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A Tallahassee, Florida woman is charged with brutally beating a 3-year-old boy to death with a tire iron.

Te’Lea Jefferson, 23, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 20 and charged with murder and aggravated battery after she confessed to beating the boy with a tire iron for climbing on a bathroom sink to brush his teeth.

Jefferson, who lived with the child's mother and his 6-year-old brother, first told investigators the toddler fell off the sink and hit his head on the toilet.

But emergency room staff told police the boy's injuries -- including severe lacerations to his face and hands and bruises on his arms and legs, were "not consistent" with falling off a sink, court records show.

Jefferson, who told police she was in a domestic relationship with the boys' mother, later confessed that she attacked the toddler with a tire iron after he refused her demands to get off the sink.

Jefferson said his refusal to get down off the sink angered her. She went into a bedroom and retrieved a tire iron from a tool box.

She then returned to the bathroom and threw the tire iron at the boy, striking him in the face, according to the police report.

Jefferson admitted to hitting the boy several more times with the tire iron and she recalled seeing blood gushing from his body.

Jefferson's girlfriend hid the bloody murder weapon outside the home.

Police believe the child died in the home before Jefferson brought him to the hospital on Oct. 19 with severe trauma to his face and head. He was unresponsive and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital at 7 p.m.

Hospital staff called 911 to report the "suspicious death" of a child.

According to the affidavit -- based on the timeline of events -- she should have arrived at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's emergency room around 4 p.m. Jefferson confessed after investigators confronted her about the 3-hour gap in her story.

The male-identified lesbian told police she disciplined the boys when they misbehaved. She said the 3-year-old "often required more strikes or blows than his older" brother, according to the affidavit.

Jefferson is being held without bond in the Leon County Detention Facility.

At her first court appearance on Oct. 21, Jefferson said she preferred to hire her own attorney rather than be assigned a public defender, even though she qualified for public assistance, WCTV reported.

Public defender Nancy Showalter said she spoke with Jefferson and her mother, and the family would rather hire a private attorney.

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A Minnesota judge dismissed a murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged in the death of George Floyd in May.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill's dismissed a third-degree murder against Chauvin, who now faces two counts of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Judge Cahill also denied defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against three other former Minneapolis officers, Thomas Lane, J. Jueng and Tou Thao.

Chauvin was released from jail on Oct. 7 after posting a $1 million non-cash bond.

Chauvin, who was arrested on May 31, was charged in the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who is seen pleading for his life in a viral video.

Chauvin's defense attorney argued that his client did not intend to assault or kill Floyd during an encounter on May 25.

All four former cops are awaiting trial set for March 8, 2021.

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A Pennsylvania youth football coach is charged with brutally raping and assaulting his 10-month-old baby daughter, causing her death.

Authorities say Austin Stevens, 29, sexually assaulted his infant daughter, Zara Scruggs, then conducted internet searches on his cellphone, typing:

"What if you don't hear baby heart or beat."

"My baby isn't breathing."

"How do you know if a baby is dead."

"If baby stops breathing."

CBS Philly reports police responded to a 911 call about a child not breathing on Saturday night.

First responders who arrived at the home at 10:40 p.m. found Zara unresponsive and wearing a blood-soaked diaper.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday.

An autopsy revealed Zara suffered blunt force trauma to her head, she had been brutally raped and sustained anal rectal trauma.

Stevens delayed calling 911 for an hour while he flirted with two women on Instagram, according to police. He never mentioned his daughter in the chats.

He later told police he panicked and made the internet searches.

He is charged with aggravated assault, rape of a child, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, and other related counts.

Zara's mother, Erica Scruggs, shared her grief in a Facebook post.

"I'm not okay," she wrote. "I really have no words. We have to fight for my baby."

A GoFundMe account raised more than $45,000 for funeral expenses.

The prosecutor said Stevens had sole custody of Zara under an agreement with the child's mother.

Stevens had recently moved to a house off of the 3400 block of Germantown Pike. Police said there was no heat or water at the house.

He is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

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A Houston mother who was photographed sobbing on the ground after her 2-year-old daughter was found in a storm drain has been charged in the child's murder.

Sahara Ervin, 20, and her boyfriend Travion Thompson, 21, were arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of Maliyah Bass.

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Maliyah's battered and bruised body was pulled from a storm drain on August 23, a day after the toddler was reported missing by her mother.

Ervin told police she left Maliyah on the playground for a few minutes while she cooked breakfast on Aug. 22. When Ervin went back outside, she said Maliyah was gone.

