Disturbing and Tragic
DISTURBING & TRAGIC ARCHIVES:
8-year-old Raijon Daniels (above) died after allegedly being beaten, tortured and possibly 'forced' to drink household cleaner by his mother Teresa Marie Moses (pictured above). Police in Richmond, CA., say, this is one of the worst cases of child abuse they've ever seen. A few of the officers have already requested therapy.
Moses, 23, was arrested on suspicion of murder, torture, child endangerment and child abuse. Police said the boy was covered head to toe with injuries and he lived in horrible conditions, staying in a locked room (which resembled a jail cell) outfitted with a surveillance camera and handcuffed to a bed.
Moses fed him food that was mixed in a blender, mainly spaghetti and beans. Moses works for UPS as a supervisor and told police that she had disciplined him for what she perceived to be misbehavior. She thought he was playing mind games with her when he urinated on an uncovered mattress with no blanket.
In 2005, Raijon ran away by jumping out a second floor window and then stole toys at a store because he didn't have any at home. Authorities filed a report with Child Protective Services but he was returned to his mother.
Last Friday, police arrived to find Raijon non responsive with traces of vomit on his face. Raijon had whip marks, burns, cuts and scars that covered every inch of his body. His mother admitted to pouring household cleaners over his genitals to discourage him from urinating.
During the interrogation, Moses was strictly business and didn't appear remorseful and never once asked about how her son was doing. When police told her that he was dead, she tried to cry but no tears came out.
Ironically, Moses also has a three year old daughter who also lived in the apartment. Unlike her son, her daughter was unharmed and her room was filled with toys. She has been placed in Child Protection Services.
Moses is being held in lieu of $2.1 million dollar bail.
Source: Henry K. Lee, SF Chronicle
DISTURBING & TRAGIC UPDATE:
An Indiana woman who was 15 years old when she and three others were convicted for the brutal murder of a 12-year-old girl, one of the most grisly murders of 1992, will be released from prison this week, after serving 14 years of a 40-year sentence.
Hope A. Rippey, 29, (1st photo) was sentenced to 40 years for felony murder and 20 years for criminal confinement for the murder of Shanda Sharer (below). Also convicted in the case were three other teenagers, Toni Lawrence (2nd photo), Lori Tackett (3rd photo) and Melinda Loveless. Lawrence was released from prison in 2000.
The four teens lured Sharer into their vehicle on Jan. 11, 1992. Loveless, then 16, was jealous of the 12-year-old because she was involved in a lesbian love triangle with another girl, according to court records. Sharer was beaten and sodomized with a tire iron and her legs were cut with a knife.
The four teens drove around with Sharer in the trunk of their car and then burned her alive near a rural road about 40 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky in Indiana.
(REWIND) "TEENAGE LESBIANISM, A LOVE TRIANGLE, TORTURE & MURDER"
"Cruel Sacrifice" tells the story of the savage beating, torture and eventual murder of 12 year old Shanda Sharer (1st photo) by four Indiana teenagers. The story involves lesbianism, a love triangle, sex, and abuse."
The murder of Shanda Renee Sharer (June 6, 1979 - January 11, 1992) involved a young girl who was tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls. Her case attracted nationwide attention due to its gruesome nature.
Melinda Loveless (above) was born October 28, 1975, the third of three girls, to Marjorie and Larry Loveless. Her childhood was dysfunctional from the start. Her father (Larry) was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War, and he was treated as a hero upon his return. He was later described by his wife as a pervert who would wear hers and her daughter's underwear and makeup, was incapable of staying monogamous, and had a mixture of jealousy and fascination with seeing her have sex with other men and women. They lived in or near New Albany, Indiana throughout Melinda's childhood.
Larry worked off-and-on for the Southern Railroad for much of Melinda's childhood, a job that let him work when he felt like it. In 1972 Larry became a probationary officer with the New Albany Police Department, but was fired after about eight months when he and his partner beat a black man whom Loveless was convinced had slept with his wife. In 1988 Larry took a short-lived job as a mail carrier, quitting after three months and very little work, having brought most of his mail home and destroyed it.
Marjorie worked intermittently as a nurse from 1974 onward. When both parents were working the family did quite well, living in the middle class suburb Floyds Knobs for a time. But Larry did not usually share his income with the family, making the mortgage payments but little else, and impulsively spending any money he came into on gifts for himself, especially guns, motorcycles and cars. He filed for bankruptcy when Melinda was four, and extended family members often described the Loveless girls as coming over to their houses starving, apparently not getting food at home.
Through most of their relationship, Larry was unfaithful to his wife and they often had an open marriage. They would often go to bars in Louisville, where Loveless would pretend to be a doctor or a dentist and introduce Marjorie as his girlfriend. He would also "share" her with some of his friends from work, which she found disgusting. During an orgy with another couple at their house, Marjorie tried to commit suicide, something she would repeat several times as the girls grew up. Around the time Melinda was nine, Larry forced Margie to participate in a gang bang, after which she tried to drown herself. After that incident she refused him sex for a month, until he violently raped her as their daughters watched. In the summer of 1986, after she wouldn't let him go home with two women he met at a bar, Larry beat Marjorie so severely she was hospitalized and he was convicted of battery.
The extent of Larry's abuse of his daughters and other children is unclear. Various court testimonies claimed he fondled Michelle as an infant, molested Marjorie's 13-year-old sister early in the marriage, molested the girls' cousin Teddy from age 10 to 14, and both older girls said he molested them, though Melinda denied it happened to her. She slept in bed with him until he left the family when she was 14. In court, Teddy described a dramatic scene in which Larry tied up all three sisters in a garage and raped them in succession, but the sisters did not confirm this. Larry was verbally abusive to his daughters, and shot a gun at Michelle when she was seven, intentionally missing her. He would also embarrass them by finding their underwear and smelling it in front of other family members.
For two years, starting when Melinda was five, the family was deeply involved in Graceland Baptist Church. Larry and Marjorie gave full confession and renounced drinking and polyamory for a time. Larry became a lay preacher and Marjorie the school nurse. At one point, the church arranged for Melinda to be taken to a motel room with a 50-year-old man for a five-hour exorcism. Larry became a marriage counselor with the church and quickly acquired a reputation for being too forward with women, eventually attempting to rape one of them. After that incident the Loveless parents soon left the church and returned to their old jobs, drinking, and the open marriage.
In November 1990 Larry was caught spying on Melinda and a friend, and Marjorie attacked him with a knife, sending him to the hospital when he tried to grab it. She then attempted suicide again and her daughters called 911. After this incident Larry moved to Avon Park, Florida and they divorced.
In March 1991, 16-year-old Melinda came out of the closet to her mother, who was furious initially but came to tolerate it. In fall 1991, her relationship with Heavrin deteriorated, and Loveless came to associate this deterioration with Sharer.
Heavrin and Sharer met early in the school year when they got into a fight, but they became friends while in detention for that fight. Loveless immediately became jealous of their relationship. In early October Sharer and Heavrin went together to a school dance, where Loveless found them and confronted them violently. Although she never formally broke up with Loveless, Heavrin began dating Sharer more seriously in October.
Loveless became increasingly jealous when Heavrin and Sharer went to a festival together in late October, and she began to discuss killing Sharer, threatening her in public.
Loveless (16) recruited three of her friends (Toni Lawrence, Lori Tackett, Hope Rippey). They abducted 12-year-old Sharer, beat her and sodomized her with a tire iron, they also cut her with a knife and burned her alive.
The SF Chronicle recently reported: Raymond Merrill (pictured above) bought a $5,000 engagement ring for Regina Rachild (pictured above). Merrill met Rachild online and thought he was in love. Instead, Rachild lured him to Brazil and masterminded a plot in which he was drugged for six days until he disclosed his bank account information, then he was strangled and burned alive. Rachid and an alleged accomplice are under arrest in Brazil.
Merrill met Rachid through an international dating site in 2005. At her request, Merrill gave her $10,000 to open a botox clinic (which never materialized) and Merrill bought her a sports utility vehicle for $20,000, she complained because she wanted an $50,000 SUV, they argued and she called him 'a stupid American,' and her daughter asked Merrill to send her $1,600 for wedding preparations.
Shortly after his murder, his bank accounts were looted for $170,000 and an additional $27,000 in charges appeared on his credit cards. Rachild is currently in prison, awaiting trial.
Source: John Cote, SF Chronicle.
A former Texas district attorney, Louis "Bill" Conradt, Jr. (pictured above) was targeted by "Dateline's" "To Catch A Predator" and apparently shot and killed himself on Monday as sheriff's deputies, accompanied by a "Dateline" camera crew attempted to arrest him. Reports say, Conradt had solicited sex from a "Perverted Justice" decoy posing as a 13-year old boy. In Conradt's case, although he had reportedly agreed to come to the sting house, he failed to show up. Nevertheless, authorities said they had sufficient evidence to charge him with soliciting sex from a minor and that they had obtained warrants to search his home and computer for additional evidence.
According to the SF Chronicle, Shavan Boone (pictured above) was a 22-year old single mother trying to balance her social life with raising a 4-year old son, Sirdon.
Earlier this month, the young mother arranged to meet a man on a Wednesday night, no one is sure if she met the man on the Internet, or not.
She dropped her son off with the babysitter, telling her, she was going out for an evening at a hot tub spa. Boone apparently went to the "Hot Tubs" in San Francisco on November 1st.
Three days later, Oakland police found her body stuffed in a gray recycling bin that had been dumped in a garbage stewn creekbed in East Oakland. She had been shot to death.
Boone's family became concerned when they couldn't reach her on her cell phone.
Boone's death has left her family stunned.
Her older sister, Regina McGee said, "No one in the family knows who Boone was seeing the night she went off to the spa. She never came back. That leaves a lot of questions for me. "She didn't talk about whom she dated."
McGee adds, the family has not told Boone's young son about what happened. "When he is asking for his mom, he thinks she's at work."
Police have yet to name a suspect and are still investigating.
Source: Jaxon Van Derbeken @ The SF Chronicle.
Closing statements were set for Monday in the retrial of Tyrone Williams (pictured above), charged with 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring and transporting illegal immigrants. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted. Authorities say Williams was part of a smuggling ring that tried to transport more than 70 illegal immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic in his airtight tractor-trailer from South Texas to Houston in May 2003.
Williams abandoned the trailer at a truck stop near Victoria, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, after the immigrants succumbed to the heat inside. Nineteen of them died from dehydration, overheating and suffocation.
Prosecutors argued Williams ignored the immigrants cries for help during the four-hour trip and failed to turn on his trailer's air conditioning unit, which they said might have prevented the deaths. Several survivors called by Williams' attorneys testified the air conditioning unit was turned on during the trip.
During the journey, the immigrants' body temperatures rose as high as 113 degrees.
Survivors testified they couldn't understand how Williams didn't hear or feel as the immigrants desperately banged on the trailer's walls and shouted they were dying and needed to be released.
Update: Tyrone Williams was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Source: Juan A. Lozano @ ABC News.com
The “Nut Case” street gang terrorized the bay area as they went on a two-week crime and murder spree. A manhunt was underway for member DeMarcus Ralls (pictured above). His picture was posted all over the local news. At the tender age of 21, Ralls was accused of four murders and suspected in a fifth murder, he was also suspected in over a dozen robberies. He was finally apprehended and is currently on trial. Relatives of his crime victims are appalled at his lack of remorse and his nonchalance in describing the murders. Ralls is accused of killing Sunny Thach during a robbery. Thach was robbed of $31 dollars and shot in the head as he carried his toddler. Ralls blames his childhood on his criminal behavior. He was often beaten by a drug-addicted mother, grew up in group homes and was teased by classmates because he didn’t know who his father was but the prosecutors are not buying his story. They classify him as a cold-blooded killer who should be put to death. Source: SF Chronicle
An Alameda County jury heard opening statements last week about a Oakland man accused of intentionally killing his 3-year old soon in 2003 by beating him to death because the boy made mistakes while identifying numbers and letters on flash cards.
Chazarus Hill, Sr. (pictured above) repeatedly used a belt, his fists and switches to assault his son, Chazarus "Cha Cha" Hill, Jr. who underwent a very painful and slow death after suffering contusions and internal bleeding.
Chazarus Hill, Sr. showed no visible emotion but two women on the jury panel dabbed at their eyes with tissues. The assaults occurred repeatedly in the weeks before doctors at San Leandro hospital pronounced Cha Cha dead on Sept. 20, 2003. An autopsy showed that the 40-pound toddler died of multiple injuries, including a cerebral hematoma, a blood clot in the brain brought on by the beating.
Hill's attorney told a jury, while his client had disciplined his son, he never intended to kill him and questioned whether some of the injuries could have been inflicted by Kymberly Ford, Cha Cha's stepmother. Ford was released from prison a month ago after serving part of a four-year sentence on a child abuse charge for allowing the assaults to occur. She married Hill four months before their arrests.
After Ford told Hill that she was done with their relationship, an enraged Hill said, "I don't want him. I want you. I don't give a f**k about him. Ford said that during one beating, she heard Hill tell his son, "Don't you understand? She's all I got. I'm nothing without her. I can't let you f**k it up." The little boy replied, 'It's OK, Daddy. I'm going to do better. I'm going to learn my numbers. I'm going to be a good boy.'
Hill continued to shake his son until he passed out. The little boy gave up and died right there on the kitchen floor, according to the prosecutor.
Update: Chazarus Hill, Sr. was convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Source: Henry K. Lee @ The SF Chronicle
A 35-year old relative (Shorn Samuel, pictured above, center) was charged with the horrific murder of 21 year old Stacy Wilson of Vermont. Stacy's mother said that Shorn is a distant relative who hounded Stacy for about a year and he kept referring to her as his "wife." Reports say Samuel accosted Stacy at a bus terminal during rush hour with hundreds of people around. She brushed off his advances and boarded a mini-van. He disappeared and came back later with a rope and a sword. He pulled her from the van and started his attack, cutting off a wrist and striking her head. When her head did not fall, he allegedly held the neck and sawed off her head with the sword. The killing sent shock waves throughout the Vicentian community and across the world. Explicit photos and videos were in circulation on the Internet. Police responded within minutes but it was too late to save Stacy but they apprehended Samuel and secured the crime scene.
Former Berkeley High School and Stanford University basketball player Tanda Rucker (pictured above) was sentenced today to one year at a minimum-security correctional facility near Los Angeles for having unlawful sex with girls she coached at an Alameda high school.
The parents of the three former Encinal High School players who were preyed upon by Rucker said they were outraged that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon disregarded prosecutor Delia Trevino's request that Rucker be sentenced to three years in state prison for her conviction on 18 felony counts.
The charges, which are based on sexual conduct between 2000 and 2002, include penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation with a minor. The maximum sentence Rucker could have faced was 14 years and four months.
In addition to giving her the one-year term, Reardon placed Rucker on five years' probation and ordered her to register as a sex offender.
During her one-year sentence, Rucker, 32, will be allowed to work during the day with the likes of Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.
Rucker works for her sister, Jaime Rucker King, who was the executive producer of the award-winning film "Ray," and Rucker King and her husband are partnering with Foxx in a two-year production deal with MTV Films and Paramount Pictures, according to the Black Talent News Web site.
Rucker will spend her nights at the privately run Cornell Corrections Center in El Monte.
Rucker, who was a member of Stanford's 1992 college champion team and was named by USA Today as California's top high school player of the year in 1991 as a member of the Berkeley High School team, sat silently next to her attorney, Elizabeth Grossman, as the parents of her former players passionately asked Reardon to sentence her to state prison.
Rucker declined to speak when Reardon asked if she had anything to say before she was sentenced.
Her father, former Berkeley City Manager Weldon Rucker, sat in the first row of the courtroom.
The parents, who asked that their names not be used, said their daughters are suffering from long-term psychological damage.
Speaking in court, an Oakland Public Works Department employee who's the mother of one of the former players said of her daughter, "This incident has totally turned her life upside down."
The mother said she thought what she described as her daughter's "courage" in coming forward to provide evidence against Rucker "would be rewarded in some way," such as a state prison term for Rucker, and said a light sentence "is a slap in my face."
The mother said Rucker hasn't shown any remorse and has never apologized to her or her daughter.
Another mother described Rucker as "a highly intelligent young lady" who singled out the best basketball players on the team with a charm campaign that included taking them to lunch.
The mother said Rucker's victims "lost their innocence and lost their friends and were ridiculed and gossiped about" at school.
But Reardon said he didn't think it would be appropriate to send Rucker to state prison because he thinks she has the ability to make something of her life because she has a college education, a steady job and the support of her family.
However, after the hearing, the victims' parents questioned how helpful Rucker's parents have been to her, stating that most of the sexual activity charged in the case occurred at her parents' home in Berkeley, as Rucker lived with them at the time.
Michael Kinane, an attorney who represents the victims in a civil lawsuit, said that in addition to naming Rucker, the suit named Rucker's parents and the Alameda Unified School District as defendants for allegedly not doing enough to stop the sexual activity.
Kinane said the girls' lawsuit against Rucker's parents and the Alameda Unified School District has been resolved and the civil suit against Rucker is scheduled to go to trial on June 2.
Grossman said the sex between Rucker and her players was "consensual" and said Rucker is being unduly punished because of her gender.
She also said she thinks the players' parents are distorting the facts because they're pursuing a big monetary judgment in the civil case.
Grossman said if Rucker had been a man, she probably would have been charged with statutory rape, for which state law carries no registration requirement.
Because Rucker has to register as a sex offender, she won't be able to coach again, Grossman said.
But Kinane said he thinks Rucker is benefiting because of her gender because he believes a male coach who had engaged in multiple sex acts with either male or female players would have been sentenced to a lengthy state prison term.
The mother of one of the victims said, "Parents should beware of the fact that female-on-female pedophiles are becoming more common in society."
Source: ABC News
A federal appeals court tossed out the 10-year prison sentence of a St. Louis, Mo., woman who rented her 9-year-old daughter out to a pedophile more than 200 times at $20 a session. The court said the woman's punishment was too lenient. But until a court decides otherwise, the woman still faces a 10-year prison term. The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her daughter's identity, often held the girl down in their home while Joe J. Champion of Granite City, Ill., molested her, according to court documents. The daughter testified the molestation occurred about twice a week, either in the bathroom or her mother's bedroom.
The woman was typically paid $20 by Champion each time she allowed her daughter to be abused by him. The abuse began when the daughter was nine and continued for two years, both the daughter and Champion testified, according to court documents. The mother also often threatened to send her daughter to foster care if she didn't cooperate.
Champion pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Source: Fox News.com and the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.
Jeffrey Epstein (born 1953 in Coney Island, New York) is a billionaire financier and philanthropist. He began his career as a math teacher, before becoming a trader at Bear Stearns, and eventually founding his own financial management firm located on his 80 acre private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He reportedly will not take clients with assets less than $1 billion. Epstein has been known to befriend high profile scientists and politicians such as Leonard Susskind, Marvin Minsky and Bill Clinton. In addition to his private island in the Virgin Islands, he owns a 45,000 square foot five-story townhouse on East 71st Street in Manhattan called Villard House and a 41,000 square foot house on a 12,000 acre ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico called Zorro Ranch. On July 27, 2006 Epstein was charged in Palm Beach, Florida with solicitation of prostitution, with female minors on several occasions, at his Palm Beach mansion. The Manhattan financier is currently accused of bringing underage girls as young as 14 to his Palm Beach mansion, where he allegedly paid them $200 to give him "sex-tinged" massages and engage in showy, girl-on-girl action with his supposed assistant/sex slave. Source: Gawker.
Clayton — Authorities in Washington, D.C., are holding a Clayton man for extradition to North Carolina to face charges that he killed his 4-year-old daughter in their home and then fled.
U.S. Marshals, working with information developed in the Triangle, arrested John Patrick Violette, 37, at a Capitol Hill motel in the dark hours of Saturday morning. He is charged with murder in the slaying of Katlin Violette.
"I just got home from work, and I walk in the door and my daughter is in the middle of the hallway," Katlin's mother, Amber Violette, told a 911 dispatcher.
Clayton police found the child "had been decapitated" when they got to 2020 McKinnon Drive late Friday afternoon.
During the seven-minute 911 phone call, Amber Violette tells the dispatcher her husband had been watching their daughter and that she saw them both at lunchtime. When she returned home, there was no sign of her husband, she said.
