View Full Version : Two children found dead in luggage in Delray Beach canal
March 2nd, 2011, 10:23 PM
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The body of a girl was found stuffed in a duffel bag in a South Florida canal Wednesday.
Delray Beach police said the body was found about 9 a.m. Wednesday in a canal that divides Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
Police divers retrieved a duffel bag that contained the body of a girl between 6 and 12 years old.
Police said the girl was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, dark pants and blue Polo brand sneakers. She also had braided hair with white beads on each strand.
Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said police couldn't find any descriptions that matched the girl in the national missing children's database.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Delray Beach said Wednesday evening that a second child's body has been found near where a girl's body was discovered earlier in the day.
Police said the boy was between 10 and 12 years old. His body was found in a suitcase in a canal, just west of the area where a duffel bag containing a girl's body was found hours earlier.
March 3rd, 2011, 08:06 AM
Police found the bodies of two young children stuffed in luggage and submerged in a canal Wednesday within hours of each other.
A girl between 6 and 12 years old was found dead in a black duffel bag about 9 a.m. in the C-15 canal, a few hundred yards west of the two-lane bridge connecting Carl Bolter Drive and Brant Drive, Delray Beach police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.
About 3 p.m., Delray Beach and Boca Raton police divers found the body of the boy, about 10 to 12 years old, stuffed in a black canvas-type suitcase. He was about a half mile west of where the girl's body was found, Guerriero said.
The girl is described as black and weighing 70-90 pounds. She is just over 4 feet tall and her hair was braided with white or clear beads, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office.
She was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, dark-colored pants and blue Polo sneakers, Guerriero said. The boy also was black, and wearing dark blue or black shorts.
The medical examiner had not confirmed Wednesday night if the children were blood relatives, but, Guerriero said, detectives think that the boy and girl may be related because of their close proximity in the canal and because both bodies were packed in luggage.
"Somebody knows them," Guerriero said. "Somebody's missing these kids, whether it's a teacher, a grandfather, a grandmother, an aunt, and we need them to call."
The bodies were not dismembered but investigators don't know how long they were in the water or how they got there, according to Guerriero.
"There's lots of access to this canal," she said. "It could be [tossed] from a bridge, it could [have floated there] from another city. Who knows?"
The canal runs from U.S. 441 to the Intracoastal Waterway. Canal current could have carried the bodies to Delray Beach from anywhere along its length, she said.
An area resident called police after seeing the duffel bag in the canal and neighbors were shocked by the discoveries.
"It's the saddest and sickest thing," said Michael Rose, who was walking his dog. "You have to wonder what these kids might have endured before today." His voice cracked with emotion; he was visibly shaken.
Detectives plan to work with the Palm Beach County School District to search for patterns of children suddenly absent from class, she said.
Divers were in the canal looking for evidence related to discovery of the girl when they found the suitcase with the boy's body, Guerriero said.
The underwater search is to resume on Thursday.
March 3rd, 2011, 12:28 PM
Policehave resumedthe search for evidence Thursday morning linked to the bodies oftwo young children stuffed in luggage and submerged in a canal Wednesday within hours of each other.
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility of another gruesome discovery.
"We found two [children] and we never thought we would find two," police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said. "At this point we are looking for more evidence, but that's what we were doing yesterday when we found [the second body]."
Horrible, sick person that did this. Children are to be cherished and loved, not thrown away like garbage :(
"God forbid [more bodies are found]. We never thought we'd find two," Guerriero said. "It's bad, it's devastating, it's really horrible.
"There is a bad person out there right now," Guerriero said. "There is a very dangerous person still out there and we need to find that person so he doesn't do this to another child."
Police ask anyone with information to contact Delray Beach police Detective Pete Sosa, 561-243-7828; Detective Jason Jabcuga, 561-243-6220; or CrimeStoppers, 800-458-8477.
Hopefully someone will come forward with info about these precious little people.
March 3rd, 2011, 01:06 PM
I am guessing a "parent" or "guardian" - someone the children trusted did this. That is why no one is "missing" them. Those poor babies
March 3rd, 2011, 05:59 PM
This is just disgusting. I hope they don't find a couple toddlers down there, too. :( Horrible. I hope they didn't drown. Then again, we don't know the alternative. Ugh.
March 3rd, 2011, 06:15 PM
Police think they have identified two children whose bodies were stuffed in luggage and found in a canal on Wednesday.
