Portland aunt of missing Ariz. boy: 'It could happen to anyone'

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Jul 31, 2010 at 6:41 PM PDT
Story Updated:
Jul 31, 2010 at 6:58 PM PDT
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Kyron Horman story has dominated local news coverage for nearly two months now. However, there are many other missing children out there.

While the massive search for Kyron continues, a Portland woman is feeling the same type of pain – now wondering where her 2-year-old nephew could be.
The 2-year-old boy who went missing a week ago from an Arizona campsite


A recent family of the 2-year-old boy who went missing a week ago from an Arizona campsite, courtesy of his family.
'We ask ourselves 'Why?'"

Like so many, at first Andrea Wagner couldn't believe the story surrounding Skyline School's missing second grade.

"With Kyron, when I heard the news about him I went home, I held my kids and I thanked God that that couldn't happen to me," said Wagner. "And that's not the case, you know; it could happen to anyone anywhere and it's just the most devastating thing you could ever imagine."

It's devastating because her 2-year-old nephew Sylar Newton has been missing for nearly a week.

"We ask ourselves 'Why?' all the time," she tells us, "and we just don't know." 
Passing days take a toll

Sylar disappeared this past Sunday from his family's tent during a camping trip in Arizona. Since then, searchers have scoured the wilderness – trying to figure out where the toddler could be. 
And the passing days are taking a toll.

"All they can do is cry," says Sylar's aunt. "... They have the same questions that everybody else has: 'Why?'"

Wagner's sister has custody and is adopting Sylar from a family friend. They have no idea who would want to snatch him, but are now hoping someone did.

That's because a kidnapping could increase his chances of still being alive – instead of wandering off to fend for himself. Arizona investigators aren't sure if someone took Sylar. They said he may have simply wandered off, or been carried off by a wild animal.

"My family will never give up on him," Wagner said. "We just can't look at the worst in it and I refuse to ... He's a 2-year-old precious boy. That's all we can do."

In Sylar's and Kyron's cases, and any missing child's case, authorities ask that you call 9-1-1 immediately if you know anything.
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Landfill searched for clues into missing 2-year-old boy (Sylar Newton)

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Posted: 1:09 PM
Last Updated: 10 minutes ago
  • By: Deborah Stocks
By: Deborah Stocks
PRESCOTT, AZ - Authorities searched a landfill in northern Arizona this week, looking for clues into last weekend's disappearance of a 2-year-old boy who was camping with family friends.
Sylar Newton was sleeping in a tent with a friend of his mother, her mother and daughter when he disappeared between midnight and 1:45 a.m. last Sunday.


According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, several waste loads at the Gray Wolf Landfill in Dewey that were identified as coming from the Beaver Creek Campground and the surrounding area were searched. YCSO personnel, FBI agents and forensic specialists combed through over 200 tons of waste material at the site looking for any evidence linked to Sylar's disappearance.
Authorities say although no critical evidence was immediately discovered, the effort will continue as additional loads are isolated.
In addition, officials say the FBI has provided specialized equipment along with YCSO resources including aircraft and sonar gear to examine bodies of water.
The YCSO says the campground will remain secure so searchers and investigators can protect the scene integrity as they continue to look for Sylar and any critical evidence.
Detectives have started to distribute missing person flyers in nearby campground and community areas hoping to find anyone who may be unaware of the incident have information about the missing boy.
Officials say Sylar's mother lives out of state and the woman he was with, Christina Priem, says she is in the process of adopting the boy.
 
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Bullitt County teen found; mother describes alleged physical, mental, sexual abuse


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Posted on July 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:48 PM

 (WHAS11) - Police tell WHAS11 that Brittney Kustes, who had been missing since July 20th, was found on Friday. She has since been taken to University Hospital and is with family.
WHAS11's Mike Colombo spoke to Brittany's mother outside University Hospital.
Brittany’s mother described alleged physical, mental and sexual abuse but did not want to go into detail.

“She’s been through a very dramatic experience, I don’t know how long it will take to help her,” said Brittany’s mother.

