Mother accused of slashing children’s throats to keep them quiet


A young mother in Washington state has been charged with attempted murder after authorities say she cut her children’s throats in an attempt to keep them quiet.

washington-mom-cuts-kids-throatsOver the weekend, Christina Booth called 911 to report that her three children were crying nonstop and “needed medical attention,” according to a recent probable cause filing.

The 28-year-old and her husband, Thomas Booth, have three children, a 2-year-old and 6-month-old twins.

When officers arrived at the Olympia, Washington, home Saturday night, they found a troubling scene. As spelled out by a local prosecutor, police saw the twins on the couch crying “uncontrollably” and “bleeding from their necks.”

One officer then went upstairs and found the couple’s 2-year-old in bed, under the covers with “dry blood all over her.”

All three were taken to a local hospital, where, CNN affiliate KOMO reports, they underwent surgery. They are now in stable condition and will be placed in protective custody.

In their probable cause filing, authorities paint a picture of a mother overwhelmed and suffering from postpartum depression.

A judge set bail for Booth at $3 million, KCPQ, another CNN affiliate, reported.

Wine and a movie 

The night that ended in tears and blood began with wine and a movie.

In the probable cause filing, Thomas Booth told investigators he had two “large glasses” and his wife had at least the same amount.

“Thomas said he was feeling intoxicated,” the document reads “and Christina was intoxicated to the point that she was slurring her words.”

As the movie wrapped up, Thomas Booth told police, his wife took the toddler upstairs to put her to bed, but then “a short time later Christina came down the stairs in only her underwear crying and screaming.”

Christina Booth, like her husband, spoke to authorities without an attorney present. Her story differs from her husband’s slightly, a local prosecutor said.

She told a police detective that she was having “a really rough time” taking care of her three children. She said that her husband “never helps” and that he “gets very annoyed when the children cry and make noise.”

Like her husband, Christina Booth said they were watching a movie and she went to put the toddler to bed just before the movie ended. She then told authorities that the twins started crying and “she hit her breaking point.”

In the probable cause document, a prosecutor says she confessed to the crimes of which she stands accused, saying “she knew if she killed all the kids the house would be quiet for Thomas.”

“During the interview, Christina broke down crying several times, yelled about Thomas never helping with the kids” the document says. “Christina made the comment ‘they will be quiet now’ several times.”

Thomas Booth told police that his wife has been “very stressed out raising the children” and that she took medication for postpartum depression. He also said she “always takes the children out of his presence if they cry.”

The couple’s account differs in where the attack on the twins took place.

Christina Booth told authorities she carried them downstairs after attacking her toddler and cut their necks while they lay on the couch. Her husband told police he found the babies upstairs with injuries to their necks and brought them downstairs to render first aid.

‘Why weren’t we knocking on the door?’

Thomas Booth has not been charged, and KOMO reports that police do not suspect he played any kind of role in the violence.

KOMO reports he’s an active-duty solider who was recently deployed overseas.

Neighbors described Christina Booth as sweet, vivacious and “a loving mother.”

Tiffany Felch, who has spent time with the pair, told KOMO, “I would have never suspected that she would be a person to take this kind of a drastic action. I can’t imagine what stress she must have been under to cause her to do such a thing.”

KOMO reported that neighbors say Christina Booth was normally social, but changed after giving birth to the twins.

Neighbor Tammy Ramsey expressed concern to KOMO about the potential for missed opportunities to help the family.

“Why weren’t we knocking on the door?” she said. “I think that we need to rally and love to understand and not to judge.”

Accused: I wasn’t carrying three deodorants to mask smells of sex with a Shetland pony near Doncaster


A man accused of having sex with a Shetland pony near Doncaster has denied he was carrying three cans of deodorant in his bag “to help with any horse smells” after the encounter.

Giving evidence at Sheffield Crown Court, Alan Barnfield, 44, was asked why he was carrying the deodorants when he went for walk past a field of horses near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in the middle of the night, in 2012.

Prosecutor Louise Reevell had been asking Barnfield about why police who spoke to him on the night found him “sweating profusely” and “smelling of horses”.

Mrs Reevell asked the defendant whether the deodorant was “to help with any horse smells you may have to deal with”.

Barnfield, of Doncaster, replied “No” and said he was on medication for blood pressure and taking painkillers which made him sweat a lot.

He told the jury that he sometimes sweated so much it dripped off his arms and, as he worked at a deodorant factory, he had as many as 20 cans at his Doncaster home.

Barnfield denies having sex with a pony called Sky in a field in the village of Loversall in the early hours of August 8 2012.

A count of outraging public decency was also put to him and he also pleaded not guilty to this charge.

In the witness box, Barnfield repeatedly denied having any sexual interest in animals and any sexual contact with the horse.

The prosecutor said to him: “You had the DNA of a horse on swabs that were taken on your penis and that’s because you had intercourse with Sky.”

“No,” Barnfield replied.

Mrs Reevell said to him: “What part of a horse are you most attracted to?”

The defendant replied: “I’m not attracted to horses.”

And Mrs Reevell asked: “Are you someone who has a sexual interest in animals?”

Barnfield said: “No.”

But he admitted that he had previously pleaded guilty to possessing images of bestiality, involving a woman and a horse.

Dressed in a black T-shirt and black trousers and sporting long brown hair and a goatee beard, Barnfield repeatedly denied that he had inappropriately touched or had sex with Sky.

He said he had gone for a walk and fed and stroked another horse in Sky’s field called Savannah but he had not gone over the fence.

And he told the jury of five men and seven women that he did not know how bestiality images found by police had got on his phone.

He said he sometimes got sent pictures of this kind via Bluetooth in pubs but he always deleted them.

