Monday, February 28, 2011

Mother sold to husband at 13 loses 6 children to abusive ex (Saudi Arabia)

This is the kind of story that western women readily associate with Saudi Arabia. What they don't know is this kind of story is becoming increasingly common outside the middle east, especially with the rise of fathers rights.

Married at 13, abandoned at 30
Salma fled her home after dad tried to ‘sell’ her again

By Staff
Published Sunday, February 27, 2011

When she was 13-years old, Salma (full name withheld) from Saudi Arabia was forced to marry a man aged over 60.

The man paid her father a dowry of SR250,000 ($68,000), but Salma says it was like she was actually sold.

Salma, now in her 30s, has no home and is deprived of seeing her six children following her divorce. When she tried to take them, she was thrown in prison for six months.

As if all this was not enough. After she was divorced and her children taken away, her father tried to sell her again - this would-be husband refused to offer more than SR100,000.

But it was her not her father who turned down that offer. Feeling that she had enough, she packed and fled her home.

“I was only 13 when this rich old man came and paid my father SR250,000. I was forced to marry a man who is as old as my grandfather… I was snatched off my fifth class at that age,” said Salma, from the central town of Makkah.

“He took me to his home in Madina and there I found that he already has three wives… I then started to spend my time playing with his children as I was a child and had no idea about marriage life.”

Salma, now in her 30s, said her marriage lasted around 17 years, during which she gave birth to four daughters and two sons.

“During my marriage to this man, I suffered from torture and very bad treatment… I then fled to my family’s house and stayed there with my children for nearly three years, after which I was divorced.”
The Saudi Alikhbariya newspaper said Salma first refused to give back the children to her ex-husband, prompting him to go to court.
“Police arrested me and I was jailed for six months… when I was released, I went back to my family and stayed for a while before another old man came and paid SR100,000 to marry me,” she said.

“I refused and fled home… I have been staying at mosques and parks all this time. My ex-husband still refuses to let me see my children. Sometimes I go to take a glance at them while going or leaving school and I could see clear marks of violence on their bodies. I think they are being tortured at home.”

The paper did not say where it met Salma or whether she has a home now. But it quoted a Saudi human rights activist as urging the woman to come along and present her case.

“If she comes and proves that her children are subject to torture by their father, then will we will talk to the police. We will also ensure protection for her and her children,” said Mohammed Kalantin, member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission in Makka.

Dad charged with assaulting 5-month-old daughter (Milton, Delaware)

Seems Daddy JEFF SCHAFFER tried to suffocate the baby after he got mad at Mom.

Feb 27, 2011 posted by: Mari Lou-WGMD News

Teen father charged in infant assault

A 19 year old is charged with assault after he stuffed a shirt in his 5 month old infant’s mouth. State Police say Jeff Schaffer was arguing with his 17 year old girlfriend at her Milton home. Later she woke to hear the baby crying in another room. Schaffer was slow to open the door – and then saw the baby with the shirt in her mouth. The teen girl told police of other incidents of abuse and Schaffer is charged with assault and other offenses.


DSP News Release: Georgetown Man Charged in Infant Assault
Location: 23000 block Melendez Drive Milton, DE
DATE and TIME: February 25th 2011
* 5 month old female infant Milton, DE
* 17 year old Milton, DE (female)

Defendant(s) Charge(s) and Bond Information:
Jeff P. Schaffer Jr-19 Georgetown, DE
* Assault Second Degree
* 3 counts Assault Third Degree
* Reckless Endangering First Degree
* Endangering the Welfare of a Child
* Offensive Touching
* Criminal Mischief Under $1,000
$11,700 secured bond Sussex Correctional Institute

Milton-Delaware State Police Friday February 25, 2011 investigated an assault complaint in the 23000 block of Melendez Drive Milton Delaware.

A State Police investigation into an infant assault revealed that on the evening of February 24, 2011 a 17 year old Milton teenager became involved in an argument with her boyfriend Jeff P. Schaffer Jr. of Georgetown. The initial argument appeared to be over the 17 year old teen arriving home late from a study session.

Later the same evening the teenage victim was asleep on their living room couch shortly after 4 a.m., when she heard her 5 month old crying in another room. The 5 month old is the daughter of both Schaffer and the victim. When the teenage victim went to investigate the crying she noticed Schaffer had locked the door. Schaffer and the 5 month old victim were sleeping in the same room together.

Schaffer did not open the bedroom door for several minutes as the mother attempted to gain entry. When Schaffer finally unlocked the door the teenage victim observed a shirt stuffed into their baby’s mouth. Schaffer then removed the shirt from the 5 month olds’ mouth whose face appeared purple and grasping for air. (This incident was not immediately reported to the police) I currently don’t have information as to whether the victims received medical treatment.

Later Friday morning the 17 year old victim was walking to catch her bus with Schaffer following behind. Schaffer again began a confrontation with his girlfriend. Schaffer next broke apart a watch belonging to the victim and threw it at the back of her neck as she walked to the bus stop. The victim sustained minor injuries during this altercation and did not receive medical treatment.

The 17 year old victim reported several other incidents of abuse which occurred prior to this investigation involving Schaffer.

Schaffer was arraigned for several incidents of assault, reckless endangering, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief. Schaffer is currently being held in Sussex Correctional Institute on $11,700 secured bond.

Dad arrested after leaving 2-year-old daughter in car while trying to flee police (Gainesville, Florida)

Save your @$$ or be a good father....decisions, decisions. So tough being a daddy driving around with no license, a bunch of pot...and your 2-year-old daughter. But daddy ERNELL RENARD HALE was trying to be good, see. That's why he was resisting arrest. He knew if he got arrested, the police would take his daughter. So better to get into a fight with the police and try and run away.

Um yea. Makes sense. Wait, what were we talking about again? Damn, I'm wanting what this dude was smoking, man....

Well, at least Mom got the kid back. Wonder if this was a visitation gig....

Father arrested after leaving daughter in the car while trying to flee

By Karen Voyles
Staff writer

Published: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.

The father of a 2-year-old was arrested after getting into a scuffle with a police officer during a traffic stop, then trying to flee while he left his little daughter in the car.

Ernell Renard Hale, 21, of Gainesville, later told police that he knew he did not have a license, did have marijuana and was scared police would take his daughter so he tried not to be arrested.

Gainesville Police Department Officer Christopher King received minor injuries while arresting Hale.

King said he pulled Hale over after seeing him driving in the bike lane in the 3600 block of Southwest 20th Avenue. According to King, he had to take Hale to the ground twice while trying to handcuff him because Hale was trying to run away and was struggling to get away from the officer.

Hale was charged with child neglect, resisting arrest with violence, possession of marijuana, and not having a valid driver’s license, then booked into the Alachua County jail. The toddler was turned over to her mother.

Police: Three young brothers helped dad make meth (Mannford, Oklahoma)

Once again, a piss poor example of journalism. While these three boys were helping daddy MICHAEL HAGAR manufacture meth, where was, um, Mom? You know, the female-type person or persons who gave birth to these boys? Or were these children delivered to Daddy by stork or some other drug-bearing avian courier?

All we're told is that the boys are now in the care of Oklahoma DHS. Is that because Mom knew about what was going on, and didn't intervene? Or because there was no mother in the home? And why doesn't the reporter do his or her job and tell us? And if, in fact, there was no mother in the home, why did meth head daddy apparently have custody of these boys? Or would that embarrass some crackhead judge some place?

Notice that the Affidavit of Probably Cause mentions that Daddy had a criminal record (surprise!). But there's still no mention of Mom.


Mannford Police: Three Young Brothers Helped Father Make Meth
Posted: Feb 28, 2011 9:21 AM CST
Updated: Feb 28, 2011 11:01 AM CST

MANNFORD, Oklahoma -- A 39-year-old Mannford man remains in the Creek County jail, accused of using his three sons to help manufacture meth.

Mannford Police searched Michael Hagar's home late Wednesday night after getting a tip and say they found a working meth lab and meth products.

Hagar's three sons, ages 10, 14 and 17, were turned over to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Hagar was one of four people arrested on complaints of endeavoring to manufacture of meth, child endangerment and possession of meth.

Read Affidavit of Probable Cause.

Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller says Hagar rewarded his three sons with meth and marijuana when they helped him cook meth in his home. Miller says all three sons told officers they helped their father cook methamphetamine.

Miller said officers were "blown away" to learn even the 10-year-old boy had helped manufacture meth. He said the officers just stood there with their mouths open.

Miller says the two older sons tested positive for meth and marijuana. The 10-year-old said he had just smoked some marijuana but had not used meth for about a week.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the 10-year-old told police, "I help daddy the most by shaking the bottles and after we get done daddy puts the powder in a glass tube and holds a lighter under the tube while I suck on the tube."

Hagar told police he's been making meth for about a year and usually "cooks" meth 4 or 5 times a week.

He told police that he has let his sons help him cook meth on several occasions, but that "he only lets them shake the bottles."

Hagar was arraigned on the charges Friday. Total bond for Hagar is $230,000.

