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Parole Denied Woman Who Killed 6-year-old Daughter

Once again, parole has been denied to a woman convicted over 30 years ago for murdering her six-year-old daughter in Grass Valley. Skylene Houghton’s body was found strangled to death in bushes off You Bet Road. Assistant Nevada County District Attorney, Chris Walsh, was among those speaking, at a state parole board hearing, against releasing Luan Houghton from the California Institute for Women in Corona. He says no remorse has been shown…

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A statement from the District Attorney’s Office says Houghton would admit she put the victim to sleep and out of love because of pain inflicted upon the child from her, quote, “black appearance”. Houghton was white, while the father was African-American. Walsh says after Houghton had a new baby, referred to as the mega-white baby, she began to abuse Skylene…

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Houghton appealed her 1988 conviction and a state appeals court overturned it. But she later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced, in 1996, to 15 years to life in prison. She’ll be available for parole again in three years.


February 13, 2021


I hope see spends the rest of her life in prison. I knew and loved Skyleen and when I moved from Grass Valley to Sacramento I begged Luan to let Skyleen move with me. She murdered that beautiful girl 3 days after I moved. I have raised my 3 biracial children with love and respect. She was a horrible mother!!

September 22, 2022


I am the person who would babysit Skylene,she was a very sweet child. I remember a few strange things Skylene would tell me about her mom and stepfather. I knew her for many year's. There was an incident where Skylene laid down in the street so a car would run her over, I was only 12 or so, I asked why? Her response was chilling, "they don't love me because they have "babies name"and don't want me anymore.
Not long after Skylene was missing.
Sky came by my house and we went driving around looking for her. Went to a house for hour's on end that day as they discussed where to look next. Even went to school.
I don't believe Sky should ever see the light of day outside of prison. The mental abuse was so bad a 6 yr old child would want to die. She is not someone who should walk the streets.
I'd also like to add, I never saw her bio-father around or involved with Skylene. As I was one of the one's who would babysit when ever that family needed.

November 16, 2022


I knew Louann and her family. Louann was mentally challenged. She had been sexually abused all her life by her stepfather Kenneth, "Ken". Even into adulthood. Louann worked the streets in San Francisco. She got pregnant by one of her "Johns". Her daughter Skylene was biracial, although Louann would say she was "dark Italian". Louann got pregnant with her second daughter, who she said was "mega white", they named her Hope Faith. After her sister, Skylene, was tortured and killed by Louann, Hope Faith was adopted in a closed adoption. This was to protect her. Skylenes grandfather sexually abused her too.
It's all very sad. The only good thing to come of this is that Skylene is in heaven and can no only be harmed.

December 21, 2023

Robin Sputhe

Skyleane was my best friend. I was 8 and she was 6 when she was killed. We played almost every day after school and on weekends. I was there with the search party the day we found her body. Her mother Luan had organized the search party consisting of my mother and several other friends and parents from the neighborhood. She led us from Church street out to You Bet road and said "Lets search here." within 10 minutes we found Skylean's body.
The two years that we had been friends, I was only allowed to come in Skylean's home on two separate occasions. Both times we hid under her bed the entire time, so her mother would not see us. I know of a separate incident where Luan attempted to strangle a mutual friends mother who had been babysitting Skylean. This was a few months before her murder.

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