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Girl, 11, Found in Freezer Had Been Missing for a Year

'I'm really upset that we let this child down'

(Newser) - The body of a Florida 11-year-old girl who had apparently been missing for more than a year—though authorities say no one reported her disappearance or questioned her whereabouts—was found in a freezer that her mother left at the home of some family members, police said Monday. "I'... More »

After Baby Doe's Murder, a Heroin Binge: Prosecutor

Couple allegedly high, perhaps for days, after Bella's death

(Newser) - Locking Bella Bond in a closet as she screamed had, predictably, done little to calm the 2-year-old in the past. So when she refused to go to sleep one day in late May, Michael McCarthy told Rachelle Bond, his girlfriend and Bella's mom, that he'd quiet her, per... More »

'Baby Doe' Is IDed; Man Questioned

Cops learned her name during search of Boston home

(Newser) - "Baby Doe," the young girl found stuffed in a trash bag on a Boston beach back in June, has been identified. Police say the 4-year-old, named Bella, was the daughter of Rachelle Bond, who lives in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, reports the Daily Beast ; police had earlier linked... More »

Chemical Sleuthing Adds Another Clue to Baby Doe Puzzle

Isotopes in hair, teeth of girl found on Boston beach suggest she was transient

(Newser) - The "first big break" in Boston's Baby Doe case came earlier this month when tests discovered local pollen on the dead girl's clothing and blanket. Now another clue has emerged, thanks to the chemical detective work of a Utah lab: After analysis that compared oxygen isotopes in... More »

Pollen Test Gives 1st Big Break in 'Baby Doe' Case

But why won't anyone come forward?

(Newser) - Seems "Baby Doe" was a local girl. A pollen test has given investigators "their first big break" in the case of a young girl found in a trash bag on a Boston beach in June, NBC News reports. The test shows "Baby Doe"—who was around... More »

Detroit Mom Who Put Dead Kids in Freezer Is Sentenced

Mitchelle Blair will serve life in prison without parole

(Newser) - A Detroit woman with no remorse for killing two of her four children and stuffing the bodies in a home freezer was sentenced today to life in prison without parole. Mitchelle Blair was charged, convicted, and sentenced in less than four months; an eviction crew discovered the children's bodies... More »

Police: Home Lice Remedy Kills Baby Girl

Family put plastic bag on 1-year-old's head

(Newser) - A baby girl died this weekend when family members spread mayonnaise on her scalp and placed a shopping bag on her head—a home remedy for head lice, the Republican reports. Police in Springfield, Mass., say the 1-year-old child was left alone for hours and apparently suffocated under the bag.... More »

Boys Find Baby's Body Buried in Sand

Police in Sydney searching for infant's mother

(Newser) - Two young boys are receiving counseling after making a horrifying find at a beach in Sydney, Australia, yesterday. The boys, ages 6 and 7, discovered what police say was the decomposed body of a "very small infant child" while they were digging in the sand at Maroubra Beach, the... More »

Cops Arrest Mom of Toddler Found Dead in Hotel Room

Jessica Smith found hiding out in woods

(Newser) - The mother whose dead 2-year-old daughter and badly injured 13-year-old daughter were found in an Oregon hotel room last week was tracked down hours after police issued a warrant for her arrest. Jessica Smith, 40, was taken into custody on an aggravated murder charge yesterday after a Coast Guard helicopter... More »

Dead Baby, 'Cut' Sister Found in Hotel; Police Seek Mom

Jessica Smith, 40, is only a person of interest so far

(Newser) - Police are seeking the mother of a dead toddler and a severely injured 13-year-old girl today after a housekeeper discovered the two girls in an Oregon hotel room, News Channel 8 Portland reports. The mother, Jessica Smith, 40, checked in with her daughters at the hotel—the Surfsand Resort in... More »

Dad Off the Hook in Children's Dirt-Pit Deaths

Judge dismisses case against Jordan Keely Arwood

(Newser) - The North Carolina man charged in the deaths of his daughter and her cousin when they were buried in a pit he was digging will not be punished for the tragic accident. A judge yesterday dismissed the case against Jordan Keely Arwood, siding with his defense team that the April... More »

1 Child Dead in Idaho School Bus Crash

Dump truck collides with elementary bus

(Newser) - Authorities say one child has died and at least four others were injured when a dump truck collided with a school bus carrying elementary school students in a small southwest Idaho city. Emergency crews are responding to the scene today in Kuna, a town about 30 minutes from Boise. Canyon... More »

2 of 5 Kids Pulled From Underwater Car Die

3 others in critical condition

(Newser) - Two children have died after they were trapped in a car that veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp and became submerged in a storm water pond. Five children, ages 1 to 7, were pulled out of the car after it was towed from the water yesterday in St. Louis... More »

Dad Had Just Won Custody of Slain Kids

Had fought for years with ex-wife charged in their deaths

(Newser) - The Arizona woman who tried to kill herself Saturday after allegedly murdering her two children had lost custody of them just three days before. The autopsy points to poison as the killer, and the AP 's report on Marilyn Edge focuses on the "contentious" custody battle she had... 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 »

Dead Boy in Maine: Did Mom Have Murder-Suicide Plan?

Julianne McCrey may have come to area to commit suicide, kill son: lawyer

(Newser) - The Texas woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son and leaving his body on a dirt road in Maine is suicidal, and has likely confessed to police, her lawyer said today. Attorney George Murphy also said that Julianne McCrery, 42, didn't tell him the reason she came to New... More »

Mother Arrested in Death of Boy in Maine

Texas woman charged with murder of boy found dumped on rural road

(Newser) - A Texas woman has been arrested and charged with the murder of her 6-year-old son, whose body was found on a road in rural Maine . Julianne McCrery, 42, was arrested after a state trooper spotted the pickup truck with Navy insignia embossed on the license plate that had been seen... More »

Distraught Parents Leap to Death With Son's Body

(Newser) - Heartsick parents jumped to their death from cliffs in Britain with the body of their son who had died from an illness, reports the Times of London. The trio were found in East Sussex at the foot of Beachy Head, a notorious spot for suicides. The body of the couple's... More »

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