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CONCORD, Mass. — As everyone following this case already knows by now, the boy found dead along a gravel road in Maine has been identified as 6-year-old Camden Pierce-Hughes, and his mother has been taken into custody.

For those of you who have not been following this case, the body of a boy was found Saturday under a blanket alongside a remote road in Maine. Police were having issues identifying him as he did not match any missing persons reports. Even after they released a computer-generated photo of the boy, no one seemed to know who he was. The only clue they had was from a witness who saw a navy blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the area.

This bit of info is what led to the boy’s identity finally being discovered and how he ended up on the side of the road. Someone saw a suspicious vehicle that matched the description being reported in this case sitting at a Chelmsford rest stop with a woman inside. When police arrived they found Camden’s mother, 42-year-old Julianne McCrery, sitting inside reading the Bible.…

Congrats On The New Face, Dallas Wiens

May 10, 2011 at 10:31 am by  

BOSTON, MA — Dallas Wiens, 25, lost his entire face when the cherry picker he was in snagged a power line two years ago. We posted about him last year when new healthcare laws left him eligible for a full-face transplant.

The poor guy was left with no facial features at all. He was blind, had no nose or lips, and multiple surgeries had left his face nothing more than a skull covered with smooth skin and a bad goatee. Even so, his only motivation for signing up for the transplant was his daughter, Scarlett. “I could have lived like I was, no problem, if I did not have my daughter,” said Wiens. He also hoped that after the procedure he would regain feeling to his face, even if it wasn’t his original one.

The surgery was performed in March and took 17 hours to complete. But once it was over, Wiens was equipped with a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an anonymous donor. The US military footed the bill, hoping to use the technique on soldiers who suffer from severe facial injuries. …

Easton, MA — Seems like we’ve got ourselves a trend here at the DD lately, just in time for everyone’s favorite Hallmark Holiday.

On Wednesday night police received a call about a missing person. An investigation ensued, which would eventually turn up the body of Beth Spartichino, 42, buried in a shallow grave in her backyard. Exhumation of the body revealed what investigators believe to be gunshot wounds to the back. Also found at the scene was a shoe print, which led them to arrest her 17 year-old son, Matthew Worster.

Aside from the shoe print, police say Matthew left other pieces of compelling evidence in the form of voicemails, one of which was left on his father’s phone. In the message, Matthew allegedly stated “I did what I had to do, but know that I will be all right.”

Oddly enough, last year Easton Police received a phone call from Spartichino stating that her estranged husband had threatened to “kill her and bury her in the backyard where no one would find her.” It was around this time that the two began divorce proceedings.…

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Hard to believe it has been over a year since 15-year-old Phoebe Prince decided to hang herself after being ruthlessly bullied by some fellow classmates. But now the teens accused of driving the teen to suicide are finally learning their fates, starting with Sean Mulveyhill and Kayla Narey, both 18.

Yesterday Mulveyhill changed his plea to guilty on a charge of criminal harassment and received one year of probation. He must also perform 100 hours of community service with at-risk youth. As part of his plea, charges of statutory rape and violating Prince’s civil rights were dropped. Smart move, Mulveyhill.

Narey received the same sentence after she pleaded to sufficient facts to the same charge of criminal harassment, acknowledging the state could win conviction at trial. However, after a year of good behavior, the charge will disappear. She did read a letter in court, tearfully apologizing for her part in Prince’s bullying.

Prince’s mother, Anne O’Brien, gave an emotional victim’s impact statement, focusing some anger towards Mulveyhill, who had dated Prince for a short while.…

LYNN, Mass. — A Massachusetts second-grader found a discarded syringe and brought it to school, deciding to play doctor while conducting his own show-and-tell for the class.

The boy and his friend found the needle as they were walking to school, and used it to give each other pretend flu shots. When they got to class the boy showed off the needle and asked if anyone wanted a flu shot. No one took him up on the offer.

One of the boys in the class told his parents about the incident, who in turn contacted school officials last Friday. After a little investigating, the needle was found where the boy had thrown it away at a friend’s house.

Dr. Catherine Latham, Lynn Superintendent of Schools, told reporters that neither of the boys who got stuck with the syringe are in trouble, but will be getting blood tests to find out if they’ve killed each other.

The school and police put together a presentation telling students not to pick up needles or other dangerous items they find on the streets, including guns, knives and lighters.…

Man Charged In WalMart Hatchet Attack

February 16, 2011 at 6:09 am by  

Quincy, MA — Kenneth Rosen has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening two men with a hatchet at a Quincy WalMart.

Quincy police Capt. John Dougan said Rosen became enraged when two men seated near him in the Subway restaurant inside the store asked him to turn down his radio Friday afternoon.

“He stood up and threw a tonic at them, then pulled out a hatchet with a foot-and-a-half long handle, waving and swinging it in the direction of their heads,” Dougan said.

And then, in what must have been an awe-inspiring show of complete badassery, Rosen reportedly slammed the hatchet down on the table where the men had been sitting, cutting a sandwich in half. “You want some of that?” he asked. I’m guessing their answer was no…

As Rosen was being escorted out by store security, police say he pulled out a folding knife and pointed it at them.

When an officer rolled up a short time later, Rosen was found walking down a nearby street with the hatchet holstered to his right hip.…

Mother, Toddler Found Dead In Dumpster

February 15, 2011 at 3:27 am by  

BROCKTON, Mass. — Someone digging through a dumpster made a gruesome discovery Sunday night when they found the dead body of a young woman inside it.

