Thursday, August 07, 2008

New information released in the Jason Rimer case

In an earlier post, I reported that Colleen and Stanley Rimer had pleaded not guility to charges of 2nd degree murder, child abuse and neglect in the death of their 4-year-old son, Jason Rimer, who had myotonic dystrophy, and whose body was found dead in the family SUV from heat stress. He is believed to have been inside the car for 17 hours.

Since then, new information has been reported about the case. According to this report, since 1988, Child Protection Services had 21 contacts or referrals involving the Rimers following various allegations of abuse and neglect and complaints about the health and well being of Jason, as well as his brothers and sisters. Of those, fourteen were unsubstantiated.

It is also reported here that Jason's body was moved before investigators arrived on June 9. According to the grand jury testimony, "...The right front passenger door and the driver's door were approximately rolled down about halfway. And then the rear seat bench seat, the windows on both of those doors were about twenty-five percent or about a fifth of the way down."

The murder trial for Colleen and Stanley Rimer begins September 8.

There is additional information here.