Prosecutors have told the jury that Barnfield, of Hexthorpe Lane, Hexthorpe, was spoken to by police after people living near stables in the village of Loversall rang officers because they thought he was going to steal horses.

The prosecution case is that Barnfield assaulted the pony with two bottles before having sex with it.

The trial continues.

Police Accuse Girl, 14, Of Intentionally Drowning 3-Month-Old Justice Hul


Police confirmed that a 14-year-old relative intentionally drowned a 2-month-old child found dead Monday morning inside a South Dallas apartment. Child Protective Services had placed the infant in the home where she was killed.

Justice-Hul“The facts of the case are that the 14-year-old intentionally drowed a 2-month-old and that’s the real tragedy today,” said Maj. Robert Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department.

The teen is now in police custody and is being questioned.  At this time, no charges have been filed.

The child’s mother was at work at the time of the incident.

Around 6:15 a.m., police received a call about a child in trouble due to high water in the 8400 block of S. Westmoreland in the Red Bird area of Dallas. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the child dead.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner was called to the scene, along with Dallas Police homicide detectives.

“It breaks my heart anytime you respond to a call and someone so innocent…no one more innocent then an infant child…and to try to ascertain what was could have been going through anyone’s mind that would cause the death of innocent child.  My heart goes out to the family,” said Sgt. Warren Mitchell of the Dallas Police Department.

Distraught family members showed up several hours later, and an ambulance had to be called after an unidentified woman passed out.

“I’ve always seen the young ladies around with their younger siblings so I really can’t see anything like that happening it’s heart felt and upsetting to hear about it happening,” said neighbor Joseph Veasley.

Police say another teen was also inside the apartment at the time of the drowning, and they are calling her a witness.

Detectives declined to specify exactly how or where the baby drowned. They said making those facts public would only serve to sensationalize the circumstances of her death.

Stanford Swimmer Accused Of Raping Unconscious Woman Along Campus Street


Casey-ValentineA former Stanford University student and star swimmer will be charged with rape after he met a woman at a campus party and assaulted her as she lay intoxicated and unconscious outside, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Tuesday.

The district attorney’s office said two students on bicycles stopped to help after finding freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, on top of the woman in the early morning hours of Jan. 18 on Lomita Court, near fraternity houses on university grounds.

“She was lying on the ground unconscious, not moving,” said Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci of the alleged victim, who is not a student.

The men on bikes restrained Turner, even as he tried to get away, and called police, Kianerci said. The woman, she said, was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries.

Pair Of Alleged Young Torches Arrested For Setting Fire To Walmart Store


arsonsuspectsAn 11-year-old South Carolina boy is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a fire inside a Walmart that caused millions of dollars in damages to the business, police report.

The boy’s 13-year-old cousin has also been charged in connection with the December 31 blaze.

According to investigators, the boy stole a lighter while inside the Columbia store and, with his cousin, used it to set a fire in the Walmart’s greeting card aisle. The ensuing blaze caused significant damage to the store, though no injuries were reported.

In an effort to identify suspects in the arson, police Thursday released Walmart surveillance images, including a photo (seen at right) showing the boy and girl entering the store on New Year’s Eve.

On Friday, the parents of the respective suspects turned the minors in to police. Each child was charged with third degree arson, a felony. The boy was also charged with shoplifting the lighter. The children were subsequently released into their parents’s custody.

The fire forced Walmart to close temporarily for repairs, but the store has since reopened.

Matthew Fischer, 16, Disemboweled Classmate After Victim Sent Snapchat To His Girlfriend


A Wando High School student fatally stabbed another student after he sent his girlfriend a Snapchat message on her iPod, according to Mount Pleasant police.

Matthew-FischerMatthew Joseph Fischer, 16, a junior at the school, was visiting his girlfriend Sunday night on Baltusrol Lane in Park West when Lucas Bennett Cavanaugh, 17, of Sullivan’s Island sent the girl a message, according to the arrest affidavit. Fischer grabbed the iPod and messaged Cavanaugh, “Come over” and “I’ll kill you, man,” according to the affidavit.

Cavanaugh drove over to the house in a silver VW Jetta. He and Fischer started fighting. Fischer pulled a knife from his right front pocket, fatally stabbed Cavanaugh in the torso and fled the scene, according to police.

Fischer called his mother from his cellphone not far from the house. She brought him back to the scene, and he told police what happened, according to the affidavit.

Both families were in court for a bond hearing Monday morning. Cavanaugh’s father cried as he stood between a detective and victim advocate. Neither family spoke.

Fischer’s attorney, Peter David Brown of Mount Pleasant, spoke on behalf of his client.

“This is just a tragedy for the entire Wando community and the families involved,” Brown said.

According to his obituary, Cavanaugh was a junior at Wando High School and aspired to attend The University of Cincinnati to study automotive engineering and design. One of his main passions was restoring his ’81 Corvette.

When Brown was asked after the hearing if he would argue self-defense, he said he was waiting to learn all the facts of what happened.

A magistrate can’t set bail on a murder charge, so Fischer remained in jail. His bail on a charge of possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime was set at $100,000.


Timothy Tucker Beat Girlfriend With Couple’s Two Week Old Puppy Until It Died


A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in jail after authorities say he assaulted his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy until the animal died.

Timothy-TuckerTimothy Tucker also was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation and entry into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program. He was ordered to pay state fees and restitution.

Tucker pleaded guilty in December to third-offense domestic violence as a second-time habitual offender. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports one count of killing/torturing animals was dismissed was part of a plea deal.

According to court documents, Tucker punched his girlfriend in the face in November, and then repeatedly struck her with the couple’s puppy.

Tucker will receive credit for 68 days he’s already served in jail.


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