Dad gets 5 years for selling 2-year-old son (Minqing, China)

The dad who sold his son for $760 (US) is identified only as LIU.

Young father gets 5 years for selling his 2yo son in Minqing, Fujian
Updated: 01 Mar 2011

A young father was recently sentenced to five years and eight months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan ($760) by a court in Minqing county, Fujian province, for selling his little son.

The man, surnamed Liu, 23, did not have a stable income. Early in 2010, Liu met a netizen, surnamed Xing, from Shandong province, via QQ (an instant message service in China) and knew Xing's family was eager to adopt a little boy.

At the time Liu was short of money and his girlfriend had gone back to her parents' home after a quarrel, leaving Liu and his old grandmother to take care of the son. Liu then had the idea of selling the then 2-year-old boy to Xing.

Liu secretly took his son to Nanjing, Jiangsu province, to make the deal with Xing, but lost his cell phone and could not contact Xing. Liu succeeded on his second visit, earning 45,000 yuan from the deal.

On Sept 21, 2010, Liu was taken into custody as a suspect in other crimes. He then fully realized what he had done and told his father he had sold his son. He was soon charged with child trafficking.


Dad who threatened to blow up bridge with 16-year-old daughter in car gets one year in jail (Antioch, California)

Seems that dad CRAIG-CARLOS VALENTINO suspected his wifey might be cheating on his crazy @$$. So naturally, he PROVES he's a crazy @$$ by making a false bomb threat on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. All while his 16-year-old daughter is in his car, because what's the use of High Daddy Drama unless you have a captive audience? For this spectacle, he get one whole year in jail. I tell you, had this been a mommy, she'd be locked away in some psych ward for life.

Man who halted bridge traffic faces a year in jail
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco Chronicle February 28, 2011 12:04 PM Monday, February 28, 2011

(02-28) 12:04 PST SAN FRANCISCO --

An Antioch man who brought traffic to a standstill when he threatened to jump from the Bay Bridge or blow up his SUV has been convicted of making a false bomb threat and child endangerment because his 16-year-old daughter was in the car with him, San Francisco authorities said today.

Craig Carlos-Valentino, a 52-year-old security guard, pleaded guilty Friday in San Francisco Superior Court to the two felonies and will be sentenced to a year in county jail, said Seth Steward, a spokesman for District Attorney George Gascón.

Prosecutors originally charged Carlos-Valentino with kidnapping and false imprisonment, But a judge dropped those counts in December after Carlos Valentino's daughter testified that she didn't believe he had put her in harm's way.

The daughter, who had accompanied her father for what she thought was a breakfast outing, was not hurt.

Carlos-Valentino did not have a bomb when he pulled over near the center anchorage west of Treasure Island just before 7 a.m. Nov. 11, the California Highway Patrol said.

Upset because he believed his wife had been cheating on him, he started making phone calls to a radio station and to authorities.

After CHP officers converged on the scene, a two-hour standoff ensued, shutting down traffic into San Francisco. Carlos-Valentino eventually surrendered.

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Dad arraigned in 2-year-old son's death (St. Louis, Missouri)

Dad AARON LUCY has been arraigned in the beating death of his 2-year-old son. No mention of Mom.


Aaron Lucy arraigned for toddler son's death
5:28 PM, Feb 24, 2011 Kevin Held

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A man accused of beating his two-year-old son so badly that the child later died has been arraigned.

Thirty-year-old Aaron Lucy faces charges of murder and armed criminal action in the death of his son, Kyle.

According to police, the incident occurred at a home in the 6900 block of Chippewa on the night of Sunday, December 26. The two-year-old boy suffered injuries to his head, arms and legs. Prosecutors said Lucy beat his son repeatedly with a hard object, leaving bruises on the child's head. When emergency responders arrived, the child had no pulse.


Dad arrested in 4-year-old daughter's overdose death (Fentress County, Tennessee)

Why do reporters do this? We're told the little girl was taken to the hospital by "other family members," but there is no indication as to who those family members were. If if was the mother, than why not say so? And if no mother was in this home, why not say so plainly? In which case, it might be helpful to explain WHY no mother was in this home. Why all the obfuscation? At any rate, daddy DARRELL HUFF has now been arrested. And we have no idea how his 4-year-old daughter got access to his morphine....

Father Arrested In 4-Year-Old Daughter's Overdose Death
Posted: Feb 25, 2011 10:34 PM CST

FENTRESS COUNTY, Tenn. - A father has been arrested in the overdose death of his four-year-old daughter.

The TBI arrested 49-year-old Darrell Huff on Thursday.

Huff was indicted by a Fentress County Grand Jury on murder, child abuse, and child neglect charges.

On Christmas Eve, 4-year-old Brittany Huff was taken to the hospital by family members. She died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

An autopsy revealed that she died of a morphine overdose. Investigators said the morphine belonged to her father.

Huff was booked into the Fentress County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

Dad who "allegedly" assaulted 4-month-old son posts bail (Omaha, Nebraska)

It never fails. Daddies like MATTHEW W. KOSTER always get bail. Even when they "allegedly" assaulted a 4-month-old baby.

Published Monday February 28, 2011

Tot's father posts bail

An Omaha man charged with injuring his 4-month-old was released from the Douglas County Correctional Center after posting 10 percent of $150,000 bail.

Matthew W. Koster, 35, of 2522 S. 60th St. No. 26, was arrested last week and charged with felony child abuse.

His son was taken to Children's Hospital & Medical Center with three bone fractures in his right leg and one in his left, three rib fractures and a bruise to his forehead, according to Omaha police. The child also had blisters on his right foot.

The injuries were called in by doctors after the child's mother brought him to the emergency room because of swelling in the baby's right leg.

A hospital official said Monday that no information on the baby could be released.

Police said Koster told hospital officials that his infant son's injuries may have occurred when he got frustrated changing the child's diaper. — Jason Kuiper

Dad "allegedly" sews son's head using fishing line (Benson, North Carolina)

Hmm. Wonder if daddy JOHNATHAN ASHLEY AVERY was stitching up the kid with USED fishing line. You know, trying to save money and all. Might explain the infection. No mention of a mama.


Dad Allegedly Sews Son's Head With Fishing Line, Arrested In Johnston Co.

Johnathan Avery

By NBC17 Staff
Published: February 28, 2011

A Johnston County father has been arrested and charged for allegedly using fishing line to sew up a wound on his son's head.

Johnathan Ashley Avery, 31, of Benson, N.C., was arrested on Friday and charged with felony child abuse.

Sheriff Officials say the incident was brought to their attention on Feb. 2 by the Triangle Child Abuse Pediatric Services.

Avery allegedly hit his son over the head with a spoon, causing a 3-inch laceration, said Johnston County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tammy Amaon. Avery then used fishing line to sew up the wound. The child was taken for treatment after the wound became infected.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Custodial dad with history of domestic violence sentenced to nearly 6 years for burning 6-year-old son (Gresham, Oregon)

Dad DEONTAE LIONELL JOHNSON has been sentenced to six years in prison for burning his 6-year-old son's back.

But much more is going on here than just a few cigarette burns. This is a VERY SUSPICIOUS case. Notice Daddy's extensive history of domestic violence. Just this guy's CONVICTIONS include 4th-degree assault, attempted 2nd-degree kidnapping, and contempt of court for violating a restraining order. He punched the mother of his children in the eye (in front of them, no less) and dragged her to her car, all while threatening to kill her.

And with THAT history, Daddy wants us to believe she voluntarily left him in March 2010 after dropping off the kids at his apartment. Then she (conveniently) "disappeared." That's why he was now custodial, see.

Really? Where were the freaking cops and courts while all this was going on? Why wasn't this @$$hole locked up? Why has there apparently been no effort to locate the mother and verify Daddy's cockamamie story? We're just going to play along with this nonsense and throw these kids into foster care? Honestly, how "voluntary" was this mother's departure under these circumstances? Assuming that she "voluntarily" departed at all, which is rather doubtful. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised in the least if mom's "disappearance" turns out to be an unreported homicide.

Father sentenced to nearly six years for burning son
Deontae Johnson convicted of first-degree criminal mistreatment

By Mara Stine

The Gresham Outlook, Feb 25, 2011

A Gresham man, described in court documents as “mentally challenged,” will spend 70 months in prison for repeatedly burning his 6-year-old son’s back.

Deontae Lionell Johnson, 30, of Gresham was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and three years of post-prison supervision on Wednesday, Feb. 16, after pleading guilty on Jan. 31 to second-degree assault. The sentence is the minimum allowed for the crime, with the maximum being 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

A first-degree criminal mistreatment charge was dismissed.

The abuse, which caused the victim to suffer “protracted disfigurement on his back,” was discovered on June 10, 2010, when the victim told staff at his grade school in Northeast Portland that his back hurt, according to court documents. Staff examined the boy and saw multiple burns on his back. That’s when the boy said his father did it to him.

A child abuse detective noted 10 or 12 burns where the top of a heated cigarette lighter had been pressed against the skin of the boy’s upper back. Some burns appeared to be many smaller burns that formed a line, including one that was between 3 and 4 inches long, and appeared infected. The detective described it in court records as appearing “almost charred.”

