Bushnell, Florida – It’s been over two years since 2-year-old Shaianna Hare was killed by her family’s pet python, but yesterday afternoon the couple accused of causing her horrific death learned their fate.
After being found guilty of manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect, a judge has sentenced Jaren Hare, 21, and Charles “Jason” Darnell, 31, to 12 years in prison.
For those of you who have not followed this case, the couple were charged after they woke up one morning to find that Gypsy, their 8-foot long python, had gotten out of its tank and had turned 2-year-old Shaiuanna Hare into a squeeze toy.
Darnell was able to get the snake off of her by stabbing it, but the girl had been strangled to death. It would later be revealed that Gypsy had not been fed in a month, that Gypsy had escaped from her tank on multiple occasions — including earlier the day the little girl was killed.
The couple had been offered a plea deal that would have had them serving 10 years in prison, but they felt they did nothing wrong and opted to put their fate in the hands of a jury who would end up finding them guilty on all counts back in July.…Continue Reading
Beaver, PA - Rebecca Karen Beatty, 55, has waived her preliminary hearing on charges related to allegations by police that she endangered the welfare of her niece. She will now go to trial. But should she? You can decide…
On June 10, Beatty drove to Ambridge Area High School to pick up ker niece from a dance program. After entering the school and retrieving the 6-year old girl, Beatty returned to find that another car had parked too close to her driver’s side for her to fit in.
At this point, we can imagine Beatty methodically considering all reasonable alternatives. Locate the owner of the other car… Climb through the passenger side… Direct the 6-year-old girl to squeeze in the car door, start the car, and back it out… Climb through the back…
Wait! Direct the 6-year-old girl to get squeeze in the car door, start the car, and back it out. It’s simple… It’s fast… It’s brilliant! …and what could go wrong?
According to the accident report, Beatty’s niece almost immediately lost control of the car when she put it in reverse.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Back in March we posted a story about a school bus driver who was dragged off her bus by a woman and her 12-year-old daughter.
At that time we posted the story, officials had not released the video of the altercation. Now they have.
Police arrested 30-year-old Chesica White and her 12-year-old daughter after they confronted a bus driver, Johnetta Anderson, about White’s 7-year-old son being bullied on the bus and Anderson allegedly doing nothing about it.
The video clearly shows Anderson attempting to keep White and her daughter from entering the vehicle, leading to some pushing and shoving between the three.
White and her daughter are then seen grabbing Anderson by the ankles and dragging her off the bus on to the pavement.
Anderson ended up with a torn ACL in her right knee while White ended up pleading guilty to assault, but says her actions were her just a mixture of being a protective mother and her quick, cat-like reflexes.
“She grabbed my daughter in the chest and she drew her hand back like she was ready to hit my daughter so I snatched my daughter back then she kicked her leg out like she was getting ready to check me in my chest,” said White.…Continue Reading
PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A couple in New York have gotten themselves into some trouble after they tried resolving a bullying problem by holding down a 10-year-old girl so that their twin 7-year-old daughters could hit her.
Police say Samuel Randolph, 25, and Latena Fitzgerald, 26, came to the Peekskill’s Kiley Youth Center with their girls to confront a girl who they say was bullying their girls and try to put a stop to it.
Going by the news reports and the charges that were filed against the couple, things didn’t go exactly as planned.
“The 10-year-old alleges she was held by the mother of the other girls, and the parents allowed their two daughters to assault her while she was being held,” Peekskill Police Chief Gene Tumolo said.
The girl also says that Randolph hit her in the back with a chair before the facility’s staff were able to break up the fight. Fitzgerald says she never touched the girl and simply told her to leave her kids alone.
She said that she and Randolph, who works at the center, have repeatedly talked to the alleged bully and her mom about the issue to no avail.…Continue Reading
Louisiana – A man made of every negative Southern stereotype has been arrested after police found him passed out in his car with his 8-year-old son driving.
Billie Joe Madden, 28, was intoxicated early Sunday morning, and sleepy to boot. Unfortunately he was in the process of traveling to Texas from Mississippi with his two young children.
