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Police say Michael Lucero, 20, was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and formally charged with the child’s death.
A criminal complaint was filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office alleging Lucero committed abuse of the toddler that resulted in the boy’s death while the boy’s mother was at work.
According to court documents, the injured toddler was brought to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana after he lost consciousness at his home in the 1100 block of East Philadelphia Street Thursday shortly after midnight.
Police officers were called after hospital officials reported a child had been brought in with life-threatening injuries. After being evaluated, paramedics rushed the boy to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he died later that morning.
“This investigation is still ongoing,” said police spokesman Cpl. Bill Russell. “Detectives are trying to determine if there was a propensity for violence and if anyone else knew this was occurring.”
Police have said Lucero babysat his girlfriend’s child while she was working, and the boy’s mother hasn’t been labeled a suspect at this time.…
Bronx, NY – Police say 9-year-old Justice Williams hanged herself in the shower, possibly depressed over the birth of a sibling.
Justice’s mother made the horrific discovery Sunday night after checking on her daughter because she was taking too long in the shower. When she entered the bathroom, she found Justice motionless, with a white cloth around her neck hanging from the metal shower frame door.
Justice was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead minutes later. Sources say Justice had recently seen a therapist for help dealing with the birth of new half-sibling. She told family members she “wanted to die” when the new baby was born nearly a year ago, prompting her mother to get her professional help.
Despite this, her family is shocked that Justice would take her own life. She seemed to have adjusted well with her new sibling in the home, was performing well at school and never mentioned any type of bullying.
Yesterday, Justice’s death was officially ruled a suicide by the medical examiner.…
Des Moines, IA – Sheena Cornwell is facing animal torture charges after she callously killed her dog by using the dog’s leash to hang it in the garage.
Joshua VanDyke said Cornwell was upset with Lillie, a 15-year-old pit bull, barking inside the garage. He said that he watched Cornwell enter the garage with the dog’s collar. He said she returned 10 minutes later, stating: ‘She’s dead, I killed her.’
After rushing into the garage and finding Lillie hanging hanging from the rafters, he called 911. When police arrived, they found Lillie dead, hanging from her leash.
“This is the first time I’ve seen a dog strung up like that. The dog deserved better than that.” Des Moines Police Officer Greg Catron said.
Cornwell told police that Lillie had medical issues and would die soon anyway. “She did not appear to be remorseful. She said she saw nothing wrong with her actions,” Catron said. “She didn’t think there was anything wrong with the way she put this dog to death.”
Sheena Cornwell was arrested and charged with one count of animal torture.…
Calaway, FL – Tyler Jett, the 7-year-old boy who was mauled by two of his neighbor’s bulldogs, has died from his injuries.
Tyler was riding his bicycle home from school when he was dragged off his bike by two bulldogs, an Alapaha blue blood and a brindle, both owned by Edward Daniels. Family members rushed to help Tyler after hearing his screams and managed to pull the dogs off him.
Neighbors told police that moments before the two dogs turned their attention on Tyler, they had been chasing after another child. “Tyler did not provoke these dogs,” Tyler’s stepmother said. “These dogs (dragged) this 7-year-old across my front yard.”
Tyler Jett was rushed to the pediatric intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, where he remained in a coma, before dying days later from a punctured carotid artery.
Daniels was initially arrested on drugs charges after police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at his home, but was later charged with tampering with evidence after he allegedly washed blood from the dogs’ faces after the attack.…
HAMDEN, CT – School officials say 12-year-old Gabriela Hudak died this week after a falling tree branch hit her in her front yard.
Gabriela “Gabby” Hudak suffered a serious head injury last Friday afternoon when the tree branch fell and struck her while she was in her front yard. On Thursday, Gabby was pronounced dead.
“It was terrible. It was terrible. You never want to hear about a child and certainly not the child’s family having to go through something as horrible as that,” said Gabby’s band teacher, Bill Gunn. On Thursday night, Gunn directed an elementary school band concert where Gabby would have played saxophone.
Counselors were made available at Hamden Middle School where she attended school. On Sunday, a memorial service was held at the Dunbar United Church of Christ.
School officials’ described Gabby as a “bright and shining star,” an avid reader with an inquiring mind and a good friend to all on a posting on the school district’s website. Some students reportedly went home on Thursday, distraught after learning of her death.…
Janet Strickland, 64, was charged with one count each of first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm after her husband, William Strickland, 72, was killed in a hail of bullets in front of their home by his 19-year-old grandson, whose name is also William Strickland.
Janet Strickland, who knows about doing things the Chicago way, was not present at her bond hearing on Saturday. She was being held at a local hospital where she was being treated for lung disease and high blood pressure, according to the Chicago Tribune. Her bail was set at $500,000.
In full-on Capone mode, granny Strickland plotted with her teenage grandson, an admitted member of the Black P. Stones street gang, to kill her husband because she was “sick” of Strickland and wanted him dead, said Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos.
“They discussed on numerous occasions killing the victim,” Kwilos said during the hearing.…
COLUMBUS, GA – Devin Brown, 13, was found hanging in is closet after reportedly being bullied at school and being labeled a snitch.
