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Jason Rios Used Crowbar To Kill His Mother And Niece, Tried Killing Himself With A Drill February 18, 2015

Jason Rios, a paranoid schizophrenic, used a crowbar to beat his family, killing his disabled mother and 9-year-old niece.

Jason-RiosErnesto and Angela Rios were trying to keep their four grandchildren together after they’d been removed from their mother for substance abuse and placed in foster homes.

To makes matters even more difficult, Angela was wheelchair bound after losing her legs to diabetes. Also living in the home was their son, Rios, who family say suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

On the morning of Feb 5, Ernesto woke his four grandchildren, Jenica Randazzo, 9; La’nyla Heater, 7; Chancellor Rios, 4; and Dominic Putnam, 13, for to school and hopped in the shower.

Soon after he entered the bathroom, Ernesto heard screaming. He rushed into his granddaughter’s room only to find La’nyla bloodied with severe head injuries and Jason on top of her with a crowbar. Ernesto was able to take the weapon from his son then forced him outside of the house.

The two boys, who were uninjured, fled down the street to the home of a retired police officer who went to assist the family, while his wife stayed with the children and called 911.

Jason unsuccessfully tried getting back inside the house before barricading himself inside a neighboring, unoccupied home. SWAT was called in and a crisis negotiator attempted to contact Jason but was unsuccessful. Fearing he was armed, SWAT used a BearCat to break through a wall and deployed a flash-bang before entering the house.

Jason was apprehended and led to an armored vehicle where he collapsed and knocked himself unconscious. Police would then notice wounds to Jason’s neck, head and torso which were later found to be caused by a drill bit and an auger. He was taken to the hospital to treat these self inflicted injuries.

Inside the Rios home, responders would find Angela Rios dead. La’nyla Heater was transported to a local hospital but would later die from her injuries. Her sister Jenica Randazzo was also taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Jason is currently held in Land-O-Lakes jail, charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Brian Bostick, executive director of Eckerd Community Alternatives, said that “there were no indications that could have predicted this tragic outcome” and that caseworkers never knew Jason displayed erratic behavior, or may have drug abuse or diagnosed mental illness issues.

Bostick also stated that Rios passed a criminal background check and that there were “positive reports” of Jason bonding with the children.

 

Mother dies after being shot, stabbed by husband in front of their children February 13, 2015

A woman who was brutally attacked by her husband in front of their children early Thursday morning died overnight, according to Hillsborough County sheriff’s officials.

Keith-DukesMichelle Dukes, 34, was airlifted in critical condition to Tampa General Hospital from her street in Riverview on Thursday morning after her husband, Keith Dukes, 48, allegedly slit her throat and shot her multiple times in the upper body, the sheriff’s office said. He now faces a charge of second-degree murder.

After the incident Thursday morning, Hillsborough deputies found Keith Dukes near the family’s home, standing in the Alafia River. He told them he did it because his wife tried to take their daughters away.

“My life is over,” Keith Dukes told deputies as they apprehended him, according to a probable cause affidavit. “I wish you could have just killed me. Just take me to jail.” According to the affidavit, he had been separated from his wife for about a year.

The couple’s daughters, ages 7, 13 and 14, were waiting in the car for a ride to school when the violence broke out. Keith Dukes first stabbed or cut his wife in the throat inside their home at 8818 Van Fleet Road, a quiet suburban street with no sidewalks and ranch homes. She ran from the house screaming for help and her daughters, who saw her from the car, ran with her, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said at a news conference Thursday morning.

A passing Waste Management truck driver saw the family running toward him, begging for help, so he called 911. Michelle Dukes was covered in blood.

“I saw a cut going from one side of her neck to the other,” the driver, Jason Alvarez, said.

A neighbor who had come outside after he heard commotion gave the dispatcher the address. In the meantime, the family took refuge in another neighbor’s home.

A short time later, Alvarez heard a gunshot. Keith Dukes had broken into the neighbor’s home where his wife and children were hiding. He fired three shots, according to the affidavit, before a witness wrestled the gun from him.

The children were uninjured, Gee said, but surely traumatized. They were staying with a family member Thursday night.

 

Couple Accused Of Killing Family Dog, Burglarizing Home To Cover Their Tracks February 2, 2015

A Dunedin couple was arrested after an investigation revealed that they allegedly killed their family’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies arrested Daniel E. Adams, 34, and Lauren M. Curran, 28, on Wednesday after telling law enforcement officials that they, with their child, drove to Daniel Adams’ parents’ Tarpon Springs home to kill the dog.

After killing the 4-year-old Labrador Retriever, Daisy, Daniel Adams told deputies they stole his parents’ iPad to make his parents and police think someone else had committed the crime.

“Adams and Curran both confirmed Curran killed the dog with an intravenous needle filled with an unknown medication,” deputies said in a statement.

Adams and Curran were charged with burglary, cruelty to animals and child abuse.

 

Woman Drowned Puppy In Airport Toilet After Not Being Allowed To Board Plane With Animal January 27, 2015

After Nebraska airport workers refused to allow her to board a plane with a three-week-old puppy, a woman allegedly went into a nearby bathroom and drowned the animal in a toilet bowl, police allege.

cynthiaandersonCynthia Anderson, a 56-year-old Florida resident, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island. Anderson, seen at right, was charged with animal cruelty.

