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Apr 13, 2013
 
Police: Man says he feels relieved causing daughter pain, Fla
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/s...-daugh...

APOPKA, Fla.(WESH)- Apopka police arrested a 23-year-old man after they said he beat his daughter into a coma.

Officials said they received a call on Thursday about a 1-year-old girl who was not breathing and had no pulse.

When rescue crews arrived they found Rony Veus giving her CPR after he found her unconscious.

The child was taken to a hospital, where investigators suspected child abuse.

During interviews with Veus, he admitted that he has thoughts of harming his daughter and feels relieved when he causes her pain or discomfort, according to the arrest report.

Officials said Veus stated he has acted out on his thoughts of frustration by pulling her hair, pushing her onto the ground, throwing her onto the bed and forcing her to eat a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Veus admitted he intentionally burned the top of his daughter's foot with a cigar, the report said.

Authorities said the child is in a coma with bleeding in the brain. Her condition is listed as guarded.

Veus was charged with aggravated battery on a child.

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Apr 13, 2013
 
Man gets 15 years to life in toddler’s death case
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CINCINNATI - A Westwood man will spend at least 15 years in prison for killing his 2-year-old son more than a year ago.

Judge John Andrew West sentenced 30-year-old Antrone Smith to 15 years to life behind bars during his hearing Tuesday morning. In March, a jury found the father guilty of felonious assault and the murder of his son, DeMarcus Jackson.

Police say on Oct. 21, 2011, Smith called 911 to report a medical emergency at his Westwood home. Crews arrived and transported injured Jackson to an area hospital where he died one day later from blunt force trauma to the abdomen, according to reports.

Jackson had extensive injuries including contusions to his jaw, eye, legs, arms and midsection when he arrived at the hospital, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. Jackson also had lacerations on his genital area, his neck, ear and buttocks, he added.

The child had been in foster care for most of his life before being returned to his biological parents.

Demarcus Jackson's foster mother Latasha Tye spoke during the sentencing hearing.

"This will never be justice because we can never bring him back but I can't hate you because I was instilled with God a long time ago... So I have to forgive you and still try to continue to love you because I love them babies and I still love them," said Tye before the judge handed down the sentence.

Smith remained quiet during most of the proceeding. He did tell the court he was sorry for what happened. He listened intently as Tye spoke to him.

"I wake up crying everyday and go to sleep crying thinking about this baby because he wasn't nothing but love. The only time I ever felt that baby hurt or cry was when I brought him to you," Tye said.

In March, the jury found that Smith was not guilty of aggravated murder, which did not make Smith eligible for the death penalty.

Smith's attorneys say they will appeal the conviction.

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Apr 15, 2013
 
Registered sex offender arrested on charges of sexually abusing boys, Fla
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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.—

A registered sex offender was arrested in Osceola County after parents of two boys reported the boys were sexually battered by him, authorities said.

Robert Grafton, 63, was charged with 102 counts of sexual battery, 25 counts of lewd and lascivious battery and 30 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct.

The boys' parents said that several years ago, they lived in the same motel in Kissimmee that Grafton lived in. But the parents said they were unaware he was a sex offender.

Grafton would buy their children clothing, give them money and, most recently, bought them cellphones, detectives said.

The family said they were having financial problems and at one point lived with Grafton at his residence in St. Cloud.

The parents said they recently began noticing that their sons, ages 13 and 14, did not want to have contact with Grafton. A family friend told the parents Grafton may be a sex offender, so they verified the information and then contacted law enforcement.

Detectives said they spoke with the boys, who told them Grafton had been sexually abusing them since August 2012.

Grafton was brought in for questioning and cooperated with the investigation, authorities said.

Based on the victims' statements and Grafton's interview, he was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.

"That is just really creepy, and we let him into our house," said one neighbor of the Graftons. "It was just really sad to me that he would do that to this family that he supposedly took in to take care of them."

Deputies said they aren't sure at which motel Grafton met the children. They said there's also no word on whether there were any other victims in the case.

Grafton served 15 years in prison in Pennsylvania for a similar crime, authorities said. He has been a registered sexual offender in Osceola County since February 2011.

