Children who were locked in hot car as
punishment died of heat stroke
PARKER COUNTY, TX – Two children who were locked in a hot car for two hours as punishment died of heat stroke and their deaths have been ruled homicides, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
The mother of the two children, Cynthia Marie Randolph, was arrested in June and charged with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. In light of the medical examiner’s ruling, she will likely faces additional charges.
The children — Juliet Ramirez, 2, and Cavanaugh Ramirez, 16 months — died May 26, when temperatures reached 96 degrees, which at the time was the hottest day of the year.
When it’s 95 degrees outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 140 degrees in one hour, according to noheatstroke.org. Heatstroke begins when the body’s temperature reaches 104 degrees.
On the afternoon of May 26, sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 200 block of Rambling Loop, in an unincorporated area of Parker County west of Lake Weatherford, where Randolph told detectives that she found her two children unresponsive after being locked inside a vehicle. It was the first of several stories that she told about the events of that day, according to investigators.
Ultimately, Randolph, 24, told an investigator that she had been upset with Juliet because the toddler would not get out of the car. She cursed at her daughter and then locked the two children inside the 2010 Honda Crosstour, thinking they would be able to get out on their own, according to an arrest warrant affidavit detailing her interview with Texas Ranger Jim Holland.
As the temperature inside the car rose, Randolph went inside her house and smoked marijuana, then took a nap of two to three hours.
After waking up, Randolph began looking for the children. When she couldn’t find them, she went to the Honda, where she could see Juliet in the driver’s seat and Cavanaugh on the floorboard, according to the affidavit.
Randolph said neither child was responding and all the doors were locked, so she broke the passenger side window, removed both children and rushed them inside, placing them on the kitchen table.
Randolph plugged her phone into a charger — she had left it in the car with the children — and called 911. Life Care Medics pronounced both children dead at the scene.
Gov. Scott Signs Bill Into Law Creating Dozier Memorials, Reburying Unclaimed Remains
FLORIDA – Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law allowing for the creation of memorials for boys who died from the abuse at the now-closed Dozier School for Boys as well as the abuse survivors.
Robert Straley, a former ward of the North Florida reform school, went there in his early teens. He says while there, he survived sexual abuse and severe beatings.
“At the Dozier School for Boys, they use whips on the boys like they use on slaves in the 1800s, and they got away with that for 68 years until Governor [Claude] Kirk stopped it in 1968,” he said. “They wouldn’t think nothing of giving a 10-year-old boy 60 lashes.”
Researchers later unearthed 55 buried remains on the Dozier grounds in Marianna. And, with the new law in effect, it will now allow for the reburial of the unclaimed remains as well as memorials in Tallahassee and Marianna—costing $1.2 million. It also opens the door for researchers to unearth even more remains.
Meanwhile, the Florida Legislature also passed a resolution formally apologizing for the abuses Straley and others suffered at the hands of staffers at Dozier and its sister campus in Okeechobee.
Bill Creating Dozier Memorials, Reburying Unclaimed Remains Heads To Gov. Scott
May 5, 2017 A bill creating memorials to remember the boys who died and were buried in unmarked graves on the Dozier School for Boys’ grounds is now heading to Governor Rick Scott. It’s part two of what the Florida legislature’s doing to help address the abuses that occurred at the school decades ago.
After Senate Apologizes To Dozier Victims, Will It Now Take Up House Bill Creating Memorials?
Apr 19, 2017 While the Florida Senate is on its way to that path, the House has officially apologized to the survivors of the infamous Dozier School for Boys. It’s for the abuse they suffered at the hands of staffers at the state-run juvenile reform school in North Florida decades ago.
Family Mourns 8-Year-Old Shot in Murder-
Suicide in His Special Needs Classroom
‘Our Family Angel’
That’s how relatives are remembering 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, a student who was shot and killed on Monday at an elementary school in San Bernardino, California.
Police say Jonathan was one of two students hit in the gunfire at North Park Elementary — though their teacher, 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith, was the target.