Fearing it may be unsafe for him to attempt driving in this condition he enlisted the help of a designated driver…his 8-year-old son. (I have a feeling I just gave him way too much credit and he really just wanted to drool off his stupor)
Louisiana troopers were alerted by motorists calling and saying there appeared to be a child driving a truck down I-12 . Others were alarmed by the erratic driving, although reports state the kid was maintaining the 70mph speed limit which would make him a better driver than 50% of the ones on the road here in South FL. [85% percent of SC drivers here in NC - Morbid]
The boy pulled over when police turned on their lights and he was found unharmed along with his 4-year-old sister in the backseat.…Continue Reading
LEAGUE CITY, Texas – Meet 26-year-old Micah Ashley Alford, D’D Mom of they Year candidate, who was applying for a job at a strip club when she was arrested on charges of child endangerment and abandonment.
Police learned she had given birth five days prior and had been looking for the baby as it wasn’t with Alford and she claimed she had no idea where her newborn was.
Police put out an alert for the baby, and shortly after two women came forward claiming they had the infant. They handed the boy over to police unharmed, stating that Alford simply gave them the baby without any clothing or diapers.
Alford has prior charges of DWI, child endangerment and child abandonment. She was already on probation for failing a drug test while 5-months pregnant. This is also her fourth child. Her last three were taken away by Child Protective Services.
It’s a shame isn’t it? All these good, deserving people out there desperately trying to have children, or care for unwanted children, but unable to do so for one reason or another.…Continue Reading
Marietta, GA - After losing her son to a hit-and-run driver, 30-year-old Raquel Nelson faces a possible three years behind bars for jaywalking the boy to his death.
Nelson was convicted earlier this month on charges of vehicular homicide, failure to use a crosswalk and reckless conduct — each of the three misdemeanors carrying a max of one year in prison.
Nelson, her two daughters and her 4 year-old son A.J. had just returned via bus from a shopping trip. They had already crossed two lanes of traffic and were standing on the median when 4-year-old A.J. apparently ran into traffic and was struck by 47 year-old Jerry Guy, who left the scene.
Guy is reported to have consumed alcohol and was on painkillers at the time of the accident. Oh… and he claims to be half-blind in one eye. Guy took a plea and only served 6 months for hit-and-run and is on a 5 year probation. He’s also no stranger to this charge having served time once before after being convicted for two hit and runs back in 1999, one of them on the same road where A.J.…Continue Reading
The neighbors of 27-year old Mindy Stephens called 911 after she was reportedly wandering the streets, trashed, banging on people’s doors and windows. She was yelling about some keys being stolen while saying her kids were better off without her.
When police arrived, they would find two 7-year-olds in her home as well as a 4-year-old girl who had seen better days. She was rushed to the hospital after being found laying unresponsive on a mattress in front of a fan. She was drenched in sweat and had a temperature of 103. (*tries not to get earwormed by Hot Blooded and fails miserably*)
They would also find the girl’s urine on the floor next to the mattress and her vomit on a nearby couch. These bodily fluids just added to Stephen’s home decor efforts that included dog shit laying around and smeared into the carpet that was already littered with bugs, piles of clothes and cigarette butts.…Continue Reading
PASCO COUNTY, Florida – A mother in Florida is currently behind bars after police say she took her 3-year-old son into a bank and robbed it, all so she could get money to pay for prescription drugs.
Police say that on Monday afternoon 24-year-old Cherilyn Jannette Lopez left her engine running in the parking lot, with her 3-year-old strapped in a car seat, as she entered the Regions Bank on State Road 52.
While inside, the little boy had somehow got out of the vehicle and followed his momma. The bank manager noticed to boy outside looking in and asked Lopez if that was her kid. Lopez opened the door to let the boy in, then with her son at her side, handed a teller a note demanding money.
After getting her loot, she left the area and dropped her son off at a nearby daycare. I’m not sure why she didn’t do that first, but she’s a blonde drug addict from Florida so I didn’t ponder on it for too long.…Continue Reading
CHIMAYO, N.M. — Police have arrested a man after they say he injected his young son with heroin on several occasions.
This all started after the sister of 9-year-old Luke Velasquez’s told her mother that the marks on the boy’s neck came from their father injecting him with heroin. The mother took the boy to the hospital where he tested positive for THC and opiates.
Initially the boy told police that a 15-year-old friend is the one who injected him with heroin, but would later admit that it was his father, Jose Valasquez, who had injected him with the drug at least 10 times. He also told them that his dad let him drink and smoke marijuana.
The sister confirmed her father’s actions and added that her father had offered drugs and alcohol to her as well, but aside from taking drink on one occasion, declined his offers explaining to him that she didn’t need drugs because she had God. Ugh. I once had someone say the same crap to me when I offered her some Boone’s Farm.…Continue Reading
Vancouver, WA — Police responded to a Vancouver Taco Bell Thursday evening after receiving a call from a patron at the restaurant who claimed a woman had tried to hawk her 3-day-old infant for the paltry sum of $500.