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Apr 18, 2013
 
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Police: Man says he feels relieved causing daughter pain, Fla
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/s...-daugh...
APOPKA, Fla.(WESH)- Apopka police arrested a 23-year-old man after they said he beat his daughter into a coma.
Officials said they received a call on Thursday about a 1-year-old girl who was not breathing and had no pulse.
When rescue crews arrived they found Rony Veus giving her CPR after he found her unconscious.
The child was taken to a hospital, where investigators suspected child abuse.
During interviews with Veus, he admitted that he has thoughts of harming his daughter and feels relieved when he causes her pain or discomfort, according to the arrest report.
Officials said Veus stated he has acted out on his thoughts of frustration by pulling her hair, pushing her onto the ground, throwing her onto the bed and forcing her to eat a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Veus admitted he intentionally burned the top of his daughter's foot with a cigar, the report said.
Authorities said the child is in a coma with bleeding in the brain. Her condition is listed as guarded.
Veus was charged with aggravated battery on a child.
This poor little baby has died and the POS father has been charged with murder and child abuse.

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Apr 22, 2013
 
Defendant in child sex abuse slaying to be committed to mental health facility

George Edenfield unlikely to ever stand trial in the 2008 death of Christopher Barrios

April 18, 2013 - 6:06pm

BRUNSWICK | George Edenfield will be committed to a state mental
health facility and is unlikely to ever stand trial on murder and other
charges in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Christopher Barrios.

After hearing from psychologists in court Thursday, Superior Court
Judge G. Stephen Scarlett said he will sign an order committing
Edenfield to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental
Disabilities as soon as the district attorney and Edenfield’s defense
lawyers complete it.

On Aug. 4, 2010, Scarlett found him incompetent to stand trial and
committed him to state mental health officials for treatment to restore
his competency. Going on three years later, his mental state has not
improved, records show.

“The state has pushed this case as far as we can to get it to trial,’’ District Attorney Jackie Johnson said.

“We’d prefer to take it trial,” but in all the years George Edenfield
has been evaluated after his arrest, nothing has changed, Johnson said.

George Edenfield and his parents, David and Peggy Edenfield, were all
charged with murder, child molestation, false imprisonment, cruelty to
children and other charges in Christopher’s death.

Convicted of malice murder, David Edenfield is on death row, while
Peggy Edenfield is serving a 60-year sentence after her plea of guilty
but mentally retarded in the boy’s death.

Thursday’s hearing was on the prosecution’s motion to civilly commit
Edenfield. Scarlett also heard the results of an independent evaluation
by Brunswick clinical psychologist George Cox and testimony from Karen
Bailey-Smith, head of Forensic Services for the state Department of
Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Both testified that George Edenfield has repeatedly tested in the low
to mid 50s on IQ, which Cox concluded was moderately mentally retarded.

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Apr 22, 2013
 
They also testified that he doesn’t have the capacity to assist his
attorneys, understand the court proceedings or to comprehend his role in
his trial.

If he understood what was being said about him, George Edenfield
didn’t show it as he sat in an orange prison jumpsuit between his
lawyers Gerald Word and Mazie Lynn Causey.

He sat with his shoulders slightly slumped looking straight ahead for much of the hearing.

Bailey-Smith, who spent more time evaluating Edenfield, said he didn’t understand the death penalty.

When she asked what he thought it meant, he replied,“I can get an injection and go to sleep?”

“How long?” she asked.

“Like for the rest of my life,’’ he said.

Asked about the judge’s role, Edenfield answered,“The judge says all rise and be seated,” Bailey-Smith testified.

Edenfield at times seemed to understand the jury’s role, but not what a plea meant, Bailey-Smith said.

“If I plead guilty, I go to jail or go to the hospital,’’ she said of his answers.“If I plead not guilty, I go home.”

“He would say,‘I would receive a life sentence,’ and 10 minutes
later ask,‘When am I going home?’’’ Bailey-Smith told the court.

Cox said he didn’t seem to understand the seriousness of the charges
and when asked to recount the worst decision he had ever made, Edenfield
said it was cursing the staff at the state hospital, which cost him his
commissary privileges.

Edenfield also said he had won a coloring contest, Cox said.

Assistant District Attorney Andy Ekonomou told Scarlett that upon his
signing the order, Edenfield would committed to a state mental health
facility for a year and that the committal would be renewed each year
unless there was a change in his mental health. Only a judge could
remove him, Ekonomou said.

The only family member of Christopher’s at the hearing was his
grandmother, Sue Rodriquez, who lived across the street from the
Edenfields and about 100 yards from her son, Mike, Christopher’s father.

When she realized Edenfield was not going to trial, Rodriguez stalked angrily from the courtroom.

