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WEST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP, PA – Police have charged 24-year-old James Myers with cruelty to animals after he allegedly injected a kitten with heroin, choked it with a rope and slammed it to the ground.
Around 5 a.m. Sunday, a patrolling police officer noticed Myers parked in the middle of the street with his car door open. Under the door was a black kitten with a rope wrapped tightly around its neck. The kitten was lethargic, bleeding from the face and had some teeth missing.
A search of Myers car yielded bundles of heroin, hundreds of used bags of heroin, hypodermic needles, rope that matched the one wrapped around the kitten’s neck and a small box of cat shit.
The 8-week-old kitten was taken to a vet suffering from head trauma, where it was determined that the kitten had been injected with heroin. Dr. Jennifer Magilton first thought the kitten would need to be euthanized, but she first tried giving it some Narcan, a heroin antidote.
The kitten, now named Hope, immediately improved and is now expected to make a full recovery.…
GREENWICH, CT – A day of fun on the Long Island Sound turned horrific when a popular teen was killed after being caught in a speed boat propeller.
The incident happened on Wednesday as 16-year-old Emily Fedorko and three of her friends were tubing in the waters off Greenwich Point Park.
Fedorko and a 15-year-old girl were both riding in a tube that was being pulled by a motor boat driven by a 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old female passenger. It was after Fedorko and the girl riding with her were thrown off the tube that the accident occurred.
“At some point some of the maneuvers that took place with the boat and the tubes, the vessel slowed or stopped. The girls’ tube continued forward and they became entangled in the propeller,” said Greenwich Police’s Lt. Kraig Gray. Yikes.
Fedorko suffered a laceration to her torso from the propeller that was so bad that responding emergency personnel were unable to even attempt resuscitation. She was pronounced dead at the scene. …
MERCER, PA – A courtroom burst into applause after a judge ordered the mother and grandparents of an 8-year-old boy found almost starved to death, jailed until their trial on attempted murder charges.
The boy was found by a caseworker in June after a neighbor called authorities to report seeing a “walking skeleton” at the home the boy shared with his mother, Mary Rader, 28; his grandmother, Deana Beighley, 48; and his step-grandfather, Dennis Beighley, 59; and three siblings.
The boy was taken to Greenville Medical Center where a doctor remarked that “the young man is so emaciated he looks like a Holocaust survivor.” Hospital staff noted the boy’s bones protruded so sharply that his skin broke open in some areas, and that he likely wouldn’t have lived for another month.
The boy told investigators that he was fed only small amounts of food so he would often eat bugs when he was allowed onto the back porch.
Rader and her parents claimed the boy wasn’t being neglected, but that he had a hormone problem.…
FULLERTON, CA — Before I get started with today’s terrible news, I thought I would provide you with some good news in the form of an update on Lester and Petra Huffmire.
In case you’ve forgotten, this is the couple who were arrested last year after it was discovered they’d been keeping two female relatives, ages 5 and 10, malnourished and locked inside a nasty trailer for three years while they played World of Warcraft.
The two girls stayed with the unemployed couple from May 21, 2010 to May 20, 2013, in their trailer at the Satellite Mobile Homes Estate. The girls were never allowed to go outside for any reason, and were not allowed to attend school.
Police visited the trailer after receiving multiple calls from concerned neighbors. What they found inside was a trailer full of filth. It was littered with stacks of trash, debris, mold, and feces. There were a pile of used condoms found under a stuffed teddy bear, the kitchen appliances were covered in mold and cobwebs, and the toilets did not work.…
WAGONER, OK – Police arrested Lorie Hill at Wagoner High School on Monday after she was found drunk in her classroom and not wearing any pants.
Hill is a newly hired teacher for Wagoner Public Schools and was found by two other teachers slumped over a desk in an empty classroom on the first day back at school for teachers.
“They didn’t know who she was, she was apparently new and was supposed to start yesterday,” Police Chief Bob Haley said.
When police arrived, they found the 49-year-old in principal’s office where someone had given her some shorts to wear. Hill admitted to police that she’d been drinking, and an empty cup smelling of vodka was found inside her car.
Since police could not prove she was intoxicated when she drove her vehicle, Hill was only charged with public intoxication. The Wagoner School District declined to comment on any possible disciplinary actions against Lorie, saying they do not comment on personnel matters.
Parents are, understandably, outraged. “I don’t know, as an adult, I just don’t know how you can be a professional teacher and teaching young people, and then show up drunk,” said one parent.…
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Briana Holland is facing a slew of charges, including attempted murder, after the 22-year-old admitted to stuffing her newborn baby inside a trash can and leaving it to die.
Last Friday night, an employee at United Technology Carrier Corporation called a maintenance worker to a bathroom because they thought they heard an animal in the bathroom’s trash can.
The maintenance worker looked inside the trash can and found a newborn baby wrapped in bags used to dispose of sanitary napkins. The “lower half of the baby was put in a brown paper bag” and the “baby’s head was inside in another brown paper bag.”
