Man admits to significant role in murder of Jane Bashara (Video)

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Jacinto City: Man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old 'girlfriend' outside church

by staff
Posted on January 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

JACINTO CITY, Texas – A 20-year-old Houston man is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met at a church Bible study.

Jossue Daniel Garcia-Lopez is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

According to court documents, the girl’s mother called Jacinto City police on January 3, 2012, about a suspected sex assault that allegedly occurred in December.

The mother said she became concerned after the Bible-study instructor at the Templo Gethsemani Church called her, saying her daughter had disappeared briefly from a Bible study class on the night of December 23, 2011.

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Hermleigh Baby's Death Remains Unsolved

By: Snyder Daily News
Updated: January 31, 2012

Nearly two years after the murder of a Hermleigh baby, no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the death, and officials have no timeline for moving the case forward.

"The murder investigation of Makynli Hopkins is still active and will remain so indefinitely, since there is not a statute of limitation for murder," Scurry County Sheriff Darren Jackson said.

On March 4, 2010, her parents, Zach Hopkins and Cassie Harbin, called 911 and brought the 14-week-old baby to Snyder from the family home in Hermleigh, and met Scurry County EMS at a local motel.

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Dea Millerberg charged with corpse desecration in Alexis Rasmussen case

The Salt Lake Tribune

The Weber County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday filed a single count against Dea Millerberg in the case of Alexis Rasmussen, a North Ogden teen found dead in a shallow grave last October.

According to 2nd District Court documents, Millerberg was charged with third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a dead human body. No charges were immediately filed against Millerberg’s husband in the case of their 16-year-old babysitter’s September death.

Rasmussen, 16, was last seen Sept. 10 while babysitting for the Millerbergs, who have been called persons of interest in the case.

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Judge will not lower bond for mother of missing boy (Amir Jennings)

by Brian McConchie

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- A judge has denied a request to lower the bond for the mother of a South Carolina boy missing since Thanksgiving.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning on Tuesday ordered that Zinah Jennings continue to be held in the Richland County detention center on $150,000 bond. Click here to read Judge Manning's order.

Jennings has been in jail since late December, when police say they arrested her for lying about the whereabouts of her son, Amir. The boy was 18-months-old when his grandmother reported him missing in early December. Police say Jennings has fabricated multiple stories about where he is.

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Georgia To Execute Man for Slayings of Mother, Infant

By: Associated Press | WSAV-TV
Published: January 31, 2012

A Georgia prison inmate who has refused to challenge his death sentence was set to be executed Tuesday for leading a violent robbery that left a woman and her 3-year-old daughter slain at their Paulding County home.

Nicholas Cody Tate was scheduled to be put to death by injection at 7 p.m. in the state prison in Jackson for the murders of Chrissie Williams and her daughter Katelyn.

His case presents a host of challenges to Georgia's legal system because it has moved rapidly through the death penalty process. That's because Tate has refused to challenge his conviction and death sentence through habeas corpus appeals, a process that could have postponed his execution for years.

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Suspect identified after teen's body found over weekend (Huran Akil Dix)

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

AIKEN CTY., S.C. -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is searching for the man who allegedly killed a teen and buried him in the woods.

Investigators have named 24-year-old Christopher Nathaniel Parker as the suspect who killed 18-year-old Huran Akil Dix. Investigators say Dix was shot once in the back, then buried off of Dry Branch Road.

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Mom Of Girls On Street Faces Judge

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012, 12:33 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012, 12:29 PM EST
COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A mother accused of abandoning her two toddler daughters on a street corner told investigators she tried to leave them with their grandmother, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Dalisha Adams was arraigned on child endangerment charges, two days after 3-year-old Dioni and 2-year-old Dominae were found huddled on a Brooklyn street in winter coats, clutching clean diapers. They weren't far from their grandmother's home in the Bay View Houses, but police went door-to-door at the nearest building within the public housing complex and didn't come across anyone who recognized the girls.

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Bashara murder investigation (Video) New Details

Website supporting Josh Powell is taken down

The Salt Lake Tribune
First published 17 minutes ago
Updated 11 minutes ago

A website launched late last week by the family of Joshua Powell — which leveled child abuse allegations against the parents of missing West Valley City mother Susan Powell — was unavailable Tuesday and listed as "disabled."

The website claimed that Chuck and Judy Cox, who have temporary custody of their daughter’s two sons, either abused the boys or allowed them to come to harm.

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Remains ID'd as missing Henry County girl, 14

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Remains found in a wooded area in Henry County have been identified as belonging to a teenager reported missing nearly two years ago, police said Tuesday.

Anastasia Tarik Hill was reported missing March 6, 2010, the day before she turned 15 years old, Detective Thomas Stott with Henry County Police told the AJC. Hill was last seen at her Ellenwood home, her family told police.

