Parents Gone Bad

Man Kills 4, Wounds 1 of His Children, Kills 2 Adults and Finally Surrenders: UPDATE

The sheriff’s department said precinct deputy constables were called to the house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital.

Killed were two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9; a 39-year-old man; and a 33-year-old woman, said [Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas] Gilliland. The gunman and his wife are estranged, and she was out of state, Gilliland said. Two of the dead children were adopted, he said.

“These children were all their children,” he said of the suspect and his wife.

“It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family, from what our witness has told us,” Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office told reporters. He did not explain further.

…Gilliland said the teenager was in “very critical condition” at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston late Wednesday night.

After the 15-year-old survivor told deputies that her father was headed to her grandparents’ home, they were able to pass along the warning, he said.

Authorities said the teen’s information also helped them intercept the suspect. The suspected gunman then led authorities on a chase, with nearly two dozen deputy constables’ patrol cars following him into a cul-de-sac shortly before 7 p.m. There, the suspect’s boxed-in vehicle remained for hours. Finally, about 10 p.m., after hours of waiting and negotiations, the man emerged from his car, raised his hands and sank to his knees as deputies placed him under arrest.

During that time, Gilliand said, there were “two hours of constant talking with a man armed with a pistol to his head and who had just killed six people.”

Gilliland described the man as in his 30s with a beard “and cool as a cucumber.” He said that when he and other officers first approached, the man was “just sitting in his car looking out at us.”

6 dead, 4 children, in suburban Houston shooting. Houston Chronicle, 7/9/2014.

UPDATE:

Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, faces the death penalty for multiple counts of capital murder.

The heavy-set blond man was in the custody of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office following an hours-long standoff with dozens of officers, including a SWAT team and hostage negotiators, late Wednesday.

…Haskell forced his way into the home of his ex-wife’s sister in the Houston suburb of Spring by dressing as a FedEx delivery man, according to police.

He demanded to see his ex-wife, Melannie Haskell.

But when she was not present, Haskell reportedly tied up the family’s five children — two boys aged four and 13 and three girls aged seven, nine and 15 — while waiting for the parents to return home.

Once husband and wife Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33, returned, they were also tied up.

Haskell then shot each member of the family in the back of the head execution-style.

The 15-year-old teenager survived but was in critical condition. She managed to tell police where Haskell was headed before being airlifted to the hospital, adding the gunman intended to kill her grandparents as well.

…During the standoff, the shooter sat in his vehicle surrounded by about 50 police with their guns drawn. There were at least a dozen patrol cars waiting to pounce.

Haskell’s February divorce was difficult, according to court documents from Cache County in the southern state of Utah where he lived.

He was considered a “threat” to the couple’s children.

In 2008, Haskell was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, simple assault and committing an act of violence in front of children, according to local media.

Houston killer who shot six members of his ex-wife’s family had history of domestic violence. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 7/11/2014.

Man Kills 4, Wounds 1 of His Children, Kills 2 Adults and Finally Surrenders

The sheriff’s department said precinct deputy constables were called to the house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital.

Killed were two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9; a 39-year-old man; and a 33-year-old woman, said [Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas] Gilliland. The gunman and his wife are estranged, and she was out of state, Gilliland said. Two of the dead children were adopted, he said.

“These children were all their children,” he said of the suspect and his wife.

“It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family, from what our witness has told us,” Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office told reporters. He did not explain further.

…Gilliland said the teenager was in “very critical condition” at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston late Wednesday night.

After the 15-year-old survivor told deputies that her father was headed to her grandparents’ home, they were able to pass along the warning, he said.

Authorities said the teen’s information also helped them intercept the suspect. The suspected gunman then led authorities on a chase, with nearly two dozen deputy constables’ patrol cars following him into a cul-de-sac shortly before 7 p.m. There, the suspect’s boxed-in vehicle remained for hours. Finally, about 10 p.m., after hours of waiting and negotiations, the man emerged from his car, raised his hands and sank to his knees as deputies placed him under arrest.

During that time, Gilliand said, there were “two hours of constant talking with a man armed with a pistol to his head and who had just killed six people.”

Gilliland described the man as in his 30s with a beard “and cool as a cucumber.” He said that when he and other officers first approached, the man was “just sitting in his car looking out at us.”

6 dead, 4 children, in suburban Houston shooting. Houston Chronicle, 7/9/2014.

Grandfather Shoots Son, Grandson Kills Grandfather

Around 7 p.m., deputies were called the mobile home for a reported domestic dispute.

They said a preliminary investigation shows 84-year-old Lloyd Woodlief argued with his 49-year-old son Lloyd Peyton Woodlief and shot him with a .22 caliber pistol.

