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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 »

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 »

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