STRATTON, Maine (AP) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says a Maine mom burned her 4-year-old daughter with a wood-engraving tool as punishment.
Detectives charged 39-year-old Jessica LaPlante of Stratton with assault after an investigation that started when the girl's father filed a complaint with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Pontiac— A 78-year-old Waterford Township woman testified Wednesday her son handcuffed her inside their garage for nearly four hours, trying to kill her with carbon monoxide fumes from a truck.
Adam D. Lutz, 46, is charged with assault with intent to murder, attempted murder, torture and unlawful imprisonment in the Aug. 26, 2013, incident on Coseyburn Road where he lived with his mother, Gloriann Lutz.
Dressed in a pink sweater, lime green skirt and looking more mature than her 7 years, a Philadelphia girl who was abducted last year from her kindergarten and raped repeatedly testified Wednesday in a hushed courtroom about her 19-hour ordeal.
When jurors filed into a Maricopa County Superior Court room for the last time Thursday, none of them looked at Bryan Wayne Hulsey, the man they'd convicted of killing Glendale police Officer Anthony Holly in a 2007 traffic stop.
When they read out their verdicts one by one, confirming that he'll be the first man sentenced to die by lethal injection since a drawn-out execution last month, Hulsey passed judgment on his jury.
LAS CRUCES >> Federal authorities have arrested a Las Cruces man for threatening a mass shooting at New Mexico State University in May.
Zachary M. Hess, 19, was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center at 8:25 a.m. Monday, the same day officials unsealed documents in federal court detailing the allegations. He's charged with making a threat online.
A former Marine accused of having an affair with the 19-year-old wife of a fellow Marine pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges in her death, officials said.
Former Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, 24, was extradited from Alaska to Southern California and entered the not guilty plea in Joshua Tree Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.
A father has been arrested in connection with the death of his infant son.
Everton Oneal Bryan, 20, is charged with murder and injury to a child with serious bodily injury.
According to Houston police, his son, Daniel, was transported to Texas Children's Hospital on Aug. 21. The infant had suffered several blunt trauma injuries and died a few days later at the hospital, police said.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A woman is in police custody after allegedly killing her father Monday night.
The woman who called asked officers to check on the welfare of her daughter, 23-year-old Jacklynn Murphy and her ex-husband. The woman told offices that Murphy told her over the phone that she killed her father.
The future of preventing date rape may soon be at the tip of your finger—literally.
A group of undergrad students at North Carolina State University have invented a nail polish called “Undercover Colors” that changes hue when it comes into contact with Rohypnol (“roofie”), GHB, and other more common date rape drugs.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -
A man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in Springfield last February appeared in court on Tuesday for a motions hearing. The defense attorney, prosecuting attorney and judge discussed various motions and procedures, and possible trial dates for Craig Wood, but no decisions or agreements were made, except that a jury from outside Greene County will hear the case.
Wood is accused of killing Hailey Owens, 10. Police found her body at his home in central Springfield a few hours after a man grabbed her off a street near her home, threw her in a pickup and drove away on the afternoon of Feb. 18.
A North Little Rock man set his girlfriend on fire and doused her in gasoline, causing fatal injuries that burned more than 90 percent of her body, after threatening to do so on multiple occasions, prosecutors said at the beginning of Matthew Nichols' capital murder trial Tuesday.
Opening statements began a day after jurors were seated in the trial in Pulaski County Circuit Court of Nichols, 47, who is charged in the May 20, 2013, burning death of 38-year-old Jessie McFadden at the couple's home on Water Street.
PROVO — A 4th District Court judge allowed yet another delay Monday in the oft-delayed cases of Martin MacNeill.
The Utah doctor and lawyer was set to be sentenced for forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony. A jury in July convicted MacNeill, 58, of abusing his adult daughter a month after he murdered his wife in 2007.
Elev8.com reports Al Sharpton and Kimora Lee Simmons are among other notables who offered to pay the services, but Alpha has stepped to the plate and requested that the expenses not be shared with any other person or organization.
