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Cops Grab Suspect's Gun Without Lifting a Finger

'The robot was a game changer'

(Newser) - After an attempted murder suspect armed with a rifle was chased into the desert on Sept. 8, he barricaded himself using a dirt berm and wire fencing; Los Angeles County sheriffs say they tried for six hours to get him to surrender. Finally, officers skillfully plucked the gun right out... More »

Dad Allegedly Crashes Car to Kill His Toddler

Nathan Weitzel 'did not think he was man enough to raise a child'

(Newser) - A Colorado father is accused of attempting to kill his 2-year-old son in a pre-planned car crash because "he did not think he was man enough to raise a child," KUSA reports. Authorities say 29-year-old Nathan Weitzel was watching his son Isaiah play at the park when he... More »

Man Shoots Unarmed Ex at Denny's, Claims Self-Defense

Florida's Sean Barnes is the latest to invoke Stand Your Ground law

(Newser) - Sean Barnes admits he followed his ex-girlfriend into a Denny's bathroom, then shot her in the face. But as for the resulting attempted murder charge, Barnes says he acted in self-defense in August 2013 in accordance with Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, reports the Miami Herald . Police... More »

Cops: Firefighters Take 'Random' Exit, Stop a Murder

Man was attempting to hang woman in underpass: cops

(Newser) - Firefighters were expecting to find, well, flames. Instead, they discovered a man attempting to hang a woman beneath an overpass near Utah's Parleys Canyon on Friday, police say. A four-man crew responding to a report of smoke at the mouth of the canyon around 8pm found nothing troubling, so... More »

Woman Gets 100 Years for Cutting Baby From Womb

She didn't express remorse for horrific attack

(Newser) - A judge sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Judge Maria Berkenkotter said the sentences were justified by the brutality of the 2015 attack , which she... More »

Man Gets 8 Years for Shooting Corpse

'I shot him twice, mate'

(Newser) - An Australian man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of the attempted murder of someone who was already dead, reports. In March 2014, Rocky Matskassy, 31, was shot as he and Daniel James Darrington, 39, struggled over a gun in a home... More »

Woman Convicted of Cutting Unborn Baby From Womb

Mother lived, but baby did not survive

(Newser) - Jurors have convicted a Colorado woman of cutting a stranger's baby from her womb in a gruesome case that reignited the debate over the legal rights of fetuses. The jury found Dynel Lane guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault, and unlawful termination of a pregnancy in last year's... More »

Bloody Trail Leads Into Subway Restroom

Mary Grace Trinidad, 38, is accused of trying to murder newborn son

(Newser) - A Southern California transient is under arrest after apparently leaving her newborn baby in the toilet of a Subway restaurant's restroom, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. According to police, a customer noticed the woman—later identified as 38-year-old Mary Grace Trinidad—bleeding as she left the restroom of... More »

Backpackers Escape Living Nightmare on Remote Beach

Naked woman running for help had 'blood all over'

(Newser) - Two female backpackers have escaped a living nightmare near Adelaide, Australia. Police say a German and Brazilian, both in their 20s, met a man in a rural area of South Australia who drove them to a remote beach campsite in Coorong National Park on Tuesday, per 7 News and the... More »

Woman Tries Coat-Hanger Abortion, Is Arrested

Anna Yocca of Tennessee faces attempted-murder charge

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman was arrested Dec. 9 for allegedly using a coat hanger to try to end her 24-week pregnancy. Anna Yocca, 31, of Murfreesboro was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the incident, which happened in September. The baby boy was saved, according to the Murfreesboro Post ; it's... More »

Cops Nab Man Who Tried to Execute Good Samaritan

Euric Cain, 21, is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping

(Newser) - New Orleans police say they've arrested a man accused of shooting a medical student who stopped an apparent kidnapping. A police spokesman says in a brief news release that police and federal marshals arrested 21-year-old Euric Cain of New Orleans at a house late Monday morning. He was wanted... More »

Man Arrested in Stabbing of Train Hero

Sacramento suspect didn't know who Spencer Stone was, cops say

(Newser) - A man accused of stabbing Paris train hero Spencer Stone in the back last month has been arrested on an attempted murder charge and is being held without bail. Police in Sacramento say James Tran, a 28-year-old gang affiliate with a criminal history, was arrested early Wednesday and no other... More »

Cops: Mom Forced Son, 4, to Eat Ant Poison

Paw Eh charged with attempted capital murder

(Newser) - A horrible story out of Texas, where children say their mother told them on Saturday that she planned to kill them and herself, then attempted to carry out that plan, WFAA reports. Paw Eh, 31, allegedly called her 4-year-old son to the kitchen and tried to force him to eat... More »

Vet, 75, Saves Kids From Knife-Wielding Attacker

He used his 50-year-old training to disarm man allegedly bent on killing children

(Newser) - A 75-year-old veteran used his Army knife-fight training to stop a man armed with two hunting knives from going after a roomful of children Tuesday at an Illinois public library, the Pekin Daily Times reports. Sixteen children were getting a chess lesson from James Vernon in a room at the... More »

Cop Pulls Drowning Girls From Pond; Dad Charged

Suspect told 911 he had 'pedophilia things'

(Newser) - A North Carolina sheriff's deputy says he heard wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex's pond at night to rescue two young girls who, police say, had been thrown there to drown by their father. Durham County Sheriff's Deputy David Earp, who lives around... More »

Mom to 911: 'My Children Are Trying to Kill Me'

Georgia brothers charged after allegedly drugging and attacking parents

(Newser) - Two brothers allegedly tried to kill their drugged parents and burn down their home near Atlanta Saturday morning, and neither their parents nor the police have any idea why, CNN reports. Police say Cameron Ervin, 17, and Christopher Ervin, 22, slipped their parents Xanax to make them sleepy before attacking... More »

'Slender Man' Girls Plead Not Guilty

They face decades in prison over attack on classmate

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of luring their friend into the woods to repeatedly stab her as a sacrifice to the fictitious Slender Man character pleaded not guilty today. The teens from the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha are being tried as adults and face decades in prison if they are... More »

Mom Throws Baby, Self Off Bridge, Both Survive: Cops

Johnesha Perry charged with attempted homicide

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania mom tossed her 1-year-old son off a 52-foot-high bridge into a shallow river before she jumped in, police say. Authorities believe the incident in Allentown was an attempted murder-suicide, ABC 6 reports. But both the baby and the mother are likely to survive thanks to witnesses' calls... More »

Dumped Newborn Survives 5 Days in Storm Drain

30-year-old unnamed mother has been charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Australian woman reportedly told police she knew that tossing her newborn into a stormwater drain would lead to the boy's death. Except, unbelievably, it didn't. The unnamed woman has been charged with attempted murder after the child was found early yesterday by cyclists who heard a... More »

Teen Is Backed by Parents She Allegedly Plotted to Kill

'Strong bond' remains, Michigan couple say

(Newser) - Roksana Sikorski stabbed her younger brother in the throat and plotted to kill her parents, prosecutors say—but her parents say they're standing by the 15-year-old and want to make sure she gets the help she needs. The Plymouth Township, Mich., teen has been charged as an adult in... More »

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