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DANIELLE VAN DAM - Aged 7 years - San Diego, Califonia (USA)

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Post  Logos on Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:59 am

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:39 am Post subject: Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:39 am Post subject: DANIELLE VAN DAM

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A 'little girl lost' is found dead, allegedly killed by neighbor

The last time Damon van Dam saw his 7-year-old daughter, Danielle, she was falling asleep in her four-poster bed with a toothy grin on her face and Mickey Mouse earrings dangling from her ears.

As her father planted a goodnight kiss on her forehead that Friday, few places seemed safer than Danielle's lilac and pink bedroom in her family's upscale home in suburban San Diego.

The next morning, however, the bubbly blond second-grader was gone, apparently snatched from her upstairs room by some unseen assailant. By the time Danielle's body was found three weeks later and her neighbor charged with murder, the whole country seemed to have redefined its notion of safety.


Damon and Brenda van Dam made numerous tearful appeals for the return of their kidnapped daughter.

Prosecutors say Danielle was stolen from her room, sexually assaulted and suffocated by David Alan Westerfield, a 50-year-old engineer who lived just two doors away. Investigators found Danielle's blood on Westerfield's clothes and child pornography, including images of a young girl being raped, on his home computers. The prosecution will seek the death penalty at his June trial.

http://www.courttv.com/trials/westerfield/background_ctv.html
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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:21 pm

CNN

22 Feb 2002

Missing girl's neighbor arrested in disappearance case

SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- Police on Friday arrested a neighbor in the kidnapping and disappearance of Danielle van Dam, the 7-year-old girl who was abducted from her bedroom nearly three weeks ago and has not been found.

David Westerfield, 49, a divorced self-employed engineer with two children, was taken into custody shortly after DNA test results showed Danielle's blood on an article of his clothing and in his motor home and other "DNA evidence" on an article of Danielle's clothing in her bedroom.

"We believe, without a question, that the DNA evidence links Mr. Westerfield to Danielle's disappearance," San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano said. "I can't stress enough how strong that link is."

The suspect faces arraignment Tuesday on a charge of kidnapping, Bejarano said, and other charges are possible.


http://archives.cnn.com/2002/US/02/22/missing.girl/index.html?related

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:27 pm

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1 March 2002

Body identified as Danielle van Dam

SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- A medical examiner confirmed Thursday that a body found in the desert near San Diego is that of Danielle van Dam, the 7-year-old girl who was reported missing February 2.

Dental records were used to positively identify the remains, San Diego County District Attorney Paul Pfingst said.

He told reporters at a news conference that due to the advanced state of decomposition of the body, the medical examiner had not yet been able to determine a cause of death.


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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:32 pm

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26 April 2010

Death penalty to be sought in Westerfield case, judge is told

The District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against David Westerfield, the Sabre Springs man accused of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, a prosecutor announced yesterday.

District Attorney Paul Pfingst made the decision after reviewing the evidence and meeting several times with Westerfield's lawyers, most recently last week, said prosecutor Jeff Dusek.


http://legacy.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/danielle/20020426-9999_1m26death.html

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:39 pm

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22 August 2002

Guilty on all counts

David Westerfield, convicted yesterday of kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, now faces a fight for his life in one of the nation's most notorious child-abduction cases.

The same jury that convicted the 50-year-old design engineer will return Wednesday for the next phase of the trial to determine whether he should be executed or imprisoned without the possibility of parole.


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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:42 pm

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16 September 2002

Jury recommends death for Westerfield

SAN DIEGO – The jurors who last month convicted David Westerfield of the kidnap and murder of Danielle van Dam today recommended that he be sentenced to death.

The announcement came only two hours after jurors sent Superior Court Judge William Mudd a note asking for his guidance because they were unable to unanimously agree on whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison.


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3 January 2003

Westerfield sentenced to death for kidnap-murder of Danielle van Dam

SAN DIEGO – David Westerfield was sentenced today to death in San Quentin State Prison for the kidnapping and killing of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam.

Superior Court Judge William Mudd sentenced Westerfield after rejecting allegations of police misconduct during the investigation, weighing the evidence for and against the death penalty and listening to Danielle's parents.

Mother Brenda van Dam directed most of her tearful statement to the stone-faced defendant.

"It disgusts me that your sick fantasies and pitiful needs made you think that you needed Danielle more than her family," she said. "You do not deserve any leniency, any mercy, because you refused to give it to Danielle."


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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:49 pm

There are a lot more news articles detailing all the evidence on the following link!!!

Sign on San Diego

The Trial of David Westerfield

http://legacy.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/danielle/index.html

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:56 pm

David Alan Westerfield is currently still sitting on death row awaiting execution for the kidnapping and murder of Danielle Van Dam.

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:09 pm

R.I.P. DANIELLE




Tiny Angels

Tiny Angels rest your wings
sit with me for awhile.
How I long to hold your hand,
And see your tender smile.
Tiny Angel, look at me,
I want this image clear....
That I will forget your precious face
Is my biggest fear.
Tiny Angel can you tell me,
Why you have gone away?
You weren't here for very long....
Why is it, you couldn't stay?
Tiny Angel shook his head,
"These things I do not know....
But I do know that you love me,
And that I love you so".

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