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Mom cited: Toddler removed from baby seat to make room for gas can

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad on June 7, 2012 by punauni


Veteran Aurora police and highway officials were stunned by a photo taken during a recent traffic stop, which shows a diapered toddler who is not properly restrained, sitting next to a gas can belted into a baby seat.

“This could be one of the extreme incidents we’ve ever seen,” said Aurora Police spokesman Frank Fania.

The photo was taken during a recent “Click It or Ticket” campaign conducted by the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement.

The car was stopped May 30 by an officer doing improper turn enforcement near East Iliff Avenue and Tower Road. He found that none of the occupants were using seat belts.

A 14-year-old was also a passenger in the car. The female driver, the mother of children, was cited for no proof of insurance and three counts of seat belt violations, Fania said.

The driver’s name was not released.

Under Colorado law, the boy should have been placed in a rear-or-forward facing car seat, said Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Stacey Stegman.

The photo drew wide attention when it was posted on CDOT’s Facebook page. “People were pretty outraged,” Stegman said. “Besides not wearing seat belts, people were also angry about the gas can. Even if it was empty, people worried the boy was being exposed to toxic fumes.”


Charges filed in what Sheriff Cain calls worst child abuse case

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad on August 26, 2011 by punauni

HARDIN COUNTY – The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services are investigating the death of a 4-year-old girl in what Sheriff Ed Cain and CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam tell KFDM News is “one of the worst child abuse cases” they’ve ever seen.

The girl weighed 32 pounds.

“That child suffered months and months of physical abuse, sexual abuse and also neglect,” Shari Pulliam with Child Protective Services told KFDM News.

Late Thursday afternoon deputies arrested the mother, Amanda Guidry, 30, and her boyfriend, Jason Delacerda, 34, on 1st Degree Felony charges of Injury to a Child. If convicted they could face up to life in prison.

Sheriff Cain says the boyfriend called 911 Wednesday night and an ambulance took the child to Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth. She died at about midnight. Sheriff’s deputies and Child Protective Services began investigating and visited the couple’s mobile home off Highway 69 in Kountze. Investigators say there were visible signs of abuse. A preliminary autopsy shows the four-year-old girl died of blunt force trauma to the head. The autopsy report lists the preliminary manner of death as homicide. Toxicology results are pending.

Sheriff Cain said the mother and boyfriend voluntarily came to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning Thursday afternoon and were arrested following the questioning.

Shari Pulliam with CPS says investigators with her agency are shaken up after seeing what Pulliam calls abuse the girl suffered. Investigators believe it went on for nearly six months. The Sheriff and Pulliam say it’s one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve ever seen. Pulliam says nearly every one of the girl’s ribs was shattered.

“Old fractures and new fractures,” said Pulliam. “Almost every rib on this child was fractured. The child had a skull fracture, multiple cigarette burns to the chest. Large burn on her foot and both buttocks.”

Cain said the girl had “numerous bruises and burns, basically from head to toe.” The Sheriff said she was the victim of severe abuse going on the last several months. According to Cain, his office is consulting with the Hardin County District Attorney’s Office and other charges might be filed in the case.

“I’ve never seen anything this bad,” said Sheriff Cain. “Doctors agree and they’re saying it’s pretty bad. I can’t believe it went on this long without anyone bringing it to our attention.”

Cain said it hurts him to see children who are abused.

“Any time there’s a child involved, they are totally helpless. An adult can help themselves but children like this, they can’t help themselves. It’s a serious case. It’s sad, it’s tragic. This child has suffered a lot.”

Pulliam says the girl would have turned five in December. According to Pulliam, the girl was malnourished. She weighed only 32 pounds. Pulliam says that’s a definite sign of abuse. She says no calls were made to indicate any abuse was going on in the home.

“There’s no reason that could make someone do something like this to a small innocent child,” said Pulliam. “What we ask the community, if you think a child is being abused or neglected, you need to make a report to the hotline.”

The child abuse hotline number is 1-800-252-5400.

Pulliam says there are ways to prevent abuse from occurring by looking at the warning signs. They include unexplained marks or bruises on a child’s body. Neighbors and friends need to become aware if the child’s behavior changes or if the child has unexplained weight loss. If parents find it hard to control themselves out of anger, Pulliam says to step away from the situation, take time to calm down, call and talk to someone.

The couple will be booked into the Hardin County Jail, ccording to Sheriff Cain.

He’s consulting with the Hardin County District Attorney’s Office and says additional charges could be filed.

