Mother Tammy Nobles is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over the brutal murder of her daughter, Kayla Hamilton, at the hands of an illegal immigrant. According to Tammy, not only did the DHS fail to even notice the boy's MS-13 tattoos or do any background check before allowing him to travel from Texas to Maryland, but neither it nor CPS bothered to secure him after he became a lead suspect in her daughter’s death. She joins Glenn to tell her daughter’s story and explain why she holds the DHS responsible: ““They failed Kayla … I am not going to take this lying down. My daughter deserves better.”
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GLENN: It is my sad honor, to introduce you to a mom, a mom of Kayla Hamilton. Tammy Nobles. Hello, Tammy.
TAMMY: Hi. Thank you for having me.
GLENN: You bet.
So, Tammy, tell me. You live in Norfolk, Virginia.
GLENN: And your daughter, tell me about her.
TAMMY: Kayla was born on July 24th, 2022. She was very loving, and just so sweet and she loved animals. She loved to help people.
She just loved to laugh. And just enjoyed life, the best song that describes Kayla, we actually played at her memorial, was Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun. That is all she wanted to do, was have fun.
GLENN: And she had autism.
TAMMY: Yes. She had high-functioning autism. Which was Asperger's. But they don't use that term anymore. So they put them all under autism.
TAMMY: And she was determined to, you know, live her life. And -- and live independently. And she was working. And she had two jobs.
GLENN: So she -- she was a good girl and she's living on her own. And she's living in a trailer, right.
TAMMY: Yes. They were renting a room, in the trailer.
TAMMY: Her and her boyfriend. And there was another family that they knew, that was living there. There was an illegal. We found out later. That there was an illegal immigrant, who owned the trailers. And she was renting out rooms.
GLENN: To other illegal immigrants.
TAMMY: Yes. And to regular -- you know, to American citizens, also.
TAMMY: She did not -- I don't know if she knew that he was a minor. She more likely, did not check. She did not check his criminal record, or anything. She just allowed him to live there.
GLENN: Whoa. It's --
TAMMY: The murderer's half-brother called her up and asked if she had any rooms for rent, because the half-brother could not handle him anymore.
And she said, yes. We do.
TAMMY: And she picked Kayla's trailer. And he was only living there for five days.
GLENN: So he was there for -- he was there for five days. Kayla had just celebrated a couple days before, her 20th birthday.
GLENN: She didn't really know this guy.
And he was an illegal alien. The government let him pass through. I mean, it was pretty obvious, he was not a good guy. Because he had visible MS-13 gang tattoos on his body.
They were visible.
I mean, that's the easiest way to find out.
But they didn't stop him.
In fact, they helped him get to, I think Maryland and Virginia, and that's when he moved into the trailer.
TAMMY: Yeah. They did not verify his sponsors. They do know who they gave him to. Congressman Jim Jordan did a report. They don't know if it was male, female, dad, aunt, cousin. They don't even know who they gave this kid to, and they didn't even follow-up.
Because he had problems, at the sponsor's home. And then he ended up living with his half-brother.
And had problems there. And ended up living with Kayla. Kayla and her boyfriend did not like him. They felt something was off. And he would smoke pot in the house. And Kayla did not like that.
But she never said anything, because she didn't want to cause any issues. And they were going to try to look for another place to live.
But five days, I mean, you can't -- you know, find stuff that quickly.
GLENN: Right. So tell me, as much as you can stand, what happened in July.
TAMMY: So July 27th, I just got off of work, thinking it was a normal day. And I get a call from Aberdeen Police Department, saying that my daughter was found deceased, consistent with the homicide.
That was like the worst news that a parent can ever get. She had been strangled. There was a struggle.
And they found her on the floor, of her -- on her bedroom floor. They don't understand why, but her hands were loosely tied in front of her.
And he used her iPod charger to strangle her. She just got off the night shift, and she was sleeping. She always kept her bedroom door locked.
And he busted in there. Broke into her room. I'm sure he scared her. Because she was sleeping.
She calls her boyfriend. And he grabs her i Pod charger, and he misses her neck. Gets it around her face.
And the phone drops, and goes to voice mail. And there is -- I will never be able to listen to the voice mail.
It was two minutes and 30 seconds of him strangling her and her struggling.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
TAMMY: And after he strangles her, he rapes her.
GLENN: After she's dead.
TAMMY: After she died, yeah, he rapes her.
And he robs her of $6, and her phone is missing. We don't even know where her phone is. I don't know what he did with it.
And he goes to lunch with his half brother, like nothing happened.
He kept creeping around the trailer, looking to see if anybody found her. And the -- her boyfriend comes home from work, like a normal day.
