Suspicious buyer reunites stolen guide dog with her blind owner

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A seeing-eye dog stolen from her Dayton, Ohio home has been reunited with her owner. Dayton police returned Diamond, a specially trained Rottweiler, to Sheryl Williams on Wednesday. Police say Tom O'Shea came to them with the dog after his brother told him about Williams. He then lead them to the home where he had purchased the dog for $50.


Search warrant being executed in Holly Bobo case ( #HollyBobo )

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State and federal investigators will continue to interview and conduct search warrants through Friday evening connected with the disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn called the next few days "very important time in this investigation" since the 20-year-old disappeared in Decatur County in 2011.
"We believe there are people in Decatur County that have vital information pertaining to the disappearance of Holly Bobo," Gwyn said.


Judge sets still-fluid Oct. 14 trial date for James Holmes

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A judge set a new Oct. 14 trial date Thursday morning for James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting case. However, there is a chance that date may be changed yet again.

 When the case finally does go to trial, prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty. Holmes appears set to plead insanity.


98-year-old woman dies, daughter accused of severely neglecting her

According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause obtained by FOX21 News, Yuta’s caretaker was her daughter Jeanne. Jeanne had been her mother’s caretaker for the past 20 years. The two women lived in the same home.

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Sanford mom who buried child charged with murder ( Rachel Fryer )

Women speak out after former jailer’s sentencing

Tim Lambesis Pleads Guilty In Murder-For-Hire Trial, May Serve 9 Years In Prison

There were rumors that a plea bargain was on the way in the Tim Lambesis trial, and turns out the rumors are true.

 According to NBC San Diego, Lambesis entered a change of plea and admitted to attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. He will be charged with one count of solicitation of another to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a crime, a felony! According to a court clerk, Lambesis will reportedly serve serve the maximum 9 years in prison.


Sanford mother's buried toddler died of blunt force trauma to head, report says ( Tariji Gordon )

SANFORD, Fla. —The Sanford Police Department has charged Rachel Fryer with homicide in the death of her buried 2-year-old daughter, Tariji Gordon.

 Fryer, 32, was also charged with aggravated child abuse, evidence destruction and the mishandling of a dead human body/remains at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police. She will make an appearance in front of a Seminole County judge at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Dunn's attorney asks to delay sentencing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The defense attorney for Michael Dunn is asking the judge to delay his sentencing.

Cory Strolla wants Judge Russell Healey to delay the sentencing for Dunn's convictions on charges of attempted second-degree murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle until after the retrial on the first-degree murder charge.


Charges: Stranger snatches baby from changing table at Pike Place

SEATTLE -- A woman with multiple felony convictions has been charged with attempted kidnapping after allegedly snatching an 11-month-old baby from a changing table in a Pike Place Market restroom Feb. 17 and refusing to give it back to its mother.

 According to the charging documents filed with King County Superior Court, a mother was changing her baby's diaper when she noticed Chelsey Helms, 37, watching her.


'Baby Carlos,' who was found in dumpster, placed in CPS custody

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Police: Mom accused of killing infant assaults officer at Hamilton County Justice Center ( Robin Cottingham )

CINCINNATI – A North Fairmount mother that authorities say killed her infant daughter is now accused of assaulting a jail corrections officer.

 Janishcia Cottingham, 23, was charged with aggravated murder in the August death of her daughter, Robin Cottingham. The coroner ruled that Robin had been smothered.


Local balloon pliot accused of asking underage girl for nude pictures

Indiana Missing: Rumors abound but no leads in Connersville teen’s disappearance ( Denise Pflum )

Denise Pflum left her parents’ Connersville home on March 26, 1986. She was going to look for her purse that she lost at a house party the night before, the 18-year-old told her mother.

Her car, a 1981 cream-colored Buick Regal, was found later that day at a farm east of Glenwood, a small town about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis. A friend later told detectives that she had seen Pflum that afternoon at the Fashion Bug store at Connersville Plaza, but her mother believes the girl might have been mistaken.


Avonte Oquendo's Manner, Cause of Death Undetermined: Medical Examiner

The medical examiner's office has concluded that the cause and manner of Avonte Oquendo's death cannot be determined.

 The remains of 14-year-old Oquendo, a non-verbal autistic boy, were found along the East River in Queens in January. He had been missing since last October, when he bolted out of his Long Island City school.