Police arrived after the person called 911 anonymously to report their find  and found the body of 25-year-old Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela inside the dumpster. Tragically, after doing a little more digging inside the trash bin, they also found the body of her 2-year-old son, Brian Palaguachi.

“It’s a terrible crime scene, especially when you think about what happened to a small child and his mom,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz today. “I mean, who would do that to a 2-year-old child?’’

No report on cause of death at this point, the only official word being that they were fully intact. But Cruz did give out a little info, stating he did not believe the crime was random and that he was concerned about a suspect fleeing. Some rumors floating around are that her body was stuffed in a duffel bag and that her boyfriend has been questioned.…

NEW BEDFORD, Mass., –– A mother and her boyfriend have both been arrested after a 4-year-old boy was beaten so badly, a hospital nurse was reportedly brought to tears after seeing his injuries.

Police say the boy had bruising and cuts all over his body and dried blood in his ear resulting from his mother’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Elvis Garcia, beating the boy with a belt “and other means” over a period of several days.

Garcia was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon resulting in substantial bodily injury and reckless endangerment of a child. The boy’s mother is facing charges of permitting substantial injury to a child, reckless endangerment to a child under 18 and being an accessory after the fact because she was aware of the ass-kicking Garcia was doling out on her son.

The boy’s grandfather told reporters that he feared for the boy’s safety and tried to get the state to remove the boy from his mother, but social workers did nothing.

“We loved this kid and were trying to protect him before something happened.…

Mother Accused Of Killing Son With Hibachi Grill

January 17, 2011 at 8:21 am by  

QUINCY, Mass. — A mother has been charged with killing her 8-year-old son after they say she intentionally left a hibachi grill burning inside their home in a murder-suicide attempt.

When Li Rong Zhang’s 16-year-old son returned home on Thursday he smelled smoke and called 911. Firefighters arrived and found Zhang and her 8-year-old son, Brandon Yang, unconscious in an upstairs bedroom that had been barricaded shut with a large piece of furniture. The room was full of carbon monoxide emanating from a hibachi grill burning charcoal.

The pair were taken to the hospital where 8-year-old Brandon Yang would later die and Zhang would be charged with his murder.

“A short time ago, Ms. Yang was served with the arrest warrant and subsequently arraigned on murder charges in a Boston hospital by the judge and clerk of Quincy Court,” said Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

Police are still not sure why Zhang would attempt to kill herself and Brandon. Her 16-year-old is currently staying with relatives and I am guessing probably has a lot of insight into his mother’s mental condition in the days leading up to Thursday. …

Lawrence, MA — Alexis Medina, 23, is being held without bail after his arraignment on murder charges in Lawrence District Court in Boston. Medina, who was previously convicted of child abuse for breaking an older daughter’s skull back in September 2008, openly admitted to shaking and “rough-housing” his 4 month old namesake, Alexis Medina, Jr. Alexis Jr. died last Wednesday after being brain dead for hours at Tufts Medical Center. What caused little Alexis Jr. to be brain dead? His shit-stain of a father woke to his crying after Mom, Jocelyn DeJesus, had already left for work. Medina wasn’t having that. While Jr. was lying face down, “Dad” allegedly pushed down on his back to quiet him so he could get some more sleep. About 2 to 3 hours later Medina’s mom, the infants grandmother, came over to babysit 4 month old Jr. and his 20 month old sister Nayeli, and found the infant unresponsive. 911 was alerted and paramedics resuscitated the infant but he was already brain dead. Prosecutor Kate MacDougall stated that although Medina admitted to shaking the baby, the cause of death appears to be suffocation.…

Boston, MA — A report states that investigators are “nearly certain” that the Charlotte teen found dead in a Boston suburb, fell from a US Airways jet. When 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale was reported missing on Nov 14th, family figured he had run away like he had before. Hours later, on the 15th, his mangled body was discovered hundreds of miles away on the front lawn of an upscale home in Milton, Mass. Officials speculated that Tisdale stowed away in a plane’s wheel well and fell when the landing gear was lowered on its approach to Logan International Airport, which would have happened over the area where his body was recovered. This theory was bolstered significantly yesterday when Boston news revealed that aviation grease was found on Tisdale’s pants. If there is any consolation, Tisdale probably didn’t suffer too long. Because of low pressure at high altitudes and subzero temperatures, he would have lost consciousness not long after take-off. I am betting that it wasn’t the fall that killed Tisdale, and even in the small chance that it was, he didn’t feel a thing.…

Massachusetts — Jury selection begins today for one of the men charged in the death of that kid at a firing range two years ago. For those of you who may not remember, 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj was at the “Great New England Pumpkin Shoot” with his father and 11-year-old brother last October when he was given the opportunity to fire a 9mm Micro Uzi. The gun jammed on him twice but on his third attempt to fire the gun machine gun, the stock fell from his shoulder swinging the barrel upwards. As Christopher tried to keep the gun from falling, he was killed after the gun fired and Christopher accidentally shot himself in the head. Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was charged with involuntary manslaughter and four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor. He was charged because he owned the company that co-sponsored the gun fair at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club and is responsible for hiring Carl Giuffre and Domenico Spano, the two men who supplied the guns and ran the firing range.…

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