An Arapahoe County mother in Colorado is accused of using her son in a scam that netted her $25,000 in donations. She has been charged with theft and criminal impersonation to gain benefit, which are felony charges, but was released from jail after paying $10,000 in bond.
Sandy Thi Nguyen is alleged to have told family members and friends that her son, 6, was sick with leukemia and had a terminal prognosis. Investigators noted that Nguyen had posted photos of the boy with and without hair, adding to the belief that he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
The investigation concluded that Nguyen "did convince her son, family and community that her 6-year-old had cancer and was receiving cancer treatment since approximately September 2012. We don't have any reason to believe that anyone other than her knew the truth," Sheriff's Captain Larry Etheridge told The Denver Channel. "The little boy believed he had cancer. The rest of the family believed he had cancer." more >>
A Houston man shot and killed a 17-year-old boy he found in his daughter's bedroom after the daughter said she didn't know him. However, the daughter has since admitted that she did know the young man and now two families are left devastated.
"I would like my baby back, but I know that's not possible," Zakia McCormick, mother of the victim, told KHOU News. "A call you know, I'm sorry. He didn't deserve to die like that."
Authorities say that 17-year-old Johran McCormick was visiting a 16-year-old girl who had snuck him into her bedroom. The girl's brother went into her room to say goodnight and saw two feet sticking out from under the bed; he immediately went to get his father. When the father walked in and asked questions, the girl denied knowing McCormick. more >>
A man on the run from the law since 1977 has finally been caught and will return to the prison he initially began serving his time at in Kansas. James Robert Jones was serving a 23-year sentence at a military prison for murdering a fellow soldier in 1974 when he managed to escape.
Jones managed to escape the maximum-security prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and went to Florida. Facial recognition software failed to identify Jones when he applied for a driver's license in Florida. He was able to live and work in the state until this week, when officials managed to track him down and arrest him at work.
"He stated that he knew this would catch up with him one day … After all these years, the first words out of his mouth was, 'I knew this would catch up with me one day,'" Barry Golden of the Marshals Service told NBC. more >>
The suspect who crashed into a crowd of people at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, now faces two capital murder charges and multiple counts of aggravated assault. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, is the driver of the vehicle that caused so much damage. He has a history of drunk driving and a criminal history.
In 2011, Owens was charged and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Alaska as well as leaving the scene of an accident. The charge of leaving the scene was later dismissed. He was also charged with criminal mischief but failed to appear in court, leaving an arrest warrant open should he return to the state.
Owens was allegedly pulled over early Thursday morning and then took off, going the wrong way down the street. During the drive, Owens hit a bicyclist, a moped with two passengers, and a taxi before driving onto a sidewalk and then hitting a van. One of the passengers on the moped died, as did the bicyclist. more >>
Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis has been granted parole from the California Department of Corrections but may not actually go free. He has been in prison since 1972 for the first-degree murders of Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea in 1969 and is serving a life sentence.
Davis was a member of the Manson family devoted to following Charles Manson. He helped kill Hinman and Shea but did not take part in the murders of Sharon Tate or Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Davis was granted parole in 2010, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the board's decision and kept him incarcerated. Now he is eligible for, and has been granted, parole, but there is still a 120-day waiting period in which the governor can overturn the decision.
Current Governor Jerry Brown reversed the decision to grant Davis parole last year and may do so again this year. more >>
A mother is charged with the first-degree murder of her 17-month-old son in Louisiana. Erika Wigstrom confessed to poisoning her baby boy three times before finally killing him, which she says was meant to put him out of his suffering.
Baby Lucas Ruiz was poisoned after Wigstrom poured hand sanitizer into his feeding tube, effectively killing him.
"The blood alcohol content was .280. The legal limit in Louisiana is .08 so that would mean almost four and a half times the legal limit," Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Eric Becnel told Fox News. "It's been reported that she and her boyfriend wanted to end the child's misery and the pain and suffering that the child was going through." more >>