Archive for the ‘children’ Category

James Pflueger finally sentenced for his crimes

October 21, 2014

Per someone who wrote to me on Facebook, James Pflueger has finally been sentenced for causing the deaths of seven people and one unborn child when his dam collapsed and drowned them all in the ensuing 350,000,000-gallon flood. The bodies of four of the victims were never found: Timothy Noonan, Carl Rotstein, Daniel Arroyo and a toddler, Rowan Dingwall, whose parents were also killed.

Pflueger’s sentence? SEVEN MONTHS IN PRISON. Seven months, plus five years’ probation, and a $7,000 fine which is pennies to him as he’s worth millions of dollars. That’s only one month and one thousand dollars per person killed (minus Christina MacNees’s baby). Pflueger’s company has already paid a $50,000 fine for each victim — money to go to the state. So one month in prison and $51,000 — that’s how much a person’s life is worth in the state of Hawaii, which is also partially responsible for what happened because they failed to perform required inspections on Pflueger’s dam. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

A curious thing

October 20, 2014

It came to my attention that, for whatever reason, the date of birth on Mikelle Diane Biggs‘s tombstone is wrong. It gives her date of birth as May 31, 1989, making her nine years old when she disappeared. Every other source I’ve seen gives the date as May 31, 1987, which would have made her eleven. I’m sure the 1987 date of birth is right. She was in the sixth grade when she disappeared, and her own sister posted on Reddit about the case and said she was eleven years old.

Trudy Appleby’s mother killed in car accident

October 13, 2014

Per Jamie: Trudy Appleby‘s mother, Brenda Gordon, was killed by a drunk driver this past Friday. She was 53 years old. The man who caused the accident has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

R.I.P. Mrs. Gordon.

An interlude

October 4, 2014

It’s been awhile since I rapped with ya. What can I say? All is going well. My birthday is tomorrow; I’ll be 29. Presents are starting to trickle in. Dad got me the Sims 4 game in September as an early present. Michael and his parents have given me their gifts: he got me a copy of Shoah and they got me a pair of shoes.

I know it’s been several days but I promise I’ll update tomorrow. The breaking news with Sharon Marshall being identified means I’ll have to make some major changes to her son Michael‘s casefile. That case is about as complicated and sordid as I’ve got on Charley. I’ve also got to do the Lyon sisters’ cases. The police are saying they think there’s a good chance they can recover the girls’ bodies. Me, I’m not holding my breath.

Books

And here’s most of the books that I own but have not yet read, that I’ve resolved to get through by the end of the year. You can click on the picture to see a bigger version and read all the titles. After I took this photograph I went out to get the mail and three more books arrived, used books that I’d ordered cause they cost only a penny on Amazon. (Plus $3.99 shipping. So really, $4. Still a bargain.) Some of these books are gifts — some of which I’ve had for years and haven’t read yet. *guilt* Others I got for free from book publishers in exchange for writing a review of them — another responsibility I’ve neglected. *more guilt* But there’s nearly three months left in the year and I figure I can manage to get through all twenty — or rather twenty-three, now. The main problem is that I keep making trips to the library to check out books which I feel obliged to read first because I have to return those.

If I stick to my promise it shouldn’t be all that difficult to get through the books by the end of the year. But who am I kidding? Next trip to the library, I’ll come determined to just return read books and leave, but then I’ll tarry in front of the new arrivals shelf and wind out walking with a stack…

That’s all I’ve got to say.

Sabrina Allen found safe

October 2, 2014

As seven or eight people have written to inform me, little Sabrina Allen, who was abducted by her non-custodial mother twelve years ago, has been located alive, southeast of Mexico City. She’s not so little anymore: four years old when she was taken, she’s now seventeen.