On Nov. 19, 2010, remains were found in a wooded area along Ga. 138 in Stockbridge, about 10 miles from Hill's home.

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Sources confirm major break in Jane Bashara murder

Published On: Jan 28 2012 07:06:25 PM EST Updated On: Jan 31 2012 11:29:13 AM EST

Multiple sources have confirmed to the Local 4 Defenders that early Tuesday morning an individual walked into the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department, sat down with investigators and is giving key information about the murder of Jane Bashara.

Sources say this is a major break in the case.

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Officials: Ryan Brunn autopsy complete

Posted: Jan 30, 2012 4:59 PM EST
Updated: Jan 30, 2012 4:59 PM EST
By Jennifer Banks 

The autopsy is complete for a 20-year-old groundskeeper who committed suicide after he was convicted of molesting and murdering a 7-year-old Canton girl.

Click here to read the autopsy report.

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Possible charges coming today in Alexis Rasmussen case

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 31 2012 9:19 a.m. MST

OGDEN — The Weber County Attorney's Office has called for a 3 p.m. press conference today to discuss "recent developments" in the Alexis Rasmussen case.

There is wide speculation that charges will be announced at that time.

Rasmussen, 16, was last seen Sept. 10, 2011, when she went to the home of Eric and Dea Millerberg to allegedly baby-sit. Her body was found Oct. 18 in Morgan County.

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NJ woman accused of streaming kid sex abuse cries

7:51 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2012
The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey waitress cried in court Monday as she heard a prosecutor accuse her of "extreme sexual assault" on a 5-year-old girl she was baby-sitting and of streaming video of the abuse online.

Authorities say Jennifer Mahoney, 32, of Manalapan, laughed while she sexually assaulted the child, and again as she streamed the video to at least two other people. They say she confessed twice to different sets of investigators.

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Zahra Baker's birth mother clueless about daughter's ashes

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM
Updated today at 8:05 AM

SYDNEY -- The Australian mother of 10-year-old Zahra Baker who was murdered by her stepmother in North Carolina said Tuesday she has no idea what became of her daughter's ashes since the child's father brought them to Australia.

Attorney Shell Pearce said Monday that his client, Adam Baker, left the United States roughly two weeks ago at the behest of U.S. federal immigration officials, bringing the remains of his daughter, Zahra, with him for burial in Australia.

However, Vincent Picard, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an email Monday that Baker had "voluntarily departed" the U.S., which Pearce disputed.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement Tuesday that "Mr. Baker was deported from the United States to Australia in January." The department provided no other details.

Zahra's biological mother Emily Dietrich said her daughter's remains might have been buried in Australia without her knowledge.

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Defense Interrogates Investigators in Swartout Case

January 30, 2012
By Jennifer Richardson

EUGENE, Ore. -- After a weekend break, jurors in the Angelica Swartout murder are back listening to more testimony.

Swartout is accused of smothering her baby and dumping him in a dumpster.

The defense called a number of its witnesses Monday who back up claims that Swartout may not have been pregnant.

The defense called a handful of Springfield police officers and questioned them about being called out to the Crossland Motel the same night the alleged murder took place on an unrelated warrant.

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Mother, daughter receive May trial dates in McConniel case

9:48 PM, Jan. 30, 2012

MUNCIE -- A Muncie mother and daughter had a reunion of sorts on Monday, but it was under the worst of circumstances.

Angela Louise Rice Lee, 45, and her daughter, Samra Nicole Lee, 21, were arrested last week on charges stemming from the March 2010 death of Lauren McConniel.

Authorities say the 5-year-old Muncie girl became dangerously emaciated and was physically abused during the final seven months of her life, while living in a South Ebright Street house with her father, stepmother and the Lees -- Angela and her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Samra.

Lauren's stepmother, Brittany McConniel -- Angela Lee's daughter from an earlier relationship -- was sentenced to 50 years in prison last summer after being convicted of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

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Woman Wipes Out Savings to Help Joran van der Sloot

55-year-old Dr. Mary Hamer—yes, believe it or not she's a radiologist—has spent her own retirement fund on van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the murder of coed Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Hamer told INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney, "It's been very emotional. My life has been threatened. My savings are wiped out."

But incredibly, she's still obsessed with van der Sloot.

McInerney asked, "Joran has signed a confession. Do you still believe Joran is innocent?"

"Yes, I do. I believe Joran van der Sloot is innocent," replied Hamer.

"Why?" asked McInereny.

"I saw the pain in his face," said Hamer.


Police strongly deny report that Ayla Reynolds is dead

Waterville, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Boston television station is reporting tonight that investigators now believe that missing toddler Ayla Reynolds is dead.

However, Maine Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland says that report is completely untrue.


SOURCES: Police believe Bashara had contact with his wife on night she disappeared

GROSSE POINTE Park, Mich. (WXYZ) - Police sources are telling 7 Action News that the story Bob Bashara told them about the night his wife disappeared is unraveling.

