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Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

Photo Taken From Window Led to Missing NC Teen

Hailey Burns rescued hours after her parents got a message online

(Newser) - Shaunna and Anthony Burns awoke on May 23, 2016, to find their daughter missing and their front door unlocked. It is believed Hailey Burns, then 16, left the home in Charlotte, NC, and was picked up less than a mile away by a man she'd met online. A year... More »

20 Kids, 20 Dogs Found in 'Uninhabitable' Home

Five women were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty

(Newser) - Authorities removed 20 children and 20 dogs—two of them dead—from a house in Victorville, Calif., on Friday while arresting the five adult women who lived there, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to police, the "uninhabitable" house had no gas or electricity. There wasn't enough food... More »

Mom Jailed for Facebooking While Child Drowns

Judge blames 'consistently bad parenting' for her son's death

(Newser) - A 31-year-old British mother has been sentenced to spend the next five years in jail after her 2-year-old son drowned in a pond while she was checking Facebook, the Guardian reports. Claire Barnett was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to child cruelty in connection with the death of her... More »

Mom Arrested After Baby Saved From Hot Car

Leave a shoe as a reminder, safety groups urge

(Newser) - A 5-week-old baby in Slidell, La., is only alive today because somebody noticed the child in the backseat of a car outside a strip mall Monday afternoon and called 911, police say. A police officer used a device to unlock the vehicle and rescue the unconscious infant, who was sweating... More »

Mom Locks Child in Room Where She Shoots, Kills Self

Police say 5-year-old found loaded .38-caliber revolver

(Newser) - A woman who locked her 5-year-old daughter up in a room with a loaded gun has been charged with second-degree murder in the child's death, police in New Orleans say. Initial investigations show that the girl found a loaded .38-caliber revolver in the bedroom and accidentally shot herself in... More »

Drunk Grandparents Busted for Towing Girl in Toy Car

Florida couple told cops they were just having fun

(Newser) - It's probably going to be a long time before Paul and Belinda Berloni will be allowed to be in charge of a motor vehicle—or their granddaughter. The couple were arrested after Florida police spotted them in their SUV, driving at speeds of up to 10mph while towing the... More »

Toddler Nailed Inside Bedroom

Georgia cops kick in door, parents busted

(Newser) - Georgia parents have been busted after their 3-year-old son was found trapped in his bedroom with the door nailed shut. The boy was wearing a soiled diaper, had severe diaper rash and open sores, and no access to proper nutrition—only rotted food and spoiled milk littered the floor, reports... More »

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