Sunday, December 30, 2007

Custody « Anatomy of a Divorce

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Killers grow younger

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When it comes to youth crime, the media and public devote most of their attention and outrage to the minors who steal vehicles. A disturbing trend that has emerged in recent years worsened in 2007 and went almost unnoticed. Winnipeg police and RCMP charged at least 30 youths with murder or manslaughter com pared with 18 in 2006. That leaves experts wondering how some between the ages of 12 and 17 have become so violent and developed such a disregard for human life.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

globeandmail.com: Suspect in Windsor death believed to be in Toronto

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Police believe a man accused of shooting and killing a man in Windsor, Ont., is now in Toronto. There was an alleged altercation outside a downtown Windsor nightclub last Saturday that left 20-year-old Luis Acosta-Escobar dead. He was shot in the chest. There is an arrest warrant out for 24-year-old Mohamud Hagi, who police believe went to Toronto. Mr. Hagi was last seen in the city's west end, and police say he has several associates in the Greater Toronto Area. He is described as being of Somalian descent, 5 foot 9 and 140 pounds."

Ex-boyfriend charged with first-degree murder

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"Police have upgraded charges to first-degree murder against a man accused of killing a 22-year-old woman and her 14-year-old brother on Christmas Day. The change came after police examined evidence in the Rexdale apartment where the bodies were found on Boxing Day. Nana Yaw, 27, had originally been charged with second-degree murder after he turned himself in to police Thursday morning. He is also charged with one count each of attempted murder and forcible confinement."

Sacrificing Rebecca

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Munchausen syndrome is one of the more devastating and difficult-to-treat psychiatric disorders. Typically, the afflicted feign illness or trauma in order to gain attention and sympathy. Closely related is Munchausen by proxy, or MBP, in which a parent (almost always the mother) fabricates or induces illnesses in the child, again for the purposes of gaining sympathy. As detailed by an MBP website, “Cases have been reported in which children developed destructive skeletal changes, limps, mental retardation, brain damage and blindness from symptoms caused by the parent.” Based on the evidence accumulated since her death, Laurie almost certainly suffered from both Munchausen syndrome and MBP.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Woman, boyfriend charged with 6 Christmas eve killings near Seattle

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Michele K. Anderson, 29, and Joseph Thomas McEnroe, 29, confessed to detectives they had shot six members of Anderson's family, according to police affidavits filed Thursday.

Troubled relationship ends in tragedy

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Iliada Zois dreamed of one day seeing her face on more than just the cover of Wal-Mart Canada's World magazine. The 22-year-old Toronto resident, who imagined becoming an actor and model, instead spent her last few weeks working two full-time retail jobs and confiding in co-workers and friends about a difficult five-year relationship with her boyfriend. Ms. Zois and a 14-year-old boy were found dead in the woman's Rexdale high-rise apartment after a Christmas Day domestic dispute that turned violent, police said yesterday.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Medea Complex

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Implacable hostility

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2 Discovered Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

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Police in Brooklyn Center said they found two people dead in a home about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. They aren't releasing the victims' identities or many details, except to say the public is not in danger.

Parental Alienation: Chapter 95 – Christmas with my Children

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Couple arrested in deaths of 6 people in rural Washington

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A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the killing of six people believed to be family members at a rural property east of Seattle.

2 found slain at Kipling complex

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Toronto's latest homicide victims were killed on Christmas Day but their bodies were only discovered last night after a 16-year-old boy turned up at 23 Division in Rexdale with knife wounds, police said today.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Activist loses 2nd son to gunfire

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After Patricia Wynter's first-born son was shot to death in 2001, she and 17 others who lost sons to violence formed an organization called UMOVE, which stands for United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Hostile? Leave the kids out of it.

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It is the responsibility of the parents to not alienates the child from the noncustodial parent. Those around the child can make or break a child.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Windsor police launch manhunt for murder suspect

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December 23, 2007. — Windsor police have launched a manhunt for a 24-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the fatal weekend shooting of a young father. Mohamud Abukar Hagi is wanted for first-degree murder, and is believed to be armed and dangerous, possibly hiding in Windsor, Toronto or the Kitchener area, police said Sunday. Officers say that Luis Acosta-Escobar, a 20-year-old father of a young child, was gunned down around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after a fight broke out near The Box Office bar in downtown Windsor.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Child Support Lawsuit Dropped Against Dwayne Dail

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Dec. 21, 2007 . Goldsboro — A child support lawsuit for back child support against a Wayne County man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit has been dropped.

Driver hit in Gardiner gunfight

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Dec 22, 2007. A "reckless, stupid" gun battle between the passengers of two speeding cars along Lake Shore Blvd. E. and the Gardiner Expressway could easily have turned tragic instead of leaving a 40-year-old teacher only slightly injured, says Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

How To Enforce Visitation Rights Yourself

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

This holiday, heal your family rifts

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Man gets 10-year term for killing wife with hammer

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Dec 22, 2007. An enraged man who bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer in front of their daughter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. "What that young child was subjected to was stark horror," Superior Court Justice John McMahon said yesterday. Last month, a jury acquitted Rafat Chowdhury, 48, of second-degree murder in favour of manslaughter, meaning jurors must have considered whether his violence was provoked by his wife, the judge said.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Canadian judge says no contempt in complex custody dispute

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2007-12-20. VANCOUVER (AFP) — A Canadian judge dismissed Wednesday a request by a French woman (Nathalie Gettliffe to fine and jail the Canadian father of her children for an alleged contempt of court, in the latest twist of a complex international case.

