Maurice talked to police at the lake
Two days after Amanda Hamm’s three children drowned at Clinton Lake, Maurice LaGrone accompanied police back to the boat ramp where the car he was driving went into the water. The videotaped interview lasted about 30 minutes. The jury that settled on a murder conviction against LaGrone three years later never saw the video. Portions of the interview were posted earlier on this website. This week, you can read the complete transcript of Maurice’s exchange with officers. Here’s the link: Maurice Lake Transcript 63-95
Judge’s ruling in Hamm child custody case
After her release from prison, Amanda Hamm married Leo Ware and the couple started a new family. During her 2014 hospital stay for the birth of her third child, a doctor recognized Amanda as the mother in the Clinton Lake drowning case. State welfare workers took custody of the Ware’s two daughters and newborn son.
A year later, a Cook County judge said he could support the state’s decision even without considering the deaths of Amanda’s children and her role in the lake incident. In his ruling, the judge nonetheless dwells on evidence from the criminal cases and, it can be fairly said, plays loose with some facts. Most notably, in the first paragraph, he states that Hamm had been a patient in a psychiatric hospital on more than one occasion since her release from prison. That is not correct. Her hospitalization referenced in the ruling came before her arrest and conviction.
Your can read Judge Demetrios Kottaras’s decision here:
After a four-year custody battle, the judge appointed Leo Ware’s sister, the children’s aunt, as their legal guardian. Amanda is allowed supervised visits and Leo, now her ex-husband, has unsupervised visits.