Bullitt County sheriff's officials say Kustes’ grandparents got a call on Friday, saying that she had been dropped off at the Lebanon Junction exit.
Detective Scotty McGaha confirms that the teen was dropped off near an I-65 exit ramp at the Lebanon Junction exit.
He says that an acquaintance of Kustes’ then picked up the teen.
Kustes, 19, was supposed to testify against 35-year-old Roy Vernon Elwell on July 28th.
Kustes' mother, Laurie, says Elwell stalked her daughter in the past and that Kustes had previously disappeared with Elwell. When she came home, she was addicted to meth.
Laurie says her daughter recently kicked that addiction.
Bullitt County police say Elwell is a person of interest in Kustes' disappearance.  If you have any information, call Bullitt County police at 955-7480.

Craigslist Post - Diving Instructor Needed Horman Case

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Need a diving instructor! Horman Case (NW Oregon)
Date: 2010-07-30, 10:28PM PDT

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We are a team assisting investigator Harry Oakes. Harry's dogs have indicated the presence of a dead human body in a body of water.

We need a very experienced diver (a diver instructor) to help us retrieve and identify what we have found. We have no idea if it is the body of Kyron Horman but it needs to be fully investigated.

Thank you for help!
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Desiree and Kaine Horman - Nightline Interview

New photos surface in Jennifer Kesse case

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Updated: Friday, 30 Jul 2010, 7:34 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 30 Jul 2010, 7:34 PM EDT
Shannon Butler
By Shannon Butler
FOX 35 News

    ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - New photos have surfaced inside Jennifer Kesse's car; pictures that have never been seen by her father, until now.
    "I believe I would have liked to have seen how the car was actually found," said Drew Kesse. "I did not have the opportunity."
    Drew Kesse said the pictures of Jennifer's black Chevy Malibu popped up on the JenniferKesse.com website a couple of days ago. One picture is of the car's console and another one shows a DVD player strapped in the back seat.
    Her parents say the DVD was given to her by her boyfriend, but they don't know why it is strapped in the back seat.
    "I was very taken back," said Drew. "Here we have some important pictures of the car. I didn't know they were out there. The Kesses said they have learned that the pictures were aired on a national news program years ago. They want to know who took them and who released them.
    We asked the Orlando Police Department if the pictures were taken by investigators and released to one news outlet. We were told in a written statement, "You will need to contact the FBI related to anything in the case. The FBI is now the investigative entity as it relates to the case. The case is an active case with the FBI."
    Other pictures on the site show the inside of Jennifer's apartment. They show the bag Jennifer which took with her on vacation the week before she vanished. Her parents said they remember news outlets taking these pictures. These, they said, were not taken by investigators.
    The case is being looked at by the FBI. We are told the investigator on the case is out of the office for a few weeks. The family is asking that they look into what these pictures may or may no show.
    Read more at www.myfoxorlando.com

    Mother gets life term in Texas starvation case

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    By JEFF CARLTON
    (AP)

