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SAN DIEGO – Zewoinesh Badasso, the mother accused of intentionally throwing her 7-month-old son out a 3rd-floor window, was in court on Wednesday, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault on a child.

As you may recall, passersby found the boy–being referred to as “David N.” in court records–on the ground in an alley near the building out of which he was allegedly thrown. CPR was administered and he was rushed to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. The evidence gathered at the scene and the results of questioning Badasso led police to place her under arrest.

Here’s what seems to be known about Zewoinesh Badasso at this time: The 33-year-old (or 32-year-old, depending on your source) came to the U.S. from Ethiopia around 12 years ago thanks to a sponsorship by some unnamed Catholic charity. Even so, she apparently has not developed a good grasp of English, since an interpreter was present with her at Wednesday’s hearing. She had been in San Diego for only a very brief time and did not know the three men with whom she and her son shared the apartment since she had been placed there.…

Argyle, WI – Armin Wand III, 32, is facing three counts of homicide, three counts of attempted homicide, and one count of arson with intent to defraud after he allegedly set his house, with his entire family inside, ablaze.

Bond has been set at $200,000 per count, an amount Wand’s public defender deems “unpostable.”

Wand was living in a rented house in Argyle, just 45 miles from Madison.  His wife, their unborn child, and the couple’s four children also lived in the house.  According to police reports, the motive for Wand’s actions were life insurance money and a “fresh start.”  The family had been having money problems and Wand says that his wife was constantly complaining about their need for more income.  She was also considering divorce.

Armin reportedly enlisted the aid of his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, to help set the fire.  The younger Wand told investigators that Armin had offered him a whopping $300 from the insurance payout for his role in the arson and murders.  Jeremy Wand faces two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the wife and daughter.…

CARROLLTON, TX – Police in Texas believe a man murdered a 16-year-old girl to keep her from testifying that he had raped her.

On Saturday, Shania Gray’s body was found in a secluded area near the Trinity River. She had been missing since Thursday after last being seen at Hebron High School in Carrollton. When trying to figure out who would want the teen dead, police wouldn’t have to look far.

Gray was set to testify against 30-year-old Franklin “Wish” Davis, a man for whom she used to babysit, and a man she had accused of raping her. Gray’s family stated that after asking the teen why she refused to babysit Davis’ two children any longer, Gray confided that he had raped her. They went to police and in July 2011 ,Davis was charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child.

But Davis says he is innocent and set out to prove the teen was lying. He created a fake Facebook profile, pretending to be a teenage boy who had a crush on Gray, that he used to gain Gray’s trust and find out what she planned to say in court. …

Klamath, CA – Two years ago we reported on Jarrod Wyatt, a mixed-martial artist who was accused of ripping out his friend’s heart after the two ingested some hallucinogenic mushroom tea. Last Thursday, Wyatt pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.

Back in March 2010, a then 26-year-old Wyatt and his sparring partner, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, were drinking tea brewed with hallucinogenic mushrooms. People who were at the home at the time stated Wyatt began mumbling about a coming tidal wave and the end of the world before he started fighting with Powell. When Wyatt and Powell were left alone in the home, Wyatt became convinced Powell was the devil.

When one of their friends showed up at the home later, he saw Wyatt on the couch next to his Powell’s mutilated corpse. Wyatt had removed most of Powell’s face, including his tongue, and had cut out his heart while the man was still alive. According to the probable cause statement, a large incision in the chest could be seen, and other unspecified body parts had been removed.…

Groton, CT – On August 31st, Luis Otero, now 51, pleaded no contest to charges that he murdered his ex-girlfriend, Madeline Brisson, 51, in March of 2010.

Otero and Brisson had once been romantically involved, and though the affair had ended, Otero was still living under her roof.  Domestic disputes between the two were not unheard-of.  In fact, Otero had threatened Brisson’s life some time before her murder, telling her he would kill her and put her in a freezer.  Brisson had even advised her sisters that if she ever came up missing, they should check the freezer.

