BEIJING, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Chinese police have rescued 92 children and two women kidnapped by a gang for sale and arrested 301 suspects, state media said on Saturday, in one of the biggest busts of its kind in years.
Police simultaneously swooped on locations in 11 provinces recently after a six-month investigation, China Central Television and state news agency Xinhua said, quoting the Ministry of Public Security.
SPRING, TX (KTRK) -- It's been more than three years since Ali Lowitzer went missing, but her mother is not giving up hope of finding her. The teen's mom is using social media to continue to search for her daughter.
(CBS/AP) CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes is returning to court, and lawyers will likely argue over which of Holmes' mental health records should be turned over to prosecutors.
A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial.
It was an emotional day for Elaina Steinfurth's family. The community said their goodbye to the toddler Friday. The 18-month-old's remains were found in a box in a garage in east Toledo.
Hundreds gathered at Eggleston Meinert and Pavley funeral home to remember Elaina. Some wore T-shirts with pictures of the baby. The toddler's father was too emotional to talk and was comforted by family and friends.
Watching the Ayla Reynolds Murder Investigation Circus roll into Portland on Wednesday, complete with a foot chase between the missing toddler's parents down Middle Street, I got to thinking about a murder case I once covered and a timeless lesson about proof beyond a reasonable doubt:
It was 1979 and another baby girl, 19-month-old Eva Marie Knowles, had been savagely beaten in an apartment in Oakland where she lived with her parents, Paul H. O'Neal and Joanne Knowles.
Spell, of Parachute, Colo., is accused of killing popular high school math teacher Sherry Arnold of Sidney in January 2012. Her body was found weeks later buried in a shallow grave in a rural area near Williston, N.D.
Simonton set a second hearing for Oct. 24 on several other pending matters, including a request by Spell's attorneys to relocate his Jan. 6 trial due to the widespread publicity the case has received.
The place holds a lot of memories for a lot of people. One memory few will forget is what happened to 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford. She was abducted and killed right down the road back in 2005. Emily's was the place to get the latest on the case or grab some coffee after an all night search. It was Jessica's favorite restaurant.
"This was Jessie's restaurant," Kanaris said. "She used to come here. She didn't even have to order. We knew what she wanted to eat."
Kanaris said Jessica's grandparents still stop by. Her grandfather just dropped off some fudge for everybody to say goodbye.
LANSING —Maria Green says that "it keeps getting worse" for her and her family in their continued fight to get her 6-month-old daughter Brielle "Bree" Green back into their Lansing home.
Bree, who was removed from her parents' home on Sept. 13, has been at the center of a battle between Child Protective Services and proponents of the state's Medical Marijuana Act. The battle has led to rallies in Lansing and southeast Michigan, as well as the Twitter hashtag #FreeBree.
(CBS/AP) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Forsythia Owen, a suburban Denver, Colo. woman, is accused of beating a man to death with a baseball bat because she suspected him of sexually molesting a child.
The 33-year-old Owen of Englewood told police she killed Denzel Rainey because a child accused Rainey of sexually abusing her. The 42-year-old man was found early Sunday in an alley. Rainey had lacerations to his head and a skull fracture. Both of Rainey's arms, six ribs and his left hand were broken. He died of his injuries later at a hospital.
Detectives intend to meet with Summit County prosecutors and have the case heard by a grand jury within the next two weeks, police Lt. Ron Williams said Thursday.
Grand jury testimony will center on the Aug. 10 death of Wendy Ralston — whose body was found beside the remains of her 5-year-old son, Peyton — and the potential involvement of her longtime boyfriend.
Convicted killer Jodi Arias may get the chance to save herself from the death penalty when she sits down with Arizona state prosecutors on Oct. 24 to discuss a possible deal, HLN has learned.
A deal would allow Arias to avoid a retrial of the penalty phase of her case, which ended in a hung jury. Her first-degree murder conviction from May 8 still stands, and so does the jurors' finding that Arias murdered her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in a "cruel manner."
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) - A northern Arkansas mother faces a felony child endangerment charge after taking her newborn from a southeast Missouri hospital without permission.
Twenty-eight-year-old Amber Trammel of Paragould was arrested Wednesday in Dunklin County along with her stepmother and another Paragould woman. Each remains jailed in Dunklin County on $25,000 bonds. The child is in the state's custody and is unharmed.
A lawyer representing Joseph Gentz, the handyman convicted of killing Jane Bashara in her Grosse Pointe Park garage, is asking a court to reconsider his murder conviction.
