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Feds indict Indian men whose cases led to sovereignty ruling

Sep. 21, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation convicted of murder in state court and another convicted of sexually assaulting a child in cases at the center of a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty are now facing felony charges in federal court, U.S. Attorney Brian...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Monday, Sert. 21, 2020 approved the extradition of the former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

Sep. 21, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former...

Lawyers: Israel court agrees to extradite woman wanted on child sex abuse charges in Australia after 6-year legal battle

Sep. 21, 2020 3:21 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Lawyers: Israel court agrees to extradite woman wanted on child sex abuse charges in Australia after 6-year legal battle.
Andrew Freund appears for a hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill. Freund, who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (Matthew Apgar/Northwest Herald via AP, Pool)

Father gets 30 years after plea in death of Illinois boy, 5

Sep. 18, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. At a brief hearing, Andrew Freund Sr. pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery of a...

Andrew Polovin, right, a former supervisor with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, walks to the podium in the courtroom of Judge Robert Wilbrandt during his arraignment hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020 in Woodstock, Ill. Polovin, one of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old Andrew

Ex-Illinois state worker pleads not guilty in slain boy case

Sep. 17, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

One of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy whose beaten body was found in a shallow grave last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges. Andrew Polovin, 48, of Island Lake, entered his plea during a...

Mom gets 30 years for killing baby and leaving body in trash

Sep. 17, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A Florida woman who killed her 6-month-old son in South Carolina because she was angry when the child's father wouldn't answer her texts or phone calls was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday. Vernita Lashon Jones told police she suffocated her son,...

Nigerian state says rapists will face surgical castration

Sep. 17, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration, and anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty. Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said the “drastic penalties are required to help further...

Police: 3 brothers accused of raping girl; 1 is on the run

Sep. 15, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

KENNER, La. (AP) — Three brothers have been accused of raping a 10-year-old girl after forcing their way into a bathroom where she was hiding, Louisiana authorities said. One of them remains a fugitive. Brothers Raul and Wilmer Paz Perez, both 35, were arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree rape...

Boy dead in own filth in locked room; dad, fiancee charged

Sep. 14, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

ANNVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man and his fiancee imprisoned the man's 12-year-old son in a darkened room for years, starving him and beating him while treating their other children well, until he was finally found dead in his own filth, authorities said. Scott Schollenberger Jr., 41, and Kimberly...

'Finally over': DNA brings arrest in teen's 1984 rape, death

Sep. 11, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A suspect in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl in 1984 in Rochester, New York, was arrested in Florida after a DNA search, officials said Friday. Timothy Williams, 56, faces second-degree murder charges in the Nov. 22, 1984, death of Wendy Jerome. He was arrested at his home...