Girl, 5, On 911 Call: 'My Daddy Shot My Mommy'

A judge is now deciding where a 5-year-old girl should go after witnessing the killings of her mother and her grandmother in their Sunrise home Sunday, as police release the emergency calls for help from the shootings.

Police believe Marcus Trotman fatally shot his wife, Danielle, 30, and her mother, Linda Scudera, 56, on Sunday at a home in the 4000 block of Del Rio Way before killing himself.

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The 30-year-old woman's 5-year-old daughter, Angelique, witnessed the shootings, ran next door and called 911 with the help of a neighbor."It was a shoot and then my daddy shot my mommy and then he shoot my grandma, and now my daddy's dead. My grandma's dead," the child told a 911 dispatcher."Is she injured in any way?" the dispatcher asked the neighbor.


Police: Norwalk Mother 'Overwhelmed,' Assaulted 5-Month-Old Daughter

A 22-year-old woman charged with fracturing her 5-month-old daughter's skull, arms and ribs allegedly told police she assaulted the baby because she was "stressed" and "overwhelmed" with the responsibilities of caring for an infant, a police spokesman said Friday.

Jamie E. Lane admitted to squeezing the baby on multiple occasions in an attempt to get her to stop crying, police spokesman Lt. Paul Resnick said. Lane, 22, and the baby had been living with Lane's boyfriend and parents at a house on 5 Avenue E, he said.

On Sunday, the baby was taken by Lane's parents to Norwalk Hospital, where she was admitted and evaluated by emergency room staff.

'We want to celebrate her 21st birthday… three years too late': Father of Amanda Knox speaks out on eve of appeal verdict


Last updated at 2:29 PM on 25th September 2011

As a verdict in Amanda Knox's appeal against her conviction for murdering British student Meredith Kercher draws closer, the American student's father has said he is hopeful his daughter will soon be returning home.

Curt Knox, 49, added that his family were determined to make up for the four years they had lost together.

'During one of my last visits I sat holding her hands. She asked me, 'What are the 10 things you want to do when I get home?'

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Holly Bobo's family expresses frustration


Inside Holly Bobo's home, Holly's mother Karen Bobo starts each day the same way, with a call to the TBI.

"I call every day and ask 'is there anything you can tell me today,'" Bobo said.

For the last two months, she's been getting the same reply.

"Of course their answer is not today. We're just not hearing anything and of course almost six months into it just gets more frustrating every day and harder every day," Bobo said.

That's not the only thing frustrating the Bobo's. First there are the constant rumors, calls and visits from psychics claiming they have answers, and even friends wanting to help.

"I do kind of get in these panic attacks when I have to leave the house. Being out in public and thinking everybody is looking at me," she said.


Aliayah Lunsford Still Missing on Day 7

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 ; 06:33 PM
Updated Friday, September 30, 2011; 06:57 PM

By Stacy Jacobson

WESTON -- Seven days have gone by without locating Aliayah Lunsford, 3. And with the Friday weather cool-down, the search is turning desperate.

"That's a long time for a child to survive in this kind of environment without food, water and shelter and exposed to the elements," FBI Special Agent Jeff Killeen said.

Volunteer search and rescue crews and K-9 units re-combed the West Fork River and its banks Friday. The FBI said law enforcement is surveying the area separately, looking for any clues or evidence.

But the question of what happened to Aliayah remains and the possibility of eventual charges is becoming more probable.

"There's going to be some type of consequence. In all likelihood it's going to be a criminal consequence," Defense Attorney Tom Dyer said. Law enforcement sought legal advice from Lewis County Prosecutor Gary Morris Friday and briefed him on the case.

Defense Attorney Tom Dyer has offered his services for free to anyone who comes forward with information on Aliayah's whereabouts. He said coming forward is in the best interest of a potential perpetrator.


Mother of Baby Gabriel found incompetent to stand trial

Sept. 30, 2011 03:27 PM
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A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge on Friday found Elizabeth Johnson, mother of Baby Gabriel, incompetent to stand trial.

