|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 2007|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 2008|
On the day she was born, Vanyel Anderson-Colbeth had already made one fatal mistake, she had been born a girl. A nurse said that Shanara Anderson seemed angry right after the birth of her daughter:
"When I first came into the room, (Anderson) was postpartum. The family was holding and touching and passing the baby around and Shanara was angry, would not look at, would not hold, would not do anything with the baby. And I asked her, ‘ Well, how was your day?' Most new mothers want to talk to you about their birth experience and tell you how it was. She was just mad and she said, ‘I'm pissed off.' And I asked her why and she said, ‘It's a girl, and I really wanted a boy and so does my significant other"
That night, Shanara left her daughter in the nursery at the hospital and left. She claimed to have a dentist appointment the next day.
Later in her short life, Vanyel and her mother would move to town called Bozeman, with a man Shanara had not seen in a long time. Jeff Rattey said he had not seen her in a long time and even so, he proposed to her over the phone and then on January 8, 2008, drove from Bozeman to Glendive to pick up Shanara, her two year old daughter Elora and her baby daughter Vanyel.
They arrived at his house the next night. Rattey said that the baby started crying and that when Shanara went to check on her, she came back to bed and said that she had thrown a jacket over the bassinet. When he left for work at about 7:00am the next day, he saw that the jacket was still there and he could hear the baby breathing.
Three hours later, Shanara called 911 and told them that her daughter was not breathing. Medical personnel took the baby to Deaconess Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Shanara had told police that at she went to check on the baby at about 6:30am because she was crying. She claimed she didn't see the jacket on the bassinet at that time and suggested that her other daughter could have put it there.
Dr. Walter Kemp, the Deputy State Medical Examiner, did an autopsy. His conclusion was that Vanyel died of an undetermined cause and manner. Walter Kemp found that Vanyel had rib fractures and cerebral edema, excessive fluid in the substance of the brain. Detective Any Knight contacted Shanara who said that she did not kill Vanyel and said that maybe her daughter, Elora, had been the one responsible. Shanara told Andy Knight that she had been having some trouble sleeping and that she suffers from depression. She said she may have forgotten to take her medication and might had suffered from temporary insanity"
Created by: Christine ღ
Record added: Nov 04, 2013
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