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Father wanted on abuse charges after baby suffers 9 broken ribs, 2 broken legs

A Washington County, Pennsylvania, father is wanted on suspicion of abusing his 6-month-old baby.

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The baby spent days in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh after her mother went to change her diaper and saw the girl's stomach covered in bruises, authorities said.

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Police are now searching for the baby's father, Randy Hughes. Investigators said he disappeared a few days after the reported abuse. 

Police said Hughes was watching the baby and other older children at their home while the baby's mother was at work.

According to the criminal complaint, when his wife confronted him about the bruises, he said he was "going to jail." But when doctors questioned him, he said the baby fell from the bed and that he saw a 4-year-old "run" from the room right afterward.

Doctors said the baby has nine broken ribs, two broken legs, lacerated liver, internal bleeding and bruising about her left eye and right ear.

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The emergency room doctor told police she would have been in "substantial pain for multiple days and could have had a life-threatening hemorrhage from the liver laceration" and that it was not from a fall or another child.

Hughes faces arrest on felony aggravated assault and child endangerment charges. 

The baby had a follow-up appointment at Children's Hospital on Monday, and doctors said she is healing very well.

The mother passed a polygraph test, and police said they believe she had nothing to do with the abuse.

Mom charged in baby's death, tried to kill herself before officers arrived, police say

A Tennessee mother who was found unresponsive in her Memphis apartment is facing criminal charges in the death of her baby.

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On Sunday, officers said they received a 911 call from a woman saying there was a dead individual in her apartment on the 6900 block of Red Oaks Circle, and there would be another dead person at the location by the time they arrived.

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When emergency responders arrived, nobody answered the door, so they busted in, according to an arrest affidavit for Jamyl Price.

Officers said they found a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying unresponsive on the bathroom floor. They then saw Price, 22, in the bathtub, according to the affidavit.

There was evidence in the bathroom that indicated Price tried to commit suicide, according to the affidavit.

Price regained consciousness while being treated in the apartment, police said. While being transported to the hospital, she told paramedics she "thought her baby could breathe underwater," according to the affidavit.

Investigators searched the apartment to collect evidence. It was determined that Price was the person who called 911.

>> Wife filed for divorce 9 days before husband shot her, triplet daughters in murder-suicide

Officers also learned Price had threatened to commit suicide the day before, police said. Her child's father contacted one of her parents about the threats, but he was told she was all right and was "just depressed," according to police documents.

After being treated, Price was questioned by investigators. Police documents say she gave a statement of admission, stating she was responsible for her daughter's death.

Price reportedly told investigators she took her daughter to the apartment pool and stuck her under water for "two to three seconds" and noticed she was struggling to breathe. She said she went back to the apartment to perform CPR, but eventually realized her daughter was dead, according to police documents.

The affidavit states Price spent the rest of the day inside the apartment trying to find ways to kill herself. She didn't call 911 until she thought she was about to die from a suicide attempt, police said.

The cause of death for the baby has not been determined. 

Price is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

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Price’s father told WHBQ that he is devastated by the loss of the granddaughter he never got to meet. 

“How would anyone feel that’s a father hearing that their daughter tried to commit suicide by taking a lot of pills – and that their granddaughter is no longer here?” Cersec Price said. 

Price said he couldn’t see his daughter doing something like that. 

“I can’t imagine my daughter doing this to her child,” Price said. “I can’t. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe it.” 

Wife filed for divorce 9 days before husband shot her, triplet daughters in murder-suicide

A U.S. Air Force veteran who shot his wife and 12-year-old triplet daughters before killing himself Saturday afternoon at the family’s Alabama home did so just nine days after his wife filed for divorce, according to news reports. 

Robert James “Bob” Orsi, 50, also set fire to the family’s home in the Redland community near Wetumpka, The Wetumpka Herald reported. One of the triplets perished inside the home, while the other two girls were able to get out despite suffering multiple gunshot wounds. 

Both of those daughters are in stable condition and are expected to survive, the Herald reported. One girl may require further surgery. 

Their mother, Charlene Ann “Charley” Orsi, 44, was also killed in the shooting. Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told the Montgomery Advertiser that Charley Orsi had apparently just arrived at the house to pick up the children. 

>> Related story: Alabama murder-suicide: 3 dead, 2 hurt after man shoots wife, kids, authorities say

One of the children had texted her to say that their father had calmed down and she could come to pick them up, the sheriff told the Advertiser. It was not clear why he was upset that day, but his wife was seeking custody of the couple’s four children in the divorce. 

