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.

Dumb can’t really compete with this … Subway surfer killed riding atop 6 train

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A man uses the subway system in New YorkA man was killed while trying to ride atop a subway car in the Bronx, police said.

The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was found dead at the Elder Avenue Station on the 6-train line around 10:35 p.m., Wednesday, officials said.

Investigators believe the man was a subway surfer who was struck by an overhead barrier before the train pulled into the aboveground station at Elder and Westchester avenues.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Couple Doomed to Bad Sex Life Awarded $28K

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n-BAD-SEX-mediumIt’s not your everyday court decision: An Italian couple has been awarded $28,000 in relation to their bad sex life. But the case isn’t quite as crazy as that might seem.

Some two years ago, the female half of the couple was hit by a car while crossing the street; the injuries she sustained initially left her bedridden for three months, reports Italy’s La Nazione, and have permanently damaged their ability to have a sex life on par with what they previously enjoyed.

And there are also other limitations for the two, who say they can’t ride bikes or travel together.

The Localaged couple, they wouldn’t be having an active sex life anyway.

“You cannot consider age in the couple’s relationship—whether in sexual, social, or leisure terms,” said the Tuscan judge per La Nazione, which reports the husband now has to handle all the cooking, cleaning, and chores.

Dad Shot Son Because He Wouldn’t Pay For Cable

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An 84-year-old man is charged with shooting and killing his son after a dispute over the son paying to install cable television in the house, according to charges filed Thursday.

Pang Se Vang is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang.

According to the criminal charges, several people were in the house when police arrived in response to the Monday shooting, including the suspect’s wife, two sons and one of the son’s infant child.

Police spoke to the eldest brother who said he was sleeping upstairs when his mother woke him up and told him his father shot his brother. He came downstairs and found his brother, Chue, who was bleeding and appeared to be dead, according to the charges.

That’s when his father walked out of a bedroom holding a shotgun. The son told police he grabbed the gun and wrestled it away from his father but during the struggle, the gun discharged into the ceiling, according to the complaint.

His father then retreated back into the bedroom and closed the door. The son called 911 and left the house with the rifle.

Upon arrival, an officer called the suspect, who was still locked in a bedroom, and asked him to come outside with his hands up. Pang Vang responded that he couldn’t come out because he stabbed himself in the chest. He told the officer that he and his son were arguing and that he grabbed his hunting shotgun, pointed it at his son and shot him, according to the charges.

He said he then stabbed himself because he “did not want to settle the issue in court. He would settle the dispute with his son when they reached the afterlife,” according to the complaint.

The Ramsey County SWAT team then entered the home and located Pang Vang in a bedroom on the main floor. He was on the bed and covered in blood, according to police. They secured a large, black-handled knife near his hand and transported him to the hospital.

Police also contacted Vang’s pastor who said he called him a short time before the shooting. According to the complaint, the pastor said he was upset about the fact that his son would not pay to install cable television in the house. During the argument, his son told his father he could move out of the house, the pastor said.

“What is alleged in the report is over a trivial thing and perhaps there were lots of things that were kind of building up and that led to this extraordinary criminal act of violence,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Chue Vang was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner said his cause of death is a shotgun wound to the chest.

It all took place less than 200 feet away from the Maplewood Police Department.

“It could have been a lot of more tragic but thank God that it was not,” Choi said.

Pang Vang was treated for stab wounds to his abdomen and neck and formally arrested on Wednesday. He is currently at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, being held on a $1 million bond.

Vang is the oldest person charged with murder in Ramsey County in the last 30 years.

If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

The family said Chue Vang will be laid to rest on April 3.

Crotchety Old Man Shoots Neighbor In Unprovoked Attack

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Roger-Smith-125x188A man appeared to have been going about his own business Sunday afternoon outside of his Perry Township residence when he was shot by a neighbor.

The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Roger L. Smith, 70, of 300 Fairlawn Avenue SW, was arrested Sunday and charged with felonious assault, discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, both misdemeanors.

