In The Mean Time...
Shelby Township, MI – On the same day an Arizona father was charged with murder for intentionally leaving his 1-year-old in a hot car, a mother in Michigan was also charged with murder after she left her two-year-old son in a minivan.
Audrionna Rhoads, 21, has been charged with second degree murder and child negligent abuse after her son, James Nelson, was found dead in his car seat earlier this month.
“We believe the evidence demonstrates that the actions of the defendant showed a reckless disregard of the life of her child,” said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith in reference to charges against Rhoades.
Rhoades told her family that when she left for work that morning, her son was sleeping on a futon in the mobile home she shared with a roommate. But investigators believe she put her son in the minivan that morning before driving another vehicle to work.
About 10 hours later, a neighbor noticed the boy’s foot through the minivan’s window and alerted the boy’s grandfather.…
LOUISVILLE, KY – A 16-year-old died on Sunday after trying to pull a Halloween prank and accidentally hanged himself in his front yard.
Jordan Morlan had spent all day Sunday hanging up Halloween decorations, when he decided to scare his little sister by pretending to be hanging from a noose he’d put in a tree in the front yard. His stunt worked a little too well.
According to the coroner, Morlan became disoriented after the noose cut off oxygen to his brain within 20 to 30 seconds and, as he’d planned, his little sister found him hanging from the tree. She alerted their mother, who was rushed outside but was unable to cut her son down. What a friggin’ nightmare.
Morlan was rushed to the hospital in a coma and placed on a ventilator until his organs began failing. He died 12 hours later. LMPD homicide detectives have determined Morlan’s death was a tragic accident.
Morlan’s mother said her son, a sophomore honor student at Fern Creek High School, loved to play pranks and loved Halloween.…
SAN LEANDRO, CA – Police are looking for a man who critically injured a California Safeway manager by sucker punching the man in the face.
A store surveillance camera captured the suspect walking into the store Monday morning. He can be seen going up and down the aisles for a couple of minutes before he and the store manager, known by shoppers as Moe, had a brief verbal exchange.
While the conversation has not been officially reported, employees said the suspect told the manager that his wife had lost her purse in the store, and that the manager told him where the store’s lost-and-found was located. Whatever was said between the two, it ended with the suspect knocking the 51-year-old manager to the floor with a sucker punch to the face. Afterwards, the man ran from the store without taking anything.
The manager was taken to the hospital suffering from severe head injuries, where he remained yesterday in critical condition. Friends said he is unable to recognize anyone, including his wife.…
HAYWARD, CA – A 10-year-old girl’s parents didn’t report that their daughter had been shot in the ass until hours later — believing the girl’s bleeding was actually her period.
According to police Sgt. Mark Ormsby, the girl was sleeping in her home around 2 a.m. Friday morning when a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting wounded her in the buttocks. When the girl woke up bleeding and in pain, her parents found no indication she’d been shot. and believed her symptoms were consistent with starting menstruation.
When she woke up in the morning for school, she was still in pain. Her parents checked her bed and found several bullet holes. When they inspected the girl’s body more closely, they located the bullet entry wound and called 911 more than five hours after she’d been shot.
The girl’s doctor told investigators that the entry wound was small and could have been easily overlooked if the family thought she was getting a visit from Aunt Flow. Personally, if my kid was bleeding, I’d have checked them out thoroughly before introducing the Playtex.…
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Police are charging a man with second-degree murder after he intentionally left his 1-year-old son in a hot car while he went to work.
Brokale Marques, 28, was initially charged with child abuse and child endangerment after being accused of leaving his son in a hot car for hours on Saturday so that he could go to work. The boy was rushed to the hospital when he was found lethargic later in the day. When he was taken off life support on Monday, Marques was also charged with murder.
According to the police report, Marques woke up late for his job at International Cruise and Excursions and didn’t have time to get his son to the babysitter. So he took the boy with him and parked the car near his work, leaving the infant in the car seat with the car running.
Marques took a lunch break at around 11 a.m., and his son seemed fine. So he drove to a nearby Burger King for lunch and returned 30 to 45 minutes later.…
Orange, TX – Days after 22-year-old Christopher Philmon posted on Facebook that one day he’ll eat human flesh, he was charged with murdering his uncle and kidnapping his girlfriend.
Last week, Philmon made a post on his Facebook page that stated, “One day I will eat human and finally find out if it really tastes like pork”. At 12:34 a.m. Monday morning, police received a call from Philmon’s girlfriend who claimed he’d kidnapped and assaulted her.
The woman said she picked Philmon up at near the home he shared with his uncle, 50-year-old Roy James Philmon. She said once in the car, he admitted to murdering his uncle and forced her to drive to Louisiana. She eventually convinced him they should go back to Texas where she dropped him back off at his home.