“I’m very unhappy,’’ she said outside the courthouse.“That’s why I left. I was fixing to cuss.”

The psychologists both said Edenfield was not pretending to be
incompetent, but Rodriguez has said all along he knows what to do to
avoid a conviction.

Rodriguez said she picked up on a contradiction in Cox’s testimony.

“Did y’all catch the part where he can’t read a newspaper, but he can read the Bible and pray?’’ she asked.

She said again she wants him to die for Christopher’s death, but said he probably won’t even be behind bars.

“I want him to beg, I want him to say I want my daddy like Christopher did,’’ she said.

That was part of Peggy Edenfield’s testimony against her husband in his trial.

Evidence at David Edenfield’s trial showed that George Edenfield
lured Christopher into his family’s mobile home at Canal Road Mobile
Home Park with a promise of playing video games.

There the father and son molested the boy and strangled him as Peggy
Edenfield watched, evidence showed. After days of intense searches, a
DNR ranger spotted some black plastic bags in a woods about two miles
away from the park. Christopher’s body was inside those bags.

David Edenfield, was convicted of malice murder. Peggy Edenfield, is
serving a 60-year sentence after she pleaded guilty but mentally
retarded to false imprisonment, child molestation, second-degree cruelty
to children and other charges.

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-04-18...

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May 1, 2013
 
Wisconsin woman, 76, convicted of killing baby daughter in 1957 gets up to 10 years in prison
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/01...ntcmp=...

A Wisconsin woman convicted of killing her baby more than 50 years ago has been sentenced to prison for up to 10 years.

Seventy-six-year-old Ruby C. Klokow (KLOH'-koh) of Sheboygan pleaded no contest three months ago in her daughter's 1957 death.

Prosecutors previously agreed to recommend a jail sentence of 45 days because of her age and medical issues. They also cited challenges associated with prosecuting such an old case.

But Judge Angela Sutkiewicz delivered a harsher sentence.

When the death was initially investigated Klokow told detectives the 6-month-old rolled off the couch and bumped her head. The death was ruled accidental, but the case was reopened in 2008 after her adult son came forward with stories of horrific child abuse.

Klokow said she's remorseful for her daughter's death.

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May 2, 2013
 
Boyfriend baby-sitters are common child abusers

Of the nearly 2,000 deaths attributed to abuse each year in the U.S., approximately one-third are caused by a boyfriend of the child’s mother. Reviews of injuries and deaths in young children have shown that the risk of dying as a result of child abuse is up to 50 times higher in children living in a single-parent home with an unrelated adult caregiver — 80 percent of these were at the hands of the mom’s boyfriend. The problem crosses all of the usual boundaries of race, class, education level and community. This information has been known and reinforced in numerous studies and reviews over the past several decades, yet little education is provided to single mothers regarding this significant risk to their infants and young children, and no real attempts have been made to inform and educate the boys and men who are the eventual perpetrators. Snip...

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May 2, 2013
 
1-year-old found alone in Kissimmee home; Mother arrested, Fla
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/...r-arre...

A Kissimmee mother is in police custody after police said she left her baby home alone while she went shopping.

Police said the boy's mother, Eserophe Ausa, 39, neglected her baby on Monday, leaving him home alone, telling them she went shopping at Walmart.

About noon, an exterminator came to the apartment at the Reef Club for an appointment. When no one answered, he let himself in with a key and found the 1-year-old sitting on the couch with no one home.

The worker alerted management at the complex, who then called police.

Kissimmee police officers were on scene when Ausa showed up. Police said she told them she had stepped out to the store and left her son for an hour.

Reef Club managers told Channel 9 they're relieved the child wasn't hurt.

"We're thrilled with the way he handled things," said manager Lori Trainer. "So many times people will see things, turn the other way and just not want to get involved. He did exactly what he should do and looked out for the well-being of this child."

Police have charged Ausa with child neglect. She's jailed on $1,000 bond.

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May 2, 2013
 
Marysville man arrested in attack on 15-month-old girl, Wash
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A Marysville man was arrested for assaulting a child, accused of slamming a 15-month-old girl’s head into a door and causing a head injury.

Police said that on April 8, officers received a referral from Child Protective Services regarding a child with a fractured skull and bleeding around the brain.

Providence Hospital called CPS after finding the mother’s explanation for the child’s injuries unlikely.

The girl’s mother said the child was with her boyfriend, 26-year-old Danny Towner, when the injury occurred.

