TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) -
On October 24th, 2003, 3 year-old Jamie Gillie was pronounceddead. Jamie would have been 4 years old the day after she died.
Three weeks after Jamie died, her death was ruled a homicide dueto blunt force trauma in her abdomen.
Now, in 2010, investigators still want to know, who killedJamie?
Was it her mother Amy Gillie or Amy’s boyfriend at thetime, Steven Michael Church?
Family members say Amy claimed she was at work when Jamie died,and has a time card to prove it. Amy worked at the Shell gasstation on the corner of 13th and Ft. Harrison, across from AutoZone. But she lived just a few blocks away, at 5113 N 14 ½street. Officials were told the boyfriend, Steven Michel Church,was home with Jamie. Because of the proximity of Amy’s workand Church’s location, it has been a tough case forinvestigators to crack.
Jamie’s sister Tiffany Gillie was a young 8 years old whenthe little girl died. For many years, Tiffany blamed herself forJamie’s death.
"Maybe if I would have been home that day than maybe thiswouldn't have happened," Tiffany Gillie said.
In 2003, the case was given to the Vigo CountyProsecutor’s office. The prosecutor at the time was BobWright. He did not run for re-election in 2006.
Terry Modesitt was elected and took over the office in Januaryof 2007. Within a couple of weeks, Modesitt was in the office ofVigo County Forensic Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr, to discuss apending murder trial. It was then Dr. Kohr said he handed thecomplete file, including photographs, of the Jamie Gillie case overto Modesitt.
In October of 2007, News 10 interviewed Modesitt to get anupdate on the case.
He stated: “We've been looking for the medical angle asfar as how medical people look at the cause of death the time framedifferent things like that.”
Kohr said around that time Modesitt requested a new copy ofthe case folder, sighting he lost the first one.
In 2005, Dr. Kohr reviewed the case with a Dr. Toni Laskey, aforensic pediatrician at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Laskeyagreed the case was clearly a homicide. Dr. Kohr said he explainedto Dr. Laskey their main concern was finding a qualified surgeonwho could testify as to the time frame between when the injuriestook place and when she died. Dr. Laskey recruited a PediatricTrauma surgeon from Riley Hospital in Indianapolis named Dr.Scherer. Dr. Scherer reviewed the case for Laskey and had noproblem placing the time of death when ****** was at the home.
“We basically sat around and nothing happened until2008,” Dr. Kohr said.
Dr. Laske was in Terre Haute in 2008 for a conference. Dr. Kohrarranged for Laske to meet with Katie Butwin, who was in charge ofchild abuse cases for the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office.They met along with several detectives from the Vigo CountySheriff’s Department who had worked the case. For two hours,they all sat down and laid out every aspect of the case for Ms.Butwin. Dr. Kohr said that Butwin said she would take the caseunder advisement. The next thing Dr. Kohr heard was that Ms. Butwinresigned from the Prosecutor’s office.
In 2009, Dr. Kohr said he was contacted again by theProsecutor’s office to go to Riley Hospital and meet with Dr.Scherer to go over the case one on one. That meeting included twodetectives from the Sheriff’s department, Dr. Kohr, Dr.Scherer and Modesitt. Dr. Kohr said he did most of the talkingabout the case and that Dr. Scherer said the time frame was suchthat the only adult present was ******.
Dr. Scherer said he would generate a written report. Dr. Kohrsaid whether it was second or third hand, the report was neverreceived, it was lost. Ten months have past and instead ofcontacting Dr. Shearer requesting a new copy, Dr. Kohr said he wastold the Prosecutor’s office lost the folder again.
“It is frustrating that it has been three years, I havehad to make three copies of the report and still nothing has beendone,” Dr. Kohr said.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Kohr was contacted by deputy prosecutorJennifer Wrede and requested another copy of the case for theProsecutors office. At that time, Dr. Kohr said he was informed theProsecutors office was not going to use Dr. Scherer’s writtenreport as evidence.
Dr. Kohr was advised the Prosecutor’s office had lined upa forensic pathologist Dr. Mary Case, who specializes in forensicpediatric cases in St. Louis, to look at the case.
At this time, Modesitt says there is little he can comment onabout the case.
“At this point it is still under investigation, it is acold case file one of the many that law enforcement and our officeis working on,” Modesitt said.
For the family, they just want some answers about Jamie’sdeath.
"I think the county officials need to do their job and stopsitting around and closing the case because it needs to be open andsomething needs to be done," Tiffany Gillie said.
To read a letter Tiffany Gillie wrote to News 10 click here.
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