Diane Downs children: What happened to her kids Christie, Cheryl and Stephen?

Diane Downs children: What happened to her kids Christie, Cheryl and Stephen?

October 14, 2020

DIANE Downs is currently serving a life sentence for horrific crimes she committed against her own kids.

But what happened to her children, Christie Ann, Cheryl Lynn and Stephen "Danny" Daniel?

How many children did Diane Downs have?

Diane Downs gave birth to four children.

Her own children are Stephen "Danny" Daniel (born 1979), Cheryl Lynn (born 1976) and Christie Ann (born 1974).

Downs also acted as a surrogate during her fourth pregnancy, giving birth to a daughter after her trial in 1984.

She named the baby Amy Elizabeth, before the state handed her over to her adoptive parents.

What happened to them?

Downs' launched a violent attack on three of her children, Danny, Cheryl Lynn and Christie Anne in 1983.

Despite being convicted, Downs has always maintained her innocence.

In May of that year, Downs shot her three children in her car at a remote roadside in Springfield, Oregon, before shooting herself in the forearm cops said.

She then drove at a pace of between 5-7 mph to the local hospital, according to witnesses, where she then claimed to hospital staff she had been car-jacked by a stranger who shot herself and her children.

By the time she arrived at the hospital, Cheryl, seven, was already dead and the other two children had suffered devastating injuries.

The surgeon who helped to save Christie's life told ABC News: “When I looked at Christie I thought she was dead.

“Her pupils were dilated. Her blood pressure was non-existent or very low.

"She was white, she was not breathing. I mean, she is so close to death, it’s unbelievable.” 

But surgeon Steve Wilhite managed to revive Christie, after her blood pressure dipped dangerously low and she suffered a stroke.

Danny was permanantly paralysed from the waist down as a result of his injuries.

Where are Christie and Danny now?

Christie and Danny were adopted by Lane County Prosecutor Fred Hugi and his wife, Joanne, in 1984.

Christie became the star witness in the case, bravely testifying against her monster mom.

Crime author Ann Rule wrote on her wesbite: "Christie and Danny–who somehow survived their gunshot wounds–have no contact with Diane.

"They have both graduated from college. Christie is married and had a baby boy in 2005.

"Danny, a computer whiz, is still partially paralyzed from the bullet in his back, but he is living a happy and normal life.

"They have grown up in a very happy home with the Hugis.”

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