UPDATE: Key Information Disclosed Two Years After Girl's Death
Timothy Fry told police Kimberly Fry said she wished their daughter "wasn't around," but didn't reveal the information until June of this year.
Timothy Fry has testified his wife said several times that she wished their daughter, Camden, "wasn't around." Testimony Wednesday revealed he did not report that information until June of this year, nearly two years after his daughter's death.
Defense attorney Sarah Wright questioned Fry about the statement on cross examination Wednesday afternoon. Defending Kimberly Fry in her murder trial, Wright revealed that Timothy Fry made no such statements to North Kingstown police officers when he was interviewed on two separate occasions in the days following his daughter's death on Aug. 10, 2009. About a year later, at a pre-trial conference on Oct. 8, 2010 at which he testified, Fry again failed to mention his wife's statements, he acknowledged.
It wasn't until June 10, 2011, two months after filing for divorce, that Fry revealed the comments to police, Wright noted.
Fry said he did not intentionally omit the statements when the initial investigation was on-going. He did not remember them until June of this year, and reported them immediately to his attorney, who set up a meeting with North Kingstown police, he testified.
"Throughout this whole process, this has not been a narrative of my life. It has been someone asking me a question and me answering it." Fry said. "Some things have come to me. Some things I've forgotten. Some things I remember like they're branded on me. This information, I woke up with it (on June 10), and I told my attorney."
In earlier testimony Wednesday, Timothy Fry testified that after he and his wife said goodbye to their daughter’s body on the morning of Aug. 11, 2009, Timothy realized something was amiss with his wife.
"She was weepy, not fully mobile on her own," Tim Fry said. "I thought she was probably in shock. I know I felt like I had been run over by a truck."
Soon after, Fry noticed it was more than shock, and checked the medicine cabinet, where he found several empty bottles of anti-anxiety medication and pain killers. He asked police to call an ambulance, and Kimberly Fry went to South County Hospital, where she was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit.
On cross-examination Wednesday morning, Timothy Fry recounted his earlier testimony regarding the death of his 8-year-old daughter, Camden, on Aug. 10. He returned home from a hockey game around 9:40 p.m., finding his wife half-asleep on the living room couch. He checked on his daughter, who appeared to be sleeping peacefully under the covers in her bed.
Nothing, he said, appeared out of place, and nothing was out of the ordinary. The next morning, Tim Fry woke up as usual and began a typical Tuesday. Between 9 and 9:30 a.m., he said it occurred to him that Camden never slept that late, so he went to her room to check on her.
Fry walked to his daughter's bed, finding her eyes open and dilated. He testified he threw the covers off her, removed a stuffed elephant from her arms and rolled her over on her back, noticing her body was "ice cold and stiff," Fry said between sobs. "I gave her a breath — a CPR breath — but I knew she wasn't alive. I knew she was gone."
Fry screamed for his wife, called 911, the recording of which prosecutor Stephen Regine played for the jury Tuesday, and tried to rouse Kimberly, who had crawled into the room and was largely unresponsive, he testified.
Kimberly Fry, who faces a second-degree murder charge in her 8-year-old daughter's death, took the cocktail of anti-depressants and pain killers the night before in a failed suicide attempt following her daughter’s death. According to Fry, Camden had launched into a screaming fit, kicking, punching and biting her mother after refusing to take a bath. According to Timothy Fry’s testimony today, his wife told him these fits would last upwards of two hours. When Tim Fry wasn't around, Camden was sometimes "out of control," Fry testified his wife had told him.
Fry said while he experienced some outursts from Camden, they were not as violent as his wife described her encounters. Camden did not try to punch, kick or bite him, he said, and the tantrums did not last as long for him.
While Camden certainly had behavioral issues, she was not defined by the outbursts common among children with ADHD, Timothy Fry said. She was a fun, confident, energetic little girl, he said.
"I was thinking about this last night," Fry said after spending the entire day Tuesday on the stand recalling the events surrounding his daughter's death and the violent outbursts she sometimes displayed. "That was not the norm."
Fry recounted his daughter's love of playing hockey, swimming and playing with her friends. He talked of the art and cooking classes Camden enjoyed, and recalled her habit of arranging her toy animals in different groups every night after her bath, sometimes putting the monkey with the giraffe; other times having the elephant hang out with the monkey.
On Aug. 10, 2009, Camden launched into one of her fits at the family's home at 73 Ricci Lane. in North Kingstown while Tim Fry played hockey in Cranston, according to earlier testimony. Kimberly Fry took an anti-anxiety pill at some point in the episode, which continued to escalate, he testified she told him. At some point, Kimberly Fry sat on Camden and put her hands over the girl's nose and mouth to try to stop the tantrum, Timothy Fry said his wife had told him. He said this morning that Kimberly Fry did not tell him where on Camden's body she had sat. Camden died of asphyxiation that night, and Kimberly Fry stands trial for second-degree murder.
Noting the girl's troubles, the couple had her tested for ADHD. Tests confirmed the diagnosis in the spring of 2009 and the family began counseling sessions with Wendy Phillips, a family therapist at Rhode Island Hospital.
During those sessions, the family also talked about Kimberly Fry's troubles with insomnia, sleep deprivation and anxiety. Kimberly Fry routinely took anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills, and sought her own counseling after Phillips recommended it.
Camden Fry began taking Focalin, a medication used to treat ADHD, in June 2009, which immediately improved her symptoms, Tim Fry testified. Still, toward the end of the day, she would get irritable as the medication wore off, prompting doctors to increase the dose and employ an extended release version of the drug, Fry said.