Authorities are investigating whether a Florida woman accused of murdering her ex-partner's 2-year-old daughter was prompted to do so from her interpretation of an Old Testament passage, reported CBS 12.(Photo: WPEC 12)Florida woman Kymberley Lucas is accused of murdering her ex-partner's daughter and attempting to murder the girl's sister on May 25, 2014.
On Sunday, Kymberley Dawn Lucas and her ex-partner's two children, Elliana Lucas-Jamason and Ethan Jameson, attended a service at Metropolitan Community Church in Jupiter, Florida, where pastor Lea Brown taught on Genesis 22. The biblical narrative tells a story where God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, before God accepts a goat instead of the boy at the last minute. more >>
Arthur Morgan III will spend the rest of his life behind bars for taking the life of his 2-year-old daughter by throwing her, still alive, into a creek while she was strapped into her weighted car seat. Morgan apologized before being led away, but not for murdering the little girl.
"I want to say I'm sorry for the deterioration of what I thought was a beautiful friendship between the two of us that blossomed into a daughter," Morgan told Tierra's mother, Imani Benton. "For anybody that was truly affected by this, I hope we can all heal from this situation, knowing Tierra is in a better place."
The case shocked the New Jersey town of Freehold after details were released about the heinous crime. Morgan III took Tierra, strapped her into her car seat and weighed the seat down with a tire jack before throwing her into a creek in November 2011. more >>
A former youth volunteer at the Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two more special needs children and was sentenced Tuesday to serve seven years in prison.
Robert Sobczak, 20, pleaded guilty to molesting a 15-year-old at a birthday party and an 8-year-old at WCC, respectively.
Sobczak has also been convicted of sexually abusing another special needs boy at WCC. The former volunteer was sentenced to two years of probation and forced to register as a sex offender after he pleaded guilty to that charge in December. more >>
"A perfect Christian family" of four was discovered dead in what homicide detectives suspect is a murder-suicide in an upscale Orange County, California, home Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the bodies were discovered in a home in Mission Viejo, noted as one of America's safest cities, after a relative called police at about 9 a.m.
Lt. Jeff Hallock, Orange County sheriff's spokesman, said deputies were waiting on fingerprint identification and family notification before releasing the names of the deceased. Public records and neighbors, however, said the home is owned by Mark Sheer and his wife, Lydia, who have lived there for several years with a college-age son and teenage daughter. more >>
In a 141-page manifesto titled "My Twisted World" in which he rants against women and his sexless life, mass murderer Eliot Rodger, 22, said his killing spree and eventual death in the streets of Isla Vista, California, last Friday could have been avoided if only he had lost his virginity.
Seven people, including Rodger, died as a result of his 10-minute shooting rampage in the quiet Southern California college town, which also left several others injured.
"In July , I spent a lot of time exercising in my room in a final effort to appear as attractive as possible to girls. I proposed that after two weeks of rigorous exercising, I will try my hardest to go out in Isla Vista and do everything I can to meet a girl and lose my virginity," Rodger wrote in the chilling manifesto in which he also planned to kill his stepmother and brother for being more popular than he was. more >>
A pregnant Pakistani woman was stoned to death by nearly 20 members of her family on Tuesday, allegedly for marrying a man out of love and going against her family's wishes.
"I have not heard of any such case in which a woman was stoned to death, and the most shameful and worrying thing is that this woman was killed in front of a court," Zia Awan, a prominent Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist said, according to The Associated Press.
The 25-year-old woman, Farzana Parveen, is said to have been three months pregnant when her father, brothers, and other family members attacked her and her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, with batons and bricks in broad daylight before the high court of Lahore. more >>