"Why Wasn't The Victims Wife Investigated"?

I am a mother who is trying to save her son.   On 12/31/ 2009 my 15 yr old minor-son was arrested for the murder of his best friends father.  Before he died, the victim named his murderer, he said his own son Nick,  and it is part of the original police report.

Officers found a blood splattered t-shirt upstairs on the floor in the master bathroom floor, This is a shirt known to have been worn by the victims own son and also part of the police report. Nick was named an assessor, Bryce was named the shooter and  planner!

A highly respected forensic psychologist named Doctor Joann Murphey in Texas, wrote a 55 page report in defense of my minor son.  She found my 15 year old minor son NOT culpable for any part in the case against him.  And she found my 15 year old son to be a child. Her report was never presented.

Based on compelling evidence I believe the victims wife to be the mastermind behind the murder of her husband.  I believe she exploited my son and used him and his vulnerabilities for her own financial gain.  A witness came down to the station and told how the victims wife was involved. He said she was giving my minor son drugs, alcohol and money.  As bryce's mother, I want to know why wasn't she investigated?

An Officer requested the victim's wife be investigated, yet there is nothing to show this happened.  According to our laws she should have been arrested and charged accordingly.  When officers arrive the victims wife had blood on her hand, arms and night shirt. She told police that when she heard gun shots in her home she came down stairs to see what was the matter.

After tending to the victim she said she saw the back door open, so she shut it, locked it and went back upstairs in fear of her life. Nick told the police his best friend bryce did this, she said bryce was her sons only friend.

There were a lot of officers called to the victims home that day. From my research it is clear portions of the police report have been redacted, amended and revised on dates other than the date of the crime.  In fact, all pages pertaining to statements taken, including my son's, were written over seven days after the date of the crime.

My son was alone when he waived his miranda rights.  Bryce has a well documented medical, mental, educational and social history. according to our laws he is not allowed to waive his rights, let alone be deemed a competent adult and sentenced plea agreement to 30 years within 7 months after his arrest. Bryce was still only 15 yrs old.

CASE-2010-CR-JUV-003-22a  Docket A-12533/a3840.
Police Report 090979792  Arrest Date-12-31-2009 DOB 09-09-1994. 

 Bryce Seton Vandergrift did not commit the crimes that he has been arrested and convicted of, My son is living in a prison cell sentenced to 30 years. Bryce is paying for someone else crime.

I am Bryce's mother and I'm trying to save my son. Will you please help me to help my son.

April 2010    Ruled Competent by states doctor

May /26/2010    Certified as an Adult

June 2010    via his Lawyer,  court obtains full confession
                     in exchange for 30 yr plea deal.

July-16-2010     Sentenced, no right to appeal.

Bryce was told there was no evidence to prove anyone else could have committed this crime, he feared a jury would give him life or death.

 +++ F R E D  --  R.I.P.   Much Respect.  A Navy Veteran. +++

Nicholas Daniel Cantu 01658805 a3840

The autopsy reports these painkiller drugs were in the victim's blood. 1. Acetaminophen, 2. Naproxen, 3. Hydrocodone Vicodin, and 4. Hydromorphone/ a derivative of morphine.

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                  Kind Regards,   Bryce's Mother     bryce@4brycesbattle.org

My son was not in any position to handle defending himself against manipulation
There is more to this story and I would be happy to share this with-you,
 Bryce has a Strong Defense that was never used.


Dear My Senator + Friend

FACT:  Bryce was not and is not in a position to handle defending himself against manipulation. UPDATE: An officer requested that the victims wife be investigated. As Bryce's Mother, I want to know why she wasn't.

To whom It May Concern,                                                       12-31-2009 - 2010-2011-2012-2013

My name is Ms. DorothyMarie-MichellePelletier.  I am a Veteran and the mother of a minor-child
named Bryce. My son has been unjustly incarcerated in a Texas prison. Arrested 12-31-2009
Bryce has a Neurological Disorder with it’s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities. His disability
status is O.H.I. Other Health Impaired. I believe he has been set up / exploited before, during,
and after his arrest for this reason.

