Mom Accused Of Abandoning Toddler In Field Days After Winning Custody -

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Mom Accused Of Abandoning Toddler In Field Days After Winning Custody

TEHACHAPI, CA – Police have charged 34-year-old Stacey Nikkel with child endangerment after her toddler was found in a in a field inside a tipped-over stroller – just days after winning custody of the child.

The 2-year-old girl had been in the custody of a couple who were trying to adopt her, but Nikkel took them court to regain custody. On June 9, a judge said that CPS dropped the ball, and awarded custody back to Nikkel.

This last Sunday, a person found the toddler in a vacant field stuck inside a tipped-over stroller wearing only a t-shirt, shorts and no shoes.. Investigators believe the child was alone in the stroller from about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night until found at about 9 a.m. the next morning.

“My heart just broke for her, because she was sitting here all alone,” said the woman who found the toddler. “She was very dirty, with tears, snots, hair covered in fox-tails.” 

Deputies later located and arrested Nikkel and charged her with child endangerment, child abandonment, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. She’s currently in the Central Receiving Jail on a $20,000 bond.

“This one’s kind of strange because we’re trying to figure it out ourselves,” said Sgt. Doug Wilson. “We’re still actively investigating this case, we’re still looking really for more answers to tie everything together.”

According to Kern County Superior Court records, Nikkel was charged in 2012 with willful cruelty to a child, but that case was dismissedHer daughter has been placed into protective custody. Here’s hoping the couple who lost custody of the girl will now have a better chance of getting her back.

Kayla Oxenham Accused Of Branding Her Children For Identification Purposes -

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Kayla Oxenham Accused Of Branding Her Children For Identification Purposes

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Police have charged 23-year-old Kayla Oxenham with child abuse after they say she branded her two young children so that she could identify them.

According to the police report, Oxenham’s two daughters – ages 5 and 7 – said their mother told them she “forgot how much she loved fire,” before using a lighter to burn a stick. She then used the hot stick to “brand” their arms.

Afterwards, Oxenham told them she did this so that they could have ice cream, and so she could identify them as her children. (o_O) A medical exam would later show at least one of the children had injuries indicative of being burned.

The 7-year-old also told investigators that Oxenham got mad at her little sister for locking a cat in the bathroom so she slammed the girl’s head into a wall several times before kicking her in the side.

Oxenham was interviewed but denied attacking her youngest daughter. She refused to discuss allegations of burning the siblings.

Kayla Oxenham was arrested and charged with felony child abuse and is currently out of jail on $15,000 bond. Her daughters were placed in the custody of the youngest girl’s father.

Woman Escapes After Kidnapper Is Attacked By His Own Pit Bull -

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Woman Escapes After Kidnapper Is Attacked By His Own Pit Bull

LAS CRUCES, NM – I totally missed this story last week but what the hell – I like it. Gabriel Garcia is facing a slew of serious charges after the woman he allegedly held against her will was able to escape after his pit bull turned on him.

The 26-year-old woman told police she met Garcia at a party where he stole her car keys. He later messaged her via Facebook about returning the keys and the two arranged a time to meet.

Garcia picked the woman up, purchased some alcohol and took her to his home. When the woman asked for her keys and a ride back home, Garcia refused to do either and began making sexual advances towards her. That’s when she called 911.

When Garcia realized she was on the phone with 911, he pushed her down a flight of stairs before siccing his pit bull on the woman. But instead of attacking the woman, the dog attacked Garcia, biting him in the upper arm.

Now extremely angry, Garcia grabbed a hammer and dragged the woman into his bedroom by her hair. He threatened to kill her with a rifle if she told anyone about the incident. The woman was able to escape after Garcia’s father returned home, and make a second call to 911.

Garcia was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery. He was taken to jail on a $25,000 secured bond after being evaluated at the hospital for the dog bite on his arm.

Barry Jernigan Murdered Family On Father’s Day Before Killing Self -

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Barry Jernigan Murdered Family On Father’s Day Before Killing Self

CHESTERFIELD, VA – Police say 35-year-old Barry Jernigan fatally shot his wife and two kids before killing himself Sunday evening.

Police were first alerted to the family’s home after Barry’s boss called to report that Barry had left him a message “that sounded threatening and possibly suicidal in nature.” Officers heard gunshots as they approached the home, but it was already too late.

Barry’s wife, 30-year-old Renotta Jernigan, and stepdaughter, 9-year-old Alexis Kellas, had both collapsed in the front yard after being shot. Neighbors who’d heard the gunfire were providing first aid to the victims, but Renotta would die on the scene while Alexis would die later at the hospital.