Bob Bashara reported his wife missing at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He has maintained that he had not contact with her that night.

“I got home about five after 8:00 and she wasn’t around and I relaxed and figured she was out running an errand," Bob Bashara explained to 7 Action News on Thursday.

Teen accused of attacking teacher with hammer offered deal

An Orange County teenager accused of attacking a teacher with a hammer has been offered a plea deal, WFTV learned on Monday.

Diana Barfield's lawyer said she has challenged the deal.

Barfield's lawyer, Rosalind Johnson, said her 16-year-old client deserves help, not 18 months in prison.

Prosecutors said they're treating Barfield like an adult because she already served 18 months in juvenile detention.


Man accused of pulling gun on 8 year-old

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Clovis teacher accused of recording child molestation on cellphone

An elementary school teacher is facing federal charges on suspicion of molesting a 7-year-old student and using his cellphone to record the abuse.

The U.S. attorney's office Monday filed a criminal complaint against 43-year-old Neng Yang of Fresno, the Fresno Bee reported. He was arrested Friday.

Yang taught second grade at Freedom Elementary School in Clovis, a suburb of Fresno, and was removed from his job upon his arrest, the Bee reported.


Raw Video: Justin Adams Arraigned - Video - KOCO Oklahoma City

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Powells Post New Website Attacking Cox Family, West Valley Police

(KUTV) WASHINGTON - Relatives of Josh Powell have built a new website that attacks the family of Susan Cox Powell, as well the police in Washington, and Utah.

Josh Powell is the only person of interest named in the disappearance of his wife Susan Powell in December of 2009.

The website says it takes no prisoners. The family of Josh Powell says that Chuck Cox and his wife, who now have custody of the Powell's children, are extremely careless care takers.

And they say the West Valley City Police Department are "incompetent".

The website says that the Powell children have suffered two serious injuries, and the kids have ended up in the emergency room at least twice.


Judge delays decision on lower bond for mother of missing toddler

The mother of a missing Columbia toddler appeared in a Richland County courtroom this afternoon to ask a judge to reduce her $150,000 bond.

After hearing about 22-year-old Zinah Jennings’s psychiatric problems and pregnancy, Judge Casey Manning said he would decide later this week whether he will lower her bond.

Jennings dressed in the standard-issue navy blue garb handed to inmates at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center despite her attorney’s request that she be allowed to dress in street clothes.


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Two arrested after shooting at party

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Police Believe Missing Maine Toddler Dead Ayla Reynolds Blood Found, Police Say

Investigators who have spent six weeks looking for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds believe the missing Maine toddler is dead and have intensified the search for her body, Newscenter 5’s Michele McPhee reported Monday.The toddler’s blood was found splattered in the basement of 29 Violette Ave. in the Waterville home where Ayla was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro, Maine State Police said.

Ballwin woman admits to sexually abusing baby

Ballwin woman admits to sexually abusing baby

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Tessa Van Vlerah and a male professor from California have been charged with abusing the baby.


Magistrate closes Mishawaka High School assault case

SOUTH BEND — A magistrate's ruling Monday closed much of the trial of four Mishawaka High School students to the public, a similar decision that was made last week in the case of two others.

On Monday, Magistrate Harold E. Brueseke agreed with a prosecutor's motion to close certain parts of the case that alleges six different teens assaulted a male student in early 2010 at school.

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Teen claims she killed dad because of abuse 12-year-old killed dad in Katy in 2009


The trial of a teenager accused of killing her father was expected to go to a jury soon.

Attorneys for the now 15-year-old girl are hoping for a not guilty verdict. Prosecutors want a guilty verdict and are asking for 40 years in prison.

The girl was 12 years old when she shot her father while he was asleep.


Police: Accused Child Molester Leaves With Two Young Daughters

SALINAS, Calif- Police are looking for an accused child molester who may have ran away with his girlfriend and two kids, said police. Rene Cruz is wanted on an $800,000 warrant for child molestation and oral copulation of a child.

Rene Cruz and his girlfriend, Nelida Vega Gayton, lived at a home on the 700 block of Yucatan Way. Police say Gayton ran a daycare out of her home four years ago. One on the children, now 11-years-old, came forward to police and said that she was molested by Cruz.

Police believe that the couple's children, ages five and nine, may also be victims.


10-year-old boy arrested after allegedly pointing toy gun at woman

A 10-year-old boy was arrested after knocking on the door of a 67-year-old woman and pointing a toy gun at her.

The woman told Burbank police she thought the gun was real.

The boy, whose identity was not released because he is a minor, picked the house in the 1100 block of Evergreen Street in Burbank because the woman's grandson reportedly beat up his friend at school, Burbank police Lt. John Dilibert told the Burbank Leader.

The boy allegedly yelled "you suck" at the woman while pointing the gun at her and then running away, Dilibert said.


