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#207 Apr 19, 2012
Fairbanks Man Charged with Assault on Toddler, Alaska



FAIRBANKS, Alaska— A Fairbanks man has been charged with assaulting a 2-year-old boy.

Fairbanks police say the child was seriously injured and was unconscious when taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

The boy then was flown to a hospital in Anchorage where he was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( http://bit.ly/IRzwEB ) says 24-year-old Carl Delbert David Jr. has been charged with first-degree felony assault in the attack on his girlfriend's son.

and was unconscious when taken to Fairbanks Memorial

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#208 Apr 19, 2012
Girl in brutal Vegas attack was sexually assaulted, Nev



LAS VEGAS (AP)- A 10-year-old girl was sexually assaulted before she died in a bludgeoning attack that also killed her mother and left her father with critical head injuries in a blood-splattered Las Vegas home, police said Thursday.

The discovery that fifth-grader Karla Martinez was sexually assaulted expands the investigation of the brutal attack, Las Vegas police Lt. Clinton Nichols said. Officers went to the home and found the bodies after the girl's 9-year-old brother arrived at school Monday saying that his mom and sister were dead. A 4-year-old boy was also found unharmed in the house.

No suspects have been identified, and Nichols asked for patience, saying rumors were complicating the investigation.

Although police said Monday that evidence didn't suggest an intruder was responsible for the attacks or that a suspect was on the loose, Nichols said Wednesday that investigators hadn't been able to determine exactly what happened in the modest three-bedroom home, or when.

"We've ruled out no one. We are looking at every possibility," he said.

Nichols said Thursday investigators were being slow and methodical.

"We want to do everything right," he said. "This case needs to be solved - the brutal nature of the attacks on a family in their own home."

Authorities found the girl and the mother, Ignacia Martinez, 38, beaten to death with a blunt instrument in separate bedrooms.

The father, Arturo Martinez, 39, was injured in the living room. The murder weapon has not been identified.

The bodies bore clear evidence of an attack with a blunt object, Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said. He said the deaths were classified as homicides.

Arturo Martinez remained hospitalized Thursday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas with what authorities initially described as a severe head injury. Police said they weren't immediately able interview him because of his injuries.

The two boys were placed in protective custody with the Clark County Department of Family Services.

Child forensic counselors have spoken with the boys, but Nichols said police haven't questioned the children directly about what happened in the house.

"We're not going to push them," the police lieutenant said. "You can only imagine what they saw."

The sexual assault was reported Thursday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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#209 Apr 19, 2012

Minor High School teacher, Kentry Laron Clark, has been arrested for allegedly enticing a child for immoral purposes.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Mr. Clark was placed on administrative leave from Minor H.S. on April 3, 2012. The decision came, after a female student and her parents issued a complaint about alleged inappropriate remarks Mr. Clark made to the student.

Since April 3rd, a second female student has come forward also to report inappropriate remarks Mr. Clark made to her. The Sheriff's Office says the student reported that Mr. Clark had asked her to engage in sexual activity with him at the school and that he had even picked a location at the school that would be private to keep anyone from finding out. It reportedly happened during the first semester of the current school year, when the student was 15 years old.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the second student told investigators she did not come forward immediately because she was embarrassed. When she found out that another victim had reported similar problems, she decided to come forward.

Both victims say that the teacher never touched them and no sexual activity occurred.

Kentry Clark is charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes and school employee having sexual contact with a student. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $21,000 in bonds.

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#210 Apr 19, 2012
Nurse charged in the shooting of Texas mom who 'died trying to save her baby'



SPRING, Texas – A registered nurse has been charged with capital murder in the shooting of a young mother and the abduction of her newborn son at a pediatric clinic near Houston, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon told ABC's "Good Morning America" that Verna McClain was charged early Wednesday in the killing of Kala Marie Golden.

Witnesses say an argument broke out between Golden and another woman as Golden left Northwoods Pediatric Center in Spring on Tuesday afternoon with her 3-day-old son, Keegan.

The woman repeatedly shot Golden then snatched the baby from her arms and went to drive away in a blue or light green Lexus, according to witness accounts. The dying woman leaned into the vehicle and tried to take Keegan back, screaming "My baby!" but her attacker sped away.

Ligon said McClain's statement to investigators indicates that she shot the mother as part of a wider plan to kidnap any child and that Golden was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"There were statements as indicated in the arrest record that were made by Ms. McClain that led us to believe that, in fact, this was an intentional act on her part," Ligon said. "Not that Ms. Golden was targeted specifically, but that this was part of a plan to kidnap a child."

