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Camera Captures Girl, 12, Allegedly Killing Cousin, 8, as She Slept

Girls were visiting their grandmother in Tennessee

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl in Tennessee has been charged with murder, accused of smothering her 8-year-old cousin as the younger girl slept, the AP reports. A relative said they had been arguing over an iPhone. A security camera recorded the killing, inside the bedroom they shared on July 15 in Humboldt,...

Boy, 3, Killed in Random Stabbing Outside Grocery Store

Cleveland woman was arrested near the scene

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Ohio boy was fatally stabbed by a woman as he sat in a grocery cart in a supermarket parking lot. Investigators said Tuesday that they believe it was a random attack, the AP reports. The boy's mother was also stabbed, but her injuries were not life-threatening, said...

Prosecutors Hid Evidence in Convicting Mom of Murder

Texas death row inmate Melissa Lucio, convicted of killing her toddler, could now go free

(Newser) - The judge who presided over Melissa Lucio's 2008 murder trial following the death of her 2-year-old daughter now says the conviction should be thrown out. State District Judge Arturo Nelson recommended on Friday that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturn Lucio's conviction and death sentence, in response...

Mom Who Threw Kids Onto Freeway Was Astrologer, Upset by Eclipse

But police aren't considering the celestial event to be a contributing factor

(Newser) - A woman who authorities say fatally stabbed her partner at their Los Angeles apartment Monday then threw her two children from a moving SUV onto the freeway, killing her infant daughter, was an astrologer who called the impending solar eclipse "the epitome of spiritual warfare" in an online post...

Woman Arrested 2 Years After Son's Body Found in Suitcase

Dejuane Ludie Anderson arrested after tip from 'concerned citizen'

(Newser) - The mother of 5-year-old Cairo Ammar Jordan has been arrested two years after the boy's body was found in a suitcase in rural Indiana. Police say Dejuane Ludie Anderson was arrested in California last week and could be brought to Indiana soon, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. Police said...

Mom Who Left Toddler Home Alone to Die Is Sentenced

Cleveland 32-year-old went on vacation while toddler was trapped in a playpen

(Newser) - The Cleveland mother who left her 16-month-old daughter home alone for 10 days while she went on vacation—and returned to find the toddler dead in the playpen where she'd been left—was on Monday sentenced to life in prison without parole. Kristel Candelario, 32, pleaded guilty to her...

Murder of Boy, 13, Horrifies China
Murder of Boy, 13,
Horrifies China

Murder of Boy, 13, Horrifies China

The alleged killers are also under 14

(Newser) - Three boys under 14 years old have been arrested in connection with a crime that has horrified China. The teens in Handan, northern China, are accused of murdering a 13-year-old classmate and leaving his body under a tarp in an abandoned vegetable greenhouse, the AP reports. The boy's father...

A Newborn Was Found Dead at Airport in 2005. Now, an Arrest

Police say the mother of the infant has been identified

(Newser) - On October 10, 2005, a baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found dead, wrapped in hotel towels and newspapers and stuffed inside a plastic Marriott bag, in the trash bin of a women's bathroom at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. On Tuesday, authorities said they'...

Woman Arrested After 3 Children Found Dead in Home

Woman arrested on suspicion of murder in England tragedy

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead in southwest England, police said Sunday. The Avon and Somerset Police force said officers were called to a house in the Sea Mills area of Bristol shortly after midnight and found the three children inside,...

Teens Sentenced to Life for Brianna Ghey Murder

The pair, now both 16, had plotted February 2023 slaying of transgender girl for weeks

(Newser) - The two teens convicted in the killing of Brianna Ghey have found out their fate. The AP reports the pair, now IDed as Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe, both 16, received life sentences on Friday, with Jenkinson not eligible for parole till she's served at least 22 years, while...

AI CEO Arrested After Young Son's Body Found in Suitcase: Cops

Suchana Seth allegedly told police her son died suddenly, but they say she smothered him

(Newser) - The CEO of an Indian artificial intelligence startup was arrested Monday after her 4-year-old son's body was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi she was riding in. Suchana Seth, 39, leads the Mindful AI Lab and was in 2021 listed as one of the 100...