Franklin said in a news release that the investigation indicated Bob Orsi may have been abusing drugs, which was part of the reason for the marriage’s breakup. 

Charley Orsi, also an Air Force veteran, was a third-grade teacher at Redland Elementary School. According to her biography on the school’s website, she and her husband were married in 1994. 

The biography identified the couple’s triplet daughters as Cadence, Katherine and Patricia Orsi. Family members on social media identified the triplet who was killed as Cadence. 

The triplets have a 13-year-old sister, Adrianna, who was able to escape the shooting unharmed. 

Franklin told the Advertiser that the older daughter escaped after witnessing her mother’s killing near the garage of the house.

“The 13-year-old saw her mother get shot and fled to a neighbor’s home,” Franklin told the newspaper. “Mr. Orsi then placed the triplets in the house, on the floor, and shot them multiple times.”

He then went through the house with a container of gasoline and poured the fuel throughout before setting it ablaze, the sheriff said. Katherine and Patricia Orsi were able to stumble from the house as their father doused the home. 

Orsi’s body, as well as that of Cadence, was found once firefighters extinguished the fire. 

“We found Mr. Orsi’s body in the rear of the home,” Franklin told the Advertiser. “There was a large-caliber handgun beside his body. We feel he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but we have to wait for forensics to tell us exact cause of death for all three victims.”

Franklin told WSFA 12 News in Montgomery that neighbors reported hearing multiple explosions during the fire. The sheriff said it was possible that Orsi, who was a “military guy,” had ammunition or other explosives in the house. According to Charley Orsi’s biography, he retired in 2014 after 29 years of service. 

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A 2009 feature by the Air University Public Affairs Office at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery indicated that Bob Orsi, then a senior master sergeant, served at the time as an instructor at the Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy. 

A deputy who responded to a 911 call around 5 p.m. Saturday found the house engulfed in flames, Franklin said in a news release. When he found Charley Orsi’s body, he thought there might still be an active shooter situation inside. 

“He ran inside the burning home, but could not locate anyone,” Franklin told the Advertiser. “He had to run back outside because of the fire.”

Charley Orsi’s parents and brother, who had recently decided to move to Alabama from New York, arrived at the home as deputies and firefighters worked the crime scene, Franklin said. 

“They had bought property in a nearby community and were moving down here to be closer to the children,” Franklin said. “They show up when all this is going on. So, you can imagine what they are going through.”

Charley Orsi’s mother, Veronica Aurelio, over the past year posted a series of photos on Facebook honoring family members who had served in the military. The images included pictures of both her daughter and her son-in-law in uniform when they were younger. 

Charley Orsi’s sister, Sarah Jane Ralston, wrote on Facebook about the immense outpouring of love and support the family has gotten from friends of her sister and nieces. 

“Despite the struggle my surviving nieces must now face, I know Charley and Cadence are watching over them with pride at how courageously they are handling their horrific situation,” Ralston wrote. “My sister certainly raised her girls to be motivated and strong. While they will never stand alone, they will always be able to stand on their own two feet, heads held high, accomplishing their dreams.”

Charley Orsi’s own Facebook page was full of photos of her daughters, including images from the time they were infants to the present day. 

Two photos she posted a week before the shooting included one of her daughters seated on a rock in Central Park. 

When a friend asked if they’d had a good time, Orsi wrote back that they did.

“We took NY by storm!” she wrote

Those final photos were posted two days after Charley Orsi filed for divorce, according to the Herald. Court records show that, along with sole custody of the children, she also requested child support, alimony and an equal division of the couple’s assets. 

Five days before the slayings, Robert Orsi’s lawyer filed a response in which his client denied his wife’s contention that the couple had “such a complete incompatibility of temperament” that they could “no longer live together as husband and wife,” the Herald reported. He also denied that the marriage was broken beyond repair.  

Many in the Redland community, which is about five miles southeast of Wetumpka, are pulling together to support the surviving Orsi sisters, who have lost both their mother and their father. Redland Elementary planned to have counselors on campus, despite summer vacation, Monday and Tuesday for anyone in the community trying to process the tragedy. 

Redland Hills Church also planned to open its doors Monday evening for classmates of the Orsi girls and students of Charley Orsi to gather. 

The school’s Parent-Teacher Organization is also accepting donations, gift cards and clothing for the surviving children. Bracelets emblazoned with #redlandstrong are also being sold to raise money for the girls. 

