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5 accused in abuse, rape, starvation of Louisiana girl

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A little girl in Louisiana allegedly endured years of beatings and rapes before she ended up in a mental health facility in Mississippi and was able to report being abused.

Now five people have been arrested on charges related to rape.

The girl is now 12 years old. Authorities testified Tuesday that the abuse began when the girl was 4 and continued until 2017.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde said the girl told them she was repeatedly raped, beaten and starved by 53-year-old Tilman Carolise, 66-year-old Harrington Matherne and 19-year-old Farrel Tregre. The girl said 46-year-old Tina Tregre and 40-year-old Terri Tregre acted as lookouts during the sexual assaults and also physically abused her.

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Daycare workers charged over video of toddler scared of doll

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Two Kentucky daycare workers have been charged over an online video that shows one of them scaring a toddler with a doll.

WKYT-TV reports Wendy’s Wonderland worker Tasha Cox is accused of filming Diana Willett waiving a doll at a 2-year-old girl who has a well-known fear of dolls and small animals.

The video was shared on Facebook and shows the girl hiding under a table, crying and shoving the doll away as the singing caregiver waves it close. The caregiver later comments that the girl won’t stop crying.

Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies say they learned of allegations on Friday. Willet was arrested Monday and charged with criminal child abuse. Cox was arrested and charged with failure to report the abuse. It’s unclear if they have lawyers.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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San Francisco man assaulted by two women who stole BB gun, Rolex watch during home invasion: police

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A San Francisco man was hospitalized early Tuesday after two women broke into his home, assaulted him, and fled the scene with a BB gun and a Rolex watch, police said.

Officers responded to a home robbery invasion in the South Beach neighborhood home at around1:45 a.m., investigators said.

The offers were told that two women broke into the man’s home, stole some items, and assaulted him before fleeing in a car, Fox 2 reported.

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The 26-year-old victim was taken to hospital for treatment, the report said. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening. His identity was not released.

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The suspects remain at large. A description of them and their vehicle was not immediately released.

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Minnesota toddler tossed from balcony having miraculous recovery, pastor says

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The 5-year-old boy who was thrown off a balcony inside Mall of America earlier this month is making a miraculous recovery and an MRI scan show that his injuries are similar to that of a child who fell off his bike, not someone who fell 40 feet, the family’s pastor said.

Landen Hoffman underwent a five-hour long MRI scan and doctors determined that his injuries were not as serious as they once feared, Mac Hammond, a pastor from the family’s church, said on Easter Sunday, according to KARE.

R. Stephen Tillitt, an attorney who represents the family, told The Associated Press he couldn’t confirm or deny that information as if would invade the Hoffmans’ privacy.

The story made national headlines. Landen and his mother were standing outside a restaurant when police said they were approached by a man who threw the boy over the railing.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, faces attempted murder charges, WQAD reported.

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Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, is said to be making a miraculous recovery. (Christian Broadcasting Service)

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After years of visiting the mall trying to pick up women, Aranda allegedly told police the constant rejection made him lash out, WQAD reported.

A GoFundMe page created by a family friend raised almost $1 million for Landen’s healing process.

“Doctors said they found no brain damage…not even any swelling,” Hammond said. “No spinal damage, no nerve damage … doctors are saying it is truly a miracle.”

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Sheriff: SC man shoots into girlfriend’s car, kills her son

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Authorities say a man angry he was locked out of his house after a night out in South Carolina has shot and killed his girlfriend’s son.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said 26-year-old X’Zavier Sharif Davis’ girlfriend let him in the house around 3:15 a.m. Saturday and he started to yell at her.

Foster said in a statement the girlfriend took her children and started to drive off and Davis fired several shots at the vehicle.

The sheriff says the woman realized she was shot and started to drive to the hospital, then realized her 7-year-old son was also struck by gunfire.

Authorities say Iven James Caldwell died Monday afternoon at a Columbia hospital.

Davis is charged with murder. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

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California man impersonated ICE agent, put construction workers in handcuffs, cops say

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A California man was arrested on Monday after several construction workers told police they were handcuffed and robbed by a suspect who claimed to be an ICE agent, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Patrick Mullany, 56, was arrested Monday at his El Dorado Hills home on suspicion of robbery, false imprisonment, and impersonating a police officer, the release said.

The construction workers said the suspect took money from them to pay for “court fees,” under threat of deportation. One alleged victim told authorities that a similar incident happened a week earlier. The workers’ immigration status wasn’t immediately clear.