Mom, 4 Young Kids Meet an 'Exceptionally Violent' Death

Children's father arrested after brutal murders in apartment east of Paris

(Newser) - Four children between 9 months and 10 years old and their mother were killed in their apartment east of Paris, in what the local prosecutor called an exceptionally violent crime. Authorities said the children's father was arrested Tuesday and is the primary suspect. Neighbors spotted a pool of blood...

Mother Imprisoned 20 Years Over Deaths of Her 4 Children Freed
Mom Imprisoned in
Deaths of Her 4 Kids Is Freed
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Mom Imprisoned in Deaths of Her 4 Kids Is Freed

Australia's Kathleen Folbigg had long insisted her children died of natural causes

(Newser) - An Australian appeals court overturned all convictions against a woman on Thursday, 20 years after a jury found her guilty of killing her four children. Kathleen Folbigg, 55, was pardoned and released from prison in June based on new scientific evidence that her four children may have died from natural...

Mom Arrested 35 Years After Girl Found Dead in Concrete

Kenyatta Odom, 5, was killed by her mother and the mother's boyfriend in 1988: Georgia indictment

(Newser) - A man was walking through the woods near Millwood, Georgia, days before Christmas in 1988, when he came upon a TV cabinet encased in concrete, which he correctly viewed as suspicious, per WVIT . He called the Ware County Sheriff's Office, which sent detectives to investigate. "I really was...

Delphi Suspect's Lawyers Abruptly Withdraw From Case

Murder trial will likely be delayed as a result

(Newser) - The lawyers for the Indiana man charged with the 2017 Delphi murders of two teen girls are abruptly withdrawing from the case. The judge said one defense attorney made a motion to withdraw Thursday afternoon, and the second is expected to do the same within days, the AP reports. It'...

Multiple People Now 'on the Radar' in JonBenet Case
Multiple People Now 'on the
Radar' in JonBenet Case
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Multiple People Now 'on the Radar' in JonBenet Case

Cops in Colorado say they're looking into 'new persons of interest' in 1996 murder of 6-year-old

(Newser) - It's been 27 years since 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered over the Christmas holiday in her Colorado home, with most of the leads on who killed her having gone cold over time. Now, however, Boulder police suggest they may be making advances on that front. "There are...

Boy, 12, 'Brutally Killed and Placed in a Trash Can'

Hezekiah Bernard of Philadelphia was shot in the head around Aug. 22

(Newser) - A body found in a dumpster in West Philadelphia last week is a 12-year-old boy who was shot in the head and wrapped in plastic. Police identified him Thursday as Hezekiah "Hezzy" Bernard, a homicide victim who'd been under the care of the Department of Human Services, per...

New Zealand Mom Guilty of Murdering 3 Young Daughters

Lauren Dickason said her postpartum-induced mental illness led her to kill her kids

(Newser) - A New Zealand jury on Wednesday found a mother guilty of murdering her three young daughters after rejecting her defense that she was so mentally ill at the time she couldn't be held responsible. Lauren Dickason, 42, had earlier admitted killing her 2-year-old twin daughters, Maya and Karla, and...

Cops: For Years, Girl's Killer Acted Like 'Friend' of the Family

Former pastor David Zandstra charged with 1975 killing of another pastor's daughter

(Newser) - A former Pennsylvania pastor who reported the disappearance of a neighboring pastor's daughter when she failed to turn up at summer Bible camp in 1975 has admitted to murdering the girl who refused to remove her clothing for him. Eight-year-old Gretchen Harrington had set out from her home on...

Cops: She Was Drowning 2nd Child When 3rd Intervened

SC's Jamie Bradley-Brun charged with murder of 6-year-old, attempted murder of 8-year-old

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl who awoke to the sound of her 8-year-old sister screaming managed to save the sibling from an attempted drowning by her own mother, according to South Carolina police. Sadly, another sister, 6-year-old Mackaya Bradley-Brun, could not be saved. She's presumed to have drowned. Police have arrested...

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