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Georgia mother pleads guilty to killing husband, 4 children

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A suburban Atlanta woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her husband and four children and seriously injuring another daughter.

WSB-TV reports that 35-year-old Isabel Martinez pleaded guilty but mentally ill Tuesday to five counts of murder and other charges. She was sentenced to five life sentences with the possibility of parole plus 21 years.

The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office had declined to seek the death penalty because of Martinez’s mental state.

The July 2017 attack injured then-9-year-old Diana Romero and killed 33-year-old Martin Romero, 2-year-old Axel Romero, 4-year-old Dillan Romero, 7-year-old Dacota Romero and 10-year-old Isabela Martinez.

Friends told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Martinez had been depressed before the killings and had outbursts of anger and sadness.

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California man accused of ‘intentionally’ burning partner: police

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Authorities in California on Monday said they apprehended a man who they claim purposefully burned his partner, leaving her “severely injured.”

Richard R. Frederiksen, 48, was taken into custody following the encounter on Saturday that drew officers to a home in Roseville, the city’s police department said on Facebook Monday.

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Police were called to the scene around 10:55 p.m., where they discovered the wounded woman, officials said.

“The initial investigation uncovered that the victim’s partner had intentionally burned the victim,” officials said. The woman sustained life-threatening injuries and was brought to the hospital. She “remains in critical condition.”

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Frederiksen had allegedly abandoned the area but he was “eventually” found and apprehended, police said. He was located on Sunday, Fox 40 reported.

The suspect was booked into the South Placer Jail “without the possibility of bail” on multiple charges, including attempted murder and inflicting corporal injury, police said.

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Arizona mom allegedly punched son for being a bad lookout as grandma tried to shoplift

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An Arizona mother was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not keeping a “good enough” lookout as his grandmother shoplifted.

Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was taken into custody after police officers in Phoenix claimed to have witnessed her beating her 7-year-old son, according to court documents published by AZFamily.com.

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Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not being a “good enough” lookout for his shoplifting grandmother. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

Gonzales on Friday walked out of a Walmart parking lot when police officers spotted her “spanking” the boy, “then slapping him and finally punching him in the face.”

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The boy allegedly told investigators that he was hit because “he didn’t watch out for his grandma good enough” as she was shoplifting inside the Walmart, the documents alleged.

Gonzales was charged with aggravated assault, and is reportedly scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 30.

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Arizona mom allegedly punched son for being a bad lookout as grandma tried to shoplift

An Arizona mother was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not keeping a “good enough” lookout as his grandmother shoplifted.

Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was taken into custody after police officers in Phoenix claimed to have witnessed her beating her 7-year-old son, according to court documents published by AZFamily.com.

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Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not being a “good enough” lookout for his shoplifting grandmother. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

Gonzales on Friday walked out of a Walmart parking lot when police officers spotted her “spanking” the boy, “then slapping him and finally punching him in the face.”

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The boy allegedly told investigators that he was hit because “he didn’t watch out for his grandma good enough” as she was shoplifting inside the Walmart, the documents alleged.

Gonzales was charged with aggravated assault, and is reportedly scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 30.

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2 sisters charged with assaulting family at Tennessee funeral home

Two Tennessee sisters were charged with aggravated assault on Monday after police said they showed up to a funeral home and threatened people with a gun, even stabbing the deceased woman’s sister, police said.

Angel Chatman, 28, and her 26-year-old sister Travonda appeared at Terrell Broady Funeral Home in North Nashville at around 1:00 p.m. for the visitation of Angel’s ex-girlfriend who had recently died, Metropolitan Nashville police said in a news release.

Upon arrival, family members informed the two sisters that they were not allowed to enter — which apparently triggered a fight. Police said that during the argument, Angel reportedly cut the dead woman’s sister on her back with a knife and both Chatman sisters were said to have brandished guns, threatening the deceased’s mother and uncle.

