COLUMBIA, MO – A couple in Missouri have been arrested after police say the woman prostituted her severely disabled 14-year-old daughter in exchange for money and drugs.

Last year, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip regarding the disabled teen “being left in hotel rooms with strange men.”

The tipster told investigators the teen has a mental capacity of a two- or three-year-old and suffered from cerebral palsy, autism, and deafness.

They said the girl was being left alone in hotel rooms with strange men for long periods of time.

Police immediately took the girl into protective custody and learned what was going on with the girl and these men in these hotel rooms and why.

Allegedly, the girl’s mother, 49-year-old Renee Collins, and her mother’s boyfriend, 44-year-old William Thomas Jr., were prostituting the girl in exchange for money and cocaine.

The teen told police she had been raped by men after they offered Collins cocaine and in one instance, the “bad men” put a needle in the girl’s arm and injected her with “medicine” after they were done raping her.…

TANPA BAY, FL – Police have charged 26-year-old Shakayla Denson with murder after she drowned her 4-year-old daughter into the Hillsborough River.

Police say Denson stole a car from an auto body shop Thursday afternoon and drove to the river with her daughter, Je’Hyrah Daniels.

Once there, Denson got out of the car and carried her daughter into the water.

“She started dragging Je’Hyrah by the arm and heads toward the Hillsborough River,” Police Chief Brian Dugan said. “Witnesses report that the child was screaming and at one time, both the child and the mother were screaming.”

Holding her daughter close to her chest, Denson waded into the water until it was near the top of her shoulders before letting Je’Hyrah go. She then turned around toward walked back to the river bank leaving her daughter to drown.

Police were already on their way to the scene after concerned citizens began calling about a crazy woman in the river with a kid, and Denson was taken into custody a short distance away.…

EVERETT, WA – A 19-year-old has been accused of drowning his 6-year-old nephew in a bathtub before dumping his body in a dumpster.

According to reports, 19-year-old Andrew Henckel had been staying with his sister and her boyfriend for about a week when he was asked to babysit his sister’s autistic son, 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko.

When the boyfriend returned home after running errands he found Pakko was not inside the apartment. Henckel said he had fallen asleep on the couch and had no idea where Pakko may have wandered of to.

Henckel accompanied the boyfriend in searching for Pakko around the apartment complex for about 30 minutes before deciding to call police.

When investigators arrived on the scene and began searching for Pakko, they would find the missing boy’s body in a dumpster located 30 feet from the his apartment. This was also when police became very interested in Henckel.

Detectives were already focused on him since he was the last person to see Pakko alive, but he did something curious at the exact moment Pakko’s dead body was found in the dumpster.…

BERRYVILLE, AR – Police have arrested a 17-year-old after he admitted to using a baseball bat and a sword to kill his autistic brother.

A man called police to report he had come home to find his autistic son, 21-year-old Alex Santiago, dead in the living room, and his younger son watching television in the master bedroom.

When police arrived at the home, they found the autistic boy dead in the living room near a bloody baseball bat. He had suffered massive head trauma and had a sword sticking out of his gut.

Police found the victim’s 17-year-old brother in a bedroom watching television. He was cooperative with police and readily admitted he had attacked and killed his brother with the bat and sword. He said that afterwards he took a shower, changed clothes, and started watching TV.

Not done with all the confessing, the teen also admitted he had tried to kill his brother the year before by setting the family mobile home on fire. He stated he had locked his brother in his room and then poured gasoline on the floor of his room and his parents’ room, then set it on fire.…

Nicholas KernechelNORRISTOWN, PA – A horrific case of child abuse is being reported out of Pennsylvania, where a man has been accused of beating his girlfriend’s 4-year-old autistic son and forcibly pulling out three of the boy’s teeth.

Police were notified in July, when the boy’s mother brought him to police with “severe facial and dental injuries” and handed them a bag that contained three of the boy’s teeth.

“The teeth were bloody but intact, from the tooth through the top of the root,” authorities said in a statement.

According to the woman, she had left her son with her live-in boyfriend, 27-year-old Nicholas Kernechel, while she went out with friends for a couple of hours. The following morning she found her son in his room “asleep on the floor, lying on top of dried blood.”

She found her son was missing three upper teeth, had an extremely swollen upper lip, a bloody upper gum line and bruises all over his face. The boy told his mother that Kernechel was responsible for his injuries and that he was not nice.…

Mary PursleyMARIETTA, GA — Mary Pursley, a special education teacher at Mount Bethel Elementary School, was arrested after police say she put an autistic student into a trash can and compared him to Oscar the Grouch.

The incident happened on Thursday during an after-school program when a second-grade student with autism began yelling and screaming in the classroom because he was “angry and upset about returning inside” and because another student was bothering him.

Pursley came into the classroom to talk to the boy and told him that if he continued with his trashy behavior, she would put him in a trash can. The boy did not stop, so Pursley made good on her word.

So, in front of other students with special needs and three adults in the classroom, Pursley picked the boy up and held him upside down by his legs inside a trash can. According to the arrest warrant, the student was crying, screaming and yelling for Pursley to stop.

Pursley was arrested on Monday and is now facing a first degree felony charge of cruelty to children for causing excessive physical or mental pain.…

Jillian McCabeSEAL ROCK, OREGON – A woman who routinely blogged about her struggles caring for her autistic son has been charged with murder after she found a way to end her frustrations by chucking his ass off a bridge.