The boy and girl appear to be siblings, police said, but they have not released their names. Their death may be linked to a domestic incident.(No shit sherlock...either that or some douchebag parent just didnt' want kids anymore :()
Police searched the C-15 canal all day Thursday for any signs of who the children were and how they ended up dead in the water.
Whoever did this should be tied up, stuffed in a duffel bag and thrown off the nearest bridge. Let them feel what those poor kids went through.
March 3rd, 2011, 08:04 PM
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A man has been detained for questioning in the case of a boy and a girl whose bodies were discovered in a Delray Beach canal on Wednesday, police said.
Delray Beach police identified the man as Clem Beauchamp. His relationship with the children, if any, is unclear.
Crime scene tape wrapped around a house owned by Beauchamp near Southwest First Avenue and Seventh Street in Delray Beach on Thursday afternoon. Police said they were investigating the location in connection with the two children whose bodies were found stuffed into luggage and floating in a canal on the Delray Beach-Boca Raton border Wednesday.
The remains were taken to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's office to determine a cause of death. Experts believe the bodies were placed in the water fairly recently because they appear to be intact.
"These were not skeletal remains," said Guerriero.
On Thursday, divers continued to search a several-mile-long stretch of the canal. Police said it is possible the strong current washed evidence far from where the bodies were found.
"At this time, they are just doing an evidentiary search," Guerriero said. "They're looking for evidence. They are trying to see if there is anything that is going to help us to move further on this case."
If this is the killer I hope he gets all that is coming to him!
March 3rd, 2011, 09:52 PM
Detectives suspect a man with a violent past is involved in the murders of two children who were found folded into black bags and tossed into a canal near the city's south side, police said this evening.
Police are questioning Clem Beauchamp, 34, of 105 Southwest 7th Ave., in the deaths of a girl between ages 6 and 10 and a boy between 10 and 12, said Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, Delray Beach police spokeswoman. The children were found Wednesday bobbing in the C-15 canal near
Records show Beauchamp was arrested five times between 1995 and 2010, on charges ranging from armed robbery to marijuana possession.
Neighbors described him as a doting father of four children who had been having relationship problems and, lately, acting strangely.
Meanwhile, police put up crime scene tape around Beauchamp's house, where at least four children lived, neighbors said.
Guerriero said the search turned up no new evidence. She said the department has "received countless tips and phone calls from neighbors who saw suspicious items or people."
As detectives interview Beauchamp, the state Department of Children and Families is collaborating with law enforcement. Child care workers are looking through the current list of runaway kids to see if there's any child who matches the description of the two found in the canal.
They are also looking at a list of foster children that have not been visited by a DCF investigator in the last month, to see if any match the description of the children.
Neither child showed obvious injury. Neither carried any immediate clues to his or her identity. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/police-questioning-delray-man-about-dead-children-found-1294889.html
Clem Beauchamp, 37, walked into the police department in Delray Beach to talk to police, then waited in the lobby with his head in his hands, rocking back and forth, according to The South Florida Sun Sentinel. Police later raided his house.
Police did not confirm if he is related to the children - a young girl and boy whose bodies were found by police divers in Delray Beach on Wednesday local time. They were in two separate pieces of luggage found underwater.
Father-of-four Beauchamp has five previous arrests between 1995 and 2010 on charges including armed robbery, drug possession, domestic violence and violating an order in relation to the custody of a child, The Palm Beach Post and WPTV.com reported.
I hope he rots in hell if he did this, which he probably did.
March 4th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Babies murdered and thrown away, now older children, the waste of skin are getting bolder...more evil.....thrown out like useless trash....ffs!
these are children...the world is a mad, mad place. Not going to hell we are in hell.
I can't read anymore tonight on dead children it's just is too much today after reading on a mother who cooked her kid...ffs. these are children!!...nothing is sacred anymore. Rest in peace little ones...finally home.
March 4th, 2011, 12:08 PM
Police are back at the home of 37-year-old Clem Beauchamp. He's being questioned in the deaths of two children found dead in a canal Wednesday.
Police say after Delray Beach detectives were finished speaking with Beauchamp he was taken into custody by federal agents on unrelated federal charges.
Police are back at Beauchamp's home at 105 Southwest 7th Avenue. Police say they are searching for evidence, but would not specify what evidence they were looking for. They denied they were digging in his backyard. They also said they do not think there is a third victim.
At a Friday morning news conference police say it does appear children were living in Beauchamp's house.