In early-March of 2010, Otero followed through on his threat after a heated argument in which Brisson told Otero that he needed to move out of her house and then implied that she was going to pursue a lesbian relationship with Otero’s daughter, who is described as “mentally challenged.”

Brisson’s cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma and asphyxia, so I’m figuring you guys are smart enough to figure out what happened there.…

Sacramento, CA – Brandon Louis Nickolas, 31, was severed at the torso while drunkenly jaywalking Tuesday night across a Sacramento street when a police cruiser with its lights flashing and sirens blaring struck him.

Two witnesses described Nickolas as being drunk prior to the incident, staggering through their mobile home park and muttering incoherently to himself.  Javier Hernandez, 17, said that he’d spoken to the victim prior to the accident, telling him that he could stay in the area as long as he didn’t “start problems.”

“He was walking zig-zag,” Hernandez said. “He couldn’t keep his balance.”

Not long after that verbal exchange, a six-year veteran of the West Sacramento police came down West Capitol Avenue in his cruiser at a high rate of speed, attempting to join the hot pursuit of a 17-year-old who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle and failing to yield to officers.  It happened to be at the same time Nickolas was staggering across the dark street.

The sound of the police car’s impact on Nickolas’s body was so great that residents of the area said they’d assumed two cars had collided. …

STURGEON BAY, WI –– An Illinois man has been charged with choking his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death, then having sex with her dead body.

Last month, 35-year-old Brian Cooper was staying with 22-year-old Alisha Bromfield, who was 6½ months pregnant with another man’s baby, at the Door County resort in Wisconsin. They were at the hotel to attend the wedding of Bromfield’s sister.

After the wedding, the two got into an argument over the fact that Bromfield wanted to end their relationship. Bromfield fell asleep, and Cooper started drinking and becoming increasingly angry over the breakup and how cold and indifferent he felt Bromfield was acting.

According to the criminal complaint, Cooper said he “didn’t want to go home single,” so he decided to stay in Wisconsin as a murdering, corpse raper.

Prosecutors say that at 2 or 3 in the morning, after watching Bromfield sleep for about two and a half hours, Cooper got on top of Bromfield and used his bare hands to choke her. Court papers revealed Bromfield pleaded for her life and the life of her unborn child.…

CAMDEN, N.J. –  Prosecutors say that a 6-year-old boy was killed trying to defend his sister from a man, under the influence of PCP, who had broken into their home and was sexually assaulting her.

In the middle of the night Sunday, 31-year-old Osvaldo “Popeye” Rivera broke into a home after smoking marijuana laced with PCP. He then attacked Amber, a 12-year-old girl who was sleeping on the floor with her 6-year-old brother Dominick Andujor. The siblings were being watched by a 14-year-old girl while their mother recovered in a local hospital after having surgery.

Rivera allegedly sexually assaulted Amber and slashed her throat in the process. She was only able to escape and seek help after her brother intervened in an attempt to protect his sister. Amber ran from the home and got help from Nakyta McCray, a neighbor who lived a few houses down.

“There was a lot of blood,” McCray told 911. “The little girl was just rocking back and forth. The cut went right along her throat.”

Amber was taken to the hospital with a slashed windpipe.…

Turkey — I normally don’t post stories from other countries but I couldn’t pass this one up. A woman in Turkey got sick of being blackmailed by the man who raped her and got her pregnant, so she shot the asshole, decapitated him, then threw his head into the village square.

The 26-year-old woman is five months pregnant with her rapist’s baby and claims the man had taken naked pictures of her that he would routinely threaten to show to her family if she didn’t continue sleeping with him. Since honor is a big thing over there, and he was mucking hers up, she admits that after months of being abused that she took matters into her own hands.

