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June 23, 2006

Mom already serving term for assaulting son

By Jeff Lehr

Globe Staff Writer

Kristina Ann Grannis was hiding in a closet inside the apartment when Aurora police arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance.

Officers noted that her speech was slurred and she appeared to be drunk. She denied knowledge of any injury to her 3-month-old son.

But another woman outside the apartment in Aurora on March 24, 2003, told officers that Grannis and her boyfriend, Jacques Lucien Vincilione, had argued over injuries to Lucien Grannis Vincilione, and that Vincilione had taken the boy to the hospital.

At the emergency room of Mercy Aurora Community Hospital, a doctor told police Sgt. Jay Jastal that the boy was brought to the hospital by his father with bruises on both sides of his head, blood in his ears and numerous scratches over his body. A CT scan revealed a subarachnoid hematoma - bleeding on the baby's brain - necessitating a trip to a Springfield hospital.

The father told Jastal that he had left the apartment around noon and had returned at 6 p.m. to find the baby in that condition. He told Jastal that the couple's 2-month-old daughter had died in December 2001 at their home in Miami, Okla., and that the death had been ruled a case of sudden infant death syndrome.

But, Vincilione told Jastal, he always suspected that Grannis had contributed to the baby's death, and he said another child had been taken away from her in Barry County in Missouri before that, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed by police to support a charge of first-degree assault filed against Grannis for the injuries to her son in Aurora.

The affidavit filed in March 2003 in Lawrence County preceded by more than three years a first-degree murder charge filed this week against Grannis, 29, in Ottawa County, Okla., in connection with the death of 11-week-old Jacqueline Ann Vincilione on Dec. 30, 2001.

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