They say they are still actively looking for the mother of the children. "We haven't been able to confirm where the mother is at this point, that's concerning us. But, we're still actively looking for the mother," said Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, a spokesperson for Delray Beach Police.
Beauchamp does have an arrest record for domestic violence and violating an order pertaining to custody of a child.
"I know that our detectives are very determined in building a very good case. We always work our cases to the fullest. We want to make sure everything we do is correct, so I know that our detectives are working diligently to bring this case to a close and they want to do it the right way," said Sgt. Guerriero.
Neighbor Kenneth Marshall said he has known Beauchamp for years.
"He was a good father, I mean a very good father. I mean he threw the ball at his kids and did everything he had to do," Marshall said.
Marshall said his neighbor didn't seem like himself the last time he saw him.
"The last days that we saw him, he was very distraught. He was going to the church and praying. He cut his hair," Marshall said.
Margaret Gissome said Beauchamp used to date her sister. She said she believed the kids found in the canal are her niece and nephew. Gissome told WPBF 25 News that her sister was also missing.http://www.wpbf.com/news/27077240/detail.html
March 4th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Thread: Two children found dead in luggage in Delray Beach canal
I hope these weren't Louis Vuitton bags. That would be a real tragedy.
March 4th, 2011, 06:20 PM
I hope these weren't Louis Vuitton bags. That would be a real tragedy. More than likely a knock off from the Piggly Wiggly!
March 4th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Now that police have found the bodies of two children stuffed in suitcases and floating in a Florida canal, they are trying to find their mother. We haven't been able to locate the mother. We're not sure where she is," Delray Police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said. "We don't have any idea where she might be."
Police have not identified the children or their mother, but Margaret Gissome believes the missing mother is her sister, Felicia Brown, and the dead children are her niece and nephew, 10-year-old Jermaine McNeil and 6-year-old Ju'tyra Allen.
Gissome said that police have asked her to provide dental records for the children and pictures of her sister's tattoos.
"That's confirming in my mind you got my niece and nephew back there and you all need dentist records to point it out to the public. And now you're asking about tattoos [on] my sister and ... Yes we're going to read between the lines that you got my sister back there," she told ABCNews.com.
Rest of story at link.
So it looks like they know who the kids are but aren't saying yet. I hope the mother is found soon, although I'm sure her fate is the same as those poor children :(
March 4th, 2011, 07:49 PM
Mom was already murdered.....
Delray Beach police said Friday they've also tentatively confirmed that the children's mother, Felicia Brown, is the woman whose body was found in a West Palm Beach landfill in August.
The bodies of 10-year-old Jermaine McNeil and 6-year-old Ju'tyra Allen were pulled from a Delray Beach canal Wednesday, about a half-mile and six hours apart. The girl's body was found first, stuffed into a duffel bag. The boy's body was found inside a suitcase.
Beauchamp's neighbors have described a complicated family situation in which multiple children who had different mothers lived with him. In 2008, Beauchamp fought an ex-girlfriend for — and won — the right to have two children live with him. Neighbors said another girlfriend was the mother of other children who lived with him.
"I'm there to make sure they do their homework, to give them the proper guidance that they would need to succeed in life," he told a judge at an August 2008 custody hearing. "Being a father means more than just making the kid. You actually got to be there for them. And I'm prepared to do all that."
Beauchamp has a lengthy criminal record and has spent time in jail.
Yeah, right, He was there for them....
Rest Peacefully, Felicia, Jermaine and Ju'tyra!!
March 4th, 2011, 08:33 PM
What a sad ending for this young family
March 4th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Margaret Gissome believes the missing mother is her sister, Felicia Brown.
Gissome said the family didn't know how long Felicia Brown, 25, has been missing.
"We never knew she was missing until the community of Delray tipped off Delray police that they discovered the bodies," Gissome said.
Is this weird that they don't know how long she has been missing? I mean, if the body from the landfill turns out to be her, then she would have been gone for over 6-7 months...and nobody noticed she was gone??
The children have not been seen for several weeks and also have not been in school recently.
Neighbors and Brown's family say Felicia Brown has also not been seen in weeks. Police have not been able to locate her.
"We have not been able to confirm where the mother is. That is concerning us," said Sgt. Guerriero. "We are still actively looking for the mother. We don't have any information as to where she is right now."