According to police, Heidi Lynn Knowles (née Heidi Gasaway) approached a female at the diner, handed her the infant and named her price. The woman, perhaps aware that any infant under $2,500 is bound to be a lemon, wisely declined Knowles’ pitch and called 911.
Deputies took written statements from the woman who called 911, from someone who had been with her, and from a Taco Bell employee — all corroborating the allegation that Knowles tried to sell the baby.
Knowles and the infant were soon found at a nearby motel. Though she denied trying to sell the child, police say she was “evasive” during questioning.
36-year-old Knowles was taken into custody and booked on charges of attempted baby selling – a Class C felony. She apparently had a shit ton of outstanding warrants for previous charges that included bail jumping, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.…Continue Reading
Bushnell, Florida – A little over two years after we first posted about the couple whose little girl was killed by the family’s pet python, the couple were on trial fighting murder charges.
Yesterday they were found guilty on all counts against them. It took a jury less than two hours to find Jaren Hare, 21, and Charles “Jason” Darnell, 31, guilty of manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect.
The couple were charged after they woke up one morning in 2009 to find that their 8-foot long python named Gypsy had gotten out of its tank and was firmly fastened to 2-year-old Shaiuanna Hare’s head.
Darnell was able to get the snake off of her by stabbing it multiple times, but it was too late, the girl had been strangled to death. It would later be reported that the snake had not been fed in a month, that the tank it was being kept in was inadequate and that Gypsy had escaped from it on multiple occasions — including earlier the day the little girl was killed.…Continue Reading
According to the Glynn County Police Department, late Saturday a 39-year-old man drove a 16-year-old girl to an apartment complex to get her hair done. Jalescia Hawkins, 19, was the stylist. The man’s identity was not released.
When the man returned to give the 16-year-old girl a ride back home, the girl reportedly asked for $20 to pay for the hair appointment. The man refused. According to police, in response, Hawkins’ boyfriend, Marquise Timms (pictured), 19, pulled the man’s 7-year-old son out of the rear seat of the car and held a gun to the boy’s head while again asking for the $20.
Meh. We’ve all had a hair appointment like that.
The victim gave Timms the $20 which prompted Timms to then throw the child to the pavement, causing minor injuries.
A mother who lived in the apartment complex ran outside to see what was going on. While outside, Timms, Hawkins and the 16-year-old ran into her apartment.…Continue Reading
PITTSBURGH, PA – I wasn’t even going to write this one up but we got a couple emails on it and besides, we needed some black people on the page before we’re get accused of being a liberal, “white guilt” site again.
The mother whose two young sons died in a fire after being left home alone has turned herself in to police yesterday.
Kiaira Pollard, 27, surrendered to police late Wednesday after a warrant was issued against her on charges of endangering the welfare of children and tampering with a fire apparatus.
These charges were filed after firefighters responded to a fire at her third-floor apartment and found her two young boys alone inside. KiDonn Pollard-Ford, 7, was found dead under a pile of clothes while KrisDon Williams-Pollard, 4, was found unresponsive underneath his crib. He was revived on the way to the hospital, but would die two days later.
Pollard rushed home when she heard about the fire and would tell authorities that she had been at work and had left her sons in the care of a babysitter.…Continue Reading
St. Petersburg, Florida – I’ve lost a lot of things while drunk, but I can honestly say I never misplaced my infant. My car, my mind and sometimes my dignity, but never my kid. That’s not the case for one dad in Florida who did just that, and now he’s facing child abuse charges.
Robert Deforest, 25, and his girlfriend, Rosie Bullock, got plastered at a Fourth of July party when they got into an argument over who was sober enough to drive. Bullock took the car keys away from Deforest, who in turn took their 7-week-old son and walked downstairs.
When Bullocks followed a little later at around 9:30 p.m., she could not find Deforest or their child. She was eventually able to contact Deforest via cell phone who informed her he had lost their baby. Bullock called police before riding around looking for her son with her sister.
Shortly after midnight, a man walking downtown heard a baby crying and found Deforest’s baby lying in the rain outside a vacant apartment.…Continue Reading
Guadalupe, AZ — Got a real quick update for ya on those kids that were found bound in tape inside a burning home last week. Police have reason to believe their 17-year-old sister was the responsible party.
