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Virginia woman accused of abducting 4 kids found in Indiana

Feb. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EST

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of abducting her four children and leading authorities on a nationwide chase for several months was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Indiana, authorities said. Melody Bannister, 34, of Henrico, Virginia, was arrested at a gas station in Hendricks...

Woman could get life for killing involving custody dispute

Feb. 8, 2020 2:49 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 40-year-old woman convicted of killing a man involved in a child custody dispute with her could be sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison when sentenced April 9 in state District Court in Reno. A jury on Jan. 31 convicted Katherine Fletcher of first-degree murder with a...

Ex-wife convicted of Missouri husband's 2007 murder

Feb. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EST

PARKVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Twelve years after a man was found shot to death at his Riverside home, his ex-wife has been convicted of first-degree murder in his death. A Platte County jury on Thursday found Letti Strait, 59, of Parkville, guilty for her role in the death of Charles Cammisano on Sept. 1, 2007,...

Oregon foster teen sent to Utah facility speaks to lawmakers

Feb. 6, 2020 11:42 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who was sent to a now-closed Utah facility while he was in the custody of Oregon's child welfare system told state lawmakers that he saw staff physically restrain children for minor infractions and was housed with juvenile offenders. Caleb La Chance testified before...

Phoenix couple accused of concealing dead body for years

Feb. 3, 2020 6:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix couple accused of abusing three adopted children who have been removed from their custody allegedly concealed the dead body of another foster child in an attic for over two years, prosecutors said Monday. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office filed a direct complaint...

Justyna Zubko-Valva carries one of her children after the funeral service for her son Thomas Valva, 8, at St. Elizabeth's Church on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Melville, N.Y. The boy's father Michael Valva, a New York City police officer, and his fiancee, Angela Pollina, are being charged with Thomas's death. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).

Funeral held for NY boy, 8, who died of hypothermia

Jan. 30, 2020 2:38 PM EST

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Friends, family and strangers alike paid their respects on Thursday at the Long Island funeral for an 8-year-old boy who died of hypothermia while in the custody of his father, a New York Police Department officer. Thomas Valva, who died on Jan. 17, was forced to sleep in an unheated...

Man pleads in 2019 double slaying; Sentencing set for April

Jan. 28, 2020 3:38 PM EST

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A 23-year-old Louisiana man has agreed to a plea deal in the double slaying of a mother and daughter that was sparked by a dispute over custody of his children. Prosecutors said Frederick Dewayne Jackson was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder for January 2019 shooting of...

In this Jan. 24, 2020 photo, Michael Valva is led out of Yaphank police headquarters in Yaphank, N.Y. Valva is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva, in Center Moriches, N.Y. It is alleged that the boy was forced to sleep in an unheated garage at the couple's home as temperatures dropped to under 20 degrees. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP)

County probes social services after boy's hypothermia death

Jan. 28, 2020 11:40 AM EST

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A county on Long Island has launched an internal probe of its social services department after an 8-year-old boy died of hypothermia while in the custody of his father, a New York Police Department officer. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Monday evening that a...

Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Social worker charged with coercing client into prostitution

Jan. 24, 2020 12:21 PM EST

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A former child services caseworker has been charged with human trafficking, accused of recruiting a mother who was her client into prostitution in exchange for a favorable custody recommendation, authorities said. Candace Talley, 27, of Winslow, New Jersey, was working for the Division...