A GoFundMe page set up for the siblings raised more than double its $10,000 goal in just one day. 

Alabama man accused of trying to pull gun at pulpit of estranged wife’s church

An Alabama man has been charged with making a terrorist threat after he attempted to pull a gun Sunday as he spoke at a church pulpit, a sheriff’s spokesman said. 

Thomas Zebulun Lewter, 34, of Athens, went up to the pulpit during Sunday morning services at O’Neal Church of Christ in Athens and began talking about his pending divorce, The News Courier reported

Lewter specifically called out his wife and father-in-law, who sat among the congregants, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young told the Athens newspaper. 

“His actions made congregants uneasy, and many of them left the sanctuary while he was speaking,” Young said. “Other congregants approached the pulpit and tried to convince Lewter to stop talking and sit down, but he refused and attempted to grab a handgun he had on his person.”

The congregants who had approached Lewter tackled him as he tried to get the gun out of its holster, The News Courier reported. A retired Limestone County deputy at the service assisted, handcuffing and restraining Lewter until deputies could get to the church.

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Lewter was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital for evaluation before booking him into the county jail, WHNT News 19 in Huntsville reported. Jail records showed Monday morning that no bond had been set. 

AL.com reported that Lewter’s wife filed for divorce on June 19, citing incompatible temperaments and Lewter’s alleged abuse of alcohol. She is seeking full custody of the couple’s two young children. 

5-year-old struck, killed by Jimmy John’s delivery driver while riding bike, police say

A Michigan couple is preparing to bury their 5-year-old son after the boy was struck and killed by a Jimmy John’s delivery driver Friday evening, a news report said.

Blake Allan Huffman, of Wayland, was riding his bike in front of his family’s home around 7:30 p.m. when he was struck by a driver delivering an order, according to WWMT in Kalamazoo. Wayland is just over 20 miles south of Grand Rapids in western Michigan. 

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Investigators believe the boy rode his bike from the driveway into the road -- and into the path of the 33-year-old female driver, the news station reported

Responding police officers attempted CPR on Blake, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. He was killed in front of his father, Jacob Huffman, and his two young sisters.

“It’s tough when it’s an adult, but it’s even harder when it’s a child,” Wayland police Chief Steve Harper told WWMT. “The neighborhood suffers and the people that know him. It’s not just the family, it’s the rest of the community. Our hearts and prayers go out for them as they have to deal with this tragedy.”

The boy’s grandmother, Bonnie Smith, wrote a negative review of Jimmy John’s on Yelp, where she castigated the company for it’s slogan, “Freaky Fast Delivery.”

“That is quite a slogan,” Smith wrote. “Jimmy John's very own 33-year-old female delivery driver was driving so ‘freakishly fast’ in a rural housing community, where the posted speed limit is 15 mph, that she didn't see Blake riding his bike. My 5-year-old grandson was hit by the delivery driver and died on scene with his sister and daddy there with him. 

“Your sub getting to your door step in 30 minutes or less is not worth my grandson's life.”

It was unclear Monday if the driver saw Blake on his bicycle or the speed at which she was driving at the time of the collision. Harper told WWMT on Saturday that it was too early in the investigation to say whether criminal charges would be filed.

J.P. Walters, the owner of the Wayland Jimmy John’s franchise, said in a statement that the accident was “a terrible tragedy for everyone involved.”

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of the victim,” Walters said. “We are fully cooperating with the police as they investigate the incident.”

Smith established a GoFundMe page to help her son and daughter-in-law pay for Blake’s funeral. 

“Thank you to everyone who has donated,” she wrote on Facebook. “This will help tremendously, since they have no life insurance for Blake. I upped the amount so that he could possibly get a headstone.”

As of Monday morning, the page had raised just over $7,200 of the $15,000 goal. 

Ex-NFL player Brandon Browner arrested in felony investigation

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested Sunday afternoon near Azusa, California, according to the La Verne Police Department. 

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Browner was arrested in a felony investigation of kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, and violation of a restraining order in relation to an incident that took place earlier Sunday morning, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles.

Browner's background 

Browner, a Los Angeles native, played college football at Oregon State. After going undrafted in 2005, Browner spent the 2005 NFL season on injured reserve with the Denver Broncos. 

From 2007 to 2011, Browner played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. 

In 2011, Browner returned to the NFL and signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Browner started 36 games for the Seahawks from 2011 to 2013. 

Browner left Seattle to join the New England Patriots, where he won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2015, Browner joined the New Orleans Saints, where he started 16 games at cornerback. 

