Mother Charged With Killing 2-year-old Sobs During Court Hearing

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that the cases of a mother and her boyfriend, in the death of the woman's daughter, will go before the grand jury.

23-year-old Verona Brinegar, 26-year-old Ronald Crabtree will go before the grand jury. Each is charged with murder. Brinegar is also charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Officers were called August ninth to investigate a report of an unconscious child.

Richmond police detective Eric Long testified today that the girl was dead when she arrived at the hospital. Long also testified that the girl had burn marks consistent with a cigarette, and had multiple bruises.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by mendel Location: irvine ky on Aug 18, 2010 at 04:36 AM
    i have read all of the comments you guys have made on verona and ronnie and poor little callie........ i didn't personally know them but i got to know them after it happened and all i have to say is that i know that verona made a few mistakes during all this but i believe with all my heart she had nothing to do with it. i was in prison with ronnie and he personally told me himself that he knew what happened and that he felt he only deserved 15 yrs, needless to say i beat him pretty bad after that but my whole reason for writing this is to defend verona because you guys have wrote some pretty nasty things about her. me and verona corresponded with eachother for over a year and she told me everything. what you guys don't know is that at the time she didn't know he did all those things to callie until she got her discovery. ronnie had her believing that wade was doing it to her. the abuse only happened when she wasn't there. me and verona are close and we always will be.
  • by Anonymous Location: amelia on Sep 18, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    i knew vj and her family and her mother is a great woman. She loves her daughter and grandkids. It is not fair to hold little Wade from his grandmother. I am sorry Tammy but i have two children and i have no mercy on her or him. i never thought that vj would ever do something like that. She had guts to blame it on a little innocent child. I think that all mothers out there would think the way I would. Even if she didnt do it where did the ciggarett burns come from. They are both a piece of (edited) and deserve to die the way that they done little callie. LITTLE CALLIE ROBINSON WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS. WE LOVE YOU CALLIE.
  • by Where Was The CPS Location: Ky on Sep 18, 2007 at 12:49 AM
    First of all this is absolutely disqusting and heartbreaking. may God be with that poor helpless child. She will shed no more tears. Secondly where the heck was the CPS. I'll tell you where out harassing good ppl giving their children good lives. That's why they don't have time to save the children that truly deserve it.Think I'm blowing smoke check the stats with the Attorney General over 400 allegations of misconduct for such things as fabricating lies etc. to jerk children from good homes that are not abusing or neglecting. Then leaving children in homes like this. Well story speaks for itself they wouldn't remove this child. CPS should be held accountable also. They knew but they prefer to harass decent ppl. I hope these 2 rot in hell and the workers who closed their eyes to it. And whoever that was that said they should bring the Death Penalty back. Where have you been hiding? Where did it ever go? Might wanna do some research Capital Punishment was reinstated back in the 70's.
  • by shelly Location: wv on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:35 PM
    I can not believe how cruel these two are. I know it this will also haunt this little boy for the rest of his life. How can people do things like this. It is so sad. She was a beautiful little girl. Verona also had a father that never was mentioned in the obituary but he was a very good person. His name was Dana Brinegar. He passed away in 1998 from cancer. He would be so broken hearted to see this. I hope he met callie at heaven's gate and held her. There are other family members in WV but of course they don't get mentioned. I hope and pray the little boy goes to foster care and not to Verona's mother. I hope the baby she is carrying goes to a very good home also. How do you look a 2 year old in the eyes and kill them or any age. All I feel left to do is pray that vj never gets to see either child again. I know there was plenty of people that would have taken the kids. If they don't get what is coming to them on earth they will when judgement day comes. i am glad I'm not in their shoe.
  • by a.j.l. Location: maineville ohio on Aug 25, 2007 at 08:53 PM
    first of all, i used to be real good friends with VJ. i have spent many days and nights with her. a week befor i saw what she did to her daughter on the tv i had seen her and her boyfriend and callie in walmart. she acted like all was well. and little did i know little helpless callie was being tortured. i have no pitty for her fake ass tears she is crying, i hope the give her the death penalty and her exacution is open to the public because like myself i know many many many people who would like to be there and pull the switch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but then i think that that is to easy, to need to get what that gave 10 fold to that poor little baby. and for all those who didnt know vj's mom was trying to get custody of both vjs kids and the state wouldnt give it to her. every needs to keep her little boy in there thoughts because he had to sit and watch all that shit that was goin on and at only 5. now he has to be held in protective custody until the get fully charged alone and afraid.thanks
  • by sister-in-law Location: ohio on Aug 24, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    To Amber of Blanchester- Not her ex-husband. She is still married. And their case never made it to court. VJ wouldn't stay in one place long enough. He was gonna pay child support to welfare when she applied for aid, but I guess when she heard he was co-operating, she took off.
  • by Amber Location: Blanchester on Aug 18, 2007 at 11:27 PM
    I used to be friends with Verona in high school and I cannot believe this.It is disgusting and my only hope is that when they go to prison all those people who are there away from their kids for mistakes they have made give them exactly what they deserve..exactly what little Callie didn't deserve.I read somewhere that her ex husband tried to get custody of the children, but the courts decided that they should stay with their mother..how wrong could they have been? As far as all those people who say that they are innocent until proven guilty...even if they didn't kill her (yeah..sure)they still burned her, neglected her, and god knows what else that poor baby had to endure in the little time she was here on Earth..God bless Callie, her big brother, and the family that loved her.Save the tears Verona..they should have been there a long time ago. I hope that you see Callie's bruise and battered little body every time you close your eyes..may you and that sleaze Ronald rot in hell!!!
  • by mom Location: ky on Aug 18, 2007 at 04:23 PM
    She is not crying for her baby-she is just crying because she got caught!
  • by Maggie Location: Berea, ky on Aug 17, 2007 at 08:29 PM
    People like this make me sick. I think they have been givin to much publicity. They just need to throw them in jail and let them rot. You know they were on drugs, didn't care about the kids, and instead of doing the right thing they decided to torture them. On drugs or not, babies are the most beautiful and innocent things in the world, and it would take a monster to harm one. For her to set and sob, that's also sick. Who is she sobing for? It must be herself, cause if she actually loved that baby so much, she would be dead!
  • by CRYSLYN Location: BEREA on Aug 17, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    I HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD AND IF I THOUGH 4 A SECOND SOMEONE WAS HURTING MY CHILD I'D HURT THEIR (edited).BUT I GUESS SOME CRACKHEADS WILL CHOOSE DRUGS AND MEN OVER ANYTHING.MAKES ME SICK.AND WHATS SHE CRYING FOR NOW???THEY ARE BOTH LOWLIFES AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY DID.THEY DONT DESERVE TO DIE,THEY DESERVE TO BE TORTURED EVERY SINGLE DAY 10 TIMES AS BAD AS THEY DID THAT POOR BABY.THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CANT HAVE KIDS THAT WOULD LOVE TO ADOPT IF SHE DIDNT WANT TO STAND UP AND BE A REAL WOMAN AND MOM SHE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN HER KIDS TO A GOOD FAMILY SO THEY COULD HAVE BEEN TREATED LIKE THEY DESERVE.
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