Written by Clarke Kent
Justice was reviewing old records of Shellie and came across a letter sent from her while she was detained in the Tidewater Detention Home (TDH). It was sent to him by mail on March 18, 2003 when she was 16 years old and detained there just prior to transfer to the Pines Residential Treatment Center in late April of 2003. Shellie had behavior problems and according to documents the following was stated by Shellie “She (Shellie) reported that this was her third admission to TDH in the last 6 months. She related her current charge included driving her parents’ car without permission, driving without a license, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, and unauthorized use of her parent’s credit card. She stated that he friend had called and told her to take the car and pick them up and she did. She said that she now realized that they were not real friends. She reported that she’s had time to think since she’s been on the new medicine, that she was more receptive to counseling and that she now feels more in control. She expressed a wish that she would be sent back home.”
When I read the attached letter my thoughts included myself as a father and that the Carsons dearly loved their daughter. I thought it was poignant her concern for her pet cats and her request for them to “give her a little treat now and then and let her sleep on your bed. She’s a queen. She deserves it! I love you and mommy.” This the Carson’s precious little girl and her murder was tragic. No one deserves what happened to her. See attachment.