Friday, November 21, 2014

Dad accused of murder in death of 8-month-old son (Las Vegas, Nevada)


Las Vegas police: Father, 23, accused of murder by child abuse in infant son's death


First Posted: November 21, 2014 - 10:03 am
Last Updated: November 21, 2014 - 10:05 am

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police say a 23-year-old father is accused of murder by child abuse in the death of his baby boy earlier this week.

Authorities say Cornelio Rodriguez-Gonzalez was arrested in the infant's death and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Police say they were called Tuesday afternoon and told of an unresponsive 8-month-old boy at a home on Dwarf Star Lane, near Lake Mead and Lamb boulevards.

The boy was taken to University Medical Center, where he later died.

He's been identified as Raymond Rodriguez-Gonzalez.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Protective mom fights abusive custodial dad over disabled sons (Plymouth County, Iowa)

Since this is being covered in the Native American press, the issue is being framed as a Native mother being crushed by a white father. That angle obviously plays into it, no doubt about it.

But we have seen similar situations played out where ethnic/racial differences are not apparent. To a very large extent, this is testimony to how much power the fathers rights movement has been able to wield over the family courts and child "protection" system. And that also needs to be brought out.

The fact that 17-year-old boys are being silenced by the courts is very much a fathers rights thing. SHAME ON JUDGE EDWARD JACOBSON for engaging in heavy-handed FR tactics.

See our previous post here. For some reason, the father has not been identified in the media.

Sioux Mother to Return to Court in Latest Fight for Her Abused Sons

Suzette Brewer 11/20/14

On Friday, November 21 another hearing is scheduled in the Iowa District Court in Plymouth County in an interstate custody showdown that has sparked national outrage among tribes and Indian child welfare advocates over the return of disabled twin brothers to the custody of their non-Indian father, who has six founded cases of child abuse on his record. One of the boys is wheelchair bound with cerebral palsy, while the other is blind and has autism.

Last June, Audre’y Eby, the twins’ Rosebud Sioux mother who resides in Nebraska, was jailed for a week in Iowa on kidnapping charges for refusing to return the boys back to their father after officials in Nebraska threatened her with child endangerment charges when they found evidence of abuse during an emergency room visit, in which blood and bruises were found on one of the boys’ groin area. The boys testified to officials in both states that their father’s girlfriend had kicked one of them after she caught him masturbating and that the father had threatened to “cut his privates off.”

Trapped between competing interstate jurisdictions, Eby said she had no choice but to keep her children, even though she subsequently went to jail in Iowa for trying to protect them from their abusers.

Eby kept the boys in Nebraska for a time, but subsequently moved them to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in order to protect them from their father and his live-in girlfriend, both of whom have been placed on the Iowa Central Abuse Registry for physical abuse, denial of critical care and failure to provide proper supervision to the twins. In early October, the boys, who are now 17, were ordered to appear before Judge Edward Jacobson for testimony at a hearing, with which Eby complied. But rather than allowing the boys to testify as ordered, Jacobson instead ordered half a dozen police officers to physically remove the boys from their mother’s custody in the hallway of the courthouse in front of at least a dozen bystanders, who were shocked that the incident took place in such a public manner with no plan for a peaceful transfer, as usually is required under these circumstances. Eby said both boys were struggling and screaming to stay with her as they were being led away by law enforcement.

“Judge Jacobson said ‘I don’t allow children to testify in my court,’” said Eby. “The order was a ruse to get me to bring them [to Iowa] so they could take them from me.”

Subsequently, in a one-page ruling issued by Judge Edward Jacobson that only vaguely refers to the evidence that was presented, the boys were immediately ordered back to their father that day. Jacobson only mentioned that Eby had “absconded” with the children, in spite of the fact that the State of Nebraska had threatened her with child endangerment if she returned them to their father. Judge Jacobson also ordered that “Mr. Courtright shall have full care, custody, and control of both children. Visistation [sic] shall be at Mr. Courtright's discretion,” in spite of six founded charges of abuse on father’s record.

Eby has had no contact with her children since that time and that the boys’ father has threatened her that she will “never see them again” if she continues with the case.

“One can say that these young men fell through the cracks,” says Frank LaMere, the director of the Four Directions Community Center in Sioux City, Iowa. “The people over in Plymouth County absolutely knew what was happening to these boys and they turned a blind eye. The DHS and the officers of the court are very aware of the abuse charges against their father, but they feel no responsibility whatsoever in spite of the fact that these allegations have been confirmed and are on the record.”

