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Katrina Danforth, the former adult film actress who pleaded guilty last year to soliciting an undercover police officer to kill the father of one of her children, will spend the next 10 years in prison.

Danforth, 32, who appeared in adult films under the name Lynn Pleasant, was sentenced in a federal courtroom in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon after pleading guilty in December to a single criminal count of seeking a contract killing. Danforth had asked for a prison sentence of a little more than seven years.

Police arrested Danforth at Spokane International Airport in December 2018. Investigators say Danforth discussed hiring a hitman with an acquaintance, and that she arranged to meet with him in October 2018 to discuss killing the father of one of her children for $5,000.

The two communicated via phone call and text for the next month, and Danforth sent a “thank you” card with $2,500 as an apparent down payment on the killing to his address in Montana.

Defense attorneys argued Danforth had a troubled childhood, including sexual violence, prior to her involvement in adult films. They said she had been training to become a paralegal while awaiting sentencing in federal court.

The sentence also includes three years of probation and a $1,000 criminal fine.

A Brooklyn mother-of-two was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison for drowning her two-year-old daughter by holding her head underwater in a storage bin nearly four years ago.

Lin Li, 28, was convicted in June 2019 of manslaughter and two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child in the death of her daughter, Melody Zheng, but was acquitted of second-degree murder.

A jury also found Li guilty of first-degree attempted assault for holding her four-year-old son’s head under water a day before Melody’s killing.

During Li’s sentencing, her defense lawyer spoke of his client’s ‘tough upbringing’ in her native China, and her deplorable living conditions in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, where he said the mother, her husband and their two young children lived in an apartment where they had to share a bathroom with a dozen other people.

Attorney Mario Romano described Li as a ‘loving, caring’ mother and said she ‘blames herself every day’ for what happened.’

He added, ‘I did not see the actions of a monster in what I read.’

When given a chance to address the court before learning her fate, Li, dressed in light-brown jail garb, broke down in tears as she spoke through a translator.

‘I would like to say being a mom, it is my duty to take care of my children, and I really regret my daughter’s death,’ she said through tears. ‘It was my mistake…losing my daughter is very, very painful to me.’

A mother in Indiana has been arrested after she filmed herself slapping her baby so hard he slammed to the ground during a video call with the infant’s father.

A woman believed to be Hannah Winch, 21, is seen in a clip hitting the 10-month-old boy who is later seen sprawled face down on the floor of a home in the Peru area.

A man believed to be his father watches on helplessly.

Police said they had information about a video showing an adult female carrying out the battery.

An Iowa woman Ziyuan Zhong, 22 has been charged with DUI and possession of nitrous oxide after she was pulled over in a luxury car littered with hundreds of empty Whip-Its canisters.

She was arrested by police on Monday evening after they noticed she was behind the wheel of the 2014 Maserati coupe that had a ‘driving status of barred’.

When talking with Zhong, officers noticed she appeared under the influence and had ‘bloodshot, watery eyes, dilated pupils, impaired speech, and impaired balance.’

She later admitted to police that she inhaled 50 to 75 cans of nitrous oxide between 3pm and 7pm that evening.

Zhong further confessed to inhaling upwards of 200 canisters per week because they ‘make her feel good’.

An Oklahoma mother Lea Robinson, 21, was arrested Monday on suspicion of burning her one-month-old baby’s bottom, biting her in the face and punching her for ‘crying too much’.

Tulsa cops detained Robinson after her one-month-old baby girl was treated for severe nappy rash and facial bruising at St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In a meeting with DHS officials, Robinson said she bit her child when she wouldn’t stop sobbing.

She also said she knowingly put the child in a bath that was too hot, police said.

A mother of three Emily C. Sparks, 29, of O’Fallon, Illinois is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on three counts of attempted murder, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office said.

She has two sons and daughter, ages 3, 5 and 7, who are now being cared for by relatives, O’Fallon police Lt. Nicholas Schmidt said.

Police received a tip that Sparks had planned to kill her children on December and learned that she had purchased a canister of carbon dioxide, Schmidt said.

Well, watch the entire video before you pass judgment the kid was throwing punches at his mom and at the guards… They did their job and subdued the kid… They did nothing wrong in my opinion!

A North Carolina mother has blasted hospital security guards and police for tackling her 16-year-old son to the ground, punching him and Tasing him after she brought him to doctors during a ‘mental health episode’.

A young girl has died from crystal meth poisoning after drinking water allegedly left out overnight in a water bottle her mother used as a bong.