Juliette Dunn arrested for giving 4-year-old and 10-month-old beer and cocaine

Posted in Connecticut, News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by punauni


A Connecticut mother was arrested after she forced her 4-year-old son to chug a bottle of beer – and gave her 10-month-old daughter booze and cocaine, police said.

Juliette Dunn, 29, who lives in Success Village, Conn., was sitting with a friend Lisa Jefferson on a playground when another mom flagged down officers and complained that she was feeding her child beer, the Connecticut Post reported.

When cops approached, they spotted an empty 40-ounce Steele Reserve beer on the ground next to the 4-year-old boy and a baby bottle that smelled like alcohol.

Witnesses told officers that earlier that day Jefferson had told her son to chug the beer – and then called him an alcoholic when he finished, according to the report.

The children were taken to a local hospital where they tested positive for alcohol and the 10-month-old tested positive for cocaine.

When being interviewed by a social worker, the 4-year-old mentioned that he liked “Natural Ice beer, Budweiser beer, but didn’t like the taste of Dog-Bite beer,” police told the newspaper.
Dunn and Jefferson were arrested and charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child and two counts of second-degree assault.

They are both being held on a $100,000 bond.

Another Stripper on Drugs, Another Baby

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags on August 1, 2011 by punauni


A woman was arrested at a strip club Tuesday night after her newborn baby was missing, officials said.  Micah Ashley Alford, 26, from League City, was apprehended at Ritz Cabaret, where she was applying for a job, investigators said.  She had a felony warrant for her arrest on charges of child endangerment and abandonment.Galveston County Precinct 8 deputy constables said they received information that Alford delivered a baby five days ago, which she eventually confirmed.Deputies said Alford’s probation was revoked when she failed a drug test when she was 5 months pregnant.  When deputies asked Alford where her baby was, she had no idea, officials said.  Shortly after police put out an alert for the baby, two women called saying they had him.  They told investigators another woman gave them the baby and he had no milk or diapers at that time, but they went and bought those items.   The women then agreed to meet officers at the Academy parking lot on Edgebrook and the Gulf Freeway Tuesday night to hand over the infant, who was fine.  Officers had been searching for the newborn for four days.  Records show that this is Alford’s fourth child and that the other three were taken away by Child Protective Services.  According to police officers and, Alford has prior charges of DWI, child endangerment and child abandonment.  Her bond has been set at $100,000.

Meth lab explodes at Rock Hill home; Mother charged

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly with tags , on July 15, 2011 by punauni

A Rock Hill woman is in jail after a meth lab exploded at her home Friday afternoon.

Sonya Sloan Burton, 37, of 546 Brush Creek Road is charged with third degree arson, unlawful neglect of a child, three counts of unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the presence of a minor, and other charges related to the possession and manufacturing of drugs, according to a website maintained by the York County Sheriff’s Office.

A York County Sheriff’s Office report says that three suspects, including two men who later fled the scene, were allegedly cooking methamphetamine in the bathroom when the explosion occurred. The explosion caused $20,000 in damage to the mobile home, the report states.

Burton had burns on her right arm and was transported to Piedmont Medical Center where she was treated and arrested upon release, the report says.

Four teenagers aged 18 and younger were at the residence. Two of the teens were identified as the suspect’s children.

About three dozen responders arrived on scene to extinguish the fire and gather evidence.

Joining Sheriff’s deputies, personnel from York County’s multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit, fire marshall’s office, hazardous materials team, and the Newport and Bethesda Fire Departments responded to the scene along with emergency personnel from York County, PMC and the Fort Mill rescue squad.

Officials confiscated several prescription and illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia from the premises.

Burton is being held at the York County Detention Center. Her bond has been denies.

Pregnant woman shoots boyfriend near children

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags on July 15, 2011 by punauni

Police in Daytona Beach say a pregnant woman shot her boyfriend in an apartment full of children.Investigators said Patricia Jaggon, 27, got in a fight with Bobby Cord, 58, Saturday night at an apartment on Jean Street.

They said when he went looking for his belongings to leave fight broke out between Cord and Jaggon. Jaggon then pulled out a gun from under a pillow in the master bedroom and shot him. Cord was hit in the right arm and chest.

Jaggon called the police and when they arrived they asked where the suspect was, in which Jaggon said, “Here I am.”

Police said seven kids were inside the home at the time, ranging in age from one to 12 years old.

One of the children inside during the incident told police that Jaggon said, “after she kills him [Cord], she was going to put lemons in a sock and hit herself with them.”

Additionally, in the police report, one of the children told police Jaggon messaged them saying she was going to kill Cord because she is tired of him and she is with him because “he drives a nice car.”