Smith’s “estranged” husband, Cedric Anderson, came to her special education classroom just before 10:30 a.m. and opened fire on her without saying a word, according to police. He then shot and killed himself.
Jonathan and another boy, 9, were behind Smith at the time and were also hit, police said.
Jonathan died. The 9-year-old survived and was in stable condition, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters on Tuesday.
Burguan said the wounded boy “is doing better and the last report we have, all things considered, [is that] he is in relatively good spirits.”
PEOPLE was not immediately able to reach relatives of Jonathan, who authorities said had Williams syndrome — a genetic condition characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities.
San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden said at a Tuesday news conference that he had met with the Martinez family following the shooting.
“By all accounts Jonathan Martinez was a happy child,” he said.
Marsden added, “The family wants, in memory of Jonathan, for our nation to be aware and conscious of what is Williams Syndrome. … Parents often say the joy and perspective that the child with this syndrome brings into their lives had been unimaginable.”
Some family members also appeared to take to social media and the Internet to mourn.
In a GoFundMe created by a cousin, Jonathan was described as the “family angel.”
Dallas mother gets life for starving baby who was too weak to cry when he died
Dallas, TX – A 22-year-old mother was sentenced to life in prison for starving her 7 1/2-month-old baby to death.
When Kary Sharpe died, he weighed ounces more than he did when he was born.
Too emaciated to lift his head or roll over, he likely didn’t even cry in the hours and days before he died of starvation Dec. 2, 2014.
Kary’s mother, Princess White, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony injury to a child charge.
State District Judge Teresa Hawthorne — known for giving second chances — sentenced the woman to life in prison Friday.
Hawthorne frequently interjected during testimony to ask questions, often wondering what might have led White to neglect her baby.
The judge said she will never be able to get the image of baby Kary out of her mind — so thin that every rib in his body could be seen in his autopsy photos.
The skin around his belly and backside sagged where muscle and fat had once been.
Hawthorne said she often gives people second chances so they can get help to amend for their mistakes but couldn’t ignore “what you did by letting that baby die.”
“That poor child longed for nurture and food,” Hawthorne said.
White shouted “no!” after she was sentenced and was led back to a holding cell. She could be heard wailing from inside the courtroom.
Her family threw themselves on the floor weeping outside the courtroom, and her mother said, “How could they give my baby life?”
White’s aunt, 24-year-old Kiara Hamlett, testified that she could tell Kary was small for his age but didn’t realize how emaciated he was until the day he died.
Hamlett and White’s sister lived with White and her three children.
“What the hell were you grown-ups doing in there?” Hawthorne asked Hamlett. “Is there anything you can say to me to help me understand why for two months nobody took care of this baby?”
Hamlett sniffed and hung her head.
“Do you not have an answer for me, ma’am?” Hawthorne asked.
“No ma’am,” Hamlett responded.
Defense attorney Sindhu Alexander said White couldn’t understand that her baby could die. Alexander asked the court for leniency.
“She was ill-equipped to deal with the exact situation she had,” Alexander said.
She said that White’s parenting skills worsened after the father of her three children went to prison, leaving her to work and care for the kids by herself.
“I don’t think Princess White realized if she didn’t take him to the doctor he could die,” Alexander said.
But prosecutor Eren Price said it’s pointless to waste time trying to figure out why a mother would let her baby starve to death.
She called White a liar and a manipulator. White claimed that she had fed Kary and changed his diaper the day he died. Medical records showed the child was wearing an “old, heavily saturated, foul-smelling diaper.”
And the autopsy report showed that Kary’s stomach was empty. All that remained in his body was feces he was likely too weak to pass.
Price said as awful as it may sound, “it would have been more humane for her to put a bullet in his head.”
White was indicted in January 2015 on the injury to a child charge for “failing to provide adequate nutrition” and “failing to seek adequate medical care” for Kary.
Child Protective Services took custody of White’s two other children. They are now in foster care.