Investigator weeps testifying about tortured child's living conditions ( Jonathan Richardson )

Smithfield, N.C. — A former crime scene investigator wept Wednesday as she showed a Johnston County jury photos of the tiny, "cluttered and dirty" shed where prosecutors say a man tortured his girlfriend's young daughter for 10 days before she slipped into a coma and died in 2010.

 The breakdown prompted the judge presiding over Jonathan Douglas Richardson's capital murder trial to excuse jurors from the courtroom so the investigator, Charlotte Fournier, could regain her composure.


Trial begins for West Windsor man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl ( Darren Maglione )

The trial for a 41-year-old West Windsor man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl five years ago began today.

 Darren Maglione is charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child for engaging in sexual contact with a Robbinsville girl at various times and locations between May and November of 2009.


Horry County Police explain what's next in the Heather Elvis investigation

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) - Sidney and Tammy Moorer were both charged with kidnapping and murder. But as they wait for their next court appearance, the Horry County Police Department is working to find Heather Elvis.

 "Nothing is ruled out. Things that have been searched already have not been ruled out there is no indication that [if] any information that comes to us that leads to an area that we've searched, that area will be searched again," said Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department.


Springfield School District's superintendent candidate discusses Hailey Owens' death

SPRINGFIELD, Mo - "The district's role is just to insure a safe and secure learning environment for every kid. that's the number one thing that has to happen to be successful," said Springfield School superintendent candidate Dr. John Jungmann.

 "The second thing is how can they provide support when a tragedy happens."


Neese’s dad says Shoaf only ‘sorry she got caught’ ( Skylar Neese )

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dave Neese, the father of slain 16-year-old University High School student Skylar Neese, doubted there was genuine remorse in the apology offered Wednesday by Rachel Shoaf, who received a 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.


Jurors Speak Out on Del. Waterboarding Case

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Police discover videos, images of man sexually assaulting one-year-old

Former Department of Children and Families worker arrested on charges of falsifying records

ORLANDO, Fla. —A 38-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of falsifying records she took as a Florida Department of Children and Families employee.

 Margaret McCalman resigned in 2012 following an internal investigation into her record keeping, according to DCF officials.

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CPS: Teen accused of dumping baby thought newborn was dead ( Baby Carlos )

A 16-year-old girl accused of putting her newborn in a Houston dumpster didn't know she was pregnant, a CPS caseworker testified Wednesday during an emergency custody hearing for the boy.

 The girl, who gave birth in her bathtub, thought her son was dead, the Child Protective Services caseworker told Harris County Juvenile Court Associate Judge Angela Ellis.


Man faces 25 years to life for kidnapping, rape, torture ( Elmer Bowman )

It took just 20 minutes for the jury to reach a verdict in the sexual-battery and kidnapping case.

 Elmer Bowman put a knife to the 25-year-old woman's throat after she got into his truck April 11, 2011, hogtied her and told her not to scream or he would kill her, the victim testified.

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Mother of Andrea Walker says daughter didn't kill baby ( Aniston Walker )

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - A grieving grandmother said her daughter, Andrea Walker, didn't kill her seven-week-old infant Baby Aniston.

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Zimmerman lawyer seeks change in Florida trials on 'stand your ground' law

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The lawyer for acquitted killer George Zimmerman said the rules for Florida murder trials should be changed so jurors are only instructed to consider the lenient standards of the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law when a case merits it.

 The controversial "stand your ground" provision makes it easier to use lethal force in self-defense by removing the duty of a shooter to retreat and avoid a confrontation.


Newborn baby found alive in apartment dumpster in SE Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Tuesday morning in southeast Houston, there was a miracle for a newborn baby, according to the man who rescued the infant from a dumpster, and from the cinched plastic bag in which the child was found. Now police say a 16-year-old girl has confessed to dumping the baby there.


4 Month Old Baby Raped To Death After Mother Invited Boyfriend To Come Sexually Torture Her ( Baby Ashlynn )

If you’re having one of those moments where you’re wondering if evil really exists, the answer is yes, it does.

And if you need proof, you’ll find it in Missouri, where 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Howell invited her boyfriend, whom she knew to be a pedophile, to have sex with her four-month-old daughter.

Baby Ashlynn died after Jordan Lafayette Prince sexually tortured and then strangled her to death.


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Jobless? Nobody cares.

Whining that you owe $2.5 million to your lawyers, Mark O'Mara and Don West? Nobody cares.

 Ripping on Gov. Rick Scott because you feel he caved into political pressure to charge you with murder? Nobody cares.

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2 charged with sexual battery on children

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually abusing multiple children.

