OMAHA, NE – A Macy, Nebraska, husband and wife have pleaded not guilty to locking a 10-year-old foster son in a basement storage room.
Krista Parker entered her plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to federal and state charges of kidnapping, child abuse/neglect and false imprisonment. Charles Parker pleaded not guilty to the same charges Thursday.
Trial dates have not been set.
According to court documents, authorities on Sept. 15 were called to the Parker home about a report of a boy locked in a storage room.
Officers found the boy locked in the dark, windowless room, amid trash, a few toys and human feces. The room stunk of urine and feces, court documents said.
Krista Parker was found passed out upstairs, and a preliminary breath test showed her blood-alcohol content at 0.126 percent.
Parker confessed to locking the boy in the room a few hours earlier, court documents said, but denied confining the special-needs boy, who had been in her foster care for nine months, in the room previously.
Charles Parker told officers he was unaware that his wife had confined their son in the room that night, but he said that they occasionally locked the boy in the room for several hours and maybe for a night one time, court documents said.
The boy told a forensic interviewer that the storage room was his bedroom and that he slept on the floor because he did not have a bed.
Planned Parenthood has become synonymous with “abortion” — and for very good reason.
Promoting and performing abortions is a huge part of what the organization does on a daily basis, and it’s hardly a secret.
Its new president, however, apparently wants to sweep that reputation under the rug.
During a recent appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Dr. Leana Wen tried to repeat a long-debunked statistic to make abortion look like a minor part of Planned Parenthood’s services … but one of the show’s co-hosts quickly shot her down.
The largest abortion provider in America really, really wants people to think that it’s just a positive women’s health group. Despite the fact that liberals constantly paint abortion as a great decision — even encouraging women to proudly “shout” their abortions — Planned Parenthood has also worked to downplay just how many of those life-ending procedures it conducts.
On Thursday, Wen used “The View” to declare that the organization she runs is “transparent” and abortions are only 3 percent of what the group does. She also insisted that Planned Parenthood isn’t political, a bizarre claim at best.
“View” co-host Sunny Hostin wasn’t having it. She slammed Wen on the claim of transparency, and pointed out that the group’s oft-repeated “3 percent” claim is pretty dishonest.
“Planned Parenthood provides more abortions, the most abortions than any other health care provider in the United States,” Hostin said, noting that the organization provided 328,348 abortions during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
She pointed to The Washington Post, which gave a “Three Pinocchios” dishonesty rating to the claim that only a single-digit percentage of Planned Parenthood’s activities were abortions.
That liberal newspaper found that abortion accounts for at least 12 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services, and pointed out that it could be much higher depending on how the data are presented.
Slate, another left-leaning news outlet, distanced itself from the abortion provider’s claims of transparency. It called the 3 percent claim the “most meaningless abortion statistic ever.”
Why are Planned Parenthood and its new president trying so hard to cover up just how involved it is in abortions? It’s probably because the organization is receiving over $500 million dollars in government subsidies and knows that this funding could disappear if people start asking too many questions.
“I hear all the time, I don’t want my taxpayer money going to fund an organization that provides abortions, whether or not the money is direct or indirect,” another of the more conservative “View” co-hosts, Abby Huntsman, said. “Do you understand why people have a hard time with it?”
Wen didn’t really answer, but deflected with another head-scratching claim.
“Health care shouldn’t be political,” she shot back.
Odd. Why, then, do so many liberals want government to control almost every aspect of health care?
It’s an extremely strange stance to rake in hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies and demand state-run medical and insurance programs but then declare that “health care shouldn’t be political” with a straight face.
Planned Parenthood’s new president seems to have mastered the art of deflection and deception. No wonder the increasingly scrutinized abortion promoter chose her.
Bombshell New Evidence Suggests
Planned Parenthood Lied to Congress
NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! is where WE THE PEOPLE first heard that Planned Parenthood was making $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 daily off illegal sales of illegal fetal tissue for highly illegal research, and the illegal sales of viable murdered Baby organs for highly illegal transplants.
When the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, led by a man named David Daleiden, released a series of shockingly disturbing undercover videos featuring doctors and employees of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in 2015, those videos appeared to expose the abortion providers as being engaged in the unlawful harvesting and sale — for profit — of various internal organs and body parts of aborted babies.
Unsurprisingly, the pro-abortion left pushed back hard, launching an intense smear campaign against Daleiden and CMP to discredit them while the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as a number of subsidiaries beneath them, filed a lawsuit against Daleiden and CMP to silence their voices and suppress their videos.
