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Katie HartwigSAINT LOUIS, MO – Katie Hartwig has been arrested after the 31-year-old allegedly fractured a 10-month-old girl’s skull by throwing her to the ground.

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.…

Lisa KearneyMINNEAPOLIS, MN – Police arrested 38-year-old Lisa Kearney after they she she cracked open her father’s head with a splitting maul.

A neighbor called police on Monday to report they could see 66-year-old Jeffrey Schilling lying on a couch in his home with a blanket over his head, and that he was not responding.

When police investigated, they first noticed blood pooling by the dead man’s head and blood splatter on the wall and ceiling. Propped up against a wall nearby was a splitting maul. They also noted Schilling’s tablet, wallet, keys and vehicle were missing.

Police began searching for Kearney, who also lived in the home with her father, initially describing her as “missing.” Investigators say Kearney had a strained relationship with her old man and that she was last seen in her father’s car on Jan 1.

On Tuesday, Kearney was found in Louisville, Kentucky and was in possession of her father’s wallet, keys and tablet. She has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Investigators believe Kearney used the splitting maul to crack open her father’s skull before taking his vehicle and possessions.…

ratACOLMAN, MEXICO – Police have arrested 18-year-old Lizbeth Munguia after rats ate off the face of her 4-month-old baby.

The teen left her baby daughter in the care of the baby’s grandmother Monday night so she could go to a party for a couple of hours.

When she returned home shortly after midnight, she found her infant dead inside her crib. Seems that rats had gotten to the girl and had chewed off half of her face and her fingers.

After running to neighbors for help, paramedics arrived on the scene but could do nothing to save the infant, who was pronounced dead at the scene. After talking to police, both the teen and her mother were taken into custody.

We’ve reported on a lot of stories involving unattended babies being eaten by animals other than dogs, including an infant that lost most of its face after the family ferrets decided to make a meal out of it, and a baby that was strangled to death by the family’s pet python.…

Eugenio ErquiagaSARASOTA, FL – Victoria and Dr. Eugenio Erquiaga turned themselves into police after admitting the regularly zip-tied their 12-year-old daughter and held her inside an indoor playhouse.

Two days after Christmas, police were called by one of the Erquiagas’ neighbors who explained he had a young girl at his front door.

Her hands were zip-tied together, he told police, and she had separate ties around her ankles. The neighbor initially believed the girl had been kidnapped.

When police arrived and spoke with the girl, she explained that her parents hog-tied her whenever she got angry and kept her locked in a playhouse located in a loft area of the home.

When investigators went to the home to verify the 12-year-old girl’s story and speak with her parents, they found a playhouse with a door that could be barred shut by a large piece of wood.

All but one of the playhouse’s windows was screwed shut, and it reeked of urine. The girl explained she often pissed herself when locked inside for long periods of time.…

Laura ReidLOUISVILLE, KY – Police have arrested 49-year-old Laura Reid after she allegedly beat a disabled man with his metal cane because he did not believe in God.

Police say Reid was in the man’s home when she asked if he believed in Santa Claus God. When he replied that he did not, Reid became so angry at his heathen ass that she beat the poor guy with his metal cane until it broke.

Reid remained at the man’s home for three hours after beating God into him, during which time he could not leave due to his disabilities. When she finally left, she reportedly took the guy’s cell phone, keys, cash and a wallet.

After making sure the coast was clear, the man crawled to a nearby gas station for help. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a concussion, a broken arm, and injuries associated with getting one’s ass kicked.

Reid was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second degree assault, second degree robbery, and first degree unlawful imprisonment.…

implantCOLOGNE, GERMANY – A man walked into a German brothel where he choked a prostitute before ripping out one of her breast implants with his teeth.

The 27-year-old man entered the brothel at around midnight and went to the room of a 26-year-old woman. According to police, he paid for sex but began violently choking the woman without saying a word.

He then bit her breasts so viciously that he pulled out the poor woman’s breast implants with his teeth. The victim, who was bleeding profusely, screamed for help but the man was able to escape.

Witnesses say they saw the “Arabic looking man” hiding in an ATM area at another brothel across the street. When security tried to apprehend him, he reportedly cursed at them then threw himself on the ground and started screaming.

Police arrived shortly after and took the man into custody. The woman was taken to the hospital where she underwent surgery to repair her busted breasts.…

GmundenGMUNDEN, AUSTRIA — After killing and dismembering his wife, an elderly man used her dismembered head as weight to drown himself.

