Elizabeth Gilreath was with friends and family at a Cinco de Mayo festival on Saturday afternoon when she got on the King’s Crown carnival ride.
Witnesses say Gilreath slipped out of her seat and her long hair got caught in the spinning ride’s machinery, completely ripping the hair and skin off her head.
“It went on for 5-10 minutes everybody told me while it ripped and pulled my daughter around,” her father said. “She was tortured.”
Surveillance video shows the ride operator running away, presumably to look for help, while bystanders rushed to help the girl who was bleeding profusely.
“It was still spinning,” said Jolene Cisneros. “I had to stop it with my hands and turn it to the point where it was to the platform.”
Gilreath was taken to Nebraska Medicine where she has undergone several surgeries to reattach her scalp.
Her mother made a post on Facebook with a post-op photos of her daughter that shows the true extent of the girl’s injuries.…
NAPA, CA – An elderly man is claiming he was left with a mutilated penis after doctors ignored multiple requests by nurses and family to remove an eroding catheter.
On July 21st 2013, a nurse at Napa Valley Care Center was caring for Rupert Collins and noticed his Foley catheter had irritated his penis causing it to swell, turn red and tear at his urethra. The nurse sent a fax to Collins’ insurer, Kaiser, explaining the situation and asking to try a no catheter trial period “to give the area a rest.”
According to the lawsuit Collins has filed against Kaiser, the request was denied and Collins was never examined or followed up on by a doctor from Kaiser. Two days later on July 23rd, a conference was requested by Napa Valley Care Center to discuss the care of Mr. Collins, but a representative from Kaiser did not show.
“As a direct result of Kaiser’s failure to participate, there was no meaningful communication or ongoing assessment and the dire need to remove the catheter from Rupert’s eroding penis continued to be ignored,” the complaint states.…
BOSTON, MA – A 43-year-old mother of two was crushed to death on New Year’s Eve as she walked across a Boston drawbridge.
Aura Garcia was on her way to a doctor’s appointment as she walked across the Meridian Street bridge, a drawbridge that crosses over the Chelsea River, when it began to rise to let a boat pass underneath. According to police spokesman David Estrada, Garcia “was probably halfway across the bridge when it started to open. She was in a blind spot where (the operator) could not see her.”
Another pedestrian told investigators that before the bridge began to rise she heard a loud foghorn and saw the bridge’s blinking lights before hearing Garcia screaming over and over again. The bridge operator heard her screams as well, and immediately began lowering the bridge back in place.
What the operator didn’t know was that Garcia’s lower body had slipped through the gap made at the lower hinge of the bridge, and she was holding on to a handrail to keep from falling into the river below.…
ARLINGTON, TX – Back in July we reported on Rosa Esparza, the 54-year-old grandmother who was killed after being thrown from a Six Flags roller coaster.
The family eventually sued Six Flags, the suit revealing some gruesome details regarding Esparza’s death. Now a 20-page police report by the Arlington Police Department reveals that the ride operator didn’t think that Esparza’s safety bar was secured correctly.
On July 19, Esparza was at Six Flags over Texas with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. It was her first time at the theme park, and her first time riding one the park’s signature attractions – the Texas Giant. This wooden coaster has one of the steepest drops in the world for a wooden roller coaster, yet didn’t include seat belts or shoulder harnesses for the rider.
At the time, the only thing holding your ass in the seat was a T-bar mechanism that locks over your lap. Despite her size and shape, Esparza met all the qualifications needed to ride the coaster as evident by the ride operators letting her on in the first place.…
Police were called to a home at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning where an African Rock Python had killed 5-year-old Connor Barthe and his 7-year-old brother, Noah.
Connor and Noah were sleeping over with a friend in the home of snake owner Jean-Claude Savoie, in an apartment above the Reptile Ocean pet store. The snake measured between 11 and 15 feet long and weighed almost 100 pounds. It was initially being reported that the snake had escaped an enclosure in the pet store, but police later revealed the snake was kept in the same apartment the boys were sleeping in a specially built enclosure.
