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An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons has pleaded guilty in the boys’ deaths and was sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Brittany Renee Pilkington, 27, had been scheduled for trial early next year. The guilty pleas on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and murder took the death penalty off the table.

Pilkington’s three-month-old son, Noah, was found dead in August 2015 in her and her husband’s apartment in Bellefontaine, in western Ohio. A four-year-old son, Gavin, had died in April 2015, and another infant, Niall, had died in July 2014.

The mother confessed to killing the boys the day Noah was found, telling police in a taped confession that she was depressed and worried her sons would eventually become abusive toward women.

Pilkington´s husband, 47-year-old Joseph Pilkington, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition for having sex with her before they were married, when she was underage.

A Livingston Parish deputy and his school teacher wife who are accused in a child porn case are scheduled to appear next week at court hearings specifically designed to protect alleged victims of abuse within a family.

Dennis Perkins, 44, and Cynthia Thompson Perkins, 34, were arrested this week on multiple child sex-related counts, including 60 counts each of producing child pornography and two counts of first-degree rape.

Among the evidence seized in the case are photos that show the two suspects nude with an unclothed child, a source familiar with the case said.

Dennis Perkins, known as Denny, was a lieutenant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit (SWAT) before being terminated the week of Oct. 21. He was hired in 2002 from the Walker Police Department.

He is also charged with obstruction of justice after allegedly tossing his cell phone into a river in north Louisiana after finding out investigators were there to take him into custody, a source familiar with the case said.

His wife resigned Wednesday morning from her position as a teacher at Westside Junior High School in Walker.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says Denny Perkins is charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts of first degree rape, three counts of possession of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts of video voyeurism, and two counts of obscenity.

Cynthia Perkins is charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13 and two counts of first degree rape. She’s being held on a $500,000 bond.

Both arrests were the result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI), Louisiana State Police, and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Landry said. The investigation was initiated following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possible possession and distribution of child pornography.


A woman is under arrest for pretending to be a police officer in an apparent attempt to drive Hispanic teenagers out of a Texas playground in a profanity-laced tirade that was caught on video.

The Fort Worth Police Department identified the woman Wednesday as Samantha Louise Eley, who has been charged with impersonating a public servant in connection with the Oct. 16 confrontation over a swing at the city’s Dream Park. The incident has been seen by some as the latest in a spate of incidents across the country in which people of color have been unfairly targeted for imagined infractions.

The exchange at Dream Park was captured in a minutelong video taken by one of the teens, and posted on Twitter just more than an hour after the encounter. It has since been viewed more than 5 million times.

Well, I’m a f—ing P.D., so get the f— out of here if you’re not here to play as a child,” the woman can be heard yelling at one of the teens who was using a playground swing. “Read the f—ing signs.”

Eley, 38, was arrested Monday on an unrelated bond violation charge stemming from a previous arrest in a domestic violence case, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which obtained the arrest warrant.

Before Eley was identified, she was dubbed #SwingSetSusan in an apparent reference to other incidents involving white people who called police to complain about the conduct of persons of color, including “BBQ Becky” and “Permit Patty.”

In this latest incident, the woman in the video can be heard erroneously telling the teens that they had to be 13 or younger to use the playground after they complained that they had the right to be there as minors. Fort Worth police later clarified that the playground is open to children below the age of 18.

Citing the arrest warrant, the Star-Telegram reported that Eley, who has also gone by the names Samantha Silvers and Samantha Chacon, was charged Aug. 29 with assaulting a family member in Fort Worth 12 days earlier.

Eley was sentenced to 16 months probation for driving while intoxicated in Southlake in 2014 and she spent 50 days in jail for DWIs in 2017, according to the newspaper, which cited Tarrant County court records.

CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 2019, 3:35 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misspelled a nickname given to a white person who called police to complain about the conduct of persons of color. She was called “Permit Patty,” not “Permit Paddy.”

A clinical psychologist from Minnesota has been arrested for allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship with a vulnerable male patient, whom she had falsely accused of sexually assaulting her.

Johanna Lee Lamm, 43, was arrested on October 11 on a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct by a psychotherapist during a session.

If convicted, Lamm could face up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Francisca Darla Saria, 43, was in the passenger seat and two other children were in the back, according to police. When an officer noticed the car swerving, when he pulled it over the driver was Saria’s 12 year old son.

The officer said he smelled alcohol on the woman’s breath. She was arrested and charged with permitting an unauthorized minor to drive, child neglect, expired registration and no proof of insurance.