Archive for the Sad Category

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.”

Toddler flips SUV down driveway while parents sleep, deputies say

Posted in News, Sad with tags on June 7, 2012 by punauni

Deputies say a 2-year-old girl grabbed the keys to her parents SUV while they were asleep, rolled the vehicle out of the driveway, and flipped it in a neighbor’s yard.

The incident happened just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Celanese and Twin Lakes Roads in Rock Hill, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to a call of a child in the roadway. When they arrived at the scene, they found a Chevy Tahoe on its side in the ditch on Celanese Road.

A witness at the scene told the deputies that while he was driving down the road he saw the SUV roll down the steep driveway, make a turn in the road, and roll onto the curb before it flipped onto its side an landed in the ditch.

An unknown person then helped the toddler out of the vehicle and held the child until authorities arrived, according to EMS.

The child was unharmed.

The deputies then went to the home where it was believed the child and the SUV came from and found both the parents asleep in a upstairs room.

The parents told the deputies that they had fallen asleep while their daughter was watching cartoons, and that they thought the keys to the vehicle were in a safe place, according to the report.

An investigator from the York County Department of Social Services was notified of the incident and arrived on scene to investigate.

At this time there is no word if any charges will be filed.

Man Decapitates Self After Domestic Dispute

Posted in News, Sad with tags on September 14, 2011 by punauni

 

 

YORKTOWN, Va. — A Chicago man who quickly accelerated in a sport utility vehicle with a cable around his neck decapitated himself after a domestic dispute.  A sheriff’s deputy responding to a call of a domestic disturbance Tuesday was taking a statement from the man’s ex-wife when another deputy driving by noticed an SUV pulling a utility trailer that was on fire, York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs told The Associated Press.Authorities said the man started the trailer fire.  A firefighter noticed a cable around the man’s neck that was attached to a tree.   When deputies tried to get the man to exit the SUV, he accelerated and was pulled from the vehicle and decapitated, authorities told the AP.   The SUV kept going for about 150 yards.  Diggs said the man and his ex-wife had quarreled over the man’s living arrangements.  “He was looking to relocate from Chicago to this area, and he wanted her to do more than she was willing to do,” Diggs said.

Woman Accused Of Dog Abuse Wants Evidence Tossed

Posted in Animal Cruelty, News, People Behaving Badly, Sad with tags , on September 9, 2011 by punauni

 

 

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A Plaistow woman accused of abusing two dogs by forcing objects including a cigarette lighter, a shower head and a 4-inch bolt down their throats is asking a judge to throw out some evidence prior to trial.   One of the dogs died.   Jamie Labbe has pleaded not guilty to cruelty to animals and criminal mischief. Her trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 14.   The Eagle-Tribune reports that Labbe recently filed a request with the court to have her statements to police suppressed.   In her motion, she says she was coerced into speaking with police and was taking prescription painkillers for a broken tailbone.   Authorities say she abused the German shepherds that belonged to her boyfriend in April in Sandown. Police did not say what led to the abuse.

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 policenews.net, Alford has prior charges of DWI, child endangerment and child abandonment.  Her bond has been set at $100,000.