Police say 34-year-old Jillian McCabe threw her 6-year-old son, London, off the Yaquina Bay Bridge and then called Newport Police Department to tell them what she’d done. Police would find McCabe near the bridge and interview her before London’s body was spotted in the water by someone from a restaurant nearby.

McCabe was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, murder and first-degree manslaughter. Her bail has been set at $750,000.

Family members say McCabe has been dealing with several setbacks recently, aside from raising her non-verbal and autistic son. Her husband was diagnosed with MS and a mass in his brain stem, as well as the death of her father.

Despite all of this, no one thought she would ever kill her son.

“Jillian was always so patient with him, and loving.…

Lauren BuschMaryland – Police say two Maryland teenagers recorded themselves physically assaulting an autistic classmate and forcing him to perform sex acts, some with animals.

St. Mary County Sheriff’s Department said 17-year-old Lauren Bush and an unidentified 15-year-old girl admitted they assaulted the 16-year-old autistic boy with a knife on multiple occasions between December and February.

Sheriff Tim Cameron said all three teens attend Chopticon High School and that the girls preyed on the boy. They allegedly assaulted him with a knife, kicked him in the groin, dragged him by the hair, coerced him to engage in a sex act with an animal, and forced him to walk on a partially frozen pond where he fell through the ice.

The latter act being a possibly deadly one according to Sgt. Cara Grumbels. “You’re dealing with somebody who doesn’t have the mental capacity of you and I,” she said. “Somebody like that could go into a kiddie pool and may not be able to get themselves out. That’s what’s really kind of disturbing to us, among the other allegations in this case.…

Kelli and Issy StapletonKALAMAZOO, MI – Kelli Stapleton has been charged with attempted murder after police say the 45-year-old tried to kill herself and her 13-year-old autistic daughter.

Police said Kelli Stapleton and her daughter, Isabelle, were found Tuesday after having suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. Kelli was released from the hospital on Thursday, but Isabelle remains unconscious and in critical condition. Doctors fear she may have suffered permanent brain damage.

Matt Stapleton reported his wife and daughter missing Tuesday afternoon after receiving a “disconcerting, despondent” phone message from Kelli and found their van was gone from their home.

Police found mother and daughter unconscious inside the smoke-filled van in a rural area nearby. Kelli had lit a portable charcoal grill inside the van, then locked the doors and closed the windows.

Kelli regained consciousness quickly but has not been forthcoming with police in regards to her motives. Taking a look at her blog, The Status Woe, doesn’t make it too hard to figure out.

In her last entry, dated Sept 3rd, Kelli states she is suffering from a “severe case of battle fatigue” and was upset after learning Isabelle would not be allowed to attend a local school program.…

Dorothy SpourdalakisRIVER GROVE, IL – Police say that Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy, was found stabbed to death in the River Grove apartment he called home. On Sunday, prosecutors said they had the two people they believe were responsible for the murder in custody—Spourdalakis’ mother and a second woman who acted as the boy’s caregiver and was also his godmother. Must be one heck of a family…

Dorothy Spourdalakis, 50, and Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, 44, were each charged with first-degree murder. Dorothy was ordered held without bond Tuesday. The boy’s body was discovered in his blood-soaked bed by his father and uncle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Prosecutors allege the mother and godmother colluded in the child’s murder, after growing frustrated with having to attend to the teen around-the-clock. Personally, I’m kind of wondering how Alex felt about the people responsible for taking care of him. Prosecutors also said that the two had initially plotted to kill the teenager using sleeping pills. When that plan didn’t work for the humanitarians, they say Alex’s mother stabbed him repeatedly in the chest and then slit his wrists, while Skrodzka joined in, also stabbing him multiple times.…

Lisa VelezCape Coral, FL – Police were called to Lisa Velez’s home on Sunday evening after she was found living with her two autistic children, one legally an adult and one a minor, in total and complete squalor.

They may have been called there by Velez’s estranged husband, who had returned to the home after being gone for over a year. He found Velez and his two autistic daughters living with eight cats inside a home littered with a bevy of cats, feces, trash, old food boxes, ants, spiders, vomit, roaches and general nastiness. There were even animal carcasses on the back patio.

It could have been her neighbors who have long suspected something wasn’t right inside the home. “I would come out at 10:30 at night and she’s out there, her daughter out there running around the street, yelling at every car over 30 miles an hour,” a neighbor said.

It may have even been DCF, who hav been investigating Velez for two years. They had visited the home previously and had instructed Velez to clean up the living conditions for her kids.…

Charles WingateColorado Springs, CO – A former Colorado Springs city councilman and his wife have been cited with child neglect after officers responding to a welfare call discovered a naked 13-year-old with autism living in deplorable conditions.

Charles Wingate and his wife, Sharon Starkey, were not home at the time police responded to the call by a concerned neighbor. But the boy wasn’t completely alone in the home, as police found him amongst a savory assortment of both live and dead rodents, as well as scattered feces.  The condition of the home was so bad, code enforcement was sent out immediately and condemned the house as unsafe for living.

It’s unclear what prompted the neighbor to call authorities, especially since neighbors said they hadn’t seen the boy outside of the home in years.  Here comes the real sad part:  “The boy stated he is an only child, home-schooled, and does not remember ever being outside the house,” local police stated in a news release. It’s not conveyed in the source whether the child is the biological progeny of one or both of these two fine human beings.…


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