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SPRINGFIELD, MO – A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting, raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens has been sentenced to death.

Back in 2014, 45-year-old Craig Wood stopped his truck to ask directions from 10-year-old Hailey Owens as she was walking down the street.

When Owens approached Wood, he lunged out of his vehicle, grabbed Owens and threw her inside “like a rag doll” before speeding away.

A couple witnessed the entire thing and tried chasing down the truck, but were unsuccessful. However, they were able to give police a detailed description of Wood and his truck.

Police were quickly able to identify the driver was Wood and were at his home within a few hours of Owens’ abduction. Unfortunately, it was too late — Owen’s body was found in Wood’s basement, stuffed inside a plastic storage container.

It would later be revealed that after abducting Owens, Woods had taken her straight to his basement where he raped the girl before shooting her in the back of the head.…

PARK HILLS, MO – Police have arrested a couple after they were accused of putting their 4-month-old son inside a microwave, then turning it on.

Police were called after the baby was brought to a hospital for a rash on his face.

Doctors quickly discovered that the rash was actually a second-degree burn, and that the baby was suffering from a skull fracture and a brain injury.

The baby’s parents, Derick Boyce-Slezak and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, both 22, were arrested and charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child.

During a Monday hearing, Mikala said the burn were caused by someone cleaning the infant’s face with a towel that contained a cleaning chemical.

She pleaded the Fifth Amendment when asked about the baby’s other injuries. Derek didn’t testify at all.

However, a social services agent did testify at the hearing. She said that Mikala told her that the head injury was probably the result of Derek dropping the baby while imitating something he saw on a television commercial.

Even more shocking, she told the worker she believed Derek had put the baby in the microwave then turned it on “for a short period of time.”

Derek and Mikala are both being held in the St.…

CLAY COUNTY, MO – A Missouri man got a faceful of furniture after he was caught sexually assaulting a 1-year-old girl.

According to reports, 26-year-old Jason Newlun was a family friend of a coupe who had a 1-year-old girl.

On June 30th, the couple left the girl, who was sleeping in her room, in the care of Newlun so that they could run to the store down the street.

After arriving at the store, the couple realized they left their WIC card at home and turned around to retrieve it.

When the mother walked in, she noticed Newlun was no longer on the couch and that her daughter’s bedroom door was open.

She walked into the room and saw Newlun take an inappropriate picture of her daughter before kneeling between the little girl’s legs and start jacking off.

The mother immediately ran out and told her husband, who ran in and tackled Newlun before hitting him in the face with a dresser drawer and his fists. He only stopped beating Newlun when a neighbor stepped in and pulled him off.…

Kansas City, MO — A 24-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to sexually assault a toddler at a Kansas City playground Friday.

The 2-year-old’s mother reportedly told police the man was “eyeballing” her child as she played on a swingset. The man snatched the child from the swing by her hips and pulled her diaper down, the woman said.

He lifted his shirt and pulled his pants down, she claimed, and started “thrusting” against her child.

At that point, she said, she ran at him and knocked him to the ground, where she fed him a few knuckle sammiches.

The man shook her off and beat feet, and the woman ran to a nearby homeless shelter to call 911.

William Bates Jr. was arrested near the playground shortly thereafter and was positively identified as the man who humped the toddler.

He was found to be in possession of marijuana and a white vial of unidentified fluid that emitted some kind of chemical odor.

Bates told police he had gotten a cigarette from someone near the park and remembers nothing of the alleged incident.…

robert-burnetteWENTZVILLE, MO –  The man who shoved his fingers down his baby’s throat to stop his crying is now facing upgraded charges after the infant was removed from life support.

Robert Burnette, 19, was arrested earlier this month after police say he caused serious physical injury and head trauma to his 6-week-old son by violently shaking him, slamming him into a bed face first, and shoving his fingers down the baby’s throat.

The baby’s mother, 20-year-old Megan Hendricks, was also arrested because she witnessed the abuse — which occurred between Oct. 18 and Nov. 7 — but did not seek help.

During an interview with police, she said she was afraid of Burnette, but showed no remorse over the condition of her son who she repeatedly referred to as “the kid.” Police say she cried during her interview, but when once the interviewer left the room she immediately stopped and showed only anger and disdain.

Both were originally charged with felony child abuse or neglect, but those charges have been upgraded against Burnette after the baby died on Monday.…

King's BeautyBELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, MO – A 13-year-old girl has turned herself into police after being accused of shooting an elderly couple working inside a beauty supply store.

Police say that on Tuesday morning, the couple were working in King’s Beauty when they caught the 13-year-old girl and a friend shoplifting items from the store.

The couple, both in their 70s, opened the store 20 years ago and often forgave shoplifters. In this case, the couple retrieved the stolen items from the girls and kicked them out of the store without calling police.

However, the girls came back and this time were able to get away with some merchandise. The couple called police and the two girls were located in an adjacent lot. One girl was taken into custody for an outstanding juvenile warrant, but the 13-year-old was let go with a warning after the couple refused to press charges.

