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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Glenn Small contributed to this report | November 30, 1994
Their grandmother saw dirty, hungry little girls who should be taken from their mother. Even day care workers who knew Christina Lambert and Natalie Aulton only six weeks wanted to bend the rules in order to keep them safe.But in the end, all the concerned observers in all the Maryland towns where Rene Elizabeth Aulton touched down during her bumpy adult life couldn't save Christina, 4, and Natalie, 2, from a fire their mother now is accused of setting on purpose.The story is not one of smoking guns, but of a social services system that often cannot keep up with a family that flits from place to place and must find clear evidence of neglect before moving to sever parental rights.
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October 15, 2008
On October 12, 2008 BARBARA. Visitation 2140 N. Fulton Ave., Thursday 4 to 8 P.M. Family will receive friends at First Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2203-9 Park Avenue Friday 11:00 A.M. funeral to follow at 11:30 A.M.
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August 24, 2004
John Aulton Hayes, a Baltimore attorney and scuba diver, died of heart failure Friday at his Fallston home. He was 63. Mr. Hayes was born in Greenville, S.C., and raised in Wilmington, N.C. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Hayes, who maintained a general law practice for more than 30 years, was named the 1999 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer...
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August 24, 2004
Suddenly on August 20, 2004, JOHN AULTON HAYES, JR., loving brother of Sylvia Badger, Ann H. Johnson, Lawrence P. and Donald S. Hayes. A Memorial Service will be held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26 A) on Wednesday, at 3 pm.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | November 21, 1996
WASHINGTON -- They lived to be only 2 and 4, and much of that time was spent in homeless shelters and motel rooms and with different men that their disturbed mother clung to here and there. When they died, it was at the hands of the woman who should have been their fiercest protector.Yesterday, blown-up pictures of Natalie Aulton and Christina Lambert put a human face on an otherwise antiseptic Senate hearing room, where an Ohio senator sought support for legislation that could change the way social workers approach cases like theirs.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1996
Describing Rene Elizabeth Aulton as a "cold-blooded killer" who smoked cigarettes while her two children burned to death, prosecutors urged a Baltimore jury yesterday to ignore her mental shortcomings and send the young woman to prison.Assistant State's Attorney Donald Huskey rejected defense claims that Ms. Aulton -- who has an IQ just above mild mental retardation -- was manipulated into a confession by police. He said she told detectives the true story when she described setting a fire in a bedroom closet and leaving the room to let her daughters die."
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1996
A Baltimore jury found Rene Elizabeth Aulton guilty yesterday of murdering her two young daughters in a 1994 rowhouse fire that prosecutors say she set to win over a boyfriend.After nearly five hours of deliberation, the Baltimore Circuit Court jury found Aulton guilty of arson and first-degree murder in the deaths of Christina Marie Lambert, 4, and Natalie Michelle Aulton, 2.Described earlier by a prosecutor as a "cold-blooded killer," Aulton sat at the trial table yesterday in peach-colored pants and leg chains, looking pale and much younger than her 27 years.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 31, 1996
A lawyer yesterday continued her attempt to keep a jury from hearing Rene Elizabeth Aulton's confession in the fiery deaths of her daughters, suggesting that Baltimore police who interviewed Ms. Aulton might have influenced her story.Prosecutors on Monday played tapes of statements Ms. Aulton made to police on three occasions after the fire in her Canton rowhouse Nov. 15, 1994. On the final tape, Ms. Aulton told detectives she set the blaze to kill herself and her daughters, ages 2 and 4, because she was depressed about a former boyfriend's possible release from prison.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | February 2, 1995
City prosecutors said today they plan to seek a sentence of life in prison without parole for Rene Elizabeth Aulton, the woman charged with murdering her two young daughters by setting fire to the family's Canton rowhouse.Ms. Aulton said nothing and displayed no emotion during a five-minute arraignment hearing before Baltimore Circuit Judge Mabel H. Hubbard.Her lawyer, assistant public defender Michael N. Gambrill, entered pleas of not guilty on her behalf to two charges of first-degree murder and an arson charge.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
Baltimore prosecutors said yesterday that they would seek a sentence of life in prison without parole for Rene Elizabeth Aulton, the woman charged with murdering her two young daughters by setting fire to the family's Canton rowhouse.Ms. Aulton said nothing and displayed no emotion during a five-minute arraignment hearing before Baltimore Circuit Judge Mabel H. Hubbard.Her lawyer, assistant public defender Michael N. Gambrill, entered pleas of not guilty on her behalf to two charges of first-degree murder and an arson charge.
