Monday, October 31, 2011

Mom fatally stabbed, 9-month-old daughter abducted "allegedly" by dad (University Place, Washington)

The dad is identified as JOSEPH LESTER.

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Mom-fatally-stabbed-near-Tacoma-9-month-old/09JaQAw4UGpcwQleolkyw.cspx

Mom fatally stabbed near Tacoma, 9-month-old daughter taken
Reported by: The Associated Press
Print Story Published: 8:08 pm  Updated: 8:12 pm

The sheriff's department said officers are searching for 23-year-old Joseph Lester, described as the dead woman's ex-boyfriend and the child's father. They think he fled in an older blue or purple Chevrolet Caprice with a loud exhaust Oct. 31, 2011. (Pierce County Sheriff's Office)

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — A Pierce County, Wash., sheriff's spokesman says a woman has been found fatally stabbed in the Tacoma suburb of University Place and an Amber Alert has been issued for her missing 9-month-old daughter.

The sheriff's department said officers are searching for 23-year-old Joseph Lester, described as the dead woman's ex-boyfriend and the child's father. They think he fled in an older blue or purple Chevrolet Caprice with a loud exhaust.

The News Tribune says neighbors report a man dropped the victim off Monday evening at her duplex. They say she yelled, "He's killing me" as she got out of the vehicle.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the woman was found dead inside the duplex.

Authorities responded to the stabbing at about 5:45 p.m. The Washington license plate is ADP3753.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pierce County Sheriff's Office at 253-798-7530 or 9-1-1.

Fugitive molester dad convicted in 2001 in absentia found in Germany (Tucson, Arizona)

Apppears dad FRANK KARL HERTEL will finally be brought to justice for his crimes against his daughter. It is beyond appalling that he was able to get away with this for so long--especially with the more or less tacit approval of the authorities. Was there a mother in this home? None is mentioned.

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

 http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/daughter-s-long-search-finds-abuser-dad/article_3a588fb3-9d8e-5bf5-968e-62ef02699c5f.html

Fugitive was convicted in '01 in absentia; he was found in Germany
Daughter's long search finds abuser-dad

Veronica M. Cruz

Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 12:00 am

A man convicted of molesting his daughter in Tucson was arrested in Germany after 11 years on the run - largely because of his daughter's determination to track him down.

Frank Karl Hertel, 49, fled the country in August of 2000 during jury deliberations in his trial, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release. A warrant for his arrest was issued by Pima County Superior Court.

Hertel was tried in absentia in 2001 and found guilty of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15.

He faces 13 to 27 years in prison when he is brought back to Arizona, a representative from the Pima County Attorney's Office said.

Hertel also faces charges of strong-arm rape in Ohio for several sexual encounters with a minor, the release said.

Hertel's daughter said she was molested for 15 years, from the time she was 3 years old until she was 18, court records show.

Heather Orr, now 29, said the abuse started when the family lived in Ohio and continued when they moved to Tucson.

Orr, who now lives out of state, has spent the last several years trying to track down her father, whose family has ties to Germany.

In 2009 she found a story online about her grandfather, who had been arrested for tax evasion, and left a note in the story's comment section asking if anybody knew relatives of her grandfather in Germany.

One man wrote back to say the man had a son who was living with his American wife and child. Orr found that Hertel was operating a bar in Germany.

She compared photos found on the business's website with photos of her father that her brother had sent to her.

She contacted the U.S. marshal on the case, but said there was no progress for several months. Then a new marshal was assigned to the case and acted on the information Orr had provided.

Hertel was arrested on Oct. 21 in the city of Useriner-Muehle, where he had assumed the identity of his brother and was managing the Mustang Bar, the release from the U.S. Marshals said.

The arrest has been a long time coming for Orr, who says she's been let down by authorities several times.

She first reported her sexual abuse in 1991 when she was in the eighth grade and the family was living in Ohio, she said.

She told a friend her dad had molested her, records show. The friend's parents reported the incident to the Department of Child Services and the allegations were investigated by a social worker, who determined that Hertel had molested his daughter when she was in the second grade.

The agency "did a case on me and they sent it to the prosecutor's office and they said sexual abuse was indicated, and they did nothing," Orr said.

Six months later, the Hertel family moved to Tucson.

When Orr was 18, she and Hertel went to a therapy session where he admitted to molesting her.

Hertel told the therapist that it was a "sexual lesson for his daughter on how men behave," court records show.

The therapist reported the sexual abuse to Child Protective Services, court records show.

Orr then reported the abuse to the Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff's Department and taped a phone conversation with her father in which he admitted to the abuse.

She turned the tape over to the Sheriff's Department, court records show.

Hertel confessed to authorities and was charged with sexual abuse. He fled the country after posting bond during his trial.

Orr is writing a book about her experience and says her determination to bring her father to justice stems from a desire to protect others from sexual abuse.

"No child deserves to have to go through what I did and also be let down time and time again," she said

Dad raped 2-year-old son, recorded rape on video during visitation time; sentenced to 44 years (Loudon County, Tennessee)

Dad EDWARD CRANDALL is another one of those unmarried sperm donors who NEVER should have been granted visitation rights.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/oct/31/loudon-county-father-gets-44-years-for-raping-2/

Loudon County father gets 44 years for raping, recording 2-year-old son
By Natalie Neysa Alund
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted October 31, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

Edward Crandall was sentenced to 44 years in prison on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, for molesting his 2-year-old son and recording the rape.

A Loudon County father was sentenced to 44 years in prison today for molesting his 2-year-old son and recording the rape, a prosecutor said this morning.

Edward William Crandall, 24, received the punishment during a hearing this morning before Criminal Judge E. Eugene Eblen, a Loudon County circuit court clerk said.

A Loudon County jury on Sept. 20 convicted Crandall and found him guilty of aggravated child rape, sexual exploitation and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

At the time of his arrest Crandall was not married but had visitation rights with his son, who lived with his mother. The incidents, testimony revealed, took place at a home where Crandall lived in the Dunn Ridge community.

He was arrested in early July 2010 after being confronted about images involving his son and other child porn images found on a computer at the home.

A monthlong investigation and subsequent search warrant, testimony showed, resulted in the seizure of a media card, a digital camera and a laptop computer in a camper where Crandall lived beside his grandparent's home.

The media card showed naked photos of Crandall's son and one explicit image of a man and Crandall's 2-year-old son, who authorities testified was Crandall.

The computer, testimony revealed, had about 200 images of child porn and about 25 child porn videos.

More details as they develop online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.

Dad arrested in abuse of two young children (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Dad is identified as MIGUEL ANGEL GONZALEZ.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705393336/Salt-Lake-father-arrested-in-abuse-of-2-young-children.html

Salt Lake father arrested in abuse of 2 young children
Published: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 5:35 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake father has been arrested after police say he abused his two young children, including giving one child a possible skull fracture.

Miguel Angel Gonzalez, 24, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Thursday for investigation of two counts of child abuse.

Police found Gonzalez's 10-month-old child had "numerous bruises and scratches on its face," according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. Upon closer examination by a doctor, they found both the 10-month-old and a 2-year-old child had possible skull fractures.

The 2-year-old also had a broken rib and the infant a broken wrist, according to the jail report.

Police believe Gonzalez smashed the 10-month-old child's hand between a tire and a car seat and squeezed the child's face, booking documents state. The children's mother told police she had seen Gonzalez squeeze the 2-year-old between the stomach and ribs.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dad accused of leaving infant daughter in woods after argument with her mom (Gwinnet County, Georgia)

Of course everybody's making excuses for dad RAYVON GRAY. Don't they always....

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/15894772/deputies-catch-father-accused-of-leaving-child-in-woods

Deputies catch father accused of leaving child in woods
Posted: Oct 27, 2011 5:11 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 28, 2011 6:12 AM CDT
By Craig Bell

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Gwinnett County police said a man left his infant daughter in the woods after an argument he had with his girlfriend.

The child was wearing thin pajamas, and paramedics found her face down along a path.

Rayvon Gray's family does not deny he left the child in the woods, but called it a mistake and said there is much more to this story.

Tamara Leverett is thankful her grand-daughter Rayvon, who's named after her father, is all smiles today.

That wasn't the case Monday after Gray and his girlfriend got into a fight that ended with the little girl being left in the woods.

Leverett doesn't excuse her son's behavior, but swears he wouldn't hurt his child.

"He didn't hurt her. He can't, he wouldn't, he never has," said Leverett.

Leverett said her son loves his daughter, and has cared for her since birth.
"I'm not defending my son. I'm just saying it's a lie that he would harm his daughter," said a tearful Leverett.

Gwinnett County police accuse Gray of leaving his daughter alone in the woods while he fled from officers.

"It's pretty bad. Outside of physically striking the child, this is the next worst thing," said public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith.

According to the police report, Gray left the child in the woods, which is yards from the home.

The family said what the police report doesn't say, is that Gray wrapped the child in his jacket and called his mother to tell her where he had left the child.

But investigators said those facts don't change the case.

As far as officers are concerned, when they found the child, the dad was no were to be found.

Gray remains behind bars.

His mother hopes and prays that he will learn a serious lesson from this incident.

Molester dad sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing 17-year-old daughter (Washington, DC)

Horrifying. The mom was "estranged" from dad RODNEY MCINTYRE early in the daughter's life (for good reason as it turns out), but kids are told they "must have a father," so the girl sought him out when she was 15. Result? This sleeze bag had a "sexual relationship with her" (i.e. sexually abused her) for two years, then brutally murdered her when he couldn't "control" her anymore and keep her from having a boyfriend.

