Shelby Andrews shelby andrews

Shelby’s story is so horrendous parts were order by the courts to not be released. Shelby was an 11 year old girl that would be physically, emotional, and sexually tortured by her stepmother with the help of her father. Shelby had a brother and a sister and a step brother. They would witness some of what their sister had to endure. Shelby would hide her bruises and not tell anyone what was happening to her. She would have to endure so much it would ultimately lead to her untimely death. The police that handled her case were so appalled at what had happened to her that they made a statement saying the stepmother was the devil herself and that she needed to be locked away for the rest of her life so she can never hurt anyone again. The judge that oversaw the case would call it the number one most grotesque case he had ever seen the 12 he had been working law. The judge was trying to get the death penalty for the couple but because of the way Utah’s laws were at the time it could not be done. Shelby’s father wrote a confession that described how Shelby would be brutally treated by her stepmother, while he or others helped. The father told of how he would hold Shelby’s arms and legs as her stepmother would raped Shelby with metal spray cans, hit her in her vaginal area with the heels of shoes. She would make Shelby eat her own feces, and repeatedly slammed her head into stairs. On August 1, 2006 the police were called to Shelby’s home where they would find a bruised, battered, and dead Shelby. 80 percent of her body was covered in bruises and bite marks that were old and new. Later the autopsy would reveal she had swelling in her brain. The night she died she was beaten and shoved into a tiny closet that made her stand upright and would hinder her breathing. As she cried for help saying she could not breathe, while she was gagging on her vomit, the stepmother and father would sit down and watch TV together. When they would finally go open the door Shelby’s lifeless body would fall to the floor. Shelby’s father would receive a 15- life prison term for first degree felony murder. Her stepmother would receive 15-life as well for the murder of Shelby, along with another prison term of 1-15 years for second degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child, to run consecutively so there was no chance of appeal on the second count. The judge made a pledge to ask the board of pardons to keep the stepmother behind bars forever for what she had done.  The horrors Shelby had to endure were unimaginable. Shelby’s brother and sister got to go live with their mom, and her stepbrother got to go live with his dad. New laws have been made in light of Shelby’s case to make it easier to ask for the death penalty. We have to let our children know it is okay to speak out and ask for help. You are loved and you do not have to live a life of unthinkable torture. No child should have to go through what Shelby had to. There was no reason for it. Children need our protection and guidance. No child should ever feel the pain of neglect.



From Deseret News archives:

Woman who tortured, killed stepdaughter sentenced to prison; police describe killer as monster

 Published: Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 1:57 p.m. MST


By Linda Thomson, Deseret News

 FARMINGTON — A woman described by police as a "monster" who tortured and killed her 10-year-old stepdaughter by locking the bruised and weeping child in a too-tight closet space, where the girl struggled to breathe and cried out as she choked on her own vomit, was sentenced to prison Monday.

 Second District Judge Michael Allphin sentenced Angela Ray Andrews to 15-years-to-life in prison for the murder of stepdaughter Shelby Andrews — and the judge pledged to ask the board of pardons to keep Andrews behind bars forever.

 Allphin also sentenced the woman to another prison term of one-to-15-years for second-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently to avoid any chance of appeal on the second count.

 In a rare public gesture, the Syracuse Police Department, which handled the case and saw Shelby's battered, bloodied remains, also issued a scathing condemnation of the woman who systematically and repeatedly tortured the child.

 "Angela Andrews was never a mother to Shelby; she was a conniving, self-centered monster who manipulated others in the household to assist in abusing Shelby," the police statement said. "Angela played the victim in the Andrews' home and had family members believing Shelby was a bad seed. The only victim was Shelby Andrews. We all should never forget every bruise, every black eye and every bite mark on Shelby's body. Shelby never had a chance.

 "As for the devil herself, Angela Ray Andrews, we hope that she never has the opportunity to be part of society or to be able to inflict torture on another human being," the police statement said.


 Angela Andrews, 37, previously pleaded guilty to the two crimes as part of a plea bargain. Prosecutors refused to negotiate the murder charge but agreed to reduce the sex abuse charge from a first-degree felony to a second-degree felony.

 Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings later said this was "Number One" on the list of most grotesque cases he has handled in his 12-year legal career. He declined to give details — "out of respect for Shelby" — but indicated the violations the girl suffered were even more depraved than what has been publicly disclosed.

 Rawlings wanted the death penalty for Angela Andrews and her husband, Ryan, but he was not able to charge them with capital murder because of the way Utah's laws were written at the time.

 As a result of Shelby's murder, the laws have been rewritten to give prosecutors greater flexibility to seek the death penalty.