As per the San Antonio police report, on December 31 2009 the victim Fred Cantu Jr, was shot
once in the chest in his home while he laid asleep on his couch. Nick, Fred’s oldest son told
the police that his best friend Bryce did this. When police arrived EMT was there. Fred was still
alive and was asked who was responsible for this? he answered Nick. I have the police report
which proves this as fact.

My child was alone when questioned, arrested and waived his Miranda Rights. He was
interrogated without an attorney, and I believe he was manipulated and coerced into giving a
false confession. This shooting was never properly investigated once the confession was

At the time of his arrest my son was 15 years old, 6’1 and had failed the 8th grade.  Since
2007 for just 3 years our son was living with his father David and stepmother Patricia. In early
2006 Bryce’s father wanted our son to spend some years with him, Bryce wanted this too as
he loves his father. David told me that he would give our son more opportunities than I could
afford. I wanted our son to have more. In 2007 I agreed for Bryce to now live with his
father in Texas.

I had divorced Bryce’s father in Tampa in April 1999. Florida holds Jurisdiction over our
divorce decree and it’s agreements / settlements.  CASE-99-3728B. My maiden named was
restored I have not remarried. Our Joint Custody/Shared Rights remained. Our son had been
in my care in Florida since 1996. Bryce was born 09/09/1994 while we were overseas.
I wasn’t aware that my former husband had been enticing our child with material things.
David told Bryce about the three large plasma televisions he had, we didn’t have one. He
told our son that a dog named Chip was waiting for him in the back yard. Bryce was happy.

After January 4th 2010 Bryce’s father hired an attorney. His father was given immediate
plausible deniability. I was excluded from decisions and when I was included I was lied to.
My Parental rights continued to be violated. My signature was obtained under false pretense. 
Attorney Anthony B Cantrell  #3763180.

Within six months after my child's arrest he was deemed a competent adult.  I was present
during these hearings and watched key persons prompt my child. Whenever he was told the
details of what occurred and of his participation in it, he believed it he still does. At one hearing
he wanted to plea not guilty, instead he was given more time to think about this.

His confession wasn’t good enough to convict him because at least 6 months after his arrest,
his lawyer coerced him into confessing to all state charges. This was done so that Bryce could
accept a plea agreement of 30 years. My son was told this is a Capital Murder, Bryce feared
a jury would give him life or death.  He waived his right to appeal.

The charges were that he intentionally and knowingly caused the death of the victim by
shooting him and that he did this with an accomplice named Nicholas. Bryce was told that
there was no evidence to suggest anyone else could have done this. On July 16, 2010 my
son was convicted. At this time in a convincing manner Bryce continued to repeat what
he was told and as if it had originated with him.

The Police report shows that inside the victims home a blood splattered t-shirt was found
upstairs in the master bathroom. An Aztec America known to be worn by the victims own
son. In the attic officers found unsecured weapons. The victim's wife had blood on her hands,
arms and night shirt. She told police that after hearing gunshots she came downstairs to see
what happened. She saw the back door was open, so she shut and locked it and went back
upstairs in fear of her life. She told the police that Bryce was her sons only friend.

She stated that both her sons were asleep in the bed with her. An officer asked her youngest
son if it was common for his brother to sleep with him and his mom, he said NO. She told the
police that Bryce was her sons only friend. During this time she was working as a Speech
Pathologist for children with special needs. She told my son she was a Nurse.

Several of the many officers at this home went to Bryce's father’s house. The technician with
them gather black clothing items from different parts of the house, including a mask and
gloves which had nothing to do with the crime on December 31st 2009. There was no blood
in this house. A shotgun is said to have been found in Bryce’s fathers backyard.

Later at the station a witness tells a detective how the victim's wife was involved. In a divorce
she wouldn’t get the house and the money, he said “she wanted both”.  Some of the things
this witness told was that Nicks mother was supplying Bryce with drugs and alcohol, and that
she would sometimes do these with him and give him money. A second witness was not
questioned. This case is based entirely on a confession elicited by police from a minor with a
developmental disorder. Nick's word and a shotgun said to have been found in Bryce's
father's backyard.  Bryce was never given a gun residue test.

