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Memphis boy found after not coming home from school

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Dewayne Alexander. (Photo via Memphis Police Department)
Memphis Police Department
Dewayne Alexander. (Photo via Memphis Police Department)(Memphis Police Department)

Update 9:33 a.m. EDT April 23: The child has been found, Fox13Memphis reported.

Original: Police in Memphis, Tennessee, need your help finding a 9-year-old boy

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A City Watch was issued for Dewayne Alexander on Saturday night. Police told WHBQ that Alexander was walking home from school Friday in the 3300 block of Ford Road, but he never made it home. He has not been seen or heard from since. 

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Alexander is described as 3-foot-8 and weighing 50 pounds with a medium complexion and low-fade haircut. He was last seen wearing a navy blue hoodie, white uniform shirt, navy blue uniform pants and blue, gray and white shoes. 

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If you know the whereabouts of Alexander, call the Memphis Police Department at 901-545-2677.

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Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Mom gets 40 years for murder of 2-year-old son who wet bed, gave her ‘sideways look’

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 4:25 PM

Mom Gets 40 Years For Murder Of Two-Year-Old Son Who Wet Bed, Gave Her ‘Sideways’ Look

A South Dakota woman was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in federal prison for the brutal 2016 beating death of her 2-year-old son, which occurred less than two months after she regained custody of the boy. 

Katrina Pauline Shangreaux, 30, who is also known as Katrina White Whirlwind, pleaded guilty March 20 to second-degree murder in the death of Kylen Shangreaux. The boy died of blunt force trauma July 28, 2016, at Shangreaux’s home in Porcupine, a small community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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Angie Shangreaux, Kylen’s paternal aunt, had custody of the boy for about 14 months, a majority of his life, before Katrina Shangreaux regained custody June 1, 2016, through Oglala Sioux Tribal Court. Angie Shangreaux, 38, described for Native Sun News Today what Kylen’s life was like in her home. 

“A lot of people think ‘Oh he’s just another abused and neglected Native American kid,’” Shangreaux said. “There’s so much more to his life. That wasn’t his life. That was the last fifty-eight days of life.”

She told the newspaper that Kylen’s life was filled with laughter and love before he was returned to his mother. She described him as a “good boy” who loved Chicken Little, Home, Lego Batman 2 and Cars.

His favorite meal was breakfast. 

“He loved to eat waffles," Shangreaux said. “He would sit and drink coffee with me. He called it ‘foffee.’”

Angie Shangreaux’s Facebook page, along with one titled Justice for Kylen, is filled with photos and videos of a smiling, happy Kylen. In one video on the Justice for Kylen page, the toddler and his aunt tell the camera good morning and giggle. 

“I love you, Ky,” Shangreaux says. 

“I love you more,” Kylen responds. 

As Shangreaux starts to say, “I love you the most,” Kylen says, “Most!” The boy laughs. 

A statement of fact filed in federal court in March, when Katrina Shangreaux entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors, details the crime, which U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken on Tuesday described as “horrific, depraved, torturous (and) humiliating,” according to the Rapid City Journal

[Warning: The following details are graphic.]

Shangreaux, who said she had consumed a large amount of alcohol and taken the pain medication Tramadol before her son’s killing, admitted in the court records that she returned home the night of July 27, 2016, and became angry when she found that her son had wet the bed. Shangreaux and Kylen lived with her other children and her mother, Sonya Dubray. 

“She took him to the bathroom and tried to force him to use the toilet,” the statement of fact said. “Shangreaux perceived (Kylen) was being defiant and that made her even angrier.”

Shangreaux admitted she hit her son multiple times, including with a studded belt, and put him in the corner as punishment. Her anger grew, she said, when the boy gave her a “sideways look.”

When the toddler accidentally called her “Angie,” she became infuriated. 

“Shangreaux despised (Kylen’s father’s) sister Angie,” the statement said. 

Katrina Shangreaux admitted in the statement of fact that, after her son called her by his aunt’s name, she threw the boy to the floor and repeatedly kicked him in the abdomen and head.

“She stopped only when she saw that he appeared different and she realized how badly she had injured him,” the statement said. 

Shangreaux also bit the boy multiple times and caused damage to his genitals. 

“The most shocking was the damage that she did to his scrotum,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins said during the sentencing, according to the Journal

The newspaper reported that the toddler’s genitals were “practically obliterated” by the beating. According to court records, his scrotum was torn and a long hair had been wrapped around it and his penis. 

Shangreaux told Dubray what she had done, the statement of fact said. At some point early the following morning, the mother and daughter sat Kylen at the kitchen table with Shangreaux’s other children and tried to get him to drink some apple juice.

He became more unresponsive and fell on the floor, where he soiled himself. His mother and grandmother cleaned the boy up -- and cleaned the crime scene with bleach -- before calling an ambulance, court records showed. 

