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The grand jury indictments against the parents of murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey were released Friday, showing that the Boulder grand jury believed that John and Patsy Ramsey committed child abuse that resulted in their daughter’s death.
JonBenet, 6, was found murdered in her Boulder, Colo., home the day after Christmas in 1996. Her parents were later exonerated in her death in 2008, but the indictment indicates that a grand jury believed the Ramseys were responsible for the child beauty queen’s death.
The Ramseys were never charged by then-Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter because he refused to sign the indictment, citing a lack of evidence against the Ramseys.
But the grand jury thought otherwise, accusing the Ramseys of “unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenét Ramsey, a child under the age of 16," according to the indictment.
A Boulder Daily Camera reporter and a journalism advocacy group sued the current Boulder DA to release the indictment. A judge ruled Wednesday that the document be released Friday.
Read the indictments below: