GRACIE MAE FULLER DIES AT 2 DAYS OLD FROM METHAMPHETAMINE OVERDOSE ~ CCA0196 ~ UPDATED 05.28.2015
GRACIE MAE FULLER DIES AT 2 DAYS OLD FROM METHAMPHETAMINE OVERDOSE
THIS POST CONTAINS PHOTOS OF GRACIE MAE IN HER CASKET
I have chosen to include these photos for two reasons. One, because Gracie Mae was ripped away from this world before more than 1 photo could even be taken. Second, because I truly believe that they show what a beautiful angel she now is.
Gracie Mae Fuller was 2 days old when she was killed by her parents, Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham and Shane Ray Fuller. Toxicology reports showed that Gracie Mae died from a methamphetamine overdose. The baby girl was born with the methamphetamine in her system and was given a significant amount more after her birth but before her death based on the initial testing of the placenta and Gracie Mae’s blood. Smith-Durham and Fuller also tested positive for methamphetamine
Deputies were called to the home after a report was made that an infant had passed. Gracie was taken to the Pediatric Emergency Room at Greenville Memorial Hospital but it was far too late to save the baby girl’s life. The mobile home where the family was living was absolutely horrific and filthy. The home had no power and Smith-Durham and Fuller were using propane heaters to heat the home.
Gracie Mae was not the only child living in the deplorable home, also living there were two little girls and 1 little boy aged 2, 3 and 7. The children were removed from the home by County DSS and were placed with an alternative care giver. Warrants also show that within the home they did not have enough supplies for “health and safety of the infant”.
Smith-Durham actually received no prenatal care and gave birth to little Gracie at the home. Investigators located a pair of bloody scissors on the floor and the placenta in a trash bag. Gracie’s autopsy also showed that she was born with a serious birth defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Had Gracie’s heart condition been left untreated in a timely manner, it would have been fatal for the little girl, but played no role in her death from the overdose.
Gracie Mae didn’t have a chance, her very existence was only known as a result of her death.
Smith-Durham has been charged with homicide by child abuse and 4 counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. Fuller has also been charged with 4 counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
On May 26, 2015, Judge Leila Foster determined that the couples’ charges will be presented to a grand jury after hearing the testimony from two Sheriff’s Office investigators. The two remain in jail, but we will follow this case as it develops.
I’m angry for Gracie Mae, but I think I am more heart broken that I can’t tell you the type of little girl she was. She never had a chance to pick her favorite color or favorite food. She never even had the chance to giggle, and maybe that giggle was too beautiful for our ears, but the world was still robbed of that. She never spoke, but we did hear her soul.
She never smiled, but we still saw her beauty. Gracie Mae was with us for a mere 48 hours, but we can say this – that those 48 hours have changed every one of us, because they filled our hearts with Gracie Mae’s story, it filled our hearts with her innocent love, and filled them so fiercely that we will stand at every chance we get to fight for Gracie Mae’s justice.
We will share her story, and we will share those 48 beautiful hours, and while she was not treated with love and care by her parents in those 48 hours, we can seek small comforts that she does have extended family that do love her, that miss her and that need our support and strength to demand justice – a task not much more difficult when the justice is being served on their child, sibling, relative.
THIS IS FOR GRACIE MAE
11.17.2014 ~ 11.19.2014
I want to thank Shawn-Jessica Davis for advocating for Gracie Mae. You are a true angel advocate!!