That effort to squash Daleiden and hide from the public what CMP had exposed may have backfired on Planned Parenthood, though, as Daleiden and CMP have refused to back down and instead are fighting the lawsuit in court, as evidenced by the recent filing of a motion to compel the release of certain records.
Incredibly, LifeNews has reported that the court motion may make public documents which will show that Planned Parenthood may have fabricated certain records to hide what they were doing, and not only that, but also lied about as much in sworn testimony before a Congressional panel.
In the motion to compel filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the defendants — CMP, Daleiden and others — argued a number of legal precedents against the plaintiffs — Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a number of PP subsidiaries and third-party Advanced Bioscience Resources, among others — which they viewed as supportive of their demand that Planned Parenthood and ABR turn over certain documents and records as part of the discovery process.
Specifically, the defendants called for any documents and records that would show five specific things: a scheme to profit from the sale of fetal tissue, modifications to abortion procedures to facilitate such a profit, violations of the federal ban on partial-birth abortions as part of that scheme, the procurement of tissue from born-alive infants as part of the profit-making scheme and the procurement and sale of fetal tissues without the donor’s consent … all of which are illegal.
CMP has been seeking such documents for some time, but the plaintiffs have resisted such requests and made a number of different arguments to the court as to why they shouldn’t have to do so, hence the filing of the motion to compel.
After citing a number of legal precedents that undermined each argument put forward by Planned Parenthood to avoid turning over the requested documents and records, the motion from the defendants got to the heart of the matter in that they alleged the production of the records they seek would show discrepancies with records that Planned Parenthood had previously turned over to Congress.
That allegation was based on the fact that ABR had already produced certain documents and records — such as invoices — in response to an earlier subpoena from CMP, prior to ABR joining with PPFA in refusing to produce any further documents after what CMP alleged was “troubling” “attorney meddling” had occurred between the various plaintiffs in the case.
The motion alleged that there were substantial differences in invoices provided by ABR and two PP subsidiaries, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest. Specifically, “The PPMM invoices produced match, but ABR and PPPSW produced different versions of the same invoice.” (Emphasis included in court filing.)
“Further, the revenue totals and procurement totals, when added up based on the invoices produced by ABR and Plaintiff PPPSW, do not match the totals that PPPSW reported to the Select Investigative Panel for fiscal year 2015,” the motion continued, noting that one of the totals produced was for $18,960.
“However the ABR fetal tissue invoices for July 2014 to December 2014 alone — half of fiscal year 2015 — show revenues of $21,120 from ABR for 352 fetal tissue donations,” the defendants revealed.
“It is unclear to Defendants why the invoices are not identical, or why the numbers do not add up, but it is perfectly possible that the invoices were subject to tampering and someone falsely reported information to Congress,” the motion argued. “Thus, it is critical that Defendants obtain access to third-party documents to verify that Plaintiffs are not producing fabricated evidence.”
As that motion to compel the release of the requested documents and records was just filed today — and is actually dated to take effect on November 29 — it could be some time before the judge rules one way or the other on this matter.
Daleiden told LifeNews, “This would not be the first time Planned Parenthood has apparently doctored critical evidence about their own wrongdoing.”
“Planned Parenthood has everything to lose if the full scope of their illicit trade in aborted baby body parts is revealed, and when the Congressional investigations made criminal referrals of Planned Parenthood and their business partners for selling baby parts, the House Select Panel had to refer Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress for evidence destruction.”
He added, “As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to follow up on the criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood and ABR, it is imperative for prosecutors to seize the original financial records from Planned Parenthood and their accomplices immediately, so these depraved enterprises cannot continue to cover up their criminal sale of baby body parts.”
Leiliana was beaten with a bamboo switch and belts and thrown against a wall. Her mother, 33-year-old Jeri Quezada, pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child as part of a plea agreement that will lock her behind bars for 50 years.
State District Judge Robert Burns told Phifer that life behind bars was insufficient for what Leiliana suffered.
“I think this is the worst case I’ve ever seen,” Burns told Phifer.
“Hanging a little girl in a locked closet was savage. You should die in a locked closet,” the judge said.
Jurors deliberated for about four hours before delivering the guilty verdict.
Many were visibly shaken during the three days of testimony, during which they were shown photos of Leiliana’s battered body.
The little girl was covered from head to toe in bruises and had at least 30 bruises on her back from where she was whipped.
Defense attorneys John Tatum and Stephen Miller argued that Quezada is a liar who was trying to save herself by blaming Phifer for her daughter’s death.
