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Suspect Nabbed in Murders of Girls Who Vanished Years Apart

Police say Christopher Clements killed Isabel Celis, 6, and Maribel Gonzalez, 13

(Newser) - A registered sex offender jailed since last year has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday. Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted on Friday by a grand jury on 21 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping... More »

Cops: Toddler's Killing Born of Mom's 'Moment of Frustration'

Florida's Charisse Stinson allegedly struck son, prompting seizures

(Newser) - Police searched woods, divers searched ponds, and a sketch of an apparent suspect spread across social media. All this in the 60 hours after Charisse Stinson reported her 2-year-old son missing early Sunday, claiming he'd been taken by a man who offered her a ride before knocking her unconscious.... More »

14K Men Gave Up Their DNA, and It Led to One Who Didn't

Arrest made in 1998 murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen

(Newser) - In August 1998, 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen disappeared from his summer camp tent; his body was found the next day. Now, an arrest in a case that has been major news in the Netherlands and that involved a massive DNA undertaking. The Guardian reports that as the 20th anniversary of Nicky'... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Kills Nephew, Hides Body in Her Room

Colorado 16-year-old to be charged as adult in murder of Jordan Vong, 7

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl killed her 7-year-old nephew, then concealed the secret and his body as a community frantically searched, according to police. Denver's Jordan Vong was reported missing around 4:30pm on Aug. 6, hours after his mother had last seen him, prompting officers to search a 20-block radius,... More »

Before His Execution: 'I'm Really Sorry. That's It'

Billy Ray Irick first person executed in Tennessee since 2009

(Newser) - Billy Ray Irick was executed with a lethal injection Thursday night, some 33 years after he raped and murdered Paula Dyer, a 7-year-old girl he was supposed to be babysitting. The 59-year-old was the first person executed in Tennessee since 2009 and the seventh since 1961, the Tennessean reports. "... More »

Married at 7, Girl Was Dead by 9

Murder in Afghanistan raises plight of child brides

(Newser) - The murder of a 9-year-old girl, allegedly by her 35-year-old husband, is punctuating a disturbing UN report on child marriages in Afghanistan. A bride at age 7, the girl identified as Samia was beaten and strangled to death in the Qads district of Badghis province on Sunday, per Tolo News... More »

Famed Pianist's Wife Not Guilty in Daughters' Deaths

Sofya Tsygankova found not guilty by reason of insanity

(Newser) - A Texas judge has found the estranged wife of concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2016 deaths of the couple's two daughters, the AP reports. Judge Ruben Gonzalez in Fort Worth on Monday then ordered Sofya Tsygankova, who was charged with capital murder,... More »

'New Information' Reopens Inquiry in Emmett Till's Murder

Following publication of a book in which Carolyn Donham says she lied when testifying against Till

(Newser) - The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teen whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it's reinvestigating Till'... More »

Nurse Accused of Killing 8 Infants Is Identified

Lucy Letby, 28, started neonatal work as a student

(Newser) - A woman arrested as part of an investigation into 17 infant deaths at a UK hospital has been identified as a 28-year-old nurse. Lucy Letby, who began working in the neonatal unit of Countess of Chester Hospital as a student before graduating university in 2011, was taken into custody Tuesday... More »

Arrest Made in 'Highly Complex' Probe of 8 Infant Deaths

'Health care professional' is accused of killing newborns in UK neonatal unit

(Newser) - Seventeen newborns died at a UK hospital over a 15-month period, while another 15 suffered "non-fatal collapses"—and police say they've finally taken a "significant step forward" in figuring out what happened. The BBC and CBS News report an arrest has been made of a female... More »

Girl Fatally Stabbed at Her 3rd Birthday Party

Man who had been asked to leave apartment complex allegedly returned, went on rampage

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Idaho girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party died Monday, two days after a man invaded the celebration and stabbed nine people , authorities said. Timmy Kinner is accused of attacking a group of children and the adults who tried to protect them at the party at... More »

4 Kids Dead After Orlando Standoff

Gunman found dead in closet, police say

(Newser) - After nearly 24 hours, a standoff in Orlando ended with the outcome police were dreading. Police say all four children who'd been held hostage in a west Orlando apartment complex were found dead after SWAT officers entered the unit, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "A short time ago we... More »

Arrest Made 30 Years Later: 'Justice Is Jenni’s'

Robert D. Washburn arrested in 1986 murder of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian in Tacoma, Wash.

(Newser) - Pattie Bastian waited more than 30 years for some kind of closure on her young daughter's death—and now, finally, "justice is Jenni's." In what the News Tribune calls "one of the most heartbreaking" cases in the history of Tacoma, Wash., 60-year-old Robert D. Washburn... More »

'A Monster Is Still Out There': Girl's Body Found 9 Years Later

Lindsey Baum case is now a 'murder investigation'

(Newser) - On June 26, 2009 at around 9:30pm, 10-year-old Lindsey Baum left a friend's house in McCleary, Wash., to walk home alone after the friend's mother said no to a sleepover. It was the last time she was seen alive. Police say the case has become a homicide... More »

Dad Who Reported Son Missing Had Just Killed Him: Cops

Mom is also charged in death of 5-year-old with autism

(Newser) - Law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers spent days searching for a 5-year-old boy reported missing in Tennessee last week, but his parents already knew he was dead, police say. Joseph Daniels, 28, who on April 4 told authorities his son slipped out of the family's home in Dickson, admitted... More »

He Switched His Phone On. It Was Flooded With Messages

Father describes harrowing moment he learned of deaths of his 2 young children

(Newser) - The father of two young children who were killed by their nanny has described the harrowing moment he learned of their deaths just after his plane landed and how he said goodbye to them. Kevin Krim told jurors in the trial of Yoselyn Ortega on Tuesday that when he switched... More »

Cops: She Killed 6-Month Old, 2 Who Were Even Younger

Nancy Moronez's daughter went to police

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman has been charged with suffocating three babies more than 30 years ago—cases that investigators initially attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, prosecutors said Friday. The cases were reopened in March 2015 after Nancy Moronez's daughter told police her mother confessed to suffocating Moronez's son... More »

In Minutes, Jury Convicts Man of Florida Girl's Murder, Rape

Donald Smith posed as good Samaritan for poor family to get close to Cherish Perrywinkle, 8

(Newser) - It took less than 15 minutes Wednesday for a Florida jury to convict a 61-year-old man of abducting, raping, and murdering an 8-year-old girl, the AP reports. The Jacksonville courtroom had just gone into recess after the judge read instructions to the jurors when everyone quickly returned. A decision was... More »

Texas Executes Man Who Killed Girls as Mom Listened

'Well, hi, Mary Jean,' he said to ex-wife.

(Newser) - A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone was put to death Thursday night in Texas. John David Battaglia was executed for the May 2001 killings of his 9-year-old daughter, Faith, and her 6-year-old sister, Liberty. Battaglia and... More »

3-Year-Old Found in Creek Died of Chloroform Poisoning

Mother's boyfriend is now charged with murder

(Newser) - Police have finally filed murder charges in the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, whose body was found in a creek in December, days after her mother said she'd disappeared from her North Carolina home. The mother's live-in boyfriend, Adolphus Earl Kimrey II—already facing charges including concealing a... More »

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