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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 »

Dad Who Leapt Off Bridge With Baby Sent Mom Chilling Texts

'He's dead ... And soon I will be too'

(Newser) - The body of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno was found Tuesday night in the Connecticut River, and 21-year-old Tony Moreno, his father, has been charged in his murder after confessing to tossing him off a bridge , the AP reports. Before jumping into the water himself, Moreno made what he thought was a... More »

Cops: Girl, 11, Killed Infant, Showed No Remorse

Ohio girl charged with murder

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb stands charged with the chilling murder of a 2-month-old girl her mother was babysitting, and authorities say the child showed no remorse. "I'm not sure she appreciated the gravity of what she did," says the police chief in Wickliffe, Ohio,... More »

Cops: Dad Threw Girl, 5, Off Tampa Bay Bridge

John Jonchuck charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - A frantic search in the waters of Florida's Tampa Bay by a local fire department, college dive team, and the US Coast Guard ended sadly this morning after the body of a 5-year-old girl was recovered. Making the story even more tragic is that little Phoebe Jonchuck (also spelled... More »

Accused Killer Mom Wrote Son Was Stolen From Her

Relatives say Jillian McCabe had mental collapse

(Newser) - Jillian McCabe, the Oregon mother accused of throwing her autistic 6-year-old son London off a bridge , was devoted to the boy but went into a downward spiral after her husband developed multiple sclerosis and her father died, relatives tell NBC . She detailed her struggles and the ups and downs of... More »

Mom: I Threw My 6-Year-Old Son Off Bridge

Boy's body found last night in Oregon

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy was found floating near a marina in Newport, Ore., just a short time after a woman made a 911 call saying she had thrown her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the AP reports. Police have arrested 34-year-old Jillian McCabe and charged her with aggravated murder, murder,... More »

Cops: NYC Man Killed Girl, 3, for Potty Accident

Investigators say he beat stepdaughter for soiling pants

(Newser) - A New York City man accused of killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter for soiling her pants was arrested after his own horrified mother turned him in, sources say. Kelsey Smith is believed to have flown into a rage and savagely beaten Jeida Torres on Saturday, police sources tell the New York ... More »

Pair Put Booze in Disabled Boy's IV, Killed Him: Cops

Vermont mom, boyfriend charged in Isaac Robitille's death

(Newser) - Thirteen-year-old Isaac Robitille was born with disabilities so severe he depended on feeding tubes and IVs to keep him alive. When he died in August, an autopsy found that his blood-alcohol content was 0.146—nearly twice the legal limit for adult drivers, reports the AP . Today, Isaac's mother,... More »

SC Dad Probed for Abuse Before Child Murders

Timothy Ray Jones faces 5 counts of murder

(Newser) - Questions remain as to how a man once described by a therapist as "a highly intelligent, responsible father" could be accused of killing his five children . But as the New York Times reports, Timothy Ray Jones "was leading a fractured life fraught with feelings of betrayal, anxiety, and... More »

Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids

Timothy Ray Jones led police to bodies in garbage bags

(Newser) - Grim news from the South: Police in Mississippi say a South Carolina man has confessed to murdering his five young children, who were found in individual garbage bags buried near a highway in Alabama. Timothy Ray Jones, who had primary custody of the three boys and two girls ages 1... More »

In a First, India Executing Women: Sister Serial Killers

Pair convicted of murdering five kids, suspected in other killings

(Newser) - Serial killer sisters, who kidnapped and murdered at least five children, are poised to become the first women hanged in India, reports the Washington Post . “This is indeed one of the rarest of the rare cases where the perpetrators deserve the death sentence,” a human rights lawyer tells... More »

Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 3, After Shootout, Chase

Frederick Roy Miller also shot girl's grandfather, great-grandmother

(Newser) - Frederick Roy Miller had been fighting for custody of 3-year-old daughter Laila since she was six months old. But the Maryland state medical examiner says he stabbed and shot the girl at some point during a police chase and gun battle with officers in Maryland on Saturday, the Washington Post... More »

Jenise's Dad Looked Out for Teen Held in Her Murder

17-year-old will be tried as an adult for rape and murder

(Newser) - Not long after the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright was found in a 4-foot bog near her family's mobile home in Bremerton, Wash., DNA evidence on her clothing led investigators to 17-year-old family friend Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta. Jenise's father, James Wright, tells NBC News he'd mentored Gabriel:... More »

17-Year-Old Held in Murder, Assault of Wash. Girl, 6

Unnamed boy lived in Jenise Wright's neighborhood

(Newser) - A week after 6-year-old Washington state girl Jenise Wright went missing, authorities have charged a 17-year-old male who lived in her neighborhood with her murder and sexual assault, reports the Seattle Times . The teenager isn't yet being named, but faces charges including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and child rape.... More »

Mom Arrested in Son's Murder 23 Years Later

Michelle Lodzinski accused of killing her 5-year-old boy

(Newser) - The 23-year-old cold case of the murder of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey may finally be solved. His mother, 47-year-old Michelle Lodzinski, was arrested in Florida this week—on what would have been Timothy's 29th birthday—and charged with killing her son, reports the AP . She initially claimed he had escaped... More »

Detroit Boy, 8, Shot, Killed in His Bed

Bullet went through outside wall: police

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who was lying in bed died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit him, Detroit police said. The child was struck about 1:15am today at his east side home and was taken to a hospital, where he died, police... More »

Cops: Killer Wanted Dad to See Girl, 2, Die

Michigan man 'wanted death to be last thing father saw'

(Newser) - A Michigan man accused of shooting a 2-year-old girl dead at point-blank range as she sat on a porch with her father has been charged with torture as well as first degree murder. Police say the torture charge is because Raymone Bernard Jackson, 24, wanted to torment Kamiya French's... More »

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 »

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