It would seem the neighbours saw more of this family than the mother's own family, so I wonder if they are right in them being missing for weeks as opposed to months.
March 4th, 2011, 11:54 PM
I *think* this is the sisters FB (http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Gissome/661012111?sk=friends)....she has a friend on there by Felicia Mitchell, but no Brown...hmm.
Families are not always so close nit even if they are living in the same city. That she was missing and not noticed gone that long probably says a lot about the relationship, sadly with family and her children. This is terribly tragic, and the "father" is a liar and thief not to mention a selfish fuck. "...Being a father means more than just making the kid. You actually got to be there for them. And I'm prepared to do all that."... He took those children's lives and for what? nothing that will ever make any sense. Mother and children gone and nothing he says will ever change that.
Rest in peace Jermaine McNeil and sister Ju'tyra Allen and mother Felicia Brown..
March 5th, 2011, 01:05 AM
Investigators said they have positively identified the children's bodies found Wednesday as siblings Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'tyra Allen, 6. Police believe their mother, Felicia Brown, is the woman whose body was found in a West Palm Beach trash area last August.
Police said Brown was identified in part because she had tattoos bearing her children's names.
So it definitely looks like the woman from the landfill is the mom :(
Friends and neighbors said they had been asking Beauchamp about Brown's whereabouts for months, but he had an explanation.
"He said she was in jail," said Kenneth Marshall, 43, an acquaintance of the family.
Three other children who lived in Beauchamp's home were taken from his girlfriend and put into the custody of the Department of Children and Families, Guerriero said Friday. The girlfriend was questioned in the killings but is not considered a suspect, police said.
At least now these children are safe from this asshat.
A person familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter told The Associated Press on Friday that Beauchamp used Brown's name to get food stamps and other government benefits after her death. (Always good to collect benefits for a dead person. NOT)
That person said Brown put one of her children up for adoption several years ago. When the adoption fell through, the source said, Brown readopted the child and began collecting adoption subsidies. (WTH??? Can you do that?) It's unclear whether it was her son or daughter.
March 5th, 2011, 09:01 AM
Felicia Brown in 2006. She is the mother of JuTyra Allen, 6, and Jermaine McNeil, 10, both of whom are believed to be the children pulled from a Delray canal on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.
JuTyra Allen, believed to be the 6-year-old girl pulled from a Delray canal on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Her brother, Jermaine McNeil, 10, is believed to be the second child pulled from the canal Wednesday.
March 5th, 2011, 06:30 PM
JuTyra Allen & Jermaine McNeil & Felicia Brown
It is all tying together in Palm Beach County, Florida.. Reported in the PB Post..
Mom's body found at dump in August.
Two children discovered in duffel bags in canal belonged to her says police.
Felicia Brown was mother, Ju'Trya Allen 6 and son Jermaine McNeil 10
Delray Beach police spokeswoman Nicole Guerriero said the only suspect in the killings is Clem Beauchamp, 34, who was arrested Thursday on unrelated Federal charges.
The children were living in Beauchamp's house on SW7th Ave with Michelle Dent and her 3 children, two of whom are Beauchamps, officials said.
Guerriero said Dent, 29 was not a suspect in the murders. At a court hearing on Friday, an investigator for the FL DCF described Dent as "a person if interest" in a double possible triple, homocide.
More information may be found at www.palmbeachpost.com/go/JuTyra
There is some interesting stories there.. I bet the national news will not pick up for these children.
March 11th, 2011, 12:19 PM
DELRAY BEACH — Both private and public memorial services will be held for a West Palm Beach woman, and her two children tonight.
A memorial is planned at St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 900 N. Seacrest Blvd. in Boynton Beach for 25-year-old Felicia Brown and her children. Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, and Jermaine McNeil, 10.
A private service for family only will be at 5 p.m. today, followed by public service at 6 p.m.
The children and their mother will be buried together at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Delray Cemetery.
March 15th, 2011, 06:55 PM
Tearful great-grandmother of Delray kids, mom that were found dead asks for help paying for funeral
DELRAY BEACH — During a painful news conference this morning, the great-grandmother of the two children who were found dead floating in a canal last week, asked for help from the community.
Sitting before microphones at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Barbara Flint asked that the community come forth to help cover the unexpected funeral expenses of her granddaughter, Felicia Brown, and her two great-grandchildren, Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, and Jermaine McNeil, 10.
Flint could barely speak as she tried containing her grief in front of reporters and cameras. After only a few minutes, she broke down in tears and had to be escorted out by church pastors as she wailed.
