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Mom Marries Boyfriend Accused Of Killing Her 19-Month-Old Disabled Daughter A Year After Death

A Salt Lake City man has been charged in the death of his wife’s daughter.

According to Deseret News, 29-year-old Jake Don Jensen has been charged with child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony, and child abuse in the death of a 19-month-old girl.

The charges stem from a January 2016 incident, in which the toddler was having a seizure. Jensen and the child’s mother (then-girlfriend) Stephanie Mahaffey Jensen refused on-site care and told emergency personnel that they would take the girl to the doctor soon.

Two days later, the child had another seizure and was taken to the hospital early the next morning. She “never regained consciousness,” per the charges. Doctors discovered that the child’s legs had been broken and were in various stages of healing, but the parents never reported broken bones. They believed the injuries were “most consistent with severe child physical abuse, given the lack of any other adequate explanation for either her broken legs

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Northwestern Professor Accused Of Killing Hair Dresser Sent Video To Victim’s Family: ‘Worst Mistake Of My Life’

A Northwestern University associate professor and an Oxford University employee have each turned themselves into police after the pair became suspects in the death of a 26-year-old man, People magazine reports.

Police found the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau at the home of Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern. The victim was apparently stabbed to death.

Police searched for Lathem and Andrew Warren, 56, for more than a week before they agreed to turn themselves in.

While on the run, Lathem allegedly sent a video to Cornell-Duranleau’s family, apologizing for “the worst mistake of my life,” investigators claimed.

One of the suspects also made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name, the Associated Press reports.

Lathem, who has been placed on administrative leave and banned from Northwestern’s campuses, plans to plead not guilty to the charge of murder, his attorney told People.

[Image: Chicago Police Department]

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Accused Rapist Of Student Who Committed Suicide Takes Full-Page Ad Claiming Innocence

The attorney of an Alabama man who was accused of sexual assault by a former University of Alabama student took a full-page out in yesterday’s Tuscaloosa News, claiming that he is innocent and the victim’s text messages prove that any sexual encounter was consensual.

The student, Megan Rondini, killed herself after she told police that T.J. Bunn, 36, raped her at his home. Her parents have since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bunn, as well as two university employees and various members of the Tuscaloosa County sheriff’s office for allegedly mishandling the case.

But Bunn’s lawyer, Ivey Gilmore, claimed that Rondini’s text messages showed that his client was innocent of the rape charge.

“To be clear, this case is not a matter of ‘he said, she said,”’ Gilmore wrote. “It is this young woman’s own words, and her own text messages that led every investigating authority to conclude she had not

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Mom Accused Of Smothering 3 Sons To Death Out Of Jealousy Claims She Has Brain Damage

The lawyers of an Ohio woman accused of murdering her three sons claimed she suffered from brain damage. According to PEOPLE, 25-year-old Brittany Pilkington has suffered lead poisoning. A motion has been filed to heave 2015 videotaped confession to police suppressed because they claim the mother was easily influenced by detectives due to years of trauma and abuse by the hands of her relatives.

Her lawyers stated that she has a low IQ and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder which prompts her to detach under stress. They suggested she even dissociated during her confession.

Pilkington is accused of killing her 3 sons, Niall, Noah and Gavin, over the course of over a year. She allegedly smothered them to death because her husband gave them more attention than her daughter.

“In her mind, she was protecting her daughter from being not as loved as the boys were by their father,” prosecutor

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Woman Accused Of Giving Fake Butt Implants Is Murdered In Suspected Revenge Attack

A Brazilian woman accused of giving illegal buttock augmentation procedures has been murdered in Rio de Janeiro. Marcilene Soares Gama, 49, was facing legal action over allegations that she posed as a doctor at the time of her murder on Saturday, according to the BBC.

A man was recorded on surveillance video entering Gama’s apartment before he tied her up, shot her in the face and dumped her body on a roadside. Police believe her murder was an act of revenge, according to TIME. At least 10 women have accused Gama of malpractice and impersonating a doctor.

“She never said she was a surgeon. People knew the risks, but they went ahead anyway,” Gama’s brother-in-law, Daniel Mofacto told O Dia. “But I do believe that she was murdered by a vengeful client.”