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DNA testing has been completed on human remains recently found in Florida that attracted the attention of Horry County police investigating the disappearance of Heather Elvis, according to a Florida law enforcement agency.
But the findings are creating more questions than answers since the remains still have not been positively unidentified.
British police are believed to be preparing to head back to Portugal as part of renewed investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
A group of detectives from Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange are reportedly set to travel back to the holiday resort of Praia da Luz next month, from where the-then three-year-old Madeleine was taken in 2007.
FALL RIVER — Cleaning ladies testified at the grand jury investigating disgraced ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee that she was “snobby and lazy” but they never told her about the guns they saw stashed around the former tight end’s North Attleboro home, her lawyer said today.
Janice Bassil, Shayanna Jenkins’ lawyer, said that is one of the reasons her client did not know how many guns Hernandez had hidden around their home when prosecutors questioned her about it.
NEW YORK --
A child care worker charged with killing a toddler in her home told police she threw the boy to the floor and stepped on him three times, and after that, he could no longer walk on his own, authorities said.
Athena Skeeter, 40, was arraigned Sunday on charges of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
It's now been almost six months since 2 year old Myra Lewis vanished from her home in Camden. Friday her parents spoke to us exclusively about her unexplained disappearance, and why they continue to believe she'll be returned home safely.
HYDERABAD: A baby girl aged below one was found abandoned at a graveyard at Subhodaya Colony in Meerpet here Sunday. Locals, who noticed the baby crying, alerted the police who immediately shifted her to a child protection centre.
The police suspect the baby’s parents/guardians must have left her to her fate at the graveyard, considering her a burden.
Theodore Wafer testified that he shot Renisha McBride in self-defense, but according to one juror in the murder trial, “no one believed it.”
Why? Because on the stand, Wafer claimed he was protecting himself when he shot the 19-year-old on his Dearborn Heights porch, but he told police the shooting was an accident, said the juror, who spoke to the Free Press on the condition of anonymity.
Delaware's Board of Pardons has a denied a commutation request from a child molester who also has been named a person of interest in the 1975 disappearance of two sisters in Maryland.
Fifty-seven-year-old Lloyd Lee Welch was sentenced in 1998 to life in prison, suspended after 33 years behind bars, for unlawful intercourse, unlawful sexual penetration and unlawful sexual contact. Board members agreed to reject his commutation application without a hearing in advance of Thursday's monthly meeting.
NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Local law enforcement agencies held a 10:00 am press conference at the Nampa Police station regarding the investigation into Selena Dawn Thomas's homicide.
At the conference, leaders from Nampa Polce Department, Caldwell Police Department and the Canyon County Sheriff's Department, along with Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor gave details about her disappearance.
Overcome with grief, Shonece Rodgers sat on the couch in her San Francisco apartment Wednesday, surrounded by family members and friends, and struggled to make sense of losing her 2-year-old daughter in a hit-and-run crash downtown.
Rodgers doesn't blame her sister - who was arrested in the little girl's death by police, who said she had left the toddler alone in the middle of a busy street - and said she wants her out of jail immediately. She said the investigation should focus solely on the driver, who remains at large.
A 5-day-old New Jersey boy is in critical but stable condition after he stopped breathing suddenly over the weekend, possibly because of a bacterial infection, his parents say.
The boy's grandmother called 911 Saturday afternoon to report the Hopatcong infant appeared jaundiced and "non-reactive," while the child's mother, Andrea Suarez, frantically tried to revive little Maddox.
GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 4-year-old girl was inside an office where drugs were found during a police search, officers said.
Tracey Charles Nichols, 45, and Orie Marcia Made, 32, both appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon and were charged with first-degree child neglect, delivery and possession of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
HICKORY, N.C. – Zahra Baker’s murder was covered across at least three continents and in virtually every major American news outlet. It was a complex case that took almost three years to come to a conclusion.
