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Court denies appeal in adoptive mother's murder case

Posted June 1, 2010

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the appeal of a Johnston County woman convicted two years ago of killing her adopted son.

Lynn Paddock was convicted in June 2008 of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the Feb. 26, 2006, death of 4-year-old Sean Paddock.

Authorities said the boy was bound so tightly in blankets that he suffocated.

Defense attorneys argued that the death was accidental and that Paddock's actions were a form of discipline, not abuse.

During the appeal, Paddock's attorney challenged evidence that her other children were abused, saying the claims could have affected the outcome of the trial.


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  • Brogden Jun 1, 2010

    Thank you, Judge Knox Jenkins, for conducting this trial in your normal professional manner so no appeal for this terrible act could stand! This woman is evil - in my opinion!

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jun 1, 2010

    This case is a real eye opener in regards to child protective services and the investigations they conduct. im not blaming them for not getting the kids out of there in time, but i am very interested in knowing how, after repeatedly being alerted to abused in this home, they were able to conduct multiple investigations and come up with nothing. what methods are they using? what are they allowed to ask/search/etc?

    the first time they went out there, it was because a teacher/nanny/i forget the exact role, noticed he was having a hard time sitting. she asked why and he said his 'new mom' beat him with 'a long thing'. she saw horrendous bruising on his backside. CPS was sent out and they were told the child 'fell off a bed'.

    why did the abuse investigation end there? is it negligence on behalf of the person doing the investigation? or are they not empowered enough to get to the root of things?

  • dlentz2 Jun 1, 2010

    I have talked with someone in the DA's office since the case was over and they said she abused all the children. They all were afraid of her and even afraid to testify in court because they were going to have to face her. She was just an evil person. The husband traveled alot and she would tell the children not to say any thing to him. I still think he should have known and don't know that he didn't. It was just a sad story for 6 kids.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jun 1, 2010

    "Paddock, 47, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. The murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole."

    Evil, horrible woman. Her husband (now ex husband) should have been brought up on charges as well, but he CLAIMED he didnt know the abuse was going on.


  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jun 1, 2010

    good. and they should continue to deny her appeals. just like she denied this boy his appeals to her to stop torturing him and his siblings.

    horrible woman. someone should beat her within an inch of her life with pvc tubing like she did to these kids and then smother her. too bad all she'll get is 3 hots and a cot instead.

  • tiblet Jun 1, 2010

    if you followed this case you would know that this woman tortured this boy throughout his time with her. This was not an isolated incident.

  • lilybell Jun 1, 2010

    Remember the story? She did it because her religious leader told her this was appropriate discipline.

  • garnertoy Jun 1, 2010

    Let me put her in a bunch of blankets and see if she thinks if its not abuse

  • Adelinthe Jun 1, 2010

    Poor boy!

    I can't imagine someone doing something like that to a defenseless child.

    God bless.