Police responded to the couple’s home after receiving a call about a baby that had stopped breathing. First responders performed CPR on the infant before rushing him to the hospital, along with his twin brother.
Staff at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem found that both boys had been abused. One was admitted in stable condition, while the other was admitted in critical condition and would die on Tuesday.
According to court documents, the baby died from an assault that caused “serious bodily injury, bleeding on the brain and neck injury.” The documents go on to say that both Clark and Hefner were responsible for the injures both boys suffered.
Hefner and Clark were initially arrested and charged with felony child abuse on Monday and are each being held on $75,000 bond. Additional charges are probably pending following their son’s death.…
CLEREMONT, FL – The director of a Clermont day care center has been arrested after they received cellphone video of her smacking a 4-year-old with stuffed animals before picking him up and dropping him face down.
The director, 41-year-old Kimberly Reid, was arrested at the facility on Friday. According to a state child-protective investigator, the abuse occurred over a three-week period “without regard for the child’s safety or mental health.”
Reid told investigators that she knew the video looked bad, but that “it’s not what it appears to be.” She said that her hitting the boy with the stuffed animals and dropping him on his face was just her playing rough with him.
It’s obvious that whatever she was doing, a co-worker did not feel it was “rough” play and decided to get some hidden video and turn her in. Police agreed and have charged Reid with child abuse. Officials say there is no evidence that any other children at the facility were being abused.
As of today, a sign on the facility stated the day care was temporarily closed and the owner of the facility said they plan on giving up the day care’s license.…
Investigators say the former Pontifical College Josephinum student first tried to adopt a child from Mexico in 2014, but was unsuccessful. A year later, the 23-year-old made contact with the same person and eventually admitted he wanted to have sex with a girl under the age of 3 and film it.
Federal agents were notified and they continued their conversation with Wright online, posing as a Mexican tour guide. A deal was eventually made in which Wright would fly to Tijuana and have sex with an infant and a 4-year-old girl – acts he described in explicit messages to the agents.
Wright was arrested after landing in San Diego where he thought he was to meet the tour guide before continuing to Tijuana. He had $2,000 in cash and was carrying baby clothes and a baby bottle in his luggage.
Wright has been charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.…
According to reports, Schmidt lives in a home with a man and his four children. Police say she was physically abusive towards one of the children, a 6-year-old girl, and once placed the girl’s hands on a hot stove.
But that’s not all. The girl told police that Schmidt has been abusing her since she was 3-years-old, describing how she was hit with a big spoon, forced to hold full gallon jugs of water, and placing her head underwater in the bathtub on multiple occasions.
The girl said the abuse makes “her body feel sad.”
Investigators say the child never came forward before now because Schmidt threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone about the abuse. The girl has since been placed in a foster home.
Schmidt was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children. The charges come as no surprise to the grandmother of one of the other children who lives in the home with Schmidt.…
On Monday morning, Craker went to the hospital for bleeding where doctors determined she had recently given birth.
Craker denied having a baby so the hospital called police to inform them of the situation and that a baby may have been “dumped.”
Police responded to Craker’s home where she lived with Cate and three others and would find blood on a towel and sheet in the washer, blood on the laundry room floor, and blood on the floor of the couple’s bedroom. They would also find a bloody knife.
Craker eventually admitted that she gave birth to a baby girl in her bedroom and that she tried to flush her daughter down the toilet. Cate said the same thing, adding that he didn’t know what they did with the baby afterwards.
Investigators would find out soon enough after the baby’s body was found in a bathroom trashcan, and a plumber would find a placenta in the sewage line along with something that looked like a human limb.…
Sewall and Hicks have been charged with first-degree cruelty to children for alleged acts against a child, whose age has not been released, in 2013 and 2014.
According to indictments, Hicks deprived the child “of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child’s health and well-being was jeopardized.”
Sewell is accused of hitting, kicking, and biting the girl on separate occasions, as well as causing the girl “cruel and excessive physical and mental pain by requiring her to eat her own feces.”
Hicks is facing one count of first-degree child cruelty while Sewell is facing three counts. The indictment does not detail the relationship between Hicks and Sewell, but the girl shares Hicks’ last name.
Sewell isn’t the only person we have featured on DD who has been accused of forcing a kid to eat their own shit. Nicole Candelaria was accused of forcing her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter to eat shit, and two women in New York allegedly forced a 2-year-old to eat feces from his own diaper.…
Police were contacted by a man that informed them Fransisco Rios-Covarrubias had a 3-year-old girl stuffed in a closet. The man said he met Covarrubias at his home to have sex, and was asked if he wanted to have sex with the girl as well.