As per usual, Sabrina’s abductor Dara told her all sorts of horrible lies about her searching father. I encourage you to donate to Greg Allen’s GoFundMe page to ease the transition and the rekindling of their relationship. Presumably it will pay for counseling and suchlike; Sabrina is already seeing a psychologist. Although she’s in good health physically, she’s traumatized and she hasn’t been in school. Her mother dragged her from pillar to post and they both used multiple alias names. Greg hasn’t even met with her yet and I wonder if she speaks English anymore.

Watching the video of Greg on the GoFundMe page, my eyes filled with tears. This recovery should make me feel really good, but instead, thinking of how Sabrina is in such terrible shape due to her mother’s actions (which so many people defend, almost by reflex), I feel a little bit sick.

I wish her the best life she can have.

Another feel-good happy ending on an MP story

September 30, 2014

I wrote earlier about a missing man who was found with bovine assistance. Well, here’s this from Gawker: a missing child located by the TV reporter covering his disappearance. Talk about the ultimate scoop! Naturally the reporter filmed the little boy’s reunion with his searching family.

Houston, we have another what-in-the-world-happened-here case

September 27, 2014

I’ve got a two-year-old boy named Thomas Estevis posted on Charley, one of those infamous “few details are available” cases. Well, per Annie Keller, I found out a lot more information and none of it’s good.

I will put the new info on his casefile next time I update. As far as I can tell the story is this:

Thomas has six older siblings who had been taken into CPS custody before he was born due to drug use in the household. When he was born he tested positive for cocaine and was placed in foster care as well. Eventually all the children were reunited with their parents. Then, three years later, Dad was arrested for DUI with one of the kids in the car. The police went to the house to give the child back and found Mom high and Thomas missing. Mom and Dad claimed he was with a relative in Georgia. CPS took custody of all the children again, and they weren’t able to verify Thomas’s whereabouts. Eventually, a full year after Dad’s DUI arrest, CPS filed a missing persons report for Thomas. They have no idea where he is or even when he was last seen. And there the matter rests.

Does this sound familiar to you?

I don’t know what is wrong with some people.

Flashback Friday: Jackie Hay

September 26, 2014

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Jackie Dene Hay, a blonde, blue-eyed five-year-old who disappeared from Topeka, Kansas in September 1981. If still alive, she would be 38 years old today.

I don’t have much on Jackie. I’ve got six photos of her, but most aren’t of the greatest quality, and for some reason the NCMEC has no AP for her. She was last seen wandering away from a park, apparently being followed by a man. The police did pick up and question a suspect, but released him without charge. And there the matter rests, from that day to this. She’s listed as a non-family abduction. The NCMEC notes she could be in Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma — that is, all the states bordering Kansas. I wonder if there’s a specific reason why they believe she was taken out of state?

Make-a-List Monday: Child abuse homicides

September 22, 2014

In honor of little Wallace Guidroz, this list is for all the Charley Project children who were allegedly murdered by their caregivers. I’m only taking the names from the Corpus Delicti convictions list. (Imagine how depressingly long this list would be if I also included all the SUSPECTED child abuse homicides out there.) I also don’t include every case where a parent/step-parent/babysitter/whatever killed a kid; for instance I don’t think Jay-Quan Mosley counts; in my eyes it was just a regular old murder, not a child abuse murder.