He made no mention of a man whom witnesses said they saw in the Lexus that was blood stained on the driver's side.

Keegan was found unharmed Tuesday evening. Ligon said Child Protective Service officials were looking after him but that they expected the baby to soon be reunited with his father.

Authorities have not said where Keegan was found. Ligon stressed that the infant was not found at a nearby apartment complex that was raided by officers wielding guns and riot shields Tuesday evening. Spring is about 20 miles north of Houston.

Authorities detained a person of interest late Tuesday, but it wasn't immediately clear if that person was McClain, nor if she was detained during the raid.

McLain is not employed by the Northwoods Pediatrics Center, according to a receptionist at the clinic, Jackie Longoria.

Golden's mother, Linda Golden, told the AP that she had been baby-sitting another of Kala's sons when someone at the scene called her using her daughter's cellphone. She rushed to the clinic but was unable to see her daughter because paramedics were trying to save her.

"I wanted to kiss her before they put her in the ambulance," Linda Golden said.

Joshua Jesson said he was at the clinic with his girlfriend when he heard gunshots. He said he saw a Lexus next to the pickup truck, then later looked back and saw the car was gone and a woman lying in the spot where the Lexus had been parked.

"I thought she just passed out. Then somebody ran in here and said,`Somebody got shot,"' he said.

Police quickly surrounded the clinic and much of the parking lot with crime-scene tape, and yellow markers were placed next to a purse and pair of brown sandals near a red pickup truck. Spent ammunition also was nearby.

Linda Golden described her daughter as sweet-natured and kind.

"We went everywhere together and did everything together," she said.

She said she had no idea what could have sparked the slaying and abduction.

"That's the hardest she's ever fought," Linda Golden said. "She died trying to save her baby."


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#211 Apr 21, 2012
April 19, 2012

Dyer found guilty, gets 30 years

After nearly three hours of deliberation, the jury in the felony trial of Charles Alan Dyer found the man guilty on one count of child sexual
abuse Thursday evening in the Stephens County Courthouse.

The trial, presided over by Judge Joe Enos, was Dyer’s third, coming after two prior mistrial. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

While Dyer sat in silence at the defense table as the verdict was read, the mother of the child victim and Dyer’s estranged wife, Valerie Dyer,
sobbed from her seat. Family members seated around Valerie Dyer as Charles Dyer was escorted from the courtroom by court officials.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Charles Dyer had said earlier in the day, during his testimony.“It’s a roller coaster of emotion.”

Cheers erupted on the courthouse steps minutes after the reading of the verdict as Valerie Dyer and her group of supporters left the courtroom.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney expressed relief at the conclusion of the proceedings in a statement after the verdict was read.

“I am proud of the investigation conducted by my office,” McKinney said.“I stand by the evidence presented in court, and have accepted the
jury’s verdict.”

McKinney commented on the “circus-like sideshows” Charles Dyer brought to the case. He specified Dyer’s political views and his claims that his “prosecution was a federal government conspiracy” among those sideshows.

“My goal is to protect the vulnerable, and we have accomplished that within the confines of the law,” McKinney said.

Earlier in the day, the third and final day of testimony in the trial featured testimony by the defendant himself, followed by closing arguments by both sides.

During those closing arguments, District 6 first assistant District Attorney James Walters found a key phrase to support his argument.

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” Walters said several times in his closing.

The phrase arose from the questioning of Charles Dyer by his defense attorney, Albert Hoch. Hoch asked Charles Dyer several questions regarding the status of his relationship with Valerie Dyer, including her alleged issues with prescription drugs and alcohol.

In his own closing, Hoch told the jury to the believability of Valerie Dyer, giving as examples some difficulty she had had on the stand recounting events, and indicating specifically a statement she had made that she would do “anything” to keep her child safe, including lying and perjury.

He also said that, by keeping the child isolated from Charles Dyer’s side of the family, she had been able to reinforce the child’s testimony.

“She’ll have to deal with false allegations against her dad,” Hoch said.

For final statements, assistant District Attorney Carrie Hixon closed by reinforcing to the jury and the audience in the courtroom that the victim, when asked who committed the crime, pointed at Charles Dyer.



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#212 Apr 21, 2012
Fairbanks toddler dies of injuries from alleged beating

Mother's boyfriend arrested; DA to decide on upgrading charges.