When police went to the home, they found the malnourished 3-year-old girl in a trash bag hidden in the closet. The little girl’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape and her mouth was covered. She was also covered in feces, bruises, blisters, a rash, and her head was shaved.
According to police, the girl’s mother, 21-year-old Mayra Solis, is homeless and would leave the girl with Covarrubias while she was at work. In turn, he would put the girl in the closet for hours, and possibly days at a time.
The girl’s mother told police that sometimes she would only see her daughter once a week. …
MILTON, WA – Police have arrested 29-year-old Michael Dufour after he allegedly left his 15-month-old daughter in a car in subfreezing temperatures long enough for her to suffer frostbite and hypothermia. Warning, this story contains a lot of diarrhea.
Police and medics were called to Dufour’s home after receiving a report that he had left his daughter alone in a car for an unknown amount of time overnight.
When medics arrived, they found the naked girl inside the car with two windows down in 26 degree weather. When police arrived, they found Dufour had already taken the girl out of the car and was carrying her into the house.
Dufour was naked from the waist down and had diarrhea running down his legs and carrying the girl in a diarrhea covered comforter. Inside the home police would find garbage everywhere and, of course, more diarrhea.
Medics noted the girl was red and lethargic and took her to the hospital where she was treated for hypothermia and minor frostbite.
When police asked Dufour why he was covered in his own shit and why his daughter was being turned into a popsicle, he said it was the girl’s mother’s fault.…
CONCORD, CA – Police have arrested 37-year-old Dormanicia Lawson after her paraplegic husband was found with bedsores and maggots feeding on his body.
Police were called after Lawson’s 36-year-old husband was taken to the hospital with trouble breathing. Once there, nurses found the poor guy was covered in bedsores and maggots.
“He could not talk. He had shortness of breath. He had maggots that were eating his body,” said Concord police spokesman Corporal Christopher Blakely. “You would think he was a corpse.”
By the next day, he was.
Police decided they should talk to the man’s wife, his primary caregiver, to find out how in the hell her husband had gotten to that state. When they arrived at the couple’s apartment they shared with their two sons – an 11-year-old and a severely autistic 19-year-old – they quickly found out.
There was a stench emanating from the apartment and inside police would find cockroaches and maggots crawling on a mattress, as well as dead flies wedged into the ceiling. The two boys echoed their surroundings and were described as dirty and smelling like shit.…
Police were called in to investigate a severe case of child abuse involving a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, who had been admitted to All Children’s Hospital.
“The sight of the 4-year-old boy took my breath away,” Detective Megan Buck said. “My description of him when I saw him was that he looked like a skeleton. His body was skin and bones. He has no hair because of lack of nutrients. He has a skin rash and marks from the lack of nutrients. He is non-verbal and cannot talk.”
According to reports, the boy’s intestines were completely empty and he only weighed 22 pounds – the normal weight of an 11-month-old baby. His twin sister only weighed 26 pounds.
The older sibling said that they live with their mother, 27-year-old Kimberly Haygood, but their father, 30-year-old Anthony Jones, also stays at the home and beats them with a belt.…
The girl was brought to the hospital on Monday after being cared for by Hartwig, who has helped care for the girl since she was an infant.
Hartwig was a family friend who offered to babysit because the baby’s parents were wary about putting the girl in daycare.
But when the girl’s mother arrived to pick up her daughter from Hartwig’s home, she found her daughter sleeping face down on the couch. The baby was lethargic and vomited as she left Hartwig’s home, so she rushed her to the hospital.
Doctors determined the girl was suffering from a skull fracture as well as swelling and bleeding around the brain. They say the child’s injuries were caused by “high force impact.”
When police went to talk to Hartwig, she said the girl could have fallen and hit her head on an entertainment center. But on Tuesday, doctors told police that the girl’s injuries could not have come from that kind of fall.…
The teen left her baby daughter in the care of the baby’s grandmother Monday night so she could go to a party for a couple of hours.
When she returned home shortly after midnight, she found her infant dead inside her crib. Seems that rats had gotten to the girl and had chewed off half of her face and her fingers.
After running to neighbors for help, paramedics arrived on the scene but could do nothing to save the infant, who was pronounced dead at the scene. After talking to police, both the teen and her mother were taken into custody.
