Posted tagged ‘Child Murder’

Stepmom Admits Killing Zahra Baker

September 15, 2011

Elisa Baker will spend up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra Baker, nearly one year after her disappearance and death shocked the world.

From the Associated Press:

Elisa Baker, 43, entered the courtroom wearing a hot-pink jail jumpsuit and handcuffs. She sat between two defense attorneys and teared up before pleading guilty to second-degree murder, with aggravating factors that included desecrating the body of Zahra Baker, who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a struggle with bone cancer.

Elisa Baker also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case, and to charges unrelated to Zahra’s death, including obtaining property by false pretenses, financial identity fraud and bigamy.

Adam Baker, Zahra’s father and Elisa’s husband, was present in the courtroom in Newton, about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte. Adam Baker, who came to the U.S. with his daughter after meeting Elisa online, faces multiple criminal charges of his own, although none are related to his daughter’s death.

Young Brothers Found Dead in Wisconsin Car

July 7, 2011

The bodies of 3- and 4-year-old Wisconsin brothers were found in a parked car early this morning. The boyfriend of the children’s mother has been arrested.

From the Associated Press:

The children’s names have not been released and a cause of death has not been determined pending autopsies, said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. He said investigators are treating the case as a double homicide and the boyfriend is their primary suspect.

Police said the boys’ 22-year-old mother arrived at police headquarters Tuesday afternoon and reported she had an altercation involving a knife a day earlier with her 28-year-old boyfriend at their apartment. Police didn’t offer any further details.

Jury Duty…

November 7, 2010

That’s right! I’ll be on jury duty for the next week. Maybe I’ll end up sitting on another one this time.

I’ve been called 5 times…and been seated on two juries. Who knows…maybe I’ll get off after the first day. Only time will tell!

Time to sit through one of my all time favorite movies: Runaway Jury! Take care everyone!

UPDATE: I was excused. The case that I had a possibility of being selected to involved the murder of a child.

11 Year Old Babysitter Charged with Murder

September 22, 2010

According to local authorities, an 11-year-old baby sitter in Atlanta, Georgia, has been charged in the death of a 2-year-old child.

From CNN:

The baby sitter, who is a daughter of a co-worker of the victim’s mother, was caring for Zyda White late Saturday. The mother of the 2-year-old called 911 from the baby sitter’s home after returning to pick up her child, police said.

Zyda was taken to Scottish Rite Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Rose said in a statement. An autopsy indicated she suffered blunt-force trauma to her head, torso and buttocks, CNN affiliate WSB reported.

Zyda’s mother, Ashlea Collier, told CNN affiliate WSB her daughter’s eyes were wide open when she got there. The baby sitter’s mother started CPR. The 11-year-old told her that Zyda had fallen out of bed, that she put her back and gave her apple juice, Collier said.

Dad, Upset Over Child Support, Murders Son

January 3, 2009

A man who told police that gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-year-old son was arrested earlier today, accused of committing the murder because he was ordered to pay child support.

From the Associated Press:

Danny Platt confessed, told police where to find the child’s body and will be booked with first-degree murder of Ja’ Shawn Powell, Riley said at a news conference.

“He had said he would kill either his wife or his child before he paid child support,” which he recently had been ordered to do, Riley said.

Riley said he did not know the amount of child support and would not describe how the boy was killed, saying the coroner would do that after the autopsy was complete. The coroner’s spokesman did not immediately return a call.

“The mother is in a safe place,” Riley said.

Although he had visiting rights, Platt, 22, of New Orleans, had never visited the boy until he picked him up Friday, Riley said.

Police put out a notice Saturday asking people to look for the boy and saying his father had told them three men with dreadlocks and AK-47 rifles had piled out of an SUV and kidnapped Ja’ Shawn shortly before midnight Friday.

“His story never really added up,” Riley said. “He was a suspect from the very beginning.”

Riley said Platt eventually confessed and told officers where to find the body.

8 Year Old Charged With Murder in Arizona

November 8, 2008

These are scary times we are living in these days. An 8-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting of his father and another man in a rural community in eastern Arizona.

From the Associated Press:

The boy was charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the death of his father, 29-year-old Vincent Romero, and 39-year-old Timothy Romans, St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick said.

Police arrived at the home within minutes of the shooting Wednesday, Melnick said. They found one victim just outside the front door and the other dead in an upstairs room.

The boy, who prosecutors say had never been in trouble before, initially denied involvement in the shooting but later confessed, Melnick said.

Police have not said what they think the boy’s motive was.

Defense attorney Benjamin Brewer argued Friday that police overreached in questioning the boy without representation from a parent or attorney and did not advise him of his rights.

“They became very accusing early on in the interview,” Brewer said. “Two officers with guns at their side, it’s very scary for anybody, for sure an 8-year-old kid.”

From MSNBC:

Found dead were the boy’s 29-year-old father, whose name was withheld by the newspaper to avoid identifying the boy, and a boarder at their home, Tim Romans, 39.

Neighbors reported the sound of gunfire, according to Melnick.

Arizona law generally holds that a child lacks competency to be held responsible for a homicide.

However, Melnick told the newspaper, “We think an exception can be made based on the facts and circumstances … This is precedent-setting. We’re going to charge an 8-year-old with two counts of homicide.”