    1 hour ago
    DALLAS — A mother whose three children were found starving after being shut away in a hotel bathroom for as long as nine months has been sentenced to life in prison.
    The Dallas jury determined the sentence Friday. It came hours after 31-year-old Abneris Santiago changed her plea to guilty on the third day of testimony. She had faced a minimum of 5 years to a maximum of life in prison.
    Police rescued the children from a bathroom in an extended-stay hotel along one of Dallas' busiest freeways in July 2009. The children were near death from chronic starvation. Authorities say the oldest child, a girl, was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend.
    Alfred Santiago was convicted Tuesday and sentenced to two concurrent 99-year sentences.
    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
    DALLAS (AP) — A mother whose three children were found starving after being shut away in a hotel bathroom for as long as nine months changed her plea to guilty Friday, bringing her trial to a sudden end.
    Abneris Santiago's plea on the third day of testimony comes one day after she apologized to her 12-year-old daughter in a tearful courtroom reunion, saying she wasn't strong enough to stop the abuse.
    Santiago faces between 5 years and 99 years in prison. The sentencing phase began immediately, which seemed to confuse the defendant.
    "I think this is unnecessary since I already pleaded myself guilty," Santiago told the judge. "I want it over with. This is pointless."
    Instead, testimony continued Friday as prosecutors called to the stand the doctors who treated Santiago's children last summer. Police rescued Santiago's daughter and 10- and 5-year-old sons from a bathroom in an extended-stay hotel along one of Dallas' busiest freeways in July 2009.
    The emaciated children, whose skeletal structures were visible beneath their flaky, stretched skin, were near death from chronic starvation. Authorities say the girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend.
    Alfred Santiago was convicted Tuesday of injury to a child and continuous sexual abuse. He was sentenced to two 99-year sentences, to be served concurrently.
    The former couple share a last name but never were married.
    Dr. Susan Scott, who treated the children in the emergency room, said the girl "looked like a skeleton with skin." A photograph pinned to the courtroom wall above the doctor's right shoulder showed the girl's bare back, her ribs and spine clearly defined.
    "She was very sweet, very conversant, very polite and very concerned about her brothers," Scott said.
    The 10-year-old boy appeared angry and withdrawn. He and his 5-year-old brother were so skinny that every bone stuck out, the doctor said.
    "Anyone with a brain, much less a heart, would know these kids needed help," Scott said.
    A Dallas police detective testified Friday that the 385 square-foot, one-bedroom apartment appeared relatively tidy, with the cupboards stocked with crackers, peanut butter, bread and barbecue sauce. The fridge had leftover chicken and rice.
    The bathroom, however, had a stench of feces and body odor. There were blankets on the floor next to the toilet, Detective Parker Baum said.
    The children were rescued only after Abneris Santiago's brother made a 1,200 mile drive from his home in Ohio, thinking he was going to rescue his sister from an abusive relationship. What he found at the hotel where the family lived in room B2019 was horrifying, Abner Santiago testified earlier in the week.
    His niece and nephews were so emaciated and sick that one immediately threw up the food their uncle gave him. They appeared to be nothing but skin and bones, the uncle said, with his niece having to hold up her pants to keep them from falling. Their clothes were ragged and their hair was falling out.
    A doctor testified in the earlier trial that the 10-year-old suffered brain atrophy from chronic starvation and that both brothers were terrified to use the bathroom once they were taken to the hospital. The oldest boy has been hospitalized three times since his rescue because he is suicidal.
    The youngest boy weighed less than 30 pounds when rescued, or about the weight of a healthy 2-year-old.
    A fourth child, who is 2, was found healthy and unharmed last summer. She was the biological daughter of Abneris and Alfred.
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    Missing Teen Found,Man Sought - Brittney Kustes Injured

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    Brittney Kustes Currently At University Hospital
    POSTED: 11:51 am EDT July 30, 2010
    UPDATED: 4:06 pm EDT July 30, 2010
    SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. --
    Bullitt County police said a teen missing for nearly two weeks has been found and is at University Hospital.
    Police said earlier Friday they believed Brittney Kustes, 19, was in need of medical attention. Kustes is in fair condition at University Hospital.


    Update: Search Continues For Vernon Elwell

    Kustes was last seen on Saturday, July 17, swimming at her grandmother's house. Whether she left there voluntarily or not, police are not sure, but they said the person she has been spotted with over the past several days had them concerned about her safety.
    Police said she was with 36-year-old Vernon Elwell, who has a lengthy criminal history and is a registered sex offender in Kentucky.




