8:44 p.m. EDT, September 30, 2011
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.
By LEE MORAN
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?'
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.
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.
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.
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.
6:11 a.m. EDT, September 30, 2011
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.
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.
BY BROOKE ADAMS
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Sep 29 2011 08:56PM
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.
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.
6:34 p.m. PDT, September 29, 2011
4:01 p.m. MDT, September 29, 2011
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.
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 charge.....to contact him call 677-0111.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/129693613.html