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Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

Parents Sentenced for Child Neglect Over YouTube Videos

'Prank' videos showed parents screaming, cursing at crying children

(Newser) - A Maryland couple whose YouTube prank videos garnered them accusations of child abuse were sentenced to five years probation on child neglect charges Monday, BuzzFeed reports. Michael and Heather Martin entered a plea to avoid jail time, admitting the state had enough to convict them without actually admitting guilt. The... More »

Cops: Texas Woman Used Stun Gun on 5-Year-Old Son

'From zero to 10, it hurt 10,' he told police

(Newser) - Her lawyer says it was "discipline that went a little too far." Police say it was a felony. Houston woman Whitney White, 27, has been charged with felony injury to a child for abuse that included abusing her son with a stun gun when he was 5 years... More »

Woman Sentenced to Die for Locking Cousin in Box

10-year-old died of suffocation

(Newser) - A 29-year-old woman in Arizona has been sentenced to die for her role in the horrific death of her 10-year-old cousin. Prosecutors said Sammantha Allen and husband John Allen stuffed Ame Deal into a plastic storage bin and left her there overnight in triple-digit temperatures in July 2011 as punishment... More »

Baby Dies After Being Starved in Car Seat for Days: Cops

Michigan mom charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - A young mother in Michigan has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse after allegedly strapping her 6-month-old son into a car seat for two days without food or water. Lovily Johnson, 22, had a personal protection order against the father of her 2-year-old daughter in 2016, and... More »

Murder Charges for Parents Whose Son Died in Hot Car

Authorities say 2-year-old left in car overnight

(Newser) - A couple in Tennessee is facing life in prison—or even the death penalty—after authorities say they left their 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight and he died, WATE reports. Jade Phillips called 911 around 2pm July 14. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , authorities say her son... More »

Utah Mom Stuffed Kids in Trunk While Shopping: Cops

Tori Lee Castillo is facing child abuse charges

(Newser) - A 39-year-old woman in Utah is facing child abuse charges in what witnesses are describing as an appalling incident: Tori Lee Castillo is accused of locking her two children, ages 2 and 5, in the trunk of her car while she left to shop at a local Walmart. The Riverdale... More »

In Quest for YouTube Views, Couple Loses Custody of Kids

YouTube stars Mike and Heather Martin lose custody of 2 of 5 kids after abuse allegations

(Newser) - A Maryland couple famous on YouTube for what they originally painted as "pranks" on their kids have lost custody of two of their five children after a public outcry, the Independent and Washington Post report. Rose Hall of North Carolina, the biological mom of 9-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Cody—... More »

Court Filing: Teen Was Abused by Mom Before Kidnapping

This would have made it easier for Tad Cummins to prey on her, experts say

(Newser) - Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins' alleged crimes look even more repugnant in the light of newly surfaced court documents. According to divorce papers filed Monday by the father of kidnapped 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas, the girl was physically abused by her mother for months before her parents separated in November 2015.... More »

Grandma Gets Life for Dressing as Witch to 'Torture' 7-Year-Old

Her boyfriend, a demon named Coogro, was sentenced to 30 years

(Newser) - A 51-year-old woman who dressed as a witch named Nelda to "repeatedly torture" her 7-year-old granddaughter received three life sentences Thursday, the Oklahoman reports. Geneva Robinson of Oklahoma City pleaded guilty to five counts of felony child abuse. The assistant DA says Robinson's granddaughter spent months living in... More »

Son Alleges Stepmom Spent 5 Months 'Dehumanizing' Him

Austin McIntosh testified against Jessica Cox Tuesday

(Newser) - "She wanted me to feel dehumanized," Austin McIntosh told a Tennessee jury Tuesday in a trial against his own stepmother. Jessica Cox faces child abuse and aggravated child neglect charges after allegedly starving, beating, and abusing him and his younger brother, Justin, over a five-month period in 2013,... More »

Diary Shows Effects of Horrific Abuse on 8-Year-Old Girl

Gizzell Ford was murdered by her grandmother in 2013

(Newser) - A Chicago woman was convicted Thursday of torturing her granddaughter to death, with the 8-year-old's diary serving as key evidence of the toll the horrific abuse was taking on her, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Gizzell Ford started the diary in third grade, according to People . In pink marker and... More »

Couple Headed to Prison for Killing Child Is Expecting Again

Soren Chilson was beaten over several weeks

(Newser) - In March of 2013, after enduring weeks of beatings at the hands of her mother's now husband, 5-year-old Soren Chilson finally succumbed to a fatal blow to the head. One South Carolina detective called her death "one of the most brutal things I have ever seen," while... More »

Teen Mom Allegedly Streams Live Video of Toddler Taped to Wall

Shayla Rudolph faces felony charges in Ohio

(Newser) - An Ohio mother who apparently felt she'd come up with an ingenious alternative to "whooping" her busy toddler while she tried to clean has now been charged with a felony, reports ABC 6 , and her Facebook Live video is causing outrage among viewers. Shayla Rudolph, who is 18,... More »

Child Abuse Case 'Something Out of ... a Horror Film'

12-year-old boy allegedly locked in bathroom and severely malnourished

(Newser) - A Utah mom has been charged with felony child abuse after authorities say her 12-year-old son was found severely malnourished and weighing only 30 pounds—the typical weight of a 2-year-old, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to the St. George News , authorities say the boy's father—who appears... More »

They Starved Her, Kept Her in a Dog Crate—and Then She Died

The short, tragic life of 3-year-old Crystal Reyes, and how her cold case got reopened

(Newser) - "Dig deeper." Those were the last two words Anna Reyes said to Avelino Tamala before the tiny body of her daughter, Crystal, was lowered into the ground in April 1997, and a chilling glimpse into the tragic life and death of the 3-year-old at the hands of her... More »

Cops: Boy Hidden Away for 3 Years Found Dead in Closet

His mother has been charged with murder

(Newser) - Police found Yonatan Daniel Aguilar dead in the bedroom closet of his family's Los Angeles home in August—and authorities say the malnourished boy, who was 11 years old but weighed just 34 pounds, had been hidden away in locked closets for three years. He was last seen publicly... More »

Babysitter Was Serving Life for a Child's 2006 Death. Then, a New Finding

New evidence suggests Amara Ou died from undiagnosed juvenile diabetes

(Newser) - In October 2006, Amara Ou's father dropped the 2-year-old off at her babysitter's Florida home. A few hours later, after the girl wouldn't wake up from a nap, babysitter Syna Lim, now 48, tried for two hours to reach Amara's parents before getting hold of the... More »

She Served 10 Years Because Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son

Arlena Lindley got out 35 years early: BuzzFeed

(Newser) - The crime itself is unthinkable: A decade ago, Arlena Lindley's boyfriend beat her 3-year-old son to death. But for Lindley, the aftermath managed to get worse: She was convicted of failing to protect her child, and after prosecutors asked for a sentence of 10 years, the judge gave her... More »

FBI 'Gathering Facts' About Pitt's Allegedly Drunken Flight

Source denies actor hit son on plane

(Newser) - The Brangelina divorce saga has reached a stage where there really might be a need to make a federal case out of it. Sources tell TMZ that the reason the LAPD isn't investigating Brad Pitt's alleged abusive behavior on the family's private plane last week is that... More »

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