Tuesday, March 30, 2010

No "obvious" signs of trauma to mom and 3-year-old son found "mysteriously dead" (Fall River, Massachusetts)


That's my advise to the officials who say they can't find any "obvious signs of trauma" in the deaths of a mother and her 3-year-old son.

Oh sure, this could be one of those one in a billion trillion cases where 2 people suddenly dropped dead at the same time. But I doubt it. This has abuser dad fingerprints all over it, especially when you consider the amazing "coincidences" involved here:

1) An "estranged" father (STEVAN "MICHAEL" DILWORTH) who was due to appear in court in less than two weeks regarding the pending divorce. This is one of the time periods that is the most dangerous for women and children fleeing situations of domestic violence.

2) An "estranged" father who had already been charged with assault and battery for hitting his wife (of course he was released on his own recognizance--aren't they always). This was due to go to court in little more than a month. Again, we have a father who might be just a little, well, "angry."

3) Although Mom was awarded full custody in 2008 after only two years of marriage, Dad was granted visitation (despite his history of domestic violence, which is unfortunately typical). Of course, Dad was recently demanding MORE time, even though he had taken advantage of his existing visitation only a half dozen times or so. This is a very common abuser manoever, especially when you're wanting to reduce your child support and secure additional power/control over your former partner. Wanting more "daddy time" isn't a motivation in this at all, contrary to the all the rampant disinformation to the contrary.

4) In addition, as a retired and disabled Army veteran with post traumatic stress disorder, Dad not only had the financial incentive for killing his soon-to-be ex-wife and child, but a mental condition that is often found in criminal and/or murderous ex-soldiers. The kind of mental condition that might have made "more power" over his former wife and child a more distinctly desirable objective than it normally might have been.


Officials: No signs of trauma to Fall River mom, toddler
By Marie Szaniszlo
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Investigators saw no obvious signs of trauma to a 37-year-old mother and her toddler who were mysteriously found dead Thursday in their Fall River apartment, authorities said yesterday.

The cause of death has not been determined, pending autopsy results, said Gregg Miliote, spokesman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, but authorities consider the deaths suspicious. There were no “obvious” signs of trauma or of a break-in, he said.

“We’re speaking with several people connected to the family and connected to the housing project,” Miliote said.

The estranged husband of Ginger Dilworth and father of her 3-year-old son, Andrew, has been questioned twice, the man’s brother said yesterday.

“It was all pretty routine,” Stephen Dilworth of Olympia, Wash., said of the interviews police have had with his older brother, Stevan “Michael” Dilworth. The brothers are both named for their father.

The deaths came less than two weeks before a hearing on the Dilworths’ pending divorce and little more than a month before Stevan Dilworth was due in court to answer charges of hitting his wife. Dilworth was released on his own recognizance March 11 after he was charged with assault and battery, according to court records.

Asked what his brother’s reaction was to news of his wife’s and son’s death, Stephen Dilworth said: “Bewildered. . . . They had challenges, but I know he loved them both a ton.”

When the couple married in 2006, it was her first marriage and his third, records show. After they separated in 2008, she was awarded full custody of their son. Her husband was allowed visitation and ordered to pay $300 a month in child support.

By then, Stevan Dilworth, 38, was living in Ohio, where he was demanding that their son spend three weeks with him every three months, according to court records. The child’s mother objected, saying that Andrew might be autistic and need special care and that her husband had seen him only a half-dozen times.

In the past year, Stevan Dilworth - a retired Army staff sergeant who had served in Iraq - was living with friends in Fall River, subsisting on his military pension and disability benefits. He had injured his knee in training and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to records.