Dad: 'I Knew She Was Gone'

Timothy Fry testified his wife said she sat on their daughter and covered her mouth and nose with her hands. Kimberly Fry is on trial for second-degree murder.

On the night Camden Fry died, her mother sat on the 8-year-old girl’s chest and placed her hands over the girl's nose and mouth — causing her to "choke a little bit" — in a bid to stop her from screaming and crying.

That, according to Timothy Fry’s testimony Tuesday afternoon, is what Kimberly Fry told him the first time he spoke to her about the circumstances surrounding their daughter's death. Camden Fry died of asphyxiation that night and her mother is on trial for second-degree murder.

Timothy Fry said he first spoke to his wife about what happened the evening of Aug. 10, 2009 two days later, as she lay in the Intensive Care Unit at South County Hospital after having taken a cocktail of prescription drugs in a failed bid to kill herself. Fry said his wife told him Camden, who had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, was out of control and had launched into a two-hour-long screaming fit during which she was kicking, punching and trying to bite her mother.

“She said she held her hands over her mouth and nose to stop Camden from crying,” Timothy Fry said. “Kim said Camden had started to choke a little bit.”

At that point, Timothy Fry said he had no idea how Camden had died. He had not seen the bruising on her chest and neck the investigation would later reveal. He said he noticed only the girl's discoloration and a small mark on her forehead when he found her dead in her bed.

In the most emotional testimony of the Kimberly Fry murder trial so far, Timothy Fry described the morning he found his 8-year-old daughter, breaking down in sobs Tuesday morning as prosecutor Stephen Regine played a CD of the 911 call he made on Aug. 11, 2009.

On the recording, Fry can be heard screaming and crying on the phone as he sought medical help for his 8-year-old daughter, Camden. "Oh my God, please hurry ... oh my daughter's ... she's not. she's ... she's dead," Timothy Fry is heard telling the dispatcher. "No, no, no. How can this be?"

The recording goes on for more than five minutes as Fry continues to scream and sob, yelling for his wife, who was mostly unresponsive. "Wake yourself, woman," Timothy Fry is heard saying at least twice. "Our daughter is dead. How could this be?"

Kimberly Fry is charged with strangling her daughter in their North Kingstown home the night before while Camden threw a temper tantrum over refusing to take a bath. If convicted of second-degree murder, she faces the possibility of life in prison. Defense attorney Sarah Wright has said Kimberly did not intend to kill her daughter, but was performing a restraint technique aimed at stopping a tantrum. Kimberly Fry then reportedly took a mix of prescription drugs in a failed bid to kill herself, penning a suicide note to her husband, according to police reports and court filings.

On the evening of Aug. 10, Tim Fry returned home from a hockey game around 9:40 p.m., finding his wife half-asleep on the living room couch. He checked on his daughter, who appeared to be sleeping peacefully under the covers in her bed.

Nothing, he said, appeared out of place, and nothing was out of the ordinary. Kimberly frequently fell asleep on the couch due to the anti-anxiety medication and Benadryl she often took to help her sleep, he said. After helping her to bed, Kimberly Fry asked her husband to stay with her that night, which was unusual, Timothy Fry testified. He often slept in a spare room due to Kim's problems sleeping.

The next morning, Tim Fry woke up as usual, let out the dog, made coffee and began a typical Tuesday. Between 9 and 9:30 a.m., he said it occurred on him that Camden never slept that late, so he went to her room to check on her.

"I was standing in her doorway. It occurred to me she was in the same position as when I had seen her the night before," Fry said. "I stood there for at least a minute, trying to convince myself I could see the covers rising."

Fry walked to his daughter's bed, finding her eyes open and completely dilated. He testified he threw the covers off her, removed a stuffed elephant from her arms and rolled her over on her back, noticing her body was "ice cold and stiff," Fry said between sobs. "I gave her a breath — a CPR breath — but I knew she wasn't alive. I knew she was gone."

As authorities prepared to remove Camden's body, Timothy Fry helped his wife into her bedroom to say good-bye. Barely able to walk, he said, Kimberly "draped herself across Camden's body, sobbing and saying, 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry."