Notice how this sh** groomed her for abuse by giving her money and clothes--all the things that single moms have trouble affording.

Why are we always told that the instincts of mothers are not to be trusted???

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-man-sentenced-to-40-years-in-prison-for-killing-teenage-daughter/2011/10/27/gIQAzVd7MM_story.html

D.C. man sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing teenage daughter
By Keith L. Alexander, Published: October 27

A District man who admitted to stabbing his teenage daughter to death and dumping her body in a trash bin after a two-year sexual relationship with her was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday by a judge who said Rodney McIntyre acted with a “depraved heart.”

McIntyre, 45, showed little reaction as D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz recounted his incestuous — and, ultimately, deadly — history with Ebony Franklin, 17. “You betrayed the bond a father should have with his child,” Leibovitz said.

Three days after her death on Nov. 26, Franklin’s body was found in an alley behind the gym in the 1000 block of Fairmont Street NW, where McIntyre worked. She had 15 stab wounds to her chest, side and back.

McIntyre pleaded guilty in July to first-degree, premeditated murder while armed.

Before being sentenced, McIntyre turned to the rows of family who packed the courtroom and tried to offer an explanation. “I blacked out,” he said. “I’m deeply sorry for the pain and suffering. I’m sorry for taking the life of my daughter. I robbed her of her childhood.”

When McIntyre began to speak, Ebony’s mother walked out of the courtroom.

McIntyre’s attorney, Elizabeth Mullin of the District’s Public Defender Service, said he was on medication for depression and irritability a month before Franklin’s slaying but had not taken his medication the day of his daughter’s death.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn S. Ballantine said McIntyre was “obsessive” and “jealous,” leading him to murder.

McIntyre believed his daughter was “seeing” other men, according to Ballantine, who said Franklin was dating a teenage boy when she was killed. A photograph obtained by The Washington Post shows the boy’s name etched into her red, manicured fingernails over a small, white heart.

“Ebony Franklin was a beautiful young woman — vivacious, spirited, a dancer who had plans for her future,” Ballantine said. “She had dreams. Mr. McIntyre killed his daughter because he couldn’t control her.”

Ballantine said McIntyre and his daughter were estranged during the early part her life, when he was in jail and Franklin lived with her mother in Maryland. When McIntyre was released in 2008, Franklin — then 15 — sought him out. A short time later, McIntyre initiated a sexual relationship with his daughter, during which he regularly showered her with money and clothes.

Ebony’s mother, fearing McIntyre’s jealous rages, tried to keep them apart, Ballantine said. But on Nov. 26, Franklin and McIntyre had plans to meet for Christmas shopping in Columbia Heights. Franklin’s stepfather dropped her off to meet McIntyre. She was killed that day.

Authorities said McIntyre tried to make it look as if someone else had killed Franklin. He filed a missing persons report with police and, after her slaying, used her cellphone to send a number of text messages, including one to Franklin’s mother that read, “Remember the bitch told on my man now yoo get her out the trash.”

Dad on trial for murder of 3-month-old son, baby's mom; didn't want the mom to "have him" if he couldn't (Bath, New York)

Control freak dad exercises his final bloodlust act of control--slaughters 3 month-old son because if Daddy can't "have him," then neither can Mom! All this took place on father's day during his visitation time.  Of course, Daddy shows no grief for this bloody rampage either. Frankly, I suspect that his description of what took place the day of the double murders is mostly self-serving lies, given that he has an extensive history of domestic violence.

The dad is identified BRIAN ASHLINE. Y'all really think that "joint custody" would have satisfied this dude?

http://www.the-leader.com/features/x742510001/Testimony-Ashline-emotionless-unable-to-cry-after-killings

Testimony: Ashline emotionless, unable to cry after killings
By John Zick
Corning Leader
Posted Oct 26, 2011 @ 09:34 PM

Bath, N.Y. — Bryan Ashline was admittedly emotionless and unable to cry after he allegedly killed his infant son and ex-girlfriend on Father’s Day 2010 in Bath, but silent tears fell from many Wednesday at the man’s murder trial when graphic crime scene photos were shown to the jury.

Ashline, 25, of Watervliet in the Albany area, is accused of stabbing to death 3-month-old Xavier Ashline and Trieste Clayton, 25, on June 20, 2010.

His attorney, Thomas Stahr, says he is responsible for the killings but is guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because he acted under an extreme emotional disturbance.

Before seeing the crime scene photos Wednesday, the jury heard statements Ashline made to police the day after the killings. Ashline said he felt “emotionless” and “couldn’t understand why (he) couldn’t cry,” Bath Police Department Inv. Heather Wheaton testified. He also seemingly couldn’t find an answer for why he allegedly killed his son.

“I can see me taking me and her out, but I cannot see taking his life,” Ashline’s written statement said. “There was no point in taking Xavier’s life. I should have let him live.”

When pressed as to why he allegedly killed his son, Ashline told Inv. Wheaton he had no real answer, she testified, but he said it was “accurate” that if he couldn’t have Xavier, neither could Clayton.

The crime scene photos showed the brutality of the killings. Many of the victims’ family and friends wept softly as the photos were displayed. Ashline sat quietly with his head down, as he has for most of the trial.

Several of the photos – including a horrifying close-up view -- showed Xavier lying on his back with a knife penetrating his torso. Clayton was lying on her stomach nearby. They died in the kitchen.

A large pool of blood was adjacent to Clayton, and other blood spatter was elsewhere in the kitchen.

In speaking about the crime scene photos, a state police investigator testified that four knives were involved in the incident. All appeared to have been from a butcher’s block in Clayton’s apartment.

In his written statements, Ashline told police his version of events:

• He arrived at Clayton’s apartment around 12:05 a.m. June 20, 2010. He was allowed to visit for Father’s Day. He and Clayton talked until about 1:30 a.m., when he went to sleep on the couch.

• Ashline woke up about 7:30 a.m. and got Xavier from his crib. Ashline dressed and fed Xavier. Later, the three acted like a “family” and went for a walk. Also, they had dinner together. Clayton took a nap from 5-7 p.m. while Ashline played with Xavier. Between 9-9:30 p.m., Xavier went to sleep.

• About an hour later, Ashline decided it was time to go home to the Albany area, and he decided he was taking Xavier with him. He wanted to take Xavier home to Watervliet for a family event the following weekend, but Trieste wouldn’t allow it. He learned in May how much Xavier meant to him.

• Ashline went and got the child from his crib, at which time Clayton confronted Ashline. She choked him and tackled him while he was holding Xavier. Shortly thereafter, she stabbed him in the right hand. She also called her mother and 911, which made Ashline “panicky.” The cut to his right hand, though, was the tipping point. Ashline has a “fight mentality” when he is physically attacked.

Ashline, who had a large gash on his hand when he was arrested, declined to talk about stabbing Clayton, but he told investigators there was a knife in Xavier. He said he knew Xavier was dead, but was unsure about Clayton’s fate.

Ashline was gone from the apartment by the time police and Clayton’s mother and stepfather – Cynthia and Scott Watson – arrived minutes after the calls. Both Watsons testified Tuesday about finding Clayton and Xavier dead.

Cynthia Watson also testified about Ashline attacking Clayton in August 2009, when the couple lived together near Albany. Clayton was found with handprints on her neck and other bruises, and police issued an order of protection.

Immediately after the domestic incident, Clayton moved back to Steuben County, and she gave birth to Xavier in March, according to testimony. Cynthia Watson testified that she told Clayton not to allow Ashline back into her life.

In three days of testimony in Steuben County Court, District Attorney John Tunney has called 14 witnesses to testify. He’s expected to call approximately a half dozen more.

The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. today in Steuben County Court. Judge Joseph Latham is presiding over the trial.

Ashline is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and two other felonies. If convicted of first-degree murder, Ashline faces life in prison without parole. New York state does not have the death penalty.

Dad charged with felony child abuse in beating of 9-year-old son (Gulfport, Mississippi)

Dad is identified as KEITH COOPER, SR. No mention of a mother in this home. Was there one?

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

http://www.wlox.com/story/15885237/gulfport-father-charged-with-felony-child-abuse

Gulfport father charged with Felony Child Abuse
Posted: Oct 26, 2011 6:49 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 26, 2011 6:49 PM CDT

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man accused of beating his 9-year-old son is facing a charge of Felony Child Abuse.

Keith Cooper, Sr, 30, was arrested Wednesday after a teacher reported the abuse. Investigators believe Cooper hit the child with a belt about 20 times, causing bruising and welts.

Bond for Cooper was set at $50,000, pending a hearing.

Dad stabs to death 18-year-old daughter, 2-year-old granddaughter (Skokie, Illinois)

One of those murder stories that's especially nauseating. That poor brave little girl, trying to defend her mom the only way she knew how....

The dad is identified as MIGUEL RENTERIA. If anybody deserves to rot in hell, it is certainly he. And yet the gawddamn stupid neighbor has the freaking nerve to describe dad as "very nice." Keep your freaking ignorance to yourself.

http://www.suntimes.com/8450202-417/police-skokie-man-said-he-killed-his-daughter-granddaughter.html

Toddler hit grandpa with toys while he killed her mom: officials
By TINA SFONDELES AND ROSEMARY SOBOL Sun-Times Media October 27, 2011 1:32PM

Updated: October 28, 2011 2:18AM

Moments before a 2-year-old girl was stabbed to death by her grandfather in his Skokie home, the toddler hit the man with toys while he stabbed and suffocated her mother, prosecutors alleged Thursday.