After getting out of her car there, Philmon got into his uncle’s Cadillac and drove away. When police arrived at the home, they found blood that led from the driveway to the front porch. They found Roy dead in his bedroom, with multiple new holes made by a kitchen knife.…
Colton, CA – A 2-year-old boy had his face eaten off by his grandmother’s pit bulls and now she and the boy’s uncle have been charged with his death.
After police received a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. that someone had been killed by a dog, they arrived at a home on the 700 block of West Citrus Street to find 2-year-old Samuel Zamudio suffering from extensive bite wounds to his head and neck. He was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
“It was ugly. His face was all eaten up. He was eaten from the face. He had no clothes,” said a woman who rents a room inside the home.
The woman said she and the Zamudio’s uncle, 23-year-old Marco Zamudio, were watching the boy, his older brother and her two children when he suddenly <air quotes>disappeared</air quotes>. She said they looked for him for about 20 minutes before looking in the backyard and finding his grandmother’s dogs had used him as a chew toy.
“He jumped out of the window, I’m guessing to play with the dogs, and the dogs grabbed him,” said a neighbor. …
Hoboken, NJ – Three teens, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, have been arrested and charged with killing a homeless man after allegedly punching him in the head during a game of ‘knockout.’
For those of you unaware, the game of “knockout” consists of walking up to a random person and sucker punching them in the face with the hope that they are “knocked the fuck out” with one shot. This will undoubtedly be filmed by laughing accomplices, who haven’t grasped the concept of landscape, then posted on World Star Hip Hop for others to enjoy.
The people who play this game are typically young and dumb, and never seem to pick targets that may offer any form of resistance; usually sticking with older men or the homeless.
While this is bad enough, some who are participating in this game are also learning a lot about our legal system after their victim dies from cracking their head on the pavement or, as in this case, having their neck broken.
The teens reportedly followed 46-year-old Ralph Santiago, a homeless man with mental issues, then sucker punched him in the back of the head in broad daylight.…
UMATILLA, FL – Florida police say a man kidnapped a 14-year-old girl, strangled her and drove over her with his SUV after she refused to have sex with him for money.
According to police, Adrian Mendez became angry when the teen refused his $200 offer for sex. Not taking no for an answer, Mendez pulled the teen into his Ford Explorer by her hair, then strangled her until she lost consciousness.
About 90 minutes later, someone watched as Mendez intentionally backed over the girl with his vehicle and then sped forward, spinning the tires on her body.
“He was on top of her with the vehicle. And I started screaming at him. He backed up, he literally backed up and hit her again and he went to take off because he heard us screaming at him,” said Shane Green, who had been outside barbecuing. “He hit his brakes and was spinning his tires on top of that little girl.”
When police arrived on the scene, they found the girl on the side of the road. …
Las Vegas, NV – A 61-year-old man has been arrested for beating his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after the couple argued about her sleeping around with other men.
On Sept 19, police were called to a mobile home park in reference to a woman bleeding from the head. Once there, police found Jennifer Evanson suffering from multiple head injuries. She would die at the scene. The coroner would later rule Evanson died from multiple blows to the head as a result of a homicide.
Investigators quickly focused on Dana Baker, the boyfriend of Evanson’s who was living with her at the time of her death, but was nowhere to be found on the night she died. They would find Baker about a mile away from the mobile home park, living in a tent in the desert.
Police noted that Baker had blood on his shorts, socks and shoes. When questioned, Baker told police he had been dating Evanson for about three months and had recently moved into her mobile home.…
The special needs toddler and his four siblings, two 9-year-old boys, and two girls, ages 6 and 7, were being cared for at the babysitter’s house Sunday morning when three adult pit bulls began fighting. The dogs began attacking the toddler when he somehow got in the middle of the melee.
The 28-year-old babysitter tried to get the dogs off the boy, but was also attacked and suffered bites to her arms and legs. The toddler was later declared dead at the hospital while the babysitter underwent surgery for her injuries. She’s currently listed in stable condition. No one else was injured.
Police say the babysitter could face charges, but only if it turns out the boy’s death was anything but an accident. Gilbert police detectives were waiting on warrants to enter the sitter’s home Sunday afternoon.…
HOMOSASSA, FL – A couple were arrested after being accused of treating two young boys like ashtrays, burning them with cigarettes multiple times.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, they were called on Sept. 11 after a woman said she picked up the boys, ages 2 and 4, from James Huggins. He had been watching the two boys for a few days, and now she’d found they were suffering from multiple burns.
She found them after the 2-year-old began crying during his bath and noticed a burn under his arm. He reportedly told her that “Timmy had hurt him.” When she checked out his 4-year-old brother, she found a burn on his hip. According to the arrest report, the older boy said the burn was from “Timmy’s cigarette.”
Later, one of the boys told deputies that Timothy Huggins was mad when he burned him with his cigarette and that Baker had also burned him multiple times. The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment where it was revealed the 4-year-old had been burned six times.…
Athens, GA – A couple in Georgia have been accused of raping their landlord’s 10-year-old autistic son at knife-point.