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Angel Chatman (left), 28, the ex-girlfriend of the deceased, and her sister, Travonda Chatman, 26, were charged with felony aggravated assault after a reported fight Monday at a North Nashville funeral home.  (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department )

The pair then reportedly ran off and got into an SUV, reversing into another vehicle where the deceased’s brother was said to have been inside.

Police said the brother got out the car as Angel reversed her SUV again, pinning him between his vehicle and hers.

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He sustained “non-critical” injuries to his legs and was transported, along with the stabbing victim, to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

The Chatmans were charged with felony aggravated assault; Angel surrendered to police on Monday but Travonda had yet to be arrested, investigators said..

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Prosecutors: No charges for teen who deputies slammed down

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Prosecutors aren’t filing charges against a Florida teen who was arrested after deputies pepper-sprayed him and slammed his head into the ground.

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office released a statement Tuesday saying no charges would be filed against the 15-year-old following last week’s altercation in Tamarac. The prosecutors say an investigation into the deputies is ongoing.

The deputies responded to a fight Thursday outside a McDonald’s where about 200 students had gathered. Authorities say the teen picked up a phone belonging to a student being detained.

Video shows Sgt. Greg LaCerra sprayed the teen after he stood up and appeared to say something. LaCerra then threw him to the ground and Deputy Christopher Krickovich slammed his head twice and punched him.

Krickovich was placed on restricted duty. His union says he acted in self-defense. The teen wasn’t seriously hurt.

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California woman charged with dumping puppies in trash

A California woman could face up to seven years behind bars on a slew of charges filed Tuesday after authorities say surveillance video showed her casually tossing a bag of 3-day-old puppies into a trash can on a sweltering day.

Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was charged with seven felony counts of injuring the palm-sized puppies and seven misdemeanor counts of abandoning them.

The puppies’ mother may have been among 38 dogs found inside Culwell’s home following her arrest, and authorities were determining whether a reunion would be possible, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

Though most of the 38 dogs in the home appeared to be “somewhat healthy,” some were aggressive or fearful, the agency said, adding that the house was in a state of disrepair.

The case drew national attention after surveillance video showed a woman dropping a bag with the puppies into the trash Thursday before taking off in a Jeep Wrangler. Authorities posted the video to social media to help track her down, but they ultimately found Culwell based on a search of the Jeep’s plate number.

It’s unclear if Culwell has an attorney. Her number is unlisted.

Video of the arrest shows Culwell being led from her home as a reporter with KNBC-TV peppers her with questions such as, “Why would you throw those puppies away like trash?” and “Do you have anything to say about your actions?”

A handcuffed Culwell remained silent as she was taken from her home in Coachella, a desert city about 130 miles (210 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

The five male and two female puppies, believed to be terrier mixes, survived after spending about an hour inside a plastic bag in the dumpster, which was open. A man heard them crying and took the puppies to a nearby store, where an employee called authorities.

“If not for the good Samaritan’s actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer,” the animal services agency said in a news release, adding that temperatures in the area had reached the mid-90s on Thursday.

The pups were dehydrated and malnourished and are being cared for by a volunteer who is bottle-feeding them. The volunteer, Noni Boen, posted a video of the puppies cuddling and mewling on Monday, saying they had just been fed and returned to their nap pile.

“There is no excuse for dumping puppies,” Chris Mayer, commander of animal services, said in a statement. “Especially in today’s age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act.”

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Ex-pro hockey player, mom found dead in California condo, believed to be double-homicide

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A former professional hockey player and a mother of two were found dead over the weekend in the athlete’s home in California, officials said.

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were discovered at Partch’s condominium in Newport Beach, according to online records from the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

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Around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Newport Beach Police Department received a call to the home, where the two were found.

In a news release on Monday, authorities said that the situation is being investigated as a homicide, but did not reveal further information about how they were killed or what their relationship was.

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Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were found dead in his home in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday, officials said. (YouTube/Facebook)

Partch spent years playing professional hockey as a forward for teams including the Waterloo Black Hawks and San Diego Gulls, according to Hockeydb.com.