The mother of two did this by shooting the man ten times, several of those being to the dick, before stabbing him in the abdomen, cutting off his head, and then hurling it into Yalvac’s village square. When she was arrested near the man’s severed head she reportedly said, “That is the head of one who toyed with my honor.”

The woman is now trying to abort her baby, even though she is beyond Turkey’s ten week limit allowed for abortion.…

Zanesville, OH —  Last week we reported on the murder of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman, the woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck. On Saturday, police announced they had arrested 20-year-old Katrina Culberson and have charged her with Fronsman’s murder.

The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Culberson with one count of aggravated murder with two death penalty specifications (murder was during a kidnapping and an aggravated arson), one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated arson. Police questioned Culberson last Wednesday and placed her in jail at that time on a felony theft warrant.

Last month, a motorist discovered Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone. Fronsman was alert and pleading for help when found, and was able to tell responding police and medics what had happened. She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying.…

BELLEVILLE, IL —  We just reported on a case where a 10-year-old girl was charged with killing an infant in Maine, now police in Illinois have charged a 9-year-old boy with first degree murder after they say he beat a 14-month-old to death.

I’ve read many articles about this, but after one from LakeExpo.com, I think I have a clearer picture of what allegedly happened. From what I can gather, Alisha Johnson is the mother of 14-month-old Taquan “King” Willis and his two brothers, ages 2 and 3.  A few months  ago, Johnson moved into the home of Melissa Wilbourn, who lived with her boyfriend and two boys ages 12 and 9-year-old.

On Aug 26, Johnson was out when she received a call from Wilbourn telling her Taquan was injured and she needed to go to the hospital. When she arrived, she would find her son beaten and unconscious.  Taquan would never regain consciousness and was pronounced dead on Sunday.

On Tuesday, police would charge the 9-year-old boy with first degree murder after they say he beat Taquan to death.  …

GREENSBURG, PA — Back in 2010 we reported on the torture and murder of Jennifer Daugherty. She was a 30-year-old mentally disabled woman who was tortured to death by a group of people she considered friends. For 36 hours, she was held in a dingy apartment and tortured before she was stabbed to death.

While bound by Christmas decorations, Daugherty was forced her to eat feces, urine and detergent. She was repeatedly beat with a towel rack, a vacuum cleaner hose, and a crutch. Her head was shaved and her face painted with nail polish. After being forced to write a fake suicide note, she was stabbed to death. Her body was discovered stuffed in a trash can that had been wedged underneath a car parked in the parking lot of Greensburg Salem Middle School.

Eventually police would arrest six people in connection to Daugherty’s torture and murder. Amber C. Meidinger, 20; Melvin Knight, 20; Ricky V. Smyrnes, 23; and Peggy Darlene Miller, 27, were all charged with homicide, conspiracy and aggravated assault.…

GAINESVILLE, GA — Police say that 16-year-old Hannah Truelove made several posts on Twitter regarding her fear of a stalker in the days leading to her being found brutally murdered behind the apartment she shared with her mother.

Truelove was reported missing after not returning home last Thursday night. The following evening, her body was found by a man walking along a trail in a wooded area located behind the apartment complex. Police have not released a cause of death, but did say that her injuries “were indicative that she died from a violent death.”

What’s been making headlines in this case, aside from the murder itself,  is the fact that in the days leading to her murder, Hannah made several ominous posts on Twitter, one of them regarding a stalker. On August 12 she posted, “I got me an uglyass stalker -__-” Then, on Aug 18, she posted, “So scared right now :/” On the day she was reported missing, Truelove posted, “I need to move out of these dang apartments.”

Of course none of this means she was actually killed by the stalker she mentions as she also makes a lot of comments on Twitter that indicated a bad relationship and the fact that she liked someone else.…

SPANAWAY, WA — A man turned himself into police after his wife and 11-year-old daughter were found shot to death in their home.

Dean Holmes, 40, has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder after he walked into a police station and admitted to killing his wife, 41-year-old Kristi Holmes, and daughter, 11-year-old Violet Holmes.

