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5-year-old boy shoots himself after getting mom's gun out of her purse, police say

A 5-year-old Virginia boy is in stable condition after police say he found his mother's gun in her purse and shot himself. 

>> 12-year-old boy shot in eye by paintball gun in drive-by

According to WTKR, the Portsmouth boy's mother was driving him to the doctor Tuesday morning when he got out of his car seat and found the gun in her handbag, Virginia State Police said. The boy then shot his own wrist as they traveled along Interstate 64 in Hampton, police said.

The woman was talking on her cellphone at the time of the incident, police said.

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The boy is being treated at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk. 

Authorities are still deciding whether the child's mother will face any charges.

Read more here.

12-year-old boy shot in eye by paintball gun in drive-by

Police in Brockton, Massachusetts, say at least three men could be tied to several assaults across the city involving paintball guns

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Cody Hilts says he feels lucky he didn’t lose his eye after he was shot with a paintball gun Monday. But after the 12-year-old was shot in a random drive-by, he fears the men might come back to target him. 

Police say at least three assaults – including Cody's – happened Monday night

Cody Hilts says he was standing in a driveway near his house on Ford Street in Brockton about 6 p.m. Monday talking with friends when a black Acura with three men inside drove by. 

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He told WFXT that the man in the backseat had a paintball gun sticking out of the window.

"There was a guy in the backseat and he had the window down and a gun and he shot me in the eye," Cody said. 

The man fired a burst of shots, and one of them hit Cody right in the eye, he said.

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"I didn't feel it. It was like numb, so I thought it was a real gun," Cody said. "I didn't know what to think, so I just started running in."

Hilts’ mother, Cassandra, says he ran screaming into the house, holding his eye. That’s when she called 911. 

“I feel like they are just kids doing just outrageous things, and I’m not sure what the motivation or anything is behind it,” Cassandra said. 

Cody spent Tuesday morning at the doctor and has another appointment Wednesday, but so far it’s looking like he will avoid surgery.

Couple signs plea deal admitting they forced children into prostitution in Myrtle Beach

Zerrell Fuentes and Brianna Wright signed plea agreements Tuesday admitting they forced children into prostitution.

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Fuentes was in the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, jail in May 2016 on hit-and-run, gun and drug charges. He needed money to get out, so prosecutors said he sent three girls under 18 years old onto the streets of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for prostitution.

They also said he had Wright, his wife, drive the girls to the South Carolina coast from Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a plea agreement Fuentes and Wright both signed in federal court Tuesday, it said the "minors' prostitution services were advertised on backpage.com in order to solicit clients in Myrtle Beach."

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Wright's mother, Tiffany Streeter, appeared shocked and saddened in court.

She told WSOC-TV's Blaine Tolison that her daughter may have helped Fuentes out of love, not to hurt children.

"I just feel like she wanted somebody to love her, that's all," Streeter said.

Fuentes set up the plan through a series of phone calls. Court documents said he called the girls in Myrtle Beach multiple times.

In one of his phone calls from jail, prosecutors said he bragged about the prostitution to a female friend, saying he had, "three little birdies going to the beach to do something for him."

At one point, documents say, "Wright expressed frustration that the minors were not working hard enough, had not made enough money, and were keeping money from her."

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Fuentes also reportedly talked to one of the girls about "being strong and making more money."

Prosecutors said Fuentes had a sexual relationship with one of the minors, but he denied the allegation. Attorneys on both sides said it wouldn't help his case anyway.

Sex trafficking of a minor carries a mandatory sentence of no less than 10 years in prison.

Fuentes' and Wright's sentencing date has not been set.

Slain man's family says his suspected killer is taunting them on social media

A Tennessee man was shot and killed in Memphis’ Whitehaven neighborhood last month. 

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Now his family wants answers after seeing his suspected killer pop up on social media

Rico Ross was killed after being shot in the 4500 block of Sumner Wells Drive on June 27. He was visiting family and friends from out of town. 

He was transported to Regional One in critical condition, but he died on the way to the hospital. 

