Loose Change Nearly Cost Him His Life – But It Saved Him

H/T War History OnLine.

The spare change in the breast pocket of Optatius Buyssens almost cost him is life yet it, in the end, saved his life.

Photos by Vincent Buyssens

Optatius Buyssens was on a reconnaissance mission near the Belgian town of Lebbeke in September 1914. The sound of loose change in his pocket attracted the notice of a nearby German trooper, who fired in his direction.

Optatius was hit in the chest and went down, but the coins deflected the bullet, sparing his life. Optatius survived the war and died in 1958.

Vincent Buyssens, a twenty-eight-year-old digital strategist who is the great-grandson of Optatius, shared the story on Reddit nearly a hundred years later. He posted a picture of the coins, noting, “These coins stopped a bullet and saved my grandfather’s life during World War One.”

Lucky escape- After Buyssens was shot, the German soldier who had fired kicked him in the head and left him for dead.Photo by Vincent Buyssens

There are six coins, each showing a high pressure stress mark that had bent their edges. It’s obvious that a high amount of kinetic energy was expended to create these peculiar marks at some point in these coins’ history.

A native of Antwerp, Vincent said his father received the coins from Optatius himself, as well as his wartime notes and journals.

Photo by Vincent Buyssens

 

Belgian soldier Optatius Buyssens gave away his position to German troops when these coins began making a clinking noise in his pocket – but they also saved his life when their bullet ricocheted off them.Photo by Vincent Buyssens

“The story I shared on Reddit happened at the very early days of the war during a battle in the Belgian town of Lebbeke. Ironically, the coins were the reason why he got shot because it was the noise of them clinking together in his breast pocket which gave his position away.”

Buyssens goes on to say that his great-grandfather was lucky, despite also receiving a kick in the head from the German soldier who shot him, after Optatius had fallen down and pretended to be dead. After the German left, Optatius and another wounded comrade crawled to safety.

One of the coins which saved the life of the brave soldier Optatius Buyssens.Photo by Vincent Buyssens

Vincent had found the story in the journal long before he shared it, but had decided to save it to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. He stated that the story was one that captured the imagination, sounding almost too good to possibly be true, and that’s why he put it online.

The story has since been seen by over 1.3 million readers and has collected more than 131,000 upvotes, with plenty of people surprised by Optatius’ good fortune.

Vincent couldn’t believe the story when he’d first heard it years ago. But after talking it over with his father and grandfather, and then reading it in the journals himself, he believed.

Unbelievable tale- The amazing story of Buyssens was shared on Reddit by his great-grandson Vincent Buyssens, seen here holding the life-saving coins.Photo by Vincent Buyssens

Reddit users drew attention to the fact that it wasn’t just Optatius’ life that had been preserved by the lucky stack of coins, but those of his descendants–including Vincent–who would never have been born if the bullet had been an inch to the left or right.

A blessing (and a curse)- Belgian soldier Optatius Buyssens gave away his position to German troops when these coins began making a clinking noise in his pocket – but they also saved his life when their bullet ricocheted off them.Photo by Vincent Buyssens

Naturally, Vincent acknowledges, there were a lot of skeptics on Reddit. Whenever he gets the opportunity to explain the circumstances in full, however, they often change their minds. Regardless, everyone, especially Vincent’s family, agrees that it’s a unique personal wartime story.

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2020: Year of the Democrats? Maybe Not

H/T AmmoLand.

I do not see 2020 being the year of the DemocRats because of San Fran Nan and her loony gang lurching hard left and trying to impeach President Trump.

They will set the stage for a possible super Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- If Democrats are optimistic as 2019 begins, it is understandable.

Their victory on Nov. 6, adding 40 seats and taking control of the House of Representatives, was impressive. And with the party’s total vote far exceeding the GOP total, in places it became a rout.

In the six New England states, Republicans no longer hold a single House seat. Susan Collins of Maine is the last GOP senator.

In California, Democrats took the governorship, every state office, 45 of 53 House seats and both houses of the legislature by more than 2-to-1. In the Goldwater-Nixon-Reagan Golden State bastion of Orange County, no GOP congressman survived.

Does this rejection of the GOP in 2018 portend the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020, assuming he is still in office then?

Not necessarily.

For consider. Nancy Pelosi may want to close out her career as speaker with solid achievements, but she could face a rebellion in her party, which is looking to confront and not compromise with Trump.