Zahra was born in Australia and moved to America with her father and stepmother when she was 8 years old. She had already survived two bouts of cancer.
n Washington 21/2 years ago, the nation's top civil-rights enforcer, Thomas Perez at the U.S. Department of Justice, sat down with Sanford's mayor, city manager and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and promised to investigate whether Trayvon Martin was the victim of something more heinous than a homicide.
Was he also the victim of a killer intent on harming him because he was black?
The doctor who autopsied Trayvon Martin, and later raised eyebrows with his uneven testimony during the trial of George Zimmerman, has released an ebook in which he argues prosecutors "hoped to lose the case."
Despite that claim, "Dead Men Can't Lie," the 37-page ebook by Dr. Shiping Bao, offers no proof.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two people have been arrested and charged in connection to the mauling death of a child in Goulds.
Four year old Javon Dade Jr. was attacked and killed by his father’s dog, or dogs, on Wednesday, August 13th, in the yard of his father’s home on SW 123rd Avenue about a block south of SW 228th Street.
FOWLER, N.Y. —
A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said.
St. Lawrence County Sherriff's Sgt. Brooks Bigwarfe said Thursday that Nicole Vaisey admitted she and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells Jr., lured the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters to their car with an offer to pet a dog and then Howells shoved them in.
ARMADA, Mich. (Gina Damron and Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press)-- A month after April Millsap's body was found near the Macomb Orchard trail, police continue to investigate the Armada teen's killing.
A person with knowledge of the investigation said authorities are investigating that Millsap had a shoe print on her upper torso.
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.
Christopher Lee, 24, admitted conducting Internet searches on human body disposal, and a witness told detectives that Lee asked him "what was the best way to dispose of a human body," a sheriff's investigator wrote in a document filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court in support of an arrest warrant.
The fatal beating Gabriel Fernandez took on May 22, 2013, in a Palmdale apartment is just part of what could be described as a living nightmare for the little boy, that according to grand jury transcripts which led to murder charges against his mother, Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre.
Gabriel's older brother, Ezequiel, says on a daily basis Gabriel was gagged with a sock and bandana and stuffed into a small cabinet locked from the outside with handcuffs.
BALI, Indonesia - A Chicago woman and her boyfriend - who are accused of killing the woman's mother on the Indonesia resort island of Bali - were placed on suicide watch in jail, police say, according to Reuters.
Bali police spokesman Hery Wiyanto said Heather Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were depressed and their mental state is being checked every day, according to the news outlet.
An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.
Arias briefly addressed the judge Wednesday morning before the courtroom was closed to the media and public.
The judge then granted Arias' request, setting a new retrial date for Sept. 29.
BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing he was suspected of carrying out the 2013 attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
DETROIT (WJBK) - Little Kaylah Hunter and Kristian Justice are still missing from Detroit months after their mother, Alicia Fox, was found murdered. Now, some volunteers pray that a new discovery might be the hope the children's family has been waiting for.
(CNN) -- Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of killing the pregnant wife of a Marine in California.
Erin Corwin, 19 and three months pregnant, had been missing since June 28 after she said she was going to Joshua Tree National Park to scout trails. Over the weekend, searchers found her body about 140 feet down a mine shaft.
Despite presiding over countless trials, fighting for adequate state court funding, and taking leadership roles in professional activities such as the Florida Innocence Commission, Judge Belvin Perry will likely always be remembered for his work on one particular criminal trial.
"If I could write what I wanted people to remember me by, it would not be the Casey Anthony case," said Perry. "It was just by pure fate I got that case."
Six months after a little girl was kidnapped and murdered in Springfield, friends and family will gather Monday to celebrate her 11th birthday. Hailey Owens would have been in fifth grade this school year.
A birthday party is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on South Scenic.
Ronald Haskell, the man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family and injuring a 15-year-old girl, was not present for a scheduled court appearance Monday morning.
Officials said he did not appear before a judge because he was being evaluated.
The last time Haskell was in court, he collapsed to the floor after hearing the capital murder charge and the evidence against him.
Searchers discovered the body of missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot mine shaft on Bureau of Land Management land in the Mojave Desert, law enforcement officials announced Monday.