Regardless, then snake climbed into the ceiling, making its way into the ventilation system of the building and into the living room ceiling where the brothers were sleeping. Because of its weight, the snake reportedly fell through the ceiling and landed on the mattress where Conner and and Noah were sleeping, strangling them both at the same time.…
Police are investigating a shooting in which 34-year-old Christopher Stanlane accidentally shot and killed his 10-year-old son while cleaning his shotgun.
On Sunday afternoon, Stanlane was at his home wiping down a shotgun when it accidentally went off. Unfortunately, his son was sitting in front of him watching television when it happened, and the poor kid took a shotgun blast to the back of the head.
Stanlane dropped the gun and rushed his eight-year-old daughter out of the room. His wife, who was cooking dinner at the time, called 911. Paramedics pronounced Christopher Stanlane Jr. dead on scene.
I don’t know if any of you have seen what a shotgun blast does to the human head, but I can only imagine what that room looked like after that gun went off. If there’s a silver lining to this kid getting shot, it’s that he didn’t feel a thing.
Captain Anthony Thompson says the Robeson County District Attorney will ultimately decide what if any charges will be filed against Stanlane. Robert Simmons, the boy’s uncle, said the boy’s parents were “in shock, trying to come to terms with what happened.”
I cannot imagine the pain the Stanlane family is going through right now.…
Pittsburgh, PA — The mother of the 2-year-old boy who fell into a pit of African wild dogs while visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo, and was subsequently mauled to death, will not be facing charges.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said that Maddox Derkosh’s death at the zoo was a “tragic accident” and that they would not be charging his mother, 34-year-old Elizabeth Derkosh. However, authorities are still investigating the zoo for possible criminal negligence.
The attack happened earlier this month while Maddox was with his family visiting the zoo. While at the African dog exhibit, Maddox’s mother placed him on top of the viewing deck’s railing. The boy wore glasses and she wanted Maddox to get a better view. And man, did he ever.
Witnesses say that Maddox lurched forward, as if he thought there was some sort of clear barrier to stop him, and ended up going over the rail. After bouncing out of a small safety net designed to catch small items like cameras and phones, Maddox landed 11 ft below and was immediately attacked by 11 dogs.…
Midland, TX — A town in Texas is mourning the loss of four veterans during a parade accident in which a train struck a Show of Support parade float.
Yesterday evening, the ninth annual Show of Support parade was taking 24 veterans and their spouses and girlfriends from the DoubleTree by Hilton to the Horseshoe in south Midland where the Hunt for Heroes banquet was to be held. Afterwards, the veterans were being treated to an all-expenses paid weekend hunting trip, while their spouses would be treated to a variety of activities in Midland.
The parade float transporting the veterans consisted of two separate flatbed tractor trailer trucks. Each were adorned with American flags with two dozen veterans and their spouses sitting in chairs set up on the back of each flatbed tractor-trailer.
At one point during their route to the Horeshoe, the trucks had to cross over a set of railroad track. Police were reportedly directing traffic as the first truck made it over the tracks but then had to stop.…
Louisville, KY – Michael D. Nash, 61 and an army veteran, is suing the federal government for $10 million for over-icing his penis and giving it frostbite after a routine, but medically necessary, procedure.
Nash entered a VA hospital on October 28th, 2010 to have a penile implant and circumcision performed. Icing the “surgery site” for two or three hours following a procedure of this type is advisable to control swelling. However, Nash’s attorney, Larry Jones, contends that the nurses at the VA hospital iced his junk for 19 hours straight.
The extreme prolonged exposure to ice caused his penis to suffer severe frostbite and turn gangrenous within weeks. Five inches of the penis in question needed to be surgically removed to keep the poor guy alive.
