Apparently gorgeous 13-month-old toddler Amora Carson was not as angelic as she looked. At least that was what 18-year-old slimebuckets Jessica Carson and Blaine Milam told police in Rusk County in East Texas. According to them, Amora had demons in her, and that was why mama allegedly stood by and watched as Milam allegedly smashed Amora's skull in with a hammer and bit her over 30 times. It was just an amateur exorcism gone awry, they explained.
Beginning today, Milam is trying to see if a Montgomery County jury will buy that explanation for this senseless December 2008 murder, one that several tough crime investigators have called the most horrific they have ever seen.
And it might never have happened had Milam not skated for an earlier sordid crime.
According to the Associated Press, at the time of the child's death Milam should have been locked up instead of shacked up with the Carsons. He was in violation of his probation for his then-recent second-degree felony conviction of criminal solicitation of a child, and police have said that Milam simply bailed after 48 days of a 180-day work-release jail sentence.
But he had absconded, and so little Amora died.
After the bloodbath, Jessica herself dialed 911 and made up the first of a series of lies about the crime, claiming that she and Milam had gone out and come back home and just kinda found Amora lying there with her head smashed in. The cops failed to find that a convincing explanation.
Next she tried to say some dogs bit her. The cops likewise did not find that explanation satisfactory.
Maybe the baby bashed her own head in with a hammer, she said. Strangely enough, the cops didn't bite on that one either.
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Eventually Carson cracked under interrogation by Texas Ranger Kenny Ray, and according to the arrest report, finally admitted that "she was present when the defendant performed an exorcism of the demons possessing the body of their child, Amora Bain Carson. The defendant went on to say after her husband killed the baby, they drove to Henderson to a pawnshop to pawn items to pay for an exorcism service and officers were able to confirm those transactions."
Red herring alert: While officers did confirm that these two tools did hock some tools, there is no record of them contacting anybody about a "legit" exorcism, and what would it matter if they had? Would any real exorcists consent to praying over a baby with a caved-in head anyway? And why would that make us look on these two killers with more sympathy?
Owing to intense publicity in Milam's native Rusk County, his capital murder trial has been moved 160 miles south to Conroe. If convicted he could get the death penalty. He has plead not guilty, as has Carson, whose trial is still pending.
(Here are the remnants of Milam's Myspace pages, one showing him in romantic lover boy mode and the other complete with a picture of him with the baby he would soon obliterate. "This life has turned out just the way I want 2 be," he claims. What, as an 18-year-old baby-killer on Texas Death Row? Well, done, young choad. Well done.)