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 Posted September 14th, 2011 10:29 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Horrible story. One of the comments following the story echoed my sentiments almost to the letter. Amanda said that she found it strange that this wasn't the first baby found in the river in the same county. One of the things that make you go, "Hummmmm...."


Dead baby pulled from Mississippi River
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Kristen Gosling

Winona County, MN (WCCO) -- Residents in southeastern Minnesota are distrubed after the body of a baby girl was discovered by a family on a boat ride on the Mississippi River.

The family at first thought it was a bag in the water, but when they got closer, they discovered it was a small infant.

Sheriff David brands said the girl was found six miles south of Winona. He said she was seven pounds and had been born in the past few days. He believed the body had been in the water for two days.

The infant is the fourth baby to be found dead in southeastern Minnesota since 1999. The previous cases, all in Goodhue County, have never been solved.

Jeanne Madtson and her husband, Don, organized funeral services for the other babies and gave them names. They plan to do the same for the little girl.


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 Posted September 15th, 2011 06:21 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
There are no words for the sadness I feel for those little ones.
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 Posted September 15th, 2011 06:26 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
And this is just one that's in the national news...

US mom tells police she smothered newborn twins
TRAVIS LOLLER - The Associated Press

HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A young mother charged with murder has told police she hid her pregnancy, gave birth to twin sons at her family's home and killed the infants by smothering their cries so her parents wouldn't hear them.

Police in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville arrested Lindsey Lowe, 25, on Wednesday after her father discovered one baby's body in a laundry basket.

According to a police affidavit, the young mother said she didn't tell her family she was pregnant, but believes she got pregnant in January and never visited a doctor. Police said on Thursday they were trying to identify the father of the twins.

Police said they interviewed Lowe who said she went into labor on Monday evening while on the toilet at her parent's home. She said the first baby fell into the toilet and began to cry.

"Lowe stated that the baby was crying and Lowe did not want her parents to hear and find out about the child," police wrote in the affidavit. "Lowe stated that she put her hand over the child's mouth and she stated that she kept it there until the child was dead, which was a couple of minutes."

A few minutes later, the affidavit says, she gave birth to the second child, who also fell in the toilet. She again put her hand over the baby's mouth and held it there until the baby died, which she said took less time than the first child. She put both babies in the laundry basket and covered them up with blankets.

Lowe said she never checked the sex of the child. Police said both boys appeared to be full term and weighing about 5 or 6 pounds (2.3 to 2.7 kilograms).

Lowe, who works at a pediatric dentist's office, was charged with first-degree murder and remained in jail Thursday with no bond. Police said she is undergoing a medical evaluation.

Police Lt. Scott Ryan said Thursday that he didn't know how she hid the pregnancy, just saying that she didn't tell anyone. He would not say whether Lowe was helping them to identify the father.

Ryan said women with unwanted pregnancies have several options, including a safe haven law that allows newborns to be dropped off at places like hospitals and police stations.

"No matter how bleak the outlook may be for you, let someone help you out," Ryan said.

You say, "trigger-happy cowboy" as if it were a bad thing.

No surrender; no retreat!

If we fight, victory is not certain; if we do *not* fight, defeat surely is.

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 Posted September 15th, 2011 06:30 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post'al must feed. And after being chained for so many centuries, he is famished...and his favorite food is newborn babies.

Yes, evil lurks the world...

You say, "trigger-happy cowboy" as if it were a bad thing.

No surrender; no retreat!

If we fight, victory is not certain; if we do *not* fight, defeat surely is.

Cain't ya tell? Proud TEXICAN!!

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 Posted September 15th, 2011 06:57 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Here's the other one I found...


NC stepmom gets up to 18 years in girl's murderMITCH WEISS - The Associated Press

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman will spend up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to murdering her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter, nearly a year after freckle-faced Zahra Baker's disappearance and death shocked communities here and in her native Australia.

Elisa Baker, 43, entered the courtroom wearing a hot-pink jail jumpsuit and handcuffs. She sat between two defense attorneys and teared up before pleading guilty to second-degree murder, with aggravating factors that included desecrating the body of Zahra Baker, who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a struggle with bone cancer.

Elisa Baker also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case, and to charges unrelated to Zahra's death, including obtaining property by false pretenses, financial identity fraud and bigamy.

Adam Baker, Zahra's father and Elisa's husband, was present in the courtroom in Newton, about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte. Adam Baker, who came to the U.S. with his daughter after meeting Elisa online, faces multiple criminal charges of his own, although none are related to his daughter's death.

Zahra's biological mother, Emily Dietrich, flew in from Australia for the hearing. She cried when she heard details of her daughter's gruesome death.

Elisa Baker's guilty plea comes almost a year after Zahra was reported missing from her home in Hickory. Initially, she and Adam told police they believed their daughter had been kidnapped, but that story quickly unraveled as police arrested Elisa and charged her with forging a ransom note.

Not long after her arrest, Elisa Baker began cooperating with police searching for the girl.

More details about that cooperation and the entire case — including Elisa's abuse of Zahra — emerged during the hearing.

Zahra's death was caused by "undetermined homicidal violence," medical examiners said in documents.

An autopsy was done even though authorities hadn't recovered many bones, most notably the girl's skull, months after she was reported missing. Several bones showed cutting tool marks consistent with dismemberment.

During the hearing, Elisa Baker's lawyer, Scott Reilly, said that without his client's help, Zahra's body might not have been found.

But police painted a picture of a woman who habitually bent the truth.

Capt. Thurmond Whisnant, an investigator with the Hickory Police Department, said Elisa Baker told him the girl died Sept 24. Elisa told police Zahra was sick that day and went to bed shortly after eating that afternoon. About an hour later, Elisa said she checked on Zahra but she was "unresponsive." She said she tried and failed to revive the girl.

She claimed that Adam dismembered Zahra and disposed of her body in white trash bags, but Whisnant said that was a lie.

Investigators found proof that Adam was working that morning with another man on a landscaping project.

One of the biggest questions facing law enforcement was whether Adam was involved in Zahra's death, Whisnant said. Police believe he wasn't.

Police also described three cases where witnesses saw Elisa beat Zahra. Once the child attended school with two black eyes and was afraid to go home.

It was part of a pattern in Elisa Baker life. The case revealed her as a woman with a troubled past, constantly shifting addresses and staying one step ahead of bill collectors and county social service agencies investigating reports of child abuse. The Associated Press found that she has been married seven times, including several overlapping marriages.

During those marriages, former husbands told the AP that Elisa beat her three children and that social service agencies in several counties had investigated the abuse.

Those who knew Elisa described her as an attractive high school student who became manipulative, cunning and insecure, struggling with obesity.

By the time she met Adam, she had largely detached herself from society, immersed in an online world of assumed identities and grandiose stories about her past, according to records and friends.

You say, "trigger-happy cowboy" as if it were a bad thing.

No surrender; no retreat!

If we fight, victory is not certain; if we do *not* fight, defeat surely is.

Cain't ya tell? Proud TEXICAN!!

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The battle has never changed from the beginning. It is "the seed of the serpent against the seed of the woman.” The battle is over truth, but not political truth, it is over eternal truth. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of this even though their Bible tells them that they “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:12