But Judge Paul McMurdie also ruled that her condition could be restored to the point that she could eventually stand trial. He ordered a further report on her condition to be completed within 60 days.

At issue was whether Johnson, a 25-year-old Tempe resident charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and child abuse, was competent to participate in her defense and understand the proceedings.

Four of five doctors who evaluated Johnson found her to be incompetent. Of those, three determined she could be restored to competency with medicine and counseling.


Amanda Knox awaits verdict


As American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, await a verdict on their appeal against their murder convictions in a Perugia courtroom, the family of victim Meredith Kercher remembers her and hopes for justice. (Sept. 30) (The Associated Press)


Casey Anthony Jailhouse Reaction Video: Part 2 - Casey Anthony Extended Coverage - WESH Orlando

Casey Anthony Jailhouse Reaction Video: Part 2 - Casey Anthony Extended Coverage - WESH Orlando

Casey Anthony Jailhouse Reaction Video: Part 1 - Casey Anthony Extended Coverage - WESH Orlando

Casey Anthony Jailhouse Reaction Video: Part 1 - Casey Anthony Extended Coverage - WESH Orlando

Couple Accused of Raping Daughter During Supervised Visit

A woman whose daughter was murdered while in foster care in 2009 has, along with her husband, been charged with raping another daughter during a supervised visit at the Trumbull County Children's Services Center.

Felicia and Cody Beemer both pleaded innocent to rape charges in Warren Municipal Court Friday and are being held in Trumbull County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Allegations are that the couple raped their one-year-old, biological daughter during what was supposed to be a supervised visit at the Children's Services center on Reeves Road in Warren.

Family members discovered the rape when they found images on Cody Beemer's cell phone.


Powell sons need stability, security and love; counseling will help them cope with upheaval, child advocate says

SALT LAKE CITY — In the span of almost two years, the sons of Josh and Susan Powell have endured more loss and instability than some people experience in a lifetime.

The boys, ages 4 and 6, need nurturing and a sense of security as they cope with the latest changes in their lives — being placed in the care of their maternal grandparents, Chuck and Judy Cox, after a brief stay in foster care, experts say.

The boys were removed from their father's custody last week following the arrest of their paternal grandfather, Steven Powell, on charges of voyeurism involving children.

"First and above all, a child needs to feel love, that they're protected and everything is going to be OK," said Bonnie Peters, executive director of the Family Support Center.


Who's looking out for Susan Powell's kids?

When a Pierce County judge ruled this week that missing Puyallup mom Susan Cox Powell's 4 and 6-year-old sons should live with Susan's parents instead of her husband Josh, she did it based on the advice of a child advocate known as a guardian ad litem or court appointed special advocate (CASA).

Susan Powell went missing two years ago, her husband, Josh, has been a person of interest in the disappearance. Last week, Josh's father, Steven, was arrested at his Puyallup home, where he lived with his son and grandsons, for child pornography.

In difficult situations like this, the person looking out for the Powell boys is usually a volunteer, because there isn't enough money, or professionals, to go around.


Candlelight Vigil Held for Missing Child

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 22:29Written by Zach MaskellThursday, 29 September 2011 21:51

As the search continues for Aliayah Lunsford, folks met up Thursday night to sing, pray and tell stories. The community and supporters had a candlelight vigil to show her the way back home.

"We were on Facebook Saturday, and about an hour after that we were up here. I just thought it would take, you know, a couple minutes to find her," said Margaret Blake.

"My sister and my family and I have searched the past couple of days, trying to help out as much as we could," Mary Good explains. "I just wish somebody had an answer. I have no idea. My heart aches. I'm a mother and would give anything to find her myself."

"We pray for her everyday, for her safety. And if she's not alive, we pray that someone finds her to give the community closure, let alone the family," explained Marsha Williston.

Folks all across the East Coast have joined in on the search, but since day one, it's evident members of the community came together.

Police: Orlando teen mom, toddler missing

Orlando police are trying to find a teen mom and her young daughter who went missing Thursday night.

Elizabeth Joseph, 17, and Ashiya Joseph, 11 months, were last seen about 11:20 p.m. leaving their residence in the 400 block of McFall Avenue.