The community gathered to help in the search for Maliyah.

"Everyone looking stupid and looking for the baby when they knew what happened to the baby," said a neighbor, Stella, KTRK reported.

Court records show Maliyah was physically abused before she died. Her body was covered with looped-pattern bruises that may have been caused by an extension cord or a hanger.

The coroner said Maliyah died from blunt force trauma. She was last seen on the apartment's surveillance video on August 20 at 12:40 a.m.

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released body camera footage and surveillance of a violent incident that took place inside the LAPD's Harbor Community Police Station on Sept. 26.

Body cam footage shows a white Hispanic male entering the police station lobby and knocking a cop flat on his back.

The suspect, later identified as 29-year-old, Jose Guzman, then pistol-whipped the fallen cop, who called for help when Guzman fled with his service weapon.

Guzman fired at a pursuing officer who retreated back inside the police station. Cops later caught up with Guzman, pulled his vehicle over, and took him into custody without a single shot or Tazer being fired.

A loaded 9mm Berretta semi-automatic pistol was recovered from Guzman’s vehicle.

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A group of angry fathers took matters into their own hands when a teen girl told them a man leered at her in a Cracker Barrel restroom.

The incident happened at a Duncan, SC Cracker Barrel restaurant on Sunday morning. A group of fathers were having breakfast with their daughters - members of a softball team - when a 15-year-old girl returned from the women's restroom and told her father a man was peeking at her from under the restroom stall.

The girl said she noticed something moving near her feet and realized it was a man's head coming from the stall next to hers. The 15-year-old wasn't the only girl in the restroom at the time.

"I'll never forget the way they looked after. They were traumatized," a witness said.

The outraged father asked a female employee to get the man out of the restroom so he could have a word with him. The employee found the man in a stall and told him to get out.

The girl's father confronted the man - identified as Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, NC, as he exited the restroom. Other fathers joined in to "talk" with Lane.

"The guy came running, sprinting out the front door with a very bloody nose," a witness told WSPA.com.

Not done with their talk, the group of outraged dads pursued Lane into the parking lot and tackled him to the asphalt.

Lane tried to get away, but the fathers restrained him until police arrived.

Police recovered Lane's cell phone on the floor of the women's restroom.

Lane, a registered sex offender, was charged with voyeurism, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He had been charged with peeping at least eight times prior to this incident.

Lane was released on $2,000 bond and will be monitored by GPS. The judge ordered he move to South Carolina, but he must have no contact with the victim or her family.
 

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North Carolina police responded to calls of a shootout between two groups of people outside a daycare center in Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 18.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the scene of the shootout around 2:45 p.m. at a daycare on West Arrowood Rd.

Police say 20-year-old Isaiah Kersey and two others went to the daycare to pick up his toddler son, but he was denied by the daycare staff because he wasn't on the child's approved list for pick up.

The staff called the child's mother, who soon arrived with three other men - all packing firearms. An argument ensued in the parking lot between the two groups, which escalated into a wild shootout.

Police said two people in each group opened fire outside the daycare -- which had several children inside. None of the children were hurt. One staff member fell and injured her arm while running from the gunfire.

Kersey was the only person arrested and one firearm was recovered. He was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail on charges of simple affray, obstruction and resisting an officer.

In 2019, Kersey was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm after he was injured in a shooting in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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A Virginia woman was arrested for running over her cheating husband with her car. After Bashirah Tripp saw what she had done, she put her car in reverse and ran over him again.

Cellphone footage shows the aftermath of the deadly impact. Tripp is seen standing over a man and screaming at him as he lay motionless on the ground. The incident occurred at a shopping center in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday afternoon.

"I'm sick of you! I'm sick of you! I hope you dead!" she screams.

Bystanders watched in horror as Tripp picked up a broken fender off her car and hit her husband with it, before spitting on him. "F*ck him!" she said repeatedly. "I gave you 18 years of my f---ing life!"

Two women from a nearby salon covered the man with a white sheet, believing he was deceased.

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Tripp, who remained on the scene, was taken into custody by Norfolk police and charged with aggravated assault. Bystanders applauded when she she was placed in the back of a police unit.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

There are unconfirmed reports that the man, identified as Duke Johnson, died from extensive head wounds and internal injuries.

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A scorned orthodontist was charged with attempted murder after she stabbed her ex-fiancé's girlfriend in the neck then acted like a Good Samaritan.

Police say Dr. Alika Crew hid in the back of the victim's Jeep on the morning of July 28 in New Rochelle, New York.

