Victim's Mother: 'People Dropped The Ball'
Whether it was a court appearance or a trip to a police station, Tiana Notice talked to authorities about her troubles with her ex-boyfriend more than a half-dozen times in the six weeks before she died, allegedly at his hands, according to a report by the state victim advocate.
Along the way, she was met by lethargy, dismissive attitudes and even sarcasm, her parents and the state victim advocate said Tuesday.
"I'm basically here to be her voice, because her voice was silenced because people dropped the ball," said Notice's mother, Kathy Lewis, at the Legislative Office Building Tuesday.
Notice was so frustrated that when she left, she called her mother and recounted that she had said to the officer:
"What is it going to take before you guys do something! When I am dead?"
Lewis twice called the Waterbury police -- once on the night of Feb. 13, 2009 and again the next morning. The officer she talked to Friday night told her to have her daughter come back Tuesday. The department was shortstaffed on the long, Presidents Day holiday weekend, the report states..........