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Mom accused of stabbing 11-year-old daughter, abducting 8-year-old in custody, police say

Police have located a child who was the center of an Amber Alert on Tuesday. The child’s mother, a suspect in the stabbing of another child, is in custody.

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Someone located the mother and child were in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

They said the arrest comes after neighbors  called about a stabbing Monday evening.

Police found an 11-year-old girl stabbed multiple times in an area home. The kitchen was also burning when officers arrived, according to officials.

Officers said the mother, Taheerah Ahmad, is suspected of committing the stabbing and starting a fire in the home.

A 9-year-old child said Ahmad duct-taped the hands of the children, put socks in their mouths and stabbed the 11-year-old, according to police. She then reportedly burned her phone, setting the kitchen on fire, and left the scene. Officers said the 9-year-old was able to flee to a relative's home.

After police took Ahmad into custody, they said she claimed she stabbed the 11-year-old victim in self-defense. She reportedly told officers she bound the 9-year-old and 11-year-old earlier in the evening for "reading their books," and police said she claimed the older child broke away and attacked her, prompting her to stab the child at least 50 times.

Police said they recovered two knives and a gardening tool from the scene. They reportedly believe she set the house on fire to make sure the child died.

Police initially said that Ahmad had taken her 7-year-old daughter with her when she fled, but they later clarified that the child was eight years old.

Tulsa police issued an Amber Alert.

Officers brought Ahmad into custody after someone spotted her in a downtown Tulsa parking lot. They said they believe she had been sitting in the parking lot for some time before she was spotted.

The victim is in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

Police said the father of the children is in Tennessee and did not know where the suspect was during the investigation.

Ahmad faces charges related to assault and battery with the intent to kill, arson and child neglect.

Coroner says Louisiana man was asphyxiated during arrest, rules death a homicide

The death of a 22-year-old Louisiana man in police custody last week has been ruled a homicide and the four narcotics detectives involved in his apprehension are under investigation. 

Keeven Robinson, who was black, died Thursday of compression asphyxia, Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich announced Monday. The findings were consistent with someone squeezing, grabbing or leaning on Robinson’s neck. 

“Our initial autopsy findings reveal significant traumatic injuries to the neck,” Cvitanovich said during a news conference, which was streamed live by NOLA.com. “Regarding manner of death, at this point manner of death is homicide.”

The coroner said he is confident that the final autopsy results will match his staff’s preliminary findings, though it will take weeks for the forensic investigation to be finished. 

“Our examination and our investigation at this point are not complete,” Cvitanovich said. “We still have a lot of work to do, investigative work. We still have microscopic examination of slides that need to be prepared and examined. We also have toxicology.”

Hester Hilliard, an attorney for Robinson’s family, told NBC News that the preliminary autopsy results exacerbated the family’s already deep grief. 

“They had to find out Keeven lost his life at the hands of another, and that's very, very hard for them,” Hilliard said. “And now they have to move on to making funeral arrangements for this 22-year-old, who should not have died.”

Jefferson County Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, who initially cited Robinson’s history of asthma as a potential factor in his death, said during the news conference that he immediately initiated a homicide investigation when he learned the preliminary autopsy findings on Saturday. 

His agency’s homicide squad was called in to begin a criminal investigation into the actions of the detectives, who were read their Miranda rights and questioned. All four cooperated and gave statements, the sheriff said. 

The detectives, who are all white, have been reassigned to administrative duty for the remainder of the probe. Lopinto declined to name the detectives, but said they may be publicly identified later in the week.  

“I understand that this investigation will be under a microscope,” Lopinto said. “I understand it fully.”

Lopinto said he also called in Louisiana State Police investigators to assist in the investigation, as well as federal officials. 

“You can never have too many sets of eyes to make sure we’re doing it properly,” the sheriff said. 

NOLA.com reported that Robinson, who was suspected of dealing drugs, was the subject of an undercover “sting” operation Thursday. Lopinto said last week that the detectives were waiting at a gas station when Robinson pulled into the parking lot and got out of his vehicle. When he spotted the detectives approaching him, he jumped back into his SUV and drove away. 

He allegedly struck two police vehicles as he fled. 

