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Lakeland, FL — Police have charged 14-year-old Cassidy Goodson with first-degree murder after she gave birth to a full-term baby boy and then proceeded to choke him to death.
Three days after deputies had been called to Lakeland Regional Medical Center on a report of Cassidy being treated for a miscarriage, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the girl’s mother after she made a gruesome discovery in her daughter’s room.
Teresa Goodson had been collecting dirty laundry when she smelled something bad coming from Cassidy’s room. Upon investigating, she found a shoebox with a dead baby inside. Homicide detectives arrived at the home and interviewed Cassidy, who showed little emotion while explaining why she a dead baby in her room rotting in a shoebox.
The ninth- grader at Kathleen High School told them that she had been hiding her pregnancy for months, and on the morning of Sept. 19, she went into labor in the bathroom. After using a pair of scissors to try and pry the baby out, she finally gave birth to a 9.5-pound, 20.4-inch baby boy.…Continue Reading
WILKES-BARRE, PA – In the comment section of a recent teen suicide we reported on, the subject of suicides being contagious came up. I didn’t know it at the time, but Luzerne County has lost four teenagers to suicide in the last week, all within 30 miles of each other.
If there are any inaccuracies with the following details, I apologize. I had to read about fifteen different articles and a ton of comments just to hash everything out.
On Sept. 18, 13-year-old Joshuah Delos Santos from Nanticoke shot himself. Bullying seems to be involved, although officials say they have not seen any proof of that. But over at the Joshuah Delos Santos Memorial Fund, his cousin reportedly stated otherwise. “The morning of September 18, 2012, my cousin Joshuah Allen Delos Santos decided to end his life because he was being bullied,” she said. Comments on a Facebook tribute page echoed her claims.
On Sept. 21, in Jenkins Township, 16-year-old Matthew Montagna used a hunting rifle to kill himself at his home. He was a junior at Pittston Area High School and played football for the Pittston Panthers for three years. Again, the subject of bullying was brought up by his peers as well as on a Facebook tribute page.…Continue Reading
STILLWATER, OK – Yesterday, 13-year-old Cade Poulos came to Stillwater Junior High School dressed as the Batman villain Two Face, then used a handgun to kill himself in a hallway full of fellow students.
Poulos was in the crowded hallway at around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. It was Super-Hero Dress Up Day at the school, and for reasons unknown, Poulos arrived dressed as a villain. It was during a prayer time before the morning bell sounded that Poulos pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head.
Immediately after the shooting, the school was locked down, students were evacuated, and parents were asked to pick up their children via a district messaging system.
Initial reports were hinting at bullying as the reason for the teen’s decision to commit suicide, possibly because of some statements made on a Facebook memorial. But Stillwater superintendent Ann Caine said the district had no records of Poulos being bullied and his family have also stated that Poulus was not a victim of bullying.
Whatever the reason was, we may never know what caused Poulos to kill himself in front of his peers.…Continue Reading
WAYNESVILLE, MO - It’s been almost five years since I first reported on 9-year-old Rowan Ford. At the time, she was just a missing girl from Missouri whose stepfather was not being cooperative with police. I didn’t know it at the time, but it would take five years for the case to be resolved, and the details of what happened to that little girl would end up haunting me to this day.
Three days after I posted that article in 2007, Rowan’s battered body was located in a sinkhole where she had been dumped after having been raped and strangled to death. The day after, police would arrest Rowan’s stepfather David Spears (who had previously been on the news pleading for her safe return) and his friend Chris Collings. Police would charge them both with Rowan’s rape and murder after Collings admitted to acting alone in abducting, raping, and strangling Rowan, while Spears confessed to participating in the rape of Rowan and being the one who strangled her to death.
A year later, these two men still had not stood trial, and Impqueen wrote a great summary of everything we knew about the case up until then.…Continue Reading
WAUKEGAN, IL — The Illinois woman accused of killing a 3-month-old baby, allegedly by violently slamming her down on a table, has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Sarah Gumm, 33, is facing life behind bars if she is convicted of the multiple murder and battery charges filed against her in connection to the death of Rylan “Turtle” Koopmeiners, the baby girl she’d been babysitting for six weeks.
On July 27, Rylan was rushed to the hospital after Gumm called 911 to report that Rylan was not breathing. She was pronounced shortly after arrival and an autopsy report would reveal that the girl had a skull fracture and cranial hemorrhaging.
