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Anna YoccaMURFREESBORO, TN – Police in Tennessee have charged Anna Yocca with attempted first-degree murder after she tried using a coat hanger to kill her unborn child and, well, made a mess.

Back in September, the 31-year-old filled a bathtub with water and tried to abort her 24-week-old baby by stabbing it to death with a coat hanger.

She got scared when she started bleeding, so she had her boyfriend take her to the hospital where she told the staff she wanted to terminate her pregnancy. Instead, doctors delivered her 1.5 pound baby boy.

Because of Yocca’s lack of follow-through, the boy will now need medical support for the rest of his life due to the damage Yocca had done to his lungs, eyes, and heart.

“The whole time she was concerned for her health, her safety and never gave any attention to the health and safety to the unborn child,” said Sergeant Kyle Evans.

Police arrested Yocca on Wednesday, charging her with attempted first-degree murder. She was ordered jailed in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.…

Vanessa-ClarkOXFORDSHIRE, UK – Psychotherapist and Ex-Christian Cult Leader, Vanessa Clark, has been convicted of indecent assault for age regression therapy that included skin-to-skin contact and patient’s suckling on her titties.

Patients came to the 63-year-old for therapy to get over past trauma, and were often recommended to her through a leader of a Christian cult that Clark was once the leader of.

Therapy would consist of weekly intense sessions that would ultimately lead to age regression therapy. Age Regression is the hokey theory that if you revert back to parts of your childhood through hypnosis, you’ll be able to overcome traumatic experiences by gaining insight on negative parts of your life.

These sessions bilked patients out of thousands and included “skin-to skin” body contact with Clark. After one female client became fidgety, she comforted them by explaining their “inner baby” needed to come out. She then asked the patient if she wanted to “have some of mummy’s milk,” and guided her to put her breast in her mouth. The patient, who said she was compelled to comply, did as instructed.…

Austin HerrinJONESBORO, AR – Austin Herrin almost slipped under my radar. The 19-year-old was arrested earlier this month after he got angry at a baby for soiling their diaper, and broke the baby’s leg.

Back in October, Herrin was caring for an 8-month-old girl when he became angry at her for needing a diaper change.

So, according to Chief Gary Hefner of the Harrisburg Police Department, Herrin grabbed the baby by one of her legs and dragged her across the floor on her face.

He then lifted her up by the leg and flipped her over. During this motion, Herrin later told police he “heard the child’s leg break.” Not wanting to go to jail for breaking a baby’s leg, Herrin lied about how the leg was broken when the baby was taken to the hospital.

Police were called when the child’s injuries did not match the story told by Herrin, but by this time, Herrin had moved and police were unable to locate him. That was until Nov. 24, when Herrin voluntarily went to police and admitted to what had really happened that day.…

Willie Hill IIIBATON ROUGE, LA – Police have arrested 22-year-old Willie Hill III after he was accused of using an acetylene torch to burn and disfigure a woman before raping her multiple times.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, a woman called them to an abandoned home where she said she’d arranged to meet a man there after agreeing to a 30-minute sexual session for $150 via Backpage.com.

Once she arrived and realized the home was vacant, she turned to leave but was confronted by Willie Hill III, who shined a flashlight at her and demanded her money. When she told Hill that she didn’t have any money on her, Hill allegedly struck her in the head with the flashlight and ripped off her clothes.

According to the victim, Hill then used an acetylene torch to heat a metal pipe that he used to burn the her face, breast and genital area. But he wasn’t done. The woman said that after he burned her face with a cigarette, he pulled out a handgun and raped her twice.…

Tyson KurkowskiBRECKENRIDGE, TX – Police have arrested 19-year-old Tyson Kurkowski after they say the teen strangled his roommate’s dog with an extension cord.

On Dec. 7, some kids found a suitcase in a creek that contained a beagle mix that looked to have been strangled to death with an extension cord.

With the help of the community, police quickly identified Kurkowski as the culprit and charge him with cruelty to non-livestock animals.