Who is the mystery man offering a reward for details in the Jane Bashara murder investigation?

Bond reduction denied for Oklahoma woman in porn case

Special Judge Dawson Engle made the decision Monday in the case of Kimberly Crain, who is charged with 23 felony counts, including manufacturing juvenile pornography, lewd molestation and aggravated possession of juvenile pornography.

District Attorney Richard Smothermon objected to Crain's bond reduction motion, saying there is no way to prevent her from leaving her house and coming into contact with victims and witnesses if she is free on bond.

Missing toddler's mother speaks about new developments in case

Trista Reynolds says news that her daughter's blood was found in her father's Waterville home came as a shock. On Saturday, Trista Reynold's family posted a news release on the website, stating investigators confirmed to them that blood found inside Justin DiPietro's home was Ayla's, and it was more blood than a small cut would produce.


Report: Pastor's toddler found wandering parking lot, parents arrested

By Mike Petchenik


An associate church pastor and his wife face charges after Alpharetta police said the parents left their three young children home alone while they went to church.

Jongkyu Kim, 37, and his wife, Myunghwah Jeong, 35, face reckless conduct charges stemming from the Jan. 26 incident.


New information expected in Rasmussen death case

Updated: 11:02 am | Published: 10:49 am
Written by: Dan Metcalf Jr.
Reported by: Brian Carlson

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Weber County prosecutor Dee Smith says he expects to release new information regarding the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen very soon.

Smith said the information would be released as early as Tuesday, but no later than Friday.

According to Smith, investigators were still coordinating with all the parties involved before announcing any charges or other information.

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Police look into death of 18-year-old

UPDATED: 1/30/2012 11:44 AM
By HALEY HUGHES - Staff writer

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating the homicide of an 18-year-old male who was found in the woods off Dry Branch Road.

Law enforcement officers found the body of Huran Akil Dix on Saturday night buried in a wooded area. The victim had been shot once in the back, according to the incident report.

He was reported missing by his mother earlier Saturday evening. She told police she last saw Dix on Friday when he asked her for money then left on a bicycle.

The victim's mother said it was very unusual for her to not hear from her son overnight. She also said that various people in the neighborhood told her they were sorry for "what happened to Huran," the incident report states, prompting her to file a missing persons report.

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Probation ordered in 'sextortion' case

South Bend Tribune
12:08 p.m. EST, January 30, 2012

NILES — The last of five Niles teenagers accused of what some have called “sextortion’’ received a probation sentence today in Berrien County Trial Court in Niles.

Although Judge Scott Schofield and Berrien Assistant Prosecutor Steve Pierangelia both said he deserved to go to prison like his co-defendants, Martell Miller, 18, of Niles, was ordered to three years of probation, with the first year to be spent in the county jail. He’ll receive credit for 134 days already served.

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Parents Arrested After Malnourished and Beaten Boy Found Naked in North Miami Beach Street

The parents of a severely malnourished North Miami Beach boy who was found badly beaten and naked in the middle of a street were behind bars Monday on charges of aggravated abuse and neglect of a child charges.

Marsee Strong, 34, and Edward Bernard Bailey, 40, were both arrested after their 9-year-old boy was found in the middle of the road by members of the community Saturday evening, according to a North Miami Beach Police report released Monday.


Dennis Edgecomb sentenced to 35 years in prison

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 41-year-old man from Belfast has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend to death back in 2010.

Dennis Edgecomb was sentenced Monday morning at Waldo County Superior Court. He initially pleaded not guilty to the murder charge but changed his plea to guilty in court Monday.


Billings man charged after 2 bodies found

Andrew Scott Denning of Billings has been booked in the Yellowstone County Detention Center on two counts of deliberate homicide.

Denning, 20, was arrested early Monday morning after two bodies were found in an apartment complex on Sunday.

The victims are a 21-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman.

Billings police say that once on scene at the Ponderosa Acres Apartment complex, located at 1301 Industrial Avenue, they discovered "suspicious deaths."


Investigators: No evidence Ayla Reynolds was abducted

Family members of the missing toddler were told by police that the amount of the girl's blood found in the basement where her father slept was "more than a small cut would produce" but police declined today to say how much blood was discovered.

Police confirmed Sunday night that blood was found in the Waterville home and that some of it came from the missing girl, Ayla Reynolds.


Emotional Candlelight Vigil Held for Slain Mom

With song and prayer, family and friends of a 22-year-old mother of two whose body was found dumped off a Los Angeles area freeway last week, held a candlelight vigil on Sunday.

Bree-Anna Guzman's grief stricken 5-year-old daughter kissed her mother’s picture, the centerpiece of a makeshift memorial outside a Lincoln Heights Rite Aid, the location Guzman was last seen on Dec. 26 when she made a trip there to buy cough drops.


