Toledo, OH – A man who died after accidentally setting himself on fire was seen moments earlier smoking a cigarette while carrying a gas mower.
Jamar Allen, 41, was seen smoking while carrying a gasoline-powered lawnmower into the basement of an apartment building where he lived and worked as a maintenance worker. Witnesses said they heard a crash, then watched as a screaming Allen came running out of the basement engulfed in flames.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find Allen in the street. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. As for the building, it suffered minimal damage as the blaze was confined to a concrete block room in the basement.
Not surprisingly, seeing as we now have over 8000 articles, this isn’t the first story we’ve reported on in which a man burned to death because he was smoking a cigarette. Last year we told you about 43-year-old Gary Banning. He was the North Carolina man who took a drink from a friend’s mason jar, not realizing it was gasoline.…
LIBERTY COUNTY, TX – A mother and her sister have been arrested after police found twin two-year-old girls nude in a locked bedroom inside a filthy trailer.
According to police, they were at the trailer to check on the twins’ mother, 20-year-old Brandy Dominguez, who is on pre-trial release for a human trafficking charge. She wasn’t home, but her sister, 27-year-old Amy Castillo, was there and let the officers inside the trailer.
Once inside the trailer that the officers would describe as deplorable, they heard scratching noises coming from inside a locked bedroom. Castillo allowed the officers to enter the room, and that’s when they found the two girls. The room reportedly smelled of human waste and aside from the two nude girls, contained nothing but a blanket on the floor.
Castillo was arrested and is facing charges of child abandonment and child endangerment. Dominguez arrived at the scene while police were still there and told them she’d only been gone for a short amount of time. Charges against her are still pending.…
Former Douglas Byrd Middle School principal, 49 -year-old David Edwards, has been arrested after police began investigating claims that he’d sexually abused at least three students between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, on two different campuses, between 2009 and 2011.
The boys told investigators that Edwards not only inappropriately touched them and forced them to perform sexual acts in his office, but that on at least one occasion, performed sex acts on a boy while his unsuspecting parents waited right outside the office’s closed door.
Edwards was charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student, five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, and a count of crimes against nature. The judge let him go on a $140,000 bond, but at least gave him an order to stay away from any kids under 16.…
San Francisco, CA – A woman who went missing from her hospital room was found dead 17 days later in one of the hospital’s stairwells.
On September 19th, 57-year-old Lynne Spaulding was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital, apparently for complications from a bladder infection. Her family says she was frail and thin when admitted, and were worried about her condition. Hospital staff were supposedly checking on Spaulding every 15 minutes due to her “frail condition and confused mental state,” which sounds a bit more serious than a simple bladder infection. Although, some sources are saying the medication the hospital had her on was making her disoriented.
The hospital said they last saw Spaulding in her fifth floor room at 10:15 am on September 21st, and that her condition had improved. A nurse checked on her fifteen minutes later and she was gone. When her boyfriend and two friends came to visit Spaulding shortly after, they were told she’d gone missing. Her family filed a missing persons report after the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and hospital staff conducted, what they believed to be, a thorough search of the hospital.…
Tulsa, OK – A couple of stereotypical Second Life players have been arrested after their 3-year-old daughter was found weighing only 13 pounds.
Mark Knapp, 48, and Elizabeth Pester, 33, are both in jail on child abuse and child neglect complaints, but before I talk about why, I’m going to tell you about their ongoing relationship with the Department of Human Services.
DHS first took custody of the couple’s daughter in 2010, weeks after she was born. They were worried about the infant having feeding issues and the fact that the couple were not spending time with the baby. She was returned to the couple on March 17, 2011, but was taken to the hospital in June 2012 after being found malnourished and weighing only 13 pounds.
Once again, the baby was returned to the couple with instructions that the baby was to be weighed weekly beginning July 19, 2012. DHS also had a therapist from Sooner Start, an organization that helps families raising infants with developmental delays, to visit the child weekly to be weighed.…
Long Beach, CA – Police say a teacher was sitting in a chair watching her elementary students play when her son-in-law walked up and fatally stabbed her in the neck.
