It is December 6th in New Baltimore District Court in New Baltimore, MI. Lauren Furneaux sits with her head buried in her mother’s chest and surrounded by 40 supporters wearing “Justice for Lily” t-shirt, as Renee Marie King (26) took her seat. It is silent except for Lauren’s sobs.
The 2 women are not strangers, Renee is Lauren’s daughter Lily Lynette Furnneaux-Wolfenbarger’s stepmother and the woman accused of sexually assaulting and murdering her on November 20th.
On November 20th at around 9 am Lauren dropped off Lily (2) to her stepmother at the home she shared with Lily’s father and her 3 children from a previous relationship. Around 2pm that afternoon Renee called 911 and reported an “unconscious child”. She stated that as she was showering with Lily, her knee had given out and she lost her balance and fell on Lily. The autopsy results showed blunt force trauma to the head and severe vaginal trauma. Authorities believe Renee raped the toddler with some sort of object before hitting her in the head, and causing her death. She has offered explanations about the head injury but never offered anything to explain the vaginal trauma. She only pleads her innocence.
Lily’s father, Jeff Wolfenbarger, is standing by his wife. Calling periodically to check on the status of her case. Despite the fact that he had filed for divorce in October and Renee filed for PPO against him around the same time.
Renee has been in Macomb County Jail since November 20th and has been charged with felony murder, with a life sentence; criminal sexual conduct, with a mandatory 25-year sentence, and first- degree child abuse, a felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Renee’s attorney Richard Glanda has requested a 2nd autopsy by an independent medical examiner. He had this to say about his client, “She’s saddened by this incident, and she denies all allegation,” reiterating her statement that she lost her balance and fell on the toddler in the shower.
I don’t know… something stinks in Michigan, my friends. I personally cannot understand how she fell on the little girl in the shower and caused her death. I mean exactly how did the vaginal trauma occur from the fall. The fact that this man can stand there and defend this woman he wanted to divorce a month before makes me sick. That is your daughter, your flesh and blood.
There are rumors that Lily has resisted going to her father’s and seemed to fear Renee and that she had returned home often with bruises. But there are no “official” reports of that.
What do you guys think?