Shangreaux told police when she called 911 that Kylen had choked on his juice and stopped breathing, the Journal reported

When the ambulance arrived, Kylen was in clean clothes and there was no visible blood on his body, according to the statement of fact. 

“Shangreaux did not accompany (Kylen) to the hospital,” the document said. “Instead, she had three cigarettes, then found a ride to Pine Ridge, where the hospital staff told her (Kylen) had died. She fled, to White City, Nebraska, and later to Rapid City.”

Rigor mortis had already set in and Kylen’s body temperature was 90.7 degrees when he was pronounced dead around 8:30 a.m., according to the record. The treating physician estimated that he had been dead for about four hours. 

Emergency room doctors saw belt and bite marks on the boy’s body and found that he had a skull fracture and possible abdominal injuries. 

The pathologist who conducted the boy’s autopsy reported that he had bruises over most of his body.

“He noted (Kylen) suffered extensive and severe bruising over 70 percent of his body and this also likely contributed to his death, as the blood pooling at the bruises may have deprived his organs of sufficient blood,” the statement of fact said. 

The Journal reported that the pathologist found 111 distinct external injuries, including what appeared to be cigarette burns on his head. He also suffered broken ribs and bleeding in his abdomen and brain. 

Shangreaux was initially charged with multiple crimes, including first-degree murder, assault resulting in serious bodily injury of a minor, felony child abuse and neglect. Those charges were reduced to a single second-degree murder charge in the plea deal. 

Read the facts Katrina Shangreaux admitted to as part of her plea agreement below. WARNING: The document contains graphic details of Kylen Shangreaux’s death and may not be suitable for some readers. 

Shangreaux Statement of Fact (Warning: Graphic content) by c_bonvillian on Scribd

The toddler’s paternal relatives hoped for a life sentence in the case, the Journal said.

“You’re the last person who can give Kylen the justice he deserves,” Angie Shangreaux told the judge prior to Katrina Shangreaux’s sentencing. “I’m begging for what would be a lifelong sentence for her.”

Angie Shangreaux and her mother, Patti Shangreaux, told the court how much Kylen was loved and wanted by their family, the Journal reported. They described how he loved to run around in his diapers.

Kylen also loved music and playing on the computer with Angie Shangreaux’s sons. Before taking her seat following her victim impact statement, Angie Shangreaux told the boy’s mother she hated her. 

“I will never forgive you,” Angie Shangreaux said, according to the newspaper. “You deserve hell.”

The grieving aunt told Native Sun News Today that she has been haunted by the knowledge of what her nephew, who she considered one of her own children, went through before he died. 

“It took a toll on me emotionally. I literally just checked out,” Angie Shangreaux said. “The thoughts of what he suffered that morning. The thoughts of what it was like the last fifty-eight days invaded my mind constantly. The fact that he cried for me when she was killing him.”

Dubray was charged in September 2016 with being an accessory to first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, making a false statement and concealment of a felony. Prosecutors allege that she helped Shangreaux evade authorities, concealed the abuse of her grandson and misled investigators about the extent of the abuse. 

Aside from helping her daughter clean up the crime scene, Dubray is also accused of washing the clothes Kylen was wearing when he was abused to hide evidence, court records show. 

Her indictment states that Dubray also lied to investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs when she told them that Kylen was potty-trained. The boy was still in diapers, they learned during the investigation. 

Dubray is scheduled to stand trial in November. 

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5 signs your relationship is toxic and hurting your mental health

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:43 PM



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Everyone in a relationship knows how easy it is to accuse a partner of something they didn't do. It's their fault, you tell them, whether the spat is about towels on the bathroom floor, an angry mother-in-law or a missed restaurant reservation.

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Sometimes you know you're wrong the second these words leave your mouth; other times you recognize your mistake in the days to come.

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But the same people often miss a much more critical aspect of their relationship, despite repeated examples and gut feelings that something is wrong. It's far more difficult to realize that your partner may actually be at fault when you suffer from mental health issues.

"Some have the power to uplift our spirits, to lend comfort during life's strains and stresses, to weave fun and playfulness into our day, and to imbue life with a profound sense of purpose," psychologist and Harvard lecturer Holly Parker, author of “If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?,” told Bustle. "Sadly, others can pull us downward, drain our energy and emotional reserves, fill us with heartache and erode our happiness."

Some of these woeful partners contribute to a condition, like depression, that may have already been present. Others push a person with relatively strong mental health into a rapid decline.

In both situations, it's all too easy to miss the signals. Bustle writer Suzannah Weiss, for example, started obsessive hair picking (trichotillomania), had trouble concentrating on work and wasted lots of time watching television for a good while before she realized an emotionally abusive partner was the root cause of her mental anguish. 

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You owe it to yourself to figure out if you're having a toxic reaction to a relationship, psychologist Andrea Bonior told Health.

"Keeping a finger on your own emotions can help you develop insight about the people in your life, so you can choose healthier situations," she said.

