Friday, newly release documents showed that a Colorado grand jury planned to charge JonBenet Ramsey’s parents with her murder; the 6-year-old was found dead 1996 and to date no one has been charged in her death.
CNN obtained the court documents that were sealed in 1999 after a Colorado court ordered the release Friday. The potential charges against John and Patricia Ramsey included child abuse that resulted in death and accessories to a crime. The district attorney decided not to file the charges because of insufficient evidence. In 2008, the new district attorney released a statement that new DNA evidence cleared the parents and their son in JonBenet’s death.
The case drew national attention at the time because JonBenet Ramsey was a child who had won beauty pageants and she had been dressed up to look like an adult. Both parents denied any wrong doing in the case.
Court documents stated that each parent “permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey."
The court documents also stated that each parent also “render assistance to a person, with intent to hinder, delay and prevent the discovery, detention, apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of such person for the commission of a crime, knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death."
The documents did not state who the said "person" was.
Patricia Ramsey died in 2006 after a bout with ovarian cancer.
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