My 2 yr old Granddaughter, Savannah Katheryn Cross, was murdered by her daycare provider in Phoenix, AZ on December 11, 2012. She would have been 3 years old on December 30th.
This case has drawn national attention and is now known to be the most severe case of child abuse in Arizona's recorded history. (Google Savannah Cross Phoenix daycare death) although overshadowed by Sandy Hook, which occurred 3 days later.
Savannah's father and paternal Grandmother, Stephen Cross of Alamosa, CO and Cathy Cross of Fort Wayne, IN are both disabled (Stephen is a disabled Marine) living on a limited income and is humbly asking for public's assistance in helping us get to Phoenix, and be able to stay for the duration of the murder trial against Ryan Alan Reed and Allison Clement (his wife) - estimated 3-4 months in duration in Phoenix, Arizona.
Savannah's Mother Ashley Dattoli Livengood of Tempe, AZ has had a letter of substantiation against her for child abuse and neglect issued by Phoenix CPS regarding this case, but has not been charged in the murder. Yet.
With both Clement and Reed being charged with Murder 2 as of July 14, 2014, we will be up agasint attending two separate trials.
We now anticipate the trial to take a minimum of 3-4 MONTHS and are asking your assistance to help us afford to be present for Savannah in the courtroom for the entire duration. Victim assistance will only pay for it if we are subpoenaed to testify, which we will not be, as we have no knowledge of the activities that led to Savannah's death.
The funds needed would include round trip air fare from Alamosa, Co to Phoenix and Fort Wayne, IN to Phoenix, nightly accommodations at the Extended Stay Downtown Phoenix near the courthouse, and a (the least expensive midsize available) rental car for the periods we are there. (minimum of 3 MONTHS).
Savannah's Maternal side of the family did not come to the private viewing that was offered, nor did they attend the funeral. It is very important that we have family in the courtroom for this trial to honor Savannah and help give us closure and to face her murderer(s) in the courtroom.
Please keep in mind, whatever your donation through GoFundme, a 10 % fee will go to this fundraising vessel and will be auto-deducted prior to distribution to the family. You may alternately donate via PayPal to email@example.com and designate your donation as a gift, and no fees will be deducted or visit http://thesavannahfund.org and donate via the FAMILY link, or if you are able, a prepaid visa/Mastercard in any amount would be a blessing and no fees come out of that. You can send them to:
Cathy J. Cross
c/o The Savannah Fund
8522-1A Lakeside Drive
Ft Wayne, IN 46816
The following numbers do not reflect the updated length of stay needed, but it does reflect the cost our family will be looking at in general per day.
Estimated need is based on:
$125 per day (accomodations for 2) at Extended Stay Downtown Phx
x 28 days minimum
RT from Alamosa to Phx Leaving 5/25/2015 returning 8/19/2015
$1,171.93 + $100 baggage fee w/ compact car = $1, 271.93
RT From Fort Wayne, IN to PHX leaving 5/25/2015 returning 8/19/14
$ 751.00 + $100 baggage fee = $ 851.00
- 10% Go Fund me Fee
$ 5060.64 (UPDATED need will be at least 3x this amount)
We seek the assistance of anyone who could make the arrangements with a savings of the estimates we have; if you can arrange the travel and accommodations for less, at the same venues, please contact us with the information where savings can be found.
To stay informed about this trial visit http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/CriminalCourtCases/index.asp and search for Ryan Alan Reed or Allison Clement for monthly CASE HISTORY updates.
Thank you for your consideration. Visit http://thesavannahfund.org for info on how you can assist victims in your area.
Grandma's Blog is at http://agonizingjustice.wordpress.com where she writes about living in the wake of her granddaughter's murder.
We ask for your prayers to get through these difficult times, and if you are able, to please donate to help us be present for her, during the trial of her murderer(s).
The Cross Family