After hitting the second patrol car, Robinson exited his vehicle and ran away on foot, Lopinto said. The foot chase went through several yards, with both Robinson and the detectives scaling fences until the investigators cornered Robinson in a backyard, NOLA.com reported

The detectives got into a struggle with Robinson, who stopped breathing once he was in handcuffs, Lopinto said. The sheriff said the detectives began CPR and paramedics rushed him to Ochsner Medical Center, but he could not be saved. 

Robinson was not armed when he was taken into custody, but the detectives said they found a small amount of drugs on him. 

Lopinto conceded that the officers “were in a fight” with Robinson and used force to arrest him.

“Our police officers have to use force and are justified in using force on many occasions,” Lopinto said. “But it depends on their use of force compared to what was being done on the scene and what the findings of the science says.”

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A reporter asked the sheriff if the department has a policy on the use of chokeholds. He used an analogy when answering the question. 

“From a policy standpoint, we don’t train somebody to hit someone with a brick,” he said. “But if you’re fighting for your life and a brick’s there, you hit someone with a brick.

“The reality of it is, those determinations will have to be made, but I’m not coming to the conclusion that this was a chokehold.”

Deputies are not forbidden to use a chokehold, but they are not trained to use them, the sheriff said. 

None of the detectives were wearing body cameras and their vehicles were not equipped with dashboard cameras, NOLA.com reported. 

Robinson’s family confirmed last week that he suffered from asthma, the news site reported. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality had also issued an air quality alert Thursday for the New Orleans area, which meant that the air had levels of ozone that could be problematic for children, the elderly and people with asthma. 

His family puzzled over how the young man with the “cheerful spirit” ended up dead.

“He wasn’t a bad person at all,” Robinson’s cousin, Demone Robinson, told NOLA.com. “I don’t know why this would happen.”

“No one deserves to lose their life in the streets,” Glenda Moran, Robinson’s aunt, said. “It does not matter what you have done.”

Community activists at Monday’s news conference asked Lopinto to suspend narcotics sting operations after what happened. Lopinto declined to do so, citing the department’s responsibility to Jefferson Parish citizens who have complained about drug activity in the area. 

One incident’s tragic ending did not negate that responsibility, the sheriff indicated. 

“Somebody's family actually lost a life, and I'm very cognizant of that today,” Lopinto said. “That doesn't mean our officers did anything wrong, or it may mean that they did something wrong. 

“We have to have the ability to get to that conclusion and put that to the district attorney, let the district attorney make that decision.”

Family of Waffle House shooting victim sues accused shooter's father

The family of one of the four people killed last month at a Waffle House in Tennessee is suing the father of the man accused of carrying out the shooting attack, The Tennessean reported.

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Joe Perez, 20, was one of the four people killed at the Waffle House in Antioch on April 22. His family filed a civil lawsuit Monday against Jeffrey L. Reinking in Tazewell County, Illinois. According to the lawsuit, Reinking, the father of accused shooter Travis Reinking, is responsible in part for the attack. The 12-page lawsuit contends that Jeffrey Reinking gave his son several weapons even after the state of Illinois revoked Travis Reinking’s authorization to own weapons in Illinois. 

The suit said that Jeffrey Reinking “knew or reasonably should have known his son’s mental status was such that it could deteriorate at any time in the future,” The Peoria Journal-Star reported.

Travis Reinking is accused of using an AR-15 assault-style weapon to kill four people and injure others in the early morning attack.

The lawsuit seeks "an amount more than $50,000" in damages, the Tennessean reported.

Jeffrey Renking’s attorney, Joel Brown of Peoria, did not immediately respond to a request to comment, the Journal-Star reported.

Florida man arrested during The Players Championship after drunkenly slapping kid, police say

A Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, man was jailed on Friday after he drunkenly slapped a child near the ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass during the second round of The Players Championship, a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office report said. 

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Connor Austgen, 25, is charged with two counts of child neglect (battery)

>> Florida woman fights off home invaders armed with AK-47, police say

According to deputies, Austgen was drunk next to the "Wine and Dine on 9" area next to the ninth hole. 

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Austgen approached a pair of 13-year-old kids and insulted them, the police report said. Austgen reportedly pushed one of the kids and slapped another. 

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Austgen walked away when adults approached, the report said, but deputies quickly located him. 

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According to jail records, Austgen bonded out Saturday after spending the night at the St. Johns County Jail.

