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12 year old John Fulton - Missing Autistic child found slain
« on: August 19, 2009, 05:07:32 PM »
Another little child has earned his angel wings much too soon RIP John Fulton  :'( :'( :'(

RCMP arrest neighbour of 12-year-old autistic boy found slain near his BC home

Tue Aug 18, 11:30 PM

By The Canadian Press

GRAND FORKS, B.C. - Police acting on a 911 call arrested a mentally ill woman Tuesday, hours after urging residents of this small community to be wary of her because a 12-year-old autistic boy living a few doors down was found slain in her home.

"Yes, we've located her," said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

Kimberly Ruth Noyes was arrested without incident near the grounds of the local high school. Moskaluk said she's in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been laid.

Earlier in the day, police warned the public to be on the lookout for the 42-year-old, who they said has bipolar disorder and could pose a danger.

"She is the primary resident of this residence and the body was found in her residence, so it would stand to reason that certainly she is being sought in connection with the investigation," Moskaluk said.

Noyes lives in the same townhouse complex as John Fulton, the boy whose body was discovered Monday evening after he vanished Saturday from the steps of his home.

He was described by neighbours as a happy, upbeat kid who enjoyed playing with the other children in the complex. He was looking forward to entering Grade 8 in the fall.

Neighbours planned to stage a vigil at the complex Tuesday night.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said Noyes was not considered "historically violent."

But in issuing the public warning Tuesday morning, he said she "does pose a threat to herself and possibly others due to her diagnosed state of mental health."

Vermeulen said Noyes was last seen riding a black mountain bike in the southern B.C. town.

A gas station attendant at a Shell convenience store said in an interview Noyes was in her shop Tuesday morning.

"She just grabbed a coffee and headed out the door," said Jody Dejong, adding she was unaware at the time that police were looking for Noyes.

Like other merchants in town, Dejong was given a poster with Noyes's picture on it but chose not to post it in hopes she would return.

A neighbour who lives in the same subsidized housing complex said Noyes had been depressed and was recently divorced.

"To me, she's a nice person," said the woman, adding Noyes has three children of her own.

She said she couldn't believe police were looking for Noyes, who worked part-time as a receptionist but not recently.

Dan Hejna, who also lives in the same complex near Noyes, said he would see her every couple of days at the gas station where he works.

"She always looked kind of depressed and sad and stuff like that," Hejna said.

Hejna said Fulton's death has hit residents of the housing complex hard.

"Everybody's really shocked," he said. "You know, small town, this stuff never really happens. Everybody's sitting outside and discussing the tragedy."

When reached by telephone, Noyes's former husband said he didn't want to talk and hung up.

Volunteers mounted a massive search for Fulton after he disappeared Saturday, but found no trace of him.

Brian Taylor, mayor of the community on the B.C.-U.S. border in the Kootenays, said Fulton lived in The Gables, a complex of subsidized townhouses near the local recreation centre.

"There was a search that went out from The Gables and all the other residential areas around, door to door," Taylor said.

"They were also searching the outer areas of the city. But it appears that John was right there in The Gables."

Taylor said people in the community are relieved Noyes is in custody.

"I think, you know, there's a lot of people out there that were as concerned for her," the mayor said.

"People are happy that there seems to be a conclusion to this, even though we need to respect the fact that she is innocent until proven guilty."

Gord Ihlen, chief of the Passmore Fire Department, who was in charge of the search effort, told the Grand Forks Gazette that police became suspicious because a resident in one of the units wasn't responding to knocks on her door.

He said several police cars arrived and surrounded the unit at about 7 p.m. on Monday night, about an hour before Fulton's body was found.

Nearby residents said they heard shouting as police entered the unit and were then told the search was over.

Moskaluk said officers had been to Noyes's home, among others, repeatedly, but he declined to provide further details.

The boy's mother, Christal Fulton, reported the boy missing from her front steps Saturday.

The search involved the RCMP, a dog team and a helicopter, and residents were told to check for Fulton in their backyards, sheds and motor homes.

Mounties said it's too early to discuss how the child died.

Taylor said the discovery of the boy's body has shaken area residents.

"Everybody here is in shock," he said .

"We pride ourselves on being a safe community. Children here walk to school and parents have a sense of comfort, and I think we're going to lose that."