A little after 1 a.m. Saturday, Raleigh-Durham International Airport police found a station wagon belonging to Violette in a parking lot. Then investigators tracked Violette Washington.
The marshals took him into custody without incident at a hotel near Capitol Hill at 4:35 a.m. Clayton police Sgt. S. P. Lapsley said.
"We're all very relieved," he said. "This is devastating for the community as a whole, and it's the most horrific thing I've seen in 13 years of police work."
John Violette will remain in custody in Washington pending an extradition hearing. Lapsley said police don't expect to make any more arrests.
Authorities in Clayton said they have not been able to figure out any motive in the killing. John Violette does not have a criminal record, they said.
"When senseless violence occurs, it's tragic enough. But when it includes a child, it's even more tragic for the community," Clayton police Chief Glen Allen said.
John Violette worked at the Lowe's Home Improvement Store in Clayton until Thursday, when he terminated his employment, a store employee told WRAL. Neighbors said he lived at the residence with his wife and daughter.
The crime leaves Clayton trying to cope.
Counselors will be available next week for the first responders who were at the home Friday night, police officials said.
Neighbor Diana Narron said she's worried about what to tell her own 4-year-old daughter.
"I don't know how I will explain that to her," Narron said. "She knows something happened to that little girl."
Fiancee of Memphis Judge Accused of Paying Woman for Sex With Her 8-Year-Old Daughter:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A sheriff's department employee is charged with paying a woman for sex with her 8-year-old daughter, and a special judge was called from out of town for a bond hearing Wednesday because the accused is engaged to a Memphis judge (pictured above).
Wayne Logan appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on child rape charges, but all of the county's judges who preside over such matters recused themselves.
"The General Sessions judges have all agreed that it would be inappropriate for any of them to hear Mr. Logan's case based on Mr. Logan's relationship with a sitting General Sessions judge. His fiancee is a General Sessions judge," defense lawyer Leslie Ballin told WMC-TV.
Steve Daniel, a retired judge from Murfreesboro, conducted the rescheduled hearing and reduced Logan's bond from $150,000 to $75,000. Logan remained in jail without making bond and was scheduled for his next court appearance on Feb. 5th.
Logan, 60, is engaged to Judge Joyce Broffitt and records show he used her as a reference when he got his job in the sheriff's department's records and identification office about six years ago. He is on paid leave while the case is pending.
The rape charge was filed when the girl picked Logan out of a photo lineup, police spokesman Vince Higgins said.
Police began an assault investigation after the girl complained of pain while at school. She told the school staff she had sex with a man several times and watched him have sex with her mother, who also faces criminal charges.
In Tennessee, general sessions judges handle misdemeanor cases, arraignments and bond hearings and decide whether felony cases will be sent to the grand jury.
Bond reduced; suspect lives with judge
Sheriff's office employee accused of raping girl
By Lawrence Buser
A special judge Wednesday reduced the bond for a Shelby County Sheriff's Office employee charged with raping an 8-year-old girl in her Whitehaven home.
Wayne Walter Logan, 60, was arrested Friday after the girl told teachers at Holmes Road Elementary School last Wednesday that he had had sex with her and had given money to her mother, who was present.
A retired Circuit Court judge from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was appointed to hear the case because Logan has lived with General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Joyce Broffitt in her Bartlett home for the past six years.
Defense attorney Leslie Ballin said Broffitt told him Logan "will continue to live with her if he can make bond." She could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Ballin said his client has a good employment record, is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and that he has no prior arrest record.
State prosecutor Marianne Bell argued against the bond reduction, citing the serious nature of the alleged offense that carries punishment of up to 25 years in prison with no parole. "We don't know if there are other victims out there," she told the judge.
An adult sex toy party on the city's southwest side turned violent Saturday night. Rochester police say 39-year-old Joanne Jones (pictured above) stabbed her 22-year-old daughter Lataseha Nobles. It happened late Saturday night on Columbia Avenue off South Plymouth Avenue. Police say Jones stabbed Nobles after finding out they had both been intimately involved with the same man. Nobles was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. Nobles is listed in satisfactory condition. Jones is charged with first degree assault. Source: News 10 NBC-Rochester, NY
By all accounts Marcus McTear (pictured above with lawyer) was a nice young man with a sense of humor. At 14, he started dating a white classmate named Rae Ann Spence (2nd photo). Over time he became controlling and abusive. He often beat Spence and flung her down the stairs and he tried to forbid her from spending time with her parents because he wanted all of her attention. She finally broke up with him.
Over the next few years, McTear became a star football player on his high school team and began romancing black cheerleader OrTralla Mosley (3rd photo). She was 15 and he was 17.
After a few months, he began to control her. Forbidding her to hang out with her friends and dictating on what she should wear to school. She finally had enough and broke off the relationship. The next day, McTear ambushed her in the high school courtyard and stabbed her to death, leaving the knife in her back. When the police arrested him, he was covered in Mosley’s blood. He would plead guilty and the judge would sentence him to a 40-year term but because of his age he could be released in 3 years with good behavior.
Update: The young man who stabbed 15-year old Ortralla Mosley to death in the courtyard of Reagan High School nearly three years ago, will be transferred to an adult prison. Marcus McTear, 19, had been serving his sentence in Gardner-Betts Juvenile Detention Center. When he became an adult, Judge Jeanne Muerer had a choice of allowing McTear to either leave the penal system or transfer him to an adult prison. The defense asked that McTear stay at the juvenile facility so he could get counseling and education. The judge also heard testimony from detention officials who said McTear was consistently non-compliant and threatened to harm both staff and fellow inmates.
On Saturday, February 3, 2007, at 4:40 p.m., a 21-year old Albany mother brought her 18-month old son to the Albany Police Department to report child abuse. The mother reported that her husband, 23-year old Rian James Whittman (pictured above) had used a stun-gun device (pictured above) on their son causing injury. The investigation revealed that Whittman used a 100,000 volt stun-gun device multiple times on his 18-month old son over an approximately 3-week period.
The child was taken to Samaritan Albany General Hospital where he was examined and treated for injuries from the stun-gun. The child was later taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services.
Albany Police arrested Rian Whittman later the same night at 10:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of SE Hill Street without incident. Wittman was lodged in the Linn County Jail on three counts of Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.
BRADDOCK, Penn. (Crime Library)—Two nights ago, the Allegheny County Police arrested William Lorenzo Page, 22, (pictured above) in connection with the death of his daughter, 23-month-old Nyia Page (pictured above). Charges include, criminal homicide, filing a false police report, kidnapping and simple assault. Page was already in jail at the time of his arrest. He was being held on charges of simple and indecent assault of a child, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. Those charges came after a six-year-old boy made allegations that Page had indecently assaulted him and struck him with a belt on previous occasions. On Wednesday, the Allegheny County medical examiner ruled Nyia's death a homicide. According to Dr. Karl Williams, Nyia died of exposure and hypothermia. Nyia's parents reported her missing on Saturday morning. Dozens of police officers from numerous county, municipal, and federal departments, along with citizen volunteers, braved 20-degree temperatures to search the toddler. The search continued into Sunday, when searchers discovered her body at an abandoned playground off Fleet Street. Investigators now believe it was Nyia's father who dropped her off at the secluded location and left her to die.
I’ve heard of serial killer tag teams but this is the first time I have ever heard of a ‘pedophile tag team.’
We have read numerous articles about pedophile Dean Schwartzmiller (1st photo). The cops arrested him at his home after it was discovered he was hoarding 100,000 images of child pornography. Schwartzmiller was convicted (152 years) of molesting countless boys but few people know about his roommate, Frederick Everts (2nd photo), who was also a serial molester. The two men often compared their crimes.
According to a prosecutor, “the men were poison, they would both kill you, but kill you in a different way.” Everts may have been less prolific that Schwartzmiller but he was more dangerous. He was convicted on multiple felony counts of molestation for abusing three boys, 11, 9, and 3 years old. Everts had been diagnosed as a sexual sadist and admitted molesting 36 victims over his lifetime. Among them was his stepson, whom he tied to a bed multiple times and molested when the boy was 3 to 5 years old.
“He admitted he chose his wife because he wanted to molest her son.” Everts was also convicted in Oregon in 1993 of sodomizing children and he molested his biological son when the boy was 3 months old. During his sentencing, he said, “I can’t imagine, with my compulsion, any therapy would stop me from doing it again.” Everts was sentenced to 800 years in prison.
Source: John Corte @ The SF Chronicle
Leslie Jill May (pictured below) said her mother was a drunk, and when May was 12, she found her mother dead on the kitchen floor from alcohol poisoning. The girl was then raised in Pocatello, Idaho, by her father, but she ran away, she said, after he raped and impregnated her at age 16.
After a miscarriage, she became a prostitute and came to the Bay Area in 1976. She and Ricky Smith -- a onetime pimp known as "Slick Rick" (pictured below) who had 24 prostitutes working for him -- shared a life on and off the streets. They had three children together.
Back then, May was a stunner dubbed "Legs" who attracted business from men of all professions and income levels, according to people who knew her.
"She had legs like Tina Turner, you know?" Smith said on a recent afternoon.
"Jill was a classy hooker," agreed her longtime friend Anne Griffin. "She had that personality. She had that look. She was the glamorous girl -- she looked like she stepped out of a magazine."
In the 1990s, May and Smith struggled with parenthood and keeping a roof over their heads, eventually turning over their children to Smith's brother to raise.
The couple repeatedly had been arrested for drugs and prostitution but never entered into court-ordered rehabilitation programs. They ended up living on the streets, two blocks of the Tenderloin on Jones Street, between Geary and Ellis streets.
Addicted to heroin and crack, May lost her teeth and so much weight she was practically skin and bones. Her once-famous legs grew infected from dirty syringes, and she couldn't walk anymore so much as shuffle.
Last week, Mia Sagote, 30, and Leslie Siliga, 29, are believed to have selected the victim, Leslie "Jill" May, 49, after May told police on the day of her death that she had been robbed by Sagote on the street in the Tenderloin the day before.
"The victim was kidnapped off the street and taken to Candlestick Park, doused with gasoline and set on fire," said Assistant District Attorney George Butterworth. He said the crime was especially heinous and showed "exceptional depravity."
Authorities say May was first accosted in the Tenderloin the morning of Jan. 11 by Sagote, who was angry that May's boyfriend owed her $150 on a loan. When May said she had no money, Sagote allegedly slammed May to a wall, then threw her to the ground and punched her face, police said.
Later that morning, Sagote pulled May behind a trash container and stripped the victim of her clothing and cash, leaving her naked behind a garbage bin, authorities say. The incident was witnessed, according to police.
May went to authorities the next day and reported the crime. Authorities believe that at least one of the women involved had learned, apparently by word on the street, of May's police report naming Sagote. That afternoon, May was back in the Tenderloin when she was approached by two women, forced into the backseat of a car, and driven to the stadium parking lot at Candlestick Point and set on fire-burning her alive, authorities said.
Source: Jaxon Van Derbeken & Heather Knight @ The SF Chronicle.
May and Slick Rick (pictured above) down and out in San Francisco. Homeless and drug addicted. Three years before her murder.
Students at Fremont Elementary School knew Vincent Brothers (pictured above) as the tall vice principal who would sometimes join them on the basketball court. In this oil-rich city, he commanded respect as a mentor and Christian family man and often quoted scripture in a mild-mannered voice.
Or so it seemed. Behind closed doors he was a ticking time bomb who could erupt at any time.
His estranged wife, Joanie Harper, their three young children and his mother-in-law were found shot and stabbed to death in their home on July 8, 2003, in what Bakersfield police called it the most gruesome crime they'd ever seen. Brothers, the sole suspect in the vicious slayings, was arrested nine months later and charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday in the 44-year-old former school administrator's trial in Kern County Superior Court; he faces a possible death penalty.
Brothers has pleaded not guilty and claims he was out of town when the bodies were found. But prosecutors say he staged a last-minute visit to his brother's home in Ohio to create an elaborate, far-fetched alibi.
Fresh out of California State University, Bakersfield, Brothers started out as a substitute teacher in the city's schools in 1987. He quickly rose through the ranks to become vice principal of the grammar school by 1995.
But Brothers appears to have had tumultuous relationships with women. Harper was his third wife — the first two having ended in divorce. In 1990, the year his first marriage ended, Brothers was convicted of spousal abuse, according to police. The second marriage lasted only a few months and was described in court filings as "turbulent."
Brothers and Harper married in January 2000, divorced, and then remarried in 2004. Their three children, Marques, Lyndsey and Marshall, were 4, 2, and 6 weeks old at the time of the murders. The fifth victim was Harper's 70-year-old mother, Ernestine Harper.
According to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Green, Brothers flew to Columbus, Ohio, then rented a car and drove back to Bakersfield to kill his family. The car's odometer showed he had driven 5,400 miles around the time of the murders, police said.
A criminal complaint also alleges that Brothers' brother, Melvin, used his credit card and forged Vincent Brother's signature in Ohio on the day of the killings to help cover up the crime.
Jury selection has dragged on for weeks, mainly due to the intense publicity surrounding the case, while a gag order has prevented attorneys from discussing the case with the media. The two sides have filed close to 150 motions in the case, according to court clerks, and the trial itself could last months.
The list of potential witnesses, filling 10, single-spaced pages, reads like a list of who's who of Bakersfield — from school administrators to local preachers and fire officials.
Defense Attorney Michael Gardina emphasized that point in a motion filed in late December seeking to move the trial to Los Angeles. "The death of the Harper Family was a Kern County experience," he wrote. "There is no chance of a fair trial here."
Judge Michael Bush denied that request, and a previous one from Gardina seeking a six-month delay.
For nearly three years, Brothers' home has been the Kern County jail, and he's made numerous court appearances as lawyers fought over how — and where — the trial would be heard.
On a recent afternoon, he sat inside the dimly lit courtroom, wearing a suit and glasses. He bit his lip a few times as Green sought to discredit a witness defense attorneys said could prove police forced Melvin Brothers to make false declarations.
If Brothers is convicted, the scene is likely to repeat itself. Death penalty cases are automatically reviewed by the California Supreme Court in a process that can take decades.
Update: Brothers was convicted and sentenced to death.
Source: Garance Burke, AP
Police say a man repeatedly stabbed his teenage wife, then gave the knife to his toddler son and told him: "Now you stab Mommy." Fermin Rodriguez, 21, attacked his 17-year-old wife Sunday night, after accusing her of cheating on him, police said. He slashed and stabbed her multiple times, then handed the knife to his 2-year-old son and told him to stab her, police said. The boy didn't stab her, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.
Rodriguez was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint and threatening. He was being held on $350,000 bond. His wife, Keyschla Rodriguez, was slashed at least 20 times, but most of the wounds were superficial, according to Capt. Lynn Kirwin. Rodriguez also cut off her hair, Kirwin said.
The woman's father became worried because he had not heard from his daughter and arrived at the house while she was still being held against her will, police said. "Thank goodness her father showed up at the door," Kirwin said. The woman was treated for her injuries and later released. The boy was safe with relatives, Kirwin said.
Source: CBS News.com
GRETNA, La. -- Pawnshop manager Dan Reese said he never thought he'd see a diaper-clad 2-year-old holding an AK-47 (above). But that's exactly what happened inside BJ's Pawn Shop on the Westbank, Reese said.
The toddler's father gave him the gun and proceeded to show the child how to hold, load and operate it.
"He's telling the boy, 'This is how you hold it, like this. Anybody in front of you, you can mow them down. Kill everybody, soldier, because daddy's going to buy you this chopper,' repeating it over and over," Reese said. The store's surveillance video also shows the father and son marching around the store, showcasing the weapon. With an assault rifle slung over the toddler's shoulder, Reese said he drew the line, took away the weapon and shut the gun case.
According to Reese, the father got angry and wanted to fight, but he never got the man's name. Reese also said he'll sell AK-47s only to police officers now.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said he was concerned about the incident but said that the father didn't break any laws.
GIRLS IMPERSONATING BOYS (DISTURBING, TRAGIC & BIZARRE STORIES)
Lorelei Corpuz (pictured above) was good at convincing everyone she was a young man, police said.
For the past 18 months, Corpuz made a teenage girl and the girl's family believe that she was 17-year-old Mark Villanueva.
Police and prosecutors say that Corpuz is really 30 and has looks that support her ruse.
But early Sunday morning, Corpuz's con came to an end when she was stopped by a rookie Everett police officer, according to court papers.
The officer approached Corpuz at a gas station because she was wanted out of Marysville on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.
He then asked the teenage girl in the car why she was with the woman, said Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz.
"She gave us a curious look when he [the officer] said 'woman,' " Goetz said. "She said, 'That's my boyfriend.' "
Corpuz was arrested and taken to Marysville. Everett police then arrested her and booked her into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of rape.
The Seattle Times is not naming the girl because she is a minor and an alleged sexual-assault victim.
She said she met "Villanueva" in September 2005 at the Everett Mall food court. She told police that they went on their first date two days later, according to court papers.
Court papers list the girl as 16 years old, but the girl and Everett police say she is 14.
In an interview Wednesday, the girl said "Villanueva" told her that he was an orphan, so the teen's mother let "him" move into their South Everett duplex. The girl said "Villanueva" was supposed to share a bedroom with the teen's younger brother, but said "Villanueva" would often sneak into her room to cuddle.
"It was a regular teenage girlfriend-boyfriend thing," the girl said. "Like holding hands, hugging, kissing."
The girl told police that the couple had a sexual relationship, but that she never saw her "boyfriend's" genitals, court papers said. The girl also said that her boyfriend was jealous and abusive, and she was bitten on the back twice and struck weekly.
She told The Times Corpuz interfered with her friendships with boys her own age.
"She made it like a serious relationship, like we're married," the girl said.
On Wednesday, Corpuz was charged in Everett District Court in Snohomish County with two counts of rape of a child in the third-degree and one count of child molestation in the third degree, all felonies. If convicted, Corpuz faces up to five years in prison.
Renton police arrested Corpuz in 2005 on suspicion of forgery for allegedly impersonating her sister while trying to make a purchase at a car dealership. The case was dropped by police when a witness didn't want to follow through with charges.
Sources: Seattle Times Reporters, Jennifer Sullivan, Diane Brooks, Natalie Singer and Christopher Schwarzen
BOCA RATON — The granddaughter of NASCAR cofounder Edgar Otto was arrested on a charge of impersonating a sheriff's deputy Tuesday after she pulled over a driver on Clint Moore Road, ordered him out of his car and handcuffed him, police said.
A Boca Raton police community service officer saw Rachel Lyndsee Otto, 21, (pictured above) stopped with two other cars in the 3000 block of Clint Moore Road at about 4 p.m. and, believing that a wreck had just occurred, pulled up, according to a police report.
Getting out of the car, he mistook Otto, who has close-cropped hair and was wearing military fatigues, for a man, and listened while Otto told him she was an off-duty deputy for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Otto said she was making an arrest and asked the community service officer to call for "94," a police code for backup, while she waited for her unit to arrive.
The community service officer saw a handcuffed Michael Mellin leaning against the back of a black Ford Mustang.
Stopped nearby was another man in a silver Honda, who said he had helped the sheriff's deputy pull over Mellin by boxing him in on Clint Moore Road.
The community service officer asked Otto for identification, whereupon she took the cuffs off Mellin.
When a Boca Raton police officer showed up, he recognized Otto, who has been arrested at least nine times since 2004, and listened as she explained she was making a citizen's arrest for road rage.
The officer quizzed the man in the silver Honda, who said he was convinced he was helping a man from the sheriff's office make an arrest.
The officer then turned to a woman sitting in the passenger seat of Otto's gray BMW. The woman told the officer she had been living for the past week with Otto, whom she thought was a man, the report said.
She said Otto had gotten angry at Mellin after he had cut her off while driving on Clint Moore Road.
Just to be sure, the officer called a sheriff's office dispatcher, who assured him Otto wasn't a deputy.
He arrested her on impersonating an officer and false arrest charges and turned her over to the Palm Beach County Jail, where she was being held without bond.
*Warning, the following Disturbing & Tragic segment is the sickest, most vile, disgusting and disturbing segment to ever appear. If you have a weak stomach, please skip it.
I've heard of gambling rings, drug rings and prostitution rings but I have never heard of a bestiality ring until now.
DISTURBING & TRAGIC:
San Francisco - A man died of internal injuries from sex with a stallion at a ranch used by a bestiality ring, police in the northwestern United States state of Washington said on Monday.