But she wasn’t able to stop him, and Jeiloni Renteria was also viciously stabbed to death on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Miguel Renteria, 39, was charged with two counts of murder and ordered held without bond, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

In court, prosecutors said Renteria called his daughter, 18-year-old Cynthia Renteria, at 12:50 p.m. to tell her he was going to pick her up to sign her up for a gym membership.

But before he left the home he rented on the 4700 block of Main Street in Skokie, he placed a knife by a living room lamp, court records state.

He then drove to Chicago to pick up his daughter and granddaughter, then brought them to his home. As Cynthia Renteria took out toys for her toddler, her father allegedly grabbed the knife and used two hands to stab her in the chest. She struggled and fell to the floor, scratching her father’s face as the toddler cried and screamed, prosecutors said.

Miguel Renteria allegedly used his forearm to press down on his daughter to get her to stop breathing. The toddler cried while watching her mother’s attack and tried to hit her grandfather with a toy to make him stop, court records state. That’s when Miguel Renteria noticed his knife had broken. He allegedly put the blade next to his daughter’s body and grabbed another one.

Prosecutors said he placed his granddaughter on the ground and stabbed her in the chest. When the knife plunged into her heart, he made the sign of the cross, prosecutors said. The girl struggled to breathe when Miguel Renteria allegedly stabbed her in the abdomen, then choked her until she stopped moving.

He then called 911 and told dispatchers he had just killed his daughter and granddaughter, officials said.

When police arrived, Cynthia Renteria and her baby were found lying face up with the bloody knife between them, court records indicate.

Cynthia Renteria showed signs of asphyxiation and the baby had multiple stab wounds, police said.

Prosecutors said he provided a videotaped confession in which he admitted the crimes.

A motive for the killings was not discussed in court.

Police said he had recently rented a room from a tenant in the apartment on Main Street where the crime occurred. The only contact Skokie Police had with him was a traffic citation, police said in a release.

Autopsies on Thursday found the woman died of strangulation and a stab wound to the left breast. The baby died from multiple stab wounds, and both deaths were ruled homicides, the medical examiner’s office said.

Miguel Renteria will appear for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 22 in Skokie, Simonton said.

A neighbor, Steve Teelucksingh, said he couldn’t believe the news.

“The family that lives there is very nice and so I was so surprised to hear this until we learned the entire circumstances,” he said. “I couldn’t believe this family would be part of it.”

Teelucksingh said that the family has had summer barbecues and attended events in the neighborhood, which he said is in a state of shock.

Contributing: Mike Isaacs

Control freak custodial dad leaves mom off school emergency list; she finds out about son's death on Facebook (Phoenix, New York)


UNNAMED DAD here. The fathers rights folks keep telling us that mothers are the vicious gatekeepers. Nope. Fathers are much more likely to bar a non-abusive, non-custodial parent from having contact with the child.

http://www.cbs3springfield.com/story/15897659/mom-discovers-sons-death-on-facebook
Mom discovers son’s death on Facebook

Posted: Oct 28, 2011 5:10 AM CDT
Updated: Oct 28, 2011 7:25 AM CDT

PHOENIX, NY (WSYR/CNN) – A woman had to learn of her son's death by logging onto Facebook.

A post online was the first sign that something awful had happened to Jackie Barden's son, Ridge. He died after he took a hit in an Upstate New York football game and suffered a head injury.

"On Facebook, it was on the news, that's how I had to learn of my son's death," said Barden who is divorced from her son's father and was not on the list to be notified in case of an emergency.

Barden spent three hours frantically trying to find out more, waiting for police or a school official to show up at her door.

"Absolutely nothing," Barden said. "We waited all the way up until the next day and still got no phone calls."

The Phoenix School District only found emergency information for one parent and that created a domino effect, with Barden falling through the cracks.

By morning, her last chance to view Ridge's body was gone. Coroner Kevin Sharp says Jackie Barden faces two emerging trends that make death notifications more challenging than ever -- the lightning speed of the Internet and divorce.

Sometimes, authorities just don't know whom they need to call.

"If the people that are there are not forthcoming that there is an estranged spouse, it can be a parent who they are not speaking to and it doesn't need to be a spouse," Sharp said. "It can be a parent, child, sister, brother, anything, we don't know. We don't know who to contact."

By the time Homer police were involved, they assumed the whole family had been notified. Chief Dan Mack regrets what happens and says in the future his department will make an effort to make sure both parents are notified independently.

Death penalty sought for dad who kidnapped, drowned young sons (Dallas, Texas)

We've reported on dad NAIM RASOOL MUHAMMAD before.

http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-district-attorneys-office-seeks-capital-punishment-for-naim-muhammad-20111028,0,7075767.story

Death Penalty Sought for Father who Drowned his Young Children
CW33 News

10:55 a.m. CDT, October 28, 2011
The Dallas District Attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Naim Rasool Muhammad after he allegedly drowned his two children in August.

Muhammad, 32, was arrested by Dallas police in August after he reportedly kidnapped and drowned his two young sons, Elijah,3, and Naim, 5. The Dallas Grand Jury indicted Muhammad for two counts of Capital Murder of a Child Under 6 on September 7, 2011.

Muhammad’s defense attorneys, Paul Johnson and Mark Watson, have been notified of the State’s intent to seek the death penalty. Muhammad is currently in custody in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center awaiting trial. The case will be tried by Administrative Chief Tammy Kemp.

Custodial dad's family chained 3-year-old daughter because she wanted her mom (Faisalabad, Pakistan)

Wanna know how fathers rights and institutionalized male supremacy work in the real world? Then read stories like this from Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Father custody is official policy there. Abusive men and fathers routinely get child custody as a matter of official protocol. Result? Sicko dads who beat, abuse, and divorce their wives  automatically get custody, so they go on to beat and abuse their kids with a free rein.

This story really gets under my skin. Dad's sicko relatives (namely his brothers) chained his 3-year-old daughter to the roof. Why? Because she missed her mama....and they thought that chaining her to the roof would help her "forget." These people don't even lie in a convincing manner.

The maternal uncle had to go to the hearing, as women have no legal standing in these matters.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/283618/child-abuse-out-of-patience-with-cry-baby/

Child abuse: Out of patience with cry baby By Shamsul Islam
Published: October 28, 2011
Three-year-old kept chained for seeking her mother.

FAISALABAD:

Rail Bazaar police on Wednesday recovered a three-year-old kept chained by her father at the roof of his house for three days because ‘she wanted to be with her mother’ who had been living with her parents since her divorce two years ago.

The child’s father Muhammad Ali*, a resident of Karkhana Bazaar, and four of his family members arrested during the raid were remanded in judicial custody on Thursday.

The child was handed over to a maternal uncle, Muhammad Ismail*, who had been called by the police to attend the court hearing. Ismail told the court that his sister had left Ali because of his “cruel behaviour”.

Child Protection and Welfare Bureau had earlier declined a request by the court to look after the child. They said they only looked after homeless and street children and pointed out that the child was neither.

Station House Officer Rana Ataullah said that during interrogation Ali told the police that Alina had been asking for her mother for a few days. “She used to cry all the time and said she wanted to be with her mother. I couldn’t take it any longer and decided to lock her on the roof. I thought this would make her forget her mother,” he said.

Ali said he and Saleema had been divorced for two years. Of their four children, a daughter died some six months after their separation. One of their two sons, Abid*, was later adopted by a friend of Faisal’s. Only six-year-old Hasan* and Alina now lived with him.

Eight people have been named in the FIR filed by Ali’s neighbour, Muhammad Sagheer*, under Section 343 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 35 of Child Protection Act of 2004.

Besides Faisal, police have arrested his four brothers. Others nominated in the FIR are the child’s grandparents and an aunt.

Sagheer said he had spotted the child chained at the roof of the house on Wednesday morning after he went upstairs following a child’s cries. He said Alina, who was wearing only a pair of shorts, was not properly protected against the weather. He said he called the police to the spot who released the child.

Sagheer said Ali and his wife Saleema used to fight every other day before their divorce. He said at several occasions his family had to intervene to protect Saleema from Ali.

*Names have been changed to protect identity of the victim

Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2011.

Dad jailed for injuring 3-month-old baby (El Paso, Texas)

The dad is JOSE MANUEL BRITO.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/29608035/detail.html

El Paso Father Jailed On Injury To Child Charge
Posted: 4:55 pm MDT October 27, 2011
Updated: 5:23 pm MDT October 27, 2011

EL PASO, Texas -- A 3-month-old baby taken to a local hospital with serious injuries prompts El Paso police to investigate its father.

The child who was taken to University Medical Center by its father had several injuries to its head, which medical examiners determined were caused by shaken baby syndrome. They also found and nine broken ribs that were in the healing stage, police said.

Jose Manuel Brito, 27, the baby’s father, was arrested and charged on Oct. 19 with injury to a child.

According to police, Brito told investigators the baby had choked on milk and stopped breathing and said he had to perform CPR.

He remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dad pleads guilty to felony child abuse in death of 3-month-old daughter (San Diego, California)

Why killing your infant daughter is only considered felony child abuse I can't explain. But that's all that dad STEVEN DAVINGER has pleaded guilty to.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/26/father-pleads-guilty-child-abuse-baby-death/

Dad pleads guilty in death of 3-month-old
Written by Dana Littlefield

4:50 p.m., Oct. 26, 2011

SAN DIEGO — A Navy man accused in the death of his 3-month-old daughter two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of felony child abuse.

