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Before Girl's Brutal Killing, Mom Sought Men to Rape Her: Cops

Victoria Martens was assaulted before brutal night that ended her young life, mom tells cops

(Newser) - The death of Victoria Martens was a brutal, unthinkable assault on the innocence of childhood: The Albuquerque girl was slipped meth on her 10th birthday, raped, strangled, stabbed, and finally dismembered, before what remained of her battered body was set on fire in the bathtub of her apartment—allegedly at... More »

Gruesome Find in Arkansas Forest: 56 Dead Dogs

Someone killed dogs in the woods, sheriff says

(Newser) - Two people from a lumber mill who went looking at timber tracts in a remote part of an Arkansas forest Thursday weren't expecting what they found: at least 56 dead dogs, plus more that were wounded, KY3 reports. The Searcy County sheriff says someone brought the dogs out to... More »

Note on Dead Dog: 'We Beat It 2 Death Lol'

Humanity is doomed

(Newser) - The beating death of a Pomeranian named Fox may have been eclipsed by the hand-written note left behind: "We beat it 2 death lol HAHAHA!" Ronald Boisvert, Fox's owner, said his 13-year-old family pet disappeared Friday afternoon when his girlfriend let him out at their Pembroke Pines... More »

Vets Save Leg of Dog Shot, Tied to Tracks

Cabela 'came through surgery with flying colors'

(Newser) - Rumors of the demise of Cabela's leg were premature: The Florida mutt found shot and tied to railroad tracks , her front right leg shattered by a bullet, pulled off something of a miracle, reports WTSP . "Cabela came through surgery with flying colors and four legs," says the... More »

Cops: Flier Drowned Puppy She Couldn't Bring on Plane

Cynthia V. Anderson accused of killing Doberman

(Newser) - There are awful stories and then there are awful stories. Brace yourself for the latter. Nebraska police say a Florida woman who wasn't permitted to board a flight with a puppy not yet two weeks old may have drowned the animal in a bathroom at the Central Nebraska Regional... More »

Mom: I Didn't Know My Son Died Til I Smelled Him

Jarrod Tutko's father didn't tell anyone boy had died

(Newser) - Today, from the dregs of humanity: Eight-year-old Jarrod Tutko Jr. died on Tuesday on the third floor of his home. On Friday night, mom Kimberly Tutko asked her husband, Jarrod Sr., what was the cause of the smell coming from the third floor, at which point, in the telling of... More »

Giraffe Killed After Head Hits Highway Bridge grisly scene eerily similar to a clip from The Hangover Part III

(Newser) - The scene may have drawn a few giggles in The Hangover Part III , but the horrific, real-life death of a giraffe on a South African highway this week has animal rights activists fuming. A witness tweeted a picture of two giraffes sticking out of a truck on a highway, with... More »

Baby Rhino Won't Sleep Alone After Poachers Killed Mom

Little Gertjie getting some TLC from endangered species center

(Newser) - Gertjie is only four months old, but he's got a backstory terrible enough to keep most people awake at night, so perhaps it's no surprise that the little guy has trouble sleeping by himself. The Independent has the tale of the baby rhino, who came to live in... More »

Cops: Boy Locked in Filthy Room for 2 Years

Authorities rescue him from aunt, uncle in Canada

(Newser) - Police in Ontario, Canada, say they rescued a 10-year-old boy who had been kept locked in a filthy room for somewhere between 18 months and two years, reports the National Post . His parents live overseas, and they apparently left the boy in the custody of an aunt and uncle, who... More »

Father Helps Stone to Death Pregnant Daughter

'Honor killing' takes place outside courthouse in Pakistan

(Newser) - "Stoned to death" doesn't quite capture it. Those who murdered a 25-year-old pregnant Pakistani woman outside a court in Lahore used bricks from a nearby construction site to kill her, reports AP . And it somehow gets worse: The 20 or so attackers included her father, brothers, and other... More »

Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic

Animal held upside down in Twitter image

(Newser) - A Twitter photo of a dog held upside-down over a beer keg has a pair of college students in Western New York facing animal cruelty charges. The young Labrador retriever, Mya, was apparently being forced to drink, officials say (though another Twitter user says the dog didn't actually have... More »

Morton's Asks Cancer Patient to Remove Cap

Man needed it for the extra warmth; witnesses outraged

(Newser) - Multiple diners say they witnessed staff at a Nashville Morton's Steakhouse treating a cancer patient poorly, Fox 17 reports. The man was part of a large party that had come in for a company holiday gathering and spent more than $2,000; toward the end of the meal, he... More »

Mechanic Opens Trunk, Finds Starving Baby

French couple charged with abuse

(Newser) - A mechanic investigating strange noises coming from a car trunk was horrified to find a naked, starving, and dehydrated baby girl inside, lying on garbage bags and covered in excrement. Workers at the garage in central France say the car's owner, a woman in her 40s, brought the vehicle... More »

Teacher Gets 30 Days for Rape of Student, 14

Troubled girl later committed suicide

(Newser) - A Montana teacher found guilty of raping a troubled 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide will spend just 30 days in jail because the judge decided the girl was "older than her chronological age" and "was as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. After the... More »

20K Rats, Snakes So Abused Rescuers Needed Counseling

Bosses charged with 106 counts of animal cruelty

(Newser) - Following what PETA is calling the biggest animal seizure in California history, rescuers were so disturbed by what they saw that they needed crisis counseling. A warehouse near Los Angeles was full of some 20,000 rats, snakes, and other reptiles who faced long-term mistreatment; many were dead and maggot-ridden,... More »

Mom Forced Daughter, 14, to Impregnate Herself

Woman wanted another baby, but was barred from adopting

(Newser) - A mother who was barred from adopting more children found a criminal way to increase her brood: She forced her 14-year-old daughter to start inseminating herself with donor sperm the mother bought on the Internet. The girl, a virgin, is thought to have miscarried at 14, and ended up giving... More »

Booze, Drugs, and AK-47s: Target Practice Goes Awry

Ohio men accidentally shoot up neighbors' houses

(Newser) - Residents of an Ohio town found themselves running for cover yesterday afternoon, when their neighbors unwittingly sprayed their homes with bullets while target shooting with AK-47s, police tell ABC 5 . Police responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire at about 2:24, according to the Medina-Gazette , and found themselves dodging bullets... More »

Animal Cruelty Video Shows Abuse at Major Dairy Farm

Idaho operation supplies Burger King, other chains

(Newser) - Yet another tough-to-stomach video is out detailing the abuse of animals in the fast-food industry, this time at a huge dairy farm in Idaho. The video by Mercy for Animals shows workers at Bettencourt Dairies punching, kicking, dragging, and stomping on cows, reports the Miami Herald . Because Burger King gets... More »

Thief Takes Camera With Last Photos of Aurora Victim

Her grandfather pleads for return of the memory card

(Newser) - A burglary victim in Denver hopes his thief has a heart. Robert Sullivan is pleading for the return of a memory card stolen along with four cameras from his home, reports the Denver Post . Sullivan is the grandfather of 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, who was the youngest person killed in the... More »

Worst Pickpocket Theft You Will Ever See

Thief leaves drunk victim on subway tracks with train coming

(Newser) - We've got Good Samaritans, we've got people who look the other way, and now we've got ... this guy. Evil Samaritan, maybe? After a drunk man fell onto subway tracks in Sweden, another man hopped down, stole his wallet, and left him there to get hit by an... More »

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