Teen With Pre-existing Health Issues Dies Inside Haunted House Attraction


Christian Faith Benge’s love of God and strong faith are what her family says they will remember most about the 16-year-old who died from a medical condition after visiting the Land of Illusion attraction Friday night.

Christian-Faith-BengeBenge, a sophomore at New Miami High School, was transported to Atrium Medical Center after collapsing inside one of the haunted houses at Land of Illusion in Madison Twp., officials said. She died at the hospital from a medical condition, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is underway, said Doyle Burke, deputy coroner.

“She got halfway through and just collapsed,” her grandmother Betty Benge said. “She was almost through it.” Christian was at the attraction with about 100 friends and family members, according to her mother, Jean Benge.

Medical officials told the family part of her heart was enlarged four times its size. “They said she was like a time bomb,” Betty Benge said.

Jean Benge told the Journal-News that her daughter was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which prevents the lungs from developing normally.

“The heart had to compensate for the lung … it just stopped,” she said.

Jean said her “mother instinct” kicked in as she performed CPR on her daughter.

“I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,” she said as she talked to reporters at Full Gospel Church, 2117 Eaton Road. “She’s better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she’s home.”

There was no injury-causing accident that happened at the haunted park, owner Brett Oakley said.

“It was a very unfortunate situation,” Oakley said.

Christian was an active member of Full Gospel Church, where she sang in the choir, according to her family.

“Those memories of her up here singing and pouring out her heart to everyone is the fondest memory I have of her,” said Christian’s aunt Julene Adams.

Grandparents described Christian as a kind, gentle, lovable person.

“You couldn’t find a better kid than she was,” said her grandfather Ernest Benge, pastor at Full Gospel Church for more than 30 years.

“We don’t understand it, but you just survive it,” he said. “She was one of the kids you never have to correct.”

Christian was born with a very low chance of living, according to her grandfather. She sometimes had breathing problems, he said.

“I just wish there were more giving and more loving like she lived her life. She’s always been a kid that never complained, even through all the operations she went through,” he said.

Archaeologists Think They Know Why Mysterious ‘Witch Girl’ Was Given Deviant Burial


Archaeologists in northern Italy have unearthed the skeleton of a teenage girl who lived there hundreds of years ago. The skeleton itself is unremarkable, but its unusualface-down position in the grave has some calling the child a “witch girl.”

The skeleton has yet to be radiocarbon-dated but is believed to be from late antiquity or the early Middle Ages.

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The skeleton — believed to be that of a 13-year-old — was unearthed by a team from the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology near a church built on the site of a burial ground in the town of Albenga. The archaeologists said the prone burial may have been intended to punish the girl, perhaps because she had committed a heinous crime.

“These rare [prone] burials are explained as an act of punishment. What the dead had done was not accepted by the community,” excavation director Stefano Roascio told Discovery News.

Face-down burials could be “a treatment used for murderers and thieves,” Roascio told the Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX. Another possibility is that the girl was buried that way out of a superstitious belief that it would prevent her from being resurrected, or coming back to haunt the living as a spirit.

Though rare, such “deviant burials” are not unheard of.

In a 2009 study, researchers in Sweden found that shaming the dead by burying them face-down has been customary in many societies around the world, with some examples possibly dating back around 26,000 years.

But the “witch girl” is unique, according to Elena Dellú, an anthropologist on the excavation team.

“It is really a one of a kind finding,” Dellú told Il Secolo XIX. “What is so jaw-dropping is the fact that this person had been buried at the church, a place that is not reserved for those who would be punished.”

Tristen Kurilla, 10, Charged As Adult After Beating Elderly Woman To Death


Tristen-KurillaA 10-year-old boy is being charged as an adult in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman in Wayne County.  Prosecutors say the boy is Tristen Kurilla.

Kurilla was visiting his grandfather, Anthony Virbitsky, who was taking care of 90-year-old Helen Novak in Damascus Township on Saturday.  But the visit took an ugly turn when Novak yelled at Kurilla to leave her room.  According to investigators Kurilla said Novak’s yelling “made him very mad” and he “lost his temper.”

He told police he came up behind Novak, put a cane around her throat and pulled back.  Afterward he punched her in the throat and stomach multiple times.  When police asked Kurilla if he was trying to kill Novak he replied “No, I was only trying to hurt her.”  But a report from the coroner’s office describes Novak’s primary cause of death as “blunt force trauma to the neck.”  The death was ruled a homicide.  Kurilla has been charged as an adult with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Quick Clicks The boy’s lawyer says Kurilla may have mental health issues. Kurilla was a fifth grade student at Damascus Elementary School.  For now he is being held at the Wayne County Correctional Facility.  His bail hearing will be held on Wednesday.

Boy Scout Accidentally Hangs Self With Rope Used To Earn Badge For Knot Tying


The family of the 9-year-old who accidentally hanged himself Friday is speaking out about his tragic death.