Steven Davinger, 29, admitted that he “willfully inflicted unjustifiable pain” on his daughter Aziya between September and October 2009. The child suffered broken ribs on two separate occasions, as well as a broken arm and a broken leg.

Aziya died Oct. 13, 2009, of staph and bone infections due to her injuries, police said. An autopsy was conducted and her death was ruled a homicide.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert O’Neill scheduled a sentencing hearing for Jan. 17, when Davinger is expected to be sentenced to 21 years in prison, of which he would have to serve 85 percent.

Davinger is one of three people charged in Aziya’s death. Her mother, Sara Davinger, 23, and a daytime babysitter, Thomas Stevenson, 28, have each pleaded guilty to one count of felony child abuse.

Outside the courtroom Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Per Hellstrom declined to explain how authorities believe the child’s injuries were inflicted, noting that the two codefendants in the case have not yet been sentenced.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said at the time that Aziya’s injuries were caused by blunt-force trauma inflicted over time.

Lt. Kevin Rooney, of the San Diego Police Department’s homicide division, said in March that the Davingers were identified as “suspects responsible for acts and omissions that led to their daughter’s death.”

The Davingers, both of whom were enlisted in the Navy, were arrested March 10 at the 32nd Street Naval Station. A Navy spokesman said at the time of Steven Davinger's arrest that he was a Petty Officer 3rd Class.

The couple lived in a Serra Mesa apartment with three other people, including the babysitter and another couple.

Custodial dad convicted of felony murder of missing 3-year-old son (Houston, Texas)

Custodial dad RODERICK FOUNTAIN has been convicted of felony murder--five years after the disappearance of his 3-year-old son. Notice that the recent articles on this case no longer mention that Fountain had custody. Nor have I EVER seen any explanation as to how this child abuser was able to gain and retain custody--and who helped him do it. When are those folks going to be brought to justice?

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Dad-convicted-in-death-of-son-whose-body-wasn-t-2238268.php

Dad convicted in death of son whose body wasn't found
BRIAN ROGER, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Published 08:35 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jurors on Wednesday convicted Roderick Fountain of felony murder in the death of his 3-year-old son, whose body was never found.

State District Judge Denise Collins sent the jurors home after they announced their decision. They will return Thursday to hear evidence in the punishment phase. Fountain faces a maximum of life in prison.

Fountain was convicted of causing a death during the course of a felony - injury to a child.

In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said Fountain probably did not mean to kill his 3-year-old son, Kendrick Jackson, when he hit him, but the boy's death was the result of his father's action.

"Because you don't say 'Ain't nobody ever gonna find a body' when you're talking about a living child," said prosecutor Connie Spence, referring to a jailhouse informant's testimony about a statement Fountain allegedly made. "Kendrick is dead."

Fountain, 37, reported Kendrick missing the morning of April 7, 2006. Hundreds of volunteers searched for months for the boy. The fact that the body was never found prompted questions about whether prosecutors could secure a murder conviction.

Fountain's lawyers argued police focused on their client from the beginning instead of searching for the boy.

"You can reach a decision too fast, and that's what officers did in this case," said attorney Tyrone Moncriffe.

Defense lawyers also emphasized the absence of a body.

"You have no proof that Kendrick Jackson is dead. None. End of story," said attorney Charles Brown. "You have innuendo."

Beatings witnessed
Several people testified they saw Fountain hit, punch and dunk the boy in a bathtub in the months before he disappeared.

Two jailhouse informants testified that Fountain told them, two years apart, that he hit his son and killed him. Fountain was jailed on a federal weapons charge after Kendrick's disappearance.

Body dumped?
One informant, Fountain's friend in federal prison for two years, said Fountain told him he wrapped the body in garbage bags and drove it toward his former home in New Orleans, stopping at a boat ramp to dispose of it.

Several jurors had tears in their eyes as prosecutors urged them to convict.

They also saw a huge photo of a cherubic 3-year-old Kendrick, all smiles in the middle of playing, during the closing arguments.

"When you saw this photo yesterday, didn't you just want to take him home?" Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lance Long asked jurors. "Didn't your heart just break because you know that he's dead?"

Dad charged with assault of 4-month-old daughter (Lake Saint Louis, Missouri)

Standard narrative. Dad ROBERT JAMISON was not married to the mother, nor did he cohabitate with her. He was babysitting. Then like too many of these macho dudes, he got pissed when the baby cried. So he broke her leg and bashed her in the side.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/article_027575b2-0023-11e1-8a47-001a4bcf6878.html

Lake Saint Louis man charged with assault, child abuse
BY SHANE ANTHONY • santhony@post-dispatch.com > 636-255-7209
STLtoday.com | Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 5:01 pm


LAKE SAINT LOUIS • Police said the father of a 4-month-old girl broke her right leg and struck her in the side.

Robert Jamison III, 22, of the 2000 block of Gascony Parc Drive in Lake Saint Louis, was charged Tuesday with child abuse and first-degree assault, both felonies.

Police said Jamison does not live with the girl's mother and was watching her last Thursday when she was injured. They said he told them he was angry when her cries awakened him.

Jamison found the girl lodged between a couch and a wall, and he pulled her hard enough to cause a spiral fracture in her right femur, police said. He heard a popping noise as he pulled on her, they said. They said he knew her injury would get him in trouble, which made him angry. He then hit her in her right side near her stomach, they said.

Doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center discovered the injuries. Police said the girl's wounds are expected to heal.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mom gets custody of younger kids back after custodial dad accused of killing 22-year-old son (Orlando, Florida)

Excuse me, but why did dad TIMOTHY DAVIS SR. have custody of these kids when they apparently have a competent mother? Is it because (gasp!) he is both a police officer AND a father in a state which routinely favors fathers? Such a great dad, this one. He "allegedly" killed his 22-year-old son in front of his 9-year-old daughter. And he still retains his visitation rights, though under "supervision." WTF?

http://www.wesh.com/r/29583933/detail.html

Children Removed From Ex-Officer's Home
Children To Live With Mother While Davis Remains In Custody
POSTED: 4:32 pm EDT October 25, 2011
UPDATED: 4:43 pm EDT October 25, 2011


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two children have been removed from the home of a former Orlando police officer investigators have accused of killing his own son.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered that Timothy Davis Sr.'s youngest son and daughter live with a relative while he remains on house arrest.

Police said the 9-year-old girl was actually a witness to the death of 22-year-old Tim Davis.

Officers said she can be seen on home surveillance video, hiding behind a basketball goal during the incident.

During proceedings at juvenile court, the Department of Children and Families said the girl and her 10-year-old brother were potentially in danger.

Davis Sr. could be seen entering the court using a walker. Police said his right leg was injured in the deadly fight with his eldest son who his is charged with killing.

DCF said the Davis' younger children were taken from their Apopka home Monday after the agency received new information.

"It was information that changed the direction of our investigation it rose the level of concern a little bit about what was going on in the home and what potentially could have happened in the home," DCF spokeswoman Kristi Gray said. "We do feel like that rose to the level, it caused harm to the child. There's also a potential risk to both children."

Attorneys for both parents argued the kids need to be with their parents.

"They need to be with their father as well as their mother. They have been crying out for their father -- especially the girl. She's had these nightmares," the mother's attorney, Jane Carey, said.

Despite the lawyers' pleas, the judge found probable cause to remove the children from the home and the father.

"The mother may have care and custody of the children with supervised visitation by father," Judge Charles Prather said.

The children will stay with their mother at a relative's home while Davis remains on home confinement.

"We will be back in court and we're not finished with this at all the children need to be with their parents," Davis' attorney, Michael LaFay, said.

The children's mother, Tarsha Davis, had no comment -- nor did Davis.

The next court date regarding this case is Nov. 21 at 11 a.m.

Custodial dad jailed for raping 5-year-old daughter (Swaziland)

UNNAMED DAD was convicted of raping his 5-year-old daughter. Same old bullsh** excuses you hear from these @$$holes in every corner of the world. So how did this piece of crap get custody of this child? What happened to her mother? Why doesn't this little girl "know her"?

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http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=31474

BEAST JAILED FOR RAPING DAUGHTER(5)
26 October, 2011 12:00:00

Stories by Sibonginkosi Mamba

A Mozambican man was yesterday convicted for raping his five year-old daughter twice.

He raped the child in January, 2010 at the family home in the Manzini region.

The names of the convict, the child and witnesses and the exact location of the home may not be disclosed, to protect the child.

The beast had entered a not guilty plea.

According to the evidence presented in court, the rapist used to share a bed with the child. On the day in question he took a chance at night and raped the child. He also ordered her not to tell anyone about the incidence despite that the ordeal had been painful.

A witness told the court that the child came to her the following day and found her taking a bath. The minor noted that the witness did not have a penis like her father. She also commented that the witness could not do what her father had done to her. She went on and demonstrated what her father had done with the ‘instrument’ to the witness’s amazement. In shock, the witness called witness No:2 who also saw the demonstration of how the rapist had raped his biological daughter. The child was subsequently taken to Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital for examination.

The doctor’s report stated that while her private parts were bruised, the hymen was intact. But the report did indicate that the bruises suggested that there had been attempt to penetrate the child with a blunt object. Investigations led to the father who denied ever committing the offence. He informed the court that during investigation police threatened him saying that he would not come back alive if he did not co-operate with them.