The man suffered fatal trauma while being sodomized by a stallion at a stud farm that catered to men who wanted sex with animals, Enumclaw Police Commander Eric Sortland told AFP.
"From the medical examiner's office to the sheriff to the police detectives, we have never seen anything remotely close to what we have in the past two weeks," Sortland said.
The shocking events at the ranch were exposed after a WHITE man's body was dropped off at a hospital southeast of the city of Seattle on July 2 after his encounter with the horse.
"Basically, his colon was ruptured, along with his lower organs in that region, and he bled out," Sortland said.
A cache of hundreds of hours of videotaped man-on-beast sex sessions was found hidden in a field, Sortland said.
The animals kept at the farm included ponies, horses, goats, sheep and dogs, according to the police commander.
Images of the flock of offerings on the bestial dude ranch were relayed over the internet and records indicate men had come from throughout the United States, according to police.
"Unfortunately, these people were very diligent in filming their activities," Sortland said of a viewing task detectives have found unpleasant.
Police were still reviewing the recordings to determine the range of activities, according to the commander.
Because sex with animals is not barred by law in Washington state, no arrests have been made, according to police who nonetheless continued to investigate on Monday to determine whether any illegal activity had taken place at the ranch.
The case is being used by state legislators backing a bill that would make it illegal to have sex with beasts, Sortland said.
Teenager accused of stabbing her newborn baby 135 times
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl stabbed her newborn baby 135 times in a "panic state" and then tossed her body in a garbage can outside her home, authorities said Thursday.
The high school senior told police she gave birth on the floor of the laundry room in her home early Monday, according to court documents. Nicole Marie Beecroft said she saw the baby's finger move and then stabbed the child in a "panic state," the complaint said.
An autopsy determined the infant was born alive, but suffered numerous puncture wounds in the chest area and bled to death from 135 sharp-force injuries, the complaint said.
"She kills the baby and now her life will be changed forever," said Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson.
Beecroft was charged with first-degree murder and was being held in a juvenile detention facility. She was scheduled to make her first court appearance Friday.
The girl's mother told police she didn't know her overweight daughter was pregnant. The Beecroft family does not have a listed phone number.
Authorities were tipped off Tuesday when an anonymous caller told police that a cashier at a Cub Foods grocery store in St. Paul had given birth to a stillborn baby and threw it in the garbage at her home.
The investigation led to Beecroft's home, where they found the baby's body inside a trash bag outside on Tuesday. Inside the trash bag, investigators also found a black-handled knife and some towels, according to the complaint.
DISABLED ORIGINAL GANGSTA:
Walter Simon, 32, (no photo available) is being held in the killing of a woman thought to be an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. What makes this case unusual, Simon is confined to a wheelchair. Nevertheless, this Original Gangsta is also a major drug dealer in San Francisco. In another slaying last week, Simon allegedly opened fire on innocent bystanders, wounding four people as he sat in front of a liquor store. Simon has denied the shooting but was rebooked on charges of being an ex-felon with a firearm. In another incident, police were informed that Simon was inside a place of business armed with a handgun. When police arrived, they found Simon wheeling forward from the back of the store where officers found a weapon on the shelf. It’s speculated that an associate drives Simon back and forth from alleged ‘hits.’ Source: Jaxon Van Derbeken @ The SF Chronicle
*The following Disturbing & Tragic segment should be a reminder to single mothers to do a background check on men you bring around your children. A sex offender database can be accessed for free via the Internet. A percentage of pedophiles target single mothers to get close to their children.
(CBS) CHICAGO: Two brothers, ages 12 and 14, were found stabbed to death in a closet Thursday morning in the South Side's East Chatham neighborhood. As CBS 2's Joanie Lum reports, the boys were found at a house at 7929 S. Ellis Ave., and their 13-year-old sister was also injured by stab wounds. Their mother was talking to police at the Calumet Area headquarters Thursday morning. The 13-year-old girl was taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, police said. Before that, she reportedly ran out of the house to get help after the stabbing around 3:30 a.m. Police seemed to know who they were looking for, and neighbors suspected the ex-boyfriend of the teens' mother. They said he was a sex offender.
One family friend, Lovell Harris, said the girl who survived had told his wife a couple of months ago that she was afraid of the man. "The older guy that she used to live with had tried to come in the door, and she had to put him out, but the girl was scared to really say something about it, and she finally came out and told her mother, that's when she put him out," said Lovell Harris. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the deaths of the 12- and 14-year-old boys, but their names were not being released as of 6:30 a.m.. Late details have emerged in this case.
Allegedly, the suspect had a key made (without the mother’s knowledge) and when the mother went to work he came in (using his key), slit the boys throats and raped the 13-year old girl.
Woman gunned down at funeral
by Benjamin Niolet and Marlon A. Walker, Staff Writers
GOLDSBORO - A woman who had been questioned in the killing of her live-in boyfriend was shot to death herself Thursday at his funeral.
The dead, Raheim Antwon Kornegay and Sharon Nichole Sheppard, had a 7-month-old child together and three children with other partners.
Kornegay's mother, Rosetta Stevens, said late Thursday night that she believed Sheppard's killing was revenge for her son's death.
"I just wish everybody would let it go," Stevens said, wiping tears with the top of her gray nightshirt. "And now, because people were trying to retaliate for something, these children don't have a mother or a father right now. I'm really scared for everybody."
Kornegay, 23, was shot to death Sunday at the apartment he shared with Sheppard, 28. She was home at the time, and police said in a Thursday news release that she was a "person of interest."
Sheppard was shot as about 300 mourners were shuffling out of a funeral home after a simple service for Kornegay. The sermon was about the value of a life.
Efforts to reach Sheppard's family were unsuccessful. No arrests have been made.
An HIV-positive Dallas man (above) who secretly recorded his sexual exploits with 131 young men was sentenced to life in prison Friday for attempting to entice sex from a 15-year-old boy.
Dallas prosecutors believe the men with Willie Atkins in the videos could be high-school age minors but they have not been able to identify them. There is no evidence Mr. Atkins told his sexual partners about his HIV status and he rarely used condoms.
Prosecutors think Mr. Atkins lured the young men to his apartment by promising them jobs with his landscaping company.
During the trial, jurors were shown three segments from 90 hours of sexually explicit videotape confiscated by authorities. In one tape, Mr. Atkins had unprotected sex with an unconscious man.
Despite their graphic nature, one juror said after the verdict that the videos and the fact that Mr. Atkins was HIV positive when he had sex with the young men did not play a big role in his sentence.
The boy, who is now 17, has not been in court since he testified earlier this week. He is not being named because The Dallas Morning News typically does not identify victims of sex crimes.
Attempting to entice a minor for sex is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. But Mr. Atkins' two previous convictions for aggravated robbery and firearms possession made him eligible for life.
In closing arguments, defense attorney Richard Franklin said prosecutors unfairly called the young men in the videos "victims." Mr. Franklin said the other men should have known to use condoms.
"They want to say Willie Atkins gave all these people AIDS, spread HIV all over the place," Mr. Franklin said. "They can't be living in some parallel universe where they've never heard of AIDS. It can't be his fault alone, if he has any fault at all."
Mr. Franklin said that the "dangerous activity" each side engaged in "cancels each other out."
Prosecutor Brandon Birmingham told jurors that that line of thinking is "like saying gasoline cancels out fire."
He urged jurors to give Mr. Atkins a life sentence because "he's already sentenced people to death."
Twin six-year-old boys are dead, reportedly strangled by their own mother (above) inside their Baton Rouge home. Police were called to 3146 Wyandotte, which is just east of Plank Road, just before 9:00 Friday morning. What police say happened in the downstairs apartment just boggles the mind. The two adorable little boys were identical twins with biblical names, Samuel and Solomon. The two six-year-olds were full of life.
Aaron Boone, Jr., a neighbor, says, "I mean, yesterday, when I came home, I saw them pushing each other on the dolly, playing like normal kids. Today, I saw the crime scene, the yellow tape. It's unbelievable. I can't believe it." What's even harder to believe is who's accused of strangling the boys; their own mother, 30-year-old Sherie Simms.
Kenyetta Maiden says, "They tell her every day that they love her and I figured that she loved her kids, too. She didn't have no right to take her kids' life." Kenyetta Maiden lives in the apartment right above Simms and her sons. Maiden says in the early morning hours before police came here, the boys' mother, her best friend, called her. Maiden says Sherie seemed to be high on cocaine.
Maiden says, "She was really depressed. She wanted me to talk to her, which I never thought to go and check on her kids. I figured they were going to be asleep." At that point, Samuel and Solomon may have just been asleep in that bed, but now, they'll never wake up, and this friend feels betrayed. Maiden says, "I don't hate her. It's just, I'll never respect her again, ever."
Neighbors say when paramedics rushed the children to the hospital, one of the boys still had an extension cord wrapped around his neck. Deputy coroners pronounced both of the boys dead when they arrived at the hospital. As for Sherie Simms, she is fighting for her life. Baton Rouge police say she took a bunch of pills and is currently in intensive care. If she gets out of the hospital, police will book her with two counts of first-degree murder, which upon conviction; could carry the death penalty.
NEW LONDON, Conn. --A 22-year-old man who allegedly impregnated his then-14-year-old girlfriend three times in six months has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, police said.
Police said Kevon Walker, then 21, moved from New York to Connecticut last year to be closer to the teen, whom he met while she was on a shopping trip in New York City.
Officers started investigating in July after the victim's mother contacted them.
Walker is free on $50,000 bond and forbidden from having contact with the teen. Though he considered her his girlfriend, it is illegal for adults to have sex with minors.
He told police he wanted to keep the child from the girl's first pregnancy, but that her mother forced her to have an abortion. She later had two more abortions.
Police said Walker admitted to them that he had a sexual relationship with the girl and knew it was wrong, but said he was in love with her.
Walker is due back in court May 31.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Six-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios was laid to rest Thursday, a day after a convicted child molester and his family were indicted for sexually abusing and killing the Georgia boy.
According to an indictment issued Wednesday, convicted child molester George Edenfield (pedophile), second photo, and his father (pedophile) took turns sexually assaulting Christopher while the molester's mother watched while masturbating, third photo, then they all choked the boy to death.
The indictment charges all three family members with murder and child molestation in the slaying of Christopher, whose body was found March 15 inside a trash bag dumped by a roadside.
District Attorney Stephen D. Kelley said he will seek the death penalty against 32-year-old George David Edenfield, who has a prior child molestation conviction from 1997, and his parents, David and Peggy Edenfield.
"This is one of the most horrific crimes that I have seen in 21 years of prosecutions," Kelley said.
Christopher went missing for a week before police found his body about three miles from his trailer park home outside Brunswick, a Georgia port city 60 miles south of Savannah. The suspects lived in a mobile home across the street from the boy's grandmother.
The indictment contains grim details about the case that police and prosecutors had not previously revealed. It says Christopher died from asphyxiation March 8 — the day he was reported missing — after the suspects choked him while "ignoring his complaints that they were hurting him." The indictment does not say which of three caused the boy's death.
It also claims George Edenfield and his 58-year-old father sodomized the boy and forced him to perform oral sex while Peggy Edenfield watched and masturbated.
"They deserve the worst, for them to torture my son like that, every last one of them," said Mike Barrios, the slain boy's father.
A friend of the Edenfield family, Donald Dale, was indicted on charges of concealing a death and tampering with evidence. Kelley said Dale did not become involved until after Christopher had been killed.
Nathan Williams, the attorney for 57-year-old Peggy Edenfield, declined to comment Wednesday. Attorneys for George and David Edenfield did not immediately return phone calls.
Glynn County police arrested the Edenfields four days after the child vanished while playing alone outside. Police Chief Matt Doering said all three suspects confessed to playing roles in the boy's abduction.
Police have said Dale admitted to investigators he helped the Edenfields dispose of Christopher's body.
Other charges against the Edenfields include false imprisonment, cruelty to children and enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Police have described George David Edenfield as mentally slow, but not retarded and capable of understanding right from wrong.
Ironically, the Edenfields moved into the trailer park where Christopher lived last year because of a Georgia law intended to keep child molesters away from children. Sheriffs' deputies told George Edenfield in September that he had to leave his home near downtown Brunswick because it was too close to a playground. Georgia law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools and other places that draw children.
His family went to live in the trailer park in October after George Edenfield was arrested for failing to move as ordered. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to probation March 5, three days before Christopher disappeared.
George Edenfield was required to register as a sex offender after he pleaded guilty in 1997 to molesting two boys, ages 7 and 9. Prosecutors said he rubbed his clothed body "in a sexual manner" against the boys, who also were fully dressed. He was sentenced then to 10 years on probation.
His father, David Edenfield, pleaded guilty to incest in 1994. He was accused of having sex with an adult relative who was not his son.
Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
On Monday May 25, the Memorial Day holiday, a neighbor of 17-year-old James Allen Wamsley (above) asked the teen if he could watch her children, a 3-year-old and a nine-month-old baby boy. Wamsley was more than happy to oblige; however, at some point, the teenager chose to cross several lines, both moral and legal.
At about 11:20 p.m., when the neighbor returned from a family picnic, she discovered her infant was severely injured and placed an emergency call to 911. Paramedics transported the child to Kadlec Medical Center where he was treated for sexual assault.
17-year old James Wamsley had raped the nine-month old "boy" child.
The severity of the infant's injuries ultimately required that he be airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Police have not identified the child or his mother, and as of this writing, his condition is not known.
Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb was at the hospital when the infant was brought in. He later described what he saw to KNDU-TV.
"The child had been brought in, injuries to the child demonstrated that some sort of sexual assault had occurred," Capt. Cobb said. "This is probably one of the most disturbing type of events that ever occurs to a police officer or a family member. So it's nothing we ever want to hear, nothing we ever want to investigate, but unfortunately, all too often we have to."
Authorities have charged Wamsley with first-degree child rape.
If convicted, Wamsley will receive a sentence ranging from 93 to 123 months.
Source: Dave Lohr @ The Crime Library
8-YEAR OLD SERIAL KILLER:
An eight-year-old boy (photo withheld due to age) from Central Indian state Bihar's Begusarai area has been arrested for killing a six-month-old girl from his neighborhood in the Manopur Musahari village.
The boy, Amarjeet, is alleged to have crushed the little girl to death with a stone and buried her body.
What's even more shocking is that the boy is a serial killer. A year back he had killed his six-month-old younger sister, and a cousin.
Since there was no prison facility to house a 8-year old, the boy was returned to his parents and the court asked the parents to monitor him and to keep a close eye on him.
The police consider Amarjeet to be mentally deranged and are questioning him about the murders.
Women Arrested, Accused Of Bathroom Sex In Front Of Children
Third Woman Photographed Alleged Sex Acts, Police Say
Two women in Seminole County, Fla., are accused of performing sex acts in front of children at a community pool bathroom while a third woman photographed them, according to a police report.
Seminole County sheriff's deputies arrested Emily Hernandez and Johannie Jimenez over the weekend at the Casselberry public bathroom.
A woman told police that she was walking into the bathroom with her children, and noticed Hernandez and Jimenez naked and apparently performing oral sex. She said another woman was photographing the acts.
The pregnant mother said she tried to leave the area with her children but the women would not let her leave. She said she was threatened not to call the police.
The woman eventually left the area with her children unharmed, police said.
Hernandez and Jimenez face lewd and lascivious exhibition charges as well as battery on a pregnant person, false imprisonment of an adult and child under 13 years old.
While the women were being transported to the Seminole County Jail, an officer said that Hernandez apparently bit Jimenez inside the patrol car, according to the police report.
By Roxana Hegeman (SHOPPERS STEP OVER DEAD WOMAN & CONTINUE SHOPPING)
WICHITA, Kan. (July 4) - As stabbing victim LaShanda Calloway lay dying on the floor of a convenience store, five shoppers, including one who stopped to take a picture of her with a cell phone, stepped over the woman, police said.
The June 23 situation, captured on the store's surveillance video, got scant news coverage until a columnist for The Wichita Eagle disclosed the existence of the video and its contents Tuesday.
Police have refused to release the video, saying it is part of their investigation.
"It was tragic to watch," police spokesman Gordon Bassham said Tuesday. "The fact that people were more interested in taking a picture with a cell phone and shopping for snacks rather than helping this innocent young woman is, frankly, revolting."
The woman was stabbed during an altercation that was not part of a robbery, Bassham said. It took about two minutes for someone to call 911, he said.
Calloway, 27, died later at a hospital.
Two suspects have been arrested. A 19-year-old woman was charged with first-degree murder. Another suspect who turned himself in had not been charged as of Tuesday, the Sedgwick County prosecutor's office said.
The district attorney's office will have to decide whether any of the shoppers could be charged, Bassham said.
It was uncertain what law, if any, would be applicable. A state statute for failure to render aid refers only to victims of a car accident.
Eagle columnist Mark McCormick told The Associated Press he learned about the video when he called Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams to inquire about a phone call he had received from a reader complaining about a Police Department policy that requires emergency medical personnel to wait until police secure a crime scene before rendering aid. McCormick said Williams then unloaded on him about the shoppers in the stabbing case.
"This is just appalling," Williams told the newspaper. "I could continue shopping and not render aid and then take time out to take a picture? That's crazy. What happened to our respect for life?"
When Nicholas Grunke [left] last week spotted a newspaper photo of Laura Tennessen [right], the Wisconsin man apparently became so smitten that he plotted a rendezvous with the 20-year-old woman.
But the photo Grunke saw accompanied an August 27 obituary of Tennessen, who died in a motorcycle accident.
Undeterred, Grunke allegedly plotted with his twin brother Alex and a friend, 20-year-old Dustin Radke, to rob Tennessen's grave so that he could have sex with her corpse.
Details of the trio's degenerate scheme are contained in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in Grant County Circuit Court.
(KSDK) - A 48-year-old man was charged Friday with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault amid allegations he had sex with a 12-year-old girl, authorities said. Larry R. Westwood, (pictured on the right) had sex with the girl on July 18 and July 25, Madison County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Dixon said. Authorities said Westwood's girlfriend, Amber M. Salts, 20, (pictured on the left) was baby sitting the girl at the home when the crimes occurred. She was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and pimping.
"There is no indication Ms. Salts took the child to the house with the intention of soliciting the act but she is charged with pimping because she received financial benefit for the act," Dixon said.
On the first occasion, Westwood paid the girl $100, which she split with Salts; he paid the girl $40 the second time, authorities said.
A family member of the girl found out about the crimes and told the girl's mother.
The girl was treated for sexual assault at Gateway Regional Medical Center on July 26. Sheriff's deputies arrested Westwood and Salts later that day.
Westwood and Salts are being held in the Madison County Jail. Bond was set at $150,000 for Westwood and $7,500 for Salts.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Two teenagers have been arrested on charges that they gang-raped a mother and forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son.
Authorities said 14-year-old Avion Lawson and 16-year-old Nathan Walker are being charged as adults with armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, sexual performance by a child, armed home invasion and aggravated battery.
Lawson was arrested Tuesday after police said they matched DNA evidence found on a condom in the victim's home to the teen.
Walker was taken into custody Thursday after police said they found the teen's left palm print inside the victim's apartment.
Both teens are being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bail.
Authorities said the boys were among a group of about 10 suspects who forced their way into the woman's Dunbar Village home on the night of June 18.
According to police reports, a young man tricked the victim into opening the door of her home after he told her that the tires on his vehicle were flat.
Police said the woman and her son were then ambushed by three masked teens carrying weapons, who pushed the two back into the home.
Investigators said seven other teens entered the home and demanded money while separating the two victims into different bedrooms.
According to police reports, the mother was then raped and beaten by all 10 teens.
Police said the victim's preteen son had a plate smashed over his head and numerous household liquids poured into his eyes. Investigators said the boy was also forced at gunpoint to participate in the sexual assault.
The invaders eventually fled the scene after more than 20 minutes inside of the victim's home, police told WPBF-TV.
Following the attack, police said the woman and her son walked a mile to the hospital.
Police told WPBF-TV they are still searching for as many as eight more invaders in the case, all of whom they said they believe to be between 14 and 18 years old.
"CHESSBOARD SERIAL KILLER"
MOSCOW - One by one, the squares on the chessboard filled up with numbers , each commemorating a murder.
