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June 14, 2013

Kids’ tragic deaths detailed

Witnesses say boy and girl were badly burned in murder case

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

She examined Caleb Lynch first, as his body was pulled out of the burned home hours before his sister.

Wells said after she carefully removed the duct tape from his face, “soft-white skin” was revealed in contrast to the blackened body. A cloth had been placed into Caleb Lynch’s mouth before the duct tape was applied.

She had initially assumed the cloth was a small wash cloth, but discovered it was closer to a 12-inch by 12-inch hand towel, she said. 

It had been stated earlier in the trial that several roadway flares, or portions of flares, were found in the immediate area of Caleb Lynch’s body.

But, during Griggs’ testimony, he said one of the flares was found in Caleb Lynch’s underwear, and that he concluded it had been lit prior to his death. Griggs said from the stand that he determined with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that both children were killed as the result of a homicide.

Following the day of trial, Weisheit’s court-appointed attorney Michael McDaniel, of New Albany, said his client was guilty of neglect and abuse of the children, but not setting the fire that killed the Lynch children. He said he believes Weisheit — who was watching the children in his home while their mother was at work — bound Caleb Lynch with duct tape and left the home before any fire had been set.

Weisheit was arrested in Covington, Ky., about four hours after the authorities were alerted of the fire.

McDaniel said Weisheit has a history of running away and suddenly leaving an area to drive for days at a time when he feels highly stressed.

During the prosecution’s presentation, none of the investigators or fire officials who testified were able to say how the fire was started or where in the home it originated. If an accelerant was used, it either burned away completely or was washed away by the water used to extinguish the blaze.

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