He was charged with rape and contravening the country’s immigration laws.

He pleaded guilty to the immigration charge and not guilty to the rape.Further, he denied ever sharing a bed with his child saying they used two separate beds. However, after analysing the evidence the court found him guilty. Judge Esther Ota said the complainant’s evidence was credible.

The judge observed that the survivor gave a graphic detail of how the offence was committed and knew where it was committed. “Even when the accused insisted that she (complainant) was lying before court, she maintained her evidence,” the judge stated.

Judge Ota further observed that the complainant’s evidence was corroborated by the witnesses.
“It is my view that the complainant did not consent to sexual intercourse. Further, she was under the age of 12 and could not give consent to sex,” Judge Ota said. The rapist was eventually found guilty and will be sentenced this morning.

I did not rape child, she
had vaginal sickness - Father

The rapist father told the court that he did not rape his daughter and that the bruises on her private parts were self-inflicted because the minor had a certain infection.

According to the evidence, in his attempts to be exonerated, he told the court that his daughter would constantly scratch her private parts because of the sickness.

“As the accuse laboured to convince the court that the bruises were inflicted by the victim herself, he said she had an infection which was troubling her,” Judge Ota said.

According to the rapist the said infection needed traditional herbs which he was in the process of procuring when he was arrested. He narrated to the court that her child’s private parts kept itching hence the bruises.
The rapist said the sickness had also infected the minor’s elder brother who was also treated traditionally.
However, such evidence was rejected by the court as an after-thought. He was finally found guilty of raping his daughter. The offence was accompanied by aggravating circumstances in that at the time the child was sexually inactive and very young. Further, he was his biological father hence he broke the trust relationship with the child.

Rapist dad worried about child’s future

AFTER being convicted of raping his own daughter, the rapist, said he was worried about the future of his child.

In mitigation he said it pained him a lot that now his child was going to be raised like an orphan, yet he was still alive.

“I want to live and provide for her. What will become of her because she does not know her mother,” he lamented. The beast further implored the court to consider that the whole story of rape was fabricated by all the Crown’s witnesses.

“The prosecutor and all the witnesses are lying,” he complained. He said he had hoped to raise the child in a way from which she would not depart even after growing up. He stated that the witnesses were lying so that the relationship between him and his daughter would be broken. “She will regret this when she grows. She will realize that she erred and I still maintain that I do not know the charge,” the rapist insisted.

Lomvula Hlophe who represented the Crown urged the court to consider that the rapist had been convicted of a very serious crime. She stated that rape was degrading. “Accused is a natural father.

He is not fit and proper parent to take care of the child,” Hlophe explained. She further implored the court to hand down a sentence that would serve as a deterrent to other would-be rapists. Judge Ota is expected to sentence the rapist this morning after she asked to be given time to consider same.

Dad assaults 2-year-old son; blames financial problems and gets probation (Burtts Corner, Canada)

More daddy coddling. Dad CHRISTOPHER RONALD LAVIGNE pleaded guilty to summary assault involving his 2-year-old son, and gets probation and (useless) anger-management classes. Daddy blames it all on his financial woes. Yea, right. Okay, if you don't like that excuse, try this one: the child was being "difficult." Nevermind that all 2-year-olds are "difficult" by definition. Nope, Daddy is avoiding all responsibility for his actions, and the system is encouraging his attitudes.

http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/cityregion/article/1450717

Two-year-old boy assaulted by fatherPublished Wednesday October 26th, 2011
By DON MACPHERSON

A Burtts Corner man who struck his toddler son in the face in an effort to discipline him was granted a conditional discharge in court Tuesday for the assault.

Christopher Ronald Lavigne, 31, of 26 Jones Forks Rd. previously pleaded guilty to a July 5, 2010, count of summary assault.

Crown prosecutor Rose Campbell said Lavigne struck his two-year-old son in the face with his hand because the child was being difficult.

The assault left a red mark on the boy's face, she said.

The matter came to light because Lavigne's spouse reported the incident to authorities.

Though the victim's mother reported the assault, she later declined to co-operate with police investigating the matter, Campbell said.

Lavigne was forthcoming with RCMP officers when he was interviewed, she said.

"Mr. Lavigne said he didn't think he hit (the boy) as hard as he did," Campbell said.

The defendant also claimed the child had fallen down, exacerbating the red mark he'd left on the child's face.

He said it was the only time he's ever struck his son and attributed the incident to stress brought on by a family bankruptcy.

The prosecutor said the Crown normally seeks jail terms for people accused of abusing children, but she felt it wasn't necessary in Lavigne's case.

She noted he's already undergone counselling and anger-management training since the incident.

Campbell said Lavigne's pre-sentence report was positive, and she felt a fine would be an appropriate penalty.

Defence lawyer Edward Derrah argued his client should be granted a conditional discharge.

He said his client is a first-time offender who shouldn't be saddled with a criminal record for an issue that's been addressed.

Campbell opposed the discharge, noting it was contrary to the public interest.

Judge Julian Dickson disagreed. He said it was in the public interest for Lavigne to get the issue under control, and he's already done that.

He granted the conditional discharge, placing Lavigne on probation for six months, during which he's to undergo a mental-health assessment and treatment.

Dickson said once Lavigne has successfully completed probation, he'll have no criminal record for the assault.

Custodial dad who chained 3-year-old daughter to roof arrested (Faisalabad, Pakistan)

The custodial dad is identified as FAISAL. Of course, this is an area of the world where daddy custody is more or less mandatory (given that these are totally male-dominated societies). Under traditional sharia law, mothers are "supposed to" have physical placement until the children are older, but that obviously didn't happen here. Nope, we have Daddy and his four brothers chaining a little girl because they're clueless, abusive little sh**s. I bet Mom was treated in a similar way before Daddy divorced her.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=25384

Father who chained three-year-old daughter arrested

FAISALABAD: A father and other close relatives of a three-year-old girl chained her for being naughty, Geo News reported.

Upon receiving information from neighbours, police freed the child and arrested her father and four uncles. According to the police, three-year-old Amina was chained on the roof of her house.

The father, Faisal, who was raising three children after divorcing his wife said he would chain Amina in the morning while going to work and release her when he would return home.

Police have lodged a case against the father and uncles.

Dad accused of repeatedly striking 7-month-old son (Hempstead, New York)

The dad is identified as OMAR FLORES. No mention of a mother.

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Flong_island&id=8404917

LI man accused of striking 7-month-old son
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HEMPSTEAD (WABC) -- A Long Island man is accused of repeatedly striking his 7-month-old son.

Nassau County police say 23-year-old Omar Flores, of Hempstead, struck the infant about the head and body Monday afternoon.

Police say the baby suffered swelling, contusions and abrasions.

He was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Police charged Flores with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Dad who murdered 22-month-old son ignored children from previous marriage, had "issues" with child support (Farmington Hills, Michigan)

I have seen this pattern as have other survivors. Daddy has to have total control--but it's on his terms. Either he has to own the child and exclude the mother (which sometimes includes homicide as a gesture of total bloodlust control)--or he completely rejects and disowns the children. Either way, he sets the agenda. He just won't play nice with others either way.

So it doesn't surprise me that dad BRUCE SERVEN--who beat his second wife who wanted a divorce, then murdered their 22-month-old son--also totally rejected the children he had with his first wife and had "issues" with child support. The two behavior patterns are just different sides of the same coin.

http://www.freep.com/article/20111026/NEWS03/110260328/Ex-wife-Dad-Farmington-Hills-murder-suicide-seemed-OK-he-wasn-t?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp

Ex-wife: Dad in Farmington Hills murder-suicide seemed OK, but he wasn't
Oct. 26, 2011

BY ERIC D. LAWRENCE

DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER


The ex-wife of a man authorities said shot his young son before killing himself Sunday described her former husband as emotionally distant but not violent.

Carissa Fleming, 32, of Ft. McCoy, Fla., said she was shocked to learn of the incident from her former mother-in-law. Authorities said Bruce Serven, 34, shot and killed his 22-month-old son, Lucas, in a Farmington Hills apartment early Sunday.

"I'm dumbfounded," Fleming said. "Why did he have to take the innocent child? ...

"(There are ) so many questions running through my mind, and it's like: why, why, why, why?"

Serven died of a perforating gunshot wound to the head, and Lucas died of a shotgun wound to the chest, according to the Oakland County Medial Examiner's Office. Serven's death is classified as a suicide, and his son's, as a homicide. Police have said that officers responded to a 911 call from Serven's wife, Dawn Serven, at 12:11 a.m. Sunday -- she told them she fled after her husband assaulted her. Dawn Serven is Lucas' mother. Authorities said the couple were going through a divorce.

Police Chief Chuck Nebus said officers began to enter the home, but withdrew when they heard three gunshots. The officers set up a perimeter while waiting for a special response team to arrive. The bodies were discovered after police entered the apartment off 9 Mile west of Drake about three and a half hours later, Nebus said.

Fleming, who said she and Serven had three children ages 10-13, said she wants to reach out to Serven's wife. "As a mother, I'm here for her if she wants to talk," Fleming said.

Fleming and Serven were married in Genesee County in 1998 and divorced in 2002. She said they moved between Florida and Michigan several times, and that Serven was involved with numerous jobs -- from an Internet company to being a mall security guard -- during that time.

