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    August 18: 1987: Ember Kimberly Mars, 27, was raped and murdered in her Kearns, UT apartment by David Franklin Young.  He was convicted and sentenced to death.  His conviction and sentence was overturned. He was reconvicted and sentenced to LWOP.  He was also convicted of murders in Illinois and Indiana.  He is serving his sentences out of the State of Utah.

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Parents Gone Wild! Jessie Mae Johnson charged with stabbing her son, Christopher Helms, after he cursed her


Christopher Helms

Arkansas woman arrested in son’s stabbing death
Conway man stabbed to death by his mother
Woman Arrested in Deadly Stabbing of Son
Arkansas mother arrested in fatal stabbing of son

INMATE INFORMATION

Jessie Mae Johnson
Booking #: 26071030
Age: 55
Gender: F
Race: B
Address: PORTLAND, AR
Arresting Agency: CWPD
Booking Date: 05-13-2017 – 5:46 am
Charges: MURDER 1ST DEGREE
Bond: $0.00

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Parents Gone Wild! Gail Trait mutilated and killed her 4 children; conviction overturned and declared insane – sent to psychiatric hospital and released in 1998

Victims
Kylia Trait, 8
Amina Trait, 6
Inez Trait, 4
Demario Trait, 2

Slain Children Just Released To Mother From Foster Home
Voodoo made her do it: The bizarre case of Gail Trait (GREAT site, has many articles about the case)
People of the State of New York v Gail Trait 1988 (conviction overturned)
Trait, convicted of killing her 4 children, fights new trial
Insanity ruled in 4 Trait murders
What prompted this mom of four to butcher her children in 1978? The bizarre case of Gail Trait
Murderpedia: Gail Trait
Murder Most Foul: Gail Trait
Excerpt from “The Loss of Innocents: Child Killers and Their Victims”


Gail Trait

Parents Gone Wild! Jessica Schwarz beat and then drowned her stepson, Andrew Joseph “AJ” Schwarz; Sentenced to 70 years in prison

From Jessica Schwarz’ appeal: Defendant’s husband found Andrew dead in the family swimming pool around 6:30 a.m. He was nude, and his body was covered with bruises. The pool was less than four feet deep, and Andrew, who was taller than that, was a good swimmer. Defendant, who would normally have slept late on Sunday, the morning that Andrew’s death was discovered, awakened her husband around 6:00 a.m. when she couldn’t find Andrew.

In her trial, defendant’s counsel attempted to show that Andrew’s death was either a suicide, an accident, or that defendant’s husband, Andrew’s father, murdered him. She argues that the largely circumstantial evidence of her involvement was insufficient, and that the court should have granted her motion for judgment of acquittal.

Although Andrew’s life had been made miserable by the defendant, who had abused him physically and mentally on many occasions, the pathologist who performed an autopsy on Andrew, Dr. Burton, testified that “there’s a medical certainty that this is not a suicide.” Dr. Burton testified that Andrew had bruises on his buttocks, the insides of his thighs and one arm, and in the small of the back, none of which could have resulted from falling down. He also had other soft tissue injuries, including to his lip and cheek. More specifically, he had lacerations behind each ear almost in the same place, which were consistent with pressure from fingers having forced him into the pool and holding him underwater.

Find-A-Grave: Andrew James Schwarz
AJ’s Place
A.J.’s Story — Facts
Schwarz Denies Killing Stepson, Accuses Others On Tv Talk Show
Jessica Schwarz v State of Florida 1997 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Books
No One Can Hurt Him Anymore

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 391272
Name: SCHWARZ, JESSICA
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’02”
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/07/1954
Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: DECEASED

Parents Gone Wild! Jamilia S. Hodge charged with suffocating her 1-year-old foster daughter, Emma Salinas


Emma Salinas

Foster mom charged in toddler’s death in Gary
Indiana foster mother suffocated 20-month-old girl, police say
Foster mother charged in toddler’s death in Gary
Foster mother charged with baby girl’s death in NW Indiana
Police: Foster mom admitted she suffocated toddler
Court documents: Foster child likely died hours before police called
Foster Mother Charged With Baby’s Death In NW Indiana
Gary toddler’s manner of death released; Foster mother charged with murder
Foster Mom Notices Baby’s Head Still Facing the Wall and Calls 911. It Was 12 Hours Too Late…

