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Ohio woman sentenced to life in 1993 death of newborn

May. 24, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who dumped the body of her newborn son in woods after giving birth in 1993 was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years. A jury convicted Gail Eastwood Ritchey, 51, of murder in early April in northeast...

Kentucky woman pleads guilty to killing newborn

May. 24, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman charged with killing her newborn son has entered a guilty plea as her trial was set to begin. Amber Bowling, 25, had been set for trial on Monday, but instead entered a guilty plea, news outlets reported. Bowling gave birth in...

Toddler accidentally run over by his father in California

May. 19, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities were investigating Thursday after a toddler was killed when his father accidentally ran him over with an SUV at their Southern California home, officials said. The accident occurred shortly after noon Wednesday on the driveway of the residence...

No bond for Mississippi woman charged in infant's death

May. 17, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A 20-year-old Mississippi woman who faces an upgraded charge of capital murder in the death of her 2-month-old daughter is on suicide watch and is being held in isolation at the Rankin County Jail, authorities said Tuesday. Makaylia Jolley, of Pearl, was wearing...

Man sentenced to prison in death of infant son

May. 17, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to serve between 20 and 40 years in prison in the death of his 3-month-old son. Daniel Messner was sentenced Monday in Marshall County, news outlets reported. He was charged in 2019 with death of a child by a parent...

Mississippi woman acquitted in death of toddler stepdaughter

May. 14, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman has been found not guilty in the killing of her 14-month-old stepdaughter. A Monroe County jury on Friday acquitted T’Kia Bevily. It was her second trial in the 2017 death of Jurayah Smith in Claiborne County. A Claiborne...

St. Louis-area day care operator sentenced in infant death

May. 14, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A woman who operated a day care center from her St. Louis County home has been sentenced to prison for causing the death of an infant. Laura Minnick, 42, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree endangering the welfare...

Mother of 2 dead babies found decades ago enters Alford plea

May. 13, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A woman accused in the case of two dead infants found decades ago in South Carolina, including a baby girl who later became known as “Julie Valentine,” has entered an Alford plea to three charges. Brook Graham entered the plea Thursday to two counts of...

Child dies of suspected fentanyl overdose, parents arrested

May. 11, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a 15-month-old toddler were arrested for her death after the child was found unresponsive in their Northern California home where police found drug paraphernalia and fentanyl, authorities said. Evan Frostick, 26, and Madison Bernard, 23,...

Kansas man convicted of killing 4-month-old daughter in 2018

May. 11, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2018 death of his 4-month-old daughter. Andrew Franklin, 36, of Haysville, pleaded no contest last month to the reduced charge and a single count of child abuse in the death of...