Tuesday, August 14, 2012
TN Grand Jury Wants More On Algonquin Woman's Abandonment
It took Caryville, TN, police 10 days to identify 19 year-old Lynn Cameron after they found the developmentally disabled cerebral palsy victim in the Big Orange Bar June 28. Ellis is seeking Tennessee charges against her mother, 45 year-old Eva Cameron, for willful neglect and flagrant non-support for dropping her off 500 miles from home, then returning to Algonquin.
A spokesman for the Kane County States Attorney Monday said his office hasn't received a request from Algonquin Police yet to bring Illinois charges against Eva Cameron. Chief Russ Laine told FEN, "There's still new information we're looking to get." What sort of new information, however, Laine declined to say.
Ellis reported one piece of evidence she's seeking is an interview Cameron gave to a Tennessee TV station when she returned there to tell police she wouldn't take her daughter back. However, WVLT-TV news director Lena Sadiwskyj told FEN her station hasn't received a request yet and it won't make much difference if it does because her news operation doesn't keep outtakes. "They can see everything we have on the Internet," she said. "It's posted there."
Ellis said, contrary to published reports, Cameron didn't sign an official statement for Caryville Police in July about how her daughter came to be found in the bar. She said, rather, Cameron wrote out a short note giving them custody of her daughter. "It was sort of like a note you'd write so a neighbor could take your child to the doctor," she said.
In the pic: 19 year-old Lynn Cameron (left) when she was turned over to Tennessee's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities last month. She's now being cared for by Illinois' Department of Human Services.