Kynande Kalehje Bennett, 4 — killed by mother; both parents were indicted but only mother was convicted. There’s no confession here but the police believe Kynande was killed accidentally as a result of child abuse.
Logan Nathaniel Bowman, 5 — killed by mother and possibly her boyfriend. Mom pleaded guilty and testified against the boyfriend at trial, but he was only convicted of child neglect.
Nicole Lynn Bryner, 3 — killed by mother’s boyfriend and buried by him and the mother. This is a case where, supposedly, Nicole mysteriously died after being slapped once. As in Wallace’s case I think there was probably a lot more than that.
Lauryn Dickens, 9 months — killed by mother, who has confessed and pleaded guilty to murder.
Andrea R. Gonzalez, 5 — killed by father and stepmother. Father was convicted of manslaughter; stepmother was charged with murder but only convicted of child abuse. Stepmother admitted she’d caused Andrea’s death but says it was an accident.
James P. Higham III, 16 — killed by his one or both of his two guardians. One pleaded guilty to child endangerment and the other to reckless homicide. One of only two teenagers on this list, James was developmentally disabled.
Kendrick Terrell Jackson, 3 — killed by his father, who was convicted of murder but maintains his innocence.
Angelique James, 4 — killed by her mother, who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter.
A’Shia Monique Jenkins, 2 months — killed by her father, who confessed and pleaded no contest to manslaughter.
Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins, 2 — killed by his aunt, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He was autistic and non-verbal.
Ashley LaShay Jones, 4 — killed by her aunt, who was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Bianca Lily Jones, 2 — killed by her father, who maintains his innocence but was found guilty of murder and child abuse.
Tiana Neshelle Martin, 10 — killed by her aunt, who was her guardian. She was convicted of second-degree murder.
Jozlynn Mari Martinez, 2 — killed by her mother’s boyfriend, who admitted to smothering her and was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Justina Morales, 8 — killed by her mother’s boyfriend, who was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. He admitted to causing her death but said it was accidental.
Alexander Sol Olive, 4 — killed by his father, who was convicted of second-degree murder.
Tyler Christopher Payne, 4 — killed, along with his younger sister, by his father and stepmother. The sister’s body was found, but not Tyler’s. The stepmother pleaded guilty to second-degree murder; the father was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. This is as horrific a crime as I ever heard tell of.
Megan Lee Ann Pratt, 3 — killed by her stepfather and her mother. The mother pleaded guilty to child abuse and the stepfather to second-degree murder.
Alexia Anne Reale, 5 — killed by her mother and stepfather, who thought she was possessed and forced her to drink bleach to rid her body of demons. They were both convicted of murder.
Christina Marchell Richart, 14 — killed by her uncle’s wife, who was one of her guardians, her husband being the other. The aunt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Christina is one of only two teenagers on this list; the other is James Higham.
Katelyn Selena Rivera-Helton, 1 — killed by her father after he abducted her from her mother. He maintained his innocence but was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Tiffany Roberts, 3 — killed by her mother, who pleaded guilty to murder. I have very little information on this case.
Luis Angel Sanchez, 3 — killed by his mother and her boyfriend. The boyfriend was found guilty of manslaughter and the mother of being an accessory.
Kyeimah A. Spann, 6 — killed by her mother, who confessed to it and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Alexandria Christine Suleski, 5 — killed by her father and stepmother, who were later found guilty of kidnapping (?), murder and child abuse.
Aarone Thompson, under 6 — killed by her father and probably her stepmother. Father was found guilty of murder; stepmother died before charges could be filed against her. Aarone wasn’t reported missing for some time, maybe as long as 18 months, after her disappearance, so she was probably only four or five at the time of her death.
Logan Lynn Tucker, 6 — killed by his mother, who was convicted of first-degree murder.
Alicia Breann Versluis, 3 — killed by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, who were both convicted of second-degree murder.

A surprising number of these children were drowned: I count four, maybe five.

Select It Sunday: Michael Anthony Hughes

September 21, 2014

Selected by Lauren: Michael Anthony Hughes, abducted from his school in Choctaw, Oklahoma in 1994. In the extremely unlikely event that he’s still alive, he’d be 26 today.

I can’t even really begin to summarize his case. (Jennifer Marra wrote the casefile that’s on the Charley Project.) It’s about as sordid as I ever heard tell of, and notorious online. This is a case of intergenerational abduction: Michael’s father, Franklin Delano Floyd (who wasn’t his biological father, it turns out, but had believed he was) also apparently kidnapped his mother when she was a child, although he claims she was abandoned by her parents and we might never know because she’s dead and her true identity has never been established. I’ve read the book about it, A Beautiful Child by Matthew Birkbeck.

Yeah.

It’s kind of a long story. And a very sad one.


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