Man found not guilty of murder in stepson's death

Man found not guilty of murder in stepson's death

SHELBY, N.C. -- Dwight Justice was found not guilty of murdering his 2-year-old stepson, Jeremiah, in February of 2009.

The jury ruled Justice was, however, guilty of the first degree child abuse charge, a lesser charge than the first degree murder felony Swafford was facing.


Human Skull Found in Hollywood Canal

Divers with Hollywood Police were heading back to a canal Monday to resume their search for human remains after a group of teens found a human skull while swimming Saturday, authorities said.

Hollywood Police Lt. Diana Pereira confirmed Monday the skull found in the area of 56th Avenue and Douglas Street was indeed human.


Parents of missing IU student Lauren Spierer: ‘We want to know what happened’

On Jan. 17, Lauren Spierer’s parents and her sister sat in the missing Indiana University student’s bedroom at home in New York and celebrated her 21st birthday.

The Spierers focused not on Lauren being gone from their lives for nearly eight months, but instead shared her enthusiasm for life and the joy she brought to people around her.

They reminisced about how Lauren was an early baby; Charlene and Robert Spierer had just finished their last Lamaze class and taken the official tour of the hospital. The next day, she was born.


Adam Baker deported to Australia with Zahra's remains

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Adam Baker, father of the ten-year-old girl killed and dismembered in Hickory in 2010, has been deported back to Australia, his attorney told WBTV.

On Monday morning, WBTV learned that Baker was quietly deported back to his home country nearly two weeks ago. His attorney, Shell Pearce, said that Baker had been held on an immigration detainer while he was in court on various charges.


Adam Baker deported to Australia with Zahra's remains

Posted: Jan 30, 2012 10:14 AM EST
Updated: Jan 30, 2012 10:45 AM EST
By Chris Dyches, Web Content Produce

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Adam Baker, father of the ten-year-old girl killed and dismembered in Hickory in 2010, has been deported back to Australia, his attorney told WBTV.

On Monday morning, WBTV learned that Baker was quietly deported back to his home country nearly two weeks ago. His attorney, Shell Pearce, said that Baker had been held on an immigration detainer while he was in court on various charges.

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Baby brain dead after attack by his father, North Miami police say

A North Miami man is under arrest after he beat his 4-month-old son so severely that the doctors have declared the child brain dead, police said.

A judge on Friday ordered a $200,000 bond for Yosi Mahlab, 30, who is facing a charge of aggravated child abuse. Mahlab will likely be charged with murder if Javon, the baby, dies from his injuries.


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Cleveland County jury to resume deliberations in toddler's beating death trial

A Cleveland County jury is expected to resume deliberations today in the case of a man accused in the beating death of his 2-year-old stepson.

Dwight Stacy Justice, 45, is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of Jeremiah Swafford. Justice's wife, Kathy Lynn Swafford, faces similar charges and will be tried in March.


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'Mommy left us on the sidewalk and drove away': Mother arrested for leaving kids aged 3 and 5 on street with just extra diapers

A mother who abandoned her two daughters aged just three and five on the street with only a few extra diapers has been arrested.

Dalisha Adams, 26, of Brooklyn, was picked up by police on Sunday night after leaving her children on a street in Brooklyn near a busy intersection around 3pm.

A woman came across them and stayed with the young girls until police arrived.

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Mother of missing SC toddler expected in court

An attorney for Zinah Jennings is expected to tell a judge during a hearing in Columbia on Monday that his 22-year-old client is pregnant and mentally ill and should be released from jail because she needs medical care.

Hemphill Pride II says Jennings has been ordered to have treatment for her mental illness for a year and has been told to take Risperdal, which is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. He also said she needs prenatal care.


Man charged with abandonment of corpse

Dad charged with taping baby thanks church for help

A man charged with child abuse for allegedly binding his 23-month-old daughter’s eyes, mouth, feet and hands with tape and posting the picture on Facebook thanked members of a South Side church he said helped get him out of jail.

Andre Curry, 21, was released from jail Friday night after being held for a month on aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint charges.

Torrey Barrett, pastor of the Life Center Church of God in Christ visited Curry about three days after he was locked up.


Husband of slain Grosse Pointe woman failed polygraph, police source says

Grosse Pointe Park— A popular community volunteer failed a polygraph test about the murder of his wife, but his friends and family said he was incapable of being involved in the death.

Robert Bashara, 54, didn't pass the lie detector test administered by police Friday, a police source told The Detroit News on Sunday.

The specific question or questions he allegedly answered untruthfully weren't known.

Bashara has been identified by police as the only person of interest in the death of his wife. He is the son of the late George Bashara, who was a state appellate court judge and president of Wayne State University.


Police hope to question man who admitted to killing Depies

MENASHA - Nearly 20 years ago, Laurie Depies disappeared from the Town of Menasha.

Police want to question a man who already has confessed to killing her.