After months in jail, White wrote Hawthorne, asking the judge to lower her bail.
“What they accusing me of I didn’t do it I love my kids,” White wrote. “I was a single mother struggle tryna make sure we had a place to stay and food to eat.”
She said that she had never been in trouble before, except for a time she was accused of stealing “pampers for my baby!!”
White signed the letter, “love Princess.”
On Thursday, prosecutor Eren Price showed the judge photos of Kary’s body. His bones were protruding and his body was shrunken in comparison to his head.
Price compared those photos to undated pictures on White’s phone showing that Kary had once been healthy and well-fed, with rolls on his arms and legs, a round face and big brown eyes.
In some pictures he was grinning, wide-mouthed and toothless.
“If I didn’t know it was the same child, you couldn’t convince me,” said Dallas police Detective Chris Adams, a child-abuse detective who went to the hospital after Kary died.
He described the baby as “skin and bones.” Kary was emaciated, with no muscle or fat on his tiny body.
White told police that Kary had trouble keeping down his bottles because he was lactose-intolerant. She said she had fed him 8 ounces of soy milk the morning of his death, but police didn’t find any soy milk in the home, Adams said.
Dr. Suzanne Dakil, a pediatrician who specializes in child-abuse cases, said even babies who have trouble eating or keeping down their food wouldn’t be as emaciated as Kary was when he died.
When Price showed a photo of the baby when he was alive to Dakil, the pediatrician raised her eyebrows and asked, “That’s the same child?”
Dakil looked back at a photo of Kary’s emaciated body and said, “That would’ve been slow suffering.”
Kary weighed about 6 pounds 9 ounces when he was born. At a checkup when he was 3 months old, he was slightly underweight at 9 pounds. At 7-1/2 months, when he died, he weighed 7 pounds.
Dakil described such starvation deaths of babies as rare.
“This is actively, passively letting a kid die right in front of you,” Dakil said. “It’s not an act of minutes. It’s weeks, months.”
If Kary had been taken to a hospital, she said, he could’ve been saved. He would have gained weight, and his growth would have been that of a normal, healthy child.
Michigan man charged with killing 4 children, murdered previous pregnant wife
Detroit, MI – A 49-year-old Michigan man was charged on Thursday with torturing his wife and murdering his two kids and two stepchildren, in a crime with parallels to a prior conviction for stabbing to death in 1991 his previous wife who was pregnant, officials said.
Gregory V. Green, according to authorities, called police early on Wednesday to report he had killed family members at their house in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights. Officers entered the house to find a grisly killing scene.
Similarly, in 1991 Green also called police to tell them he had killed his then-wife at the couple’s Detroit home, where he waited for them to arrive, said Chris Gautz, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Green pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in 1992 and was sentenced to 15 to 25 years in prison, Gautz said. Green was released on parole in 2008, he said.
Following the latest crime, Green appeared in court on Thursday to face charges that include four counts of first-degree murder, assault, torture, unlawful imprisonment and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Green is accused of binding his 39-year-old wife with zip ties and duct tape in the house’s basement, cutting her face with a box cutter and shooting her in the foot, prosecutors said. He then shot her two teenagers, who were his step-children, in front of her, prosecutors said in a statement.
Chadney Allen, 19, and Kara Allen, 17, were pronounced dead at the house of multiple gunshot wounds.
Paramedics later rushed the wife to the hospital and police have said she is expected to survive.
Green is accused of murdering his two children, Koi Green, 5, and Kaliegh Green, 4, with carbon monoxide by placing them in a car in the garage and running the engine.
Police have not said what the motive was.
“The alleged evidence in this case will show an appalling level of domestic violence that was cataclysmic,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.
Green, who is in jail, could face life without parole if convicted.
He did not appear in court with an attorney on Thursday according to the Detroit Free Press. Representatives from the public defender’s office could not be reached to confirm if they were representing him.
Green’s wife filed for divorce last month, the newspaper reported.