Monday, January 31, 2011
Gathering of hope for missing child
An Indianapolis mother says a prayer of protection for her baby's safe return. Loved ones and supporters joined Sandra Young for a gathering of hope outside the Statehouse Saturday afternoon.
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Indianapolis — An Indianapolis mother says a prayer of protection for her baby's safe return. Loved ones and supporters joined Sandra Young for a gathering of hope outside the Statehouse Saturday afternoon.
Jacob was eight-months-old when Young says the boy's father, Maurice Young, took him. The two were last spotted at a homeless shelter in Atlanta.
Indiana authorities issued an Amber Alert for Jacob about a month after his disappearance. The FBI is now involved in the search.
Indiana mother searching for missing 8-month-old
Wrapped presents still sit untouched underneath the tree, awaiting little Jacob Young who never celebrated his very first Christmas.
By Heather MacWilliams Fox59
9:07 p.m. EST, January 10, 2011
Wrapped presents still sit untouched underneath the tree, awaiting little Jacob Young who never celebrated his very first Christmas.
Jacob's father Maurice Young took Jacob to run errands Dec. 23, just one day after Sandy Young told him she wanted a divorce. But when his text messages abruptly stopped, she said knew something was horribly wrong.
"I found the numbers for Nashville and knew that he was probably gone," Sandy said.
She said called that number and was connected to a homeless shelter in Nashville, TN.
"I jumped in my car and I just started driving."
When she arrived, her suspicions were confirmed.
"The officer came and confirmed that he was there with Jacob and called me and said, 'you don't have a court order, legally there's nothing I can do," she said.
But Sandy's attorney disagrees.
Since the baby was born out of wedlock, state law says the biological mother has sole custody.
When Sandy filed a petition for her child to be immediately returned, she hit another road block.
"I have information that he's not even with his dad. Maurice has been spotted with Jacob in Atlanta, and then spotted Friday and Saturday without him in Atlanta. I don't know if he's dead or alive," she said.
Panicked, Sandy said she contacted police again.
"Missing persons still refused to take a report. I feared for Jacob's safety and the police came and told me again...its civil quit calling us," Sandy said.
Taking matters into her own hands, Sandy created fliers giving them to anyone who would listen.
She said she is desperate and wondering why the system is failing her.
"Why is there an eight-month-old baby who cannot protect himself and no one cares about where he's at or whether he's safe? Why is that?," she said.
Sandy said she has been asking those questions for nearly a month.
Questions she said she'll continue to ask until her son is safe, back in his own bed, in his own home, opening Christmas presents from Santa.
"I'm very desperate. I just want Jacob home. I want to know that he's safe. And I need some help. I've done everything that I can do," she said.
Sandy's petition for the immediate return of her child and a petition to establish temporary sole custody have both been denied.
She has a hearing in court this Thursday to fight that ruling.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Evidence: Pen Pal Reveals Details In Casey Case
Anthony Arrest Affidavit (PDF) Posted: 5:59 pm EST January 27, 2011
Updated: 2:15 pm EST January 28, 2011
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The state released more evidence in the case against Casey Anthony Friday. Prosecutors released an interview that Casey Anthony's jailhouse pen pal, Robyn Adams, had with detectives on February 12, 2010.
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Adams and Casey exchanged letters while she was in the Orange County jail before she was convicted on drug charges and sent to federal prison. Adams told detectives in the interview that Casey told her she was abused.
Adams told investigators that Casey claimed to have been abused when she was younger, at the hands of her brother and father.
Adams saved her letters and shipped them to a friend on the outside. Adams, a convicted drug dealer, and currently in state prison, told investigators about how she built up a friendship with Casey. They traded letters by stuffing them in books inside the jail.
Adams painted the picture of Casey as someone upset with her family.
"I think I was just the one that was there. She didn't have anybody else. She felt like even her family turned on her," Adams told detectives.
Adams told investigators Casey felt betrayed by her mother, Cindy Anthony, who was doing talk shows, instead of going to her court hearings. She said Casey opened up about her childhood, sometimes in conversation, but mostly in letters.
When asked about sexual abuse, Adams told investigators Casey claimed she suffered the abuse at the hands of family members when she was young.
"She was younger, as if she went through a lot with her brother, a lot with her dad," Adams said.
As for the mystery baby sitter Zenaida Gonzales, who Casey claimed took her daughter Caylee, Adams said: "There was no Zenaida."
The investigator then asked, "Ok, did she tell you that?"
"Zenaida was a childhood friend," Adams replied.
