Parent of the Year Archive Page 2


Dad charged in slaying of son after sex confession

A 37-year-old father enraged after hearing his 15-year-old son had sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl made the teen strip at gunpoint, marched him to a vacant lot and shot him to death despite pleas from the boy and his mother, a relative said.


Mother accused in drowning had filed for bankruptcy

The woman accused of drowning her 3-year-old daughter Sunday is a nurse who filed for bankruptcy last year and alleged in court papers she was a victim of domestic violence.


Mpls Dean Abuses Adopted Son, Age 1

Roosevelt High School Dean of Students in Minneapolis was accused of beating up his adopted 1-year-old son.


Mom Charged After Leaving Toddlers Home Alone

A woman was charged Sunday after officers discovered her two toddlers home alone on the Far South Side Friday night.


Grandmother found guilty of child neglect

A jury hands down a two year sentence in the case of a Richmond woman charged in connection with the shooting death of her granddaughter.


Man charged with capital murder in 3 Kan. deaths

A former Missouri city official previously accused of assaulting his wife was charged Monday with capital murder in the shootings of her and their two teenage daughters in eastern Kansas.


Balloon boy parents to plead guilty

The Colorado parents who reported their 6-year-old son floated away aboard a helium balloon will plead guilty to some charges so that the family can stay together, the attorney for the boy’s father said Thursday.


Father gets 15 years in prison for daughter's death by neglect

A Navy man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison with another 20 years suspended for the neglect of his baby daughters, one of whom died of malnutrition.


Couple Accused Of Starving Baby To Death

Autopsy results showed the child weighed less at 5 months than she did when she was born prematurely.


Infant born in SC with drugs in system

Authorities are looking for the mother of an infant born at a South Carolina hospital with cocaine and marijuana in its system.


Police: Clearwater man killed 5-week-old son

The man who gave Anthony Ruiz-Portal life violently took it early Saturday after a domestic dispute with the infant's mother, authorities say.


Ypsilanti police find four-year-old in charge of younger siblings

When an Ypsilanti police officer responded to a tip about children left alone in an apartment on Friday, a four-year-old girl was found in charge of two toddlers and an infant while the mother was at work and the father ran an errand.


Sheriff: Fla. father shot 2 children, then himself

A Clay County man undergoing a divorce shot and killed his two sleeping children while his wife was showering and then shot himself, authorities said


D.C. mom convicted of murdering four daughters could walk free

A Southeast D.C. woman who was expected to be sentenced to life in prison for murdering her four daughters could instead walk free under a scenario outlined by the judge who found her guilty, though such an outcome still faces several legal hurdles.


Police in Los Angeles say mother shoots her young sons; 5-year-old killed, 1-year-old critical

A woman shot her two young sons Saturday, killing a 5-year-old boy and critically wounding his 1-year-old brother, police said.


Police: Mom used child's room to dry marijuana

Police say they've arrested a Mechanicville woman after a search of her apartment turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including in a child's room where marijuana was hung to dry from the ceiling.


Md. man pleads guilty to drowning his 3 children, gets 3 life sentences

A man with a history of mental illness pleaded guilty Wednesday to drowning his three young children one by one in a Baltimore hotel bathtub during a custody dispute with his ex-wife ...


NYC dad admits killing daughter found in boiler

A father pleaded guilty Friday to strangling his 14-year-old daughter, who was 12 weeks pregnant with his child, then stuffing her body into his apartment building's boiler and partially burning it.


Sources: Former city employee charge with impersonating police

A mother charged with impersonating a police officer after allegedly threatening her son’s 15-year-old classmate near Mount Carmel High School may be a former City of Chicago employee.


Mother charged after fire kills of her kids

Police say they have charged a
South Carolina mother with homicide by child neglect after determining she was not home when a fire started that killed two of her children.


Police: Toddler endured frequent beatings before death

The 3-year-old Chandler girl who police said died Monday at the hands of her mother's live-in boyfriend had endured beatings with belts by both parents frequently over the last three months.


Mother caught on camera instigating fight pleads guilty

A Champaign mother admits to instigating a fight between her daughter and another teenaged girl.


Police: Mom strangles newborn

A Riverton mother of three young children is being held on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly strangling her newborn baby shortly after giving birth.


Man guilty in sexual assaults on daughters

A jury returned guilty verdicts on all three counts Wednesday night in the case of a man who visited a lifetime of sexual assault on his stepdaughter and daughter, even after the defendant took the stand to deny it all.


Police say Morris Twp. woman killed 4-year-old daughter, injured other

A Morris Township woman is accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter and attempting to kill a second daughter on Sunday.


Officials: 2 kids died of heat, dad charged with manslaughter

When Michael Ervin brought the apparently lifeless bodies of his two children to the Brandon Regional Hospital earlier this month, doctors from all over the hospital jumped into action in an unsuccessful attempt to save their lives.


