In The Mean Time...
According to Detective Jaime White of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Saturday as the boy was attending a birthday party at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
The boy was climbing on a headstone shaped like a tree stump, dated 1906, when it came loose and fell on top of the boy. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Jeff Nely, the church’s pastor, called the boy a “rambunctious young man” who was “full of life” and says church members are planning to help the family financially in some way.
“Just trying to love them and let them know that we support them and trying to comfort them and give peace as best we can,” said Neely.
This is the fourth tombstone related death we have reported on that I remember.
On Friday, police were called to a hospital to investigate a child abuse call after two infants were brought to an Owasso Urgent Care suffering from extreme malnutrition.
A tearful nurse told the officer that one of the children looked like a skeleton and had severe diaper rash, bedsores, feces in her ear.
Even worse, while the infant was being evaluated by medical staff, a maggot crawled out of the infant’s vagina.
The other infant was extremely skinny, had a major diaper rash, bed sores, and a hair was wrapped around her finger so tight it had gotten infected and skin was growing over it.
When officers interviewed the children’s parents, Kevin Fowler and Aislyn Miller, they said they are “new parents” and not used to taking care of infants.
Miller said they were aware of some of the medical issues the infants were suffering, but that they do not have health insurance and cannot afford the medical bills.…
Authorities began investigating 28-year-old Kaitlin Plascjak after receiving a cyber-tip in August that led them to her mobile home where she lives with her mother.
According to the criminal complaint, Skype reported someone with the username kaleidoscopickittie was uploading suspected child pornography and provided them with the user’s IP address.
This led investigators to the mobile home Plascjak shared with her mother. A search of her computer and cellphone yielded hundreds of images and videos depicting “infants, toddlers and preteens exposing themselves” as well as “infants being sexually assaulted.”
Police said Plascjak admitted to owning the child porn and that she once had more than they found. She said she deleted it before she underwent surgery because she didn’t want anyone to find it if something went wrong.
Plascjak told police “she has no children and viewing child pornography is a coping mechanism for her because she was molested when she was younger.”
Police arrested Plascjak and charged her with disseminating child pornography, possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility.…
The tragic incident happened on Wednesday after the sisters, Ibanez, 2, and Scylee, 1, were put down for a nap by their father inside a New York homeless shelter.
When their mother returned home an hour later, she went in to check on the girls and made a horrifying discovery. It seems as if a valve on the radiator busted, filling the room with scalding hot steam, causing horrific burns to the girls’ faces and chests.
Witnesses say the girls’ parents, Danielle and Peter Ambrose, ran screaming into the street carrying their children. The girls were rushed to the hospital suffering burns to 70 percent of their bodies, but were unable to be saved.
I’ve been reading a handful of sites reporting on the parents’ history of drug addiction, homelessness and history with child welfare. While the articles themselves don’t blame the parents for their daughters’ horrific death, this info hasn’t stopped the people commenting on the articles from doing so.…
According to reports, 55-year-old Diane Coleman was the primary caregiver for her paralyzed father, 81-year-old Earl Coleman, who used a wheelchair and had multiple medical issues.
On Sept. 3, Coleman poured boiling water on the man, “severely burning” him in multiple places on his body. The man was taken to the hospital in serious condition while Coleman was taken to police headquarters.
She was arrested and charged with domestic violence aggravated assault, although investigators were unable to determine a motive. Earl Coleman eventually passed away from his injuries on Sept. 13.
His death was being investigated as a death investigation until December 6 when Jackson police ruled it a homicide. Coleman’s charges were upgraded to murder the following day.
Boiling water seems to be a very popular weapon, especially by the ladies, as can be seen by the pages of stories we have featured in which it was used to kill or maim someone.…
The girl was walking to Geeter Middle School Monday morning when she was hit by an SUV driven by 20-year-old Larry Ward.
After hitting the girl, Ward allegedly put the girl in his vehicle, sexually assaulted her then left her in a roadside ditch.
Minutes after the attack, Cameron Fifer saw the girl crying on the corner of the road and knew something bad had happened.
“Man, phew. Her face. Something just struck fear in her definitely,” he said.
When he stopped and asked the girl what happened, she said: “I got raped.”
The girl told arriving police what had happened to her and provided a description of the suspect and the SUV he was driving. She was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition and has since been treated and released.
Her mother says aside from being battered and bruised, she is expected to be ok.