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: HODGE, JAMILIA SHENESE
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 32
Location: Lake County Jail
Race: African American
Contact Facility: Lake County Jail

Parents Gone Wild! Brittney Massey killed her 2-year-old daughter, Destinee Denise Massey; Sentenced to 60 years in prison


Destinee Denise Massey

Destinee Massey obituary
Indianapolis woman arrested in young daughter’s death
Indianapolis mother arrested in connection with death of daughter
Mom found guilty of killing 2-year-old daughter
Indianapolis woman guilty of killing 2-year-old daughter
Indianapolis m
Indianapolis woman sentenced to 60 years for murder of her 2-year-old daughter
Mother sentenced for toddler’s murder
Brittney Massey v State of Indiana 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Strangers donate headstone for young murder victim

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC Number 240437
First Name BRITTNEY
Middle Name
Last Name MASSEY
Suffix
Date of Birth 05/31/1990
Gender Female
Race Black
Facility/Location Rockville Correctional Facility
Earliest Possible Release Date 11/28/2041

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 02/06/2015
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 56 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 49G04-1312-MR-076611
County of Conviction MARION
Projected Release Date 11/28/2041

Parents Gone Wild! Kenisha Eronda Berry killed one of her babies and tried to kill another one

From Berry appeal: Appellant was indicted for the murder of an individual under six years of age.   The evidence at trial showed that in the early morning hours of November 29, 1998, Roy Black discovered the victim’s body while he and his wife, Ima, were looking for aluminum cans in a dumpster at an apartment complex in Beaumont, Texas.   Roy found the deceased male infant inside a trash bag with duct tape over his mouth.   His arms were secured across his chest with duct tape and there was fecal matter inside the trash bag.   Ima alerted the police and named the infant “Baby Hope.”

The case remained unsolved until the summer of 2003, when Debbie Beavers of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was investigating another case involving appellant.   During the course of the investigation, appellant took Beavers to the dumpster where Baby Hope had been found.   Beavers brought this to the attention of Beaumont police officer John Boles, who had appellant’s fingerprints compared to those found on the duct tape and trash bag.   A latent palm print on the trash bag matched appellant’s right palm.   A latent fingerprint on a piece of duct tape matched appellant’s left index finger.   DNA testing of the victim’s blood and appellant’s oral swabs indicated a 99.98% probability that appellant was the mother of the victim.

On June 27, 2003, Child Protective Services (CPS) worker Tracy Rideaux met with appellant, who was in jail on another charge.   At that time, appellant had an infant daughter named Paris, who was in the care of CPS. She also had a nine-year-old daughter named Jasmine, a seven-year-old daughter named Keerstan, and a three-year-old son named Joskin.   Rideaux testified that appellant’s infant daughter was fathered by a man named Leonard Carrier and her three older children were fathered by a man named Joskin Love. At the first jail meeting, Rideaux and appellant discussed the removal of Jasmine, Keerstan, and Joskin, and the potential for a family placement.   Rideaux met with appellant in jail again on July 10, 2003, after appellant had been charged with capital murder in the death of her son Malachi, known to authorities as Baby Hope. Rideaux asked appellant if her family knew anything about Malachi or other hidden pregnancies, because their knowledge would affect the placement of appellant’s children.   Appellant told Rideaux that “she knew how to hide a pregnancy” and her weight fluctuated a lot. She stated that “her family had absolutely nothing to do with Baby Hope or what was going on.”   She revealed that she gave birth to Malachi at home in her apartment, that it was an “easy delivery,” and that he was “fine” when he was born.   She went to the store and purchased a bottle and some formula after his birth.   Her other children were with a relative at the time of his birth, and when the children returned home, she explained that “she was keeping a friend’s baby.”   She did not give Rideaux any details about the duct tape other than acknowledging that she had duct tape “lying around the house.”   She did not confess that she killed Malachi, but stated that she borrowed her grandmother’s car, placed the infant, “which was already inside the trash bag,” in the trunk, and transported him to a dumpster without anyone’s knowledge.   She stated that “the baby was not kicking or moving” when she put him in the dumpster.