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    WLKY
    Elwell
    Police said Friday morning they believed Kustes was with another man in a white 2004 Ford diesel pickup truck.
    Police asked the man to bring Kustes to a hospital or Sheriff's Department, but he did not. It is unknown how Kustes got to the hospital.
    Police are still searching for Elwell.
    Stay with WLKY.com and WLKY News for more information as it becomes available.Read more at www.wlky.com

    Coleman gets 53 years in Christian-Newsom case

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    Jul 30, 2010 7:26 AM EDT



    Updated:
    Jul 30, 2010 1:13 PM EDT
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Vanessa Coleman was sentenced to 53 years in a mix of consecutive and concurrent sentences Friday for her convictions on lesser charges in the Christian-Newsom murders case.
    Coleman, 21, was convicted in May of facilitating the first degree murder, kidnapping, rape and theft of Channon Christian.
    She was acquitted on first degree murder charges so the possibility of the death penalty was removed.
    Vanessa Coleman
    Coleman was found not guilty of the counts of murdering, kidnapping or raping Christian's boyfriend, Chris Newsom.
    The state was seeking a maximum sentence of 77 years.
    Coleman's attorneys are expected to appeal her sentence. They have also requested a hearing on a motion for a new trial. It's scheduled for May 27, 2011.
    Christian and Newsom were carjacked, raped and killed in January 2007.
    "In my judgment, she substantially assisted in the assaults and rapes," Judge Richard Baumgartner said as he spoke about considering her sentence.
    He also said he believed Coleman knew what was happening to the victims because many of the crimes were in an 800 square foot home on Chipman Street in East Knoxville.
    The judge said Coleman was a street smart 18-year-old drug user when the crimes happened and he didn't think her youth should mitigate her sentence.
    "I don't think she was under duress," the judge said or dominated by her co-defendants.
    "There's no mathematical formula for sentencing," Judge Baumgartner said. "I can't get by the fact that this is one of the most troubling case I've ever encountered."
    Christian family's victim impact statements
    Channon Christian's mother, Deena, told Coleman in her victim's impact statement, "You've tried to play yourself off as a victim. You're not a victim."
    Channon Christian's mother, Deena, told Coleman in her victim's impact statement,
    Channon Christian's mother, Deena, told Coleman in her victim's impact statement, "You've tried to play yourself off as a victim. You're not a victim."
    "Normal people would consider this a nightmare, not an adventure," Deena said after reading from Coleman's journal describing her time in Knoxville as an "adventure."
    "You made your choice to stay and now you have to pay the price. The jury let you get away with murder," Deena said. Then she asked for the maximum sentence and said, "Maybe that will knock the smile off your face."
    Channon's father, Gary Christian, said in his statement,
    Channon's father, Gary Christian, said in his statement, "This community is appalled by these crimes. This community is angered by this true evil."
    "You sit there with that disgusted look. I'd rather not be here more than you. I want my daughter back," Gary said. "Lady, you are pure evil."
    "Your boyfriend (Letalvis Cobbins) raped Channon. Did jealousy cause you to retaliate?" Gary asked, raising the question whether Coleman caused bruises on Channon.
    No statement from Coleman
    At the end of the impact statements, Vanessa Coleman declined to speak in her own behalf.
    State argues for consecutive sentences
    Prosecutor Leland Price argued that Coleman's drug use of marijuana and cocaine starting as a teen suggests criminal behavior and it's an enhancing factor.
    Price said the state believes Coleman is a dangerous offender so he asked for her to receive consecutive sentences.
    "She (Coleman) never comes clean about what happened to Channon during those 24 hours," Price said.
    Defense argues for lighter sentences
    Defense attorney Theodore Lavit asked the judge to consider that Coleman didn't cause the victims' injuries, she was held against her will and she cooperated with the investigation as mitigating factors. He added that she had no prior criminal record.
    Coleman was at wrong place at wrong time, Lavit said. "She trusted the wrong people."
    Lavit argued for concurrent sentences for Coleman, rather than consecutive ones, saying she deserves a chance to rejoin her family and be a productive citizen.
    Other new trial hearings
    The attorneys for two of the other defendants were also granted dates for new trial hearings. Letalvis Cobbins' hearing is set for January, 28, 2011. George Thomas' hearing is set for March 25.
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    Texas mom in starving case changes plea to guilty

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    By JEFF CARLTON
    Associated Press Writer
    © 2010 The Associated Press
    July 30, 2010, 9:47AM