There is also information on the internal investigation into corrections officer Silvia Hernandez. Hernandez helped Casey communicate with Robyn Adams.
SC toddler recovering after being hung by feet and beaten
Posted: Jan 26, 2011 2:03 PM EST
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 2:03 PM EST
Shakera Suncelaree Wright, 18 (Source: Cashbond)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The toddler who North Charleston police say was hanged by his ankles and beaten in November is not expected to have any long term physical effects from his injuries, according to a spokesperson with the Department of Social Services.
The child, who was injured during what his mother described as "play wrestling," is now living with family members. His mother, 18-year-old Shakera Wright, is charged with allowing bodily injury to a child.
Wright told officers that three teens started wrestling with the child and that she made them stop when the hitting got too hard.
The incident happened at an apartment in the Ashley Shores complex in North Charleston.
Also charged was Tyrek Varnes, 16, of North Charleston along with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were all charged with infliction or allowing infliction to great bodily injury to a child. Varnes was charged as an adult.
In bond court in December, investigators revealed that the boy had been strung up by his ankles and beaten. Wright told investigators the incident happened the night of Nov. 29, but she didn't seek medical attention until the following morning, according to court documents.
The felony charge carries a 20-year sentence if they are convicted, said North Charleston Police PIO Spencer Pryor.
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According to the incident report, Wright told DSS officials and a Medical University Hospital social worker she was visiting Varnes at his Ashley Shores apartment Nov. 29. The following morning, Wright left for school leaving her child with Varnes and two of his friends.
The three teens were "play wrestling" with the victim, the report stated. She made a boxing motion with both fists and indicated they were hitting the child in the chest and stomach. Wright told the DSS official she stopped it when she thought the boys were getting too rough.
According to the affidavit, Varnes admitted that he repeatedly hit the child. He also said he punched him with a closed fist, hung him upside-down in a closet by strapping a belt around his ankles, dropped him on the ground and then lifted the infant above his head and slammed him onto a bed.
Varnes told investigators it was possible the boy hit his head on a table.
However, Wright told the victim's grandmother she didn't know how the child had sustained the injuries and speculated the baby may have fallen, the report stated.
A forensic pediatrician at Medical University Hospital also interviewed Wright before police and DSS were called. According to his report, Wright said she put her child in bed with Varnes and went to bed in an adjoining room with Varnes' twin sister Monday night.
The following morning, she said Varnes' mother woke him up and he left for school. It was then Wright noticed her child was not playful and did not look well. According to her, he "looked like he wanted to die," she told the ICU doctor.
After several attempts to make the child more alert, Wright called EMS. The doctor noted in his report that the child arrived at the ER shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday in respiratory distress.
At 11:30 a.m., the child was moved to the Intensive Care Unit where doctors noted bruising and swelling on the boy's chest, back and abdomen.
A CT scan revealed five rib fractures, air and blood in his thorax, multiple lacerations of his liver, spleen and pancreas. He was also in shock, the attending doctor stated in his report. The scans also showed the boy had fractured his skull at some point, but could not determine when that injury happened.
At that point, hospital officials called DSS and police, the report shows.
The skull fracture was corroborated by Wright's statement to police in which she said her child had been struck by Varnes when he stayed at the Ashley Shores apartment in the past.
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A judge on Friday increased the bond for a man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Carl Walden, 40, is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
A girl told police Walden forced her into his car at gunpoint on Freedom Drive last week and sexually assaulted her. She also says Walden told her he had been watching her at the bus stop in the mornings and liked to pick up young girls.
The girl was able to jump out of the car and call police. She described the car to police and told officers where the man stopped.
Police found the car and questioned Walden. They say he admitted to picking up the girl and asking her to have sex for money.
A motion filed in criminal court states a search of Walden's home turned up several ski masks and a collection of pornography tapes depicting "brutal rape" of women by men in ski masks.
Walden wears the ski masks for outside work as Estes Express Line.
In the closet, police found several pairs of women's underwear in a jacket pocket. In another pocket, they found a piece of paper entitled "client list" with names of women officers recognized as murder victims of serial killer Henry Lewis Wallace.
Walden claims a gun was never found during a search of his home or his car.
Prosecutors say Walden is also a person of interest in the rape of a 15-year-old in a park near Rogers Street on January 9, 2011. The girl was unable to identify her attacker because he was wearing a ski mask. Prosecutors are waiting on DNA evidence in this case.