Gama had two children and was preparing to soon become a grandmother.

Buttock enhancements are one of the most popular plastic surgeries

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Police Accused Of Beating And Unleashing K9 Dog On Teen Girl After Mistaking Her For Bald Man

A 5’2, 115-pound teenage girl in California was punched in the mouth by police, bitten by a K9 and arrested last month after she was mistaken for a machete-wielding 5’11, 180-pound bald man with a goatee.

The NAACP’s Bakersfield chapter released a Facebook video Monday morning calling the incident racially motivated. In it, Tatyana Hargrove, 19, described the events that took place. She says she was walking home after shopping for a Father’s Day gift. She was then approached by an officer who drew his gun as soon as he got out of his patrol car.

“He [the officer] put his other knee on my head, and I told him, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’ and I started yelling out: ‘Somebody help me, somebody help me, they’re going to kill me,’” Hargrove said in the video.

After the incident, Hargrove had to be hospitalized for the injuries she allegedly sustained from

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Ex-Prison Guard Accused Of Bullying Neighbors And Their Autistic Son

A retired prison guard is accused of making life difficult for the family of a 23-year-old autistic man who lives on his Staten Island block. New York’s Daily News reports the NYC Commission on Human Rights filed complaints against Patrick Kilbane, a former state Corrections Department sergeant. The complaint claims Kilbane and his daughter Erin harassed neighbors George and Nicole Palesano and their 23-year-old son, who is autistic.

The Palesanos and Kilbanes live across the street from each other on a dead end road on Staten Island. According to the complaint, in 2008 Kilbane placed a log with a pole and flag on it along the curb in front of his house, making it difficult for their son’s school bus to turn around. He also allegedly would scream at bus drivers, yelling offensive remarks. Following complaints by the Palesanos, the city Parks Department removed the log in 2015, however,

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Married Teacher Accused Of Adopting Former Student To Sexually Assault Him Almost Daily

A New Jersey teacher has been accused of adopting her former middle school student, a 15-year-old boy, and sexually assaulting him repeatedly.

Rayna Culver, 43, and the boy had a “very close” relationship when she was his teacher, according to the Trentonian. She then housed him after he was kicked out of his family’s home in December 2015, according to South Jersey Local News. Culver became his legal guardian a few months later.

“(The victim) believed that the purpose of her taking him in was to eventually make sex a part of their relationship,” court documents allege.

The victim said Culver started to touch him inappropriately and undress him back in June 2016. This led to sexual relations. Culver is reportedly married.

“After that first incident, they would engage in sex often, and it was to the point where he felt that if he told her to stop she would get mad

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Married Teacher Accused Of Adopting Former Student To Sexually …

A New Jersey teacher has been accused of adopting her former middle school student, a 15-year-old boy, and sexually assaulting him repeatedly.

Rayna Culver, 43, and the boy had a “very close” relationship when she was his teacher, according to the Trentonian. She then housed him after he was kicked out of his family’s home in December 2015, according to South Jersey Local News. Culver became his legal guardian a few months later.

“(The victim) believed that the purpose of her taking him in was to eventually make sex a part of their relationship,” court documents allege.

The victim said Culver started to touch him inappropriately and undress him back in June 2016. This led to sexual relations. Culver is reportedly married.

“After that first incident, they would engage in sex often, and it was to the point where he felt that if he told her to stop she would get mad

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Lawyers Of Man Accused Of Plotting A Mass Shooting Said He Was Set Up By The FBI

Sixteen months after the FBI announced it thwarted a planned mass shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee, lawyers for the suspect claim he was pressed and entrapped by FBI agents for months. The claim states that Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 25, told the FBI a mass shooting would be wrong.

The new court motion asks that Hamzeh, be released on bail pending his trial, which is set for February. Hamzeh’s family also claims he was set up by the FBI, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Federal prosecutors said Hamzeh was planning to kill at least 30 people to “defend Islam” when he was arrested in early 2016. He was charged with two counts of possessing a machine gun and one count of possessing a silencer, weaponry he purchased from undercover FBI agents.

Hamzeh’s attorneys stated that the criminal complaint against their client fails to mention that Hamzeh “rejected their overtures and

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