"I know God is in control and he never makes mistakes," Flint said before she broke down. "I can't bring them back. I can't bring them back."
Two funds have been set up to help cover for the funeral expenses of the Ju'Tyra, Jermaine and Brown. One was set up by Jermaine's football coach Tolliver Miller, of the Boca Jets. That account is under the name of Jermaine McNeil, and deposits can be made at any Wachovia bank.
The alternate way to donate is by sending checks to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach. The check should be made out to the church, adding "in care of The Brown/Allen Family."
Rev. Kathleen Gannon, of St. Paul's Episcopal, assured that the funds would be managed by the church to ensure proper handling.
A memorial is currently planned at St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 900 N. Seacrest Blvd. in Boynton Beach for Brown and her children. A private service for family only will be at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by public service at 6 p.m.
The children and their mother will be buried together at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Delray Cemetery, according to Judy S. Allen, Ju'Tyra's grandmother.
Homicide detectives believe the decomposing body of Brown was found last August in a county garbage dump, but West Palm Beach investigators have yet to confirm that through science.
A family photo of Jermaine McNeil, one of the two children who were found dead in a canal last week.http://i56.tinypic.com/oqd4b7.jpg
Ju'Tyra Allen, believed to be the 6-year-old girl pulled from a Delray canal on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Her brother, Jermaine McNeil, 10, is believed to be the second child pulled from the canal Wednesday. http://i55.tinypic.com/1z2n1ix.jpg
Felicia Brown in 2006. She is the mother of Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, and Jermaine McNeil, 10, both of whom are believed to be the children pulled from a Delray canal on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.
March 16th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Gosh, the huge bright smile on lil man's face just made my heart sink
July 31st, 2011, 09:43 AM
Trial for Clem Beauchamp on Federal gun charges begins this week. More info on his other antics:
As the prime suspect in the deaths of two children found floating in a Delray Beach canal goes on trial Monday, new information has revealed that someone in his home did computer searches on life insurance for kids.
Clem Beauchamp, 34, will not be on trial for murder. Rather, he faces federal charges of illegally possessing a handgun and homemade silencer that could put him in prison for up to 30 years. Although the case is unrelated to any homicides, the absence of a murdered woman will loom large over the trial.
Beauchamp's on-and-off girlfriend, Felicia Brown, 25, was the mother of the two dead children, and she would have been a key witness against Beauchamp had she not turned up dead herself at a Palm Beach County trash processing plant in August.
Federal prosecutors said in court documents filed Friday that they can prove Beauchamp killed Brown, if need be. She disappeared just after agreeing to cooperate against Beauchamp in the gun case and to meet with a federal agent, prosecutors wrote. Beauchamp also reportedly confessed to another detainee after his arrest.
"Beauchamp confessed to killing Felicia Brown while in the U.S. Marshals Service cell block awaiting court in West Palm Beach," prosecutors wrote.
Jurors will still hear from Brown, in the form of a secretly recorded conversation made by her ex-husband.
As part of the gun case, authorities seized two computers from Beauchamp's home. A forensic examination of the hard drives shows someone searched online topics concerning life and burial insurance for children in December 2009, according to newly public court records. Prosecutors say they don't plan to bring that information up during the gun trial.
In April of last year, ATF agent Dan Dooley contacted Brown's ex-husband, Peter Brown, to find out who her current boyfriend was, and learned it was Beauchamp. Later that day, Peter Brown took it upon himself to go to Beauchamp's house, where he secretly recorded his ex-wife while they were sitting in a car.
Peter Brown told his ex-wife that Beauchamp had been nothing but trouble for her.
"You got bad luck, man," he said. "You just, since you been f------ with this dude, just bad luck. Bad luck."
"I know," Felicia Brown whispered, with a sigh. "I don't know what to do."
Former foster father: Jermaine called to ask for help
Jermaine McNeil's former foster father said the frightened boy called him four times in the months before his death, saying he and his little sister were locked in a house and had not seen their mother for weeks.
"I know Clem knew that Jermaine was telling me what was going on," Rodney Napper said.
A suburban Chicago teacher, Napper, 42, raised Jermaine as his own son between 2006 and 2007 until he was ordered to return the then 7-year-old boy to Florida because "the adoption was not finalized," according to the Department of Children and Families.
