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Deputies responded to Ericka Pease’s trailer on Cherry Drive in the town of Maine around 11:30 Thursday night.
The trailer’s door was left wide open.
A 5-year-old boy was running around the neighborhood and a 1-year-old boy was found inside the trailer sitting in a playpen with a soiled diaper.
Deputies said Pease was on the couch asleep and they couldn’t wake her up. When she finally woke up, she admitted to taking painkillers.
Pease refused medical treatment and was arrested and transported to the Broome County Jail. She will return to Maine Court on a later date.
Pease is charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Two mothers have been charged with cruelty after leaving their children at a beach bar to go on a Mother’s Day booze cruise, police said.
Billie Jean Williams, 27, and 28-year-old Mary Joyce Daffron were arrested after their children, aged eight and six respectively, went up to staff at Gator Joe’s Bar and Grill in Ocklawaha, Florida and said that their mothers had gone.
The mothers allegedly left their children in the care of a man they had just met while they went on a booze cruise on Lake Weir on Sunday.
The man, named only as John, told police that he knew one of the women from high school, according to a report from Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
He said that Williams and Daffron had both taken off for the booze cruise an hour earlier.
The mothers’ belongings were lying on the beach close to where they left their children playing.
As the booze cruise returned to shore, the two highly intoxicated women fell into the water as they tried to disembark, according to ocala.com.
Williams screamed at her eight-year-old for having the police called and claimed that the young children had been left in the care of a ‘godfather’ – despite the fact neither women knew his last name.
Both women were arrested on Sunday and the two children handed over to relatives.
Williams and Daffron have been charged with cruelty toward child-abuse child without great bodily harm. Daffron faced an extra charge of resisting arrest without violence.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Williams and she was released after posting bond. Daffron remained locked up on Monday after bail was set at $5,500.
HOUSTON – A 29-year-old mother who suffers from depression and anxiety says she placed a public ad offering to give her 3-year-old son up for adoption because she was off her meds, according to Houston police.
Stephanie Christine Redus was charged with advertising for placement of a child; a misdemeanor.
Police ran across a Craigslist ad seeking a good home for a 3-year-old.
The posting read “Hi. I’m trying to adopt out my 3yr old son. I’m not in a good place in my life and don’t feel like I can care for him properly but I don’t know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him please let me know. I’m a single mom and can’t do this. Thanks, Desperate.”
Craigslist was served a grand jury subpoena ordering the release of the person’s profile responsible for the posting. That profile was matched to Redus.
During a recorded interview on May 9, Redus admitted to placing the ad, but said she never intended to give up her child. The mom said she only spoke to one person, and asked if they had any additional children and requested to see pictures of their home, according to court documents.
Redus was feeling guilty after making her initial statement and returned to the police department on May 13 in order to clear the air.
During another recorded interview, Redus told investigators she was bothered because she did not tell the complete truth. She then said she posted the ad while she was at her job in Humble and that she actually replied to several people about the adoption.
Redus said she is pregnant and has not been able to take her medication to combat her depression and anxiety. The ad, she said, was just a way to help her with her anxiety.
Neighbors were used to seeing the little boy playing with his toy cars and chickens outside his mom’s home in Huffman.
“I see the little boy over there playing in the swimming pool a couple of times and running around in his birthday suit,” said John Kirby.
They were shocked to learn what his mother was accused of doing.
“Blessings from God are always a privilege, not to be put on craigslist,” said Peg Kirby. “Honey, I think you need to talk to the lord before making a decision like that.”
Redus’ bail was set at $1,000. Her son is now in the care of his father.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to say on behalf of the family that we lost him as of yesterday afternoon,” said Chris Smart Saturday morning.
His nephew, whose name has not officially been released but who has been referred to as “Baby DG,” had been hospitalized since April 26, when he was taken by ambulance, first to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and then to Massachusetts General, for emergency surgery to relieve bleeding to his brain.
“They took him off the vent tube around 11 a.m Friday and he was breathing on his own for about six hours,” Smart said. However, the family came to the heart-wrenching conclusion that it was best to let him go, Smart said.
“We would like to extend our thanks to both teams at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Mass General, along with the first responders from Nashua police and fire for all their efforts on his behalf,” Smart said. “And also for the prayers and support from the community for our family.”
Smart said a fund set up initially to help cover medical expenses for the boy, who was expected to have life-altering repercussions from his injuries had he survived, will now go toward funeral expenses as well as unpaid medical bills.
The family appreciates the ongoing support of the community as it mourns the loss of Baby DG, Smart said.
“Any donations beyond that will be donated to a local child abuse awareness organization,” Smart said.
Gould, 21, of 8 Ash Court, Nashua, remains in Valley Street Jail, held on a first-degree assault charge for the injuries sustained by her 2-year-old son.
There has been no update from Nashua Police as to the charges against Gould in light of the boy’s death.