RI woman accused of strangling 8-year-old daughter

A North Kingstown woman accused of strangling her 8-year-old daughter in her bed was ordered held without bail Thursday after being arraigned on one count of murder.


Police: Mom poisoned baby for attention

A 25-year-old former medical assistant on probation for a similar crime laced her breast milk with morphine and fed it to her 2-month-old daughter in an effort to attract the attention of the child’s father.


Woman charged with trying to burn down home with her daughter inside

A Framingham woman tried to burn down her home with her young daughter inside on Friday after threatening to kill herself and blow up her neighbors, a prosecutor said yesterday in Framingham District Court.


Police: Girl Tied Up for Taking Food

Relatives of a 6-year-old girl in southwestern Virginia are accused of punishing her for taking food from the kitchen by repeatedly tying her up in a bedroom, surrounded by rubber snakes and spiders to scare her ...


Father arrested for killing 7-week-old son

Jason Wade Andre, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his son.


Mother of 11 Children Found in “Deplorable” Home Sentenced to 16 Years Probation

They lived in a world apart from the real world, completely shut off from the outside. That’s what witness after witness said Friday, about the 11 children of Christine and Jeremy Long ...


Mom to face charges in leaving baby outside casino

A 32-year-old Ontario mother is going to be charged today with child abandonment after she left her sleeping infant in a parking garage while she gambled at a Windsor casino.


Prosecutor in LA says father killed daughter to avoid paying child support

A father who had no interest in his 4-year-old daughter did the unimaginable — hurling her off a 120-foot cliff to avoid paying child support, a prosecutor said Monday during the man's murder retrial.


Woman charged with leaving children in car

Witnesses told police they saw a young girl and a baby alone in the idling car Monday evening. Police say the car was unlocked with the air conditioning on and 1 of the children was outside the vehicle with its door open.


Mother found competent to stand trial

The mother of a 2-year-old who suffered 22 fractures in August was found competent to stand trial in the case.


D.C. mom found guilty of murder

A Southeast D.C. woman has been found guilty of killing her four daughters.

Miss Jacks was arrested in January 2008 after U.S. Marshals found her daughters' decaying bodies in the second level of her house while serving an eviction order.


Deputies say dad asked fifth-grade son to help dump body

The man accused of killing a prostitute last month and then dumping her remains near Eatonville asked his fifth-grade son to help get rid of the body, records show.


Mother To Face Trial In Children's Deaths

A woman accused of killing her four daughters and living with their decomposing bodies for nearly seven months goes on trial Monday.


Douglas mother sentenced for lewdness with daughters

District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced a former cocktail waitress to 20 years in Nevada State Prison for aiding her ex-husband in the sexual abuse and exploitation of their two young daughters.


Howard Co. child left in car 8 hours dies of heatstroke

A 23-month-old Howard County girl died of heatstroke after one of her parents unintentionally left the child strapped in her car seat in front of the family's Ellicott City residence last week.


Police: Dad lured son home to kill him

A college student played dead to escape a family shooting by his father, who killed the other son and their mother before setting their house on fire and taking his own life, investigators said Monday.


Cops: Tot with mom on drug deal

A mother charged with selling drugs to an undercover police agent is also alleged to have brought her 2-year-old child to the drug deal.


Woman pleads guilty in death of daughter, 13

A Manassas woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing her 13-year-old adopted daughter, whose body was found in a creek earlier this year.


Nate Turner, 7, lies brain dead in Worcester, allegedly beaten on Father's Day by dad who sought visitation

Now little Nate Turner lies brain dead after being savagely beaten on Father's Day, prosecutors say, by the very man who claimed he wanted to build a relationship.


Police: Mom partied while kids stayed home alone with pit bull

An Orlando woman was arrested this morning after leaving her two young children alone at their apartment for nearly 12 hours while she was out partying, police said.


Ind. man pleads guilty to abducting, killing son

A western Indiana man has pleaded guilty to charges that he abducted his two young sons at knifepoint and then killed one of them.


7-YEAR-OLD INJURED: Parents to face charges after 10-year-old boy shoots girl in face

The parents of a 10-year-old boy who shot a 7-year-old girl in the mouth last month face multiple felony charges in connection with the shooting because the .38-caliber pistol used by the child was not properly secured, a police report released Monday states.


Police: Twin Infants Left in Car While Mother Shops

A Barnesville woman is in a Clayton County jail this morning after leaving her infant twins in a car while she went shopping.


Former commissioner charged with punching sons

A former Hillsborough County Commissioner spent Father's Day in jail after authorities say he punched his two sons.


Father charged with burning son with cigarette, putting him in clothes dryer

An Edwardsville man went to jail on Father's Day on charges that he burned his toddler son on the cheek with a cigarette and put him in a clothes dryer.


