Megan Huntsman Accused Of Using Garage To Store Her Murdered Babies

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Megan-Huntsman-125x188A 39-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after seven bodies of dead infants were discovered in a Pleasant Grove home, and officials said they believe that, over a 10-year period, she gave birth to six of the children then killed them.

Pleasant Grove Police responded to the home at 530 E. 200 North after residents who were cleaning out a garage found what they believed to be a dead infant in a container.

Capt. Michael Roberts, Pleasant Grove PD, said the residents found “a suspicious package with a pungent smell, and they opened the package partially and found what they believed to be a deceased infant in the box and they called police.”

When they arrived, police found the infant to be at full term, according to a press release from the Pleasant Grove Police Department.

Roberts said a search warrant was obtained and “subsequently six more bodies of infants were found in separate containers, cardboard boxes.”

According to the press release, “During the course of the investigation information was obtained that; over a 10 year period a 39 year old female gave birth to the infants and then killed them.”

According to a probable cause statement released Monday morning, Huntsman admitted to strangling or suffocating the babies immediately after they were born.

Megan Huntsman was booked into the Utah County Jail and faces six counts of murder. Police officials later told FOX 13 News that there are six charges because investigators believe one of the seven was a stillborn child.

On Monday morning, a judge set Huntsman’s bail at $1 million for each count of murder, for a total of $6 million.

FOX 13 News’ Carly Figueroa spoke with neighbors and officials, see the video above for those interviews.

Huntsman had not lived in the home since 2011. Police said Huntsman had shared the home with her husband, a Mr. West, and they had lived there for some time. The man served nine years in federal prison on drug distribution related charges. Police told FOX 13 News the couple was estranged.

The home has two separate residences. The bodies were found in the upper residence with its attached garage, and that residence had not been lived in since 2011 when Huntsman left.

Police said Huntsman told them West was the father of the infants, and police said they believe her. They said they believe the infants were born and killed between 1996 and 2006 while West was not imprisoned. Police said West is not considered a suspect in the infants’ death.

West was among those who found the first infant, and Roberts said, “there’s a strong possibility,” the man opened the box to find his own child dead inside.

Police said the home was owned by West’s parents, who had overseen the home during the time Huntsman lived there while West was in prison.

West returned Saturday, which is when he started to clear out the home. That is when he and those helping him found a box that smelled bad and appeared to contain a dead infant.

Police said during the time Megan Huntsman was living at the home she was there with three children of hers and West’s. Those children are now 13, 18 and 20.

Neighbor Kathie Hawker said Huntsman had moved out of the home after what they called a struggle with substance abuse.

“Yeah, we were worried about her because we could see that she was not looking in good health, and we were worried about the children that lived there with her, her three daughters lived there,” Hawker said.

Kathie’s husband, Aaron Hawker, said it is shocking to learn Huntsman was allegedly pregnant so many times.

He said: “She always looked kind of slim, I mean, to have this many babies full term, it’s like… Where were they?”

Police said several warrants have been issued in the case, including a search warrant for Huntsman’s West Valley City home.

Mom Found 3-Year-Old Son Dead After Leaving Him Home Alone For 20 Hours

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The Steamboat Springs District Attorney dropped charges against a mother after she left her 3-year-old son home alone and returned to find him dead.

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Megan McKeon had been charged with child abuse. She tried to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts in court on Thursday.

According to police McKeon, 24, left her small cabin at a campground to go to work. She left Wednesday, March 26 and returned Thursday morning, March 27.

McKeon told detectives she had left food, juice and a movie playing for her son, Austin Davis. She told detectives she had left him home alone on a regular basis, about 20 times before.

austin-davisAustin’s grandmother, Charity O’Konski, is distraught over what happened to her grandson.

“We’re never going to have little Austin back again,” said O’Konski. “But for his justice and all the family that loved him, she needs to pay for what she did.”

That guilty plea would have only carried a maximum sentence of 42 months. The district attorney said that would not be sufficient punishment for the crime so he dropped the charges. He hopes to file felony child abuse resulting in death charges against McKeon.

O’Konski said she would have been happy to care for Austin if she had known the circumstances.

“All she had to do was call me. There’s no if, ands or buts to what happened, it’s her fault no matter what happened. She is accountable for that baby,” said O’Konski. “Nothing is ever going to be enough, because he will never come back to us but she took his life away and the only way to take her life away is to let her sit behind those bars and let her think about what she did.”