Florida woman fights off home invaders armed with AK-47, police say

An Altamonte Springs, Florida, woman reportedly fought off two home invaders who stormed into her apartment with an AK-47 and tried to rob her — and two suspects are now behind bars, according to an arrest report. 

>> Click here to watch WFTV’s interview with the woman

Angel Delgado Santiago, 30, and a 17-year-old are facing robbery charges in connection to the home invasion on Rose Petal Place early Saturday, police said. 

The victim, who asked to be called by her nickname, Trigger, said she was fighting to save not only her own life, but also to protect her 13-year-old son and ex-wife. 

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"I went blank. I had no feeling. I wasn't scared. I wasn't brave. I was just – it's go time. Do or die,” said Trigger. 

Body camera video from Altamonte Springs police shows the takedown of Santiago and the 17-year-old, who police said pointed an AK-47 at the family shortly after midnight. 

Trigger, who got her nickname from her gun collection, said she left her gun in her car when she went back inside her apartment to grab her cell phone. 

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"I heard like a boom, boom, boom. People coming up the stairs. Then I heard her screaming, ‘Lock yourselves in the room! They're coming! They got guns!’" said Trigger. 

Trigger stood unarmed with her family. 

“When I seen the barrel of the gun, I swear it felt like a movie,” she said. 

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Trigger made a split-second decision and tried to wrestle the AK-47 away from the suspect.

"I noticed that the guy started getting nervous. His fingers getting crazy on the trigger. And I just disarmed it. I just completely took out the magazine from the AK,” she said. 

They struggled over the gun and the two suspects eventually ran out, with one firing shots at Trigger’s ex-wife on his way out, she said. No one was hit. 

"They just didn't know I was going to fight back. That's what they didn't know,” said Trigger. 

Teens kill mother possum and 4 babies in Snapchat video, police say

Two Georgia teenagers face felony charges for allegedly killing a mother possum and her four babies using a baseball and chemicals, according to Cobb County police.

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Rocquavious Williams, 19, and an unnamed 16-year-old male suspect were arrested at North Cobb High School on Wednesday, police said in a news release.

A North Cobb student got a Snapchat video of the teens killing the possum at a home in Kennesaw.

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The student reached out to school police and showed them the video. The case went to Kennesaw police and then Cobb cops.

According to a police warrant, the suspects beat the mother possum with a baseball bat and poured a mixture of bleach and ammonia on the four babies inside an orange box.

The deaths happened in early April, according to the warrant.

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Each teen faces five counts of aggravated animal cruelty, police said. Williams also faces a count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Williams bonded out for $22,220 less than a day after being arrested, Cobb jail records show.

His next court date was not listed on the Cobb magistrate website.

The news release said the department is still investigating, so anyone with information should call 770-590-5638.

Woman shot, killed in her mom's driveway on Mother's Day

A woman was shot to death in her mother’s driveway late Sunday in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, police said.

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Family members of the woman, 32-year-old Rachael DelTondo, said she was coming home from getting ice cream with a friend when she was shot.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. to the scene on Buchanan Drive. They said DelTondo was shot multiple times.

The Beaver County coroner confirmed DelTondo died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the trunk, and her death is being ruled a homicide. 

Neighbors said they heard between 10 and 12 gunshots, soon followed by DelTondo’s family running outside to help.

Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker met with WPXI-TV to talk about the city's most recent killings and said DelTondo's death is just one that weighs heavy on his heart.

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"Mrs. DelTondo was a bright light. She didn't bother anyone. She didn't hurt anyone," Walker said.

Until last fall, DelTondo was a teacher for the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. She was suspended after the mother of a former Aliquippa High School student spoke to WPXI about an incident involving her underage son.

A police incident report said officers had found DelTondo and the boy in a parked car near the Aliquippa hospital around 2 a.m.

In 2016, DelTondo, who had been engaged at the time, was never charged in the incident, so WPXI never reported her name, but the school suspended her after contacting ChildLine. 

Brian Hayden, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, released the following statement: 

“We were saddened this morning to learn of the tragic death of Rachel DelTondo, apparently the result of a violent incident in the City of Aliquippa. We have no additional information beyond what is being reported by local media. We express our sympathy to her family, friends, and coworkers. Ms. DelTondo was employed by PA Cyber but on a paid suspension.” 