The national debt may be surging, but Capitol Hill progressives will be demanding “Medicare-for-all” and free college tuition. Trump-haters will be issuing reams of subpoenas and clamoring for impeachment.

Other Democrats, seeing the indulgent attention their colleagues are getting from the media, will join in. Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee may have to accommodate the sans-culottes.

Is this what America voted for?

By the Ides of March, a dozen Democrats may have declared for president. But looking over the field, no prospective candidate seems terribly formidable, and the strongest, unlike Barack Obama in 2008, are too old to set the base afire.

According to a USA Today poll, 59 percent of Democrats say they would be “excited” about “someone entirely new” leading the party in 2020. Only 11 percent say they would prefer a familiar face.

Yet, who did these same Democrats view most favorably? Joe Biden, a 76-year-old white male first elected to the Senate when Richard Nixon was president.

Biden polls better than any of his rivals, with 53 percent of all Democrats saying they would be “excited” about his candidacy, and only 24 percent saying he ought not run a third time for president.

The candidate who comes closest to Biden in exciting the base is 77-year-old Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. Bernie’s problem?

Almost as many Democrats believe he should not run again as would be excited about having him as nominee.

As for Elizabeth Warren, the USA Poll must be depressing news. Twenty-nine percent of Democrats would be excited about her candidacy, but 33 percent believe the 69-year-old Massachusetts Senator should not run.

Beto O’Rourke, the three-term Congressman from Texas who put a scare into Sen. Ted Cruz in November is less well-known than Bernie or Biden. But those excited about an O’Rourke run outnumber those who think he should not run.

Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both African-American, are less well-known but have more Democrats excited about their running than are opposed to it.

However, as Harris is from California and Booker from New Jersey, both blue states that Democrats are almost certain to carry in 2020, and both are from a minority that already votes 90 percent Democratic, even their appeal as vice presidential nominees would not seem to equal that of O’Rourke or Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who won re-election while his state was going Republican.

Yet, Brown, too, at 66, is eligible for Medicare.

A Biden-Brown ticket would present problems for the GOP. But could a Democratic Party that ceaselessly celebrates its racial and ethnic diversity and appeal to women and millennials get away with nominating a ticket of two white males on Social Security?

Other problems are becoming acute within the Democrats’ coalition of blacks, gays, Asians, Hispanics, women and LGBT, fraying the seams of the party.

After Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan praised the Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory, and declared Jews to be the enemy in a speech last February, the Women’s March movement has splintered.

Asian-Americans who vote Democratic nationally are growing bitter over diversity policies in the Ivy League and elite schools that admit black and Hispanic students over Asian students with far higher test scores.

The BDS movement (boycott, divest, sanctions), targeted against Israel, is angering Jewish Democrats while gaining support on campuses.

Elizabeth Warren opposes BDS, but also opposes efforts to punish those who champion BDS. “I think the boycott of Israel is wrong,” said Warren at a town hall meeting, but added that “outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic constitutional rights.”

In identity politics, loyalty to race, ethnic group and gender often trump the claims of party. The diversity Democrats celebrate is one day going to pull their party apart, as the social, cultural and racial revolutions of the 1960s pulled apart the party of FDR and LBJ.


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Outgoing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defends his rocky tenure

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Comment By Jim Campbell

December 30th, 2018

There is little way to determine the authenticity of this article as it came from the leftward tilted Los Angeles Times.

It’s mother ship is the NY Times which has rarely received accolades for its veracity,

All things being said this does not reflect well on the Administration at this time.

By most accounts Kelly was a team player.

President Donald Trump relieved Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of her job.

It seems quite clear that Chief of Staff John Kelly backed the wrong woman to defend.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 1: (L to R) Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly exit the stage after speaking during an event to mark the 15th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Department of Homeland Security was created after…

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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: What to do for the next Anti-gun President

H/T AmmoLand.

This article is food for thought.

Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)-  Right now, in some ways, Second Amendment supporters should be feeling very good. We have seen two very strong pro-Second Amendment justices on the Supreme Court, making Chief Justice John Roberts – who voted to strike down the handgun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C., the swing vote. We have a pro-Second Amendment president who is nominating more pro-Second Amendment judges, and a Senate that is confirming them.

