Reunite the Hunley’s

Reunite the Hunley’s

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Justine Bender started this petition to Frederick County Circuit Court and

In January 2020, the Frederick county court system, put an innocent man behind bars, where he remains without trial to this day.  

Those that know David know he is not capable of the crimes he is being accused of.
David, a marine and loving father, has spent his life protecting those he loves.
David had his second child, a son,  on November 3, 2019 after a very long and difficult labor. David’s wife was asked to stop pushing until the doctor arrived.


David and his wife brought their son to be evaluated for a respiratory infection at 9 days old. Their son also had been spitting up more than usual on and off due to the stomach flu. This, along with other medical conditions shown through medical records led this family to the worst day of their lives. On January  6th 2020, at 2 months old, David’s son went into cardiac arrest. David  did not hesitant to spring into action to save his sons life. He immediately began CPR on his 2 month old son and called 911. His son was admitted to Children’s National in Washington DC.  Despite David’s quick actions, and because of the severity of circumstances his son needed to be admitted to Pediatric ICU.

The Hunley’s were living in a nightmare and not sure if their son would survive. To make matters worse, a few weeks after their son was admitted to the ICU, David, who’s quick actions SAVED his sons life, was WRONGFULLY arrested of child abuse.  The state is arguing that these injuries are due to abuse, even in the absence of a single outward sign of abuse and with complete disregard to the timeline of events. They chose to cause more damage to this already suffering family.
During a time when this family needed to be together and be with their son the most, they were wrongfully pulled apart.


David has now spent over a year in jail due to the Frederick States Attorney repeatedly delaying his trial, refusing to grant bond, and refusing to give David the chance to defend himself. David has not seen his son, or his other child, he has not seen his wife, his family, or his friends.


We all want to believe that the court system is always there to protect us, but sometimes even they get it wrong. Due to their negligence, they have nearly ruined a mans life, and are sending the message to all parents that when your child needs medical care the truth does not matter and we are all at risk of being accused of these crimes and pulled apart from our families.


Before David was a father, he was a marine, fighting for his country, he was a son to his two wonderful parents, and he was the friend that made EVERYONE he met laugh. David would give you the shirt off his back without a second thought. And for those of us that know David, we know this is a grave injustice him and his family are suffering.


We are now asking for all of those that planned on attending David’s original hearing in support, and for all of those that believe in innocent until proven guilty and being given the opportunity to prove your innocence, to please sign this petition in its place. Due to covid we can not be their physically to support David in overwhelming  numbers, but we hope this petition can show the overwhelming support David does have from the community and that this time, Frederick County got it wrong. Help us send a message to the court that families need to be protected, and that the truth matters more than conviction rates.
Please, help an innocent man get out of jail, bring awareness to this injustice, and reunite the Hunley’s!

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