Appellant testified at trial that she did not kill her baby.   She knew that she was pregnant in 1998, but she did not know how far along she was in her pregnancy.   The father of the baby was a man named Nicholas Beard.   She did not tell her family or anyone else about her pregnancy.   She gave birth at home by herself and named the infant Malachi.   He appeared to be healthy when he was born, and she fed him milk from a bottle.   His nose started running the next day, and she went to the store that morning to buy milk.   When she returned from the store, he was still asleep on the bed in her bedroom.   She lay on the couch to watch television and later checked on him because she was concerned that he had not yet awakened.   When she went into the bedroom, he was “limp” and was not moving or breathing.   She realized that he was dead, but did not call for help because she was “scared” and did not know “if it was against the law to have a baby at home.”   She put duct tape over his arms because they were stiff and sticking out and she “wanted them in front of him.”   She put duct tape over his mouth because it bothered her that his mouth was open.   She left her apartment with Malachi in a bag and later placed him in a dumpster.

The prosecutor questioned appellant on cross-examination regarding her infant daughter Paris.   Appellant acknowledged that she hid her pregnancy with Paris, but avoided answering the prosecutor’s questions about whether she had abandoned Paris on the side of a road.

Forensic pathologist Tommy Brown had performed the autopsy on Baby Hope and estimated that he was two to five days old.   Duct tape had been used to cover his mouth and to constrain his arms around his abdomen, and he had been placed inside a plastic trash bag.   His stomach contained a “milk-like product,” which indicated that he had been fed before death, and there was fecal matter inside the plastic trash bag.   He had “petechiae of the pleural surfaces of the lung,” which was consistent with oxygen deprivation.   The combination of being duct taped and covered with a plastic trash bag was also consistent with oxygen deprivation.   Brown observed no indications of an infection or sudden-infant-death syndrome.   He determined that the infant “died from asphyxia due to smothering,” and he ruled the death a homicide.   Brown opined that the infant was still alive when he was placed in the plastic trash bag, and “as the baby died, then there was a large release of fecal material from the rectum.”   The lividity on the anterior and posterior sides of the body led him to conclude that the infant was lying on his stomach when he died and that after he was discovered he was turned over and placed on his back for a short period of time.

Victims
Malachi Berry, 4 days old (Ba[11/29/1998]
Parris Berry, [6/2003]

Abandoned babies linked to mother
Woman accused of abandoning babies
Trial of woman accused of smothering baby set to begin
Kenisha Berry Killed One Infant and Attempted to Kill Another
Kenisha Berry faces new charges for second infant
Texas High Court Dismisses Woman’s Death Sentence As Unsupported by the Evidence
Kenisha Eronda Berry v State of Texas 2007 (conviction affirmed; sentenced overturned, changed to life in prison)
Murderpedia: Kenisha Eronda Berry
Excerpt from “Women and Capital Punishment in the United States”

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 06977155
TDCJ Number: 01464493
Name: BERRY, KENISHA
Race: B
Gender: F
DOB: 1972-12-26
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
CUMULATIVE OFFENSES
Current Facility: MURRAY
Projected Release Date: NOT AVAILABLE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2044-02-18

Parents Gone Wild! Paul Darell Jones and his girlfriend, Latoya Williams-Miley, charged with the murder of his 13-year-old son, Aaron


Aaron Jones

Decayed body found in southeast Las Vegas raises questions
Las Vegas police suspect body was that of teen boy
Father booked on murder count in death of missing 13-year-old son
Father of missing Las Vegas boy booked on murder charge
Woman charged in murder of 13-year-old stepson Aaron Jones
Arrest report reveals father confessed to murder of 13-year-old son
NV – Aaron Jones, 13, Las Vegas, 14 April 2017 **Arrest**
Father, Girlfriend Face Murder Charge in 13-Year-Old’s Death
Report: Father confessed to causing son’s death

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

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