The girl was brought to the hospital on Monday after being cared for by Hartwig, who has helped care for the girl since she was an infant.
Hartwig was a family friend who offered to babysit because the baby’s parents were wary about putting the girl in daycare.
But when the girl’s mother arrived to pick up her daughter from Hartwig’s home, she found her daughter sleeping face down on the couch. The baby was lethargic and vomited as she left Hartwig’s home, so she rushed her to the hospital.
Doctors determined the girl was suffering from a skull fracture as well as swelling and bleeding around the brain. They say the child’s injuries were caused by “high force impact.”
When police went to talk to Hartwig, she said the girl could have fallen and hit her head on an entertainment center. But on Tuesday, doctors told police that the girl’s injuries could not have come from that kind of fall.…
On Thursday night, Morey used a handgun to shoot and kill his bedridden wife, Betty Morey; his son’s 48-year-old girlfriend, Linda Merrell; and 27-year-old Ernesto Calzadilla. Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said that Morey’s son, 33-year-old Christopher Morey, then wrestled the gun from his father and used it to fatally shoot him.
As for the motive, reports are that Morey got into an argument with his son’s girlfriend, who lived in the home, over the use of a washing machine. Morey is described as a heavy drinker who had “hundreds” of guns in the home. Neighbors say there was always a lot of drinking going on in the home and that this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened.
“Similar event has happened in the past but no one was injured, luckily, but there was shots fired,” said neighbor Sean Tubbs.…
MADISON, WI – Police have arrested 33-year-old Christopher Gamboeck after he allegedly threw a beer bottle at a bartender’s head because she changed the bar’s music from Black Sabbath to God-awful Christmas music.
The incident happened Christmas Eve afternoon at the Farm Tavern Bar, where a drunken Gamboeck was drinking with his uncle.
According to police, Gamboeck became very upset over the bartender changing the music from Black Sabbath to Christmas crap, and decided to give her some what for.
Patrons in the bar told police that Gamboeck chugged a bottle of Budweiser, slammed the bottle on the bar, then threw the bottle at the bartender’s head. He then tried to go around the bar with his fists clenched, but other patrons intervened.
Gamboeck’s uncle managed to get his nephew out of the bar after Gamboeck pulled a Christmas tree to the ground and broke a few ornaments.
Police caught up to Gamboeck at his residence where he rushed towards the officers and hurled some gender-based obscenities at a female officer.…
SAINT CLOUD, MN – Police have arrested 37-year-old Jamie Elrod after she allegedly bit off part of her husband’s ear during an argument over beer.
According to reports, police were called to the couple’s home after receiving a report of domestic assault.
Police would find both Elrod and her husband inside the apartment. They would also note Elrod’s husband was missing part of his ear.
During a search of the apartment, officers would find a significant amount of blood as well as a piece of the man’s ear on the floor.
Elrod’s husband told the officers that he and Elrod got into an argument after he returned home from drinking. The argument over beer became physical, said the man, and resulted in Elrod biting off part of his ear.
Elrod, who appeared to have been drinking herself, told police she had no idea what happened to her husband’s ear. She was arrested on a charge of first-degree assault and is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail on $30,000 bond.…
Police say Kathleen Peacock and Lucas Barnes put 2-year-old Braydon Barnes in a crib on Friday and left him shut in the room with a space heater for 38 hours.
While the boy slowly cooked in his room, the couple used meth in the home that they also used as a meth lab. Peacock, who is pregnant, later admitted that despite hearing her son crying, she did not check on him until Sunday.
That’s when Peacock discovered her son was dead in his crib and ran to a neighbor for help. That neighbor would later state that when she went inside the boy’s room, it felt like it was 100 degrees. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for the boy as, according to paramedics, Braydon had been dead for some time.
An autopsy would later reveal the boy was generally malnourished and thin.…
Earlier this month, Salemi got into an argument with his sister about a water pipe she would not return to him. He then argued with his father for not letting him sell his sister’s television.
According to Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Lenhard, the teen then grabbed a 7-week-old kitten and “purposely crushed (the cat) to death in his hands.”
Afterwards, he called his mother and told her what he had done and “threatened to kill another one if his sister didn’t give back his bong.” He would later admit his actions to police and told them that killing the kitten “was more difficult than he thought it would be.”
Salemi was subsequently arrested and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and criminal damage to a domesticated animal. If he manages to post $2,000 of his $20,000 bond, he has been prohibited from having any contact with domesticated animals or his sister.…
Sheppard’s son was unusually cranky and she was unable to get the baby boy to stop crying. Frustrated that conventional pain relievers weren’t working, Sheppard called her mother who instructed her to rub a little whiskey on the boy’s gums.
Sheppard was either confused by her mother’s instructions or she’s just a simpleton with a sauced up infant, because instead of rubbing some whiskey on the boy’s gums, she gave her son a baby bottle with bourbon in it.
