A woman from Red Bluff, California now faces criminal charges after her alleged suicide attempt took the life of a young husband and father. In early January, 28-year-old Grace Ward drove on the wrong state of an interstate, allegedly to end her own life, NBC 4 reports.
Ward did not die in the crash that occurred when she hit oncoming traffic. Instead, she suffered a broken leg. The crash did have a fatality: Ryan Folson, a father of three and a former football player at Brigham Young University. Folson, 29, also attended medical school. In fact, he was en route to a hospital to interview for a residency when Ward crashed into him.
Other cars managed to swerve out of Ward’s way after she allegedly drove down the wrong side of the freeway.
“She intentionally was driving and swerving towards them,” Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said, according to Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/woman-charged-with-killing-young-father-after-driving-on-wrong-side-of-road-in-suicide
A man from Sacramento, California has been sentenced to life in federal prison for buying Filipino children for sex and pornography. Michael Carey Clemans, 57, was handed down the sentence on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Clemans is an Army veteran who lived in Bangkok for two years while working as a pilot for a small airline.
Prosecutors detailed how Clemans returned multiple times to the Philippines with malicious intentions. According to authorities, he would ask a woman in the Philippines to take sexually explicit photographs of the children so that he could decide which child he wanted to rape when he came to the country.
Prosecutors claim that Clemans raped at least three girls, according to ABC13. The woman he conspired with from the Philippines, Lyan Tandeg, and another co-conspirator, Shellina Atad, were arrested for producing child pornography to show Clemans images of potential victims, some as young as 7. They were
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Florida resident James Williams, 54, was arrested after fleeing the scene of a car crash and leaving three children behind, according to ABC 15. The family had been traveling for the holidays.
As reported by ABC 15, The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says that Williams was in a car accident on Turkey Creek Road in Plant City and ran away on foot, leaving the kids in the dust on a road described as dark. The incident occurred at around 9:30 PM on Monday.
The children, who were left distraught and in a state of “panic,” are aged 7, 10 and 11. Their names are currently being withheld from the public. Williams is their great-uncle and had been temporarily entrusted with their care. He had been reportedly leaving his family’s Christmas celebrations.
Williams seemed to use the children by instructing them to help give him a leg up over a wall surrounding the neighborhood in order
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A woman has admitted to her role in the violent murder of a young North Dakota mother. According to People, 38-year-old Brooke Crews of Fargo confessed to killing 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and stealing her baby.
LaFontaine-Greywind was reportedly murdered in August and her baby was ripped from her womb. At her funeral in September, her boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, brought the infant who survived. “It was wonderful that [the baby] Haisley Jo was able to spend those moments along with her family, as well,” the family spokeswoman said.
On August 19, LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared from her apartment while eight months pregnant. She told her family she was going to help Crews (seen below) with a sewing project but never returned.
On August 27, her body was found in plastic wrap in the Red River. The medical examiner called her cause of death “homicidal violence.” No further details on the manner of death or how the baby was
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A young mother died one day after getting diagnosed with the flu. According to Fox10, 20-year-old Alani Murrieta of Phoenix, Arizona checked into the hospital last Tuesday morning and died by afternoon.
Her family is in shock, saying that Murrieta hardly ever got sick. “Monday she was still feeling sick, so her sister took her to urgent care, her and her kids. They diagnosed them with the flu, sent her home with flu meds,” her aunt, Stephanie Gonzales, said. She explains that after the diagnosis, Murrieta’s condition steadily worsened. “Her oxygen levels were low. They took an x-ray around 9 that morning, and they told her she had pneumonia, and it kind of just went down hill after that.”
Doctors reportedly told the aunt that Murrieta had a flu that turned into pneumonia. She says that her niece had no pre-existing conditions and was healthy. Now, the
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A sexual abuser from San Marcos, Texas has been sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison — and that doesn’t include the two additional life terms he’s been given. Robert Benjamin Franks, 39, was convicted on Monday of molesting two young girls, including his own 9-year-old stepdaughter, on a continuous basis.
A press release from the Hays County District Attorney’s Office shows that Franks was given one life sentence for each child he sexually abused. Then, he got 99 years for each of the nine counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Furthermore, he was slammed with an additional 20 years for each of six counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. To top that off, Franks was ordered to pay $120,000 in fines for his crimes.
Franks’ stepdaughter testified in court that Franks did “disgusting things” to her in 2016 when she lived at his home.
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Police released the horrifying 911 audio from a Georgia mother who investigators claim placed her two young boys in the oven and turned it on, resulting in them roasting to death, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Lamora Williams, who is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her 1- and 2-year-old boys, can be heard in the recording telling the dispatcher that she doesn’t want to go to jail and that she is not to blame for the boys’ deaths.
In the call, placed at about 11:30 pm on Friday, Williams, 24, says that she left her three sons with a cousin who then left the children alone at an Atlanta apartment.
“This is so serious; I’m so scared,” Williams says. “I don’t want to get locked up because I was at work.”
She later repeats herself.
“This is not my fault; I just came home from work,” she says.
Police said that
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A mom in California was found guilty on Thursday for her role in her husband’s murder. As The Daily Beast reports, 37-year-old Sabrina Limon was also convicted on charges of soliciting a murder, conspiring, and being an accessory in helping her younger lover kill her husband of nearly 14 years.
Robert Limon, 38, of Helendale died on August 17, 2014. Sabrina Limon’s lover, Jonathan Hearn, testified in September that the murder plot began as a joke months earlier.
Prosecutors say Sabrina and Hearn (seen below) wanted to kill Robert Limon in hopes of cashing in on his $300,000 life insurance payments and being together. Her defense attorney claimed that it was Hearn who was the real killer. “The only evidence that the people have is Jonathan Hearn: an admitted, cold-blooded, calculating killer, who stalked her husband and killed him,” said defense attorney Richard Terry.
They also said that the couple were swingers
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James Robert Louis Wood, a Utah 19-year-old, has been charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 10 counts of dealing in harmful materials to a minor by an adult into sending him nude pictures.
According to People, Wood created a fake Facebook profile for a woman named “Jessica Ford.” Wood used images of the woman to seduce 11 boys through Facebook messenger and encourged them to send him naked images of themselves. He used naked images of the woman he posed as to coax them. Wood then shared the images he received with friends at school and a sibling of one of the victims. It is unclear if “Jessica,” the woman Wood posed as, is a minor or an adult.
“James would make friends with these individuals on Facebook Messenger, and after some conversations back and forth he would request nude photos which the minor victims had sent him,” reads the
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A Pennsylvania mom faces decades in prison for drowning her two young sons.
According to Penn Live, 44-year-old Laurel Schlemmer was found guilty of third-degree murder in March and has been sentenced to 30 to 80 years in prison. The mom claimed that she drowned her sons in order to be a better mother.
On April 1, 2014, Schlemmer drowned Luke and Daniel (who were 3 and 6 years old) at the family’s home. She told authorities that she heard “crazy voices” and then pushed them into the tub, wanting to send them to heaven. A former teacher, she explained that she would be a better mother to her older son (age 7) if “the other two boys weren’t around and they would be better off in heaven.”
The older son was at school at the time of the incident.
After drowning her sons, Schlemmer called 9-1-1. “[Ms.] Schlemmer said she never attempted CPR because she did not
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