Alexander Pichushkin allegedly killed most of his victims in a sprawling Moscow park, smashing their skulls with a hammer or throwing them into sewage pits after getting them drunk. He boasted he had nearly reached the last square, No. 64, by the time police captured him last year.
"For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you," he told investigators in a nationally televised confession. "I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world."
Pichushkin, 33, looked calm and aloof Monday as he sat in the defendant's cage of the Moscow City Court during a preliminary hearing in which a judge accepted his request for a jury trial and ruled it would start Sept. 13.
After his June 2006 arrest, Pichushkin claimed he had killed more than 60 people over several years, but prosecutors said they had evidence to charge him with only 49 murders carried out in Moscow's Bittsa Park between 2005-2006.
At the cramped apartment where he shared a bedroom with his mother, police found his chessboard with numbers attached to its squares , all the way up to 62.
Most of the victims were men, many of them homeless, whom Pichushkin had allegedly lured to the park with a promise of vodka. To some, he proposed a toast in memory of the dog he walked in the park and buried there when it died, investigators say.
Pichushkin allegedly rammed sticks or vodka bottles into the shattered skulls of some of his victims. More than 40 were purportedly killed by being tossed into a sewage pit.
As the killings grew more frequent in 2005 and panic spread through the public, hundreds of police were sent to sweep the 6.6-square-mile park for suspects.
At one point last year, police thought they had a break in the case: Officers shot and arrested a man who had brandished a knife as he tried to flee a police patrol. To show they were on the wrong track, Pichushkin killed two more victims within a week, he told investigators.
He was finally caught when officers found his name and phone number on a piece of paper in the apartment of his last victim, a woman who worked with Pichushkin in a food store. She had apparently become suspicious of Pichushkin and had left behind a note so police would be able to track him down.
"As we were heading to the park and talking, I kept thinking whether to kill her or take caution," Pichushkin said in the confession. "But finally I decided to take a risk. I was in that mood already."
Russian media, including the government-run Rossisskaya Gazeta, have speculated that Pichushkin may have been motivated by a macabre competition with Russia's most notorious serial killer: Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 52 children and young women over the course of 12 years.
"SILENCE OF THE LAMBS" DUNGEON MASTER:
John T. Jamelske is a serial rapist who, from 1988 to his apprehension in 2003, he kidnapped a series of women and held them captive in a concrete bunker beneath the yard of his home in De Witt, a suburb of Syracuse, New York.
This millionaire predator kept women captive in a dungeon buried four feet below his home. The women were restrained by ankle chains. He kept one victim captive for three months and another for three years. When he grew tired of his victims, he would release them and go abduct a new victim off the street.
Women began to disappear like they were in the Bermuda Triangle. Jamelske raped his victims on a daily basis. Before each rape, he would read the bible out loud to the victim.
The victims had a basin to bathe in and a plastic can served as a toilet.
Jamelske's last victim was a 14-year old African American girl. She escaped from his car and called her sister who in turn called the cops. Jamelske was apprehended and is now serving a long prison term.
Incredibly, he doesn't think he did anything wrong.
BOY MURDERED WITH MEAT CLEAVER:
Calvin Sharp, a wannabe bad boy (first photo) from Newbury Park, allegedly murdered a defenseless young boy with a meat cleaver.
The disturbing attack took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hillcrest Park Apartments near Thousand Oaks. According to neighbors, a tenant of the first-floor apartment, Sandra Ruiz, 33, had been arguing with Sharp, in part, about whether Sandra's son, 6-year-old Sev'n Molina (second photo), spent too much time playing video games. The relationship between Sandra and Sharp is not yet clear; however, according to at least one neighbor, they used to live together in the apartment complex.
As the argument intensified, Sharp picked up a meat cleaver and began waving it around wildly. Sev'n began crying and ran out of the apartment and into the courtyard. Sharp's anger suddenly turned to rage, and he ran out after the child. What happened next can only be described as horrific.
"The little boy was trying to get away. He kept yelling at the boy. He was saying things like die, die, die," neighbor Julia Doryn told KABC-TV yesterday.
When Sharp caught up with Sev'n, he began hacking at the child's body with the meat cleaver, striking him in the head multiple times. Sandra quickly ran to her son's aid, only to have the cleaver turned on her. She was so severely injured by the blows that part of her hand was nearly severed from her body.
By this time, several neighbors, alerted by Sandra and her son's screams, began to gather outside. While some chose to stand by, perhaps frozen with fear, others tried to intervene.
"When I tried to grab the kid, that's when [Sharp] grabbed him and pulled him closer and started flailing that [cleaver] like crazy," neighbor Patrick Bowman told the Los Angeles Times. "He pulled the kid closer to him and started to beat and hack him with the knife."
Unable to stop Sharp, Patrick ran upstairs and dialed 9-1-1. At this point, Diane Cox, a 53-year-old neighbor, rushed over to the scene and confronted Sharp. Sharp brought the cleaver down, cutting Cox's face, but it would prove to be the last blow he dealt with the weapon. Somehow, the brave woman was able to knock the cleaver from Sharp's hand, at which point another onlooker jumped in and tackled Sharp, knocking him to the ground. The two then worked together to hold Sharp down as police cars came to a screeching halt on the street. Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department were unable to safely subdue Sharp and were forced to shoot him multiple times with a Taser gun.
"When we ran upstairs, the kid was alive," Patrick said. "When we got back out, the kid was dead."
While Sharp was being loaded into the back of a patrol car, paramedics arrived on the scene. Sandra was quickly loaded into an ambulance and transported to Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Sadly, there was nothing anyone could do for poor Sev'n; the blows from the cleaver had proved fatal.
"At this point in the investigation, all signs point to an isolated domestic disturbance," Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox said in a written statement Monday evening. "The city's thoughts and prayers go out to Sandra Ruiz, her family and friends on the tragic loss of her young son."
Source: David Lohr @ Crime Library
Robert Pickton, above, a Canadian pig farmer is charged with murdering at least 22 of Vancouver's 60+ missing women. He later fed their remains to his pigs.
His wild parties included his prostitute victims, but in the most unimaginable and grotesque manner.
Pickton told an undercover police officer he wanted to kill 75 but planned to take a break after one more slaying made it "an even 50," according to a jail house video confession.
Pinkton is currently on trial for 22 counts of murder but authorities fear he may have killed 75 women.
As of February 20, 2007, the following information has been presented to the court:
The items police found inside Pickton's trailer - A loaded .22 revolver with a dildo over the barrel and one round fired, boxes of .357 Magnum handgun ammunition, night-vision goggles, two pairs of faux fur-lined handcuffs, a syringe with three milliliters of blue liquid inside, and "Spanish Fly" aphrodisiac.
A videotape of Pickton's friend Scott Chubb saying Pickton had told him a good way to kill a female heroin addict was to inject her with windshield-washer fluid. A second tape was played for Pickton, in which an associate named Andrew Bellwood said Pickton mentioned killing prostitutes by handcuffing and strangling them, then bleeding and gutting them before feeding them to pigs. However, defense lawyer Peter Ritchie said the jury should be skeptical of Chubb and Bellwood's credibility.
Photos of the contents of a garbage can found in Pickton's slaughterhouse, which held some remains of Mona Wilson.
(CNN) -- Six West Virginia residents have been charged with kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a Charleston woman for at least a week, the Logan County Sheriff's Department said Monday.
Danny Combs and Alisha Burton were charged in the West Virginia case.
Sheriff's deputies went Saturday to a Big Creek, West Virginia, residence in response to an anonymous tip that a woman was being held against her will, the department said in a news release.
As they spoke with a woman on the front porch, "a female inside the residence limped toward the door with her arms held out, saying, "Help me."
The 23-year-old woman had stab wounds on her left leg and bruises around her eyes, authorities said. The wounds were about a week old, the release said.
"Deputies found her with two black eyes, part of her hair had been pulled out, she had lacerations on her neck, and she had been physically, mentally and sexually abused," Logan County Sheriff W.E. Hunter said.
The victim was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from the toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, The Associated Press reported.
Deputies arrested Frankie Brewster, 49; her son Bobby, 24; Danny J. Combs, 20, of Harts, West Virginia; and George A. Messer, 27, Karen Burton, 46, and Alisha Burton, 23, all of Chapmanville, West Virginia. All six were held Monday in lieu of $100,000 bond each, and all have asked for court-appointed public defenders, according to AP.
Charges range from kidnapping and torturing to malicious wounding and battery.
Those arrested are white and the victim is black, and the FBI plans to investigate it as a possible hate crime, according to AP. The sheriff's department requested the FBI's participation, an agency spokesman told AP.
FEDERAL PROSECUTOR ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH GIRL, 5.
A U.S. prosecutor (above) is accused of using the Internet to arrange for sex with a 5-year-old girl flew to Michigan carrying sexual materials and presents for the child, authorities said last week.
John Atchison, 53, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after several weeks of Internet conversations between the prosecutor and a detective posing as the mother of the 5-year-old girl.
Officials said Atchison, an assistant U.S. attorney in Florida, was carrying presents for the girl, including a doll and hoop earrings, and also sexual materials, including petroleum jelly.
"MAN GIVES 8-YEAR-OLD GONORRHEA" by Logan Carver @ The Avalanche-Journal
The 8-year-old fidgeted with the microphone on the witness stand as she faced the man she says raped her.
She spent nearly two hours testifying this week against Johnny Ray Satchell (above) in an aggravated sexual assault trial.
The state, as well as the defense, rested Wednesday afternoon after two days of testimony.
Closing arguments begin at 9 a.m. today in the 364th District Court.
Satchell is charged with seven counts of aggravated sexual assault for the alleged rape of the daughter of his former girlfriend over a prolonged period of time. If convicted, he faces five to 99 years or life in prison.
Through two days of testimony, Satchell, 29, has remained emotionless - staring straight ahead and stone-faced as allegations were made against him.
The child testified that Satchell raped her "a whole bunch," in numerous rooms in her house, as well as at her aunt's house.
She also testified that he groped and kissed her, as well as forced her to perform other sexual acts.
An expert witness from the Child Advocacy Research Examination Center testified that the girl tested positive for gonorrhea and that she had scarring near her anus.
Following an investigation, Satchell was indicted in August 2006 on 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault. He is on trial for counts one through seven of the 12.
After a warrant had been out for his arrest for several months, law enforcement officers found Satchell in Hemphill County and he was arrested.
"COUPLE SAVES DOGS DURING FIRE BUT FORGETS TO SAVE SON"
BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. -- Two mobile homes (above rubble) were badly damaged by fire in Center Township, Beaver County, and a couple who lived in one of the trailers is facing charges Tuesday -- even though they are also victims of the fire.
Crystal Adams, 31, and James Chandler, 33, are accused of reckless endangerment, because police say the two "frantically" grabbed their pet dogs and fled the fire at Center Manor Court but left Chandler's young son behind on Friday night.
The 4-year-old boy was treated for smoke inhalation after a firefighter ran inside and pulled him out, township Fire Chief Bill Brucker said.
Police said the firefighters learned that the boy was still inside the burning mobile home about 20 minutes after Chandler and Adams had already gotten out, when the two allegedly told firefighters that they had forgotten the child.
"They were asked numerous times by law enforcement -- I overheard at least once or twice -- 'Is there anyone else in these trailers?' Brucker told WTAE Channel 4's Sheldon Ingram.
The boy was conscious when a firefighter found him in a bedroom, Brucker said.
"You tuck your kid in bed, you should remember that he's still in there," Brucker said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
"MAN, 32, GETS DEATH PENALTY IN RAPE-KILLING OF 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL"
An Oakland man was sentenced to death last week for raping and strangling an 11-year-old girl in 1999 after luring her inside his apartment with the promise that she could play video games.
Alex Demolle, 32, (above) showed no visible reaction as Judge Larry Goodman pronounced the sentence in what he called the "cold-blooded," premediatated murder of Jaquita Mack (second photo).
After the ex-warehouse worker lured Jaquita into his apartment, he closed the door, cutting off any chance of her escaping or alerting others by screaming for help-before choking her to death so that she wouldn't tell people what happened, the judge said.
Demolle then wrapped her body in a sheet and threw it into a field 15 blocks away and then went on a fishing trip with friends.
During the penalty phase of the trial, jurors heard anguished testimony from Jaquita's family and her teacher at Schilling Elementary School in Newark.
Unbelieveably, defense witnesses portrayed Demolle as a role model, a gentle giant and somebody who had a passion for fishing.
Source: Henry Lee @ The SF Chronicle
"BASKETBALL PLAYER FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE IN BRAZIL"
BRASILIA (Reuters) - A former Washington State University basketball player who was missing for two weeks was found dead in a small town in Brazil, police said on Monday.
Tony Harris, who starred at Washington State in the early 1990s and went on to play professionally in South America, was found on Sunday hanging from a tree on an Army training ground in Formosa, about 45 minutes outside of the capital of Brasilia, a police spokeswoman said by telephone.
Harris, who resumed playing professionally this month for a team in Brasilia, had been missing for around two weeks. The spokeswoman, who did not give her name, said he committed suicide but have not ruled out homicide.
The clothes on the body matched those Harris was described as wearing when he left Brasilia, police said. A family member who traveled to Brazil from the United States will be shown the body on Monday for identification, the U.S. Embassy said.
I disagree with the suicide ruling because: Tony Harris' wife (Lori) said her husband left Seattle for Brasilia on Oct. 31. She last heard from him early Nov. 4, when he spoke to her, she noticed the fear in his voice as he spoke from a Brazilian taxi driver's cell phone. Two days earlier, he called and said "he didn't feel safe and that if he didn't come home now, he wasn't going to make it home," she said.
Harris said her husband had expressed concerns about people involved with the team, and was hearing upsetting rumors about himself. The basketball team's organization, she said, apparently held his passport, and her husband was trying to get to another city in Brazil where a friend could help.
(TODDLER DIES AFTER BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED)
By Nate Guidry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Allegheny County medical examiner yesterday determined that 10-month-old Daniyah Jackson died from multi system organ failure precipitated by injuries to her abdomen and from a sexual assault. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Police are expected to charge Clinton Smith, 30, above, with homicide. Before the child died, he was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the case.
According to police, the girl's mother, Latoya Jackson, left Daniyah in the care of Smith on Thursday morning at her Herman Street home in Troy Hill when she left for work. Paramedics were called to the home that evening.
Police said the baby had suffered bruises on her face, arms and legs as well as a bite mark on her chest. Doctors told police she also had been sexually abused.
Smith told police that he and his 2-year-old son were the only other people in the house that day, but that he didn't know how the baby was injured.
The girl was pronounced dead at 3:34 p.m. Saturday at Children's Hospital, according to the county medical examiner's office.
6-YEAR-OLD SEXUALLY ASSAULTED & HUNG:
NAVARRO MILLS, Texas — The boyfriend of a woman whose 6-year-old daughter was found hanging in the family's garage has been named as a primary suspect in the girl's death, said the Navarro County sheriff's office on Thursday.
Kevin Anders, 32, above, was being held in the Navarro County Jail on a charge of possession of child pornography, the Navarro County sheriff's office said. He was taken into custody without incident at a home in the western portion of the county. Bond was set at $100,000.
"Computer files obtained during the initial crime scene investigation revealed the presence of pornographic images of children," said Mike Cox, Navarro County sheriff's chief deputy.
Anders is a suspect in the death of Hanna Mack, (second photo) whose body was discovered by her mother, Dana Mack, on Monday.
Anders was convicted in 2005 on a misdemeanor charge of driving with an invalid license. He was sentenced to one month plus 15 days in jail and fined $500, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records.
Ms. Mack discovered her daughter missing Monday morning at a time she should have been awake and getting ready for school. The mother found the girl hanging in the garage that houses an above-ground swimming pool, authorities said.
Preliminary autopsy results confirmed that Hanna had been sexually assaulted.
Anders is a convenience store clerk, according to an arrest report. He has not been charged with the murder.
Neighbors expressed frustration about the lack of information now two days after the slaying about 15 miles from Corsicana near the banks of Navarro Mills Lake.
After the sun set Wednesday, dozens gathered just feet from the house where Hanna died, holding candles and grappling with a loss of innocence.
"Lord, we've been robbed of something here," Pastor Ricky Woodall said.
Hanna's mother, Dana Mack, worked as a dishwasher at the Navarro Mills Café. She had moved to town a few months ago and lived with Hanna, two older daughters and a boyfriend in a two-story pale yellow house. Hanna had just entered first grade at nearby Blooming Grove Elementary School.
Her family said Ms. Mack last saw the youngest of her three daughters sleeping on the couch about 1 a.m. Monday.
"KENTUCKY DERBY SEX & DRUG SCANDAL"
by Kenneth Lovett @ The NY Post
October 8, 2007 -- SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In 2003, her life looked ideal to outsiders.
Wendy Knowlton Cook had a young daughter; her father's horse, Funny Cide, had won the Kentucky Derby in a made-for-TV tale; and she ran a local balloon shop for her mother.
But the woman with everything going for her had been skidding dangerously out of control for years because of drugs - finally hitting rock bottom last week.
She was busted for allegedly performing sex acts on men in front of her kids and, at one point, even snorted cocaine off her infant son's belly while breast-feeding him, authorities said.
Allegations persist, Cook was planning to sell both of her children to pay for more drugs.
Above, Cook's boyfriend Jay Bryant poses with both of her children.
Friends say 37-year-old Cook's battle with drugs can be traced back to her days as a student at Saratoga Springs HS, where she graduated in 1988 and had earned a reputation as a dope-smoking party girl.
Her parents conceded her drug abuse was behind two decades of maddening ups and downs.
"I can't understand the hold it must have on you," her mother, Dorothy, told The Albany Times Union.
"I don't understand it. I tell people she will either take this disease to her grave or it will take her to her grave."
It was the 2003 suicide of husband Patrick Cook, however, that seemed to jettison Wendy into her steepest downward spiral.
Born in Boulder, Colo., in 1970, Patrick Cook was schooled in England and was a musician and writer. In New York, he endured sporadic periods of unemployment after stints as a painter and construction worker.
The marriage also was troubled. Saratoga Springs cops reportedly showed up at the couple's house 14 times on various matters, including for complaints of domestic abuse.
Wendy told cops that Cook had been drinking the night of his suicide on Oct. 31, 2003, and that she had left to go to her parents' house. Calling her several times that night, Cook reportedly left a final voice message at 3:57 a.m.: "This will be the last annoying message that I'll make on earth," police records showed.
Photo Credit: Thomas Hinton.
A Detroit girl who jumped in front of a hail of bullets to protect her mother from an enraged gunman Saturday night is being hailed as an “angel from heaven.”
Alexis Goggins, 7, was hit protecting her mother Selietha Parker, 30, after Parker's ex-boyfriend Calvin Tillie, 29, forced the pair and family friend Aisha Ford to drive to Six Mile Road under threat of death, the Detroit News reported.
Click here to read the full report from the Detroit News.
Tillie, who was armed with a handgun, shot Parker in the side of the head and in the arm after Ford stopped for gas, but before he could fire a third shot, Goggins jumped over the seat between her mother and Tillie, begging him to stop, the Detroit News reported. Without hesitation, Tillie reportedly pumped six shots into the child.
The first grader is in stable condition at Children’s Hospital in Detroit with gunshot wounds to the eye, left temple, chin, cheek, chest and right arm, the Detroit News reported. Parker was admitted to the hospital, but later released.
Tillie was arrested at the scene. He had dated Parker for six months, the Detroit News reported.
So many people were touched by this courageous story that contributions are pouring in and a trust fund has been set up for Alexis.
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. -- A 21-year-old Lincoln Park father (above) was arraigned Monday on charges that he sexually assaulted and murdered his 8-day-old daughter.
During the hearing, Christopher Richardson vehemently denied that he committed the acts, repeating, "I didn't do this" to the judge and his family.
Earlier Monday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy held a news conference to give details on what Richardson is accused of doing to his infant daughter, Neveah Richardson.
Richardson had been charged with domestic violence in the beating of his wife. Added to that charge Monday afternoon was murder, sexual assault and criminal sexual conduct against his baby.
Neveah had died as a result of an anal intrusion that caused "massive internal bleeding and sepsis" (infected blood), Worthy said in the news conference.
At his arraignment, Richardson continuously denied he was responsible, calling it "psychotic, sick ..."
Police said Neveah's mother told them that she woke up with her daughter on her chest and found her bleeding from the face and mouth.
