This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Attempted murder charge is ordered (California)

By Dana Littlefield

It sounded like a cat yowling in the darkness.

Or maybe a baby crying, Gerry Williams thought momentarily when he heard strained sounds coming from outside his Bay Terraces apartment. Whatever it was, it clearly was in distress.

“Whoever's watching this baby isn't doing a very good job,” he remembered telling his wife the morning of June 5.

While testifying in San Diego Superior Court yesterday, Williams said he followed the sounds to a parking lot, where he found a tightly knotted trash bag stashed behind a large trash bin.

“I told my neighbor, 'If this is a cat, then this cat is going to have to bite me because I am going to open this bag,' ” Williams said. When he did, he found a newborn boy, lying among bloody paper towels, discarded cigarette butts and torn-up lottery tickets.

Its umbilical cord was still attached.

After hearing testimony from Williams and several other witnesses, Judge Browder A. Willis ordered Janelle Akemi Bulatao, 24, to stand trial for attempted murder.

If convicted, she could face a life sentence.

She was arrested Jan. 12 after police received an anonymous tip. The baby was taken to a hospital, where doctors found trace amounts of methamphetamine in his system.

The boy was later placed in foster care.

Bulatao's lawyer, Brad Patton, argued that prosectors had not presented enough evidence to show Bulatao's actions were premeditated. He said Bulatao had a number of stressful factors in her life and was “in a panicked state of mind” when she left the baby outside.

Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick Mazzarella argued that Bulatao could have abandoned it more safely, such as by placing the baby in a basket on a doorstep, rather than inside two trash bags behind a Dumpster.

Another witness, Gary Wilson, testified that Bulatao and her on-again, off-again boyfriend stayed at his apartment on Deep Dell Road occasionally. He said Bulatao spent the night on June 4 and told him she wasn't feeling well.

Wilson and his roommate left late that night and went to a casino. When they returned the next morning, they found blood in the floor of the hallway and living room, and Bulatao was lying on the couch.

Wilson he did not know that Bulatao had been pregnant.

Wilson and his roommate started to clean up the blood and called Bulatao's former boyfriend, James Shelton, to help. Bulatao later admitted to Shelton that she had given birth and left the baby outside, Wilson said.

Wilson, his roommate and Shelton then drove Bulatao to her parents' house.

Shelton testified that Bulatao told him in September 2004 that she was pregnant and was planning to have an abortion. She told him another man was the father.

Bulatao told a San Diego police detective she thought she had a miscarriage early in the pregnancy, but realized she was still pregnant when her belly kept growing.

Bulatao told the detective she believed her family would be disappointed in her if they knew of her pregnancy.

Dana Littlefield: (619) 542-4590;


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew this woman. She was wonderful. Had a good job, going to college, etc. She loved to visit me and my family. Always bringing gifts for my daughter, and she wanted the whole married life herself. She really loved kids. I didn't see her at all after she got involved in meth. I guess this is why. The woman I knew could never have done this.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also knew this woman. She was a beautiful, funny and intelligent soul. I only found out about this yesterday as I live overseas and have cut ties with many of the people I used to know. I am shocked. I am sad. For the baby and for Janelle. Two days before being told about this a mutual friend of ours ended his life after a long struggle with meth addiction. He also was a beautiful, intelligent, creative soul. This drug has ruined two beautiful people's lives and has adversely affected so many people around them. Crystal meth - from my experience - only brings pain, heartache, desperation, loss, destruction and I could go on. I could even go as far as saying that it's the devil itself. No good comes out of using this drug. I hope that people can learn from this and not make the same mistakes. Run a mile in the other direction if you EVER come into contact with it. Trust me, it's not worth it.

Thursday, February 08, 2007 4:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also knew this person. SHe was a wonderful person. Always so loving, beautiful and caring. We have always been close. My mom just told me about all of this because when it first happened I was too young to understand. She was raised in a wonderful family, and I know she would never do anything like this purposely. She started going on the wrong track. Getting addicted to meth and getting involved with the wrong people. Those bad things influenced her decision of what she did with the baby. I am happy to know that she is getting back on the right path, and has found hope in her faith and god. Soon she will be back to herself, so beautiful and bright. I hope no one hates her for her for her actions, she doesn't deserve that. I will always love her.

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:18:00 PM  

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