The foster child of GOP baseball practice shooter James T. Hodgkinson reportedly committed suicide by dousing herself in gasoline and then setting herself on fire.

According to The New York Times, Hodgkingson and his wife could not have children of their own but fostered several in the past twenty years.

The outlet quotes the couple as stating she was a “very practical, levelheaded girl,” while professing ignorance on her motives for suicide.

According to The Belleville News-Democrat, the girl – 17-year-old Wanda “Ashley” Stock – had been living with the Hodgkinsons for just three months when, in 1996, she “drove to a lonely rural road, doused herself with gasoline and set herself on fire.”

Wanda “Ashley” Stock

Hodgkinson was reportedly an incredibly angry individual who displayed a liking for violence, especially with his 13-year-old grandniece.

He legally adopted his grandniece – Cathy Lynn Putman – in 2002 but she allegedly was incredibly unhappy at the home, often staying at a neighbor’s house to escape the Hodgkinson household.

A particularly violent incident happened in 2006 when his grandniece and her friends were hanging out at the next door neighbor’s house.

According to police reports, Hodgkinson forced his way into the neighbor’s house before assaulting the child and her friends.

The report notes that once he had gained entry to the house, he broke into the room where his grandniece and her friend were located. He then proceeded to grab her by the hair and drag her out to his car.

While doing so he allegedly punched the grandniece’s friend “in the face with a closed fist,” and threw his adopted child into the car where he tried to choke her. The friend’s boyfriend moved to intervene and stop the assault but Hodgkinson struck him on the head with the butt of his shotgun after firing warning shots.

“[Hodgkinson] fired a couple of warning shots and then hit my boyfriend with the butt of the gun,” the then 19-year-old friend of the grandniece, Aimee Moreland, told The Daily Beast.

When Moreland tried to escape with Hodgkinson’s daughter in a car, he reached inside the vehicle and “turned off the ignition.”

As reported previously, Hodgkinson was a volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and expressed strong anti-Republican views.

“We were panicked and when I tried to reverse, I hit neutral instead and he opened my car door and hit me, and then came to her car door and pulled out a knife and cut her seatbelt and dragged her out,” Moreland explained.“She was only 15 or 16, I think. She was so tiny.”

Hodgkinson was arrested for domestic battery and the discharge of a firearm but the charges were dropped when Moreland got the court dates “mixed up” and failed to appear in time for the second court date.

“I tried to tell the court that this guy’s crazy, that this is a big deal, but they didn’t listen to me,” she said.

The grandniece’s friend told The Daily Beast that “according to his foster daughter, he was always angry,” adding that ”she was really unhappy there. She had come over to get away from them.”

According to The New York Times, Putman died via a drug overdose in 2015 at the age of 25.

Sources:
The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast
The New York Times

  • Keely Swan

    This smells like a government psyop. I believe this story less and less.

    • WSC777

      oh fuck you and you bullshit

      • Keely Swan

        Your grammar needs works. But C- for effort. 😀

        • WSC777

          “needs workS” eh?

          LMAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Kelly Hall Robinson

      You know, people say that about all the mass shootings but when you know someone that was badly injured or died in a mass shooting, then you’ll stop commenting with bullshit like this. Is the government coming to get you too? Are they making coffins for you? FEMA camps? The shit you conspiracy theorists believe is just beyond the pale!!

      • Keely Swan

        You’re a fucking moron, Kelly. Learn about false flag attacks, government psyops, Operation Northwoods, etc., and get educated. This is the real world, sweetheart.

  • CrusadaB

    Smell like Democratic BS to me. The guy was nuts and people covered for him. Just another good ole boy who went to church and fostered kids…nothing to see here, right? I hold the courts and their “jesters” responsible.

  • bieler

    Only an unhinged misfit would identify as a Democrat, and only the most stupid and insane of the bunch identify with Bernie. Bern-outs make the regular Democrat parasites look sane and reasonable.

  • Sarge

    How was this guy still on the loose?

  • Tammy Judd

    At least he didn’t kill anyone on this latest rampage. The only one to die was him, which is good.

  • triangle whip

    Only insane people support Bernie Sanders. Birds of the feather—-

  • Pat Patrix

    Shame this guy wasn’t killed earlier. Sounds like a monster.

  • The Irredeemables

    Sounds like most democrats, they all have a screw loose.

  • DerpDerpDerp

    Who wants to bet he killed her?

    • anna

      I do.

  • anna

    Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion that the girl didn’t set fire to herself? That’s a very unusual way to commit suicide..

    • Stefanie

      Exactly what I was thinking. Who would do that other than some Buddhist monks protesting? I would like to know if anyone actually witnessed her do that to herself.

  • valerietexas

    THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO BE DISCOVERED ABOUT THIS LUNATIC AND HIS ENABLERS, INCLUDING HIS WIFE.