Breckenridge Police Chief Larry Mahan said the dog belonged to Kurkowski’s roommate, and that Kurkowski strangled it while he was out of town.

“I can’t see why anyone could do that,” said Mahan. “If a dog stays at my house two days, it’s part of the family. It just floors me that anyone could treat an animal this way.”

Kurkowski is currently in the Stephens County Jail on a $10,000 bond and facing a possible two years in prison if convicted.

Kurkowski is no stranger to police. According to Mahan, the teen has been arrested 16 times in the last year on multiple charges that include drugs, a stolen vehicle and criminal mischief.…

Maria Isabel Bautista De LopezSAN BERNARDINO, CA – Police have arrested 46-year-old Maria Isabel Bautista De Lopez on suspicion of murdering her 5-year old son.

On December 8, police responded to a 911 call from a home on the 1000 block of West Temple at 4:11 p.m. Upon arrival, officers would find De Lopez in a bedroom with her son. While De Lopez appeared to be suffering from self-inflicted injuries, her son was dead.

In what police described as a gruesome scene, the unidentified boy was nearly decapitated with what is only being described as a “sharp instrument.”

Evidence, including some from De Lopez herself, along with a number of empty pill bottles obtained from a trash can near a vehicle parked out front, was collected at the scene.

De Lopez was taken to a community hospital in San Bernardino before she was arrested on suspicion of murder. She was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where she is being held without bail.

De Lopez moved in with her boyfriend, his three older children and his father, back in April.…

flamesLAKE LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives believe a woman in her 70s died after falling into a fire pit.

The unidentified woman’s burned body was discovered by her roommate around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of the woman’s death, so there’s a glimmer of hope that she died before falling into the flames.

We have reported on a handful of fire pit related deaths over the last decade, including one from earlier this year, and an incident where a baby died after being dropped into one.

But none of them come close to being as horrific as the poor bastard we reported on five years ago. That’s when a 45-year-old man was with family preparing for a New Year’s block party and had dug a 3-foot deep fire pit to roast a pig.

The man somehow fell face-first into the fire pit and became wedged. When his family where unable to pull him out, they steamed his ass by using a garden hose to try and extinguish the flames.…

Josefina SolisPRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, VA – Josefina Solis will spend six months in jail after she allowed fleas to kill her dog.

Prince George Animal Control reported to the Country Aire mobile home park in September, after a concerned resident called about Solis’ dog that had been outside crying for almost eight hours.

The neighbor, Amanda Hios, said that when she went to check on the adult dog named Golden, she could see that he was totally covered in fleas.

When the reporting Animal Control officer checked on Golden, she found a dog that was in serious trouble and was immediately covered in fleas herself while trying to help the dog.

“The dog was completely unresponsive. He was breathing shallowly. She could see the dog was in dire straights,” said Prince George County Animal Control supervisor Job Greene. “She picked the dog up, wrapped it in a blanket and drove him to Disputanta Animal Hospital immediately.”

Sadly, Golden would die on the way to the hospital.

It was later ruled that the dog died of anemia.…

Tatiana Duva-RodriguezROCHESTER HILLS, MI – The idiot who shot at suspected shoplifters as they drove out of a Home Depot parking lot has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

For any of you unaware of the October incident, a suspected shoplifter was leaving a Home Depot and was being followed by the store’s loss prevention team. As they tried to stop the suspect, he got into a waiting SUV that sped out of the parking lot.

This was all noticed by 46-year-old Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, who was in the parking lot and had a concealed weapons permit. Not knowing exactly what was going on, she decided to pull out her handgun and fire shots at the fleeing SUV, blowing out one of the vehicle’s tires in the process.

The suspected shoplifters were arrested a few days later and police ended up charging Duva-Rodriguez with reckless discharge of a firearm. She would plead no-contest to the charge, admitting to the judge that she made a mistake.

“I made a decision in a split second,” she told a judge.…

Rebecca HardyPORT HURON, MI – Authorities say 22-year-old Rebecca Hardy committed suicide by deliberately entering a yard and allowing herself to be mauled to death by a pair of attack dogs.