On Sunday, a man in Gmunden found a suitcase floating near the shore of Lake Traunsee. He called police after opening the suitcase and finding that it contained a pair of hands and feet.

The next day, a police dog would find a second suitcase that also contained human remains later identified as a 71-year-old woman. That same day, police divers would find the body of the dead woman’s 72-year-old husband in the lake – weighted down by the decapitated head of his wife.

According to investigators, the man strangled his wife sometime between December 25 and January 1st. He then dismembered his wife with a saw and placed the body parts in the suitcases found floating in the lake.

But he had entombed her decapitated head in concrete, along with some personal items, then tied the concrete block to his hand before throwing himself in the water. He drowned without a struggle, state prosecutor Birgit Ahamer said.…

Michael BernhardWILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Police have charged 22-year-old Michael Bernhard with attempted murder after they say he tried stabbing his mother to death so he could collect the insurance money.

Bernhard’s mother was taking him to the train station so he could go back college when he asked her to stop backing out of the driveway because he forgot something in the house.

When Bernhard returned, he pulled out a six-inch butcher knife and began stabbing his mother. She managed to fight him off and slam her door shut before backing out of the driveway. A relative witnessed the attack and called 911.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested Bernhard. He has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated domestic battery.

According to a statement from the Will County sheriff’s office, Bernhard was trying to kill his mother so he could collect the insurance money to pay for his college tuition.

His plan failed miserably because not only did he get caught, his mother survived the attack.…

Tyler Griffin-HustonLINDA, CA – Tyler Hudson was mauled to death after his sister left the 9-year-old home alone with her three pit bulls.

Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, left for work for a few hours on Sunday, leaving Hudson alone with her three pit bulls she has raised since they were puppies. When she returned home, she found her dogs had mauled her brother to death.

It’s a sad end for a boy who hadn’t had such a great life to begin with. After his mother died of a drug overdose in 2011, he was bounced around foster homes until his sister began the complicated ordeal of adopting her brother.

At the time of his death, Griffin-Heady had been approved for weekend visits. She recently made a post on Facebook about how grateful she was that she may get custody of Hudson.

“I get to raise him and shape him into an amazing man. God wouldn’t have made such an amazing boy just to be ordinary. In my life during all the bad I always wondered why I was here,” she wrote.…

Matthew StewartSYRACUSE, NY – If any of you ladies out there got a crappy Christmas gift from your mate, be lucky you aren’t married to Matthew Stewart.

The 32-year-old is accused of getting into an argument with his wife that led to him covering her face with his feces-covered underwear and telling her to “smell it.”

According to reports, Stewart broke into his wife’s apartment on Christmas by breaking through a living room window. While their 2-year-old daughter stood nearby, the two got into a physical altercation.

Stewart ended up pushing his wife to the ground and shoving a pair of his shit-stained drawers into her face so that she could not breathe. “Smell it, smell it!” he allegedly commanded the poor woman.

For getting his wife shit-faced on Christmas, Stewart was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief, criminal obstruction of breathing, and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was ordered held in the Onondaga County jail without bond.…

sexy donkeyNEILLSVILLE, WI – A man sentenced to probation after getting caught having sex with a donkey will be serve some time after asking a judge to send him to jail.

Gideon Swartzentruber, 21, got caught having sex with a female donkey last September and was charged with sexual gratification with an animal.

Swartzentruber, a farmhand who was fired from his job over the incident, told investigators his “privates were out of control” and that he “got crazy and carried away.”

He also said he did not hurt the donkey and that it was the first time “he had done anything like that.”

He was looking at nine months in jail when he pleaded guilty to the charge in November, but was only sentenced to one year of probation, counseling and a $443 fine. Swartzentruber was back in court last Wednesday, but not because he had gotten into any trouble.

He was back in court asking the judge to revoke his original sentence and to give him some jail time.…

SheepsheadBROOKLYN, NY – A 15-year-old girl has been accused of murdering her mother and her mother’s boyfriend after, she claims, the boyfriend raped her repeatedly.

On Sunday night, police received a phone call from someone who stated their 15-year-old cousin had admitted to killing her mother and her mother’s boyfriend.

When police went to the fifth floor apartment to verify the story, they found the decomposing bodies of a 39-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man.

Police said the teen’s mother was in a bedroom chair with a smashed face and multiple gunshot wounds, while her boyfriend was found in the kitchen with gunshot wounds and a knife still sticking out of his body.

“It’s a mess in there,” one police source said. “These people died violently, it seems.”