April 20th, 2012 10:52 PM

FAIRBANKS -- A 2-year-old Fairbanks boy died two days after he was thrown by his mother's boyfriend and knocked unconscious for wetting the bed,
authorities said.

he child was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, then placed in a pediatric intensive care unit in Anchorage, where he died Thursday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Carl Delbert David Jr. was arraigned earlier Thursday on a first-degree felony assault charge and remained in Fairbanks Correctional Center on a no-bail hold. He did not enter a plea.

A decision on whether to upgrade the charges after the boy's death will be made by the district attorney's office.

A criminal complaint said David threw his girlfriend's child onto a bed, where the boy bounced and hit his head on the floor. David, 24, also is accused of stepping on the boy's groin, authorities said. An autopsy is planned.

The boy sustained a fractured skull, broken neck and internal injuries, according to authorities, who said he was knocked unconscious. David told police he then stepped on the boy's groin area because he was angry that the boy had urinated in the bed, according to the complaint. The boy was not wearing a diaper,
authorities said.

The boy remained unconscious for about an hour but David said he did not call 911 or seek help even though he knew the child was not breathing right, authorities said.

David said he held the boy until his mother returned to their apartment and put the toddler in a baby stroller and pushed him to nearby Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

Emergency room workers notified police about the case.

A preliminary hearing for David has been set for April 27.

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#213 Apr 22, 2012
High school coach accused of raping student, Wash




A high school coach was on trial Thursday afternoon accused of raping a student, according to prosecutors.

Todd Phelps was a softball coach at Pe Ell High School and he claimed he wanted to help the 16-year-old girl.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News South Sound Bureau Chief Richard Thompson was at the courthouse in Chehalis to hear testimony from the victim, who was 16 years old at the time of the alleged rape

“I was dealing with depression, cutting,” said the girl.“The first thing he said is,‘You know, I need to see those cuts.’”

Prosecutors said the student was cutting herself on her thighs and was emotionally vulnerable.

“I started to cry because I don’t show a lot of people my cuts,” said the victim.“He said,‘Come here.’ And he hugged me and then he pulled me down.”

The girl said she thought her coach wanted to help her with her problems, and looked up to him as a father figure.

A friend of the victim testified after that incident happened Phelps messaged her on Facebook trying to pressure her and the victim to not report what happened. He said if they told, his life would be over and he’d be dead.

Phelps is no longer employed with the Pe Ell School District, and he claimed he never had any inappropriate contact with the victim.

The trial continues into Friday.

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#214 Apr 22, 2012
Search continues in Tucson for missing 6-year-old girl last seen in bedroom, Az



TUCSON, Ariz.– Law officers searched Sunday for a 6-year-old Arizona girl who vanished from her home during the night in a case police said was suspicious and possibly a kidnapping.

The parents of first-grader Isabel Mercedes last saw her in her bedroom at their Tucson home at 11 p.m. Friday and discovered her missing at about 8 a.m. Saturday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said. The parents phoned 911 minutes later.

Investigators were looking into various scenarios, including the possibility Isabel wandered out of the home she shares with her parents and two brothers. Hawke said Sunday that authorities were treating the case as "a suspicious disappearance and possible abduction."

Both parents attended a morning Mass at St. Joseph's Church, which is walking distance from the girl's home.

Leon Mazza, a deacon at the church, said the parents were doing "as well as can be expected."

"They were very upset. We didn't ask for any information. We just let them know if they need help, come see us," Mazza said.

After a fruitless day of searching Saturday, numerous patrol and search and rescue personnel continued the hunt Sunday morning, Hawke said. She said that at any given time, 75 to 100 officers were taking part, including police, FBI agents and deputy U.S. marshals.

Teams combed an area of Tucson on Saturday around East Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road into the evening using street patrols, canines and a helicopter. At one point late Saturday, communications operator Patrick Olea said the area encompassed "pretty much the entire east side."

Also involved are Department of Corrections bloodhounds, search and rescue experts and a Pima County rapid response team.

The girl's home is situated in a working-class neighborhood, sandwiched between a shopping mall to the east and businesses and a Catholic school to the west.

Friends of the family fanned out to distribute fliers with a photo of Isabel, who is described as just under 4-feet-tall and weighing 44 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

"We're really surprised or shocked that anything like this could happen to our family," the girl's uncle, Justin Mastromarino, told KVOA-TV in Tucson.

