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Miami-Dade PD

A 43-year-old Miami man has been arrested by police in connection with the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old boy.

Aliex Santiesteban was arrested on Monday night in Miami's Overtown neighborhood. He was charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and attempted murder.

He is being held in the Miami-Dade jail without bond, NBC Miami reported.

Police say the Hispanic boy was abducted off the street around 2 a.m. Saturday on 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue.

The boy was walking down the street when a man pulled up alongside him, forced him into a vehicle, and drove him to an empty lot near Northwest 45th Street and 31st Avenue, where he was sexually assaulted in the back seat of the car.

Santiesteban allegedly shot the boy and pushed him out of the vehicle, WPLG Local News 10 reported.

A bystander heard the boy's screams and took him to a nearby convenience store where an employee called 911.

Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters the child car door locks had been activated, blocking the boy's escape.

Unbeknownst to his parents, the boy apparently snuck out of his house, and had arranged pillows on his bed to give the appearance he was asleep. He was on his way back home from his friend's house when he was abducted.

He is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to NBC Miami.

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Facebook, Simpsonville PD

11 days after 3-year-old Victoria "Tori" Rose Smith was beaten to death by her foster parents, the Simpsonville, SC Police Department finally released a heavily redacted police report that gives very little information in the case.

The death of the foster child at the hands of "Worst Cooks in America" reality competition winner, Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband Jerry Robinson, 34, made headlines around the world.

The police report was obtained by FITSNews on Monday. Nearly every line in the report was redacted, leaving more questions than answers.

A fire department crew was the first to arrive at the scene in response to a 911 call about an unresponsive child on January 14.

The fire department immediately suspected child abuse and put in a call to the police department for child abuse/aggravated assault and emergency protective custody at 2:25 p.m., according to FITSNews.

Police interviewed Ariel Robinson first. Nearly the entire interview with Ariel was redacted, except for the part where she told police that something happened the day before.

Ariel told her husband to call 911, according to the report. The 911 dispatcher instructed Ariel to move the child to the floor and begin chest compressions only.

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By the time police arrived, Tori had already been transported the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police also interviewed Jerry Robinson, but he invoked his right to counsel and refused to answer any questions. The Robinsons were both charged with homicide by child abuse around 2:20 p.m. on January 19. -- five days after Tori died.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the case per South Carolina law when the unexpected death of a child is involved.

Social media sleuths dug into Ariel's internet history to find more details about her.

She is best known as the winner of Season 20 of "Worst Cooks in America" on the Food Network. The network scrubbed Season 20 from the internet on Monday.

According to Ariel's website, she was a middle school teacher. Her teaching license was suspended in 2019. She was also an aspiring stand-up comedienne, radio host and TV personality who frequently referred to herself as a mother of five.

The Robinsons adopted Victoria "Tori" Rose Smith and her two older brothers in December 2019. On Christmas Day, she wrote on Facebook:

"This Christmas, my family was given the best news ever!! We are growing our family by 3!!! We were chosen by the agency and called by God to take in 3 precious siblings who will be joining our family soon!"

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The Robinsons also had two boys prior to the adoption.

In a podcast episode, Ariel joked about punching her two sons in the throat while social workers were visiting the home during the adoption process.

She also talked about her anger management problem, saying she had anger inside of her.

She talked about how people can "snap," saying "If you get angry today and fly off the handle, punch somebody, kill somebody, assault, murder, you are one bad decision away from ruining the rest of your life," she said.

In a podcast episode that aired in November, Ariel said she was no longer suicidal and she didn't want to hurt others, because she likes her "freedom" too much.

"This is the first year I've literally and specifically prayed to God 'can you just let the rapture take place?'" Ariel Robinson said. "I literally hate it here. I literally hate this earth."

The Robinsons are being held without bond at the Greenville County Detention Center, according to Fox Carolina.
 

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Maricopa County jail

A 32-year-old Arizona woman was arrested and charged with assault after she beat her three children for not wearing face masks.

Police were called to Michelle Boone's Wickenberg home Saturday night. Officers were told that she punched one child in the face, kicked a second child and picked up a minor child by the neck for not wearing masks despite all three children testing positive for the virus.

Charging documents obtained by AZ Central show Boone is facing three counts of child abuse, three counts of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Boone fled the home before police arrived but officers found hr walking down the street and arrested her, according to the documents.

Police say refused their command to stop and then fought them like a man when they tried to arrest her. She stopped resisting after an officer tased her with a stun gun.

She was transported to the Maricopa County jail and released on $5,000 bond.

Boone is seen smiling in her mugshot photo with a blue face mask tucked under her chin.

Court documents show Boone is no stranger to law enforcement. She was arrested for three previous incidents of domestic violence.

Studies have shown face masks do not stop the transmission of the coronavirus. A recent CDC report showed 74% of people who always wear masks still tested positive for Covid-19.

