little Francine's body was found on a sprawling ranch, it was first thought
that she was a doll that had been burned, covered by bits of a red, white
and blue baby
She sat upright with stiff arms outstretched towards the sky, till the
rancher who found her took a pen and touched her shiny blackened face,
the skin gave and fluids leaked out.
take six years before anybody
her name or anything about her.
Francis was born to James and Lillian Meegan,
they did not want her, they had three other children. When Francine was
born Lillian gave her to friends,
and Dennis Jensen. A few days after she gave Francine to them Lillian,
wanted her back, but Dennis talked her out of it. The Jensen's gave James
$1000. in cash, and bought him a new car, they also agreed to make a down
payment on a house for them.
the tab was up to $30,000 and climbing, and the Jensen's refused to give
any more money. On September 10, 1990 Francine was 9 months old, happy
night the Meegan's went to the Jensen's and demanded Francine back, telling
them that if they did not give her back, that they would know what it was
like to lose one of their children. Tearfully the Jensen's gave Francine
back to them,
James resented Francine being there, he was out of work again, nursing
a broken bone. Francine had been crying so he grabbed her by the neck and
shook her, she started
having difficulty breathing. Lillian tried CPR and James tried tickling
her to get her to respond. Francine didn't die quickly ,hours went by as
day broke , she finally stopped breathing. Lillian then dressed Francine
warmly, then they placed her in a
and put the suitcase in the trunk of their car. Then they drove down a
dirt road. Lillian then took the baby from the suitcase and handed her
to James. He sat her body
and poured gasoline over her body and lit a match.
pleaded guilty to felony child abuse & James' trial is yet to begin,
seek the death penalty.
has received a life in prison sentence.
was sentenced to 18 years
adopt a guardian angel for Francine
on the angel
can light a candle