It's been almost a month since the death of 2-year-old Cameron
Hamilton. Police believe the young boy was injured by Michelle Bott-Graham,
a woman who claimed to be administering therapy to the child for
autism. Jeremy Johnson has been following this case very
closely and has an update.
As prosecutors continue to wait for autopsy results, we do know
Ms. Graham has bonded out of jail and is currently living in Twin
Falls, but has been returning to Pocatello for supervised visits
with her children. As the investigation continues, we take a look at
the time-line of what has happened so far.
According to police reports, on November 29th, Cameron Hamilton
was returned to the Achieving a Better Life Daycare by Michelle Bott-Graham,
who had taken him for an alleged therapy session. Bott-Graham placed
the boy in the back and told workers he was asleep. A short time
later, Hamilton was found seizing. EMS was called and the young boy
was later transported to Primary Children's Medical Center in
The next day, Bott-Graham was arrested and charged with felony
injury to a child. Also on the 30th, Chubbuck Police suspended the
license of the Achieving a Better Life Daycare while they
investigated their involvement in the incident. On December 1st,
Bott-Graham was arraigned. Bond was set at $75,000 and a preliminary
hearing was set for December 12th.
On December 5th, Cameron Hamilton died from injuries his mother
says could not have been an accident.
"He had two black eyes. There was a bruise on his nose. There was
a bruise in both ears and behind his ears. And the doctors have
pretty much said that it was a blunt trauma injury."
For prosecutors this changed the complexity of the case. During
the preliminary hearing on December 12th, the prosecution asked for
a continuance, but Bott-Graham had to agree. After continuing the
preliminary hearing, Bott-Graham posted the $75,000 bond on December
19th. Bott-Graham's next preliminary hearing is set for January
Bott-Graham could face different charges once autopsy results
return. In talking with prosecutors today, they say they hope to
receive autopsy results by the end of the week.