William Dillow, 27, of St. Johns County, was arrested at his home on Pacetti Road. Neighbors said they saw a large number of law enforcement officials in tactical gear with assault rifles approach the home around 1:45 p.m.


Judge: No Probable Cause In Child Murder Case ( Patricia Redman )

 (Olive Branch, MS) A judge says there isn’t enough probable cause to hold a woman charged with capital murder of her 2-year-old stepson.


South Daytona mother to remain held in killing of son, 4 ( Ke’Andre Lewis )

Mikkia Shardae Lewis, 23, and her boyfriend Joe Genard McCaskell, 33, are each accused of aggravated child abuse and first-degree felony murder. If convicted of first-degree felony murder, they could face the death penalty.

The two are charged in the death of Lewis’ son, Ke’Andre, who investigators said suffered horrible abuse last year at the hands of the pair to the point that one of his nipples was nearly cut off.


Forsyth deputies probe toddler beating death

The child was found at a home in the Bridgetown subdivision on Roseman Landing around 11 a.m. According to Forsyth officials, the man was supposed to be babysitting the child. Authorities said the toddler's mom came home to find him unconscious. She called 911 and deputies quickly launched a manhunt for her boyfriend.


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Terry Elvis reacts to murder charges in connection to his missing daughter ( Heather Elvis )

Search warrant: Springfield child abuse case says 3-year-old girl was starving, hurt, kept in cage

Starving and sick, covered in cuts and bruises, her hair thinning — the 3-year-old girl, according to doctors, could have died.

 Interviews documented by police also allege the Springfield girl had been tied to a chair and thrown down stairs by her mother’s boyfriend. She was at times allegedly kept in a part of the house the other children called the “hole,” locked in a cage.


Marissa Devault: Inside the evidence

‘A National Outrage’: Father of 15-Year-Old at Center of Boston Children’s Controversy Says ‘We’re Fighting Evil’

Lou Pelletier says his family is a “wreck” after a judge ruled Monday that his daughter, 15-year-old Justina Pelletier, will be placed into foster care for the time being.

 “We’re fighting corruption. We’re fighting evil,” he told TheBlaze’s Lis Klimas, adding that the case is a “national outrage.”


DA: Opponent ‘mishandled’ evidence in Zahra Baker case

The prosecutor who handled one of North Carolina’s most notorious crimes Tuesday made new allegations against the defense attorney in the case – a man now challenging him for public office.

 District Attorney Jay Gaither alleged that attorney Scott Reilly hurt the prosecution’s case by “mishandling” evidence in the killing and dismemberment of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.

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Suspect in girl's kidnapping, slaying, held away from other inmates ( Hailey Owens )

The man accused of the kidnapping and homicide of a 10-year-old Springfield girl is being held in Greene County Jail alone and under close watch, jail staff said Tuesday. Major Kevin Spaulding confirmed that Craig Michael Wood is being held apart from the general jail population.


Detective who worked Ann Harrison murder case: "Justice has not been served"


Officials with the Department of Corrections said they will use a lethal dug provided by an unnamed supplier to carry out Michael Taylor's execution. If a court does not issue a stay, Taylor is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m.


Police: Ballwin woman sets car on fire with children inside, causes crash

Kara Koriath, 45, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree assault after the incident on Nov. 20 left her sons with burns and smoke inhalation.


Steven Powell to be released March 23, still fighting to save house ( Susan Powell )

SALT LAKE CITY — Recently filed court documents in Washington state say Steven Powell will be released from prison March 23.

 But as Powell prepares to leave incarceration, the battle over what will happen to his Puyallup, Wash., home continues.


Rachel Shoaf sentenced to 30 years in prison ( Skylar Neese )

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 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The second teenager convicted in the murder of Star City resident Skylar Neese is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday morning in Monongalia County Circuit Court.


Documents: Luis Toledo met with Yessenia's dad after arrest ( Yessenia Suarez )

DELTONA -- New pictures of blood spatters found inside the home of a murdered Volusia County mother and two children are among the new documents released Tuesday by the State Attorney’s Office.

 Luis Toledo is accused of killing his wife, Yessenia Suarez, and her two children in October 2013 after a domestic violence incident at Suarez’s workplace.


New judge is assigned to Craig Wood's murder case ( Hailey Owens )

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A judge granted a defense attorney’s motion for a new judge for the case of a man accused of killing a girl last week.

Greene County Associate Circuit Judge Dan Imhof, who presided last Friday at the initial court appearance for Craig Wood, took himself off the case. It’s now assigned to Associate Circuit Judge Jason Brown.


