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Autopsy: 4-Year-Old Died of Stab Wound

Posted February 13, 2007
Updated February 14, 2007

— A 4-year-old Clayton girl died as a result of a stab wound, according to the medical examiner's report.

Authorities said Katlin Violette was killed on Jan. 12 at her home at 20200 McKinnon Drive. Her mother found her body when she returned home from work. The head had been severed from the child's body.

According to the autopsy report released Tuesday, the girl had died before she was decapitated.

John Patrick Violette, 37, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of his daughter. He is currently being held at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, where he has been undergoing mental evaluations to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

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  • Like that Feb 14, 2007

    Yes, it is a tragedy for that little girl to have been killed. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come. The fact still remains that they are still trying to close Dorothea Dix despite the fact that there is nowhere to put all these mentally ill patients. They are encouraging families that their mentally ill relatives are able to function outside of the hospital setting when they really are not. Then when something atrocious occurs, the individual that committed the act is blamed. I am not saying that person is not responsible but the ones that convinced the family that the mentally ill individual is o.k. is just as responsible. There is too much concern about what can be done with that land economically than what is best for the society. Keep your eyes and minds open because there is a bigger picture that is being drawn.

  • IHave1-2 Feb 13, 2007

    So sad for all involved. I don't know if I will sleep better knowing she wasn't aware of the gruesome torture instilled upon her after her last few precious breaths. How many mental evals must be performed to know if he is "competent" or not? Do the crime, do the time. It is what it is. Rest in peace, angel Katlin. No matter what happens to him on Earth, his is coming...

  • doinbizzness Feb 13, 2007

    what was the problem with wral seriley1737 ?

  • RaggyHeadHaHa Feb 13, 2007

    I'm at a loss for words.
    IF, and I mean IF his wife knew that he suffered from PS, and left this angel alone with him, then she should be held accountable.
    To many wives are in "denial" with these horrible crimes.
    She's with Jesus now.

  • miss.lady252 Feb 13, 2007

    He doesnt need mental evaluations. Didnt he have enough sense to get away from there? He needs to get what he gave her.

  • Forgetaboutit Feb 13, 2007

    I will remove the bookmark from my browser and stop watching wral. your terms of use was fine, freedom of expression is good. but this is not!

  • RDUTEC Feb 13, 2007

    We must all remember:

    Regardless of the evidence posted in the media, He still hasn't been found guilty or not guilty for what ever reason.

    We must pray for every one envolved.

  • LibertarianTechie Feb 13, 2007

    This guy is sick. I hope he rots in prison!