LaMere says that he intends to be at the hearing on Friday, along with other members of the Native community to show their support for the twins and their mother, who they feel is victim of the racist policies toward Native parents in courtrooms across the country.

“If a Native man had six allegations of abuse on his record, he would be serving five to 10 years in prison,” said LaMere, who is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. “But we have a white father and a white girlfriend with six founded charges and what does Judge Jacobson do? He gives the abused children back to their perpetrators and throws the Indian mother in jail. I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of Indian child welfare experience.”

Next week, Eby and LaMere are scheduled to attend the 12th Annual March to Honor Lost Children in Sioux City. For 12 years, says LaMere, it has been necessary to organize these marches and events to raise awareness of the challenges faced by Native community members who find themselves locked in a never-ending battle with child welfare systems across the country.

“We have worked hard to build a good relationship with officials here in Woodbury County,” said LaMere. “But there are countless counties across the country that ignore the Indian Child Welfare Act. Sadly, they forget that ICWA is not a ‘defense’ strategy – it is federal law. And we want to ensure that they are attentive to the requirements of the law.”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dad kills 4-year-old daughter in murder-suicide, had just separated from mother (Cape Coral, Florida)

The "investigation" is the usual Florida BS. This murder has nothing to do with being sad about being unable to be a good provider. It has everything to do with a classic spousal revenge killing--punish Mom for leaving your deadbeat @$$, so you destroy the one she loves best. Too bad this scumbag was provided child access. If he had been deprived of access, there would have been no murder. We need to stop giving unstable, violent  fathers access to kids, especially right after a breakup when they are the most volatile.

Dad is identified as JOHN MEDINA.

Deaths of child and man ruled murder suicide

By Andrew Murphy.


CAPE CORAL, Fla - The Lee County Sheriff's Office released a disturbing report on Wednesday ruling deaths of a father and his young daughter a murder-suicide.

On September 8, a car was discovered on the Cape Coral Bridge with its lights on and engine running.

The owner of the vehicle, John Medina was nowhere to be found, although a cell phone and wallet were inside the car.

Medina's daughter was found at his home dead of apparent strangulation.

A dive team searched the Caloosahatchee River and recovered John Medina's body later that morning.

According to the investigation, Medina had recently separated from the mother of the child and was desperate to salvage the relationship and was distraught about not being able to provide for his daughter financially.

Dad pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of 1-month-old son; sentenced to nine years in prison (Elizabethtown, Kentucky)

Dad is identified as JERROD D. DAVIS.

Father sentenced in infant death

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:30 am | Updated: 12:00 pm, Wed Nov 19, 2014. Associated Press

  ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a central Kentucky man to nine years in prison in the death of his infant son.

The News-Enterprise ( reports the sentence was handed down on Tuesday for Jarrod D. Davis, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of 1-month-old Ja'Vion Davis. The plea came following mediation and two trials that ended with hung juries.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors recommended a sentence of nine years, with parole eligibility in about 23 months.

Defense attorney Julie Kaelin argued for probation, but Judge Ken Howard said that would be too lenient for the loss of a child's life. He approved the deal that was reached in October.

11-year-old girl nearly dies after dad uses her as drug mule (Cali, Colombia)

Note that UNNAMED DAD clearly had some sort of custody/visitation rights that allowed him to do this to his daughter.

11-year-old Cali girl nearly dies after father uses her as drug mule

Nov 19, 2014 posted by Piotr Wojciak

An 11-year-old girl from the southwestern Colombian city of Cali nearly died after her father fed her 104 capsules filled with drugs before traveling abroad, local media reported Tuesday.

The girl was brought to the emergency room of a hospital in Cali by her mother and was in a critical state.

The minor showed symptoms of severe poisoning and, following an x-ray examination, the primary care physicians decided a surgical intervention was necessary.

In x-ray images the doctors recognized capsules with an unknown substance in the patient’s stomach. It is presumed that due to a rupture in one of the containers, the poisonous content began leaking into her organism.

“The life of the minor was in serious danger, and the surgery had to be performed immediately. A total of 104 capsules were removed from the victim’s stomach. The substance is being analyzed by the police and the prosecutor’s office. Everything suggests it is cocaine,” said General Hoover Pinilla of the local Police.