When questioned, the boy’s father denied causing the boy’s injuries, saying he wasn’t aware of them or how they were caused.

But the next day, the boy tried to protect his father. The boy told child-abuse assessors that he was injured when he fell on his back. He mentioned that he’d been playing with a lighter and it somehow got on his back. The boy also said his dad knew about the injuries and put water on his back.

Doctors, however, determined that the severe first- and second-degree burns were not accidental. In a second interview with a child abuse counselor, the boy “provided clear but somewhat brief, disclosures regarding his father burning him with a lighter and whooping him with a belt and cord,” according to court documents. In addition, he disclosed that his father showed him and his two older brothers pornographic pictures of their parents.

In addition to physical abuse, evaluators diagnosed the boy with medical neglect, sex abuse and emotional abuse from being exposed to domestic violence and a father who “gets angry for stupid things,” according to the evaluation.

Finally, the boy’s 8-year-old brother told an evaluator that his father hit all the children with a cord, has put them in a cold shower and “burned my little brother’s back.”

Deontae Johnson’s criminal history includes convictions in 2006 of felony fourth-degree assault, attempted second-degree kidnapping and contempt of court convictions for violating a restraining order. Johnson punched the victim’s mother in the eye in front of the boy, and her three other children, and dragged her toward a car by her neck while threatening to kill her.

In court documents, Johnson told officials that the children’s mother left him in March of 2010, dropped the children of at his apartment in the 800 block of Southeast 190th Avenue and “disappeared.”

Johnson no longer has custody of his four children, ages 5, 6, 8, and 12. They are in the custody of the state’s department of human services.

Dad of "missing" sons faces possible life in prison; boys disappeared during court-ordered visitation (Morenci, Michigan)

We're reported on dad JOHN SKELTON and his numerous lies on several occasions now. Even without the identification of the boys' bodies--which may never be found--authorities are moving to lock up this misfit for good. Previous articles have clarified that these boys "disappeared" during Daddy's court-ordered visitation. At this point, few people think this is anything other than a triple homicide.

Father of missing Mich. boys faces possible life in prison
12:34 PM, Feb. 25, 2011

A Morenci, Mich., man, accused in the disappearance of his three sons, now faces life in prison.

The Lenawee County Prosecutor's Office has added three charges each of kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment against John Skelton, 39, whose sons have been missing since late November.

These are in addition to three counts of parental kidnapping he was already facing.

Prosecutor Jonathan Poer said today that the new kidnapping charges carry a penalty of up to life imprisonment. He said the new charges were added about a week ago after his office received additional reports from Morenci police.

Skelton's pretrial hearing, which had been originally rescheduled for Feb. 23, has been postponed to March 9. He is accused in the disappearance of his sons, Andrew, 9; Alexander, 7; and Tanner Skelton, 5, who were last seen Thanksgiving Day. His wife, Tanya Skelton, had filed for divorce earlier in the fall.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said earlier this month that Skelton told police his sons are with the United Foster Outreach and Underground Sanctuaries - an organization that the police chief said investigators have been unable to locate.

Weeks also said the search is being handled as a homicide investigation. Poer said Friday he would not speculate on whether Skelton will be charged with murder.

“That investigation is still ongoing,” he said.

Dad: But I got FRUSTRATED changing the baby's diapers! (Omaha, Nebraska)

Poor widdle daddy MATTHEW KOSTER. He just got so FWUSTRATED with that darn squirmy baby! Just wouldn't lay still while Daddy changed his diaper! So Daddy inflicted three leg fractures, three rib fractures, and bruised the baby's forehead.

Seriously, since we started Dastardly, we have found A LOT of stories about daddies flipping out over diaper changing. This seems to be something the male species is not entirely too fond of.

Man Told Doctors He Got Frustrated Changing Son's Diaper
Father Arrested On Child Abuse Charge
POSTED: 12:38 pm CST February 25, 2011
UPDATED: 1:45 pm CST February 25, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. -- Police have arrested a man on a child abuse charge after he said he became frustrated when changing his son's diaper.

According to a police report, officers were asked to investigate a possible case of child abuse after a 4-month-old boy was found to have injuries consistent with child abuse at the Children's Hospital.

Authorities said the boy's parents noticed swelling in the infant's right leg and took him to the emergency room Thursday.

Doctors said they found the boy had multiple injuries, including three bone fractures in his right leg, three rib fractures and a bruise on his forehead. When doctors asked the boy's father what happened, the report said, he told them the injuries may have happened when he was changing the boy's diaper and got frustrated.

Police arrested the boy's father, Matthew Koster, 35, on a felony child abuse charge. The boy's mother, Alisa Carpenter, 24, was cited on a charge of misdemeanor child abuse/neglect.

Dad kills 2 1/2-year-old son in murder-suicide (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Appears dad EDWARD SHELDON had to do the daddy drama thing and murder his 2 1/2-year-old son. Could have just taken himself out of his misery, but these types are never content to do just that....No word yet on whether this was related to a recent separation/divorce, or whether this took place time during Daddy's "parenting" time.

Murder-suicide under investigation in Waterloo
An investigation has been launched after a father and his young son were found dead in their Waterloo apartment.

Date: Friday Feb. 25, 2011 3:29 PM ET

Police and the Coroner's office are investigating after the bodies of a man and his son were found at an apartment in Waterloo, Ont. on Thursday.

Edward Sheldon, 40, and Cameron Reeve, who was two and a half years of age, were found dead after emergency services responded to a call at an apartment unit at 130 Lincoln Road around 4:45 p.m.

The preliminary results of a post mortem examination in Hamilton, in conjunction with the ongoing investigation, have determined that the father's death was self-inflicted.

It is believed to be the result of asphyxiation after the inhalation of helium.

Detectives are also attributing the death of the child to the actions of his father, but police are waiting for further test results regarding the cause of death.

Waterloo Regional Police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel says "One of the family members discovered the deceased individuals, contacted police and emergency services and upon arrival we found an adult male and a child without vital signs. The Coroner was called in and the two were pronounced deceased on the scene."

Heinzel adds "Investigators are looking at a very tragic incident in our community, but we are treating it as a family-related matter, as a result investigators are confident there is no risk to general public safety."

The investigation continues, and homicide detectives, divisional detectives, forensic identification officers and the Coroner's office are working together to clarify the circumstances of the deaths.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-650-8500 Ext. 8669 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

4-week-old baby abused by dad released from hospital; where's mom? (Jefferson County, Texas)

Okay, all you dastardly readers out there. What's wrong with this article?

Well, here it is. How can you have a 4-week-old baby abused by a father--in this case by JASON JERRAUD LEBLANC--and not even MENTION that there had to be a mother in this picture at least 4 weeks before? Not one word about this baby's mother, though the baby is now going into a rehabilitative foster home. And "LeBlanc's 13-month-old child" is also being placed with unnamed "family members." How can a mother be written out of a story so completely? It's as if these kids had been found in a cabbage patch.


4-week-old child abuse victim to be released from hospital
By Teresa Mioli
Published 04:35 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2011

Judge Larry Thorne ordered today that a 4-week-old admitted to the hospital with multiple signs of physical abuse be released to a rehabilitative foster home.

Medical staff determined that the newborn was a victim of physical child abuse. He suffered a skull fracture caused by compression or crushing, a rib fracture, liver injuries, a broken femur and tibia, broken jaw and bleeding of the brain, according to previous Enterprise reporting.

The child will be released from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston next week and placed in the foster home until Child Protective Services can conduct a home study on family members, said CPS spokesperson Shari Pulliam.

The child's father, 27-year-old Jason Jeraud LeBlanc, is at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility for serious injury to a child and has a $150,000 bond.

Port Arthur police were notified that the boy was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 11 and a search warrant was executed at the child's residence in the 6000 block of 17th Street, according to previous reporting.

LeBlanc's 13-month-old child was placed with family members at a house with no history of CPS-related issues.

Dad charged in abuse of 3-month-old daughter; blames his cancer (La Crosse, Wisconsin)

Dad GAVIN ATTOE was just another one of those daddies who couldn't take the crying, don't ya know. So he cracked the ribs of his 3-month-old daughter, and attempted to suffocate her. That's not going into the head fractures, etc.

Is it just me, or are these daddies getting more creative with their excuses? The other day, we had a UK daddy who blamed his child porn collection on his diabetes. This daddy is blaming his cancer. Really? I had no idea cancer forced you to bash a baby.

Father charged in abuse of 3-month-old girl

ANNE JUNGEN Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 12:05 am

A La Crosse father admitted to crushing his infant daughter's chest hard enough to hear and feel her rib crack, according to court records filed Thursday.

Gavin Attoe also confessed to bending the 3-month-old girl's knees to her chest to deplete the air from her lungs to halt her crying.

Prosecutors in La Crosse County Circuit Court charged Attoe, 29, with five counts of physical abuse of a child for injuring his daughter between Oct. 29 and Feb. 16 at his home at 829 Avon St.

Attoe, who is in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma, blamed his medication for his loss of control.