Mother Charged In Daughter's Beating Death

The mother of a 15-month-old girl police said was beaten to death by the woman's boyfriend in March was charged Wednesday with neglect.


Oregon parents face charges in child's death

A couple charged with manslaughter claim they were within their constitutional rights when they decided to pray for their 15-month old daughter rather than take her to a doctor to treat her pneumonia.


Woman faces another incest charge

Investigators have added another charge of incest against a woman accused of having a child with her father.


Police: NY family kept kids in squalor

Two of five family members charged with keeping seven young children in a feces-strewn, filthy home on Long Island have entered not guilty pleas in court.


NY mom accused of burning naked daughter, 6, in ring of fire voodoo ritual, ignoring her cries

A New York City woman has been accused of burning her 6-year-old daughter during a voodoo ritual and then ignoring her cries for help and sending her to bed.


Mother of 4 faces child abuse charges

A Palm Coast woman has been charged with child abuse after investigators said she repeatedly beat three of her four children with a plastic hanger, leaving one of her daughters unable to sit for two days.


Fort Wayne mom, grandma face 3 felony neglect charges

Nearly a year after a toddler died in their care, the mother and grandmother of Regjanae Williams each face three felony counts of neglect in Allen Superior Court.


Police: Father fatally stabs son in murder suicide attempt

A 5-year-old boy was fatally stabbed by his father at a home near 15th and Fillmore streets Monday evening in what Phoenix police are calling a "failed murder suicide."


Kids Discovered In Waste Infested Apartment

A roach and waste infested apartment and children covered in insect bites led to the arrest of two Metairie parents.


Father who decapitated son declared insane

A man who says he decapitated his 5-year-old son to save him from the anti-Christ was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a Virginia Beach courtroom yesterday.


Drunken mother runs over her baby

A 37-year-old woman allegedly ran over her 6-month-old son May 2, while driving drunk.


Couple Ordered to Trial for Child's Death

A man and woman from Scranton were ordered Thursday afternoon to stand trial for the brutal beating death of the woman's three-year-old daughter.


DC Woman Pleads Guilty To Leaving Baby To Die

A public defender says a Washington woman charged with leaving her newborn daughter to die in a Hyattsville, Md. field became pregnant when she was raped in her native Honduras.


Hampton man with pants on fire faces charges

A Hampton man could face charges after a domestic situation Wednesday morning involving his 2-year-old daughter led to a house fire that spread to his pants.


Pastor Accused Of Child Endangering

Officers said they found the man's 7-year-old boy and infant girl playing unsupervised on a busy street.


Fairfax Co. Family Found; Mom Charged

Fairfax County Police say a mother and her children who had been missing and considered endangered for more than a week have been found, and the mother is now facing charges of felony parental abduction.


Mom who said she hated baby charged in boy's drowning

The mother of a 4-month-old baby who drowned in a bathtub was arrested today on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.


Mother Arrested for Baby Daughter's Murder

A mother is in jail after being charged with the first degree murder of her adopted two year old daughter.


Father tries to kill his son

An Opelousas man is currently being held in the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department Jail after allegedly trying to kill his son.


Police: Dad killed kids because wife was leaving

A man who fatally shot his five children and killed himself had just discovered his wife was leaving him for another man, authorities said Sunday.


Man stressed over job kills family, self

A man who killed his wife, their three young children and himself in their northwest Maryland home had a hard time adjusting to his new manager's job for a railroad and it was causing him stress, according a blog entry his wife posted last month.


Police: Mother Drugs Daughter in Attempt to Get Her Pregnant

Police say a western Pennsylvania mother drugged her 13-year-old daughter so her boyfriend could get the girl pregnant.


Charged Sect Mom Believes Son Will Come Back From Dead

A Baltimore mother charged with starving her son to death with the help of alleged fellow members of a religious group to which she said she belonged had been so brainwashed by the group that she agreed to withdraw her guilty plea if the child is resurrected in human form, according to her attorney.


Mother pleads guilty in son's starvation death

A 22-year-old woman accused of starving her infant son to death pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to one count of child abuse resulting in death and will be released from jail in exchange for her cooperation against her co-defendants, who prosecutors say are fellow members of a cult called 1 Mind Ministries.


Cops: Mom, Sons Dealt at High School

A West Hartford mom and her two teen sons have been arrested, charged with dealing drugs to Hall High School students.


Sentencing postponed for couple found guilty of beating, starving son

John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin, both 39, were found guilty on Feb. 25 in Baltimore County Circuit Court of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of the boy, Andrew Patrick Griffin, who was almost 3 when his father took him to a Towson emergency room where he was declared dead.


Mass. mother charged with stabbing 2-year-old girl

A Massachusetts woman has been charged with inflicting 100 wounds on her 2-year-old daughter with scissors and her lawyer says his client believes she was being stalked by a cult.