The district attorney is waiting for an official cause of death for Austin. The coroner and investigators are waiting for toxicology reports to come back which will take at least two weeks.

Couple Accused Of Keeping 4-Year-Old Locked In Dog Cage For 14 Hours A Day

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25072593_BG1Rogers County Deputies arrested a Chelsea man accused of abusing his stepchildren. The Department of Human Services said it found Johnathon Lee’s four-year-old stepson locked in a wire dog cage.

 

DHS removed three kids from the home, and now both the stepfather and the mother are in jail.

An affidavit said Johnathon Lee, 31, admitted putting the boy in the cage to sleep overnight, during nap time and for discipline, for at least three weeks.

Court records show Lee admitted to investigators that he put the boy in the cage to protect him. Lee said the boy would get up at night and there were exposed wires in the bedroom, and they didn’t want him touching an exposed wire.

Suzanne-Satterfield-125x188Between sleep time, nap time and discipline, investigators say the boy spent up to 14 hours in a day inside the cage.

Rogers County Sheriff, Scott Walton, said, “14 hours is a very, very long period of time. In this situation, 30 minutes is too long. We don’t keep kids in cages.”

At one point, the boy learned how to kick the door open and break the lock. That’s when the parents started using a padlock. Investigators said Lee admitted using handcuffs and wire ties in addition to a padlock to keep the cage locked with the boy inside.

“I personally have a five-year-old grandson, and I can’t imagine him being put into a cage like this for any period of time,” Walton said.

During the investigation, deputies say Lee was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. And after interviewing him and the girl, prosecutors charged him with child abuse for the cage, and sexual abuse of a child for the other.

Deputies say the children in the home describe an atmosphere of fear and bad conditions, which is why DHS took the three kids, ages 4, 7 and 14, into protective custody.

Deputies arrested the mother, Suzanne Satterfield, 33, Tuesday afternoon for child abuse and permitting child abuse.

Johnathon Lee remains in the Rogers County jail on a $50,000 bond.

Mother, Aunt Charged After Baby Drinks Six Shots Of Vodka

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A mother and her sister are facing charges after  a one-year-old child allegedly drank six shots of vodka.

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Shadreon Sade Jefferson, 17, and Shamara Batiste, 24, are each charged with endangering a child.

Authorities say on February 8, emergency personnel were dispatched to a home in the 7200 block of TC Jester after a one-year-old girl became unresponsive.

When they arrived, the baby girl was moaning and had vomited. Emergency personnel then noticed the child was swaying and smelled of alcohol. When the child was taken to the hospital, doctors determined the child had suffered alcohol poisoning.

The child’s father told authorities his daughter had been in the care of her mother and aunt, and she was dropped off at his home in that condition.

Court documents state that when deputies interviewed the mother, she said she’d fallen asleep and when she woke up, Batiste told her she’d given the infant alcohol.

According to court documents, Batiste  admitted the baby drank about six shots of vodka.

Here’s a bad idea …. shooting up in a McDonald’s play area with your kids

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An Indiana couple have been jailed on child endangerment charges after allegedly overdosing on heroin at a McDonald’s play area.

Robert Paul Palmer, 37, and Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, of Dillsboro, Indiana were arrested after shooting up at an Ohio McDonald’s, police said.

The fire department in Green Township, just west of Cincinnati, responded to a call on Sunday of two adults needing attention in the restaurant’s children’s play area.

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Robert Paul Palmer, 37, and Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, of Dillsboro, Indiana were jailed on child endangerment charges after shooting up at an Ohio McDonald’s

Authorities say one Jeffers was unconscious and not breathing, and Palmer was conscious but unresponsive. They recovered from what police say were ‘life-threatening overdoses’ of heroin. Jeffers was taken to Mercy West Hospital and later released.

Authorities say the couple admitted taking the drugs while with their children, a five-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy.

Palmer and Jeffers are being held in Hamilton County Jail. Palmer appeared in court briefly today to plead not guilty.

The case goes to a grand jury for possible indictment on March 24.

Bond for Palmer was set at $10,000, while Jeffers was given $6,000 bond.

It is not immediately clear who is caring for the couple’s two children but Palmer was ordered to stay away from them by the judge if he is released.