Raising an autistic child on your own can be hard enough, but Nancy was raising two – ages 9 and 10. She had no friends or family in the area, so when the youngest boy had a “severe meltdown” she asked her two tenants if they could watch the older boy while she stayed with his brother at the hospital.
Nancy met the couple, Melissa Nicole Jones and Matthew Wilson Freethy-Swimm, after she’d placed an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to rent an efficiency apartment she’d created at her condo. Before moving to Athens, the couple had been living out of their van and provided documentation that showed clean criminal histories.
“This was the one and only time I ever left any of my children alone with them,” Nancy said. “This was an emergency and there was no one else available I could turn to.” She added that the entire time she was at the hospital, she remained in constant contact with the couple.…
A 32-year-old American woman arrived at the Alicante-Elche airport late Wednesday on a flight from London’s Gatwick airport with her baby and another young child. Her husband, a Canadian, was waiting for her in another part of the airport.
The woman made her way to the baggage area where she was retrieving items from a baggage carousel that holds over-sized bags and items like car seats, strollers, etc. The carousel only moves in one direction and is only activated when items are placed on top of it.
According to sources, the woman placed or dropped her baby on the conveyor belt when she climbed up to retrieve a pushchair that had become stuck. The belt started moving after the sensors detected something had been placed on top of it, and within seconds, the baby’s head was crushed in a 10cm gap where two baggage belts converged.
To help better form that horrific mental image going on in your head, here’s a picture of the gap between the two belts.…
PLATTE COUNTY, MO – Police have arrested a man after the body of 35-year-old Tangela Fisher was found stuffed inside a homemade wooden box.
The box, and its gruesome contents, were found Friday morning in a dry creek bed off East Dye Store Road. It hasn’t been reported how detectives eventually identified 51-year-old Martin Lee Williams as a possible suspect, but when he was interviewed he admitted to accidentally killing Fisher while the two did drugs inside his home.
According to Williams, he prepared a syringe containing a controlled substance for both of them to use, then injected it into Fisher’s arm. When Fisher became unresponsive, Williams decided not to call for help and let her die of a drug overdose.
Now the proud owner of a dead woman, Williams decided it would be in his best interest to dispose of the body. So, using a bit of ingenuity and some tools, Williams used some scrap wood and a ping-pong table to craft Fisher a coffin. Once completed, Williams placed Fisher in the box and then dumped it where it was later discovered.…
According to police, 56-year-old Bruce Albee was questioned after someone called regarding a suspicious man near a vehicle. When questioned, he told the officer that the car was stolen and then attempted to flee on foot.
He didn’t get far before he was apprehended; he then admitted to the officers that the car was his stepfather’s, who they would find dead inside the home the two men shared. Police went to the home and found the body of 82-year-old Charles Marion Rees.
When interviewed, Albee told police that he and Rees lived together and had gotten into an argument over beer that turned physical. No word on whether the argument was over an actual beer, or an argument over beer-drinking in general.
Albee said Rees fell and struck his head on a table before he used a rope to strangle Rees to death. Afterward, he placed Rees on a bed and covered him with blankets.…
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fl– A former Teacher of the Year is facing 30 years in prison after turning down a plea deal and then being found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old student.
According to reports, then-29-year-old Ethyl Anderson abused the boy between December 2011 and February 2012 in Anderson’s home during math tutoring sessions. An investigation was started that quickly led to her arrest when the boys mother went to police, concerned that her son was having sex with his teacher.
During the trial, prosecutors displayed over 230 pages of sextings between Anderson and the boy. Anderson claims the messages were intended to promote sexual therapy and academia in order to make him a better student. She stated “That was my purpose, to gain his attention. And yes, I did it in an inappropriate way,” Anderson initially denied having sex with the boy, until the boys mother captured Anderson admitting to exchanging oral sex by wearing a wiretap. Anderson later recanted the admission, stating she was merely saying what the boy’s mother wanted to hear.…
Covington, WA— We just reported on a day care being shut down after the owner hit a kid in the face with a metal chair, and now we have a day care in Washington that has been shut down after the owner was accused of molesting two girls in his care.
Jose Luis Pena-Maldenado and his wife owned and operated El Carrusel Family Childcare for over a decade until last month, when 40-year-old Pena-Maldenado admitted molesting two girls, ages 4 and 7, since January 2012.
According to court documents, one of the girls told investigators that Pena-Maldenado would touch her at nap-time and make her look at pornographic magazines. Both girls said he told them that he touched them because he loved them. Not surprisingly, he also told the girls not to tell anyone.
Senior Prosecutor Richard Anderson revealed that this isn’t the first time Pena-Maldenado has been accused of being inappropriate with children at his day care. An investigation was opened back in 2010 by state licensing authorities and the DHSH after receiving reports that he was unusually physical with the children, frequently touching their legs and rubbing their arms.…