Neighbors told KVOA-TV that they couldn't understand how something like this could happen to the Celis family.

"They're amazing people. They're very nice very sweet (and) outgoing," neighbor Jerry Pike said.

Pic and 209 comments at the url. Wth another one.. THis seems to be getting to common lately.. one in Maine, one in Missouri, one in Wasington State, one in Oregon, now this one. I pray they find this one.

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#215 Apr 22, 2012
Houston: Investigators: Dad passes out, toddlers left alone for hours



HOUSTON - A man has been accused of leaving two children in a back yard without food or water.

Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said Richard Ives, 25, left his children, ages 1 and 2, in the back yard of his home on Perry Road on Wednesday.

Detectives said neighbors found the children crying and crawling and filth. They tried to banging on the door to get Ives' attention, but he was passed out on a couch, investigators said.

Ives has been charged with child endangerment. He is out of jail on $15,000 bond.

Children's Protective Services went to Ives' home on Friday and took his children.

A custody hearing has been scheduled for Monday.

Ives is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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#216 Apr 24, 2012
Mother gets 25 years for infant's skull fracture: Lubbock



LUBBOCK, TX -- A West Texas mother convicted on charges of fracturing her weeks-old daughter's skull has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

judge on Monday sentenced 20-year-old Jasmine Nicole Francis of Lubbock on two counts of intentional injury to a child. The girl, Ja'niyah, was 5 weeks old when she was injured in February 2011.

Authorities say the girl may have survived because a piece of skull broke off, allowing for relief from brain swelling.

The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports that the infant's grandmother took her to the hospital after noticing a bump on the baby's head.

Francis, who faced up to 99 years in prison, testified that she tripped while carrying the girl, and the infant's head hit a wall. A jury found her guilty this month

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#217 Apr 24, 2012
Police: Mother stabs 8-month-old daughter, Maryland



BALTIMORE - A baby in Baltimore was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after police say she was stabbed by her mother inside a Department of Social Services building.

Police told our Scripps station in Baltimore that the 8-month-old baby girl was stabbed in the chest and the neck with a kitchen knife. She is listed in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She's expected to survive, according to officials.

The mother, who suffered injuries during the incident, is in police custody.

No other information has been released at this time.


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#218 Apr 26, 2012
New horrifying details: Mother says 'I hope my baby is dead,' stabs 8-month-old
Baby found with knife in her neCK

Posted: 11:33 AM
Last Updated: 4 hours and 11 minutes ago

BALTIMORE - In what should have been a safe place for children, an 8-month-old was repeatedly stabbed by her mother.

Kenisha Thomas, was in the Department of Social Services for a one-hour visit with her daughter, Pretty Diamond. Pretty Diamond had been in the custody of Social Services for an unknown reason.

While visiting with her daughter, a social worker says Thomas was complaining about her daughter's care, saying she could do a better job.

At the end of the visit, the social worker says Thomas put the baby on the table and said, "It's about to be over."

The worker says Thomas reached into her purse, pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Pretty Diamond.

The social worker screamed. Others came running into the room.

One man picked up a chair and started hitting Thomas. Thomas dropped the baby. The man then grabbed Thomas, trying to control her.

Another worker grabbed the baby and ran out of the room. The baby still had the knife hanging out of her neck.

Other witnesses say they heard Thomas say she wanted to “Kill the baby. I hope my baby is dead. Lock me up. If I can't have her, no one will.”

Thomas has been charged with attempted murder, child abuse, assault, reckless endangerment and weapons charges.

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#219 Apr 26, 2012
11-year-old beaten to death for 9 hours by mom's boyfriend for not vacuuming: police

Anthony Bush faces murder and child abuse charges in the death of Donovan McKee, authorities say


Monday, February 13, 2012, 8:43 AM
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Anthony Bush, 29, is facing charges in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend's 11-year-old son, police say.

An 11-year-old Pittsburgh boy suffered nine hours of vicious abuse from
his mother's boyfriend before dying of his injuries, all because he
failed to vacuum the apartment, police said Sunday.

Anthony Bush was watching Donovan McKee while his mother was at work on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The 29-year-old savagely beat the boy for failing to clean up.

"Bush disciplined the child by beating him with various objects found in the apartment," Homicide Lt. Daniel Herrmann told the Post-Gazette.