Sophia Larkson, 5, is understood to have drank the tainted liquid allegedly left out by her unemployed mother Stephanie Alvarado.

It is understood Sophia, from Rifle, Colorado had become thirsty in the middle of the night and consumed the water from a bottle her mother had been using as a pipe for crystal meth.

Alvarado, 26, had lost her job at a dental office due to her drug use. On the night of her daughter’s death on December 10, she and two cousins Daniel Alvarado, 27, and Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, 28, had been smoking the crystal meth at her house.


A North Carolina couple have been arrested after their two-year-old son was hospitalized with a skull fracture and doctors determined he was so malnourished that he ate his own feces.

Jade Newman, 21, and Delane Bostic, 25, are each facing one count of intentional child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

County officials said the parents took their child to the hospital earlier this week. Examinations revealed that the toddler weighed about 18 pounds. Officials read the affidavits saying that the toddler ate his own feces as well.

A North Salem High School teacher was placed on administrative leave following an arrest at a Keizer restaurant.

Officers responded to a report of a fight at Hops N Drops on Keizer Station Boulevard at 9:35 p.m. Friday.

Inside the restaurant, investigators said Trisha Lynn Ebbs, 50, approached a 20-year-old woman she knew to be the victim in a sexual assault case in 2017.

Ebbs was with the parents of the man, who is now 21 years old, convicted in that sexual assault case, according to police.

Investigators said Ebbs approached the woman and began screaming at her and calling her “various expletives attributable to Trisha Ebbs’ belief about the circumstances of the 2017 crime.”

The victim’s father attempted to intervene and defend his daughter, according to police, and he pushed Ebbs. A group of men connected with Ebbs then approached that man and began shoving him, according to investigators.

Restaurant employees stepped in and separated the involved parties until police arrived.

Witnesses said Ebbs was “on top of them” in describing her interaction with the victims, according to police.

A Florida mother and her 15-year-old son are both facing charges after he robbed a convenience store at gunpoint while she acted as the lookout and getaway driver, according to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Amanda Meador is being charged with robbery with a firearm and neglect of a child in connection to the robbery, which happened Halloween night at a Circle K at the intersection of Red Bug Lake Road and Tuskawilla Road.

A Tennessee mother has been charged with murder after her infant son was left unattended in a bathtub full of water and died.

Lindsee Louise Leonardo, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 11-month-old son Aiden Leonardo, who was left in the tub with his 23-month-old sister.

An 11-month-old Tennessee boy left in a bathtub without supervision has died and his mother is facing charges of murder and abuse after telling authorities she left the child to have some “me time.”

The boy, who was found unresponsive in the tub Wednesday night, died Friday morning, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Erica Estep told news outlets.

Leonardo was charged Thursday with aggravated child abuse, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said. The office announced Friday that Leonardo had been charged with first-degree murder.

Leonardo told police she left Aiden Leonardo and a 23-month-old sibling in the tub so she could have some “me time,” an arrest warrant said. She told police she was away for about 10 minutes during which she smoked a cigarette and listened to music, the warrant states.


“New York— On January 1, 2020, 10-year-old #MinaiiHenry lost her battle with #Osteoscarcoma She had only been diagnosed in early August 2019. While friends and family began to mourn, Minaii’s father had no idea his daughter was gone. Much like her sudden diagnosis, #LeonHenry was left out of his daughter’s last moments. By the time he found out from social media, arrangements had been made for viewings and a burial ceremony for Minaii without his knowledge or input. Despite being in the middle of a long and bitter custody battle, Leon was granted a court order which allowed him and his family access to Minaii’s viewings and burial. Yet when he arrived, he was met with resistance from the other side of Minaii’s family. In their determination to block Leon and his family from seeing Minaii, the maternal family formed a human barricade in front of the body and then, covered her with a blanket. Leon’s family called the police amidst threats of physical violence, racial slurs, and aggression from the maternal family members. However, the Staten Island NYPD were unsuccessful in enforcing Leon’s court order and eventually forced both families to leave. Since then, Leon was able to get a temporary injunction to halt Minaii’s burial without his approval. As of January 7th, the maternal family is still taking measures to bar Leon and his family from saying their last goodbyes.”

A New Jersey mother was charged after she admitted giving unprescribed medications to her 11-year-old daughter, who was found dead in her apartment Monday, court documents show.