Serven's various social media sites tout him as someone pursuing a wide range of interests and offering expertise in a variety of fields, everything from food service to Internet businesses and entrepreneurship.

She said the various smiling images of Serven on those sites are "his way of telling people, 'I'm fine,' but he's really not."

Fleming said she believed that Serven's life had become more difficult since last year because he had issues paying child support. She said he had basically shut her children out of his life.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Police: Dad killed 8-year-old son, son's mom in murder-suicide (Varkaus, Finland)

UNNAMED DAD in this latest act of familicide.

http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/10/father_suspected_of_double_homicide-suicide_2973139.html

Father suspected of double homicide-suicide
published yesterday 09:00 PM, updated today 09:37 AM

Police in the eastern Finnish town of Varkaus have found three bodies in a private home in the K├Ąpykangas neighbourhood. A man, woman and a eight-year-old child, were apparently all members of the same family. Police believe that the man shot and killed his wife and son before taking his own life.

North Savo Police initially declined to say much about the case, such as whether the victims died as the result of an accident or foul play. The incident is now being investigated as a double homicide.

The bodies were discovered around 6pm Monday after relatives expressed concern about not being able to contact members of the family.

Few details have been released of the ongoing investigation.

Kids call 911 as dad breaks into home, assaults mom (Covington, Louisiana)

Notice that Dad was trying to abduct the mother, but she managed to escape from his car. There is no doubt in my mind that a homicide was narrowly averted here. Maybe this time the authorities will lock up dad JOEL E. CHEW for good? He's already proved that he ignores orders of protection.

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/northshore/Children-call-911-to-report-husbands-invasion-of-estranged-wifes-home-132516978.html

Children call 911 to report husband's invasion of estranged wife's home

wwltv.com
Posted on October 25, 2011 at 6:39 AM

Chelsea Gaudin / Eyewitness News

COVINGTON, La. - A man was arrested after breaking into his estranged wife’s house and attempting to drag her outside into her car and drive away, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday around 9:10 p.m., a 911 call was made by children stating that their father jumped through a window and was dragging their mother by the hair, said the sheriff’s office.

Joel E. Chew, 38, jumped through his wife’s bedroom window, battered her and dragged her through the house and into the passenger side of her car.

She managed to escape when Chew walked around to the driver’s side. He tried to catch her but on second thought got into the car and drove off at a high rate of speed, deputies said.

By the time deputies arrived, Chew was gone but his estranged wife, who had a protective order against him, provided a possible location he may have fled.

The protective order barred him from contact with his wife and the residence.

Chew was found in Abita Springs with injuries due to jumping through the window and was brought to the hospital.

Although he was uncooperative and provided no statement, deputies booked him with home invasion committed with persons under 12 present, domestic abuse battery / child endangerment, and violation of protective order.

Dad arrested for attempted murder of wife, 9-year-old son (Midvale, Utah)

Police say dad JOSEPH DEAN GUTKE was drunk when he tried to slit his wife's throat. She managed to somehow get away and call 911. It is believed that he intended to kill both his wife and their 9-year-old son because he was "depressed" over their "financial issues" (that's 99 percent of us, dude, but who's counting).

This freak is claiming mental illness because he's struggling with the bills, when mothers with long psychiatric histories of psychosis or schizophrenia are treated as fakes. Right. I'm finding that all these fathers with money woes are treated far more sympathetically in the press than moms with documented histories of mental illness.

So in a state that's profoundly disinterested in the safety or well being of women and children, what happens next? Daddy is treated for his injuries and RELEASED. What the f***?

http://www.abc4.com/content/news/slc/story/Father-arrested-for-attempted-murder-suicide/Qn-YIqvinEGRSqGw1RkF7w.cspx

Father arrested for attempted murder-suicide

Updated: 1:09 pm | Published: 12:07 pm
Written by: Dan Metcalf Jr.

MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police say a Midvale man tried to kill his wife, himself and his family over the weekend.

Salt Lake County Unified Police say 34-year-old Joseph Dean Gutke was intoxicated late Sunday night at 774 E Gables Avenue in Midvale when he tried to slit his wife's throat with a kitchen knife as she was in bed.

According to police, the wife struggled with Gutke, and called 911 after getting away.

Police say Gutke had been suffering from depression and financial issues, and had planned to kill himself and his son.

Police added that the struggle happened in the presence of a child, although Gutke's 9-year-old son slept through the incident.

Police say Gutke was taken into custody without any issues, and claimed he had lost his mind.

Police say Gutke was taken to a local hospital and treated and released.

Dad guilty of trying to sell baby at Walmart (Salinas, California)

The dad is identified as PATRICK FOUSEK. No mention of what happened to the baby's mom. Daddies don't give birth to babies on their own, you know. But you would never know that from this article. Seems meth was somehow involved though.

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

http://www.ksbw.com/news/29582998/detail.html#ixzz1bpAUHuhr


Salinas Father Guilty Of Trying To Sell Baby At Walmart


POSTED: 12:18 pm PDT October 25, 2011
UPDATED: 12:28 pm PDT October 25, 2011

KSBW

SALINAS, Calif. -- A Salinas father who prosecutors said tried to sell his baby outside a Walmart store was found guilty on Tuesday.

Patrick Fousek was convicted of felony child abuse likely to cause great bodily harm. The jury deadlocked on a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Fousek was immediately taken into custody after the jury read their verdict. He faces up to six years in prison.

Dad accused of severely beating 8-year-old son for "disrespecting" teacher (Indianapolis, Indiana)

This was not a spanking for being "disrespectful." This little boy was literally found curled up in a fetal position with severe and multiple injuries.

Notice that it was "the grandmother" who called the police, and that these is NO MENTION of a mother in this home at all. Was there one?

Or is EARNEST HOLLY a custodial dad? Notice that this piece of sh** has a previous history of domestic violence (was the victim this boy's mother?). Also observe that Daddy was not prosecuted for a previous robbery, because the police couldn't "find" the victim. Really? Wonder why?

And now we have a mother who is apparently "missing" as well. How very, very  interesting. Especially now that we know more about this father's history of violence and intimidation...

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-father-beating-son-teacher-father-accused-of-severely-beating-son-after-disrespecting-teacher-20111025,0,1915891.column

Father accused of severely beating son after disrespecting teacher

The grandmother said her son, 25-year-old Earnest Holly, hit his son after he was disrespectful to a teacher at school Monday.

2:53 p.m. EDT, October 25, 2011
Indianapolis

An 8-year-old boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children Monday, after police said his father severely beat him.

An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a home in the 3400 block of North Keystone Avenue around 8:50 p.m. in reference to a child reportedly beaten by his father. When the officer arrived, the grandmother of the 8-year-old boy told the officer she called police after seeing the injuries on her grandson.

The grandmother said her son, 25-year-old Earnest Holly, hit his son after he was disrespectful to a teacher at school Monday.

According to the police report, the officer found the boy lying on a bed in a fetal position. The officer stated the boy was trembling and “clearly in severe pain.” The officer said the boy’s upper body was covered in welts, bruises and swelling. He reported seeing similar injuries on the boys’ arms, with the left arm appearing to be broken. Additionally, the officer reported the 8-year-old sustained injuries to his leg where his father allegedly struck him with the belt.

The 8-year-old told the officer his father hit him in the forehead, when asked about the large bump on his forehead. According to the police report, the boy told the officer his father hit him several times with the belt and then began using his fists. The boy also told the officer this was not the first time his father hit him.

Police said the boy was transported to Riley Hospital for Children for evaluation for the trauma he suffered to his head. The officer said the boy’s left arm was not broken.

The officer arrested Holly shortly after speaking with the 8-year-old and his grandmother.

Fox59 found Holly has had several encounters with law enforcement. Documents show Holly had several traffic arrests. Additionally, in 2010, Holly’s girlfriend at the time told police he grabbed her by the neck, threw her into a washing machine and beat her. Holly was also mentioned as one of four suspects in the attempted robbery of a Kroger in Broad Ripple in June 2010. However, Holly was not arrested because police were unable to locate a victim.

Dad beats runaway teen daughter, forces her into "Renaissance sword battle" (Olympia, Washington)

I do not believe that in the history of Dastardly Dads I have ever seen a headline quite like this.

Notice the curious use of the passive tense. It was her FATHER, identified as FREEMON EVERETT SEAY, who forced her into this "battle." She wasn't simply forced by the open air. And also that he BEAT her before this "battle."

In addition, note that the charming step, who did nothing to stop this outrage, works at the LOVING AND LEARNING childcare center. Oh. my. god.

AND WHERE IS THIS GIRL'S MOTHER? Is she deceased? Is she alive, but Daddy got custody somehow? The latter wouldn't surprise me, as sicko abusers like this have a knack for getting child custody. So, is this a custodial dad??? I can kind of see why this girl wanted to run away from home, can't you?

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/19/national/main20122803.shtml?tag=re1.channel

Teen girl forced into Renaissance sword battle

(CBS/AP) OLYMPIA, Wash. - What began as a man's attempt to discipline his child turned into a sordid case of abuse when police say the Washington man forced his 16-year-old daughter to don Renaissance armor and engage in a wooden sword battle for two hours, reports CBS station YELM Seattle

Freemon Everett Seay, 38, wanted to punish his daughter for a recent attempt to run away from home, Sgt. Ken Clark of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office told YELM.

Seay, a Renaissance fair enthusiast, has been arrested for the Oct. 16 beating.