Witness who captured fight between Hubbard, Bruno on cell phone talks to FOX 4

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Second female witness testifies in Kustok murder trial

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Mother of West Side teen missing 6 years dies ( Yasmin Acree )

Medical Examiner Describes Details of Carlie Brucia's Murder

SARASOTA, FL (AP) -- Scrapes, marks and bruises on Carlie Brucia's body indicate the 11-year-old girl was bound, dragged on her side and strangled from behind with a cord or string, a medical examiner testified Monday on the fifth day of the trial of her accused killer.


Carlie Brucia remembered 10 years later

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SARASOTA-- Saturday marks the ten year anniversary of one of the most notorious murders in Sarasota County History. On February 1, 2004, 11-year-old Carlie Brucia was abducted by Joseph Smith on her way home from a friend's house.

 The abduction was caught on a surveillance camera from the Evie's Car Wash on Bee Ridge Road. Smith would later rape and kill Brucia, leaving her body in a field behind a church.


Kayleigh Slusher - Mom, Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty After Daughter, 3, Stored in Suitcase, Freezer

A mother and her boyfriend on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to murder and assault on a child, stemming from the death of a 3-year-old girl found in the mother's Napa apartment.

 Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said Sara Kreuger, 23, and her boyfriend, Ryan Scott Warner, 26, entered the pleas in court after being charged in early February with the brutal murder of Kreuger's daughter, Kayleigh Slusher.


Governor presents courage awards to Amanda, Gina, Michelle

Father Given Sole Custody Of Formerly Missing Children ( Pena Siblings )

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The father of three children who went missing on February 14 after their mother took them out of the state, was granted sole custody Friday morning.

 “Give them a big hug and a big kiss,”said the children’s father Steven Pena, referring to what he would do when he saw them.


Bourne Pleads Not Guilty for Murder of Adriaunna Horton

LAMAR, Mo. -- The man accused of the kidnapping and murder of Adriaunna Horton waived formal arraignment today in Barton County and entered a not guilty plea in the case.


2nd trial in Phylicia Barnes' death postponed until April

Barnes, a 16-year-old honor-roll student, disappeared while visiting her sister in Baltimore in December 2010.

 Her body was found about four months later in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam in Cecil County.

 Michael Maurice Johnson, 30, faces a second-degree murder charge in Barnes' death. A charge of first-degree murder no longer applies because Johnson had already been tried and found not guilty on that count.

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UPDATE: Suspect in Kayden Powell appears in Wisconsin court

MADISON, WI (WREX) - UPDATE: U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker ordered Kristen Smith to be detained while her family attempts to hire an attorney.

PREVIOUSLY: The 31-year-old Aurora, Colorado, woman accused of kidnapping her half-sister's newborn from a Town of Beloit home is scheduled to appear in federal court in Madison Friday.


Man who killed 2 infants gets death penalty ( Montana and Jason Hann )

INDIO, Calif. -- A man who has been convicted of killing two of his infant children and hiding their plastic-wrapped bodies in storage units in Arkansas and Arizona was sentenced to death Friday in a California courthouse.

 Jason Michael Hann, 39, who is already serving a 30-year sentence for the murder of his 2-month-old son, Jason, received the death penalty for the slaying of his 10-month-old daughter, Montana.


Murder Suspect, Victim Were Pen Pals: Prosecutors

A murder suspect accused of strangling to death a retired teacher became pen pals with his alleged victim while the suspect was serving a prison sentence for manslaughter in New York, prosecutors said on Monday.

Scott Kratlian, 44, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.


Mother of Justina Pelletier Collapses After Judge Says She’ll Stay in MA State Custody

The mother of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier collapsed and was taken to a local hospital today after a custody hearing.


Woman pleads with officials to keep granddaughter, 6, in U.S.

SALEM, Ore. -- A grandmother is pleading with the governor, lawmakers and anyone else who'll listen to allow her granddaughter to stay in America.

 Her granddaughter is just 6 years old. Kerrie Lechuga says the state's child welfare officers are preparing to send her granddaughter to Mexico to be with her biological father.


Ore. could send 6-year-old to live with felon father in Mexico

SALEM -- An Oregon girl living in foster care could be sent to Mexico to live with her father, who is a convicted felon.

 State child welfare workers plan to send the 6-year old to live with her father, according to the child's grandmother, Kerrie Lechuga of Salem.


Police investigating rape of girl, 15, in Portsmouth neighborhood

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police say they are investigating a rape of a 15-year-old girl that happened Sunday night.

