MARIETTA, GA — Mary Pursley, a special education teacher at Mount Bethel Elementary School, was arrested after police say she put an autistic student into a trash can and compared him to Oscar the Grouch.
The incident happened on Thursday during an after-school program when a second-grade student with autism began yelling and screaming in the classroom because he was “angry and upset about returning inside” and because another student was bothering him.
Pursley came into the classroom to talk to the boy and told him that if he continued with his trashy behavior, she would put him in a trash can. The boy did not stop, so Pursley made good on her word.
So, in front of other students with special needs and three adults in the classroom, Pursley picked the boy up and held him upside down by his legs inside a trash can. According to the arrest warrant, the student was crying, screaming and yelling for Pursley to stop.
Pursley was arrested on Monday and is now facing a first degree felony charge of cruelty to children for causing excessive physical or mental pain.…
LA VISTA, NE – Nebraska police have identified the toddler found alive and crying inside an apartment complex dumpster.
On Wednesday night, a man cleaning out his car in the parking lot of the Alpine Village Apartments heard whimpering from inside a nearby dumpster. When he went to investigate, he discovered someone had placed an 11-month-old boy in the trash.
“I went and looked on the inside the dumpster and I seen a little hand with an empty water bottle moving,” the man said.
Neighbors who came out to assist say the child was covered in lint and wearing nothing but a soiled diaper. Police said that aside from scrapes and bruises on his back, the boy was in relatively good health.
Paramedics arrived and transported the boy to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Within a few hours of investigators releasing a picture of the boy to the media, he was identified.
Police have not said if the child’s parents have been identified or located, but say there is a lot more of investigation that will need to go into the case.…
PHOENIX, AZ – Police have arrested 27-year-old Kenne Worthen after the elementary school teacher got busted having a sexual relationship with one of his 12-year-old students.
Police were called by staff at Longview Elementary School after students informed them that Worthen was having an inappropriate relationship with one of their female classmates.
When questioned, the girl initially denied having any type of relationship with Worthen, but later admitted to it and that she’d had sex with the teacher in his classroom after school.
A search of Worthen’s iPod revealed the girl and Worthen would have conversations of a sexual nature via the Google Hangouts app. He even tells the girl that he’s worried she will feel guilty and tell his wife or the police.
Worthen was arrested on Friday and is facing five felony charges, including molestation and sexual conduct with a minor. According to court documents, Worthen confessed to the relationship to police.
During his first court appearance, the judge ordered Worthen held in jail without bond.
“Even with having no record or anything?” asked Worthen.…
BARTLESVILLE, OK — Police have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Bell after her 3-month-old daughter was found dead in her home being eaten by roaches.
Police were initially called to Bell’s apartment on Jan 8, on a report of a dead infant. When they arrived, Bell told the officers she had put her baby, Alice, in her crib and came back a while later to find her dead.
She then changed her story, telling the officers she thought that it was possible that her 18-month-old twins may have accidentally smothered Alice. She said she fell asleep while watching a movie and that the twins may have killed the baby by sitting on her.
The Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and listed the cause of death as sudden unexplained infant death, with the manner of death undetermined. It was also noted that abrasions found on the baby’s head and legs were caused by the roaches feeding on the baby’s corpse.
“I can conclude that she laid the baby on the floor and fell asleep without waking during which time Alice may have been suffocated by one or both of her twins or became distressed due to the surface of the floor and suffocated,” Investigator Jim Warring stated in the affidavit. …
FESTUS, MO – Police have arrested 21-year-old Taylor Fast, and are looking for Fast’s boyfriend, after her 17-month old daughter was found beat to death.
Police say they were called to Fast’s home Sunday morning after the mother called to report her daughter, Layla, had been bitten by a spider the night before and was now unconscious.
When police arrived at the home, they found the girl dead and quickly realized that Fast’s story was complete bullshit. Layla had bruises to her face and neck, bruises all over her body, and had been dead for several hours.
“I’ve been a policeman for 32 years and this is the worst case of child abuse I have ever seen,” Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said. “Nothing even comes close to this. This child looked like a situation, say if a child was involved in a car accident. It was horrible.”
According to Roche Madden from Fox 2 St, Louis, the little girl’s face had been smashed in.
They also found that Layla’s 3-year-old brother was suffering from a broken leg and cried every time he tried to stand on it.…
CICERO, IL – Police have charged 23-year-old Martin Alvarado Jr. with fatally beating his girlfriend’s 18-month-old after the child urinated on him during a diaper change.
Police were called to a home on Thursday where Alvarado was caring for his girlfriend’s son. The boy was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital where he would be pronounced dead.
An autopsy was conducted the following day and the boy’s death was ruled a homicide after it was discovered the boy had died of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse.
Alvarado was questioned and revealed ha had been in the process of changing the toddler’s diaper when the boy urinated on Alvarado. According to investigators, Alvarado became so mad that he repeatedly hit the boy.