He apparently started by beating the girl with a willow switch before donning armor and forcing her into a two-hour battle between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

When the girl was reportedly no longer able to stand on her own, he relented. But his daughter quickly took action, texting pictures of her bruises and injuries to friends, who promptly alerted the authorities.

"He started with switches off a tree. In Washington State, it's all about reasonable action ... (and) you can (legally) give a kid a spanking," Clark said. "But this goes beyond discipline, and into the realm of abuse."

Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin says Seay was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon on Sunday. His wife, Julie May Seay, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon as an accessory. Court papers says she is the young woman's stepmother and works at the Loving and Learning Childcare Center.

Julie Seay was not actively involved in the abuse, according to the police report. However, she was aware of what was happening, and allegedly made no motion to protect the child in any way.

"She had a responsibility to defend her stepdaughter," Clark said.

The case is still in its early stages, and in the state of Washington, the prosecutor's office decides whether or not to press charges and continue with a trial. It remains to be seen whether the Seays will be brought up on charges.

Seay was released on bail Oct. 18.

Dad beats daughter for cutting her hair (Mesa, Arizona)

Dad is identified as WILSON YAZZIE. His so-called religion--the religion that apparently told him it was okay to beat a girl for cutting her hair--is not identified. Was there a mother in this home?

INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT

http://www.kpho.com/story/15864062/authorities-father-beat-daughter-for-cutting-her-hair

Authorities: Father beat daughter for cutting her hair

Posted: Oct 24, 2011 5:20 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2011 5:37 PM CDT
By Breann Bierman
MESA, AZ (KPHO) - A father has been arrested and charged with one count of child abuse for allegedly beating his daughter for cutting her hair, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department says Wilson Yazzie, 38, of Mesa, allegedly struck his daughter with an extension cord when he discovered she had cut her hair because he said it's against their religion.

Babysitting dad pleads no contest to breaking skull of 3-month-old infant (Fort Pierce, Florida)

Dad JEFFREY LAMAR MITCHELL has pleaded no contest to child neglect (bashing a baby's skull is "neglect"?) and will be serving 30 months in prison. Oh, and he gets credit for time served. Notice that Mom is being charged as an accessory--EVEN THOUGH SHE WASN'T AT HOME. This is the tight double standard that moms are subjected to legally.

We moms are lectured again and again that we must "involve" fathers in infant care--and then we're the ones bashed by the legal system when these hot-headed, testosterone-fueled idiots beat the baby.

Few species have a history of father care--and ours isn't one of them.

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/oct/24/fort-pierce-father-of-injured-infant-sentenced/

Fort Pierce father of injured infant sentenced to prison
By staff report
TCPalm
Posted October 24, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.

FORT PIERCE — The father of a 3-month-old infant treated in April for injuries including a skull fracture pleaded no contest Monday to child neglect and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Jeffrey Lamar Mitchell, 34, of the 2300 block of South 29th Street in Fort Pierce had been charged with aggravated child abuse causing great harm, a first-degree felony. As part of a plea deal, he pleaded to a second-degree felony and was given credit for the 194 days he's already served in jail by Circuit Judge Lawrence Mirman.

Following his release from prison, Mitchell is to serve two years of probation and have no contact with the victim in the case.

According to Fort Pierce Police Department reports, a friend of Mitchell's, Michael Warfle, 22, of Fort Pierce originally said he was watching the child when the infant fell from a bassinet onto the floor.

An official at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach told officers the infant "had a right side brain bleed, a left side skull fracture, a broken right clavicle and (an) old 12th rib fracture," adding that the injuries weren't consistent with a 2- to 3-foot fall.

When Warfle was arrested, he said he hadn't been watching the infant but agreed to cover for Mitchell, who was supposed to be caring for the child while the mother, Christina Cooper-Rivera, was away.

Warfle has been charged with aggravated child abuse and filing a false crime report. Cooper-Rivera, who was Mitchell's girlfriend at the time, is charged with accessory after the fact to child abuse. Both have status hearings Nov. 1.

Dad arrested for scalding infant son, 6-year-old twin boys (Sandy, Utah)

The dad is identified as MARK DEVONE LEAVITT. What a surprise that such a daddy has a prior criminal record.....

http://www.fox13now.com/news/local/kstu-child-abuse-father-arrested-after-infant-two-boys-found-scalded-20111024,0,4285225.story

Father arrested after infant, two boys found scalded

Aaron Vaughn, Web Producer

FOX 13 News

11:05 p.m. MDT, October 24, 2011

SANDY, Utah—

Police say they found two 6-year-old twin boys and an infant scalded when they arrived at a Sandy home while responding to a domestic dispute.

Sandy Police say that 37-year-old Mark Devone Leavitt confessed to putting his twin sons’ hands underneath hot sink water.

“One of the kids that came down and made contact with our officer, his hand was completely swollen, out of proportion if you will,” said Sandy Police Lt. Vic Quezada. “We then checked the rest of the home and found two more kids, an infant, I believe 15 months old. He had a severe burn mark on his right leg.”

Police say the initial call was for Leavitt, who allegedly physically abused his wife. When they arrived, police say both parents were intoxicated, arguing about the father driving under the influence. But police immediately shifted their concern after seeing the children.

The probable cause statement from Salt Lake County Jail says one boy was “crying and waiving his hands around because it hurt so bad.” The statement goes on saying the boy’s hand "was so swollen, it appeared in one of the photos he had a glove on."

Police say the abuse stems from a drunken fight between the couple last Thursday at their home on 1065 East Quarry View Dr.

Leavitt faces nine potential charges of child abuse, reckless endangerment, and domestic violence.

"For right now the children have been placed with family members. So they are safe. We are confident they will be OK until DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) decides if they are going a different route -- state custody, with family members or back to the mom," said Quezada.

Sandy Police say were called to the home before and that Leavitt has a criminal record.

Dad who seriously injured 6-month-old daughter back in jail (Berea, Kentucky)

Dad BRIAN FARRIS is a clueless scuzzy abuser, but very manipulative. Classic addict behavior. And all the authorities fell for it. Was saving the stash for his "best friend." My @$$. Wasted all kinds of time giving this idiot parenting classes and the like. To a guy who did THIS to a baby...

http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x553408663/Berea-father-who-seriously-injured-baby-back-in-jail

October 23, 2011

Berea father who seriously injured baby back in jail

By Lorie Love Hailey
Register Editor The Richmond Register Sun Oct 23, 2011, 06:00 AM EDT

BEREA — A Berea College student who was serving a diverted sentence for seriously injuring his 6-week-old daughter in February is now behind bars for violating the terms of his diversion.

Through mediation, Brian Farris, 19, was given a one-year diverted sentence for causing his baby to suffer a brain hemorrhage, lacerations to her liver, rib and wrist fractures and internal bleeding. Doctors at the University of Kentucky Medical Center also found evidence the baby had suffered from seizures.

Farris had been charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a Class C felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

As part of the diversion, Farris had to participate in a parenting class and be on probation for five years. If he had completed the terms of the probation, the charge would have been removed from his record.

According to testimony in Madison Circuit Court, a probation officer recently visited Farris’ home and found alcohol and marijuana inside. He was arrested and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

Farris was in court Thursday for a probation revocation hearing and told Judge Jean Logue that he does not have an issue with drugs and alcohol.

“I was harboring liquor for my best friend,” Farris said. “He didn’t want to take it on campus (of Berea College).”

Farris said his friend had been with him through his legal problems, and he was trying to repay him by keeping his stash.

“I thought it was a small favor that he asked me to do,” he said.

Assistant Common-wealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith said Farris had been given a one-year sentence, a “tremendous break,” she called it, and he should have to serve it if he cannot adhere to the rules of probation.

Defense attorney Brian Barker said Farris had been confused about the terms of probation, but since his arrest, he understands what is required.

Smith said Farris had been “arrogant” and “indifferent” throughout the case, which she said shows he thinks “the rules do not apply to him.”

“He doesn’t get it, and he’s not going to because he thinks he’s more special than everyone else,” Smith said.

Logue revoked Farris’ probation, saying he was given an “unbelievably light sentence,” which he now must serve.

When arrested, police said Farris admitted he had “been rough” with the baby while playing, including bouncing the child on a bed and throwing her into the air.

Doctors said the injuries were indicative of shaken baby syndrome, according to police.

Farris’ wife told Berea police that on the day of incident, Feb. 16, she had handed the baby to Farris to burp, and he took the child upstairs for about 15 minutes. When he returned, the mother noticed the baby was having difficulty breathing, according to Berea Police Detective Lee Ann Boyle.

The father told Boyle he was working on homework and had the baby in his lap and was attempting to burp her by patting her on the stomach.

Dad charged in asphyxiation murder of 8-month-old son (Monroe, Georgia)

Another stellar daddy, this one. He was a convicted drug felon on probation even before he "allegedly" murdered his infant son. Dad DEANGELO TREMAINE WILSON was babysitting while the mother was away, and apparently became annoyed by the baby's crying. So like any loving parent, he smothered the baby with a pillow and killed him. Daddy must have his beauty rest after all!

http://waltontribune.com/news/article_4a3f610c-fc66-11e0-ac55-001cc4c03286.html

Father charged with killing son
Allegedly smothered crying child in Dec.

Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 12:29 am, Sat Oct 22, 2011.

By Stephen Milligan Walton
Tribune.com

MONROE — The death of a child 10 months ago is now being considered murder after the Monroe Police Department arrested the boy’s father.

