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Toddler and Newborn Found Dead; Father Arrested

Tillman Freeman III tells police he doesn't believe the children are his

(Newser) - A North Carolina man has been charged with murder after his two young children were found "brutally stabbed" Saturday, WTVD reports. According to WRAL , 30-year-old Tillman Freeman III had already been charged with child abuse and child endangerment Friday after he allegedly refused to give any information to police... More »

Arrest Made in 47-Year-Old Australian Murder Mystery

Cheryl Grimmer was 3 when she disappeared from the beach

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after a 3-year-old girl disappeared from an Australian beach, police may have finally cracked the case. In January 1970, Cheryl Grimmer visited Fairy Meadow beach in Wollongong with her mother and three young brothers, the BBC reports. As the visit wound down, the children went to shower... More »

Diary Shows Effects of Horrific Abuse on 8-Year-Old Girl

Gizzell Ford was murdered by her grandmother in 2013

(Newser) - A Chicago woman was convicted Thursday of torturing her granddaughter to death, with the 8-year-old's diary serving as key evidence of the toll the horrific abuse was taking on her, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Gizzell Ford started the diary in third grade, according to People . In pink marker and... More »

Tips Pour in After Recording Released in Teen Girls' Murder

Police say recording of man saying 'down the hill' brought in 1,900 tips

(Newser) - Indiana police say they've received 1,900 more tips after releasing a recording of a voice saying "down the hill" on Wednesday, the Indy Star reports. Police believe the voice belongs to the man who killed two girls Feb. 13 while they were hiking on the Delphi Historic... More »

Man Who Threw Baby Son to His Death Found Guilty

Tony Moreno insisted the infant slipped from his grasp

(Newser) - A Connecticut man was convicted of murder Wednesday for throwing his baby son off a 90-foot-high bridge to his death, the AP reports. Tony Moreno, 23, of Middletown, was convicted by a jury that deliberated for a short time Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. He faces up to 70 years... More »

Mystery Man Now 'Main Suspect' in Girls' Murders

Indiana cops cite 'totality of evidence' in killing of Liberty German, Abigail Williams

(Newser) - A man photographed walking along a northern Indiana trail system around the time two teenage girls later found slain were dropped off by a relative is now considered "the main suspect," State Police said Sunday. The unidentified man previously had been considered a person authorities wanted to speak... More »

New Twist in Cold Case That Was 'Solved,' Then Unsolved

Investigation that resulted in now-vacated conviction is itself being investigated

(Newser) - In 1957, Illinois 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and murdered. In 2011, a suspect was arrested and convicted the following year. Then, in 2016, he was set free after a prosecutor and a judge determined he could not have committed the crime. Now, the investigation into that man, Jack Daniel... More »

Police Link Possible Serial Killer With Bodies in NH, Calif.

Bob Evans, a 'hard-drinking drifter,' died in prison after dismembering his wife

(Newser) - Police believe they've found the killer responsible for a woman's mysterious disappearance and four dead bodies discovered in oil drums in New Hampshire, NBC News reports. According to the AP , Bob Evans, under a different name, died in a California prison in 2010 after killing and dismembering his... More »

'Single Worst Case' of Child Murder in Miami Still in Flux

'I did not kill my baby,' Ana Maria Cardona says of horrific death of 3-year-old son

(Newser) - The body of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, dressed in a lollipop-adorned T-shirt, was found underneath a bush in Miami Beach in November 1990. Injuries on his body showed "Baby Lollipops" had been a victim of extreme domestic violence, and as Jaquira Diaz writes for Rolling Stone , local law enforcement and... More »

After Son's Murder, Mom Helped Killer Hide the Body

Breanna Arnold kept body in dresser before it was burned: police

(Newser) - The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose burned body was found in a wooded area in Indiana has been sentenced to 20 years in prison—though not in relation to his death. Breanna Arnold, 22, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended on Tuesday... More »

Family Braces for Trial in Daughter's 1984 Murder

Candace Derkson was 13 when she was abducted in Canada

(Newser) - When Candace Derksen went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg in the fall of 1984, it took six weeks for volunteers to find her body—just a few hundred yards from her home, in a storage shed, where the 13-year-old who loved horses had been bound with... More »

5-Year-Old's Body Found Hidden in Family's Restaurant

Both parents have been charged

(Newser) - A woman is charged with murder after the body of her 5-year-old daughter was found hidden inside a restaurant in Ohio. Police were initially searching for Ashley Zhao after she was reported to have wandered away from her father's restaurant, Ang's Asian Cuisine in North Canton, late Monday.... More »

Mom Accused of Killing Daughter Was Child Welfare Worker

Sara Packer worked as an adoption supervisor until 2010

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman charged with killing and dismembering her adoptive daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy she and her boyfriend shared had previously worked as an adoption supervisor for a children's welfare agency, authorities said Monday. Sara Packer worked as a supervisor for the Northampton County Children, Youth,... More »

Girl, 14, Was Raped, Murdered; Now, Her Mom Is Charged

After months, a break finally came in the horrifying murder of Grace Packer

(Newser) - Grace Packer disappeared at age 14 from her Pennsylvania home last July, her dismembered body was found near a dam in Luzerne County on Halloween, and on Sunday her 41-year-old adoptive mother, Sara Packer, and Packer's 44-year-old boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, were charged in her horrific death, reports Philly.com... More »

Student-Teacher Affair Allegedly Ends in Double Murder

Former lover charged with murders of ex-teacher Felicia Barahona and their son

(Newser) - A man who as a teenager had an affair and subsequent child with his high school science teacher is now accused of killing them both. A building superintendent alerted to a foul smell found Felicia Barahona, 36, strangled with an electrical cord in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, while Barahona'... More »

They Starved Her, Kept Her in a Dog Crate—and Then She Died

The short, tragic life of 3-year-old Crystal Reyes, and how her cold case got reopened

(Newser) - "Dig deeper." Those were the last two words Anna Reyes said to Avelino Tamala before the tiny body of her daughter, Crystal, was lowered into the ground in April 1997, and a chilling glimpse into the tragic life and death of the 3-year-old at the hands of her... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Takes Another New Turn

State plans to conduct sophisticated DNA tests on clothing

(Newser) - The 20th anniversary of JonBenet Ramsey's murder has led to all kinds of renewed speculation about the case, but now comes an actual development in the criminal investigation: The state plans to conduct new DNA tests on the panties and long johns the 6-year-old was wearing when she was... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Famed Pianist's Wife Ruled Unfit for Murder Trial

She's accused of smothering 2 young daughters

(Newser) - Sofya Tsygankova, the estranged wife of famed Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, has been declared unfit to stand trial for the murder of the couple's two young daughters earlier this year. NBC reports that a Texas judge has ordered the 32-year-old to spend 120 days in a mental health facility... More »

Cops: Boy Hidden Away for 3 Years Found Dead in Closet

His mother has been charged with murder

(Newser) - Police found Yonatan Daniel Aguilar dead in the bedroom closet of his family's Los Angeles home in August—and authorities say the malnourished boy, who was 11 years old but weighed just 34 pounds, had been hidden away in locked closets for three years. He was last seen publicly... More »

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