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Cheryl Lynn Downs
Birth: Jan. 10, 1976
Death: May 19, 1983

Victim. Cheryl was one of Diane Downs' three children whom she shot while they lay sleeping in her car on a dark road in Williamette Valley, Oregon on May 19, 1983. Her other daughter, Christie, almost died and her son, Danny, was left a paraplegic. Downs tried to blame it on a "bushy-haired" stranger, but was prosecuted for it. The crime was the subject of Ann Rule's book "Small Sacrifices," which was made into a mini-series starring Farrah Fawcett and John Shea. 

Cause of death: Shot to death by her mother
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in Arizona
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Sep 09, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 12310
Cheryl Lynn Downs
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May you rest in peace sweet girl!!!! Such a sad event! God bless you little one.
- Someone who cares
 Added: Mar. 23, 2015
How very sad. Ann Rule immortalized you & the other children in "Small Sacrifices."God Bless Ann Rule and others like her who shines the spotlight on mothers who kill their own babies. God bless you, Little One. God will take care of you.
- IRISANA
 Added: Mar. 9, 2015

- Carolyn D Coots/Tankersley
 Added: Feb. 15, 2015
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