Elizabeth, who takes medication for depression, did not take her medicine with her, police said. She is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue denim Capri pants, a red shirt and white rubber slippers. She also was wearing her hair in a ponytail.

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UPDATE: Stepfather Charged with Murder Will Represent Himself

Posted: Sep 26, 2011 2:18 PM EDTUpdated: Sep 26, 2011 11:26 PM EDT

By Nina Harrelson and Andrea

A Scottsbluff man has waived his preliminary hearing after being charged in the death of his 8-year-old stepdaughter, who police say he admitted to killing. He has also decided to represent himself without an attorney.

Thirty-two-year-old Salvador Carlos Lopez appeared Monday in Sioux County Court on first-degree premeditated murder charges in the death of Kerra Wilson. Investigators found Kerra's body Thursday evening in a remote area of Sioux County after a rancher reported seeing something suspicious.

Lopez allegedly admitted to police Friday that he murdered Kerra, court documents show.


Psychologist: Carmela Dela Rosa Did Not Have Psychosis In August in killing of Angelyn Ogdoc, two and half year old baby and grandchild, Angelyn Ogoc,

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The trial of a Virginia grandmother accused of tossing her two-year-old granddaughter from a sixth-level pedestrian bridge at Tysons Corner started on Thursday with talk about her mental state.

Carmela dela Rosa had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and had four suicide attempts last year, according her doctors. She was hospitalized last year after one attempt and tried to kill herself two months before throwing her granddaughter Angelyn off the bridge.


Photo of Powell ‘noose’; More porn allegations emerge


Hangman’s noose, exercise equipment handle — or art object?

That latest description of a knotted rope apparently came hours after it was referenced in a custody court hearing for the children of missing Utah mother Susan Powell.

In a story that aired Thursday morning, ABC News correspondent Abbie Boudreau said "overnight ABC News got exclusive access to the home where Josh Powell lived with his two young sons."

Inside, she said the station got a "glimpse" of what Asst. Attorney General John Long referred to in a Pierce County, Wash. courtroom Wednesday as a "hangman’s noose."

The short clip begins in a darkened hallway at the top of a staircase and then enters what appears to be a lighted storage room. The camera focuses on a wood frame leaning against a shelf packed with books and other items. A noose-like rope dangles over the frame; next to it hangs what appears to be a papier-mâché figure.


Neighbors Concerned for Missing Girl's Safety; Volunteers Continue to Search

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 18:34Written by Nicole PorterThursday, 29 September 2011 17:23

The disappearance of 3-year-old Aliayah Lunsford has turned the small town of Bendale upside down.

"Bendale has never had an incident like this before; hopefully never will again," says Jeanie Stutler, a Dennison Street resident.

The situation is bringing thousands to Dennison Street.

"The volunteers have been around our house, and actually, we've had authorities in our house, coming to speak with us and take statements. They're trying diligently to find her and get to the bottom of this situation," she says.

But for now, they don't have many clues to go on.


Press Conf from 9/29/11

Govt. offers $50,000 reward for kidnapped 10-year-old

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Colombia's Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon has offered a reward of $100 million COP (over $50,000) for any information leading to the rescue of a 10-year-old daughter of a local mayor kidnapped in Colombia's north east Thursday.

The Minister slammed the kidnappers as "cowardly" and "miserable" for endangering the life of such a young child. The girl is the daughter of the mayor of Fortul, a village in the north east Colombian department of Arauca.

A combined military and police operation is currently under way in the area surrounding the girl's village in the hopes of rescuing or securing the release of the child.


Ex-Model Who Cooked, Ate Husband's Body Parts Seeks Parole

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- A former model convicted of killing her husband, then cooking and eating his remains wants to get out of prison early.

Omaima Aree Nelson is seeking early release from her 27-years-to-life sentence for murdering William E. Nelson, 56, over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991.

Nelson is scheduled to appear at a parole board hearing next Wednesday in Chowchilla State Prison in Central California.


