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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 11, 1991
Peter J. Snyder burst into tears as he told a jury how he went through his daughter Alyson's clothes and toys the day she died."I felt I had to go back in Alyson's room," he said. "I guess I felt that if I went back in there, she'd be in there alive . . . I pulled out her clothes, and started remembering how she'd looked when she wore them.""It made me angry," he wailed. "I didn't know why my baby was gone!"Snyder gave that emotionally wrenching testimony in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where he and his wife Vicki are on trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their infant daughter.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 12, 1991
Navy Aviation Storekeeper 3rd Class Peter J. Snyder said he felt "confused and hurt" when Naval Investigative Service agents told him and his wife, Vicki, early last year that they were suspected of having killed their 9-month-old daughter, Alyson."
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 10, 1991
A Patuxent Naval Air Station sailor and his wife today flatly denied killing their 9 1/2 -month-old daughter by withholding fluids and food from her."NO!" shouted Peter J. Snyder, the father, when his defense attorney asked if he had murdered his daughter Alyson. "I loved my daughter! I would never have done anything to hurt her!"Vicki L. Snyder, the infant's mother, was asked one question by her lawyer: Did she withhold fluids from Alyson in the days before the baby's death Nov. 22, 1989?
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By Joel McCord | April 12, 1991
For the last year and a half, Peter Snyder says he and his wife, Vicky, have been "in a living hell."But that changed yesterday when a federal judge took the extremely rare step of dismissing before the case reached the jury charges that the Navy supply clerk and his wife killed their daughter in November 1989 by denying her food and fluids.Even if the jury had convicted the couple, Senior U.S. District Judge Herbert F. Murray said he would have been forced to "set aside" such a verdict because prosecutors had failed to prove their case.
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By Joel McCord | April 11, 1991
Peter and Vicky Snyder were just finishing up breakfast the day before Thanksgiving 1989 when Mrs. Snyder went upstairs to get their 9-month-old daughter, Alyson, ready to go with them to run errands."
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 3, 1991
A federal prosecutor charged today that a U.S. Navy supply clerk and his wife starved their 9 1/2 -month-old daughter to death by depriving her of life-giving fluids and nourishment.Defense attorneys said that the baby, Alyson Nicole Snyder, was continually ill almost from the time she was born in February 1989. They contend that a state medical examiner botched an autopsy in which he ruled her death a homicide due to child neglect after she died the day before Thanksgiving that year.The defendants are Peter J. and Vicki L. Snyder, who live in base housing on the Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park.
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By Joel McCord | April 4, 1991
A 9-month-old St. Mary's County girl could have died from meningitis or from the shock of an infection, lawyers for her parents argued in federal court yesterday.But the couple, a Navy supply clerk and his wife, certainly didn't kill the child by depriving her of fluids, they insisted.Peter and Vicki Snyder, both 21, went on trial for second-degree murder yesterday in U.S. District Court in the death of their daughter, Alyson, in November 1989. Federal prosecutors have charged that the Snyders killed Alyson by depriving her of baby formula she needed for at least five days before she died.
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By Lynda Robinson | September 25, 1990
A pregnant St. Mary's County woman and her husband pleaded not guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that they killed their 9-month-old daughter last year by depriving her of fluids.Peter and Vicki Snyder, both 20, who are expecting their third child next week, denied that they murdered their daughter Alyson in an arraignment before U.S. District Judge Herbert F. Murray. The couple were indicted for second-degree murder last week by a federal grand jury.Mr. Snyder, a supply clerk at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, and Mrs. Snyder are accused of intentionally withholding fluids from Alyson to kill her.She was already dead when her parents brought her to Patuxent Naval Hospital last Nov. 22.An autopsy showed Alyson died of dehydration and an acute electrolyte imbalance, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein contended was a result of being deprived of fluids.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 12, 1991
Navy Aviation Storekeeper 3rd Class Peter J. Snyder said he felt "confused and hurt" when Naval Investigative Service agents told him and his wife, Vicki, early last year that they were suspected of having killed their 9-month-old daughter, Alyson."
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 4, 1991
A federal prosecutor has told a jury here that a U.S. Navy supply clerk and his wife starved their 9-month-old daughter by depriving her of life-giving fluids and nourishment.But a doctor who treated Alyson Nicole Snyder and examined her after her 1989 death testified yesterday, on cross-examination by a defense lawyer, that the child could have died from a variety of undetected illnesses -- including septicemia or meningitis -- rather than starvation as the government has charged.The infant's parents, Peter J. and Vicki L. Snyder, both 21, of Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, are charged with murder and are on trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
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By Joel McCord | April 11, 1991
Peter and Vicky Snyder were just finishing up breakfast the day before Thanksgiving 1989 when Mrs. Snyder went upstairs to get their 9-month-old daughter, Alyson, ready to go with them to run errands."