Sex crimes investigators immediately went to the scene while police spent hours searching for the suspect.…
According to police, 44-year-old Etter Hughes moved from Arkansas to the rat-infested apartment of 47-year-old Mary Martinez, a woman she had met in prison.
Hughes brought along her 13-year-old son and the two younger sons of her cousin, who was moving to Wisconsin at a later time.
Almost immediately after moving in, 7-year-old Trevion and his 9-year-old brother suffered beatings at the hands of Martinez, and were routinely denied food.
Investigators say Martinez would kick them in the head, punch them in the back, burn them with cigarettes and whip them with electrical cords. Police say that at no time during this abuse did Hughes intervene.
That changed last week when Trevion was found unresponsive with his eyes were rolling back into his head.
When Martinez saw the boy’s condition, she allegedly told Etter she and the boys needed to get out of her house and to drop Trevion off in the woods.…
Police were called after walking by the victim’s apartment and seeing a large amount of blood coming from inside.
When police responded, they found the victim dead inside a bathtub with his genitals cut off. Also found in the apartment was 32-year-old Jerry Pagan, a homeless prostitute.
Pagan told police that he and the victim had gotten into an argument over money Pagan believed he was owed for a previous sexual encounter with the victim.
The argument turned physical when Pagan used a hammer to beat the man over the head. Pagan then stabbed the victim several times with a pair of scissors.
Afterwards, he placed the man’s body in the bathtub and used a razor blade to cut off the man’s genitals. Pagan told police he did this because he wanted to “eat the penis.”
Pagan didn’t eat the penis, however, as police found it in a plastic bag beside the bathroom sink.…
According to state police, Jacob Remaley woke up retrieved his father’s Ruger LCP .380 Auto handgun from the kitchen after his father left for work.
After loading the gun, he went into his mother’s bedroom and, at close range, shot her in the forehead as she slept. He then went into his younger brother’s bedroom and shot him in the head, also at close range.
Afterwards, he tossed the gun in his bed and called 911 to report his father had killed his mother and brother.
“Why didn’t he kill me? I need help,” he told the operator before hanging up. The operator called him back and he told them he didn’t know why his father put the gun in his bed.
When emergency services arrived at his home, Jacob told them that the firearm was still inside. Citing safety concerns, they gave the kid a blanket and moved down the street to wait for police to arrive.…
Lateekqua Jackson said she went to City Springs Elementary School to pick her son up after school and found the boy crying in an ambulance. Trayvon’s face was bruised and swollen, and he was missing a couple teeth.
His tutor, 25-year-old Timothy Randall Korr, was also there and had blood on his clothes. When she asked him what happened, he told her the boy was injured as he was escorting him to the office for being disruptive in class.
“The teacher told me that he put him over his shoulder, and when he put him down he was bleeding,” Jackson said. “He said he made a mistake. He said, ‘I made a mistake. It was a mistake.'”
But Korr told police a slightly different story. He said as he was carrying Trayvon out of the classroom, he lost his footing, and Trayvon hit himself on the wall.…
Robert Burnette, 19, was arrested earlier this month after police say he caused serious physical injury and head trauma to his 6-week-old son by violently shaking him, slamming him into a bed face first, and shoving his fingers down the baby’s throat.
The baby’s mother, 20-year-old Megan Hendricks, was also arrested because she witnessed the abuse — which occurred between Oct. 18 and Nov. 7 — but did not seek help.
During an interview with police, she said she was afraid of Burnette, but showed no remorse over the condition of her son who she repeatedly referred to as “the kid.” Police say she cried during her interview, but when once the interviewer left the room she immediately stopped and showed only anger and disdain.
Both were originally charged with felony child abuse or neglect, but those charges have been upgraded against Burnette after the baby died on Monday.…
Around 385 people ate at the dinner Thursday, a dinner normally for senior citizens, homeless and others who would be alone for Thanksgiving.
Afterwards, eight members of the same family were admitted into the hospital the following two days displaying signs of a food-borne illness.
Three of the patients have since died, four were treated and released and one is still in the hospital, officials said.
To be clear, there is currently no proof that the Thanksgiving meal is connected to the food-borne illness. The victims all being the members of the same family, along with the number of people who ate the meal and did not get sick, certainly raises questions.
However, Veteran Esidor Alviar ate at the dinner and said he became sick later that night.
“It was a nice dinner, turkey, stuffing, cranberries and coffee,” Alviar said. “About one o’clock in the morning, I had cramps and a terrible stomachache.…
Police were called to Riley Hospital by staff who suspected one of their teenage patients was being abused by his mother, 41-year-old Tiffany Alberts.