Attoe and his wife took the infant to Franciscan Skemp Medical Center on Feb. 16 after the child began vomiting and refused to drink from a bottle.

X-rays revealed the child suffered fractures to her skull, ribs, arms and legs. Doctors also noted bruising on her abdomen, back and cheek, according to the complaint.

Attoe described for investigators several ways he "may have" caused the infant's injuries during her bouts of inconsolable crying and when she would not cooperate while he was dressing her, according to the complaint.

He said he forced her leg to her face after the infant kicked his surgical incision, the complaint states. Attoe recalled her crying in pain.

Attoe said he pulled his daughter's arms behind her back when she was flailing as he tried to dress her.

The baby had difficulty sleeping after the incident where her rib cracked, Attoe said, but he did not tell his wife or take the infant to the hospital.

"(Attoe) ... said he felt that he failed as a parent," the complaint states.

Attoe also told investigators he dropped his daughter two feet into a baby bathtub Feb. 15 after he grew dizzy, the complaint stated.

He returns to court March 9 for a preliminary hearing.

175 Killer Dads: Fathers who ended their children's lives in situations involving child custody, visitation, and/or child support (USA)

An update to our previous 76 Killer Dads, 88 Killer Dads, and 138 Killer Dads lists.

This is NOT a comprehensive list of all U.S. fathers who have killed their children in situations involving domestic violence and/or child abuse. This list is limited to articles I have found where there is an identifiable child custody, visitation, and/or child support angle in the children's deaths. Even then, I can’t claim that this is a comprehensive list of child custody, visitation, and or child-support- related murders. Quite often, newspaper articles just don’t provide enough information to make a judgment call.

There is no time limit to the actual dates of death on this list, though most are comparatively recent— usually (but not always) with an article on the deaths appearing in the last three years or so. (Often it takes years for charges to get filed in these cases, or for cases to go to trial.) Note that there are several cases going back to the 1990s.

Feel free to use this as a data base for additional research or to narrow the deaths down to the time period, geographic setting, or other criteria of your choosing.

If you know of a worthy case that has been omitted, feel free to contact me and I will see about adding the case during the next update. This is very much a work in progress.

Because many have asked which cases specifically involve a family court which ignored the concerns of a protective mother or involved notable court and/or CPS incompetence/corruption, I have marked some of the more egregious cases of that type with an asterisk. Of course, the criterion is somewhat subjective, and is also based on having enough media coverage to discern whether these factors were present. Once again, that doesn’t mean that other cases on this list didn’t involve those factors. Only that I have insufficient information at this time.

Additional information can be found on all these cases by searching the Dastardly Dads site.

175 Killer Dads: Fathers who ended their children's lives in situations involving child custody, visitation, and/or child support (USA)


Franklin County

Victim(s): Andrea Gonzalez (5 years)
Date of Death: Reported missing in November 1993. Body never recovered.
Custodial father eventually pleads guilty to manslaughter. Stepmother charged with child abuse.

Jefferson County

Victim(s): Janiya Nicole Hale (1 year)
Date of Death: July 2009
Father, a registered sex offender, is charged with murder. Daughter died during overnight visitation.

Mobile County

Victim(s): Natalie Deblase (4 years), Chase Deblase (3 years)
Date of Death: Unclear. Bodies located in December 2010 after children hadn’t been seen for months.
Father was apparently custodial at the time of children’s deaths. Both father, girlfriend are charged with murder.

Montgomery County

Victim(s): Chad (C.J.) Johnson (3 years)
Date of Death: May 2008
Father had been in “custody battle” with mother, and had secured custody just two months before the boy’s murder. Father on trial in November 2010.

Morgan County

Victim(s): Amy Jean Wilbourn (infant)
Date of Death: December 2008
Father with either “temporary” or “permanent” custody of infant daughter charged with capital murder. In October 2010, father pleads not guilty, with trial scheduled for August 2011.


Cococino County

Victim(s): Teigan Peters (aka Teigan Brown) (3 years)
Date of Death: June 2009
Daughter killed in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation . Mother had applied for orders of protection.

Maricopa County

Victim(s): Mindi Chambers (17 years)
Date of Death: Assumed to have been murdered around the time she went missing in 1982.
Custodial father ALLEN CHAMBERS is now presumed to have murdered Mindi Chambers around the time she went missing. Daughter had reported sexual abuse to the authorities. Not reported as officially missing till 1995.

Victim(s): Trenay Duchane (12 years)
Date of Death: November 2008
Custodial father and stepmother convicted of murder.

Victim(s): Anthony Gonzalez (11 years)
Date of Death: Summer 2005
Father convicted of murdering son during summer visitation.

Victim(s): Unnamed son (5 years)
Date of Death: June 2009
Father with sole custody stabs son to death in failed murder-suicide. Mother had been trying to regain custody. In October 2010, father pleaded guilty to 1st-degree murder.

Victim(s): Alec Leteve (5 years), Asher Leteve (1 year)
Date of Death: March 2010
Parents in process of getting divorce, but had agreed to joint custody. Sons shot to death in failed murder-suicide. Father apparently "feared" mother would attempt a move away.

Victim(s): 7-month-old daughter
Date of Death: December 2010
Father arrested for death of 7-month-old daughter. Parents had “verbal custody agreement” to share children on weekly basis. Dad had history of domestic violence arrests.

Pima County

Victim(s): Ariana Paine (3 years), Tyler Paine (4 years)
Date of Death: 2006
Mother originally got custody in 2003. In January 2006, father asked for informal visitation, which the mother granted. In March, the father refused to return the children. The mother contacted the Tucson police regarding her custody order, and they refused to retrieve the children. Within months the children are dead (exact date unknown, only one body was found). Mother sued City of Tucson CPS, and they settled for $1 million in June 2008. In October 2010, Judge Carmine Cornello dismissed mother’s suit against the police.


Contra Costa County

Victim(s): Volkan Kayik (16 years)
Date of Death: July 2007
Custodial father found guilty in 2009 of strangulation death of son.

El Dorado County

Victim(s): Chandler Nash-Eliott (11 years)
Date of Death: December 2009
Father not charged in the "suicide" of son. Father had physical custody, parents had shared legal custody. Father had extensive history with CPS regarding neglect, abuse, lack of supervision, etc.

Los Angeles County

Victim(s): Lance Helms (2 1/2 years)
Date of Death: 1995
Custodial dad convicted in beating death of son. Father had obtained custody despite extensive history of violence, drug abuse.

Victim(s): Lauren Sarene Key (4 years)
Date of Death: November 2000
Father scheduled to go to trial for 3rd time for death of daughter. Daughter was allegedly pushed off cliff during visitation in order to avoid child support.

Victim(s): Trudy Bonilla (ex-girlfriend, mother of child), Naomi (ten days)
Date of Death: October 2010
Father in “custody dispute” with mother of newborn child rams his truck into bedroom where his ex, the baby are sleeping. Both are killed.

Orange County

Victim(s): Richie Omondi (4 years)
Date of Death: 2006
Father shared custody with the child's mother. Drowned son to avoid child support. Father convicted of 1st-degree murder in January 2010.

Victim(s): Soon to be ex-wife, daughter (8 years)
Date of Death: November 2010
Father in “custody dispute” shoots and kills ex-wife, daughter in murder-suicide.

Riverside County

Victim(s): Isaac Gallegos (2 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Father charged with murder in the death of son, who was killed during weekend visitation with the father. Parents had never been married and had been in a “custody dispute” for the past year. The “family” had a history with CPS. Father had shown zero interest in the baby for the first year. And yet the judge--in this case Judge John M. Pacheco--awarded the father twice-a-week visitation anyway. He then proceeded to ignore the mother's concerns regarding the child's injuries and signs of psychological trauma. In fact, he threatened to strip the mother of custody for bringing up her concerns. In December 2010, father ordered to trial.

Victim(s): 5-year-old daughter
Date of Death: November 2010
Father, step arrested for murder, accessory to murder. Custodial status unclear.

Sacramento County

Victim(s): Jeremiah McGrath (3 years)
Date of Death: March 2010
Son beaten to death in home of father, stepmother

San Bernadino County

Victim(s): Jesus Gabriel Fuentes (4 years)
Date of Death: February 2010
Father crashes car, shoots to death son during visitation. Parents divorced. Father in critical condition from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Victim(s): Wyatt Garcia (9 months)
Date of Death: January 2010
Father kills son in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation. Parents never married. Mother had pleaded with 3 judges regarding father's violence, threats.

San Diego County

Victim(s): Tori Vienneau (22 years), Dean Springtube (10 months)
Date of Death: July 2006
Father is convicted September 2009 in the murders of his former girlfriend and son. Father didn't want to take paternity test, pay child support.

Ventura County

Victim(s): Jason Mulvaney (12 years), Jennifer Mulvaney (7 years)
Date of Death: September 2009
Father stabs to death son and daughter in murder-suicide during overnight visitation. Parents had shared custody and were still involved in divorce, custody case.


Arapahoe County

Victim(s): Aarone Thompson (7 years)
Date of Death: Reported missing in November 2005. Body never recovered.
Father convicted in September 2009 in daughter's murder. Father had custody, as he had abducted the children from mother in Michigan.