According to cops, Anderson first tried to board a plane Thursday with three uncaged puppies, but was turned away by airport personnel. After her parents took two of the dogs, Anderson returned to the airport Friday with the remaining puppy (which she sought to conceal in a carry-on bag).

After she was again denied boarding, Anderson allegedly killed the Doberman puppy. A cop summoned to the airport reported, “On my arrival I learned a 3 week old puppy had been drowned in the toilet after a woman tried 3 times to get it on the plane.”

Anderson was arrested after police interviewed her and “numerous witnesses,” including a woman who discovered the dead dog.

Police reported that, “The puppy was taken to the Humane Society and autopsied. It was found to have water in one of its lungs.”

Anderson remains locked up in the Hall County jail on the felony count.

 

Kathleen Densmore Charged After Her Elderly Uncle Found Dead Weighing Only 50 Pounds January 26, 2015

A St. Petersburg woman who found her elderly uncle dead Friday is accused of feeding him baby food for a year as he wasted away to about 50 pounds.
Kathleen-DensmoreKathleen Densmore, 48, also failed to take her uncle to the doctor for five years and didn’t bathe him for the last two months of his life because his skin would fall off when touched, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
She was charged with one count of elderly abuse and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
Densmore called police about 12:45 p.m. when she found her uncle, Robert Densmore, 85, unresponsive in the home they shared at 4243 Dartmouth Ave. N., police said. Officers found him in bed “extremely emaciated,” a police statement said, and suffering from bed sores.
She told the police they lived together for several years and she was his sole caregiver and legal guardian.
She said her uncle had dementia, but she hadn’t sought medical attention for him, the statement says. He hadn’t been able to move on his own for the past year.
Additional charges may be filed after an autopsy.
 

Sisters, 15 and 11, Accused Of Murdering Their 16-Year-Old Brother January 8, 2015

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A 15-year-old girl who fatally shot her 16-year-old brother suffered years of abuse, including being locked in a room for weeks at a time with only a blanket and a bucket to use the bathroom, according to police reports and interviews.

6379502_GThe shooting at a small white house off a dirt road in rural north Florida happened Monday while the children’s parents were away for work. The father, a truck driver, and his wife, who often goes with him, left the 16-year-old boy to watch over the 15-year-old, her 11-year-old sister and their 3-year-old sister, police said. The parents left Sunday and were due back Tuesday.

Sometime Monday, the 15-year-old girl was locked in her room by her brother, police said. After the boy fell asleep, she talked her 11-year-old sister into unlocking her door.

The older girl then went outside and used a knife to remove an air conditioner from her parents’ bedroom window. She climbed in while her 11-year-old sister kept watch and grabbed a handgun, police said.

The girl went back inside the house, telling her young sisters to get in the closet, she told police. She turned her head and fired at her sleeping brother in the living room, and he screamed “Help! Help!”

She buried her head in a pillow for a while and upon returning to the living room, the girl found her 3-year-old sister trying to wake her dead brother, according to the police report.

She fled with her 11-year-old sister, leaving the 3-year-old behind, police said.

“It’s hard for us to get our arms around this act,” Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said. “This is the stuff nightmares are made of.”

Police caught up with the girls after a friend of theirs received a “weird phone call” from the 11-year-old girl, saying she had run away and needed someone to pick her up from a Dollar General, according to a police report. When the woman arrived, she found the older sister there, too.

The older girl said something might have been wrong with another sibling at home. As she spoke, she applied makeup and “would not maintain eye contact and appeared emotionless,” officers wrote in a police report.

She soon started crying and told the officers that her brother had beaten her and that she had shot him.

When officers arrived at the home, the 3-year-old said: “he’s dead.” The brother’s body was lying near the fireplace, under a blanket with his head on a pillow.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

The girls’ mother told police that they often locked the 15-year-old girl up when she misbehaved. The longest they kept her locked in her room was 20 consecutive days, the father told police.

In the girl’s room, police found only a blanket and a bucket filled with urine in the closet.

“It was learned that (the 15-year-old girl) has made past attempts at ending her life but neither law enforcement nor (emergency management services) was notified,” police wrote in their report.

The girls are in being held in juvenile detention on suspicion of murder, and a prosecutor is trying to decide whether they will be charged as adults. Their parents face charges of child neglect and failing to supervise.

The 3-year-old is in the custody of child welfare officials.

Police documents released Wednesday said the girl’s uncle was convicted of molesting her in 2010. They also say the children’s mother discovered the siblings having sex in 2011. Authorities and child welfare officials investigated, but no one was charged.

 

Maxwell Grablin, 12, Killed In Home Elevator Shaft While Looking For Pet Hamster January 6, 2015

Filed under: Bad Luck,Death,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:54 pm

The 12-year-old son of a Bradenton orthopedic surgeon was killed in his home elevator shaft Saturday while looking for his pet hamster, authorities said.

Maxwell Grablin had gone into the shaft in the home on the 1110 block of Palma Sola Boulevard around to search for the pet. He suffered fatal injuries when the elevator lowered from above, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Paramedics and fire rescue personnel pronounced the child dead at the scene, and deputies responded at 11:24 a.m.

Maxwell’s father, Dr. Patrick Grablin, was home at the time of the accident, authorities said.

Patrick Grablin operates Grablin Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at 530 5th Street E and has been in practice in Bradenton since 1997. According to the practice’s website, Dr. Grablin also trains and mentors students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton.

 

 
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