Aliquippa police, Beaver County police and state police are all investigating

Police have not said anything about a motive in the shooting.

The Beaver County district attorney said it's an ongoing homicide investigation, and would not provide further detail on the basis that saying anything right now could create a false impression. 

No arrests have been made.

Classic Corvette thrown from trailer after jackknife crash

A pickup truck towing a Chevrolet Corvette jackknifed and threw the classic car from a trailer on Interstate 75 south Monday in Harrison Township, Ohio, near Needmore Road, according to investigators. 

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The driver of the truck started to notice the trailer was unsteady and began to slow down, but was too late before the trailer jackknifed and threw the car. 

State troopers said the Corvette was not properly restrained with the right straps on the trailer. 

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The owner of the Corvette had recently sold the vehicle and was transporting it, according to state troopers. 

No injuries were reported in the crash. 

The right lanes of southbound I-75 were blocked for about 90 minutes and reopened around noon. 

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Man's bassoon mistaken for gun by 911 caller

In April, 22-year-old Eric Barga arrived Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Ohio, waiting for music practice to begin, but he was early.

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He took out his bassoon, sat on his car and started playing.

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Springfield police received a 911 call shortly after with concerns there was a man sitting on his car with a weapon. Police responded cautiously but quickly learned there was no weapon, just a musical instrument.

Although he felt slightly tense, “I didn’t really feel threatened,” Barga said, adding, “I don’t get nervous. Years of music school (performance) beats that out of you.”

Springfield police Chief Lee Graf said that although this incident was light-hearted, it’s a reminder that both citizens and police have a heightened awareness for the possibility of guns and violence.

“We always ask officers to kind of understand what people are going through, to kind of see the world through their lens. I would ask citizens to see the world through the officers’ lens, too,” he said.

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Woman breaks down before pleading guilty to stabbing teen cousin to death, sentenced to 20 years

On Monday afternoon, a Georgia woman who allegedly stabbed her 17-year-old stepcousin to death in 2015 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Olivia Smith, then 18, allegedly killed her stepcousin, Abbey Hebert,  outside an Acworth, Georgia, home on Nov. 14, 2015.

According to the criminal warrant, Smith and Hebert had an argument that turned physical when Smith grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Hebert. Smith then chased Hebert outside the home, where witnesses described seeing the teen on top of Hebert, stabbing her multiple times.

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Smith cried in the court room of Cobb County Superior Court as the prosecutor Jesse Evans recounted the events of the day she allegedly killed Hebert.

Evans said that, on the day of the stabbing, Smith told police that she and Hebert had smoked something prior to the stabbing and that “God told her to go after Abbey.”

“There are no winners. There’s only losers here and there’s none greater than Abbey Hebert and her family,” Evans said.

During his victim impact statement, Hebert’s father spoke directly to Smith and her family in court, calling their actions appalling. Smith broke down once again and the judge had to stop the father to ask him to address the court and not individuals.

“None of us will be the same. It’s not a grief that we live with on Nov. 14. It’s a daily grief and we live with it every second of every day,” Steve Hebert said.

Olivia Smith’s sister, Hannah Smith, gave a witness impact statement.

“I stand before you today to speak on behalf of my sister’s character,” Hannah Smith said. “My sister is not a monster. Olivia loved Abbey. She would do anything for her. Olivia and Abbey were best friends. They were family.”

Hannah Smith said drugs were to blame for what happened that day.

“Abbey would not want Olivia to be confined to a cell for the rest of her life,” she said. “She would understand that drugs took over Olivia. Drugs have destroyed our family and our lives forever.”

After hearing the statements, Judge Ann B. Harris choked up as she sentenced Smith to 20 years in prison.

“There’s two lives that are destroyed,” Harris told the court. “Abbey will never be back, and you, Miss Smith, have to live with that. I do hope you think about this every day for the rest of your life.”

Harris said Smith will get credit for time served. She then addressed Hebert’s family and friends who believed the sentence should’ve been longer.

“Nothing can replace Miss Hebert, but that is the maximum I can do under the law,” Harris said. 

She also had a message for Smith's family.

“For those of you who think Miss Smith needs a lesser sentence, she made a choice and engaged in conduct and this was the result,” she said.

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