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Jury hears man’s 911 call after finding daughter dead

Mother charged with murder

By Laura Crimaldi
Associated Press / September 21, 2011

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - A Rhode Island man who found his 8-year-old daughter dead in her bed in 2009 sobbed hysterically to a 911 operator “she’s gone’’ while he struggled to wake up his wife, according to a recording of his emergency call played during his wife’s murder trial.

Prosecutors played the call in Washington County Superior Court in the trial of Kimberly Fry, 38, who is accused of strangling their daughter, Camden, after the girl refused to take a bath. Fry has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges.

“My daughter is dead. I just found her in bed,’’ Timothy Fry, 41, is heard saying.

“She’s gone. She’s gone. She’s gone.’’

Timothy Fry buried his face in a handkerchief while listening to the tape. Kimberly Fry broke down sobbing at the defendant’s table.

Fry testified that he went to check on Camden at about 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2009, because the girl never slept that late. He said he found Camden under the covers in the same position she was in the night before when he looked in her bedroom at the family’s North Kingstown home.

He said when he approached Camden, her eyes were open, her pupils were dilated, and she was holding a stuffed animal.

“She was ice-cold,’’ he said. “I knew she was gone.’’

Fry testified he gave Camden a CPR breath and called 911.

He is also heard on the tape trying to wake Kimberly Fry.

“Wake yourself, woman. She’s dead,’’ he said. “Oh no. God, no.’’

“Get up. Stand up. Wake up,’’ he said. “She’s dead. Our daughter is dead.’’

The night before, Fry testified, his wife called him while he was driving home from hockey and told him that Camden had a “two-hour crying fit,’’ but was now “quiet and sleeping in bed.’’

He testified he looked into Camden’s bedroom to check on her after he got home, but did not approach the girl’s bed.

His wife, Fry said, was groggy and asked him to sleep with her that night. The couple usually slept apart because of Kimberly Fry’s insomnia, he said.

“She said at the time, ‘I love you. Don’t leave me. Stay with me,’ ’’ Fry said.

Prosecutors say Kimberly Fry had overdosed on four prescription medications in a suicide attempt.

Her husband testified earlier this week that Kimberly told him that she wished Camden wasn’t around.

Defense attorneys say Kimberly Fry did not intend to kill her daughter and was trying to restrain the agitated girl.

A neuropsychologist diagnosed Camden with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder two months before her death. The girl was taking medicine for her symptoms, her father said. The family was also seeing a counselor to help them better respond to Camden’s tantrums and crying fits.

Timothy Fry filed for divorce in April.