Dental records were needed to confirm Corwin's identity. An autopsy conducted Monday morning concluded the manner of death to be homicide, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.
BOSTON – The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is seeking to have perjury charges dismissed.
Shayanna Jenkins' lawyers filed a motion in county court in Fall River stating that prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence to a grand jury. The defense's legal memorandum supporting the arguments was filed under seal.
Oscar Pistorius will soon learn his fate for shooting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa is scheduled to render a verdict Sept. 11, and the ruling can go several ways.
The prosecution wants Pistorius to be found guilty of premeditated murder.
A friend of the man who police say shot two relatives and killed his 3-year-old daughter says Frederick Roy Miller is "not a monster."
Prince George's County police said Miller, 38, shot two of his relatives at a home on Farmer Place in Fort Washington Saturday afternoon. A police pursuit began shortly after on Branch Avenue, where Miller was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with officers.
PORT ORCHARD — Despite an official hearing on the issue Monday, the parents of slain 6-year-old Jenise Wright still don’t know when they will regain custody of their other three children who were removed by Child Protective Services.
At a hearing Monday afternoon, Jim and Denise Wright, of East Bremerton, learned their kids will remain with their grandparents until further notice.
CONWAY, N.H. - The New Hampshire teenager who returned nine months after she vanished on the way home from school was violently abducted by a stranger and "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence" for many months, her lawyers said in a statement.
The three lawyers put out a statement Tuesday on behalf of Abigail Hernandez and her mother. It was featured on the "Bring Abby Home" website created after the 14-year-old disappeared Oct. 9 on her way home from school in Conway, a small tourist town in northeastern New Hampshire.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) --
The only survivor of a double murder-suicide shooting that left a mother and her son dead is out of the hospital and speaking for the first time about the violence that left her family dead.
The Missouri Highway Patrol "will be directing the team that provides security" in Ferguson, Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday.
Nixon said he decided to put the state's highway patrol in charge of security because "at this particular point, the attitudes weren't improving, and the blocks towards expression appeared to be a flashpoint, and that if we put some people first, that we'd be in a better situation."
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday's death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, told reporters earlier in the day that the St. Louis County investigation of the shooting could take weeks to complete.
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- A third indictment has expanded the criminal case accusing an 18-year-old San Tan Valley man of sexual assaults and other sex crimes.
The Pinal County Attorney's Office on Wednesday announced that a third indictment was issued Aug. 6 against Tyler Kost of San Tan Valley, charging him with one count each of attempted sexual assault and attempted child molestation of a victim under the age of 15.
LONGVIEW, Wash. -- Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies say a 1-year-old baby they say was being hidden from authorities by its mother is now in the custody of protective services.
They say the baby of 30-year-old Christina Char Moore was dropped off at the home of a family friend by an unknown woman a little before 3 p.m. Wednesday. The baby was then turned over to child protective services.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -
Late Wednesday the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning ordered an emergency closure of Generation Kids Daycare, the Brunswick day care center where a 3-month-old died Tuesday.
Changing attitudes towards sex and increasing parental awareness of statutory rape laws could be reasons the number of rape cases in Singapore has jumped by almost half, say experts.
Police revealed yesterday that 91 rape cases were reported in the first six months of this year - 30 more than the 61 over the same period last year. There were 120 reported rape cases in the whole of last year, marking a gradual slide over recent years, until now.
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who raped and killed a college student was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the chance of parole after the victim’s family tearfully and angrily lamented what he took from them.
Seth Mazzaglia, 31, received the maximum sentence Thursday for the killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, of Westborough, Massachusetts.
FALL RIVER — The cousin of Aaron Hernandez became the first person in the football star’s inner circle to face punishment, and a judge’s scorn, when she pleaded guilty Tuesday to contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury in connection with Hernandez’s murder case.
Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh upbraided Tanya Singleton, saying she had openly flouted the law and would have surely faced jail time if she were not afflicted with terminal breast cancer that prison doctors cannot effectively treat.