Parent of the Year Archive Page 5


Two mothers arrested for allegedly going too far to defend children

In St. Bernard Parish, a woman is charged with pulling a stun gun on a teen inside the Chalmette High School gym Thursday.

And in Plaquemines Parish, a mother is accused of threatening a sixth grader on a school bus Friday in Belle Chasse.


Pittsburgh mother accused of abusing child

Lauren Buzard has been accused of taking waste out of her child’s diaper and using it to make him sick, according to police.


Father kills son, himself at YWCA offices in New Hampshire

A New Hampshire software engineer shot his 9-year-old son to death before taking his own life during supervised visitation at a YWCA office, officials said Sunday.


El Paso woman gets 15 years in daughter's death

A West Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the fatal beating of her daughter when the toddler fussed at going to sleep.

Prosecutors say Merjil punched, kicked and elbowed the girl because the youngster cried and wouldn't sleep.


Chandler father who killed daughter gets 36 years in prison

A judge sentenced a Chandler father to 36 years in prison and lifetime probation Friday for second-degree murder and child abuse after he beat his 7-month-old daughter to death when she wouldn't stop crying in 2010.

Sergio Thomas, 23, was arrested in December 2010 after Rylee Thomas died from skull fractures and bleeding in her brain, Chandler police said.


Man accused of leaving kids after crash arrested

Authorities say they've apprehended a man accused of pulling two children out of his vehicle after he crashed it and then leaving the kids at the scene of the wreck.

State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright says 1 of the children, a 6-year-old boy, later died at a hospital. A 5-year-old girl was seriously injured in the one-car wreck along Tallapoosa Highway near Cedartown Sunday morning.


Mother charged after girl found chained to bed

According to police, a mother left her mentally handicapped daughter chained to a hotel bed while she attended a wedding party.

The mother is now in the Gaston County Jail under a $100,000 bond, she's facing a felony neglect charge.


Woman convicted of trying to set baby seat afire

Becky Eury has been in jail since the May 2010 incident. Her five-week-old son was not injured, nor was her 3-year-old son, who was also in the car.


Police say Seabrook mother told kids bleach was medicine

Two young children who were allegedly fed bleach by their mother told police how they were held down at the same time as they were forced to drink what they were told was "medicine," according to an arrest warrant released Monday.

Medical personnel found Wright unconscious, but she later regained consciousness and told a police officer who responded to her home, "I don't want to live. I really love my kids but I wanted to save them from everyone else," court documents indicated.


Cops: Stamford dealers hid heroin in daughter's Hello Kitty bag

Police charged a city couple with dealing heroin Tuesday after finding 72 envelopes of the drug in their 4-year-old daughter's Hello Kitty backpack, police said.


Kansas Mother Of 3 Children Hurt In Fire Charged

A Wichita woman whose young daughter was fatally burned in a fire while home alone with her sisters has been charged with child endangerment.

Investigators say Bell left three daughters _ ages 4, 6 and 7 _ home alone on July 11. The 6-year-old, Jakara Dickson, set her clothes on fire while playing with a lighter and died three days later from her burns.


JCC man accused of leaving two kids in hot truck while shopping

James City County Police say 24-year-old Ghaland Nadeau was out shopping while he left two small children alone in a hot vehicle at the New Town Shopping Center Saturday evening.

The temperature in Williamsburg at that time was over 90 degrees.


Redwood City man to stand trial for crash that killed wife and son

Reyes Barajas, 47, faces charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the accident that claimed the life of 39-year-old Ann Marie Miller, his wife, and 14-year-old Marco Barajas, his son.


Man faces child abuse for sitting on baby's head

When the baby wouldn't go to sleep, DeLand police officers said Savas put him face down on the couch, sat on his head and held him down.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Hossain tried to intervene, but Savas told her the baby was his and he could "do whatever I want."


Wis. mom accused of keeping autistic son locked up

A Racine woman is accused of keeping her adult autistic son locked in the basement for more than two years, allowing him into the house only to brush his teeth or wash his face.


Mother accused of locking child in room during drunken party with 26 minors

Finding the mom so intoxicated that she urinated on herself, police called the Department of Children & Families Emergency Hotline after kicking in a door to free the child, according to the report.


Westwood mother charged with attacking daughter, 9, with electric hedge clippers

A Westwood woman was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly attempting to kill her 9-year-old daughter with electric hedge clippers, police said.


Mother, 25, Charged With Endangerment Of Her 4 Girls, DUI

A Greeneville mother was arrested Saturday after reportedly driving under the influence with her four daughters in the vehicle.

"Her children advised me they were scared because, 'Mommy almost hit a house and was falling asleep while driving,'" Spears said in the report.


Philly-area man bangs infant's head against bathroom sink, sentenced to 10-15 years in child's death

A suburban Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in the death of his infant son two years ago.

Authorities said the defendant was frustrated after the child threw up on him, and he banged the infant's head on a sink counter in the bathroom.


3 cuffed in baby’s death

Three Richlands area residents have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of an 8-month-old boy in Tazewell County.