Larry Hall is a convicted child kidnapper.

He already is serving time in a North Carolina prison.

No one has found Depies' body.


Mother of Stalking Victim Wants Stricter Laws In Tennessee

Father accused of beating teen son over bad grades

An Orange County father is accused of beating his teenage son in a fight over bad grades.

Investigators said 43-year-old Bertram Castell repeatedly hit his son inside their Ocoee home on Tumblewater Boulevard on Thursday.

Ocoee police said the boy got into a fight with his mother over his grades before the incident.


Blood found at missing toddler's home is Ayla Reynolds'

WATERVILLE — Blood found by police at Ayla Reynolds' home belongs to the missing toddler.

Police confirmed the information Sunday night. It was first posted earlier Sunday on, a website maintained by Ayla's maternal family in Portland.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Sunday night said that testing has revealed that at least some of the blood samples that were found in the home during a December search belong to Ayla.


Grandfather speaks out about developments in Ayla case

Blood found, suspicion cast in missing Maine toddler case

Susan Candiotti CNN
Published On: Jan 28 2012 01:42:08 PM EST Updated On: Jan 28 2012 08:01:40 PM EST

(CNN) -
Maine police revealed Saturday that blood was found in missing toddler Ayla Reynolds' basement and, for the first time, cast doubt on the accounts of adults who were in the home when she was last seen -- saying they don't "pass the 'straight-face' test in Maine."

"We feel they know more than they're telling us," said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Investigators found the blood during their initial search of the Waterville, Maine, house, though they did not specify how much blood there was and where exactly in the basement it was located. Determining whose blood it is is "a top priority of the crime lab," McCausland said.

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Father, 3-year-old twin daughters found dead

By: ZACHARY REID | Richmond Times Dispatch
Published: January 28, 2012
Updated: January 29, 2012 - 12:45 AM

A 40-year-old man and his 3-year-old twin daughters were found dead in their Mechanicsville home by Hanover County deputies Saturday after the department responded to a call about suspicious deaths at the residence.

At 3:36 p.m., the sheriff’s office received an emergency call about the home off Mechanicsville Turnpike near Lee-Davis High School. When officers arrived, they found the man and the girls dead, said Sgt. Chris Whitley, a spokesman for the department.

Whitley did not reveal the cause of death and did not immediately release the names of the victims. He said the county medical examiner was investigating and that the names were being withheld pending notification of family.

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Ayla’s parents meet at vigil for missing toddler

Their words were private, but their body language spoke of anguish. Trista Reynolds, who rocked back and forth on the City Hall steps as she talked to DiPietro, earlier had addressed the news that police have been analyzing blood found in the basement of the Waterville home where 20-month-old Ayla was last seen.

“I don’t have the answers you guys are looking for,” she told media gathered at the vigil. “I want to know where she is and who took her.”


Boy, 12, ‘had a true heart’ ( Ryan Carter )

And around it were photos of Ryan Carter. Ryan with a mop-top haircut. Ryan in a Buzz Lightyear costume. Ryan wearing a bow tie and sitting on Santa’s lap. Ryan with that wide grin that others found so winning.

Some 400 people gathered in an El Cajon church Friday to mark the life and mourn the death of the 12-year-old boy, who was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife last week in a neighbor’s driveway north of town.

The 10-year-old boy accused in the killing has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony assault.


Photos: Vigil Held For Ayla Reynolds - Photos - WMTW Portland

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Funeral Held For 12-Year-Old Killed In Stabbing Ryan Carter, 12, Fatally Stabbed By 10-Year-Old Friend, Authorities Say

For the first time since his death on Jan. 16, Ryan's classmates at Foothills Christian School spoke of their loss."When he first died, it was hard to believe until the funeral when we actually saw his body and it was just so lifeless, but we know he's not there… he's up in heaven," said 6th grader Ronnie Jackson.Several friends wearing their blue Foothills jerseys told 10News what happened to Ryan has left them heartbroken.


Letter: Stop giving Casey Anthony attention by putting her on front page

Letter: Stop giving Casey Anthony attention by putting her on front page

I was extremely disappointed to see front-page space designated Jan. 19 for news on Casey Anthony. If the public must know every move this young woman makes please put the article somewhere obscure and use the space on the front-page for news that really matters to us locals.


Mom arrested for kicking sons, 9 and 13, out of house

Police: Chandler rape suspect gave victim phone number

A Chandler man accused of raping a woman in an alley was caught after he gave the woman his phone number.

The suspect, who said he had been assaulted a day after the attack, told investigators he deserved it because "God was punishing him," police said.

Rafael Chavez, 31, was booked on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping, a court document said.