Soon after, Tim Fry looked into his wife's eyes and noticed something was wrong. He went to the medicine cabinet, finding empty bottles of Vicodin, Clonazepam, Ambien and Cymbalta, then asked for an ambulance, which rushed her to South County Hospital.

No one in the family ever returned to live in the house at 73 Ricci Lane, Timothy Fry testified. His wife has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutes in Cranston since she was arrested, while he moved back to his birthplace in the northern part of the state. Fry said he has not seen his wife in the two years since the incident, and talked to her only once a few days after their daughter's death. Fry filed for divorce in April, having waited that long on his attorney's advice, he said.

Lisa herbert September 20, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Heartbreaking. She should feel utter unrelenting despair for as long as she walks on this earth.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) September 20, 2011 at 08:15 PM
NKGOP Watch: We don't condone those who encourage violence in the comments. Please, all, keep it civil.
Lisa herbert September 20, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Huh? I Do not condone violence ever and didn't in my comment. How was I not civil ?
Rob Borkowski (Editor) September 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Lisa - I was responding to NKGOP Watch's comment, which has since been deleted. There's nothing wrong with your comment
Lisa herbert September 20, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Ahhh ha that makes sense. Hey they at least heard you and deleted it.
Jim Quinlan September 20, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Weather this was an intentional act or not, I am sure she will.
NKGOP Watch September 21, 2011 at 02:28 AM
It was in jest, as the "lol" at the end indicated. If you cant make fun of a child killer on here, you may be choosing between censorship and a child killer. I am saddened that you would censor such harmless jestful comments. Its censorship, period. No one was seriously suggesting a reader here would strangle this child killer. If you thought that then I dont know what to say. If you didnt, then you acted as a censor which is not in the spirit of journalism or free expression. Just my thoughts.
NKGOP Watch September 21, 2011 at 02:38 AM
For the other readers, I, in jest, suggested that perhaps the remedy for this child killer's courtroom crying should be the same as the victim got for crying. There was an "lol" at the end. Not sure why that should be "censored" in a free expression forum. I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it ... - Voltaire
Rob Borkowski (Editor) September 21, 2011 at 03:34 AM
NKGOP Watch: Your jest wasn't funny. I'm sorry you're saddened, but the comment encouraged violence, which clearly violates our terms of use: http://southkingstown.patch.com/terms - even in jest. Your right to free speech is intact. You just lack the right to an audience: "The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen," (Tommy Smothers)
Rob Borkowski (Editor) September 21, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Well, I was the one who deleted it, so it's doubtful I changed anyone's mind. But hope springs eternal.
j September 21, 2011 at 03:39 AM
So sad for the dad, and yes, also for the mother. I am not her
j September 21, 2011 at 03:54 AM
I'll never know exactly what brought them to that point. But I try not to sit in judgment until I am above reproach myself
j September 21, 2011 at 04:01 AM
I know it's comforting to create distance between Them and Us. Makes us feel a little safer. "Oh, I would NEVER!" How can you possibly know that?? You've never been there. You have no clue what you'd do. So the question here - who is truly worthy of casting a stone?
Lisa herbert September 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM
To j. I do sit in judgement of mothers who stangle their daughters..I do know I would never and so do most people I know. It is unacceptable in my eyes under any cicumstances. What is not comforting is that I live in a society where some people excuse this because the do not want to judge. I proudly judge it WRONG.
Lesley Anne Kinney September 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM
I agree Lisa. We need to get back to some black and white rules about wrong and right.
Lesley Anne Kinney September 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM
@NKGOP "if you can't make fun of a child killer on here" Do you think this is an appropriate story on which to make jokes? I for one am a little tired of people making the most egregious statements and then following it up with LOL, like that makes it okay. Yes, we have Freedom of Speech but we also have Rules of Civility, or at least, we used to have.
Robert Trager September 21, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I seem to remember learning 10 little rules to live by when I was a child. They were quite simple.


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