Deputies have arrested the child’s mother, Star Adams, 20, of Richlands, Va.

Adams has been charged with the abandonment of the child, a Class 6 felony which carries a penalty of one to five years imprisonment.


Mother arrested in infant's death

A Baton Rouge woman whose infant daughter was fatally struck in the head was accused Monday of failing to report several injuries authorities found on the baby's body, including cigarette burns on her hip and leg.

According to court filings, the woman admitted in an interview with police that she had noticed the burns but "felt that the injuries would go away."


Police: Mother arrested after leaving toddlers in hot car

A Derry mother has been arrested after police said she left her two toddlers in a hot car.

Police said Marie Dennis, 33, will faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.


Springfield, Mo., mom and daughter poison family with antifreeze

Antifreeze in the Gatorade was the preferred method by a Springfield, Mo., woman who fatally poisoned her husband and son and almost killed a daughter as well, Greene County authorities say.

She told investigators that she killed her husband because she hated him and her son because he was "worse than a pest."


Flint man gets prison time for 4-month-old daughter's critical injuries

A Flint man was sentenced to prison after authorities say he critically injured his 4-month-old daughter.

Guest was arrested after the girl suffered a skull fracture, facial injuries and rib fractures, which were more than a week old. She also had injuries indicating that she was squeezed or shaken, according to court records.


Children found outside, alone at 2 a.m.; mom arrested

A Gainesville woman was charged with child neglect early Saturday morning after her two small children — who are said to have autism — were found wandering around unsupervised, according to an Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrest report.


Mother gets 13 years in prison for son's death

A Madison woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for fatally injuring her 3-year-old son.

The State Journal ( ) reports Castillo-Dominguez told Madison detectives that she threw Luis against a wall at the couple's apartment because he had disobeyed her and took some gum.


Mother charged in stabbing death of son, 14, who had severe form of autism

A River Grove mother and another woman have been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a 14-year-old boy with a severe form of autism in the west suburban apartment they shared, authorities announced Tuesday night.


Report: Man beats daughter over Facebook post

On May 28 the 13-year-old told an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy that on the previous night, her father became angry with her for posting family matters on Facebook, so he took off his belt and struck her several times on her back and left arm.


Couple loses children, 27 animals found living in 'filth'

According to investigators, the floor of the family's mobile home was soaked in urine, and feces were found on the walls and on the sheets to the children's bed.


Woman charged with DUI with 4 kids in SUV

A Lantern Hill woman was charged Tuesday night with driving drunk with four children in her vehicle after police said she was seen driving erratically on Long Lots Road and Post Road East, and striking a stop sign and a parked car before arriving home.


Father Sought for Leaving Son in Wrecked Car: CHP

Investigators have identified the father of a child left trapped inside his car seat after a highway accident.

Arroyo's 4-year-old son was spotted by witnesses as partially ejected from the vehicle. The boy was hanging out of a window but still buckled in his car seat.


Chesterfield mom and daughter caught shoplifting

A woman and a young girl have both been charged with grand larceny after Chesterfield police say they were caught shoplifting from a popular Chesterfield store.

34-year-old Lourdes Canales faces two counts of felony grand larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 12-year-old girl also faces a grand larceny charge.


Mom Accused of Leaving Children in Car Held Without Bond

A Prince George County woman is being held without bond after the deaths of her two children.

Prosecutor Shannon Taylor said Downing's 3-month-old daughter, Jade, and 20-month-old son, Jelani, were left in the mother's car during her 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift Sunday at a hotel.


Grandma had meth and kids in car, police say

A woman arrested on a drunken driving charge while her grandchildren were in the car was also in possession of methamphetamine, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday.


Woman sentenced for adding PCP to daughter's lunch

A Central Texas woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for endangering her 6-year-old child by lacing her school lunch with the powerful hallucinogen PCP.


Parents Let Daughter Ride in Dog Cage, Face Charges

Two parents face charges after authorities say motorists spied a 10-year-old girl riding in a dog cage in the back of a pickup truck in western Pennsylvania.


Judge: Religious couple charged in baby's death must stay in jail

The Schaibles, charged with third-degree murder in the April death of 7-month-old Brandon, have been on probation since 2011 for involuntary manslaughter convictions in the 2009 death of another son, Kent, who was 2.


NC man breaks into home, brings daughter, 9, with him

A Hickory man was arrested after police said he broke into a home and brought his 9-year-old daughter with him, according to FOX8/WGHP, the Journal’s newsgathering partner.


Two accused of abuse in 3-year-old's death

A Sarasota man and woman were arrested Monday on charges of felony child abuse after the woman's 3-year-old daughter died from a host of injuries, including broken ribs and internal bleeding.


Sacramento Father Accused of Murdering 3-Week-Old Baby

Alias James McLaughlin, 20, is accused of picking up his baby Friday night, shaking her over and over until she died.


Tulalip woman indicted in daughter's death

A Tulalip mother could spend a minimum 30 years behind bars if convicted as charged in the Oct. 8 neglect death of her young daughter.

