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West Virginia mom charged with neglect in baby's death

Jul. 31, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

BENWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A mother was charged with child neglect resulting in death after her months old baby died from injuries sustained while the woman was allegedly using drugs at a West Virginia home, according to authorities. Kace Lee Shmigal, 31, surrendered to authorities on the charge Thursday, news...

Indiana woman gets 30 years for death of son, 2, in hot car

Jul. 30, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana woman whose 2-year-old son died after he climbed into a hot car and couldn't get out has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to neglect. A Delaware County judge sentenced Britni Nicole Wihebrink, 30, on Wednesday to the longest prison term she...

Kansas agency balks at releasing records for slain child

Jul. 28, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency balked at releasing records about a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found this month, despite a 2018 law that aimed to make such documents more transparent. That law says Kansas Department for Children and Families' documents are public records...

Couple arrested in ax, crowbar attack in dispute over TV

Jul. 21, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls couple is facing criminal charges after police say they broke into an apartment armed with an ax and crowbar in a dispute over a TV. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the 23-year-old woman and 21-year-old man are facing charges of aggravated assault, burglary and...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference in Urbandale, Iowa. Gov. Reynolds says she will override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their education time in classrooms despite concerns the move could endanger children and teachers as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the state. Reynolds' decision Friday, July 17, 2020, will invalidate plans implemented by some districts to limit in-person classes to one day a week for most students with online learning on other days. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa governor overrides schools, requires in-person classes

Jul. 17, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that she would override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their schooling in classrooms despite the threat to teachers, students an their families from the surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Reynolds'...

Prosecutor: Man faces decades in prison in restaurant murder

Jul. 15, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to killing a man and trying to kill a woman in a New Jersey restaurant almost two years ago. The Monmouth County prosecutor's office said Wednesday that 42-year-old Miguel Camara of Long Branch pleaded guilty Tuesday...

Deputy: Mom left toddler in hot car while shopping at Macy's

Jul. 15, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A mother was arrested after she left her 2-year-old daughter in her car while she shopped at a Florida mall, sheriff's officials said. Thamyres Pounce, 32, was charged with one count of child neglect, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to The...

Mom accused of drunk driving at 121 mph before fatal crash

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas have accused a 23-year-old mother of driving drunk at 121 mph (195 kph) when she crashed her car into another car during the weekend, killing her infant son. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a judge on Tuesday set bail at $50,000 for Lauren Loanna Prescia...

Wichita father charged with murder in toddler's drowning

Jul. 13, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita father has been formally charged with murder in the drowning death of his 2-year-old son in a neighborhood swimming pool in Wichita. William K. Kabutu, 44, faces a charge of first-degree felony murder and an alternative count of second-degree murder that alleges the death was...

Father, girlfriend charged in 3-year-old Kansas girl's death

Jul. 12, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have charged the father of a 3-year-old Kansas girl who was found dead and his girlfriend with felony murder in the child’s death, prosecutors said Sunday. Howard Jansen III, 29, and his girlfriend, Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, 33, were also charged with aggravated...