Also filed in the motion, allegations that a 17-year-old was offered a ride home from a movie theater in April 2009 by Walden. The victim alleges that Walden took her to his home on Rogers Street and was sexually assaulted. Police say Walden told them he wanted to make out with the girl but she started to feel uncomfortable and dropped her off on Freedom Drive.
In June 2006, Walden was also accused of raping a 30-year-old woman. Walden claims the woman was a prostitute and was mad after he didn't pay her.
The defense asked for a reduction in Walden's bond claiming he's hasn't any convictions for almost 20 years.
A mother to one of Walden's children spoke up in court saying she was flabbergasted by the charges, that Walden had never shown aggression and asked for his release so he could help support her 11-year-old daughter.
If Walden is able to post his bond, the judge says he will be placed on an electronic monitoring device.
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- More evidence in the case against Casey Anthony was released Friday. WFTV is working to post the evidence as soon as possible.
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Prosecutors said they will release three DVDs of information, including audio and video of interviews with some EquuSearch volunteers, along with Cindy Anthony talking to detectives.
There will also be information on the internal investigation into corrections officer Silvia Hernandez. Hernandez helped Casey communicate with inmate pen pal, Robyn Adams.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Amanda Lynn Saugrich
Authorities search for teen girl who ran away
Amanda Lynn Saugrich (Source: Cabarrus Co. Sheriff's Office)
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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Authorities are looking for a teen girl who they say ran away from her home last week.
The girl, 16, was last seen in Concord on Sunday after running away on Friday, Cabarrus County Sheriff's detectives said.
"She was last seen on Highland Avenue in Concord on Sunday, January 23 and may be in the area of Sunderland Road traveling on foot," said Brian A. Schmitt, a detective with the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.
The girl's name is Amanda Lynn Saugrich and she lives on Blackwelder Road in Concord, detectives said.
She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has a tattoo on her right foot that has 3 stars. Her hair is now darker than pictured in the DMV photo, according to her father, Schmitt said.
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I recently took a trip up north went through Statesville in NC got off exit in Statesville I went down a highway called Hickory Highway/70 to Catawba County. I didn't think at that second of little Zarah Baker but after I got gas. I was heading back to I-77 something was not right in this town. Than I realize where I was actually was and what occured in Hickory NC.I got that same feeling that I had when I searched for little Caylee Marie Anthony. I felt so sick to my stomach I had to pull my vechile over and just take a few deep breaths. And pay my respect to little Zahra Baker, the morbid torture that this little precious girl went through. Heart wrenching is somehow to explain it what I was feeling. I will be working on the whole story this week and Posting some Pictures of the trip.
Posted by Joyangels4caylee at Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Babysitter Charged In Connection With Baby's Death
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Posted: 11:33 am EST January 24, 2011
Updated: 8:13 am EST January 25, 2011
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators are awaiting autopsy results Tuesday of a missing 7-month-old boy who police said was found dead inside a cooler in the back yard of a Titusville home on S. Deleon Avenue (see map) on Monday.
The boy's babysitter, 40-year-old Carolyn Renee Miller, is being held in the Brevard County Jail on a $5,200 bond after she told police where to find the body. Police said the investigation is now being called a homicide.
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Investigators said Miller led them to the home being rented by her boyfriend, and in the back yard police found Ja-Von Brushan dead inside an Igloo cooler.
Titusville residents watched in disbelief as police lifted a small blue tarp behind the home.
"She said she gave the baby back to the mom and the mom said she didn't. And you get a real bad feeling in your stomach," said Titusville Police Chief Tony Bollinger.
The baby's mother, Janelle Richardson, was questioned Monday afternoon by Titusville police. She told investigators she allowed Miller to baby-sit on Tuesday. Friends told WFTV Graham was celebrating her 21st birthday.
On Thursday, relatives told WFTV Miller made a stop for diapers and milk. But later, when Graham tried to reach Miller to get her son, she couldn't be found. Brushan was reported missing on Sunday.
Richardson's cousin, Latanya Burch, spotted Miller Monday morning without her cousin's baby.
"I said, 'Where's the baby?' And she kept telling different lies. Nothing added up," Burch said.
When Burch pointed Miller out to police, they began asking their own questions. They said Miller told them she fell asleep and when she woke up, she found the baby dead. She then disposed of the body.
But some relatives aren't buying that story.
"I think it's a damn shame to kill a baby like that," Burch said.
Miller has a history of problems with the law and with state agents who look after families. The Department of Children and Families wouldn't share specifics, but said it's familiar with Miller.