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Memphis police issued a warrant for the arrest of Diedrich Coleman, the man accused of killing Ross.

According to police, Coleman – also known as “Lil D” – fired multiple gunshots at Ross after losing money during a dice game. 

Coleman fled the scene in a white Dodge Challenger, police said. 

“I think he likes what he’s doing,” said Kamelia Davis, the victim’s sister. “I think he likes running hotel to hotel, house to house and ain’t nobody doing anything about it.”

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers. 

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Man had 'void,' adopted 10-year-old boy – then killed him, attorney says

Defense attorney Daryl Queen clasped his hands and spoke to the DeKalb County, Georgia, jury tenderly, like a pastor to a grieving family. He told them about Leon Williams, 44, a former longtime state worker who had a void in his life, who wanted a son and decided he had enough love and patience to handle a 10-year-old with autism, communication issues and myriad mental challenges.

Williams, Queen said, also believed in corporal punishment and on April 28, 2017 – after Kentae Williams allegedly cursed at a teacher and then refused to take a bath – it went too far

>> Missing baby found dead near slough after 5-day search

Queen said the father, charged with murder, held the boy under the tub water to get him in line, and he drowned.

Queen’s oration Tuesday during opening statements at Williams’ trial was the first time his defense strategy was revealed since Williams’ arrest in a case that drew wide attention and led to several firings at the Division of Family Children Services.

Williams “was responsible for the death of his son,” Queen told the jury as pictures of the smiling father and son flashed on a screen on the wall. “What you’ll also see is that does not make him a murderer.”

>> Mom charged in baby's death, tried to kill herself before officers arrived, police say

One of the prosecutors, Mirna Andrews, told a far different version of events. She said Williams, who had worked for various state agencies before his arrest including the Department of Administrative Services, made statements that showed he intended to hurt the child.

Williams, who’d adopted Kentae only months earlier, picked him up from school that last day and stopped to buy a belt, Andrews said. On the way into the home outside Decatur, a witness heard him say, “You’re going to die tonight,” said the prosecutor.

>> Father wanted on abuse charges after baby suffers 9 broken ribs, 2 broken legs

In an interview with police, Williams said that was just a joke, that he had only held the boy under water for 30 or 45 seconds twice. But evidence in the trial will reveal the defendant lied to the detective, Andrews said.

The first witness called Tuesday was former DFCS case worker, Jaire Granderson, who said she’d spent a great deal of time with Kentae and helped comfort him when two adoptions fell through. The boy had been in state custody since birth and didn’t understand why. DFCS workers and foster parents reminded him there were many people who loved him.

Granderson said Williams saw Kentae on a website where potential adoptive parents can look for kids who need a permanent home. 

Williams and Kentae met at an “adoption party,” which is a gathering of kids and potential parents, in 2016. It was at Stars and Strikes, the family fun bowling center, in Henry County. They hit it off and slowly began to build a relationship, under Granderson’s supervision, until the adoption was finalized in November 2016.

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Even after a new case worker was assigned, Granderson kept in touch. She last saw Kentae when she visited Williams’ home in January 2017. She didn’t testify about any sign of trouble.

But, as DFCS would later acknowledge, there were other reports that Williams wasn’t treating Kentae well and the allegations weren’t taken seriously enough. The agency fired three workers after the boy died. 

Granderson heard about the death through the media. She remembered the boy as troubled but outgoing, loving and adventurous. 

One trait especially stood out: Kentae loved water.

Father wanted on abuse charges after baby suffers 9 broken ribs, 2 broken legs

A Washington County, Pennsylvania, father is wanted on suspicion of abusing his 6-month-old baby.

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The baby spent days in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh after her mother went to change her diaper and saw the girl's stomach covered in bruises, authorities said.

>> Missing baby found dead near slough after 5-day search

Police are now searching for the baby's father, Randy Hughes. Investigators said he disappeared a few days after the reported abuse. 

Police said Hughes was watching the baby and other older children at their home while the baby's mother was at work.