Police said Bush used several wooden sticks on McKee, snapping the wood in the
process. He then made the young boy pick up the pieces.

At one point, Bush used a needle and thread to close a gash he made in McKee's knee, according to WTAE 4 News.

When McKee's mother returned around 11:40 p.m., she called authorities to
report that her boyfriend had beaten her son and that the child was
unresponsive, police said.

Authorities arrived and found the
child had suffered a head wound and had no pulse, the Post-Gazette
reported. The boy still showed some signs of life and was rushed to the
hospital, but later died.

A 5-year-old child was also in the house at the time but was unharmed, police said.

Bush was charged Sunday with homicide and child endangerment.

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#220 Apr 26, 2012
Arrest Made In Phylicia Barnes’ Murder
Apr 26, 2012

Baltimore police have arrested Michael Johnson in the murder of Monroe, N.C., 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, who was murdered as she visited her half-siblings in the area, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Barnes, an honors student and athlete, went missing on December 28, 2010, and her body wasn’t found until the following April at the Conowingo Dam, which is in the Susquehanna River. Her father identified the body. A month later, results from an autopsy proved Barnes’ demise was a homicide.

Watch details on her homicide here:

Johnson is actually a former boyfriend of Barnes’ half-sister, Deena. He is reportedly the last person to have seen Barnes and acted oddly after she went missing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

When Phylicia Barnes disappeared, Johnson had been breaking up with the teen’s older half-sister, Deena, after dating for about 10 years, Russell Barnes said. The family had trusted Johnson — the last person to see Phylicia Barnes alive — but he acted suspiciously after the girl disappeared, avoiding people and phone calls, Russell Barnes said.

Now that Johnson has been apprehended, Barnes’ dad, Russell, says he can breathe easier:

“It’s been a long day coming. It’s a bittersweet day.“I can rest better and maybe Phylicia can rest a whole lot better.”

In a press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon, authorities plan to announce what the specific charges are in Barnes’ murder.



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#221 Apr 26, 2012
DALLAS, April 25 (UPI)-- Bones found
inside a sleeping bag in a creek are those of a missing 10-year-old Dallas boy and his death was a homicide, a medical examiner has decided.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office concluded the remains found Saturday in Ellis County are those of Johnathan Ramsey, who police
allege was starved to death by his parents, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Ellis County Justice of the Peace Bill Woody told the newspaper the medical examiner sent him a report Tuesday that concluded the boy's death was a homicide.

Authorities were directed to the creek by the boy's father, Aaron Ramsey, who told Dallas police he put the body there last year. The remains were discovered "in 3-foot water under a log," Woody said.

He said the medical examiner's office plans to run DNA tests on the bones and do other forensic testing in an attempt to determine how the boy died.

The father and the boy's stepmother, Elizabeth Ramsey, are in jail on charges of injury to a child.

The search for Johnathan began late last month after Aaron Ramsey's father told police he had not heard from his grandson since January

The newspaper said the couple allegedly confessed to locking the boy in a bedroom for months last year, limiting his nourishment primarily to
bread and water. Court documents indicate he became so frail and hungry he ate his own feces.

Aaron Ramsey told investigators he locked the boy in a room after he began behaving violently. He alleged Johnathan punched his stepmother,
who was pregnant with triplets, in the stomach, causing her to miscarry.

Authorities suspect the boy died around August.



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#222 Apr 26, 2012

Posted: Thu, Apr. 26, 2012, 3:01 AM

Parents held without bail in death of Khalil Wimes

By Mike Newall

Inquirer Staff Writer

A medical examiner needed 61 minutes Wednesday to fully list and describe the sea of scars that covered 6-year-old Khalil Wimes' emaciated body.

"They are too numerous to put a number on," Assistant Medical Examiner Aaron Rosen said, trying to count all of Khalil's healed and recent wounds from autopsy photos.

"This is a child who had been severely beaten over a long period of time," Rosen said, adding that Khalil had 15 visible scars across his face alone.

"How many did you count on his right hand?" asked Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Naylor.

"Give me a moment," Rosen said.

"At least 14," he said, finally.

Rosen offered this grim testimony during a preliminary hearing for
Khalil's parents, Tina Cuffie, 44, and Floyd Wimes, 48. After the nearly
three-hour hearing, Municipal Court Judge Robert Blasi held both Wimes
and Cuffie without bail on first-degree murder charges in Khalil's March
19 death.