Devin moved to Columbus six months ago to live with his dad, Ray Brown, and started school at Rothschild Middle School. His father says the bullying started in November.
“He got jumped, or somebody beat him up,” said Brown, Devin’s father. “He came home one time and had some peanut butter pies he had made for school. When he walked through the door he had some pie left, and he had it all over him. Someone had jumped on him and smeared it all over him.”
Things escalated last week after Devin saw a girl at school with a butcher knife threatening to stab a teacher. Devin told his teacher and the girl was taken into custody. Afterwards, he was labeled as a snitch and told his father that 15-20 people wanted to jump on him.
On the night he told his father about this, his stepmother realized Devin wasn’t in his bed and began looking for him while on the phone with his older sister.…
LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – The effort to rescue two children buried after a dirt wall collapsed on top of them, is now being treated as a recovery effort.
The 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, believed to be cousins, were playing in an excavated basement under construction when one of the dirt walls collapsed, burying them alive. One of the children’s father witnessed the collapse and called 911 at around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Using whatever they had that their immediate disposal, rescuers began trying to dig the children out, but after four hours of digging, they knew that their efforts were now to retrieve their dead bodies.
“This is now a recovery operation for these two children,” said Dion Burleson, public information officer for Lincoln County Emergency Management. “There are calls at times like this happen where we are not able to make a difference because it’s outside of our realm.”
Some 65 rescue personnel, including Charlotte and Huntersville fire units, worked overnight while family members of the children stood near the scene.…
New York, NY – Philip Ward was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1994 after he admitted to shooting his girlfriend to death in front her 11-year-old daughter, then raping the child. While incarcerated, he admitted to the 1989 murder of Veronica Bowen, his 21-year-old pregnant girlfriend found naked and headless on a Manhattan apartment rooftop.
Ward, 46, pleaded guilty to the murder on March 22 and on Friday, he was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison that will run consecutive to the sentence he is already serving.
Ward and Bowen met while in foster care as teenagers. Although they had two children, their relationship was pocked with domestic violence, leading to Bowen moving out of the apartment and leaving her children in Ward’s care. On the night she was murdered, Bowen was at Ward’s apartment to visit her children. She was six weeks pregnant and Ward said he did not believed the child was his.
After Ward talked Bowen into accompany him to the building’s roof, where they first had sex, he flew into a jealous rage.…
Police were first alerted to Capria’s activities after his ex-girlfriend’s father called to report his daughter received a Facebook message from another student alerting her that a mass email containing nude photos of her had been sent to nearly 400 students.
The photos where allegedly taken without the girl’s knowledge during a Skype call between her and Capria in February 2011. They were pretty sure Capria was the person responsible as he’d threatened to show people the photos two weeks before the mass email was sent out.
When police spoke to the man’s daughter, she said her relationship with Capria started going in the shitter after she chose to spend 2010 New Year’s Eve with a friend. She said Capria was so angry over this that he called her more than 100 times that night, leaving obscene messages and claiming he’d thrown out all her belongings.…
KANSAS CITY, KS – Police have arrested 23-year-old Johnna Green after they say she tried to drown her two young children in a bathtub.
Emergency responders were called out to Green’s home on Tuesday where they found the woman’s two daughters, ages 1 and 4, unresponsive and not breathing.
They were rushed to University of Kansas Medical Center where both were revived but are still critical condition and under police protective custody.
On Thursday, police arrested Johnna Green and charged her with two counts of attempted murder after they say she “held J.T. underwater until she was unresponsive,” then did the same to J.G., according to court documents. Green then called 911.
She’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail and scheduled to make a court appearance this afternoon. Her children are now in the custody of the state.
Police said that Green was not on their radar before Tuesday, and that there are no prior incidents regarding Green and her two children.
“As a mother who I witnessed to be so good to her daughters, you can only imagine that she was in a dark place,” neighbor Carrie Groves said.…
WALDORF, MD – A 5-year-old girl is recovering from some horrendous injuries she received after being attacked by two dogs in her backyard.
Police said the 5-year-old was at the home with her mother’s boyfriend when she wandered into the backyard where three dogs, an English bulldog and two Presa Canarios, were being kept in a kennel. The dog’s were not owned by the family, according to reports.
“We’re hearing that the dogs may have just been dropped off at the house to be watched after by the homeowners, so we’re still trying to verify that,” said Diane Richardson of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s not clear how or why two of the dogs were not in their kennel, but the English Bulldog and one of the Pres Canarios viciously attacked the girl for reasons unknown.
“It’s not clear if she let the dogs out of the kennel,” says Diane Richardson, spokesperson for the Charles County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s not clear if they were even in the kennel… at this point there are no obvious signs of neglect or anything like that.”
When the boyfriend found Savanna, she was in the fetal position, unconscious, with the two dogs near her body.…
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – When police arrived at a Colorado Springs apartment to investigate a disturbance and spotted a bloody butcher knife laying on the counter, Ellyzabeth Rainey did the Peyton-Manning-like thing, and called an audible.
