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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 »

Victim's Mother the Suspect in Mich. Body Parts Mystery

Cops believe Donna Kay Scrivo killed, dismembered son

(Newser) - A horrific twist in the already horrific case of bags of body parts dumped on a Michigan highway : Police now believe the person who murdered and dismembered 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo was the victim's own mother, the Detroit Free Press reports. Donna Kay Scrivo, who had been staying with her... More »

Anthony Admitted to 'Biggest Mistake' in 2008

She should have called cops right away, she said in interview

(Newser) - The Casey Anthony trial is in its eighth day, and jurors today listened to an hour-long conversation between the murder suspect and detectives who were accusing her of lying. Lead investigator Yuri Melich warned Anthony that if she didn't tell the truth about what happened to daughter Caylee, she... More »

Dad Accused of Killing Kid: She Tried to Poison Me

Nubia Barahona's chemical-covered body found in Jorge's truck in February

(Newser) - The tragic tale of Caylee Anthony isn't the only sad case about a little girl working its way through the Florida court system. Some 930 pages released by Palm Beach County prosecutors yesterday shined a light on Nubia Barahona, whose naked, chemical-covered body was found in adopted father Jorge'... More »

NY Mom Drowns Self, 3 Kids After Domestic Fight

Police say 4th child released before woman drove into Hudson River

(Newser) - The bodies of a New York woman and her three young children were pulled from the Hudson River last night after what police believe was a murder-suicide sparked by a domestic dispute. The mother drove her minivan and the children—two boys, ages 5 and 2, and an 11-month-old girl—... More »

Suicide Dad Kills Toddler Daughters, Wife

They all 'seemed so happy,' says friend

(Newser) - A distraught British dad fatally stabbed his toddler daughters and wife, then hanged himself from a banister in the family home, according to law enforcement authorities. The bodies were found by the girls' visiting grandmother, who discovered her granddaughters, ages 1 and 2, tucked under a duvet on a bed,... More »

Mom Strangles Autistic Kids

I want 'normal' children, she tells dispatcher

(Newser) - A Texas mom called a 911 operator to confess that she killed her two young autistic children because she wanted "normal" kids. "I don't want my kids to be like that," said Saiqa Akhter, 30, who has been charged with capital murder in the killing of her... More »

Iowa Mom Gets Life for Slitting Son's Throat

Kehoe banned from contacting son who survived attack

(Newser) - An Iowa mother has been sentenced to life without parole for slitting her 2-year-old son's throat and leaving him to die. Michelle Kehoe, who expressed profound regret in court, also slashed her 7-year-old son's throat before attempting to kill herself. He survived and testified against his mother. A jury rejected... More »

Doc Busted in Death of Son, 9

Oklahoma physician's wife injured trying to protect her son

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City doctor is being held without bail over the first-degree murder of his 9-year-old son. The boy was found dead when police arrived at Dr. Stephen Wolf's home in response to 9/11 calls. A knife was removed from the home and the boy's mother is being treated in... More »

NY Attorney Beat, Suffocated Family Over Hours

Gig was about to be up on Parente investor scam, investigators believe

(Newser) - A New York attorney beat and suffocated his wife and two daughters in a horrific attack that took hours, police told the New York Daily News. He then fatally slashed himself in a Baltimore hotel room where the four bodies were found. Investigators believe William Parente, 59, was ripping off... More »

Md. Man Who Killed Family Was $460K in Debt

Father detailed mortgage, credit card woes in notes

(Newser) - The Maryland man who murdered his family before shooting and killing himself complained of his financial troubles in notes left at the scene, the Washington Post reports. Christopher Wood’s family was at least $460,000 in debt from two mortgages and credit card charges. The family owned a Florida... More »

Suicidal NY Lawyer Kills Family in Hotel

Family was in Baltimore visiting college daughter

(Newser) - A troubled Long Island attorney killed his wife, two children and himself in a Baltimore hotel, police said yesterday. "The why and the motive in this is just a big blank right now," said a police official of attorney William Parente, 59, who had an estate and tax... More »

Maryland Family Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

(Newser) - Police discovered five bodies in a Maryland house today after a man apparently butchered his family and killed himself, the Frederick News Post reports. Few details are known, but police in Middletown, Md., say Christopher Alan Wood, 34, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the AP reports. His wife, two... More »

Mass. Mom Kills Child, Unborn Baby: Cops

Woman was 7½ months pregnant, stabbed herself

(Newser) - A pregnant woman killed her 9-year-old daughter and stabbed herself in the stomach to kill her unborn child, authorities in the Boston suburb of Quincy said today. Fang Chi Xue, 38, was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds to the arms and abdomen and is expected to be arraigned on two... More »

Suicidal Alabama Dad Kills 4 in Family

Man kills two others in wife's family ahead of divorce trial

(Newser) - A man shot dead his wife, teenage daughter, and two members of his wife's family before taking his own life in northern Alabama, AP reports. The man's body was found yesterday near his home, which had been burned to the ground. His divorce trial was due to start today and... More »

Dad Killed 5 Kids After Wife Dumped Him

He was going to kill her, too: cops

(Newser) - The dad who killed his five children and himself near Tacoma, Wash., did so after discovering his wife was leaving him for another man, reports the Seattle Times reports. James Harrison, 34, confronted his wife at a convenience store Saturday before returning home to shoot each child multiple times. Four... More »

5 Children Found Slain in Home

Tacoma police think father killed them, then himself

(Newser) - Five children ages 7 to 16 were found dead today in their home near Tacoma, Wash., the Seattle Times reports. Investigators say they might have been killed by their father, whose body was found at a different location after an apparent suicide. The youngest child was a boy and the... More »

4 Kids Killed in Calif. Murder-Suicide

Apparent murder-suicide hits rich Santa Clara neighborhood

(Newser) - Six people, including at least three children and one teenager or young adult, were killed in a shooting last night in an upscale neighborhood in Northern California, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A seventh person is in critical condition. Police don’t think anyone is at large. “It... More »

LA Dad Kills Wife, 5 Kids, Self

Father cited 'job issues' in suicide note

(Newser) - Seven family members were found dead in their Los Angeles home today, apparent victims of a murder-suicide, police say. Police think a man shot and killed his wife and five children, and then turned the weapon on himself, the Los Angeles Times reports. The child victims were an 8-year-old, 5-year-old... More »

Cops: Dad Killed Baby Son to Dodge Child Support

Child's body found stuffed in a bag

(Newser) - A young father has been charged with murdering his toddler son to avoid paying child support., reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The dad, 22, confessed to killing his son, stuffing the child's body in a bag and dumping it in a playground. He originally claimed the child was abducted. The... More »

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