There’s very little new evidence in Chris Watts case, largely because a lot of people have moved on. While checking the bodycam footage for this particular moment I came across a few additional flags. In any event, this is a question posed by a regular reader and CrimeRocket commenter, Sylvester Alexander:
As Chris is going into his front door, wearing the grey t-shirt he had on when he was summoned home on August 13th by Nickole Atkinson. I’m not sure when this picture was taken but you can clearly see a stuffed animal on the striped outdoor porch couch. We’ve all wondered why the trauma dog alerted to the couch cushion – could this be why? Because there was something on the stuffed animal at some point?
Looking closer, it may be a stuffed animal, or it may not be.
It’s also not a difficult matter to establish the time. The bodycam cameras are set to ZULU or military time. 22:38 ZULU = 16:38. This time should allow those searching across all the bodycam footage to find this particular moment.
There could be an innocent explanation if Sylvester’s right and it is a toy. Nickole’s daughter was literally running around through the crime scene while the cops and Chris Watts were trying to figure out what the hell was going on.
There she is in Ceecee’s room, possibly playing with the toys. If this case went to trial, Watts’ defense would have had a field day allegating massive contamination and compromising of the crime scene, and the Atkinson’s would largely be highlighted as the bad the guy in terms of the defense case.
But it may be that Nickole’s daughter found a toy inside and carried it outside. She may have had to sit for some time outside waiting for her mother and brother to finish what they were doing.
There could also be another explanation – it might be a plastic wrapper from someone’s lunch.
From the bodycam I’ve gone through, the object was not on the outside porch cushion earlier the same afternoon.
Or was it?
It even seems to be visible through the glass table in the bottom left of the ring doorbell camera footage. This indicates the toy wasn’t dropped on the driveway by runaway shadows either. It does appear to have been moved to the right [from the perspective of approaching the front door from the garden] compared to where it was in the image below.
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