Painter second person arrested in mansion murder

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Police have charged a second man with killing a Filipina maid in a Mississauga mansion. Fabian Loayza-Penaloza is an Ecuadorian immigrant who was apparently working as a painter in the lush Doulton Place house where Jocelyn Dulnuan's body was found, Oct. 1. The 35-year-old was arrested on Tuesday, one day after police picked up Cristian Figueroa, also 35, and charged him with first degree murder.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Kitchener murder suspect held in custody

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Dec 20, 2007. KITCHENER–A crying, dishevelled Trevor Lapierre, 22, appeared in court yesterday accused of murdering a beloved local grandfather as he delivered Christmas cards.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Biological mom gets five years for kidnapping twins

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December 18, 2007. OTTAWA -- Allison Quets was sentenced to five years probation on Tuesday afternoon for kidnapping her biological twins and crossing the border to Ottawa in December 2006, according to North Carolina media reports.

10 Years Probation For Traci Rhode

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Traci Rhode spent two days in jail and will pay $10,000 for the crime of murder.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hunted like an animal

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Dec 17, 2007. Fitawrari Lunan was hunted like prey by the gunmen who fatally wounded him, the Toronto police investigator seeking his killers says. The young man was gunned down inside a northeast Toronto townhouse just a few feet from where a young child cowered in terror in his mother's arms.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Erie woman sentenced for swinging baby at boyfriend

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December 12, 2007. A woman was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for swinging her 4-week-old son like a baseball bat at her boyfriend. Chytoria Graham, 28, of Erie, was sentenced on aggravated assault and other charges Wednesday in Erie County Court. Prosecutors said Graham and her boyfriend got into a fight early on Oct. 8, 2006, after Graham came home from a night of drinking. Graham grabbed her son, Jarron, by his feet and swung him, hitting the boyfriend and fracturing the infant's skull. The baby has recovered.

Mom, grandma get jail

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December 12, 2007. The mother and grandmother of a boy were sent to jail yesterday for kidnapping him and fleeing to the U.S. in a Christmas-time abduction four years ago. Vera Karpinski, 40, and her mother, Miroslawa 'Mira' Karpinski, 64, were ushered out of the University Ave. courtroom in handcuffs after Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt sentenced them to 18 months and 16 months in jail, respectively. Each woman also received a three-month probationary period during which they are not allowed to have contact with Gavin Karpinski-MacIver, now 10.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Brother of slain Ontario teen granted bail

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2007-12-14. A Mississauga, Ont. man charged with obstructing police after the death of his 16-year-old sister, Aqsa Parvez, was granted bail in a Brampton courtroom on Friday.

Edmonton man charged with assault on baby

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Father of slain teen shows no emotion

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Dec 13, 2007. The father of slain schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez showed no emotion as he was ordered remanded in custody during a brief appearance in Brampton court yesterday.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Defending Against Parental Alienation

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"The words 'parental alienation' strike fear in the hearts of many a divorced parent. It can be terrifying to think that your ex might be able to turn your children against you! And it's devastating to feel powerless to protect our precious 'babies' from emotional harm."

The Mississauga News - Mississauga.com

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"December 11, 2007 - A 25-year-old woman charged in 2006 with concealing the death of her newborn daughter will stand trial in the new year. But Michael Moon, lawyer for Mississauga's Ivana Levkovic, is Justice Casey Hill will consider his legal motion and constitutional challenge that could result in the charges being dropped."

Supreme Court Asked to Hear Winkler Custody Case

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"Convicted killer Mary Winkler met another challenge Tuesday in efforts to visit her three young daughters while fighting their paternal grandparents for custody of them."

Ask Amy - Cruel: Ex-wife turns kids against dad

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"Dear Amy: I am a mother of a divorced son. He and his wife have joint custody of their four children ranging in age from 11 to 18. It is a bad situation in which she fought for full custody and has not been happy with the custody or the financial settlement decided by the mediator and judge."

Monday, December 10, 2007

The plight of divorced dads

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Barbara Kay, National Post, December 08, 2007. No other topics I write about so consistently provoke passionate personal response as those dealing with systemic discrimination against men. When, for example, I point out double standards for boys and girls in the health care system, or expose the use of bogus statistics around domestic violence, my inbox fills with male gratitude simply for acknowledging an obvious fact: Our culture is profoundly misandric.

Woman swings sword in rampage

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2007-12-04. Richele MacDonald, a 21-year-old Milton resident, faces seven charges, including assault with a weapon. She'll appear in court this week.