Phillip Comorski, the attorney assigned to handle Gentz’s appeal, filed a document with the court Friday, asking that a letter Gentz sent to the Wayne County Circuit Court back in June be examined in court.
Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children say AEG Live, the concert promoter for MJ's "This is It" tour, should pay them a hefty lump sum to account for the money MJ would have made, had he not died, and also to account for the personal suffering from the loss of a son and father.
Forsythia Owen of suburban Denver, Colo., was arrested on Monday after allegedly killing of a homeless man she suspected of molesting a child. Rather than denying any connection to the case, an arrest affidavit says that the 30-year-old mother admitted to brutally beating 42-year-old Denzle Rainey to death with a baseball bat.
(CNN) —The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission voted unanimously to recommend that 911 calls and other evidence related to the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown be released to the public.
Twenty-six people, including 20 first-graders, were killed by gunman Adam Lanza at the school on December 14.
A 6-year-old boy who died of starvation was forced to stand in the corner for hours as punishment for vomiting and had to run laps in a hallway the day before his death, his brother testified Wednesday at the start of his mother and stepfather's murder trial.
Family members who raised some of Tina Cuffie's 10 other children sobbed as they heard about
Khalil Wimes' childhood.
Khalil spent his first three years in foster care with a relative and was gradually reunited with his birthparents, Cuffie and Latiff Hadi, also known as Floyd Wimes.
PHILADELPHIA - September 25, 2013 (WPVI) -- Family members of a missing Philadelphia woman have been told that a skeletal foot, found in a shoe that washed up in Ocean City, New Jersey, likely belongs to their loved one.
That woman, 22-year-old Franchesca "Cheka" Alvarado, had been missing since March 2012.
"Now, we, the family, are preparing for a memorial service next week," sister Alma Rios said.
A lawyer for the producer of Michael Jackson's "This Is It'' concerts told a jury Wednesday that the pop star died because of his own bad choices, not because of anything concert promoter AEG Live did.
Attorney Marvin Putnam began his final argument Wednesday in the negligence suit by Jackson's family. He said the company did not know anything about Jackson's use of the powerful anesthetic propofol, nor did it hire Dr. Conrad Murray to be his tour doctor.
John Goodman's attorneys say they've just made a "stunning" discovery that they say casts some doubt on the Wellington polo mogul's DUI manslaughter retrial.
Goodman's Bentley convertible and victim Scott Wilson's Hyundai Sonata — major pieces of evidence — are missing for Goodman's retrial early next year, the defense attorneys revealed in court papers filed this week.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
Jason Gailey may not be sitting in the Orange County Jail Tuesday if not for a mother who went against everything detectives told her about her son Ronald Johnson's death eight years ago.
They originally believed Johnson died after he fell off his bike and hit his head.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Tuesday two state senate committee panels will review the Jimmy Ryce Act, a law formed in the late 90s to keep violent sexual predators behind bars so that they cannot commit more crimes.
A Will County jury on Tuesday found a Joliet man guilty of murder in the beating death of a 9-month-old boy while he baby-sat him in October 2008.
The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Santos Loza guilty, agreeing that he killed Kevion Bender while he watched the infant alone at Loza’s home. His sentencing date is expected to be set at a Dec. 4 hearing. Loza, 33, faces up to 100 years in prison.
(CNN) — They were 17-year-old high school students driving to a party at a gravel pit. Perhaps they took a wrong turn; perhaps there was foul play. For 42 years, authorities have had no idea how Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson disappeared.
SAN DIEGO - Her ankles bound, her mouth covered with duct tape, Christina Anderson was bashed at least 12 times in the head. Her 8-year-old son Ethan's body was burned beyond recognition.
Those were some of the grisly details released this week by the San Diego Medical Examiner's office investigating the deaths connected to the Hannah Anderson kidnapping case, a case that captured the nation's interest last month.
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video has drawn plenty of criticism -- but the video this man allegedly made is far worse.
Steven Grady Fillingim, 40, allegedly filmed himself whipping a girl with a switch to the beat of Robin Thicke's hit song "Blurred Lines," according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Police say Fillingim, who was arrested Sunday at his Pensacola, Fla. home, abused the teen on several occasions during the first half of September. The victim, whose relation to Fillingim is unclear from the report, told investigators that he would get angry with her from reasons ranging from her skipping school to her failure to "vacuum up bugs from the carpet."