According to the criminal complaint, when his wife confronted him about the bruises, he said he was "going to jail." But when doctors questioned him, he said the baby fell from the bed and that he saw a 4-year-old "run" from the room right afterward.

Doctors said the baby has nine broken ribs, two broken legs, lacerated liver, internal bleeding and bruising about her left eye and right ear.

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The emergency room doctor told police she would have been in "substantial pain for multiple days and could have had a life-threatening hemorrhage from the liver laceration" and that it was not from a fall or another child.

Hughes faces arrest on felony aggravated assault and child endangerment charges. 

The baby had a follow-up appointment at Children's Hospital on Monday, and doctors said she is healing very well.

The mother passed a polygraph test, and police said they believe she had nothing to do with the abuse.

Mom charged in baby's death, tried to kill herself before officers arrived, police say

A Tennessee mother who was found unresponsive in her Memphis apartment is facing criminal charges in the death of her baby.

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On Sunday, officers said they received a 911 call from a woman saying there was a dead individual in her apartment on the 6900 block of Red Oaks Circle, and there would be another dead person at the location by the time they arrived.

>> Missing baby found dead near slough after 5-day search

When emergency responders arrived, nobody answered the door, so they busted in, according to an arrest affidavit for Jamyl Price.

Officers said they found a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying unresponsive on the bathroom floor. They then saw Price, 22, in the bathtub, according to the affidavit.

There was evidence in the bathroom that indicated Price tried to commit suicide, according to the affidavit.

Price regained consciousness while being treated in the apartment, police said. While being transported to the hospital, she told paramedics she "thought her baby could breathe underwater," according to the affidavit.

Investigators searched the apartment to collect evidence. It was determined that Price was the person who called 911.

>> Wife filed for divorce 9 days before husband shot her, triplet daughters in murder-suicide

Officers also learned Price had threatened to commit suicide the day before, police said. Her child's father contacted one of her parents about the threats, but he was told she was all right and was "just depressed," according to police documents.

After being treated, Price was questioned by investigators. Police documents say she gave a statement of admission, stating she was responsible for her daughter's death.

Price reportedly told investigators she took her daughter to the apartment pool and stuck her under water for "two to three seconds" and noticed she was struggling to breathe. She said she went back to the apartment to perform CPR, but eventually realized her daughter was dead, according to police documents.

The affidavit states Price spent the rest of the day inside the apartment trying to find ways to kill herself. She didn't call 911 until she thought she was about to die from a suicide attempt, police said.

The cause of death for the baby has not been determined. 

Price is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

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Price’s father told WHBQ that he is devastated by the loss of the granddaughter he never got to meet. 

“How would anyone feel that’s a father hearing that their daughter tried to commit suicide by taking a lot of pills – and that their granddaughter is no longer here?” Cersec Price said. 

Price said he couldn’t see his daughter doing something like that. 

“I can’t imagine my daughter doing this to her child,” Price said. “I can’t. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe it.” 

Wife filed for divorce 9 days before husband shot her, triplet daughters in murder-suicide

A U.S. Air Force veteran who shot his wife and 12-year-old triplet daughters before killing himself Saturday afternoon at the family’s Alabama home did so just nine days after his wife filed for divorce, according to news reports. 

Robert James “Bob” Orsi, 50, also set fire to the family’s home in the Redland community near Wetumpka, The Wetumpka Herald reported. One of the triplets perished inside the home, while the other two girls were able to get out despite suffering multiple gunshot wounds. 

Both of those daughters are in stable condition and are expected to survive, the Herald reported. One girl may require further surgery. 

Their mother, Charlene Ann “Charley” Orsi, 44, was also killed in the shooting. Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told the Montgomery Advertiser that Charley Orsi had apparently just arrived at the house to pick up the children. 

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One of the children had texted her to say that their father had calmed down and she could come to pick them up, the sheriff told the Advertiser. It was not clear why he was upset that day, but his wife was seeking custody of the couple’s four children in the divorce. 

Franklin said in a news release that the investigation indicated Bob Orsi may have been abusing drugs, which was part of the reason for the marriage’s breakup. 

