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Mom in Custody After 4 Kids Stabbed to Death

All were under the age of 6

(Newser) - "It's really beyond words, quite frankly," says a commissioner in Tennessee's Shelby County. He was referring to the stabbing deaths of four siblings, all under the age of 6, in suburban Memphis on Friday, reports NBC News . Their mother, 29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner, is in custody facing... More »

'Toxic' Mom Called Family Meeting Before Opening Fire

Slain daughter was days away from marrying

(Newser) - Chilling details are continuing to surface in the shooting that left a mother and her two daughters dead in Texas. Authorities say Christy Sheats called a "family meeting" on Friday— her husband's birthday —and opened fire on daughters Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, with a five-shot, .38-caliber... More »

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as... More »

A Suicide Attempt, Then Cops Find a Captive Daughter

German 26-year-old, believed to be autistic, was likely held captive by mom 'for years'

(Newser) - A 54-year-old woman apparently despondent over being evicted may have tried to kill herself by throwing herself down a stairwell, reports NBC News . She survived, but German cops at the scene to enforce the eviction made a "shocking" discovery: a 26-year-old woman held in "inhumane conditions." "... More »

Daughter of Found Mom: 'I Will Never Call Her Again'

Tammy Miller doesn't expect a happy ending

(Newser) - A woman whose mother went missing for 40 years says she doesn't predict any joyous reunion—and feels fresh pain knowing her mom is alive, People reports. "I'm angry," says Tammy Miller, 45, whose mother, Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, 69, was discovered Thursday in a small Texas... More »

Viral Photo of Mom, Twins Leaves Everyone Guessing

Can you tell which one's the mom?

(Newser) - What started out as a simple car selfie has turned into a viral sensation. Kaylan Mahomes of Indianapolis posted a pic on Twitter on Jan. 28 of herself, her twin sister Kyla, and their mom, captioned "Mom, twin & me," CNN reports. But that photo has caused thousands... More »

Woman in Labor Breaks Her Back, Loses Her Husband

Happy event turns tragic in Colorado

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a joyous occasion veered into tragedy last month for a pregnant Colorado woman. Jill Schmucker, a mom of two young boys, started to have contractions on Jan. 13, KUSA reports. She roused her husband, Tony, and they bundled up their sons, 6-year-old Ryder and 4-year-old... More »

Anger Over Son's Bullying Spurs Moving Facebook Post

MaryAnn Parisi explains why her 11-year-old is different

(Newser) - MaryAnn Parisi's 11-year-old son, Michael, has been bullied before, but on Monday, what the 36-year-old Connecticut mom heard from her son's 6th-grade teachers pushed her over the edge. "Michael, he told his teacher 'It's OK, I'm getting used to [the bullying],'" after... More »

NFL Player Honors Mom Lost to Breast Cancer in Big Way

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams wants to wear pink all year

(Newser) - "My hair is pink, my heart is pink, and my toenails are pink." That's the confession Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams offers in a video he posted to Twitter Sunday, and the reason he did so shows his heart is as large as it is colorful.... More »

Cops Called After Mom Tries to Shame Son at Walmart

SC mother being investigated for publicly shaming her child

(Newser) - Authorities say a South Carolina mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after dressing her son in women's clothes and parading him around a Walmart store as punishment. The Herald reports that officers were called to the Rock Hill store Sunday evening and found the boy... More »

Florida Firefighter Is Still Missing 9 Years Later

Nine years ago today, Brandy Hall left her Florida fire station and vanished

(Newser) - On the evening of Aug. 17, 2006, Florida firefighter and mother of two Brandy Hall left her night shift at the Malabar Fire Station early, at about 10:45pm. She was never seen again—at least by anyone willing to admit it. Her pickup truck, stained with lots of her... More »

Mom Drowns in Lake Erie Trying to Save 2 Girls

The girls, including her daughter, are OK

(Newser) - A Buffalo mom tried to save her 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old friend after they ran into trouble in the rough waves of Lake Erie, but she ended up drowning herself, WIVB reports. Evans police received a distress call from Wendt Beach just before 7pm yesterday, reports the Buffalo News ... More »

Mom Who Drowned Boys 20 Years Ago: I'm No 'Monster'

Susan Smith says she 'was not in my right mind' that night

(Newser) - Twenty years ago this week, Susan Smith was convicted of strapping her two little boys into their car seats and letting the car roll into a South Carolina lake. After 3-year-old Michael and 1-year-old Alex drowned, Smith made up a story about being carjacked by a black man before admitting... More »

Dying Son Saves His Mother's Life

She receives his kidney after he suffers a stroke

(Newser) - A woman in suburban Chicago received a kidney transplant this month that turned out to be a near perfect match, and a life-saving one. But Rose Perry's good fortune is tempered by tragedy: The kidney came from her son, a 24-year-old who suffered a stroke out of the blue... More »

Woman Found Pushing Her Dead Boy on Swing

Sheriff's deputies make grim discovery at Maryland park

(Newser) - In a tragic and bizarre case, authorities yesterday found a woman pushing her dead son in a park's swing, the AP reports. She may have been at the Maryland park for hours or even overnight, they say. The story began with a call to sheriff's deputies regarding the... More »

Mom Tearfully Agrees in Court to Son's Circumcision

Heather Hironimus was jailed over opposition to it

(Newser) - A parental battle over a boy's circumcision came to an emotional end in a Florida courtroom today when Heather Hironimus reluctantly agreed to let the procedure take place. Hironimus has been jailed for a week over her opposition to the circumcision, and she relented only when a judge informed... More »

Australia Mom Arrested in Deaths of 8 Kids

She is mother to 7 victims and an aunt to the last one

(Newser) - Australia police said from the start that the horrific murder of eight children inside a home was an isolated incident and that the public need not fear a killer on the loose. Now we know why: They have arrested a 37-year-old woman—mother to seven of the kids and an... More »

As Brothers Bicker on C-SPAN, Mom Calls In

Joy Woodhouse tells her sons to stop fighting

(Newser) - Brad Woodhouse is liberal and brother Dallas Woodhouse is conservative, and as the pundits went back and forth on C-SPAN this morning, they were stopped short by a surprise call, reports Mediaite . “You’re right, I’m from down south,” said Joy from North Carolina. “And I’... More »

Vegan Mom Regains Custody of Baby

She defied doctor who ordered him to hospital

(Newser) - A judge in Florida has allowed a vegan mom who defied a doctor's orders to regain custody of her infant son, reports WFTV . The strange case began in June when police in Casselberry charged Sarah Markham with neglect and took away 2-week-old Caleb. The charges came after a pediatrician... 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 »

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