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16-year-old girl found dead, weighed 56 lbs; parents charged

A 16-year-old girl weighing just 56 pounds was found dead in her Iowa home, investigators said.

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Police in Perry, Iowa, said Sabrina Ray lived with her adoptive parents, Misty and Marc Ray. The couple ran a state-licensed daycare out of their home, KCCI-TV reported. 

The Rays were out of the state when their daughter died, police said. 

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Officers received a 911 call from the home, according to the Des Moines Register. When they arrived, they found two girls, ages 10 and 12, in the room with Sabrina’s body. The two other girls were also adopted by the Rays. 

An autopsy of the 16-year-old's body showed severe malnutrition.

There were at least two complaints logged against the daycare, allegedly related to inadequate nutrition and corporal punishments. The Des Moines Register reported that state workers found no evidence of abuse.

One parent whose child used to attend the daycare said she had no idea that Sabrina was being abused. 

"I am mad at myself. I am angry,” said parent Amanda Howard. “I’ve replayed it in my head, ‘Did I miss something? Did I not catch something?'" 

Others said they thought Sabrina was about 8 years old due to her size and stature. 

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The Rays were also foster parents; one of the former foster children, Marco Mendez, told KCCI-TV that the Rays terrorized Sabrina.

“She was really sweet,” Mendez said. “Sabrina was the main one who got beat the most.”

He said the girl would eat out of the trash because she was so hungry. The other two girls, who are now under doctors’ care, would hide food in their clothing to eat later, he said.

The Rays were arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury, one count of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person and one count of child endangerment resulting in death. They were also charged with two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury and two counts of neglect or abandonment. 

They are each being held on a $1 million cash-only bond, reported the Des Moines Register.

The investigation into the parents continues, with police looking into possible abuse of past foster children. 

Jury selection to begin in Bill Cosby sex assault trial

Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to famous alumni Bill Cosby's nearby home for career advice, her complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury.

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Jury selection in the sexual assault case will begin Monday at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, two weeks ahead of Cosby’s scheduled trial in Montgomery County.

The trial will start June 5.

Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and assaulting the former Temple University employee in 2004.

WPXI's legal analyst expects that more than the usual 12 jurors and two alternates will be selected because of the extremely high-profile nature of the case. More than 100 potential jurors will be called.

Cosby is expected to be in the courtroom.

Allegheny County officials said last week that they called in additional security and staff to handle the high-profile case.

After the jury is selected, it will be bused across the state to Montgomery County for the trial and sequestered for the duration.

The Associated Press and the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Ohio children allegedly shot by mother die in hospital

Two Ohio children have died after their mother allegedly shot them in the head.

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The Helton children, 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden, died Sunday night at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

  • The children were shot at the family’s Dayton home on May 18
  • The children’s 11-year-old sister was at home but unharmed
  • The children’s mother, Claudena M. Helton, 30, remains in jail

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The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed they had the bodies of the Helton children, but they would not release their times of death.

The children’s mother was arrested and has been in the Montgomery County Jail since the shooting about 10 a.m. Thursday at their Dayton home.

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Helton is scheduled to appear in Dayton Municipal Court on Monday. She is charged with two counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated assault. We have contacted Dayton Police Department officials to find out whether the charges will be increased now that the children have died.

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Helton had faced previous allegations involving children before last week's shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, an investigation was open and active against Helton by Montgomery County Children Services.

Reaction from neighbor

John Sanders Sr. has lived in the 3800 block of Lori Sue Avenue — just a few houses down from the Helton home — for 45 years.

"From what I’ve seen and noticed, she and the kids got along fine,” Sanders said. “They were always out in the yard barbecuing, cleaning the car, going back and forth to school. I could see no problem whatsoever. I was very shocked to hear, and disturbed, as to what happened over there.”

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Sanders, who has 13 grandchildren, said it saddened him to learn of Khmorra and Kaiden Helton’s deaths.

“I'm sorry to hear that and my prayers go out to the family,” he said.

Sanders said law enforcement should take swifter action if they’re aware of child abuse.

“I’ve always thought and felt if, whenever the authorities know of cruelty ... they shouldn’t wait for an incident such as this to take place in order to take action," he said.

7th-grader could be registered as sex offender for sex with 12-year-old girlfriend

A 14-year-old boy in Texas could be labeled a sex offender after he was arrested for allegedly having sex with his 12-year-old girlfriend. 

The seventh-grader faces charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, the Houston Chronicle reports. If he is convicted, the state would register him as a sex offender.

The teen’s mother said the sex was “consensual and he loved her,” the Chronicle reports.

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Texas has what is known as the “Romeo and Juliet” law, which allows an underage person to have consensual sex with someone aged three years apart. But this does not apply to someone who is younger than 14 years old. 

Public defender Jackie Stewart Gravois said that generally, "if the prosecutors can prove that it was consensual and it was not forced in any way, they typically don't file these cases or they end up dismissing them," the Chronicle reported.

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Police: Florida man with 20 tattoos, wearing hot pink bra arrested 

A Florida man who was reported for erratic driving early Sunday was found by deputies a short time later in a hotel parking lot wearing some unusual attire, police said.

