Death of Child In Central Kitsap Sends Shock Waves Through Community
November 02, 2017
(SEABECK, WA.) -- The mother of a 9-year old boy in Kitsap County has been arrested in the death of her son which has been ruled a homicide by the coroner following an autopsy.
The Kitsap County Sheriff's office said Amber Lynn James, 47, made an appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon on a charge of murder, 2nd degree (domestic violence), concerning her alleged involvement in the death of her elementary-school aged son.
The Kitsap County Coroner formally confirmed the identity of the victim as 9-year old Ryan Tyler Rosales. "Following an autopsy...by the county’s forensic pathologist, the coroner has made the determination that the child’s death was caused by asphyxia. The manner of death is classified as a homicide," said a statement from the sheriff's office.
The boy was a third grader at Green Mountain Elementary School.
During proceedings before Judge Leila Mills, James did not enter a plea but her temporary defense counsel requested a continuation of arraignment. The court accepted the request and continued arraignment proceedings until Nov. 3rd at 3 pm according to a statement released by the sheriff's office.
The court remanded James back into custody, pending completion of arraignment, with bail set at $1 million.
"A frantic call to Kitsap 9-1-1 at 6:58 a.m. Tuesday, requesting medical assistance for an unresponsive child, sent Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies and emergency crews from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) to a home in the 11400 block of Symes Road NW, in the Wildcat Lake area of Central Kitsap," said the sheriff's office statement.
The boy's father had made the frantic call to 9-1-1 from the family home in Seabeck, WA.. Sheriff’s patrol deputies arrived at 7:13 a.m. (Wednesday morning) to find medics working intensely, rendering emergency first aid to the child but "despite their best efforts the boy was pronounced deceased," said the statement.
Later broadcast news reports said the boy was found unresponsive in a bedroom
The on-scene sheriff’s patrol sergeant requested that sheriff’s detectives respond to the property as, "The physical appearance of the victim and the scene inside the residence heightened deputy’s suspicions of possible criminal actions that required further investigation."
After obtaining a search warrant for the residence and property sheriff’s investigators, assisted by detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Washington State Patrol – District 8, Bremerton, processed the interior and exterior of the residence for evidence and documented the scene.
Detectives were joined in late afternoon by the county’s forensic pathologist and investigators from the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.
Following consultation with the forensic pathologist and examining evidence at the scene, sheriff’s detectives established probable cause to take Amber James into custody. She was arrested at 6:25 p.m. in Bremerton.
James was booked into Kitsap County Jail around 9 pm that night on suspicion of murder, 2nd degree, with bail set initially at $1
KOMO-TV news reported that, according to court documents, Amber Lynn James had called 911 four times the day before her son's death "and told the dispatchers she was being followed and that it was an ongoing problem."
The report says the same documents state James told a detective she had put her hands around the boy's throat so he could not breathe any longer and that she had recently been watching "conspiracy-type videos, which detectives noted appeared to have created some anxiety for her."