We’ve reported on a lot of stories involving unattended babies being eaten by animals other than dogs, including an infant that lost most of its face after the family ferrets decided to make a meal out of it, and a baby that was strangled to death by the family’s pet python.…
Two days after Christmas, police were called by one of the Erquiagas’ neighbors who explained he had a young girl at his front door.
Her hands were zip-tied together, he told police, and she had separate ties around her ankles. The neighbor initially believed the girl had been kidnapped.
When police arrived and spoke with the girl, she explained that her parents hog-tied her whenever she got angry and kept her locked in a playhouse located in a loft area of the home.
When investigators went to the home to verify the 12-year-old girl’s story and speak with her parents, they found a playhouse with a door that could be barred shut by a large piece of wood.
All but one of the playhouse’s windows was screwed shut, and it reeked of urine. The girl explained she often pissed herself when locked inside for long periods of time.…
Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, left for work for a few hours on Sunday, leaving Hudson alone with her three pit bulls she has raised since they were puppies. When she returned home, she found her dogs had mauled her brother to death.
It’s a sad end for a boy who hadn’t had such a great life to begin with. After his mother died of a drug overdose in 2011, he was bounced around foster homes until his sister began the complicated ordeal of adopting her brother.
At the time of his death, Griffin-Heady had been approved for weekend visits. She recently made a post on Facebook about how grateful she was that she may get custody of Hudson.
“I get to raise him and shape him into an amazing man. God wouldn’t have made such an amazing boy just to be ordinary. In my life during all the bad I always wondered why I was here,” she wrote.…
SARASOTA, FL – This will be the last story on DD for 2015, and holy shit is it messed up. Police say 31-year-old James Dearman used his fat ass to smother his 6-year-old son while he played a video game.
According to police, the incident happened on Christmas Eve at the home where Dearmon lived with his two sons, ages 6 and 7, as well as his girlfriend, Ashley Cole.
According to Cole, at around 7:30 that evening, the couple told the two boys to go to bed. When they heard the boys running around their room, Dearman forced both of the boys to stand facing a wall.
When they caught the 6-year-old watching them play a video game, Dearman became angry and made the boy lie on the couch, facing the back cushions. Dearman then sat on the couch, using his 270 lbs of bodyweight to pin the poor kid.
According to the boy’s brother, who witnessed everything, his younger sibling screamed that he had to use the bathroom and could not breathe.…
On Dec 23, the teen was caring for three foster children – a 7-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl, and 6-year-old Destine King – while their foster mother was at work. For reasons unknown at this time, the teenager attacked them.
Police would find Destine King lying on the floor, unresponsive. She would be taken to the hospital in critical condition and die a few days later.
A cause of death has not been determined, but Memphis police Sgt. Karen Rudolph said the girl had a swollen and bruised face, while medical staff at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stated the girl’s injuries were from being physically abused.
The other two foster children were also assaulted by the teen, according to police, and were admitted to the hospital. They have both been released and placed in the care of the Department of Child Services.
As for Evans, he’s been arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of coercion of a witness.…
Police were called to a home, where Burford and his 5-year-old nephew both live, on a report of a domestic altercation.
According to reports, the arriving officers would learn that Burford had allegedly hit his nephew because he found his nephew playing with Burford’s Pokemon cards.
The boy was hit so hard that he was knocked off his feet and into a wall, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Burford was arrested and charged with second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault. He’s being held on $20,000 bond.
Look, I’m not condoning smacking a 5-year-old against a wall, but some of those cards are expensive – one even sold at $100,000 recently. I have no idea if this guy is just a man-child or a collector, but I do know if I had a set of valuable Pokemon cards for whatever reason, I may involuntarily knock a kid upside his head if I found him putting his boogery fingers all over them.…
Police and fire personnel responded to Raines-Hewes’ home on the morning of December 29 to a report of a drowning. They would find the 4 year-old boy unconscious and not breathing.
Despite attempts to resuscitate the boy, he would be pronounced dead at a local trauma center. The boy’s death was deemed suspicious, so detectives immediately opened an investigation.
This investigation has resulted in the arrest of Raines-Hewes, who was the sole caretaker of the boy at the time of his death. Investigators say she placed the boy in the bathtub and intentionally drowned him.
Fairfield police spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral said the arrest stemmed from “evidence at the scene, including statements that were provided — statements from the grandmother herself.”
Raines-Hewes is being held in the Solano County jail without bail and facing a charge of murder. Two other grandchildren, a 1 year-old girl and 6 year-old girl, were also in the home but were not harmed.…