“We did not see any provocation by the victim,” said Perry Township Police Chief Michael Pomesky. “There was no interaction between the two. The victim was going about his own routine.”

The man was outside of his home in the 300 block of Fairlawn Avenue SW when his neighbor shot him from his property across the street, Pomesky said. Smith’s house is less than a quarter of a mile from Perry High School. Police responded at 2:16 p.m. Sunday, and the Perry Township Fire Department transported the man to an area hospital.

“We’re still in the process of meeting with people and bringing additional details to the case,” Pomesky said Monday.

Smith was not able to make his arraignment Monday morning in court. According to court records, he was taken to Mercy Medical Center before his scheduled court appearance. He was discharged later in the day, according to a hospital spokesperson. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9 in Municipal Court. Judge Edward Elum set bond at $500,000.

This was not the first time police have responded to that street. Pomesky said for more than a year, police have received noise complaints and typical neighbor concerns, and many times the calls had been unfounded.

Smith was in court last fall on an aggravated menacing charge because of a threat he made. The charge was reduced to disorderly conduct in January in Municipal Court, and Smith was placed on a two-year probation period.

Girl, 12, Killed When Wall Collapses On Top Of Her At School

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Keane-Grace-Wallis-Bennett-125x188Structural checks are to be carried out on schools across Edinburgh, after a 12-year-old girl died when a “free-standing wall” collapsed on her.

The girl, named locally as Keane Wallis-Bennett, was fatally injured at Liberton High School on Tuesday.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond promised a rigorous investigation into the accident.

The city council said it would survey all similar walls in its schools as a “precaution”.

Prime Minister David Cameron described the incident as a ”shocking accident” and said any lessons would have to be learnt.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, he said “This was an absolutely shocking accident that people will have seen across the country. And their hearts will go out to the family, and all those involved at the school.

“Clearly the lessons will have to be learnt to make sure tragic accidents like this can’t happen again.”

The free-standing modesty wall served as a partition to give pupils privacy when showering in gym changing rooms.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the City of Edinburgh Council said the wall had been checked within the past two years and no problems identified.

Pupils were sent home after the incident, which happened just before 10:00 BST on Tuesday, and the school is to remain closed for the rest of the week.

Building surveyors will carry out a full check at the school before pupils return after the Easter break.

Police will meet officials from the Health and Safety Executive later to discuss who will investigate the incident.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who is an Edinburgh MSP, said Liberton High School has had “difficulties with fragmenting and fraying to the fabric” of the building.

But he said he did not believe there were problems with health and safety at the school, or that squeezes on the council’s education budget were hindering school renovation projects.

He told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I think the council are doing a good job. They are working their way through the school estate. Many schools are being replaced, particular actions were taken in every school where there was a requirement.

“The city council has always put the safety of pupils paramount. That is why I welcome their review to ensure that the situation is safe in every school.

“There are challenges, they do have to prioritise, but I do believe that they have been doing the correct job.”

Mr MacAskill said it had been a “double blow” for the school after the death of fellow pupil Jamie Skinner, 13, who collapsed while playing football for Tynecastle FC at the end of last year.

Floral tributes have been left outside the school, with one bunch including a card that read: “Rest in peace Keane. God has gained another angel.”

One pupil at the school, 13-year-old Devon Blyth, told the BBC she had warned a teacher some months ago that there was an unstable wall in the girl’s changing room near the old gym – where the incident took place.

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In February, Edinburgh City Council was fined £8,000 after a pupil received serious injuries when she fell down a lift shaft at Liberton High School, in December 2011.

The school, which has about 650 pupils, was built in 1959, and the PE accommodation was refurbished in the mid-1980s.

A report prepared for the council in December 2013 recommended a programme of repairs to the school buildings, although there was no indication of structural work being required.

A council statement on Tuesday evening said: “A full survey of all our schools, including Liberton High School, was carried out in 2012/13 and no concerns with this wall were identified.

