Anitra Hicks Charged with Murder of Infant

Anitra Hicks

Anitra Hicks, 18, has been charged with the murder of her infant son.

She is currently under house arrest while she awaits trial.  She is allowed to attend school and see her lawyer.  I would like to hear your thoughts on this.  Personally, I am a big fan of house arrest for people who are not flight risks.  It saves the state money and helps to not stigmatize the offender before he or she is proven guilty.

Anyway, it appears that Hicks gave birth in her bathroom and then threw the baby into the trash.  A trash collector was the one who found the boy and reported it to the police.  What is very strange to me is that she is described as a “slight” girl, but even her pastor said she never appeared to be pregnant.  I do not understand how this could be.  It is so sad that she did not think she could talk to anyone about it, did not think she had any other options, and was so close to graduating high school.

Another example, folks!  Teach your children about Safe Haven!

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Justice Served for Brelynn Nobles

Brelynn Nobles

For those of you who have followed the Brelynn Nobles case, justice has now been served.

Donald Ray Sparks Jr. was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the death of the 2-year-old.  The article is pretty short, but there are some horrific facts about the case mentioned in the article, so read with caution.  It only took the jury an hour to convict Sparks.  He maintained throughout that the child died due to a blow on the head when slipping in the bathtub, though the cause of death was determined to be trauma to her abdomen.  So sad.

The man who committed this terrible crime was just the baby-sitter in this case, but if you ever find yourself unable to properly care for your children, please contact a Safe Haven immediately.

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Mother Charged for Drug Abuse During Pregnancy

This is a very short article, but it brings up a point I do not believe we have talked about here at One By One.

A mother Antoinette Franklin Newsome, 33, has been arrested for the murder of her newborn baby.  This is not the typical story we see involving a desperate mother or a dumpster, though.  The baby died because of respiratory impairment due to the mother’s drug use while pregnant.  He also had drugs in his system when he died just a few hours after birth.

Safe Haven laws would have been a big help in this particular situation, but if anyone was unaware, there are also a lot of free services that can help you if you have a drug problem.  Especially if you are a pregnant woman, please seek help.  Not only are you jeopardizing your health and the health of your child, you could end up like Newsome and possibly go to prison for life.  Think about it.

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Baby Boy Found Dead Along Highway

I wish I had more information on this one for you.

A baby boy was found dead along a highway in Redding, California.  The 11-month-old, Sabastian, was supposedly last seen with the mother’s ex-boyfriend.  The ex, Christopher McDonald, 23, has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and murder, though the results of the autopsy are not in yet.  It is possible that the infant died of natural causes.

There appears to be no motive for the murder and the mother’s perspective on the incident seems suspicious.

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Girl Found in Parking Lot, Parents Killed

A little girl was found in car in a shopping center in San Jose after police responded to reports of gunshots.  Her mother and father were found dead at the scene.  Police believe the two were killed by murder-suicide.  The little girl is fine physically.  No names were included in the article so that the family could be notified by police and the little girl could be placed.

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Man Charged in Death of 4-year-old

Malisa Delasancha, 4

Yet another victim of child abuse for you today.  This time it was 4-year-old  Malisa Delasancha.  The mother’s boyfriend Travis Gauldin, 21, has been charged with murder in the case.  He called police to report that she had fallen down the stairs.  Unfortunately, she died in the hospital from her injuries two days later.

There were not many details about her injuries included in the article, but I am sure more details will come to light before and after Gauldin’s trial.

Read what her mother had to say here.

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Milton Galarza-Rojas Dies from Overdose

Oscar Rivera

This article is really short, but I thought the little boy still deserved mentioning.  A 9-month-old baby was rushed to the hospital having difficulty breathing and he later died.  Doctors found heroin and cocaine in his little body.

Oscar Rivera, 34, has been arrested and will face a murder charge among other counts.

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Sharon Worthy Sentenced

Curtis Copeland and Sharon Worthy

Sharon Worthy, 22 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the death of her 3-year-old son.  It was actually her boyfriend who killed the boy (Curtis Copeland, 28, was given life in prison), but there appear to have been several points in this story at which Worthy could have saved her son by either taking him away from Copeland or calling the police.

Among other injuries, the little boy Jesse suffered a broken pelvis, broken vertebra, and a head injury.

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Marchella Brett Pierce Starved to Death

Marchella Brett Pierce

I typically read so many articles about crimes against children that it takes a lot to really disturb me when I’m doing research for One By One.  I sort of expect to be sad and can prepare for what I will read.

This article really got to me though.  A little girl was starved to death.  I really cannot even write about this one, folks.  I do recommend you read the article.  If nothing else, at least getting her story out gives little Marchella a little bit of justice.

PLEASE seek help if you are having trouble caring for your children.  There IS assistance out there.

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Trial of Linda Wilborn Begins, Charged with Murder of One Twin

Linda Wilborn

The trial of Linda Wilborn, 33, began just a few days ago.  If you do no remember, she was the mom who is being charged with murder and child abuse.

One 22-month-old twin died from a ruptured heart.  Doctors found old and new rib fractures on the little girl.  The other twin, a little boy, survived despite having a skull fracture.  Wilborn has other children that were put in protective custody pending the outcome of her trial.  She has plead not guilty to the charges.

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