Sunday, April 3, 2011


Priscilla Hasselman and Kyla Wetherell are leading The Jeanette Maples Project, a collaboration of school officials, first responders on the case, and their families.

The group has established the Jeanette Maples Memorial Fund at Oregon Community Credit Union to begin raising money for everything from a permanent memorial to community child abuse prevention training to scholarships for Jeanette’s siblings. Eugene attorney Valeri Love is donating her services to register the committee as a nonprofit organization.

Read more here

Jeanette Maples Project Facebook Page

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hard truths on abuse

Excellent editorial at The Register Guard -

Rescuing the next Jeanette

Sometimes, the truth really is too hard to bear. Jeanette Marie Maples’ death from abuse and starvation is such a truth.

Count the editors of these pages among the many who were sickened, horrified, appalled — no adjective is sufficient — at reading Register-Guard reporter Karen McCowan’s account of the 15-year-old Jeanette’s torture killing in 2009 at the hands of her mother, Angela Darlene McAnulty.

Nearly a week after McCowan’s story describing the admitted murderer’s interviews with detectives, the terrible images still come swirling and unbidden to mind. Images of a mother who, as McCowan wrote, “spanked, starved and deprived her daughter of medical care, turning Jeanette Marie Maples from a seemingly healthy teen to a battered, infected and skeletal corpse.”

Some readers were offended at such graphic descriptions. ....

Go read the whole

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In Loving Memory

Video Memorial created by Janette's cousin.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

In Memory of Janette Marie Maples

I've created this blog to preserve the memory of Janette Marie Maples, a 15 year old Eugene girl who was maimed and tortured to death allegedly by her own mother and stepfather on 12/9/09.  

Her horrific murder came after years of abuse, including isolation and starvation (she weighed 50 lbs. when paramedics found her) at the hands of the ones who should have been her protectors.  Repeated calls by concerned individuals to the Oregon DHS to report the abuse were not investigated.  She slipped through the cracks in the system.

The story of this precious girl, whose cries went unanswered will be honored at this site not only to remember her, but to bring awareness to the plight that so many of our vulnerable children face every day.

I invite everyone who knew her to participate and share your stories of her life.  If you are a child abuse prevention advocate or concerned citizen please join in the conversation on how we can make changes to prevent another tragedy.

Memorial Service for Janette Marie Maples - Friends shared their memories of Janette, and the officiant read some of her poems and writing:

"The final place I would use my wings to go to is to go really high and even higher to heaven, I would visit the angels and I would visit my grandma Nancy and everyone else in the family ... and after I would go to Hawaii and France and Portugal and the beautiful heaven. I would use my wings to fly home."