Her cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma, the medical examiner noting a significant amount of force caused the fracture and that Rylan probably died within an hour of receiving the injuries.
Gumm would later admit to investigators that she had gotten angry after Rylan became fussy during a diaper change. “She admitted she put the baby down on a table such that the baby’s head hit the table,” Lake County assistant State’s Attorney Ari Fisz said.…Continue Reading
DELTONA, FL – I’m having technical issues today, but a couple people posted this on our Facebook page and I just had to write something up.
A man in Florida, along with his ex-girlfriend, have been accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and a 7-month-old infant.
Ash initially denied knowing the images were on her phone, but later admitted that when she dated Fleming he would periodically send her images of himself having sex with the girl. They would then text each other and talk about other things they would like to do with the girl.
When Fleming was questioned by police, he admitted to sending the pictures of himself raping the 4-year-old to Ash’s phone, and that he had used the phone to record himself raping the girl. Police arrested Fleming and charged him with two counts of sexual battery, although they believe he raped the girl on numerous occasions.…Continue Reading
WINDSOR, CT – A 16-year-old in Connecticut is facing several felony charges after he posted a video on Facebook depicting a 14-year-old girl having sex with one of his friends.
I could rehash what was stated in the news article I linked to, but I freeze-framed the news video and was able to read some of the charging documents that the reporter holds up to the screen.
In December of last year, 16-year-old Malik McKnight recorded a friend having consensual sex with the 14-year-old girl in the girl’s bedroom. Malik stated that he had been asked into the bedroom and that the couple were aware that he was filming. Court documents state the video shows a naked male having sex with the girl as she is bent over a bed.
Later that same month, Malik and one of his friends went to the girl’s home and told her that if she did not have sex with them, that he would post the video. The girl said she wasn’t sure if Malik still had the video or not, so she had sex with him just in case.…Continue Reading
Last week the body of 78-year-old Barbara Olsen was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside her garage. At the time police were calling the death “particularly violent” and that they had two juveniles in custody; her great grandson and his friend. Now that the criminal complaint has been released, the disturbing details of what happened to Olsen have been revealed.
According to 13-year-old Nathan Paape’s admission, he and 13-year-old Antonio Barbeau went to the home of Antonio’s great mother to kill her and steal some money. They got a ride to her home from Nathan’s mother, concealing a hammer and hatchet they brought along with them. After entering Olsen’s home through an unlocked side door attached to the garage, they encountered Olsen.
Olsen told Antonio that she was calling his mother, but when she turned around to do so, Antonio struck her in the back of the head with the blunt end of the hatchet.…Continue Reading
Greenwich Village, NY — Last October we reported on the McDonald’s employee caught on camera as he used a metal bar to beat the crap out of two women who had jumped the counter and tried to attack him. That same McDonald’s is back in the news today after a customer got into an argument with a gay couple, then used a razor to slash one of them in the face and neck.
The attack happened on Wednesday after 24-year-old Jamar McLeod and his transgender girlfriend, Jalisa “JoJo” Griffen, stopped in the McDonald’s so Griffen could use the bathroom. The couple were holding hands and talking about their freinds being attacked for being gay when a man waiting on a cheeseburger confronted them.
He began making anti-gay statements and threatened to beat up Griffen after she went to use the ladies restroom instead of the men’s. McLeod stood up for his girlfriend and told the man that he wasn’t laying a hand on Griffen and that he would have to fight him instead.…Continue Reading
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man in Michigan was convicted of first degree murder after being accused of killing his infant daughter while orally raping her.
Last year, 26-year-old Steven Deuman says he left 15-week-old Evelynne Deuman on a bed and walked away to smoke a cigarette. When he returned, he found his daughter on the floor bleeding from the nose, unconscious and not breathing.
What he didn’t tell anyone, until much later, was that he also found a used condom in her mouth. He also didn’t call 911. Instead he called the girl’s mother, Natasha Maitland, and told her their baby wasn’t breathing. Only after she drove home from work was a call made to 911.
Instead of waiting for an ambulance, they attempted to drive Evelynne to the hospital, but were told to pull over by 911 dispatch. A paramedic arrived and tried to revive Evelynne before rushing her to the hospital. But it was too late as, according to prosecutors, she had been dead for awhile.
