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Vegan Mother Sentenced to Life Over Toddler's Death

Sheila O'Leary was convicted on charges including first-degree murder

(Newser) - A vegan woman convicted of murder in the malnutrition death of her young son was sentenced Monday to life in prison. Sheila O'Leary, 38, whose family followed a strict vegan diet, was convicted in June on six charges—first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, child abuse, and two...

Arizona Couple Allegedly Left Boy, 11, Home Alone for Weeks

Officials made contact with the child Dec. 12, parents returned home Dec. 29

(Newser) - An Arizona child was left home alone for at least two weeks, says authorities, and now his parents have been charged with child neglect. NBC News reports the 11-year-old's mother left the state prior to Thanksgiving, and that his father left a shortly after that holiday. The Cochise County...

Mom of Abandoned Boys Says She Visited 'Every 2 Weeks'

Gloria Williams now claims she also didn't know her 8-year-old son, Kendrick Lee, was dead

(Newser) - A Texas mother charged after the body of her 8-year-old son was found in an apartment along with three abandoned siblings now says she checked on her boys "every two weeks" and that she hadn't realized one of the brothers was dead. "I'm sorry. I didn'...

Cops: Boy Shot in 'Drive-By,' With Dad Behind the Wheel

Father of 10-year-old charged with child neglect after paintball incident leads to real gun violence

(Newser) - Police say a Florida man agreed to take his son out for a "drive-by" shooting using a paintball marker, which ended with the 10-year-old boy being shot with a real gun. Michael Williams, 26, drove his van as his son leaned out, firing off paintballs into a crowd of...

Guy Charged With Felony for Being a 'Cool Father'

Shaun Michaelsen, 41, was arrested in Florida

(Newser) - A Florida man is facing felony charges after police said he let a 12-year-old girl drive his SUV and told her to speed because he wanted to be a "cool father"—even though he is not her dad, the AP reports. Shaun Michaelsen, 41, told the arresting officer...

Cops: We 'Couldn't Believe' This Dad Was Involved in Shooting

Dustin Adkins charged in accidental shooting of daughter, 9

(Newser) - Florida's Dustin Adkins is barred from possessing guns after a handgun he was showing off in 2011 accidentally discharged, killing a 13-year-old girl. That's why Titusville police say they were dumbfounded to discover that Adkins' own 9-year-old daughter was shot Saturday when her father allegedly left her and...

Teen Calls Hotline, Cops Find Home in 'Complete Disarray'

5 kids found living in 'deplorable' conditions in Florida home, parents charged with child neglect

(Newser) - While most kids were out trick-or-treating on Thursday, one Florida teen was calling into an abuse hotline, a call that ended up getting both of her parents arrested. NBC News reports the call that came in on Halloween was from a 14-year-old girl who alerted authorities there was abuse going...

Florida Mom Overdoses With 3 Kids in Car

Her 12-year-old daughter called 911

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl in Florida may have saved her mother's life after the woman overdosed on heroin while driving on a highway, police say. "My mom won't wake up and we're on the I-4 in the car," the girl said after calling 911. "We'...

Youth Ranch Raided After Complaint About Nail Gun

Children allegedly 'hit, kicked ... spit on' at Montana's Ranch for Kids

(Newser) - Montana has removed 27 children from a home for troubled youth after reports of abuse, including one mentioning a nail gun shot at a child, per NBC News . "No child should have to experience what multiple sources have alleged has happened at the Ranch for Kids" in Rexford, near...

Nobody Checked Child Abuse Email—for 4 Years

'We did not know this email even existed'

(Newser) - A Colorado government email account set up to organize reports of child abuse and neglect went unchecked for four years so that five cases requiring immediate attention were disregarded. Colorado's Department of Human Services launched hccc@state.co.us in 2015 as a way for government staff to support a...

Cops: Boy's Death Will Haunt Us Our Whole Lives

Parents of Florida's Eduardo Posso, 12, allegedly shackled, shocked, and starved him

(Newser) - It was a slow and painful death for a 12-year-old Indiana boy chained and starved by his father and stepmother, according to authorities. "I cannot think of, in 30 years, a case like this. It's beyond anything I've worked," Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says, per...

'Hundreds of Bugs' Crawl Out of Girl's Backpack, Mom Arrested

Jessica Stevenson has been charged with felony child neglect

(Newser) - When a Florida second grader came to Bagdad Elementary School in Milton with an undesirable smell and soiled clothes, a staffer found out from the little girl she didn't remember the last time she'd bathed. Then, "hundreds of bugs crawled out" of the child's backpack in...

Cops: Mom Left Kids Home Alone Watching Home Alone

Indiana woman charged in very meta crime

(Newser) - An Indiana mom left her two small sons home alone with some very appropriate entertainment, reports KWBE . Police responded to a report of unattended children in a Muncie home and found 4- and 7-year-old brothers watching none other than Home Alone. KFOR reports that when cops contacted their mother at...

Cops: Girl Told by Mom to 'Hurry' Under Train Dies

'Worst thing I've ever seen in my life,' witness says of 8-year-old killed in Fresno, Calif.

(Newser) - Joy Frances Collins didn't want to miss her bus home, so the California mom asked her children to do something they'd done many times before, police say—and now her young daughter is dead. Per Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Collins, her 9-year-old son, and 8-year-old Joyanna (spelled...

Cops: Mom Left 3 Kids in Cold Car to Shop

Wisconsin woman faces child-neglect charges

(Newser) - It's the corollary to the child-left-in-hot-car stories from the summer: A woman in Wisconsin faces child-neglect charges after leaving her three young children in a cold car while she shopped, reports TMJ4 . Police say Ashley Pirlot, 26, of Milwaukee left her three girls, ages 6 months, 17 months, and...

Cops, DCFS Called After Mom Lets Girl Walk Family Dog

8-year-old was gone for '5 minutes,' mom says

(Newser) - The mom of an 8-year-old in suburban Chicago is railing against a "crazy waste of resources" that ended in what CBS Chicago describes as a "legal nightmare." The Chicago Tribune details how on Aug. 2, Corey Widen's daughter took the family dog, Marshmallow, for a walk...

Police: Mom Left Kids in Hot Car, Attacked Good Samaritan

She's been charged with battery, child desertion

(Newser) - A mother in Louisiana left her two young children locked in a hot car for around 90 minutes and then attacked one of the people who rescued them, police say. Shawnise Sherman, 22, has been charged with child desertion and battery, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Police say she left...

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an...

They Called CPS on 'Free Hugs' Boy's Family. Then, Tragedy

'I was trying to … protect them and this is the result,' neighbor says after fatal car crash

(Newser) - The search is still on for 15-year-old Devonte Hart and two of his siblings after the SUV they were believed to be in with their adoptive parents and three other siblings went over a cliff in California (those five were found dead at the scene). But it's allegations about...

Classmate Recalls Students Treating Turpin Girl Like Dirt

Taha Muntajibuddin's recollections make for tough reading

(Newser) - David and Louise Turpin essentially can't have anything to do with their children for the next three years following a judge's Wednesday court order. The Desert Sun reports Riverside County Judge Emma Smith has barred the parents from any attempts at communication with their children, including electronically or...

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