The teen allegedly told her cousin she killed the couple because the her mother’s boyfriend had been raping her repeatedly, and that her mother chose not to believe her when she told her what was happening.

Police have taken the girl into custody but have not formally charged her.…

Michael MoreyROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – Police have arrested 54-year-old Michael Morey after he gunned down four family members on New Year’s Eve during an argument over a washing machine.

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.…

John CegielskiBENSENVILLE, IL – Police have arrested 76-year-old John Cegielski after a nurse busted him sexually assaulting his mentally handicapped brother-in-law.

It happened inside a home Cegielski shares with other family members, including one family member that requires a live-in nurse.

On Tuesday morning, that nurse went down to the basement and discovered Cegielski sexually assaulting his 60-year-old brother-in-law, who is severely handicapped.

The nurse immediately contacted police after, I can only assume, a long fit of retching. Cegielski was arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault.

According to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office, he is being held on a $350,000 bond and will be back in court on Jan 11th.

“Sexual crimes are, by their very nature, some of the worst crimes, with perpetrators leaving their victims to suffer not only at the time of the assault but possibly for years to come,” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. “It is alleged that this defendant, a trusted family member, committed this horrific act just to satisfy his own sick sexual desires.…

New Years 2015HERE, NOW – Well lookie here… another year of horrible stories behind us. As we head into 2016  – and our 12th(!) year of existence – I would like to thank all of you who continue to visit the site.

Aside from you, the readers, I would also like to thank Jaded, Subrosa, Impqueen, Athena, Lizard, Caustic, Pete, Dakota and all the other writers and moderators who have come and gone throughout the years, as well as all of our residents in the loony bin we call the Den.

I know that even after a decade, I still suck as an admin, can’t spell worth shit, and hear I can be one ornery bastard to deal with – so thanks to all of you who continue to tough it out. Honestly, if it weren’t for all of you I would’ve quit this a long time ago and done something stupid like being more productive.

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James DearmanSARASOTA, FL – This will be the last story on DD for 2015, and holy shit is it messed up. Police say 31-year-old James Dearman used his fat ass to smother his 6-year-old son while he played a video game.

According to police, the incident happened on Christmas Eve at the home where Dearmon lived with his two sons, ages 6 and 7, as well as his girlfriend, Ashley Cole.

According to Cole, at around 7:30 that evening, the couple told the two boys to go to bed. When they heard the boys running around their room, Dearman forced both of the boys to stand facing a wall.

When they caught the 6-year-old watching them play a video game, Dearman became angry and made the boy lie on the couch, facing the back cushions. Dearman then sat on the couch, using his 270 lbs of bodyweight to pin the poor kid.

According to the boy’s brother, who witnessed everything, his younger sibling screamed that he had to use the bathroom and could not breathe.…

Antonio EvansCORDOVA, TN – Police have a charged 14-year-old Antonio Evans after he allegedly attacked three foster children he was caring for, killing a 6-year-old girl.

On Dec 23, the teen was caring for three foster children – a 7-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl, and 6-year-old Destine King – while their foster mother was at work. For reasons unknown at this time, the teenager attacked them.

Police would find Destine King lying on the floor, unresponsive. She would be taken to the hospital in critical condition and die a few days later.

A cause of death has not been determined, but Memphis police Sgt. Karen Rudolph said the girl had a swollen and bruised face, while medical staff at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stated the girl’s injuries were from being physically abused.

The other two foster children were also assaulted by the teen, according to police, and were admitted to the hospital. They have both been released and placed in the care of the Department of Child Services.

As for Evans, he’s been arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of coercion of a witness.…

shootingSAINT CLOUD, FL — A mother in Florida accidentally shot her daughter to death after mistaking her for an intruder.

It happened late Tuesday night when the 45-year-old woman was awakened by sounds of someone in her house. She told police that when she heard footsteps quickly approaching, she fired one shot.

Turns out she was decent at shooting blindly, as she hit her target. Unfortunately, the intruder was her 27-year-old daughter who was visiting from North Carolina. She was rushed to the hospital where she would later die.

No charges have been filed at this time as detectives say the mother’s story matches the evidence they’ve found.

“The homeowner’s story is consistent with the physical evidence and the witness’ statement,” police said in a news release. “At this time, the incident appears to be an accidental shooting; however, the investigation is ongoing.”

Police initially withheld the identities of the woman and her daughter as the mother is a 911 dispatcher and her husband is a St. Cloud police corporal with past work as an undercover narcotics officer.…