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 11, 1991
Peter J. Snyder burst into tears as he told a jury how he went through his daughter Alyson's clothes and toys the day she died."I felt I had to go back in Alyson's room," he said. "I guess I felt that if I went back in there, she'd be in there alive . . . I pulled out her clothes, and started remembering how she'd looked when she wore them.""It made me angry," he wailed. "I didn't know why my baby was gone!"Snyder gave that emotionally wrenching testimony in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where he and his wife Vicki are on trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their infant daughter.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 10, 1991
A Patuxent Naval Air Station sailor and his wife today flatly denied killing their 9 1/2 -month-old daughter by withholding fluids and food from her."NO!" shouted Peter J. Snyder, the father, when his defense attorney asked if he had murdered his daughter Alyson. "I loved my daughter! I would never have done anything to hurt her!"Vicki L. Snyder, the infant's mother, was asked one question by her lawyer: Did she withhold fluids from Alyson in the days before the baby's death Nov. 22, 1989?
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By Joel McCord | April 4, 1991
A 9-month-old St. Mary's County girl could have died from meningitis or from the shock of an infection, lawyers for her parents argued in federal court yesterday.But the couple, a Navy supply clerk and his wife, certainly didn't kill the child by depriving her of fluids, they insisted.Peter and Vicki Snyder, both 21, went on trial for second-degree murder yesterday in U.S. District Court in the death of their daughter, Alyson, in November 1989. Federal prosecutors have charged that the Snyders killed Alyson by depriving her of baby formula she needed for at least five days before she died.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 4, 1991
A federal prosecutor has told a jury here that a U.S. Navy supply clerk and his wife starved their 9-month-old daughter by depriving her of life-giving fluids and nourishment.But a doctor who treated Alyson Nicole Snyder and examined her after her 1989 death testified yesterday, on cross-examination by a defense lawyer, that the child could have died from a variety of undetected illnesses -- including septicemia or meningitis -- rather than starvation as the government has charged.The infant's parents, Peter J. and Vicki L. Snyder, both 21, of Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, are charged with murder and are on trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 3, 1991
A federal prosecutor charged today that a U.S. Navy supply clerk and his wife starved their 9 1/2 -month-old daughter to death by depriving her of life-giving fluids and nourishment.Defense attorneys said that the baby, Alyson Nicole Snyder, was continually ill almost from the time she was born in February 1989. They contend that a state medical examiner botched an autopsy in which he ruled her death a homicide due to child neglect after she died the day before Thanksgiving that year.The defendants are Peter J. and Vicki L. Snyder, who live in base housing on the Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park.
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By Joel McCord | April 12, 1991
For the last year and a half, Peter Snyder says he and his wife, Vicky, have been "in a living hell."But that changed yesterday when a federal judge took the extremely rare step of dismissing before the case reached the jury charges that the Navy supply clerk and his wife killed their daughter in November 1989 by denying her food and fluids.Even if the jury had convicted the couple, Senior U.S. District Judge Herbert F. Murray said he would have been forced to "set aside" such a verdict because prosecutors had failed to prove their case.
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By Joel McCord | September 30, 1990
For all of her too-short life, Alyson Snyder was a sickly child. Her parents, Peter and Vicki Snyder, both 20, had her back and forth to doctors repeatedly during the nine months that she lived.Records from the hospital at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, where Mr. Snyder is stationed, show almost monthly visits and at least two hospitalizations, said Edward Smith Jr., Mrs. Snyder's lawyer, as he leafed through the records."Every time they came home -- at least it seemed like every time -- they took the baby to the doctor here," said the Rev. Jeff Bingman, their pastor at the Community Church of God in Cooperstown, Pa."
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By Joel McCord | September 30, 1990
For all of her too-short life, Alyson Snyder was a sickly child. Her parents, Peter and Vicki Snyder, both 20, had her back and forth to doctors repeatedly during the nine months that she lived.Records from the hospital at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, where Mr. Snyder is stationed, show almost monthly visits and at least two hospitalizations, said Edward Smith Jr., Mrs. Snyder's lawyer, as he leafed through the records."Every time they came home -- at least it seemed like every time -- they took the baby to the doctor here," said the Rev. Jeff Bingman, their pastor at the Community Church of God in Cooperstown, Pa."
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By Lynda Robinson | September 25, 1990
A pregnant St. Mary's County woman and her husband pleaded not guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that they killed their 9-month-old daughter last year by depriving her of fluids.Peter and Vicki Snyder, both 20, who are expecting their third child next week, denied that they murdered their daughter Alyson in an arraignment before U.S. District Judge Herbert F. Murray. The couple were indicted for second-degree murder last week by a federal grand jury.Mr. Snyder, a supply clerk at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, and Mrs. Snyder are accused of intentionally withholding fluids from Alyson to kill her.She was already dead when her parents brought her to Patuxent Naval Hospital last Nov. 22.An autopsy showed Alyson died of dehydration and an acute electrolyte imbalance, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein contended was a result of being deprived of fluids.
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