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Boy Who Killed Girl Over Puppies Used Gun in Closet

The 12-gauge shotgun, unlocked in closet, belonged to his dad

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his 8-year-old neighbor when she refused to show him her puppies got the 12-gauge shotgun used in the shooting from an unlocked closet in his mobile home in White Pine, Tenn., police say. Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig tells the Washington Post the... More »

Boy, 11, Allegedly Killed 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy

Shooting occurs about 40 miles east of Knoxville

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he killed his 8-year-old neighbor, police said, and witnesses say it was because the girl wouldn't let him see her puppy. Deputies were called to the neighborhood in White Pine, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, on Saturday night. The... More »

Mom Accused of Murdering Baby Had Another Baby Who Died

Jennifer Berry now being investigated for 2008 death of infant son

(Newser) - A 33-year-old Yonkers woman is being held without bail on murder and manslaughter charges after allegedly throwing her newborn daughter to her death out a seventh-story apartment window—and now prosecutors in Westchester are investigating the 2008 death of her infant son, the New York Times reports. "In light... More »

Cops: Woman Tosses Newborn From Window

She reportedly claims the baby had died first

(Newser) - A 33-year-old woman could face criminal charges after police say she threw her newborn baby—complete with placenta and umbilical cord—out the window of her New York City apartment Monday, the New York Daily News reports. She reportedly told police the baby had died before she threw it, according... More »

Child's Body Exhumed to Solve 1968 Murder

Officials hope new technology will break the cold case

(Newser) - Forty-seven years after a young girl was found dead in a suitcase, law-enforcement agents have exhumed her body, hoping to find out who she was and who killed her, the AP reports. The body of Jane Doe West Alton, as she is known, was found by fishermen in a weighted... More »

After Baby Doe's Murder, a Heroin Binge: Prosecutor

Couple allegedly high, perhaps for days, after Bella's death

(Newser) - Locking Bella Bond in a closet as she screamed had, predictably, done little to calm the 2-year-old in the past. So when she refused to go to sleep one day in late May, Michael McCarthy told Rachelle Bond, his girlfriend and Bella's mom, that he'd quiet her, per... More »

How 'Baby Doe' May Have Died

Father says he came to Boston to meet her for first time

(Newser) - More disturbing details have surfaced in the Baby Doe case ahead of a court hearing today. A law enforcement source tells CNN that 2-year-old Bella Bond was punched by her mother's boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, because he believed the little girl was possessed. Investigation insiders tell the Boston Globe that... More »

Father Speaks Out in Death of 'Baby Doe'

He says he doesn't believe toddler's mother killed her

(Newser) - The father of "Baby Doe" doesn't believe the girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, killed her, telling WHDH-TV and the Boston Herald that Bond's boyfriend is to blame. "I know with all my heart that Rachelle Bond would never, ever do anything to hurt anybody," Joseph... More »

Mom, Boyfriend Arrested in Baby Doe Murder

Michael McCarthy charged with murder, Rachelle Bond charged as accessory

(Newser) - Two people have been arrested in Boston's "Baby Doe" case: Rachelle Bond, the mother of the little girl found dead on a Boston Harbor shoreline in June, and Bond's boyfriend, Michael McCarthy. Their arrests come after authorities finally identified "Baby Doe" as Bella Bond; McCarthy is... More »

Children Found Stabbed to Death in Car Outside School

Police chief calls it a horrific incident

(Newser) - Three children between the ages of 8 and 12 were found stabbed to death in the back of an SUV parked outside an elementary school in South Los Angeles today, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police say a man suspected to be the children's father was found... More »

Cops: Teen Pushed Tot Into Pond So He'd Drown

Bobby Woods reportedly confessed

(Newser) - An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend's 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He... More »

Ariz. Mom Admits She Drowned Twin Sons: Cops

Family stopped her from drowning 3rd child

(Newser) - First responders found twin toddlers lying motionless on a bed when they responded yesterday afternoon to a 911 call in Avondale, Ariz., and despite their resuscitation efforts, both boys died, the AP reports. Adding an even more tragic element was the confession of the boys' 22-year-old mother, Mireya Lopez, who... 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 »

Man's Retrial Thanks to Bad Fire Science Ends in Shocker

Ed Graf's retrial for murdering 2 stepsons in shed fire based on new arson science

(Newser) - In 1988, Ed Graf was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing his stepsons Joby, 9, and Jason, 8, in 1986 by locking them in a shed, dousing it with gasoline, and setting it on fire. Everything was there to prove the case against the Texas man, per... More »

Murdered Kids Released From Protective Custody in 2013

Their mother had sought protection from both her husband and her ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - The six children murdered in their Houston home last week were in state custody for three weeks back in 2013 after numerous reports of abuse and negligence on the part of their parents, David Ray Conley, Valerie Jackson, and her husband, Dwayne Jackson, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Department of... More »

Boy, 11, Charged in Fatal Shooting of Brother, 3

Police say it was accidental, but youth faces manslaughter

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his 3-year-old brother in Detroit is facing criminal charges, though police say the shooting was accidental. It took place Monday after the 11-year-old got a gun from his father's bedroom closet and threw it out the window into the backyard, where... More »

Cops: TV Show Inspires Mom to Hide Bodies of Daughter, Dad

Allegedly killed girl, 6, to be with boyfriend

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Florida woman was charged with murder after allegedly killing her father and 6-year-old daughter and then using an episode of Criminal Minds for inspiration when hiding the bodies. According to WFLA , the Polk County Sheriff's Office believes Cheyanne Jessie killed daughter Meredith to keep her from interfering... More »

Teen Charged as Adult in Rape, Murder of Girl

AJ Gonzalez faces six felonies in Maddy Middleton's brutal death

(Newser) - The 15-year-old boy accused of murdering his 8-year-old neighbor in Santa Cruz, California, has been charged as an adult, reports the Los Angeles Times , and the reason makes for tough reading. Authorities say AJ Gonzalez lured Maddy Middleton to his family's apartment when nobody was home, at which point... More »

Cops: Teen Killer Lured Young Victim to Apartment

'I think she had a reasonable amount of trust in him'

(Newser) - She trusted him. Police say an 8-year-old girl murdered in Santa Cruz, California, willingly went to the apartment of her teenage killer, reports USA Today . The unidentified 15-year-old suspect lives in the same complex and even helped in the search for Maddy Middleton. He was standing nearby when detectives found... More »

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