Miller was the CEO of Wings for Justice, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of children in the criminal justice system. Her online bio states she spent her life devoting “herself to the healing and edification of children, adults, and families,” and spent more than 12 years working as a licensed psychologist in California and Michigan.

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Luke Carpenter, identified by The Mercury News as Miller’s son, wrote on Facebook that his mother was fatally shot. He added, “It was told to us that she did not suffer. The police are still investigating all the details.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that she was loved on earth and I’m happy that she gets to be loved even better in heaven. I love you mom,” Miller’s son said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Newport Beach Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797.

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Looming wave of sex-abuse cases poses threat to Boy Scouts

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Lawyers across the U.S. are recruiting clients for a potentially crippling new wave of sexual abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts.

Past payouts have already seriously strained the organization’s finances, and it hasn’t ruled out filing for bankruptcy. But now the threat is increasing because a number of states are moving to create a new legal window so that victims of long-ago abuse can sue.

A bankruptcy filing by the Boy Scouts could be epic in its scope and complexity and could prove crippling to the organization. It could also result in lower payouts to people who were molested as youngsters by scoutmasters or other volunteers.

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NY jury hears conflicting portrayals of Fake German heiress

A Manhattan jury heard competing narratives Tuesday in the bizarre case of the fake German heiress, as a prosecutor portrayed Anna Sorokin as a profligate con artist and a defense attorney insisted she had ambitious business plans but was taken in by the extravagance of New York.

Jurors will now decide whether Sorokin is guilty of grand larceny and theft of services following a spending spree that spanned 10 months and, prosecutors allege, defrauded people and businesses out of $275,000 and bankrolled her foray into the Manhattan socialite scene.

The deliberations cap a more than three-week trial that drew international attention and tabloid headlines about Sorokin’s courtroom fashion choices. Sorokin, who adopted the name Anna Delvey, deceived friends and financial institutions alike into believing she had a 60 million euro wealth overseas that would cover her lavish hotel stays and jet-setting lifestyle.

Closing arguments focused in large part on Sorokin’s intent, which prosecutors must demonstrate was criminal in order to convict her.

Her defense attorney, Todd Spodek, insisted Sorokin had been “buying time” and planned all along to settle her six-figure debts, portraying her as an entrepreneur who got in over her head. He compared her at one point to Frank Sinatra, saying “they both created their own opportunities” in New York.

“There’s a little bit of Anna in all of us,” Spodek said. “This is the life she chose to live.”

Spodek added that Sorokin “was ambitious, she was persistent and she was determined to make her business a reality,” referring to a private arts club she proposed building and for which she sought a $22 million loan. She led an unorthodox — and at times unethical— lifestyle, he added, but Sorokin was “enabled every step of the way by a system that favors people with money.”

Assistant District Attorney Catherine McCaw said Sorokin told “lie after lie” to prolong a life of luxury she couldn’t afford, providing forged financial records and identifications to banks. She lived out of ritzy hotels on an overdrawn account, dined at the finest restaurants and even hired a personal trainer who charged $300 a session, McCaw said.

Sorokin not only assumed a different identity for herself but created a team of “imaginary” assistants, McCaw said, a ruse that lent credence to her efforts to expand her credit. There was, for instance, an accountant who didn’t exist whom Sorokin blamed for delays in wire transfers.

“All of the defendant’s wire transfers are merely a figment of her imagination,” McCaw said. “These are not white lies. These are lies that help you understand that the defendant, in fact, had criminal intent in this case.”

McCaw said Sorokin once burned through $40,000 over a period of just eight days. During one stay at a W Hotel, McCaw said, Sorokin “barricaded herself” in her room and would not even allow staff to check the minibar, even as she insisted they refill it.

She said Sorokin racked up $679 in “incidental” expenses at the hotel.

“That’s an awful lot of M&Ms,” McCaw said. “She knew she couldn’t pay for it.”

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