Thursday, July 11, 2013

Doris Becky Trujillo

Doris Becky Trujillo, 61, had been caring for Gabriel Trujillo, 4, and also had custody of his sisters, ages 10 and 13. The grandmother called police on Feb. 14, 2012, and reported that her grandson "fell from a chair." The police report stated she said, "He is breathing, but he won't wake up."

Gabriel Trujillo died on Feb. 17, at The Children's Hospital in Aurora.  An autopsy determined he died from blunt-force trauma to his head and neck and his death was ruled a homicide. Trujillo was arrested and tried; a jury found the Colorado woman Not Guilty of murder on June 7, 2013. She was found guilty of child abuse and will be sentenced on August 2nd.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Elaine Springs

Elane Springs, 50, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of one-month-old Tyjahe Springs on 17 September, 2008. Springs had put the baby to bed on the couch at 10.20 pm and used a pillow to keep her from falling off. She then left her there while she did some housework, according to court documents.

When she grew tired from housework, she sat down on the couch for several hours. At about 3:00 am, she got up to use the bathroom and realized she had been sitting on the baby.

Springs was sentenced to two years probation, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nance Rivera

A Taunton, New Jersey, grandmother who was warned to be more watchful with her young granddaughter has been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment in the toddler’s October 21, 2011 accidental drowning death. Rivera's daughter doesn't believe it was accidental.

Nance Rivera, 52, was just out of jail, living with her daughter and helping care for her granddaughter in October 2011 when 18 month-old Aylah Reed died during a bath, police said. Rivera’s own mother, the dead child’s great-grandmother, said she warned Rivera not to leave the child alone in the tub, but she often found Nance Rivera on the phone downstairs while the 19-month-old played alone in a tub upstairs.

Rivera has a 12 page rap sheet, mainly composed of drug crimes. Arrested in November 2012, after 13 months of investigation, the Latina grandmother faces up to 30 months in prison if convicted.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pamela Shank Raymond

Pamela Shank Raymond, 54, is in prison, awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder and cruelty to a child in the 2010 death of infant Warren Bailey, her daughter's young son. She has pleaded not guilty. According to a police affidavit filed with Lamoille (Vermont) Superior Court, Raymond, a nurse, told police that she placed one of her husband’s antidepressant pills in the baby’s mouth, watched it dissolve, and washed it down with a few ounces of formula. She told police she drugged the infant so he wouldn’t wake up and disturb her husband while she was at a doctor’s appointment.

Raymond, who has twice lost her nursing license, was previously investigated in the suspected poisoning of another grandson who survived. Her court appointed attorney will claim not guilty by mental defect once the charges come to trial.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Debra Ann Slacks

On November 13, 2012 at approximately 6:15 am the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4059 Jordan Road regarding a 5-week old child believed to be deceased. The parents of the child awakened to find the child not in her bassinet in their bedroom. The mother of the baby went to the living room of the home to find the baby in between the cushions of the couch with the baby’s grandmother on the couch asleep with the child.

A death investigation was launched by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. According to the arrest warrant of 50-year old Debra Ann Slacks, investigators obtained documented evidence and recorded statements which implicated Ms. Slacks as the person who took responsibility for her 5-week old grandchild after knowingly consuming alcoholic beverages. Ms. Slacks, while entrusted with the child’s care, fell asleep with her grandchild on the couch allowing the infant to slip from her arms and slide behind the cushion of the couch which resulted in her death.

Ms. Slacks was arrested for unlawful neglect of a child and transported to the Greenville County Detention Center where she awaits a bond hearing. If convicted, Ms. Slacks could face up to 10 years in jail.