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New York Mom Charged with Murder After Strangling Infant Daughter with a Phone Cord
On January 4, 33-year-old Queens woman Shangbo Ziangshengjie was charged with murder after her one-year-old daughter was found dead.
Police said they were called to Ziangshengjie's apartment where they found the baby unresponsive. It appeared as thought the child had some sort of neck injury, but as of January 5 an autopsy hadn't occurred.
According to the New York Post, Ziangshengjie stranged the child with a phone charger cord and "some sort of religious relic." She called 911 but hung up. Shortly after a roommate called police and they arrived at the home. Authorities said Ziangshengjie recently lost her job and was worried about problems with family members back in China.
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Mom Dismembers Daughter as Part of Rape-Murder Fantasy with Boyfriend
A Pennsylvania mom was arrested in January for dismembering her teenage daughter as part of a "rape-murder fantasy" concocted by her and her boyfriend.
Authorities said Sara Packer and her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan lured her 14-year-old adoptive daughter Grace to a attic where she was beaten, raped, and tortured by Sullivan while Packer watched. Grace was poisoned and killed before being dismembered in July 2016. Police later found her body in October 2016 but were unsure as to how she got there.
On December 30, 2016, Packer and Sullivan made a suicide pact, suspecting police were closing in on them. They tried overdosing on pills but were unsuccessful after a woman who lived with the couple found them unresponsive.
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Boy Dies in Car Crash After Dad Drives High
A three-year-old boy died after he was in a car crash on January 3. The driver? His dad.
James Luksza of Bonne Terre, MO, was driving under the influence when he ran off the side of the road and hit a tree. While officials did not say exactly what Luksza had in his system, they said they suspect he was high on marijuana and was in possession of amphetamines at the time of the crash.
In the backseat were Luksza's two sons Chasen and James Jr. Chasen died at the hospital and his brother received serious injuries. Luksza was charged with driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter.
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Texas Mom Leaves Her Five Children Alone So She Can Party on Her Birthday
A Texas mom was arrested on Jan. 1 after she left her five children ages one to 12 alone to fend for themselves. Deundra Williams was caught after the band of kids was found wandering without shoes on at a Walgreens almost 20 minutes away from their house.
"This normally doesn't happen," Pflugerville Assistant Police Chief Jim McLean told a local news station. "I've probably only seen this twice in my career."
Apparently it was Williams's birthday, and she was attending a BBQ thrown in her honor. During that time her kids managed to cross a busy highway, walk to the Walgreens, and open toys on sale in the store.
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Dad Chokes Daughter Over Nude Snapchat Pictures
A Tennessee dad choked out his 14-year-old daughter after he discovered she was posting naked photos of herself on the social media app Snapchat. Christian Amason, 45, was arrested on January 1.
Authorities said Amason and his wife discovered the photos and confronted her about them. When she refused to allow her mother to spank her, Amason slapped her on the face. She retreated back to her room where "more words were generated," according to the New York Post. Amason lost control of his temper and grabbed the girl by the throat.
He was charged with child abuse and neglect.
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Utah Mom Kept Son Locked In A Bathroom For A Year
A woman in Utah was arrested after investigators discovered she locked her 12-year-old son in a bathroom for more than a year. The boy was extremely malnourished, and officials said he only weighed 30 pounds.
"The child looked like he was a victim of a concentration camp from World War II," one police lieutenant said.
The boy's father discovered him there and later called police.
Brandy K. Jayne, 36, faces charges of child abuse. Inside the bathroom investigators found a single blanket, feces all over the room, empty cans of beans, and a security camera monitoring the room. Two other children lived inside the home but did not show signs of abuse. They said they were allowed to view their brother from their mother's cellphone, which linked to the security camera.
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Father and Son Duo Arrested for Growing Weed in Florida
Nothing like going into the family business - except if that business is illegal, then it might be time to consider an alternate career path.
Unfortunately for Brandon Pollitt, 29, he followed in his 55-year-old father Robert's footsteps and they both were subsequently arrested in January. According to the local news stations, the father/son duo were arrested in Sarasota County, FL, for operating a grow house. Inside their house deputies found 19 cannabis plants. They also found individually wrapped baggies of adderall, heroin, and fentanyl.
Both face felony charges and Brandon faces an additional four charges of possession of a controlled substance. Father must be so proud.
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