“She set Charles up because that was the only way to get out of this,” Miller said.
Leiliana’s death exposed a staffing crisis in Child Protective Services. The girl’s paternal grandparents reported possible abuse to the state agency months before she was killed.
Quezada was a known drug user and had run-ins with child protection authorities in Texas and Illinois, where she received probation for hitting her stepson.
Quezada had five children, including Leiliana, with three different men. The surviving four children are living with relatives.
“Charles Phifer does not have any motive to hurt or do anything to this child,” Miller said. “He’s living in a house rent free with no obligations. Why would he screw that up?”
“She’s the one who keeps having kids she doesn’t want,” he said.
A medical report presented by defense attorneys shows that Leiliana had bruises on her body at least a month before her death. Defense counsel argued that the prior abuse shows Quezada was responsible for her girl’s death.
During trial, Quezada admitted that she would sometimes hit her daughter. She said she used a switch made from bamboo to strike the little girl’s legs.
Prosecutors Eren Price and Travis Wiles argued that Quezada and Phifer were responsible for Leiliana’s death but that Phifer was the one who was alone with the child for hours the day of her deadly beating.
Price disputed the defense counsel’s accusation that Quezada was simply saving herself by pinning Leiliana’s death on Phifer.
“I’m not sure the next 50 years in prison can be considered saving your own skin,” Price argued.
The prosecutor said someone needed to shed light on what happened to Leiliana, and Quezada’s story was backed up by evidence.
A strand of the girl’s hair was found embedded in the wall where Quezada said Phifer threw the girl. Leiliana’s DNA was also found on gloves used by Phifer, a DNA expert testified during the trial.
Quezada said she saw her daughter vomit in the living room and then Phifer put on gloves, grab the girl by her cheeks, lift her from the ground and pour Pedialyte down the child’s throat.
The mother also said Phifer showed her where he had tied up Leiliana in a dark, tiny closet in the living room. Leiliana’s wrists were bound behind her body and she was “strung up” so she couldn’t sit.
“There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this story,” Wiles said during closing arguments. “The last loving arms that reached out for Leiliana Wright were the strong, loving arms of a stranger.”
During the trial, a paramedic who tried to save Leiliana cried recounting how badly bruised the little girl was.
Wiles said Quezada’s story about the 48 hours or so before Leiliana’s death is corroborated by cellphone records.
Those records showed Quezada was away with her youngest child for much of the day. She testified she went with her family to eat at an Arlington steakhouse that night. Quezada’s mother confirmed.
Leiliana stayed with Phifer.
“This man was trusted not just with her care but her life, and he took it,” Wiles argued.
Quezada returned to the Grand Prairie home after 9 p.m. She said that when she got there, her first concern was using heroin with Phifer.
She later asked about Leiliana, and that’s when she discovered her daughter was in the closet.
“In life, Leiliana Wright deserved peace. In her death, she deserves justice,” Wiles said.
Petoskey man facing sexual assault,
Child Abuse charges
PETOSKEY, MI – A Petoskey area man is facing multiple felony charges in connection with allegations that he sexually and physically abused two young children, respectively.
Jacob John Weld, 29, of Petoskey was arrested last week on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge is a felony which carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. He was arrested on the afternoon of Oct. 10 on the charge.
At the time of his arrest on the sexual assault charges he was out of jail on bond following an Oct. 1 arrest on a charge of third-degree child abuse. That charge is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.
According to a Michigan State Police affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, the sexual assault charges stem from allegations that Weld sexually assaulted a young child at a home in Emmet County on at least two occasions in August and September of this year. Police said the child came forward with the allegation on Oct. 8. Police further said in the affidavit that when they interviewed Weld, he admitted to the actions with the child leading to the sexual assault charges.
In the child abuse case, Weld is accused of causing injury to a different young child.
In that case, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office deputies said in an affidavit of probable cause that the case was initially referred to police from a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services representative who was investigating a child abuse complaint. In the affidavit, police said the alleged abuse happened on or around Sept. 23. Police said an adult noticed bruising on the back of the child’s leg on Sept. 29. Police said the child reported having been spanked with a belt by Weld.
Police said when they interviewed Weld he said he “probably used a belt to spank (the child).”
Weld was originally released from jail on Oct. 1 after posting a $50,000 surety bond. But he now remains lodged in the Emmet County Jail in connection with the sexual assault case, for which a new bond has been set at $2 million.
Weld is slated to face preliminary examinations in both cases on Oct. 24 in 90th District Court.