After confessing, police were dispatched to his home and could see that Dean was telling the truth when they looked through the window of the master bedroom and saw the lifeless bodies of Kristi and Violet.

Dean told police that at around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, he shot Kristi as she was sleeping. He then woke up Violet and a friend of hers who had spent the night. They got into a car and Dean dropped off Violet’s friend at her house. He then drove around with Violet for a bit before pulling over and shooting her as she slept in the backseat. Then, with his dead daughter still in the backseat, he went to McDonald’s to get some food because, you know, nothing gets you hankerin’ for an Egg McMuffin like a bit of familicide.…

FAIRFIELD, Maine — Here’s a story you may want to keep your eye on, regarding the July death of a 3-month-old girl that has since turned into a homicide investigation.

Back in July, Nicole Greenaway left her 3-month-old daughter, Brooklyn, in the care of friend and co-worker, Amanda Huard. The plan was for Brooklyn to spend the night but at 1:34 a.m., Haurd called 911 to report Brooklyn wasn’t breathing and was unresponsive. Six minutes later, paramedics arrived and rushed Brooklyn to the hospital but sadly, she didn’t make it.

The next day Huard would post on Facebook that she was living a nightmare.

“My friends 3 month old daughter stopped breathing in her sleep last night:( in devasted that it didn’t realize it soon enough. For the cpr to work:(,” she posts, adding that her daughter was the one who found the baby unresponsive.

Yesterday, reports were that the death was now being considered a homicide. Greenaway told WMTV that police have told her that Brooklyn was sleeping in the bedroom of the Haurd’s 10-year-old daughter.…

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.  — Two teenage boys have been charged in connection to the murder of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant.

The girl was spending the night at her great-grandmother’s house when 16-year-old John Freeman allegedly killed Bella with his bare hands. Her official cause of death was listed as mechanical obstruction of the airway and compression of the neck. There were no signs of sexual assault.

After he killed Bella, he placed her body in a garbage bag and had one of his friends, 18-year-old Tyler Best, help place the little girl’s body in a garbage can three streets away. Best ended up going to police the next day and showing police where Bella’s body had been stashed.

Freeman was arrested and charged second-degree murder while Best was charged with tampering with evidence. Both have pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court on Tuesday and ordered back to jail until their Sept. 7 court date.

Bella’s mother, Crystal Walker, told reporters that she was working late that night at a sports bar, and that Freeman often took advantage of her grandmother’s kind heart.…

Canton, OH — A woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck, has died.

On Sunday, a passing motorist discovered a 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from severe burns.

“I have a woman right here. She’s burned severely, she’s been raped and she’s been beat up,” the man told the 911 dispatcher as Fronsman could be heard moaning in pain. “She’s got a rope around her neck, she’s totally without clothes and she’s severely burned.”

Even though Fronsman had been raped and tortured, suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone (*shudder*), she was still alert and pleading for help. She was able to tell the motorist what happened, as well as responding police and medics.

She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying yesterday.…

Kirk, CO – Tyler Withrow, 30, has been arrested for murdering his mother and grandmother. He appeared in court Wednesday where he was charged with first degree murder with premeditation. Withrow was being monitored for mental health issues at an Aurora hospital just two weeks before the murders.

Aurora police officer Frank Fania says Withrow was put on the mental health hold after he allegedly broke car windows and a neighbors window on July 27. Police say that found him naked in a neighbor’s garage and used a stun gun to subdue him. Withrow was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries and for his disturbed mental state before being released. Police were never notified of Withrow’s release because it’s against federal law for the hospital to have done so.

A 911 hang-up call at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday led sheriff’s deputies to the residence where the bodies of Withrow’s mother and grandmother, Dianna and Elva Doddridge, were discovered. Deputies say they also found Withrow at the scene and arrested him without incident.…