February 17th, 2009 15:07 EST
Teen Girl Found Dead At Fort Lewis Barracks
"A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks on this Army base south of Tacoma, the Army said Monday.
"In a statement issued about 36 hours after base emergency personnel responded to a 911 call early Sunday morning, Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Piek said a Madigan Army Medical Center doctor declared one girl dead at the scene. The second teen was taken to Madigan for emergency medical care and was reported in stable condition Monday.
There were no outward signs of physical trauma on either girl, Piek told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday night. He said Army doctors at Madigan were performing an autopsy on the dead girl, but results might not be available for at least a week."
The Associated Press
This story is disturbing on so many levels, it`s a cautionary tale and a wake-up call.
A 16-year-old girl should be asleep in her bedroom at 3:30 in the morning, and not fooling around in an Army barracks. If parents can`t control the comings and goings of their underage children, they might as well kick them out of the house and let them fend for themselves.
One soldier who is acquainted with the girls has been questioned by military personnel, but he hasn`t been charged with any crimes. The age of consent in Washington is 16, if any soldiers had consensual sex with the girls it wouldn`t be against the law.
It`s tragic whenever a child meets an untimely demise, and the death of this young girl should be thoroughly investigated not only by Army personnel but also by the local police and private investigators. I don`t trust the Army doctors and investigators to conduct an impartial examination of the evidence.
One 16-year-old girl is dead with no sign of physical injuries and her pal is found unconscious. It`s too early to draw any conclusions, but I suspect that drugs and alcohol were involved.
If two teen girls can sneak into the base, that doesn`t speak very well for the security at Fort Lewis. Terrorists could simply walk or drive into the base and start shooting and throwing grenades. With some of the brave soldiers busy drinking and having sex with underage girls, it will be a cakewalk for the jihadists.
My thoughts go out to the parents of the dead girl, I hope that the mystery surrounded her death will be resolved. And if any soldier is guilty of any wrongdoing he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.