Baby Left in Car Overnight in Texas Found Dead

A 7-month-old boy left overnight inside the family car in North Texas was found dead on Wednesday morning, Cedar Hill police said.


Couple passed out, kids unsupervised

A couple is accused of passing out under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving two small children in their home unsupervised.


Mother, Daughter To Face Robbery Charges

A woman and her daughter accused in an armed robbery at a Halfway bank have been returned to Maryland to face charges.


Police: Mother tried to drown her baby; remains of another found

Columbia Police have arrested a Belleville woman for allegedly attempting to drown her newborn baby.


Mother charged with staging kidnapping

A woman police say lied about being raped by a Fort Richardson soldier in January is now accused of staging a phony kidnapping.


Dad Who Threw Kids From Bridge Convicted

A Vietnamese man was convicted of murder Thursday for throwing four young children to their deaths from a coastal Alabama bridge last year, with the jury needing only 40 minutes to reach a verdict.


Deadbeat dad who owed $94,771 in child support arrested

The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office said today that they arrested a 48-year-old man who owed more than $94,000 in child support payments to two women -- a sum that had accumulated over the past 15 years.


Father testifies he was too busy to notice son's neglect

Taking the witness stand to defend himself against charges of abuse and murder in the death of his young son, John J. Griffin said yesterday he had been too busy with work to notice the boy's worsening condition, and that he had not seen any wounds on the child before taking him to the hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead.


Police: Son Escapes After Father Kills Mom, Siblings

A 53-year-old man fatally shot his wife and two daughters Wednesday before turning the gun on himself, and a 16-year-old son who survived the attack managed to call 911 as he escaped uninjured from the Miami home, authorities said.


Children Used In Delaware Shoplifting Spree

Delaware police have arrested two women on charges of shoplifting and concealing stolen items on children.


Police: Man Stabs Son Who Wore Hat In Church

Baltimore police said a 58-year-old man stabbed his teenage son who refused to take off his hat at church earlier in the day.


White sentenced to 15 years for indecent liberties with daughter

A Leavenworth County man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing his daughter.


Mom Charged With Stealing From Youth League

A hockey mom from Chelsea has been charged with embezzling over $800,000 from a youth hockey organization.


Woman guilty in cattle-prod case

A Gypsum woman who admitted to shocking her 15-year-old daughter with a cattle prod was found guilty by a jury Thursday of one count of child abuse.


Cops: Mom runs over son

A mother in Louisiana is accused of killing her own child. Investigators say the murder weapon was an SUV. And published reports describe the suspect as a former police officer.


2 face incest charges involving children

One suspect, now living in Harahan, is accused of sexually abusing his daughter between October 2004 and October 2007. Authorities say the alleged abuse started while she was 8 years old; the girl is now 12.

In the second case, a Slidell man is accused of abusing his stepdaughter from February 2007 to July 2008. The girl was 7 when the alleged abuse began, authorities say.


Father Arrested for Not Paying Child Support

Deputies say Atkins was working as a coal miner but didn't pay the roughly $17,000 he owed for child support.


Girl: 'Mom cooks me in the oven like a turkey'; Hamtramck woman arraigned

After telling police that "Mom cooks me in the oven like a turkey," a 4-year-old Hamtramck girl and her four siblings are in foster care and their mother is facing years in prison on torture charges.

Kenner Police Arrest Woman for Baby's Death

Kenner Police confirm they have arrested the 20 year-old mother in connection with the death of a newborn that was found in Lake Ponchatrain Tuesday afternoon. The baby was spotted by witnesses who say they saw the woman throw an object in the water. The baby girl was recovered from the lake with the umbilical cord still attached.


Virginia Beach Couple Charged With Leaving Kids Home Alone

Police say Julie Hammock and her husband Clinton Harris left the 4-year-old at home alone and put her 6-year-old brother in charge while they went to work.


Man shoots 4-year-old son, kills self

A 27-year-old man shot and wounded his 4-year-old son in Inglewood early Monday and then fatally shot himself, police said.


Octuplet mom gets $490 in food stamps

Her publicist says the mother of octuplets doesn't feel food stamps and disability payments she gets for 3 of her other six kids add up to welfare.

Suleman, who is 33 and single, also told NBC's "Today" show she was "fixated" on having children.


Police: Carroll Mom Hid Drugs Inside Toddler's Doll

A Carroll County mother is facing several charges after deputies said she hid drugs in her child's doll.


Dad leaves tot in car while bar hopping in NH

A Portsmouth, N.H., man has been charged with child endangerment after leaving his two-year-old in the car while out drinking with his friend.


Baby girl apprehended in drug arrest

A 15-month-old girl brought to an alleged drug deal by her parents was apprehended by city police.