Charley Orsi, also an Air Force veteran, was a third-grade teacher at Redland Elementary School. According to her biography on the school’s website, she and her husband were married in 1994. 

The biography identified the couple’s triplet daughters as Cadence, Katherine and Patricia Orsi. Family members on social media identified the triplet who was killed as Cadence. 

The triplets have a 13-year-old sister, Adrianna, who was able to escape the shooting unharmed. 

Franklin told the Advertiser that the older daughter escaped after witnessing her mother’s killing near the garage of the house.

“The 13-year-old saw her mother get shot and fled to a neighbor’s home,” Franklin told the newspaper. “Mr. Orsi then placed the triplets in the house, on the floor, and shot them multiple times.”

He then went through the house with a container of gasoline and poured the fuel throughout before setting it ablaze, the sheriff said. Katherine and Patricia Orsi were able to stumble from the house as their father doused the home. 

Orsi’s body, as well as that of Cadence, was found once firefighters extinguished the fire. 

“We found Mr. Orsi’s body in the rear of the home,” Franklin told the Advertiser. “There was a large-caliber handgun beside his body. We feel he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but we have to wait for forensics to tell us exact cause of death for all three victims.”

Franklin told WSFA 12 News in Montgomery that neighbors reported hearing multiple explosions during the fire. The sheriff said it was possible that Orsi, who was a “military guy,” had ammunition or other explosives in the house. According to Charley Orsi’s biography, he retired in 2014 after 29 years of service. 

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A 2009 feature by the Air University Public Affairs Office at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery indicated that Bob Orsi, then a senior master sergeant, served at the time as an instructor at the Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy. 

A deputy who responded to a 911 call around 5 p.m. Saturday found the house engulfed in flames, Franklin said in a news release. When he found Charley Orsi’s body, he thought there might still be an active shooter situation inside. 

“He ran inside the burning home, but could not locate anyone,” Franklin told the Advertiser. “He had to run back outside because of the fire.”

Charley Orsi’s parents and brother, who had recently decided to move to Alabama from New York, arrived at the home as deputies and firefighters worked the crime scene, Franklin said. 

“They had bought property in a nearby community and were moving down here to be closer to the children,” Franklin said. “They show up when all this is going on. So, you can imagine what they are going through.”

Charley Orsi’s mother, Veronica Aurelio, over the past year posted a series of photos on Facebook honoring family members who had served in the military. The images included pictures of both her daughter and her son-in-law in uniform when they were younger. 

Charley Orsi’s sister, Sarah Jane Ralston, wrote on Facebook about the immense outpouring of love and support the family has gotten from friends of her sister and nieces. 

“Despite the struggle my surviving nieces must now face, I know Charley and Cadence are watching over them with pride at how courageously they are handling their horrific situation,” Ralston wrote. “My sister certainly raised her girls to be motivated and strong. While they will never stand alone, they will always be able to stand on their own two feet, heads held high, accomplishing their dreams.”

Charley Orsi’s own Facebook page was full of photos of her daughters, including images from the time they were infants to the present day. 

Two photos she posted a week before the shooting included one of her daughters seated on a rock in Central Park. 

When a friend asked if they’d had a good time, Orsi wrote back that they did.

“We took NY by storm!” she wrote

Those final photos were posted two days after Charley Orsi filed for divorce, according to the Herald. Court records show that, along with sole custody of the children, she also requested child support, alimony and an equal division of the couple’s assets. 

Five days before the slayings, Robert Orsi’s lawyer filed a response in which his client denied his wife’s contention that the couple had “such a complete incompatibility of temperament” that they could “no longer live together as husband and wife,” the Herald reported. He also denied that the marriage was broken beyond repair.  

Many in the Redland community, which is about five miles southeast of Wetumpka, are pulling together to support the surviving Orsi sisters, who have lost both their mother and their father. Redland Elementary planned to have counselors on campus, despite summer vacation, Monday and Tuesday for anyone in the community trying to process the tragedy. 

