YUMA, AZ – Well here’s a story to start off your day. Two 18-month-old twins drowned in a canal after their mother let go of their stroller to fend off a bee.
Alexis Keslar was pushing her twin sons, Silas and Eli Keslar, along a canal Friday when she let go of the stroller’s handle to swat at a bee. This caused the stroller to roll away from her and into the canal.
Keslar immediately jumped in to try and save her sons, who were both belted into the stroller, but the strong current washed the stroller away from her. She managed to climb back out an called for help.
Even after the canal’s water level was lowered and the flow reduced, it still took emergency workers an hour to find the boys. They were flown to the hospital where they were both pronounced dead.
According to Lt. Don Willits, the incident has been determined to be an accident and no charges are expected to be filed.
Yuma police said the paths along the canal are popular with joggers and bicyclists, adding that people often underestimate the speed of the canal’s current and how deep the water can be.…
Tacoma, WA – Wallace Jackson, 48, Crystal Jackson, 30, and Darrel Daves, 49, have all been arrested for murder after the dismembered and rotting body of 18-year-old Jesus Isidor-Mendoza was found in a ravine in Tacoma.
Isidor-Mendoza was last seen Oct 22nd leaving his mother’s home to attend a class at Pierce College. She never saw him again and reported him missing in November. On Feb 8th police would respond to a report of a body in a duffle bag.
Though the mutilated body was badly decomposed, they were able to identify it as Isidor-Mendoza’s. Court documents show that he had been cut in half at the waist, chopped up, wrapped in plastic bags, and then shoved into a red nylon duffle bag with a tarp.
According to prosecutors, Daves lived with Wallace Jackson inside Crystal Jackson’s detached garage. Isidor-Mendoza went to the garage to meet with the three but ended up arguing over drugs. Things got weird, as arguments over drugs often do, leading up to the death of Isidor-Mendoza.…
DALLAS, TX – Police have arrested a 14-year-old girl after they say she intentionally drowned 3-month-old Justice Hul that CPS had just recently placed in her family’s home.
According to reports, the teen called police at around 6:15 a.m. Monday to report a child in trouble due to high water. When police arrived at the apartment, they found the baby dead. Police say the teen intentionally drowned Hul shortly after her mother left for work.
“The facts of the case are that the 14-year-old intentionally drowned a 2-month-old and that’s the real tragedy today,” said Maj. Robert Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department.
Even more tragic is that Hul had been placed with the family by Child Protective Services at the request of the child’s biological mother who is in jail, Sherwin said. The teen has a twin sister and a teenage brother, one of which who was in the home at the time of the drowning and is being considered a witness.
The teen was taken into police custody and has been charged with capital murder of a person under the age of 10, and transferred to a juvenile detention center.…
GRAND ISLAND, NE – Cynthia Anderson is facing animal cruelty charges because the 56-year-old allegedly drowned a 3-week-old puppy in an airport bathroom after being told she could not take it on the plane.
Police say that on Thursday, Anderson tried to board a flight out of the Central Nebraska Regional Airport with two dogs in crates and three young puppies. Because U.S. flight regulations do not allow dogs younger than eight weeks old to fly, airport workers would not allow Anderson to get on the plane.
Anderson really wanted to get one of those puppies to Florida, so her parents came and picked up two of the puppies while she hid the remaining puppy in her carry-on bag. When she tried to get on the plane again, airport security busted her trying to smuggle the puppy and told her she could not board her flight.
That’s when police say Anderson took the Doberman puppy into one of the airport bathrooms and drowned the dog in a toilet. After another woman discovered the dead dog, Anderson was arrested and charged with one felony count of animal cruelty and was placed in the Hall County Jail.…
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – Police have arrested 25-year-old John Jonchuck Jr. after they say he killed his 5-year-old daughter by tossing her off a bridge near the Sunshine Skyway.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Jonchuck was spotted by an officer just after midnight doing around 100mph down I-275. The officer began pursuit and caught up to Jonchcuk as he pulled over on the Dick Misener Bridge and appeared to be waiting for him.
The officer said Jonchuck went around his PT Cruiser and got out his daughter, Phoebe, and appeared to say something to him that he did not understand. Jonchuck then tossed his daughter over the railing. Phoebe would fall 62 feet before plunging into the Tampa Bay.
As the officer went to help the girl, Jonchuck drove away and sped towards two officers who were waiting for him on the other side of the bridge, almost hitting one of them. His car was disabled after officers deployed spiked strips and Jonchuck was taken into custody.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and the U.S.…
CRESTON, MT – Marielle Dalimata died Saturday night after she tipped head-first into a five-gallon mop bucket at her family’s home.
Mariella was left unattended “for not even four minutes,” said the girl’s aunt, Brook Schwab. Her parents and first responders tried resuscitating Marielle, but it was too late. She would be pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Her body was sent to the state Crime Lab in Missoula, but Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said what happened to Marielle “is consistent with an accidental death.”
Instead of planning for Marielle’s first birthday party that was just ten days away, her family is now planning her funeral. They’ve set up a gofundme page to help cover the costs.