But what happens when there is an anti-Second Amendment president in office after Trump? That is not unthinkable. Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama won two terms while attacking our right to keep and bear arms. Their judicial appointments are generally hostile to the Second Amendment – the three justices appointed by Clinton and Obama (Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor) who heard the McDonald case voted to uphold Chicago’s handgun ban.

Ideally, the anti-Second Amendment president loses the election and never takes office. We can ensure that by securing Second Amendment support in the suburbs, promoting it in urban areas, and to also overcome language barriers. But we all know that despite the best efforts of Second Amendment supporters, that isn’t what happens.

So, what do we do should an anti-Second Amendment president take office? The time to plan is now – before the moment hits. If we fail to plan to protect our Second Amendment rights in those difficult times, we’re planning to fail to protect our Second Amendment rights.

So, what should our plan be? The first step is to leverage what we do have: To wit, use a pro-Second Amendment president and United States Senate to confirm pro-Second Amendment judges. This provides a firewall that can declare gun bans unconstitutional. But firewalls can be breached. This is the last line of defense against an anti-gun president.

The next step is to work to elect a strong pro-Second Amendment bench: State lawmakers, local officials, state’s attorney, even the school board. This is where many governors, attorneys general, Congressmen, and Senators get their start. And while President Trump is an exception, most presidents have once been governors or Senators in the past.

This farm team also has its uses. If you elect enough of these lower-level officials, you can literally block an anti-Second Amendment president or governor from pushing through that agenda. In 1999, a GOP Congress killed Bill Clinton’s post-Littleton gun-control agenda. In 2013, a Republican House was a bulwark against Obama’s efforts to reinstate an arbitrary semi-auto ban after Newtown. Think of this as another firewall, the third-best defense against an anti-gun president.

Now, we come to the second-best defense against an anti-Second Amendment president: You boot him (or her as the case may be) out after one term. To do this, you need that solid farm team to produce a contender. This can work out reasonably well, but that anti-Second Amendment president still has four years’ worth of time to wield regulatory power and the bully pulpit.

When all is said and done, the best defense for an anti-Second Amendment president is to make sure one isn’t elected in the first place. But it is foolish to place our rights in that basket. We need to make sure that we have adequate plans to withstand the next president who will try to deprive us of our rights.


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Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

Jim Carrey Targets Trump Admin Women In More Bizarre & Bitter Posts

H/T Right Wing Folks.

Jim Carey’s artistic talent is less than a chimpanzee on LSD and is IQ is 100% less than a piss-ant.

Jim Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in ten years, but his hyperpartisan, dark and dreary sketches make his recent run of critical and box office bombs (like “Dark Crimes,” which scored a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes) look like real works of art.

Like most of his colleagues in Hollywood, Carrey has become increasingly political and Trump-obsessed since Hillary Clinton forgot to go to the Rust Belt, but what’s most disturbing about his cynical, grotesque and emphatically unfunny work is his depiction of women associated with Trump. He seems to particularly revel in mocking their appearances and portraying them as subhuman monsters guilty of “kidnapping” and “murdering” innocents.

In just the last two weeks, Carrey has targeted two prominent Trump admin women, White House Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen. On December 19th, the washed-out actor posted a drawing of Sanders as “the Gorgon,” who will “turn your heart to stone” — or at least his portrait of her will:

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Beware the Gorgon.

She’ll turn your heart to stone.

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Two days after Christmas, Carrey accused Nielsen of being a “kidnapper” and murderer after an immigrant child died while in the care of DHS, a tragedy he blames on Nielsen, whom he suggested is a Nazi.

“Now we add a second child to your list of murders. Callin’ it your job don’t make it right, Fraulein Kirstjen,” he wrote.

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Now we add a second child to your list of murders. Callin’ it your job don’t make it right, Fraulein Kirstjen.

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Carrey also took aim at Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde Smith, whom he depicted as twisted-faced “hate-monger” holding up a noose, presumably to hang minorities:

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Mississippi you are BETTER than these hate-mongers.

Show the world.

Vote for Mike Espy this Tuesday, November 27th.

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Carrey has also lampooned First Lady Melania Trump, particularly mocking her for her foreign accent and her “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket.

“Nothing comforts a federally-abducted refugee child like a photo op with a Slovenian model wearing a coat that says she doesn’t give two craps about your misery,” he wrote in an image depicting her saying, “Smile for me darlink. I came very long way.”

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Nothing comforts a federally-abducted refugee child like a photo op with a Slovenian model wearing a coat that says she doesn’t give two craps about your misery.