5137588_GA.J. Underwood died Friday. A.J.’s aunt, Dana Wiesman, says what happened to A.J. was an accident.

“We had been learning how to tie rope, tie knots in ropes in Boy Scouts. He came into the house and had unpacked his Boy Scout bag, and he went in his room and was apparently playing with the rope and slipped and got caught in it,” Wiseman said.

A.J. had been playing on a top bunk bed.

“It’s unreal, it really was, it still is. I still expect to come running out to play with the kids,” Wiseman said.

AJ, a student at Oneonta Elementary School, leaves behind three sisters and his mother.

“He’s mama’s boy. She needs him more than he ever needed her. He took care of things. He was always smiling and happy. He would do anything for anybody. He’s the best kid I’ve ever known,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman said the family isn’t doing well, and that they’re taking each day minute by minute. But that the outpouring of community support is what’s getting them through this difficult time.

“We will never be able to say thank you enough for everything that everybody in this community has done for us. We will never be able to say it enough,” Wiseman said.

“Washington man killed by bus inside a zombie attraction at Idaho corn maze”


A bus carrying paintball players struck and killed a Washington state man inside a zombie attraction at a corn maze in northern Idaho, authorities said Saturday.

1899274Jeremy T. McSpadden Jr., 18, of Spokane Valley, Washington, was a role player in the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” attraction at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser on Friday night, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Dressed as a zombie, he emerged from his hiding place and ran toward the modified school bus, but he tripped and fell in front of the rear passenger-side tires, witnesses reported.

He was run over and apparently killed instantly. Because of the uneven terrain of the corn maze, the bus frequently rocks, and the occupants did not immediately notice what had happened, investigators said.

“It was not until the bus had traveled away from the victim’s location and the role players began to reset for the next bus to come along that anyone realized something was wrong,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The attraction is new this season, according to the corn maze’s website. For $15, customers ride the bus, which has paintball guns mounted outside the windows, and shoot at the zombies as the vehicle drives through the corn maze.

The bus was going forward, and neither speed nor alcohol was a factor, Sgt. Ward Crawford said.

“The focus of the attraction is the bus creeps forward so the customers have plenty of opportunity to blast away at the zombies,” Crawford said. “This looks like it was just a horrific confluence of events.”

A recording on the corn maze’s information line Saturday morning said, “We are sad to announce that all of the attractions, including the free drive-in movie, will be canceled for the remainder of the weekend.”

A message left seeking further comment was not immediately returned.

Hauser is near the Washington border east of Spokane.

Couple Accused Of Killing Disabled Teen By Putting Alcohol In His IV Bag


New developments in the death of a disabled Hardwick teenager. The case is now being called a homicide and two people are in custody.

Melissa-RobitilleThe child’s mother and her boyfriend are now facing second-degree murder charges. The couple is accused of putting alcohol in the boy’s IV.

Police say on Aug. 22 they were called to the Hardwick home of Melissa Robitille and Walter Richters. First responders say they found 13-year-old Isaac Robitille dead inside. The boy had significant medical conditions, including multiple physical handicaps that required the assistance of caretakers, feeding tubes and IVs to keep him alive. The child’s autopsy revealed he had a BAC of 0.146, almost twice the legal limit for an adult to drive.

Investigators say Melissa Robitille and Walter Richters intentionally added alcohol to their son’s IV bag. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide and said the contributing cause was alcohol.

Melissa Robitille, 38, and Richters, 38, were arrested Tuesday. They are still being processed. No word yet on when the couple will be arraigned on second-degree murder.

Teen Accused Of Killing Mother And Raping Her Corpse Sentenced To Life In Prison


Prosecutors played a shocking recording of Kevin Davis as he admitted to police detectives that he killed his mother.

Kevin-DavisThis started day one of the punishment phase, this after he pled guilty to murder just as his trial was getting underway on Monday.

Davis admitted to killing his mother, Kimberly Hill, on March 27th inside her Corpus Christi apartment.

He was found at a residence on County Road 61 after he knocked on the door of a random residence, telling the person there that he needed help because he had just killed someone.

In the recorded interview with homicide detectives following his arrest, he tells in frighteningly calm detail, the manner of how he killed his mother.

He says how he tried to strangle her with the power cord of a video game console, but she was still screaming. He then quickly gets a hammer and strikes her several times in the back of the head.

Davis then tells investigators he put his hand inside her open head wound to move around her brain to ensure she was dead.

Davis says he wasn’t done with his mother yet, and what he admits next is beyond decription.

He tells investigators in calm detail, that he had sexual intercourse with his dead mother. Officers ask him if that was his first time, Davis admits that was his first time and deadpans, “guess I lost my virginity to a dead corpse”.

Update: On Wednesday afternoon the jury handed down a sentence of life in prison, the harshest sentence available per instructions.