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Man Charged with Kidnapping Bonney Lake Girl Attempts Suicide in Pierce County Jail

pierce county prosecutor's officeTACOMA, WA – On Tuesday, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Christopher Fitzpatrick, 39, and Maria Counts, 29, with rape, kidnapping, and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct for their alleged involvement in the disappearance of Lily Christopherson, 15.

Fitzpatrick, a convicted sex offender, was ordered held on $2,000,000.00 dollars bail. Counts is being held on $500,000.00 bail. Meanwhile, Lily is still missing.

“There’s nothing more important than protecting our children,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “And there are no crimes more serious than those against our children.”

In a new development, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department confirms that within hours of his arraignment, Fitzpatrick tried to commit suicide in the Pierce County Jail.

Fitzpatrick
Christopher Fitzpatrick
Photo Courtesy: Bonney Lake Police Department

“About 4 pm Tuesday while in the shower, Fitzpatrick was handed a towel. He tore it in half and tried to hang himself from the door,” said Sheriff’s Department Spokesman, Detective Ed Troyer. “A corrections deputy intervened and he was taken to the hospital.”

Fitzpatrick is expected to recover and stand trial in July.

On May 9, 2018, Lily’s mother, Lena Winters, called Bonney Lake Police to report her daughter was missing. That same day, Fitzpatrick and Counts met Lily at the Federal Way Transit Center. The evidence indicates she was drugged, raped, photographed nude, and pimped out to at least two men.

After a $5,000.00 reward was offered in the case, police found and arrested Fitzpatrick at a home in Lakewood. Counts was arrested at a Tumwater motel.

Anyone who has seen Lily Christopherson or knows where she can be found, please call the Bonney Lake Police Department or 911.

“The world of sex trafficking is seedy and it’s dangerous,” Lindquist said. “It’s important we find Lily.”

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


The above is a press release from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently investigated its contents.

One Comment

  1. Phillip Phillip September 25, 2019

    This scum bag is my nieces father and lived with my sister in my mother’s house for years. He never worked a day. When my sister met him he was pimping a lady out of an apartment on hwy 99 in SeaTac. I knew he was no good Almost immediately and even mentioned abortion to my sister because of that. CPS interviewed my poor little niece and God knows if he hurt her but at 10 she still wears diapers and can’t speak properly though she is bright…so..

    I never heard that he tried to off himself ..the coward.. but I believe it having known him long enough. World of Warcraft playing no job having meth smoking sex offending, child kidnapping raping and prostituting role model that he is. I don’t know what prison he’s is now and would like to.

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