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6-Year-Old's Mom: 'And Magic She Was'

Faye Marie Swetlik, RIP

(Newser) - The South Carolina community that searched, prayed, and then cried for a missing 6-year-old girl said goodbye Friday to the youngster, who disappeared from her front yard and was found dead three days later, the AP reports. A sea of bright colors, especially pink and purple, filled Trinity Baptist Church... More »

Neighbor Slit His Own Throat After Strangling 6-Year-Old

Authorities release more details about the murder of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard after school was strangled by a neighbor who then killed himself , authorities said Tuesday. Faye Marie Swetlik died just hours after she was abducted, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher told reporters, per the AP . Her body was found nearly three days... More »

Man Charged With Killing 5 of His Children as Infants

Slayings took place between 1992 and 2001

(Newser) - A man about to be released from a California prison has been arrested after new DNA evidence showed he killed five of his own children, all no more than 6 months old, officials said Monday. The children were killed between 1992 and 2001, NBC reports. Paul Perez, 57, was arrested... More »

NYPD Officer Charged With Freezing Son, 8, to Death

Michael Valva and his fiancee allegedly forced boy to stay in freezing garage overnight

(Newser) - A New York Police Department officer and his fiancee were charged with second-degree murder Friday after the transit officer's 8-year-old son was allegedly left in an unheated, unfinished garage overnight and froze to death. Michael Valva, 40, and Angela Pollina, 42, have both pleaded not guilty. As NBC News... More »

3 Young Children Found Dead, Mom Arrested

Police say she has confessed to Monday night murders in Phoenix

(Newser) - Police were called to a Phoenix home Monday night and found an awful scene: a 3-year-old boy and two girls, ages 2 and 7 months, dead in the living room. Their mother, 22-year-old Rachel Henry, was arrested, and on Tuesday police said she admitted to killing all three, AZCentral reports.... More »

On Day of Girl's Kidnapping and Murder, Suspect Bought a Pill

But Patrick Stallworth blames girlfriend for Kamille McKinney's death

(Newser) - Two suspects charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a 3-year-old girl in Alabama are each pointing the finger at the other. At Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Patrick Stallworth, defense attorney Derrick Collins said his client had initially lied to authorities out of love for his... More »

Mom Who Found Kids Hanged Charged With Their Murders

Lisa Snyder was charged on Monday in deaths of 8- and 4-year-olds

(Newser) - The story, as Lisa Rachelle Snyder told it , was horrifying: The Pennsylvania mother called 911 on Sept. 23, saying that only minutes before she had discovered her two young children hanging from a support beam in the basement of their Albany Township home. She referenced her 8-year-old son, Conner, having... More »

Sole Survivor, 9, of Murder-Suicide That Killed Entire Family Dies

Ezekiel Valdivia dies after his father killed his mom, 3 brothers on Nov. 16

(Newser) - He was the only survivor of a murder-suicide shooting that claimed the lives of his mother and three brothers. Now, a 9-year-old California boy has also died. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune , Karl Albright says his nephew Ezekiel Valdivia, who'd been on life support since the Nov. 16 shooting... More »

A Stranger Saw Her Crying and Offered Help. Things Spiraled

'Chicago Tribune' dives deep into the tragic story of AJ Freund

(Newser) - JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund are accused of killing their 5-year-old son in April. Prosecutors allege the couple forced AJ "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time and/or struck (him) on or about his body," causing his death , then buried him in a... More »

Body of Kidnapped Girl, 3, Found in Dumpster

'Tonight our entire city is mourning. Kamille is gone'

(Newser) - Heartbreaking news from Alabama: The body of kidnapped 3-year-old Kamille McKinney has been found, more than a week after her father pleaded for people to "please bring me my Cupcake back home." Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith says the body of Kamille, who was last seen at an... More »

Cops: 'Make-a-Wish' Mom Killed Her Own Daughter

Colorado woman accused of lying about 7-year-old's terminal illness

(Newser) - When 7-year-old Olivia Gant died in 2017, people thought she was the victim of a tragic illness. Police now believe she was the victim of a horrific crime—and her own mother was the culprit. Kelly Renee Turner, 41, was arrested last week on 13 charges including child abuse and... More »

Man Guilty of Killing Chicago Boy Lured Into Alley

He bragged about killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

(Newser) - A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box. Prosecutors contended that Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee... More »

$100K in Rewards Offered in St. Louis Child Killings

Latest victim was 8-year-old shot dead Friday

(Newser) - St. Louis is offering rewards totaling $100,000 in four unsolved child murders, including that of Jurnee Thompson, an 8-year-old girl who was shot dead outside a restaurant Friday. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in that case and in three other unsolved... More »

Toddler Found Dead After Parents' Murder-Suicide

Police in Montana believe they have found body of Aiden Salcido

(Newser) - The body of a missing Oregon boy whose parents died in an apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been found in a remote area of Montana, police said. Police in Medford, Oregon, say Montana authorities reported finding the body Sunday thought to be that of 2-year-old Aiden Salcido, the son... More »

Woman Arrested After Bringing Daughter's Body to Hospital

She claimed 5-year-old died in car crash

(Newser) - On July 17, Jasmine Anderson brought the body of her 5-year-old daughter to a hospital in Louisiana, claiming Audrey Lynn Chelette had been killed in a car crash. Police, however, said the little girl's neck injury "was not consistent with what would occur during a crash"—and... More »

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... More »

It Was a Slow Death for Woman Killed for Her Unborn

2 suspects now charged with first-degree murder of infant

(Newser) - Clarisa Figueroa faces a slew of charges in the death of a pregnant woman allegedly killed for her unborn baby. Now, a new one. Both Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, 24, appeared at court in Chicago on Thursday to face first-degree murder charges in the death of that infant, who... More »

California Man Accused of Killing 2 Sons for Financial Gain

Autistic boys drowned off LA wharf; Ali Elmezayen is charged with murder

(Newser) - A California man who allegedly killed his two autistic sons for financial gain has been charged with murder—and prosecutors haven't ruled out seeking the death penalty. Prosecutors say Hawthorne resident Ali Elmezayen deliberately drove his car off a Los Angeles wharf in 2015, Fox reports. He emerged through... More »

Mom Who Allegedly Drowned Son Is Eligible for Death Penalty

Sherri Telnas is charged with 4 counts

(Newser) - The son she tried to kill 11 years ago is dead and her other son is in a coma . It's possible she could be put on death row if convicted of the crime. The Visalia Times-Delta outlines Tulare County prosecutors' options in the case of Sherri Telnas, who was... More »

Cops: Mom Killed Son She First Tried to Drown 11 Years Ago

Sherri Telnas charged with murder

(Newser) - A California woman who tried to drown her 10-month-old son in 2008 murdered him 11 years later, long after she had regained custody, police say. After Sherri Renee Telnas told police in Montana she had tried to drown Jackson Telnas in a river, she spent less than a year in... More »

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