The hearing came one day after Mayor Nutter announced that the city had removed from active casework a social worker who had regular contact
with Khalil in the final months and weeks of his life.

While reviewing the agency's handling of the case, DHS will examine
all other cases handled by the worker and the worker's supervisor,
Nutter said.
"If systemic changes are required, we will make them," Nutter said.

Those actions were prompted by an Inquirer review that found DHS staff had missed many opportunities to rescue Khalil from abuse.

In the last eight months of his life, DHS staff assigned to two of Khalil's siblings spent time with Khalil during eight supervised visits
at a DHS facility and the family's South Philadelphia apartment, where Khalil slept on a soiled plastic mattress on the floor of a latched and otherwise empty bedroom. The worker that has been placed on desk duty had visited the apartment and saw Khalil just two weeks before his
death, but failed to recognize he was a child in great danger.


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Khalil weighed 29 pounds when he died, which placed him in the lowest 5 percent on weight charts for boys his age.

His parents said they were "home-schooling" him.

DHS had questioned Cuffie about Khalil's appearance and schooling, but did not investigate further, The Inquirer found.

After Wednesday's hearing, First Assistant District Attorney Edward
McCann, who is handling the case, said he found it "extremely troubling
that someone from the outside would have seen this child in the last few
weeks of his life and not made any reports."

"To weigh what he weighed, and to have the amount of injuries he had - and to have visible injuries. Clearly, he had injuries on his face, and
his hands looked like he worked with cement, like he was a manual laborer."

Until he was 3, Khalil lived in the safe care of his foster parents,Alicia Nixon, and her then-husband, J. Evans. DHS had already removed
seven other children from the care of Wimes and Cuffie.

But in 2009, over the fierce objections of Khalil's social worker,
his court-appointed child advocate and his foster parents, Khalil was
returned to Wimes and Cuffie after they had passed three drug tests, got
an apartment, and took a parenting class, records show.

DHS monitored Khalil for a year after he was returned to Wimes and Cuffie, and Khalil remained healthy during that period.

Wimes and Cuffie's abuse of Khalil began immediately after the monitoring stopped in 2010, McCann said.

"I have a huge, huge problem wrapping my head around how a kid who's
being cared for very well by loving parents like the Nixons ends up in
the hands of monsters and ends up dead like this, and that everyone
could just kind of throw up their hands and say,'Oh, that's how the
system works,' " said McCann.

"I refuse to believe that's an answer that people should accept."

McCann also handled the prosecutions of three social workers who were
found criminally negligent after the 2006 death of 14-year-old Danieal
Kelly, who died starved and abused and weighing just 42 pounds.

"There's a huge difference legally between this case and Danieal
Kelly," McCann said. The workers in the Kelly case were specifically
assigned to Kelly, and had committed acts of criminal neglect and
attempted to cover up their actions.

"It's a different situation, but obviously we will investigate," he said.

The Nixons hope action will be taken against anyone who failed to protect Khalil.

"None of this would have happened if a judge hadn't made a decision to put him back in that home with those monsters," said La Reine Nixon, who was Khalil's foster grandmother. "And some of this wouldn't have happened if those workers had done something."

Wednesday's hearing provided a brutal glimpse into Khalil's life with his biological parents.


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#224 Apr 26, 2012

Neither Wimes nor Cuffie showed any emotion at the sight of the autopsy photos. Wimes yawned.

Khalil was covered with "loop-like scars," including one across his
nose, that investigators believe came from regular beatings with belts
and extension cords.

He had "linear" scars that showed beatings with other objects.

In her statement given to police after the killing, which was read
into the court record by a homicide detective, Cuffie told police she
beat Khalil with a belt almost every day.

Sometimes she would make him stand in the corner and then throw books and shoes at him, she said.

She would do this if Khalil was "misbehaving or messing in things he had no business in," she said.

Other times, Wimes and Cuffie would punish the sickly child by making
him do "calisthenics" like sit-ups and push-ups. They locked him in his
room at night.

Khalil had been vomiting constantly for months, but the couple did
not take him to a doctor in more than a year. Indeed, Khalil was rarely
let out of the apartment.

They were worried that a doctor would see the scars on Khalil, Wimes told police in his statement.

In his final months, Khalil vomited in his bedroom nightly. And they beat him for it, Wimes said.

"I felt like he was doing it on purpose," Wimes said.

Cuffie would often say of Khalil that "she wished she never had him," Wimes said.