The child’s mother said Towner told her the girl was at the playground when she was knocked down onto the ground under the slide.

Police interviewed Towner, who gave the same story, but when an officer told him that doctors said the injuries couldn’t have been sustained in such an incident, Towner said he accidentally knocked the girl down when he was running to get burning food off the stove, a police report said.

Police described the account of what Towner said to a doctor. The doctor said it was not a reasonable explanation for the 15-month-old’s injuries, police said.

On April 10, the girl’s mother called an officer to her apartment and pointed out a bedroom door that was damaged and two strands of hair were stuck in the cracked laminate, documents said.

The girl’s mother said the door was not damaged before, police said.

The following day, Towner took a polygraph test and was found “to be deceptive on all questions,” the police report said.

After the polygraph, during an interview with an officer, after giving other accounts of how the child’s injuries occurred, Towner eventually said he had hit the girl’s head into the bedroom door because of his level of fatigue and that he "lost it," police documents said.

He was arrested on charges of second-degree assault of a child.

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May 18, 2013
 
Mother charged in death of 11-month-old boy appears in bond court, Fla
http://www.local10.com/news/mother-c...z/-/in...

The woman charged in the death of her 11-month-old son appeared in bond court Saturday morning.

Stoned-faced and silent, 30-year-old Catalina Marista Bruno faced felony charges and faced the brutal details about her dead son.

"He would've been one on May 31, but she left him in the car and allowed him to die."

According to investigators, Bruno placed the boy, Bryan Miguel Osceola, in a child seat in the rear passenger side of the vehicle and drove home. When she got home, she left Bryan in the car, strapped into his car seat, seared by the blazing sun.

"...With a core temperature of 109," added Judge Andrew S. Hague. "Leaving the child, a can of beer and her purse inside the car, the child remained strapped in the car."

VIDEO: Bruno charged with child neglect before |

A while later, the boy's father, Amos Osceola asked about the child. Bruno then recalled leaving him inside the vehicle, police said.

Investigators say Osceola immediately ran outside and found Bryan unresponsive in the car seat. He took him to a nearby Miami-Dade Fire Rescue station for medical attention.

Prosecutors revealed Saturday that Bruno was actually out on bond and on a suspended license when her son died. That case, six months ago, was for another felony DUI, when she allegedly passed out drunk with that same child face down between the front seats.

Catalina Marista Bruno mugshots Police have seen her before, mugshot after mugshot show her facing charges of battery, intoxication, cocaine possession and driving on a suspended license.

The court said it was concerned enough to keep her behind bars until trial, something rarely seen in cases like this.

"Take her into custody, no bond," said Hague.

After ten minutes of the charges, details and custody judgement, Bruno left as quietly as she arrived.

"At this point, we have no further comments," Bruno's attorney said. Her own attorney leaving with a quiet mouth, and her own mother leaving with a covered face.

Bruno has two other children, a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old. The judge also ruled that she is not to have any contact with them if she does somehow get out.

Those children were safely with their father on Saturday.

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May 18, 2013
 
Report: Mother’s Husband Charged In Suspected Abuse Case, Pa
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/...ed-abu...

There are new developments today in a case of suspected child abuse in Indiana County.

A 20-month-old boy, who has not been identified, was hospitalized Friday morning after officials say he suffered life-threatening injuries at a home in the Chestnut Ridge public housing complex in Burrell Township.

According to a report in the Indiana Gazette, the husband of the boy’s mother is now facing charges in the case.

The Indiana Gazette reports Juan Campbell is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $150,000.

He is not the child’s biological father.

Police served a search warrant Friday afternoon at the residence on Susan Drive near Blairsville.

Earlier that morning, the boy was at home when calls came into 911 about a child not breathing just after 2:30 a.m.

The boy’s mother was not home at time. She was in the hospital after having another child.

The boy remains in critical condition at Children’s Hospital today, the Indiana Gazette reports.

According to court papers, a doctor wrote that if the child dies, his death should be treated as a homicide.
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That's a good point. A child died in Florida and it was a homicide.
They may be able to lie their way out of it and not go to jail or not stay in jail, but there's a higher court. You would think as a Catholic, George would be familiar with this. No amount of penance is going to atone for murder.
Also, he shouldn't have been grocery shopping and cooking on Sunday.
If he had been in church or in prayer, he wouldn't have incurred those problems. You would think he would have learned how to follow directions in Catholic School. His must not have been a real school. It was probably home school.

