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Mom Accused of Killing Son She Thought Was Gay

Jessica Dutro trial begins

(Newser) - An Oregon mom is on trial for allegedly beating her son to death, which she did, prosecutors told the court this week, because she believed the 4-year-old was gay. On Wednesday the judge in the case ruled that prosecutors could introduce as evidence a Facebook message in which Jessica Dutro,... More »

Cops: La. Mom Killed Toddler With Down Syndrome

She told them it was a 'mercy killing'

(Newser) - Cops in Belle Chasse, Louisiana say a mother showed no sign of remorse when confessing to killing her 17-month-old son by injecting him with hand sanitizer. Erika Wigstrom, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder and a potential death sentence for killing her son Lucas, who was born with Down... More »

Witnesses Raced to Save Mo. Girl From Kidnapper

Middle school coach charged with Hailey Owens' murder

(Newser) - Springfield, Mo., has been shaken by the murder of a young girl who was kidnapped in broad daylight while walking just a block from her home. A couple who were in their garage at the time say a man in a pickup truck pulled up next to 10-year-old Hailey Owens... More »

Maryland Vet Charged With Murdering Adopted Son, 3

Former Marine Brian O'Callaghan says his son slipped in tub

(Newser) - Brian O'Callaghan and his wife, Jennfer, badly wanted a second child. Working with Catholic Charities, in October they adopted a South Korean toddler with special needs, whom they named Madoc Hyeonsu O'Callaghan, according to this obituary . On February 3, the 3-year-old died, with injuries police say were consistent... More »

Mom Arrested After Toddler Found Dead

Sara Krueger's boyfriend was also arrested

(Newser) - A mother and her boyfriend are in police custody after the woman's 3-year-old daughter was found dead at their home Saturday night in Napa, Calif. Police found little Kayleigh Slusher in her bed, and are treating her death as a homicide. They arrested Kayleigh's mother, 23-year-old Sara Krueger,... More »

Girl, 14, Sets Alarm, Wakes, Stabs Sister 30 Times

Girl told victim she was ungrateful as she stabbed: police

(Newser) - A shocking story out of a Chicago suburb: Prosecutors say a 14-year-old girl set her alarm for 7:50am Tuesday, woke up, and went downstairs to the kitchen as any normal teenager might do. Except that in this case, police say the girl grabbed a 4-inch long knife, went back... More »

Arizona Dad Charged With Ax-Murdering 13-Year-Old Son

Gary Sherrill tells cops dead boy was a demon

(Newser) - A Phoenix man is behind bars after police charged him with killing his 13-year-old son with an ax. As ABC 15 reports, police went to the home of 51-year-old Gary Sherrill yesterday afternoon after his ex-wife reported that he'd failed to return their son. Sherrill initially told cops that... More »

Neighbor Accused of Killing Girl, 9, Found in Dumpster

Reann Murphy was last seen with Jerrod Metsker

(Newser) - Police have made an arrest in connection with the death of 9-year-old Reann Murphy, whose body was found brutally murdered in a neighborhood Dumpster soon after she was reported missing Saturday evening . Murphy was last seen with neighbor and family acquaintance 24-year-old Jerrod Metsker, who was arrested yesterday in Ohio... More »

91 Kids Age 10 or Younger Shot to Death in 2012

'Washington Post' analysis finds total goes way beyond Newtown

(Newser) - The 20 children shot to death inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year account for only about a fifth of the young kids fatally shot in 2012, according to a Washington Post analysis. The survey finds that 91 children age 10 or younger were killed in deliberate shootings... More »

Dad Allegedly Posted Photos of Child, Murdered Her

Man accused of shooting 19-month old, himself

(Newser) - Before he allegedly shot his 19-month-old daughter and then himself, Merrick McKoy went on Facebook. There were three posts made right before police heard gunshots inside, ABC 7 reports. The first was a photo of the 22-year-old Westminster, Colorado, man holding Mia McKoy. The next two said, "Ima miss... More »

