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Leah Dyer Blames Media in Abuse Case: 7-Year-Old Weighed 37 Pounds, Couldn't Walk

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Leah Dyer in a 7News photo. Additional images and more below.
"You've destroyed my family," Leah Dyer told members of the media at the 8th Judicial District courthouse in Fort Collins yesterday. But prosecutors believe Dyer and her husband, Douglas, did a pretty good job of that all by themselves. The Dyers are accused of neglecting their daughter, who, when she was taken from their home at age seven, couldn't walk, talk or hold up her head, wasn't toilet trained and weighed just 37 pounds. Continue for photos and details from a police report included below.

See also: Lorinda Bailey Pleads Guilty in Child Abuse Case Marked by Feces and Flies

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Images of the Dyers' home from coverage by the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
On October 28 of last year, according to the arrest affidavit for Douglas shared here, officers and health service workers went to the Dyers' home on the 100 block of East Trilby Road after receiving a tip about their daughter, then seven.

The informant told police the girl had been diagnosed with seizures in 2009 but hadn't been back to a doctor over the intervening four years. Moreover, she "could not walk or talk and she was not toilet trained," the report maintains, adding that "the house was described as being very filthy, with cat litter and animal feces everywhere."

Upon their arrival, officers were alarmed enough by the child's condition -- the document says she "had been found lying on the floor in a diaper unable to walk, talk or hold up her head" -- that paramedics were contacted. Good call: Minutes later, she had a seizure and was transported to an area hospital.

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Another 7News image of Leah.
In an interview with law enforcers, Douglas told officers that the girl had been prescribed a seizure medication called Lamictal back in 2009. However, the Dyers appear to have blamed her deteriorating condition on the drug and began weaning her off it months earlier.

The girl was subsequently placed in foster care and provided with regular health care, and over the next six months, she's said to have gained 21 pounds and grown more than six inches in height. Moreover, doctors were "unable to find a genetic or a neuro-degenerative disorder" to explain her condition, the report states. Their theory: They felt the mild cerebral and cerebella atrophy they diagnosed "was consistent with a history of untreated seizure disorder, which over time affected her brain growth."

The affidavit notes that during a second interview with the Dyers, conducted this past June, they said they hadn't taken their daughter back to the doctor in four years "because their car was broken and they didn't want to ask help of any family member." In addition, Douglas hinted that the girl's "spells" might have a supernatural element. He's quoted as saying he and Leah "looked into the spiritual realm. but they ran into roadblocks in trying to have their home blessed to get rid of the spirits."

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For their part, medical pros concluded that the child's state resulted from "a mixture of medical issues and neglect" in which her nutritional and health-care needs weren't being met -- and if she "wouldn't have been taken out of her home, she could have died."

As a result, the Dyers have now been charged with felony child abuse -- and the media attention the case has attracted clearly frustrates Leah. "You should've gotten my story before you aired it," she told reporters, including journalists from the Fort Collins Coloradoan with whom she'd apparently declined to speak days earlier.

The paper notes that Leah is due back in court on Thursday, while Douglas is on the docket for September 4. Meanwhile, their daughter, now eight, is said to be growing bigger and stronger despite her significant challenges.

Look below to see booking photos for Leah and Douglas, followed by the arrest affidavit.

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Douglas Dyer.

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Leah Dyer.

Douglas Dyer Arrest Affidavit

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34 comments
Gary Dumbauld
Gary Dumbauld

I don't know about the media - but where the hell were her neighbors and friends? Not a lick of common sense in the lot.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Which one is fiahingrainbow?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter



Good old White "god-fearing" Christian Family Values!

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

She looks like a coked out Weird Al. So why anyone would take her seriously is beyond me.

Kimberly Scott-Marsden
Kimberly Scott-Marsden

These people are sick and so are all the crazies supporting them. It's revolting.

pheephee
pheephee

now we will incarcerate them and give them food and shelter, WTF!? our system is whack!


Boothang Kretsinheimer
Boothang Kretsinheimer

I'm all fairness, this woman does look like she has some bad spirits hanging around her

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

Lock this bitch up for life, force her to live the same way.

africanchild669
africanchild669

Fucking disgusting old hippie-looking tweaker scumbags.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

she's needs mental health services obviously..oh that's right.. almost impossible to get around here in a timely fashion...sigh

John Mccall
John Mccall

Let's pray to get rid of this heartless woman and get husband.

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Real winners. How the hell do you allow your child to suffer??? Smh. Max time in prision. No contact with the poor baby girl they almost killed. How dare they actually think anyone else is at fault. Wtf???

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay There is a reason most conservatives fear God.  Conservatives are the antithesis of the values they claim to embrace. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... thanks to Reagan Repuglykkkan Health Care completely eliminating Mental Health treatment in favor of Prison Therapy.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

They were too busy watching fox news to take care of the children.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga A silly little short bus style insult is NOT refutation, only another chapter of your autobiography "Fishingforyounghairlessboys' Ignorance and Stupidity Nos No Bounds."

The title is the first example of your boundless stupidity.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


I'm sure that made some kind of sense to you.  You mindless, moronic imbecile.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @fishingblues


"equilly"?     Fuck you are stupid!


You are as pathetic as your new friend "rotted dick", AKA the donkey boy.

You know about donkeys, don't you?   

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Your lack of content shows your stupidity.

Fuck you are stupid!

You have no friends on this board.  This is due to your stupidity and lack of content.  You haven't had a thought is some time.

You know about thoughts, don't you?  Bwahahahahaha!!!!  Of course you don't.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


Wow fatso, is this the only place you can find "friends"?  You overbearing cow, do you really think the donkey boy (or anyone on this site) is your friend?

You pathetic loser.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Weak, silly little cultist....I referred to your lack of friends due to the idiotic things you write.  I didn't comment on my friends one way or another.  You are such a silly little man that it's cute.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga


"Too stupid to know you are stupid"


Hey, that's my line.  If you are too obtuse to generate your own material, refrain from commenting.  And give proper credit to the author, you plagiarizing fuck.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Your delusions about me say something about you.  I just don't think WW readers care what it is you're saying.

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