    DALLAS
    — A mother whose three children were found starving after being shut away in a Dallas hotel bathroom for as long as nine months changed her plea to guilty Friday, bringing her trial to a sudden end.
    Abneris Santiago's plea on the third day of her trial comes one day after she apologized to her 12-year-old daughter in a tearful courtroom reunion, saying she wasn't strong enough to stop the abuse.
    Sentencing is expected to happen later Friday. She faces up to life in prison on one charge of injury to a child.
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    FILE -This July 20, 2009 file photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office shows Abneris Santiago. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in Dallas for Santiago who is accused of starving three of her children kept locked in a hotel bathroom for as long as nine months. The 31-year-old woman's trial begins one day after co-defendant Alfred Santiago received a 99-year prison term for injury to a child and continuous sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Dallas County Sheriff's Office, File)
    Police last summer rescued the then 11-year-old girl and her two younger half brothers from a bathroom in an extended-stay hotel along one of Dallas' busiest freeways.
    The emaciated children, whose skeletal structures were visible beneath their flaky, stretched skin, were near death from chronic starvation. Authorities say the girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend.
    Alfred Santiago was convicted Tuesday of injury to a child and continuous sexual abuse. He was sentenced to two 99-year prison terms, to be served concurrently.
    The former couple share a last name but never were married.
    The children were rescued last summer only after Abneris Santiago's brother made the 1,200-mile drive from his home in Ohio, thinking he was going to rescue his sister from an abusive relationship. What he found at the hotel where the family lived was horrifying, Abner Santiago testified earlier in the week.
    His niece and nephews were so emaciated and sick that one immediately threw up the food their uncle gave him. They appeared to be nothing but skin and bones, the uncle said, with his niece having to hold up her pants to keep them from falling. Their clothes were ragged and their hair was falling out.
    A doctor testified in the earlier trial that one of the boys suffered brain atrophy from chronic starvation and that both brothers were terrified to use the bathroom once they were taken to a hospital. The oldest boy has been hospitalized three times since his rescue because he is suicidal.
    The youngest boy, who was 5 1/2 when rescued, weighed less than 30 pounds, or about the weight of a healthy 2-year-old.
    A 2-year-old child, the biological daughter of Abneris and Alfred, was found in the hotel room healthy and unharmed.
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    Investigation Keys on Amber White's Family Life And Associations

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    by Chrissi Coile
    The home life of Amber White, the 12-year-old girl who disappeared for two days last week, was unstable with too little parental supervision, said authorities who investigated her disappearance and sought to have her placed in a foster home.
    Information obtained by KTBS News shows that law enforcement and child-welfare workers who are continuing to investigate why Amber disappeared earlier this month believe she was in an unsafe environment at home due to the actions of adults around her:
    -- The man accused of having sex with Amber while she was missing was a friend of Amber's father and spent a lot of time with the father and child. They spent time at their respective homes and around the pool at the mobile home park where the Whites live, authorities believe.
    -- A relative of one of the Whites had expressed concerns about that man hanging around Amber.
    -- Child welfare workers have "strong suspicions" of drug abuse by people who associated with Amber.
    -- Witnesses told Shreveport police that Amber willingly got into a car the day she disappeared and had done that before.
    In a Caddo Juvenile Court hearing on Wednesday, a judge ordered Amber and her 9-year-old sister to remain in a foster home.
    Amber's parents, James and Karen, declined comment today on the allegations, citing a gag order from the judge.
    Amber disappeared weekend before last. Two and a half days later, she was dropped off at a Shreveport convenience store. Investigators have not said how many places they believe Amber stayed while she was gone.
    Two people have been arrested in the case: Henry Elliott Lee is jailed on child-rape charges. Police have accused him of having sexual relations with the girl and letting her stay with him knowing police were conducting an extensive search for the missing girl. Brandon Player, 19, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Police said Amber got in the car with him.
    Shreveport police, the district attorney's office and state-child welfare workers are conducting investigations. The case could go before the Caddo Parish grand jury later this summer.Read more at www.ktbs.com

