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

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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.”

Woman falls off cliff to her death after proposal from boyfriend

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So ecstatic was one Bulgarian woman at receiving a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, that she stumbled, fell from a cliff and died in Ibiza.

1422601202705Dimitrina Dimitrova accepted the proposal on Tuesday, before jumping with excitement and tragically losing her balance, police say.

The 29-year-old sustained injuries from the 20-metre fall and then suffered a heart attack.

The incident occurred in the small, picturesque resort of Cala Tarida.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, but Ms Dimitrova died shortly after they arrived.

“Everything is pointing towards the death being the result of a tragic freak accident,” said local Civil Guard spokesman, according to The Daily Mail.

A source reportedly told The Daily Mail: “Her boyfriend lived and worked on Ibiza. She had arrived two days earlier to visit him and look for work.

“She fell seconds after her partner surprised her by proposing to her as she jumped up and down with emotion.”

Diver gets encased in whale feces while swimming off coast of Dominica

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Think you had a bad day at work?

whale26n-1-webA diver has told how he ended up being encased in whale feces while swimming off the coast of Dominica, reports the BBC.

Keri Wilk said he and three other divers were surrounded by the gigantic bowel movement when the whale answered a call of nature.

“At first it seemed like a regular bowel movement. But rather than continuing its dive down, it remained at the surface and continued to defecate for a startling length of time,” said Wilk.

He said the “poonado” spread through the water for about 30 metres/100 feet.

Unfortunately for Wilk, he dives with just goggles and a snorkel as scuba equipment can disturb the whales, meaning some of the waste ended up in his mouth.

“I had poop in my eyes, mouth, wetsuit, everywhere and I was soaked in it from head to toe. But, after leaving the cloud, it quickly washed away, and didn’t leave a smell on us.

“I did take an extra long shower once I returned to shore later that day, just in case,” he admitted.

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

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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.

Mother Outraged Over ‘Satanic’ Lights On School Bus

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A Tennessee parent is upset after she says she saw a “satanic” pentagram on a school bus.

The mom told WMC she snapped a photo of the brake light on a Durham School Services bus in Cordova.

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“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” said the mother, who was not identified because she is reportedly receiving death threats after sharing the photo on social media.

The mother says it’s appalling the brake lights are shaped like a pentagram.

“If you can’t put a cross on there, you can’t put a pentagram on it,” she said.

The woman pointed to Walgreen’s decision last year to remove wrapping paper from its shelves because images on the paper appeared to be those of swastikas.

“Would we allow a swastika, for instance, to be on the back of the bus?” said the mother.

One woman, who identified herself as a practicing Wiccan, looked at the photo and said it did look like a pentagram. But she says the symbol is the same for her faith as the cross is for Christians.

“Wiccans… we believe in God, we believe in Jesus, but we don’t call him God,” said Jo Applewhite. “Find out what it really means before you start getting riled up and all worked up about something.”

Applewhite says people may be making a fuss over nothing.

“Go find out if it was intentional,” she said.

School district officials have not publicly commented on the school bus lights.

Man may be jailed for not paying child support for son who isn’t his

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A Michigan man could go to jail for failing to pay child support. But the child he’s accused of not paying for isn’t even his, according to WXYZ in Detroit.

Carnell Alexander walked into the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Friday, knowing in moments he could lose his freedom. Though DNA tests have proven the child isn’t his, Alexander still owes more than $30,000 to the state because the child’s mother used his name as the father to get welfare benefits.

Under Michigan law, that means Alexander owes child support. But an attorney who saw Alexander’s story on the news wanted to help.

“I’m just trying to help him with his future,” said attorney Cherika Harris.

“I’m almost homeless. I’m almost in jail. I am out of work,” said Alexander. “My money is being threatened to be taken.”

Alexander says the law needs to be changed, so when this happens — as it often does — other men don’t become dad by default.

“We can be defaulted into being a father of a child that is not ours,” he said. “I don’t understand that law, but it is the law in place.”

At court on Friday, Alexander wasn’t sent to jail. But his case does remain open.

One-Month-Old Baby Hospitalized After Having Most Of Face Eaten By Pet Ferrets

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Veteran cops who responded to the scene inside a Poplar Street home on Thursday, where an infant’s face was mauled by pet ferrets, say they have lost sleep and shed tears in the aftermath of the incident.

ferret“I’ll be 45 years in June in Darby (with the police department), and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” borough Police Chief Robert Smythe said. “I thought I’ve seen everything. This child, the center of (her) face is missing. Her nose was gone, (and so was) part of her cheek and part of her lip. I don’t know how much of that got replaced.”

Smythe said physicians at Children’s Hopsital of Philadelphia are attempting to reconstruct the child’s face and have inserted two stents into her nose.

“She had emergency surgery,” Smythe said. “The last I heard she was in stable (condition), but she was in intensive care.”

He said the family, with four other young children in the home, has serious issues.

“The parents, I believe, have problems,” he said. “… They are challenged. They can’t take care of these kids.”

When police arrived at the home in the 300 block of Poplar Street at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, they were told the baby had been in a car seat on the floor in the dining room, Smythe said.

“There’s a cage there, a cloth cage with three ferrets in it,” he said. “The ferrets got out of the cage. Dad is upstairs sleeping. Mom is upstairs. Mom hears the baby screaming.”

Smythe said he didn’t know how long it took for the parents to come downstairs.

“The ferrets ran when the mom came down,” he said.

The police chief further described the condition of the infant.

“The baby’s nose was gone, and a lot of the flesh from under the nose was gone and the cheek (too),” Smythe said. “It had little holes all over the head from where the ferrets were on her.”

The baby’s siblings are staying with family members while Children and Youth Services and Department of Welfare officials investigate. Criminal charges are pending, Smythe said.

“Just imagine that one-month-old baby, that can’t help herself, (and) two or three animals are eating it alive,” Smythe said. “Imagine the pain.”