On Friday afternoon, 53-year-old Kellye Taylor was sitting in a chair at Orizaba Park across the street from Huntington Academy. Every Friday, her young students are allowed to play in the park as part of a weekly outing. What should have been some fun in the park turned into a nightmare when Taylor’s son-in-law, 50-year-old Steven Brown, walked up to Taylor and stabbed her in the neck.
“She was sitting inside of a folding chair, just inside of that concrete bench, when the suspect came up from behind and stabbed her,” said Sgt. Aaron Eaton with the Long Beach Police Department.
This cowardly attack was done in full view of Taylor’s students, some of whom ran back to alert Taylor’s younger sister, Pamela Huffman, who also works at the school. “All I could do was run to her. I saw her slip away.…
BARTLESVILLE, OK – A mother has been arrested after allowing her 10-year-old daughter to get a tattoo with ink that contained human ashes.
Jennifer Wilson, 31, is facing child neglect charges after a school counselor at Jane Phillips Elementary School contacted Washington County Child Welfare about a tattoo they noticed on the left side of the girl’s body. Wilson was arrested with her husband, 33-year-old Amos Wilson, during a drug raid Thursday morning. Amos was allegedly breaking bad and making meth inside the home.
After the couple were questioned by police, they learned that the person responsible for giving the young girl the tattoo was an unlicensed tattoo artist, 31-year-old Brandon Brown. He was charged with unlawful tattooing and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He told investigators that despite not having a license to practice, he was a very clean tattoo artist and didn’t expose his clients to any health risks.
I know that the words “clean” and “health risks” can evoke various different definitions depending on the person you ask, but Sgt Elizabeth Mitchell said they checked out Brown’s workspace and found that “there were live and dead baby roaches present, along with roach feces on the open box of disposable gloves.” They also found the ink that was used on the girl had been mixed with human ashes.…
CORONA, CA – A 34-year-old man died an unbelievably horrible death earlier this month after he became entangled in a conveyor belt and was pulled into a machine that crushes asphalt.
Rolando Anaya was working at an asphalt production plant when the poor guy got caught up in the conveyor belt of a mobile asphalt crusher, a machine that makes crushed aggregate used in road construction.
“The laborer was working near a conveyor belt underneath an asphalt grinder and got caught on the conveyor belt and pulled into the grinder,” said Kathleen Hennessey of Cal-OSHA.
OSHA inspectors went out to the plant to check things out, then later closed it down until certain conditions are fixed. “I don’t know the specific conditions, but it appears there are more than one,” said Hennessey.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted a workplace death, but now we can add being crushed in a mobile asphalt grinder to horrifying ways to die while on the job, including being cooked to death in an industrial tuna steamer, dying from an exploding beer keg, falling into a wood chipper, dying in a manure pit, being pressed in an industrial paper rolling machine, cooking in an industrial dryer, suffocating in a pile of pinto beans, drowning in a vat of boiling chocolate, and falling into an industrial meat grinder.…
SUNNYVALE, CA – Police arrested a 68-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple children at an in-home childcare where he lived.
Jose Cristobal Velandria has been charged with five felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts by force, with the known victims being between the ages of 5 and 8 years old, said a Superior Court clerk at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
“The children are between 5- and 8-years old; elementary-aged children,” confirmed Deputy District Attorney Murat Ozgur. “The touching that was made was a sexual type of touching.” Ozgur went on to say, “We are concerned because this individual may have had access to other children that were there, and there may be other children who were inappropriately touched by this individual.”
Sunnyvale police first got a report concerning the alleged molestation from the parents of one of the victims, a girl, on September 30th, and began an investigation. They obtained an arrest warrant for Velandria, said police Captain Dave Pitts. Police learned that Velandria was living at the day care center, and that he is a relative of the facility’s owner and operator, Pitts said.…
Walker County, TX – Here’s a story that’s sure to piss you off. Howard Lewis, 46, is charged in the murder of his 18-month old son, hanging the boy from a doorknob.
