Dhymia Woody

Dymia was just 8 years old when her life on this earth ended.

The person responsible for taking her life was 14 years old at the time of the crime.  A day after her mother reported her missing Dymia’s body was found in a vacant trailer. The coroner’s findings were that she died of asphyxiation. She was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a 14 year old boy. The boy subsequently put her body in a closet in that abandoned trailer. As the search for the missing girl mounted, the killer even pretended to search for Dymia with the search parties. All the while knowing the truth about her fate and where she was.

August 2009 in Greenville, SC where the case will be tried, it was determined that the killer would be charged as an adult. The reasoning, the crime was far more adult than that of a 14 year old, and the likelihood of the perpetrator being rehabilitated in the 5 years it will take before he would have to be released is highly unlikely.  The courts will prosecute him as an adult. Under the possible prosecution on the table he could end up serving anywhere from 30 years to life in prison. The family, is reported to be relieved the case will move to adult court.

The 8 year old girl looking at you with those beautiful, trusting eyes is no longer on this earth. Her parents, family, and other loved ones have to live everyday with the reality that she is no longer here, because of the actions of another person. The justice system cannot offer her life back, it cannot ease that pain, it can only offer them the comfort of knowing the individual responsible for the kidnapping, rape, and brutal murder of an 8 year old girl will spend his time in prison and not have the opportunity to bring that kind of pain to any other families.