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Perhaps the most infamous of Carrey’s satirical pieces was another one attacking “monstrous” Sarah Sanders, which again portrayed her in a deformed manner. In the piece, posted in March, he took his criticism of her a step further by questioning the sincerity of her Christian faith.

“This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” he wrote in March.

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!

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That piece prompted some of Carrey’s fans to turn on him and Sanders’ famous father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, to push back.

“Pathetic BULLY, sexist, hater, bigot & ‘Christaphobe’ @jimcarrey attacks @PressSec for her faith; what would be hypocritical Hollywood reaction if he called someone a ‘so-called Muslim’ or ‘so-called Jew?’ ” Huckabee tweeted, adding “#classlessCarrey.”

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Pathetic BULLY, sexist, hater, bigot & “Christaphobe” @jimcarrey attacks @PressSec for her faith; what would be hypocritical Hollywood reaction if he called someone a “so-called Muslim” or “so-called Jew?”

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Carrey responded to the backlash by declaring that he was “gratified” by the reaction to his ugly depiction of Sanders.

“I am so gratified by the reaction to my little drawings. It is the job of a political cartoon to vex those who abuse power or enable those abuses,” he said. “This administration has been lying to the American people from day one while plundering the country and debasing our values. And those who cover for this shameful mobster of a President are putting makeup on a melanoma and telling the cancer patient that everything’s fine. Monstrous? You bet!”

While Carrey appears to enjoy portraying Trump women as grotesque monsters, he spends most of his energy smearing Trump as a simultaneously buffoonish and Machiavellian figure whose actions are supposedly leading to piled up bodies and the unraveling of American democracy, or something.

A few examples of some of Carrey’s obsessively Trump-focused posts from just the last two months:

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Some people aren’t pretending to be monsters. Happy Halloween. 🎃

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Shameless lies. Endless indictments. The rise of racist hate groups. Kidnapped children. Contempt for rule of law – and quite possibly TREASON. Let’s end this ill-wind that’s blowing America off-balance and turning us against each other. VOTE DEMOCRAT!

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Guess who cut the funding for fire management in California then blamed the fires on mismanagement? How do YOU spell infantile?!

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Matt Whitaker. Unconfirmed. Unconstitutional. A Kangaroo Attorney General, happy to hop for our Baby-in-Chief.

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

As the California death toll rises our Sadist-in-Chief is spending $220 million to send troops to the border for nothing. That’s one way to get rid of Democrats. This is no longer politics. This is manslaughter.

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Has Mad Dog Mattis become Lapdog Mattis? Are the brave men and women of our military now being used as extras in an expensive PR stunt…paid for by YOU? It’s just one of the many ways Toolius Ceasar disgraced himself and our soldiers this Veterans Day.

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@JimCarrey

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

“Tres Sheik”

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Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Dear Mr. Mueller: Be my secret Santa. You know what I want for Christmas.

9,115 people are talking about this

Jim Carrey

@JimCarrey

Now an innocent seven-year-old girl has died of medical neglect because of Trump’s sadism at the border. If there’s a Hell…

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Black Fla. lawmaker proposes bill protecting Confederate statues

 

H/T Campus Reform.

A lawmaker with common sense that knows the dangers of trying to destroy and rewrite history.

  • Florida Republican state Rep. Mike Hill proposed a bill that would prohibit the removal of “remembrances” constructed on public property from Mar. 22, 1822 and onward.
  • If enacted, the bill would prevent public universities in the state from taking down the memorials, creating a backdrop similar to one featured in North Carolina, where protesters tore down a Confederate statue in August.

A black lawmaker in Florida filed a bill that would bar the removal of Confederate monuments in the Sunshine State. Such statues and other memorials have come under attack on American college campuses during recent years.

Republican state Rep. Mike Hill proposed the “Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act” to ensure the preservation of “remembrances” constructed on public property from Mar. 22, 1822 and onward, the Pensacola News Journal  reported.

“It will not change any person’s life today by tearing down a Confederate monument”    

Such memorials “may only be relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated or otherwise disturbed if necessary to accommodate construction, repair, or improvements to the remembrance or to the surrounding property,” according to the bill. While governments have bypassed similar laws by selling land on which Confederate memorials are located and permitting the new owner to remove them, Hill’s bill stipulates that sale of public property containing a memorial must result in the memorial occupying a position of “equal prominence.”

