A 40-year-old Sandy man who has served seven years in prison for killing a 3-year-old girl by repeatedly dropping her on her head has been denied a parole by the Utah Board of Pardons.
LeLand E. Foote, serving 1 to 15 years for manslaughter, was released on parole in September 1982, after serving 21/2 years on the conviction.But a year later he was back in prison on a parole violation for physically abusing another 3-year-old girl and a 6-month-old boy.
Parole board members said they were reluctant to give Foote another opportunity to hurt children. He will not get another chance at release until April 1992.
"You're responsible for the death of one child, and convicted of physically abusing a second," said board chairman Victoria Palacios. "I don't want to give you a chance to hurt a third.
"There are people who have studied you and know you quite well who suggest you should never be allowed near children and should stay in prison all 15 years," Palacios said.
In 1980, Foote and a woman killed the woman's 3-year-old daughter by repeatedly tossing the child head-first onto the floor of her Sandy home, said news articles at the time. The girl died of brain injuries at a hospital.
Later, while on parole for killing the girl, Foote physically abused two other children. One, a 3-year-old girl, had bite marks and bruises on her body and a torn ear.
A schizophrenic who has been "hearing voices" for about 15 years, Foote said he is now on medication that allows him to "manage." Board members suggested he may have to remain on medication the rest of his life.