Shay Mooney, 34, was charged with child endangerment after police responded to a call of a deceased child and found Mooney’s daughter unresponsive next to a bottle of prescription drugs, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Mooney told police that her daughter suffered from a medical condition causing pain, but that she had not been prescribed medication by physicians due to her age, the affidavit said.
Mooney was allegedly prescribed the pills and had been giving her daughter the drugs for several months.

One of the medications, Seroquel, is an antidepressant that is used to manage pain.

Both she and the 11-year-old suffer from an unspecified medical condition that causes pain, but doctors refused to prescribe the minor with pain medication, the mother told police.

Officers reporting to the scene described the family’s apartment as being ‘in serious disarray’ with medications, pill bottles and syringes all over.

Vasquez was arrested late Thursday. Espinosa was already in custody for an unrelated crime.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined how the baby died.

According to a CBS 11 News source, the parents told investigators the baby died a week earlier of natural causes, but that they were reluctant to call 911 for fear they would lose custody of their other children — both toddlers.

Officials with Child Protective Services (CPS) confirm the agency removed a one-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy from the couple last Friday. That action was just one day before police say they discovered the newborn.

A CPS spokesperson did not say why the agency took custody of the other children, but Dallas County Jail records show their father was arrested that day in a case involving a stolen vehicle.

CPS confirms the parents have 10 children in all, including the newborn who died.

Sources say the remaining 7 children are living with a relative, a result of an earlier CPS investigation, though the agency would not confirm the custody situation. It’s unclear when and how CPS first became involved with the family.

A woman in Elwood has been arrested and charged following an incident in which she said her 5-year old son was trapped inside a washing machine before he was found to be bruised and losing consciousness.

The Madison County prosecutor charged Heather Oliver, 30, with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony, in connection with the Aug. 16 incident, according to court documents.

Police were initially dispatched to St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood, where they met the child’s father. Nurses told police that the child was in and out of consciousness, and had multiple bruises on the upper body and scratches on his arms. They said the boy was “somewhat dry with wet underwear,” the probable cause affidavit reads.

The boy was later transported to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.

A former Indiana teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison after she admitted to injecting fecal matter into her teenage son’s IV in 2016.

Tiffany Alberts was sentenced to seven years in prison and will serve an additional five years on probation, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Back in September, the Wolcott resident was convicted of six counts of aggravated battery for injecting her 15-year-old’s IV with fecal matter while he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

She was charged with attempted murder but was found not guilty in September.

In November 2016, Alberts was charged after it was learned that the feces was causing her son to get bacterial infections and sepsis.

In 2016, Alberts’ son had to go back to the hospital – a week after finishing cancer treatment – because he had multiple bacteria infections.

Doctors conducted extensive evaluations of the teen and determined that there was no medial reason to explain the ongoing blood infections, a press release from the office states.

Hospital staff became suspicious after the teen developed a series of inexplicable infections, high fever, impenetrable headaches, constant vomiting, while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in 2016, leading into an investigation of what ‘could have gone wrong.’

It wasn’t until the boy was moved to another room at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis that installed video surveillance cameras caught Alberts on several occasions injecting an unknown substance into her son’s IV bag.

Blood tests revealed organisms commonly found in feces. Alberts argued her actions were an attempt to get her son moved to another hospital unit she felt would provide better care.

She initially told police she injected water into the IV bag to ‘flush the line’ because his medicine ‘burned.’ Authorities said she later admitted to injecting fecal matter.

Doctors said the infections delayed the teen’s treatment for two months, putting his health at risk, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Carla Faith, 58, had her daycare, Play Mountain Place, shut down in November after officers went to her property and discovered the children, all of whom were under three, being hidden inside.

She had been operating the daycare with a license for just six kids and, it is believed, when police arrived she hid the kids from view. Officers persevered because they could hear the children inside.

They shut down that property and another three that she was operating. Faith has now been charged with child abuse and charges relating to child abuse.

Her bond is $3,000. Authorities first visited the home in November amid reports of overcrowding. At first, Faith refused to let them in.

‘The owner, identified as 58-year-old Carla Faith, refused to cooperate with officers; however, officers could hear the noises of children coming from her home,’ Lt. James Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department said at the time.

He added that when police got inside, they found a ‘false wall’ which led to the basement.

Once they got to the basement, they found the 26 children and two adults.

‘Officers immediately began working with [The Colorado Department of Human Services] to release the children back to their parents,’ he said.

Three daycare workers were initially arrested for misdemeanor child neglect but the charges against them were dropped.

Katelynne Nelson, 31, was later arrested for a felony drug charge and child abuse.

It has since emerged that Faith was cited for other violations while running daycare homes in California in the 1990s.

