KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Officers responded to a call on Joe Lewis road around midnight Monday morning on a report of a sexual assault on a child. According to investigators, the mother of the child along with another witness came home and found the man sexually assaulting the child. Officers say the suspect left the apartment on foot. According to investigators, the man was babysitting the victim along with two of the victim’s siblings, as well as two other small children.
An Oswego man was arrested Tuesday on charges of raping and sexually abusing multiple children and one adult, police said. Richard Graham Jr., 33, of Furniss Station Road was charged with 20 felonies and two misdemeanors after he raped and sexually abuse children, and raped one adult, Oswego County sheriff’s deputies said. The charges were predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri – Two Independence women were charged Tuesday with child abuse after prosecutors say a 10-year-old was beaten, neglected and locked in the basement. Chianna Hendrix, 25, and LaTrecia Hendrix, 36, were arrested on suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child, a Class B felony, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. They are being held in the Jackson County Detention Center on $100,000 bond each.
OHIO – Authorities say a mother allegedly traded her 11-year-old daughter to a drug dealer for sex in exchange for heroin. According to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, this occurred multiple times between February and June 2014. The girl’s mother, 30-year-old April Corcoran, allegedly gave her daughter to 41-year-old Shandell Willingham, who had sex with the girl and occasionally videotaped the incidents, according to prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, who detailed the charges in a news release. Corcoran is also accused of giving her daughter heroin, authorities said.
MICHIGAN – The mother of two Detroit children whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their home was charged with child abuse Wednesday and could face more serious charges once investigators determine how the boy and girl died. Mitchelle Blair, 35, was arrested Tuesday after court officers serving an eviction notice at her home opened the freezer and found the bodies of her daughter Stoni Ann Blair and her son Stephen Gage Berry. The county medical examiner was hoping to conduct autopsies on the children’s bodies Wednesday but had to wait until they had fully thawed. The police, meanwhile, weren’t saying much about their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the children’s deaths and the conditions in the home near downtown Detroit, where Blair’s other two children had also been living.
CHAUVIN, La. – A 26-year old Chauvin man charged with raping a girl multiple times between ages 6 and 9 was sentenced to 60 years in prison, the Terrebonne District Attorney’s Office said. Ronny Anthony Goubert, of 5912 Joyce St., pleaded guilty Monday to sexual battery in state District Court in Houma as part of a plea agreement, Assistant District Attorney Bud Barnes said. Goubert, who could have received up to 99 years in prison, is required to serve up to 85 percent of his sentence, or about 50 years, before he becomes eligible for parole, Barnes said.
TEXAS – U.S. Marshals are searching for a fugitive last seen in Williamson County. He’s a wanted man accused of sexually assaulting a child. That child says the abuse started when she was seven and continued until she was 13. Shortly after the outcry, police in Taylor interviewed 76-year-old Donald Kleen. “During that time he admits to having some type of sexual intercourse with this young victim,” says Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla. The Taylor Police Department then filed a warrant for Kleen’s arrest in February 2015. Filla says officers searched for Kleen but his whereabouts have been unknown. Now officers need your help finding him. Kleen has lived in Taylor, Georgetown and Hawaii.
WILMINGTON, Delaware – A former Delaware deputy attorney general has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Thirty-five-year-old Daniel Simmons of Pike Creek pleaded guilty Monday morning in New Castle County Superior Court to one count of fourth-degree rape. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 16 and must register as a Tier II (medium-risk) sex offender. He remains free on bail pending sentencing.
Human remains were found inside a wood stove at the North Carolina home of a man charged with killing a contestant from the TV show “Food Network Star,” her husband and their unborn child, according to a sheriff. Suspect, Robert Jason Owens, told investigators that he stored and destroyed the bodies of a Buncombe County couple, according to warrants. Joseph “JT” Codd, 45, and Cristie Schoen-Codd, 38, were reported missing on Sunday by family members after Cristie didn’t arrive in Mississippi like she was expected to. Christie Shoen-Cood was a contestant on the TV show “Food Network Star.”
Alaska – Human remains and clothing found on a trail northwest of Kenai on Saturday night may be linked to a family of four who went missing from the area last May, the Kenai Police Department said Sunday. Rebecca Adams, 23, her two children Michelle Hundley, 6, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, and Adams’ boyfriend Brandon Jividen, 37, were last seen in late May at their apartment in the Kenai Peninsula town of about 7,000. Their family dog “Sparks” vanished with them. The family’s sudden disappearance spurred one of the biggest search efforts the Peninsula has seen and made national headlines.
PALM BAY, Florida– A Florida woman was charged with murder Saturday in the deaths of two of her children, according to the Palm Bay Police Department. Another child was injured. Jessica McCarty, 33, of Palm Bay was being held held without bond at the Brevard County jail. She is also facing an attempted murder charge. The cause of death of the two children, identified as 7-year-old Laci McCarty and 6-year-old Philip McCarty, had not been determined. The other child, 5-month-old Christopher Swist, was described as being in critical condition.
A babysitter in Elkhart County is facing a felony charge after investigators say a toddler died in her care. WSBT 22 learned Jackie Rolston lied to police about how 19-month-old Kirk Coleman died in her care, and it’s not the first time she has been accused of child abuse. Monday, Angie Garza and her family picked out a headstone for her dead grandson. Tuesday – his birthday – they spent St. Patrick’s Day at the cemetery celebrating a little boy they loved so much. “He would have been two,” Garza said. “That was a bad day.”
