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This undated photo provided by the Cass County, N.D., Jail shows Amber Barrett, who has been charged with felony child neglect after she was accused of leaving six children with the body of an acquaintance who overdosed. Barrett also is charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report a death. Documents filed in Cass County District Court say police were called on Nov. 16, 2019, to a home on a report of an unresponsive man.(Cass County Jail via AP)

North Dakota woman charged with leaving 6 kids with dead man

Jan. 17, 2020 12:22 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman has been charged with felony child neglect after she was accused of leaving six children with the body of an acquaintance who overdosed. Amber Barrett of Fargo also is charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report a death. Documents filed in Cass County...

Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman talks Harley Dilly, 14, who has been missing since Dec. 20. during a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Port Clinton, Ohio Police say the body of Dilly, who had been missing for more than three weeks, was found stuck in a chimney of a vacant home in his neighborhood. (Jeremy Wadsworth/The Blade via AP)

Teen missing for weeks found dead in vacant home's chimney

Jan. 14, 2020 2:57 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A three-week-long search for a missing Ohio teenager who was last seen walking to school ended after authorities announced Tuesday they found his body trapped inside the chimney of a vacant house near his home. Authorities said 14-year-old Harley Dilly's death is currently being...

Parents charged after family found in deplorable conditions

Dec. 31, 2019 7:34 AM EST

HEMPFIELD, Pa. (AP) — Law enforcement officers serving a warrant at a western Pennsylvania home found a family living there in “uninhabitable conditions” and charged the parents with child endangerment and animal neglect, authorities said. Cloyd and Melissa Zimmerman, both 38, turned...

Bus driver pleads in crash that killed teacher, student

Dec. 23, 2019 6:14 PM EST

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A school bus driver has pleaded guilty in a New Jersey crash last year that killed a teacher and a fifth-grade student. Hudy Muldrow Sr., 79, entered pleas Monday in Superior Court in Morristown to reckless vehicular homicide, assault by auto and child endangerment. Prosecutors...

Pair could face new charges in Indiana neglect case

Dec. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors are looking to file four additional charges against an Indiana couple accused of abandoning their adopted daughter. Michael and Kristine Barnett, who were charged in September with two counts of neglect of a dependent, now possibly face six to 20 years in prison if...

Authorities: Suspect in baby's death bit off child's nipples

Dec. 20, 2019 2:26 PM EST

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area man who is charged in the death of his girlfriend's 8-month-old son repeatedly abused the child and bit off his nipples, authorities say. Sylvester Knighten Jr., 31, was charged Thursday with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, abuse of a child with a...

Mom convicted in death of 4-year-old who shot himself

Dec. 20, 2019 4:19 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has been convicted of child neglect in the death of her 4-year-old son who shot himself in the head last year. Tiara Danielle Jefferson, 26, entered an Alford plea to the charge on Wednesday, acknowledging the evidence against her while maintaining her innocence, the...

Girlfriend of Kansas man who wounded 2 lawmen sentenced

Dec. 19, 2019 11:44 AM EST

LYONS, Kan. (AP) — The girlfriend of a Kansas man who fatally shot his father and wounded two Kansas law enforcement officers before killing himself was sentenced to 60 days in jail. District Judge Mike Keeley told Erin Baker that she had some responsibility for the April 29 shooting in ordering the...

Parents charged with murder after baby starves to death

Dec. 19, 2019 5:55 AM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Two Floridians have been charged with starving their 18-month-old son to death. The child weighed only 17 pounds (8 kilograms), according to a Cape Coral police report. Experts said that's in line with what a 7-month old should weigh. On Wednesday, a Lee County Grand Jury indicted...

In this image taken from surveillance video released by the Atlanta Police Department, a woman escorts a young man into Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The young man, who appeared to be malnourished and is unable to communicate, was later found alone with no identification. Atlanta police are asking for the public's help in identifying the pair.  (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

Mom charged after police say she abandoned special needs son

Dec. 11, 2019 1:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police charged a mother with cruelty to children Wednesday after her special needs teenager was found abandoned at a downtown hospital, cold, confused and unable to say who he was. The mother told investigators she left her 14-year-old son at Grady Memorial Hospital because she felt...