“We were planning to have a birthday party. We weren’t planning to have funeral expenses,” said Schwab.
Gotta keep an eye on the young’uns around water, people. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four.
Sure, drowning in a mop bucket may not be at the top of that list, but this is the second story we’ve featured on DD involving a child drowning in a bucket.…
COLUMBUS, OH – While guests at a one-year-old’s birthday party sang Happy Birthday to You, 4-year-old Sinaia Moore drowned in the pool.
The party took place Saturday evening at a home where 75 to 100 people were in attendance. Investigators say Moore had been swimming in the in-ground pool while wearing a float vest.
Her family members say they thought the girl went inside or to play on the trampoline after getting out of the pool, but she’d actually gotten back into the pool without wearing any safety gear.
After a crowd of people sang happy birthday to the one-year-old, someone noticed Moore at the bottom of the pool in around 4 feet of water. She was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water and CPR was immediately administered.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough. The girl was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she would be pronounced dead a short time later.
No charges are expected to be filed as police deem the girl’s death nothing more than a tragic accident.…
BARTOW COUNTY, GA – Authorities say 18-year-old Chance Werner drowned while playing a shopping cart game at Lake Allatoona.
A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says that Werner and some friends were playing a game at Holiday Harbor Marina Saturday night that involved being pushed off a dock while riding inside a shopping cart.
Normally, the cart is tied to a pole so the rider would “pop” out of the cart as it was forcefully pushed off the dock and the person would simply swim back to the dock. But when Werner took his turn, he opted to have the cart tied to his belt loop instead.
Sadly, things didn’t go quite as planned. The weight of the cart ended up pulling the teen 30 feet below the surface of the lake and he was unable to break free. I did a little checking, and it turns out that an average shopping cart weighs around 30 pounds.
Rescue teams wouldn’t recover Werner’s body until three hours later. When found, he was still tied to the cart.…
Chicago, IL – Two people are dead and one is injured after one man tried retrieving a dropped cell phone and they all ended up falling through the ice of the Chicago River.
Shortly after midnight, 26-year-old Ken Hoang of dropped his cell phone as he and two friends walked along Water Street near McClurg Court. The phone ended up in the partially frozen Chicago River and Hoang jumped a fence in an attempt to retrieve it.
He ended up falling through the ice and his two friends, 23-year-old Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang and 21-year-old Lauren Li, ended up in the river with him when they both tried to help him. Witnesses called police after they heard one of the two men yelling for help.
“My friend said he heard a yell [for] help, you know. At first I didn’t believe it, so we still kept walking this way to keep sightseeing. As we got closer, he heard it again and I heard it again, too. And as we got closer, we yelled out, ‘Where you at?'” witness Luis said.…
TAMPA, FL – A father and his teenage son drowned on Christmas day while doing some cave diving with some new diving gear they had received as presents.
Deputies got a call from 35-year-old Darrin Spivey’s fiancee at around 3 p.m. after he and his 15-year-old son, Dillon Sanchez, did not return home from a cave dive as scheduled.
Spivey and his son had went out to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge earlier that morning to test out some new diving equipment inside an underwater cave known as the Eagle’s Nest Sink – an underwater cave that can reach depths of 300-feet.
She ended up driving out to the location and called police when she found Spivey’s car still in the parking lot but could find no sign of the pair, and Spivey would not answer his cell phone. A hunter told police he’d seen the pair suiting up to dive at around 11 a.m., but did not see them at anytime afterwards.
Divers went into the cave to search for the father and son, and found their bodies in the main cavern area.…
OHIO – Police got to do a little fishing while on duty after a suspected burglar tried eluding police and ended up drowning in a pond.
At around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a residence in the 9000 block of Swigert Road called police to report a possible theft in progress. They said a suspicious man was in the area loading items into the back of a pickup truck.
When police got to the location, they spotted the truck fleeing the scene. Police gave chase and followed the truck as it drove into a nearby field. When the truck got stuck the driver, 26-year-old Jeffrey Felix, ran from the vehicle and toward a pond.
While searching for Felix, police heard someone yelling from the pond and spotted him in the middle of the pond struggling to stay above water. Before officers could help him, Felix disappeared under the water where he breathed in a fatal dose of karma.
A few hours later, the Hamilton County Task Force One dive team would pull Felix’s body from the pond while officers pulled stolen property from inside his vehicle.…
Dallas, TX – A woman has been arrested after police say she was on Facebook while her best friend’s 3-year-old daughter drowned in a swimming pool a few feet away.
According to the affidavit, 37-year-old Kariasa Thomas took her friend’s four children – ages 7, 6, 5 and 3 years old – to the swimming pool at her apartment complex along with her 16-year-old daughter and legally blind husband.
They arrived at the pool at 7pm, after it had already closed, but decided to stay because other people were still swimming in the pool. Although she was aware 3-year-old Kanyce Giddings could not swim and was not equipped with a flotation device, she allowed the girl to stand on the steps with her feet in the water.
Thomas then put her ass in a reclining chair a few feet away and decided to use her phone to log onto Facebook for 15 minutes instead of watching the girl. She also admitted to playing with her pit bull, Sugar.