“It basically caused frostbite on his penis, which eventually caused gangrene,” Jones said. “In addition to robbing someone of their manhood, they’ve robbed him of the simple ability to urinate just like every other person who lives in this world.”
Somebody needs to inform Mr.…
Creswell, OR – Brandi and Russel Bellew have pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Brandi Bellew’s 16-year-old son, Austin Sprout.
Sprout, who is Russel Bellew’s stepson, died of a burst appendix in December. After a seven week investigation into the death, Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brandi and Russel Bellew. They originally pleaded not guilty to the charges and the trial was set to start this week.
The Bellews are members of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which teaches that prayer, not medical care, will cure their sick members, no matter how grave the circumstances.
Now, I know it’s probably going to come as a shock to you, as it did to me, but bacteria, viruses, and cancer couldn’t give two craps about what you’re asking your god to do. That also goes for serious bodily injury. Scrapes, minor cuts, bruises, and headaches, however, are under strict orders to eventually scram when ordered by God, it would seem.
“That is what the arrests are based on, is the withholding of medical care in this case that allowed Austin to die.” Capt.…
Houston, TX – Stephanie Dillard, 34, allegedly drove her car, containing her three children, aged 5, 12, and 16, into a city bus last Friday. Instead of staying at the scene, however, she reportedly left the shaken-up children inside the car in the middle of an intersection and walked away.
The five-year-old had suffered a laceration above his eye, but the other children did not suffer any more serious injuries; at least not physical ones.
Officers responding to the scene of the accident found the children still in the car. It took a few minutes to track Dillard down, however. They eventually found her in a nearby CVS drugstore, eating stolen ice cream naked, having taken her clothes off inside the store. When police happened upon her, she was in the middle of inserting a tampon. No, I’m just kidding about that last bit.
Dillard did reportedly resist arrest in a convincing manner, though she is currently only facing child endangerment charges, and not resisting arrest, public nudity, or ice cream theft. …
RAYNE, La. – Police have charged 26-year-old Shaqueta McDade with homicide after her four children died in a mobile home fire Saturday night.
According to 26-year-old Shaqueta McDade’s neighbors, she had a bad habit of leaving her five young children home alone. One neighbor described finding McDade’s 2-year-old wandering the streets at midnight last month and calling police.
Another neighbor said that McDade’s left her kids alone inside their mobile home last Friday night, prompting them to call police as well. The kids were removed from the home, but returned to McDade the next day. That night, McDade once again left her children home alone.
This time the end result would be far more tragic than a simple call to police and yet another opportunity for McDade to leave her kids unsupervised. That night, a fire broke out in the living room of the home and soon the entire trailer was engulfed in flames.
Neighbors tried to get McDade’s children out of the trailer, but were driven back from the intense heat. …
Santa Clarita, CA – Princess Cruises is conducting an ‘internal investigation’ after claims that the captain of one of its ships ignored a passenger’s report of a distress signal from a small fishing vessel. Two of the three people on board that drifting vessel would later die of dehydration.
On Feb 24, Adrian “Santi” Vasquez, 18, set out on a fishing trip with two 16-year-old friends – Oropeces Betancourt and Fernando Osario. After they were at sea, they discovered that the outboard motor on their small fishing vessel – “The Fifty Cent” – would no longer start and they were adrift in the middle of the ocean.
The three men drifted at sea for more than two weeks before they spotted the passing Star Princess cruise ship and started signaling for a help.
On board the Star Princess three passengers were bird watching. Judy Meredith, Jeff Gilligan, and Jim Dowdall were using their spotting scopes and telescopic cameras, so they had a good view of the fishing boat in the distance.…
Munich, Germany – Remember your shock and dismay when, as a teen, you first ran across the strap-on that your mom used on your dad? If so, you have an idea of the trauma that has been caused to a 15-year-old German girl who – while flipping television channels – saw her parents on a program about swingers and sex clubs.
