Arlington, Texas – A father is accused of injuring his daughter so severely that the 5-month-old later died.
Edwin Alexander Andrade-Ramos, 27, was arrested by Arlington police on Wednesday and faces a charge of injury to a child/serious bodily injury.
Police said the child suffered multiple fractures on her body and a serious head injury.
The child’s mom said when she arrived home from work on Jan. 28, she noticed her daughter, Marjorie Ramos-Pena, wasn’t eating and was acting differently. The child eventually became unconscious and was rushed via ambulance to a local hospital.
The baby was treated, but died from the injuries Wednesday – the same day Arlington police arrested Andrade-Ramos for an August assault on the baby’s mother, who is his common-law wife.
He later earned the charge of serious bodily injury to a child.
The mother works overnights at a nearby Wal-Mart and would often leave Marjorie and her two other children in the care of Andrade-Ramos. The same was true on Jan. 28.
Andrade-Ramos remains in custody at the Arlington City Jail.
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – A quiet, suburban neighborhood outside Atlanta was left reeling after a man shot six people — killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children — before ending the rampage by fatally turning the gun on himself, police said.
The shooting happened Saturday around 3 p.m. in a subdivision about 20 miles west of Atlanta, Douglas County Sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Daniel said.
Horrified neighbors called 911 and then tried to help the severely injured victims as best they could before rescuers arrived.
The shooter, whose name was not immediately released, appeared to have targeted his ex-wife and her household, shooting victims inside and outside the house, Daniel said. Several children were gunned down as they fled on a street, neighbors said.
Authorities did not release the names of the victims because they were still trying Saturday to contact the next of kin. Investigators believe the gunman killed himself at the end of the shooting spree.
Police were still trying to determine the shooter’s motive and piece together what happened.
“I’ve been in law enforcement out here 20 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Daniel said. He did not know when the couple divorced or if they had prior contact with police.
Teresa Carter, 59, said she heard the gunfire from inside her home but did not see what happened. Carter said she often saw the children playing in the driveway and around the neighborhood. They enjoyed petting her dog.“I heard shots, and I heard the girl scream,” Carter said. “And then I heard four more shots.”
Brandon Hallman was working on a car a few houses down when the shooting started.“I heard a couple quick shots, you know, back to back to back. Went out there and, you know, looked and it was already over,” Hallman said. “We just grabbed some towels and kind of went down there to try and help before the paramedics got here.”
Another neighbor, Angela Ansah, struggled to explain to her own children what happened to their slain friends a few houses down. Ansah said some of the children targeted Saturday often came over to her house to play with her own children.
“These are children I see every day, every blessed day,” Ansah said.
A Missouri man has been charged in connection with the death of his 3-month-old son, police confirmed Monday.
Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver “Glenn” Boyer told KSDK News that deputies were called to the apartment of 21-year-old Cody Bunch in Festus, Missouri, on Jan. 6 after receiving a call that a young child there was not breathing.
The baby, Aiden Bunch, was taken to a nearby hospital and later airlifted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The child died Jan. 10.
Doctors reportedly told detectives the boy suffered severe brain injuries caused by trauma.
“Through the course of the investigation we determined that there was some head trauma. We questioned the last two people to have custody, the mother and father,” Lt. Sgt. Jim Kausler told KTVI News.
Bunch reportedly told police he fell while getting out of a chair with his son cradled in his arms. Kausler said investigators didn’t believe the story.
“There was more than one injury that we found,”Kausler said. “It was just inconsistent with what he was telling us.”
According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story, Bunch told police that his son had been lethargic for a few days and then suddenly “gasped for air” while he was feeding the child on Jan. 6. He reportedly said attempts to the help the boy start breathing again were unsuccessful and woke the child’s mother, Brooke Besch, and told her to call 911.
Police investigators told KTVI the boy had at least seven bruises on the back and the middle of his head. Police said they found no bruises on Bunch’s body.
Bunch was charged with one count of abuse of a child resulting in death on Jan. 16.
Family members declined to be interviewed at length about the charges or the child’s death, though one aunt described the situation as a nightmare.
