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ARLINGTON, TN – A mother in Tennessee has been charged after she left her 6-month-old child in a car so she could go into a restaurant to drink Margaritas.

A couple were leaving the Cazadores Mexican Grill one evening last month when they heard a baby crying in the parking lot.

After a quick search, they found a baby in the back seat of a vehicle that was not running with the windows partially rolled down. Even worse, the doors were unlocked.

The outside temperature outside at the time was 92 degrees so the temperature inside the vehicle were quite a bit higher. The couple stated the baby did not seem to need emergency medical assistance, but she was sweating and obviously not happy about her situation.

The couple called 911 and emergency responders arrived at the scene to check on the child. It was only then that 26-year-old Rachel Vanwagner ran out of the restaurant barefoot to claim the infant.

She told police she purposefully left her child in the car for about 30 minutes so she could take part in the National Tequila Day festivities and had only been in the restaurant for about 30 minutes.…

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The school bus driver convicted in the school bus crash that killed six children has been accused of statutory rape.

Back in 2016 we reported on Johnthony Walker, the 25-year-old who was driving a school bus that crashed and killed six children.

Prosecutors said he was speeding while using his cell phone when he lost control of the bus, flipped it and slid into a tree.

His defense attorneys said Walker was not speeding and had swerved to avoid another vehicle.

No one believed it and Walker was found guilty of 34 charges, including six for vehicular homicide. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment but appealed the conviction.

He was free on bond awaiting the appeals process but is now back behind bars after he was taken into custody for child rape. The family Walker was staying with called police to report Walker was having sex with an underage girl that lived in the home.

During their investigation, Walker was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in the home five times over the last several months.…

MEMPHIS, TN — A woman in Tennessee got in some trouble when a concerned citizen recorded her transporting her two grandchildren inside dog crates.

On Saturday, someone shared cell-phone video online they had taken of 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks letting two of her children out of large dog crates located in the back of her SUV.

When police located and questioned Cheeks, she admitted she had driven from about 35 minutes with the two children, ages seven and eight, inside the crates.

“Leimome Cheeks was interviewed and admitted to riding from Whitehaven (a Memphis neighborhood) to Collierville with the children in the kennel,” a police affidavit says. “Cheeks further advised they also drove downtown, however she checked on the children periodically and later removed them from the kennel and put them in the rear seats of her vehicle.”

Cheeks was arrested and charged on two counts of child endangerment.

When police questioned the children, they said their grandmother put them in the crates because she didn’t have enough room for them to sit safely in a seat.…

ARLINGTON, TN — A teen has been accused of trying to rape his friend’s mother during a sleepover at her home.

Jordan Corter,18, was spending the night at a friend’s home Sunday night. At around 2:30 a.m. he knocked on the bedroom door of his friend’s mother.

When she opened it, Corter allegedly forced himself into the room and locked the door.

He then allegedly pushed the woman onto the bed and placed his hand inside her pajama shorts.

The woman wasn’t having it and kneed Corter in the nuts. She then grabbed a pistol, pointed it at his face and told him to get the hell out of her house.

For some reason, she didn’t immediately call police. They were not notified until that afternoon after she went to work told her boss what happened.

When police interviewed Corter, he reportedly cried like a baby, telling them that he “forced the victim to do the things she didn’t want to do” and he “should not be forgiven.”

Corter was arrested and is facing charges of attempted rape and sexual battery.…

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Police have arrested a 22-year-old man they say raped his 9-month-old daughter before killing her.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to a medical call of CPR in progress at home where they would find an unresponsive 9-month-old girl.

She was taken to the hospital where she would be pronounced dead about an hour later.

According to an arrest warrant, the girl showed signs of being raped and that a cord wrapped around her neck is what caused her death.

When homicide detectives interviewed the child’s father, 22-year-old Christopher Conway, he reportedly confessed to raping and murdering his daughter.

Conway was charged with homicide and aggravated rape of a child and placed into the Montgomery County Jail.

According to Conway’s Facebook page, he’s an Army combat medic and the married father of twin girls.…

MEMPHIS, TN — Police say 10-year-old boy fatally stabbed himself in the chest while his mother was beating him with an extension cord.

Police were called to an apartment last Saturday where they found 10-year-old Jaheim McKinzie suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

His mother, Robin McKinzie, told police that she was disciplining her son by beating him with an extension cord and choking him when he got angry and grabbed a knife from the kitchen that he used to stab himself in the chest.

Neighbor say shortly before McKinzie ran outside screaming for help, she had called Jaheim inside after he was witnessed throwing rocks at the window of a vacant apartment unit.

McKinzie was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. She is currently being held in jail on $100,000 bond. Police say their investigation is ongoing and those charges could change.

McKinzie’s family is asking that people not rush to judgment, claiming they boy had known mental health issues and had been acting out in school recently.…

CHATTANOOGA, TN – A man is behind bars after he allegedly ripped out a woman’s eyeballs during a fight over their kid.