Mother, 53, Arrested For Battering Daughter, 25, With Used Diaper

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A Florida woman was arrested for battery after striking her 25-year-old daughter in the face with a used diaper.

christineokeefePolice report that victim Jessica Caldwell returned Monday to her Bradenton home and discovered “her mother became intoxicated while caring for her 2-year-old daughter.”

useddiaperA verbal argument allegedly turned physical when Christine O’Keefe, 53, “threw a used diaper at the victim, striking her in the face,” according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report. During the subsequent mother-daughter scuffle, Caldwell struck her mother in the right brow.

O’Keefe, however, was the only one arrested–for misdemeanor battery. Seen in the adjacent mug shot, O’Keefe was released from jail Tuesday after posting $1000 bond. She is scheduled for a March 27 Circuit Court arraignment.

Baby’s Skull Fractured After Mother Throws Her Against Wall

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Ashley-Ann-Marie-Walton-125x188 A mother told Fort Wayne police she threw her infant daughter against a wall in the bedroom of their apartment because she couldn’t get the baby to stop crying.  The mother, identified as Ashley Ann-Marie Walton (Strong), 28, tested positive for cocaine shortly after the incident and waited more than 35 minutes before seeking medical treatment for the baby.  Based on activity on her cell phone, Walton allegedly tried to buy more cocaine during that time. The infant suffered a skull fracture and brain bleeding and was last reported to be in critical condition.

The incident took place on January 10 and according to court documents, Walton initially told police her three-year-old daughter dropped the baby girl on her head at their apartment in the Colony Bay complex on the city’s southwest side.  Walton told investigators she was sleeping with the three-year-old and the infant when she woke up to find the infant crying on the bedroom floor.  She told police the three-year-old was looking at the infant and said, “ut oh”.

Walton told police that when she picked the baby up, it seemed lethargic and was looking at her with a blank stare. She also said the baby’s face was swollen.

Walton told police the baby was injured at 12:03 p.m. and she immediately called EMS.

Police asked to look at Walton’s cell phone during the interview to verify her story and she agreed.

The phone showed that five calls had been placed right at 12:05 pm, but none of those calls were to EMS.  Walton had also apparently texted a person at 12:26 pm to try and buy prescription pills and powder cocaine.  Phone records indicate it wasn’t until 12:40 pm that Walton called EMS for medical help.

Police believe Walton continued to text message the same person to arrange a price for the drugs and a pick up time.  At 3:38 p.m., while at the hospital where her baby girl was being treated, a text from Walton to the same person read, “ok cuz I’m at the hospital with the baby and I’m not trying to be gone long.”

After being transported from the hospital to the police station to be interviewed, Walton admitted that she had thrown her baby against the wall and that the three-year-old daughter had not dropped the baby on her head as she had originally claimed.  She told police she hadn’t slept in two or three days and when she couldn’t get the child to stop crying, she threw the baby and it’s head hit the wall before landing on the bed.  Walton also told police she changed the baby’s diaper and gave her a bath in the time between when she was injured and when EMS was called.

Walton faces the following charges:

  • Battery, a class B felony
  • Neglect of a Dependent, a class B felony (two counts)

Sharon Hinojosa burned two of her children, saved the one she had with new boyfriend

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fire-huron-township-mobile-home-sharon-hinojosajpg-1f85c811dce11393_smallA woman intentionally set a fire at her boyfriend’s mobile home in suburban Detroit, killing two of her young children while fleeing with a third, a prosecutor said Tuesday in filing murder charges.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy did not specify a motive, saying only that Sharon Hinojosa “knowingly left the children who were not fathered by her boyfriend.”
Hinojosa, 29, was charged with arson, second-degree murder and felony murder, which is murder committed during another crime. The maximum penalty is life in prison.
“This should send chills up the spine of every person. I can’t imagine the abject horror of the last seconds of their young lives,” Worthy said.
She said Hinojosa set the fire around 3 a.m. Friday in Huron Township, about 20 miles southwest of Detroit, killing daughter Alayna Hinojosa, 3, and son Anthony Hinojosa, 4. Hinojosa escaped with a 1-year-old son, Worthy said, while Alayna and Anthony remained trapped inside.
“I cannot tell you how disgusting this case has been. … It has to be one of the worst ways to die,” the prosecutor said.
Hinojosa, meanwhile, was in a hospital after drinking rubbing alcohol. Worthy would not provide details about how or when it happened, but Hinojosa has been in custody since the weekend.
Her attorney, Mike Granzeier, declined to comment on the case.
Hinojosa’s arraignment was not immediately set. A judge may have to conduct it at the hospital, Huron Township Police Chief Greg Hinzmann said. Her condition was not disclosed but is not considered life-threatening.
A neighbor, Joe Dickes, said he tried to rescue the children, first through the door and then through windows, but flames were too intense.
“We heard the screams inside. There was nothing we could do,” he said, referring to himself and another neighbor.
“Sharon was running up and down the street. She didn’t care,” Dickes recalled. “She said, ‘I couldn’t wake them up.’ Come on, you can throw them out the door.”