Deputies say the grandfather was then shot by his 11-year-old grandson with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Lloyd Woodlief was pronounced dead at the scene. Lloyd Peyton Woodlief was being treated at Duke Medical Center.

GRANDFATHER DEAD AFTER VANCE COUNTY FAMILY FIGHT. ABC11.com, 7/8/2014.

LA Mother of 6 Throws Toddler out Moving Car to Get “Reaction” from Babydaddy

The Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22, to investigate the incident. They were called to the ER when staff noticed a 20-month-old child suffered injuries that were reported as severe in nature.

On arriving, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office began interviewing the child’s mother and quickly became alarmed about the facts of the case.

The mother of the child, who has been identified as 23-year-old Lasasha Allen of Winnsboro, was brought to the Sheriff’s Office where further investigation revealed the true intent of the injuries.

…According to Sheriff’s investigators, Allen had made contact with the father of the child on Saturday, June 21, and had told the father that the child had fallen out of a car window while riding in the Monroe area and had been injured. The intent, according to [Franklin Parish] Sheriff [Kevin] Cobb, was to get a reaction from the father.

“The next day when she got no repsonse, she made the determination to make this come true,” he said.

Cobb stated that when that attempt failed, on the following day, Sunday, June 22, Allen staged an event in which she placed the 20-month old in the passenger seat, accompanied by another 7-year-old child who was placed in the back seat, and drove to a rural location with an extremely curved roadway.

According to the investigation, Allen then drove at a speed of up to 45 miles an hour, reached over and opened the door and intentionally causing the younger child to be shoved out.

According to the report, Allen stated that her intent was to inflict minor damage so that she would not be caught in a lie with the child’s father. She then waited for a period of time and took the injured child to the Medical Center.

…Cobb said that the injuries suffered by the child were very serious and the child was airlifted to a Shreveport medical facility for treatment. He stated that according to information received today from the medical facility the child is in stable condition pending surgery.

…In addition to the injured child, Cobb said she has five other children who have been placed in the custody of Child Services.

Woman Arrested for Throwing Baby from Moving Car. MyArkLaMiss.com, 6/22/2014.

World Gone Bad: Small Mob Stones Pregnant Woman to Death while Police Watch

Farzana Parveen was attacked on Tuesday outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family.

Parveen, who was three months pregnant, had gone to court to testify in defence of her husband Muhammad Iqbal — who was accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into marriage.

Iqbal, 45, told AFP the couple had survived a previous attack during the first hearing of the case on May 12 and demanded justice for his wife.

He told the BBC that police officers at the court were “watching silently” while his wife was beaten to death on Tuesday, despite desperate attempts to get them to act.

“One of my relatives took off his clothes to catch their attention,” he told the broadcaster.

“A naked man was crying for help in front of the High Court but nobody intervened.”

Last year 869 women died in so-called “honour killings” according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Conviction rates are very low due to Pakistan’s blood-money laws which allow kin to forgive perpetrators, usually family members in such cases.

Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by mob for marrying man she loved. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 5/29/2014.

Inspired by Sermon, Woman Drowns Toddler, Poisons 10-Year Old

Kimberly Dawn Lucas was arrested and is being held at Palm Beach County Jail after she allegedly tried to poison both children Monday afternoon and allegedly drowned the girl in the bathtub.

Lucas and her longtime partner had raised the boy and girl since their birth.

On Wednesday, details emerged about a note left by Lucas that references a sermon she heard at Metropolitan Community Church on Sunday, the day before the death of the little girl.

According to the police report, police found a computer left on in the home where the murder of 2-year-old Elliana and the attempted murder of 10-year-old Ethan took place, with a message for whoever found it.

“In YOUR WORDS “WHEN YOU ARE LAYING IN BED AT NIGHT REMEMBER YOU FUCKING DID THIS TO YOURSELF!” the note says. “Lea’s sermon really, really touched me yesterday but God never told me to stop.
“Hell is what we (go) through on Earth. Enjoyed your life with possiblego out without us, he manage but give you finally what you what want because apparently over the past 20 years I was not able to. Love you Always Kimberly.”

…Police say the note left behind references the sermon given by Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Dr. Lea Brown.

“Her sermon covered Genesis 22, in which God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac,” the police report says. “But at the last minute, God stops him from doing so.”

Dr. Brown confirmed to police that Lucas and Ethan had attended the church service the Sunday before the tragedy and also confirmed giving a sermon on Genesis 22.

“It’s what I was called to do,” Brown told CBS12. “There’s no way anyone could have predicted this.”

Bible Verse Being Investigated as Possible Motivation for Toddler’s Alleged Murder. Broward/Palm Beach New Times, The Pulp, 5/28/2014.

Woman Found Covered in Blood, Her 3 Daughters Stabbed to Death

When they arrived, deputies were met outside by family members who said that “a mother had killed her children,” the release stated.