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Jul 8, 2013
 
Man serving life in triple-murder case to go free after 16 years

By Maura Dolan

July 2, 2013, 11:14 a.m.

MODESTO — A former landlord who escaped the death penalty but was sentenced to life for a triple murder arson is expected to go free Tuesday after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the case for failing to maintain a working smoke alarm.

George Souliotes, 72, a Greek immigrant, served more than 16 years in prison for a triple-murder arson in the deaths of Michelle Jones, 31, and her children, 8 and 3. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, but Souliotes was sentenced instead to life without parole.

On the eve of a retrial, Modesto prosecutors agreed to free Souliotes if he would plead no contest to three counts of involuntary manslaughter for not maintaining working smoke detectors in his rental property.

Charges that he murdered the tenants or set the fire were dropped, and prosecutors agreed to stop pursuing appeals of a ruling this year by a federal judge who said Souliotes had proved his “actual innocence” and ordered the state to retry or release him.

Souliotes, shackled and dressed in red-and-white-striped prison garb, appeared before Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Scott T. Steffan on Tuesday morning and entered what is known as an “Alford plea,” so-called because it was defined in a case called North Carolina vs. Alford. It means he denied the truth of the charges but conceded there was sufficient evidence to support them. It has the effect of a guilty plea.

“Although this plea agreement is far from the complete dismissal of charges George wanted and deserved, the deal allows him to be released immediately without enduring the burden and delay of another trial while in custody,” said Jimmy S. McBirney, a lawyer with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which has represented Souliotes without charge.

Prosecutor Dave Harris, the chief deputy Stanislaus County district attorney, declined to comment, saying a statement by his office would be posted online.

The case against Souliotes began to unravel when new evidence was discovered, and the science behind the findings of arson was debunked.

“He is walking free because they can’t prove their case of arson or homicide, and he didn’t do it,” said Linda Starr, legal director of the Northern California Innocence Project run by Santa Clara University.“They tried to execute him twice.”

She described the result as “bittersweet” but one that avoided a three-month jury trial and possibly years of appeals.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-m...

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Jul 8, 2013
 
Mom pleads guilty in connection with 14-year-old Teddy Foltz case

Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:22 PM EST Updated: Jun 17, 2013 10:17 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Shain Widdersheim cried as she stood before a Judge, admitting that she allowed her former boyfriend Zaryl Bush to allegedly beat her son to death.

Fourteen-year-old Teddy Foltz of Struthers died on January 26th. Investigators say the child was punched repeatedly on that day, and his head slammed against a wall until the he was bleeding and eventually lost consciousness.

Prosecutors now say the victim's twin brothers witnessed his murder, and are now safe and in the custody of Mahoning County Children Services.

Widdersheim is now cooperating with authorities, after initially pleading not guilty to the charges.

She has pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment, and one count of obstructing justice. Mahoning County Prosecutor Becky Doherty explained the obstruction charge, "The twins were instructed to give the original story of the brother fell in the bathroom, and initially that was the information provided to the police and obviously that is not correct."

The involuntary manslaughter charge against Widdersheim was dismissed. Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Krichbaum questioned the dismissal of the charge, and Prosecutor Doherty said, "I'm certainly not diminishing anything she did. But she was not present during the actual beating that caused his death. She has cooperated with us, she's given us a full statement, as far as the conduct she was aware of with Zaryl Bush, and what occurred that day."

Widdersheim could face to years in prison, and her plea agreement comes just one week before her former boyfriend is set to go on trial for her son's murder.

Widdersheim's own mother, Sara Foltz, wants her daughter sentenced to the most severe penalty, "The maximum. I do believe she deserves it because she let it go on for so long. I'm sorry. She's my daughter, I love her, but still she did wrong."

The Struther's woman's own sister is still so emotionally distraught, she hasn't talked to her sister, "I haven't spoken to her. I can't right now. All I want is justice for my nephews. They deserve it."

There's no some speculation with this latest development in this tragic case that Zaryl Bush could also consider a plea deal, his murder trial is expected to begin June 24th.

http://www.wfmj.com/story/22612194/mom-pleads...

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Jul 8, 2013
 
Ky court overturns conviction in death of 9-year-old Amy Dye

Jun. 20, 2013 11:17 AM

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The conviction and 50-year prison sentence of a Kentucky teenager has been overturned after the Kentucky Supreme Court concluded his confession was coerced.