It wasn’t until later that night that Deuman allegedly whispered to Maitland that he felt that the baby had choked to death on a used condom.…Continue Reading
MODESTO, CA – The day after a registered sex offender was released from prison, he was arrested for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on a public bus.
Police say that 37-year-old Kevin Michael Long has spent his life in and out of the system, starting when he was only 12 years old. He has past convictions for assault with intent to commit rape, burglary, drug violations and making terrorizing threats. He just spent over seven years in jail before being paroled on Sept 17.
His family says they were told a month before his parole that he would be sent to a state hospital upon release. But instead of getting treatment, the got a call on the day of his release, instructing them to come pick him up. His family said “eff that.”
This was due, in part, to letters they had received from Long while he was incarcerated in which he admits to being sexually attracted to children, and claiming that he was the Lord.
“I have three teenagers I have a 14-year-old daughter, and 15 and 16-year-old boys. It specifically says in here that those are the kind of people he is interested in,” said one family member who refused to pick Long up upon his release.…Continue Reading
EVERETT, WA – A woman in Washington was in court yesterday, answering to accusations that she tried to cut off her sleeping husband’s head with a reciprocating saw.
Police arrested 44-year-old Renee Bishop-McKean last October after her husband, Brett Bishop, told them that she had just tried to kill him. He told them that he had awoke to the sound of the Sawzall reciprocating saw that his wife had in her hands, and was in the process of pressing against his neck.
After pushing her away and jumping out of bed, Bishop says he fought with McKean to get control of the saw. ”Renee came at me in the kitchen with the Sawzall raised up, we had a struggle over it,” said Bishop. “She kept pulling the trigger to make it run, so I reached out and pulled the battery out of it.”
Not quite ready to call it a loss, the criminal complaint states McKean swung a hatchet at Bishop and hit him in the back of the head with a mallet. When police arrived at the home they could hear Bishop screaming at his wife. ”It was you, it was you,” Bishop could be heard shouting.…Continue Reading
Calgary -- A man accused of faking brain cancer and scamming money from a fundraiser will probably need another fundraiser to help pay for the very real medical bills he’s currently accumulating after getting his ass beat in jail.
After 28-year-old Kristopher Cook told people he had been diagnosed with the same type of brain cancer that had killed his sister, local musicians gathered together and held a fundraiser to help pay for his treatments. The ”Kristopher C’s Cancer Smasher Benefit Bash” was held last July at the Broken City bar and raised $7,500.
But when people took notice of Cook’s unusual spending habits, including being seen with a new Macbook Pro the day after the event, they wondered if he was using the raised money to pay for cancer treatments, or if Cook had cancer at all.
The resulting fraud investigation revealed that not only did Cook not have a sister that died from cancer, he didn’t have any siblings at all. On top of that, he was not a registered patient at any of the area hospitals.…Continue Reading
SANFORD, FL – A couple months ago we reported on a man in Georgia who was accused of beating a woman with her dog. Now it is being reported that a man in Florida has been accused of doing the same thing.
Michael Jones, 42, was arrested last week on domestic battery and animal cruelty charges after police say he beat his live-in girlfriend with her own dog.
According to reports, Jones became angry when his live-in girlfriend and her daughter arrived home and one of them had tried to smoked crack cocaine. Jones informed her that he was going to kill her puppy before walking outside, pulling the dog out of his girlfriend’s her car, and punching out the windshield.
According to the victim, she tried to get the dog away from Jones when he began swinging it in the air. She said Jones pushed her to the ground and began beating her with her dog, striking her with the animal several times. After beating her with her dog, she says Jones choked her before riding away on a bicycle while carrying the dog.…Continue Reading
Epping, NH – A woman in New Hampshire was arrested four times in 26 hours for playing AC\DC and Guns ‘n Roses too loudly.
Epping police said they were at the home of 53-year-old Joyce Coffey, responding to a noise complaint, and could hear AC\DC’s “Highway to Hell” blaring from inside the home while sitting in their police car.
They issued Coffey a warning about the music but were called back to the house an hour later. They could hear Guns ‘n Roses playing from inside her home, so they arrested her. Five hours after being released from jail, police got another call regarding loud music coming from her home and Coffey was arrested a second time.
After being released, police say they were called back to her home about 1:10 a.m. Wednesday morning after receiving yet another report of loud music. For the third time, Coffey was arrested for wanting to rock out with her cock out.