Indictment: JonBenet's Parents Aided Killer

1999 documents released

(Newser) - In response to a lawsuit to have the 1999 indictment against JonBenet Ramsey's parents released, four pages of grand jury documents were revealed today; they show that John and Patsy Ramsey would have been indicted with two counts each of child abuse resulting in death, in connection with their... More »

Nun-to-Be Charged With Baby's Murder

Sosefina Amoa gave birth 5 days after arriving at the center

(Newser) - Police have charged a woman studying to become a Catholic nun in the death of her newborn son. Police say Sosefina Amoa, 26, gave birth to the boy Oct. 10 in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility. Afraid the nuns would hear the newborn'... More »

Dad's Relative Charged in Murder of Baby Hope

Conrado Juarez confesses to sexually assaulting, smothering child in 1991

(Newser) - Baby Hope got a step closer to justice yesterday, with the NYPD charging a relative of her father in her 1991 murder. Conrado Juarez, 52, confessed to sexually assaulting the little girl—who was recently identified as Anjelica Castillo —while he was drunk one night, and then smothering her,... More »

'Baby Hope' Is at Last Identified: Angelica

Angelica Ramirez 'was really an angel,' police source says

(Newser) - Just days after finding the mother of Baby Hope, the real name of the murdered toddler, found in a cooler in New York City in 1991, has finally been revealed. She was Angelica Ramirez—a fitting name, the New York Post reports, since "she was really an angel,"... More »

Cops ID Mom of Girl Found in Cooler 22 Years Ago

NYPD makes breakthrough in Baby Hope case

(Newser) - New York police have made a breakthrough in a case that horrified the city in the summer of 1991. Thanks to a tip and DNA evidence, they've identified and brought in for questioning the mother of the dead little girl who became known as "Baby Hope," the... More »

Journo Sues to See JonBenet Indictment

Charlie Brennan had reported on secret indictment in January

(Newser) - JonBenet Ramsey's 1996 death remains in the spotlight. A Boulder Daily Camera exclusive published in January revealed the grand jury had in 1999 voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey (the charge: child abuse resulting in death), but then-DA Alex Hunter refused to sign the indictment. Now, Camera reporter... More »

Mom's Botched Suicide Attempts Lead to Dead Kids

Marilyn Edge's comments to paramedics alerted police to dead kids

(Newser) - An Arizona woman reportedly tried to kill herself Saturday in Santa Ana, California, in what the Arizona Republic describes as two "bizarre botched attempts." Police say Marilyn Edge slammed her car into an electrical box in a shopping mall parking lot; there was a propane tank in her... More »

Father Kills Son, Self During Supervised Visitation

Muni Savyon, 54, was at New Hampshire YWCA office with son, 9

(Newser) - An Israeli-born software engineer shot his 9-year-old son to death before taking his own life during supervised visitation at a New Hampshire YWCA office, officials say. An adult supervisor was present when Muni Savyon, 54, of Manchester, took out a handgun and shot 9-year-old Joshua Savyon of Amherst before shooting... More »

Cop: Grandma Admitted to 1998 Killing—of Grandkid

Lois Janish later recanted story about beating Coral Hall

(Newser) - Coral Hall went missing on Sept. 22, 1998, when she was 14 years old. Her body has not been found, but police may have finally figured out what happened: A detective told a Flint, Michigan, judge this week that Hall's grandmother admitted to killing the girl. Lois Arlene Janish,... More »

Wisconsin Teen's Killer: 'I Would Call It Justice'

John Spooner convicted of killing 13-year-old

(Newser) - Wisconsin 76-year-old John Spooner was convicted this week of killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons in a case that featured questions on George Zimmerman . Now, Spooner has taken the stand as the court examines whether he suffered from insanity during the attack. When he offered his take on the story, jurors were... More »

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