Omaha Police Under Fire for Posting “Toddler Thug” Video on Facebook

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Apparently the Omaha Police Officers Association was trying to make a statement about the “terrible cycle of violence and thuggery.”  More from the YouTube description about this video below.

A vile video of a toddler spouting curses and slurs posted by a Nebraska law enforcement agency has sparked outrage from local groups over its racial undertones. The Omaha Police Officers Association has been slammed by area civil rights groups for lifting the video of an African-American baby throwing a tantrum from the Facebook page of a “local thug” and offering its own commentary on the state of “terrible cycle of violence and thuggery.” The child pushes over a chair, flips the bird and unleashes a stream of curses and slurs, including b—-, f— and the N-word. The boy follows cues from a man and woman off-camera who continually prompt him to continue spouting foul language. “We refuse to give this thug any notoriety or attention, and as much as we would love to publicly shame him, we will keep his identity private,” the association wrote along with the video. “You are literally watching ‘the cycle’ of violence continue right in front of your eyes.” But groups, including the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, have blasted the law enforcement union for showcasing the tirade and for perpetuating stereotypes. “The manner in which the Officers Association has discussed this incident has done nothing but further erode community trust and reinforce the need for independent oversight, trainings, and other reforms,” the group said in a statement to CNN. Willie Hamilton, president of the group Black Men United, said the cops “crossed the line” by posting the video. “For them to take a video out of context — a 2-year-old who doesn’t have the brain capacity to know what’s going on — and to say that this child, because two adults acted inappropriately, is going to end up in a life of crime is totally inappropriate,” Hamilton told CNN. The local police chief, Todd Schmaderer, tried to draw a clear separation between the views of the police force and its union. “I strongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in our community or an obstacle to police community relations,” he told CNN. The union — engulfed by a firestorm of controversy — doesn’t appear to be backing down off its original stance. The group posted a slightly tamer public service announcement from the group Child Friendly Australia showing children mimicking the behavior of adults. “Think people….think,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “What are we doing to our kids?

Baby Found Covered In Cockroaches Crawling Across Busy Road

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tiffany-jenkinsA 19-month-old baby was found in Pelican Bay on Monday, covered in cockroaches and feces and crawling across a busy street.

Pelican Bay Assistant Chief of Police Stephen Combs says a resident was driving northbound in the 1400 block of Sheri Lane on Monday at 3 p.m. when she spotted something.

“She spotted something in the roadway,” said Combs. “The closer she got to the object, she realized it was a 19-month-old baby crawling in the middle of the road.”

The woman stopped, picked up the child, and immediately took him to the police station.

“The baby, when he was brought to the police station, had live cockroaches coming out of his diapers and crawling on his body,” said Combs. “The people that brought him into the police department had to clean out their car because of the live and dead cockroaches. He had feces on his face; he was extremely dirty. It was a pathetic sight.”

Around 3:30 pm, the baby’s mother, identified as 23-year-old Tiffany Jenkins, walked into the station and asked if anyone had found her baby.

After an investigation, authorities determined that Jenkins was in the yard with her four children, and apparently forgot about the 19-month-old.

“When one of them hurt her foot, Miss Jenkins took the other kids into the house but somehow overlooked the 19-month-old baby,” said Combs. “While inside, the baby managed to somehow get out of the yard and crawl down the street. The baby was found some 250 feet away from the home.”

Jenkins has been arrested and charged with Endangering a child, a second degree felony. Her husband, who also lives at the residence, was at work at the time of the incident and is not facing charges.

Child Protective Services removed the other three children — ages 9 weeks, 3 years, and 5 years — from the home and has placed them with grandparents.

Agents with CPS were forced to shake cockroaches and maggots off their clothing when leaving the residence, according to Combs.