" isn't breathing. Not worried, concerned, or even panicked.
September 4th, 2009, 02:32 AM
March 22nd, 2010, 09:04 AM
Everyone who touched Schala's case - the detectives, paramedics, doctors and social workers - were so disturbed by what they saw last August that they took action.
They united with child advocates on a statewide campaign to describe the horrors of child abuse and what might be done to prevent it.
A dozen agencies, hospitals and police departments united to create public-service announcements and billboard advertisements and to start panel discussions on public-television stations.
They're planning a rally for the first week of April, which is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, and a proclamation by the governor.
In the first public-service announcement, faces of children flash on screen while a dispatcher talks a caller through compressions on a patient.
Two more videos are in the works for parents who struggle with anger and outsiders who see signs of abuse. The videos point both sides to resources that can help.http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/03/22/20100322child-abuse.html
Within that article is more information on the horror:
Covered in bruises, 3-year-old Schala hid from her mother's boyfriend in the bathroom.
She squeezed herself between the toilet and the vanity and died there, alone.
The details of her death shook longtime nurses and veteran police officers.
Schala arrived at the hospital naked, her hair wet, her body purple and blue.
She had marks on her arms, legs, shoulders, head, wrist and back that matched the stitching of a leather belt that Chandler police found on the bathroom vanity. Bruises covered the back of her hand; she had raised her arms to protect herself.
Police reports say Schala upset her mother's boyfriend by not listening to him.
Susan Witbracht bathed her daughter that morning because she wasn't feeling well. According to the police reports, Witbracht's boyfriend, Dauntorian Sanders, then hit the little girl over and over with the belt.
Schala's face fell between her knees, and then Sanders whipped her back, investigators reported. She was picked up and dropped again and again on the bathroom floor, police say. While she was sprawled on the tile, a door was slammed repeatedly into her head, reports say.
Sanders went to Walgreens to buy cigarettes, the reports say. When he came back, Schala was naked, propped against the vanity, her legs in front of her, her eyes and mouth open.
Sanders calmly called 911. When emergency help arrived, it was too late. He and Witbracht were arrested. The case is pending in Maricopa County Superior Court.
March 22nd, 2010, 09:55 AM
I would like to slam some of their appendages in doors and beat them with a belt for hours.
March 22nd, 2010, 10:07 AM
Bruises covered the back of her hand; she had raised her arms to protect herself.
That is a mental image that will be with me forever.
That poor baby. She is the same age as my daughter, and it kills me to hear what that little girl went through. I look at my child and just think 'how?' How can someone do that? How? And how can the mother just stand and watch?
Evil scum. That's all these two are. The death penalty was invented for creatures like these. Use it.
RIP poor baby Schala.xx
August 28th, 2010, 03:15 PM
Schala died, but child-abuse campaign intends to save others
Chandler Detective Gary Fuller has investigated hundreds of murders, but he has only one victim's photo on his desk: Schala Vera, 3, whose brutal slaying a year ago Tuesday had a profound effect on police and medical staff.
Kepra Jack, one of the nurses at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center who tried in vain to save Schala's life, has never been so shaken. She just recently began sleeping through the night again.
It was the worst thing I have ever seen," said Jack, whose hospital is holding a memorial service Monday for the child.
"She was wet when she got here. She was naked," Jack said. There wasn't one part of her that wasn't bruised, Jack said.
The child was blue and purple from being whipped, police say, repeatedly by a belt. Her mother, Susan Joan Witbracht, 27, and her mother's boyfriend, Dauntorian Lydel Sanders, 24, have been charged with her murder and could face the death penalty. They are being held without bail.
In the year since her death, much has happened: Witbracht gave birth to Sanders' child, who she never held and who was immediately put into custody of Child Protective Services, the County Attorney's Office reported.
Sanders' attorney offered a plea deal of life in prison plus 30 years, which county prosecutors rejected, police said.
Perhaps most significant was the kickoff of a child abuse awareness campaign. Fuller and Jack belong to two of about a dozen agencies in the effort, which has this core message: If you think a child is being abused, report it.
"By the time it gets to me, it is too late," said Fuller, who has been investigating homicides for 16 years. " . . . I am trying to turn something very, very negative into something positive."
He said police would rather investigate 1,000 cases that go nowhere if it saves one life.
Schala had been living with Witbracht and Sanders for three months on Wildhorse Place in Chandler. Court records allege both adults beat her with a belt, and that Sanders tortured Schala, forcing her to stand for long periods of time holding water bottles over her head. He would hold her by her ankles on the second-floor balcony of his mother's home, according to records. And he threw shoes at her, records stated.
The worst thing Sanders did, Witbracht told police, was to pick up the girl at shoulder's length and drop her to the floor "like a rag doll."
She was punished, Fuller said, because "she didn't listen. What could a 3-year-old do to deserve getting killed?"There were signs that Schala was abused, Fuller said. Neighbors told police after her death that she wore long-sleeved shirts and pants even in the summer.
"She's outside playing in long sleeves," said Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo, a spokesman. "That's weird. All the other kids are wearing summer dress."
One neighbor said he had seen Witbracht spanking Schala on the bottom and yanking her by the arm.
"The suspect (Sanders) said, 'I wish someone would have called and reported us. She would still be alive,'" Favazzo said.