Deputies said Buford Carroll, 30, of Vero Beach, was in a parked car wearing a white shirt “with a hot pink bra underneath,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun

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Police said Carroll also allegedly smelled of alcohol, had a restricted license and was driving a car with plates registered to a different car, The Smoking Gun reported. 

Carroll was charged with attaching tags not assigned to the car. 

It’s unclear why Carroll was wearing a bra, though police did list descriptions of his 20 tattoos, which include an I-95 sign, the words “life of a struggler” and the Statue of Liberty holding a gun. 

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Arizona nurse charged with sex crimes against young children 

An Arizona nurse is facing multiple charges for sex abuse crimes involving children as young as 3 years old, KPNX reported.

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Emily Stephens, 29, was arrested May 12 at her home in Tucson in connection with sex crimes committed in California, KPNX reported.

Dr. James Kohut, 57, of Santa Cruz, California, and nurse Rashel Brandon, 42, of Watsonville, California, also have been arrested. 

In a news conference, Watsonville Police said the discovery of a videotape depicting sex acts with children led to the arrests. 

"It's very complex, very disturbing. Just in watching the video, I can tell you it was very disturbing. I have not seen a case like this in my career," Watsonville Police Capt. Jorge Zamora said.

Stephens worked as a traveling nurse, police said. Brandon and Kohut were both employed at the same hospital in California at one point. Police would not comment on the exact relationship between the three, KPNX reported. 

Stephens is facing five charges including lewd and lascivious acts, with force, with a child under 14; sending harmful matter with intent to seduce a minor; specific sex acts with a child under 10; specific sex acts with a child under 14; and specific sex acts with force with a child under 14. 

Stephens is being held in the Pima County Adult Detention Center without bond. She's reportedly fighting extradition to California.

Authorities said it is unclear whether Stephens will face any charges in Arizona. 

Florida woman awarded $100,000 for hot coffee spill

A jury awarded a Florida woman just over $100,000 in damages after hot coffee spilled on her lap in the drive-thru of a Starbucks in Jacksonville, Florida.

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When Joanne Mogavero went through the drive-thru of a Starbucks in July 2014, the lid of her coffee cup came off as the employee handed it to her and hot coffee spilled onto her lap, causing serious burn injuries.

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The lawsuit, which was originally filed by Morgan and Morgan in 2015, was seeking at least $15,000 in damages to cover Mogavero's medical expenses.

The jury determined that Starbucks was 80 percent negligent and Mogavero was 20 percent negligent.

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They found that Mogavero's damages for "pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, inconvenience and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life" was $55,000 in the past and $30,000 in the future.

This led the jury to determine that Mogavero should be awarded a total of $100,492.14.

Woman pretends to be Target worker, steals $11K in iPhones

Police in Dunwoody, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, are looking for a young woman accused of pretending to be a Target employee to steal more than $11,000 worth of iPhones.

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The woman was caught on security footage Monday, police said. She allegedly pretended to be an employee, wearing a Target Mobile shirt to get into a restricted area where iPhones were in a safe.

The woman, who had piercings in her lip and neck, is accused of taking 15 cellphones and fleeing in an awaiting gray Dodge Charger.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 678-382-6911 or tim.waldron@dunwoodyga.gov.

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Police: 9-year-old takes car on joyride, crashes into tree, babysitter charged

A 9- and 6-year-old took a car for a joyride through a Clover, South Carolina, neighborhood and ended up crashing into a tree, police said.

Police said the children took the car Thursday from Mary Harmon, who was watching them while their mother was at work, and drove around the mobile home park on.

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According to police, the street the home is on is a loop and the children may have driven in circles.

A neighbor said she passed the car while the 9-year-old was driving before it crashed into a tree.

Harmon never attempted to call police while she was looking for the two children, according to officers.

Police also said that after Harmon noticed the children and her car were gone, she took her roommate’s vehicle and ran an errand for 45 minutes. She didn’t tell anyone that the children and her car were missing, police said.

Harmon is charged with two counts of child neglect.

The children weren't hurt in the crash.

Police: Boy, 5, alerts relatives after both parents overdose

A boy in Ohio reportedly walked two blocks to a relative’s house early Thursday morning to say that his parents were dead, according to authorities.

Officers who responded to the home found that both adults had overdosed on heroin, police said.

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A 3-month-old girl was also found in the home, crying in a car seat in the living room, according to the police report.

Police said they found Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall lying on the floor unconscious.

Both parents were revived by paramedics.

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Johnson admitted to police that he was using heroin, according to a police report. He was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser.

Officers found a white residue on a chair, which was collected and sent for analysis, according to the report.

Marshall was transported to Atrium Medical Center because she would not wake up, police said. After she became conscious, she was transported to the Middletown City Jail.

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The situation could have been “10 times worse,” Muterspaw said. “Anybody should be appalled.”

Officers brought the young boy and infant back to the police department after the incident. The boy was given a badge “for being so brave,” according to police.

Muterspaw called the boy “a little hero,” adding that it was dark and he was barefoot when he left the house.

Muterspaw said doesn’t understand why a parent with children at home would ever use heroin.

“(The children) are first,” he said. “You are not first.”

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Johnson and Marshall were both charged with two counts of endangering children and disorderly conduct.

Each are being held on $7,500 bond in the Middletown City Jail. 

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