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Slain Girl's Mother: Police Didn't Do Enough

Slain Girl's Mother: Police Didn't Do Enough

James Lee Troutman is escorted by police into to a courthouse Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Souderton Pa. Troutman faces charges of murder, sexual assault and kidnapping in the death of Skyler Kauffman, a nine-year-old girl who disappeared while playing outsi

Associated Press

May 11, 2011

SOUDERTON, Pa. — The mother of a 9-year-old girl allegedly raped and killed by a neighbor at her suburban Philadelphia apartment complex says police didn’t adequately respond to a previous incident involving her daughter and the suspect.

Heather Gebhard says police “blew (her) off” three weeks ago after she says her daughter, Skyler Kauffman, and another girl were lured into the Souderton apartment of 24-year-old James Lee Troutman.

Kauffman disappeared Sunday evening and her body was discovered wrapped in a blood-soaked comforter and stuffed in a trash bin near the complex. Police say Troutman raped and choked the girl and banged her head on the floor of the apartment building’s basement.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Monday defended the decision not to file charges against Troutman in last month’s incident.


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