    200,000 want Baby Brianna's body freed

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    This comes eight years after her death
    Updated: Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010, 1:14 PM MDT
    Published : Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010, 6:55 PM MDT


    DONA ANA, N.M. (KRQE) - There is now a worldwide effort to honor Brianna Lopez, the 5-month-old Doña Ana girl killed by her family in 2002.
    Eight years after her death, the tomb of Baby Brianna, as she is affectionately called, is locked up in a cage in the Doña Ana Cemetery. The cage was put up by Brianna's family to reportedly keep the community out.
    There is now a petition circulating around the world to get the cage removed. That petition has been signed by 202,254 people so far and continues to grow.
    The Doña Ana County District Attorney's Office and a non-profit organization, The Remember Me Foundation, are leading the effort.
    "It's been very challenging," Chief Deputy District Attorney Amy Orlando told KRQE News 13. "Nobody seems to claim the cemetery, so finding the owner to try to get them to agree to remove it has been very difficult."
    Orlando said a DA's investigator has been assigned to find out who the cemetery belongs to. They also want to find out what rights Brianna's family has.
    After Brianna's death on July 19, 2002, no family members claimed Brianna's body. Instead, the community raised money and paid for her funeral and burial in a pauper's grave.
    Brianna's family erected the cage surrounding it a short time later and put a lock on it, preventing anyone from leaving mementos.
    "The one person we have been dealing with at the cemetery is the groundskeeper," Orlando said. "He has to try to respect their wishes somewhat. He tells us they have obtained an attorney."
    The DA's office isn't sure how far this fight will go. If an owner can't be determined, it's possible a judge may be asked for a court order to remove the cage.
    Right now the DA's office isn't sure if that will be overstepping its legal bounds. But it's clear this fight isn't going to end any time soon.
    "So many people have not let it go," Orlando said. "When the cage went up they were outraged saying that's horrible, but instead of letting it go, the world has just gotten involved and will not let it go.
    "Nobody cared for her in life. Even in death the family is not letting her be loved or be honored. We just want to give her respect".
    Read more at www.krqe.com
    Also see: Baby Brianna Petition and Story 

    Attorney: New Law Prevents Baez From Stepping Down

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    POSTED: 5:21 pm EDT July 29, 2010
    UPDATED: 5:40 pm EDT July 29, 2010
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. --
    Attorney Jose Baez insists the foreclosure on his Kissimmee home will not affect his defense of Casey Anthony.
    Baez said he has no desire to leave the capital case despite financial trouble.
    Legal experts said they doubt Baez would even be allowed to withdraw from the case.
    An amendment went into effect this month in Florida that bans judges from appointing attorneys where an indigent client has already retained and paid a lawyer. Experts said the idea is to prevent a private attorney from pulling out once a client’s money runs out.
    Criminal defense attorney Jeff Deen said Baez may have a tough time juggling this high-profile case along with his personal money challenges. Deen said Baez would not be allowed to withdraw as Anthony’s lead attorney.
    “He's in now. I would be shocked if Judge Perry let anyone withdraw now,” said Deen.
    Deen said the new law, enacted this year by the Florida legislature, was enacted in response to the Anthony case.Read more at www.wesh.com

    Oregon man gets 15 years for 1.1M child porn images

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who federal prosecutors said had the largest collection of child pornography they have ever found in the state has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    Dewey Burr of Hillsboro pleaded guilty last March to distribution of child pornography after his arrest last year.
    The FBI said investigators found 1.1 million images of child pornography on his computer, including graphic images of babies and toddlers being sexually abused.
    Federal prosecutors said the 51-year-old Burr admitted that he viewed and traded child pornography on a daily basis and had been collecting images for a long time.
    Burr was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.
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    Change of Venue is Requested in Manwill Case

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    Boise, Idaho-- More legal maneuvering in the case against Melissa Jenkins and Daniel Ehrlick. Both are accused in the murder of 8 year old Robert Manwill.