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Tallahassee PD

"Denzel Washington" is among nearly 200 defendants arrested in a human sex trafficking sting involving a single Florida girl.

Although Washington is not the legendary actor, it isn't clear if the defendant is related to Denzel.

The operation, called "Stolen Innocence," began in 2018 and wrapped on Tuesday with nearly 200 arrests, the NY Post reported.

The girl was 13 and 14 years old at the time of the assaults, but investigators believe she was younger than 13 when the assaults began.

Among the suspects are a high-profile Florida State University booster, a middle school physical education teacher, a lobbyist, and a former candidate for local office, according to the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

They were all charged with human trafficking of a minor, and 106 people were hit with felony charges. 18 are being charged federally, according to the Post.

Several women were also arrested and charged with arranging "play" dates with the girl in exchange for money, according to the Post.

Some of the defendants say their encounters with the girl occurred in a filthy apartment and various hotels and motels around Tallahassee.

They say the girl's mother wouldn't allow them to have sex with the child unless they brought her drugs and money.

It isn't clear if the girl’s mother was charged or was part of the sex trafficking ring.

The teen was rescued by the police department's Special Victims Unit. She is in the custody of the state and "on the road to recovery."
 

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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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Chicago PD

A Chicago teen was denied bail after admitting to molesting a girl during a virtual learning class on Thursday.

Catrell Walls, 18, is accused of sexually molesting his 7-year-old cousin during her virtual learning class on Google Meets. Walls was arrested on Saturday after the police were contacted by the girl's school.

Police say the girl signed into the class around 1:30 p.m. and students were instructed to mute their microphones and turn their cameras off.

But the girl left her computer camera on and put the microphone on mute. Prosecutors say Walls entered the room and ordered the girl to perform a sex act on him.

At least four children observed the indecent act. The teacher was alerted when one child asked, "What's going on? What's happening?"

When the teacher saw the the girl engaged in a sex act, she yelled for the other children to log off and told the little girl to turn her camera off.

The teacher then observed Walls pick up the laptop and close it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The teacher notified the school principal and the school's chief executive officer, who went to the girl's home.

The girl told them Walls "just hit her," prosecutors said. But when the principal spoke to her privately, she told him Walls made her perform oral sex on him and that it had happened before.

"He made me put my lips on (him) and this has happened before, and I don't want my daddy to know, it's a secret," she said, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Andreana Turano.

Police responded to the home and took Walls into custody. The girl was taken to Comer Children's Hospital for evaluation.

During police interrogation, Walls broke down and admitted through tears that he sexually assaulted the girl since she was 6.

"I don't know why. I'm sorry, I'm sorry," he said.

Walls is a senior in high school and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which impairs his ability to control his impulses, his attorney said.

Walls is expected back in court on Nov. 21.

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Montgomery County PD

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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Houston PD

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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A video of a father and stepmother disciplining their disobedient daughter is going viral on social media.

The video has sparked debate over whether the father and stepmother are being abusive to the girl.

The video shows a father apparently abusing his teenage daughter who allegedly stole something and called his wife a "fat a** b*tch".

The video went viral after celebrities such as Lil Scrappy posted it on social media.

Some are calling for child protective services to investigate.

Update:

The girl is in the custody of rapper Waka Flocka's mom, Debra Antney, who is reportedly related to her. See the videos below.
 


 

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An unstable YouTuber is in trouble for alleged child abuse. Social media personality Lovely Peaches was reportedly arrested after she repeatedly abused her minor child on the internet.

Peaches was investigated for over a year for Instagram posts that showed her abusing her daughter, Cora Miracle.

"I brought you into this world, hoe," the 19-year-old told the child in one Instagram video. She also complained about having to babysit her own daughter.

In other social media posts, Lovely Peaches, real name Brittany Johnson, claimed she sold Cora to a sex traffickers and she even claimed she killed her adorable daughter.

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Johnson became an overnight sensation for her disturbing posts involving her daughter, Cora, who is reportedly 3 years old.

Johnson, was reportedly arrested after Cora was removed from her custody following an FBI investigation last week.

On Aug. 6, advocacy group Children's Riot reported that Cora "has been rescued and will never be returned to her abusive mother."

"The FBI has ensured that Peaches will no longer have access to hurting Cora or any other children. She is being prosecuted and will pay for what she has done."

The group claimed Cora was placed in the care of her grandmother. "Cora was back with her mother, and has been taken away from her as of this morning," according to The Salvation Foundation. "As of now, she is safe, she is no longer with her mother."

Johnson's social media accounts were deleted recently. The foundation stated they were working on getting all of Johnson's accounts deleted. Her Instagram account alone had over 1 million followers.

Recently, Johnson began threatening TikTok personality Charli D'Amelio, saying she hired a hit man to "sexually assault Charli during a livestream, causing D'Amelio to end the livestream.

Johnson was later banned from TikTok.