Logan Christy

Lex18 News | January 10, 2019

 

BACKGROUND

  • Logan Christy was pronounced dead on December 12, 2017 (1).

  • “The autopsy determined he died from malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia, as well as Down syndrome” (1). We would like to point out that while the autopsy may have listed Down syndrome as a cause of death, Down syndrome cannot kill someone. That is like saying having blue eyes killed someone, or being tall killed someone.

  • Logan weighed 61 pounds at his time of death (1) (2).

  • Logan’s room was “unsuitable for anyone to live in and in poor condition” (1).

  • There were padlocks on Logan’s bedroom door (2).

  • Logan had not had medical care or insurance since the age of 18 (1).

  • Authorities do not believe Logan was ever enrolled in school (2).

  • Logan’s parents stopped all free state benefits after Logan turned 18 (2) (3).

  • Two of Logan’s adult siblings lived at the home at the time (3) and were not charged.

 

PROSECUTION

  • Logan’s parents, Patsy and Albert Christy, were arrested and charged with murder (3) (4) (5).

  • Patsy and Albert Christy’s charges of murder were dropped to charges of reckless homicide (4) (5).

  • Patsy and Albert Christy were sentenced 5 years each on charges of reckless homicide on January 10, 2019 (6).

  • Patsy and Albert Christy are up for parole 42 days from January 10, 2019 (6). As this information was obtained through attending the sentencings, we wanted to provide a more credible source; however, the Kentucky parole eligibility lists have not been updated after the sentencings (January 2019 Eligibility processed on November 6, 2018; February 2019 Eligibility processed on November 6, 2018; March 2019 Eligibility processed on January 7, 2019). Regardless of the specific date Patsy and Albert Christy are eligible for parole, they are still eligible at some point (6).

  • The parole board has decided not to look at Patsy And Albert Christy’s cases until April 2021, 2 years into their sentences (4) (5).

  • Patsy Christy is up for Shock Parole on May 9, 2019. If granted, she will go home, only serving several months of her 5 year sentence (5).

 

OUR ACTIONS

  • Save Down Syndrome founder and president, Kaitlin Pepper, sent a letter to the judge presiding over the case (end of page).

  • Kaitlin Pepper and family, along with ambassador, Brack Duncan, and his sister, Sophie, attended the sentencing of Patsy and Albert Christy in honor and support of Logan Christy (6).

  • Kaitlin Pepper was interviewed on a news channel local to where Logan lived (8).

  • Save Down Syndrome has partnered with Buddies of the Bluegrass and No Worries Kentucky to form The Logan Christy Advocacy Team, a group that will advocate for people in situations like Logan was.

  • Save Down Syndrome has begun a letter writing campaign with the goal that Patsy and Albert Christy will be denied parole.

  • Save Down Syndrome has begun a letter writing campaign with the goal that Patsy Christy will be denied Shock Parole.

 

HOW TO HELP

Logan’s parents are up for parole soon. As this information was obtained through attending the sentencings, we wanted to provide a more credible source; however, the Kentucky parole eligibility lists have not been updated after the sentencings (January 2019 Eligibility processed on November 6, 2018; February 2019 Eligibility processed on November 6, 2018; March 2019 Eligibility processed on January 7, 2019). Regardless of the specific date Patsy and Albert Christy are eligible for parole, they are still eligible at some point (6). We cannot change what Logan’s parents did to him, but we can express to the Kentucky Parole Board why they should not be granted parole. To accomplish this, we have started a letter writing campaign.

If you would like to participate write a letter to the Kentucky Parole Board, expressing why Patsy and Albert Christy should not be granted parole. The parole board is mainly focused on whether or not it is safe for a criminal to return to society, so make sure to mention that in this case the focus should not be on whether or not it is safe for Logan’s parents to return to society, but that the focus should be on whether or not they have served the time for their crimes. In addition, please follow the following rules:

  • Be professional and polite.

  • Refrain from expressing any intense and/or violent language- we understand that Logan’s story hurts, but your words would be dismissed and you will raise alarm.

  • Refrain from talking about politics- this letter’s purpose is not for you to express your political opinion. This letter’s purpose is to express why you believe hate crimes should apply to people with disabilities.

Email: paroleboard@ky.gov

Fax: (502) 564-8995

Mail:

Kentucky Parole Board

P.O.  Box 2400

Frankfort, KY 40602-2400

 

REFERENCES

  1. Petke, F. (2018, February 28). Police: Couple starved son with Down Syndrome. Retrieved from https://www.winchestersun.com/2018/02/28/police-couple-starved-son-with-down-syndrome/

  2. Ward, K. (2018, February 27). Son with Down syndrome had padlocked room, weighed 61 lbs. Parents face murder charges. Retrieved from https://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article202355669.html

  3. Staff, W. N. (2018, February 27). Clark County couple accused of murdering adult son with Down syndrome. Retrieved from https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Clark-County-couple-accused-of-murdering-adult-son-with-down-syndrome-475289953.html

  4. Commonwealth vs. Albert Christy (Clark County Kentucky) (CourtNet 2.0, Dist. file).

    Case No. 18-CR-00019-001.

  5. Commonwealth vs. Patsy Christy (Clark County Kentucky) (CourtNet 2.0, Dist. file).

    Case No. 18-CR-00019-002.

  6. Attendance of the sentencing of Patsy Christy and Albert Christy.

  7. Letter to Judge Brandy O. Brown. (End of page).

  8. Interview with Lexington 18 News.

  9. Kentucky's hate crimes law does not apply to murder charges. (2018, October 29). Retrieved from https://www.wdrb.com/news/kentucky-s-hate-crimes-law-does-not-apply-to-murder/article_f3595a97-8b12-5680-abac-8d9ed322135e.html

  10. KY Statute 532.031 Hate crimes -- Finding Effect -- Definitions.