The victim had spent the night with Crew's ex-fiancé, identified as Kurtz Howell. Crew and Howell lived in the same neighborhood.

When the victim started the car and drove off, Crew began stabbing her in the neck, the New York Post reported.

Crew then posed as a medic rendering aid to the 30-year-old victim when police arrived. The victim advised police that the woman rendering aid was in fact the person who stabbed her.

"It was also determined that the suspect's ex-fiancé is the current boyfriend of the victim," New Rochelle Capt. Cosmo Costa said.

The victim suffered a "deep puncture wound" on the left side of her neck from a razor blade, according to the Post. Her injuries required surgery.

The 41-year-old dentist is charged with felony attempted murder in the second degree.

Crew, who works out of dentist's office in Stamford, CT, is a resident of New Rochelle, NY. She is also affiliated with a dental practice in Jackson Heights, Queens, CBS2 reports.

The prominent dentist purchased a split-level townhouse in New Rochelle for $800,000 18 months ago, CBS2 reports.

Crew was arraigned in court on July 28. A judge set bail at $150,000. Her next court date is August 19.

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The case against Amy Cooper -- dubbed Central Park Karen -- will go forward as planned, despite victim Christian Cooper's refusal to cooperate with the Manhattan district attorney.

Amy Cooper was charged last week with filing a false report against Christian who asked her to leash her dog in a section of Central Park where he was bird watching.

In the May 25th 911 call, she claimed, "There's an African-American man threatening my life."

But Christian doesn't want her prosecuted, he has previously stated.

"She's already paid a steep price. That's not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on."

Amy was fired from her job and briefly lost custody of her rescue dog after the video of her incident with Christian went viral.

TMZ reports that the D.A.'s Office would like Christian to cooperate, but in this case, it's not necessary -- because he's technically not the victim, the city is.

If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail.
 

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Criminal charges have been filed against Kansas City detective Eric De Valkenaere, six months after the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

The 26-year-old father-of-three boys was shot to death as he sat in his pickup truck at his home in the 4100 block of College Avenue on Dec. 3, 2019.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced the charges against De Valkenaere on Thursday, June 18, KCTV5 News reports.

According to prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, De Valkenaere was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

According to an affidavit, Des. Troy Schwalm and Det. De Valkenaere responded to a radio call about a traffic incident in the area of College Avenue and 41st on Dec. 3.

A police helicopter observed a red pickup truck being driven to a house at 4154 College Avenue, according to KCTV5 News.

Det. Schwalm arrived at the location first. With gun drawn, he entered the backyard without the resident's permission.

Det. De Valkenaere then arrived, and observed the red pickup, being driven by victim lamb, backing into the garage.

De Valkenaere later stated he could see Lamb's hands on the steering wheel and he saw Lamb's left hand slide down his body toward his waistband, pull a gun and point it toward Det. Schwalm who was standing on the driver's side of the truck.

De Valkenaere then fired his weapon four times through the windshield. Two bullets hit Lamb, mortally wounding him.

When investigators arrived, they saw Lamb's left arm outside the open driver's window. A gun was on the ground under the driver's side window.

But medical records show that Lamb was right-handed and did not have full use of his left hand as a result of an injury he sustained in 2015.

Lamb made a phone call around the time he was shot. His phone recorded audio of the incident. The phone was found by his right side when crime technicians processed the scene.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $30,000 for De Valkenaere, according to KCTV5 News.

Attorney S. Lee Merritt is representing the family.

"We're hoping law enforcement will learn there is accountability if they use deadly for without the proper justification," Merritt said.

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Arrests have been made in the murder of a retired police captain who was shot to death outside a pawnshop following peaceful protests in St. Louis, Missouri.

Two suspects have been arrested and charged in the murder of retired St. Louis police Captain David Dorn. 24-year-old Steven Cannon (pictured below left) has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree criminal action and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Dorn was found on the sidewalk outside Lee's Pawn and Jewelry on June 2. The 77-year-old had a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

As he lay dying, someone recorded a 13-minute video of the tragic scene and posted it on Facebook. A young man comforted Dorn as the looters stroll in and out of the pawnshop.

"Oh cuz, come on, OG ... Come on, OG. Oh my God, cuz," says the younger man. "For a TV? They killed this old man for some TVs? ... c'mon, man, that's somebody's granddaddy."

Dorn retired in 2014 after working more than 40 years in law enforcement. His wife still works at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Cannon told police he was in the pawnshop that night and he cut his hair to change his appearance after his photo was distributed by news media. A television taken from the pawnshop was found inside his residence. He is being held in jail without bail.

