NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Eva Cummings is now serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of her disabled daughter. For the first time since that sentencing, her family is speaking out.
Edward Overmoyer said, “She got what was coming to her for doing what she did.”
Overmoyer is reflecting on the life sentence his mother, Eva Cummings, is serving for murdering his sister, Laura Cummings, last January. His brother, Richard Cummings, pleaded with Erie County Social Services from his airbase in North Carolina to get Laura out of their apartment, described by investigators as a “house of horrors.” Laura was beaten, tortured, and murdered by their mother.
“She just got what she deserves, as they said, a really horrible crime,” said Cummings.
Overmoyer also lived in that house, but spent most of his time away from home. Their mother and brother, Luke Wright, were arrested for Laura’s torture. Eva Cummings pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to life in prison.
“I just could not believe that that happened to us. I had heard it on the news and stuff, but never realized it was that close to home,” said Overmoyer.
Overmoyer and Cummings said they have no plans to ever visit their mother in prison. They hold their mother responsible for torturing and murdering Laura, who was physically and mentally impaired. They feel Eva drew Wright in as accomplice, and ruined their lives, in which they had few friends and were constantly ridiculed.
Richard said, “Weren’t allowed to have maybe $2 in our pocket to go get the candy bar that we wanted or if we wanted to go out to see our friends, we didn’t have much time to do that.”
“I won’t go visit my mother because I would never have anything to say to her,” added Overmoyer.
Wright, the oldest brother, awaits trial next year. While he is not charged with Laura Cummings’ murder, he is charged with rape and assault. The brothers believe caseworkers from Erie County Social Services could have saved Laura’s life if they had removed her from that abusive household. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in state court by Laura Cummings’ estate to try to spare any other families the grief they’ve had to suffer.