When Richardson was brought to the hospital, health officials said she was bleeding from the nose, mouth and rectum.
Lincoln Park Police Chief Thomas Karnes said during a news conference last week that the father beat the baby's mother on the way to the hospital. The grandparents, too, were in the car, he said.
A 20-year-old Santa Maria father (Daniel Trejo, above) was sentenced to 35 years in prison for torture, and child abuse, involving his 4-month old daughter.
The child has recovered from serious injuries at the hands of Trejo, including 18 broken bones.
A couple is currently undergoing proceedings to adopt the child.
Trejo was also charged with having unlawful sex with a minor since the child's mother was underage at the time of conception.
A Memphis mother accused of neglect and charged with leaving two boys home alone on New Year's eve did not have custody of her children. The children were in town visiting their mother for the holidays.
The two children live in Cosiesco, Mississippi with their grandmother, who is the defendant's mother.
The mom, Aundria Jones, picked up the children on Christmas so she could be spend time with them for the holidays.
The two brothers, 7-year-old Christian Griffin and 4-year-old Romello Winters, were not with their mother when the apartment caught fire New Year's morning.
Investigators said 29-year-old Aundria Jones was at a nightclub downtown ringing in the new year.
Today in court she cried as her lawyer and mother asked the court to bring down her bond so she could get out of jail and attend her children's' funeral.
The Judge set bond at $50 thousand dollars. Her attorney, K. Jayaraman, said she should be out by the end of the day.
"It's very painful for my client to deal with that situation we want to help her overcome that pain at least temporarily bury the children and she's entitled to a very effective defense," Jayaraman said.
Jones is charged with two counts of negligent homicide. That carries a maximum sentence of six years each.
DISTURBING & TRAGIC:
Lauderhill, FL: A 12-year old boy beat a 17-month-old toddler to death with a baseball bat because she was crying while he was trying to watch TV, authorities said. The boy who was not identified, was arrested on Saturday on first-degree murder charges and allegedly confessed to authorities.
A Texas Man has been charged with capital murder after killing and eating his girlfriend. Christopher McCuin, 24, notified police that he had killed 21-year old Jana Shearer. When police arrived, they discovered an ear boiling on the stove and a piece of flesh in a plate with a fork in it:
“We cannot prove that he did,” Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith said Sunday. “He was either going to, had been or led us to think that he was doing it.”
McCuin also stabbed his estranged wife’s lover, who is now in intensive care.
APOPKA, Fla. -- A Central Florida man is accused of pouring hot cooking oil on a 17-month-old and using a hair dryer to burn his skin off because the toddler apparently would not stop crying and whining.
Police said Darlanne Toussaint (above) was charged with felony attempted murder on suspicion he abused his girlfriend's son in an Apopka apartment building Thursday.
The mother of the child, Marlita S. Stokes, 23, was arrested on Friday and faces charges of child neglect and providing false information to police.
According to a charging affidavit, Toussaint poured the hot cooking oil on the boy, shook him hard for 10 minutes and then burned him with a blow dryer to the point that his skin fell off, Local 6 reported.
Police found text messages on the mother's cell phone that suggested she and Toussaint worked together on inventing a cover up story.
Toussaint sent text messages to Stokes saying that he was a bad parent and that Kenneth had a bad rash and might have scratched himself. Then he sent more messages including one that read, “I burned him.”
Stokes told police that she and Toussaint left their sleeping children (her toddler and his three-year-old daughter) at home unattended while Toussaint took her to work at her job at McDonalds. Then Toussaint drove two other women to work.
Leaving a two kids under four home alone for over an hour?
Kenneth suffered second-degree burns on his genitals, chest, head and back. His spine was also fractured when Toussaint hit him. The boy is listed in stable condition.
"It is alarming to think that an individual can cause this type of harm to a human being, let along an infant of 17 months old," Apopka police Officer Steven Popp said.
Investigators said Toussaint abused the infant "because he was tired of his crying and whining."
The majority of us officers have children, and it is hard for a case like this not to affect you emotionally," Popp said.
The child is in stable condition at Florida Hospital.
Toussaint is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail, Local 6 reported.
A man on parole for manslaughter was charged Tuesday with murder in the beating death of a woman found on a trail in the King Estates Recreation Area in the Oakland hills, police said.
Kenneth Jovan Washington, 29, of Fairfield left 19-year-old Jessica Birden for dead on the popular hiking trail off Fontaine Street on New Year's Day, authorities said. Birden died three days later at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Washington was also charged Tuesday with forcible rape, forcible sodomy, penetration with a foreign object and forced oral copulation for allegedly attacking another 19-year-old woman Dec. 24, said Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers.
Washington is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
He has lived in Oakland, Vallejo and Vacaville and has worked as an airplane mechanic, according to public records. A relative who wouldn't give her name described him Tuesday as a "really nice guy, a sweet guy with a nice heart."
But investigators disagreed with that characterization, saying Washington typically met women on the street and befriended them before attacking them, police Capt. Jeff Loman said at a news conference. He would often date a woman or "sort of indicate that he was interested in that individual," Loman said.
"All indications are that he was a violent individual and predator that was loose in our community, if the allegations are true," Loman said.
He would not go into investigators' theory of how Washington met Birden, and would not give details of the Christmas Eve sexual assault.
Birden was attacked in a recreation area in the Oakland hills popular with dog-walkers and hikers because of its sweeping view of the bay.
Washington was with a 16-year-old girl when he was arrested Friday in Vacaville, Loman said. "We believe she would have been an additional victim had we not interceded at that point," he said.
The girl was willing to spend time with Washington, "not knowing his history," Loman said.
Washington was convicted in 1998 of voluntary manslaughter in Contra Costa County and sentenced to seven years in prison for fatally shooting Patrick Reed, 25, in El Cerrito in 1997, court records show. He was paroled in 2004. He returned to prison in 2006 on a felony conviction for evading police in Alameda County and was released on parole in July after serving less than a year of a two-year sentence.
Birden's grandmother, Patricia Johnson of Hayward, who attended the police news conference, shook her head as Loman disclosed details of the case.
Johnson identified her granddaughter's body. "The way she was beaten, an animal shouldn't have been beaten," Johnson said.
She thanked police for "stopping (Washington) from taking advantage of another young female. ... Although a lot of people say they don't like OPD, I do."
Birden enjoyed braiding and styling hair and called herself "Princess." Her grandmother said she called her "Wildflower," because "she's a wildflower, a free spirit. She loved being herself and doing her own thing, and that was Jessica. 'Gone with the wind, do what I want to do.' "
Source: Henry K. Lee @ The SF Chronicle
Courtesy of Sandra Rose.com:
Indianapolis, Indiana was rocked to its core by the senseless killings of two women, a toddler and a baby who were shot multiple times while being held in their mother’s arms.
Police are searching for two men who were seen running from the home.
The victims were Charlii Yarrell, 4 months; Charlii’s mother, Andrea Yarrell, 24; Jordan Hunt, 23 months; and Jordan’s mother, Gina Hunt, 24.
The two women and the toddler died at the scene. Four-month-old Charlii Yarrell was taken to Methodist Hospital with several gun shot wounds. She died a few hours later.
Police initially investigated a burglary at a vacant house late Monday night. A short time later they were called again about gunshots being fired across the street from the vacant house. Police entered the home through a broken window and found the bodies.
A set of electronic scales, a safe, a pound marijuana and several long guns were found in the house, according to police. Two handguns were later found in the street near the home.
The story has received national press coverage and more than 80 investigators have been assigned to the case. The murders are a top priority for every uniformed law enforcement officer in Indianapolis. “Whoever is responsible for this, we’re going to track you down like dogs,” Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson said. “We’re not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong.”
Zarumin Coleman, 21, a suspect in the Hovey Street slayings of two babies and two adults is taken out of an Indianapolis apartment building by a SWAT team. Coleman was arrested today on an outstanding warrant and charged with burglary.
A 3rd coward has turned himself in to Ohio police after fleeing Indianapolis in the wake of an intense manhunt for the killers of two babies and two adults.
“I ain’t kill them kids, man,” Jasper Frasier, 36, told a reporter for the Indianapolis Star before turning himself in. Jasper said he left Indianapolis soon after the murders and headed to his sister’s home in Toledo. “The people that killed the kids, they was going to kill me,” he told the paper.
When he talked about the shootings, Frazier began sobbing. He said he was scared by Sheriff Frank Anderson’s statement that police were going to track down those responsible “like dogs.”
Police are questioning two other Indianapolis men in connection with the four killings. Zarumin Coleman, 21, the suspected get away driver, and Tommy Warren, 24, were in custody Thursday night on unrelated warrants, police said. Coleman was arrested inside Frasier’s apartment.
Frazier told The Star that Coleman and two other men pulled him into a robbery plan that ended in the killings.
Frazier said he was in the house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street when another man fired the shots.
“Yeah, I was there, man,” Frazier said, “and I asked the dude there, ‘Why the (expletive) you kill those kids?’ ”
More than 100 officers from the U.S. Marshals office, Indianapolis police and the FBI were involved in the manhunt for justice.
Four men are in custody in Indianapolis for the brutal Jan. 14 slayings of two women and their babies who were in their mother’s arms when they were shot multiple times. Ronald Davis, 30, Dontae Hobson, 30, Jasper Frazier, 36, and Zarumin Coleman, 20, have all been charged in connection with the murders.
Two of the suspects were charged with four counts of murder each, while the other two face attempted robbery and conspiracy to attempt robbery charges in the deaths of Gina Hunt, 24, and her 23-month-old son Jordan and Andrea Yarrell and her four-month-old daughter, Charlii. The suspects will make their first court appearance under tight security in Marion County on Tuesday.
"Mother Murders Four Daughters"
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A mother suspected of killing her four children, whose decomposing bodies were found in her home, told police they were possessed by demons, according to court records.
Authorities remove the first of four dead children found Wednesday in a home in southeast Washington, D.C.
Banita Jacks, 33, is charged with three counts of felony murder and one count of first-degree murder while armed.
The victims, who range in age from 5 to 17 years, are thought to be her daughters. Their bodies were found when U.S. marshals served an eviction notice at Jacks' apartment in southeast Washington, D.C.
Court documents say Jacks identified the victims as her daughters Brittany Jacks, 17; Tatianna Jacks, 11; N'kiah Fogle, 6; and Aja Fogle, 5.
At least six city employees will be terminated for improperly handling concerns about a woman's care for her four daughters, who were later found dead in their home, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Monday.
The decomposing bodies of the girls - ages 5 to 17 - were found Wednesday when deputy U.S. marshals served an eviction notice at the apartment.
Kathy Lopes, a social worker at the school where the oldest girl was a student, tried twice in April to raise the alarm about the family. At a news conference Monday, Fenty played tapes of two calls she made after Brittany Jacks stopped coming to school to try to get city agencies to investigate.
DISTURBING & TRAGIC:
A woman accused of leaving her children with little food and no money while she traveled to Nigeria to marry a man she met on the Internet has been charged with child endangerment and child abandonment. The authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the woman, Shanell Monique Mosley, 33, but her relatives have not heard from her, a Child Protective Services spokeswoman said. Harris County sheriff’s deputies conducting a welfare check last week at the home in Cypress, outside Houston, found six children ages 1 to 9 being cared for by their 15-year-old sister. A neighbor’s 3-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl were also in the house. Ms. Mosley’s six children and the neighbor’s two children have been placed in foster homes, and a custody hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16.
Beth Modica, 44, above, is a former prosecutor and PTA president in New York. She's also the wife of a suburban police chief and she has been charged with having sex, smoking marijuana and drinking with high-school-age children. Despite being middle-aged, Modica was the alpha dog of her high school clique. She pleaded not guilty to counts including statutory rape, sex abuse and endangering children.
Race a factor in shooting of black cop?
By: MELISSA GRACE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
A black Mount Vernon cop (Christopher Ridley, 23) was shot to death by Westchester County police officers had run into a government building and called for backup before he was killed Friday, his pastor said Sunday.
"He went in and asked for assistance," said the Rev. Franklyn Richardson of Mount Vernon's Grace Baptist Church.
"The police who came ended up killing him."
Richardson also said the slain off-duty cop, was given no medical attention for as long as 20 minutes after the shooting.
By all accounts, Ridley had stopped to help after spotting an assault outside a homeless shelter as he drove through downtown White Plains.
"They've done it again," Al Sharpton said of the shooting, likening it to the 2006 slaying of Sean Bell, a black bridegroom shot dead by cops in Queens.
Ridley's family and Sharpton met with police and prosecutors in Westchester for more than two hours on Saturday.
Sharpton said they were told cops fired nine bullets. Of these, four to five slugs struck the cop in the back of his head, his chest, hip and wrist, Richardson said.
County officials have not explained why the Westchester cops who responded to the scene fired at Ridley, who was armed but not in uniform.
A witness said Ridley and a uniformed Westchester County officer chased a mugger, and that Ridley had tackled the mugger and had him on the ground when the officers arrived, according to WABC-TV.
"I heard them saying, freeze, freeze, freeze," and then the cops fired, the witness, who was not identified, said.
Mom Who Left Kids for Nigerian Groom Arrested
Authorities Arrested Mother Of Six As She Exited International Flight in Houston Monday
By DAVID SCHOETZ
Jan. 29, 2008 —
A woman (above) who police say abandoned her six children on New Year's Eve to fly to Nigeria to marry a man she met online was arrested at the Houston airport Monday as she tried to reenter the country.
Harris County sheriff's deputies, with help from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, detained Shanell Monique Mosley, 33, at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston around 2:30 p.m. as she exited an Air France flight that had originated in Africa.
"She wasn't anticipating that we'd be waiting for her at the airport," Lt. John Legg, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, told ABC News. Mosley was immediately taken into custody and booked into Harris County Jail, Legg added.
Mosley faces child endangerment and child abandonment charges and is being held without bond, Legg said. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, according to the county's online criminal records.
Authorities reportedly learned about the abandoned children after Mosley's 15-year-old daughter, who had been left in charge of the group, crashed the family's vehicle into the garage door. Officers went to the house Jan. 2 and discovered eight children ranging in age from 1 to 15 at home alone.
Six of the children were Mosley's, while two belonged to a neighbor. "The residence was in complete disarray," Legg said, describing the condition of the house as "filthy." "Clothing was everywhere, unwashed dishes, strong odors of mildew and rot."
Mosley had not left behind anything for the children to eat and no money for them to buy food. "Nor did they have the means to contact their mother," Legg said, "or know exactly where she was."
The children were put into child protective services in Houston and authorities began investigating the woman's whereabouts. "They were able to determine that she apparently went to Africa to get married," Legg said, adding that it's still unclear whether an actual marriage took place and if so, where the new husband is.
It has recently been revealed that Mosley allegedly has a grand total of 8 kids. Two were missing from the household because they are allegedly in the juvenile system.
(13-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS)
What were you doing when you were 13 years old? Playing video games? Playing team sports?
Learning a musical instrument?
Were you out kidnapping, beating and raping six-year-olds?
Well, that's exactly what 13-year-old Sherman Burnett Jr. was doing on the afternoon of the 11th of November, 2005.
Sherman Burnett went after this little girl, who, according to him, had thrown a rock at him. Once he caught her, Sherman pulled this little girl off into the woods, beat the living daylights out of her and sodomized her.
Sherman Burnett beat the girl so badly that she had half an ear torn off, her liver had been lacerated, she had a skull fracture and she was covered in bruises from the crown of her head down to her thighs.
Having satisfied his urges, Sherman walked off and left the little girl, who was beaten so badly that she couldn't walk, to die in the cold night air.
After crawling through a hole in a fence that was near some railroad tracks by her house, the girl was able to cover herself with enough leaves and keep warm enough to survive the night.
Thirteen hours after she had disappeared, she was found at 5:30 the next morning less than 200 feet from her house by a police officer during a massive search of her neighborhood.
While recovering from her ordeal in the St. Louis Children's Hospital, the police brought her a few yearbooks to look at in the hopes that she would be able to pick out her attacker.
She had absolutely no problem identifying Sherman Burnett Jr. from his yearbook picture.
During interviews with the authorities, Sherman Burnette blamed the girl for the attack, stating that if she hadn't thrown the rock at him, he wouldn't have attacked her. While he denied that he had sexually assaulted the girl, he did admit to state employees that he had beaten her up so badly because he was trying to keep her from remembering anything.
Sherman pled guilty on the 10th of August, 2007, to sodomy, attempted rape, kidnapping and assault.
In what seems like an attempt at dissuading future youthful offenders, now-15-year-old Sherman Burnett Jr. was sentenced to 60 years in prison after the judge mentioned that was how long the victim felt her attacker should be locked up.
The judge gave him 20 years for each count of child kidnapping and assault and 10 years for sodomy and attempted rape.
Sherman will be unable to be paroled until he serves at least 85 percent of his sentence. This means he will be in prison for the next 51 years.
When told he would spend the rest of his life in prison, he seemed to have no problem with it, accepting his fate in true stoic fashion .
His parents, on the other hand, were quite upset. Allegedly, Sherman was also terror in his neighborhood and according to witnesses, his older parents seemed afraid of him. He allegedly ran the household and it's rumored he regularly knocked down little old ladies and stole their purses and groceries.
TRAGEDY OF 10-YEAR-OLD MOM by: Sharon Coolidge
What wasn’t routine was the fact the infant’s mother was just 10, impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend.
Now, social workers are trying to figure out how to unravel the mess involving one of the youngest children ever to give birth in Greater Cincinnati.
Prosecutors were in court Wednesday to discuss what to do with both children, the newborn and her now 11-year-old mom.
The court session in Hamilton County Dependency Court on Wednesday was primarily a status session on how both the baby and young mother are doing.
At the same time Wednesday, Lockland police were in Columbus talking to a convict whose DNA shows he’s the baby girl’s father.
Michael Chaffer, 40, (above) is accused of impregnating his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter, according to Hamilton County prosecutors.
The baby’s birth set off an investigation by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services and stunned social workers because the baby’s mother is so young.
The baby has been taken from her mother and put in a foster home while the child-mother is now being taken care of by a relative. Her mother is not allowed to see the baby and can only see her daughter when supervised by social workers.
Lawyers jammed the courtroom Wednesday, representing the prosecutor’s office and all three generations of the family.
The girl’s mother was warned not to let any adult men in her Lockland home while caseworkers tried to track down the infant’s father.
Paternity was not determined until Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors say the girl’s mother ignored that order to keep adult men away from her child, and when a caseworker made a surprise visit to her Lockland home Jan. 4, they found Chaffer who the mother knew was the chief suspect for impregnating her daughter.
Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Slocum said Chaffer faces criminal charges for impregnating and sexually molesting a girl under the age of 13.
Lockland Police Chief James Toles said two officers were interviewing Chaffer on Wednesday in a Columbus prison, where he is serving a one-year sentence on an unrelated charge.
Sex with a child under 13 is considered statutory rape, a crime punishable with a life prison term.
As JFS investigated the case, several relatives of the 11-year-old girl contacted the agency saying Chaffer sexually abused the girl for a “period of time.”
The 11-year-old girl’s mother is also under investigation, Slocum said, for allowing her daughter to be abused.
Job and Family Services workers can’t remember a case in which a girl so young gave birth.
“Unfortunately, sexual abuse is pretty common in the cases we see,” said JFS Director Moira Weir. “But it is highly unusual and extremely sad to see a case where a 10-year-old becomes pregnant.
“This is an example of why everyone in the community needs to be extremely vigilant about watching for the signs of abuse and notifying us through our 241-KIDS hotline,” she added. “The sooner we can intervene, the sooner we can make sure the child is in a safe situation.”
Hamilton County prosecutors want a court designation that the 11-year-old girl was abused. They allege the 11-year-old’s mother failed to care for her by allowing Chaffer near her.
Prosecutors also want to take the infant away from the mother because the sixth-grade student is too young to care for the baby.
As she waited for the hearing to start, the child, who was wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt hoody with her hair tied into a ponytail, sat next to her mother. She chatted about school, music and Disney video games.
During the hearing, as prosecutors and attorneys discussed the case and the possibility that the 11-year-old could lose her baby, she wiped away tears with the palms of her hands.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Charles Milazzo determined the girl could visit her baby at least twice a week.
But he said the 11-year-old girl’s mother may see her only if social workers can supervise the visits, and that she may not see the baby.