“The shop stewards that were there were kind enough to not press charges, since the crime was, in their eyes, petty,” said Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler.…

Titus TackettIRON COUNTY, MO – Titus Tackett, the 3-year-old reported missing early this morning, was found dead this morning inside a van parked nearly a mile from home.

According to Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley, Tackett was visiting with his mother, Amber Tackett, at the home of her ex-boyfriend. The couple left the home at around midnight to run an errand, leaving the boy in the care of the boy’s grandparents.

When the couple returned around an hour later, they noticed the front door was open and the boy was not in the house. Police were called and a search began immediately that consisted of 50 volunteer searchers.

At around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, a neighbor spotted the boy in the back of a van parked almost a mile away. He was wearing only a diaper and was wrapped in a blanket. Tackett was pronounced dead at the scene, but a cause of death was not known. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

When asked whether the public should be concerned about a “random killer” on the loose, Medley responded “No” and added that the boy’s death appears to be an isolated incident.…

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.…

Kathleen PeacockSAINT CHARLES, MO – Police have arrested a couple after they left their 2-year-old boy shut in a room with a heater while they cooked meth, causing to the boy dying of hyperthermia.

Police say Kathleen Peacock and Lucas Barnes put 2-year-old Braydon Barnes in a crib on Friday and left him shut in the room with a space heater for 38 hours.

While the boy slowly cooked in his room, the couple used meth in the home that they also used as a meth lab. Peacock, who is pregnant, later admitted that despite hearing her son crying, she did not check on him until Sunday.

That’s when Peacock discovered her son was dead in his crib and ran to a neighbor for help. That neighbor would later state that when she went inside the boy’s room, it felt like it was 100 degrees. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for the boy as, according to paramedics, Braydon had been dead for some time.

An autopsy would later reveal the boy was generally malnourished and thin.…

Youssif Z. OmarCOLUMBIA, MO – Youssif Z. Omar has been charged after the 53-year-old allegedly pulled a teenage girl out of Hickman High School by her hair and slapped her because she was not wearing a hijab.

According to police, Omar was at the high school when he noticed a 14-year-old family member was not wearing a hijab. Enraged, he reportedly slapped the girl in the face before grabbing her “very violently by the hair” and dragging her down a flight of stairs and into his car.

At least one teacher witnessed the incident and called police. He was arrested at his home the next day on suspicion of felony child abuse, then released after posting a $4,500 bond.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Omar is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia and manager of Artifacts Journal at the University bookstore. When reached for comment, the school responded that Omar was not a professor at their school. They said he was formerly a graduate student with an assistantship that ended in July.…

Tanya ChamberlainKANSAS CITY, MO – A 14-year-old and 13-year-old boy have been accused of stabbing a woman to death at a car wash before stealing her car and driving around with her corpse propped up in the passenger seat.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Nov 1, a police officer pulled over a driver he suspected of driving while intoxicated. After the driver pulled into an apartment complex, two young boys jumped out and fled on foot.

The officer gave a short chase before losing sight of them, and then returned to the car. Inside, propped up in the passenger seat, was the dead body of 43-year-old Tanya Chamberlain.

The woman had been stabbed to death, suffering stab wounds to her neck, chest arms and hands. A bloody knife with some of the victim’s hair on it was found in the back seat of the car.

Investigators began checking area surveillance footage and struck gold with cameras at a nearby do-it-yourself car wash. Their surveillance video showed Chamberlain vacuuming her vehicle at the car wash at around 1:14 a.m.…

563d13300abef.imageMEADSVILLE, MO – Rachel Kinsella, 35, has been arrested for the systematic poisoning of her 9-year-old son with prescription medications.

Kinsella’s son has issues with epilepsy. With that in mind, it would not be surprising to find medications to treat epilepsy in his system. Unless, of course, he has been treated multiple times, at multiple hospitals, and has been prescribed conflicting medications by all of them.

There’s also the fact that doctors noticed that her son has been seen multiple times, since March 2014, for medication overdoses. It also doesn’t help that Missouri is the only state without a prescription database, making it impossible for doctors to know who or what prescriptions are prescribed to anyone.

Kinsella’s son, who has been with his grandparents in protective custody in January, was treated at a hospital in St Louis and at another hospital in Kansas City, 200 hundred miles away. At both hospitals, he was given medication for seizures and mental health issues.

According to prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, “The child, when he would present at the hospital in very serious condition, would get much better while he was there.…

Brittany MugrauerKANSAS CITY, MO – Brittany Mugrauer, 24, has been arrested after her 4-year-old and 6-year-old children were found living in a crate inside an underground cave.

On Thursday, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a possible “chop shop” inside some caves off East 23rd Street when they they found the children inside a wooden shipping crate.

The 8 by 10 crate was found near the back of the cave and, besides the two children, contained some blankets and car seats. The crate was missing one side and surrounded by car parts and broken down vehicles.