El Paso County

Victim(s): Genesis Sims (9 years)
Date of Death: December 2008
Father obtained custody in New Jersey and retained custody despite child abuse investigations in that state. Father and girlfriend relocated to Colorado. Girl’s remains found in former home’s crawl space in May 2010. In November 2010, Father, girlfriend both charged in girl’s death, ordered to trial.

Jefferson County

Victim(s): Adrian Trujillo (5 months)
Date of Death: January 2010
Father charged in death of infant son. Father had physical custody while mother in military. Father alleged to have left baby alone while father went out drinking for 7 hours. Baby later found dead. In October 2010, father sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Logan County

Victim(s): Alexis McClain (3 years)
Date of Death: July 2010
Custodial father, step charged with murder in death of daughter. Non-custodial mother lives out of state, apparently in California. Father’s next court appearance scheduled for January 2011.


New Haven County

Victim(s): Morries Hill Jr. (5 months)
Date of Death: 2008
Father charged in connection with the death of son. Baby died from "severe physical abuse." Infant died in father's home during overnight visitation.


Alachua County

Victim(s): Ashton (14 months)
Date of Death: January 2011
Father charged with manslaughter. Custodial arrangements not clear, though mother did not live in the home and apparently gave birth in North Carolina. Father on probation for previous child neglect concerning another child.

Bay County

Victim(s): unnamed Child (20 months), unnamed child injured (7 months)
Date of Death: August 2010
Father facing open murder count in beating death of 20-month-old child. News accounts mention that parents lived in separate households, but custody/visitation arrangements not explained. Father has violent criminal record.

Citrus County

Victim(s): Unnamed son (2 months)
Date of Death: February 2010
Father with extensive criminal background being investigated in death of infant son, who died during visitation with father.

Colllier County

Victim(s): Elijay Kye Aliazar (3 months)
Date of Death: January 2009
Father had shared custody with infant's mother. Son died of blunt force trauma to the head during visitation. Father charged w. 2nd-degree murder.

Duval County

*Father: JOSI M. HALL
Victim(s): Kyla Hall (1 year)
Date of Death: 2008
Father had sole custody, and had been cleared of previous abuse allegations. Daughter died of blunt force trauma at home. Father convicted of 2nd-degree murder, and in May 2010, sentenced to life in prison.

Victim(s): Mesia Wright (2 years)
Date of Death: November 2010
Girl dies of methadone overdose while in visitation with father. Babysitting girlfriend charged with aggravated manslaughter. Mom had primary custody, but “allowed” child to stay with father when at work or school.

Gilchrist County

Victim(s): Kristina Hepp (4 years)
Date of Death: April 2009
Father filed for custody in November 2008, obtained it in February 2009. Child was apparently sexually abused, battered, and tortured from the start. In April 2010, father pleaded no contest to 1st-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Hillsborough County

Victim(s): Chavon Robinson (22 months)
Date of Death: February 2008
Father convicted in December 2009 of murdering child during visitation.

Victim(s): John Taylor Baxley (3 years)
Date of Death: August 2010
Son normally lived with mother in Missouri. Child died during summer visitation with father, girlfriend. Both charged with murder in February 2011.

Victim(s): Ronderique Anderson (16 months)
Date of Death: February 2011
Father acquired custody after the mother of the baby’s under-aged mother died, and baby’s mother was placed in foster care. Father had previous arrests for battery, and is charged with 1st-degree murder.

Jackson County

Victim(s): Danielle Baker (mother), sons Ahmaad (4 years) and Amarion (1 year), and unrelated infant.
Date of Death: 2005
Father allegedly committed quadruple murder because he was angry about child support.

Lake County

Victim(s): Kayla McKean (6 years)
Date of Death: 1998
Custodial father beat daughter to death. Had been subject of multiple CPS investigations.

Lee County

Victim(s): Karminda Rosales Salazar (20-year-old daughter that survived stabbing), grandson Josue Rosales (2 months)
Date of Death: May 2010
Custodial father sexually abused daughter, she gave birth to older child who survives. Father then attacked adult daughter with knife, and stabbed to death son she had with boyfriend.

Victim(s): Darwin (3 months)
Date of Death: June 2010
Father charged with 2nd-degree murder, but in November 2010, Costello released on bond and Judge J. Seals granted him visitation with surviving son.

Orange County

Victim(s): Roosevelt Bradley III (8 months)
Date of Death: August 2009
Father arrested for murder of infant during visitation.

Osceola County

Victim(s): Unnamed Son (5 years)
Date of Death: July 2009
Son beaten to death while visiting father, stepmother.

Palm Beach County

Victim(s): Crystal Camacho (8 years), Nelson Camacho (10 years)
Date of Death: December 2006
Father and mother were finalizing divorce. During Christmas visitation, father stabbed daughter, then killed her and brother Nelson Camacho (10 years) in arson murder-suicide. Mother had unsuccessfully petitioned for protection. Article from November 2010 mentions that surviving mother Jennie Carter is now an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Pasco County

Victim(s): Diella Ludwig (2 months)
Date of Death: December 2008
CPS granted father THOMAS LUDWIG custody of infant twins. Father charged with 1st-degree murder in Diella's death, and was convicted in November 2010.

Seminole County

Victim(s): Aurelia Juarez (14 months)
Date of Death: June 2008
In March 2010, custodial father sentenced to 21 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter in death of daughter.

Volusia County

Victim(s): Jeremiah Reese (14 years)
Date of Death: September 2009
Jeremiah Reese died of "accidental overdose" at the home of his custodial father. Father had long history of abuse, neglect with CPS.


Athens-Clarke County

Victim(s): Keionte Gresham (4 years), Keion Gresham (7 years)
Date of Death: May 2010
Father shot children to death in murder-suicide during visitation. Had extensive history of stalking, domestic violence.

Clayton County

Victim(s): Ja’mari Myckahi Jones (17 months)
Date of Death: September 2009
In November 2010, father on trial for murdering son during visitation, allegedly to avoid child support.

DeKalb County

Victim(s): Gary DeToma Jr. (5 years), Will DeToma (4 years – injured)
Date of Death: July 2010
Father seeking “full custody” charged with murder of 5-year-old son during visitation. Parents had been going through divorce.

Gwinnett County

Victim(s): Edward Garcia (1 year), Bradley Garcia (3 years)
Date of Death: February 2011
Father charged in fatal stabbing of two sons, and in critical stabbing of a third son. Father had been in “custody battle” with the mother over the children.


Honolulu County
Victim(s): Talia Williams (5 years)
Date of Death: 2005
Custodial father still facing charges in daughter's death. Had gained custody just 7 months before murder.


Ada County

Victim(s): Bekm Bacon (8 months)
Date of Death: February 2010
Father shot to death son in murder-suicide. Parents going through divorce, but had joint custody. Infant killed during visitation with father.

Jerome County

Victim(s): Sage Aragon (11 years)
Date of Death: December 2008
Custodial father acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in hypothermia death of daughter. Father had told to her to walk to mother's home during blizzard.

Twin Falls County

Father: JIM NICE JR.
Victim(s): Justin Nice (6 years), Spencer Nice (6 years), Raquel Anna Nice (2 years)
Date of Death: 2005
Father murdered children with rat poison during court-ordered visitation.


Cook County

Victim(s): Jahad Larry (7 months), Kalesh Larry (3 years), Keyshai Fields (16 years), Tawana Thompson Larry (19 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Father with extensive criminal background charged in the murder of infant son, wife, two nieces. Had been awarded joint custody of infant through paternity action one week prior to killings.

DuPage County
Victim(s): Mya (9 years)
Date of Death: July 2008
In January 2011, father finally arrested in stabbing death of daughter. Had been staying with father for summer visitation.

Kane County

Victim(s): Riley (2 years)
Date of Death: February 2005
Father kills son in murder-suicide during unsupervised visitation ordered by Judge William Weir. According to October 2010 article, the judge resigned on the 4th anniversary of the boy’s murder.

McClean County

Victim(s): Duncan Connelly (6 years) and Jack Connelly (4 years)
Date of Death: March 2009
Father killed sons in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation. Mother had extensive involvement with the courts trying to prevent contact with father.

Victim(s): Erika Meese (14 months)
Date of Death: August 2009
In September 2010, father found unfit to stand trial for murder, though he had been granted twice weekly visitation. Daughter beaten to death with a baseball bat.

Will County

Victim(s): Nathan Esi (19 months)
Date of Death: October 2009
Father accused of drowning son during visitation.


Delaware County

Victim(s): Lauren McConniel (5 years)
Date of Death: March 2010
Custodial father, step charged with felony child neglect charges. Girl died of severe malnutrition despite CPS investigations. Evidence that child was also sexually abused. Mother lost custody during divorce the year before in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was not represented by a lawyer.

Green County

Victim(s): Travis Bohannon (14 months)
Date of Death: August 2009
Father separated from wife. Son "accidently" shot during visitation. Father convicted of reckless homicide January 2010.