Once back at his Illinois home, Napper was upset by the phone calls in late 2010 that he received from a crying Jermaine, who begged Napper to "come and get" him and his sister, Ju'Tyra.
Jermaine claimed he had not seen his mother, Felicia Brown, in weeks and that her boyfriend, Clem Beauchamp, had locked him and his sister in Beauchamp's home in the 100 block of Southwest Seventh Avenue in Delray Beach, Napper said.
Jermaine ultimately was reunited with Ju'Tyra and their mother in March 2008, but Napper kept in touch with the family. He even met Beauchamp in Delray Beach.
"Clem knows who I am," he said. "I've been to his house."
Napper flew to Boynton Beach and paid for part of the funeral service that he attended for Jermaine, Ju'Tyra and Brown on March 13.
He is determined to return to Palm Beach County to attend a murder trial someday.
"I won't follow Clem's trial on the gun charges. I'm waiting for the day when they actually charge him for [these murders]. I will come down [for that trial]," he said. "I want Clem to see me. I do. I want him to see me."http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-07-30/news/fl-side-beauchamp-gun-trial-20110729_1_ju-tyra-clem-beauchamp-murder-trial
July 31st, 2011, 10:11 AM
Stories like this just prove there is true evil in the world. The man killed the mother because she would have been a witness against him, right? So, what's he do then, keep the kids locked up in his house until he decides to murder them, then tosses them in suitcases in a canal like so much garbage. I hate that this young woman died. No one should ever have to die this way but it's especially sad when it's the kids, who have done nothing but be born and live their short lives until some psycho decides to off them. I mean, why kill the kids? Did they get on his nerves and he just snapped, or what?
It makes me just want to weep for the world. These little ones didn't stand a chance and now they've been erased like they didn't mean anything at all. I'll remember them. I will remember them all.
It didn't have to happen. I hope the foster father does get to come back for that murder trial. If there is is any true justice in the world, he will.
July 31st, 2011, 10:51 AM
But did Napper call the authorities after these numerous phone calls from the boy? I'm not understanding something here. A call from the boy, a call to police, police come find the kids alone locked in a room... situation avoided? That's what I'm getting from it.
August 1st, 2011, 04:14 PM
A guilty plea? Makes the deaths even more senseless. Didn't save himself from anything.
The No. 1 suspect in the deaths of a young brother and sister found in a Delray Beach canal pleaded guilty on Monday to an unrelated charge of possessing an illegal handgun silencer and now faces up to 10 years in prison.
The surprise guilty plea by Clem Beauchamp, 34, came just as he was set to go to trial in federal court. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will dismiss two other gun charges against Beauchamp.
Beauchamp is not only the prime suspect in the murder of the two children, but their mother as well, according to Delray Beach police and federal prosecutors.
Beauchamp's public defender, Robert Berube, said Beauchamp felt the plea deal was in his best interest.
"The problem with this entire case is potentially what might happen in Palm Beach County," Berube said. "He never confessed to killing anyone."
Sentencing is set for October. Sentencing guidelines, which are not binding on the judge, call for between 2.75 years and 3.4 years in prison, Berube said.
September 22nd, 2011, 02:48 PM
Beauchamp finally charged with the murder of mom, kids.
The prime suspect in the deaths of two children whose bodies were found floating inside of luggage in a Delray Beach canal in March was charged Thursday with their premeditated murders.
The suspect, Clem Beauchamp, 34, also was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the children's mother, whose body was found in August 2010 at trash-processing facility. The homicide charges -- handed up by a grand jury -- were announced Thursday afternoon by Palm Beach County prosecutors, who said they would seek the death penalty for Beauchamp.
Beauchamp has been the target of the homicide investigations since March 3, the day after the bodies of Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, were found in the canal that divides Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
Jermaine and Ju'Tyra had been living with Beauchamp since the disappearance of their mother, Felicia Brown, some seven months earlier. Brown, 25, was Beauchamp's on-and-off girlfriend. Her decomposing body went unidentified until the deaths of her children. Brown had the names of the children tattooed on her leg, leading to her identification.
Beauchamp killed Brown by an "unspecified means"; Jermaine was killed by blunt force trauma; and Ju'Tyra was asphyxiated, according to the grand jury indictment. The indictment came after a six-month coordinated investigation by Delray Beach police, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, West Palm Beach police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
"There is a sense of satisfaction that we were able to do this," said Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe.
