The Death of Kelsey Moore

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1. Kayleigh to Give First Live Interview on Oprah Tomorrow

Nation/World A-1
September 18 2008
Rachel Corson, Staff Writer

PLANT CITY—Amid ongoing legal battles, Kayleigh Moore will give her first live, televised interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show Friday, more than a year after the disappearance of her daughter Kelsey made national headlines. The special episode will air tomorrow at 4pm on WFLA-TV Newschannel 8, the Tribune’s sister station.

The interview will be conducted via satellite from Moore’s parents’ home in Plant City, where she has been living since being released on bail in May. Moore’s attorney said Wednesday that despite legal challenges, the interview does not violate the terms of bail.

Sources say that Moore’s attorneys have declared many specifics of her upcoming first-degree murder trial “off-limits” during the interview, but Winfrey is expected to ask Moore why she waited a week after her daughter’s disappearance to call the police and report… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

2. Judge Releases Kelsey Autopsy, Other Docs

Nation/World A-1
September 18 2008
Alex Leraje, Staff Writer

TAMPA—Circuit Judge Anthony Surgat yesterday ruled in favor of the Tribune and several other Florida newspapers by releasing over 1000 pages of documents related to slain toddler Kelsey Moore, including an autopsy that says her remains were too damaged to determine her exact cause of death.

The autopsy says that Kelsey was killed, but that the method of her death is unclear because her remains were too decomposed and scattered by animals in the six months between their finding and her disappearance. The report also says that except for the legs and many small bones from the wrists, most of her body was recovered, along with duct tape and some glittery pieces of cloth with the words “Big Trouble Little Package” that appear to be the remains of a shirt.

The documents that the Tribune received also contain the records from the computer of Kelsey’s mother Kayleigh Moore, including a list of Google searches for “neck breaking,” “neck-cracking,” “how to… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

3. Kayleigh’s Yearbook Sells for $1500

Nation/World A-8
September 16 2008
Steve Sonneillon, Staff Writer

PLANT CITY—An anonymous buyer has paid $1500 for a high school yearbook that includes photos of a pregnant Kayleigh Moore, the Plant City woman charged with killing her three-year-old daughter.

The 2005 Plant City High School yearbook was sold on Monday, almost a year to the day after the disappearance of Moore’s daughter Kelsey.

The book did not belong to Moore herself. The seller, identified only as “bucsfan6779,” refused… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

4. Kayleigh’s Lawyer Says Releasing Autopsy Would Be “Inhumane”

Nation/World A-6
September 16 2008
Donald Amon, Staff Writer

TAMPA—An attorney for Kayleigh Moore told a judge Monday that the autopsy of Moore’s slain daughter Kelsey should remain sealed because its release would be “inhumane” and “unnecessarily invasive.”

Circuit Judge Anthony Surgat said he would give his decision on whether to release the autopsy and other essential documents related to Kelsey’s death by Friday, after consulting with experts and media lawyers during the week.

Moore has blocked the autopsy’s release since it was completed in late April, despite several suits from the Tribune and other… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

5. Letter to the Editor

Opinion A-14
September 15 2008
Adam Der, Plant City

Regarding “Vigils, Protests Held on Anniversary of Kelsey’s Disappearance” (Nation/World, September 12): George Moore can manufacture “threatening” phone calls and break up peaceful protests all he wants, but that won’t make him any less guilty.

Moore needs to take RESPONSIBILITY and accept what everyone else already knows: his daughter is a murderer. But deep down, he probably knows he’s to blame too, at least for being the irresponsible parent who let Kayleigh get pregnant in high school and live at home without a father for her daughter or a job (unless we count all her failed American Idol tryouts as a “job” now).

Fact is, if either Kelsey or Kayleigh had a real father, this wouldn’t have happened, but these are the FAMILY VALUES that your liberal rag… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)


6. Tampa Company to Launch Kelsey Doll

Nation/World A-7
September 14 2008
Lucy Lillith, Staff Writer

TAMPA—A Bay area promotions company announced Friday that it will launch a new doll that resembles slain Plant City toddler Kelsey Moore.

Pandemonium Productions will sell the blonde-haired doll, called “Kelsey Angel,” on its website for $39.99 starting at noon on October 31, the day that the first-degree murder trial of Kelsey’s mother Kayleigh Moore is set to begin.

The company, founded in 2000 and one of the biggest suppliers of NYPD apparel, said the doll was meant as a “tribute” and that part of the proceeds… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

7. Protest, Vigil Held on Anniversary of Kelsey’s Disappearance

Nation/World A-1
September 12 2008
Robert Berith, Staff Writer

PLANT CITY—People from across the state flocked to Plant City Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of slain toddler Kelsey Moore, including hundreds of protestors outside the Moore family home, where the girl’s mother Kayleigh is living after being charged with first-degree murder.

The protestors were dispersed by police around 8pm after Kelsey’s grandfather George Moore reported receiving a “threatening phone call.” Although most of the protestors returned peacefully to their rented busses, police reported that at least two were briefly taken into custody.

Several hundred people also gathered in the strawberry field in Plant City where Kelsey’s body was found for a prayer vigil sponsored by the Plant City Church of God and prominent televangelist… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

8. Ten Illegal Immigrants Found on Truck, Three Dead

Metro C-5
September 12 2008
Michael Belial, Staff Writer

PLANT CITY—Three suspected illegal immigrants were found dead yesterday after apparently traveling for hours with ten others in a locked, unventilated cargo trailer, according to Plant City police.

Plant City Police Department spokesman Eric Kelsey said that the trailer was discovered at a truck stop on State Road 39 with “no sign of the driver” and that the illegal immigrants apparently died of heat stroke. Police arrested ten other illegal immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, including several who ran from the trailer after it was opened.

Three bodies were found inside the trailer, including a child and two… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

9. Protect Our Children—Special to the Tribune!

Opinion A-16
September 12 2008
Mary Powers, Guest Columnist

When the Tribune asked me to write something for the anniversary of Kelsey Moore’s tragic disappearance, I was hesitant at first since, as most readers probably remember, my career as a children’s rights activist began when my own young daughter was murdered three years ago.

I was hesitant to write anything at first because I remember how exploitative all the press about Jessica felt to our family. I was angry with all the people who lapped up every story about her death, but I realize now that they were not gawking to be malicious; we respond to it because it’s a very human and moving and scary thing, but there’s just no way we can look at it without becoming a part of the whole spectacle that strips it of the very humanity that sucks us in.

But make no mistake: for every Kelsey or Caylee or Jessica we see in pictures on the news, there is a real child missing from a family, leaving a heartbreak that is beyond words: literally indescribable. The feeling of seeing a child you love lying dead and naked and drained of blood on a table is not something that I would wish upon… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

10. Kayleigh’s Lawyer Brushes Off Movie Rumors

Nation/World A-4
September 11 2008
David Mammon, News Editor

PLANT CITY—An attorney for Kayleigh Moore deflected rumors Tuesday that his client was in negotiations with the Lifetime Movie Network for a film based on her upcoming trial for the murder of her slain daughter Kelsey.

“There is no deal on the table,” said Daniel Abaddon at a press conference yesterday. The Lifetime Network could not be reached for comment.

Speculation about a TV movie has been raging for weeks, with a script leaking on the internet and Cameron Diaz rumored to be… (Want to keep reading? Subscribe now for less than five cents a day!)

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