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Haylee Donathan case has a HAPPY ENDING!

June 24, 2009

Haylee Donathan,Halee Donathan the 4 year old little girl who’s grandmother has been making heartfelt pleas to her daughter to bring her home, has been found.  She was located with convicted child molester, Robbi Potter, 27, and her mother, Candace Watson, 24, in of all places, hiding in a Christian retreat in San Diego.

Potter walked away from a halfway house in Mansfield, Ohio,  last month.  He had served 2 years in prison for sexual battery that involved two children under the age of 9.   Three of Potter’s friends have been charged with helping him escape from the halfway house. He and Candace Watson, his girlfriend, were arrested and are being extradited back to Ohio.

Haylee was okay when found though she appeared to have a case of chicken pox.  She is being returned to her grandmother who has custody of her.

Of course we don’t know how Haylee really is at this point but I’m still going to call this a “Happy Ending”.  She’s alive and on her way back to a grandmother who obviously loves her very much, and IMO, that grandmother’s love will help her through whatever trauma she may have experienced at the hands of her very foolish mother.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. laura permalink
    June 24, 2009 1:34 pm

    Thank God! I hope the court never gives her mother back custody, anyone who puts their child in that kind of danger does not deserve to have their children EVER!!!!!!!

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 24, 2009 3:57 pm

    Yes, cannot imagine what that mother was thinking–obviously, whatever it was , it wasn’t about her little girl.

  3. niecey456 permalink
    June 24, 2009 4:21 pm

    Thank you for bringing that to us Mystery! God Bless Haylee and her Grandmother.
    I will never understand these parents that do not see what a gift from God that their children are, and what’s worse is they don’t take the responsibilities seriously, because they don’t have any respect for God. They have no love in their hearts. How sad. I’m very thankful this little girl has been found alive. I will be praying for her.

  4. Hilde permalink
    June 24, 2009 4:35 pm

    Yes indeed this is a Happy Ending, at least as far as the Child being returned
    alive. Here again the Mother intentionally put that little Girl in Harms Way.
    Very foolish indeed, that is putting it mildly.
    I guess this is just one more Case, where the Mother is putting her Needs before her Child’s . Sadly there are so many Women who do exactly the same as this Mother did.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 24, 2009 5:53 pm


    I don’t understand that either. There are so many people in this world that would give anything to have a child, yet, a whole lot of folks that have children could care less about them and continually put them in jeopardy. Why??

    I say there should be no “second chances”. If you abuse or neglect a child, that child should be removed from your care and given to someone that will love and appreciate him/her.

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 24, 2009 5:55 pm


    I think that’s it in a nutshell. They put their own needs before their children and that is another sad testimony to the self absorbed world we live in.

  7. nena22303 permalink
    June 25, 2009 10:06 am

    I hope the grandma returns to her senses, when I saw her she did express great love for this little girl BUT also made excuses for the mom, like “she didn’t know he was a sex offender” & “he brain washes her”…Hopefully her #1 priority is the little girl and will keep her safe even from her mom.

  8. Donna permalink
    June 25, 2009 10:34 am

    What concerns me about all this is this…Haylee’s Uncle was in prison for being a sex offender also, and that is how Haylee’s Mom got to know Robbi Potter……does the Uncle live with Haylee’s Grandmother? If he does, will that really be a good home for little Haylee? I am sure the Grandmother loves Haylee, and I am sure her Uncle loves Haylee too and would hopefully never harm her since she is his niece, but you never know what goes on in the minds of predators like these…
    any thoughts on this?

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 25, 2009 10:44 am

    nena– I hope that, too. She’s not giving the child back to the mother at this point.

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 25, 2009 10:46 am


    I hadn’t heard that. Sexual predators have to register where they live. They aren’t allowed to be around children so I’m hoping DHS would be aware of that situation if it exists and remedy it.

  11. Leni permalink
    June 25, 2009 11:16 am

    Considering what a lousy job “Grandma” did in raising Candace and her brother, she should not be given the responsibility of raising Haylee. This little girl is still young enough to have a chance for a decent life, if she’s put into a healthy environment. As for her mother, Candace, she’s obviously so desperate to have a man in her life, that she’s willing to sacrifice her own child in order to achieve this. Her complete lack of judgment should preclude her from ever being in charge of the vulerable.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 25, 2009 11:42 am

    There has to be some heavy duty reasons to not give custody of a child to a family member. I agree that the daughter running off with a sex predator and (if true) the brother being a sex predator are pretty good reasons to check out the grandma, but it could have been the grandpa that messed the kids up. Also, DHS doesn’t have the resources to really investigate too deeply.

  13. MAND permalink
    June 25, 2009 11:42 am

    It’s a happy ending that Haylee was found alive and we do hope well…but now starts a new beginning and I would hope Children Services keep abreast of this case…Haylee’s bio father has a record and served time…her uncle…mother’s brother is a sex offender…both these men had befriended POtter…
    My main concern lies with the uncle…this is grandma’s son…so what happens when the son wants to visit mom???
    I seen the grandmother on NG in the beginning of this case and NG asked her about the family and she said she didn’t think it was important to Haylee’s missing??? The uncle aided Potter in the getting away from the half-way house!!
    My concern is for the future of this child…once all the publicity has died down and life gets back to normal..I hope there will still be someone watching out for her welfare.

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 25, 2009 11:45 am

    Mand–I guess I need to go do some reading. I had not read that the son was a sex predator and that he was one of the friends of Potter that helped him escape. As much news coverage as this little girl has gotten, surely child services are on top of this and will make sure that Haylee is safe. Of course, that would only happen in a perfect world…………..

  15. Leni permalink
    June 25, 2009 12:03 pm

    I understand about CPS needing heavy duty reasons for denying custody of a child to family members. I sure hope that the uncle will meet that criteria. At the very least I hope somebody will be watching over this child. It’s just so heartbreaking to think of that sweet little girl falling thru the cracks of the “system”. Guess it happens all the time though, sadly.

  16. MAND permalink
    June 25, 2009 12:19 pm

    Mystery…I’m not sure how much news coverage there was out side of JVM and NG…but where I live in Ohio there has been considerable coverage…Mansfield is about 50 miles SW of Cleveland..a rather rural area…Cleveland and Columbus news outlets had coverage on the local news…and this is what was reported…also NG and JVM did report about the bio father and uncle aiding Potter’s escape…in fact it was reported that Potter lived next door to the half-way house.
    The reason I mentioned that it is a rural area is it is easier for children’s services to lose tract of a case…for whatever the reason but it has happened more than once in this state.
    It sure sounds like this family has a lot of baggage..felons and sex offenders are closely acquainted with this family and grandma has to be aware of it. The company this family keeps leaves a lot to be desired…JMO.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 25, 2009 1:27 pm


    You are so right about all the children that fall thru the cracks. A very sad fact of life. I’m hoping that won’t happen in this case and that someone will be watching.

  18. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 25, 2009 1:28 pm


    Thanks for all that info. I had no idea!

  19. MAND permalink
    June 25, 2009 3:50 pm

    I’m sorry I meant to say the bio father lived next to the half-way house.
    Mike Galanos HLN has some info on the case 6pm.
    Your welcome Mystery…TTYL..

    Just reported Michael Jackson rushed to hospital…possible heart-attack…saying not looking good.

  20. laranda murrell permalink
    February 11, 2010 10:14 am

    well i was happy when they found her. they need to put him behind bars, that goes for any other child molester. they need to keep their hands off our children.

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