Aliahna Lemmon’s family defended Michael Plumadore before he confessed to murdering Aliahna by striking her repeatedly with a brick over her head. In the wake of her death, Aliahna’s family are also defending their choice to leave their girls in his care.
Would you leave your six and nine year-old daughters with this man?
Putting his criminal record of assault aside, and barring the fact that he lived with a registered sex offender of children, why is it that people just can’t get the fact that the male sex drive is strong; that they are visually stimulated; and that young men and young children have sexual energies that can easily spark in situations where a child might be naked, or while being bathed, or when a child might innocently rub up against the man?
Children can be sexually stimulated, as can an adult male, who is bathing little naked girls. Plumadore was taking care of Aliahna and her six year-old sisters for nearly a week before Aliahna was murdered. Surely he was bathing and helping the girls change their clothing.
Aliahna’s father says he ‘never saw anything in Plumadore that would cause him to think Plumadore would harm his children.’ Well world, wake up please! You don’t need to “see anything.” You just need to be aware and conscious enough to recognize that placing a female child in the care of a hormone-raging adult male neighbor, is playing with fire.
On Christmas Day, the day before he admitted to killing Aliahna and putting her head in his freezer, Plumadore was interviewed by a reporter for Indiana’s Journal Gazette.
At the time of the interview, Aliahna was reported as “missing” for 48 hours.
Plumadore, whom Aliahna and her sisters called “uncle Mike,” showed the interviewer a drawing Aliahna made for him. She had drawn him a heart and inside the heart, Aliahna had written, “I love u Miek.” Plumadore explained that Aliahna had said, “That’s one way I spell your name.”
“I love you Mike,” with a heart? Was this an innocent child showing innocent love for an adult she cares about? Or was he molesting Aliahna long before the night he took her life? For those who don’t know, many children who are being molested by an adult they care about, will form a bond with their abuser –a bond that the child thinks is love.
He said the night Aliahna disappeared, he stayed up all night because Aliahna was having nightmares. Plumadore says Aliahna told him that she was missing her mother and wanted to leave. He told her, “Honey, you know, it’s 2, 2:30 in the morning. We’ll get with Mommy in the morning.”
Plumadore stated in the interview, “I have a real massive and bad temper.” If Aliahna was being molested by Plumadore, had it escalated to rape and was she trying to get away from Plumadore that night? Was her “nightmare” a human nightmare named Mike Plumadore, who had raped her for the first time? Plumadore had the girls for a week while their mother was sick. Maybe he had never taken care of the Lemmon girls that long before, and maybe being around Aliahna for so long was too much for Plumadore to take? Maybe he finally raped her, then feared she would tell her mother?
I know he might be innocent of molestation and rape, but I have no problem placing this scenario on the table when the man I am wondering about has killed a child by beating her to death, and has dismembered her body.
Plumadore said the night “she disappeared,” Aliahna slept in a recliner and her sisters were asleep on the floor. Plumadore says, “I brushed the hair back off her forehead and gave her a kiss and sat down and smoked my cigar, and I went to sleep about 6:30.”
He brushed the hair from her forehead and kissed her? Sounds a little too intimate to me.
Plumadore then made it a point to say that he slept on the couch. He stated, “You know, they’re not my kids. I’m not gonna sleep in the same bed as someone else’s kids. And they all want to sleep together, so we all just sleep in the living room and watch TV together.”
The fact that he went out of his way to say he did not sleep in the same bed with the girls is suspicious in and of itself.
Plumadore’s pre-confession version was to say that he woke up at 10 a.m. the next morning, and realized the door to his house was unlocked and Aliahna was gone. He said Aliahna’s sisters told him she had left with her mother. Plumadore says he believed the girls, locked the door, and went back to sleep.
He said when he woke up, he and Aliahna’s sisters got on with their day. But when Plumadore says he spoke with their mother that night, and realized that she did not have Aliahna, the police were called.
Until his confession, Plumadore stuck to this story and pretended to be nothing more than a concerned babysitter.
Plumadore even spoke about his past crimes by saying, “I’m not an angel by any means.” Then said, “I don’t hurt children. I don’t hurt animals.”
I don’t normally root for the death penalty, but if Plumadore is found guilty and sentenced to death, I wouldn’t find an ounce of sympathy for him.