Couple sentenced for abusing relative

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 5:06 PM
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An Augusta couple facing murder charges in the death of a severely disabled relative pleaded guilty today to reduced charges.

Jeanne Peterson and Buel Peterson were sentenced this afternoon in Richmond County Superior Court to neglect of a disabled adult. Mrs. Peterson also pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Mr. Peterson to three years probation. He sentenced Mrs. Peterson to seven years in prison followed by three years probation.

The Petersons had faced murder charges in the death of Mrs. Peterson's niece, Christina Baxter.

Ms. Baxter died Oct. 21, 2007, weighing just 66 pounds. She was 30 years old, confined to a wheelchair, unable to hear or speak.

Ms. Baxter, who was blind, deaf, mute and physically unable to stand or use her arms, had been found dead by the Petersons inside the home. The victim, who was 5 feet tall and weighed just 46 pounds, was malnourished, according to police at the scene.

Initially, Ms. Peterson would not allow EMT personnel to enter the home and instead carried the victim to the front yard, where they attempted to resuscitate her.

Inside the home, authorities found feces covering the floors and walls. A Chronicle reporter witnessed hundreds of cockroaches crawling from behind the walls and ceiling. Two unused boxes of soap and a tabloid newspaper were in the bathroom, where everything else was covered with a fine film of dirt, dead insects and feces. Toward the front of the home, a 200-pound pig lived in piles of its own excrement and shredded newspapers.

Authorities told The Chronicle Ms. Baxter had been under the couple's care since her mother died about three years ago.

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corgimom
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corgimom 09/10/09 - 06:02 pm
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Did she weigh 66 pounds or 46

Did she weigh 66 pounds or 46 pounds? Who proofed this?

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 09/10/09 - 06:10 pm
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It's interesting when people

It's interesting when people complain about free news.

justus4
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justus4 09/10/09 - 06:17 pm
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What a deal? These sentences
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What a deal? These sentences doesn't reflect a significant value on human life, unless something else is missing. Wonder what that could be...

corgimom
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corgimom 09/10/09 - 06:18 pm
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Do you think that the AC has

Do you think that the AC has a responsibility to print the truth? Do you think that the readers deserve to read something that has integrity and quality standards? Do you think that a newspaper will survive when they don't bother to proof their stories? If they don't care about what they put out, should we?

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skotts 09/10/09 - 06:31 pm
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And Mike Vick went to jail 18

And Mike Vick went to jail 18 months over dogs? This shows we just don't value human life. So fast and willing to cut these insane plea deals. These people need to be under the jail for life. They are sorry human trash along with our horrible misguided legal system.

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WhippingPost 09/10/09 - 07:52 pm
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These two people with their

These two people with their zero moral standards are who I think of whenever the left brags of not having standards to meet. This is the mindset of those that feel they have nothing to apologize for under any circumstances. Overstreet is equally guilty of having no moral standards. Don't these three make you proud of your city?

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SusieQ 09/10/09 - 08:23 pm
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I don't understand why Mr.

I don't understand why Mr. Petterson didn't get time also. He lived in the filty place, and didn't do anything about it. One of them is as guilty as the other. They both need to be locked up for life. It's hard to tell what kind of life this person lived. May Ms. Baxter rest in Peace! And Overstreet may you have many sleepless nights for not sentencing them longer.

enana031
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enana031 09/10/09 - 09:21 pm
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What a shame that the

What a shame that the neglect, extreme abuse and loss of human life is worth so little.

Jillian
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Jillian 09/10/09 - 09:41 pm
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Those people need to be

Those people need to be chained to a fence and starved to death just like they did that poor woman. How can anyone say justice was served in this case???

It is a well known fact animals have more concern than humans when it comes to abuse.

Thank God man is not the final Judge and 1 day their reward will come.

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Reds 09/10/09 - 09:44 pm
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Mike Vick???? Well, we know

Mike Vick???? Well, we know why his sentence was so harsh....

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 09/10/09 - 09:54 pm
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If they had done this to dogs

If they had done this to dogs they would have gotten a lot more time. Just goes to show you,how much folks care about dogs or hate Vick.

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check 09/10/09 - 10:03 pm
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The house was so bad it was

The house was so bad it was condemned. God rest Ms. Baxter's soul, now resting in peace.

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concernmom 09/10/09 - 10:04 pm
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Overstreet is crazy!!!

Overstreet is crazy!!!

concernmom
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concernmom 09/10/09 - 10:08 pm
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He is the absolute worst

He is the absolute worst judge in Augusta- how could he let these two get away with murder? It appears that every case he presides over, he gives the most lenient sentence...remember the woman who stabbed her children to death? Yep, it was him over that case too. How does Judge Overstreet sleep at night?

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