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Woman Charged with Murdering Grandson
01/05/10 - 09:02 PM
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click for larger image Franklin County, Fla:

Marianne Bordt, 71, is ordered to be held without bond after a 3:30 p.m. Tuesday first appearance in Franklin County Court in Apalachicola. Bordt is charged with murder in the drowning death of her grandson, Camden Hiers, 5 of Roswell, GA. 

St. George Island Fire Chief Jay Abbot was first on the scene after Bordt’s Husband turned her in Monday at around 4:30pm.

“It was sick.  A 5-year-old,” he said, struggling, “I have 4 grandkids and to see something like that was just awful.”

According to police reports, Heinz Bordt told authorities he returned to the vacation home in St. George Island after shopping in Apalachicola to find Marianne wet.  He said she told him she tried to kill herself in the Gulf of Mexico after drowning her grandson in the bathtub to keep him from growing up in a divorced home.  Reports say Heinz took her to the fire station and turned her in.

“We were just overwhelmed like is this for real?  When he came to the fire house we asked, ‘Where is the child?’  We thought the child was in the car,” said Abbot.

But, when emergency officials arrived at the home, it was too late.

“We found a 5-year-old lying on the floor deceased,” said Abbot.

Bordt, a German national, speaks only German. A translator was hired by the court for the proceeding.

“It creates a lot of difficulties but we do what we have to do to make sure the defendant’s rights are protected and the system works the way it’s supposed to work,” said Asst. State Attorney Jared Patterson.

Bordt was assigned a public defender and her passport is being held. Her husband, Heinz Bordt, was not in the courtroom during the proceeding. 

The boy’s parents were also not in court Tuesday afternoon.  A date for Bordt’s first arraignment has not yet been set.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement tells News 13 that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office asked them for assistance in the case due to the suspect being a German national.

User Comments

I live across the bridge in Eastpoint. 
This makes me sick to my stomach to know that this woman had to go thru our town to get to SGI. She’ll probably try to use temp insanity but she just wasn’t crazy enough to finish herself off…I pray for the little boys mother, father and grandfather.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/06  at  03:29 PM

I thought this kind of nonsense ended 65 years ago! Apparently it has not in this case. Thank God not all Germans are this cold and heartless!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/06  at  11:03 AM
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