On July 24, a man returned home to find his wife, 55-year-old Shaunta Crawford, had been brutally beaten to death, while his grandson, Aiydan Crawford, had been hanged from a doorknob by a neck-tie. “It was a terrible scene,” said Walker County Sheriff Clint McCrae. “It was one that, even those of us that have been doing this for a long time, we certainly didn’t want to be here.”
The child’s mother, Tiffany Crawford, also lived in the home but was at work when the murders occurred. She and Lewis had recently separated and were in the middle of a custody battle. The couple were scheduled for a custody hearing that month, but seems as if shit stain went ahead and took care of that on his own.
Lewis, a prison guard at the Hutchins Unit in Dallas, has been the main suspect in the case from the beginning, but investigators were waiting on DNA results from the scene before they arrested him. …
Ephrata, PA – A religious nutbag was arrested and jailed on Wednesday after he beat his wife with a wooden paddle when she refused to address him as “Sir” in front of their kids.
According to police, 55-year-old Dan Kopp routinely discipline his wife whenever she didn’t show him proper respect. Some of these corrective measures included taking his wife over his knee and spanking her with a wooden paddle or his hand.
In October 2012, the wife realized her life sucked and went to police to report the abuse. She told police her 6-foot-5, 230 pound husband beat her in front of the kids as a “means of disciplining her for disobedience to him for undermining his parenting.”
She even brought along proof of the abuse in the form of a video she recorded a month prior that showed him beating her in front of their young children for not saying “Yes Sir.” Before teaching her this lesson, he gives her a “count of three to comply.” He can also be heard threatening to “cast the demons out of her” the next time she disobeyed him.…
MESA, AZ – A 16-year-old has been arrested after police say she gave birth in her family’s home, then promptly chucked the newborn out a window.
Police arrived at the teen’s home on Sunday on a report of an injured person. The injured person turned out to be the teen, who was bleeding extensively after giving birth. The family told police they had found the placenta, but could not locate the baby.
After 30 minutes of searching, police finally found the newborn outside the home, alive and pissed off, possibly suffering from a fractured skull. Turns out, in a ridiculous attempt to hide her pregnancy, the teen threw the baby out of the bathroom window after she gave birth to it.
The baby fell about five feet and hit a brick inside a shed attached to the bathroom. The baby has been placed in custody of Child Protective Services and is expected to survive. So,instead of getting into possible trouble with her parents for getting pregnant, the teen will still get into possible trouble for being pregnant while also facing charges of attempted murder and child abuse.…
GREENWOOD, SC – A mother has been arrested after her bruised 4-year-old, found sitting on a neighbor’s porch, told police his mother beat him and that she didn’t want him.
Police were called to the home after a woman who lived there found the little boy sitting on her porch with bruises on his face. When she asked him where his mother was, he said, “She don’t want me anymore.”
The police report said officers arrived and found the boy had bruises on his face, dry blood coming from his nose, and a large bruise from a belt under his shirt that appeared to be a few days old. When police asked the boy how he received his injuries, he told them that his “momma hit me with a belt.”
The woman and another neighbor told police that they’d seen the boy around the neighborhood before and that he was often unsupervised. They also said they’d seen his mother hit him and that she yelled at him a lot.
After an hour on the scene in which no one came to find out where they boy was, police went to his home and found the boy’s mother, 23-year-old Shelby Briley, sleeping.…
PLATTE COUNTY, MO – A 14-year-old freshman at Park Hill High School died after taking what he thought was acid. Ethan Rickman was found dead by Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputies and paramedics after they were called to a home just before 2:30 a.m. Friday.
Another 14-year-old boy in the home, identified as Z.S. in court documents, was treated after telling the police that he and Rickman had each ingested three hits of acid. A 16-year-old girl in the home told police she was with the two boys when they purchased the drugs from 17-year-old Krista Meeks (pictured).