Last Thursday, Hardy died at a hospital with extensive injuries to her face and neck caused by a pit bull and a pit bull-husky mix. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office have now ruled Hardy’s death a suicide.

Investigators say Hardy, who has a history of suicide attempts, was recently kicked out of her home. On the day she was mauled, she climbed into a fenced yard located on the same street her fiancé lives that contained known attack dogs.

“These were attack dogs. These were vicious dogs in an enclosed space,” Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic said. “She obviously was aware of that, because she climbed over the fence to subject herself to this threat.”

Hardy was first attacked by the pit bull, then the pit bull mix. A witness tried stopping the attack, but it was the dogs’ owner who eventually subdued them and immediately provided aid to Hardy.…

Jon HeffnerLAND O LAKES, FL — Police have charged 26-year-old Jon Heffner with murder after he confessed to killing his 63-year-old roommate with a walking cane.

The body of Charles Byrd was taken to the hospital after it was discovered inside a closet of a bedroom he shared with Heffner. At first inspection, it looked as if the man had died from natural causes.

But after the medical examiner found Byrd suffered from head, neck and mouth trauma, then ruled the man’s death a homicide, police decided to ask Heffner a few more questions.

Presented with the evidence that proved Byrd had been murdered, Heffner came clean and told them he and Byrd often argued about the use of the television, but on the day of Byrd’s death he “lost control.”

Heffner told deputies he walked up behind Byrd with a metal walking stick and used it to hit Byrd 5 to 10 times over the head and neck area. After Byrd fell to the ground, Heffner kicked him several times in the torso area.…

Virgilio OcampoNEW YORK, NY – Virgilio Ocampo was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after the 35-year-old was convicted of raping his former girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter and recording the act on his cellphone.

Last January, Ocampo’s girlfriend of two years looked through his cellphone while he was sleeping and made a horrific discovery — a video from the month before that showed Ocampo raping her 6-year-old daughter.

She called police, but Ocampo had already left the apartment by time officers arrived. Ocampo would run to his home state of Louisiana before being brought back to New York ten days later to face a list of charges that included rape, predatory sex assault against a child, sexual abuse, and use of a child under 17 in a sexual performance.

It only took a jury two hours to convict Ocampo, who had refused a plea deal that would have him serve 15 years in prison. The jury was shown the video of Ocampo raping the child and learned Ocampo admitted to police that he’d raped the girl on multiple occasions over six months because, he claimed, the 6-year-old came on to him.…

Mason CoxGASTONIA, NC – It’s been a while since we have had someone die in such a horrible fashion, but 19-year-old Mason Cox got pulled into a wood chipper over the weekend.

It was the teen’s first day working with Crawford Tree Service and he was helping was cut down trees in a yard.

Reports say he may have been trying to kick a tree limb into the wood chipper when he somehow got pulled into the machine.

“The limb must have grabbed a piece of his clothing and took him into the chipper,” said business owner Jon Crawford.

When first responders arrived at the scene, Cox was found dead inside the wood chipper. The teen’s mother said she isn’t angry with Crawford, but questions if her son was being supervised since he had little experience in tree removal.

“It was his first day on this job,” Debra Sisk said.

Crawford said Cox wasn’t performing any tasks too difficult for a beginner and was working side by side with two experienced employees.…

Michael LuttsSAN DIEGO, CA – Last year we reported on 52-year-old Michael Lutts, a pediatric nurse who sexually abused a 6-week-old boy who was born prematurely, as well as an 11-month old girl. On Monday, he was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Lutts was arrested last year after investigators discovered that an email address registered to his home was sending child pornography to 34-year-old Stephen Schaffner of Greensboro, Maryland.

The child pornography involved Lutts and his 2-month old foster child who he had started to abuse sexually almost immediately after bringing him to his home.