Redland Hills Church also planned to open its doors Monday evening for classmates of the Orsi girls and students of Charley Orsi to gather. 

The school’s Parent-Teacher Organization is also accepting donations, gift cards and clothing for the surviving children. Bracelets emblazoned with #redlandstrong are also being sold to raise money for the girls. 

A GoFundMe page set up for the siblings raised more than double its $10,000 goal in just one day. 

Alabama man accused of trying to pull gun at pulpit of estranged wife’s church

An Alabama man has been charged with making a terrorist threat after he attempted to pull a gun Sunday as he spoke at a church pulpit, a sheriff’s spokesman said. 

Thomas Zebulun Lewter, 34, of Athens, went up to the pulpit during Sunday morning services at O’Neal Church of Christ in Athens and began talking about his pending divorce, The News Courier reported

Lewter specifically called out his wife and father-in-law, who sat among the congregants, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young told the Athens newspaper. 

“His actions made congregants uneasy, and many of them left the sanctuary while he was speaking,” Young said. “Other congregants approached the pulpit and tried to convince Lewter to stop talking and sit down, but he refused and attempted to grab a handgun he had on his person.”

The congregants who had approached Lewter tackled him as he tried to get the gun out of its holster, The News Courier reported. A retired Limestone County deputy at the service assisted, handcuffing and restraining Lewter until deputies could get to the church.

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Lewter was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital for evaluation before booking him into the county jail, WHNT News 19 in Huntsville reported. Jail records showed Monday morning that no bond had been set. 

AL.com reported that Lewter’s wife filed for divorce on June 19, citing incompatible temperaments and Lewter’s alleged abuse of alcohol. She is seeking full custody of the couple’s two young children. 

5-year-old struck, killed by Jimmy John’s delivery driver while riding bike, police say

A Michigan couple is preparing to bury their 5-year-old son after the boy was struck and killed by a Jimmy John’s delivery driver Friday evening, a news report said.

Blake Allan Huffman, of Wayland, was riding his bike in front of his family’s home around 7:30 p.m. when he was struck by a driver delivering an order, according to WWMT in Kalamazoo. Wayland is just over 20 miles south of Grand Rapids in western Michigan. 

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Investigators believe the boy rode his bike from the driveway into the road -- and into the path of the 33-year-old female driver, the news station reported

Responding police officers attempted CPR on Blake, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. He was killed in front of his father, Jacob Huffman, and his two young sisters.

“It’s tough when it’s an adult, but it’s even harder when it’s a child,” Wayland police Chief Steve Harper told WWMT. “The neighborhood suffers and the people that know him. It’s not just the family, it’s the rest of the community. Our hearts and prayers go out for them as they have to deal with this tragedy.”

The boy’s grandmother, Bonnie Smith, wrote a negative review of Jimmy John’s on Yelp, where she castigated the company for it’s slogan, “Freaky Fast Delivery.”

“That is quite a slogan,” Smith wrote. “Jimmy John's very own 33-year-old female delivery driver was driving so ‘freakishly fast’ in a rural housing community, where the posted speed limit is 15 mph, that she didn't see Blake riding his bike. My 5-year-old grandson was hit by the delivery driver and died on scene with his sister and daddy there with him. 

“Your sub getting to your door step in 30 minutes or less is not worth my grandson's life.”

It was unclear Monday if the driver saw Blake on his bicycle or the speed at which she was driving at the time of the collision. Harper told WWMT on Saturday that it was too early in the investigation to say whether criminal charges would be filed.

J.P. Walters, the owner of the Wayland Jimmy John’s franchise, said in a statement that the accident was “a terrible tragedy for everyone involved.”

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of the victim,” Walters said. “We are fully cooperating with the police as they investigate the incident.”

Smith established a GoFundMe page to help her son and daughter-in-law pay for Blake’s funeral. 

“Thank you to everyone who has donated,” she wrote on Facebook. “This will help tremendously, since they have no life insurance for Blake. I upped the amount so that he could possibly get a headstone.”

As of Monday morning, the page had raised just over $7,200 of the $15,000 goal. 

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