After the child was found unresponsive on the floor of her trailer, he was later airlifted to the hospital with a .19 blood alcohol level. Sheppard initially denied knowing how he got into the booze, but then later admitted the truth.
Sheppard has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and assault on a family member. She’s been released on a $10,000 bond.…
SPARTANBURG, SC – A couple were arrested Sunday after making repeated 911 calls to report seeing people and possums jumping out of their refrigerator and microwave.
Deputies said 32-year-old Brandon Terry and 28-year-old Casey Fowler gave the dispatcher the wrong address to their rental home, but police managed to track down the couple a few blocks away.
When asked if the couple had taken any drugs, they said they had not. They then showed the officers pictures they say proved that worms were coming out of the floor of their vehicle and pictures of “midgets and other people camouflaged.”
The officer looked at one of the photos and noted that it only showed a basketball goal and a tree. Terry informed the officer that he could not see the camouflaged midgets because on he could see him.
Field sobriety tests were conducted on the couple and both showed signs of being under the influence of drugs. Terry’s test had to be restarted at least once because Terry stopped and said the deputy was touching his eyes.…
COSTA MESA, CA – Benjamin Golden, a 32-year-old senior marketing manager for Taco Bell, is out of a job and facing criminal charges after he was captured on video assaulting an Uber driver.
Last Friday night, Edward Caban picked up Golden at around 8 p.m. and immediately knew he’d made a mistake. Golden was intoxicated and uncooperative, refusing to give Caban an address to go to.
Fed up with Golden, Caban pulled into a parking lot and told Golden he needed to get out of his car.
“You’re too drunk to give me directions, man. I’m kicking you out,” Caban told Golden as the drunkenly falls over in the back seat. “Get out of my car or I will call the police.”
After arguing for a bit, Golden opens the door and appears to be leaving, but then suddenly unleashes a flurry of punches to Caban’s face and head. When Golden stops yanking on Caban’s hair to pick up the hat that had fallen of his head, Caban uses the opportunity to retaliate with some pepper spray.…
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Prosecutors say they may file charges against a 58-year-old woman who allegedly hit her 61-year-old boyfriend over the head with a mounted sailfish, then poked him with the nose of the fish.
According to what the boyfriend told police, he and his girlfriend were drinking at around 2 a.m. when he decided to sketch a mounted sailfish. The two began arguing for some reason and she moved the fish before leaving the room.
When she returned, she found the fish had fallen and broke. Believing her boyfriend was responsible for the broken fish, she grabbed the head of the sailfish and began hitting him over the head with it. The man called 911 after she began poking him with the nose of the fish and cut his hand.
Responding police did not arrested the woman, citing her health issues, but the Muskegon County Prosecutor said they are reviewing the case and may file charges against the woman at a later time.
If you thought this was the first story ever featured on DD in which someone got into trouble for beating another person with a mounted animal, you would be mistaken.…
OMAHA, NE – Jacqueline Eide is facing trespassing charges after she broke into the Henry Doorly Zoo to pet a tiger, and got a mangled hand for her efforts.
In the early morning after Halloween night, an intoxicated Eide got inside the zoo and made her way to the cage of Mai, an 18-year-old Malayan tiger at the zoo’s African Grasslands exhibit.
Once she placed her hand inside the cage, Mai latched onto her hand “causing severe trauma to her hand,” police said in a statement.
After freeing herself, a friend drove Eide to the hospital where police say the 33-year-old was aggressive towards staff and showed signs of intoxication by alcohol or drugs.
Eide was still in the hospital on Sunday to treat injuries to her left hand that are so bad, she might lose parts of her fingers. But that’s not the end of her worries. Police have also charged her with criminal trespass.
Not that Eide’s a stranger to police or the court system, seeing as she’s previously been convicted of drunken driving, shoplifting, graffiti and other crimes.…
GRANTS, NEW MEXICO – Damon Perry admitted to beating his friend to death with a guitar after binge watching The Walking Dead, explaining that he did so because his friend was turning into a zombie.
Police were called to the Vista Mesa Villa Apartments on Thursday after someone called to report an intoxicated man with a knife. When officers arrived on the scene, they found two apartment complex maintenance men restraining 23-year-old Damon Perry outside an apartment.
Inside the apartment police would find 23-year-old Christopher Paquinan. He was unconscious and appeared to have been brutally beaten. Paquinan was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency personnel.
Perry told police that he was the one who beat his friend to death, but that it was self-defense. According to Perry, he and Paquinan were drinking “large amount of alcohol” while binge watching The Walking Dead on Netflix.
At some point, Perry says his friend “began to change into a zombie” and started biting him. In order to protect himself, and save his friend from a fate worse than death, Perry admits beating Paquinan his hands, feet, a guitar, a microwave and other household items.…
The incident happened on Sunday night on a Aer Lingus flight from Portugal to Dublin when the man became erratic and attacked a passenger sitting near him.