Four children were slain in Chandler in 2009, and Schala's death was the "straw that broke the camel's back," Favazzo said.
The anti-abuse campaign began right away. The Police Department produced two 30-second public service announcements urging the public to report their suspicions. Gov. Jan Brewer proclaimed every April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Mayor Boyd Dunn did the same in Chandler. A rally was held on the Arizona Capitol lawn, featuring 51 empty chairs, each representing a child in Arizona killed from abuse in 2008.
Favazzo said the campaign has applied for a $469,000 grant from the Gila River Indian Community to be distributed over three years, which would be used in part to hire someone to run the campaign.
Other plans awaiting funding include running ads at movie theaters and billboards, and distributing thousands of cards showing the steps to take if a doctor, teacher or anyone suspects abuse.
Schala presumably wore the long sleeves in summer to hide bruises, which court records said bore patterns that match a belt of Sanders. At the hospital, Schala had "too many bruises to count," Jack said.
She died five days after her third birthday. That day, Sanders whipped her repeatedly with a belt, investigators reported.
Schala's face fell between her knees, then Sanders whipped her back, investigators said. He picked her up and dropped her, repeatedly, on the tiled bathroom floor, according to court records. While she was sprawled on the floor, a door was repeatedly slammed into her head, records stated.
The reason, Witbracht told police, was because "she was being a bad little girl," according to records.
"That little child was literally beaten to death," Favazzo said. "She had the strength to crawl between the toilet and the wall, between a sink and a toilet. A 3-year-old has to die alone."
Jack, the nurse, and the paramedics, social workers, law enforcement officials and others who were so profoundly moved by this case hope that the anti-abuse campaign Schala's death triggered will help save lives.
August 28th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Why do I keep reading Witbracht as Witchcraft?
April 4th, 2011, 12:43 PM
I can't believe this poor terrified little girl had no one to defend her and she knew it. She didn't ask mommy to help, she went and hid in the bathroom. In the worst of ironies, the one person in the household to wonder how she was doing was the person who tortured her. Her mother may claim to have told him to stop -- and done nothing to make it stop -- but I think it's a lie. She didn't defend or stop the torture of her little girl, and she is the one who told police she was being a bad girl the morning of her death, she was the one supposedly bathing Schala that morning and I'm guessing since she was still wet when she was found that the beating came right out of the bathing scenario.
Police say Dauntorian Sanders admitted to holding Schala by her ankle as he dangled her over the upstairs bannister area while he beat her with a belt, a common occurrence in the household. He also dropped her on the floor a number of times while beating her, the report stated. No one seemed to think this was beyond the pale? An earlier article put this at his mom's home, I believe.
The two are scum and need to die, hiding somewhere in pain and anguish, cold and alone, and drooling.
April 4th, 2011, 10:31 PM
I'm glad this one was brought to the front again. I didn't read it before. What a horrible, horrible way for a child's life to end, but you know what will stay with me from this moment on?
She squeezed herself between the toilet and the vanity and died there, alone.
Remember Baby Grace? Riley Ann Sawyers? She kept saying, "I love you" to her mommy, hoping to stop the beating, and mom's penis wouldn't let it stop b/c he said Riley was trying to manipulate her mother. This poor little girl knew nothing was going to help, either, and she had no hope.
March 3rd, 2012, 05:25 AM
Schala's death also continues to be a focus of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which is seeking the death penalty against her mother's boyfriend, Dauntorian Sanders, whose suspected blunt-force beatings are said to be the official cause of her death, and her mother, Susan Witbracht, who is accused of allowing her boyfriend to hurt her child.
"Ms. Witbracht is charged with first-degree murder based on the theory that she failed to protect her (daughter) from being beaten by Dauntorian Sanders," Witbracht's attorneys, Robert Storrs and Robyn Greenberg Varcoe, said in a court document.
"The beating resulted in Schala's death. At the time of the beating, Mrs Witbracht was six months pregnant with Mr. Sanders child. Ms. Witbracht was sick and asked Mr. Sanders to stop. He did not and Ms. Witbracht took no further action to protect her daughter."
It is unclear whether Schala's case marks one of the first times in Arizona that the state has sought the death penalty against a person for failing to take action, in this case, failing to protect one's child.
Similar cases have been filed since Schala's death, including the Phoenix case of a child who was tortured and died after she was locked in a foot locker.
Prosecutors have rejected all plea-offer attempts in Schala's case and have countered with no resolution that does not involve a trial.
Sanders is accused of systemically abusing Schala by making her hold her arms out for 10 or 15 minutes, beating her with a belt, dangling her by her ankles over a second-story banister, and dropping her, repeatedly, onto hard floors.
Witbracht also is suspected of beating the child, but it is Sanders who is charged with delivering the fatal blows, and who admitted, court papers say, that the beatings got out of control that day.
Witbracht's attorneys say their client suffered neglect and physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse as a child. Born to teenaged parents, she had no positive role models and a history of depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and alienation, they say.
The trial was scheduled for May 15, but Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, said it will be continued. Meanwhile, Saunders and Witbracht remain in jail.
I'm so glad the prosecutors are not backing down on this, but it's pissing me off how long it's taking to come to trial.
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