Friday, August 26, 2016

Patricia Flores

A Haltom City, Texas, grandmother, Patricia Flores, is accused of injuring her 2-year-old grandson. Authorities said that she was caring for Lyfe Flores when the toddler was left by himself in a bathroom with hot running water. While the alleged incident took place on March 24, 2016, officials stated that Flores, 48, waited six days before seeking any medical treatment for the burns. Police were called to her residence on March 30 and only then found the injured boy.

Lyfe was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, and then to Parkland Hospital in Dallas; however, the child died from his wounds. Authorities said that the lack of medical treatment led to an infection that may have contributed to the toddler’s passing. Flores faces a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, with a $75,000 bond.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Colleen Church

Police believe Colleen Church shot her six year-old granddaughter Alexis before killing herself in a tragic murder-suicide. Relatives are now coming forward to detail how a string of personal tragedies and a secret battle with depression may have pushed Church over the edge. 

Eureka, Missouri police say Church, 50, picked up her granddaughter from school on Monday and took her to a Holiday Inn near the Six Flags Park for a girl's night out - something Church did for her Alexis semi-regularly. Police believe Church shot her granddaughter sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning the last week of September 2015. Their bodies were discovered by hotel staff at 11:30 am on Tuesday, after the two failed to check out on time.

Preliminary reports from the medical examiner suggest that Church and her granddaughter each died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Eureka police told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that investigators have spoken with relatives who say Church was under pressure and was still mourning the loss of both her husband and one of her sons, who died of a drug overdose five years ago.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tonya Danyial Monroe

Sandy Springs, Georgia Police said on Thursday that 9-month-old Koby Connelly died from a meth overdose in an apartment in Sandy Springs in March 2016. His grandmother has been charged with felony murder, possession of methamphetamine and cruelty to children after toxicology tests revealed Koby ingested meth.

The little boy's parents are pleading for the public's help finding 45-year-old Tonya Danyial Monroe. Police said the infant died after ingesting meth at an apartment in Sandy Springs. Taylor and Hayden Shaw said they last spoke to Tanya Monroe, Hayden's mother, about a week ago when she said she was moving in with a boyfriend in the Acworth or Cartersville area. Police said she has disappeared and is believed driving a 2004 Toyota Four Runner with a Georgia tag of RAL 9819. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pietrina Hoffman

Police have arrested Pietrina Hoffman in the death of 14 month old Neveah Doyle of Mahanoy City. The baby was found dead in a home on West Center Street in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 2016.

Police say Hoffman was babysitting her granddaughter, 14 month old Navaeh Doyle, and another 2 year old girl on the night of January 10, 2016, at a home on West Centre Street in Mahanoy City. Hoffman said she put Doyle on the floor to sleep while she went to sleep on a nearby chair, when she woke up, some 12 hours later, the baby was dead. Hoffman insists she didn't do anything.

But investigators say they found evidence that the baby had been smothered by being held face down on the floor. An autopsy shows the toddler had bruises and lacerations on her face and coffee grounds in her throat. Hoffman faces at least 20 to 40 years if convicted on these charges including homicide.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dawn Diana Raines-Hewes

Dawn Diana Raines-Hewes, 51, has been charged with murdering her grandson Richard Kite in a bathtub while she was babysitting in her Fairfield, California, home on December 29. Police say Raines-Hewes admitted intentionally drowning Richard.

The four year-old was found unconscious by a neighbor after the grandmother ran screaming from the house and called 911. Police then arrived at the scene and tried to resuscitate the boy who was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Two of her granddaughters, aged one and six years old, were in her care at the time but were not harmed.Raines-Hewes is being held in Solano County Jail without bail. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Manuela Rodriguez

Rose Herrera, just seven months old, was killed Monday because she wouldn’t stop crying, according to Chicago Police. Her grandmother allegedly beat her with an 18-inch pipe wrench and stuffed a sock into her mouth, then took a circular power saw to the baby’s throat.

Manuela Rodriguez, 52, was taken into custody and was treated at Mt. Sinai Hospital after attempting to take her own life with the saw, cutting herself across her own throat. Rodriguez is reportedly on antidepressant medication. She’s now charged with first-degree murder. A Cook County judge denied bail, and Rodriguez was taken to Cermak Hospital at the jail for observation.

Rosie, as the infant was called, was already dead of from the pipe-wrench beating and asphyxiation when the grandmother cut her with the saw. Rodriguez will be tried in Cook County, Illinois.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Martha White

On August 5, 2014, a 6-year-old boy was stabbed to death in his own home in Tallahassee. His grandmother Martha White is accused of killing him. Deputies say that when they arrived on the scene at 7712 Bass Ridge Trail they found Mason Rhinehart lying on the bathroom floor with stab wounds. When deputies spoke with Rhinehart's older brother, he said that their grandmother, identified as Martha M. White, told the boys that she had a surprise for them.

White then took Mason into the bathroom and shut the door. Mason's brother called their father and hid. He later tried to open the bathroom door where White and Mason were but said that the door was locked. He said he saw White leaving the residence holding a bottle of wine saying that she had a surprise for him too.

According to Mason's parents, the 63 year-old White was babysitting the children while they were at work. When deputies arrived, White had already left the residence but her vehicle was later discovered at the dead end of Valley Creek Drive, about a half mile from the residence. When they located White at a nearby park, deputies say she was covered in blood and in possession of a bottle of wine and Xanax. The LSCO affidavit states that White, a retired nurse, was uttering spontaneously that she had been tortured for years by the children's parents and she was fed up.

On September 15, 2014, a judge declared White incompetent to stand trial. She remains incarcerated.