The defense hired a forensic psychologist. She was told Bryce was the shooter. Her report
found my child to be a child and that he was not culpable.  Her findings confirmed his
disorders that are covered under State and Federal Laws.  Bryce's cognitive deficiencies/
developmental disabilities are evident in her tests and evaluations.  She noted that years
before moving to Texas,  professionals in Florida including a Neurologist had diagnosed
Bryce with this genetic disorder.  She tells of his well documented history of being successfully
treated while in my care and by his same Florida doctor since he was four years old.

Doctor Joann Murphey of Texas, recorded important facts of Bryce’s life since moving to Texas
and the care of him. She noted that before his arrest there is over six months of drug and alcohol
abuse and that only one of his medications remained, which he stopped taking in 2009.

After Bryce was arrested key personnel for the state case wrote false statements about me as
his mother and of my health. In their findings, they wrote false statements about my child's
history while living in Texas and in Florida. The Forensic Psychologist for Bryce’s defense
documented that their statements are contrary to Bryce’s well documented history of continued
progress and success, including what they wrote about me as his mother,  is not substantiated.

The forensic psychologist Doctor Joann Murphey of Texas, Found Bryce not culpable
of any part in the case against him. Her report was never presented on behalf of my son,
I have her report.

Medical Professionals told me that when Bryce arrived at the detention center he was disassociated.
He was put on a high dosage of Prozac and 300 mg of trazadone. Bryce remained on these drugs
throughout all the court hearings. During his competency hearing Bryce was zoning in and
out.  He was prompted by adults to give answers they wanted.

On September 9 2012, Bryce will turn 18 years old. He is scheduled to be transferred into a 
notorious adult prison.  My son does not belong in prison or with adults. He belongs back in
my care here in Florida where I have lived since 1996.

                                                                I am a mother who is trying to save her son.

*ORIGINAL:  *CASE-2010-CR-JUV-003-22a.  *Arrest Date-12-31-2009.
*Police Report-090979792.  SID’s -1128131 - 1187996 - 943202.  DOB: 09-09-1994.

+ NEW NUMBERS:  County Changes- CASE-2010-CR-5794B.

FALSE- New arrest date- 05-26-2010.
Offense: F1- Murder-First Degree- 09990019. Sid-08508535.  TDC-01661857.
DOCKET-A 12533 / a3840.  Internal Agency Person Number-943292.

+FALSE: Habitual/Repeat Offender was added to this case. Bryce has never been in trouble with the law before 12-31-2009.  He has no criminal history in Florida and or Texas before this.  Current Location: Clemens Unit YOP Courage Program. 11034 hwy 36, Brazoria, TX. 77422. ADULT Transfer scheduled on Sept 9th 2012 when he will turn 18 years old.


All fallacies against myself and my son have originated after he moved to Texas in 2007.

My rights have been violated before, during and after my child's arrest.

12/31/2009  Arrested for the murder of his best friends father.

April 2010  Ruled competent by State Doctor and probation officer/case manager.

05/26/2010 Certified as an adult.

June 2010  Attorney has Bryce confess to all states charges for plea deal.

July 16 2010 Sentenced- plea agreement-30 years-no right to appeal.

He was still just 15 years old.

The two court reporters Holly Dietert and Candy Zavaoa continue to deny me copies of
the court transcripts.

In 2010 while in Texas, I reported Bryce's father and other adults to DFPS. In return

the counties CPS wrote false statements about my ability to care for my child.

According to our laws there was/is enough substantial, compelling and circumstantial

evidence to have arrested the victims wife Grace and Bryce’s father.

Bryce met Nick and his mother in May 2009. 
The Vandergrift and Cantu homes are in walking distance.

Mr. Lamar D. Elliott, LSW/LCSW a clinical practitioner was the social worker for the Cantu Family. He told the victims wife that that her son Nicholas had violent tendencies towards his father and to take this warning serious. After receiving a Grand Jury Summons, Mr. Elliott turned over his records to the District Attorney's office. 