“However, as a precaution, specialist council building services staff will be surveying all similar walls in schools where we know that they exist.”

A council spokesman added: “As a further precaution, a full survey will be carried out on Liberton High School in the coming days before the main school building re-opens to pupils.”

Gillian Cameron, 46, a parent, said: “Someone needs to stand up and be accountable for this.

“It is not the headmaster’s fault, he’s trying to run a school with hardly any money.

“That’s what is annoying when you have a child at school, it’s the lack of money, we can’t afford this, we can’t afford that, so they build a tram centre that nobody wants, nobody needs and nobody can afford.

“It makes you angry. They need to prioritise. A 12-year-old child is not here any more. Did it have to take that, for people to say that school is not safe?”

The chaplaincy team at the school is holding a vigil following the death.

The Church of Scotland’s Liberton Northfield church will be open in the afternoon and evening as a safe place for pupils, young people and the local community to go and reflect.

They will have the opportunity to sign a book of condolence and light candles.

The Rev Cammy Mackenzie, who is a minister at Moredun and Gilmerton and a member of the chaplaincy team serving Liberton and Gilmerton High Schools, said: “We recognise the impact this is having on the community and we will be there for anyone who needs us.

“The church will remain open for as many days as it is required.”

Meanwhile, Highland Council said it had ordered checks at all 209 of its schools following Keane’s death.

The council said it was also liaising with High Life Highland to arrange for similar checks in leisure centres.

Cody Mann Searched The Internet For A Recipe For … Baked Cat!

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G8biDlyA man admitted killing his pet cat, skinning the animal and baking it in his oven, explaining that he intended to prepare it as a meal with onions, according to authorities in Wright County.

Cody A. Mann, 28, of Monticello, was charged Wednesday with two felony counts of animal cruelty and animal torture, following his arrest Monday afternoon at his apartment.

The defendant’s father told authorities that Mann has a history of drug abuse and mental illness, the charging document read.

Mann’s attorney, Jenny Chaplinski, said Thursday that she’s bothered that “this poor man is just being crucified” in online comments about the case, noting that “I’ve represented people doing more horrible things to other people.”

She went to say that “at the end of the day, it’s meat. I don’t know why there’s the outrage about cooking a cat. … Why are we not talking about the mental health system?

“I got a call from CNN,” Chaplinski added. “[Legal affairs commentator] Nancy Grace wanted me on her show.” Chaplinski declined.

Assistant County Attorney Elizabeth Larson said earlier Thursday that Mann “had been researching how to [cook a cat] on the internet. He wasn’t sure how to bake it without going on the Internet.”

Since Mann’s arrest, Larson said, she has been hearing from people who have been “riled up on both sides” about what is being alleged.

“I’ve had people ask me what’s the difference between butchering a chicken and a cat,” she said.

Larson said she didn’t know how long the cat had been Mann’s pet, but there were food and water dishes for the animal in the apartment, suggesting that “it had been his pet for some length of time.”

According to the criminal complaint:

Mann’s father called authorities because his son had been making strange comments.

A sheriff’s deputy went to Mann’s second-floor apartment in the 700 block of 7th Street E. but could not find Mann.

Soon after, the apartment manager contacted law enforcement about a “burning smell” coming from Mann’s residence.

The deputy also detected smoke and an odor of burning hair coming from the apartment. The deputy went inside and met up with Mann, who admitted without hesitation to killing his cat, skinning it and baking it in the oven.

The cat was discovered in the oven. In the bathtub was evidence of where the cat had been killed: red smear marks, loose hair and a steak knife.

Mann told the deputy he couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about, explaining that he cut the cat’s throat and skinned it because wanted to prepare his pet with onions for a meal. The cat’s skin and entrails were found in the freezer.

Upon apprehension, Mann was taken to Monticello Hospital for a mental evaluation and then to jail for booking.

Mann’s criminal history in Minnesota includes convictions for marijuana possession, domestic assault and disorderly conduct.