Police arrested Alvarado and charged him with first-degree murder. On Monday he was ordered held without bail until his next court appearance on April 28.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said they have had prior contact with the family, but would not elaborate. …
CLEVELAND, OH – Police have charged Michelle Schwab with misdemeanor child endangerment after her 2-year-old fell 10 feet into the cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The incident happened over the weekend as the 38-year-old mother of three was holding a small child in one arm and her 2-year-old in the other while at the zoo’s cheetah attraction.
Somehow the boy slipped from her arms and ended up falling around 10 feet over a protective railing, landing into the cheetah’s den. The cheetahs never approached the boy after he landed, nor did they approach when Schwab and her husband jumped in to retrieve him. The boy was taken to the hospital to treat a leg injury.
Charges were filed against Schwab after several witnesses told investigators they saw the child being held over the railing of the exhibit. If she’s convicted, she faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Schwab may also be unemployed. She was the assistant director at the Sawmill Road KinderCare in Columbus, but communications coordinator Colleen Moran said Schwab “will remain out of the center while this issue is investigated and addressed.”
The director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said zoo habitats for animals are designed for the safety of the animals and the guests, but guests are expected to use common sense (ha!) and follow zoo rules when viewing animals.…
SACRAMENTO, CA – Police have arrested 27-year-old Porche Wright after they say she doused her 7-year-old daughter with a flammable liquid then set her on fire.
Police were called to Wright’s home on a report of child abuse after a friend of Wright’s came over and discovered the suspect’s daughter covered in serious burns.
Paramedics rushed the girl to the hospital suffering from severe wounds. She is expected to survive and remains under treatment at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Wright was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of felony child abuse and attempted murder charges. She’s being held without bail.
This isn’t Wright’s first run-in with the law, having previously been charged with prostitution, domestic violence and disorderly conduct.
One neighbor said that Wright “put gas on her and put a match on her,” while another described some of the young girl’s injuries.
“She was burned so bad the skin was peeling off her face and everything … it was really, really severe,” said neighbor Frank Taylor.…
According to court documents, Purvi Patel arrived at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center maternity ward in July 2013 with an empty umbilical cord protruding from her nethers. She told doctors she’d miscarried and left the fetus in a dumpster behind her family’s restaurant.
Police located the dumpster where a male fetus was found dead inside a plastic bag. Patel stated she’d been aware of her pregnancy for approximately three weeks before she went into the bathroom where “it all came out.” She further stated she found the lifeless fetus amidst all the blood, so she attempted to perform CPR but was unsuccessful.
When detectives asked why she didn’t call 911, she stated she “didn’t know what else to do,” and didn’t want her parents to find out she’d had premarital sex, or had become pregnant as a result of her liaison with the baby’s father.…
DALLAS, TX – Police have arrested 28-year-old Alicia Carroll after they say she left her 7-year-old daughter in a dumpster overnight.
According to Dallas police, Carroll and her daughter left the King Spa & Sauna about 10 p.m. Saturday.
Carroll began to run, telling her daughter that the police where after them, and instructed her daughter to climb in a nearby dumpster.
The girl fell asleep inside the dumpster while waiting for her mother to come get her, and woke up 10 hours later. As she began walking back towards the spa, Carroll was calling police to report her child was missing.
Carroll told police that she had drinks at the spa and left her daughter with a friend to “clear her head” and that the refused to return her child. The friend contradicted Carroll’s statements, telling police that she witnessed Carroll leaving the spa with her daughter and that Carroll was “highly intoxicated.”
Police began searching for the child and were alerted by some people at the spa who had located Carroll’s daughter.…
NEW YORK, NY – Police have arrested 35-year-old Latisha Fisher after they say she murdered her 20-month-old son inside a midtown Manhattan restaurant.
According to reports, a woman walked into the bathroom pf 5 Boro Burger and saw Fisher holding her hand over the mouth of her son, Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher.
“I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep,” Fisher allegedly told the woman.
After the woman walked out, Fisher locked herself and her son inside the bathroom, prompting restaurant staff to force their way inside and find the toddler unconscious and foaming at the mouth.
When the staff tried to perform CPR on the toddler, Fisher allegedly swatted them away. By time the boy was taken to the hospital, he was already dead. Sources say that Fisher would later blame one of the world’s biggest scapegoats.
“The devil made me do it,” she reportedly told authorities.
Police arrested Fisher and have charged her with second-degree murder. Friends, family and neighbors describe Fisher as a doting mother to her son, but also said she had a violent streak and a 12-year-old son that does not live with her.…
DETROIT, MI – Police in Detroit have a woman in custody after the dead bodies of her two children were found frozen inside a freezer.
On Tuesday morning, police were called to an apartment at the Martin Luther King Apartments after a court officer went there to serve an eviction notice.
Instead of finding the woman they were looking for, they found a deep freezer containing the frozen bodies of a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. Police said the bodies had been there for “some time.”
The mother of the two children was found with her two other children at a separate residence in the housing complex after receiving a tip. She was taken into custody and are calling her a “person of interest”.
The names of the children and their mother have not been released at this time, and the cause of death is still being determined. The other two children, ages 11 and 17, have been taken into protective custody.
