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Mother charged in deaths of two infants 3 years apart

Aug. 14, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman has pleaded not guilty to smothering her infant daughter in March and causing the death of her other baby girl three years ago. Kristin Ann Brandon, 28, of Apple Valley, entered pleas on Aug. 6 to murder in the March death and two charges of assault...

Illinois man gets 60 years for sex with child who got HIV

Aug. 13, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child who later tested positive for HIV has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Stephen Grimes, 33, was sentenced Tuesday by a Winnebago County Circuit Court judge, who specified that the Rockford man must serve at...

Man who set up 'sex dungeon' for girls gets 29-year sentence

Aug. 13, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who federal and state authorities say sexually abused a girl under 12 years old and sought another underage victim for “slave training” in his “sex dungeon” was sentenced Thursday to nearly 29 years in prison. Simon Hessler, 48,...

Donna Grabowski is shown in an undated photo provided by the Collin County, Texas Government. Donna Grabowski, 41, and Roland Grabowski were jailed on felony charges including evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse after Texas sheriff's deputies found their infant son dead in a bucket of tar in Princeton, Texas. (Collin County Texas Government via AP)

Police: Body of a Texas couple's son found in bucket of tar

Aug. 13, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A Texas couple have been charged with evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse after authorities found their infant son dead in a bucket of tar. Sheriff's deputies arrested Donna and Roland Grabowski late Saturday in the Dallas suburb of McKinney. A Collin County Sheriff’s...

Ex-Boston police union boss charged with sex assault of girl

Aug. 13, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of Boston's largest police union has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl and was ordered held Thursday on $100,000 bail. Patrick Rose, 66, a retired officer and the one-time president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, was arraigned on charges...

Mother gets 32 years for death of son found in storage unit

Aug. 12, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 7-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete in a storage unit in 2018 was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Wednesday for her role in his death. The sentence was the maximum that Elisha Pankey could receive after pleading guilty to a felony charge of child abuse...

FILE - In this June 26, 2018, file photo, then-Suffolk County District Attorney Democratic candidate Rachael Rollins speaks during a forum in Boston. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, District Attorney Rollins criticized The Massachusetts Bail Fund for paying for the release of a convicted rapist, who has since been charged with a new rape. A statement from the bail fund said Wednesday that it bails out people based on financial need

Bail fund answers criticism over freeing convicted rapist

Aug. 12, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bail fund in Massachusetts that's among many nationwide flooded with donations amid the country's reckoning with racism is defending itself after freeing people facing serious crimes, including a convicted rapist who has since been charged with a new rape. The Massachusetts Bail Fund said...

FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, John Jackson, left, and his wife, Carolyn Jackson, of Mount Holly, N.J., walk out of a courthouse in Newark, N.J. The couple, who've been convicted of abusing their young foster children over several years, face another sentencing after a federal appeals court ruled their earlier sentences were too lenient. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Ex-military couple faces 3rd sentencing in child abuse case

Aug. 12, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A convicted former Army major and his wife who prosecutors said routinely beat their young foster children and denied them food and water will be sentenced for a third time, after a federal appeals court ruled the trial judge again failed to adequately address the seriousness of their...

Report: At least 41 children alleged assaults at nonprofit

Aug. 12, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Understaffing and inadequate supervision of staff and patients plagued a nonprofit health organization where at least 41 intellectually disabled children have reported sexual assaults over the past quarter-century, a newspaper investigation found. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported...

NYC livery driver charged with rape of 12-year-old girl

Aug. 12, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City livery cab driver was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the backseat of his car, police said. Rafael Martinez, 32, was charged Tuesday with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and assault. Officials said the...