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Front Porch: Doing something to help children, for Summer’s sake

Cindy Hval became a Court Appointed Special Advocate, fulfilling a pledge she’d made 10 years ago when 4-year-old Summer Phelps died after being abused by her father and stepmother.


Our View: Summer Phelps report illustrates need for reform

The child fatality review in the Summer Phelps case punctuates the state’s arduous journey in reforming the way it goes about protecting vulnerable children. Before the 4-year-old girl’s horrible death …


Phelps report urges agencies to share data

Concerns about Summer Phelps – the 4-year-old who died in Spokane in 2007 at the hands of her father and stepmother – were reported eight times to Washington’s Child Protective …


Abusive stepmother gets 62.5 years in girl’s death

Adriana Lytle, severely abused as a child herself, was sentenced to 62 1/2 years in prison Friday for her role in a cycle of beatings and torture that killed her …


Adriana Lytle sentenced to 62 years

Adriana Lytle received a 62.5-year sentence today for her part in the death of her stepdaughter, 4-year-old Summer Phelps.


Lytle term is longest ever under abuse statute

Jonathan Lytle, convicted by a Spokane jury of homicide by abuse last year for the death of his 4-year-old daughter, was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in prison – effectively …


Defense says stepmother deserves break

Adriana Lytle’s addicted mother injected methamphetamine when Adriana was in the womb. Her mother’s boyfriends and her father sexually abused her. She suffered from mental illness and abused drugs. She …


Summer’s father to receive sentence

There’s a difference of nearly 50 years in the sentencing recommendations for Jonathan Lytle, the man convicted in November of homicide by abuse in the torture death of his daughter, …


Prosecutors seeking 75 years for Lytle

There’s a nearly 50-year difference in the sentencing recommendations for Jonathan Lytle, the father convicted last November of homicide by abuse in the torture death of his daughter, 4-year old …


Expert says hair came from Summer’s head

Red hair found by police in the Spokane apartment where 4-year-old Summer Phelps died was mostly pulled from her head and matched her DNA, a forensic expert testified Thursday in …


Girl’s abuse unnoticed by neighbors, nurses

Although there were troubling clues, 4-year-old Summer Phelps’ severe abuse remained invisible to the nurses who visited her family and went unreported by the residents of the Spokane apartment building …


Father didn’t kill Summer, attorneys say

Attorneys for Jonathan Lytle, accused of homicide by abuse in the death of his 4-year-old daughter, said he was not in the room the day the girl was repeatedly submerged …


Lytle attorneys plan to blame wife

Defense attorneys for Jonathan Lytle, accused of torturing his daughter to death last year, indicated Thursday they would try to lay all the blame on the 4-year-old’s stepmother when his …


Judge denies Lytle trial venue change

Jonathan Lytle likely can get a fair trial in Spokane despite extensive news coverage of the alleged homicide by abuse of his 4-year-old daughter, a Spokane County Superior Court judge …


Father gets competency hearing

The father of 4-year-old torture-beating victim Summer Phelps is demanding a court hearing on his mental competence to stand trial on homicide-by-abuse charges. Jonathan Lytle refused at a Superior Court …