And finds her on the floor dead. He uses his teeth to gets the cords off. He thinks he can save her, but it's already too late.
And the detectives were questioning him and everybody in the trailer. And her boyfriend pointed out the MS-13 gang member, and said, that's our roommate right there.
And he's still creeping around.
And they didn't have enough to detain him. But they were questioning him. And they did ask ICE if they could hold him until the DNA evidence came back. And ICE just told them, no, we cannot.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
TAMMY: So guess who gets to have him?
Child Protective Services, in Maryland. Child Protective Services told the detectives that they were going to put him in a secure location, because they knew what he did. That he was a main suspect in a premeditated murder case. And when they went to go arrest him on January 14th, like in the evening, well, finally, they did get enough evidence back. That there was DNA evidence. And they went to go look for him.
On January 15th. At the -- they found out that CPS put him in an unsecured children's home. With other children.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
TAMMY: So they went to go get him at this children's home, and the detectives were like, this is secured? Like, there was no adults around.
Kids running around. Come to find out, they went to ask if he was there, one of the adults there, was like, no. He's gone.
And the detectives were like, well, where did he go?
They had no clue where he was put. They had no record who signed him out, or anything. Just someone just came and picked him up.
They called his half-brother to tell him, oh, yeah. We've got some property of your brother's, we would like to return to him.
And they ended up arresting him at a foster home, where CPS put him.
I want to just take a minute to get from there. And now to the next part of the story, which is, you are suing the Department of Homeland Security. Because just -- I mean, just even asking about the MS-13 tattoo.
You know, didn't even happen.
And they just let this kid come this. Recklessly. And he's the -- you know, he's the reason why you're -- your wonderful daughter is no longer here.
And I want to talk to you about how this is coming about.
And the odds of you winning that. Come up in just a second.
Tommy Nobles is with us. She's talking about the loss of her daughter, Kayla, at the hands of a 17-year-old illegal immigrant, gang member, MS-13, and she is now suing the DHS over her daughter's death.
Why are you doing that? I mean, I'm sorry to ask you that question. I'm pretty sure I know. But why have you decided to take on the government?
TAMMY: I feel that they were responsible in the wrongful death of my daughter. All they had to do was look at his shirt. They did not.
Or make that one phone call to El Salvador to find out that he was an MS-13 gang member. He was on the list as an MS-13 gang member, and he had a criminal record in 2020 for illicit gang activity. They did not check.
So they didn't lift his shirt. They didn't make the phone call. They didn't even have him go with a verified sponsor. And they just allowed him to go from Texas to Maryland.
And I felt like I had a case. I felt like, her death could have been prevented if they would have just followed the proper protocols, and they didn't.
And they failed Kayla.
And now I'm without a daughter. I just want to see some change.
And I'm hoping, for me, to bring awareness and to show them that I'm not going to take this lying down. My daughter deserves better.
GLENN: You filed 100 million dollar lawsuit. You have good lawyers?
TAMMY: Yes, I do. He is actually in California. His name Brian Claypool.
He is a civil rights lawyer, and he did research on it.
GLENN: Yeah. I -- I hope he is one of the best in the country.
You've got quite a storm ahead of you, but you have a great case. And it is time that somebody stands up.
And I think there should be more parents that join you. That have lost their children.
To illegals. I hope that people join you, in your effort. Because it is -- it's way beyond time, that this stops.
You are trying to raise, I think $10,000. Just to pay for the travel of the meetings with the prosecutor. And, you know, the Airbnb for the court case, which they say will take two to three weeks. I bet it goes on more than that.
You already raised $3,700. I want to give the audience.
Let me see if I have it here. Give the audience the address.
Just go to GoFundMe. And type in bring "Kayla Hamilton justice." Bring Kayla -- K-A-Y-L-A -- bring Kayla Hamilton justice.
Tammy, we're going to keep up with you, if you don't mind and follow the case.
And I -- I can't tell you how ripped apart, everybody on my staff, that has heard your story, we're all just beside ourself.
We can't imagine being in your shoes.
The worst nightmare for any parent.
But to know that our own government is responsible for it. Is just obscene.
Tammy, best of luck.
TAMMY: Thank you for having me.
GLENN: You bet.
Tammy Nobles, suing the DHS. She's not looking to get rich. She's just trying to raise money so she can travel and everything else for the attorneys and everything else. She just testified in front of Congress. But the goal for her fundraising is $10,000. That's easy for this audience to do.
If you find this a worthy cause, go to GoFundMe. Bring Kayla Hamilton justice. Bring Kayla Hamilton justice, at GoFundMe.com.