WVC Police chief says Susan Powell search nearing resolution


West Valley City Police Chief Buzz Nielsen talked with FOX 13 news about the Susan Cox Powell investigation and says he believes they are nearing a resolution in the case.

"We're right at the point now where, I'm just really optimistic. Things are going to move, we just have other things that are popping and going and moving,” said Nielsen.


Komisarjevsky jurors hear details of Jennifer Hawke-Petit’s death

Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011; Last Updated: Thu. Sep 29, 2011, 1:36am

Fractures of Jennifer Hawke-Petit’s neck showed she died from strangulation, according to medical testimony today at the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky.

Dr. Susan Williams, a state associate medical examiner, gave her findings this morning. Jurors were shown photos of the autopsy,which was performed by Williams.

Williams said there was no soot in Hawke-Petit’s lungs, which proved she died before the fire swept through her home.


Man Tries to Lure Girl, Exposes Himself: Cops

Police say it happened Thursday morning while the girl was waiting at her bus stop.

By David Chang
| Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 | Updated 4:35 PM EDT

Police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to an underage girl after trying to lure her into his vehicle.

Police responded to the girl’s report Thursday morning around 6:45.

The girl told police that she was approached by a man while waiting at her bus stop on Rosedale and Ceredo Avenue in West Goshen.


Respected Defense Attorney Offers Services To Bring Search To An End

A noted defense attorney is offering his services to help bring a close to the search for a missing 3-year old girl.

Authorities handling the search for Aaliyah Lunsford have said from day 1 that they are not ruling out any possibilities in the girl's disappearance. The possibility remains that the girl was abducted and taken out of the area. Respected Clarksburg defense attorney Tom Dyer says if that's the case, whoever knows what happened may be in fear of the consequences. If anyone has taken the girl or knows where she is -- he is willing to help them. He will meet with you privately and arrange for the surrender. Dyer says he hopes his offer will bring an end to the suffering for the family and community while saving tax payer dollars and manhours being expended on the search. He's offering his services free of contact him call 677-0111.


18 days later, still no trace of a missing North Ogden teen

Updated: 1:33 am | Published: 9/28 9:51 pm
Reported by: Kylie Conway

NORTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A North Ogden teen has been missing now for 18 days. It’s almost as if Alexis Rasmussen just vanished.

“Yea…pretty much,” said Alexis’s motherDawn Miera.

Miero last spoke to her daughter nearly three weeks ago while Alexis was babysitting. Phone records show after she spoke to her mom the night of September 9th, Alexis sent a few text messages and then silence.


Cornelius mom gets probation for raising kids in alleged drug house

Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:06 PM Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:06 PM

Summary: A woman accused of child neglect while illegal drugs were being sold from a home where four children also lived has been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.

The case: On Sept. 8, the Westside Interagency Narcotics Teamraided a house in the 2200 block of Southwest Lafollett Road, south of Cornelius, and arrested two people. Investigators said the children's father, Eliazar Valencia-Valencia, 48, was selling drugs from the residence, and the mother, Maria Villadevalencia, knew about the activity. Valencia-Valencia was arrested on multiple accusations of unlawful possession, manufacture and delivery of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Villadevalencia, 49, was arrested on two counts of first-degree child neglect.

Three of the four children, who were under age 18 at the time of the raid, were placed in protective custody. Investigators said they recovered large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. Authorities said they also found $22,000 in cash and 10 firearms, one of which was stolen.


Jury pool in Paterson murder trial to be asked about Casey Anthony case


Prospective jurors in the upcoming trial of a Paterson man charged with murdering a National Guardsman from Woodland Park will be asked whether they followed the recent Casey Anthony trial and, if so, to share their thoughts about it.

Susan McCoy, Passaic County assistant deputy public defender, asked Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden-Brown to include the question as part of the overall inquiry into potential panelists’ backgrounds when jury selection begins Tuesday.

The judge agreed the questions about the recent high-profile case would help determine what potential panelists think about the presumption of innocence, reasonable doubt and the criminal justice system. She allowed the question to be asked, even though she said she suspected the provocative question could make the lengthy process of jury selection even lengthier.