The high court on Thursday ordered a new trial for 19-year-old Garrett Thomas Dye. Dye was convicted in 2011 of beating his adopted sister, 9-year-old Amy Dye, to death.

Justice Will T. Scott concluded that police improperly told Dye, then 17, that if he didn't confess, a jury would convict him and hand down a death sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that anyone under 18 is ineligible for execution.

The case drew the attention of state lawmakers. Records were released showing that social workers either ignored or dismissed allegations of abuse and neglect against the child.

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Jul 8, 2013
 
Iowa man who killed 7—including his girlfriend and her 5 children—commits suicide in prison

Adam Moss, 35, was found hanging with a bed sheet around his neck tied to wall vent in his cell Wednesday
In 2001 he beat his girlfriend, Leticia Aguilar, 31, and her five children, aged 6 to 12, to death with a hammer
Moss also beat his former employer, Ronald Fish, 38, and slit his throat'
It is the end of the chapter for the Fish family' said Fish's sister

By Associated Press Reporter and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 18:34 EST, 28 June 2013 | UPDATED: 18:34 EST, 28 June 2013

An Iowa man serving several life sentences in the 2001 slayings of his girlfriend, her five children and a former employer committed suicide in his prison cell.

Adam Moss, 35, was found unresponsive and hanging with a bed sheet around his neck tied to a wall vent in his cell Wednesday afternoon at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He had been confined to a mental health unit.

'It is the end of the chapter for the Fish family,' said Sarilye Atlas, whose brother Ronald Fish was killed by Moss in August 2001, according to the Sioux City Journal.

Dead: Adam Moss, 35, was found dead in his cell 12 years after he pleaded guilty to seven murders in Iowa

Tragic: In October 2001, Moss pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend's five children, aged six to 12, two months earlier

Funeral: Along with her children, Leticia Aguilar, 31, was killed by Moss, her boyfriend

When authorities found Moss, medical personnel immediately detached the bed sheet and determined he was dead, corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta said, according to The Des Moines Register.

The Lee County Medical Examiner said the cause of death was asphyxia due to suffocation. Scaletta said the death is under investigation.

Moss pleaded guilty in Sioux City in October 2001 to seven counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his girlfriend, Leticia Aguilar, 31, her five children, and Fish, 58, who he had worked for at some point.

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Jul 8, 2013
 
Too young: Claudia Saldana, 12, left, and her brother Zacarias Saldana, 11, right, were murdered with their mother and siblings on August 30, 2001

Unspeakable: Larry Saldana, 9, left, and Lisa Saldana, 6, right, were both beaten to death with a hammer by Moss, along with the rest of their family

Horror: A babysitter found Michael Aguilar, 6, left, and his mother Leticia Aguilar, 31, right, after Moss had beaten them and the rest of the family to death

Aguilar's children—Claudia Saldana, Zacarias Saldana, Larry Saldana, Lisa Saldana, and Michael Aguilar—were between the ages of six and 12.

Police said Moss beat all seven victims to death with a hammer and slit Aguilar's throat.

Retired Sioux City police Chief Joe Frisbie told the Journal the spree was 'the most heinous crime I've ever seen in the history of Sioux City, and probably the state of Iowa'.

Police captured Moss a day after the bodies were discovered following a manhunt. He was later sentenced to seven consecutive life terms with no chance of parole.

Heinous: After beating Ronald Fish, 38, left, to death with a hammer, Moss, right, also slit his throat

The bodies of Aguilar and her children were discovered by Donna Stabile, their babysitter. The Journal reported Stabile almost cried when she heard about Moss' suicide. She also said she was sad for his family's sake.

'When I think of the children and their momma, I think of the good and happy times, and don't let myself go to the tragedy,' she told the Journal.'They are in heaven, and that's a sure thing.'

Frisbie, the retired police chief, also told the Journal he felt for Moss' family.

Prison: Moss died of asphyxia due to suffocation in his cell in the Iowa State Penitentiary and Clinical Care Unit in Fort Dodge, where he was serving multiple life sentences

'I don't know anybody that wants to spend the rest of their life in prison, but the other side is that most people value life enough to where they probably wouldn't take their own,' he said.'He certainly didn't value the lives of that family.'

Stabile said she's forgiven Moss for his crimes.

'For my own sake,' she told the Journal.'I can't carry bitterness and hatred in my heart.'