According to police, the girl was sexually assaulted in the area of North Adriatic Avenue and Esperanza Street just before 10 p.m. in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.


Malaysian couple charged in Sweden for abuse: Son thinks parents will go to jail

STOCKHOLM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The eldest son of the Malaysian couple who are on trial in Sweden for allegedly abusing their children thinks that his parents will be found guilty.

Asked what he thought about the future, Ammar, 12, said his parents were likely to be jailed before he would be able to see them.


Boy's decline detailed online: His mom kept Facebook friends up to date ( Garnett Spears )

On the same day police were called in to investigate the circumstances surrounding a 5-year-old boy’s hospitalization, Lacey Spears of Chestnut Ridge was chronicling her son’s demise on Facebook.

 “The most disturbing symptom is he’s in pain and won’t hold his head up and roll over without screaming, without pain,” the mother wrote early Jan. 21. The postings, which are private, were read aloud to a Journal News reporter and confirmed by sources who have viewed the postings and others who are familiar with the contents.


Grandmother charged with child abuse in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A grandmother is facing a charge of child abuse after the St. Augustine Police Department said a grandchild left in her care had purple bruising up and down her back.


Large search conducted in Jennifer Kesse case

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Orlando Police Department, in conjunction with Central Florida Search and Rescue and the Orange County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, conducted a search on Saturday related to missing Orlando woman Jennifer Kesse.

Kesse, 24, disappeared from her condominium near Mall at Millenia on January 24, 2006.

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Did Angela Corey blow it? Experts say state prosecutor has history of overcharging ( Michael Dunn ) Jordan Davis

“It is so painful to think I can’t protect him and something like going to the gas station could get him killed,” Alston-Toure said. “I’m very afraid for him.”

Alston-Toure is one of many people trying to make sense of a Jacksonville jury choosing to convict Dunn, a 47-year-old Brevard County man, of three counts of attempted murder and firing bullets into a vehicle, but deadlocking on the question of whether Dunn murdered Davis.


Couple charged with Heather Elvis' murder

Hailey is not the first: family shares Springfield child abduction story

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Believe it or not what happened to Hailey Owens has happened before-- a young girl was abducted and killed in Springfield in the 90s.

 Sadly another family knows just what the Owens are going through, and they say they did it without the public's support.


Hospital CCTV footage of Chloe Murphy’s parents’ dash to save baby revealed

Her mother, Phurithee, broke down yesterday as she told a Supreme Court jury how she rushed to save her daughter, but could not wake her.

 Prosecutors allege 10-month-old Chloe suffered a series of fatal injuries while in the care of babysitter Ketapat Jenkins on December 3, 2010.


Maria Rodriguez died of strangulation the night before she was reported missing, medical examiner says

One of the main issues in the first-degree murder trial of Juan Carlos Rodriguez – when Maria Magdalena Rodriguez died – took center stage Monday with the testimony of the Forsyth County medical examiner who did the autopsy.

 Prosecutors allege that Juan Rodriguez killed his wife on Nov. 18, 2010, the day before she was reported missing, but attorneys for Juan Rodriguez argue that Maria Rodriguez was killed just a few days before her body was found on Dec. 12, 2010.


Attorney asks judge to have Miranda Barbour moved back to county jail

SUNBURY — Claiming his client’s constitutional rights have been violated with her transfer to SCI-Muncy, chief public defender Edward Greco has requested a judge rule that Miranda Barbour be returned to Northumberland County Prison.

 Barbour had been incarcerated in the county jail since her Dec. 3 arrest on criminal homicide, robbery and other charges in connection with the Nov. 11 slaying of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara, of Port Trevorton.


Sanford mom gave up custody of 2 children: DCF releases document detailing investigation into care of Fryer’s children ( Tariji Gordon )

Documents released this week by the Florida Department of Children of Families revealed Sanford mother Rachel Fryer had already given up custody of two children prior to the death of her 2-year-old, whom she admitted to burying in Crescent City last week.

Fryer, 32, was charged with aggravated child neglect last week after Sanford Police investigators learned her daughter, 2-year-old Tariji Gordon, died while in her care.

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Warrants: Heather Elvis kidnapped, murdered at Peachtree Landing

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Police say Heather Elvis was murdered, husband and wife charged in case

Monday morning a news conference at the ML Brown Public Safety building took place concerning the Heather Elvis investigation.

Horry County Police chief Saundra Rhodes announced Sidney and Tammy Moorer are now charged with the murder of Heather Elvis. The bond hearing on the murder charges will be the week of March 17.


