Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

News & Politics News & Politics

Man Accused of Murdering Toddler While Boy's Military Mom Served Overseas

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM
  • 7 Replies

Man Accused of Murdering Toddler While Boy's Military Mom Served Overseas (VIDEO)

by Kiri Blakeley

A mother who was serving in the military in the Middle East was horrified when she received a call saying that her 21-month-old toddler, Evan, was lying in the hospital with terrible injuries and would not survive. His mom, Nicole Dudley, who was serving in the Air Force in Qatar, rushed home, but was only able to spend less than two days with Evan before he was taken off life support. Then even more horror sunk in -- Evan's death was ruled a homicide. And the man arrested for the terrible crime was Justin K. Corbett, a 25-year-old airman who was helping take care of Evan through a reported "family-care plan approved by the Air Force" while Nicole served her country.

Corbett, who lived on the Dover Air Force base in Delaware, has been charged with murder by abuse or neglect in recklessly causing Evan's death. Corbett called 911 after he said that Evan had fallen down a flight of stairs and was unresponsive. Evan reportedly had multiple head injuries and bruises on his body, a detached retina, bleeding on the brain, and numerous bruises on his head. He died four days after sustaining his injuries. Two experts concluded that his death had not been accidental.

Evan had primarily been staying with his godmother's family during his mom's deployment; however, he would also regularly visit Corbett's home to play with his young son and daughter.

Nicole wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to Evan's memory and the investigation:

I'm relieved that an arrest has finally been made in the quest for justice for my baby, Evan Dudley. The past 15 months and 11 days have been a non-stop emotional roller coaster for me and my family. From the moment the doctor gave his characterization of Evan's injuries at A.I. Dupont Hospital, to receiving word of last night's arrest, I've alternated between grief, anger, depression and anxiety. I can now add hope to the list, as the arrest gives me the feeling that resolution and justice for Evan are within reach.

I can't imagine being so far away from your child, and believing and trusting he was in good hands, and then hearing your worst nightmare. It must be absolutely devastating. Hopefully justice is served.

Have you ever had to leave your child for a long period of time?


by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-7):
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Just Horrible

Oliviasmom72
by Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I have no idea why an unrelated male would be carrying for a toddler. This is the mst dangerous family situation. I dont get it. Was he moms boyfriend or what? If Mom was deploayed she should have gone to bio Dad or her family for help.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Feb. 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Oh my..this is just "sickening"..

joyfree
by Kat on Feb. 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

crying

finnbar
by on Feb. 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Horrible

This makes me wonder how many other single parents have to leave their kids in questionable care while they deploy. There should be a volunteer foster-care like system set up for concerned, caring families to take in these kids while the parents are deployed.
mcdun
by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Why did I read this?

uggh people suck 

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2014 at 12:25 AM

I cannot even imagine. Just reading it makes me sick. My heart goes out to Evan's mom, and her family. 

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)