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Police: Child found unharmed near slain Durham woman

Posted May 5, 2011

— Police said Thursday that a young boy was found unharmed inside a Durham apartment where his mother was found slain early Wednesday.

Crystal Gigliotti, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in an apartment in the Stonewood Apartment Homes complex, at 4524 Newby Drive, by her mother.

Gigliotti's mother called 911 to report the death and frantically told the dispatcher that she thought her grandson might also be in the apartment but that she was afraid to search for him.

Officers found the 3-year-old boy in the apartment, and he wasn't injured, said Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department.

Police aren't disclosing how Gigliotti died, Michael said, but investigators are handling the case as a homicide and were following several leads.


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  • wondermom24kids May 10, 2011

    Mrs Gigliotti was stunned. She was basically paralyzed at the sight of her daughters body. Crystal was a wonderful, loving person. She was a great mother, daughter, friend. My daughter is mourning her friends death. Gabriel is very fortunate to have Crystal's parents in his life. This is a tragedy.

  • dontgetmestarted May 6, 2011

    I feel the same way, i would have probably looked for the baby immediately, however, I can't really say what I would actually do in that situation. Maybe she was afraid of what she would see if he were dead. Seeing your daughter like that is bad enough, could you imagine seeing a baby murdered?! IDK...I feel for the grandmother and will not judge.

  • wakemom May 6, 2011

    i know the girl's father and met her when she was younger some years ago. my prayers go out to this family!

  • hellorhighwaters May 5, 2011

    I'm a mamma and a grandma; and if I were to find my our daughter in a pool of blood, no fear would have stopped me until I went though that apartment to look for my grandchild. If he were still alive, I would never want him to find and see his mother like that. It would hurt me, but I would take the pain of that picture before I would let the baby see her that way.

    I just don't agree with telling the police 'I'm afraid to look for him'. She could not do anything more for the daughter. So, look for your grandbaby. My grandbabies are my heart; they mean the whole world to me. The protective instinct would have came out in most mothers at that point.

  • Minxi23 May 5, 2011

    Talston272: Did you even consider that maybe I had a loved one become a victim and the lack of investigation caused my disappointment in LEO? Think before you speak, it'll help you become a better person.

  • Minxi23 May 5, 2011

    I don't understand why he didn't inform anyone until a later point in the investigation. And there was another case in Lincolnton where an infant died mysteriously (ruled out SIDS) yet when an officer was informed, he went to sleep instead. I'm not making this up.There are facts. NC LEO is slacking, unfortunately. And when I say disclose info, I meant provide the info to the lawyers as they should be doing. Quit getting your nickers in a knot and understand that we are free to speak our minds, but you need to weigh both sides of the story before attacking with immature responses.

    @csewell, I apologize if I offended you, but I meant something different. I can't stand the CSI shows because people think that's how it should be.

  • Minxi23 May 5, 2011


    Obviously your responses lack common sense when it comes to understanding the facts. My post was NOT based on my opinion, but pure facts and evidence. I am only referring to the NC LEO.

    Example #1: http://www.apbweb.com/featured-articles/1877-minefield-for-cops.html This website states that LEO could be charged if they fail to give prosecutors all of their notes from an investigation. And "The proposal is being pushed by prosecutors who say they are tired of being blamed for not providing evidence favorable to defendants because police failed to disclose evidence." This is for NC LEO. OBVIOUSLY if they are enforcing this law, then that proves LEO have failed to do their jobs properly. And in the Nancy Cooper case, one of the officers failed to inform anyone sooner that the data on her phone had been erased. He was trying to unlocked the phone and accidentally erased it. He then later admitted that he didn't write up a report for it. Why?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 5, 2011

    That poor child.

    Praying for him.

    Praying too he will be safe from its mother's killer.

  • theroadislong May 5, 2011


    She may have been afraid to find him dead too, but I understand what you are saying. I would have searched until I found him too.

  • HowManyOunces May 5, 2011

    Why was she afraid to look for him? My mother would face anything to get to my child if she thought he was in danger.