Authorities became aware of the birth after the 11-year-old girl delivered the baby at University Hospital. Hospital officials notified JFS because the mother was so young.
The 11-year-old girl and the infant were allowed to remain in the mother’s home while JFS investigated the case. Two other men were eliminated as the baby’s father before Chaffer’s DNA was tested because due to bad parenting, men allegedly had access to this child.
When the caseworker found Chaffer in the home Jan. 4 – a violation of JFS’ order that no men be in the home – they arrested him on a charge of obstruction of official business.
Court records show Chaffer slammed the door on the officer and refused to open it.
Chaffer pleaded guilty to that charge the next day, which violated his probation on an earlier drug charge. As a result he was sent to prison for one year. And reports indicate, allegedly, the mother is still in contact with him.
JFS immediately took the 11-year-old girl and infant from the home.
By: Reagan Hackleman
Tevin Park-Flowers has become a child of the entire Austin community, one school administrator says.
Tears were shed by those in attendance at the King Tears Mortuary during 7-year-old Tevin Park-Flowers' public memorial.
"I just happened to be moved by it in such a way that I wanted to come out and just do something to show that I care," Frank Jackson said.
Jackson did not know Flowers or his family, though he felt inclined to attend the service to show his support.
Those who knew Tevin shared their favorite stories.
"I could hear him come in the store and yell, 'Ms. Ruby.' I will miss the fun times," Ruby Smith, the boy's great aunt, said.
Jackson said it's tragic to see a young child's life end before it even begins.
"Kids should be able to live a full life and basically experience what life has to offer. When it gets cut off at such a young age," Jackson said.
Last Wednesday, Flowers was found hanging by his shirt unconscious, inside the boys locker room at his school in North Austin.
"Our school will not be the same without Tevin," Not Your Ordinary School's Governing Council President, Susana Hildebrand said.
Friday morning more than 100 parents met with school administrators, with many looking for answers. Answers the school said it still could not offer.
"Tevin's family deserves to know what happened to their child, and we need to know what happened to our student," Hildebrand said.
Flowers was remembered at a public memorial Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. His funeral was Saturday morning.
"Tevin has become a child of the entire Austin community," Hildebrand said.
"He's gone," Smith said, "but not forgotten."
By Elizabeth Gentle
Two children are dead and their mother is fighting to live after a brutal stabbing at a Huntsville apartment complex Wednesday night.
Inside apartment 905 at Twickenham Village on Galaxy Way, police and paramedics find 10-year-old Antwan Green and 13-year-old Fredrick Thomas Junior, brutally stabbed to death.
Their mother, Tiffany Burrell --barley alive.
Neighbor Joshua Foster lives in the same building.
"I'm still shocked right now, devastated. That's a cheap way out, to take some little kids life like that. That's unacceptable," says Foster.
Investigators say Kishon Green and Burrell got into a domestic dispute.
Green allegedly stabbed his own son and the boy's brother, killing both, then turned the knife on their mother.
Foster doesn't know why.
"He wasn't mad or anything but uh he just did what he did," says Foster.
Green has a troubled past -- recently paroled from prison after serving time for robbery and assault.
He's unemployed and often stayed at Burrell's apartment.
Foster says he never saw any problems between the couple.
"I mean they seem like a good couple to me they don't never have any problems," says Foster.
Something apparently triggered an argument between the two, that caused green to allegedly stab and kill his own son and the boy's big brother.
A senseless crime foster says he'll never understand.
"If he had trouble or problems he should have just blew it off and left instead of doing something crazy like that," says Foster.
Green is charged with capital murder and is being held without bond.
13-year-old Fredrick Thomas Junior was a student at Ed White Middle School.
10-year-old Antwan Green attended Highlands Elementary.
GARDEN CITY, New York (AP) -- Three young children found dead in their apartment appeared to have been drowned or poisoned, and one had her throat cut, police said Monday.
A girl, 6, and two boys, ages 5 and 1, were found dead in a bed wearing their night clothes after their mother called police early Sunday claiming she had killed them, Lt. Michael Fleming said.
"They almost looked as though they were sleeping," he said. "It almost looked like they were cuddled up together for the night."
The mother, Leatrice Brewer, 27, called 911, telling an operator "she killed her babies. She even spelled her name to the 911 operator," Fleming said.
When officers arrived, she repeated the murder claim and jumped out a second-floor window of the building in a poor section of New Cassel on Long Island. Brewer, who has an arrest record dating to 2000, was hospitalized for a back injury.
It was not immediately known if she had an attorney. Her arraignment was postponed to Tuesday.
Foaming around the children's mouths and noses could be a symptom of drowning or poisoning, Fleming said. Toxicology tests will be conducted with autopsies.
"We did recover bleach and some caustic substances," he said.
Two men who identified themselves as the children's fathers said they had fought in vain to have them removed from Brewer's custody.
"Whenever I tried to get my daughter, Family Court wouldn't let me," said Ricky Ward, the father of the girl, Jewell. "The courts wouldn't hear me out. I blame this on Leatrice Brewer and Family Court."
Innocent Demesyeux, the father of the two boys, told reporters he had been battling Brewer for custody for more than a year.
Relatives of Brewer saw things differently.
Neighbor Cornisha Robinson said she saw Brewer pushing an empty stroller last week and wondered where the children were.
"She neglected them," Robinson said. "She used to leave them in the house all the time by themselves."
"My sister's not crazy," said Brewer's brother, Robert McCord. "She's not ballistic. This is a shock to all of us."
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced a review of social services contacts with the family to determine whether anything could have been done to prevent the deaths.
"Obviously something went seriously wrong and we need to determine whether part of that wrong was with the system itself," he said.
The killings follow other infanticide cases around the country.
Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family's Houston bathtub in 2001 and LaShaun Harris was convicted of tossing her three young sons into San Francisco Bay in 2005. Both stood trial on murder charges but were declared legally insane.
"Fort Worth Diocese Says Priest Accused Of Molesting Kids Is HIV Positive"
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A former priest accused of sexually abusing children in two states is HIV positive, Catholic diocese officials said Thursday.
Last week, a leader in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth heard someone mention that the Rev. Philip A. Magaldi has the virus that causes AIDS, said diocese spokesman Pat Svacina. The diocese leader then got verbal confirmation from Magaldi as well as a letter from his doctor who said he has HIV, Svacina said. Church officials said
Magaldi, 71, lives in a retirement center and diocese officials declined to disclose where. He has previously said he was innocent of the sexual abuse allegations, for which he has not been charged.
Magaldi was removed as a priest in 1999 amid claims of sexual misconduct in Providence, R.I., where he served from 1960-90, and the Fort Worth area, where he served from 1990-92 and 1993-99.
He was out of the ministry while serving a brief stint in prison in 1992 after embezzling about $200,000 from his Rhode Island parish, officials said.
In 2006, a pastor at a North Richland Hills Church apologized to the congregation amid reports that he didn't tell police in 2001 after learning of inappropriate material involving minors on a computer used by Magaldi. Magaldi was associate pastor of the church the last six years of his ministry.
David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, urged the dioceses to aggressively seek out potential victims. He said it's impossible to know the number of victims because many children and teens abused by priests don't ever come forward.
He was out of the ministry while serving a brief stint in prison in 1992 after embezzling about $200,000 from his Rhode Island parish, officials said.
Allegedly, Magaldi is the second priest accused of molesting children who is HIV positive. The name of the other priest has yet to be released.
by Henry K. Lee @ The SF Chronicle
A former girlfriend of an Oakland roofer accused of torturing and killing a woman in a basement that police likened to "The Silence of the Lambs" testified at his trial Tuesday that he had assaulted her in the same home.
Kristen Nielsen said Earl Stefanson, 43, attacked her on four occasions in 2004 and 2005 in the same house where police believe he killed Leslie Lamb, 36, of San Leandro in August 2006. Police said Stefanson delivered Lamb, badly beaten, to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where she died.
When police served a search warrant at his home on the 3400 block of Coolidge Avenue in Oakland's Dimond district, they found a basement chamber that homicide Sgt. Tony Jones said was reminiscent of "The Silence of the Lambs," the 1991 movie in which a psychopathic serial killer imprisons and skins his victims. The home was boarded up and covered with soundproofing material, authorities said.
While testifying in Oakland, Nielsen, 41, broke down crying several times and paused before describing what Stefanson allegedly did to her.
"I just want to get this over with," Nielsen said.
Another former girlfriend, Zeba Wahed, is to testify Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court about incidents in 2005 and 2006 in which Stefanson allegedly kicked her just after she had surgery, dropped her on her head, and locked her in a trailer for at least 17 hours.
Prosecutor Casey Bates hopes the testimony by Nielsen and Wahed will convince jurors that Stefanson had a pattern of abusive behavior toward women and was capable of killing. Stefanson is charged with 19 counts, including murder, torture and false imprisonment, in connection with incidents involving all three women.
Nielsen testified that when she met Stefanson, she regarded him as a "big teddy bear." Before long, however, he became abusive, she said.
In October 2004, Stefanson threw a pocket knife at her from across a room after she asked why he had been gone several days, Nielsen said. The knife stuck in her left leg, and now she has no feeling there, she said.
In December 2004, Stefanson became enraged when she didn't greet him at the door, Nielsen said. He hit her in the jaw and kicked her in the stomach with steel-toed boots, which "took the wind out of me," she said.
Stefanson once complained that he didn't like her short hair, she said. " 'You want short? I'll show you short,' " she quoted him as saying before he took an electric razor to her scalp.
On her 38th birthday in February 2005, Stefanson "backhanded me in my mouth" as she was sleeping and told her to get herself an ice-cream cake, Nielsen said. She said she left him after that incident because "I needed to get out."
Police said Stefanson and Leslie Lamb, who was the mother of a 9-year-old boy, had been dating for several months before she was killed.
Moses Sithole is believed to have been the “Atteridgeville Strangler” who murdered approximately 50 women and children in the Pretoria/Johannesburg areas of South Africa. Most of the women were black females who had been sexually assaulted before they were killed. Sithole had a total of six aliases by the time he was captured in 1995, which put an end to his two-year murder spree. Sithole did not go down without a fight though; he was shot and wounded while wielding an axe at authorities during a standoff. Various authorities believed that Sithole as accompanied by David Selepe who was also convicted for murdering over a dozen black women in the same area. Sithole was charged with the murders of 51 people. Approximately 15 of those murders were children between the ages of 4 and 8. Sithole was convicted and sentenced to 2410 years in prison.
*Unfortunately, the following case involving the children in the first photo received little media attention. They were reported missing the same week as the college coed murders of Eve Carson (2nd photo) and Briana Denison (3rd photo). Without downplaying the tragic events that led to the murders of Eve Carson and Briana Denison, I feel these separate cases should have received equal (national) press coverage.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The FBI said Wednesday afternoon that three missing Columbus children and their father have been found dead at a Columbus park, more than two weeks after the four disappeared.
Agents said Eddie Harrington, 28, took his three children, Aliyah, Agena and Cedrick from their home March 4. Police said at the time that Harrington left behind two notes that said he was going to kill the children.
WTVM-TV reported that the bodies were found at a park on Old Brim Road, near Chattsworth Road in Columbus. Columbus is about 90 miles southwest of Atlanta.
Authorities did not say how the four died. The bodies were sent to the GBI crime lab in DeKalb County for autopsies.
It's not clear if Harrington ever left Georgia with the children, though federal authorities thought he had and had issued a "federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution" warrant for him. A report issued just after the disappearances said the family had been spotted in Tennessee.
Stanford University called about Jamiel Shaw a week or so ago, intrigued by the slight but speedy running back for Los Angeles High School, the Southern League's most valuable player last year. Rutgers University called a few days later.
The Shaw family already had reason to be proud. Jamiel's mother, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, was on her second tour of duty in Iraq.
On Sunday night, it was Jamiel's father on the phone and then his son's girlfriend, Chrystale Miles. Jamiel Sr. called to tell him to hurry home from the mall. The 17-year-old boy was three doors away when someone shot him to death while he was still talking on his cellphone to Chrystale, friends say.
Jamiel Sr. heard the shots almost as soon as he hung up. He ran out of the house, raced around the corner and found his son lying on the sidewalk, bleeding.
"She's over there trying to protect us from guns and bombs, and then she has to hear that her son is dead over here," he said of Anita on Monday. "I've got my own personal Iraq now."
Los Angeles police officials described the killing as random and senseless, cutting down a youth who had been doing everything right in his life -- from hitting the books to never missing church to inspiring the Los Angeles High Romans to last year's Southern League title.
A police spokeswoman said two Latino men pulled up in a car, jumped out, asked Jamiel if he belonged to a gang, and shot him when he didn't answer. She said Jamiel was not affiliated with a gang and that detectives had no suspects.
Cops say Robin Lee Robinson's (1st photo) two daughters withstood eight years of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, William Lloyd Balser (2nd photo).
Cops say what made matters worse is the fact that Robinson was aware of it -- and did nothing. She was so desperate to keep Balser that she offered her 11-year-old and 12-year-old daughters to him for sex.
She allegedly took her girls by the hand and led them in the bedroom to be raped by Balser repeatedly while she watched from the edge of the bed. He often beat the girls into submission and Robinson never intervened on her daughter's behalf.
One day in 1998, the girls escaped and went to the cops.
The couple went on the run and are still considered fugitives.
Mom Davita Fuller (above) helped her daughter celebrate her 11th birthday, cops say, by giving her booze and pot. Fuller, 26, of Anderson, Ind., faces a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly coercing her daughter into sipping alcohol and puffing on a marijuana cigarette. Three of the daughter's 11-year old friends reportedly refused to indulge. Fuller's daughter ratted out her mom during an interview with a social worker at school.
What parents in their right mind would let a convicted pedophile move in their home with them and their 5-year-old son?
Police say Jon Schillaci (above) established a pen-pal relationship with a family in Deerfield, New Hampshire. According to police, Schillaci wrote letters back and forth with an editor of a student literary magazine at the University of New Hampshire. The charming and heartfelt letters struck a cord with the young woman; she was convinced that he had become a better person. She said, "He's a very eloquent person and he wrote very nice letters, talking about how he was studying in prison and how he regretting the mistakes of his youth."
Corresponding with the young woman his entire prison term, Schillaci convinced her through his manipulative writings and poetry that he was a changed man and asked if he could stay with her, her husband and 5-year-old son when he got out of prison. The family happily agreed. That was in the fall of 1999, and cops say it didn't take long for Schillaci to revert back to his old ways.
A couple of weeks after Schillaci moved in, the 5-year-old told his mom, "I have a secret to tell you." The child claimed that he and Schillaci had an inappropriate relationship, revealing that the visiting ex-con had been sexually assaulting him. Upon hearing the news, the parents went to confront Schillaci and reported the sexual assault to police. But before cops could arrest the cunning con, he took off.
Ernestine Pitts (no photo) is 40, addicted to crack, and has just had her 17th child in 24 years. She's been in and out of rehab and eaten out of garbage cans when she was strung out.
Yesterday, standing in front of her rowhouse near 23d and Berks Streets, she was handed a business card she said could change her future.
The card was from a North Carolina nonprofit group called Project Prevention. It listed a toll-free number to get long-term birth control, such as a hormone injection or an intrauterine device (IUD), or surgical sterilization - along with $200.
"I'll consider it," Pitts said as several of her children played barefoot on the sidewalk yesterday afternoon. "It's hard raising kids. And when you're on crack... I struggle with it. I struggle hard."
Project Prevention's method of offering cash incentives to drug- and alcohol-addicted mothers who agree to long-term or permanent birth control has sparked controversy in most every other city the group has visited in the seven years it has been in existence.
Source for Ernestine Pitts story: Philadelphia Inquirer
PARENTS KILLING & BEATING KIDS WHO THEY SUSPECT ARE GAY:
Ronnie Antonio Paris, above, (December 9, 2001 - January 28, 2005) was a three-year-old African American boy who lived with his parents in Tampa, Florida. He died on January 28, 2005, due to brain injuries stemming from severe abuse at the hands of his father, who thought the child would turn out to be gay, and forced the boy to box with him in an effort to keep him from growing up "soft" or becoming a "sissy."
The child's father was charged with murder and aggravated child abuse. His mother was charged with child neglect and failing to get medical attention for her son.
During the trial, Nysheera Parish testified that her husband thought their son might be gay, and that he would smack the boy in the back of the head and slam him into walls because he didn't want his son to grow up "soft." Her testimony was corroborated by her sister, Shanita Powell, who said "He was trying to teach him how to fight," and told the court "He was afraid the child might be gay."
In July 2005, after three hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Ronnie Paris, Jr., of second degree manslaughter and aggravated child abuse in the death of his son, Ronnie Antonio Paris. On August 19, 2004, he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. Nysheera Paris was later sentenced to 5 years probation for culpable negligence in the death of her son.
Another Florida father, Aundre Jermaine Hill, 25, (above) was arrested on child abuse charges after beating his 7 year old son with a belt for putting pink fingernail polish on his nails.
According to local reports, the Orange County sheriff's deputies said the boy's mother was bathing him when she noticed the markings on the boy.
Investigators said it appeared the boy was beaten severely with a belt on his buttocks, arms, temple and legs.
Hill was located, arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail. He would later bond out of jail.
A Kansas City teenage mom faces child endangerment charges after hospital tests revealed that her 2-year-old son and two other young children ingested crack cocaine. Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday charged Tasha Cole, 17, with four felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child. They requested a $75,000 bond. The children apparently sampled crumbs that the mom left behind when she darted out to sell drugs, court records allege. Children’s Mercy Hospital staff contacted police after one of the children suffered seizures earlier this week. After giving police several false stories, Cole admitted that she left the children with a friend while she sold drugs, according to the affidavit filed in court to support the charges.
LEWISTON, Maine—A Lewiston woman who was allegedly strangled by her son may have been carrying on a sexual relationship with both him and his wife, according to court documents.
Matthew Audet, 22, was being held in the Androscoggin County Jail following his initial appearance Tuesday in Superior Court on a charge of murdering his 47-year-old mother, Debra Audet.
A police affidavit quoted a family friend as saying the victim had a sexual relationship with her son that started when he was 8 or 9 years old. The affidavit also said Matthew Audet's wife Kayla, 19, told police that she, too, had a sexual relationship with Debra Audet.
According to the affidavit, Kayla Audet was preparing to leave her husband, and the pair had argued to the point of throwing their wedding bands against the apartment wall. She told police she later saw Matthew Audet choking his mother late Sunday on a mattress on the floor after the two had been drinking.
Two parents were fighting over which GANG their 4 year old should belong to:
“On Saturday, Joseph Manzanares stormed into the Hollywood Video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays and even a computer, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval said. After he ran out of the store, police were called and the 19-year-old was arrested at his home.
His girlfriend told police that they had been arguing about the upbringing of their son and which gang he should belong to. The teen mother, who is black, is a member of the Crips. Manzanares is Hispanic and belongs to the Westside Ballers gang, [a source] said.
‘They have different ideas on how the baby should be raised. Basically, [the mother] said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would ‘claim."
“Three children freed from a cellar in which their mother had been imprisoned and raped by her own father for 24 years had never seen daylight, police have confirmed. Police spokesman Franz Polzer [said] that 73-year-old Josef Fritzl admitted holding his daughter, Elisabeth Fritzl, 42, hostage in the windowless cell and fathering seven children by her. The main question reverberating from the small Austrian town: How could a man keep his daughter locked in his basement for 24 years, where she gave birth to seven of his children while her mother and three of those children lived upstairs without an inkling of the horrors in the cellar?”
A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted a woman for her alleged role in a MySpace online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who later committed suicide.
Lori Drew of St Louis, Missouri was indicted on Thursday on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorisation to obtain information to inflict emotional distress.
Each of the four counts carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.
Drew allegedly helped create a fake MySpace account to contact neighbour Megan Meier who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans.
At the time of the incident, the Drews and the Meiers lived four doors apart in Waterford Crystal Drive, in the town of Dardenne Prairie. The Drew's teenage daughter and Megan were friends.
The online relationship between "Josh" and Megan bloomed for several weeks before the tone suddenly changed.
On October 15, 2006, Josh sent Megan a message saying, 'I don't want to be friends with you anymore because you're not nice to your friends'.
That post triggered a flood of hate posts from other users.
"All of Josh's friends and all of Megan's friends were calling Megan a whore, a fat ass. Calling her all kinds of god awful names," Megan's mother,Tina, told the ABC network in an interview last year.
