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Mother Convicted in 1981 Death of Newborn Left in Field

Theresa Bentaas, who allegedly said she was 'young and stupid,' faces life in prison

(Newser) - Update: A South Dakota woman has been convicted in the death of her newborn son, found alone in a cornfield 40 years ago. Theresa Bentaas, 60, of Sioux Falls, entered what's known as an Alford plea to manslaughter charges, a move in which she technically admits no guilt, reports...

Scientists Say Convicted Serial Killer Is Innocent

They petition for release of Australia's Kathleen Folbigg, imprisoned after deaths for her 4 babies

(Newser) - The name Kathleen Folbigg may not be familiar to Americans, but it surely is to Australians. The 53-year-old is known as the nation's "worst female serial killer" after being convicted of murdering her four babies in the 1990s, reports the Guardian . Folbigg, though, has always maintained her innocence,...

Neonatal Nurse Accused in Multiple Murders

Britain's Lucy Letby also accused of killing 8 infants, attempting to kill 10 more

(Newser) - A 30-year-old British nurse appeared in court Thursday to face horrific charges: Lucy Letby is accused of murdering eight babies in her care and attempting to murder 10 more, reports the BBC . Letby worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, England, where the deaths occurred in 2015 and...

Mom Accused of Killing Her Girls: Organs Are 'Worth a Lot'

Amanda Sharp-Jefferson has been arrested on 2 counts of murder

(Newser) - A Las Vegas woman is accused of killing her own babies and saying the children's body parts were "worth a lot of money," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Amanda Sharp-Jefferson, 26, was arrested Friday and attended an arraignment hearing Tuesday on two counts of murder. Police said...

Judge Decides How to Try Lori and Chad Daybell

The Idaho couple can be tried together in the deaths of her 2 children

(Newser) - Chad and Lori Daybell won't be tried separately. A judge ruled Thursday that the Idaho couple—who face similar charges in connection with the deaths of her two children—can have their trials combined, East Idaho News reports. This after Chad's lawyer, John Prior, and Special Prosecutor Bob...

Report: Boy Tried to Stop Mom From Killing Baby Sister

Then Rachel Henry allegedly killed 3-year-old, her 3rd young child, all reportedly with her bare hands

(Newser) - The 22-year-old mother arrested in the murders of her three children in Phoenix smothered each with her bare hands, according to court records. The children's father and another woman described as an "aunt" were out Monday when Rachel Henry first smothered her 1-year-old daughter—initially described as a...

While Burying His Newborn, He Found Another Buried Alive

Police searching for parents of Indian girl, now in hospital

(Newser) - A man in India was digging a grave for his newborn daughter last week when the impossible happened: He discovered another newborn, who had been buried alive and was still breathing, reports the Guardian . Hitesh Sirohi and his wife were at a remote cemetery in Uttar Pradesh burying their child...

Docs Spent 10 Hours Trying to Save Newborn. Now, 2 Arrests

Baby Diego's mother, her boyfriend accused of strangulation that led to infant's death

(Newser) - She gave birth on Thursday, but by Friday evening, Andrea Torralba Camacho's newborn son was dead. Now, Camacho, 20, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, David Luna Villa, have been arrested after medical staff at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif., reported the baby suffered a "suspicious...

Mom Charged With Murder in 5-Week-Old's Death

Alicia reportedly admitted to throwing down her infant daughter

(Newser) - An Iowa woman faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly smashing her infant daughter's skull against a coffee table, People reports. Authorities say Alicia Marie Rios, 28, of Elgin admitted to throwing down the 5-week-old in a fit of frustration in August. The infant's head struck a coffee...

Double-Murder Charges After Mom's Jarring Internet Search

Stephany Lafountain accused of killing her 2 infants after looking up 'ways to suffocate'

(Newser) - A young mother in Alaska is accused of killing her two babies two years apart, and a disturbing internet search is part of the evidence against her. Stephany Lafountain, 23, is being held in Fairbanks on charges that she killed one infant daughter in 2015 and her second in 2017,...

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Never-Before-Seen Behavior in Orcas Surprises Scientists

Researchers see the first known case of infanticide among killer whales

(Newser) - Scientists have observed a behavior never before seen in killer whales, and it makes for a grim discovery. Following strange calls from orcas off the northeastern coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island in December, researchers observed the first known case of infanticide among the whales. After tracking down the...

Part of Mom's Penalty for Killing Baby: 10 Pregnancy Tests

Plus house arrest and probation

(Newser) - A Canadian woman who pleaded guilty to killing her newborn after an unrecognized pregnancy has been handed what's believed to be the first decision of its kind in Canada: The 43-year-old woman must take a pregnancy test every six months for the next five years and submit the results...

Cops: Mom Breastfed Baby, Left Her to Die on Beach

Fabienne Kabou is on trial this week for alleged infanticide

(Newser) - In November 2013, Fabienne Kabou traveled to the French coastal town of Berck-sur-Mer with her 15-month-old daughter and checked into a hotel. She reportedly asked locals about the tides, breastfed Adélaïde on the beach, and then, allegedly, left the little girl there as the tide came in. The...

Pregnant Teacher's Body Found After Alleged School Affair

Arrested assistant principal Robert Marks has yet to talk

(Newser) - A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that's shaken Baton Rouge, La. Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old...

Cops: Babysitter Killed Infant With Allergy Medication

Lori Conley, 43, is charged with murder

(Newser) - Katie Mulkey left her son with a babysitter and went to work—but her boy was dead by the end of the day. Police say unlicensed caregiver Lori Conley is to blame for giving 8-month-old Haddix Mulkey a drug he never should have taken, ABC News reports. Authorities say Mulkey...

Cops: Mom Killed Baby, Lived With It for Months

Christina Colantonio is jailed in Batavia, NY

(Newser) - A New York state woman is accused of killing her infant daughter and living with the body for about three months, the Daily News reports. Christina Colantonio, 28, has been arraigned and jailed in Batavia, NY, on the charge of second-degree murder. "Batavia police detectives were able to determine...

Judge Rules on Woman Who Stuffed Baby in Bag

Kimberly Pappas claimed she miscarried baby at work

(Newser) - A woman accused of suffocating her newborn baby in a plastic bag at work is facing charges of child abuse and murder. A judge made the ruling today after hearing testimony in a Detroit suburb, the Detroit News reports. Kimberly Pappas, 26, allegedly gave birth in her office bathroom on...

2 Sons Were Dead; Why the Law Couldn't Save Her 3rd

Prosecutor, police, Children Services suspected something was up

(Newser) - Brittany Pilkington regained custody of her kids, 3-month-old Noah and 3-year-old Hailey, less than a week before police were called to her apartment in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and found Noah dead. Now charged with murder , Pilkington, 23, admitted to smothering Noah with a blanket, along with two other sons over 13...

Cops: Mom Killed 3 Sons After Daughter Was Ignored

3-month-old died 6 days after being returned to Ohio family

(Newser) - A young mother in Bellefontaine, Ohio, has confessed to an incomprehensible crime and given a reason that's equally hard to understand. Police say 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington has told investigators that she killed her three young sons over a 13-month period, and that she did so because her husband, Joseph...

Mom Charged After Boy, 1, Thrown From Bridge Dies

Charged may be upgraded; Zymeir Perry lived for 6 days

(Newser) - The 20-month-old boy whose mother allegedly tossed him over the side of a Pennsylvania bridge into the Lehigh River, then followed him in, has died after six days, reports NBC Philadelphia . Police had previously charged 19-year-old Johnesha Perry with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child;...

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