DeAngelo Tremaine Wilson, 32, of 406-D Plaza Drive, Monroe, was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with murder, cruelty to children, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a probation violation in the Dec. 6, 2010 death of his 8-month-old son from asphyxiation.

Police investigated the death of Wilson’s son, Dyuntre, after a neighbor called 911 telling police Wilson said his son wasn’t breathing.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and performed CPR on the child before taking him to Walton Regional Medical Center, where the infant was pronounced dead.

The initial report ruled the death accidental, but police were worried by certain evidence following the child’s autopsy.

“The medical examiner indicated there were obvious signs of abuse,” said Sgt. Darryl Powell, who arrested Wilson last week. “When we did the autopsy on the child, we saw he had a rib that was broken and bruising on his head and back.”

Officers attempted to speak with Wilson and the child’s mother, who was out of the house when the boy died, but neither would return calls or come to the police department.

With suspicions of child cruelty charges against Wilson, police arrested him due to a gun found under Wilson’s mattress during the initial investigation last year. Wilson, who was convicted of drug charges in Fulton County, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and police questioned him Oct. 14.

Based on evidence and information gained from the interview, police arrested Wilson on suspicion of murder, claiming he suffocated the child with a pillow found in the crib.

“The kid was crying and (Wilson) wanted him to sleep,” Powell said.

Monroe Police Chief Keith Glass said he was proud of his officers for the arrest.

“A horrible and sad thing happened to a child,” Glass said. “I’m very appreciative of the work done by our investigators and the assistance we had from the Walton County Department of Family Children Services, the Child Advocacy Center in Loganville and other assisting agencies.”

Dad goes to trial for murder of three daughters, their mother in "honor killing" (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

Dad MOHAMMAD SHAFIA was miffed because his teen daughters....had boyfriends! And they didn't want to wear head scarves! Oh, the horror! So this scumbag "allegedly" killed them and their mother, his first wife.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/brutal-honor-killing-described-in-canadian-trial-for-muslim-father-accused-of-murdering-three-daughters-wife/

BRUTAL ‘HONOR KILLING’ DESCRIBED IN CANADIAN TRIAL FOR MUSLIM FATHER ACCUSED OF MURDERING THREE DAUGHTERS & WIFE

Posted on October 23, 2011 at 11:39am
by Sharona Schwartz


A Canadian jury heard chilling details from prosecutors who accuse Afghan immigrant Mohammad Shafia of killing his three daughters and his first wife, whom he considered to be dishonoring the family. Prosecutors say his son and his second wife helped him commit and then cover up the crime.

On June 30, 2009, the bodies of 19-year-old Zainab Shafia, 17-year-old Sahar Shafia, 13-year-old Geeti Shafia and 50-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad were found inside a Nissan submerged in a canal in Kingston, Ontario. They were on their way home from a family trip to Niagara Falls.

CTV reports on the opening day of the trial:

Crown prosecutors began framing the deaths of three teenage girls and their father’s first wife as an “honour killing” in an Ontario courtroom on Thursday, more than two years after the victims were found submerged in the Rideau Canal near Kingston, Ont.

It‘s expected that the honour killing narrative will be key to the prosecution’s case against the accused family members: Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, husband Mohammad Shafia, 58, and son, Hamed Mohammad Shafia.

All three face four counts each of first-degree murder, and all three have pleaded not guilty to those charges

Evidence included a Google search from the wealthy businessman’s home computer about “where to commit a murder” and if a prisoner can continue to control his real estate properties.

Prosecutors quoted incriminating taped conversations between the husband and wife. From CTV:

Other conversations, secretly recorded by police, reveal that the girls’ father felt betrayed because his daughters had boyfriends, Crown attorney Laurie Lacelle said.

“Even if they hoist me up onto the gallows, nothing is more dear to me than my honour,” Shafia said, according to Lacelle…

Lacelle continued to quote Shafia: “There can be no treachery, no violation more than this … They committed treason from beginning to end. They betrayed humankind. They betrayed Islam…They betrayed everything.”

Shafia also told his wife: “God’s curse on them for generations. May the devil s— on their graves. Is that what a daughter should be? Would a daughter be such a whore?”

The family purchased the Nissan for $5,000 just days before the killing, another piece of evidence prosecutors are using to demonstrate premeditation.

What evoked their father’s wrath was the daughters’ “Western lifestyle,” including an interest in dating boys and a lack of interest in wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf, the hijab.

According to the Toronto Sun, at one point, daughter Zainab was kept home from school for a year after a boy visited her at home when her father was out.

In 2008, child and youth protective services investigated after a call by school officials but closed the case. On a separate occasion, the children contacted police to report physical abuse at home.

At the canal crime scene, police found plastic shards from a smashed headlight which matched another family car, a Lexus, suggesting the Nissan was nudged into the canal by the Lexus. Prosecutors indicate Shafia tried to stage a fake accident to dispose of the bodies of his daughters and first wife.

After realizing his first wife Rona couldn’t bear children, Shafia married a second wife Tooba (now on trial with him) as is common in the Muslim world. The Globe and Mail reports:

The Shafia family lived in a polygamous arrangement and moved to Canada in 2007, settling in the Montreal borough of St. Leonard after living in Australia, Pakistan and then in Dubai for 15 years.

The Shafias had seven children, three of whom were placed in care by Quebec authorities after their parents’ arrest. All seven are the offspring of Mr. Shafia and Ms. Yahya, whom he married in Afghanistan in 1988.
This is not the first time this Muslim tradition has been imported to North America. Recent “honor killing” cases include:

In October 2009, Iraqi immigrant Faleh Al-Maleki used his car to run over and kill his 20-year-old daughter Noor in Peoria, Ariz. Prosecutors said it was an honor killing because her father felt she shamed the family by becoming “too Westernized” and rejecting an arranged marriage.

Also that year, Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan — the founder of a Muslim television station in Buffalo, NY — was convicted of stabbing his wife Aasiya 40 times, then beheading her while their children were waiting in a parked car outside. He had founded the TV station to counter negative stereotypes about Islam after 9/11.

Son testifies against dad at trial; dad charged with murdering boy's mother (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

Notice again how dad LUIS ALBERTO MONTERO "seemed normal." The one on trial for murdering this boy's mother--literally in front of him in his own bedroom. 

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-bethlehem-mother-murder-children-20111024,0,2537540.story

Son testifies against father in Bethlehem killing of mom
By Riley Yates, Of The Morning Call
11:50 p.m. EDT, October 24, 2011

Eighteen-year-old Jose Montero was watching a movie in his south Bethlehem bedroom when he heard his parents arguing as his mother took a shower.

The sliding door slammed. His father's book bag unzipped. Then, gunshots.

In moments, Marjorie Reyes was in her son's room, closing the door behind her and dropping to the floor.

Luis Alberto Montero came in on her heels, continuing to fire three or four shots at her, then turning the gun on himself, Jose testified Monday at the courthouse in Easton.

"He looked at me and said, '[Expletive] it,' and he shot himself once," Jose said, recounting the night May 10 that his mother died at the hands of his father. "He fell to the floor and told me to finish him."

Instead, Jose said he told his father, "No," took the gun and led his 12-year-old brother outside of the house, calling police and waiting for officers to arrive.

After hearing testimony from the teen, a police investigator and the county's coroner, Senior District Judge Elmo Frey Jr. ruled enough evidence exists for Luis Montero to face a homicide charge in Northampton County Court.

Defense attorney Timothy Prendergast said he does not contest that Montero killed the mother of his three children. But Prendergast said it was a "crime of passion" that was not premeditated murder.

"This is manslaughter," he said. "This is at best [third-degree] murder."

Prosecutors are seeking a conviction for first-degree murder, but not the death penalty, said Assistant District Attorney Kelly Lewis Fallenstein. That means Montero would face life in prison without parole if convicted of that charge.

Jose Montero testified against his father in a matter-of-fact tone, his voice quiet and without tremors of emotion. But after the hearing, the aunt who is now raising him demonstrated the anger that lurked underneath.

"Listen you [expletive] piece of [expletive], don't write to the kids no more," Daisy Nastasi shouted to Luis Montero as he was led away by deputy sheriffs. "They [expletive] hate you … Rot in hell."

Investigators arriving at the home at 1501 E. Seventh St. found Reyes dead on the second floor, and Montero alive on the first, police said.

Reyes, 38, known as Margie, died of gunshot wounds to the chest and neck. Coroner Zachary Lysek said nine bullet casings were recovered.

Montero told police he was angry over "all the lies," and "all the cheating," said Lt. Mark DiLuzio.

"Was he remorseful?" Prendergast asked.

"I don't think so, but that's an opinion," DiLuzio said.

"But he was suicidal," Prendergast pointed out.

"That's an opinion too," DiLuzio said.

After the shooting, police found two notes, apparently written by the defendant to his children, according to court records. One, from the keyboard of Montero's work computer, said he had discovered their mother's old phone "and found out she had been cheating on me."

Reyes and Montero had been together for at least two decades, but police described their relationship as on-again, off-again. Montero worked in New Jersey during the week and stayed in Bethlehem on weekends, Jose Montero said.

The teen also said he had never heard his father threaten his mother, or be violent toward her before. He described his family life as "not perfect," but also not bad.

Before the shooting, he said, the family and three of his friends ate Chinese food together. His father, he said, "seemed normal."

Montero is being held without bail in Northampton County Prison.