According to reports, Albert’s 15-year-old son was being treated for leukemia but was exhibiting several unexplainable infections.
They said several days after his first cancer treatment, he returned to the hospital because he had a fever, diarrhea and vomiting. He spent 18 days in the ICU and doctors determined the infection the teen was experience was the result of bacteria in his blood normally found in feces.
Hospital staff placed a surveillance camera in the boy’s room and after capturing his mother injecting an unknown substance into her son’s IV bag on several occasions, they called police.
When questioned, Alberts said she was just injecting water into the IV to help flush the line because the “medicine that was given to him burned.” After further questioning, she finally admitted that she injected fecal matter into the bag on multiple occasions.…
The incident happened last Friday as a man arrived at 42-year-old Nataliia Karia’s home daycare to drop of his 3-year-old child.
The man said he was greeted by Karia who said she “couldn’t take it anymore.” She said she had “done something bad” and wanted to show him.
The man said he ran past Karia when he heard a child’s cries coming from the basement and found Karia had made a noose out of children’s tights and had hanged a 16-month-old child by their neck from a pipe.
As the man got the baby down and called police, Karia fled the scene in her minivan. After she rear-ended a vehicle, she ran over a man who got out of his vehicle to inspect the damage. She then struck a bicyclist before parking her vehicle and tried jumping off a highway overpass.
Karia was stopped by several passersby and taken into custody.…
Earlier this month, police were called to a home were several children told them they witnessed their mother’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Donald Yearwood, stomp four pit bull puppies to death.
Police were unable to locate Yearwood or the puppies until later that evening, when another group of kids found the puppies inside a dumpster. Three of the puppies were already dead, and the fourth died later.
Detectives learned that police were called to the same home in October, after an adult female pit bull bit a child inside the home. Animal Control took custody of the dog along with six puppies, unaware there were four additional puppies still inside the home.
Investigators would learn that on November 9, Yearwood got upset at the noise the puppies were making while tried to sleep. The children in the home said Yearwood began to kick and stomp on the puppies before throwing them down a flight of stairs.…
At around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, police found 42-year-old Gerardo Ordaz naked and yelling for help in the back lot of the Healdsburg Police Department.
Police found Ordaz naked and carrying his clothed, unresponsive daughter while accompanied by his partially clothed, 9-year-old son.
Medical responders arrived on the scene and attempted CPR on the girl, but she would be pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.
Healdsburg Police Chief Kevin Burke said that based on comments from Ordaz and his son, the girl’s death was not accidental and occurred in the foot-deep water of the St. John’s Catholic Church baptismal pool.
The church leaves its doors open late on Sunday and Burke said they were the only ones there at that time. No motive has been given, but I’m guessing that rascally Jesus fellow told him to do it.
Church officials have declined to comment about the case aside from releasing this brief statement: “Sunday night there was tragedy in the church; a little girl lost her life,” said pastor Sean Rodgers.…
On Monday afternoon, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker was transporting 37 students from Woodmore Elementary School when he lost control of the bus. The buss flipped on to its side and crashed into a tree, splitting it apart.
Five children died at the scene, six were critically injured, six were admitted to the hospital and 20 were treated and released by local hospitals.
What caused the accident is still being investigated, one of the children on the bus said they were going “real fast” before the accident occurred.
“He was going real fast and he hit a garbage bag,” the boy said. “And we then hit a mailbox, then we flipped over and hit a tree real hard.”
Police Chief Fred Fletcher said speed is being investigated ‘very, very strongly’ and that a warrant has been issued to remove the informational box on the school bus and review the video to help determined what happened.…
ASHLAND, OH – According to reports, 26-year-old Brock Martin has ditched his insanity plea and has pleaded guilty to snatching a 6-year-old girl from her bed and raping her in the backyard of her home.
On Aug. 18, 2015, Martin pushed a fan out of a window of a home, reached in and pulled out a six-year-old girl. He was in the middle of raping the girl in the backyard when a resident of the him came out and witnessed what he was doing.
Martin ran into nearby woods and was later captured by an Ashland Police Department K-9 unit.
During an interview with police, Martin admitted he’d been a busy boy and confessed to two unsolved crimes in the area. On August 11, 2015 he broke into a home where a woman woke up and found him standing over her bed. He fled the home when he saw the woman’s husband come home from work.
Martin also admitted that on March 17, 2013 he broke into a home around midnight and sexually assaulted two 13-year-old girls who were having a sleepover.…