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These images provided by the Napa Police department shows Ryan Scott Warner, who was detained at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station along with Sara Krueger Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 in the city of El Cerrito, Calif. The couple was wanted for questioning in the death of Krueger’s 3-year-old daughter. Napa Police Department/AP Photo
Father found guilty of starving daughter, 16, down to 68lbs ‘while stepmother beat her and brother sexually assaulted her during six years she was imprisoned in the basement’
to get donations and even let the four-year-old believe she had the disease’
A mother who allegedly faked her daughter’s cancer so she could get thousands of dollars in donations, even convincing the four-year-old she had the disease, has been arrested, it emerged today.
Abreail Denise Winkler, 30, from Vernal, Utah, convinced everyone in her local community her child was battling leukemia and allegedly accepted more than $3,000 in donations.
Vernal police officials said they contacted the Division of Child and Family Services about medical records regarding the child, and none of them suggested she had cancer.
Vernal police detective Shaun Smith said on Wednesday: ‘We contacted the Division of Child and Family Services. They were able to provide us with medical records and such, and nothing suggests that cancer was ever an issue.
‘Some of the victims [who donated money] that have come forward have had children with cancer, and those individuals are obviously the most impacted.
‘We interviewed the child, and up until a couple of days prior to us interviewing her, she still at that point believed that she had cancer.
‘At this point, she knows that she does not and appears to be coping with it well.’
There was no evidence to suggest that Winkler did anything to her child to make her sick but a number of people in the community told the Deseret News she looked sick in recent weeks and was even losing clumps of hair.
Deranged mother shoots toddler dead on Florida golf course before turning gun on self
Jenna Porter, 22, shot her 3-year-old daughter Scarlett dead before committing suicide: police
Jenna Porter, 22, gunned down three-year-old Scarlett and then committed suicide at Hilaman Golf Course, near Tallahassee.
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:29 AM
A Florida mom shot her baby daughter dead near a public golf course before turning the handgun on herself, police reported.
Jenna Porter, 22, gunned down three-year-old Scarlett and then committed suicide at Hilaman Golf Course, near Tallahassee, Tuesday evening.
Their bodies were discovered by golfers who heard the gunfire. They called 911 and waited until deputies arrived.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office said the mom and daughter lived in the nearby Whispering Woods Apartment Complex.
The tragic news has left the usually quiet neighborhood in shock.
Ray Parsons told CBS News, “It made me feel sad because she is lying on the ground and there’s nothing she could do for herself … and that’s kind of shocking.”
Randria Walker, who also lives close by added, “I was in shock because it’s so quiet out here.”
Preliminary autopsy results indicate the pair each died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Complaint: New Mexico boy offered to stay with girl who was locked in wooden cage; mom said no
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The son of a New Mexico woman accused of locking an 8-year-old girl with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage said he offered to stay with the girl while the rest of the household went out to a movie, authorities said.
The boy said he was uncomfortable with leaving the girl alone because she was asleep, but the woman — Cindy Patriarchias — said the girl would be “fine because they weren’t going to be out long,” according to a criminal complaint.
Patriarchias and her boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, left the girl in the cage while they took her three children to an elementary school Friday to watch the movie, Las Cruces police said.
Patriarchias’ estranged husband called police when he arrived at the school and learned that the 8-year-old was still at the mobile home.
Officers later discovered a large homemade wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom with the girl inside. The cage had two latches on the door, a baby crib’s mattress inside and was about 2 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet tall, police said.
Another child told police that the girl was usually placed in the cage when she misbehaved, the complaint said.
Patriarchias had been trying to adopt the girl but hadn’t been able to reach the girl’s birth mother to get her consent, police have said. The girl suffers from microcephaly — a condition that leaves people with an abnormally small head.
John Patriarchias, the estranged husband, told police that the cage was built to keep the girl from getting out of her bed at night and to prevent her from getting into cleaning supplies.
Cindy Patriarchias, 33, has been charged with negligently causing child abuse. Gonzales, 37, was charged with negligently permitting child abuse. Dona County Magistrate Court records indicated that they appeared in court Monday but didn’t enter pleas.
A Las Cruces Public Schools spokesman told the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/X86WWM) in an email Tuesday that Patriarchias was a part-time lunch monitor and volunteer at Columbia Elementary. The spokesman added that Patriarchias “has been terminated” and is no longer allowed to volunteer at the school.
Gonzales was being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond. Authorities said Patriarchias has been released.
No attorneys are listed for Patriarchias or Gonzales.