Meier hanged herself on the evening of October 16, 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including the last message sent from Josh which read: "the world would be a better place without you, and have a s**t rest of your life."
After that, Josh's profile vanished from MySpace.
It wasn't until several weeks after Megan's death that the Meiers discovered Drew's involvement in the fake MySpace profile.
Drew, who was 48 at the time of the incident, has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.
She claimed through her lawyers that she did not instigate the Josh Evans profile, nor did she use the fake profile to communicate with Megan. While she knew about the ruse, the lawyer said, she was apparently unaware that the Josh profile had been used to attack her neighbour's daughter.
She claims the profile was the work of her teenage daughter and a teenage employee called Ashley Grills.
Last month, Grills, now 19, went on national TV saying that while she was responsible for setting up the fake Josh profile, Lori Drew and her daughter were also involved in the cruel hoax.
Grills also said she wrote the message to Megan about the world being a better place without her. The message was supposed to end the online relationship with "Josh" because Grills felt the joke had gone too far.
"I was trying to get her angry so she would leave him alone and I could get rid of the whole MySpace," Grills said.
Authorities in Missouri investigated Megan's death but failed to charge Drew after they were unable to find a law that she had broken.
The charges being laid by federal prosecutors allege that Drew defrauded MySpace by helping set up a bogus profile,
US Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien said this was the first time the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used in a social-networking case. It has been used in the past to address hacking.
"This was a tragedy that did not have to happen," O'Brien said.
Both the girl and MySpace are named as victims in the case, he said.
Drew will be arraigned in St. Louis and then moved to Los Angeles for trial.
The indictment says MySpace members agree to abide by terms of service that include, among other things, not promoting information they know to be false or misleading; soliciting personal information from anyone under age 18 and not using information gathered from the Web site to "harass, abuse or harm other people."
Drew and others who were not named conspired to violate the service terms from about September 2006 to mid-October that year, according to the indictment. It alleges they registered as a MySpace member under a phony name and used the account to obtain information on the girl.
Drew and her coconspirators "used the information obtained over the MySpace computer system to torment, harass, humiliate, and embarrass the juvenile MySpace member," the indictment charged.
After the girl killed herself, Drew and the others deleted the information for the account, the indictment said.
(MYSTERY DEATH OF BLACK FEMALE SOLDIER)
LaVena Lynn Johnson, (1st photo) an honors graduate of Hazelwood Central High School, was Missouri's first female soldier to die in Iraq. The Army ruled her death July 19, 2005, as a suicide, saying-that she had shot herself in the mouth with an M-16 rifle.
Immediately after her murder, The Army allegedly told her family that her death was not a suicide. But a short time later, the Army changed its story. According to sources, the case was never properly investigated. The FBI should have taken over this case.
Christopher Grey, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Criminal Investigative Command, said Tuesday the Johnson case remains closed and that there is nothing new to release.
Lavena's father, John Johnson (2nd photo) has contended that she wouldn't have killed herself. He argues that photos from the death investigation indicate LaVena, 19, was raped and murdered and that her body was dumped in a contractor's tent and set afire.
"I could let it go, but then somebody gets away with murder," Johnson said Tuesday.
A media blackout seems to be surrounding this case. Why hasn't this case received national media coverage?
By Ari B. Bloomekatz and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The mother of a 5-year-old-boy and her live-in girlfriend (above) have been arrested in connection with what authorities describe as "unbearable physical and psychological abuse" of a child, police said Saturday.
The mother, Starkeisha Brown, 24, turned herself in to the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Division station late Friday night after officers made a public plea for help in finding the women and released their pictures. Brown was being held without bail on charges of torture.
The other woman, Krystal Matthews, 21, was arrested Saturday by detectives when she showed up for her appointment at the county Department of Children and Family Services. She was being held on $100,000 bail on charges of willful harm or injury to a child.
Police said both women have a history of violence.
The boy, who was in guarded condition at a local hospital, was rescued Monday by a stranger who found him abandoned and called authorities.
On that same day, the two women had an appointment with the Department of Children and Family Services and had brought the healthy child of a mutual friend and tried to pass him off as Brown's son.
Police said the women routinely beat the boy, forced him to put his hands on a hot stove, burned his body and genitals with cigarettes and often would not let him eat or drink.
At a news conference Friday, LAPD Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said that because of the burns from the stove, the boy no longer can open his hands.
Lt. Vincent Neglia of the LAPD's Abused Child Unit said in a statement Saturday that the abuse was "akin to a level of torture we hope our military personnel would never encounter."
Residents in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where the boy lived said Saturday that they were shocked to hear of the child's treatment and disgusted by the abuse allegations against the mother and girlfriend.
"I never knew a parent could do something like this. It was just a shock," said Mary Williams, 68, who lives in an apartment complex adjacent to where neighbors said Brown and Matthews live in the 11000 block of Figueroa Street.
Williams' 9-year-old grandson saw the boy often, and occasionally the two played together.
"How could you just do this and run off and leave him?" she said. "I hurt for that baby."
Another neighbor said, "If I [had known] anything, they would've been caught a long time ago."
Eight years ago Chiman Rai (2nd photo) allegedly paid Mississippi hit men $10,000 to choke and stab his daughter-in law (Sparkle Michelle Rai, 1st photo) to death in her Union City apartment while her seven-month-old daughter was nearby. Her offense? She married his son, an Indian. And she was black.
Sparkle worked with Rajeeve "Ricky" Rai at a hotel. The two fell in love and married. Sparkle's father and stepmother, Donna Lowry, (a reporter for WXIA-TV) in Atlanta, recalled later that Rai's family at first seemed to approve of their 18-year-old son dating a black woman.
But, said prosecutors, in April 2000 ” a month after Sparkle and Ricky were married ” a contract killer showed up at the door of the newlywed's Union City apartment, along with two women pretending to deliver a package.
When Sparkle opened the door, the 300-pound ex-con hit man attacked her with such savagery she didn't have time to throw up her arms and shield herself from his knife.
She was stabbed at least 13 times in the back, neck, chest and ribs. She was strangled and her throat slit. When her husband Ricky, returned home from work, he found her body and called police.
The couple's 7-month-old daughter, Analla, was unharmed in the next room. Sparkle's father and stepmother later assumed custody of the girl when Ricky Rai moved away from Atlanta.
A break in the case came four years later when one of the women who accompanied the alleged hit man to Sparkle Rai's house was arrested on a drug charge by Atlanta Police.
She told them she knew who killed Sparkle and that she and a friend witnessed the killing. The women's stories led to what authorities now say was a murder plot concocted by Rai.
Rai and four others were arrested in September 2006 and charged in the murder.
MINNEAPOLIS (June 18) - Two teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killings of a woman who was stabbed and cut more than 100 times and her 10-year-old son, who had a television smashed over his head, prosecutors said.
Stafon Edward Thompson, 17, (2nd photo) and Brian Lee Flowers, 16, (first photo) both of Minneapolis, were each charged as adults with first-degree murder in the deaths of Katricia Daniels, 36, and her son, Robert Shepard. If convicted, the teens face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to criminal complaints, Thompson and Flowers blamed the killings on each other. They allegedly knew Daniels through her 15-year-old son, who lives in Chicago.
The boys indicated that robbery was a motive, but Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman doubted that, noting the extreme violence. The only thing apparently taken was Daniels' cell phone.
"We don't know why this murder was committed and we may never know why. The level of violence associated with this crime is difficult to comprehend and difficult to imagine," Freeman said.
Thompson and Flowers were being held pending their first court appearances Wednesday, when they will be assigned public defenders. Neither could be reached for comment; jail inmates in Hennepin County are not allowed to take phone calls.
Daniels' boyfriend, Joseph Williams, found the bodies Thursday morning. Williams' 1-year-old daughter was bloody but unharmed. Daniels' body was found in the bathroom while Shepard was in a bedroom.
Blood was spattered throughout the house, and bloody footprints, handprints and fingerprints were left behind, the complaint said.
Police recovered two knives and a golf club in the Daniels' house that they believe were used in the killings. They also found a knife in a garbage can in the alley.
Freeman said it appeared that Daniels had welcomed the teens into her home when they first arrived June 11.
Investigators were led to the teens by a call made on Daniels' cell phone.
BODYBUILDING MURDER: (SEX, DRUGS, MURDER-FOR-HIRE)
The bizarre murder drama began with the discovery of Melissa James' (3rd photo) charred body in the trunk of a torched Jaguar in December 2005.
According to various media reports, the case involved sex, lies and drugs.
After 3 years of proclaiming their innocence, Craig Titus (1st photo) and his wife Kelly Ryan (2nd photo) have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and arson to avoid trial. Titus faces up to 55 years in prison and his wife faces 15 years.
Titus and Ryan hired Melissa James, 28, in the fall of 2005 and took her into their home. By December 14th, she was dead.
Titus, a former Mr. Olympia runner-up, admits he had an affair with Melissa but the couple say they kicked her out after they found her stealing from them. The bodybuilders told cops that Melissa overdosed on drugs. They panicked, loaded her body in the car and drove to the desert and set it ablaze.
The prosecution saw the relationship differently. Melissa was beaten, drugged, tasered, injected, strangled and burned according to prosecutor Robert Daskas. There was duct tape over Melissa's face, wire across her neck and deadly levels of morphine and heroin in her body.
Titus and Ryan were on the run for 9 days. They were captured when a SWAT team busted into a Boston salon where Ryan was having her nails done.
Cops had traced the burned out Jag to Ryan. Police also had a video of Ryan buying lighter fluid. In addition, a friend of the couple, Anthony Gross was videotaped with Titus and Ryan the morning of the murder filling up a gas can at a Vegas service station.
After Gross was arrested, he turned witness against Titus and Ryan.
Shortly afterwards, cops stopped a murder plot. Nelson Ronald Brady, 41, a friend of Titus, was convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill Gross.
(MAN LOCKED DAUGHTERS IN CAGES)
POSEN, Ill. — A suburban Chicago man admitted he locked his two little girls in a wire cage hidden in the back of his pickup truck, police said.
Ricardo Gonzalez of Midlothian was arrested Monday after a woman at a gas station in Posen heard a crying child and spotted him pushing small hands back into a cage, police said.
"She didn't think this was right and notified police right away," Posen Deputy Police Chief Vickie Paggi told the Chicago Tribune.
Gonzalez was taken into custody before leaving the gas station.
Gonzalez admitted to locking his girls, ages 2 and 5, in a cage to control them so they wouldn't run away, police said. He had erected a wire cage behind the driver and passenger seats of his Chevrolet S10 truck, police said. Black-tinted windows and a large plywood board in the truck's window back window concealed the cage.
Gonzalez told police he used the cage because he didn't have a baby sitter. Police said the girls did not live in the cage around-the-clock.
The 35-year-old faces charges of misdemeanor child endangerment. Cook County prosecutors were exploring Thursday whether the charge could be upgraded to a felony.
MODESTO (AP) — Modesto police have arrested a registered sex offender on suspicion of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl found in the trunk of his car following a crash.
Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach says 38-year-old Jared Conway was living with the girl's family for about a month before her father reported the two missing early Saturday.
Officers investigating her disappearance chased Conway after he drove past the girl's house later that morning.
Gundlach says Conway crashed into a truck and fought with police, who used a Taser to subdue him.
The girl, whose name was not released, was found in the trunk and hospitalized for a possible spinal injury.
Police say Conway, who is listed on the state's sex offender Web site for rape, was taken to a Modesto hospital and would be booked into Stanislaus County Jail.
San Mateo County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old drug store pharmacy technician with the repeated molestation, rape and beating of an adolescent girl over four years, including a year during which he allegedly kept her as a secret sex slave in the Daly City home he shared with his parents.
The girl's abuse began when she was 12 years old, authorities said.
For the past year, John Paule France Gonzales smuggled food into his locked room to feed to the girl.
The alleged sexual assaults began in San Bruno in 2002 and continued for four years as the girl lived with different family members across Northern California and in New Mexico, McKowan said.
Gonzales met the girl in San Bruno when she lived with her grandmother and an aunt, who was Gonzales' girlfriend at the time, prosecutors said.
Gonzales is accused of secretly molesting the girl while he was living in the home with her when he was 18 years old. He eventually broke up with the aunt and continued to assault the girl when he moved into a bunk bed in the girl's room when he was 19 years old, McKowan said.
The girl later went to see her mother in Albuquerque before moving in with another grandmother in Healdsburg. Gonzales continued to molest her in cars and in hotel rooms, McKowan said.
After the grandmother in Healdsburg called police when the girl failed to come home on time, Gonzales spirited her away to live in a series of locations for about 14 months, including with his family in Hayward and then in Daly City, McKowan said.
Gonzales was arrested in La Honda on Saturday during what he thought was a planned rendezvous with the girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor and the alleged victim of sex crimes, authorities said.
He pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Redwood City courtroom to 142 felony counts, including charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, sodomy and penetration with a foreign object.
About 40 more charges could be added to the 80-page complaint if San Mateo County prosecutors receive approval from other jurisdictions to charge Gonzales with sex crimes that allegedly happened elsewhere in Northern California, McKowan said. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
A Vallejo man was convicted Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter and a weapons charge but acquitted of murder in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, an off-duty Richmond police officer.
Quartus Hinton, 29, a parolee with a lengthy criminal record, was accused of killing Kaliah Harper on Nov. 24, 2006. The Solano County jury of eight women and four men deliberated more than three days in Vallejo before reaching its verdict.
Prosecutors had charged Hinton with murder with the special circumstance of lying in wait, which could have resulted in a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now, the most Hinton will face is 38 years when Judge Allan Carter sentences him Aug. 22.
Harper, 28, of Suisun City, was shot numerous times with a .45-caliber handgun outside a memorial at the Fairfield Community Center for two young cousins of Hinton who were killed in a car crash the week before.
Police believe Hinton shot Harper because she had broken up with him. Hinton also told police that Harper had threatened him, saying, "I could put you away for life," and that he "got fed up with it," according to videotaped interviews with detectives.
Hinton admitted that he had stolen a friend's gun and shot Harper because he believed she had learned of his complaints about her to the Richmond police, according to court testimony. Those complaints were never substantiated, authorities said.
Prosecutor Chris Pedersen expressed disappointment with the verdict.
"I wouldn't have argued that it was murder if I didn't think it was a murder," Pedersen said. "Do I understand why they did what they did? Sure. Is it the most unreasonable verdict that I've ever heard? No."
Hinton's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Michael Ogul, said the verdict supported Hinton's assertion that Harper had been trying to kill him that day and had reached into her purse for what he thought was a gun. Police, however, did not find a gun.
"At least three jurors believed that Mr. Hinton was reasonable in his belief, and that they were voting for a complete acquittal as of last night," Ogul said Tuesday, adding, "I'm disappointed that Mr. Hinton was not acquitted completely."
Hinton told police in a videotaped interview played in court that "there's no excuse for what I did. I was at my wit's end."
In another interview, Hinton said, "I was so overwhelmed by jealousy. I was out of my mind. Jealousy threw me over the edge." He said he was remorseful for what he called a "foolish mistake."
A witness testified that she had heard two shots in the community center parking lot, then had seen Hinton shoot Harper repeatedly as she lay on the ground.
Hinton was arrested days later in a public bathroom near the Vallejo marina after his father called Richmond police to say he was there and wanted to turn himself in.
Harper attended De Anza High School in Richmond and Cal State Sacramento before graduating at the top of her class at Napa Valley College Police Academy. She was promoted to the Richmond police narcotics task force while still a probationary hire. She made 350 arrests and received 12 letters of commendation praising her work.
"We, as a department, are very disappointed in the outcome," Deputy Police Chief Ed Medina said of the verdict. "We are glad for a conviction, but certainly not at the level that we got today."
Source: Henry K. Lee @ The SF Chronicle, Photo credit: Brad Zweerink
A psycho mom, Klara Mauerova, (above) turned her young boys (above) into sadistic toys along with her sister Katerina Mauerova and their friend, Barbora Skrlova.
In court, the boys recounted a six-month living nightmare of sexual abuse and torture, where their captors stubbed out cigarettes on their skin, whipped them with belts, plunged them under water and forced them to cut themselves with knives.
One of the boys described how the women sliced away strips of his skin so they could literally eat him alive.
To hold the kids, the women chained the boys in the cellar, shut them up in a cupboard or handcuffed them to tables to prevent any escape plots, they spied on the boys with a baby-cam.
And, whenever the boys were shown in public they were forced to hide their bruises, scars and bony bodies with long-sleeved shirts, long pants and gloves.
Officials say the women were part of a cult named "The Grail Movement." The women are currently awaiting sentencing.
The boys are now living with their maternal grandparents and undergoing extensive therapy.
(MAN INTENTIONALLY INFECTS FEMALES WITH HIV)
A Winnipeg man who hid the fact he was HIV-positive from his young sex partners has been convicted of six counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Justice Joan McKelvey convicted Clato Mabior, 31, yesterday of two additional counts of sexual touching and sexual interference. McKelvey acquitted Mabior of three additional counts of aggravated sexual assault involving three different victims.
At trial, the victims -- one as young as 12 years of age -- testified Mabior plied them with booze and drugs and engaged in repeated acts of unprotected sex without ever disclosing he was HIV-positive.
"He knowingly withheld that information from his sexual partners on the basis that in all likelihood they would not have engaged in sexual contact with him," said McKelvey in a written decision released yesterday.
McKelvey called Mabior a sexual predator who preyed upon young, vulnerable victims.
"The accused's conduct was deplorable and despicable in all of the circumstances and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms," McKelvey said.
At trial, defence lawyer Chris McCoy argued that in many instances, Mabior's viral load was so low he was incapable of passing on the HIV virus.
No matter the risk, Mabior had a duty to disclose his health status, McKelvey said.
"Those that are infected with HIV cannot inappropriately and indiscriminately engage in sexual relationships for their own pleasure without regard to the consequences of others," she said.
No date for sentencing has been set. The Crown is expected to seek a lengthy penitentiary sentence. Mabior, a Sudanese refugee, is likely to face certain deportation upon completing his sentence.
"DISTURBING & TRAGIC"
Verdict angers bicyclist's kin
By JULIE SHAW
TO THE ASTONISHMENT and anger of 14-year-old Tykeem Law's family and friends, a Common Pleas jury yesterday acquitted Charles "Chuckie" Meyers of first-degree murder, but convicted him of third-degree murder in the July 2007 shooting death of Tykeem, an unarmed bicyclist.
"WHAT!!!" cried out supporters of Tykeem when a jury foreman declared Meyers not guilty of first-degree murder.
Then, silent tears streamed down their eyes, including some of the youngsters who were riding bikes with Tykeem on Federal Street in South Philadelphia that July 14 afternoon.
When the foreman then declared Meyers, 19, of South Philly, guilty of third-degree murder, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of an instrument of crime, a pale-faced Meyers welled up with tears in his eyes.
After the verdicts, sheriff's deputies allowed the defendant's family to leave the courtroom first, and after some time, let the victim's family and friends leave.
Outside the Criminal Justice Center, Meyers' mother and uncle declined comment. Meyers' uncle lashed out at a photographer and TV cameramen by putting both of his hands up in the air and sticking his middle fingers at them, while taunting them with, "Y'all can't use this!" - referring to his profane hand gestures.
He then spit on the Daily News photographer.
Meanwhile, Tykeem's family contended the race of the defendant and victim played a factor in the jury's decision-making.
Meyers, who is white, shot Tykeem, who was black, after the 14-year-old boy initially refused to move his bike from in front of Meyers' Mazda in the middle of Federal Street near 9th.
Tykeem's mother, Shauta McDuffie, 32, appearing forlorn, told reporters as she walked away from the court building yesterday: "If Tykeem was white, it wouldn't be like this. If it was the other way around, Tykeem would have gotten first-degree."
When a TV reporter asked if Tykeem's family thought justice was done, a man accompanying McDuffie yelled out: "F--- no! He shot and killed a little f---ing kid, that's why!"
"Why wouldn't he get first-degree?" McDuffie asked. "He intended to kill Tykeem."
The jury, composed of nine whites and three blacks, however, found that Meyers intended to hurt Tykeem, but did not have a premeditated, specific intent to kill him - a requirement for first-degree murder.
The panel instead found Meyers guilty of third-degree murder, which, like first-degree, requires "malice" or a hardness of heart.