Inside the home, police would find 2-year-old Seth Jernigan had been shot to death as he lay in his crib. As for Barry, he was also found in the home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “At this point, the investigation indicates that Barry Jernigan shot his son, stepdaughter and wife before turning the gun on himself,” police said in a statement.

Neighbors say they all pitched in that night in an attempt to save the family. One neighbor, a nurse, pulled Seth from his crib and attempted to perform CPR on the floor before police and rescuers arrived. Another neighbor described seeing Barry dead in a hallway and performing CPR on Renotta.

No word on a motive, but some are commenting that Renotta wanted a divorce. Barry’s father is shocked at his son’s actions, stating he knew that his son had struggled financially for years, but had never conveyed he was in any kind of distress.

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Amanda Ezra Killed While Vomiting Out Minivan Window -

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Amanda Ezra Killed While Vomiting Out Minivan Window

OSCEOLA, IN - Police say 24-year-old Amanda Ezra was killed early Sunday morning when her head struck something after she leaned out of the passenger window to vomit.

According to police, Ezra was riding in a minivan with four other people at around 4:40 a.m. when the freak accident occurred. The mother of three had been drinking at a party and was sitting on the lap of a front seat passenger. When she began to feel sick and stuck her head out the window to throw up, her head struck a telephone pole.

After the accident, the driver and one of the other passengers fled the scene but were apprehended later. The driver, a man in his 20s, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident.

“You’ve got a 24-year-old child, you’ve raised to be a young adult and has their whole life ahead of them and it’s snuffed out because of a decision that was made and because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Michelle Lyman, who lives near the crash site. “It’s tragic.”

According to Ezra’s family, she was trying to get her life back on track and had recently enrolled at Ivy Tech so she could eventually be a teacher.

I had something similar happen to a friend of mine. I was driving and he was passed out with his head out the passenger window after throwing up. His head was resting on his arm, which had extended out fully and struck one of those temporary detour barriers with the flashing orange light.

Luckily, all he got was a busted up arm for a week or so, and I got a cool flashing light I put in my room (He swears I did it on purpose just to get that light). But we were just stupid teenagers when that happened. I will never understand why adult parents make these same kind of dumbass decisions.

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Shawn Miller Accused Of Restraining Young Boy Inside Walmart Bathroom -

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Shawn Miller Accused Of Restraining Young Boy Inside Walmart Bathroom

GROVE CITY, PA — Police have charged 27-year-old Shawn Miller after they say he dragged a 9-year-old boy into a bathroom stall inside a Walmart.

The boy went into the Walmart restroom with his father and 6-year-old brother. After they left the bathroom, the boy was washing his hands when Miller allegedly came up behind him, grabbed him by the waist and dragged him into one of the stalls.

The boy was able to get away, but Miller reportedly grabbed him a second time and began pulling him back into the stall again. He only let the boy go when the boy started screaming for his father.

After running out of the restroom, the boy found his father and told him what had happened. The man was able to find Miller outside of the store, but Miller fled into a nearby wooded area.

Miller was quickly identified and apprehended after police supplied the media with some Walmart surveillance footage. “Walmart has exceptionally good video,” said Lt. Tom Dubovi, of Pennsylvania State Police.

Miller told police he tried dragging the boy into the stall, but only because he wanted to hit him for being “mouthy” with him in the bathroom. Uh-huh.

Shawn Miller is currently being held in the Mercer County Jail on charges of unlawful restraint and simple assault.

Regardless of what Miller’s intentions were in that bathroom, the entire time I was typing this up I couldn’t help but to be reminded of this scene from Rick and Morty:

Cracked Spine Book Club: The Troop -

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Cracked Spine Book Club: The Troop

Here, Now – I’ve read a lot of books since I last posted a Cracked Spine recommendation, but I just haven’t had time to post anything about them aside for some quick blurbs on our Facebook Page or our forums.

One of these books was The Troop, by Nick Cuter. A nasty, effective horror book I posted about awhile back on Facebook. After numerous responses since, from people who say they loved The Troop and never would have heard of it had I not mentioned it, I decided to give it some front page lovin’.

Hopefully this will turn some more of you horror lovers on to this horrific read. Here’s the official synopsis:

Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder — shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry — stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected…and one another.”

Simon and Schuster describe it as part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later. But I think a much better description would be part Lord of the Flies, part Monsters Inside Me. I say this because I don’t want anyone tired of the zombie genre (raises hand) turned off of reading The Troop because they think it’s a flesh-eating zombie book – because it isn’t. At all.

What The Troop is, is disturbing as hell. Not just because of the level of violence (Cutter reaches for the stars in the gross-out department), but because of what’s causing it and the fact that it’s happening to a group of young boys.