Even worse, after the bags were removed, the baby was found to have toilet paper tightly wrapped “approximately 15 times” around his neck, court documents said, and had tissue and a plastic tampon applicator in his mouth. The baby was purple, cold and gasping for air before he stopped breathing.
The maintenance worker quickly removed the items from the baby’s mouth, wrapped the baby in a shirt and used his hands to stop the bleeding umbilical cord.…
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Police have arrested 63-year-old Martha White after she was accused of stabbing her 7-year-old grandson to death because she was fed up with babysitting him and his brother.
Mason Rhinehart, 7, and his 8-year-old brother were playing video games when White walked and told them she had a surprise for them. She took Mason into the bathroom and locked the door behind her.
Mason’s older brother said he then heard Mason crying and begging for his life, saying: “I don’t want to die, please don’t kill me.”
The boy said he tried to open the door to help his brother, but was unsuccessful. Instead, he called the cops and his father before finding a hiding spot.
White eventually walked out of the bathroom covered in blood, then left the house with a bottle of wine. But before she walked out, she reportedly told the boy that she “had a surprise for him too.”
Police arrived at the home within five minutes and found Mason lying on the bathroom floor suffering from multiple stab wounds to the chest.…
HEBRON, MD – Paul Hurst and Cary Edwards have been accused of severely beating their roommate, trying to carve a Juggalo tattoo off his arm, then setting the man on fire.
The incident reportedly happened Thursday shortly after 1 a.m. after Hurst, 33, and Edwards, 35, got into an argument with their roommate, 31-year-old Zachary Swanson.
The argument escalated, and the suspects beat the shit out of Swanson. Afterwards, they attempted to carve a Juggalo tattoo off Swanson’s arm. Unsuccessful at removing the tattoo, they decided to burn it off by pouring a flammable liquid on Swanson’s arm and setting it on fire.
Swanson was left on the ground for hours before the pair dropped him off at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Swanson was later flown to a burn center in Baltimore, where he remains in critical condition with extensive injuries, including severe burns.
Hurst and Edwards were arrested and charged with first and second degree attempted murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and a deadly weapon charge.…
MACHIAS, WA – Four years ago we reported on an otter in Florida that went on a bloody rampage. Now we have an otter in Washington that attacked a little boy and his grandmother, sending them both to the hospital.
Bryce Moser and his grandmother, Roxane Grove, were swimming in the Pilchuck River Thursday morning when Grove heard her grandson screaming bloody murder.
“All of a sudden I just heard him scream for his life,” Tabitha Moser said. Her son was the boy who was attacked. “He was just bobbing up and down in the water and as he came up there was something all the way on top of his head.”
As she got close to the boy, she could see that the object on her grandson’s head was one very pissed off otter. “I could see that it was biting into his head and it had its claws around him,” said Grove.
Her maternal instincts kicked in, and Grove began wrestling the four-foot long otter of the little boy’s head.…
LARAMIE, WY – WARNING! Midway into this article, I begin using the word “they”as a gender-neutral singular because the sex of the child is unknown, rather than as a plural pronoun. Going by the comments, this seems to have confused the hell out of people. I figured I’d warn some of you beforehand so you are not also stuck staring at your monitor in confusion, with drool pooling from your mouth. You’re welcome.
Jena Harman and Alexander Smith have been charged with child abuse and felonious restraint after they allegedly kept Harman’s 7-year-old child in an outdoor cage.
The couple were arrested after a neighbor discovered the child and contacted police. This wouldn;t be the first time police have been called regarding the child, as the Sheriff’s Office says they’ve received complaints of child abuse and requests for welfare checks since August.
When deputies got to the couple’s home on this latest trip, they found the kid inside a six feet square, five feet tall cage constructed of cattle paneling and wooden snow fence.…
CRESTON, MT – Marielle Dalimata died Saturday night after she tipped head-first into a five-gallon mop bucket at her family’s home.
Mariella was left unattended “for not even four minutes,” said the girl’s aunt, Brook Schwab. Her parents and first responders tried resuscitating Marielle, but it was too late. She would be pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Her body was sent to the state Crime Lab in Missoula, but Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said what happened to Marielle “is consistent with an accidental death.”
Instead of planning for Marielle’s first birthday party that was just ten days away, her family is now planning her funeral. They’ve set up a gofundme page to help cover the costs.
“We were planning to have a birthday party. We weren’t planning to have funeral expenses,” said Schwab.
Gotta keep an eye on the young’uns around water, people. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four.
Sure, drowning in a mop bucket may not be at the top of that list, but this is the second story we’ve featured on DD involving a child drowning in a bucket.…
ORLANDO, FL – The family of Rebecca Sedwick, the 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death last year, has filed a lawsuit against one one of the girl’s alleged bullies, the School Board of Polk County, Cemex Construction Materials of Florida.
“I feel like I need to have some definitive answers and get some form of justice for Becca in order to start the whole healing process,” said Tricia Norman, Rebecca’s mother.