The defense attorney also hired a forensic psychiatrist whose report was not used. The lawyer refuses me my copy of this report. I believe Doctor Joann Murphey has her copy.

In the year 2008 Bryce’s stepmother moved out of the home she and David had purchased mid 2003. In February 2009 Patricia R Vandergrift filed for a divorced. The divorce was finalized On June 26, 2009. CASE-2009-CI-02457. Recently Patricia sold her share of their house to David L. Vandergrift. David also owns a home in Saint Augustine Florida that was left to him when his mother died. She left him some lots of land in another state also.

In July, 2009 NISD, Northside Independent School District had informed David that Bryce did
not meet the state required task test in math and reading. He had failed 3 of 3 tries in reading and 2 of 3 tries in math. Their recommendation was that our minor son be retained in the 8th grade. Bryce’s father disagreed with the school committee and wanted them to promoted our son to the 9th grade.  In August 2009 during a meeting the committee now agreed with David,  including the removal of all the accommodations for Bryce’s learning disabilities. The IEP, Independent Education Program is for students with special needs. Our child's IEP has been in place since he was in Kindergarten. This was removed, I was never contacted.

The Probation officer/case manager wrote that academically my son is average to above average. This is what the detention centers academic testing reflects.  My minor-child has never scored this high in all areas and all at once. For this test he was given the answers.
His well documented educational history is his proof.

The autopsy reports these painkiller drugs were in the victim’s blood.

1. Acetaminophen, 2. Naproxen,  3. Hydrocodone/Vicodin,  and
   4. Hydromorphone/ a derivative of morphine.

Bird-shot pellets and wadding were recovered, one cannot match these items to any
particular shotgun.

Several of Nick and Bryce’s friends said that Nick had wanted his father dead long before he
met my son and that he had solicited others to kill his father.

Nicholas Daniel Cantu, Bio son to the deceased. Co-Defendant/TDC 0165880 /Public defense
Attorney James S. Wheat #785225. Nick plead no contest. He accepted a Plea Agreement of 30
years and his testimony against Bryce should this case ever go to trial. Nick is awaiting a
decision on his appeal.

Both youths were tried separately in front of a newly appointed  (Oct 2009) Judge. The
Honorable Judge was appointed to preside over the reopening of the Juvenile court

The courtroom is in the same building as the Juvenile Offenders Detention Center.
Two prosecutors attended these hearings. In July 2010 she hosted the Christmas in July event. It was election year and she was campaigning. This was her first murder case/ruling. 

After my minor son's arrest I asked him about this crime. Bryce did not know what he did or if he had shot the victim. He has important details about the crime scene WRONG. What he thinks he did is contrary to what is in the police report.

Bryce’s history is his proof that while on his daily medications, therapy as needed and his
school assistance in place for his Learning Disabilities, This Minor-Child was doing GREAT!

Before his arrest my child was diagnosed with Bipolar, while in prison at the age of 16 Bryce was again diagnosed with this disorder. On his medications he was fine.

+ Fred Cantu Jr.+  06-1970  to 01-2010.  Rest In Peace. Much Respect. NAVY VETERAN +

There's More to this story.

Medical, Mental, Educational and Social History are Well Documented. Available upon request to include the case against him. Thank You for reading my and my sons story.

Kind Regards,
 email bryce@4brycesbattle.org
ms.dmmpelletier Bryce's Mother  

resident of FL since 01/1996. I have never lived in TX.

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 June 2012 they put him in solitary confinement because of the pictures he and his new cell mater drew. He spent at least 7 days in the hole. In the end he preferred this confinement because he was safer, he avoided 2 riots that broke out, and he was able to sleep a lot.

David L Vandergrift, Bryce's father, paid the lawyer.



