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Mom's Boyfriend Accused of Abusing Mariah Woods

Court documents state mom knew about sexual abuse

(Newser) - Disturbing details have surfaced in the case of Mariah Woods, the North Carolina 3-year-old found dead days after she disappeared from her mother's home. According to court documents seen by the Jacksonville Daily News , Earl Kimrey, the mother's live-in boyfriend, was accused of sexually abusing the girl and... More »

She's Charged in Child's Death. Officials Think It Goes Deeper

'Cult leader' Anna Young arrested over 1980s death of toddler

(Newser) - An indictment related to the death of a child is always a grim happening, but in the case of Anna Elizabeth Young, it might be the start of something much more awful. The Gainesville Sun reports the 75-year-old was arrested Friday near Atlanta in connection with the late 1980s death... More »

Infant Twin Wakes on Way to His Funeral

Family in India noticed 'dead' baby moving in bag in a case of 'shocking criminal negligence'

(Newser) - Police are on the case of an upscale New Delhi hospital for what the Times of India calls a "shocking case of negligence" after a premature newborn was declared dead, then later discovered by his parents to be alive on the way to his funeral. The BBC and the... More »

Parents: Our 10-Year-Old Girl Hanged Self Over Video

Ashawnty Davis' family blames bullying at school

(Newser) - Ashawnty Davis was a happy girl who loved basketball and hoped to one day play in the WNBA. But that was before a video showing the 10-year-old fighting with a fellow student at school was posted to social media, say her parents. Already the victim of bullying, Ashawnty endured further... More »

Doctor Warned Child Services About Girl Later Found Dead

CPS in Texas investigating death of Sherin Mathews

(Newser) - Months before 3-year-old Sherin Mathews choked to death in the Dallas suburb of Richardson as her adopted father allegedly forced her to drink milk , a doctor contacted Child Protective Services to report the girl was possibly being abused, reports the Dallas Morning News . Speaking at a Wednesday custody hearing regarding... More »

She Died in Her Crib. Her Parents Blame Their Apartment

Oregon couple suing for $8M

(Newser) - Two-year-old Taqwa Dakhlalla was "all [her mother] ever wanted," a little girl who made the lives of her parents "ceaselessly better," according to Facebook posts. Then tragedy struck. On Dec. 11, 2016, Janna Walton and Abdullah Dakhlalla put their daughter to sleep in a room in... More »

With 8 Children Now Dead, Ikea Relaunches Dresser Recall

7 of the deaths occurred since 2002

(Newser) - Ikea relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers Tuesday after the death of an eighth child. The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which... More »

Suit: Dad Heard Ghastly Crack as Boy Died in Rotating Eatery

Rebecca and Michael Holt accuse Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel of negligence

(Newser) - The family of a 5-year-old boy whose skull was crushed in the rotating wall of a hotel restaurant has sued the Atlanta hotel, accusing it of negligence in his death. Attorney Joseph Fried filed suit Wednesday for Rebecca and Michael Holt of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose son Charlie died April... More »

Parents Charged in Death of Baby Found Rotting in Swing

4-month-old had maggots in clothing, skin

(Newser) - Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home, the AP reports. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder... More »

Orphanage Owner Denies Claim Dead Girl Had Eating Trouble

Police say Wesley Mathews claimed his daughter Sherin was malnourished

(Newser) - The Texas father charged in the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter has been placed on suicide watch in a Dallas County jail, the Houston Chronicle reports. Police say 37-year-old Wesley Mathews originally told them his daughter Sherin disappeared at 3am Oct. 7 after he put her outside for refusing... More »

Warrant: Dad Has New Claim on How Missing 3-Year-Old Died

Sherin Mathews 'was coughing and her breathing slowed' after he 'assisted' her in drinking milk

(Newser) - A Texas father is facing life in prison after police say he changed his story regarding his missing 3-year-old daughter , admitting she died while he "physically assisted" her in drinking milk, the Washington Post reports. Wesley Mathews was arrested Monday night after "voluntarily" providing a new statement to... More »

Critics: 'Ticking Land Mines' for Kids Due to Poor Ikea Recall

An 8th toddler died in May after a dresser fell on him; his parents say they didn't know about recall

(Newser) - A massive recall , followed by a $50 million wrongful-death settlement payment last year, seemed to mark the beginning of the end for an Ikea disaster that left several toddlers dead after they were crushed by dressers that fell on them. But NPR reports yet another toddler—said to be the... More »

Plumber Called for Toilet Problem Makes Terrible Find

UK woman jailed for concealing death of her newborn son years earlier

(Newser) - Plumbers called to a UK home that had been having toilet trouble found a terrible reason for the issues: the body of a newborn boy. Sinead Connett, now 29, was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison following the plumber's discovery last year. She told cops she was "... More »

He Was Charged in Daughter's Death. Then Son, 7, Spoke Up

Boy told prosecutors he caused 2-year-old's death in 2015

(Newser) - A North Texas father charged with his 2-year-old daughter's murder has seen the case dropped after his 7-year-old son made a stunning admission, prosecutors say. Investigators—who initially believed 33-year-old Anthony Sanders suffocated his daughter, possibly when she interrupted him playing computer games on Dec. 12, 2015—say Sanders'... More »

Couple Charged With Letting Baby Die Over Religious Beliefs

Joshua and Rachel Piland prayed while their baby died, police say

(Newser) - Michigan police say Rachel Piland didn't take her newborn daughter to the hospital despite the baby coughing blood and not eating, instead going to "listen to sermons," the Lansing State Journal reports. A day later, Piland allegedly wouldn't let her mother call for help when blood... More »

'She Just Wanted Some Candy': Instead Girl, 4, Is Dead

Yanelly Zoller found gun in grandma's purse

(Newser) - Yanelly "Nelly" Zoller was trying to find candy in her grandma's purse when she stumbled upon a gun, accidentally pulled the trigger, and fatally shot herself in the chest. The Florida 4-year-old was at her grandparents' home Sept. 14 when the tragedy occurred; her father, Shane, arrived to... More »

Mom High in Car, Toddler Fatally Injures Herself: Cops

2-year-old girl died in her car seat

(Newser) - A New Jersey mom was high on drugs in her car and left her 2-year-old daughter unattended for hours in a car seat, where she fatally injured herself, prosecutors say. Deanna Joseph called 911 on Saturday night to report her child was unresponsive, NJ.com reports. The child was found... More »

Cops: Child Found Dead After Couple Put Mattress Over Crib

Authorities say mattress was held down with rock salt, bungee cord

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in connection with the death of their 2-year-old son in April. Penn Live reports Justin Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, called 911 when they found their son Eoin unresponsive in his crib on April 25. During an interview... More »

Did 60 Children Die Because of an Unpaid Bill?

That's the allegation against a hospital in India's Uttar Pradesh state

(Newser) - In a five-day span at a single hospital in India, 60 children have died, 34 of them infants. The rash of deaths, which the Independent reports began last Monday, has led to the suspension of the head of the hospital in Uttar Pradesh state, and it's also spurred a... More »

Girl, 8, Dies Months After Drinking Boiling Water

Tragedy under investigation by Florida's Department of Children and Families

(Newser) - In March, Ki’ari Pope drank boiling water through a straw after she and her cousin watched a video of someone appearing to do it on YouTube and her cousin dared her to try. Early Monday, the Florida 8-year-old was pronounced dead after months of medical issues related to the... More »

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