During the investigation into Baby DG’s injuries, Gould admitted to police that she struck her son repeatedly April 25, with her hand on his buttocks and head. She also told police she “blacked out” at some point while hitting him.
Smart said he has not personally seen Gould since her arrest.
“A family member tried contacting her in jail to tell her that we lost him. Unfortunately, it’s not the only loss we’re dealing with. We got word that my grandmother – the baby’s great-grandmother – passed around the same time in Florida,” Smart said.
A link to the donation site, Fundrazr.com, is available here. Direct donations can also be made via a check made out to “Baby DG Fund.” All money received goes into a verified account established through Citizens Bank of Milford. Mail donations to:
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The video shows Barbara Garcia seated on the floor when, “Without provocation, Garcia violently swung her hand and slapped the child on the head, knocking the child off her feet as she flew several feet away and lay motionless on the ground,” Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said.
Still seated, Garcia “grabbed the child by the hair,” dragged the child to her lap and continued to slap her in the face,” Gonzalez said.
Garcia takes care of a 15-month-old girl who is her boyfriend’s daughter from a previous relationship, said Gonzalez. Garcia is pregnant with her boyfriend’s child.
Thursday afternoon, Garcia’s neighbor on the 500 block of California Street called police because he heard a woman hitting a child, police said.
Police found the 15-month-old girl unresponsive with bruises around her eyes. She was taken to a hospital, where she remained Friday with a traumatic head injury.
During an investigation, police talked to another neighbor who shot the cellphone video through an open window of Garcia striking the 15-month-old on Wednesday.
Garcia’s boyfriend works nights and asked her to care for the child. He was unaware of the alleged abuse, police said.
When asked about the baby’s injuries, Garcia told investigators the child would not stop crying. Garcia eventually admitted to abusing the little girl, police said.
Garcia was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail on Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to jail records.
Watsonville police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 831-768-3350 or leave an anonymous tip on the tipline at 831-768-3544.
The parents of a 5-month-old girl found bruised and battered Sunday at the family’s Richardson home have been charged in her death.
Police say Hector Rene Cupich-Quinones, 35, has been charged with capital murder, and Maria Guadalupe Zuniga, 37, faces a charge of injury to a child. Both are being held in the city jail after their arrests over the weekend.
The father, who like his wife cannot hear or speak, confessed through an interpreter to beating their only child because she wouldn’t stop crying, according to police documents.
“My understanding is they feel vibrations and some noise, so they could tell the infant was crying,” police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.
Authorities were called about 5:30 a.m. Sunday to the family’s home in the 1100 block of Shadyglen Circle, near East Belt Line and Plano roads. The responding officer performed CPR on the unconscious baby and, in the process, noticed suspicious bruises, police said.
The child was taken to Medical City Dallas Hospital and pronounced dead about 10 p.m. Hospital staff also suspected the child was a victim of abuse because she had bruises on her chest, back and both arms. She also had massive trauma to the back of the head.
Investigators questioned Cupich-Quinones and his wife and took them into custody after they admitted getting into an argument over their daughter’s crying.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the couple spent Saturday night drinking. Cupich-Quinones said he shook the baby to make her stop crying. When that didn’t work, he told police, he hit her head against a counter. He then slid her across the counter, and she fell head-first onto the tile floor, according to police documents.
Cupich-Quinones said he left the infant with his wife, who put her to bed. When he got up around 3 a.m., he found the child was barely breathing and got into another argument with his wife over who was responsible for her injuries. They then called 911.
Monae Turnage, 13, was fatally shot in the chest in March 2012 after two boys—ages 12 and 13, were playing with a rifle that went off.
The victim’s brother and some friends went out searching for her and found her dead body in an alley behind the 1600-block of Cliftview Avenue buried in trash.
The 12-year-old soon admitted to helping move the girl’s body out of a rowhouse and into the alley.
But police say Turnage’s body was too heavy for the two boys to have moved themselves.
Veronica Alford, 49, pleaded guilty Monday for helping her son hide the body. Investigators say they found Alford’s DNA on Turnage’s clothing.
Alford was charged as an accessory after the fact in Turnage’s death. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 13.
Her son, who is charged with reckless endangerment, is scheduled to go on trial later this week.
The 13-year-old who pulled the trigger is in custody of juvenile services.
“Anyone who has a child, particularly a new baby, it tears at their heart,” said Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “It shocks them to think a mother, for whatever reason, would ever suffocate or, for that matter, do any type of injury to their newborn child.”
Police said Bradley Koistinen found his daughter’s body in bed next to her mother around 6:45 a.m. April 8 and called 911.
The six-day-old baby, named Maya, was taken to Paradise Valley Hospital where she died 45 minutes later.
“At this point, nothing seemed out of the ordinary,” Thompson said. “The information the officers received initially was that the mother had taken some medication and had fallen asleep.”
According to the police report, an autopsy found signs of possible suffocation.
But a review of past Child Protective Services records indicated Maya’s death might not have been an accident.