September 22nd, 2011, 07:21 PM
News that Clem Beauchamp had been indicted brought out emotions for Felicia Brown’s family. They only learned what happened to her after police identified the bodies of her children, Ju’Tyra Allen and Jermaine McNeil, seven months after Felicia’s murder.
Felicia’s grandmother fears nothing will heal her broken heart.
"I've never seen anybody like him,” she said. “How would he like to see his (great)grandchildren in suitcases?"
Barbara Flint has three empty places in her family and her heart.
"I don't know how a man could be so cold blooded to do something like that,” said Flint. It hurts the family and there’s no money that can pay us for the pain that we've gone through."
Flint says Felicia was a kind woman and a hard worker, who supported Beauchamp and her children. She still remembers the last time she saw her granddaughter. Felicia was getting her hair done before a job interview.
"That's the last time I saw my baby,” she said, wiping away tears. “She kept holding my hand and she was just holding it so tight."
After she didn't see Felicia for a long time, she said Beauchamp told her Felicia was hiding from police.
“When I wanted to go see her, he told me, “No. Don’t go. You can’t go,” she said. “He knew there was no Felicia!”
Her most chilling memory is her last time seeing Ju'Tyra and Jermaine.
"The last morning he brought the two children to my house and told me he brought them here to say goodbye to me. That somebody was going to come by and pick them up. Felicia was sending somebody to pick them up," she said. "Now they're dead and gone and no money can bring them back. No sentence can bring them back."
September 23rd, 2011, 12:43 PM
I'm only posting 1 quote from the article.
McAuliffe said prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Good. This is one asshole that deserves to get it.
September 23rd, 2011, 01:29 PM
"The last morning he brought the two children to my house and told me he brought them here to say goodbye to me. That somebody was going to come by and pick them up. Felicia was sending somebody to pick them up," she said. "
That's a clear sign he had a choice and his choice was to kill those children. He could have left them with Grandma, but no. . . . At least Grandma doesn't say they were clinging to her, begging her to keep them because they were scared of the monster. Let's hope that means they didn't know what he did and was planning to do.
September 23rd, 2011, 05:07 PM
That's a clear sign he had a choice and his choice was to kill those children. He could have left them with Grandma, but no. . . . At least Grandma doesn't say they were clinging to her, begging her to keep them because they were scared of the monster. Let's hope that means they didn't know what he did and was planning to do.
I completely agree. I cannot understand why he didn't just leave them with Grandma. He had already killed the mom, so how could he possibly hurt her by killing them? And he stayed with the kids for months? None of it makes any goddamn sense. It never does.
October 18th, 2011, 03:49 AM
Man charged in child deaths gets 10 years on gun charge
Fort Lauderdale— The man charged with killing two children found in a Delray Beach canal in March and the earlier murder of their mother was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday on an unrelated federal gun charge.
Clem Beauchamp, 34, has been held in federal custody since the day after the bodies of the children were found in the canal dividing Boca Raton and Delray Beach, stuffed into luggage. He pleaded guilty in August to possessing an illegal handgun silencer.
Beauchamp received the stiffest possible sentence from U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas, who determined that Beauchamp bought the gun and built the silencer as part of a plot to murder his "baby mama" — one of his girlfriends, Michelle Dent.
Moments before the sentence was handed down, Beauchamp was given the opportunity to address the court. He declared he was not involved in a murder conspiracy.
"I was never involved in a murder plot. I never murdered anybody. Thank you," he told Dimitrouleas. He stood at the defense table, shackled and handcuffed, with his head bowed as the judge handed down the prison sentence.
Now that his federal case has been resolved, Palm Beach County prosecutors can move forward with their case involving three counts of first-degree premeditated murder filed in state court in late September.
Beauchamp could face the death penalty if convicted of the homicides of Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, who were living with Beauchamp in his Delray Beach home since the disappearance last summer of their mother, Felicia Brown, 25. [...]
January 18th, 2012, 04:03 PM
Clem Beauchamp: Delray Beach man accused of killing mom, 2 kids returned to Palm Beach County
WEST PALM BEACH — A Delray Beach man who was indicted for the murder of two children and their mother has been brought back to Palm Beach County, after being held in Virginia on federal gun charges.
Clem Beauchamp, 44, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.
Beauchamp's return has been long-awaited by state prosecutors. They had made multiple requests that Beauchamp stay in the state to face the murder charges and not be transferred to a federal facility in Virginia where he is serving a 10-year prison sentence on a federal gun charge.
