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    Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 12:58pm
Anyone else remember this story of the little girl? if so, here is an update. 

Foster mother accused of murdering Rilya Wilson, 4, to be tried 12 years after girl's disappearance



The woman accused of murdering a four-year-old foster child more than a decade ago is finally being tried. 

Rilya Wilson's case drew national attention because she reportedly vanished in 2000 from her foster home in Miami, but it took the state of Florida two years to realize she was missing. 

She became a symbol of children who slipped through the cracks of the social safety net and led to major reforms at the Florida Department of Children and Families. 

Vanished: Rilya Wilson, 4, was missing for two years before the state of Florida realized and began to search for her

Vanished: Rilya Wilson, 4, was missing for two years before the state of Florida realized and began to search for her

Charged: Geralyn Graham, 66, was a foster mother to the little girl
Rilya Wilson became a national example of a child who fell through the cracks

Trial: Rilya (right) disappeared in 2000 at age 4. Her foster mother, Geralyn Graham, now 66, is going on trial more than a dozen years later

Rilya would be 16 years old, if she were still alive.

Jury selection in the trial of Geralyn Graham begins on Monday. But the case is far from airtight. 

 


    Lost: Rilyas body has never been found

    Lost: Rilya's body has never been found

    Rilya's body has never been found. There are no witnesses to the killing and little physical evidence. 

    Instead, prosecutors are relying on a confessions Graham allegedly made to other prison inmates -- saying that she killed the girl and buried her near a lake. 

    Graham was convicted of collecting government payments for the child for months after she disappeared. 

    Critics say social workers for the DCF allowed Rilya to fall through the cracks and neglected their duties by failing to check up on her.

    Her disappearance led to the passage of Rilya Wilson Act, which required all foster children in Florida to attend school and required schools to report unexcused absences to authorities. 

    One reason Rilya's disappearance went unnoticed for so long was the her caretaker, who was Graham's roommate, withdrew her from school. 

    Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who sponsored the Rilya Wilson Act when she was in the Florida legislature, wrote in an op-ed to the Miami Herald that the trial of Graham should receive the same attention as the trial of Casey Anthony.

    'We must fight for Rilya because her murder trial, like Caylee’s murder trial, deserves the national spotlight. Nancy Grace and the national media should dedicate their time and resources to Rilya’s trial, and simply not ignore her because she is a child of color. This happens too often,' she wrote.



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    What an evil old bish
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tatee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 1:21pm
    imma need people to stop confessing to fellow prison inmates
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tatee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 1:22pm
    i would think shed be relieved.  i mean she did get away with it for 12 years and had to have know it would be any day now.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote EPITOME Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 1:28pm
    Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

    imma need people to stop confessing to fellow prison inmates

    i think it's weird she confessed to someone in prison but not when she was on the outside. that doesn't make any sense.

    ...and there is no physical evidence. or a body? i mean her atty better tear the credibility of the prison snitch apart.

    --whoever killed that child deserves to be punished. idget ppl who kill children and babies.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rickysrose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 1:32pm
    yeah jailhouse confessions aren't to be trusted

    it's so frightening that this sweet faced baby disappeared without a trace
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rickysrose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 1:34pm
    I would hope they corroborate the confession with evidence

    although, why didn't see contact authorities when the child went missing?  is there any evidence that she looked for the child at all?
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    Awwww RIP
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote laceyfront Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2012 at 1:49pm
    Well if she aint do it why did she remove her from school and why did she not report the girl missing for over two years? She did it, thank God for that inmate snitch.
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