Meeks was questioned by police and she admitted she’d sold the two boys what they thought was LSD, except that it wasn’t. She said it was actually “a research chemical drug that mimics the effects of LSD,” according to court documents.
She went on to say that even though she’s a heavy drug user, she refuses to take the drug “because the effects are so harsh and violent” and that she’d read articles in which people have died after taking the drug.…
DENVER, CO – A couple have been charged with felony child abuse after police found four malnourished boys living in a home full of piss, shit and flies, and only communicated with each other using grunts.
The boys were found after 35-year-old Lorinda Bailey took her 2-year-old son to the hospital to treat a cut on his forehead. She told the emergency room doctor that the injury resulted from a fall, but the doctor called police after noting the boy had suspicious bruising, smelled like an ashtray, was unwashed, and would not talk.
Denver Police Officer N. Rocco-McKeel and Denver Human Services case worker Jill Perry decided to go to Bailey’s home to check on her three other boys, aged 4, 5 and 6. The family was known to DHS, as Bailey and her wizard, 66-year-old Wayne Sperling, had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse back in 2009.
When they got to the couple’s apartment, Rocco-McKeel immediately detected the smell of decomposition from outside, a smell that became “unbearable” once they got inside the apartment.…
Oak Lawn, IL – We’ve featured so many murdered babies over the years that I’ve lost count. But this story out of Illinois comes complete with a mental image that will stick with me for as long as the “My Daddy Ate My Eyes Out” story has.
Police say 62-year-old Alfreda Giedrojc used a sledgehammer to bash in her 6-month-old granddaughter’s head before using a knife to slit the baby’s throat.
It happened on Sunday morning, after Giedrojc’s son-in-law left his 6-month-old daughter, Vivian Summers, in his parents-in-law’s home. He and Giedrojc’s husband then left the home to work on a rehab project across the street, leaving Giedrojc alone with Vivian.
Once everyone was out of the house, Giedrojc picked Vivian up off of the couch where she was sleeping, and placed her on the floor. She then went to a closet to retrieve a sledgehammer she’d placed the night before, and then used it to repeatedly hit the infant in the head.
When Vivian would not stop moving and crying, Giedrojc grabbed a knife from the kitchen.…
PHOENIX , AZ – Looks like God is up to his old shenanigans after he allegedly instructed a man to stab his mother to death.
Authorities say 38-year-old Joseph Cecil attacked his mother, 65-year-old Ronna Thomas, with a knife inside her home. He then chased his 63-year-old aunt out of the house and attacked her in the yard. He only stopped his attack because a neighbor came to the woman’s defense and whacked Cecil with a shovel.
When police arrived, they found Cecil on the ground with the neighbor standing over him with the shovel, and his bloody aunt lying in the front yard. Inside the home they found Thomas suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.
Police said that had the neighbor not intervened with his trusty shovel, they have no doubt Cecil would have claimed two lives. When detectives asked Cecil why he attacked his mother and her sister, he told them that God had told him to.
One of these days God may end up telling someone to cut their neighbor’s grass, or to become an integral part of society, but seems he still suffers from a bit of blood-lust.…
Douglasville, GA – A senior at a Georgia high school is being treated for burns to 25 percent of her body after a science experiment went wrong during her school’s open house, and she was caught on fire.
On Thursday, Chapel Hill High School was hosting an Advanced Placement Open House where groups of students conduct presentations throughout the building. One group was showing how you can identify chemicals by the color of their flame when burning.
Surveillance video captured the moment a flammable liquid came out of its container too quicklyand ignited. The resulting fireball set a 12th grade female student on fire, and people nearby learned how to identify a human by the color of their flame when burning. (Hint: Bright yellow and screaming).
One of the student’s teachers who’d been monitoring the experiment took her down to the ground in an effort to extinguish the flames, but was having some trouble. Another teacher handed 17-year-old Will Wheeler a fire blanket that he was able to use to finally put out the fire.…