The kids were filthy, not wearing shoes, had no water and were eating a cup of dry ramen noodles with dirt in it. They were not afraid of the deputies and did not seem to care they were alone in the cave. They told the deputies that they lived in the cave with their mother, but that their mother’s boyfriend lived somewhere else.

The 6-year-old told police that he was supposed to be in first-grade, but he did not go to school. …

home aloneSTLOUIS, MO – Police say that an 11-year-old boy has shot and killed a 16-year-old intruder.

According to Sgt. Brian Schellman, the teen and an accomplice tried to get inside a home where the young boy had been left alone with his 4-year-old sister. However, the third time they tried entering the home would be their last.

As the unnamed teen entered an unlocked front door, the 11-year-old used a firearm to shoot the teen once in the head, killing him. When police arrived, they found the teen lying inside the front foyer.

His accomplice ran off after hearing the shot, but were later picked up by police. One neighbor said she doesn’t believe the full truth is being told. She said the two boys were arguing on the front porch of the home when the 11-year-old took out a gun and fired.

“He was always was just sitting right there on the porch,” she said. “He never did once go inside the house.”

No word on why the boy had been left alone in the home to care for his younger sister, but police say the gun he used belonged to his mother.…

Teresa SieversBONITA SPRINGS, FL – Police have arrested and charged two men from Missouri in connection with the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers, a popular doctor who was found dead inside her Florida home.

The 46-year-old mother of two operated the Restorative Health and Healing Center with her husband, Mark, and was well-known for her work with transgender patients.

On June 29, Sievers left her husband and two daughters at a Connecticut gathering and returned home. The next day she was found dead inside her home.

At the time, police offered no motive or the manner in which she was killed, but neighbors said they were told a hammer was involved. Neighbors would also report hearing a shrill sound and a man’s voice shouting coming from Sievers’ home at around 5 a.m. that morning.

Investigators have kept pretty tight-lipped regarding their investigation until now, revealing they have arrested two men from Missouri in connection with the woman’s murder.

Jimmy Rodgers and Curtis Wright, both from Missouri, are now in custody and have been charged with Sievers murder.…

Christopher MullerSPRINGFIELD, MO – Police have arrested 22-year-old Christopher Muller after witnesses pulled him off a screaming 14-year-old girl on a dark trail, and held him until police arrived.

The three friends say they were parking their car at a Greenway Trail near Wilson’s Creek when they heard a girl screaming for help. Using their cell phones as flashlights, they followed her screams until they found Muller on top of her wearing only his boxers.

As evident by Muller’s mugshot, a small scuffle ensued as the friends pulled him off of the girl and held him at the scene until police arrived. Police say when they arrived, the girl was completely unresponsive from either drugs or extreme shock. She is currently i stable condition.

Muller was taken into custody and would tell police that he thought the girl was 15, and although she was “hot” he never tried raping her. He said he was half-naked because he’d just finished swimming. He said he was walking back to his car when some unknown assailant tackled him.…

Adrienne MartinSAINT LOUIS, MO – Adrienne Martin, the 37-year-old accused of setting a dog on fire after it allegedly bit her son, has had all charges dropped against her.

In July 2013, Martin was charged with two felony counts of animal abuse after she allegedly set a relative’s 3-year-old terrier mix on fire. The burns to the dog, named Brownie, were so severe that it had to be euthanized.

A witness told police he saw flames come from where the dog was chained to the back fence of the owner’s home and saw a man with a gas tank and Martin, the sister-in-law of the dog’s owner, with a lighter. The witness even picked Martin out of a photo lineup.

A quick check of Martin’s Facebook page was also very telling. One post the day before Brownie was set on fire read “I’m on killa mode…#killdogs.com…today.” On the day Brownie was burned, a post was tagged with “#alldogsdontgotoheaven.com.” After the incident made the news, Martin posted: “MF’s is killin me about this stupid dog…keep it real…you didn’t take care nor like or love the MF…on the TV str8 lies.”

After she was picked up and interviewed by police, Martin admitted to setting the dog on fire because Brownie had bitten her son the day before.…

Taylor FastFESTUS, MO – Police have arrested 21-year-old Taylor Fast, and are looking for Fast’s boyfriend, after her 17-month old daughter was found beat to death.

Police say they were called to Fast’s home Sunday morning after the mother called to report her daughter, Layla, had been bitten by a spider the night before and was now unconscious.

When police arrived at the home, they found the girl dead and quickly realized that Fast’s story was complete bullshit. Layla had bruises to her face and neck, bruises all over her body, and had been dead for several hours.

“I’ve been a policeman for 32 years and this is the worst case of child abuse I have ever seen,” Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said. “Nothing even comes close to this. This child looked like a situation, say if a child was involved in a car accident. It was horrible.”

According to Roche Madden from Fox 2 St, Louis, the little girl’s face had been smashed in.

They also found that Layla’s 3-year-old brother was suffering from a broken leg and cried every time he tried to stand on it.…


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