Iowa does not have the death penalty, and Register reported that the killings renewed debate on whether to bring it back.

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Gharrett gets 76 years for killing 3-year-old girl

BLOOMINGTON — In calculating a prison sentence for child killer David Gharrett, Judge Rebecca Foley took into account how many years will pass until he becomes a centenarian.

“This sentence will ensure he will serve his 100th birthday in the Department of Corrections,” said Foley, sending 25-year-old Gharrett to prison for 76 years for the 2011 murder of 3-year-old Destiny Cox. A packed courtroom erupted in applause at the sentence.

Foley sentenced Gharrett, following a series of victim impact statements, including one from Davey Cox, the father of the girl who was killed.

“My heart is broken. I have no feelings,” he said.

The grief will never be erased, said Cox.“On my tombstone it will say ‘Justice for Destiny,’” said Cox.

The victim’s aunt, Kim Thomas, told the judge the child is more than another murder victim.“She was our blood, our angel,” she said.

Gharrett appeared in court in restraints after the prosecution aired taped telephone conversations in which Gharrett threatened Foley, security personnel and his defense lawyer.

Reading from a written statement, Gharrett claimed,“It was a stupid mistake, but I have been convicted of the wrong crime.”

Autopsy results indicated Destiny died of blunt force trauma to the head and stomach one day after Gharrett reportedly found her unresponsive while he was baby-sitting her. He lived with Destiny’s mother, Candis Ethridge, who testified against Gharrett and is on two years of probation for child endangerment in the case.

Gharrett claimed the child choked on jalapeno peppers, then vomited and passed out. He later admitted he dropped her into a bathtub on her back, injuring the back of her head.

But medical officials testified during the trial that Destiny had several injuries indicative of long-term abuse. Witnesses testified to both mental and physical abuse of the child.

In convicting Gharrett, Foley said trial testimony showed he “spanked Destiny, made her hold up the wall for lengthy periods of time, hit the back of her head, made her eat hot peppers, smacked her on her hand and legs, popped her in the mouth, picked her up and threw her, karate-kicked her in the chest, head-butted her, and made her engage in punishment known as ‘get cracking’ where she would be forced to hold a push-up position with her feet on the wall.”

Foley concluded those actions and whatever happened on April 28, 2011, led to her death.

“He’s a bully, plain and simple,” said Foley.

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Teen charged with slaying her newborn

BY MATT TROUTMAN mtroutman@record-eagle.com Traverse City Record-Eagle

HONOR — An Illinois teenager charged in the death of her newborn child kept her pregnancy secret from her parents before giving birth while on a family vacation at a Benzie County campsite, authorities said.

Alyce Morales, 18, of Cicero, Ill., was arraigned Thursday in 85th District Court on a felony count of open murder. Michigan State Police Sgt. Scott Bates said autopsy results determined her infant daughter, Marie Morales, born Monday at Platte River Campground, was slain.

“The doctor described injuries consistent with blunt force trauma,” Bates said.

Court documents state Morales camped with her parents Monday at Platte River Campground, but they did not know about her pregnancy.

“Alyce did not want to tell her parents for fear of disappointment,” the document states.

Morales fell sick that night and excused herself to the family tent where she gave birth alone at about 11:20 p.m. Bates said Morales’ parents found their daughter and the newborn in the tent soon after and called 911. The baby was transported to Munson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead Tuesday at 8:57 a.m.

The initial cause of death was believed to be hypothermia and lack of timely medical care, but an autopsy performed in Grand Rapids discovered “serious injuries” to the newborn’s head and abdomen that caused her death, the document states. Morales waived her Miranda rights on Wednesday when interviewed by Michigan State Police.

Court documents state she made “several admissions” that she “freaked out” and struck the baby with her closed fist.

“Alyce was asked if she felt her actions had caused all of the injuries to the baby,” the document states.“She responded that she did.”

Eighty-fifth District Court Judge John Mead denied Morales’ bond during Thursday’s arraignment and she remains in Benzie County’s jail.

Prosecutor Sara Swanson said Mead was concerned the Illinois resident was a flight risk. She said the open homicide charge -- which carries a maximum life imprisonment penalty -- could be changed as the investigation proceeds.

“Open murder means that once the case goes to jury they can decide between first- and second-degree,” she said, elaborating that the difference between first- and second-degree homicide is premeditation.“At this point it’s just so early, I guess I want a little more information before I decide.”

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