Annapolis man arrested for fatally throwing child

An Annapolis man is charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly threw a 2-year-old boy against a couch so hard that it killed him.


Man charged in death of infant daughter

A Pasadena father was charged yesterday with shaking his baby to death, county police said.


Jury convicts NC father of beating baby

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him of abusing his six-week-old daughter.


Mother charged with hiding son's death

A medical examiner's report shows the boy suffered physical abuse in the months before he died. It estimates he had been dead about six weeks when his body was found ...


Mom gets probation in soccer club theft

A soccer mom charged with siphoning more than $10,000 from an Ormond Beach soccer club for her own use, who then paid the money back, was sentenced to probation for four years, prosecutors said this week.


Newborn's body found amid tons of trash

In court documents, Port Angeles police wrote that after being born to the teenager early Tuesday, the baby boy was held face down in a toilet by his young mother until he drowned.


Police: Mother Threw Infant Against Wall

A pregnant Humboldt Park woman is accused of throwing her 4-month old daughter against a bedroom wall during an argument with the infant's father and beating her other daughter with a clothes hanger, Chicago police said this morning.


Ohio mother pleads insanity in girls' drowning

Amber Hill, 23, of Cleveland, is facing aggravated murder charges in the October 2007 deaths of her children ages 2 and 4. She had previously pleaded not guilty.


Butte woman charged on DUI with infant in lap

A Butte woman sobbed uncontrollably in court Monday as she faced charges in connection with driving drunk with her 3-month-old baby in her lap.


Man sells daughter for money, meat and beer

Police have arrested a Greenfield man for allegedly arranging to sell his 14-year-old daughter into marriage in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat.


Former firefighter pleads

A former firefighter accused of raping his teenage daughter entered a plea to a lesser misdemeanor charge ...


Mother charged in toddler's death

Stevensville mother told sheriff's deputies she killed her 3-year-old daughter and attempted suicide earlier this month because she couldn't handle the holidays and wanted to take her child with her when she died, according to court documents.


Prosecutor: Man held son in scalding water

Prosecutors said an Annapolis man held his 3-year-old stepson in scalding water last January, resulting in first- and second-degree burns to 47 percent of the child's body and requiring more than 14 surgeries and skin grafts.


Police say woman drove drunk with kids

Sgt. Liz Scott of the Sheriff's Office said Helen A. Shaw of Bumpass had a preliminary blood alcohol content of .232 when she was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. by Deputy C. Carey.


Cops: Dad Ordered to Pay Child Support Kills Son

A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-year-old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support ...


Parents charged in death of son, 2, waive jury trial

John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin both quietly affirmed in Baltimore County Circuit Court that they wanted Judge Timothy J. Martin to rule on their case. They are charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Andrew Patrick Griffin, who was covered in scabs and bruises and weighed about 13 pounds - roughly the weight of a typical 3-month-old - when he died Dec. 26 at St. Joseph Medical Center. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be starvation.


Couple Accused Of Caging Children Gets Plea Deal

Prosecutors have reluctantly agreed to a plea deal with a Greentown couple accused of keeping their adopted children in a wire cage.


Mother indicted in baby's stabbing

An Arizona woman has been indicted by a grand jury in Passaic County on murder and weapons charges in connection with the alleged July 30 stabbing of her infant son in Paterson.


Mother who passed out on top of son sentenced

A mother whose 2-year-old son died after she passed out on top of him after drinking for several hours has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and work-release.


Georgia Man Indicted for Allegedly Holding Wife, Kids Captive in Filthy, Roach-Infested Trailer

Authorities said the 36-year-old held his wife and four children captive in the trailer in Lavonia for three years.


Police Say Drunk Dad Made 9 Year-Old Son Drive On Beer Run

Authorities in southwest Florida say an intoxicated man had his 9-year-old son take him on a beer run. Cape Coral police arrested the 27-year-old man last week, after seeing a pickup truck drive onto a median.


Marysville man charged in fatal shooting of 6-year-old daughter

Richard Peters, 42, was charged Tuesday with first-degree manslaughter with a deadly weapon.

Peters allegedly told investigators he accidentally shot his daughter while he was cleaning his .45-caliber Colt handgun at his rural home on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. He told detectives he'd been drinking and was intoxicated.


Court deputies subdue man accused of drowning kids

A Montgomery County man awaiting trial in the drowning deaths of his three children has dropped his objections to a divorce from the children's mother.


Mother, child indicted in Nov. stabbing of girl

A Howard County woman and her 17-year-old daughter have been indicted on attempted murder charges, accused of taking part in a fight last month with a juvenile girl who was hospitalized with stab wounds.


Texas mom convicted of dropping tot from balcony

A Texas mother accused of dropping her toddler twice from a balcony has been convicted of attempted capital murder.


