When the boys were born she’d refused vaccinations. “They are human beings who have agency just like the rest of us,” she told the doctor. “They should be able to choose what goes into their bodies.”
After the divorce, she’d moved to Elum from the Seattle suburbs. The boys were three and five.
Because of their lack of vaccinations, homeschooling was the only option. She tried for a while, but soon she was letting the boys run wild through the woods.
Later, she told the sheriff it simply hadn’t occurred to her to ask Benjamin where his little brother was.