Lake County

Victim(s): Eboni Richardson (19 months)
Date of Death: August 2009
Father shot daughter during visitation. Didn't want child's mother to do a move away.

Father: TERRY BETHEL (aka Terry Noel)
Victim(s): Josiah Shaw (13 months)
Date of Death: January 2008
Father allegedly arranged to have visitation with son, then shot him to death to avoid child support.

Victim(s): Leon Walker (5 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Boy found bound, tortured and beaten to death in home of custodial father. Death ruled a homicide.

Marion County

Victim(s): Ex-girlfriend Tracie Shannon (22 years), Juliana (9 months)
Date of Death: September 2010
Father arrested in arson murder of ex-girlfriend, infant daughter. Father allegedly wanted to avoid paying child support.

Tippecanoe County

Victim(s): Aiyana Gauvin (4 years)
Date of Death: March 2005
Child beaten to death after months of abuse and neglect. Custodial father sentenced to 50 years in prison.


Montgomery County

Victim(s): Brooklyn Coons (23 months)
Date of Death: January 2008
Girl died in home of custodial father. Girlfriend convicted of 1st-degree murder. Mother deceased. Safety concerns of maternal grandparents ignored by KS SRS.

Shawnee County

Victim(s): Karen Kahler (44 years), Emily Kahler (18 years), Lauren Kahler (16 years), Dorothy Wight (89 years)
Date of Death: Nov. 2009
Parents were in the process of divorcing, reportedly "sparring over children."

Sumner County

Victim(s): Caden Michael Reemes (4 years)
Date of Death: August 2009
Child asphyxiated at the home of his custodial UNNAMED FATHER.


Anderson County

Victim(s): Cole Frazier (21 months)
Date of Death: May 2009
Father obtained custody with police assistance through fraudulent EPO. Shot son to death in murder-suicide. Mother suing police, city.

Clark County

Victim(s): Michaela Watkins (10 years)
Date of Death: 2007
Custodial father, stepmother found guilty of murder in girl's death. Girl removed from mother's home by social workers.


Bossier Parish

Victim(s): Anna Celeste Lowe (5 years)
Date of Death: January 2011
Father got “temporary custody” after accusing mother of abuse. Though charges were determined to be unfounded, father managed to get 4 district judges to sign off 5 times on extending order. Father had history of domestic violence, drug abuse. Father charged with negligible homicide, step with 1st-degree murder.

Calcasieu Parish

Victim(s): Savanna Vincent (5 years)
Date of Death: June 2008
In July 2010, custodial father, step finally indicted for 2nd-degree murder.

East Baton Rouge Parish

Victim(s): Juwan Murphy (8 years), Tayshuan Murphy (2 years)
Date of Death: October 2008
Father stabbed children to death during visitation in order to “get back” at his estranged wife. Had threatened to harm the children before. Convicted of 1st-degree murder in June 2010.

Livingston Parish

Victim(s): Kaylene Herodias (4 months), Kayla Herodias (4 months – severely injured)
Date of Death: May 2010
Father in “custody battle” with babies’ mother charged with 1st-degree murderer in death of twin daughter. Dad admitted shaking the babies during his visitation time.

Orleans Parish

Victim: Ja'Shawn (2 years)
Date of Death: January 2010
Father arrested in murder of son during weekend visitation; alleged that father had been trying to avoid paying back child support.

Pointe Coupee Parish

Victim(s): Aaron Bowman, Jr.
Date of Death: November 2009
Father had "temporary" custody of son, 2-year-old daughter when son beaten to death. Father charged with 1st-degree murder.


Kennebec County

Victim(s): Connor Soucy (4 months)
Date of Death: August 2009
Infant became "unresponsive" during visit with father. Later died at hospital.


Baltimore County

Victim(s): Anthony Castillo (6 years), Austin Castillo (4 years), Athena Castillo (2 years)
Date of Death: March 2008
Mother had tried to stop father from having access, but blocked by courts. Children murdered during court-ordered visitation.

Victim(s): Turner Jordan Nelson (3 years)
Date of Death: February 2008
Murdered by father by being thrown off bridge. Father and mother had argued in court over custody. In January 2011, father sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Victim(s): Chloe Lewis (6 months)
Date of Death: October 2010
“Sole Guardian” father charged with murder in suffocation death of daughter. Mom apparently lives in a group home and was “refused” custody.

Victim(s): Melonia Hamber (2 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Father charged in daughter's beating death. Child had been visiting with father for two weeks prior to her death.

Hartford County

Victim(s): Shamyrah Irons (1 year)
Date of Death: May 2010
Child beaten to death while child was “in the care and custody of her father.” Father charged with murder.

Montgomery County

Victim(s): Jacob Matthew Dunn (23 months)
Date of Death: October 2006
Parents were never married. Father frequently protested against paying child support. Just months after filing for joint custody, father murdered son by asphyxiation during “planned visit.”

Talbot County

Victim(s): Destiny Array Spicknall, wounded (3 years), Richard Spicknall III (2 years)
Date of Death: September 1999
Father with joint custody fabricates story of car high jacking, children found shot in car seats. Mother had reported previous domestic violence incident. Father charged with murder.


Bristol County

Victim(s): Kaitlyn (6 years)
Date of Death: July 2009
Father allegedly murdered daughter because he was concerned about a possible move away.

Essex County

Victim(s): Giovanni Gonzalez (5 years)
Date of Death: August 2008
Boy “disappeared” during “scheduled visit” with father. Formal visitation agreement had yet to be worked out. Father had previous criminal convictions, including assault. Has apparently confessed to killing the boy, but no criminal conviction. Body has not been found.

Worcester County

Victim(s): Nathaniel Turner (7 years)
Date of Death: June 2009
Father charged with beating death of son. Took place during father's summer visitation.


Lenawee County

Victim(s): Andrew Skelton (9 years), Alexander Skelton (7 years), Tanner Skelton (5 years)
Date of Death: Presumably around November 2010
Children were presumably killed during court-ordered visitation. Father has reported many stories—that he left them with a woman, that he left them with a mysterious “organization.” However, police strongly suspect the children were murdered. No bodies have been found.

Macomb County

Victim(s): Lily Furneaux-Wolfenbarger (2 years)
Date of Death: November 2010
Parents “shared” custody. Stepmom “ suspected” in girl’s death.

Montcalm County

Victim(s): Elaine Kaczor-Braman (stepmother), Nicholas Braman (9 years)
Date of Death: October 2007
Custodial father with history of domestic violence, child abuse kills second wife, son in murder-suicide. Mother had reclaimed custody of older sons after they ran away. Father pleaded guilty to abusing the older boys, but failed to show up for sentencing. CPS, however, refused to remove youngest son. In July 2010, protective mother filed federal suit against child protective services.

Oakland County

Victim(s): unnamed infant (13 weeks)
Date of Death: February 2010
Infant died during unsupervised visitation.

Ottawa County

Victim(s): Sandra Flores (10 years)
Date of Death: August 2010
Girl dies after suffering convulsions in the home of her custodial father. Father had history of complaints with CPS, and girl and previously been removed from the home.

St. Clair County

Victim(s): Prhaze Galvan (3 years)
Date of Death: January 2010
Child died of blunt force trauma in home of custodial father, stepmother. Both face murder charges. In August 2010, convicted of murder and torture, and later sentenced to life in prison. Later ombudsman report refuses to clarify why father with history of domestic violence, child abuse, and criminal behavior had been granted custody, and how he was able to retain it.

Wayne County

Victim(s): Ella Grace Stafford (15 months), Jonathan Sanderlin (13 months)
Date of Death: October 2010
Father had full custody of son, “partial” custody of daughter. Both children lived with him. Charged with felony murder in the scalding/drowning deaths of the two children. Appears mother of son lost custody when accused of “kidnapping” for refusing contact/visitation. Father has history of domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse.


Ramsey County

Victim(s): Mikayla Olson
Date of Death: 2004
Father given joint legal custody despite repeated threats to kill daughter, ex-wife. Two years after divorce, dad murdered daughter during “parenting time.”


Hinds County

Victim(s): Jaheem Brown (4 months)
Date of Death: February 2011
Father charged with capital murder. Mother only 15 years of age, parents did not live together. Child fatally injured while at father’s home during weekend visitation. Not clear as to whether visitation voluntary or court-ordered.


Cass/Jackson Counties

Victim(s): Alex Gallagher (6 years)
Date of Death: December 2010
Father kills son in murder –suicide after judge ignored mother’s request for order of protection, temporary custody.

Victim(s): Elizabeth Guenther (18 months)
Date of Death: February 2010
Father to be charged with 2nd-degree murder. Baby suffered fatal skull fracture during father's weekend visitation.

Victim(s): Sam Porter (7 years), Lindsey Porter (8 years)
Date of Death: June 2004
Father murdered children during court-ordered visitation. Had extensive history of domestic violence.

Victim(s): Avee Hunter (4 months)
Date of Death: April 2010
Father charged with 1st-degree murder. Prosecutors say that father plotted to kill baby to avoid child support.