4-Year-Old Starved To Death; Grandmother, Aunt Charged

Sheriff Mike Lee said the child had not eaten for about two weeks. He said that investigators believe the women tortured the child by not letting him have anything to eat and his organs shut down as a result.


NH mother hid stolen goods in toddler's pockets

A New Hampshire mother has pleaded guilty to stealing DVDs and CDs and hiding them in her 2-year-old daughter's pockets.


Monroe couple charged with attempted murder of baby

A Monroe couple are being held in jail as suspects in the attempted murder of their 10-day-old infant.

The infant had a hole punctured in his stomach, which was caused by blunt force trauma, according to the affidavit.


Man accused of killing kids fights divorce effort

Police say Mark Castillo confessed to drowning his three children -- ages 6, 4 and 2 -- in the bathtub of a downtown Baltimore hotel room in March. He is challenging the terms of a divorce agreement he signed in September, while being held at the Maryland psychiatric hospital awaiting trial on murder charges.


Man And Woman Arrested For Leaving Baby In Car

Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies were called to a parking lot in Sterling to break up an altercation between a man and a woman, and then found a baby that had been left alone inside the couple's vehicle. Sheriffs deputies determined the 7-month-old child had been left unsupervised in the car for over an hour while the couple was inside a restaurant.


Police Say Woman Broke Infant Twins' Legs

Vermont authorities arrested a 37-year-old transient woman Thursday for allegedly beating her 2-month-old pre-term twins.


California Mom Gets 15 to Life for Driving Teens to Kill 13-Year-Old Gang Rival

A mother has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for driving her son and his friends to a California skate park to kill a 13-year-old gang rival.


Mother of child abandoned in Martinsburg charged with child neglect

The mother of a 2-year-old girl found abandoned last week without shoes or a coat on a cold and wet Martinsburg street was arraigned Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on two felony counts of child neglect.


Complaint: Wausau Mother Charged After Cocaine Found In Baby

A 20-year-old Wausau mother has been charged with misdemeanor child neglect after her baby tested positive for cocaine days after he was born, according to court records.


Texas Mom Throws 4-Year-Old Daughter Into Traffic

A woman has been charged with child endangerment, a state jail felony, for beating her 4-year-old daughter before throwing her into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.


Renee Bowman Indicted, Charged With Second-Degree Murder

A Maryland woman suspected of killing two daughters and keeping their remains in a freezer has been indicted on attempted murder charges in the abuse of a third, surviving daughter, according to court records unsealed Wednesday.


Mother: 'I didn't kill this child'

She joked that before he died, her nearly 3-year-old son weighed less than her infant daughter. She offered no explanation for the blood that police found on the bedroom walls and ceiling or on the bassinet in which the boy often slept - other than the bloody noses that she said she and her children suffered in the dry winter air. And she said she and her husband worried whenever company came to their Rodgers Forge home that they would be accused of starving their children.


Dad Ditches 9 Kids Under New Neb. Law

Nine children were left at a hospital by their father late Wednesday under the state's new safe haven law, a move officials say illustrates the problems many feared when the rule went into effect.


14-Year-Old Found Starving; Parents Charged

A father and stepmother in Washington state are accused of withholding food and water from their 14-year-old daughter.


Dad who shocked kids with dog collar enters plea

A Cedar City man who used an electric dog collar to discipline his sons has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child abuse charges.

Scott D. Dover admitted to the crimes in 5th District Court Monday. By cutting a deal with prosecutors, Dover avoided two felony charged that could have sent him to prison.


Beach woman charged with child neglect

Police have charged a woman with felony child neglect after finding her two-year-old daughter home alone.

Police say they first received a call about an intoxicated woman trying to leave a restaurant without paying her bill.


Mother, boyfriend convicted of murder in Las Vegas after daughter is found dead in trash bin

Marc Anthony Colon and Gladys Perez were found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2006 beating death of Crystal Figueroa.


Police: Suffolk mother took photos of children bound by duct tape

A woman sent photos of her two young children bound by duct tape, police say.

Takiyah Wright was arrested and charged with binding and threatening to kill her children.


Mother gets 18 months for letting child drive car

A woman who allowed her 5-year-old son to drive her and her other young son around has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.


Ohio Mom Found Guilty of Killing Newborn Daughter by Cooking Her in Microwave

The jury announced its verdict Friday in the retrial 28-year-old China Arnold. She was found guilty of aggravated murder and faces the death penalty when sentenced.


Man arrested for sexually abusing 10-year-old daughter

Allegations the 31-year-old man were first reported to police last September when the girl told her mother she was afraid to visit her father's residence because he had raped her since she was 6 years old, according to a police report.


Affidavit: Mom of Toddler Found Dead in Trunk Told Police Son Died Accidentally Months Before

A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old son and hiding his body in the trunk of her car told detectives that the toddler died after falling from a high chair, according to an affidavit that includes transcripts of police interviews.

