A Dallas jury has sentenced a 38-year-old man to 99 years in prison for starving three children locked in a hotel bathroom.
Alfred Santiago was convicted of injury to a child and continuous sexual abuse, the Associated Press reported.
The three children were emaciated when discovered last summer with ribs and spines showing through flaky skin, the AP reported. The oldest, an 11-year-old girl, told authorities that she had been sexually assaulted repeatedly, the AP reported.
A Fresno, Calif., mother stabbed her toddler son up to 20 times Monday and, amazingly, the son has survived, police said.
Police responded to the woman's apartment Tuesday afternoon after a neighbor said she saw the 3-year-old boy with stab wounds outside the apartment, the Associated Press reported. Screaming, the boy's mother told paramedics to stay away from the boy, the AP reported, and she had to be held back by police officers.
The boy, who had stab wounds all over his body, was taken to a hospital where he remains in critical condition, the AP reported. -- Lance Murray
A former teacher at a middle school in the Socorro school district near El Paso has been charged with injury to a child after a parent reported that the teacher had slammed a special-needs student's head onto a desk.
The 53-year-old man has resigned from the district and was arrested Monday by school district police, the El Paso Times reported.
The incident took place on April 2 during an afternoon class and the investigation began April 14, according to a complaint affidavit obtained by the Times from police.
The Times reported that according to the document, the teacher became upset that the boy was talking and would not let the other kids hear a video. The teacher asked the student several times to be quiet and to put his hands on the desk or "he was going to do it for him," the Times reported.
"The victim did not listen and (the teacher) stood up, walked towards the victim and grabbed him by the back of his neck. (The teacher) in an aggressive manner and with force slammed the victims (sic) head on the student's desk," the affidavit stated.
Parents starving their children is an inconceivable idea for many people.
But there's news out of Houston that a woman there has been charged with injury to a child for allegedly starving her 8-year-old daughter to death. The girl weighed only 15 pounds when she died in January 2009, according to reports.
The Houston Chronicle reports that a 28-year-old mother has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for cutting off her infant son's genitals.
She had claimed that the family's dachshund dog had done it while she slept. The courtroom was an emotional scene during witness impact statement, the paper reported, with angry family members shouting at the woman.