According to Norman’s attorney, David Henry, Rebecca’s family is seeking at least $15,000 from each of the defendants in order to “hold those accountable to account.”
For those of you who may have missed this story when it happened last year, Rebecca killed herself by jumping from a tower at an abandoned cement plant. There were reportedly various factors for her doing this, including ongoing harassment from two of her classmates, 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw and 13-year-old Katelyn Roman.
After Rebecca started dating Guadalupe’s ex-boyfriend, she became the target of repeated physical and online attacks. Aside from the standard-issue name calling, she was also encouraged to kill herself.…
And my eyes just rolled so hard they damn near fell out the back of my head….
Judith Jones, 44, is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault after her failed attempt at making her husband dead… something she had apparently been planning for quite some time.
Police say the couple’s 16-year-old daughter interrupted the attack late last month, quite possibly saving her father’s life. She later told police her mother had been planning to kill her father for about a year.
When questioned, Jones brought up the whole fish filleting spiel. Needless to say, that sorry ass excuse didn’t fly. She eventually admitted to the deed.
“I’ve seen stabbings before, but I’ve never had anybody tell us that they were dreaming that they were filleting fish when they committed a crime. It’s a first for that,” said Sheriff Fred Abdalla.…
According to police, the 9-year-old victim was stabbed once in the back with a kitchen knife and is apparently in critical condition.
Witness Glenn Stacey told a reporter from Fox 17 the 12-year-old boy approached him and asked if he could use his phone because he had just stabbed someone.
“He approached me at my house, I offered him my phone and I assumed he was calling his mother,” Stacey said. “Lo and behold he was calling 9-1-1 to say ‘I stabbed someone, please pick me up, I want to end my life.'”
Stacy went on to say the boy told him he was upset because nobody loved him and mentioned he had taken multiple pills earlier that day.
“I calmly started doing what I normally do, I didn’t want to agitate him and make sure he didn’t run away and give time for the police to actually show up, but very calmly he stood there,” Stacy added.…
MEXICO CITY – Oscar Otero Aguilar died over the weekend after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing with a gun for a Facebook picture.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, the 21-year-old was drinking with two friends when he put a gun to his head to take a picture for his Facebook account. His friends say that Aguilar accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself once in the head.
Police in the area arrived on the scene and found that Aguilar had a bullet wound to the forehead and was still alive. He wasn’t alive for long, as he was pronounced dead once paramedics got to the home — ensuring a Darwin Award nomination.
His body will be handed over to the family once an autopsy has been completed. I’m guessing officials want to make sure the friends’ story of Aguilar shooting himself jives with the forensic evidence, especially since one of his friends, 21-year-old Omar Campos Abner Vives, was arrested; while “El Paco” fled the scene.
This makes the second person we’ve reported on this year to die while posing for a selfie.…
The victim, upset over the slip, started arguing with Tapia. The argument escalated, at which point Tapia allegedly grabbed the woman by the arms and threw her into a wall in the home they shared.
At some point during the commotion, the woman’s pet raccoon hissed at Tapia, and he reportedly responded by grabbing the critter by its collar and tossing it into another room, where it hit a wall.
And that, my friends, is why I call all of my men “babe.” No confusion, no slips. Ever.
The woman was eventually able to leave the home, went to her ex-husband’s motor home and was taken to the emergency room. She later told police she had suffered at least two broken ribs. No word on the condition of the raccoon, though.
Tapia was arrested July 21 and booked into the Uintah County Jail on charges of assault and animal cruelty.…
The alleged victim in this cookie caper, an unidentified 49-year-old woman, told police she believed her roommate, Allen Hall, was joking when he threatened to kill her for eating three of his Chips Ahoy! cookies for breakfast.
The woman told police she was getting dressed in the bathroom Wednesday morning, when Hall started pounding on the bathroom, making death threats and stuff.
She opened the door, she said, and exclaimed, “If you’re going to kill me, then go ahead!”
Probably not the smartest thing to say to an apparently unhinged, cookie-less motherfucker first thing in the morning, ya know.
According to the victim, Hall wrapped his hands around her throat and threw her into the tub, causing her to hit the back of her head on the tile. He then reportedly climbed on top of her and proceeded to choke her until she found it difficult to speak or breathe.…
According to police, Tatanysha Hedman set fire to 52-year-old Vincent Phillips with gasoline and a flick of her Bic, as he lay sleeping in their bed on July 17.
Phillips managed to extinguish the flames before driving to a nearby convenience store, where he screamed “I’m on fire!” Which, by that time, he was not. Oops, credibility GONE.
Store employees called for medical assistance, and when police arrived on scene, Phillips reportedly said, “My wife did it,” before passing out.
When questioned by police, Hedman, 40, admitted setting her husband on fire. She claimed he hurt his stepdaughter, and well, shooting him was just too nice.
She’s being held on charges of arson and assault — bail has been set at $500,000.
Phillips is currently recovering at Harborview Medical Center. No word on the extent of his injuries. …