Under the direction of Schaffner, Lutts performed a host of heinous things with the crying boy, who was still wearing a hospital tag around his leg. These images and videos included Lutts performing oral sex on the baby, and masturbating while he fondled the infant’s genitals.

In September of last year, a grand jury indictment alleges Lutts may have also sexually abused an 11-month-old girl. In January of this year, Lutts would plead guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distributing child pornography.…

Ronald ExantusLOUISVILLE, KY – Ronald Exantus has been accused of breaking into a family’s home then, for reasons currently unknown, stabbed a 6-year-old boy to death in his bedroom.

I had a draft of this story written up yesterday, but was waiting to see if any more details came out regarding a motive behind the killing. But as of this morning, not much else is known and the entire incident is just as bizarre as it is tragic.

According to the initial reports, 32-year-old Ronald Exantus was 200 miles from his home in Indiana when he broke into the house where 6-year-old Logan Tipton lived with his parents and three siblings.

After grabbing a large kitchen knife, Exantus wandered around the home before making his way to Tipton’s upstairs bedroom. For reasons unknown, Exantus then used the knife to fatally stab the sleeping boy multiple times in the head.

Tipton’s sisters woke up during the attack and began screaming, prompting their father to run into the room and hold Exantus at the scene until police arrived. …

Matthew RigginsBREVARD COUNTY, FL – Matthew Riggins was eaten by an 11-foot alligator after the 22-year-old suspected burglar tried hiding from the cops in a Florida pond.

Riggins was reported missing on November 13, one day after calling his girlfriend to inform her he and another man were breaking into homes in Barefoot Bay and were now hiding from police.

Deputies, K-9 units and a sheriff’s helicopter where in the area looking for Riggins and his accomplice after alert neighbors called to report two men dressed in black lurking behind their homes. The search was called off after they were unable to locate the two men.

Ten days later, a part of Riggins’ body was found floating in the neighborhood pond. When the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dive team went to recover the body part, they encountered an 11-foot alligator they believed was responsible for Riggins’ demise.

After trapping and killing the animal, the county medical examiner would find the rest of Riggins in the gator’s stomach.

“He probably went into the lake to hide from the officers and the dog, and came across that gator,” Maj.…

Cody JohnsonTULSA, OK – Police have arrested 30-year-old Cody Johnson after his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter was found unresponsive and bleeding from her vagina and rectum.

According to an arrest report, the girl was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest when her mother and Johnson brought her to the emergency room on Saturday.

While in the care of Johnson, the girl had suffered “numerous visible facial contusions and bruising and bleeding coming from both the child’s vagina and rectum.” Trauma to the girl’s genitals were consistent with “extensive forcible penetration,”

Johnson told police that the girl had slipped and fell on a toy. Which, believe it or not, is not the first time the “toy rape” excuse has been used. The girl was on life support and in extremely critical condition before dying the following day.

Cody Johnson was placed in the Tulsa Jail on Sunday on charges of first-degree murder of a minor, child abuse and sexual abuse of a minor. His bond has been set at $200,000 for the abuse charges, though no bond has been set for the murder charge.…

Jazmine JonesCHICAGO, IL — Police have charged 18-year-old Jazmine Jones with the death of her daughter after they say she fatally beat the girl because she wouldn’t eat her noodles. Let me warn you that the details of this incident are pretty rough.

On Saturday afternoon, Jones became frustrated with 2-year-old Elliana Claiborne because she wouldn’t eat her noodles. Jones yelled at the little girl before punching her in the stomach four to five times. Jones’ boyfriend would later tell police he believed the punches “would’ve knocked the wind out of him if he were the one being hit.”

Afterwards, Jones left the house to go buy some weed. When she returned, Elliana had thrown up, couldn’t use the bathroom, and had a swollen stomach. Her boyfriend’s mother told Jones she should take the girl to the hospital, but Jones decided to just give her daughter some laxatives and juice.

That night, Jones’ boyfriend put Elliana in the same bed as his minor sister. The girl was moaning about stomach pains and would vomit a greenish liquid.…