Browner signed a one-year deal to return to Seattle in April of 2016, but he was released during training camp. 

Details on Browner's arrest

The La Verne Police Department says officers originally responded to reports of a male who broke into a residence through a locked window Sunday morning. 

The 33-year-old Browner was identified as the suspect, and police say he fled the scene before officers arrived. 

"The investigation determined Browner physically forced the victim back into her residence when she attempted to flee. He then physically harmed and made threats to kill the victim while in the residence," according to the La Verne Police Department. 

Police also said Browner took a Rolex watch, valued at approximately $20,000 from the victim, before fleeing the residence. 

According to the La Verne Police Department Browner was located within hours of the incident and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Browner is currently being held at the La Verne Police Department. 

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Middle school teacher accused of drunkenly biting 14-year-old girl underwater at lake

A Georgia school district confirmed Friday that one of its teachers is the man accused of drunkenly biting a 14-year-old girl’s buttocks at Lake Lanier Islands on July 4.

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Jonathan William Herbert, 30, has been a teacher at Snellville Middle School since Aug. 1, 2016, said Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Bernard Watson.

Watson said the district opened an internal investigation following Herbert’s arrest.

The Braselton girl was swimming at the Buford beach when Herbert allegedly swam under the water and bit her in front of multiple beachgoers, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Investigators said they don’t think he has any connection to the girl or her family.

Herbert faces charges of sexual battery against a child under 16, second-degree cruelty to a child, battery and public drunkenness.

He was booked into jail on Thursday and bonded out later that day, according to the Hall County jail.

Duo pretending to be inspectors rob, attack elderly Florida couple, deputies say

Deputies in Florida are looking for two people accused of posing as inspectors and attacking an elderly couple earlier this week, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Investigators said the man and a woman knocked on the couple’s door in Pine Hills, located west of Orlando, claiming to be home inspectors.

The duo then convinced the couple, who are in their 80s, to let them into the backyard. 

While there, the man grabbed a ring from the older woman’s hand, then knocked her to the ground, deputies said. 

The pair then took off in a gray pickup truck. 

The man is described as heavyset, about 40 years old and around 6 feet tall with an earring in each ear.

Deputies released a sketch of the man but did not release one of his female companion, who is described as in her 20s with long black hair. 

Missing Illinois girl who disappeared one year ago could be in Georgia, police say

This week marked one year since a girl's abduction, and now police say they have reason to believe she could be in Georgia.

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Police said Kayla Unbehaun, 10, was abducted by her mother, Heather Unbehaun of Illinois, last July. 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said Kayla's mother has ties to Athens, Georgia, and previously expressed a desire to live off the grid.

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In a post on a GoFundMe account, Kayla’s father, Ryan Iskerka, said Heather Unbehaun was last seen packing her belongings on the roof of her car for a Fourth of July camping trip with their daughter last year. The two were also spotted at a parade in Wheaton, Illinois. 

Unbehaun, who does not have custody of Kayla, was scheduled to give the child back to Iskerka by 7 p.m. July 5, 2017, but they never showed. 

Iskerka called the police and an investigation was launched.

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“It was discovered that all of Heather's social media (accounts) had been canceled and her phone turned off,” Iskerka wrote in the post. “As far as we know, no one has been able to reach her or has talked to her since (July 4, 2017).” 

A missing person report was filed after the discovery. 

Iskerka said he created the GoFundMe account to pay for a private investigator and any other costs surrounding the search. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Athens-Clarke County police at 706-613-3888, ext. 792. 

– Raisa Habersham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

Missing baby found dead near slough after 5-day search

A missing baby has been found dead near a North Dakota slough after a five-day search, authorities said Saturday.

According to KSFY, Carrington police began searching for the 4-month-old baby and his mother, Justice Lange of Fargo, on Monday after family members requested a welfare check and reported a stolen vehicle. On Friday, a farmer reportedly found Lange near Woodworth and took her to her grandmother's house. Police said Lange told her grandmother that she had no memory of the past four days, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Lange, 25, was hospitalized for "unknown injuries" and is being held on multiple arrest warrants, according to the Pioneer Press.

Authorities said they found the stolen vehicle, which Lange reportedly had been driving, on Friday, close to where the farmer found her. The next day, they found the baby dead near a slough in the same area, the Pioneer Press reported.

Officials do not know the baby's cause of death but said an autopsy would reveal more information, the Pioneer Press reported.

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