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Murder Charge Against 9-Year-Old Triggers Debate

Mom says boy accused of setting fatal fire 'not a monster'; critics say murder charge is too severe

(Newser) - The mother of a 9-year-old accused of setting an Illinois mobile home fire in April that killed five family members is speaking out—and she wants people to know her son is "not a monster," per the AP . The 28-year-old mom, IDed by the Chicago Tribune as Katie... More »

Tornado Kills Newborn, Destroys 122 Structures

'Complete destruction' at North Dakota RV park

(Newser) - A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured when a tornado whipped through a North Dakota oil patch city overnight, overturning recreational vehicles and demolishing more than 100 structures, officials said Tuesday. The storm moved through Watford City, in the northwestern part of the state,... More »

Cops: Man Uses Front-End Loader to Drop Son's Mobile Home

He stopped when he discovered his grandson was inside

(Newser) - Authorities say a Maine man used a front-end loader to repeatedly pick up and drop his son's mobile home during a family dispute and only stopped when he learned his 7-year-old grandson was inside. The York County sheriff's department says 50-year-old John Bubar was involved in a dispute... More »

Christmas Fire Kills 3 Siblings in Louisiana

10 family members, including 6 kids, escaped with minor injuries

(Newser) - It was a Christmas morning that nightmares are made of: A fire ripped through a mobile home in Louisiana in the early hours yesterday, killing three siblings and landing their parents in a hospital burn unit, WDSU reports. The fire started in the kitchen and living area where four children,... More »

Storms Wallop South; Death Toll Hits 17

Tornadoes claim victims in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama

(Newser) - A total of seven people have been killed in violent storms in Alabama, bringing the total death toll to 17 as a devastating storm system works its way across the South. A spate of tornadoes ripped through towns, tossing mobile homes around like toys. "The tornado hit and jumped... More »

Man Who Called Cops Charged in Ga. Killings

7 of 8 dead at trailer park were related to Guy Heinze, 22

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man was charged today with killing eight people whose deaths he had reported to police in a frantic phone call from his family's Georgia mobile home. Guy Heinze Jr. was arrested on eight counts of first-degree murder in the slayings last weekend near the coastal community of Brunswick.... More »

8th Victim Dies in Trailer Park Massacre

Family member busted, but cops believe shooter still at large

(Newser) - An eighth victim has died in a massacre in a Georgia trailer park, reports ABC News. Police have arrested a 22-year-old relative of one of the victims who authorities say called in the deaths on Saturday and was found with drugs. But police believe the killer is still on the... More »

Ga. Cops Seek Clues in Trailer Park Murder of 7

'Worst crime scene I have witnessed' in 17 years, coroner says

(Newser) - Authorities in Georgia are releasing few details about the circumstances of a mass slaying in a mobile home, the AP reports. Seven people were found dead along with two critically injured survivors yesterday on the grounds of a historic plantation. “It’s not a scene that I would want... More »

FEMA Will Sell Katrina Trailers to Occupants for $1

Obama administration announces housing plan for victims

(Newser) - Nearly 4 years after Hurricane Katrina hit, the federal government is bringing its assistance program for displaced victims to a close by essentially giving residents the 1,800 mobile homes it has loaned out, the Washington Post reports. Occupants can buy their units for $1 or $5, depending on the... More »

Washed-Out Brits May Be Stuck in Trailers for Months

Thousands of homes and businesses are still drying out

(Newser) - Victims of the record flooding in England may have to live in mobile homes for months while their property is repaired. Tens of thousands of residences and businesses were badly damaged by floods over the past 2 months, which caused at least $6 billion in damage, Bloomberg reports. And meteorologists... More »

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