Police believe a 78-year-old man shot dead his daughter, 39, and 11-year-old granddaughter in a tragic murder-suicide at their home in Seattle, Washington on Monday. The bodies of grandfather Honorario Yango, his daughter Christine Dela Isla and granddaughter Anahlia Cowherd were found by local police around 8:15pm after the suspected shooter’s 10-year-old grandson called 911. While police have not yet released a motive in the murder-suicide, Anahlia’s personal blog tells the shocking story of how she was allegedly sexually-abused by her grandfather for years and how he threatened to kill her just hours before her death.
A father with a history of domestic abuse has been arrested on suspicion of killing his two-month-old son who was found beaten to death with bite marks covering his body. Emery Jenkins, who turns 38 today, was arrested after the lifeless body of his son, Joseph, was found at the family home in Deer River, Minnesota on October 16. Paramedics performed CPR on the child in a desperate bid to save his life but to no avail.
A woman whose severely disabled son died after alcohol was put in his IV was released from jail Tuesday after a judge set bail, saying prosecutors couldn’t prove she intended to kill the child. Judge Robert Bent said prosecutors have ‘a viable manslaughter case’ against Melissa Robitille in the August 22 death of 13-year-old Isaac Robitille, but not a second-degree murder case. Intent is necessary for a second-degree murder charge. Robitille’s attorney, Robert Sussman, said she was released Tuesday afternoon, hours after Bent set her $25,000 unsecured bail.
SANTA FE, Texas — An accused child killer was set free after the county’s medical examiner misplaced the evidence needed to convict her, prosecutors said. In March 2013, Taylor Moore, 4, was critically injured while staying with her father and his girlfriend, Laura Kolb, 38, in their apartment here. Taylor’s dad, Kevin Moore, and Kolb had had an argument, police said.
A foster father who confessed to multiple instances of abuse against his disabled foster child is set to spend years behind bars. Dr. Dennis Sullivan faces a prison sentence of 43 months which was handed down on Friday. The 51-year-old Benedict, Minnesota resident earlier entered a guilty plea on August 25 for attempted first-degree assault, according to the media outlet. On that day, Sullivan reportedly confessed to covering his 10-year-old foster son’s mouth with his hand on June 17 after jamming a latex glove in his mouth.
NORTH CAROLINA – On Monday night, in Lumberton, N.C. a homeowner’s worst nightmare came true. According to the Robeson Sheriff’s Office, an innocent knock at the door turned into a gun battle with one dead. Carolina Live, citing the Roberson Sheriff’s Office, said around 10 p.m. an unknown man knocked on the door of a home along Yedda Road. The man reportedly told the homeowner his car was having mechanical problems, and he needed water. Just as this was happening, according to Carolina Live, two other men, dressed in black with ski masks and gloves busted through the door and made their way inside. Once the suspects made their way in, it was soon apparent they weren’t just there for money.
A federal judge in Alabama threw the book at a local Lauderdale Couple for sexually abusing a child and producing child pornography. WAFF said Matthew Ayers, 42, and Patricia Ayers, 34, are both responsible for the sexual abuse of a child in their custody and take pictures of the behavior to manufacture the child porn. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler said, “I have been on the bench since 1998, and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with, including murders. You robbed this child of her childhood and her soul, and a maximum sentence is the only sentence appropriate.”
A registered sex offender is charged with sexual assault and super-aggravated sexual assault of a child after raping a teen and a toddler, infecting them both with HIV, police say. David R. Wilson, 33, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and a two-year-old girl and infecting them with various sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, herpes, and chlamydia. The enhanced charge of super-aggravated sexual assault of a child is due to the age of the younger victim, who was just 23 months old at the time of the alleged abuse.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search by thousands that took weeks and left the campus and community on edge. University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. The remains were found Oct. 18 about 12 miles from the Charlottesville campus, in a heavily wooded area of Albemarle County that is home to rolling hills and horse farms.
TLC has pulled the plug on its hit reality showHere Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports surfaced that star “Mama June” Shannon is dating a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel. Honey Boo Boo was a spinoff of the hit reality series Toddlers and Tiaras. It follows 9-year-old pageant star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family. On Thursday, TMZ posted a cuddly photo of Shannon, 35, and McDaniel, who was convicted of aggravated child molestation and imprisoned in 2004. Allegedly the 8-year-old victim was related to Shannon’s family.
MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON – Two students are dead and four more are injured after a school shooting in Washington state. Gunman Jaylen Fryberg is dead, police have confirmed. He committed suicide after opening fire inside the cafeteria around 10:45 a.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. He is believed to be the only suspect in the shooting and used a Beretta .40-caliber handgun, federal law enforcement said.
GLENDALE, Arizona – A 29-year-old man is accused of child abuse after the death of a 2-year-old boy in Glendale. The case began in January when Glendale police and fire personnel responded to a call of an unresponsive child at an apartment complex near 51st and Northern avenues. The child was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A doctor who examined the child noted several areas of bruising, according to court documents.
ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that 18 people were arrested on Wednesday in a child pornography bust. GBI officials said that the investigation began in July and focused on people sharing child pornography on the Internet. A total of 595 digital devices were taken in the investigation, and all the individuals were charged with computer pornography and child exploitation.
She shot to fame with a provocative Calvin Klein ad campaign in the seventies and starring roles in the films The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love in the eighties. Yet behind the glitz and glamour that accompanied her celebrity, Brooke Shields recalls a childhood that was overshadowed by her mother’s dependency on alcohol. In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir There Was A Little Girl the 49-year-old has turned the spotlight on her relationship with her mother Teri Shields, who passed away at the age of 79 in 2012.
The role of bullying in suicide among our young people has been intensely scrutinized in both media and research. As the deleterious impacts on mental and physical health for both perpetrators and targets—suicide being the most severe—become more evident, calls for framing of the problem from a public health framework have increased. A scientifically grounded educational and public health approach to both bullying and suicide prevention is required.
Okaloosa County, Florida -The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today arrested two Walton County residents in connection with an investigation into the abuse and neglect of a three year old developmentally disabled child who is unable to walk or verbally communicate. 31-year old Andrew Dwyer in Miramar Beach is charged with two counts of child abuse. His girlfriend, 28-year old Crimson Waters is charged with two counts of child neglect.
One of the most destructive problems affecting children in “Indian country” today is sexual abuse. Increasing reports of child sexual abuse and the severe impact this type of crime has on Indian youth and their families have prompted tribal leaders to voice great concern about the impact of this crime on Indian communities. Congress, acting in response to concerns expressed by tribal leaders and pursuant to its responsibility as guardian and trustee for Indian tribes, has enacted new laws in the past fifteen years to address child sexual abuse in Indian country. But federal legislative efforts cannot hope to defeat child sexual abuse in Indian country. Tribes must play an integral part of a successful solution.
An Alabama couple who appeared on the “Maury” TV show last year now faces charges surrounding the alleged sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl. David Anthony Williams, 21, was arrested on Oct. 3 and accused of first-degree rape and sodomy involving the daughter of Brittany Day. Williams allegedly attacked the young girl in June.
Police in Winnipeg, Canada say that the bodies of several infants were found in a U-Haul storage locker on Monday night. CBC News first reported the “gruesome scene,” where six bodies were discovered in various states of decomposition. An employee at the facility originally called police after the remains caught his or her attention. It wasn’t immediately clear how long the bodies had been in the locker, but police told reporters that a woman who was renting the locker has been interviewed.
A former basketball coach and gym teacher at a prestigious New York City high school faces statutory rape charges for her alleged sex abuse of a male student. Megan Mahoney, 24, was arrested Monday for allegedly having regular sexual contact with the same 16-year-old student over a period of more than two months beginning in late October 2013, the Staten Island Advance reports.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota – A 45-year-old St. Paul man has been charged with two counts of malicious punishment of a child after a local doctor notified police that a 3-month-old boy in the ER appeared to be a victim of “classic child abuse.” The criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County late last week states that John Eric Autey brought his son to the emergency room the evening of April 23 and said the child had been vomiting since the day before. The doctor who examined the boy found extensive bruising on his chest wall that looked like fingers, fractured ribs, and a non-life-threatening hemorrhage in the boy’s brain. When asked what happened, Autey said the boy fell from a bed.
A stay-at-home dad in Florida who shot dead two of his children and wounded a third before killing himself was in the midst of a nasty divorce from his wife and had asked a judge for a protective order claiming she was the violent one. David Mohney claimed his wife Cynthia was a violent, abusive alcoholic in court papers filed just two months before he gunned down his children Friday in their quiet, middle-class neighborhood just south of Daytona Beach. He wanted to leave his wife and take the family back to his hometown in South Dakota, police say.
This is the shocking moment a Chinese stepmother whipped, beat, kicked and stamped on a toddler, just because she wet herself. The young girl wails in agony and terror as her stepmother whips her 87 times with a branch, kicks her 14 times and gives her eight slaps to the face. Despite the entire ordeal being caught on camera, the police have refused to act – saying there is nothing they can do.
Halloween, fun and easy accessories can go a long way. But for one North East family, a Halloween facial cosmetic sent their daughter to the ER. Seven-year-old Haily was excited to go to a Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom on October 5th. It was her first trip to Walt Disney World. She dressed up as a peacock, and used “Fright Night” eye-shadow tattoos that her family purchased at the Walmart in Harborcreek. Fourty-eight hours after the party her eyes were red, swollen, and raw.
Human remains were found Saturday on an abandoned property during the search for University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who has been missing for more than a month, authorities said. The remains were found around noon near Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County, said Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo. The area is less than 10 miles from where Graham, 18, was last seen. Longo said he “made a very difficult phone call” to Graham’s parents to share the discovery with them, but forensic tests need to be conducted to determine the identity of the remains.
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