The fifth and final call to police regarding Coffey was not one about loud music, but rather a domestic disturbance.…Continue Reading
LIHUE, Hawaii – It’s no secret that men will go through great lengths to get laid. Hell, even I’ve had to sit through a couple Matthew McConaughey flicks, all in the name of vagina. But the elaborate steps one man in Hawaii took to sink the pink ended with him being convicted of sexual assault charges and getting himself a decade behind bars.
Back in 2010, 29-year-old Leonard Alpeche Jr. came up with a way to meet women for sex that was unbelievably convoluted and entirely illegal. He assumed the identity of a real 15-year-old girl and would use a fake Facebook account to promise women a lucrative career in modeling.
Claiming to be a model working for a local modeling agency, he would tell the women to contact an email address or phone number to sign up for a modeling contract. Surprisingly (or not), two women took the bait. Alpeche then used a series of email addresses, phone numbers, and Internet messaging services to assume the roles of various modeling agency employees, including a secretary, an agent, and a photographer.…Continue Reading
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — An 81-year-old man was arrested after police say he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from school.
The child’s grandmother told police that the girl was walking home from school when James Holmes grabbed her, hugged her, touched her breast and put his tongue in her mouth.
Police arrested Holmes and charged him with assault and battery. He was later released on a $20,000 bond. In his defense, Holmes says he is sorry and the entire incident was just an err in judgement.
“I just hugged her the wrong way,” he told News 4’s Gabrielle Komorowski. “I apologize. I’m sorry it ever happened. I knew better. It’s not anything that I’m proud of.”
The girl’s grandmother says her granddaughter has seen Holmes sitting on his porch before, but that she did not know him. She says she went public with the story in hopes of protecting other children.
“The man has got to be sick in the head to do something like this to a child.…Continue Reading
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. - A teenager in Florida became so enraged that three of his friends refused to smoke synthetic marijuana that he shot all of them with a pellet gun.
Three boys told police they were hanging out at a home with 15-year-old Tybreel Bentley when Bentley started smoking that synthetic weed bullshit. When Bentley offered it to the other three boys, they all refused to partake.
When Bentley kept insisting, one of the teens smacked the joint out of Bentley’s hand. At that point, Bentley reportedly walked out of the room and returned with a pellet gun that he used to open fire on the three teens.
I’d understand getting pissed if someone knocked a tray of coke out of their hands, or purposely smashed a bong loaded with Danko’s Strain of the Week, but we’re talking about some crap you can get in a convenience store, for Cthulhu’s sake.
Regardless, for a whiny, synthetic weed smoker, Bentley was a pretty good shot — hitting the three boys nine times.…Continue Reading
SAN DIEGO – Zewoinesh Badasso, the mother accused of intentionally throwing her 7-month-old son out a 3rd-floor window, was in court on Wednesday, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault on a child.
As you may recall, passersby found the boy–being referred to as “David N.” in court records–on the ground in an alley near the building out of which he was allegedly thrown. CPR was administered and he was rushed to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. The evidence gathered at the scene and the results of questioning Badasso led police to place her under arrest.
Here’s what seems to be known about Zewoinesh Badasso at this time: The 33-year-old (or 32-year-old, depending on your source) came to the U.S. from Ethiopia around 12 years ago thanks to a sponsorship by some unnamed Catholic charity. Even so, she apparently has not developed a good grasp of English, since an interpreter was present with her at Wednesday’s hearing. She had been in San Diego for only a very brief time and did not know the three men with whom she and her son shared the apartment since she had been placed there.…Continue Reading
Montgomery County, LA – Police in Louisiana have arrested 49-year-old Duane Parker after he allegedly sent sexual messages to more than a dozen preteens on Facebook, including a video of him masturbating while saying what he would like to do to a seventh-grade girl.
Parker got busted after an investigation into his online activities that started when the mother of one of the girls he contacted authorities after seeing messages from an unfamiliar name on her daughter’s Facebook page. The girl told her mother that she only accepted his friend request due to how many mutual friends that had in common.
His modus operandi seemed to be friending a young girl on Facebook, along with any of her friends, then begin innocently messaging them before bringing out the big guns. “He’ll chat with them for a while but then after befriending them he’ll start sending pornographic videos to them, whether it was video or still images,” said Captain Mark Seals.
By time investigators got involved, Parker had deleted his Facebook account and created a new one. Law enforcement discovered his new Facebook account and seen Parker had attempted to contact several more young girls.…Continue Reading