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After searching Mullany’s vehicle and residence, authorities said they found two replica firearms, two sets of handcuffs, and a large amount of cash. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

After opening an investigation, authorities searched Mullany’s home and vehicle with a search warrant, according to the release. Deputies found two replica guns, two pairs of handguns, and a “large amount of cash,” the release said.

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Mullany was arrested and booked in the El Dorado County Jail on $102,000 bail, The Sacramento Bee reported.

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Woman charged in Maryland wreck that killed 5 kids, 1 man

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A Maryland woman has been indicted on charges of vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a February wreck that killed a man and five children.

News outlets report 32-year-old Dominique R. Taylor, of Bowie, was indicted Tuesday. It’s unclear if she’s been arrested. An investigation determined she was driving with more than twice the legal blood alcohol level of .08 in her system.

Prosecutors say Taylor was driving along Route 301 in Prince George’s County when she lost control of the car and swerved into trees.

Authorities say the children, all relatives, weren’t wearing seat belts and were ejected. Taylor’s children, 8-year-old London and 5-year-old Paris, were killed along with 6-year-old Rickelle Ricks, 14-year-old Zion Beard and 15-year-old Damari Herald. Passenger 23-year-old Cornell D. Simon later died from his injuries.

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Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/

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Manson follower Van Houten gets another shot at release

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Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is getting another chance at getting out of prison following a years-long saga that has seen a board recommend her parole three separate times.

Van Houten’s case is being heard before California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal, which will consider whether to overturn a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge’s ruling denying parole for Van Houten last year.

Van Houten’s attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, will argue that his 69-year-old client deserves to be released because she’s a changed woman, takes responsibility for her actions and has been a model inmate for more than four decades. Prosecutors will continue to vigorously fight Van Houten’s release because of the seriousness of the crimes.

Van Houten was 19 when she and fellow cult members stabbed Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary to death in 1969. The killings took place a day after other so-called Manson family members murdered actress Sharon Tate and four others in crimes that shocked the world.

Van Houten, who is serving life in prison, was only involved in the LaBianca killings. She is not expected to be at Wednesday’s hearing.

Every year since 2016, a parole board has recommended that Van Houten deserves to be released, finding that she’s no longer a threat to society. Former Gov. Jerry Brown twice blocked Van Houten’s release, saying she had failed to explain how she transformed from an upstanding teen to a killer and that she laid too much of the blame on Manson.

The parole board’s most recent decision on Jan. 30 is undergoing a five-month review process before heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal’s three-judge panel could decide the case following Wednesday’s arguments, potentially rendering any decision by Newsom unnecessary, or the judges could decide that the case belongs in the governor’s hands.

Pfeiffer said he has never been so optimistic that Van Houten will win.

“This has been the best anything has ever looked since I’ve been on the case,” he said. “This is probably the best way out.”

But courts can be reluctant to interfere in matters of parole, said Samuel Pillsbury, a criminal law professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

“It is highly emotional,” Pillsbury said. “The voters have decided the governor should have a veto on this so the courts would prefer to let this process play out.”

If the decision comes down to the governor, Pillsbury said Van Houten has an uphill battle because of the infamy of the Manson murders.

“The Manson case is one of a kind,” he said. “There’s no other case like it in terms of the number of people in California who feel strongly about it, who’ve lived through it. The entire state and much of the nation still feel some degree of trauma from that, and it makes it a very different kind of case from an elected official’s point of view.”

In denying Van Houten parole last year, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan found that she would “pose an unreasonable risk of danger to society,” citing the brutal nature of the crimes.

During one of her parole hearings, Van Houten said the murders were the start of what Manson believed was a coming race war that he dubbed “Helter Skelter,” after a Beatles song, and that he had the group prepare to fight and learn to can food so they could go underground and live in a hole in the desert.

Van Houten said she was traveling up and down the California coast when acquaintances led her to Manson. She candidly described how she joined several other members of the group in killing the LaBiancas, carving up Leno LaBianca’s body and smearing the couple’s blood on the walls.

Manson died of natural causes in 2017 at a California hospital while serving a life sentence.

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Prosecutors target officer’s report of noise before shooting

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Prosecutors in the case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot an unarmed woman have been hammering away at what could be a key element of Mohamed Noor’s defense — that he heard a loud slap against his police SUV that stirred fears of an ambush.

The prosecution has tried to raise doubts about whether that slap occurred and attacked officers and investigators for apparent missteps, noting that police at the scene turned body cameras on and off at will, did not share information and possibly disturbed evidence, according to court testimony.

Noor, 33, is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who reported a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. She was shot after she approached the vehicle.