A couple hours later, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard came to tell everyone the pool was closed and it was time to get out.…
The boy had been in the hospital since August 1, the day his father found him inside their home, head-first inside their top-loading washing machine.
The boy’s father told investigators that his wife was shopping and he’d been outside working in the yard when he went inside to check on his son. Inside the laundry room he saw his son’s feet and legs sticking out of the washing machine, his face submerged in water.
When paramedics arrived at the home, they found the boy on the ground next to a washing machine with his father at his side attempting to revive him. The unidentified boy was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on Sunday.
Police are calling the death a tragic accident, but if any criminal charges are filed, it won’t be until after their investigation is complete. “We have taken the washer as evidence. We’re gonna process it forensically and make sure it was working properly,” Lt.…
ROQUE BLUFFS, ME – Two women got lost in Roque Bluff State Park where rescued by an off-duty firefighter only to drown minutes later when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean.
Melissa Moyer, 38, was in Maine from Pennsylvania to visit long-time friend, 37-year-old Amy Stiner, who was five months pregnant. The two decided to go hiking at Roque Bluff State Park but ended up getting lost during a heavy storm.
It was getting dark, so Moyer called for help. The women were found by nearby landowner and member of Sunrise Search & Rescue, Wayne Hansom, who gave them rides back to his house on his ATV. Once there, a warden picked them up and dropped them off at their vehicle in the state park’s parking lot.
But what could have been one of those stories the women laughed about with friends turned disastrous when Stiner made a wrong turn. Police say heavy fog may have contributed to Stiner accidentally driving down a boat ramp and into the ocean.…
SPRING, TX – The mother of an 11-year-old boy has been charged with child abandonment after she left her son home alone and he decided to kill some time by choking and drowning a neighbor’s dog.
On May 26, the dog’s owner noticed her dog was not in the yard and checked out her surveillance camera footage to see what may have happened. Video captured her neighbor’s son sneaking into her yard and snatching her dog, so she called police. When they arrived at the boy’s home, they found he was there alone. home alone.
The boy told them that his mother had been gone since earlier that morning and eventually confessed he’d taken the small dog, choked it unconscious and then drowned it in a hot tub at a nearby vacant house. He led police to the dead dog’s body and returned the corpse back to the extremely distraught owner.
Police called his mother several times before finally reaching her. Once they made contact, they informed her they were waiting for her at her home.…
KANSAS CITY, KS – Police have arrested 23-year-old Johnna Green after they say she tried to drown her two young children in a bathtub.
Emergency responders were called out to Green’s home on Tuesday where they found the woman’s two daughters, ages 1 and 4, unresponsive and not breathing.
They were rushed to University of Kansas Medical Center where both were revived but are still critical condition and under police protective custody.
On Thursday, police arrested Johnna Green and charged her with two counts of attempted murder after they say she “held J.T. underwater until she was unresponsive,” then did the same to J.G., according to court documents. Green then called 911.
She’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail and scheduled to make a court appearance this afternoon. Her children are now in the custody of the state.
Police said that Green was not on their radar before Tuesday, and that there are no prior incidents regarding Green and her two children.
“As a mother who I witnessed to be so good to her daughters, you can only imagine that she was in a dark place,” neighbor Carrie Groves said.…
ST. PAUL, MN — Autopsy results reveal 35-year-old Stephanie Shields drowned her two children, 7-year-old Nolan and 6-year-old Josephine, before killing herself.
A family member called 911 on Easter morning to report they had found Shields and her two children dead inside their home.
Shields’s husband, National Guard member Sergeant 1st Class Mark Shields, is the father of both kids and had just recently moved out of the home.
Both children attended Zimmerman Elementary School where Principal Susan Johnston said “Josephine Shields and her brother Nolan were part of our Zimmerman Elementary School family and we are deeply saddened.”
I know there is a likelihood that Shield suffers from some kind of mental illness, as normal people just do not up and drown their kids. But whenever I hear about cases like this, I’ve always felt it was an act of vindictive spite, not an act derived from a mental breakdown.
Admittedly, my opinion is based off of ignorance as I know absolutely nothing about this woman aside from her recent actions.…
Mexico City – Two-year-old Axel Charrette was killed in Sayulita, Mexico while on vacation with his family at a vacation home they were renting, and now his 16-year-old babysitter and her boyfriend have been charged with his murder.
In a statement released to The Watch, Jen and Randy Charrette stated they had hired a 16-year-old girl to help around their vacation home. On February 28, the girl was babysitting their two boys when she let her 17-year-old inside the home.
Realizing that her boyfriend was in a violent, drug-crazed state, she locked herself in a bathroom and left Axel outside the home and his older brother in another part of the house. For reasons unknown at this time, the boyfriend hurt Axel and then tossed him into a pool where he drowned.
They go on to say that the teen and her boyfriend have been arrested and charged with murder in Mexico City. They were also told by a source in the US State Department that the case is ‘Mexico’s number one priority right now.’
The Charrettes concluded the statement with, “There are no words to express our grief – but we wanted you to know what happened because the truth, as horrible as it may be, is important.…