Soldier arrested in alleged shock collar abuse

Soldier arrested in alleged shock collar abuse:

Vine Grove babysitter charged with child abuse

HARDIN CO., Ky (WDRB) -- A babysitter trusted with the care of a 2-year-old stands accused of abusing that trust. Wednesday night the toddler was rushed to Hardin Memorial Hospital's emergency room. "At that point she was found to be unresponsive and observed multiple bruises or contusions over a large portion of the child's body," says Kentucky State Police trooper Scott Rafferty. He says doctors quickly found more injuries.

"It was discovered she was suffering from some bleeding and swelling of the brain," the KSP trooper says.


Justin Adams' Mother Says, 'He Is Innocent' Adams Accused In Death Of Jaymie Adams

KOCO Eyewitness News 5's Michael Seiden talked to Tina Clarke, the mother of Justin Adams, on Saturday. Adams is accused of killing his wife, Jaymie Adams, whose body was found on Jan. 7 near a dirt bike trail on the southeast side of the Oklahoma City metro area."It's very unjustifiable," Clarke said. "They put an innocent 25-year-old boy behind bars, and that's not right."

Blood found in home where toddler disappeared

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Investigators say they've found blood inside the Maine home where a toddler was reported missing six weeks ago.

State police spokesman Steve McCausland confirmed Saturday that blood was found in the basement early in the investigation into Ayla Reynolds' disappearance from her father's home in Waterville.


Matt Palmgren Arrest ( Gail Palmgren )

Matt Palmgren, the widower of his estranged wife, Gail, has been arrested on trespassing charges. That's according to Arlene Durham, a friend of Gail Palmgre's, who filed trespassing charges against Matt for being on her property without her consent.

Durham tells NewsChannel Matt Palmgren was at a lakehouse he and Gail owned in Alabama Thursday night.


Jury fails to reach verdict on baby sex abuse case

A Macomb County jury on Monday will return to deliberating whether to convict a former aspiring doctor of sexually assaulting and abusing the 13-month-old daughter of his girlfriend.

A jury failed to reach a verdict after about five hours of deliberations Friday in Macomb County Circuit Court in the case of David Montaldi, 33, of Mount Clemens. He is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of child abuse, accused of causing vaginal, anal, head and other injuries to the girl Dec. 5, 2010, while under his care in his home. The sexual assault charges carry a minimum penalty of 25 years in prison, up to life.


Baby dies of infection; Surprise mom charged with murder

A Surprise mother faces murder and child abuse charges more than a year after her child died from an infection that could have been treated, authorities said.

Phoenix police arrested Kristen Elizabeth Torres, 21, on Tuesday.

Maricopa County prosecutors charged Torres with second-degree murder and felony child abuse for the death of her 13-month-old son Aiden Torres.

Jerry Sandusky wants judge to let him see his grandchildren

As part of a bail agreement that keeps him out of jail but on house arrest, Sandusky is not to have any contact with kids, including his grandchildren.

His attorney, Joe Amendola, has said that family members are among those that brought accusations against the former Penn State defensive coordinator. It's unclear if those investigations led to any charges.


Not Giving Up Hope, Family Continues Search for Lauren Smith

Madison County deputies, state police investigators and desperate family members are still in the dark about what could have happened to Lauren Susanne Smith.

Smith vanished last November and those who knew her best just want to know that she's out there somewhere - and safe.

"I keep trying to come up with scenarios that have happy endings," said Emily Carver, Lauren's mother. Richard Smith, Lauren's father added, "We can't put our finger on anything that would have caused her to take off."


Milwaukee Woman Will Stand Trial in Fetal Abduction Case

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and trying to steal her unborn baby is mentally competent and will stand trial.

Annette Morales-Rodriguez has pleaded insanity to two counts of intentional homicide, including homicide of an unborn child. She faces life in prison if convicted.


Girl says 2 men kidnapped her, blindfolded her


The family of a girl who disappeared from her south Kansas City home are relieved she is doing OK, but many questions remain about what happened to the girl.

The 11-year-old girl told police that two men blindfolded her and kidnapped her from her home on Thursday while her mother was at work.

The girl was found about 3 a.m. Friday when police, acting on a tip, went to an apartment about a mile from the girl's home. The apartment was the home of a 20-year-old man.


Murdered Grosse Pointe Park Woman's Spouse at Police Department

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -- Bob Bashara walked into the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department just before 5:00 p.m. Friday, a day after his being interviewed about his wife's disappearance and murder. We have no information at this time as to what's happening inside. Police are also at the family's home.

The body of 56-year-old Jane Bashara was found in the back seat of her Mercedes-Benz Wednesday morning. It was abandoned on Detroit's east side. She had been strangled.


Parents who left their newborn with broken bones all over her body walk free from court after judge blames SOCIAL WORKERS

The parents of a newborn baby left with horrific injuries and fractures all over her body walked free from court today, despite admitting child cruelty charges.

The unnamed infant was just 23 days old when doctors discovered she had suffered multiple breaks to her legs, knees, ribs, right wrist and right hip.

