Who is Bresha Meadows? Teen who accused of killing abusive father released from custody

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 4:48 PM

Bresha Meadows, a 16-year-old accused of killing her father, who was allegedly abusive to her mother, was released to return to her family Feb. 4. The incident happened in 2016.
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Bresha Meadows, a 16-year-old accused of killing her father, who was allegedly abusive to her mother, was released to return to her family Feb. 4. The incident happened in 2016.(Photo by mconnors at Morguefile.com)

Nearly two years ago, 14-year-old Bresha Meadows made headlines when she was accused of killing her father after he allegedly abused her mother. This week, she was released from custody at age 16. 

The Ohio teen served time at a juvenile detention center and a mental health facility. On Sunday, she returned home to her family’s care.

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Her case garnered national attention, sparking conversations about black women and girls and the criminal justice system.

About the case

On July 28, 2016, Meadows shot her father Jonathan Meadows in the head while he was sleeping at their home, according to a police report. Her mother Brandi Meadows called 911, and the police arrived shortly and arrested Bresha. Jonathan’s death was ruled a homicide. 

The teenager, along with her two siblings and mother, said her father was physically and verbally abusive and often threatened the family with the same gun Bresha used to shoot him. Her mother called her a hero.

“She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life,” Brandi told Cleveland’s WJW at the time.

Family reaction

“From day one, she was born into a nightmare,” Martina Latessa, a Cleveland officer and Bresha’s aunt on her mother’s side, told WJW. “She was begging me for help. She was very, very scared for her mother and sisters.” 

Sheri Latessa, another aunt, also alleged that Jonathan was abusive and said Bresha had once run away from home, according to WKBN.

Jonathan’s siblings, however, called Bresha a murderer, according to WFMJ.

“She had ran away from home because she was doing things that a 14-year-old should not be doing. So she’s not a hero. She’s a murderer. She killed my brother. This was cold, calculated. He was killed in his sleep, and the family is doing everything they can to discredit my brother, and it’s not fair,” Lena Cooper, Jonathan’s sister, told WFMJ. 

How did the legal system handle the case?

Prosecutors charged Bresha with aggravated murder and attempted to try her as an adult. If convicted as an adult, she could have faced life in prison without parole. She was ultimately tried as a child, and in May, she pleaded true to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, which is the equivalent of guilty in juvenile court. 

She was ordered to serve one year in a juvenile detention center and six months at a mental health facility. She also received two years of probation. Earlier this year, she was released to her family’s care. When she becomes 21, her record will be sealed and expunged. 

Activists respond

Organizers raised more than $150,000 for Bresha and her family on a GoFundMe page. The hashtag #FreeBresha was also created to advocate for her. Many wrote letters and started petitions, demanding Bresha’s release. 

“Bresha should never have been incarcerated, but it is a win nonetheless,” organizers Mariame Kaba and Colby Lenz wrote in a Teen Vogue op-ed published after Bresha returned home. “Bresha’s case also reminds us why we all must work to develop and practice transformative solutions to violence that do not rely on carceral systems, including policing, prosecution, and prisons.”

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Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12:  A Costco sign is displayed on March 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: A Costco sign is displayed on March 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A Maryland woman says there was a live surprise in a package of fish she purchased at Costco last week.

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Emily Rhoades Randolph said she purchased a package of fresh cod on Feb. 9 at Costco. On Monday, she recorded video of what appears to be a worm wriggling around a corner of the sealed package and posted it on her Facebook page on Wednesday. The sell-by date on the package is the same day she recorded the video, according to Randolph.

Randolph said in the Facebook post that when she returned the contaminated fish to Costco, the clerk at the seafood counter commented that another customer had returned salmon with worms in it. Randolph said she did not receive an apology for the incident.

Randolph shared the incident to warn others to check their food.

