03:41 PM EDT 03/31/2014
Originally posted 03/28/2014 08:00PM
Jessica Dutro regularly beat all three of her kids – but the Portland mom was especially hard on her son Zachary, eventually beating him to death the day before his fourth birthday because he seemed gay, prosecutors say.
Originally posted 03/17/2014 12:35PM
Scarlett Johansson is speaking about the Woody Allen scandal, calling Dylan Farrow's open letter slamming stars who have worked with the director "irresponsible."
Originally posted 03/07/2014 03:00PM
A landlord in Tucson removing property abandoned by an evicted family made a gruesome discovery this week: the skeletal remains of a 3-year-old boy stuffed inside a blue toy chest.
Originally posted 09/20/2012 12:10PM
A judge on Wednesday awarded The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof temporary custody of her three sons, after she alleged that her estranged husband, Paul Nassif, choked one of them last week.
A rep for Nassif confirmed the court decision to PEOPLE, adding that his legal team was blindsided by the allegations, which Nassif denies.
Maloof, 51, claims that Nassif, 50, with whom she is locked in a bitter divorce and custody battle, turned around and choked one of the boys for being rowdy on a drive last Thursday, TMZ.com reported.
Originally posted 05/02/2012 04:30PM
Patricia Krentcil, a Nutley, N.J., resident who has been tanning her "whole life," pled not guilty to charges of child endangerment on Wednesday after she was accused to taking her fair-skinned daughter into a tanning bed with her.
Krentcil's daughter, 6, apparently showed up to school one day with a sunburn, telling friends she went tanning with her mom. But Krentcil – whose skin is an unnatural shade of dark brown as a result of bronzing – says the whole thing is "preposterous" to WCBS New York.
Originally posted 11/16/2011 12:40PM
Originally posted 11/14/2011 09:45PM
Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach at the center of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, acknowledges that he touched children but denies he committed any crimes.
"I have horsed around with kids," Sandusky, 67, said in an interview that aired Monday on Rock Center with Brian Williams. "I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."
Asked by Bob Costas if he is guilty of the charges contained in a 40-count indictment, Sandusky says, "I am innocent of those charges."
"Are you a pedophile?" Costas asked. "No," replied Sandusky, who went on to state: "I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them."
Originally posted 11/12/2011 03:25PM
Shortly before Penn State's first football game since a sex scandal rocked the university, some fans cried, swayed and hugged during a moment of silence for the alleged victims of sexual abuse.
The atmosphere was emotionally charged as players in State College, Pa., knelt for the prayer held mid-field before kickoff.
Saturday afternoon's game, against Nebraska, was the first since Penn State's head coach, Joe Paterno, was fired after a child-sex abuse scandal came to light involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Originally posted 11/11/2011 09:45AM
The mother of one of the boys who was allegedly sexually abused by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky says she voiced concerns to her son's school after noticing him becoming increasingly uncomfortable around Sandusky, and later asked her son why he didn't report the abuse or try to stop it.
"He was like, 'Well, I didn't know what to do,' " she told ABC's Good Morning America. "'You just can't tell Jerry no.' "
The boy, referred to as "Victim 1" in court papers, met Sandusky in 2005, when he was 11, through the charity the coach founded for at-risk boys. According to court papers, the boy often stayed at Sandusky's home, where he was allegedly repeatedly sexually abused.
His mother says her son even started misbehaving so that he would be grounded and not allowed to go over to the coach's house.
Originally posted 02/25/2010 03:30PM
Phillip Garrido isn't a master manipulator who sends coded messages to victim Jaycee Dugard, as prosecutors contend – he's mentally ill, Garrido's own lawyer says in a new court document.
El Dorado County Deputy Public Defender Susan Gellman filed the motion on Wednesday, after the prosecution asked the court not to allow Garrido to communicate with his wife, co-defendant Nancy Garrido, in jail, and to block the defense from being able to communicate with Dugard or to know where she and her daughters are hiding.
A judge is due to rule on the motions Friday in a pretrial hearing for the Garridos, who are charged with abducting Jaycee more than 18 years ago (when she was 11) and keeping her as Garrido's sex slave.
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