According to NY Daily News on Friday, Colorado courts unveiled secret grand jury indictments against JonBenet Ramsey’s mom and dad, which were never filed by prosecutor. The 1999 indictments say John and Patricia Ramsey were responsible for child abuse that led to the girl's killing.
The Boulder District Attorney’s Office had declined to prosecute those charges, which were child abuse resulting in death and acting as an accessory to a crime.
On the child abuse charge, the grand jury wrote that the Ramseys "did unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously 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."
On a second count of accessory to a crime, the grand jury wrote that each parent "did render assistance to a person" with the intent to prevent their arrest or prosecution, knowing they had committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death."
The grand jury's indictment papers did not indicate who killed the young beauty queen. The charges didn't directly accuse the Ramseys of killing their daughter, but alleged they permitted JonBenét to be placed in a dangerous situation that led to her death and it accused them of helping the killer, who has never been brought to justice.
The grand jury had alleged that Patricia Paugh Ramsey, who died from ovarian cancer in 2006, and husband John Bennett Ramsey "did ... 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 documents raised more questions than they answered, a legal expert told the Daily News, especially since no one has ever been indictment for the grisly murder of the little girl, whose 1996 killing led to a feeding frenzy of media attention and endless speculation about how she died.
The murder case is now considered "open," but it's a cold case that's not being actively investigated, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said Friday. There are no new leads.
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