And while each person has to weigh a relationship's worth for themselves, there are common signs that indicate a partner's actions are hurting your mental health:

Your self-esteem is slipping. If you can honestly say you were more confident and felt better about yourself before this relationship got going, your partner could be the one lowering your self-esteem, Parker said. The routine might be subtle, like a partner who talks about themselves constantly while asking you very few questions, which can lead you to feel less interesting. (This could also be a symptom that you are in a relationship with one type of narcissist.) Or it could be more obvious, a constant barrage of overt insults that reaches emotional abuse proportions.

"When one of the people you're closest to is making you feel inferior, you may start to believe you are," Weiss noted.

You're always walking on eggshells. A controlling relationship partner can do plenty of damage even without physical threats or violence. "It can simply be that you feel frightened to share your opinions—you're constantly walking on eggshells because you're afraid of your partner's emotional reactions," Bonior noted.

Your physical health has tanked since the relationship started. 

Sure, it could be a coincidence. But Parker warned that an unhealthy relationship can cause headaches, insomnia or muscle pain. The link to mental health? If one of those physical problems has erupted due to your relationship, it may indicate an underlying mental issue as well.

You're relieved when your partner checks out. 

Of course you could just be losing interest, but a physical sense of relief when your partner leaves after you've spent substantial time together could indicate your partner's causing you stress. Give this observation even more credit if your relief when your partner departs is accompanied by "a sense of weight and physical tension in the parter's presence," Parker noted.

You go to great lengths to distract yourself from the relationship. 

This is a psychological arc: when you are in a relationship with someone, you will make every attempt to avoid negative thoughts about them. When the negativity threatens, it can cause you so much cognitive dissonance you will do anything to push it to the back of your mind. Some of the distraction techniques can wear away mental health, like oversleeping or playing video games for long hours. 

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Of course, eliminating the relationship is not going to magically erase your mental health problems, but it could have a positive impact. "Although many stressors in life can undermine emotional health, the possible role of relationships should not be dismissed," Parker said. "If a romantic relationship is having a negative impact on your psychological well-being, it's vital to turn attention to that."

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Photo: Florida Burger King customer appears to prepare food

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:06 PM

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Two Jacksonville, Florida, Burger King employees were terminated after customers said a woman got out of line and began preparing food behind the counter.

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Jeffrey and Marcelita Jones told WJAX-TV that they were at the Burger King at 937 Dunn Ave. when a woman stepped out of the slow-moving line.

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They said the woman -- who was in plain clothing -- walked behind the counter and put on a pair of gloves. 

A photo appears to show her preparing or handling food. 

"She definitely, she had it her way," Jeffrey Jones said. "She didn’t even wash her hands."

The siblings said that employees and a woman who appeared to be the manager didn't seem to try to stop the woman.

"I said, 'No, you’re not about to fix my food. You’re not in uniform,'" Marcelita Jones said. 

WJAX-TV went to the Burger King on Wednesday and asked a manager why the woman was allowed behind the counter, and if any of the food she reportedly prepared was served to customers. 

The unnamed manager told the reporter: "I appreciate you bringing that to my attention but please take it up with my company."

The witnesses said they believed the woman in plain clothes might have been an employee. WJAX-TV asked the manager if that was the case. 

“It’s apparent that we don’t know anything about it, but we will look into it, and deal with it, and investigate it,” he said. 

WJAX-TV called and emailed Burger King's corporate office for more information.

A spokesperson sent a statement that said in part:

“…The person in the photo was an off-duty employee who went behind the counter to prepare food. This should not have happened and as soon as the owner of this location was made aware of this incident, the franchise owner terminated the team member and manager for violating their company policies."

The witnesses said they believe more training for the employees would have been a more appropriate measure as opposed to termination.

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Walmart employee breaks window to rescue infant from hot car, police say

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Walmart Employee Breaks Car Window To Rescue Infant, Police Say

A Walmart employee broke a hot car’s window Tuesday to save an infant locked inside, police said. 

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The employee was on break when (he or she) saw Casey Hornsby park her car and walk into Walmart with a child, according to the Valley Times-News. The employee, who has not been identified, went back to work about 20 minutes later and saw an infant in a car seat.

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The employee got help from co-workers and people walking by in order to break a window and remove the child from the car, Valley Police Maj. Mike Reynolds told the Times-News.

“The vehicle was off, the windows were rolled up and it was approximately 93 degrees at the time,” Reynolds said. “(People) have all rights to do what they need to do to ensure the safety of a child.” 

The child, who was lethargic and flushed, was removed from the vehicle and taken inside the store. After cooling off, there were no injuries.

Hornsby was paged inside the store and after several attempts was found leaving the store. Hornsby told police she had “forgotten the child was in the car,” according to the Times-News

She was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Times-News. The children were taken into custody by child protective services and then later released to the father.

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