Take my word for it and read the damn thing. It’s one of my favorites this year and one of the only books I know of that caused Jaded to gag. And, from the rumors I hear down at the local liquor store, that woman’s gag-reflex is damn near non-existent.


jason Moore Killed Ex-wife, Her New Boyfriend At High School Reunion -

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jason Moore Killed Ex-wife, Her New Boyfriend At High School Reunion

PEORIA, IL – Police say James Moore walked into a high school reunion being held inside a crowded sports bar and fatally shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before being fatally shot by another patron.

The triple shooting happened at Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria Saturday night where some of the 100 people inside were attending an East Peoria Community High School reunion for the class of 1999.

At around 8 p.m., 40-year-old James Moore walked in and made a beeline towards his wife, 33-year-old Lori Moore, who was at the reunion with her new boyfriend, 36-year-old Lance Griffel.

According to witnesses, Moore calmly walked up to the couple, pulled out a handgun and shot them both in the head. Both Lori and Lance were pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Moore was unable to kill anyone else, if that’s even what he intended, because immediately after he sucker-shot the couple, an off-duty FBI agent inside the bar shot and killed him.

“I think it’s pretty clear in his case the presence of this officer and his ability to take very quick and very decisive action prevented a further tragedy,” East Peoria Police Chief Ganschow said.

Lori filed for a divorce from Jason in March of 2013. The dissolution of marriage and parenting agreement were final in May 2013. On June 5, Lori posted pictures of herself with Griffel, calling him Sir Lancelot.

Man Killed By Daughter While Trying To Stop Her From Driving Drunk -

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Man Killed By Daughter While Trying To Stop Her From Driving Drunk

RIVERSIDE, CA – A man was killed by his own daughter after he was struck by her car as he tried stopping her from driving drunk.

Police say 37-year-old Soukvilay Barton was drinking and arguing with family members on Friday when she decided to leave.

Her father, 69-year-old Bounmy Rajsombath, tried to stop her from driving since she had been drinking, but she got into a BMW parked in the garage.

As she backed out of the driveway, her father stood behind the car in an attempt to stop her. Unfortunately, Barton didn’t see her father and hit him with the car as she backed out of the driveway.

Witnesses say that once Barton noticed her father had been injured, she immediately stopped the vehicle, got out and started sobbing. Rajsombatch was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicle manslaughter. She’s currently being held on $75,000 bail. A review of California court records showed Barton has had multiple traffic violations, including a DUI conviction from 2006.

Anyone with further information about the incident has been asked to contact Riverside police Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.

What a tragic way to go for a man who should have died 40 years ago. According to his son-in-law, Rajsombath was once a high-ranking military officer in the Laos defense department during the Vietnam War who ran a refugee camp in Thailand to help people in Laos escaping the communist insurgency.

When the communists began killing any Laos military who had helped the United States, Rajsombath escaped to Thailand by swimming across the Mekong River.

Julio Iturralde Locks Girlfriend Out Of Hotel, Rapes Her Infant -

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Julio Iturralde Locks Girlfriend Out Of Hotel, Rapes Her Infant

LOS LUNAS, NM — Police say 27-year-old Julio Iturralde locked his girlfriend out of their hotel room before raping the woman’s 8-month-old daughter.

The couple were staying at a hotel in Los Lunas when the mother, 25-year-old Jasmin Davis, ran outside to get some items from the car. When she tried to re-enter the hotel room, she found the door was locked and heard her baby screaming.

After several minutes, Iturralde opened the door and Davis saw a “tremendous” amount of blood in her baby daughter’s diaper. She told police she wanted to get her baby to a hospital, but Iturralde refused to let her leave the room and he started smoking meth.

It wasn’t until the next morning, after she and Iturralde smoked meth together, that Davis took her baby to University of New Mexico Hospital. According to the complaint, Davis told hospital staff that she though her baby had been injured by a child she watched the day before.

Medical staff ended up calling law enforcement who interviewed Davis. She told them about the hotel incident and Iturralde was arrested and charged with criminal sexual penetration of a child, false imprisonment and child abuse. He is currently behind bars without bond.

After witnesses at the hotel said they spoke with Davis the night the child was raped and say she didn’t try to get them to get help for her baby, Davis was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

The baby is still in the hospital where doctors are trying to reconstruct her internal organs. She is now in the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

“When I first started in this career you would have a homicide or somebody that got beat up. Nothing of this nature – and nothing that goes to these extremes. Meth is probably the worst drug that I can ever think of,” said Valencia County Capt. Gary Hall.