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FARGO The last thing Brooke Lynn Crews put on the public portion of her Facebook page are the words: “When you truly stop caring what the (expletive) anyone thinks of you, you will reach a whole new level of freedom.”
That was on New Year’s Eve, and only one friend commented.
Starting on Friday, Aug. 25, many more people commented, but they were calling Crews names and wishing her a long stay in prison. Several wondered whether she had children of her own.
Crews, 38, was arrested the day before along with her boyfriend William Henry Hoehn, 32, for their alleged involvement in the disappearance of a pregnant neighbor, Savanna LaFontaine Greywind, 22. Police found a newborn baby in Crews and Hoehn’s apartment who they believe is LaFontaine Greywind’s, but the mother was nowhere to be found.
In Bradenton, Fla., Aaron Edwards, who had a child with Crews 22 years ago, said he was shocked to learn from his daughter that her mother had been accused of such a crime. To him, she was not particularly dangerous but irresponsible, not having been involved with their daughter’s upbringing for the past 19 years and not paying child support.
He said his daughter is in touch with three other siblings who have been similarly ignored by Crews, and he knows Crews has at least three more children. “It just seemed like she was more into doing her partying, do her own thing and not have to have anything holding her back. And she wanted to go off and do what she wanted to.”
Hoehn has at least two children of his own, one of whom he physically abused in 2011 when the boy was a baby, according to court records.
The Forum tried to contact the mothers of Hoehn’s children and others who knew Crews but was unsuccessful.
Mother of seven
When Edwards knew her, Crews was a 15 year old from Bradenton named Brooke Doolin, and she had already been a mother for a few years, he said. He was 18 then, and she told him she was 18 also, he said, but he found out the truth when he took her to see the doctor while she was pregnant with their daughter.
She stuck around a couple of years but eventually left him to be with someone else, he said. He hasn’t heard from her for 19 years, and their daughter has only had contact with her over Facebook for a few months about seven years ago, he said.
From what Crews told him, she seemed to have had a rootless childhood bouncing in and out of foster care, though she never used that to justify her behavior, he said. She had a powerful temper, he said, but wasn’t violent except for their last fight over bills when she threatened him with a hammer.
Court records from Florida, Minnesota and North Dakota show Crews has had children by at least five men. Two of the men, including Edwards, and her eldest child, who’s now in her mid 20s, sued her for child support.
Edwards said the courts lost track of her for a while because she didn’t seem to have a permanent address. He said she paid a total of about $600 in child support.