    Now, Ehrlick's lawyer is asking for a change of venue. He says media coverage has tainted any possibility of finding an unbiased jury.  He also claims the media has released information, like sealed grand jury proceedings, that likely won't be allowed at trail.   Plus, he believes there are people who feel so strongly Ehrlick is guilty, they'd lie about their past knowledge of the case just to get on the jury.
      
    The prosecutor says the claims are just a scare tactic.  The judge says she won't move the trail out of Ada County but she is still considering selecting a jury form out of the area. The next hearing is set for August 19th.

    Read more at www.fox12idaho.com
     

    Starved girl says mother's boyfriend offered candy bars as reward after rapes

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    11:45 AM CDT on Thursday, July 29, 2010
    By JENNIFER EMILY / The Dallas Morning News
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    A Dallas girl who was raped and slowly starved in a filthy motel bathroom said she came to associate food with the sexual abuse because of the reward her mother's boyfriend offered afterward: a candy bar.
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    Abneris Santiago
    "Sometimes, the girl would not eat because it gave her bad memories," forensic interviewer Jesse Gonzales said while testifying today during the mother's trial.
    Abneris Santiago is accused of doing nothing to stop the abuse of the girl, who was 11 years old and weighed 59 pounds last July when she and her younger brothers were rescued from the Budget Suites near Dallas Love Field. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.
    The woman's boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, was convicted Tuesday and sentenced to 99 years in prison for sexually abusing the girl and denying her food.
    Sometimes rather than eating the small amounts of food she was given, the girl would hide it in shampoo bottles or in towels or give it to her brothers, then 5 and 10. When Alfredo Santiago found the food, he beat the girl, she said.
    Her mother was also beaten, the girl told the forensic interviewer from the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. She described one incident where Alfred Santiago choked her mother and threw her to the ground when she told him to free the children.
    Robin Rowland, one of the Dallas police officers who freed the children, said the first thing they wanted to do was eat.
    She said all three "huddled" around a strawberry cake and ice cream and devoured them "like they hadn't eaten in a while."
    They ate until police said it was time to go.
    Rowland, a former patrol officer who is now an auto theft detective, said that later that day at the advocacy center, Abneris Santiago showed little interest in her three emaciated children and focused on the healthy 1-year-old that she shares with Alfred Santiago. The father had already been arrested.
    "There didn't seem to be much concern about the other children," Rowland said. "She seemed removed, withdrawn."
    After the family had been at the advocacy center for a while, Rowland said she was told to limit the mother's involvement with the older children. But Rowland said she never had to ask Abneris Santiago to stay away.
    The officer also said that the mother never indicated that day that Alfred Santiago abused her, as well.
    Abneris Santiago was arrested the following day.
    Read more at www.dallasnews.com

    Mother of missing 2-year-old speaks out (Sylar Newton) Video

    Kyron Horman-Interview with his biological parents

    On Tuesday-July-27,2010 the Multnomah County Sheriff Office held a press conference about the updates on the Kyron Horman case. Not much details of the case were given. The reward has been double from 25,000 to 50,000 dollars.

    http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2010-07/1276/37069/Sheriff_office_HormanPress072710.pdf

    The detective talked about the hours spent and the money. Then Desiree, the biological mother, gave a short statement. Many felt let down with all the hype put on about the press conference. Then later that night, the Oregonian did a wonderful interview with the parents.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/07/day_of_kyron_hormans_disappear.html

    Two days after Kyron goes missing, They are asked to give polygraphs. Terri Horman's (step mother of Kyron) was Monday. Kaine and Desiree's were Tuesday.

    They were asked about Terri's time line. They stated they are hearing things they themselves have never heard of. They didn't know anything about Terri stopping at a grocery store. Some facts they have they had gotten from Terri. For instance-that Terri was venting and indicating that her cell phone was pinging somewhere where she wasn't. Terri also stated she was driving around with Kiara. They do not know if that story is true either.

