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Woman alleges Durham church owes her money

Posted March 27, 2013

— Four years after her baby was violently shaken by a babysitter, Kristie Hammonds is still waiting for a miracle cure.

She thought she had found her miracle in Pastor Sheryl Brady and The River Church in Durham, but when their financial help ran out, she took issue.

Hammonds told WRAL News in December 2009 that doctors had given up on 8-month-old Christiana, so she took her to the altar. A widely circulated YouTube video shows a comatose Christiana appear to grow alert as Brady prays.

The River congregation followed up with a collection to provide Hammonds with a car, household supplies and rent for a year. 

But after Brady moved in 2010 to take a job at a church in the Dallas area, Hammonds accused the church of keeping some of the funds designated for her daughter.

Steve Sims, current pastor at The River, said the congregation is saddened by the rift. He provided detailed financial records that show they raised just over $7,000 and actually spent more than $12,000 to help Hammonds.

Hammonds lives with her mother, in Monroe, N.C., where she helps with Cristiana's care.

"It's been four years, and I don't really see much of a change. She still can't talk, she still eats out of her stomach. She's totally care disabled," she said. 

"She just cries out and lays there. By us not knowing what's wrong with her, it's kind of hard for us to help her out."

Hammonds is certain the church raised more money than they gave her, and she would like that money to go toward Cristiana's care.

Cristiana Hammonds Mom wants more from Durham church

"I want a better life for my baby," she said. "I do want her to walk and talk. She's been deprived of everything and I think she deserves a better life."

The babysitter who injured Christiana, Tammy Evans, is facing one count of intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. Her case is still pending. 

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  • ncwolf08 Apr 4, 1:34 p.m.

    Listen, honey. It is time to put your big girl panties on and act like an adult. You are that child's parent. Can't you see that you need to step up to the plate??? If your mom is helping you look after the child, then you can get out a get a J-O-B. And, there are resources out there to help you...but, they are not going to come to you. You have to seek them out. If a doctor has certified her as never getting any better than she is right now, go get you an attorney and fight for social security disability benefits for her. But, these are for her care and not for you to send on yourself. Just how much of that $7,000 was spent on the baby...and, what was spent for your own personal use??? I bet we would all be shocked. I am going to tell you as if you were my own daughter...Get off your duff and start making a better life for your child!!!

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Apr 2, 9:48 a.m.

    Focus on a better life for the child and not a hand out. They spent $12K but raised only $7K so I am a bit confused. What is she owed? Your child opened her eyes for the first and only time since the incident? Be grateful!

  • serenabeauchamp Mar 28, 6:04 p.m.

    It's seems like there is a little bit of greed going on here..She got what the church could do and she should be happy that she got that..They could of just turned their back on her..No wounder why people don't want to help people out anymore..

  • fled91 Mar 28, 3:32 p.m.

    This is what is wrong with society. Everyone thinks that are owed something for nothing.

    The church reached out to help, accept it with grace and be thankful for what you have.

  • superman Mar 28, 2:23 p.m.

    I forgot-- the church owes me money too.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 28, 1:48 p.m.

    "Let's see the receipts on how this woman spent the $12k!!"

    Absolutely a great thought. EVERY penny needs to be accounted for!

  • belovedsparrow Mar 28, 1:32 p.m.

    Another self absorbed person thinking that the world (or in this case church) owes her something. I'm very sorry for what happened to her little one but that church never had to give her one red penny. Now, rather than apreciate what was done for her out of the kindness of other peoples' hearts she think she has the right to demand more money. This is why I usually hesitate to give to anyone that I dont know. This church casted it's pearls before swine that will now tear it to shreds.

  • dejavu2u Mar 28, 1:21 p.m.

    Let's see the receipts on how this woman spent the $12k!!

  • Dethklok Mar 28, 1:17 p.m.

    What a tool.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 28, 12:55 p.m.

    Wow, this church reaches out, donates money...and all she can say is "gimme gimme gimme". Ungrateful for sure. She was lucky they gave her what they did, they are under no legal obligation to give her a dime.

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