Greene County

Victim(s): Vaniessa Baylor (1 year)
Date of Death: February 2010
Father charged with 2nd-degree murder in daughter's death. Parents had separated, but father had been serving as "caregiver" for past week. Father had been scheduled to start paying child support to mother.

Howell County

Victim(s): Zeke Breeds (6 years)
Date of Death: September 2010
Boy died of drug overdose while living with custodial dad, step. Both are charged. Mother lives in St. Louis.

St. Louis County

Father: Nathaniel Robinson
Victim(s): Desmon Valenzuela (3 years)
Date of Death: 2007
Father obtained custody 1 month before child's beating death. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter.


Missoula County

Victim(s): Gabriel Wilkes (3 months)
Date of Death: October 2008
In June 2010, custodial father convicted of homicide in death of infant son.


Dodge County

Victim(s): Trista Peterson (1 year)
Date of Death: January 2007
As of October 2010, the Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed that this “sole caretaker” father can be charged in child abuse resulting in death, unlawful burial. In April 2007, Peterson had cut a deal with prosecutors and lead authorities to daughter’s grave. In January 2011, father finally pleads guilty to manslaughter. Has never been reported in the media what happened to the girl’s mother.


Clark County

Victim(s): Brandon Christopher Arduino-Boggs (13 years)
Date of Death: September 2009
Son killed in auto homicide case where father DUI. Parents had been in lengthy child custody case.

Victim(s): Giovani Kopystenski (5 years)
Date of Death: July 2009
Custodial father. Autistic son "accidentally" shoots himself in head after finding gun in father's car. In January 2011, father sentenced to 2 – 20 years in prison.

Victims(s): Zander Martino (2 years)
Date of Death: July 2007
Father had gained custody just two months before son's beating death.


Hillsborough County

Victim(s): Sarah Gehring (14 years), Phillip Gehring (11 years),
Date of Death: July 2003
Father with shared custody was still in custody “dispute” with mother. When father was supposed to return the children to their mother, father shot and killed the children and buried their bodies along an interstate in Ohio. Bodies not found till 2005. Father confessed to the murders, and committed suicide in prison.


Essex County

Victim(s): Neveah Turner (3 years)
Date of Death: November 2009
Father gained custody in July 2009, and began abusing the child almost immediately. Father arrested, charged with murder in May 2010.

Victim(s): Zara Malani-Lin Abdur (3 months)
Date of Death: February 2010
Father had been “feuding” with mother about how often he got to see the baby. While mother was getting a protection order, father abducted baby from babysitting grandmother. Baby was “allegedly” thrown off bridge. In May 2010, baby’s body was found and positively identified.

Passaic County

Victim(s): Adrian Gonzalez (7 years)
Date of Death: November 2009
Father in "bitter custody dispute" with "estranged" wife. 7-year-old son shot to death, 11-year-old son, wife, in critical condition.


Bernalillo County

Victim(s): Richard Jr., Daniel, and Christopher Sanchez
Date of Death: August 2001
Father "went missing" with sons during custodial visit. Bodies recovered, identified in July 2009.
Santa Fe County

Victim(s): Derek Martinez (12 years), Devin Martinez (10 years)
Date of Death: June 2010
Father shoots sons to death in murder-suicide during summer visitation. Protective mother’s concerns dismissed by judge.


Bronx County

Victim(s): Kevin Mikell (2 years)
Date of Death: February 1996
Father granted custody when mother being “probed” for child abuse. Father had previously been arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest. Child beaten to death.

Columbia County

Victim(s): Khliff Taylor Hankerson (5 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Son killed in murder-suicide during visitation.

Erie County

Victim(s); Joshua Kent (3 years)
Date of Death: March 2005
Sole custody father beats son to death.

Genessee County

Victim(s); Marcus Peters (6 years)
Date of Death: October 2009
Child dies during weekend visitation with father, but authorities say death not "suspicious."

Kings County

Victim(s): Datwan Murray (2 ½ years)
Date of Death: June 1993
Mother had legal custody, but father had refused to return child after visitation. Father appeared to be a major drug dealer with drug arsenal.

Monroe County

Victim(s): Hunter Resch (7 years)
Date of Death: February 2010
Child shot to death in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation. Father had history of domestic violence, mother had filed two orders of protection.

Orange County

Victim(s): Leanne Fitzgerald (wife, 38 years), Ashley Fitzgerald (7 years), Shane Fitzgerald (4 years)
Date of Death: September 1998
Parents had not separated at time of murders. But father had history of domestic violence, and filing for orders of protections, child custody in Orange County Family Court.

Victim(s): Jerica Rhodes (7 years)
Date of Death: January 2005
Sole custody father convicted in daughter's stabbing death. Father had extensive history of domestic violence.

Richmond County

Victim(s): Josiah Taylor (2 years)
Date of Death: November 2010
Boy killed during visitation with father. Babysitting girlfriend, father each blaming the other.


Caldwell County

Victim(s): Zahra Baker (10 years)
Date of Death: Fall 2010
Step currently charged in girl’s murder. Custodial father has not been charged, though girl was apparently repeatedly abused in the home. Father relocated from Australia.

Carteret County

Victim(s): unnamed daughter (11 years)
Date of Death: June 2010
Father reports “accidentally” shooting and killing daughter just one day after she arrived for summer visitation from Arkansas.

Dare County

Victim(s): Catrina J. Mont (9 years), Daniel Preston Mont (6 years), Theresa Lynn Mont (4 years)
Date of Death: February 1995
Father with visitation abducted children from home in Delaware, then shot them to death in murder-suicide in North Carolina.

Edgecombe County

Victim(s): Tyler Brice (13 years)
Date of Death: June 2008
Custodial father, stepmother convicted of 2nd-degree murder. Boy tied to tree, died of dehydration, heat exhaustion.


Bryan County

Victim(s): Cheyenne Wolf (11 years)
Date of Death: April 2008
Custodial father, stepmother charged in girl's death. As of September 2010, girl’s remains still unclaimed. February 2011: Father found guilty of enabling child abuse, child abuse by neglect, unlawful removal of a body. Has never been reported how or why the father had custody, or what happened to the girl’s mother.


Cuyahoga County

Victim(s) Anthony Johnson Jr.
Date of Death: August 2009
Father accused of beating child to death during visitation.

Franklin/Delaware Counties

Victim(s): Nicole Dobson (15 years), Sarah Dobson (11 years)
Date of Death: December 2009
Father had physical placement of 15-year-old daughter. "Shared parenting" plan in place with divorced mother. Girls shot to death in murder-suicide.

Hamilton County

Victim(s): Tyrese Short (3 years)
Date of Death: December 2010
Father charged with aggravated murder. Had been granted custody just 7 months before, though father had a lengthy criminal record including assault of a police officer.

Victim(s): Jaden Jenkins
Date of Death: September 2010
Father given custody after mother checked herself in for mental health treatment. Father charged with capital murder.

Highland County

Victim(s): Steven Coonrod (3 years), Thomas Coonrod (4 years)
Date of Death: March 2010
Father with “full custody” charged with murder in arson deaths of two sons. News accounts mention history of domestic violence, alcoholism, “suspicious” fires at previous homes. In October 2010, Coonrod convicted on two counts of child endangering; jury deadlocked on murder, arson charges. In February 2011, convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Stark County

Victim(s): Macy Mammone (5 years), James Mammone (3 years), Margaret Eakin (57 years)
Date of Death: June 2009
Divorced father convicted of stabbing children, beating to death former mother-in-law in January 2010.


Clackamas County

Victim(s): Alexis Pounder (3 years)
Date of Death: January 2010
Father, mother had shared custody. Father, girlfriend charged with beating, starving girl to death. Mother allegedly blocked from seeing child by father.

Lane County

Victim(s): Erin Raucher, Aidan Raucher (no ages given)
Date of Death: September 2010
“Despondent” stay-at-home dad granted “joint custody” in divorce. Kills daughters in murder-suicide, though mother had offered to pay father child support.

Mutnomah County

Victim(s): Oleander Labier (5 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Custodial father, fiancée charged in girl's death.


Dauphin County

Victim(s): Jayahn Cox-Phoenix
Date of Death: May 2010
Parents had no formal custody agreement. Father played no role in child’s life until January 2010. Father allowed visitation by mother. In March 2010, father refused to return child or allow maternal contact. Mom’s early May 2010 petition for emergency custody denied by Judge Andrew Dowling despite allegations of child abuse. Custody hearing set for June 2010. Child dies before then of traumatic brain injury. Though death ruled a homicide, no charges filed as of September 2010. Grandmother plans lawsuit against county Children and Youth.

Franklin County

Victim(s): Leeairra Ann Weller (5 years), Caleigh Ann Weller (8 months)
Date of Death: October 2010
Father with “shared custody” kills two daughters through carbon monoxide poisoning in murder-suicide.

Philadelphia County

Victim(s) Charlenni Ferreira (10 years)
Date of Death: October 2009
Girl died from abuse in the home of her custodial father, stepmother. Father later (allegedly) committed suicide in jail cell.