The move came just months after Florida State University quietly removed a statue of former Tallahassee Mayor Francis Eppes, a supporter of the Confederacy, under the cover of darkness. FSU spokesman Dennis Schnittker told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that the statue had been relocated to temporary storage.

Should the bill become state law, it’s unclear what, if any, impact it could have on the Eppes statue. Hill did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication. It’s unclear how many confederate statues and memorials currently stand on Florida public college campuses.

[RELATED: Student protesters tear down Confederate statue at UNC]

“It will not change any person’s life today by tearing down a Confederate monument or tearing down a statue or tearing down a cross,” Hill said to the Miami New Times more recently. “It will not change any person’s life by doing that. What it will do is prevent someone from learning the history of why it was there in the first place.”

But protesters on some college campuses might beg to differ.

The University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill’s statue depicting Confederate soldier Silent Sam has generated both debate and defacement. UNC faculty members threatened to tear down the statue in February. A graduate student got arrested in April after smearing Silent Sam with a concoction she claimed to contain red paint and her own blood. And, in August, protesters tore down the statue.

The UNC’s Board of Trustees subsequently proposed a $5 million plan to house the statue on the edge of campus and comply with state law preventing its removal. Faculty members and TAs who wanted the monument removed from campus entirely threatened to withhold grades and not teach for the first week of the spring semester.

UNC’s provost later said in an email obtained by Campus Reform that those actions by graduate assistants and professors violated students’ First Amendment rights. UNC’s Board of Governors rejected the trustees’ plan, asking the group to draw up another proposal.

The North Carolina school is not the only institution of higher education to get caught up in the Confederate controversy. Vanderbilt University announced in 2016 that it would dole out over $1 million to remove the word “Confederate” from a residence hall’s inscription. That same year, South Carolina’s York Technical College forbade the Confederate flag from being featured at a Confederate history event.

Individuals associated with the Confederacy are not the only historical figures to have come under attack. A statue of Thomas Jefferson was vandalized with “racist + rapist” and covered with a sign reading “Black Lives Matter — F*** White Supremacy” at the University of Virginia, the institution he founded.

Illinois prosecutors accuse mother of hiding, not treating deceased daughter’s diabetes

H/T Fox News.

This woman does not deserve to be called a mother as she is not a mother but a sperm recipient.

She needs to be prosecuted to the maximum under Illinois law.

Prosecutors in Illinois announced charges on Thursday against a mother who they claim had knowledge of her teenage daughter’s diabetes diagnosis but concealed it and left it untreated, leading to the girl’s death.

Amber Hampshire was hit with charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said in a news release.

Her daughter, 14-year-old Emily, died in early November from diabetic ketoacidosis, according to the news release. Her death “was completely senseless,” Gibbons told Fox 2 Now.

“Upon further investigation, it was determined that Emily had been first diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 and had suffered prior serious medical complications as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis, including as recently as February 2018,” the news release said.

Amber Hampshire was charged with one count involuntary manslaughter and one count endangering the life or health of a child, prosecutors said in the news release.

Amber Hampshire was charged with one count involuntary manslaughter and one count endangering the life or health of a child, prosecutors said in the news release. (Alton Police Department)

Details from the investigation suggested that Hampshire “was fully aware of Emily’s diabetic condition but took measures to conceal” it and didn’t give her the “appropriate medical treatment and medication, which led to Emily’s death from diabetic ketoacidosis,” officials said.

“Amber Hampshire had all of the information and all of the resources available to take care of this and instead chose to conceal it from even the closest family members,” Gibbons told Fox 2 Now.

The girl’s father was reportedly unaware of the diagnosis.

Had Emily received treatment for the condition, “it would be absolutely survivable,” Gibbon said.

Search warrant documents viewed by Fox 2 Now noted several things taken by law enforcement which showed that Hampshire had been given the necessary items to care for Emily’s condition but did not put them to use.

The reasoning isn’t clear; religious considerations did not seem to play a role, Gibbons told the outlet.

“Investigators looked into that angle and I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that’s a claim or defense in this case,” Gibbons said. “I think there will be substantial evidence to the contrary.”

Alton Police Department Public Information Officer Emily Hejna confirmed to Fox News that Hampshire turned herself in on Thursday and is no longer in custody.

Attempts by Fox News to reach Hampshire were unsuccessful.