James Waller application for deposition

Document: State anticipates murder charge against Clay Waller

Thursday, September 29, 2011 ~ Updated 2:51 PM
The state anticipates filing a murder charge against Clay Waller in connection to the disappearance of his wife Jacque Waller and will try to preserve testimony from Clay Waller's father that alleges he killed her, according to court documents.

Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle submitted an application Sept. 22 to preserve testimony from Clay Waller's father, James Clay Waller, Sr., that alleges Clay Waller confessed to killing his wife. A hearing before Cape Girardeau Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis Oct. 14 will decide if the testimony will be admissible in court.

Swingle anticipates a murder charge, but acknowledges Clay Waller is still part of a federal investigation and that Jacque Waller's body has not been found, according to the application.


DNA test results still pending in Keller case

SYCAMORE – Officials continue to wait for the results of DNA testing done in the case of the DeKalb man accused in the October 2010 slaying of Northern Illinois University student Antinette “Toni” Keller.

During a hearing Wednesday at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell said his office is awaiting the results of DNA testing. They are also continuing to review documents and evidence in the case.

“Numerous items collected during this investigation have been submitted to the Illinois State Police crime lab,” Campbell said. “We are still waiting for those results.”

Campbell declined to say how many and what types of items are being tested.


3 arrested after toddler swallows cocaine in North County

UPDATE 6:11 p.m.: The child ingested the cocaine orally because the drug was "left out where he could get to it," according to police.

The boy was showing symptoms of being under the influence of cocaine when officers arrived. Authorities are still investigating the incident.

5 NEWS UPDATE: Search for Aliayah, Day 6

A press conference was held at 2:00 pm in regards to the search for missing Aliayah. No new information has been made available at this time. Tune into First at 5:00 for the latest details.

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We are now into day six of the search for a missing 3 year old girl from Lewis County. She has not been seen since Saturday. Crews are back out again Thursday trying to find her.

As of right now the FBI still has not released a lot of information. They say they will have some information at 2:00 p.m. The area outside Aliayah Lunsford's Dennison Street house is still being searched. Helicopters could be heard in the area for the first time today.


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Video Shows Robyn Gardner Shortly Before Disappearance

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The “Today” show Monday aired surveillance video that shows Robyn Gardner, of Frederick, Md., at the restaurant where she was last seen in public before disappearing on Aug. 2.

Nothing seems amiss in the video from outside the Rum Reef restaurant, where Gardner arrived with her travel partner, Maryland businessman Gary Giordano, at 3:07 p.m. the day she disappeared

Both Gardner and Giordano, the suspect in her disappearance, are seen carrying blue plastic cups, which witnesses said contained vodka and orange juice. Twice Gardner is seen going to the bathroom – the second time appearing somewhat groggy. Before 4 p.m., Giordano is seen going to the rental car, blue cup in hand.


Father accused of breaking 3-year-old’s jaw

LOUISVILLE — A Louisville man is accused of abusing his 3-year-old son and breaking his jaw while he was living in Jeffersonville.

Troy J. Woods, 21, was charged July 27 with class B felony child neglect. He was arrested Wednesday morning in Louisville and was transported to Louisville Metro Corrections where he awaits extradition to Clark County.

At 5 p.m. July 15, Jeffersonville Police Department officers received a report of a 3-year-old boy at the Clark Memorial Hospital Emergency Room with severe injuries. He had bruising and scratches to the buttocks and hips, swelling to the face, bruising to the forearm and abrasions to the wrist. He was also lethargic and drooling blood, and X-rays later revealed he had a broken jaw, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Woods, who lived in the 400 block of Viking Place in Jeffersonville at the time, was questioned by police and an Indiana Department of Child Services case worker at the hospital.


Robber holds knife to 4-year-old boy in Santa Ana

Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:03 p.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Police in Santa Ana are looking for a man who stole a woman's purse after holding a knife to her 4-year-old son.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the victims were walking Wednesday morning when the robber grabbed the little boy by the waist, pulled a knife and held it against his abdomen.

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