Mother-in-law: 'I asked her what was wrong with Jeanette'

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Jeanette Maples

EUGENE, Ore. - A year after Lynn McAnulty moved to Oregon in 2004, her son Richard and his wife Angela followed.

The family celebrated holidays together and met for dinner until February 2008. Angela often talked to Lynn about the trouble her daughter, Jeanette Maples, caused her.

"Jeanette did everything wrong," Lynn told a jury weighing whether her daughter-in-law should live or die for Jeanette's murder in December 2009. "She more or less shrugged her off."

Angela stopped allowing Jeanette or the other children to visit Lynn starting in February 2008, but she would see them from time to time.

In the summer of 2009, Lynn's son richard had a heart attack. When the family gathered, Jeanette's appearance concerned Lynn, she told the jury.

“That’s when I asked her what was wrong with Jeanette," she recalled. "She was thin. Her hair was falling out.”

Lynn saw Jeanette again that fall. She looked weak, and the girl wasn't allowed to speak without her mother's permission.

In October 2009, Lynn helped the family move across town. Jeanette stood silently in a corner the whole time.

It was the last time Lynn saw Jeanette alive.
 

Calls to state for help prove fruitless

Lynn started calling the Oregon Department of Human Service anonymously in August 2009. Nothing happened.

So she called again and again, claiming to be a concerned neighbor. She didn't identify herself, she told the jury, because of past experiences with another family leaving town when she called the state to report possible abuse.

Public school officials had called DHS, too, before Jeanette was pulled out of public school and kept at home. The agency has since admitted multiple failures to properly investigate the case.

The Friday before Jeanette died, Richard - who also face a murder charge but not the death penalty for his role in Jeanette's death - told his mother Jeanette was drinking out of the toilet.

The night Jeanette died, Angela called Lynn, she said.

“I was spanking her and I went too far, got carried away,” Lynn remembered her saying.

McAnulty has already pleaded guilty to her daughter's aggravated murder. Jurors will decided whether Angela McAnulty serves life in prison, life with the possibility of parole after 30 years - or faces the death penalty.