GADSDEN, Alabama — Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison. A jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a “drill sergeant from hell,” a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. The sentencing phase — a mini-trial within the trial — is to begin Monday, the judge said. The jury will hear additional testimony and make a decision on whether to recommend life without parole or death for Garrard, but the final decision is up to Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree under Alabama law.
The bodies of five dead babies have been found hidden in a house in France – four in the freezer and one in a portable cooler. Police made the macabre discovery after a 40-year-old father called them at 7am in the town of Louchats, in the south west, close to Bordeaux. In what is believed to be the worst case of infanticide in the country this century, the farmer first of all said he had found a tiny body in the thermally insulated container, one normally used to keep cold drinks.
Betrayal is a gross violation of trust and can be one of the most devastating forms of pain inflicted upon a human being. The suffering of betrayal is often magnified by a sense of vulnerability and exposure. For many, the pain of betrayal is worse than physical violence, deceit, or prejudice. Betrayal destroys the foundation of trust. It’s a shame when innocent people are betrayed and hurt by people they once loved and trusted. The emotional and physical pain inflicted with this type of betrayal can traumatize the victim for a lifetime. The closer the relationship, the greater the pain of betrayal.
NORTH CAROLINA – A teen accused of killing three children with a machete faced a judge this afternoon in Craven County. Eh Lar Doh Htoo was charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of the 1, 5 and 12 year old brothers, while he is facing assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for injuries to their mother. Htoo is a Burmese refugee, as were the victims. District Attorney Scott Thomas said the first appearance was delayed from this morning as they worked to get a translator that speaks the Karen dialect of Burmese. They received the okay to use an interpreter via a phone connection.
FLORIDA – A grandmother has been arrested following horrific allegations of abuse. Linda Brantly of Orange County, Florida has been accused of chaining her three elementary school-aged children to her washing machine with dog collars and forcing them to sleep on the floor. She would also make the children to plank or raise their hands in the air for extended periods of time as punishment. Even worse, these allegations were discovered as the three children were being interviewed about possible sexual abuse they had suffered at the hands of a family member.
The teenagers would get together before school and at lunch to talk about a group project: the murder of a classmate, said police in Tucson, Arizona. But the plot fell apart when another teenager informed on them, police said. The five students at Flowing Wells High were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Dugan.
LONG BEACH, California — Police released new evidence in the case of a 3-week-old baby found dead in a dumpster after her family members were shot in their Long Beach home in January. The evidence includes surveillance video and sketches of suspects believed to be involved in the death of Eliza Delacruz. In the surveillance footage, Eliza and her mother are seen getting off a bus at Del Amo Boulevard at Long Beach Boulevard on Jan. 3 around 4:15 p.m.
He had a job where he helped lead young men and women but Michigan police say he was hiding a deep, disturbing secret. 52-year-old David Huntley was arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges. The former substitute teacher in Monroe reportedly admitted his deep, dark, and sick secrets to police last week. On Wednesday, we learned more about the man and how he was arrested. Investigators said on Friday that they discovered between 300,000 and 400,000 pictures of child pornography and that was only the beginning. It’s what lead Lt. Tony Cuevas to call it “one of the largest child pornography collections in Michigan’s history.”
DETROIT – Detroit police are searching for 13-year-old Mikayla Champion, who was last seen Thursday at around 10 p.m. at W. 7 Mile Road and Telegraph Road at the BP gas station. She was seen at the gas station with an unknown man (pictured below) that she met online, authorities say. Champion left her home in the 22500 block of Frisbee Street shortly before she was seen at the gas station.
A police officer for the town of Oakland in west Orange County has been accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl at a Lakeland home.Joshua David Smith, 32, was arrested Wednesday evening, hours after admitting to the abuse in online messages with an undercover FBI agent, according to Smith’s arrest report.
An Ohio mother is accused of decapitating her 3-month-old baby girl with a chef’s knife on Monday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at a press conference Tuesday. Deasia Watkins, 20, is charged with aggravated murder for the death of her daughter, Janiyah Watkins. Deters told reporters his office expects to present the case to a grand jury early next week. He added that he doesn’t anticipate seeking a death penalty specification, noting the mother appeared to be suffering from serious mental illness.
A 911 call has been released in the case of a pregnant Colorado woman who police say had her unborn baby cut from her womb by a woman who allegedly posted a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. Police in Colorado say a pregnant woman was stabbed and had her fetus cut from her womb after answering a Craigslist ad posted by the suspect for baby clothes. Authorities responded to a home in Longmont on Wednesday after a woman was heard inside screaming for help. Inside the home, police say they found a 26-year-old pregnant woman suffering from stab wounds to her abdomen. The victim told police her fetus had been cut out of her womb.
BROCKTON, Massachusetts —A Brockton couple pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child in Brockton Superior Court Monday afternoon. The couple, David and Kathy Oaks, faced 38 charges between them of child rape and sexual abuse, according to police. The charges stemmed from activity that police said happened between 2000 and 2008. David Oaks was sentenced Monday to 15 to 20 years in state prison. Upon release, he will be placed on probation for 10 years and be required to wear a GPS monitoring device.
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