Bunch was last reported to be in the Jefferson County Jail Monday. He is being held on $500,000 cash-only bail.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children’s throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday.
Christina E. Booth, 29, of Olympia, said in the police interview that her husband, Thomas Booth, never helped her with the children and got “very annoyed” when they cried, Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Craig Juris said in a probable cause document filed in court. The children include a 2-year-old toddler and 6-month-old twins.
Bail was set Monday at $3 million. The woman was arrested early Sunday for investigation of attempted murder. The prosecutor’s office said Monday she has not yet been formally charged. An email request for comment sent to a lawyer who was with her at the bail hearing was not immediately returned.
The children were reported stable Sunday after surgery at a hospital. The hospital isn’t releasing updates on their condition because of federal privacy law. They have been placed in the custody of state Child Protective Services.
Thomas Booth told police his wife had been “very stressed out” raising the children and was on medication for post-partum depression, according to court papers. He said he and his wife had watched a movie at home Saturday night and each had two large glasses of wine. He described his wife as sufficiently intoxicated that she was slurring her words.
According to the detectives’ account, Christina Booth said she had been having a tough time caring for the children. She said her husband “never helps her with the children and that Thomas gets very annoyed when the children cry and make noise,” detectives said in the probable cause account.
The woman said the twins started crying after she took the toddler up to bed and “she hit her breaking point,” the document said. She described going downstairs to get a knife from the dishwasher, then cutting her toddler daughter’s throat with a knife and covering her with blankets so she would be hidden. She then described cutting the twins’ throats.
“Christina said she knew if she killed all of the kids, the house would be quiet for Thomas,” the probable cause document said she told detectives. “During the interview, Christina broke down crying several times, yelled about Thomas never helping with the kids and vomited once. Christina made the comment ‘they will be quiet now’ several times.”
Police have said Thomas Booth is not suspected of a crime.
He told detectives that he found the injured twins after he saw his wife wearing only her underwear, crying and screaming, a short time after she took the little girl upstairs to put her to bed. He said grabbed his medical kit and started trying to stop the twins’ bleeding with gauze, while yelling at his wife to call 911. Thomas Booth said he saw the toddler in her bed but didn’t see anything wrong with her.
The man told detectives his wife always took the children out of his presence if they cried.
In talking with the woman’s husband and neighbors, detectives have been getting a picture of a family in stress, Olympia police Lt. Jim Costa said earlier.
Neighbors told investigators that Booth had a “bubbly” personality, but she had no break in dealing with her little ones.
“I’m sure there probably was frustration, friction in the household,” Costa said. “A lot of dynamics pushed her over the brink.”
GRANDVIEW, Mo. – Shaquille Stevens, 22, of Grandview, Mo., was arrested Friday and faces two counts of child abuse.
On Jan. 20, officers responded to the 12000 block of Lemon Tree Lane on a report of child abuse. When they arrived, two women told authorities the 2-year-old victim was not acting normal and was lethargic.
According to court documents, they said the victim appeared to have been beaten with a leather belt across the torso, hit in the head and had some scrapes that were scabbed over.
The victim’s mother told authorities she left the child with her boyfriend, Stevens, while she was at work. She received a text from Stevens that said he had spanked the victim, and she didn’t think anything of it.
According to court documents, the victim’s mother said Stevens told her he spanked the victim with a belt. When she arrived home, she saw the victim lying in bed with a bruised face. Stevens told her the victim also fell down the stairs. The victim’s mother said when she pulled the sheet down she saw welts and cuts all over the victim’s body.
When she told Stevens they needed to take the victim to the E.R., Stevens did not want to get in trouble for causing the injuries.
According to court documents, Stevens told officers the victim sustained their injuries after they fell down the front stairs and possibly from playing with a dog.
Stevens has a criminal history. He was found guilty of second degree robbery in Cass County in 2010, of child abuse in Belton, Mo., (on the municipal level) in 2010, and possession of a controlled substance in Jackson County in 2014.
Stevens is being held on a $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.