Rawlings said he was satisfied with the plea agreement because it meant Angela Andrews was forced to admit her guilt and be locked up. The plea bargain also avoided protracted court appearances and appeals; it meant Andrews will become a registered sex offender; and most significantly, it saved the other children in the house from having to testify in court in the disturbing case.

 Kimberly Hale, Shelby's biological mother, recounted how Angela Andrews' cruelty toward Shelby has hurt their entire family, including Shelby's brother, now 15, and especially her sister, now 9, who collapses into tears and withdrawal due to "flashbacks of something horrific she saw Angela do to Shelby."


 The other two children are now living with Kimberly Hale and have been adopted by her husband of four years, Guy Hale. Angela Andrews' son is living with her parents.

 Angela Andrews read a brief statement at her sentencing, saying she did not know why she did what she did. "I want you to know, you honor, how sorry I am for Shelby's death," Andrews said in a flat voice. "As my friends and family know, I loved Shelby very much."

 Ryan Andrews, 39, earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and was sentenced to a prison term of 15-years-to-life on Jan. 22. Ryan Andrews, who was Shelby's biological father, volunteered to testify against his wife if her case went to trial, even though that was not a requirement in his plea agreement.

 He gave prosecutors a chilling written confession that described the brutality inflicted on Shelby on a regular basis, primarily by Angela Andrews, but also with participation by him and others.

 For example, Ryan Andrews held the child's arms and legs while Angela Andrews rammed the girl in the vaginal area with a metal spray can. Angela Andrews also forced Shelby to eat her own feces, repeatedly slammed the girl's head into the stairs, and hit her in the vaginal area with the heel of a shoe, according to the confession.

 The police were called to the couple's Syracuse home on Aug. 1, 2006, where officers found Shelby dead, with about 80 percent of her body covered with old and new bruises, and bite marks. Later, her brain also was found to have been swelling.

 On the night Shelby was killed, Ryan Andrews described pushing the child into a tiny space in a linen closet that forced her to stand upright, even though she cried out that she could not breathe and was gagging on vomit. He said in his confession that Angela Andrews told him to leave the girl in the closet because "Shelby was just trying to play me," so the couple continued to keep the girl locked up and watched TV together.

 "When we later opened the door Shelby was dead, and her lifeless body fell to the floor," Ryan Andrews' confession said.

Shelby Andrews' Murder Raises Concerns About Child Abuse
The murder of 10-year-old Shelby Andrews from abuse poses more questions than anyone can answer.
December 7th, 2006 @ 5:28pm

 Carole Mikita Reporting

The death of a Davis County girl has outraged the community.

Shelby Andrews died in August. Police say the girl had suffered horrible abuse at the hands of her father and step mother.

This week, Ryan Andrews pleaded guilty to first degree murder. His wife, Angela, faces similar charges.

But the question arises: Why was this situation allowed to get so bad?

Those in the child advocacy community agree that this year, 2006, has brought a number of horrific crimes against children.

The murder of 10-year-old Shelby Andrews from abuse poses more questions than anyone can answer.

But our expert has a message for you, the members of a concerned community; it is possible to help in the future.

Each time we see Shelby Andrews' picture we ask ourselves, how could this happen? The heinous crimes that killed her will never make sense.

Julie Bradshaw, LCSW, Primary Children's Medical Center: "I think that whenever something this horrible happens in a community, we all think, could I have done something?"

Investigators believe physical and sexual abuse from her father and stepmother may have lasted for a year. Shelby died of blunt force trauma to her head, in her Syracuse home last August 1st.

Shelby's mother had visitation rights but says her ex-husband and his wife slowly cut her off.

On August 4th, Kimbely Hale, Shelby's mother: "People have said they knew something was going on, but never in a million years would I expect something like this, ever."

Julie Bradshaw treats the young victims of abuse. She says sometimes one child in a family is singled out for punishment or seen as more difficult.

Julie Bradshaw: "It can be that that child has purposefully taken on the role, as protector, so that the other children aren't hurt... They think that it's something they're doing wrong...and that's often stated as such, by the person doing it to them..."

Shelby didn't tell anyone about the abuse, she covered her bruises. Probably out of shame or fear...add to that, the humiliation of sexual trauma.

What can we do to prevent and identify child abuse? The experts say: 1- Be better parents, you can learn those skills. 2- Be observant. Ask children about bruises or injuries. Report them to doctors. 3- Pay attention to the quiet kids who don't have friends.

Julie Bradshaw: "Unfriendly, unkempt, that startled when you talk to them...that's what the kids look like who come into my clinic..."

Shelby's brother and sister are now living with their mother, who has remarried. I talked with her today. She says they hope to be able to afford a headstone for Shelby's grave soon. They also hope for a peaceful Christmas

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