In the report, it’s noted Nina Koistinen had made statements about wanting to smother some of her children and that, following what appeared to be an intentional car accident, she wanted her children to go to Heaven.
On Thursday, detectives brought Nina Koistinen in for a second interview.
During questioning, they said she told them what she’d done to her daughter.
“The mother of the baby, she admitted she had purposely suffocated this six-day-old baby,” said Thompson.
Police said Nina Koistinen told them she smothered Maya because she thought she had too many children and that she was jealous of the attention her husband was giving the newborn.
Bradley Koistinen attended his wife’s initial appearance Friday and made an emotional plea to the court.
“Nina suffers from bipolar, schizophrenia and depression,” he said. ”And we have tried for years and years to manage it. She has been the greatest mother. We’ve been married 15 years. To our kids, never once has she hurt any of our kids. I see her deteriorating the last two days – her mental state. I don’t know if her medication is right.”
Nina Koistinen is being held at the 4th Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix.
Bail is set at $1,000,000.
Bradley Koistinen tells CBS5 News family members are helping him care for his eight remaining children.
Police said CPS is overseeing the arrangement.
Calls to CPS, regarding past encounters with the family, have not been returned.
This news story reminds me of a Japanese movie I watched a few years back called Nobody Knows.
The film was inspired by the 1988 Sugamo child abandonment case. Although, the children’s names from the actual event were never released; they were known as Children A, B, C, D, and E. They were left alone for approximately nine months.
It tells the story of four children in Tokyo: Kyoko, Akira, Yuki and Shigeru, aged between five and twelve years old. They are all half-siblings, each of them having different fathers. Their mother locks them away in a tiny apartment then runs off to get married and never returns. After they are abandoned, they are forced to survive on their own and rely on each other to face all of life’s challenges.
For months, the youngsters lived alone and no one in the apartment complex even knew the children were there.
Unfortunately, another real-life event has just taken place in western Osaka. Japan Today reported that a 25-year-old single mother has just been sentenced to 30 years in prison after both of her children died from abandonment.
Back in March 2010, Sanae Nakamura began locking both her daughter, 3, and her one-year-old son, in her apartment while she stayed with her boyfriend, sometimes for days at a time. And in June that year, she stopped coming home all together.
When she finally did decide to come home, she returned to find both of her children surrounded by piles of rubbish and starved to death.
Japan’s supreme court has just upheld a sentence that was decided upon during earlier hearings in the lower courts. Their decision was based upon the fact that she was aware leaving her children alone without sufficient food would cause their deaths. This haunting story of child abuse bears certain similarities to that of the case of naive and selfish Rie Fujii, a Japanese woman who left her two toddlers alone for ten days while she frolicked around with her boyfriend in Canada.
Her two children died of starvation and dehydration during that time. Fujii was later arrested and charged with second degree murder.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that a decision on charges will be made after they get the results of an autopsy.
Catherine Schaible’s attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, cautioned against a rush to judgment, and said the couple are good parents deeply distraught over the loss of another child.
“There are way more questions than answers at this point. We haven’t seen the autopsy report. We don’t know the cause of death of this child,” Jayaraman told The Associated Press. “What we do know is Mr. and Mrs. Schaible are distraught, they are grieving, they are tremendously sad about the loss of their most recent baby.”
A man who answered the phone at a listing for Herbert Schaible declined to comment and hung up.
A jury convicted the Schaibles of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. The boy’s symptoms had included coughing, congestion, crankiness and a loss of appetite. His parents said he was eating and drinking until the last day, and they had thought he was getting better.
The Schaibles were sentenced to 10 years’ probation.
At a hearing Monday, a judge told the couple they had violated the terms of their probation, noting the Schaibles had told investigators that they prayed to God to make Brandon well instead of seeking medical attention.
“You did that once, and the consequences were tragic,” Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Prosecutors on Monday sought to have the couple jailed, but Lerner permitted them to remain free because their seven other children had been placed in foster care.
“He feels they are a danger to their children – not to the community, but to their own children,” Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, who prosecuted the couple in 2010, said Tuesday.
Herbert Schaible, 44, and his 43-year-old wife grew up in the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia and have served as teachers there. The church’s website has a sermon titled “Healing – From God or Medicine?” that quotes Bible verses purportedly forbidding Christians from visiting doctors or taking medicine.
“It is a definite sin to trust in medical help and pills; and it is real faith to trust on the Name of Jesus for healing,” says the message, from last May.
A phone message left with the church on Tuesday was not immediately returned.
The church’s pastor said in 2010 that the couple had never received medical care themselves beyond the help of a lay midwife who attends home births.
The Schaibles did take their children for medical checkups as required by their probation, according to Jayaraman, the defense attorney. Jayaraman said that Brandon was checked by a doctor when he was 10 days old, but she did not know whether the child had seen a doctor since.
“Nobody argues that these aren’t very loving, nurturing parents,” she said Tuesday. “Whether their religion had anything to do with the death of their baby, we don’t know.”