MRI scans showed the baby girl had also sustained a skull haemorrhage and trauma to her brain tissue.

Deputies Search For Missing Child In Orange County

Deputies are seeking the public's help in finding a 1-year-old boy who they said went missing in Orange County.
Michael Gonzalez
Michael Gonzalez
Orange County sheriff's deputies said Jessica Gonzalez, 18, and Sean Schwartz, 17, left Gonzalez's home on Bonneville Road on Jan. 21 with their son, Michael Gonzalez.

Student found dead on Queen's estate had been at part

By Mark Hughes, Crime Correspondent7:00AM GMT 27 Jan 2012

The body of Latvian Alisa Dmitrijeva, 17, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was found in a field near Anmer on the Norfolk estate on New Year's Day.

Alisa was last seen alive in August and police believe her body had been in the field since September.

They have now established that she spent the early hours of August 31 at a “social gathering” in a car park at Snettisham beach, about five miles away.

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Two of Ayla Reynolds' relatives allegedly take polygraph

PORTLAND — Two of 21-month-old Ayla Reynolds' maternal relaives have taken polygraph exams, according to a release on

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on the website's claim, and its claims couldn't quickly be confirmed independently.

Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, took a polygraph exam Jan. 18, according to the Associated Press. Reynolds was told by the test administrator that she couldn’t complete the exam due to an undisclosed medical condition.

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Man Who Killed, Dismembered Girl Loses Appeal (Jennifer Parks)

Updated: Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 12:36 PM EST
Published : Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 12:36 PM EST

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - An appeals court has upheld the conviction and life sentenced given to a New Jersey man who killed and dismembered his teenage neighbor.

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Connecticut Home-Invasion Killer Formally Sentenced to Death

Updated: Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 12:38 PM EST
Published : Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 12:38 PM EST

(NewsCore) - A judge on Friday formally sentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky to death for his role in the 2007 Connecticut home invasion murders of a mother and her two daughters.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue issued the capital sentence after a jury in December recommended that Komisarjevsky be put to death.

The execution date was set for July 20, 2012.

Komisarjevsky, 31, was found guilty last October of murder, sexual assault, burglary and arson for the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

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Police Arrest Husband Of Blanchard Mom Found Dead (Jaymie Adams)

Posted: Jan 27, 2012 11:36 AM EST
Updated: Jan 27, 2012 11:55 AM EST
By LaShauna Sewell

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Police have arrested the husband of a pregnant Blanchard woman whose body was found at Lake Stanley Draper.

Justin Adams' attorney, Irven Box, confirmed he was arrested Friday morning. Box said Adams was arrested on a double murder complaint. Under Oklahoma law, a suspect can be charged with two murders if the victim is pregnant.

Jaymie Adams was last seen December 9. Her husband told police she was involved in online prostitution and posted ads for sex on Craigslist. Justin Adams said she had gone to meet three men the night she disappeared.

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Clem Beauchamp, accused of killing mother and two kids, waives right to speedy trial

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 11:24 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Posted: 9:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

WEST PALM BEACH — Clem Beauchamp appeared in state court this morning for the first time since he was transferred from federal to state custody to answer murder charges in the deaths of his girlfriend and her two children.

A tentative trial date had been set for February in the case, but Beauchamp waived his right to a speedy trial this morning in a hearing before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal.

In September, Beauchamp was indicted on three charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of his 25-year-old Felicia Brown, and her two children, 10-year-old Jermaine McNeil and 6-year-old Ju'Tyra Allen.

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Terrance Black Preliminary Hearing Date Set (Susan Loper)

By Randy McIlwain | Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 | Updated 4:42 PM CST

The attorney for accused murderer Terrance Black met with prosecutors at a brief hearing at a Collin County courthouse Thursday.

The meeting was to hash out a preliminary hearing date for the case against Black, which is now set for Aug. 16.

Black is accused of killing his former girlfriend, fitness instructor Susan Loper, and dumping her body in a remote area of Frisco off the Dallas North Tollway.

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Cory Byrd found guilty of murdering 4-year-old Marc Bookal

By Heather Yakin
Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM - 01/27/12

GOSHEN — It took a jury of 10 men and two women just 4½ hours of deliberations to find Cory Byrd guilty of murdering of 4-year-old Marc Bookal.

Marc's mother, Christina Bookal, watched from the back row on one side of the courtroom gallery; Marc's father, Yul Bookal, watched from the other side. Jurors sent the judge a note at 12:10 p.m. Thursday saying they had reached a verdict.

As the jury voted "not guilty" on the intentional murder charge, a small gasp escaped from one of the friends who came to support Christina Bookal.

Byrd, 32, was stoic as the jury foreman pronounced him guilty on the second murder count — guilty of killing Marc with utter, depraved indifference to the consequences of his actions. The jury also convicted him on two felony evidence-tampering charges.

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