If Meyers had been convicted of first-degree murder, he would have faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
At his Sept. 5 sentencing, Meyers faces a maximum of 26 to 52 years in prison - which Assistant District Attorney Gonen Haklay said he would seek. He faces a minimum of five to 10 years.
Meyers' court-appointed attorney, Daniel Conner, told reporters he would ask Judge Shelley Robbins New for a sentence of 15 to 30 years. He said he does not plan to appeal. His client "got a fair trial," Conner said. "I think the verdict is a fair verdict."
Meyers, who testified at his trial, said Tykeem and other youngsters were riding bikes in front of his Mazda that day and wouldn't get out of the way after he beeped his horn. After a second round of honking, all but Tykeem left the middle of the street.
Witnesses then said that Tykeem and Meyers cursed and argued but that Tykeem then moved to an open space between two parked cars, closer to the passenger side of the Mazda.
Five witnesses - the two passengers in the Mazda, two of Tykeem's friends and a police officer who happened to be driving his personal SUV behind the Mazda that day - all testified they did not see Tykeem make any threatening gestures and that they did not see Tykeem put his hand under his shirt as if he had a gun.
Only Meyers claimed that Tykeem had put his hand under his shirt.
Meyers testified that he was scared because he thought Tykeem was reaching for a gun.
Haklay said after the verdicts that he went to speak to the jury about its decision before the panel was dismissed.
Jurors told him they had been struggling between first-degree and third-degree murder, and had rejected Meyers' claim of self-defense.
"They rejected the defendant's testimony," Haklay said. "They rejected the idea that Tykeem Law was threatening anybody with his hands or under his shirt. They said they had a long discussion about whether the one shot was meant to kill or was meant just to shoot him."
Haklay added: "They concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that they could only agree that he [Meyers] meant to injure him [Tykeem] or cause serious bodily injury and not that he intended to kill him with that one shot."
Jurors had been ushered out of the building before anyone, including reporters, was allowed to leave the courtroom.
The jury had reached its verdicts after about five hours of deliberations yesterday.
Haklay also told reporters that he didn't think the racial makeup of the defendant and victim, or that of the jury, had anything to do with the verdicts.
"I don't necessarily agree with that," he said when told about Tykeem's mother's contention that if the shooter were black, he would have been convicted of first-degree murder.
A Greek man (above) is in a critical condition after decapitating his girlfriend with a cleaver and parading her head around the tourist island of Santorini yesterday.
Athanassios Arvanitis, 31, is also accused of beheading the woman's dog before roaming around the village of Vourvoulos with his 25 year-old girlfriend's head.
"The suspect was spotted walking around, carrying the victim's head and telling the astonished villagers not to stop him" said a policeman.
"They knew he had psychological problems ... but they didn't expect he would reach this point."
When police attempted to handcuff him, the suspect knifed the officer and threw the victim's head into a patrol car. He then fled in the police car before injuring two female doctors after crashing into their motorcycle.
A third woman was struck by a ricocheting police bullet.
Arvanitis was shot five times by police during the chase and he is now undergoing surgery at an island hospital.
The victim, 25-year-old Adamantia Karkali, was a teacher at a local village.
They just beat us up because of the color of our skin'
By: Wendy Ruderman (Philadelphia Daily News)
LEVI LEE and Bryson Mills arrived on the doorstep of the Daily News last week looking bruised and battered.
Even hard-bitten reporters - their eyes widening - seemed taken aback by the appearance of the two young men.
Their clothes were smudged with blood. Mills gingerly pressed an ice pack to his right eye, which was swollen shut. Lee sported gashes in his lip and head.
But the worst injuries weren't visible.
As victims of an alleged hate crime, Lee and Mills said they suffered the kind of soul-penetrating wounds that may never completely heal.
"They didn't know us," Lee said. "We didn't know them.
"They just beat us up because of the color of our skin."
Lee and Mills, both 22, said that they were so disturbed by the experience that they felt compelled to speak out publicly. They recounted their story with a kind of mild-mannered outrage:
Mills had just one more week of summer vacation before classes resumed at Bloomsburg University, where he is captain of the basketball team. Lee, who graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., in May, wanted to show his childhood friend a good time before he went back to school.
Duded up in designer clothing, they spent Thursday night clubbing in Old City. They finished the evening at Moda Lounge, a hip place on Chestnut Street known for speciality cocktails and a big dance floor. At about 2 a.m., they walked along Market Street, looking to catch a cab home. The streets were peppered with weary partyers. Suddenly, at 5th and Market streets, Lee and Mills said that they spotted about six or seven white men chasing a black man.
" 'Get back here, n-----,' " one yelled, according to Lee and Mills. " 'We gonna get you, n-----.' "
One of the white guys took a swing at the black guy, and Mills said that he yelled out something like, "Yo, they're jumping that black guy!"
The pack of white males turned their attention to Mills and Lee, while the guy they were chasing took off toward Penns Landing and disappeared.
"That's when they came running towards us and said, 'You f------ n------,' " Lee said.
One guy took a swing at Mills, striking him in the shoulder. Mills said he threw a punch and another guy joined the fight. Lee stepped in to help Mills, and three other white guys pounced. Some wielded two-by-fours.
The wooden planks sliced Lee's face, according to Mills and Lee.
As stunned witnesses watched, Lee said he ran into the middle of Market Street and stopped a police car. Meanwhile, Mills lay crumbled on the ground after getting repeatedly stomped, kicked and punched. The white guys ran off, screaming racial slurs, Mills and Lee said.
"It's like they had no regard for us as human beings," Mills said.
Paramedics took Mills and Lee to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where they spent six hours before doctors determined that they had suffered no broken bones or serious head injuries. Mills' girlfriend, Courtney Gordon, said that she was deep asleep at 4:30 a.m. when Lee called.
"He said, 'I need you to come to the hospital. Bryson's eye looks very bad,' " Gordon said.
When she got to Jefferson about a half-hour later, Gordon said that she tried to hide her horror when she saw Mills. By then, police Det. Thomas Galonsky was there to take their statements. He informed them that police already had two suspects in custody.
"There was a real good witness, an independent witness, who watched the whole thing," Galonsky said in a phone interview Friday.
The witness pointed out two guys, who were nabbed about a block away from 5th and Market, Galonsky said.
Police arrested Richard Lyons, 25, and James Genearao, 26, also known as James Cummings, both from the city's Fishtown section. Lyons and Genearao, who was charged under the name Cummings, were charged with criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of a crime, simple assault, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and ethnic intimidation.
Galonsky said that he was still trying to identify other possible suspects.
He didn't know whether to characterize the incident as a hate crime, he said.
"I think some hate might have come out during the attack, but I don't know what sparked the whole thing," he said.
Lyons' mother, Nicole Lyons, said that her son is not a racist.
"I know my son and he's not anything like that," she said.
She claimed that Mills and Lee attacked her son, perhaps in an attempt to rob him. Genearao's family could not be reached for comment.
Lee and Mills grew up together in North Philly and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School. They both won college scholarships. In college, they thrived, feeling as though no matter their ethnicity or where they came from, if they worked hard nothing could hold them back.
Now they are less certain of that. Never before had they encountered such in-your-face racism, Lee and Mills said.
Mills' mother, Anita Bethea, said that she cried when her son told her what had happened.
"Something just dropped in me," Bethea said. "It really hurt. I was upset that he had to learn that racial tension and racial hatred still exist in 2008. His belief that all is right with the world is gone. There is no getting it back."
(INSIDE A SWINGERS/PEDOPHILE RING)
Above is 41-year-old Patrick Kelly, also known as “Booger Red.”
Kelly has been charged with a few counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child for forcing two kids - brother and sister - to have sex with each other in 2004.
Kelly is also being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, because he was a member of the Mineola Swingers’ Club - a group of “swingers” who went past “swinging” and went right into “sexual exploitation of children.”
In March of 2005, the local Child Protective Services began investigating allegations of child neglect and drug abuse. They were lucky enough to find how deep human depravity could actually go when they came across several children - all under the age of 10 - who were suffering ongoing sexual abuse and exploitation. As a result of an investigation into the activities of Patrick Kelly and his cohorts, a whole slew of nasty goings-on was revealed.
There were many children involved in the sexual exploitation, three of whom were siblings that were foster children of 64-year-old John Cantrell. John Cantrell is a very poor choice for a foster parent program, because he has certain sexual preferences that pretty much fall under the “pedophile” category. John Cantrell, in addition to facing charges has also been charged in California of a few crimes, crimes like sexual penetration of a person under 14 and performing a lewd act upon a child.
At the time the crimes were discovered, the children were young. There was a 7-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.
Investigators discovered some pretty upsetting things that had happened, things that the children were able to reveal once their contact with the adults involved was eliminated and the kids realized that they wouldn’t have to suffer any longer. During the trial of 36-year-old Jamie Pittman, the first of the gang to be brought to trial, the full scope of what went on at the Mineola Swingers’ Club was revealed.
Jurors were treated to a two and a half hour videotaped interview with Texas Ranger Sergeant Phillip Kemp, the oldest victim and her then-7-year-old brother.
During the videotaped interview, the girl was very cooperative, drawing a diagram and describing the inside of the club that the Mineola Swingers’ Club occupied. She described how there were two guards standing inside the front door. She mentioned how 45-year-old “Dennis” - who turned out to be Jamie Pittman’s older brother, Dennis Boyd Pittman - would sit at the front desk and collect money from people who came into the club to watch the movies of the children performing sexual acts.
Eight children were featured in the Mineola Swingers’ Club movies. The girl described how her brother had been forced to have sex with a teenage boy while Jamie Pittman ran the camera. Jamie Pittman was the cameraman of choice for the club, taping virtually all the movies, including the ones that the girl was in when she had sex with the other children. The movies were filmed in one part of the club and displayed in another part. The children made a new movie about once a week and were forced to watch their own movies, possibly with the intention of improving their performances.
29-year-old Shauntel Mayo, the girlfriend of Jamie Pittman taught the kids how to dance, how to move sexually and gave the Kindergarten-age kids sex tips. Shauntel Mayo also came up with the idea to teach the kids how to have sex by using dolls.
The kids were also given Vicodin pills, which were called “silly pills” by the kids.
One of the abused male victims wasn’t quite as forthcoming during his portion of the interview, refusing to talk about the things that had happened to him while he was being trained to be a sexual performer. He told the Sergeant that his sister had been forced to touch him sexually while they were being videotaped and that they played “doctor” for people. He named the other kids who also took “silly pills” and who played with him on camera.
The girl said Jamie Pittman, Shauntel Mayo and “Booger Red” burned the costumes the children wore at the club and the videos they had made because they didn’t want Child Protective Services or anybody outside of the club to know about them. The girl also told the Sergeant that the costumes were burned in a trash pile behind “Booger Red’s” house and that the trio told the girl not to tell anyone, she said.
The jury didn’t take long to return a guilty verdict for Jamie Pittman. He received life in prison.
MOTHER PUTS CHILD IN MICROWAVE (COOKS CHILD TO DEATH):
A mother was convicted Friday of killing her month-old daughter by burning her in a microwave oven, with jurors rejecting a defense attorney’s claims there was evidence that someone else was responsible. China Arnold, 28, showed no reaction when the jury’s verdict was announced and then lowered her head, looking down at the defense table. She was found guilty of aggravated murder and faces the death penalty when sentenced. Arnold was accused of killing daughter Paris Talley in 2005. A judge declared a mistrial in February, and the retrial began August 18. Jury deliberations started Thursday following closing arguments. Prosecutors said Arnold intentionally put her baby in the microwave oven and cooked the child to death after a fight with her boyfriend. Arnolds’ cellmate testified that Arnold confessed to putting the baby in the microwave and turned it on because she was worried her boyfriend would leave her if he found out the child wasn’t his.
"FEMALE PEDOPHILES, WOMEN INTO BEASTIALITY & FEMALE NAMBLA MEMBERS:
Former Houston high school teacher Adrianne Hockett, was found guilty on one count of sexual assault of a child. The victim, a 15-year-old special needs student reportedly met with 26-year-old Hockett in her apartment where the two engaged in sex, drank beer and smoked marijuana.
Prosecutors described Hockett as a woman "thirsty for sex" who gained the trust of the boy's mother by offering to tutor him.
She was sentenced to six months in prison, 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine.
Former music teacher Shelby Sue Shelton was found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old female student multiple times during the 1990s. The victim, now 23, said that she thought she was in love with the teacher and only recently came to understand the true nature of the relationship.
Described by the prosecutor as "a ravenous sexual predator who kissed and fondled the young girl on at least 100 occasions," the 49-year-old Shelton was found guilty of all charges including two counts of having carnal knowledge of a child and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
In November 2004, three teens claimed their 33-year-old teacher, Senorita Walker, paid them a total of $5,000 in exchange for sex. The boys reportedly came forward after Walker decided to end the arrangement and move on with her new life with her new boyfriend.
According to assistant state attorney Mary Anna Planey, Walker approached her victims at a basketball court at the beginning of the summer. "She got his telephone number and a few days later called him. She picked up the victim and another victim, drove them back to her home, where she did perform sexual acts on these two boys." said Planey.
The former special education teacher provided money for sex, supplied marijuana and alcohol to the minors. Prosecutors said she provided them with a written statement implicating herself in the crime.
Carol Lynn Flannigan, age 51, received a five-year prison sentence and 10 years of sex offender probation when released, in exchange for having a 19-month sexual relationship with an 11-year-old student.
Flannigan pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious acts in exchange for reducing the original capital sexual battery charges in order to avoid a trial and a possible life sentence. The boy's father reported that he also had sexual relations with Flannigan.
Former West Virginia sixth-grade teacher, Toni Lynn Woods was arrested in March 2005.
She had sex with four children under the age of 16. Woods, 37, described herself as a monster while pleading guilty to her crimes.
She was sentenced to consecutive sentences of one-to-five years on four counts of third-degree sexual assault and a concurrent one-year sentence for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In Related News:
Authorities say that they have, for the first time in the history of Costa Rica arrested a female pedophile. A rich 43-year old American woman identified only by her last name Jezek.
"WOMEN & BEASTIALITY"
Earlier this year, we reported on the death of a man-who had sex with a horse. Later, it came out that he was a member of bestiality ring which is portrayed in the film, "Zoo." This film also reveals that several women were part of this bestiality ring but their identities have never been revealed.
NAMBLA (NORTH AMERICAN MAN/BOY LOVE ASSOCIATION) WOMEN MEMBERS:
The Nambla organization is pro-pedophile and encourages relationships between men and underage boys. Allegedly, although this organization is private regarding data. It's rumored that they have nearly 5,000 members and some of these members are women.
Jazzmin Davis routinely came to Antioch Middle School bearing signs of abuse - bruises, scars and at one point a broken arm - but never openly acknowledged she was being beaten and slowly starved to death by her Aunt (above).
How the alleged abuse could have gone undetected by teachers, school administrators and Jazzmin's longtime foster care case worker from San Francisco's Human Services Agency is unclear.
"Every day she came to school, she had a new bruise," said Tanaiia Saunders, 15, now a sophomore at Antioch High School who attended Antioch Middle School with Jazzmin.
She also frequently came to school with scratches, said Saunders and another classmate, Kaitlyn Bagley, 15, also a sophomore at Antioch High.
Both said Jazzmin regularly exhibited signs of abuse during the time they knew her from sixth grade through eighth grade.
"Her skin had heck of scars," Kaitlyn said. One time she showed up with a broken arm, her former classmates said in an interview with The Chronicle as they were leaving the high school after classes Friday.
The two girls also said that Jazzmin also was excessively thin and underfed and that she used to ask her friends for food during lunch.
Authorities say Jazzmin and her twin brother, both placed in foster care with their aunt as infants after being born in San Francisco, lately had been restricted like prisoners to an upstairs room in their home at 3750 Killdeer Drive in Antioch.
Both were allegedly abused, and an autopsy revealed Jazzmin had been burned repeatedly with hot irons and whipped with plastic belts, canvas belts and electrical cords, police said. She died in the home Tuesday from what Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett called a "complex cause of death."
"What caused her death was a multitude of blows over a multitude of days in the context of not being properly fed and clothed, which weakened her," Jewett said outside a Martinez courtroom where Davis made her initial court appearance Friday. "All contributed to her death."
Davis, 37, is charged with murder, torture and child abuse in the death of her niece, whose foster care was overseen by officials in San Francisco. She also faces torture and child abuse charges for allegedly abusing Jazzmin's twin brother. If convicted, Davis faces up to three life sentences.
"I've seen a lot of terrible things in my career as prosecutor," Jewett said. "This is one of them."
A judge ordered Davis held on $1.5 million bail.
Her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Robin Lipetzky, declined to comment outside court.
Davis was given custody of the twins shortly after they were born because a court found their parents unfit, said Trent Rhorer, head of San Francisco's Human Services Agency.
The biological father, Jason Lawon Davis, 40, has convictions for drug possession, drug dealing, eluding police in a car, resisting arrest and giving a false name to police dating back to 1986, court records show. He spent more than three years in state prison before being paroled in January, records show, and police said he now has a warrant out for a parole violation. Their mother, Amina Matthews, could not be reached for comment.
Davis was paid $6,552 annually per foster child from the San Francisco Human Services Agency, as well as getting a $1,747 monthly housing supplement from Contra Costa County, Antioch police Lt. Leonard Orman said.
Prosecutors contend the abuse had been going on for more than a year, dating to at least summer 2007. Since that time, Jazzmin had injuries all over her body and went from "very healthy" to noticeably gaunt, Jewett said.
Jazzmin hinted at the abuse she suffered but would not admit it, her former classmates said. So they didn't feel that they could report it, they said.
"She would never admit she was getting beaten," Kaitlyn said. "She would hint on, like 'What are you supposed to do when you get abused?' "
Tanaiia said she told Jazzmin that someone being abused should report it to the school office or run away. "She said her family life was not right," Tanaiia said. "It's like she wanted help." But when asked about her injuries, Jazzmin always had an excuse, like the day she came to school with a black eye. "She said she got jumped," Tanaiia said.
Despite any outward indications, Jazzmin's case worker noted no signs of abuse in reports following routine visits every six months, Rhorer said.
Rhorer said case workers are not directed to conduct physical examinations, and there was no indication the case worker was not doing the job properly.
Rhorer said a case worker visited the home in March and noted no signs of abuse.
He noted that in class picture Jazzmin appears to be wearing a long-sleeve turtleneck, which would make it difficult to notice injuries. He also noted that teachers, with nearly daily contact, are required by state law to report suspected abuse.
Officials at the middle school and the school district could not be reached for comment.
Source: Charles Burress & John Cote @ The SF Chronicle
"MURDER, LIES, SEX & ADULTERY"
A cunning newlywed (Kelly Forbes) strangled her husband (Michael Forbes) to death to inherit millions, only to discover she'd killed her spouse for nothing because he'd left everything to his parents.
The jury dismissed Kelly's claims of abuse and claims of self-defense. Her credibility was crushed after the prosecution revealed lurid tales of her illicit sexual escapades, including regular daytime trysts with a male flight attendant.
Michael owned a successful New York barbershop, two fast-food restaurants and real estate. In no time, the conniving Kelly seduced Michael into falling in love with her, even while she slept with a slew of other men behind his back.
The couple settled in a million dollar mansion which featured an inground swimming pool and a waterway lined with private docks.
Even as Michael lavished affection on his 8-year-old stepdaughter Kadeshja, as if the girl was his own. Kelly continued catting around all over town with different men.
In November 2007, Kelly called the cops to their Long Island home. When officers arrived, they found Michael dead. Kelly lied and told cops that Michael had attacked her that night in her sleep, pulling an electrical cord around her neck, trying to strangle her. She added that she turned the tables on him, kneeing him in the groin, grabbing the cord and strangling him.
Prosecutors and the jury didn't buy it and couldn't figure out why Kelly waited 78 minutes before calling 911.
Kelly was convicted and sentenced to 21 years in prison.
"FATHER RAPES 8-DAY-OLD DAUGHTER"
18-year-old Reginald Davis (above) is behind bars, charged with raping his eight-day-old daughter Monday night.
Wednesday Davis made his first appearance in court. Because of the severity of the crime, the judge increased Davis ' bond from $50,000 to $100,000.
Safety concerns forced officials to hold his first appearance in court separately, away from other inmates