Court finds Craig Wood has $1 million in trust fund, still requests public defender ( Hailey Owens )

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The man accused of kidnapping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens appeared in court for the first time on Friday, Feb. 21.


Revealed: How notorious Belgium paedophile who raped and murdered four girls is being sent fan mail.... by teenagers

Belgian teenagers have written to convicted paedophile and child-killer Marc Dutroux, asking to become pen pals with the country’s most notorious prisoner.

 Dutroux was jailed for life in 2004 over the kidnap and rape of six young teenage girls between June 1995 and August 1996, four of whom died following the ordeal.

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Woman's Body Sits in Van for Five Days

Missouri Supreme Court sets March 26 execution date for Jeffrey Ferguson ( Kelli Hall )

The Missouri Supreme Court this morning scheduled a March 26 execution date for convicted murderer and rapist Jeffrey Ferguson. Ferguson, 59, was sentenced to death in 1995 for the murder in 1989 of Kelli Hall, 17, who worked at a St. Charles service station.

She was abducted from there, raped and strangled. Her body was found in Maryland Heights.


PDF Search Warrant ( Hailey Owens )

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Woman kills man in front of his 2-year-old daughter ( Ian Klinedins )

Police say Ian Klinedinst, 22, was in a vehicle with his 2-year-old daughter and was being followed by friends in another vehicle that was carrying two other children. Both vehicles drove by Davis' home on the way to a well-known place for socializing at the end of Earline Circle North.

 As they reached their destination, they noticed it had been built-out and turned around as passed Davis' home again. Police say Davis, angry about the burglary, had blocked the road with her car.


Documents: Binder with pornographic images of children found in home where abducted girl was allegedly slain

Newly released documents detailing the search of the home where authorities believe 10-year-old Hailey Owens was killed shows police found a three-ring binder containing images of child pornography.

Authorities say they also seized computers and cameras in Craig Michael Wood’s home.


Suspect in Hailey Owens' slaying makes first court appearance

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. • A Springfield middle-school football coach plans to plead not guilty in the kidnapping and shooting death of a 10-year-old girl.

A public defender for Craig Michael Wood said that his client plans to contest the charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the death of fourth-grader Hailey Owens.


Autopsy set for woman found in car on 30th Street ( Nadia Malik )

The body of Nadia Malik, 22, of suburban Marple Township, in Delaware County, was found Thursday in one of the front seats of the car parked near 30th Street Station. She had been the subject of a multistate search since she was last seen on Feb. 9.


Prosecutors Backtrack on Pistorius Shooting Details

The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is backtracking on key parts of its case, a South Africa news network reports.

According to eNCA, documents show that the state’s ballistics expert has backed the athlete’s claim that he was not wearing his artificial legs when he shot his girlfriend, model and reality TV star Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year.



BREAKING: PA Gov. Signs Death Warrant In Toddler Rape, Murder ( Bobbi Jo Matthew )

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a death warrant ordering a western Pennsylvania man be executed for the rape and murder of a 2-year-old girl in 1988.

 Fifty-five-year-old Stephen Rex Edmiston has maintained his innocence since he was convicted in 1989 in the abduction of Bobbi Jo Matthew from her Clearfield County home. -

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Woman confesses stabbing mother to TV news crew( Katie Nichols )

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee woman accused of stabbing her mother confessed in an on-camera interview. But a neighbor says the woman is emotionally unstable and needs help.

 A woman living at Sun Chase Apartments is close friends with the 61-year-old woman who was stabbed a few doors down early Tuesday morning. She didn't want her face shown, but says the woman's daughter, Katie Nichols, is to blame.


Grandmother charged in girl's running death denied bond( Savannah Hardin )

Garrard is charged with capital murder after authorities said she made her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, run around their home for three hours.

Authorities said Garrard made her run for lying about eating a candy bar. Hardin died three days after the incident.


Does Amber Alert Criteria Slow Down Law Enforcement? ( Heather Elvis )

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI -- The abduction of 10-year-old Hailey Owens shows saving a life can come down to a matter of minutes. One of the main tools police have in catching an abductor is the Amber Alert. An Amber Alert has high criteria, for good reason. It is important the community knows a life is at risk and the situation is as real as it gets.

 Thursday, KOLR10 looked at the Amber Alert system from the perspective of a police agency that needs to get information to the Missouri State Highway patrol quickly to have an Amber Alert activated. What was found was in the middle of this urgent process local agencies are required to fill out a three page form by hand and then fax or email it in. In the middle of a crucial investigation, it involves a game of telephone and less than cutting edge technology.