However, Miller's sister, Lisa Madden, told WFTV she doesn't believe Miller could have harmed the boy or any child.
“She wouldn't hurt that baby. She would never hurt that baby,” said Lisa Madden, Miller’s sister. "She really cared about that baby."
“She probably panicked. You don't know the state of mind when panicking,” said Madden. “You find a baby dead, you know she probably wasn't thinking at the time.”
Miller also has a criminal history dating back to 1993. It includes charges for shoplifting, disorderly conduct and both marijuana and cocaine possession.
Monday night, Titusville police charged Miller in connection to the case. Miller is charged with felony child neglect as well as improper disposal of human remains.
“I'm very devastated. My heart goes out to her very much, you know I've been crying and stuff and just hurt with the whole situation that's been going on,” said Madden.
Investigators said other charges could be filed in the case pending autopsy results on the baby.Copyright 2011 by wftv.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Posted by Joyangels4caylee at Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Police: Carolyn Miller
Babysitter Leads Cops To Deceased Infant
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- A babysitter, who was reported missing along with a 7-month-old infant, has led Titusville police to the body of a baby who police believe is the missing child, officers said Monday.
Javeon Brushan was reported missing, along with his babysitter, 40-year-old Carolyn Renee Miller, on Sunday. Brushan's mother said he was last seen on Thursday, January 20. Police said that it is not uncommon for Miller to babysit the child for days at a time.
Based on interviews with Miller, detectives located a baby's body shortly after noon in the 500-block of S. Deleon Avenue (see map) . According to police, Miller told them the baby died in her care. Police said the baby was in a backyard of a home and found in a cooler.
Investigators would not say if there were any signs of trauma or how long the baby was there. The house does not belong to the babysitter or the mother.
Officers said they have not established a motive or cause of death and charges are pending.
Police said it is now an active homicide investigation. The FBI is no longer involved because no abduction occurred.
Miller is in police custody.
The mother was being questioned at the police station as well.
Posted by Joyangels4caylee at Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The murder of children is considered a crime in most societies they are perceived within their communities and the state at large as being vulnerable, and therefore especially susceptible to abduction and murder.
The protection of children from abuse and possible death often involves disturbing the child's family structure, as tenuous as this may be.
By family members vs. by strangers
Younger children are more likely to be murdered by a relative.
The killing of children is often closely related to instances of prolonged periods of child abuse.
Some victims are murdered by parents as part of a murder-suicide.
Parents sometimes begin administering corporal punishment that quickly escalates into severe abuse and occasionally murder, as, for example, in the Victoria Climbié case which occurred in London.
A number of murderers of children are pedophiles who commit lust murder or kill to cover up their other crimes.
These latter cases are more notorious, although killings by family members are more common.
In the U.K. the number of child homicides has averaged 79 a year for the last 28 years.
The Home Office also provides unpublished figures on the relationship between the child victims of homicide in any one year and the principal suspect. Latest figures for 2000/2001 show that parents were the principal suspect in 78 per cent of child homicides.
There have been a number of moral panics related to child murder, of which the most notable is the satanic ritual abuse phenomenon, where reports of organized killings of large numbers of children by satanic gangs have failed to be corroborated in spite of decades of investigation.
These moral panics have tended to obscure those rare cases where actual pedophile gangs have acted to prey upon children.
Several cases of exorcism carried out by family members or religious groups have resulted in the murders of children.
By Other Children
In most countries, there are very few cases where children are killed by other young children. According to the U.S. Department of Justice statistics for 1996, one in five murders of children are committed by other children.
Several murders by children have gained prominent media exposure. One was the killing on February 12, 1993 of the almost three-year-old boy James Bulger by two ten-year-old boys in Liverpool, England, UK.
He was beaten and stoned before his unconscious body was left on train tracks to make it look like a train hit him.
Also, in 1968 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England there was the trial of 10-year old Mary Bell. She was convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility in the deaths of toddlers Martin Brown and Brian Howe.
She was released in 1980 at the age of 23.
Although the United States certainly has an unusually high number of killings of children by other children, it is most often the case that the perpetrators and victims are teenagers, rather than young children. In many such cases, the youthful perpetrator is tried as an adult for their crime.
In 1992, after the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Dantrell Davis as he left the Cabrini-Green public housing project for school, the Chicago Tribune put every child murder on the front page (generally no murders were front page news). 62 child murders were reported that year.
Multiple deaths in one incident, such as the 1999 Columbine High School massacre tend to gather the most media attention but are statistically scarce