Jaggon is six months pregnant. She’s now charged with attempted murder.

Cord was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center.

Posted in New Hampshire, News, Parents Behaving Badly with tags , , on July 14, 2011 by punauni


GILSUM — A day-long Amber Alert across New England ended peacefully Wednesday night after a New York man wanted for questioning in a deadly fire there surrendered at a Gilsum home without incident.

Matthew Slocum, 23, emerged from a home in Gilsum shortly after 10 p.m. and was escorted by officers to a waiting police cruiser, several hours after a patrolling trooper spotted his black Mustang parked in Gilsum.

New York and Massachusetts police issued the alert — a bulletin in suspected child-abduction cases — because it was believed Slocum abducted his son, 4-month-old Raymond Slocum, and the infant’s 25-year-old mother, Loretta Colegrove.

Slocum was arraigned this morning in the District Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Keene.

About 9:45 p.m., a barefoot Colegrove, carrying Raymond Slocum in her arms, appeared from the Gilsum home. The mother and infant were unharmed and were being taken to the N.H. State Police Troop C barracks in Keene, said State Police Col. Robert Quinn shortly after Slocum was arrested.

About 15 minutes before they appeared, police could be heard speaking to Slocum with a bullhorn, telling the man to answer a cell phone, that no one wanted to hurt him and asking him not to hurt anyone.

Lt. Chris Aucoin of N.H. State Police Troop B, who leads the state police SWAT team, said Slocum surrendered peacefully after successful negotiation. He declined to comment on whether police had talked to Slocum on the phone before his surrender.

“We continued to talk to him throughout the evening,” Aucoin said. “We attempted to reason with him on numerous occasions.

“Fortunately, he did listen to reason and he did peacefully surrender to the authorities.”

Police also declined to comment on whether Colegrove was being held against her will.

“The baby and the mother are fine,” Aucoin said. “They came out on their own, there was no violence, there was no resistance.

“They intentionally gave themselves up.”

Throughout much of the afternoon and into the evening, access was blocked to Alstead Hill Road and Banks Road in Gilsum, and a large portion of the downtown area was evacuated.

Area residents who were home received telephone calls telling them to leave their homes, and yellow police tape stretched across Main Street.

A command post for the authorities, including representatives from the FBI, N.H. State Police, Keene police officers and officers from the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department, was set up in front of the town post office, about a block from the house where police focused their attention.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a large brown State Police SWAT team vehicle rolled along the street and police-dog units were called into the area.

Police declined to comment on why Slocum would have fled to Gilsum, but neighbors said his uncle, Scott Slocum, lived with his family on Banks Road. Several neighbors said that Matthew Slocum’s black Mustang was parked on Maguire Drive, a small dirt road off Banks Road.

Despite being in the evacuated area of town, the Gilsum Village Store across from the post office remained open and employees brought snacks out to evacuated residents and a crowd of news crews gathered on the street.

After an evening thunderstorm passed, many evacuated residents lingered in the street, chatting and watching until Colegrove and the infant and later Slocum were seen coming down the darkened, rain-slicked road.

New York authorities wanted Slocum for questioning in connection with a fire early Wednesday morning in White Creek, N.Y. — about 35 miles northwest of Albany — in which three people died, the Associated Press reported.

Killed in the fire were Slocum’s mother, stepfather and stepbrother, the Associated Press reported.

It was believed that Slocum, a felon who was on parole after serving a prison sentence between 2006 and 2010 on a grand larceny conviction, fled the fire scene before it was discovered, according to the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star.

Slocum’s vehicle was reportedly seen at about 5 a.m. in Adams, Mass., according to information provided by the Massachusetts State Police in the Amber Alert.

The Glens Falls paper reported this morning that Slocum will face a first-degree arson charge in New York. An arrest warrant was issued for Slocum at 2 a.m. Thursday in White Creek (N.Y.) Town Court, the Post-Star reported.

Slocum will be held without bail at the Cheshire County jail pending extradition to New York after he waived his right to an extradition hearing at his arraignment in Keene this morning.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

New York officials are expected to take him to New York as early as this afternoon or Friday morning, Assistant Cheshire County Attorney David Lauren told the court.

Judge Howard B. Lane Jr. granted petitions by the state to seal the contents of Slocum’s file and transfer his car to the authorities in New York state as evidence.

Quinn, of the State Police, said Wednesday night that an investigation was being conducted in Gilsum.

“This investigation is ongoing, it essentially just started,” he said. “New York authorities are here and they’re going to continue their investigation.

“… We have a potential crime scene here in Gilsum, so the work has just begun.”