Moorers in custody in connection with Heather Elvis case, police confirm, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Sidney and Tammy Moorer were taken into custody by police Friday morning as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Heather Elvis, Horry County Police officials confirmed.


Heather Elvis' family speaks after police arrest two in missing daughter's case

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - News of people being arrested in the Heather Elvis case is what her family has been waiting to hear for months.

 Heather's mom, Debbie Elvis, told News13's Meghan Miller via phone Friday morning that "Right now, they are hoping today's activity could help them find more answers in the Heather's disappearance."


School district: No hint of danger with employee now accused of kidnapping, killing Springfield girl ( Hailey Owens )

A top Springfield school official said if there was any inkling that Craig Michael Wood “could have been a danger” he wouldn’t have been allowed to work with students.

 Parker McKenna, chief human resources officer for the district, said the district followed its internal policies as well as the state law — which requires comprehensive background checks followed by annual reviews — in this situation.


Wood family releases statement following the death of Hailey Owens

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Hailey Owens (family photos)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The family of accused murderer Craig Michael Wood released a statement Thursday night following the death of 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield.

Mo Jim and Genie Wood released this statement through a family spokesman: "They join the rest of the community in praying as their hearts pour out to the Owens family."


Judge: Terri Moulton’s lawyers can’t depose gardener ( Kyron Horman )

Friends: Accused killer of Mo. girl was gentle, quiet ( Hailey Owens )

Missing Young Mother Found Dead Near 30th Street Station ( Nadia Malik )

AC360 Exclusive interview with Juror Number Eight in the Michael Dunn trial: 'Everyone is making this a white or black thing, and it's not'( Michael Dunn )

It's the question everyone is asking about the Michael Dunn trial: Did race play a role? Juror Number Eight is breaking her silence.

 She is just one of two African-Americans on the jury. She is just 21-years-old making her the youngest juror. She told Alina Machado the jury did, "what we were supposed to do."


Jury foreman, victim's brother weigh in on Amanda Hayes ( Laura Ackerson)

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- One day after a jury found Amanda Hayes guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Laura Ackerson, ABC11 got exclusive insight and reaction to the verdict.


Rayne Perrywinkle custody hearing moved ( Cherish Perrywinkle )

It was unclear why the hearing was moved or the new date.

 The state removed the 4- and 6-year-old sisters from Perrywinkle in July after 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle was abducted June 21 from a Lem Turner Road Walmart, sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped in a wooded area near a church.


Murder of 6-year-old Lay'la Jones nets Rico Saldana life without parole

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SAGINAW, MI — A judge ordered Rico A. Saldana on Thursday, Feb. 20, to serve life in prison without parole for his role in a drive-by shooting that killed 6-year-old Lay'la Jones.

 It's the same sentence his friend received last year in connection with Jones' murder and one his codefendant, Michael D. Lawrence, will receive when he's sentenced next week.


Michael Dunn Prosecutor Talks to 'New Day' ( Angela Cory )

Cops: Missouri girl shot in head, body put in trash bags( Hailey Owens )

Disturbing new details have emerged in the abduction and murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, who was snatched off the street in Springfield, Missouri, as she walked home from a friend’s house Tuesday afternoon.

 Craig Michael Wood, a 45-year-old middle school coach from Ash Grove, has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and child kidnapping. He could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted.


Case of mother who rolled over baby reopened ( Rachel Fryer )

Witnesses report heavy drug use in Lincoln Park murder trial; sister claims defendant is being railroaded ( Deborah Seifert )

DETROIT — Two former housemates of Gerald Dennis Jr. testified in his murder trial Wednesday of heavy drug use in the small house on College Avenue in Lincoln Park.

 Dennis, 45, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his sister, Deborah Seifert, who owned the house. His attorney, James Schlaff, says Dennis has an acute form of schizophrenia. He was found competent to stand trial.


Aurora Theater Shooting: First Evaluation Almost Certainly Finds Suspect Insane ( James Holmes )

Yesterday, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour ordered a new sanity evaluation for the Aurora theater shooter. In a lengthy (and heavily redacted) ruling, Judge Samour found that the suspect's initial sanity evaluation was inadequate.

 The judge also refused to appoint one of the prosecution's experts as the new evaluator. Rather, the judge ordered the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (one of Colorado's two state mental health hospitals) to appoint a new, independent evaluator.

The Institute has until March 10, 2014 to appoint the evaluator, and the new evaluation report is due to the court in July of 2014.