For the past 10 months, Mann has been subject to court-supervised civil commitment in Stearns County for mental illness and chemical dependency. Until his arrest Monday, he had been living on his own under a provisional discharge from commitment.

Stearns County officials now have him in custody, in light of this week’s charges.

Chaplinski said Mann has yet to be required to enter a plea. She said her initial advice would be from him to plead not guilty, pointing to his psychological history and the fact that he had not been taking his medication for some time.

“It would be bad lawyering if I didn’t explore that he was mentally incapable to understand what was right or wrong,” Chaplinski said. “This isn’t something that someone wakes up in the morning and wants to do.”

Highly Intoxicated Edwina Negron Arrested After Repeatedly Throwing Baby On Ground

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bildeA 33-year-old New Jersey woman who allegedly threw her infant daughter onto a City of Beacon sidewalk is due in court Friday.

The 8-month-old child was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie and treated for “non-life-threatening injuries,” said Detective Sgt. Lou Lucato of the Beacon Police Department. The infant was turned over to Dutchess County Child Protective Services.

Edwina M. Negron, whose last known address was in Bergen County, N.J., was on Wednesday observed by witnesses throwing her daughter to the ground twice near the intersection of Verplanck Avenue and Willow Street, Lucato said. Officers arrived and Negron threw the child down again, Lucato said. On that occasion, the child’s head struck the sidewalk.

Negron tested positive for cocaine, opiates, methadone and marijuana, and was “highly intoxicated,” Lucato said. She was charged with second-degree assault, a felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. She remained in Dutchess County Jail Thursday night on $100,000 bail or $250,00 bond.

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.

Skeletons dug up by railway tunnel workers in London are now confirmed to have died of the Black Death. And so it begins

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The discovery by Crossrail workers of skeletons near to the Barbican last year have been confirmed as being victims of the Black Death.

Twenty-five skeletons were uncovered in London’s Charterhouse Square in Farringdon during Crossrail construction works in March 2013. It provided the first evidence of the location of London’s first Black Death emergency burial ground established in 1348.

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Due to the burial ground’s historical importance to London, an exceptional amount of research analysis has taken place on the skeletons to understand the life and death of Londoners affected by the Black Death.

From the skeletons’ teeth, scientists have found traces of the DNA of the Yersinia pestis bacterium which was responsible for the Black Death plague, confirming the individuals had contact with the deadly disease prior to their death.

There also appeared to be two phases of burials, in 1348-50, followed by a later period dating from the early to mid 1400s.

The site of the burial is just outside the city walls, and the site is named after the Charterhouse that was built next to the burial site to pray for the dead that were buried there. That former monastery is still there, largely hidden behind high walls, and you can book occasional tours to have a look around inside.

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A further dig in July of this year will seek to confirm separate geophysics results which suggest that there could have been a chapel, in the middle of Charterhouse Square itself.

That picturesque little park with high cooling trees conceals a very dark history.

Crossrail Lead Archaeologist Jay Carver who is heading up the research, said: “ Historical sources told us that thousands of burials of Black Death victims were made in the 14th Century in the area that is now modern day Farringdon, but until Crossrail’s discovery, archaeologists had been unable to confirm the story. Ancient DNA work is complex and still in development but the results do confirm the presence of the deadly plague bacterium preserved in the teeth.”

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Scientists have analysed the bones and the Isotope levels in the skeletons’ bones and teeth to gain an insight into the birth, life and diet of Londoners during the 14th and 15th Centuries. The results showed that:

  • Many of the skeletons appear to suffer signs of malnutrition and 16% had rickets.
  • 40% of the those tested grew up outside of London possibly as far north as Scotland – showing that 14th Century London attracted people from across Britain just as it does today.
  • The later skeletons from the 1400s had a high rate of upper body injury consistent with being involved in violent altercations.
  • One individual had become a vegetarian later in life which is something a Carthusian monk would have done during the 14th Century.
  • Research is consistent with the burial ground being used by poorer Londoners.
  • High rate of back damage and strain indicating heavy manual labour.