Summer ManyWhiteHorses was charged with deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence after her son James' body was discovered Sept. 5.


Mother Warned 2-Year-Old Son Moments Before He Shot Himself in Eye

Court documents show that moments before a Jewett City toddler fatally shot himself, his mother warned him not to touch his father's gun because of the "bad boo boos" it could cause.

The parents have been arrested on charges including risk of injury to a minor and criminally negligent storage of a firearm.


Petaluma Man Sentenced For Abusing Underage Niece

A Petaluma man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for having sex with his underaged niece and impregnating her.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau sentenced Alvaro Garcia Badillo on Tuesday after he was convicted in June of continuous sexual abuse of a minor. The jury also found Badillo engaged in substantial sexual conduct with the girl and inflicted great bodily injury by impregnating her.


Woman charged with abuse of 4-year-old son

A Sheboygan woman was charged today after allegedly abusing her 4-year-old son and telling police, “I know how people can kill their kids.”

When police came to the woman’s home — summoned after the boy’s school reported his facial injuries to a social worker — she told them she couldn’t deal with her children any more and didn’t care if they were taken away, the complaint said.


Mother, father accused of using stun gun on daughters

A western Pennsylvania mother is accused of threatening her daughters with a stun gun and a man is accused of using it on one girl.

Michele Hopkins of Bridgewater, and Jeffrey Young of Brighton Township, are charged with child endangerment, a weapon violation and disorderly conduct.


Woman Guilty In Death Of Boy

A Slidell-area woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received life in prison for burning and beating to death a 4-year-old boy they took in as a playmate for their son.

Authorities say Sharon Sylve and her husband, John, were Troy August Junior's guardians. They say the couple abused him intensely for the five weeks leading up to his death on November 20, 2003.


Mom Denied Bail In Child Sex Case

A mother accused of trying to prostitute her young daughters cried in court Tuesday as a magistrate ordered that she be held without bond.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak concluded that Jennifer Richards, who moved to San Antonio from Phoenix nine months ago, was a flight risk and is likely to be convicted.


Stroke victim says mom mocked him while swiping thousands

A Park Ridge man confined to a wheelchair by a series of strokes was victimized again -- this time, by his mother and sister, authorities say.

Michael Cavallo told police his mother wrote out a $5,500 convenience check to his sister from one of his credit cards.


FBI: Couple Offered Sex With Girl, 5, for Used Car

A San Antonio couple is accused of trying to trade sex with the woman's 5-year-old daughter for an apartment, a used car and child care for her 10-month old daughter.

Jennifer Richards, 25, and her married boyfriend, Sean Michael Block, 40, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak on Friday. Richards is charged with using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor. Block is charged with distributing child pornography.


WANTED: Greisy Valencia Sought in Child Torture Case

When California police discovered an abused girl covered with scars nearly six years ago, they had no idea that the woman allegedly responsible for inflicting the torture was her mother — the friendly cashier they'd encountered at their local fast-food restaurant.


Father Allegedly Holds Family Captive in Georgia Mobile Home for Three Years

A northeast Georgia man has been charged with holding his wife and four children captive for three years inside their mobile home.

Police say Raymond Daniel Thurmond was arrested Tuesday when he showed up for work. He has been charged with rape, child abuse and false imprisonment.


Nine Charged in Starvation Death of Disabled, 42-Pound Teen

Four social workers were among nine people charged Thursday in the death of a disabled 14-year-old girl who authorities say wasted away from neglect before dying at 42 pounds.

Danieal Kelly's mother was charged with murder; counts against other defendants range from involuntary manslaughter to perjury.


O.C. Couple Face Child Abuse, Torture Charges

Authorities say Kimberly Quebe, 48, and John Quebe, 47, were arrested last week on 62 felony charges, including false imprisonment by violence, child abuse and torture.


18-year-old guilty of murder; mother gave him the gun, authorities say

A jury found 18-year-old Clarence Johnson guilty of second-degree murder.

The case became high-profile when investigators claimed that after losing the fist fight, Johnson's mother gave him a gun and told him to kill Robert Dawson.


Deputies: Woman tried to run over daughter at Devil's Lake

Keri Michele Blackwood, 39, appeared in Sauk County Circuit Court on Friday to face charges of disorderly conduct, felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety and resisting an officer.


Man arrested in Rome after beating his child's head against monument; girl, 4, in coma

A man beat his 4-year-old daughter's head against the stone base of a Rome monument in front of tourists and a police officer, leaving the child in a coma, police said Sunday.


'Compulsive Liar' Florida Mother Arrested in Toddler's Disappearance Last Month

A Florida mother described by friends as a "habitual liar" was arrested in connection with the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, who has been missing since June 9.


Mom Drugs Twin Girls To Make Child Porn

An Illinois woman faces at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to doping her 6-year-old twin girls with cough syrup and taking nude pictures of them with her boyfriend.