Holding up her two-month-old daughter, Rainey told them, “Take my baby,” court papers say. “Because I am going to run.” Then she threw the child at them, and took off.
Running didn’t work out to well, as cops caught up with her almost immediately in the complex’s courtyard, where they questioned the 19-year-old concerning her strange behavior. In an arrest affidavit, officers say she told them, “Because I just murdered someone.”
That someone turned out to be Deborah Rainey, 59, the suspect’s mother-in-law. Ellyzabeth was arrested Wednesday afternoon for her murder.
According to court documents, Deborah Rainey was in town visiting from San Francisco, staying at her son Jason’s apartment to help take care of his and Ellyzabeth’s baby. Ellyzabeth said that the couple were estranged, and planned to get divorced. Guess that’s a done-deal now.…
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police have accused 24-year-old Ashley Delvalle of pretending to be a nurse at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children and molesting a little boy.
Police responded to the hospital after being notified that Delvalle went into several patients’ rooms telling the parents that she was a nurse, and she would be performing physical examinations.
According to authorities, Delvalle was at the hospital because her own child was a patient. While there, she allegedly molested the boy who was in the bed next to her child. The boy’s mother told police that Delvalle claimed to be a nurse and got permission to examine the boy for bedbugs.
Ashley Delvalle was arrested in the emergency room at the hospital and has been charged with indecent assault of a minor and impersonating the holder of a professional license. Her bail has been set at $50,000.
St. Christopher’s Hospital issued a statement:
“When we were informed by the patient’s mother of the alleged assault, we immediately notified the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Department of Human Services.…
Here, Now – Thanks everyone who stopped by and chatted while we conducted another Pulpit of Doom podcast last night. I unintentionally got drunk before we went on, and got increasingly drunker as the show progressed. I was feeling pre-tay good.
As usual, we discussed the top 10 stories circulating on the site for the last week, including attack of the baby mamas, selling your kids for fun and profit, April Fool’s pranks and the psycho girlfriends who play them, murder- suicide on the green, getting slap-happy with other people’s kids, evil pit bulls and the babies they eat, and the dangers of muddin’ while drunk. We also talked about corporal punishment, and the racist comments that show up on the site (and why some are allowed).
After we went off the air, Athena and myself talked a bit about firearms, and how much fun they are to shoot. We also answer a caller who had listened to the entire show via their phone, and let her express her fanatical adoration for me and my writing.…
Daly City, CA – Back in 2011, we reported on 39-year-old Jesusa Tatad, the woman who poured boiling water on her sleeping ex-husband and then whacked him with a baseball bat. On Wednesday, Tatad pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after the man died from his injuries.
Tatad and her ex-husband, 36-year-old Ronnie Tatad, were still living together in 2011 after their divorce three years prior. Tatad said Ronnie had promised to re-marry her and bring their two daughters, aged 9 and 14, back from the Philippines to live with them.
But the years passed and Ronnie never re-married her and he never brought their children home. To add insult to injury, Ronnie had gotten himself a girlfriend. In retaliation, Tatad waited for Ronnie to fall asleep, then dumped a pot of boiling water on him. When Ronnie jumped up and ran to the bathroom, Tatad whacked him in the head with a baseball bat.
Ronnie ran from the apartment half-naked, and was found hiding behind a car by a maintenance worker who called 911.…
Siberia – Two survivors of an ice fishing party that got lost for weeks in frozen Siberia confessed to eating their friend, Andrei Kurochkin, to stay alive. Now the dead man’s widow, Olga Kurochkin, plans on suing them both for emotional distress.
Four men, Alexander Abdullaev, 37; Alexei Gorulenko, 35; Andrei Kurochkin, 37; and Viktor Komarov, 47, set out from Saratov last year on what was supposed to be an epic, once-in-a-lifetime ice fishing trip in eastern Siberia.
The men would go missing for two months after their Jeep sunk in a frozen river, stranding the party and stripping them of all of their possessions except the guns, ammunition and money. All four men would take refuge in a hunter’s lodge that they used as a base for several weeks, eating all of the food in the process.
They did not seem too concerned over their situation as during their stay in the remote lodge, they encountered other hunters with walkie-talkies and one of the party even used a satellite phone.…
HEMET, CA – After a three-week investigation, Tahquitz High School Assistant Principal Erin Henton, 45, was arrested by Hemet police on multiple counts of sexual misconduct with three boys who attend the school.
Henton allegedly had sexual relations with the boys over a period of several months, according to the Hemet Police Department. She has been placed on administrative leave since March, after the first allegation was made by a parent of one of the students involved.
Erin Henton is one horny broad, facing 12 felony counts: 7 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with minor, 4 counts oral copulation with minor, and 1 count of distributing harmful matter to a minor. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison. None of the alleged sex acts occurred on school campus, police said in a statement.
The Hemet Unified School District issued a statement Wednesday afternoon:
“The investigation involving an employee of Tahquitz High School for alleged crimes committed against a minor has resulted in an arrest. We take these situations very seriously and have taken appropriate personnel actions in response to this arrest to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
Henton is being held on a $1 million bail.…