After biting the other man, crew members restrained him before he lost consciousness. A doctor and nurse were on the flight and attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful.
After the flight was diverted to the Irish city of Cork, paramedics pronounced the man dead on arrival. The man who was bitten was transported to the hospital while the remaining 165 passengers traveled by bus to Dublin.
Why the man lost his marbles and attacked another passenger is not being reported, but a 44-year-old Portuguese woman that was traveling with him was arrested after five pounds of suspected amphetamine powder was found in her suitcase.
That same day, a Southwest Airlines flight to San Francisco from Los Angeles had to turn around mid-flight after two passengers got into a physical confrontation.…
AIKEN, SC – Police have arrested 25-year-old James Quattlebaum after he decapitated a 2-week-old puppy in front of his girlfriend and her two children during an argument.
On Saturday, police responding to a disturbance call arrived at a home and spoke with 37-year-old Tarsha Hankinson. She told them her boyfriend, Quattlebaum, came home under the influence of narcotics and had beheaded a puppy in front of her and her two children, ages 7 and 10.
The two children told police that Quattlebaum had gotten into an argument with their mother then and confirmed he had used a large kitchen knife to cut the head off of one of their puppies.
Inside the home police would find blood on a rug in a rear bedroom and a large knife on a dresser. The knife was covered with blood and light-colored animal fur. Police would find the puppy’s body outside the home in a trash can.
The officers would find Quattlebaum in the driveway sitting in his vehicle reeking of alcohol. After being placed in a patrol car, Quattlebaum had to be hobbled when he “began kicking the door to the patrol car as officers began preparing to transport him” and spit in an officer’s face.…
SEATTLE, WA – Alicia Goemaat is facing murder charges after police say she kicked her boyfriend’s 17-month-old son to death.
According to reports, 26-year-old Goemaat was watching her toddler son along with Drue Lehto, the 17-month-old son of her boyfriend.
The toddlers got into an argument over a toy and, according to Goemaat’s own admission, she kicked Drue in the stomach. After the boy fell down, she kicked him again, causing fatal abdominal injuries.
One week before Drue was kicked to death, he was taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital to treat “bruises and scratches that did not appear to be normal for a toddler.”
According to the police report, Goemaat is a drug addict who would often scream at Drue. Friends of the couple also said Goematt “would become extremely agitated when the victim cried and would physically punish him by spanking him or ‘flicking’ him on his body when he cried.”
Goemaat’s ex-boyfriend said he was shocked at the news, stating he never saw Goemaat act aggressive towards his kids.…
URIE, WY — Joseph Richardson and Paulette Richardson are facing manslaughter charges after they let Paulette’s 16-year-old son drink until he died from alcohol poisoning.
According to court documents, Paulette’s son, Kendal Ball, had been expressing a desire to drink. Paulette would tell police that the boy’s biological father was an alcoholic and she was afraid her son would turn out like him.
In order to stop that from happening, the couple came up with a genius plan to let the kid drink. Joseph would explain later that he was told the best way to stop the boy from drinking would be to let him drink until he got sick.
So on the night July 6, Ball started drinking with his step-father and a family friend. How much the kid drank in a two hour time-span all depends on who you ask.
Paulette said her son drank a few shots of Fireball and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s. Joseph said his stepson drank a few ounces of Jack Daniel’s.…
PONTIAC, MI – Police have arrested 47-year-old Henry Michael for allegedly stabbing his son-in-law after the victim found Michael and his daughter, the victim’s wife, lying naked in bed together.
Police were called to the hospital where a 25-year-old man was brought in suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound to his back. The man would tell police that he had come home at around 3:30 a.m. and found his wife sleeping in the bed with her father, and both of them were completely nude.
When he woke up Micheal, an argument ensued that led to Michael stabbing his son-in-law before fleeing in the victim’s vehicle. After interviewing the victim, police located Michael’s 24-year-old daughter who told them that after going out drinking with her father, they returned home where she passed out.
She said she didn’t know what happened until her husband woke her up, but doesn’t believe her father sexually assaulted her. She was transported to the Haven START Program for an examination before being taken to a relative’s home.…
Howell called 911 last year to report her 17-month-old daughter, Jaslynn Mansfield, was not breathing. The baby was rushed to the hospital where she would later die of acute methadone toxicity.
After police found a baby bottle in Jaslynn’s room contained methadone, Howell would admit that on the day her daughter died, she had given the baby methadone to help her go to sleep.
What makes that fact so tragic is that had she told emergency workers this when her daughter was brought to the hospital, they very well could have saved her life.
According to the child’s grandmother, Howell knew the dangers of the drug as Jaslynn was born addicted to it and her father died from a methadone overdose a few months before she was born.
In July, Howell would plea guilty to second-degree manslaughter and causing a child to be exposed to a controlled substance.…