    Kaine left for work roughly at 7:45 A.M. Had a short chat with Kyron outside and told him he loved him. Kaine left work at 1:45 P.M. and got home a little after 2:00 P.M. Its a 20 minute ride home. Terri was sitting on her chair on her laptop computer. He assumes she was on Face Book. At 1:20 Terri was posting pics on Face Book about Kyron and the science fair.

    Terri used Kaine's truck that day. She said it was to take the science project and using it to pick it up later. The project was to be on display until 10 A.M. The reports were done on Thursday at the school. She left without the project. Terri emailed Desiree and wanted to know if she could see it and wanted to know so she could pick it up. Kaine stated,"Why would she go drop him off and then leave him there and not pick up the science project?" That's a question we all ask ourselves, why did she do that?

    To Kaine and Desiree, Terri's story is all over the place. Terri was home when Kaine got home. She showed him the photos and talked about the science fair. It was nothing out of the ordinary for them at that time. Terri was very communicative with Desiree that day. She received 3 or 4 emails from her . Neither of them really knows what she was doing that June 4th.

    The reporter asked Desiree what time Dede Spicher and Terri met up on that day. Desiree and Kaine did not know that they had met up and Desiree asked, "Do you have a source for that?" Desiree says she has motherly instincts that kicked in. Just a motherly feeling inside when Terri is acting smug or not co-operating with the investigation and her actions about Kyron. Her and Kaine feel she is hiding where Kyron is. They also think her friends are hiding her state of mind and Terri's communications with them on that day or after. They think her friends might have information and are hesitant to come forward.

    Dede is a good friend of Terri's. Dede put together Terri's 40th birthday party for them. She would come out every 6 months for a visit with Terri. Kaine saw her very seldom but thought she was a very nice person. He really doesn't know Dede that much.

    They were asked about Terri's lies. Desiree responded "we can't really talk about that". Kaine said that one of her lies was that Terri and Desiree were friends, not true. He also said that the statement Terri gave about him hiring Desiree to watch Kyron is also not accurate.
    Desiree stated that Terri was never honest about what really happened about the affair with Kaine. They stated everything Terri has said in the first year or two has been all made up. Kaine said that in the year 2005, is when he started to miss things about Terri.

    Terri was drinking and had substance abuse. Kaine doesn't believe there was illegal drugs involved, he thinks it was just miss use of aspirin and fat burners. For approximately 6 months she was drinking behind his back. Then a DUI occurred. She also said she had postpartum depression which was never diagnosed by a doctor. Terri was seeing a doctor and taking some kind of medicine but Kaine is not sure what it was. Kaine said the muscle show, drinking and Terri's PPD made it worse, her depression and her unexplained actions. Desiree stated," This is not a side effect of postpartum depression", One would have to agree with her on that.

    When asked about the money Terri had retained her lawyer with Kaine responded," Good question,I want to know the answer to that too".

    Kaine is not at work full time yet. He doesn't want to give the information out on Kiara, which is a smart move on his part. He did say that Kiara does not ask for Terri. Kaine stated that Kiara's demeanor has changed. Kaine did not want to answer when or where he met Terri. He does not know if she was taking steroids or not. He stated that she went from 185 pounds to 123 pounds in 2005. The weight lost occurred from January till April, she lost a total of 62 pounds in four months. Terri is 5' 6" tall. She competed only one time in a muscle contest.

    James who is Terri's biological son, lives in Roseburg. He spends summers with his dad. Kaine said his relationship with James was good. That any problems they had was James being a typical teen-ager and Kaine trying to be a good father. Kaine stated it was Terri and James who butted heads. Kaine said he had to butt in and be a moderator between James and Terri. He said he had a lot of work and responsibility with the relationship between James and Terri.

    Kaine and Desiree shared their time with Kyron. Desiree had Kyron every other weekend and split holidays. Summer vacation was split between the two families. This is a practice they just started doing. Kyron was still getting use to this situation. Kyron was asking to stay with Desiree last year.

    We need justice for Kyron. Where is he? Terri, its time for you to come clean and let this child go home to his parents. Be a human and tell where he is!
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