Parent Arrested After 7 Kids Left in Hot Van

The two arrested are Billy and Sharon McGruder.

They could face seven felony charges each for each of the children left in harms way. The children and two dogs were locked in the van in the valley's sweltering heat while the parents were shopping.


Mother arrested after child found unattended in Newport News

Officers contacted the grandparents, who quickly responded to the residence. While waiting for the child's grandparents to show, the child's mother returned. At this point, it was 3:30 a.m.


Mom sentenced for baby's death

Alicia Lewie, the Warren County mother convicted of manslaughter for not protecting her baby from an abusive boyfriend, well spend at least 10 yeas behind bars.


Dad charged after leaving 4 children home alone, went to bar

Two of his children, ages 1 and 3, were found wandering along a Phoenix freeway frontage road the next morning.


Mother charged after not reporting child's rape

A Gastonia mother is out of jail on bond after police say her young daughter told her she had been raped, and the mother did nothing.


Dad leads cops to remains of missing kids

Police in Texas say the father of two missing children has led investigators to the children's charred remains.


Massachusetts Woman, Boyfriend Plead Guilty to Posting Pornographic Photos of 8-Year-Old Daughter

Kendra D'Andrea and Willie Jordan pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and conspiracy to produce child pornography.


School board member's kids now wards of court

The petition against Reverend David Murray and his wife, Tanisha Murray, stated the couple had a history with Child Protective Services dating back to 1996, Slavens said.


Mom, Girlfriend Accused of Child Torture

Police said the boy had countless cigarette burns all over his body, including his genitals, was unable to open his hands because he had been forced to put them flat on a hot stove, and was repeatedly beaten and forced to sit in his own urine.


Mom Of Torched Kids Pleads Insanity

A Colorado Springs woman accused of trying to kill her five children by setting them on fire has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.


Jury convicts Aguanga father of torture, child abuse, spousal abuse, false imprisonment

Jurors deliberated three hours Wednesday before convicting an Aguanga man of torture, including starving seven of his children; child abuse; spousal abuse; and false imprisonment for forcing two of his wives to live in a garage.


Houston man pleads guilty to beating, starving stepson

Moments before his trial was to begin today, a Houston man accused of abusing his stepson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.


Father charged with assault

A Medford father appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday on assault and criminal mistreatment charges stemming from head injuries his infant son suffered Saturday.


Prosecutors Seek Life for Rockville Man Accused of Drowning Kids

The 41-year-old man pleaded not criminally responsible this month to killing his three children in March after a custody dispute with his estranged wife.


Police: Mom stabbed newborn found dead this morning

A newborn found dead near the downtown WIC office this morning was 15 days old and stabbed to death by her mother, police said in a news conference at 4:45 p.m.


Father Charged After Death Of Infant

A Lebanon man is facing aggravated assault and other charges after bite marks and other injuries were found on his dead 7-month-old daughter.


Mom who caged teen son gets 20 years behind bars

Brenda Sullivan pleaded guilty in January to three counts of aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors agreed to drop lesser child neglect charges.


Mother faces felony charge in newborn baby case

The mother of a newborn baby found in the truck of a car in Gastonia on Saturday will be charged with felony child abuse, according to Gaston District Attorney Locke Bell.


Dad Pleads Guilty To Negligent Child Abuse

Fam and his wife, 49-year-old Samia Fam, were accused of locking up four boys and two girls overnight and on weekends to keep them from running away or taking food.


Baby left to die in Grand Junction closet; mom arrested

An Alaska woman stowed her newborn boy in a tote bag and left him to die in the closet of her parents' Grand Junction house after giving birth to the child, police said in her arrest affidavit.


4 Kids Left Home Alone; Boy Found Wandering Streets

Zone 5 police said 24-year-old Racquel Willis left her children -- six years of age and under -- alone in the family's Grotto Street home.


Mom Pleads Guilty for Role in Fire that Killed Three Children

The Marion County woman who left her children to die in a burning home, will avoid trial.


Woman pleads guilty to raping teenage boy

The boy's mother, Maria Conklin Matthie, was also convicted and sentenced in the case.


Police: 2-month-old left in car while parents watch Derby

Police say two new parents left their baby alone in a car while they went to watch the Kentucky Derby at a Long Island off-track betting parlor.


Mother, grandmother indicted in death of starved baby

A mother and a grandmother have been indicted in the death of a 17-month-old boy, who detectives say was starved to death.


Mother Arrested After Children Found Home Alone In Dirty Apartment

Police arrested Corrina Range for child neglect. Investigators said she left her 1-year-old and 5-year-old sons alone in their apartment.


Bridgeport mother arrested in death of 3-month-old son

Bridgeport police have arrested a city woman, charging her with the Christmas Day death of her 3-month-old baby boy.