Aaron Thompson finally goes to trial

Jury selection began today in the murder trial of Aaron Thompson, who’s accused of murdering his daughter Aarone (pronounced Aaron-ay, I think). Aarone’s case is particularly sad. Aaron took her and her siblings away from their mother in Michigan and moved to Colorado in 2001. He shacked up with Shely Lowe. The family — Aaron, Aarone, her brother, Lowe, Lowe’s brother and Lowe’s five children, that’s ten people — were living in Aurora when Aaron reported his daughter missing in November 2005. He said she ran away after an argument about a cookie.

Aaron’s story quickly fell apart. There was no indication of Aarone’s presence in the house — no bed or toothbrush for her, no recent pictures. She hadn’t been enrolled in school. She hadn’t been to see a doctor in several years. Most tellingly, her siblings, once they got away from their parents, told the police they hadn’t seen Aarone in about a year and a half. The Thompson/Lowe home was in bad shape and the children were all being abused; hardly a day went by when at least one of them wasn’t beaten for trivial reasons. All the children were taken into foster care. Lowe was pregnant when Aarone disappeared, and when the baby was born it too was taken from her. The police openly said Aarone had been murdered and they had a pretty good idea who did it.

Unfortunately, Lowe is beyond earthly justice — she died of heart disease shortly after her baby was born. She was only in her early thirties. Aaron was indicted on sixty charges, including Aarone’s murder and the abuse of the other children in the household, in May 2007. If he gets convicted he could get 48 years to life in prison. Aarone’s murder may be hard to pin on him. The defense can always blame Lowe, and she can’t say anything about it. But it sounds like it would be easy to convict Aaron of abusing his other kids, and he would serve substantial time for that.

That poor little girl never had a chance. Her so-called caregivers made her life a misery and ended it all too soon, then buried her body in some makeshift grave like so much garbage. Her siblings said she was locked in the closet a lot as punishment. One article I read said Aarone would stick her fingers out under the door and one of her siblings would touch them, just to let her know they were there. It’s just so incredibly sad — all the more so since Aarone’s mother is apparently a decent enough woman and, if Aaron hadn’t stolen the children, Aarone would probably be alive and well today. The case reminds me so much of Peter Kema‘s 1997 disappearance in Hawaii.

No prison sentence would be sufficient for Aaron Thompson, I’m afraid. I just hope the jury realizes this as well.

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12 thoughts on “Aaron Thompson finally goes to trial

  1. Cheryl August 4, 2009 / 3:40 pm

    Stuff like this makes my blood boil. If the Son-of-A-B@#$h didn’t want the kids then why in the world did he take them from their mother? I hope he gets whats coming to him when he serves his time in prison. I understand the inmates are not to fond of baby killers. Afterwards I hope he rots in Hell!

  2. donna August 4, 2009 / 6:34 pm

    What a shame!! He stole those children, I think just to spite their Mother.
    There is a case in the Augusta, GA area in which both parents lived in horrid conditions with their 11 children. No electricity,running water or food. The children would dig a hole outside to use as a bathroom. The younger ones are in Foster Care. The Father got 3 years for the neglect. The Mother got the same, but gets to serve her sentence every other weekend. No child died, which is really surprising but the conditions they were forces to live in will haunt them for the rest of their lives. I am disgusted over the sentences they recieved, and hope this little Angels persecuter dies in prison.

  3. Emily August 4, 2009 / 8:38 pm

    Cheryl, I wonder the same thing sometimes. Maybe it’s the phenomenon of a controlling person who views kids as his or her property rather than living beings. They want custody just to have it because they count kids among their possessions (and enjoy their ability to cause pain to the other parent by withholding the kids). It’s not really about the kids themselves at all.

    • Cheryl August 5, 2009 / 2:35 pm

      Very true Emily, Its no different than using the kids as pawns during divorce/custody disputers. Adults can be so self-centered sometimes and its the children that suffer.

      My sons father was a piece of work but I never denied him access to his son. I made sure my child was safe, but I never talked bad about my ex or tried to keep the two of them from having a relationship.

  4. J. Leon August 4, 2009 / 11:09 pm

    Just a slight correction: Aaron Thompson is NOT charged with murder. That’s likely beccause they don’t have sufficient evidence proving when, where and how his daughter died and establishing premeditation on his part. I’d say, in fact, that they must not have much beyond the already well-known circumstantial evidence that Aarone hadn’t been around for a while by the time her father reported her missing, given that they aren’t even going after him for manslaughter.

    Now, if that human pond scum which went by the name of Shely Lowe had lived, I’d bet dollars to doughnuts they’d have at least sought a murder two indictment against HER since they had a witness-albeit a jailhouse informant-who implicated her. As it stands, the most serious charge Aaron faces is child abuse resulting in death.

    That said, however, it is to be hoped he ends up-in the immortal words of the character Strother Martin played in “Cool Hand Luke”-“doin’ it all.”

    • Meaghan August 5, 2009 / 12:43 am

      He’s charged with “child abuse resulting in death” which is murder by another name — a violent, criminal act causing someone’s death, that is murder, yes?

  5. donna August 5, 2009 / 2:18 am


  6. Cheryl August 5, 2009 / 2:36 pm

    Can’t help but wonder if “child abuse resulting in death” carries a lesser penalty than murder. Probably does which is something else that needs to be changed.

    • forthelost August 5, 2009 / 5:27 pm

      Yes. Murder implies intent. All charges of child abuse are lesser than if the act was done on a stranger because it’s harder to prove malicious intent. With the former, you would have to prove the accused wasn’t merely trying to discipline the child. Yeah, insane, but it’s how the law works.

      • Cheryl August 6, 2009 / 8:08 pm

        Whether they intended to kill or not should be irrelevent. Children are at our mercy and any adult should know that there is a difference between discipline and abuse. If you are bigger than the person you are striking, chances are you are going to inflict some damage. Its like the parents who submerge theri child in scalding water then sy they didn’t realize the water was that hot. Puleeeze!

    • Meaghan August 5, 2009 / 6:00 pm

      Actually, I don’t think it does. I’m not 100% sure, but I know in many states it carries the same penalty as murder. Because in America, you don’t necessarily have to intend to kill someone to be guilty of murder — as long as you were committing a felony and someone died, that’s the same as first-degree murder. In the Alice Donovan case, the two suspects were convicted of “carjacking resulting in death” and they’re both on death row as a result.

  7. Meaghan August 5, 2009 / 6:06 pm

    I Googled it and found a legal paper from the mid-nineties which said the penalty in California for child abuse resulting in death was, at the time at least, 15 years to life, but at the time they were thinking of increasing it to 25 years to life. Not sure if they did, but 25 years to life is the same sentence you get in California for second-degree murder.

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