The attack happened Wednesday night when Michael Roberson got into an argument with a woman regarding their son.

The argument quickly turned physical and, well, I guess “horrific” would be a good word to describe what happened next..

A teenage who witnessed the attack said that Roberson got on top of the woman and began “destroying her face,” which included ripping out both of the woman’s eyeballs.

To top this all off, Roberson performed this heinous act in front of a teenager and the child the argument was about.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the poor woman lying face down on the ground next to her eyeballs. Police say the victim also suffered cuts to her arms and stab wounds to her stomach and chest.

She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, but she is now blind.

When police apprehended Roberson, he claimed he blacked out and does not remember attacking the woman, adding that he was at a low point in his life.…

KINGSPORT, TN – A home intruder bit off more than he could chew when he tried forcing his way into a home and got his ass beat by a woman wielding a baseball bat.

This happened couple of weeks ago but I couldn’t resist showing off this moron’s mugshot. The incident happened on April 29 when a 52-year-old woman answered a knock at her door.

When she opened her door she was greeted by a woman holding a flyer about a lost dog. It was then that a masked man stepped into the doorway, grabbed the woman’s arm and tried to pull her outside.

When the woman resisted, the man pushed her inside the home and shouted, “This is a robbery!” The two struggled for a bit during which the woman was able to partially remove the man’s mask and see that he was a longtime family friend, Joe Sotello.

She also noticed what appeared to be a handgun tucked in Sotello’s waistband.

The woman, standing at 4 feet 11 inches tall, was able to grab a baseball bat from behind the door and use it to fight back.…

MEMPHIS, TN – A popular musician is dead after he livestreamed himself pouring kerosene all over his body before setting himself on fire in front of his ex-girlfriend.

The incident happened Saturday morning outside Murphy’s Bar where 33-year-old Jared McLemore began a Facebook Live video that starts with him sitting in a parking lot.

McLemore lifts a red jerry can and completely douses himself with kerosene before a man, realizing what McLemore was about to do, tries to kick a lighter out of McLemore’s hand. He fails, and McLemore is able to ignite himself.

You then see McLemore jump up and run screaming off camera. According to witnesses, McLemore ran towards the bar where his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, was working as a sound engineer.

According to reports, McLemore had waited until the band playing in the bar had finished their set, knowing Moore would walk away from the soundboard she was operating.

McLemore approached Moore and mumbled a “goodbye” before grabbing her arm and wiping it on his chest to show he was covered in kerosene.…

Greene County, TN — A couple of true geniuses are behind bars after allegedly trying to sell their 5-month-old baby on Craigslist. The price tag? A real steal, folks…. just $3,000!

Authorities were alerted to the ad by another couple just cruisin’ through Craigslist.

Police made contact with the two responsible for the ad, ultimately arranging a price and agreeing upon a safe, public place in which to meet.

An undercover officer hooked up with the sellers at a Dollar General store Friday afternoon. The agent shelled out the agreed upon $3,000, cash, and the sellers handed over the baby.

Immediately after the exchange, the morons were arrested.

A warrant from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says the couple “did knowingly place the child in threat of serious danger, bodily injury or death by selling the child to an unknown person”.

Deanna Lynn Greer, 37, and 26-year-old John David Cain were arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Both are being held on $150,000 bond.…

Nashville, TN — A 27-year-old man was jailed on animal cruelty charges after allegedly dumping a Shih Tzu in a trash compactor at an apartment complex, and activating the machine multiple times.

A woman heard the pup whimpering and crying in the machine and called 911.

“I went to go throw my garbage in and I heard some whimpers,” the woman said. “I stuck my head in there and said ‘hey baby.’ It was a little doggie.”

The dog died four days later.

Surveillance video showed Terrence Clark pull up in a car, take the dog from the back seat and place it in a grocery bag. He is then seen putting the bag in the compactor and hitting the button to activate the machine four times, before driving off.

The dog, police say, belonged to his mother.

Clark is being held on $65,000 bond. He apparently has quite a lengthy criminal history, including an arrest for attempted first degree murder. Swell fella, eh?

For those who are unaware, like myself, Tennessee is the first state to adopt a statewide animal abuse registry.…

KNOXVILLE, TN – Police have charged a 13-year-old boy with murder after they say he shot and killed his 12-year-old brother.

The two boys had been home alone when the 13-year-old called his parents, who in turn called police.

Responding officers found the 12-year-old in a bedroom dead from a gunshot wound. It was first thought that the gunshot had been self-inflicted, but after examining the evidence they felt his death was in fact a homicide.

After multiple interviews throughout the night, the 13-year-old was arrested on first-degree murder charges and placed in the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center.

Police have not released a motive behind the shooting, or if the boys’ parents will also face charges. The principal of Northwest Middle School, where both boys attended, released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred Tuesday night involving two of our students. Our hearts are heavy as we offer our thoughts and prayers to the family during this very difficult time.”


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