Vincent Terry, Colorado fugitive: His crack-addled, umbilical-cord-biting love story
Vincent Terry and his girlfriend, Chrystal Hassell, met in Colorado five years ago, and while they're still in love, Hassell admitted to a reporter that "we're the worst thing for each other."
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And how. Hassell recently gave birth in a motel bathroom following a crack binge, severing the umbilical cord by biting it. Terry, for his part, had left her alone a short time before being busted on fugitive warrants out of El Paso County.
Terry's alleged crimes are hardly minor: They're listed on Florida.Arrests.org as attempted murder, domestic violence and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
A Facebook photo of Chrystal Hassell taken during happier times.
But rather than facing the music in Colorado Springs, he and Hassell, along with their eleven-month-old son, headed to Ocala, Florida, where his dad lives.
Here's a Facebook photo of Hassell when she was pregnant with her first child:
Given this experience, Hassell presumably had some idea about what being with child feels like -- not to mention the demands of motherhood. But she told the Ocala StarBanner she didn't realize baby number two was on the way until March, when she was about six months along.
One possible reason: She'd been smoking a lot of crack -- and while she decided to quit once she learned of the pregnancy, her addiction had other ideas. By this month, she was back on the pipe.
Meanwhile, Hassell decided she no longer wanted to stay with Terry's dad. So she and Terry decamped for a motel called the Vacation Host Inn. But things soon went terribly wrong.
A Google Maps image of the Vacation Host Inn, where Terry, Hassell and their young son were staying.
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