Federal prosecutors allege that Carlson, 36, all but abandoned her 19-month-old daughter Chantel Craig and her other daughter, 3, in a parked car on the Tulalip Indian Reservation.


West Laurel man charged with killing wife, stepdaughter

A West Laurel man who apparently fatally shot his wife and stepdaughter barricaded himself inside the family's residence Monday morning after calling 911 and admitting to the crime, Prince George's County Police said.


Miami Beach Man Tied Wandering 12-Year-Old Son to Pole Outside Home: Police

A Miami Beach father is facing an aggravated child abuse charge after he tied his 12-year-old son to a pole and left him for hours while he went shopping, police said.


Two DUI Arrests With Children in the Car

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has made two DUI arrests in two days, with both suspects having young children in their cars while drinking and driving.


Fort Mitchell babysitter charged with felony child abuse after shaking two-month-old baby

Reich was babysitting seven children that day. Four of those children were her own; she is pregnant with her fifth child presently. Reich did not have a babysitting or daycare license at the time of Wednesday's incident.


Woman accused of stealing Girl Scout cookie money turns self in

The woman accused of stealing the cookie proceeds from her daughter's Girl Scout troop turned herself in Monday, according to East Point police.

The money DeLoatch allegedly took wasn't returned because she told police she has already spent it.


Man charged after leaving toddlers alone in Long Pond

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Vincent Watlington, 22, of Mount Holly, N.J., left two children, ages 2 and 3, home alone at a residence on Clearview Drive in Emerald Lakes.


Couple charged with felony child endangerment

A husband and wife remain in the Dyer County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond after Dyer County Sheriff's deputies charged them with felony child endangerment.

During his search, Wallace found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of the drug, including 1.1 grams of a white substance that tested positive for meth.


Vt. grandmother charged with DUI, 3 kids in car

Police have charged a Vermont woman with being intoxicated while driving three children in her car.

Police said two of them were O'Brien's grandchildren and the third was a family friend.


Mom arrested after high-speed chase with 5-week-old baby in car

A 24-year-old Indianapolis woman was arrested today after leading police on a high-speed Westside chase with her 5-week-old daughter a passenger in her car.


Deaf Parents Allegedly Kill Crying Baby Daughter

A deaf Texas couple have been charged in the beating death of their 5-month-old daughter who was allegedly killed after an argument about who would care for the crying infant.


Father's sentence rescinded after hot car death

Investigators say Reginald McKinnon left his 18-month old daughter Payton in his car. It happened in March of 2010 outside the Century Link office in downtown Fort Myers.

The State Attorney's Office charged him with a felony and he was sentenced to probation and community service.


Fairplay woman accused of breaking baby's limbs says she was exercising infant

A Fairplay woman accused of breaking the arms and legs of her 8-month-old daughter told investigators the injuries occurred while exercising the infant, a charging document filed with Washington County District Court said.

"I've always been rough, and I don't mean to hurt her."


Mother accused of trading daughter for debt

Montgomery County prosecutors say a mother and a Gaithersburg man are facing charges for trading sex with the woman's daughter to pay off a debt.

Court documents show the mother owed $5,000.


Pennsauken mom accused in cancer scheme

Police say charges are pending against a Pennsauken mother who allegedly fabricated her son's illness, then watched as supporters organized cancer fundraisers in his name.


Police: Woman kept child amid drugs, prostitution

A Sarasota woman faces numerous charges, including child neglect, for allegedly having her child in a home where drug deals and prostitution are common practice, according to police.

Drugs and paraphernalia, including needles and cooking spoons, were observed in places accessible to King's child, according to the Sarasota Police Department.


Mother pleads guilty for putting murdered toddler in harm's way

Two-year-old Koralynn Fister was tortured, raped and murdered in Centralia last May.

The boyfriend of the little girl's mother was convicted of murder in the case and is now in prison, but today, the child's mother, Becky Heupel, took responsibility for not taking steps to protect her daughter.


Police: Long Island Mom Had Teens Shoot BB Gun Out of Car

Police say a Long Island woman has been arrested on charges she encouraged her teenagers to shoot the windows out of parked cars with a BB gun as she drove.


Mother of 3-year-old injured by bobcat at Carlsbad zoo facing child abuse charges

Carlsbad police have filed charges of child abuse/endangerment against the mother of a 3-year-old boy who reportedly suffered injuries in a bobcat attack last month, according to a criminal complaint.


Severn mother on probation after son drank methadone

A Severn mother who, despite a poison center's admonition to get her son to a hospital immediately, waited until her child began having a seizure from sipping his father's methadone, was placed on three years' probation Friday.

Kimberly Brooks, 28, feared a huge hospital bill and so waited to see if the condition of her five-year-old son, who had vomited, would improve - a decision that nearly cost the child his life last Sept. 4 ...


Young uncle charged with tainting kids' milk

A Thomasville man is charged in an incident in which two young children - the suspect's niece and nephew - consumed milk to which bleach had been added, according to a Thomasville Police Department detective.