Grief counsellors were being brought in to assist Fulton's family and friends.

Grand Forks is about 600 kilometres east of Vancouver, just north of the Washington State border, and is home to about 4,000 residents.

- By Camille Bains, James Keller and Sunny Dhillon in Vancouver


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Re: 12 year old John Fulton - Missing Autistic child found slain
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2010, 01:59:40 AM »
Woman not criminally responsible for murder
2 hours, 17 minutes ago July 24, 2010

By Lana Rodlie, The Canadian Press

ROSSLAND, B.C. - A British Columbia woman on trial for the murder of a 12-year-old autistic boy was found not criminally responsible Friday due to mental disorder.

Both Crown and defence lawyers agreed during the second-degree murder trial of Kimberly Ruth Noyes that she was psychotic when she stabbed John Fulton to death last August in her home in Grand Forks, B.C.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan also agreed, finding the 43-year-old woman wasn't capable of knowing her actions were wrong.

"Her psychosis was the central fact in the killing of John Fulton," the judge told a Rossland, B.C., courtroom.

McEwan said Noyes was actively psychotic and couldn't possibly have faked her illness.

During the trial, the court heard about Noyes' long history of mental illness and her one-time belief that she should sacrifice her own daughter in order to resurrect her.

Noyes' two sisters and eldest daughter recounted for the court problems going back many years, and their efforts to get help.

Noyes had been committed for psychiatric care on several occasions over the years, but was not admitted to the psychiatric ward after an incident the month prior to Fulton's death.

Noyes' sisters sobbed and hugged after the judge read his verdict.

Deanne Gaffar, Noyes' attorney, told reporters outside the courtroom that she was satisfied with the outcome, but such a verdict won't diminish the Fulton family's loss.

"Her mental disorder isn't an excuse, it's an explanation," she said.

Gaffar described Noyes' state after the trial as "delicate."

Noyes will be held in custody and taken to a forensic psychiatry hospital in Port Coquitlam, B.C. A three-member panel will then have 45 days for a review of her condition before a decision is made on what to do next.

The Crown also asked for and received approval to obtain a sample of Noyes' DNA.

Fulton disappeared from the front steps of his home, which neighboured Noyes' residence, on Aug. 15, 2009.

In the aftermath of his disappearance, RCMP said they were conducting door to door inquiries in the condominium complex that he called home.

Fulton was found Aug. 17 inside Noyes' residence.

Dr. Roy O'Shaughnessy, the first psychiatrist to interview Noyes after her arrest, told the court that she woke up after the killing and believed it had all been a dream.

O'Shaughnessy said Noyes was still in a depressed, psychotic state at the time of the interview and had delusions.

In the days leading up to Fulton's death, O'Shaughnessy said Noyes spent much of her time at home, sitting in the dark.

Dr. Honald Vasi, a psychiatrist who treated Noyes long before the killing, testified that she did not recognize that she had bipolar disorder, refused to take medications, and believed she had supernatural powers.

Vasi said Noyes was diagnosed in 2003 with bipolar disorder, a condition that causes manic delusional episodes as well as suicidal depressions.

Each time she was in a manic phase, he said, she was quite psychotic and completely rejecting the notion that she was mentally ill. Noyes believed her dead father was God, that the devil was in her house and that God was coming in a helicopter to take everyone away.

In August 2007, Vasi saw Noyes again. She told him she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit with seven babies.

In March 2009, her third visit, he said she was aggressive, non-compliant, and had stopped taking medications some months before because she thought she did not need them.

The trial heard in the weeks before Fulton was found dead, Noyes had stopped taking medication.

Vasi told the court that he worried Noyes was capable of hurting herself, even taking her own life, but he did not believe she was capable of hurting another person or a child.

Lauren Graham, Noyes' daughter, told the court that her mother believed Fulton was "the chosen one" and her daughters were an angel and the Virgin Mary.

Graham said Noyes also believed her now ex-husband was the devil.

Noyes had a troublesome childhood. Her mother died when she was very young and her father died the day before she was to graduate. She took her mother's death very badly.

On top of that, three people in her extended family committed suicide.

Noyes enrolled in the University of Calgary but dropped out. She eventually completed a business administration degree and worked as a bookkeeper.