PLANT CITY, FL – Izbella Bronson was killed after the A 2-year-old fell out of her great-grandmother’s minivan and was accidentally run over.
According to Hillsborough County deputies, Izbella Bronson was with 69-year-old Alice Barber in a 2008 Kia Sedona, waiting at the end of Barber’s private dirt driveway to pick up the girl’s brothers as they got off their school bus.
As Izbella’s 7-year-old brother ran ahead of the vehicle towards the house, Barber allowed Izbella and her 9-year-old brother to sit on the floor of the minivan with one of the side doors open as she proceeded back up the driveway.
“Sometimes, the kids would sit there and dangle their feet out and she would travel very slowly,” said HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon. “Unfortunately, this time on the way back, she obviously hit something that knocked the child out.”
Izbella ended up falling underneath the minivan and was ran over by one of the vehicle’s rear tires, which makes the entire story more horrific when combined with that “very slowly” portion of McKinnon’s statement.…
Dynel Lane Accused Of Cutting Baby Out Of Pregnant Woman’s Womb After Luring Victim With Craigslist AdMarch 19, 2015 at 10:44 am by Morbid
LONGMONT, CO — Police have arrested 34-year-old Dynel Lane after they say she cut a baby out of a pregnant woman after luring the victim to her home under the pretense of selling baby clothes.
The 26-year-old victim, who was seven months pregnant, went to Lane’s home after responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. Once there, police allege Lane attacked the woman and cut her fetus from her womb.
Police say that Lane’s husband drove her and the baby to the hospital where Lane carried in the victim’s dead baby and told hospital staff that she had suffered a miscarriage.
The victim was able to call 911 from Lane’s home where police would find her beaten and stabbed. She was taken to the hospital where she underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Lane, a mother of two who once had a certified nurse’s aide credential, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/reckless resulting in death. Murder charges may or may not be filed against Lane.…
COLLEGE HILL, OH – Police have arrested 20-year-old Deasia Watkins after they say she decapitated her three-month-old daughter early Monday morning.
A group of children are the ones who called 911 after they walked into the home and found Deasia inside with her dead daughter, Janiyah.
Hamilton Co. Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said multiple trauma caused the newborn’s death, but sources have confirmed that Janiyah’s head had been severed.
Watkins was arrested and charged with aggravated murder. She was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center to undergo a mental evaluation.
Janiyah was recently removed from Watkins’ care and placed with a family member because there were concerns over Watkins’ mental health. When a spokesperson from Hamilton County Job and Family Services was asked to comment, they referred all questions to the prosecutor’s office.
The Cincinnati Police Department Homicide Unit and the coroner’s office are investigating are trying to determine whether anyone else was involved in her death.
“We’re going to go over the evidence that we have, and try and make sense of this murder which, seems to us, is very senseless,” said Sammarco.…
BALDWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – Michael Gunderson, 32, is facing charges after his two children were found by their mother starving in a crib, and one of them appearing to eat feces.
The children’s mother left for Utah for work, leaving the toddlers, ages 2 and 3, in the care of Gunderson. When she returned two months later, she found the kids alone in a crib inside a home that smelled like piss and was littered with trash and dog shit.
Even worse, the children were “weak and thin” with their rib cages clearly defined. One “appeared to be trying to eat feces,” while another was too weak to even walk.
The mother took her kids to the hospital where medical personnel noted that the children had sores on their bodies and “were diagnosed as being severely malnourished and subject to starvation.” The kids were immediately given fluids by IV, and police were notified about the conditions of the children.
When police interviewed Gunderson, he admitted he left the children at home so he could go to work.…
BESSEMER, AL – Bessemer police have charged Cassie Townsend after the two-year-old she was caring for died from drinking a grape soda spiked with the woman’s methadone.
Police say that around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, Townsend rushed Demonie Hendon to the hospital after realizing the grape soda she spiked with methadone was missing and Hendon was acting sick.
For those of you unaware, methadone is a medication that reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs. It allows the addict to get high without the associated drug addiction. Methadone is normally not supposed to leave the clinic from where it is dispensed.
By time Hendon was admitted to the hospital, he was unresponsive and placed on life support. Townsend, who is the boy’s aunt or godmother, bonded out of jail after initially being charged with chemical endangerment of a child that morning.
However, Hendon was taken off of life support on Monday, and Townsend was arrested again, charged with chemical endangerment resulting in death. Townsend is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on a $60,000 bond.…
Police said they became involved after the boy was taken to the hospital on Saturday suffering a seizure.
The boy was airlifted to Boston where doctors there found he was suffering from two skull fractures and 17 broken bones, from his ribs to his toes. Orta-Santana’s son had to be placed in a medically induced coma.
When questioned, Orta-Santana admitted to police that he had punched his son in the head several times on Saturday after becoming frustrated with him.
No word on if he admitted to breaking 6% of his son’s bones in the last three months, but investigators believe some of the boy’s injuries happened around the time he was born.
Jose Orta-Santana was arrested and charged with felony first- and second-degree assault. He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.
“This is probably the most serious child abuse case that we’ve dealt with in a long, long time,” said Chief Kevin Cyr.…