The mother of the girl was instantly detained and the police launched criminal investigation into what seems like a child abuse case.

According to the initial hypothesis by the authorities, it was the father of the minor who forced her to ingest the packages of drug with intention of sending her to Europe as the so-called drug mule.

“The mother of the victim told the police that her daughter had been with her father, who doesn’t live with the family, from around 12 PM to 6 PM on Monday. Later that evening, the girl started experiencing pain in her stomach and was subsequently taken to the hospital,” explained Pinilla.

“We’re looking at a perverse case of child abuse by adults,” added the police commander.

During an inspection at the house of the minor, the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare found passports and various plane tickets hinting at the possibility of a failed drug-trafficking attempt.

“This case is an abomination, as it jeopardized the life of an 11-year-old child. That is why we will take all necessary measures to provide protection to the minor and take her away from the harmful environment” said Jhon Arley Murillo of the Institute.

In the public statement. the social worker urged the society to monitor and denounce similar instances of violation of children’s rights.

After the medical intervention, the girl stayed in the hospital on Tuesday. Her condition is stable, but she remains at an intensive care unit with “guarded prognosis.”

Dad accused in violent beating death of 11-month-old daughter; mom also injured (Kenosha, Wisconsin)

Dad is identified as RUSSELL LAMAR ROSE.

"Monster" Dad Accused in Infant's Violent Death

"The death of any child is traumatic, but for a child to be killed in such a violent nature is unthinkable"

An 11-month-old Kenosha, Wisconsin, girl suffered fatal injuries Tuesday evening at the hands of her father, police said, in what the town's police chief described as "the most violent child death that I have ever seen."

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 • Updated at 7:48 PM CST

An 11-month-old Kenosha, Wisconsin, girl suffered fatal injuries Tuesday evening at the hands of her father, police said, in what the town's police chief described as "the most violent child death that I have ever seen."

"This is Serenity Rose who was killed by her father," Chief John Morrissey said during a media briefing, holding a photo of the girl.

An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed the child died from multiple blunt force injuries including several skull fractures. Charges against the father, identified as 34-year-old Russell Lamar Rose, are pending.

"The words that I would like to say about this individual are probably not fit for the media," Morrissey said, "so I'm simply going to refer to him as a monster."

Morrissey said officers responded to a domestic violence call just before 7 p.m. Tuesday from a 27-year-old woman screaming that someone killed her baby. Witnesses told police they heard screams for help and a baby crying outside a triplex in the 5000 block of 21st Avenue.

Morrissey said the witnesses told police they saw Rose hold Serenity over his head and drop her to the ground.

Rose then ran into the apartment, Morrissey said, and officers who surrounded the apartment saw the man setting fire to the curtains. Rose, who police said has an extensive criminal record, later was arrested without incident.

The child was found lifeless, badly bruised and bloody, Morrissey said. Her face was partially disfigured. Serenity's mother, who was not named by police, suffered a swollen face and lacerations.

Serenity and her mother were transported to Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center where the mother was treated for her injuries and the child was pronounced dead.

Morrissey said the incident began because Rose wanted the mother to move out of their home.

"The death of any child is traumatic," Morrissey said, "but for a child to be killed in such a violent nature is unthinkable."

On Wednesday the Kenosha Police Department changed its Facebook cover photo to "reflect on the tragic incident" involving the "death of an 11-month-old baby as a result of Child Abuse."

"The toll this has taken on our officers who were on scene, along with the Fire Department personnel, hospital personnel, etc has been gut wrenching and extremely sad," the department wrote on Facebook, adding, "In memory of the 11 month old victim, this will be our last FB posting for today."

Dad indicted for 1st-degree murder in death of 3-month-old son (Lebanon, Tennessee)

Dad is identified as JOHN CORMIER JR.

Lebanon dad charged in death of 3-month-old son

Posted: Nov 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. - A young father from Lebanon has been indicted on murder charges in the August death of his infant son following an investigation.

John Cormier Jr, 21, was arrested Monday on charges of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He was booked into the Wilson County jail on $250,000 bond.

Cormier's three-month-old son was found unresponsive inside a home on Summerfield Drive on August 18.

The boy was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said they began an investigation into the child's death based on how the infant was discovered, but further details regarding the circumstances and child's condition have yet to be released.