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Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 6, in Front of Park Rangers

'It's what she wanted,' he allegedly told police

(Newser) - "It's what she wanted." That's how police say Seth Pickering justified allegedly killing his own 6-year-old daughter in front of park rangers in North Carolina on Friday. Two National Park Service rangers saw Pickering, 36, building a campfire with his daughter, Lila, off the Blue Ridge... More »

Mom Accused in Murder of 'Baby Chance' Kills Self in Jail

Kristen Bury found dead in prison cell

(Newser) - The mother of "Baby Chance," the 9-week-old boy whose murder made headlines last year, committed suicide in her Florida prison cell Saturday, the Miami Herald reports. Kristen Bury, 33, was charged with the Sept. 2015 murder of Chance Walsh, along with Chance's father, Joe Walsh, 37. Police... More »

Man Recounts Abducting, Killing Boy 27 Years Ago

Danny Heinrich confesses to Jacob Wetterling's murder

(Newser) - Last week, the parents of a Minnesota boy murdered 27 years ago finally learned the whereabouts of their son's remains. On Tuesday, they learned for sure who killed him. Danny Heinrich, a 53-year-old resident of Annandale, Minn., admitted in court that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered 11-year-old Jacob... More »

Albuquerque Throws Birthday Party for Brutally Slain Girl

Victoria Martens was killed on 10th birthday

(Newser) - Victoria Martens was brutally murdered in Albuquerque Wednesday— her 10th birthday . On Sunday, mourning residents of the city came together at a park the little girl loved to throw a birthday party for her, the AP reports. Thousands of people picnicked and ate donated pizza and birthday cake, children played... More »

Little Girl's Gruesome Slaying Rocks Albuquerque

Victoria Martens was killed on her 10th birthday

(Newser) - It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man with a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts. The woman told officers her 10-year-old... More »

Cops: Houston Mom Drowned 2 Kids, Hid Bodies

She confessed murders to acquaintance

(Newser) - A Houston woman was arrested Sunday after casually mentioning to an acquaintance that she had drowned her two children in a bathtub and hidden the bodies under a neighbor's home, police say. Sheborah Thomas, 30, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 7-year-old Orayln (also spelled... More »

Doc Who Blamed Cough Syrup Gets 49 Years for Murders

It's the maximum sentence within state guidelines

(Newser) - Dr. Louis Chen, convicted of fatally stabbing his lover 177 times before slashing their toddler son's throat from ear to ear in a gruesome 2011 double homicide he blamed on a buildup of the active ingredient in cough syrup, will spend 49 years in prison for his crime. "... More »

Cops: 9-Year-Old Child Worker Tortured, Killed by Bosses

They allegedly inserted an air compressor into Sagar Barman's rectum

(Newser) - A 9-year-old factory worker in Bangladesh was killed Sunday when other employees allegedly inserted an air compressor's nozzle into his rectum and turned it on, AFP reports. Police say senior employees were upset Sagar Barman went into a restricted area of Zobeda Textile Mill in Dhaka. But Sagar's... More »

Police: Missing 5-Year-Old Girl Dead After Mom's Murder

Body of Taliyah Marsman found in rural field

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Canadian girl missing following her mother's murder is believed dead. The Calgary Herald reports authorities found a body believed to be that of Taliyah Marsman in a rural field on Thursday. Police believe she was dead before an Amber Alert for her went out early Tuesday. Her... More »

Family Doesn't Understand Why Mom Killed 4 Kids

7-year-old managed to escape

(Newser) - The horrific murder of four young children in suburban Memphis on Friday is a complete mystery to those who knew Shanynthia Gardner. The 29-year-old is accused of killing 4-year-old Tallen Gardner, 3-year-old Sya Gardner, 2-year-old Sahvi Gardner, and 6-month-old Yahzi Gardner with a butcher knife, the AP reports. A fifth... More »

Student Who Left Baby to Die in Sorority Trash Gets Life

Emile Weaver apologized, but judge didn't buy her remorse

(Newser) - A former Ohio college student who gave birth in April 2015 and then left her daughter in a trash bag outside her on-campus sorority house to die was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday. "I stand before you a broken-down woman, asking for forgiveness and mercy,"... More »

Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room

Orlando Williams was allegedly angry after tripping over a laundry basket

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed this week because he didn't clean up his room, KDKA reports. JonMarquis Stepich was in the care of his mom's fiancé, Orlando Williams, last Sunday, while his mom was at work. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , JonMarquis was sleeping when Williams, who... More »

Boy Abducted Off Detroit Street Found Dead

Police have arrested the chief suspect

(Newser) - A body found in an overgrown vacant lot on Detroit's east side has been identified as a 13-year-old boy abducted two days ago from a city street, the AP reports. The Wayne County medical examiner's office says Deontae Mitchell's mother made the identification Thursday afternoon. An autopsy... More »

Police: Phoenix Mom Kills 3 Young Sons, Stabs Herself

A baby, a 5-year-old, and an 8-year-old were found in a closet

(Newser) - An Arizona woman stabbed her three young sons to death and put their bodies in a closet before she tried to kill herself at their home, police said Thursday. The woman's brother called 911 after returning to the northwest Phoenix home late Wednesday and finding she had locked him... More »

One of NJ's 'Most Notorious Cold Cases' Is Closed

Michelle Lodzinski guilty of murdering young son

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter-century after she reported him missing, Michelle Lodzinski has been found guilty of murdering her 5-year-old son. The conviction closes one of New Jersey's "most notorious cold cases," the New York Times reports. Lodzinski told police that her son, Timothy "Timmy" Wiltsey, disappeared from... More »

Parents of Boy Missing 20 Years Charged With His Murder

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared at age 6

(Newser) - The parents of a Hawaii boy who has been missing for nearly 20 years have been charged with murder after authorities reopened the case and re-evaluated the evidence, the AP reports. The boy's parents have long been suspects in the 1997 disappearance of then 6-year-old Peter Kema Jr., known... More »

Children of Famed Pianist Were Likely Smothered

Medical examiner's office reports findings

(Newser) - Concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko's two young daughters were probably smothered to death with pillows, investigators believe. The official ruling on the manner of the March 17 deaths of Nika Kholodenko, 5, and Michaela Maria Kholodenko, 1, as reported Thursday by a Texas medical examiner's office: homicidal violence, with... More »

Man Who Reported Toddler Missing in '02 Now Arrested

The Jahi Turner case shook San Diego

(Newser) - Almost exactly 14 years after the disappearance of 2-year-old Jahi Turner shook San Diego, the man who reported him missing has been arrested. Tieray Jones, the boy's stepfather, was arrested in North Carolina on Monday on suspicion of murder, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . On April 25, 2002, he... More »

Social Workers Charged After Abused Boy Beaten to Death

They should have done something to stop it, prosecutors say

(Newser) - In what the Los Angeles Times describes as a "rare" move, social workers have been charged with a crime following the death of a child. Gabriel Fernandez, 8, died in Palmdale in 2013 after his mother and her boyfriend allegedly tortured him—pepper spraying him, making him eat his... More »

Deaths of Pianist's Kids Renew Talk of Cliburn Curse

3 of 16 Cliburn winners have died at an early age

(Newser) - Three years after winning the prestigious gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, pianist Vadym Kholodenko suffered the deaths of his two young children, for which his estranged wife has been charged with capital murder . It's just the latest tragedy to befall a Cliburn winner, Scott Cantrell... More »

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