Wyoming County

Victim(s): Unidentified infant
Date of Death: 1995
Single father acquired custody through surrogate mother. Pleaded guilty to 3rd-degree murder in baby’s beating death.


Anderson County

Victim(s): Jeremy Dickerson (7 years)
Date of Death: July 2009
Father with "full custody" charged in son's beating death.

Berkeley County

Victim(s): Rodricus Williams (2 years)
Date of Death: June 2010
Father, girlfriend charged with homicide in death of son during summer visitation.

Chester County

Victim(s): Xymerra Evans (11 months)
Date of Death: September 2009
Child sexually abused, beaten during visitation with father. Later died at hospital.

Chesterfield County

Victim(s): Mitchell Alexander Rivers (3 months)
Date of Death: 2005
Single adoptive dad convicted of homicide, sentenced to life in prison in February 2011.


Dyer County

Victim(s): Stevie Noelle (15 years), foster father Todd Randolph, foster mother Susan Randolph (injured)
Date of Death: August 2009
Daughter disclosed sexual abuse by custodial father. Children’s Services placed her with foster family in the same neighborhood. Father shoots daughter, foster parents in murder-suicide. In August 2010, non-custodial mother files lawsuit against the State of Tennessee.

Fayette County

Victim(s): Gage Leifer (9 months)
Date of Death: December 2009
In November 2010, father charged with murder. Boy’s death took place during father’s holiday visitation.

Shelby County

Victim(s): Isaiah Snipes (16 months)
Date of Death: November 2009
Father had just obtained custody of son, 3-year-old daughter in September 2009. Father charged with 2nd-degree murder.

Warren County

Victim(s): Kayndace (3 years), Akeelia (1 year)
Date of Death: May 2009
Custodial father, stepmother charged in deaths of two girls.


Bexar County

Victim(s): Zaniyah Reed (2 months)
Date of Death: October 2010
Father accused of killing infant during visitation.

Denton County

Victim(s): Ashley Watrous (10 years)
Date of Death: December 2009
Custodial father charged in shooting death.

Donley County

Victim(s): Chance Mark Jones (4 years)
Date of Death: January 2011
Custodial father charged with capital murder. Boy beaten to death just weeks after father gained custody. Father had previously been uninvolved in child’s life.

Gaines/Yoakum Counties

Victim(s): Mitchell Romero (3 years), unnamed mother
Date of Death: October- November 2009
Mother reportedly murdered by father during child abduction. Son later killed in car accident.

Guadalupe County

Victim(s): Sarah Brasse (8 years)
Date of Death: February 2009
Custodial dad accused of medical neglect in death of daughter. Mother had been trying to regain custody since 2007. September 2010: Father indicted on charges of injury to a child. CPS had previously investigated the case two years before child’s death.

Harris County

Victim(s): Tekerrious “TK” Jackson
Date of Death: July 2010
Father charged with murder in beating death of son during summer visitation.

Victim(s): Saeed (12 years), Saedah (14 years), Aisha (7 years)
Date of Death: September 2010
Despite an extensive history of domestic violence, father granted unsupervised visitation. Children shot to death while sleeping. Father charged with capital murder.

Jasper County

Victim(s): Triston Dobbins (21 months)
Date of Death: December 2007
Boy died of head injuries while visiting father, stepmother. Father on trial for capital murder in January 2010.

San Jacinto County

Victim(s): Deyan Perisic (10 years), Danyela Perisic, injured (12 years)
Date of Death: December 2010
Father gained custody in Montreal, Canada in April 2010, and moved the children to Cold Spring, Texas. Mother regained custody in October 2010, and the children “disappeared” shortly thereafter. Father charged with shooting children when police tried to reclaim them.

Potter County

Victim(s): Miguel Angel Nunez (18 moths)
Date of Death: 2004
Father had custody at the time of the baby’s “disappearance.” Mom was scheduled to get custody back due to custodial interference. Body not found until December 2010.

Travis County

Victim(s): Julian Soliz (5 years)
Date of Death: April 2010
Custodial dad claims he was in jail on probation violation when son beaten to death, allegedly by girlfriend.


Salt Lake County

Victim(s): Vanessa Medina (4 years)
Date of Death: June 2010
Dad got custody of child as part of “messy” divorce. Took children from Oregon to Utah. One and a half years later, father charged with felony murder. In October 2010, father pleaded not guilty.


Chesterfield County

Victim(s): Elijah Parker (2 months)
Date of Death: June 2010
Custodial dad charged with 2nd-degree murder.

Norfolk County

Victim(s): Carly Sawyer (5 years)
Date of Death: June 2009
Custodial father, stepmother charged with 2nd-degree murder. Mother lost custody during divorce, father denied mother contact. In October 2010, father sentenced to life in prison after conviction.


Mercer County

Victim(s): Brooklyn Holcomb (5 years)
Date of Death: January 2007
Custodial father convicted of 2nd-degree murder in daughter's death. Mother had lost custody the year before after applying for child support.


Grays Harbor County

Victim(s): Ti-Ryn Emery (4 ½ months)
Date of Death: October 2010
Father arrested in death of infant son. Parents “not together” and baby had been in father’s “care.”

Snohomish County

Victim(s): Haley Byrne (9 years), Kelsey Byrne (11 years)
Date of Death: November 2004
Father who was “fixated” on his custody rights (and essentially had joint custody) kills daughters in murder-suicide. Father had history of domestic violence.


Saulk County

Victim(s): Savannah Yates, Tyler Yates (3-week-old twins)
Date of Death: April 2008
Father charged with 1st-degree intention homicide. Despite being on probation, father granted weekend visitation. In October 2010, father convicted, sentenced to life in prison.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Convicted child molester/dad to serve 2 years in jail for sexually assaulting daughter, niece (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)

Of course, it's an UNNAMED DAD. With no mention of a mother in the home. Was there one?


Child molester assaulted daughter, niece
Updated 5 hours ago

A convicted child molester who sexually assaulted his daughter and niece was sentenced to two years in jail Wednesday in Sarnia court.

The Lambton County resident had previously pleaded guilty to sexual assaulting the young teens, and touching girls under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose over the past two years.

He had been convicted more than 10 years ago of a similar offence.

The man touched his daughter sexually or used his finger to penetrate her on at least five occasions. There were 10 incidents involving his niece, who was older.

Police were called after the niece's father noticed suggestive messages on his daughter's Facebook page and talked to her about them.

"All I can do is apologize for what I've done," said the man, who is in his 40s.

Justice Mark Hornblower told him he abused his responsibility to protect his child from harm, along with every other aspect of parenthood. His niece was also entitled to feel safe with him, Hornblower said.

The judge said both children could be scarred for life. In a statement the niece said she felt guilty for what happened, when the responsibility and guilt rests solely on his shoulders, Hornblower said.

The man was sentenced to two years in a provincial jail, less 104 days already served in pre-sentence custody.

Assistant Crown attorney Randy Evans asked for the time to be served in a federal penitentiary, but Hornblower said the availability of treatment is uncertain in the federal system. He has recommended the Ontario Correctional Institute, a treatment centre for violent and sexual offenders.

Three years of probation will follow the jail time, when the man must stay away from his niece. Contact with the daughter is prohibited unless approved by his probation officer.

A lifetime weapons ban was imposed and he must give police a DNA sample.

The man will be on the sexual offender registry for 25 years and is banned for life from attending any place such as a playground or swimming pool where children under 16 could be present.

Publishing the man's name would breach a court order protecting the children.

Dad arrested after 1-year-old daughter found wandering alone (Brownville, Texas)

Yet another one of those garden-variety child neglect stories--this time involving dad DAVID GARCIA. So where is Mom? Working while Daddy "babysits" ? Or is this a daddy with custody/visitation?


Brownsville dad arrested after daughter found wandering alone
by Action 4 News Staff
Posted: 02.23.2011 at 6:30 PM

A Brownsville father is facing criminal charges after his 1-year-old daughter was found wandering the parking lot of a Peter Piper Pizza alone.

Brownsville police arrested 23-year-old David Garcia on a abandoning/endangerment a child charge around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that two people spotted a 1-year-old girl walking in the parking of the Peter Piper Pizza off Central Boulevard.

One man told police he bought clothes for the girl because she didn’t have any shoes, was dirty and had torn clothing.

Police found Garcia inside the restaurant where he said he hadn’t even realized she was gone.

Garcia appeared before a Brownsville municipal judge on Wednesday morning where he was issued a $5,000 dollar bond.

Police said Child Protective Services has been notified about the incident.

Dad gets 4 years and a fine for beating 6-month-old daughter (Greene County, Ohio)

Dad SHAWN KOVAL has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for beating his 6-month-old daughter. The baby was left in critical condition, and is still recovering from her injuries a year later. No mention of Mom.


Father gets four years and a fine for injuring baby daughter
By Tom Michaels - Internet News Director @ February 23, 2011 7:54 AM

GREENE COUNTY, Ohio -- A Greene County father is sentenced to four years in prison for injuring his baby daughter.

Shawn Koval was also fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to child endangering.

Koval beat the six-month-old so badly that she was listed in critical condition. She is still recovering from her injuries.

The incident happened last year.