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One of NJ's 'Most Notorious Cold Cases' Is Closed

Michelle Lodzinski guilty of murdering young son

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter-century after she reported him missing, Michelle Lodzinski has been found guilty of murdering her 5-year-old son. The conviction closes one of New Jersey's "most notorious cold cases," the New York Times reports. Lodzinski told police that her son, Timothy "Timmy" Wiltsey, disappeared from... More »

Parents of Boy Missing 20 Years Charged With His Murder

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared at age 6

(Newser) - The parents of a Hawaii boy who has been missing for nearly 20 years have been charged with murder after authorities reopened the case and re-evaluated the evidence, the AP reports. The boy's parents have long been suspects in the 1997 disappearance of then 6-year-old Peter Kema Jr., known... More »

Children of Famed Pianist Were Likely Smothered

Medical examiner's office reports findings

(Newser) - Concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko's two young daughters were probably smothered to death with pillows, investigators believe. The official ruling on the manner of the March 17 deaths of Nika Kholodenko, 5, and Michaela Maria Kholodenko, 1, as reported Thursday by a Texas medical examiner's office: homicidal violence, with... More »

Man Who Reported Toddler Missing in '02 Now Arrested

The Jahi Turner case shook San Diego

(Newser) - Almost exactly 14 years after the disappearance of 2-year-old Jahi Turner shook San Diego, the man who reported him missing has been arrested. Tieray Jones, the boy's stepfather, was arrested in North Carolina on Monday on suspicion of murder, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . On April 25, 2002, he... More »

Social Workers Charged After Abused Boy Beaten to Death

They should have done something to stop it, prosecutors say

(Newser) - In what the Los Angeles Times describes as a "rare" move, social workers have been charged with a crime following the death of a child. Gabriel Fernandez, 8, died in Palmdale in 2013 after his mother and her boyfriend allegedly tortured him—pepper spraying him, making him eat his... More »

Deaths of Pianist's Kids Renew Talk of Cliburn Curse

3 of 16 Cliburn winners have died at an early age

(Newser) - Three years after winning the prestigious gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, pianist Vadym Kholodenko suffered the deaths of his two young children, for which his estranged wife has been charged with capital murder . It's just the latest tragedy to befall a Cliburn winner, Scott Cantrell... More »

Mom Arrested in Murders of Famed Pianist's Daughters

Sofya Tsygankova is undergoing mental health evaluation

(Newser) - Texas police say they've arrested the estranged wife of an internationally renowned pianist on capital murder charges in the deaths of the couple's two young children . Benbrook Police Cmdr. David Babcock said Monday that police have served an arrest warrant on Sofya Tsygankova, the wife of the Ukranian... More »

Famed Pianist's Young Children Found Dead

Vadym Kholodenko placed the 911 call Thursday morning

(Newser) - Police in Benbrook, Texas, responded to a 911 call on Thursday and found a tragic scene: the two young daughters of a celebrated concert pianist dead in their beds, and his estranged wife stabbed. The specifics of what may have happened became only slightly less opaque during a Friday press... More »

'Horrendous' Details Revealed in NYC Baby Killing

Woman accused of cutting newborn's umbilical cord, throwing her in trash

(Newser) - "The actions of this defendant are so horrendous and so reprehensible that it shocks one's conscience," an assistant district attorney told a courtroom in Staten Island, NY, on Monday in the case of 28-year-old Nausheen Rahman. The defendant is accused of murdering her newborn daughter and then... More »

Boy Found in Mom's Car Had Likely Been Dead 10 Years

Tonya Slaton charged with murdering son between 2004 and 2005

(Newser) - The body of Quincy Davis, who went missing as a teenager in 2004, was found in the trunk of his mother's car in Virginia—and authorities say Davis had likely been dead much of that time. His mother, Tonya Slaton, has been charged with murdering her son sometime between... More »

Authorities Detail the Plot to Murder Nicole Lovell

Suspects planned everything out, they say

(Newser) - Virginia authorities have released disturbing details of the kidnapping and killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, the AP reports. Suspects David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers planned the crime, they said Thursday, deciding together that Eisenhauer would cut Lovell's throat at a remote location they pre-selected, and going to separate Walmart... More »

Mom Who Killed 2 Kids After Losing Custody Gets Life

Marilyn Edge claimed she was taking them to Disneyland

(Newser) - An Arizona woman who murdered her two children after saying she was going to take them to Disneyland will be spending the rest of her life in prison. A judge in California, where the bodies of 13-year-old Jaelen Edge and his sister Faith, 10, were found in a hotel room... More »

Gruesome Child Murders Leave Cops 'Shaken'

Social workers visited children's home 4 times in last year

(Newser) - In the year before two children were found dead in a California storage locker, social workers visited the home of their guardian at least four times but didn't identify enough of a risk to remove the children. "We're looking at the case to see if there's... More »

Bodies of 2 Children Found in California Storage Unit

A 3rd child is 'fighting for her life'

(Newser) - Two people already in custody on suspicion of child abuse, torture, and mayhem are now being investigated for homicide after the bodies of two young children were found in a California storage unit Monday, the New York Times reports. The Plumas County Sheriff's Office arrested 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel and... More »

Cops: Paranoid Man Shot and Killed Girl at Soccer Practice

The family friend had spoke of 'mind control' prior to the shooting

(Newser) - Police say the man who shot and killed a 7-year-old girl after her soccer practice Thursday in Michigan believed someone was "out to get him" and trying to use "mind control" on him, Fox 2 Detroit reports. According to the Detroit Free Press , Timothy Obeshaw was a family... More »

Guy Accused of Killing 7-Year-Old Enters His Plea

Timothy Madden is arraigned in Kentucky

(Newser) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Kentucky girl has pleaded not guilty. Amy Gabriella Doolin's mother, Amy Doolin, sobbed and held her hand over her mouth as a judge read the charges against 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville, Kentucky, on Monday. Allen County District Judge Martha... More »

Arrest Made in Murder of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl

The arrested is a local father of five who went to school with the victim's dad

(Newser) - Kentucky police have made an arrest in the murder of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, WHAS reports. Timothy Madden was arrested Friday in connection with the crime and is facing charges, though no charges have been released, according to WKRN . WKYT reports the 38-year-old Madden is from the same small town—Scottsville—... More »

7-Year-Old Murder Victim Got 'Lost in a Crowd'

No arrests made in killing that has shaken Ky. town

(Newser) - It took less than a half-hour for the lives of Gabriella Doolin's parents to go from normal to nightmare. The 7-year-old girl was found dead 25 minutes after she disappeared from a youth football game in Scottsville, Ky., Saturday night, and police have confirmed that she was murdered. Gabriella'... More »

7-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Near School Football Game

Gabriella Doolin's death is a homicide, police say

(Newser) - Kentucky state police didn't take long in finding Gabriella Doolin's body. Her mom reported the 7-year-old missing from an Allen County-Scottsville High School football game Saturday evening in Scottsville, Kentucky, and 25 minutes later, police found Gabriella behind the school. Her body was in a creek in a... More »

8-Year-Old Charged in Beating Death of 1-Year-Old

'One of the saddest cases that I have witnessed'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy is being charged with beating a 1-year-old girl to death while they were left home alone as their mothers went to a nightclub, Alabama police said Monday. Birmingham police spokesperson Sean Edwards said the boy beat and killed 1-year-old Kelci Lewis when she wouldn't stop crying.... More »

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