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Cops: Mom Breastfed Baby, Left Her to Die on Beach

Fabienne Kabou is on trial this week for alleged infanticide

(Newser) - In November 2013, Fabienne Kabou traveled to the French coastal town of Berck-sur-Mer with her 15-month-old daughter and checked into a hotel. She reportedly asked locals about the tides, breastfed Adélaïde on the beach, and then, allegedly, left the little girl there as the tide came in. The... More »

Pregnant Teacher's Body Found After Alleged School Affair

Arrested assistant principal Robert Marks has yet to talk

(Newser) - A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that's shaken Baton Rouge, La. Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old... More »

Cops: Babysitter Killed Infant With Allergy Medication

Lori Conley, 43, is charged with murder

(Newser) - Katie Mulkey left her son with a babysitter and went to work—but her boy was dead by the end of the day. Police say unlicensed caregiver Lori Conley is to blame for giving 8-month-old Haddix Mulkey a drug he never should have taken, ABC News reports. Authorities say Mulkey... More »

Cops: Mom Killed Baby, Lived With It for Months

Christina Colantonio is jailed in Batavia, NY

(Newser) - A New York state woman is accused of killing her infant daughter and living with the body for about three months, the Daily News reports. Christina Colantonio, 28, has been arraigned and jailed in Batavia, NY, on the charge of second-degree murder. "Batavia police detectives were able to determine... More »

Judge Rules on Woman Who Stuffed Baby in Bag

Kimberly Pappas claimed she miscarried baby at work

(Newser) - A woman accused of suffocating her newborn baby in a plastic bag at work is facing charges of child abuse and murder. A judge made the ruling today after hearing testimony in a Detroit suburb, the Detroit News reports. Kimberly Pappas, 26, allegedly gave birth in her office bathroom on... More »

2 Sons Were Dead; Why the Law Couldn't Save Her 3rd

Prosecutor, police, Children Services suspected something was up

(Newser) - Brittany Pilkington regained custody of her kids, 3-month-old Noah and 3-year-old Hailey, less than a week before police were called to her apartment in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and found Noah dead. Now charged with murder , Pilkington, 23, admitted to smothering Noah with a blanket, along with two other sons over 13... More »

Cops: Mom Killed 3 Sons After Daughter Was Ignored

3-month-old died 6 days after being returned to Ohio family

(Newser) - A young mother in Bellefontaine, Ohio, has confessed to an incomprehensible crime and given a reason that's equally hard to understand. Police say 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington has told investigators that she killed her three young sons over a 13-month period, and that she did so because her husband, Joseph... More »

Mom Charged After Boy, 1, Thrown From Bridge Dies

Charged may be upgraded; Zymeir Perry lived for 6 days

(Newser) - The 20-month-old boy whose mother allegedly tossed him over the side of a Pennsylvania bridge into the Lehigh River, then followed him in, has died after six days, reports NBC Philadelphia . Police had previously charged 19-year-old Johnesha Perry with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child;... More »

Utah Mom Sentenced for Killing 6 Newborns

Sickened judge gives maximum to Megan Huntsman

(Newser) - A Utah mother who killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison at an emotional hearing yesterday in which a prosecutor depicted her as an "incredibly indifferent and callous" murderer. The judge imposed a sentence against... More »

Mom Accused of Smothering Her Son in NYC Restaurant

Latisha Fisher, 35, 'blamed the devil'

(Newser) - Latisha Fisher said she was only putting her baby to sleep, but shortly afterward the little boy was dead. Charges are pending against Latisha Fisher, 35, who allegedly took 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz into a fast-food restaurant bathroom today, locked the door, and smothered him to death, the Daily News reports.... More »

Utah Mom Pleads Guilty to Smothering 6 Newborns

Megan Huntsman faces life in prison

(Newser) - A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage pleaded guilty to six counts of murder today. Megan Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison. She will be sentenced April 20. The deaths sent shockwaves through the quiet, mostly Mormon... More »

Cops: Girl, 11, Killed Infant, Showed No Remorse

Ohio girl charged with murder

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb stands charged with the chilling murder of a 2-month-old girl her mother was babysitting, and authorities say the child showed no remorse. "I'm not sure she appreciated the gravity of what she did," says the police chief in Wickliffe, Ohio,... More »

Aging Mom Admits, 'I Killed That Baby'

Janice Summerfield, 77, says she smothered her infant boy in 1961

(Newser) - A 77-year-old Michigan mom has confessed to killing her baby boy 53 years ago, prompting a murder investigation and raising eyebrows about other deaths in the family, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. Janice Summerfield, 77, apparently confessed to her daughter and a police detective before telling a reporter that she... More »

Why 25% of Mammals Commit Infanticide

It boils down to sex, researchers say

(Newser) - The co-author of a new study estimates that 25% of our planet's mammals practice infanticide—and she thinks she knows why. Elise Huchard and Dieter Lukas studied 260 species; in about 45% of them, babies are killed by male adults. And it all boils down to sex, says Huchard.... More »

Woman Charged With Hiding 6 Dead Infants in Locker

Tests underway to determine whether Andrea Giesbrecht is mother

(Newser) - Police in Winnipeg have charged a 40-year-old woman with six counts of concealing a body after they found the remains of six infants in a storage locker she rented. But the Toronto Star reports that it could be months before forensic tests determine how the babies died and whether Andrea... More »

Cops Reveal Why Utah Mom Killed 6 Babies

'Selfish' Megan Huntsman chose meth over children

(Newser) - What could drive a mother to smother six babies as soon as she gave birth to them? Police in Utah say it was pure selfishness, driven by drug addiction. Megan Huntsman was a heavy methamphetamine user when she strangled or suffocated the newborns between 1996 and 2006, a police spokesman... More »

Utah Mom Couldn't Recall Number of Dead Babies

Murder suspect Megan Huntsman guessed eight or nine

(Newser) - New documents released in the case of a Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborns reveals another awful detail: Megan Huntsman wasn't sure how many babies she had hidden at her house over the years. "She couldn't remember the exact the number so she threw... More »

Mom Who Smothered Babies Hid Other Pregnancies

No one knew Megan Huntsman was pregnant with eldest kids til she gave birth

(Newser) - A few more details are trickling out in the horrific case of the Utah woman who confessed to strangling or smothering six dead babies found hidden in her garage and hiding the body of a seventh stillborn child alongside them. Police yesterday revealed that none of the babies were born... More »

Mom Confesses to Smothering Babies

Except for one that she says was stillborn

(Newser) - Megan Huntsman has confessed to strangling or smothering six of the seven dead babies found hidden in her garage , according to an affidavit released today. She says the seventh child was stillborn. The 39-year-old said she'd given birth to the children between 1996 and 2006. Each time she would... More »

7 Infant Corpses Found in Utah Home; Mom Charged

Cops believe mother killed them over 10-year period

(Newser) - Police in Utah have been horrified to discover the bodies of seven babies in the garage of a home in a small town south of Salt Lake City. Megan Huntsman, 39, has been booked on six counts of murder. Investigators believe she gave birth to the babies, at least six... More »

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