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Police: Mother accused of giving child hydrochloric acid, chlorine as autism 'cure'

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

File image of a liquid dispenser bottle.
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File image of a liquid dispenser bottle.(Pixabay)

An Indianapolis mother is accused of feeding her child a dangerous homemade concoction in an attempt to "cure" the child's autism, police said.

The woman's husband claims his wife placed drops of hydrochloric acid and a water purifying solution that contained chlorine into their child's beverage, FOX59 reported. The woman reportedly referred to the mixture as the "miracle mineral solution" and said she found the recipe on a Facebook group page. The husband told police that his wife had fed their child the toxic mixture a few weeks ago, but he only found out about it last weekend.

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The “miracle mineral solution” has been reviewed by the FDA, which warned that it is essentially bleach, FOX59 reported. The mixture is often promoted as being a cure-all for everything from cancer to autism.

The Indianapolis Police Department told FOX59 that the Department of Child Services is reviewing the case and has removed the child from the home. Police declined to release the names of the parents or any of the child's identifying information. The investigation remains active.

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Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:27 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10:  (AFP OUT) First lady Melania Trump looks as US President Donald Trump is reflected in her glasses. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: (AFP OUT) First lady Melania Trump looks as US President Donald Trump is reflected in her glasses. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)(Pool/Getty Images)

Once again, first lady Melania Trump gave off the impression that all is not well in her marriage to President Donald Trump when she broke presidential protocol on Friday following a report alleging the president had an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.

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As the Trumps headed to Florida to meet with the victims of this week’s mass shooting at a high school, they began the journey separately. While it’s tradition for the couple to cross the White House lawn to Marine One together, Mrs. Trump decided to forgo the usual walk and instead drove separately to Andrews Air Force Base. She arrived in a separate vehicle ahead of the president and ascended the stairs to Air Force One without him.

“With her schedule, it was easier to meet him on the plane,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, explained the situation, adding that she does intend to join her husband in visiting the victims.

The suspicious choice comes just hours after The New Yorker published a report based on an account from McDougal, who provided details about her alleged affair with President Trump between June 2006 to April 2007. At the time, the Trumps had been married for two years, and their son, Barron, had been born a few months earlier.

The White House responded to the allegations in a statement saying, “This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”

This isn’t the first time the first lady has broken with tradition in the wake of infidelity accusations. Last month, she arrived at the U.S. Capitol separately from the president to attend his first State of the Union address. It was her first public event following a bombshell report alleging the president paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence after the pair had an affair in 2006.

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Dog food shipments pulled after euthanasia drug found in some brands

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Study Found Euthanasia Drug in Dog Food

J.M. Smucker Co. is pulling back some of its shipments after a television news investigation found that some of the company’s dog food tested positive for a drug used for euthanasia.

The company is having shipments of wet canned Gravy Train, Kibble ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy foods returned to the the company, The Associated Press reported.

The move came after Washington, D.C.-based television station WJLA tested 15 cans of the Gravy Train brand and found 60 percent, or 9 out of the 15 cans, tested positive for the drug pentobarbital.

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The station’s investigation started after a woman said that shortly after feeding Evanger’s pet food to her five dogs, they were falling over and convulsing in 2016. She sent the rest of the dogs’ food and the remains of one of the dogs for testing, where the dog was found to have been poisoned by dog food and that the food contained pentobarbital, WJLA reported last week

In 2017, Evanger’s recalled a batch of its Hunk of Beef food because it was exposed to the drug.

Smucker’s officials, which doesn’t produce Evanger’s, told WJLA that it was investigating the results of the station’s investigation on its food and are working with suppliers. 

Smucker’s officials said this week that the low amounts of the drug found in the station’s investigation is not a threat to pets.

WJLA reported that their test showed non-lethal levels but any amount of the drug is not permitted according to federal law.

“However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality of standards,” Smucker’s officials told the AP.

The company said it doesn’t use meat from animals that were euthanized in its pet food products, the AP reported.

For more on the company’s decision to return the products, click here for Gravy Train information and here for Kibble ‘N Bits.

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