A woman reported missing earlier this week in Raleigh County was arrested Friday for being a fugitive out of Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office says.

Mary Cathleen Haley-Scott, 32, also is charged with obstructing an officer in West Virginia, the sheriff’s office says.

Scott was reported missing early this week by family.

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“I was trying to help her,” said Haley-Scott’s friend Kristina Mussalam. “My heart just sank when I saw the message, and I just felt terrible.”

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s office is searching for Haley-Scott, who was reported missing on Sunday.

She was last seen in Raleigh County driving a blue 2020 Kia sedan with temporary Virginia license plates.

Mussalam was shocked when she heard the news.

“This has never happened to me before, and I’m just been doing everything I can to help find her,” Mussalam said.

Scott Albu, who shares regular conversations with her on Facebook, received messages from her account after she had been reported missing — with a graphic image of her face beaten.

“Actually I wrote back ‘unacceptable’ meaning the pictures were unacceptable (because) I don’t like to see that on anyone,” Albu said.

Whoever had taken over the account responded with another image of abuse.

Even though her friends and family don’t know who is behind this, they are desperate to find her.

Until that happens, Albu will always remember his last conversation with Haley-Scott.

“We did like rifts and stuff sending back and forth real quick and we were both laughing,” Albu said. “She said ‘thank you, you always make me smile.’ ”

Roena Mills will spend the rest of her days behind bars. The courtroom erupted with emotion as the jury handed down the guilty verdict. Mercer County prosecuting attorney, George Sitler, said she will not receive mercy.

“If ever there was a case where life without mercy was appropriate, it’s this case. This was a savage killing and decapitation,” Sitler explained.

The court saw no emotion out of Mills who is now convicted of slaughtering, torturing and beheading 29-year-old Bo White. She maintained a cold demeanor throughout trial.

“Frankly, I think it was the attitude of the defendant in the courtroom,” said Sitler, “She never displayed any remorse or appreciation for what she had done.”

Sitler said prior to trial she had the words ‘special kinda crazy’ tattooed on her chest. During closing statements, he referred to cryptic statements she made after her arrest, like ‘I’m not even sorry,’ and ‘I’ve already got one body you all ain’t nothing.’

“She savors what she’s done, she revels in it, she thinks it’s the greatest achievement of her life and I think that’s what affected the jury,” Sitler said.

Deputy Logan Addair was the lead investigator on the case.

“This was unreal,” Addair said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Addair said he never wavered in his belief that it was Mills who stabbed White 18 times, punctured his heart, and cut of his head.

“The initial arrest, of course her coming out of the area from where the remains were found, the statements she had made from day one,” said Addair.

Throughout trial, the defense pointed the finger at Bo White’s father, Jimmie, claiming he was jealous that his girlfriend, Mills, was sleeping with his son.

While Mills is the proven killer, with an overwhelming amount of evidence against her, the state does not discount Jimmie’s possible role. There is still a chance he could also be charged in the future.


The jury went into deliberations this morning in the trial of Roena Mills. Deliberations ended around 1:00 PM. Mills was found guilty of 1st degree murder without mercy.

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Day two of Roena Mills trial in front of Judge Mark Wills. Mills stood trial looking almost unrecognizable from when she was arrested.

Mills is charged with killing and decapitating 29-yesr-old Bo White. White was found beheaded at his home in Lerona on April 1, 2018.

An Oregon woman has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy who attended the same school as her daughter after ‘sexting’ him online.

Rheta Leanne Melvin, 36, has been charged with luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child, sexual abuse, sodomy, rape and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

She was busted at her home in Riddle on Thursday after allegedly having sex with the child in the back seat of her car last week after she lured him into the vehicle.

According to the probable cause statement, the boy and his mother told officers that Melvin added him on Snap Chat and began messaging him.

After exchanging sexually explicit images via the app, the boy alleges that Melvin lured him to her car and drove a short distance before pulling over and engaging in sexual intercourse with the minor in the back seat of her vehicle.

The reports note that the boy told police Melvin continued to contact him and asked him to meet up but that he felt uncomfortable and made excuses to avoid her.

According to the reports, his mother found out about the incident through another parent. The report notes that the boy showed officers some of the messages but told them he had deleted the sexually explicit photos.

In one of the messages that officials were able to read, the boy told Melvin he was not getting back together with an ex to which she replied that “he is saving himself for her (Melvin).”

DNA was collected from a shirt the boy said he was wearing during the incident in Melvin’s car on Dec 4.


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.