Terri Horman's lawyer blocked from questioning landscaper ( Kyron Horman )

PORTLAND -- Terri Horman's lawyer will not be allowed to question a former family landscaper as part of his client's child custody battle with Kaine Horman.


Tyler Hadley, Man Who Killed Parents With Hammer and Then Threw a Party, Changes Plea

Tyler Hadley, the 17-year old Port St. Lucie man who killed both of his parents with a hammer, and then immediately threw a house party, has changed his plea to no contest on Wednesday.

 The plea means Hadley could face 25 years-to-life in prison.


15-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Kills 14-Year-Old Teen, ( Amber Hellesten ) Charges Upgraded To Murder ( Azim Chaplin )

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced formal murder charges today against 15-year-old Amber Hellesten. The teen is now facing murder, aggravated, and simple assault charges for the alleged stabbing and murder of 14-year-old Azim Chaplin.

 Officials say the stabbing on Feb. 11 left Azim clinging to life. He was alive for several days before he died on Sunday. Reports indicate Hellesten allegedly stabbed Azim near the heart with a pocket knife.


Miranda's dad supports daughter's execution if verdict is guilty ( Miranda Barbour )

SUNBURY — If Miranda Barbour is convicted in the murder of Troy LaFerrara and sentenced to death, Sonny Dean says he will hold the hand of LaFerrara’s widow as his daughter is executed.

 Dean on Wednesday also said he believes his daughter may have been involved in one murder other than her alleged participation in the slaying of LaFerrara, the 42-year-old Port Trevorton resident who was fatally stabbed Nov. 11 in Sunbury.


Sonny Dean, Father Of Craigslist Killer Suspect Miranda Barbour, Calls Her A Liar

Defense Attorney's Slip on Ice Delays Accused Wife Killer's ( Anita "Jeanie" Kustok )

Seven women, five men and three alternate jurors were gathered in the Bridgeview courtroom to hear the case against Allan Kustok. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old killed his wife with a .357-caliber revolver he'd given her several weeks earlier for their 34th wedding anniversary.

Anita "Jeanie" Kustok was a teacher at Central Elementary School in Riverside and the mother of former Northwestern University quarterback Zak Kustok and sports journalist Sarah Kustok (Disclosure: Sarah Kustok is a former fill-in sports reporter for NBC Chicago).


Missing mom and kids from Miami-Dade found California; taken into custody ( Pena Siblings )

Three children from Florida children missing since Friday have been found safe in California.

Their mother, along with her boyfriend, are in custody, according to Miami Dade Schools Police.

 On Friday, Carrie Weingarth picked up her son, Erin Pena, from Gulfstream Elementary and left town with him and her two younger sons Steven and Derrick Pena.

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911 calls from 15 year-old's murder released by LRPD ( Adrian Broadway )

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Jodi Arias: Jury Can’t Find Out What I Think of My Lawyer or Former Cellmate

Jodi Arias doesn’t want the jury in the next part of her trial–the sentencing phase–to know what she thinks about her lawyer or one of her former cellmates.

Two motions filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court asks Judge Sherry Stephens to not reveal information about Arias lawyer Kirk Nurmi or former cellmate Cassandra Collins.


Dog that savaged six-day-old baby to death 'was brought home from the PUB as a new pet by her father just a few months ago'

A newborn girl has been killed by a dog that her father brought home from a pub, it was reported yesterday.

 The body of six-day-old Eliza-Mae Martha Mullane was found by her mother Sharon John after the infant was apparently mauled by a male Alaskan Malamute, a powerful, husky-type dog bred for pulling sleds.

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Update: Dallas police found 15-year-old runaway and former teacher at motel in southeast Dallas

Update at 2:05 p.m. February 19: Lt. Max Geron, a spokesman for the Dallas police Department, offers just a little more detail concerning the apprehension of Scott Paul Alcaraz, who was indeed with Emelin Lazo.

Geron says officers received a tip that they might be able to find the runaway and the sex-assault suspect at a motel in southeast Dallas. And, sure enough, he says, around noon on Wednesday officers saw them walking near a motel. He does not say which one.


Ryan Uhre's Body Found, Autopsy Underway

Charges in girl's death could bring death penalty; witnesses tried to keep her from being abducted

Hailey Owens tried to get away.

But witnesses saw a man now identified as Craig Michael Wood grab her and toss her into his vehicle, authorities say, “like a rag doll.”


Chick-fil-A employees help parents find runaway daughter

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