Inside the residence, deputies found the bodies of three little girls, ranging in age from 3 years old to 2 months old, lying in a pool of blood on the bed with their mother, authorities at the scene said.

The mother, 30-year-old Carol Coronado, was found naked and holding a knife, investigators said.

Three Little Girls Found Dead in Torrance-Area Home; Mother Arrested. KTLA.com, 5/20/2014.

24-Year-Old Man Smothers 1-Year-Old Son So He Can Keep Playing Xbox

Sheriff’s officials said rescuers were sent to [Cody Eugene] Wygant’s home Thursday morning because of a report of a child not breathing, The boy, Daymeon Wygant, was taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.

In an interview with detectives, Wygant [24] admitted that he suffocated his son because the boy was crying, preventing him from playing online Xbox games. Wygant placed his hand over the boy’s mouth for at least three minutes, then put him in a playpen and covered him with several layers of bedding, sheriff’s officials said.

Wygant played video games for more than an hour, then watched three episodes of the television show Fringe. He didn’t check on the boy for about five hours. When he did, the boy was unresponsive.

Wygant, who moved to Florida in January and is unemployed, has a criminal record in California that includes a rape charge, officials said.

Deputies: Man suffocated 1-year-old son so he could play video games. Tampa Bay Tomes, 4/17/2014.

84-Year Old Kills Son over Not Buying Cable, Tries to Stab Self to Death

The suspect had just gotten off the phone with his pastor when he shot his son, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said the pastor told them Pang Se Vang was upset that his son would not pay to install cable television in the home, the complaint said.

Chue Vang responded that his father had the option to move out. Chue Vang had bought the house with his sister, See Vang Yang, according to an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant.

Pang Se Vang locked himself in a bedroom and claimed to have knives with him, the search warrant affidavit said. Maplewood police officer Kao Xiong called the defendant on the phone and talked with him in Hmong, the suspect’s native language. Kao Xiong told him to come out with his hands up.

“The defendant replied that he could not because he had stabbed himself in the chest and was on the bed,” the complaint said. “He said that he stabbed himself because he wanted to die.”

He and the dead son had argued, he said, and he grabbed his hunting shotgun.

“He admitted that he loaded it, pointed it at his son and shot him,” the complaint said.

He didn’t want to settle the issue in court, he told the officer. “He would settle the dispute with his son when they reached the afterlife,” the complaint said.

After a two-hour standoff, Pang Se Vang complied with the officer’s request to hold his hands up near a window so that police could locate him in the house.

A Ramsey County SWAT team moved in and found Pang Se Vang on the bed, “covered in blood on his chest, stomach and neck.” A large knife lay about 6 inches away. He was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital, where he was treated for the self-inflicted wounds to his neck and abdomen, and was formally arrested Tuesday.

Pang Se Vang’s wife…said Pang Se Vang had been talking on the phone in the bedroom that morning with their pastor. He then came to the kitchen to eat.

“(The victim) told his father that if he had any worries, he should talk to his sons about it,” the complaint said. Pang Se Vang replied, “I’m not talking with you kids,” according to his wife.

He went back to the bedroom, and Chue Vang followed him.

That’s when Pang Se Vang’s wife heard a gunshot and saw their son fall backwards into the hallway.

She asked him why he shot their son.

“He said, ‘If you are not afraid of dying, then come in and bother me. If you are afraid of dying then you better run away,’ ” the wife recalled.

Maplewood police Chief Paul Schnell said the family described Pang Se Vang as being “very militaristic, very patriarchal … (a) my-way-or-the-highway kind of orientation …”

A family member said he had been a member of the Laotian military.

It was not a self-defense case, Schnell said. “This is murder stemming from a dispute that really would not be of unusual significance in anybody’s life. … It’s tremendously hard to wrap your head around.”

Maplewood man, 84, killed son in cable TV dispute, charges say. TwinCities.com, 3/27/2014.

Teen Father Bites off Infant’s Nose over Crying

The Fairfield Police Department received a call Thursday at 8:04 a.m. from a frantic female who said that her child was bleeding from his nose.

… The infant’s 18-year-old father, 17-year-old mother and other family members were present, police said.

The infant was taken to North Bay Medical Center where doctors determined that the infant’s nose had been severed and he had possible head trauma.

The infant was then transferred to Oakland Children’s Hospital, where doctors determined that the infant had suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage and that one-third of the child’s nose had been severed. The child is currently in stable condition.

According to the criminal investigation, the infant’s father bit the child’s nose off out of frustration from his crying. Police are still investigating how the infant sustained the skull fracture and brain hemorrhage.

Police: Fairfield Man Arrested for Biting Off Infant Son’s Nose. NBCBayArea.com, 3/14/2014.

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