Toronto's parallel universe

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Man, 19, faces murder charge in fatal shooting

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Girl's abduction and assault linked to school shooting

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Dec 09, 2007. The abduction and assault of a 15-year-old girl may provide important clues leading to the second shooter who unloaded several rounds in broad daylight near a north-end high school last week, Toronto police say.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Foster mother sentenced for assaulting girl

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2007-12-04. A South Sound woman (Chornice Lewis) accused of plunging hypodermic needles into her foster daughter's eyes was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison Friday.Lewis, also known as Chornice Kabbelliyaa and Keshia Harris, had taken care of the 16-year-old girl since 1996, when the child was 5.

One baby abduction suspect freed

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2007-12-04. Police have freed a man arrested in the abduction of a newborn baby from a hospital in Sudbury, Ont., while his girlfriend (Brenda Batisse) remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for Monday.

Woman charged with killing Gage Guimond granted bail

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2007-12-07. A Winnipeg woman charged with manslaughter in the death of two-year-old Gage Guimond has been granted bail. Shirley Guimond, 52, was granted release this morning following a hearing before Queen's Bench Justice Nate Nurgitz. Guimond had been previously denied bail in provincial court. Details of the bail hearing cannot be printed due to a publication ban. Guimond, Gage's great-aunt, was arrested after the toddler fell down a flight of stairs in her Magnus Avenue home last summer.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Mother wins custody of Bountiful children

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December 5, 2007. CRANBROOK, B.C. — The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that three children whose mother left the Mormon community of Bountiful, B.C., and now lives in Payette, Idaho, should remain with their mother. Joseph Blackmore asked the court for sole interim custody but said he'd be content with an order for joint custody if his former wife returned with the children to live near him. Teressa Blackmore said the real issue was her desire to keep her children, particularly her two daughters, out of the clutches of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Murder-suicide claims third victim

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A third person has died in a murder-suicide in southeast Missouri that occurred just hours after a woman sought a protective order against her husband. Michael Jeffers, 16, died Tuesday of gunshot wounds in the head ... The suspected shooter, Mir Shahin Moshiri, 36, and his 4-year-old daughter, Madison Moshiri, were found dead in the home Monday. Meghan Moshiri, 2, and Katherine Moshiri, 35, the children’s mother, were in critical condition.

Dad charged in death of infant after a three-month long police probe

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THOMPSON, Man. (CP) - A Manitoba father has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his infant daughter earlier this summer. RCMP say Nathan Castel was arrested Wednesday.

Mother in court over girls' death

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A mother accused of murdering her two daughters who were found stabbed at their home has appeared in court. Rekha Kumari-Baker, 40, of Stretham, Cambridgeshire, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court charged with killing Davina Baker, 16, and Jasmine Baker, 13. The girls were found fatally stabbed at their mother's home on 13 June. Mrs Kumari-Baker, who has not entered any plea to the charges, was remanded in custody until her next hearing at Cambridge Crown Court on 2 January.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Teen's killer denied early release

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KINGSTON–Tracy Christie's sharp sigh of relief could be heard from across the room following a decision by the National Parole Board to deny early release to the man (Junior Johnson ) who murdered her daughter.

Missing Toronto woman identified through remains - CTV News, Shows and Sports -- Canadian Television

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Human remains found early last month have been identified as a Toronto woman who has been missing since 2003. Investigators have always believed 33-year-old Frania Cardenas was murdered. She was listed as Toronto's 66th homicide of that year.

Police continue search for abducted girl

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Toronto police believe two parents (Peter and Vivene Livas) suspected of abducting their five-year-old daughter could be using five different sets of licence plates.

Monday, December 03, 2007

My husband has learned the hard way that it doesn't pay to be a responsible noncustodial parent

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Shooting victim had `ugly' history

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Dec 03, 2007. Steve Remian led a troubled life, but "always had an optimistic outlook," an online friend recalls. Remian, 38, died in a hail of police bullets early Saturday after he confronted officers who trailed him to a park in a fashionable Oakville neighbourhood.

Mother helpless as teen gunned down

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Keyon Campbell was at home early Sunday morning doing nothing more dangerous than playing video games with his friends. Because it was late, and a frigid night, his mother planned to drive one of the friends home - so she sent her 16-year-old son outside to warm up her car. But the seemingly innocent plan turned to tragedy when Mr. Campbell was shot by an unknown assailant as he stepped out of his house. He stumbled back into the doorway, around 1:40 a.m., dying in front of his distraught mother and aunt, who tried desperately to save his life using CPR.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Man's life in jeopardy after stabbing at mall

LinkA stabbing that critically injured a man left Christmas shoppers outside and empty-handed at Scarborough Town Centre last night, when some stores were abruptly closed. Police were called to the mall at 6:30 p.m., after a man was stabbed outside the Foot Locker. The victim, thought to be 19 and without vital signs when emergency crews arrived, was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with life-threatening injuries, said ambulance officials. A person seen running from the scene and bleeding from minor stab wounds fled to the nearby Wal-Mart and was arrested soon after.