    My minor son was put into Solitary confinement.
Dear Sir or Mam,                            June 2012

LINK TO VIDEO http://youtu.be/BSYCIOf2b8U
Earlier this month I heard a rumor that my minor child
had been placed in solitary confinement. The rumor is/was
that my son had been raped by another youth. He had
become so suicidal that solitary confinement was used
to keep Bryce from taking his own life. My son is in the
Clemens unit prison in Brazoria Texas. Before this he was
in Huntsville TDCJ.*

I wasn't certain if the rumor was true, I was certain that
I was very concerned. So I contacted the prison to inquire
about my son. I first spoke to Mrs. Hanak, who is part of
the medical staff at Clemens prison. I have kept up too date
with my rights under HIPAA. A medical staff member had
confirmed that my son is in solitary confinement.

I then contacted Ms. Barnett, who is the person that could
confirm if I am on the contact list and as the next of Kin.
Ms. Barnett refused to tell me. She was more concerned as
to how I found out that Bryce was in solitary confinement.
I refused to tell her, and in return she refused to answer
my question. She placed me on hold.

When we were reconnected, she continued to try and find out
who told me. Then transferred me to another person. It was
Major Lacox. He works directly under the warden. Major Lacox confirmed that my child was in solitary confinement. He
would not tell me how long. He said Bryce will remain there until the disciplinary hearing.

The reason the Major gave me for my minor child being put in solitary confinement, is that supposedly he and his new cellmate had drawn some pictures and placed several on the floor. At which point they are said to have threaten the other youths-children by saying if you step on our/my pictures, we/I will put a hex on you.

The Major informed me that in almost 2 years that Bryce
has been at Clemens and in the COURAGE PROGRAM,* he had
been doing great. This is the first time Bryce has been
disciplined. I asked the Major if Ms. Barnett was going
to be put into solitary confinement..... he said no.

I don’t know if my son remains in solitary confinement,
or the real reason he was put there. Has he been raped?
Is he trying to kill himself? Do professionals really
force Minor children "youths" into solitary confinement?

What constitutes abuses of authority? Abuse of tactics
and measures of solitary confinement? In reference to my
son Bryce, which categories apply, Discipline? Or is
this more of a medically, mentally and or physically
necessary means. For me this is abuse of my child.
What can I do about it....

Am I on the contact list? Am I listed as next of Kin?

Bryce's Mother
Bryce Seton Vandergrift.
*TDCJ Texas Department Criminal Justice.
*COURAGE PROGRAM (formerly known as YOP) for Youth Offenders.

later I found out he had been in solitary confinement for at least 7 days. He had not been raped or trying to take his life at this time, later they put him back in solitary confinement, he was asking to be protected from a beat down from some of the other youths, he got attacked more than once, as usual he was blamed for his own problems. They started to write cases against him and he went to a G4 rating fast... Because he kept asking to be protected... God Protect My Child because while he was in solitary confinement, a riot broke out. As his mother, I now consider his confinement to be a blessing in disguise. thank you God!


Doctor Joann Murphey - Forensic Psychologist Minor-Not Culpable

      The 55 page forensic psychologist report for the defense, found bryce not culpable in any part of the case against him. She also found my child to be a child and not an adult. Her report was never
presented to the court. She also told them that Bryce had stopped taking his medications. This doctor was told that Bryce was the shooter.

     The defense hired a well known forensic psychologist for the adult certification hearing.  Her findings confirmed his two disorders that are covered under Federal Law, The Americans with Disability Act. His Cognitive Disorder/Developmental Disabilities as well as his well documented history of being successfully treated while in my care and by his same Florida doctor since he was 4 years old. 

     This forensic psychologist for the defense of my child had also documented important 
fact of Bryce’s life since moving to Texas, especially in the year 2009 and months leading up to his arrest.   She noted that for over half a year our son had been abusing drugs and alcohol daily.  He could not have be a mastermind,  nor the planner of this tragic crime.

     Adults in Texas made False statements about me as a mother and about my own health. False statements were made about his doctors in Florida and of their care of Bryce. She wrote that their statements were contrary to Bryce’s well documented history. 

There is nothing to substantiate their claims, the fallacies originated in Texas.

I am  concerned for my son

Thank you everyone for your compassion and Prayers for brycesetonvandergrift.

Bryce's father David L Vandergrift paid the lawyer. 
Both my and our sons rights were violated. 

                                                               Doctor Joann Murphey

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