One point of contention is whether Damond slapped the SUV, causing a thump that Noor’s partner, officer Matthew Harrity, testified scared him so much that he drew his weapon. Defense attorneys for Noor have said he also heard a loud bang on the squad car, but prosecutors have suggested the slap was concocted. They insist the officers faced no threat.

Harrity testified that he did not tell anyone about the thump on the night of the shooting. The first time he spoke about a noise was three days later, when he sat down for an interview with his attorney and state investigators. But somehow, the notion that Damond slapped the car made its way into a search warrant affidavit hours after the shooting.

“There was a conspicuous absence of information,” Chris Olson, assistant agent in charge of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, testified this week.

As he was trying to figure out what happened, Olson said, the scene’s incident commander, Minneapolis police Sgt. Shannon Barnette, told him she had a brief conversation with Harrity, and that it sounded like Damond had made contact with the car. Olson gave contradictory testimony about whether he or Barnette first suggested that Damond slapped the car, and how that information was passed on to another BCA investigator who crafted the search warrant.

Bradford Colbert, a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, said that under law, Noor had a right to use deadly force to protect himself or others. For prosecutors, Colbert said, the preferred narrative would be that Damond was shot after merely appearing at the window. For the defense, it would be better if Damond slapped the car, creating the loud, startling noise.

“I can see why the state would be arguing or trying to convey that there was no slap,” he said.

Jennifer Kostroski, a BCA latent print examiner, testified there was no forensic evidence to show Damond touched the squad car. But under questioning from the defense, she said knuckles or a backhand slap would not leave prints.

Other witnesses said the squad car was partially dusted for fingerprints — but not entirely — then sent to be washed just hours after the shooting.

“They certainly could’ve handled it better,” said Marsh Halberg, a Minneapolis defense attorney who is not connected to the case. He stopped short of saying investigators made mistakes, but said, “in hindsight, I think everyone could agree things could’ve been done more smoothly, more thoroughly, more independently.”

Representatives of the Minneapolis Police Department and the state BCA said they could not comment.

The trial has revealed other apparent missteps by investigators. Some Minneapolis police officers turned their body cameras on and off, so it’s possible that key statements went undocumented. One officer was not told that Noor fired from inside the vehicle, so he entered the car and possibly disturbed evidence. Another investigator was concerned that Damond had been covered by a sheet, again possibly disturbing evidence.

And, one witness testified, state investigators did not follow up on information about the original 911 call made by Damond, so prosecutors conducted their own investigation. Some officers on the scene did not initially know they were dealing with a police shooting — though body camera video shows Harrity and Noor reported that to the first responding officers.

Barnette testified last week that she did not speak with Noor about the shooting that night, acknowledging on the witness stand that if she had, he might have provided different information than his partner.

Colbert said it’s possible the state is raising these issues in an attempt to show that “everybody knew this went down wrong,” and police responded by going into cover-up mode.

“If it was just simply an accident, you wouldn’t go to those lengths. That seems to me to be the state’s strategy,” Colbert said, adding that prosecutors seem be trying to show that police “knew from the get-go that this is wrong, and they are just trying to cover their tracks.”

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Arkansas woman allegedly murders husband for refusing to quit porn: report

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An Arkansas woman “flew into a rage” and fatally shot her husband inside his man cave after spotting a porn channel on their satellite television bill, according to prosecutors.

Patricia Hill, 69, had asked her dearly beloved to cancel his smut subscription with the Dish Network —  after she caught him watching dirty TV shows on multiple occasions — but he apparently refused.

“She told him over and over again to stop, and he said he would but went right back to doing it,” explained Hill’s attorney Bill James in court Monday, according to the Pine Bluff Commercial.

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He said the couple was “basically estranged” when the shooting happened last July and that Hill’s husband, Frank Hill, 65, had been spending most of his time in their shed out back.

“He went to his shed, and she went to work,” James said.

After telling him repeatedly to quit watching porn, James claimed that Hill decided to cancel his subscription. When the next bill came, she saw that the channel was back up and running — and her “reality snapped,” the lawyer said.

“She lost her mind,” James alleged in his opening statement. “She didn’t try to hide it. She told the truth (about what happened).”

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Hill allegedly confronted her husband inside his man cave and asked him about the porn. She apparently didn’t like what he said and marched inside to fetch her Beretta .22-caliber pistol, according to prosecutors.

Hill walked back out to the shed and allegedly shot her husband two times. She left the gun inside their home — right next to the TV bill.

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According to James, Hill viewed pornography as a “personal affront to her and to her god.”

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