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August 24, 2004
John Aulton Hayes, a Baltimore attorney and scuba diver, died of heart failure Friday at his Fallston home. He was 63. Mr. Hayes was born in Greenville, S.C., and raised in Wilmington, N.C. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Hayes, who maintained a general law practice for more than 30 years, was named the 1999 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer...
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | November 21, 1996
WASHINGTON -- They lived to be only 2 and 4, and much of that time was spent in homeless shelters and motel rooms and with different men that their disturbed mother clung to here and there. When they died, it was at the hands of the woman who should have been their fiercest protector.Yesterday, blown-up pictures of Natalie Aulton and Christina Lambert put a human face on an otherwise antiseptic Senate hearing room, where an Ohio senator sought support for legislation that could change the way social workers approach cases like theirs.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1996
A woman convicted of setting a fire that killed her two young daughters was sentenced to two consecutive life terms yesterday during an emotional hearing in which prosecutors argued for harsh punishment and a bereaved grandmother tearfully pleaded for mercy.Baltimore Circuit Judge John C. Themelis said he took into consideration Rene Aulton's limited intelligence and psychological evaluations, which showed she has had emotional and educational disabilities since childhood.Aulton, 27, was convicted Feb. 24 of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson in a Nov. 15, 1994, fire at the Canton rowhouse where she was living.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1996
A Baltimore jury found Rene Elizabeth Aulton guilty yesterday of murdering her two young daughters in a 1994 rowhouse fire that prosecutors say she set to win over a boyfriend.After nearly five hours of deliberation, the Baltimore Circuit Court jury found Aulton guilty of arson and first-degree murder in the deaths of Christina Marie Lambert, 4, and Natalie Michelle Aulton, 2.Described earlier by a prosecutor as a "cold-blooded killer," Aulton sat at the trial table yesterday in peach-colored pants and leg chains, looking pale and much younger than her 27 years.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1996
Describing Rene Elizabeth Aulton as a "cold-blooded killer" who smoked cigarettes while her two children burned to death, prosecutors urged a Baltimore jury yesterday to ignore her mental shortcomings and send the young woman to prison.Assistant State's Attorney Donald Huskey rejected defense claims that Ms. Aulton -- who has an IQ just above mild mental retardation -- was manipulated into a confession by police. He said she told detectives the true story when she described setting a fire in a bedroom closet and leaving the room to let her daughters die."
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1996
A mother accused of killing her two daughters by setting her Canton rowhouse ablaze testified yesterday that police detectives pestered her into a confession, which she claimed she made in a dream-like "flashback" she can't remember."
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1996
A mother accused of killing her two daughters by setting her Canton rowhouse ablaze testified yesterday that police detectives pestered her into a confession, which she claimed she made in a dream-like "flashback" she can't remember."
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1996
Moments after being informed that her two young children died in a fire at her Baltimore rowhouse, Rene Elizabeth Aulton "breathed a sigh of relief," a Fire Department chaplain testified in Ms. Aulton's murder trial yesterday.The chaplain, Dennis Hancock, said he went to meet with Ms. Aulton in the back of an ambulance outside her home on the night of the Nov. 15, 1994, fire that killed Christina Lambert, 4, and Natalie Aulton, 2."I told her I had some very sad news for her. She looked at me, and I told her that her children had died in the fire," Mr. Hancock said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1996
Moments after being informed that her two young children died in a fire at her Baltimore rowhouse, Rene Elizabeth Aulton "breathed a sigh of relief," a Fire Department chaplain testified in Ms. Aulton's murder trial yesterday.The chaplain, Dennis Hancock, said he went to meet with Ms. Aulton in the back of an ambulance outside her home on the night of the Nov. 15, 1994, fire that killed Christina Lambert, 4, and Natalie Aulton, 2."I told her I had some very sad news for her. She looked at me, and I told her that her children had died in the fire," Mr. Hancock said.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1996
Jurors in the double-murder trial of Rene Elizabeth Aulton yesterday heard the 27-year-old woman alternately portrayed as the coldblooded killer of her daughters and as the victim of police intimidation and tunnel vision.How prosecutors intend to cast Ms. Aulton's motive for setting the fire that killed her two children remained unclear as attorneys gave their opening statements.Ms. Aulton is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson in the Nov. 15, 1994, deaths of her daughters, Christina Lambert, 4, and Natalie Aulton, 2, in their rowhouse at 2309 Fleet St.Prosecutor Gary Honick began to tell jurors about two men involved in the case: Joseph Lambert, Christina's father, and another, unknown man, who was Natalie's father.
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