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Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 2:40 PM
BROCKTON, Mass. — Officials with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office say a Brockton, Massachusetts, mother was following a ritual when she stabbed her two sons to death Monday.
Attorneys in a Tuesday court hearing for Latarsha Sanders, 43, said she told police she killed her 5- and 8-year-old boys in a ritual incident. It is not clear what the ritual was.
According to prosecutors, the 8-year-old boy was stabbed 50 times. Police say Sanders stabbed her two sons before putting them in separate beds and covering them with sheets.
Court documents show police asked her why she stabbed her sons, and she responded, “It was because of the voodoo stuff.”
She allegedly told police she mopped up the floor and put the knife in the kitchen sink.
According to court records, Sanders didn’t mention her sons to police or EMS when she was taken from the home in an ambulance.
When asked for details about the alleged ritual she was following, officials with the district attorney’s office simply said they are still looking into it, but she had supposedly mentioned rituals to her family in the past.
Investigators said Monday that the killings took place within the past few days and they are trying to figure out a motive.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:54 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County, Georgia, home Wednesday night.
It was not immediately clear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed.
According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother. His parents drove from California for an unannounced visit Wednesday, authorities said.
The boy’s mother and grandmother left the home, returned and “learned that the child had been murdered,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told WSBTV.
Police say parents came from California unannounced to visit their five year old son who lived with his grandmother. While the mother and grandmother were out of the house police say the father killed the boy. The mother is cooperating and is not a suspect. pic.twitter.com/6g3rNOgkDO— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) February 22, 2018
Three other children were inside the home at the time of the killing, but were not injured, the news station reported.
Police have not released the names of the father and child.
"Right now, the father is in custody,” Campbell said. “He is a 25-year-old male.”
Authorities continued to investigate the incident Thursday.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities said a Georgia woman accused of setting a fire that spread to 19 houses started it in the house she lost in a divorce.
Paulding County fire officials said Adrienne Satterly, 41, of Hiram, stacked a pile of mattresses in the living room of the home, on Rosemont Court in Hiram, early Sunday morning.
She then lit the mattresses on fire and left the house with her two cats, fire officials said.
The fire spread to 19 separate homes in the Greystone Subdivision, destroying four homes and damaging 16 others, firefighters said. The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m.
Satterly is charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Neighbors told WSBTV that they ran out of their homes with almost nothing but their lives.
“I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced, but my dogs is my -- that breaks my heart,” neighbor Auzalea Godfrey said.
Fire investigators said Satterly called 911 after walking about an hour to a nearby Walmart after starting the fire.
Satterly remained jailed Tuesday in Paulding County, where she is being held without bond.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM
SAN ANTONIO — Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.
Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.
The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”
The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:36 PM
PARKER COUNTY, Texas — A woman in Texas has been arrested after she was caught on camera tossing her small dog named Pumpkin out of a moving vehicle.
The Chihuahua-mixed breed survived the incident and was found Thursday roaming a family's rural property in Weatherford, WFAA reported. Surveillance cameras on the property provided clear identification of the vehicle. The dog's microchip further confirmed the owner's identity.
When questioned by Sgt. Ricky Montgomery, Janet Byas, 43, initially denied tossing the dog out of the vehicle. When the evidence of her involvement was presented to her, Montgomery said she admitted that she threw the dog out of the car because she was frustrated with it. She said Pumpkin would not stay on her property and she "couldn't handle it anymore," WFAA reported.
When WFAA asked for Montgomery's reaction to Byas' reasoning for throwing the dog out of the car, Montgomery said, "Grow up."
Byas was arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.