27-year-old Jimmie Robinson was also arrested and charged in the case. Robinson was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, one count of armed criminal action and one count of stealing from the pawnshop. He is being held on $30,000 cash bail.

Last week, St. Louis police released surveillance video that shows 7 looters breaking and entering the pawnshop around the time Dorn was killed. At least 2 of the men were armed with handguns. All 7 suspects are Black males wearing face masks or a face covering.

Dorn was responding to an alarm at his friend's pawnshop after 1 a.m. when he was killed. Cannon is seen on surveillance video in the area where Dorn was shot. Multiple plumes of smoke are seen where Cannon was standing before he entered the pawnshop.

A $45,000 reward is being offered for information leading to more arrests in the case.

As friends and family prepare to bury Dorn this week, many wonder why his death hasn't received the same news coverage as George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25.

"Is anyone taking a knee for David Dorn?" writes Twincities.com. "Dorn was African American. He was unjustly killed. His life mattered too, didn't it?"

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Candace Owens continued her attack on George Floyd, the Black Minnesota man who was killed in police custody on May 25.

Owens told her Twitter followers George Floyd "is being upheld as an amazing human being."

She detailed his criminal history, which includes 8 arrests between 1997 and 2005 in Harris County, Texas. Floyd, 46, allegedly held a woman against her will at gunpoint before searching her house for drugs and money.

"Everyone is pretending that this man lived a heroic lifestyle," Owens said. "We are embarrassing in that regard. Nobody wants to tell the truth in Black America. Our biggest problem is us. "I have no apologies to make. George Floyd is not my martyr. He can be yours."

Owens agreed that, despite his criminal history, Floyd's family deserved justice because he was a man being.

"Not every Black American is a criminal. Not every Black American is committing crimes. But we are unique in that we are the only people that fight and scream and demand support for the people in our community that are up to no good. You would be hard-pressed to find a Jewish person who has spent five stints in prison, who commits a crime and dies while committing a crime and that the Jewish people demand justice for."

She continued, "You would be hard-pressed to find this in white America -- even in Latino America. What I am saying is not any defense for Derek Chauvin. The family of George Floyd deserves justice for the way that he died but I also am not going to accept the narrative that this is the best the Black community has to offer. For whatever reason it has become fashionable over the last five or six years for us to turn criminals into heroes overnight. It is something I find despicable."

In a follow-up post, Owens wrote: "Confession: #GeorgeFloyd is neither a martyr or a hero. But I hope his family gets justice."

Derek Chauvin, the ex Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck causing his death, was fired from the police force and arrested. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison upgraded his charges to second-degree murder.

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In addition to Chauvin (pictured 2nd from right), three former officers who pinned Floyd to the ground and stood by while he died were also charged in Floyd's murder on Wednesday, June 3.

Former Minneapolis officers J. Alexander Kueng, (pictured 2nd from left), Thomas Lane (left), and Tou Thao (far right) are all in custody, charged with aiding and abetting and second-degree murder and aiding and abetting and second-degree manslaughter. Kueng is set to appear in court on Thursday. If convicted on all charges, they face a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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The former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes has been arrested, according to multiple reports.

Authorities confirm Derek Chauvin is in police custody. The arrest comes after south Minneapolis was rocked by violent protests, rioting, and looting for 3 days.

"Why did it take so long? How is it not clearly criminal conduct from the video that we all watched, said Guy Benson, host of Guy Benson Radio Show, in an appearance on Fox News.

Social media celebrated the news that Chauvin was finally in police custody on Friday.

"Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody!! Thank you Jesus!!! Justice is being served!!! #JusticeForGeorge," one user tweeted.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

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A Macon youth pastor told police he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint by two Black men in a hotel room.

Christopher Keys called 911 to report an armed robbery at the Regency Inn motel on Eisenhower Parkway on May 19.

Keys, who is also a teacher, initially said he heard a knock at the door. When he opened it, two armed Black males wearing face masks robbed him of his wallet, $70 in cash and a cellphone at gunpoint.

After some questioning, Keys finally admitted he stretched the truth a little bit. He said he routinely solicited sex from male prostitutes on Craigslist.com.

An employee said Keys was a regular at the hotel. According to the police report, Keys said he "liked to play around" with men, but he was married to a woman.

He pleaded with police not to tell his family about his extracurricular activities.

Keys's cellphone was found in a nearby Walmart parking lot and returned to him.

Sheriff's deputies charged Keys with solicitation of sodomy. The investigation into the armed robbery continues.