TAMPA — In late August, Sharyn Hakken wrote an 18-page love letter from the Falkenburg Road Jail. The 34-year-old Tampa woman, accused with her husband of kidnapping her sons and fleeing on a sailboat to Cuba, said she was in a heartsick mood.
"I hope I dream about you tonight," she wrote. "I need to see you and feel you. I love you. Ugh I so badly wish we could hold each other right now. I wanna play with your hair!" She continued, "I am so super excited about our future together."
MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) – A Shelby Township woman will be in court Tuesday to face charges for the death of her 2-year-old son.
WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports that prosecutors believe the child was left in a minivan for 10 hours.
Prosecutor Eric Smith says James Nelson was placed in a car seat in the mini-van about 8:30 in the morning and wasn’t discovered until his mother’s roommate saw the little boy’s foot through the window of the van at about 6 p.m. that evening.
A Maricopa County judge dismissed murder and child-abuse charges against a couple indicted in the death of a 2-year-old girl left in their care after prosecutors failed to produce crucial forensic reports related to the fatality.
Savannah Cross died in December after she was taken to the hospital with bruises from head to toe. The 2-year-old girl was living with baby-sitters Ryan Alan Reed, 27, and Allison Ann Clement, 28, who were arrested hours later.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An autopsy report says a woman found in a family friend's burning home near San Diego after the friend fled with her daughter died from at least a dozen blows to the head.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office says in the report released Monday that 44-year-old Christina Anderson had duct tape around her neck and mouth, and her ankles were tied with plastic. She also had cuts in her neck that were likely inflicted after she died.
The burned remains of Anderson's 8-year-old son, Ethan, were found in the rubble of the home. The cause of his death is undetermined.
Several drops of Ayla’s blood were found on the left shoulder strap
of Ayla’s car seat in Justin’s vehicle. Ayla’s dried vomit was found on
Droplets of Ayla’s blood were found on the pompoms of her pink princess slippers.
A “silver dollar sized stain” of Ayla’s blood was found on the sofa in the DiPietro family’s living room (upstairs).
Ayla’s blood was found smeared on her baby doll’s face and arms in
the bedroom she shared with Elisha DiPietro’s daughter (upstairs). It
appeared that Ayla tried to wipe blood from her mouth with her doll.
Drops of Ayla’s blood were found on a fan cord in Justin’s basement bedroom.
Ayla’s blood splatter was found on a plastic blue tote in the
basement and a sheet that was found inside had Ayla’s blood stains on
it. MSP said that it had been used to cleanup Ayla’s blood.
Several drops of Ayla’s blood were found on the tongue and inside Justin’s sneakers in the basement beside his bed.
A “fist size stain” of Ayla’s blood was found on Justin’s mattress and sheets. This sample contained saliva, possibly vomit, and “a toy hair like” pink fiber which, at the time, MSP had not identified.
Several splatters of Ayla’s blood were found on sections of the
cement floor and wall beside Justin’s bed. These blood splatters were
consistent with Ayla’s standing height, and were up to a dime in size.
MSP’s blood analysts determined that the blood splatters were created by intense projectile vomiting and/or blunt force trauma.
Several splatters of Ayla’s blood were found on a wood pallet leaning against a wall in the basement.
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds is sharing information that she says police have told her, but have not revealed to the public. Trista Reynolds says she's speaking out to pressure the state to prosecute Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, in connection with Ayla's death.
(CNN) -- Two teenagers -- 13 and 14 years old -- are in custody in Spokane, Washington, and the mother of one of the teens is recuperating in a hospital after she was attacked by the boys following a pill-taking episode, authorities said.
The boys apparently had planned to kill the woman, who is the 13-year-old's mother, and eat her liver, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin told CNN Friday.
Trista Reynolds plans to release details about the case of her missing daughter, Ayla, to the public Tuesday in hopes, she said, it will lead to charges against Ayla's father.
Trista Reynolds, 25, holds a photo of her 20-month-old daughter, Ayla Reynolds, during an interview with the Associated Press in Westbrook on Sept. 17.
Reynolds, whose daughter went missing in December 2011, says she's going to release more information she's been told by investigations in hopes of calling attention to the case and bringing it to a resolution.
That inmate is former Phoenix police officer Richard Chrisman, who was booked into jail immediately after his conviction Tuesday for aggravated assault in the shooting death of a man in 2010.
During the booking process, the jail technician reportedly refused to perform a required physical on Chrisman, saying she wouldn't help him if he were on fire and wished he'd be severely beaten because, in her words, he killed a Hispanic man.