Despite Beauchamp's booking, he did not appear before a county judge this morning; likely because he already made his first appearance hearing when he was indicted in September. Also, because he has not yet waived his right to a speedy trial, the case has been set for trial on the week of Feb. 27.
Prosecutors indicted Beauchamp in September on three first-degree murder charges in the deaths of 25-year old Felicia Brown and her and her two children, 10-year-old son, Jermaine McNeil, and 6-year-old daughter, Ju'Tyra Allen.
Beauchamp has been in federal custody since the day after the children's bodies were discovered in March. He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last month on the gun charge, but is appealing his sentence.
Pictures of all involved at link:
December 6th, 2012, 03:33 AM
I couldn't find anything about his trial, which was supposed to happen in February. I did find more details about what happened and I really, really hope this guy gets the death penalty.
April 25, 2012
The bags were dark and heavy as the boy and his father hauled them from the family's blue Oldsmobile Cutlass. Together, they grunted and strained - "a good workout," his father had called it - until the pair had muscled the bags up and into the canal.
Demetrius Beauchamp, then 15, never questioned the strange chore he did with his father, Clem Beauchamp, the boy said later in a statement to investigators. Nor did he suspect it was connected to the disappearance of his stepbrother and stepsister in February 2011.
Days later, the bodies of Demetrius' playmates, Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, bobbed to the surface of the C-15 canal between Delray Beach and Boca Raton, shrouded in oversized luggage and loaded down with 35-pound barbell weights.
Soon after, police announced that the children's mother had been identified as the nameless woman whose body was discovered at a county garbage dump months earlier.
The documents also raised questions about Michelle Dent, who was living with Beauchamp when the children were murdered. Investigators learned that a woman matching her description applied for and received a tax refund of more than $7,000 in Brown's name.
The Florida Department of Children and Families said Dent had posed as Brown in August 2010 and requested that Brown's state subsidy checks be sent to a different address. Since then, five of Brown's checks totaling $2,000 were cashed.
Dent failed key parts of a lie detector test, according to an examiner, including when asked whether she killed Felicia Brown, coached her kids for police interviews and knew who had murdered Brown, Jermaine and Ju'Tyra.
Police have said Dent never was a suspect in the killings, although a DCF investigator called her a person of interest in a 2011 hearing. Dent hasn't been charged with a crime.
There are more details on the murders at the link. There are so many twists in the story I've had to re-read everything to make sure I was understanding what happened...
December 6th, 2012, 03:41 AM
Just found another article which details numerous police calls to Beauchamp's home over the years and also says his father died in the home.
The murders of a mother and two children were not the first deaths that led Delray Beach Police to the Southwest Seventh Avenue home of Clem Beauchamp, suspected in the deaths of Ju'Tyra Allen and Jermaine McNeil.
Police also visited that address on Sept. 3, 2005, when Beauchamp's father was found dead in a bathtub full of water.
In fact, there were more than 30 police visits to Beauchamp's home since Jan. 1, 2007, according to records released by the Delray Beach Police Department on Wednesday. The records also detail calls to the house for violence that date as far back as 2002 or for incidents of violence between Beauchamp, the mother of two of his children, Michelle Dent, and girlfriend Felicia Brown.
The records highlight a host of service calls for everything from allegations of child abuse, domestic disturbances with aggravated battery, auto thefts, burglaries, vandalism, drug possession with intent to sell and various civil matters relating to child custody and visitation disputes between Beauchamp and Dent.
In the 2005 call, Beauchamp discovered the body of Jonnie Lee McMillian, 62, and was administering CPR when Delray Beach Fire Rescue arrived, according to the police report.
At the time, an upset, confused and occasionally weeping Beauchamp told police he last saw his father fixing breakfast around 6:30 a.m. that day before Beauchamp went back to bed.
When he awoke at 5:45 p.m. Beauchamp found his father in the bathtub and not breathing, so he pulled McMillian out of the water and into a bedroom where he called 911 and performed CPR, the report stated.
Beauchamp told police his father had a history of drinking beer that resulted in three to four years of dialysis and several medications for a liver disorder.
A crime scene investigator noted a small bump on the right side of McMillian's forehead and some blood at the bottom of the bathtub, according to the report.
The Palm Beach County medical examiner declined to release any information about McMillian's cause of death on Wednesday.
Much more detailed list of several of the calls at the link:
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.