Sadie Johnson was arrested Tuesday and is looking at charges of arson, kidnapping, child endangerment and discharge of a weapon within city limits. Seems the teen was pissed at her mom and took it out on the little ones.
As you may recall, when firefighters responded to the home on June 22, they found three children in the home - a 4-year-old girl in the bedroom and a 1-year-old and 2-year-old in the bathroom. The younger two children had been gagged and bound with masking or duct tape.
Johnson initially told firefighters that two armed men broke into the house, trashed it and set fire to the couch. She said she tried to save the kids, but she fainted. When she came to, she tried to douse the flames with a garden hose.
When questioned further, Johnson’s story started to fall apart….…Continue Reading
According to the criminal complaint, the boy apparently ate a few too many slices of bacon for breakfast that morning, leaving other family members baconless. This obviously irked the child’s grandmother, Marilee Kolynych, and she ragged on the boy for the remainder of the day.
Kolynych’s anger grew and grew throughout the long, hot, baconless day, and at about 9:00 that evening, she flipped her shit.
Witnesses told police Kolynych chased the little oinker out of the house and into the front yard, eventually pinning him to the ground. Once the kid was down, she reportedly began beating on his legs and spraying his face “at close range” with a water hose.
The kid, who neighbors say was kicking, squirming and screaming the whole time, broke free and beat feet across the street to call his mother. His mother, who was in the basement and oblivious to the scene playing out in front of the neighbors, exited her mother’s home and separated her mother and her son, putting an end to the entire embarrassing debacle.…Continue Reading
Clayton County, GA - Cierra Baughcum, 28, remains in jail after police say she went on a one-woman crazy driving spree with her children in the car while drunk. …really drunk.
Police said Baughcum drove her Chevrolet Camaro through the picnic area of her mobile home park, wiping out two picnic tables. They said she then drove through a chain-link fence and a ditch. At that point, she started driving the wrong way on Georgia Highway 42.
Witnesses said she quickly drove back into the mobile home park where she crashed into the park’s leasing office stairs and came to a stop.
“She couldn’t even hardly get out of the car,” park maintenance man Rusty White said.
Clayton County Police said Baughcum was ‘extremely intoxicated’ after measuring her blood alcohol content to be .392. Baughcum’s blood alcohol content was nearly 5 times the legal limit in Georgia of 0.08.
Damn. That’s a lot of girly drinks.
Baughcum’s 4- and 6-year-old kids were in the car during the ride.
“They were in the back seat of the vehicle,” Sally Huskey said.…Continue Reading
KETTERING, Ohio – A couple have been arrested and charged with abduction and child endangerment after cell phone video was discovered showing them binding a scared 3 year-old girl with duct tape and then making fun of her.
The little girl’s mother, 22-year-old Sherry Allender, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Charles Jones Junior, were arrested on Tuesday after the mother of the girl’s biological father called police. She says her son had purchased the cell phone from Allender and she had found a disturbing video depicting the couple as they duct-taped the girl’s wrists, legs and mouth.
“The tape shows that this girl is visibly scared and upset,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. “At one point the boyfriend of the mother rips off the duct tape from her mouth, resulting in the little girl screaming and crying. You hear both defendants laughing, poking fun at the little girl”.
Their reason for doing this? They had been drinking and thought it would be fun.
I know it may come as a surprise that someone with such an awesome neck tattoo would have a criminal history, but Jones has five felony convictions under his belt, including receiving stolen property, burglary, grand theft of a firearm, breaking and entering and complicity to commit grand theft.…Continue Reading
Aurora, Colorado – A mother has been charged with child abuse after police say she was on Facebook blissfully unaware her 22-month-old daughter’s head had just been crushed by a van in their apartment’s parking lot.
Karen Pena, 30, told investigators that she told her toddler, Laniece Fletcher, to go outside and play in their yard while she chatted away on Facebook doing whatever dumb shit people do all day on Facebook.
Her daughter ended up wandering into the parking lot and was accidentally struck by a van which takes disabled children to a local hospital. Fletcher was rushed to the hospital where she died the next day of skull fracture.
Investigators would find there was no wonder the girl wandered out of the yard she was instructed to play in as it contained a broken gate, a can of lighter fluid and a paddling pool with five inches of water in it. The only thing the yard needed to complete its death trap motif would have been a registered sex offender and a pack of pissed-off pit bulls.…Continue Reading