After reportedly stumbling upon the television program, the girl had the displeasure of seeing her mother wearing stockings and suspenders in a cage with her father nearby dressed as Batman while holding a sex toy. The resulting ’emotional upset for their daughter’ prompted the couple to file a lawsuit against the German station RTL for ‘massive damages.’
An inquiry established that the production company responsible for producing the report for RTL was supposed to pixelate the couple’s faces – but reportedly ‘forgot.’ “Forgot,” of course, is television industry shorthand for “the pixelation process is really difficult with a donut in one hand and your johnson in the other.”
Despite the hard evidence, the parents were disappointed when told by the presiding judge that, in order to proceed with the lawsuit, the girl would have had to appear in court to testify and describe her shock – further deepening her trauma.…
Quebec — A man is facing some serious charges after his friend couch surfed into the grill of an oncoming car.
For those of you unaware, couch surfing is when idiots sit on a couch tied to a vehicle and are dragged down the street at high speeds. There are a slew of videos out there featuring the stunt and honestly, it’s amazing we haven’t had more stories like this one before now.
In this case, 21-year-old Alex Labbé was driving a van towing three friends down a country road as they sat on a couch. During their trip, the couch swerved into the opposite lane and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. One of the men on the couch, 20-year-old François Hallé (pictured), was severely injured.
Instead of rendering aid to his friend sprawled out in the middle of the street, Labbé fled the scene. Hallé was transported to the hospital where he would later die. Labbé would later be arrested at his home and charged with dangerous driving causing death, fleeing the scene of an accident and criminal negligence causing death.…
While arguing with the boyfriend about his negligence, Reed began pushing and scratching the man. So much so, police say, the man beat a hasty retreat to the bathroom and locked the door.
Incensed, Reed then retrieved a knife from the kitchen and began stabbing the bathroom door, threatening to cut him. Fortunately, the door held and the man was left with all of his man parts. He may have needed a change of underwear, though…
Reed was arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing.…
Skokie, IL – A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Skokie School District 68 officials alleges that teachers were negligent in their treatment of 6-year-old Rahul Chandani when he fell on the playground last winter. Were they? You decide…
On Jan. 3 of last year, Chandani reportedly slipped on a mound of snow in the playground at Devonshire Elementary School. Court documents state that doctors would later establish that his fall resulted in a fractured tibia and a hematoma to his head. At the time of the fall, though, the only thing that is known for sure is that the fall made him a whiny little brat who – get this – wanted to be carried back to the school. Oh c’mon…
“His teacher told him, ‘You’re a big boy — I can’t carry you,’” the boy’s mother, Priya Chandani, told a local news reporter. “She told him to walk back, but his leg was broken so he fell again and then had to crawl at least 200-300 feet [across the icy playground] back to the school building.”
The boy’s mother added, “If someone did that to me as an adult, I’d slap them.”
According to the lawsuit, the boy made it back to the school where he complained of dizziness.…
Chicago, IL – During a rainstorm in 2008, Hiroyuki Joho, 18, (pictured) was trying to catch a train. While hurrying towards the platform with an umbrella shielding him from the rain, he made the literally fatal mistake of stepping into the path of an oncoming Amtrak express train.
The teen’s mother Jeung-Hee Park, had reportedly left Joho, a high school student, at the station that morning. It is believed that he thought that the approaching train was his local train and that he expected it to slow down. Joho crossed over the tracks using the pedestrian crossing which put him in the path of the train.
Joho’s train, in fact, had been delayed by the bad weather and overtaken by the Amtrak express. That train, traveling at close to 70mph, did not slow down. Joho was reportedly ‘shredded’ on impact.
Gayane Zokhrabov, 58, a commuter waiting on the platform was hit by a ‘sizeable portion of Joho’s body.’ The impact – which occured after a portion of Joho’s torso had traveled almost 100 feet through the air – was reported to have knocked her to the ground, breaking her leg and wrist and injuring her shoulder.…