This is how Cuffie described to police the final day of Khalil's life:

After she woke him around 7:30 a.m. so he could use the bathroom,
Khalil slipped on the wet bathroom floor while trying to put on his

"Move," Cuffie said she yelled. "Get up."

Then, she "popped" him in the back of the head, knocking him to the floor, she said.

"He fell flat on his face and split his lip," she said. "He didn't even try to break his fall."

She lugged him into the living room and knew she had hurt him.

"He wasn't responding,"she said. "He was staring right through me."

He couldn't talk and was wobbly on his feet, she said, and his arms dropped when she lifted them up.

Wimes was busy playing the video game Call of Duty, she
said, but when Khalil suddenly began to scream, Wimes said "I got this"
and carried the child into the bathroom and splashed water on his face.

They put him back in his bedroom and left him alone. Wimes fixed himself a steak lunch and watched Let's Make a Deal before going out.

Cuffie went to Popeye's.

When they checked on Khalil around 9:30 p.m., he didn't wake up. They
finally took him to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. They told
doctors he had slipped.

McCann argued in court that it did not matter whether Cuffie or Wimes
struck the fatal blow; Khalil had another serious hemorrhage on his
head that Rosen said had occurred earlier. It wasn't just one blow that
killed Khalil, McCann said. It was all of them.

Alicia and La Reine Nixon sat in the first row during the hearing.

Khalil had called them Mommy and Mimi.

They wept the entire time.



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#225 Apr 26, 2012
Judges think they are Gods. They have sovereign immunity and can do anything they want to in their courtroom

This judge should be held accountable and should go to prison for turning this baby over to these monsters.


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#226 Apr 26, 2012

Documents: Clem Beauchamp used son to help dump children's bodies in Delray Beach canal

Children found dead in Delray canal »

By Michael LaForgia and Daphne Duret

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 9:14 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012

Posted: 9:42 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WEST PALM BEACH — The bags were dark and heavy as the boy and his father
hauled them from the family's blue Oldsmobile Cutlass. Together, they
grunted and strained - "a good workout," his father had called it -
until the pair had muscled the bags up and into the canal.

Demetrius Beauchamp, then 15, never questioned the strange chore he did with his
father, Clem Beauchamp, the boy said later in a statement to
investigators. Nor did he suspect it was connected to the disappearance
of his stepbrother and stepsister in February 2011.

Days later, the bodies of Demetrius' playmates, Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra
Allen, 6, bobbed to the surface of the C-15 canal between Delray Beach and Boca Raton, shrouded in oversized luggage and loaded down with 35-pound barbell weights.

Soon after, police announced that the children's mother had been identified as the nameless woman whose body was discovered at a county garbage dump months earlier.

The teen's chilling account was part of more than 1,000 pages of documents made public today in the state's first-degree murder case against Clem Beauchamp, a case in which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Among the new details:

The children's mother, Felicia Brown, likely was murdered by asphyxiation, though the poor condition of her body made it impossible to say for sure, the medical examiner's office concluded.

Jermaine, who died by blunt force trauma, had his jaw broken in at least two places and a tooth cracked. Ju'Tyra had likely had duct tape wrapped
tightly around her mouth when her body was tossed into the water.

A key part of the prosecution's case against Beauchamp hinges on statements made by a felon, Arthur Lee Harmon II, 33, who shared a jail cell with Beauchamp in March 2011 and who was facing prosecution for federal gun charges. Prosecutors later asked a judge for leniency during Harmon's sentencing hearing, citing his cooperation.

- Beauchamp insisted to detectives that a man named Mike, Felicia Brown's new boyfriend, had taken custody of the children, although investigators quickly poked holes in the story.

The investigation that led to Beauchamp's arrest began March 2, 2011, when the bodies of two small children were found wrapped in luggage and discarded in the south county canal. A day later, Beauchamp went to Delray Beach police and told them that the murdered kids might belong to Brown, his ex-fiancee. He was taken into custody that night on an unrelated federal gun charge, giving detectives more time to build a case against him.

Beauchamp shared a jail cell with Harmon, who previously had been convicted of crimes ranging from grand theft auto to aggravated assault with a weapon. He now was facing federal gun charges.

Harmon told investigators Beauchamp confessed to the killings, saying Brown "deserved to die, but the kids, you know I don't know why I did that to the kids."

Harmon said Beauchamp told him he "squeezed the baby" - Ju'Tyra - in his arms until she died.

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