I was almost going to pass on this story because I can’t stomach a lot of the stories sent to me however in this tragedy comes wisdom.
27-year-old Christopher Storbakken of Indianapolis has been charged with murder in the death of his one-year-old daughter Fowler Harper. Storbakken at first claimed he dropped her while removing her from the crib but the autopsy showed that Fowler died from blunt force trauma and had injuries to her stomach, leg, arm and hand. It’s alleged that Storbakken struck his daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying. Unfortunately these types of deaths have become all too familiar to us.
However a family member has some great advice, which may be considered common sense to some but not by all, about what the constant crying may mean…
“I was one of them,” Rehme said. “I had a child that it took months for me to realize she was allergic to dairy, so I had to deal with that. The thing is, take a break; ask for help.”
The crying is not your fault and there is no weakness in asking someone for help.
Thanks to AJ for the tip.
Sex offender jailed over online chat attempt with his victim:
This may be a worst case scenario but this is why you don’t leave your wi-fi unprotected.
26-year-old Shawn Piercefield of Indianapolis is a registered sex offender. He’s on probation for felony charges of soliciting a child for sex. As part of his probation he’s not supposed to be on the internet. Then again how many RSOs actually follow their probation guidelines?
During a routine check of his house officers found a cell phone that Piercefield was allegedly using in order to try to contact his victim over the mobile messaging app Kik. With Kik you need an internet connection, either you cell phone’s data connection or wi-fi. Piercefield was said to be using his neighbors wi-fi to try to get to his victim.
By the way that’s a probation violation and back to jail he goes. Maybe if they kept creepers like this in jail in the first place instead of giving them suspended sentences we wouldn’t have as many of these incidents.
Friends: National Guard vet, 32, fatally shot trying to buy iPad off Craigslist:
Lizton Guardsman slain buying iPad, police say:
Tryon and Tyshaune Kincade
Yes, I know. You want to read about the craigslist thrill kill that recently took place in Pennsylvania. Don’t worry, I’ll get to that. However there are other craigslist killings that haven’t made the national news that are just as equally disheartening and disturbing.
This past week 32-year-old James Vester of Lizton, Indiana, was shot and killed when trying to purchase what he believed to be an iPad through craigslist. Instead he was allegedly shot and killed by Indianapolis brothers Tryon Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18. Robbery is said to be the motive.
Vester was no rube. He was an Indiana Guardsman who had toured Iraq and probably knew how to take care of himself. He even went to meet the ‘sellers’ in the light of day. Unfortunately even the best soldiers aren’t bulletproof. Tragically he leaves behind a wife and a 1-year-old son. All because two scumbag brothers were too lazy to make an honest living. Yet a man who probably just wanted to get someone a nice Christmas present for his family is now dead over probably just a few hundred bucks.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you know, or how innocent your intentions are. If you do any kind of business on craigslist you are taking your life in your hands.
UPDATE 12/12/2013: Police believe that the Kincades are involved in several other craigslist robberies.
Also the brothers have pleaded not guilty.
The widow of James Vester released a statement in which she said…
I am so happy his story has went viral worldwide so maybe people will think twice about trying to run a scam/robbery/murder through Craigslist or any other site. I want to focus on all of the good Jim brought to this world and not focus on the people who did this to him.
My apologies Mrs. Vester. While I’m sure your husband was a good man the world occasionally needs to be reminded that evil lurks within it.
Dominique Clanton, 18, charged with murder, robbery in iPhone Craigslist killing:
Second arrest made in Craigslist, iPhone murder case:
On December 17th 31-year-old Nishant Patel of Indianapolis was shot and killed after trying to sell his iPhone on craigslist. Police say that Bryant “BeDo” Dowdy was the triggerman and that 18-year-old Dominique Clanton has also been charged with Mr. Patel’s murder.
Apparently there is no honor among thieves because police say that Dowdy not only shot and killed Patel but shot both Dominique Clanton and Eric Clanton in order to eliminate all the witnesses. Eric Clanton did not survive his injuries.
Two people dead over a trendy piece of plastic. Such a waste. However it does show once again just how dangerous doing any kind of business on craigslist still is. It’s not the online hippy commune of peace, love and sharing that it once was. It’s now an online directory of potential victims.
Police: Man left son in semi while visiting a strip club:
39-year-old Donald Crawford of Indianapolis was arrested last week for leaving his 5-year-old son in the cab of his semi while he went and drank at a strip club. Not only was he already allegedly drunk when he got to the club but he also refused to pay for $80 in lap dances and only had one drink. Ladies and gentleman this is only one of the many species of douchebag. The cheapskate at the strip club.
Anyway, after he was thrown out of the club he couldn’t find his truck and called 911 to report it missing. The 911 call is transcribed in the article but the fact that the told the dispatcher that “He was in the vehicle when it was tooken.” Even here in the south that’s not close to proper grammar.
And it gets better. When police finally found Crawford and the truck the truck was unlocked with the keys in the ignition. Luckily his son was unharmed and watching cartoons.
But wait…there’s more. The article says that Crawford was released into the custody of his wife. Does that mean that she bailed him out? Ladies, would you have bailed out your man if he did something like that.
When I was single I went to a lot of strip clubs. After I got married and inherited some new kids I went once and was embarrassed when I came home and my kids said I smelled funny. It was probably the combination of beer and stripper perfume that made me that way.
Thanks to Sara for the tip.
Mothers Arrested After Children Found In Filthy Home:
In our first story 25-year-old Tiffney Johnson and 28-year-old Jamie Presley (not the one from My Name Is Earl) were arrested on charges of felony neglect.
Police were investigating an extension cord that ran from a neighbor’s garage to their house. When police disconnected the cord no one came to the door because neither birth organism was home at the time. However four children were, ages 14, 7, 5 and 7 months.
The kids had lice in their hair, roaches were everywhere, dog feces were on the floor, maggots were found, there was little food and of course there was no electricity. The pair were out for 5 hours having a ‘girl’s night out’.
The kids were removed and placed with child welfare.
3 Children Removed From Filthy Home:
In our second story 45-year-old…hold on…(looks at mugshot) 45? Really? I hope I don;t look that crappy in 5 years. Then again I gave up meth for Lent.
Anyway, 45-year-old Susan Hensley was arrested on neglect charges for having two of her own kids and another kid who was visiting in a home infested with rats and roaches.
Hensley’s kids were 15 and 6 with an 11-year-old friend spending the night. That kid is going to have rat nightmares considering police said they saw a foot long rat in the residence while they were investigating.
The basement was said to have had six inches of sewage. And the house of course had the pre-required animal feces.
Is there some kind of filthy home handbook that these people subscribe too?
Thanks to Bridget for the tip.
Police: Couple Smoked Pot With Baby In Car:
In Indianapolis 27-year-old Marshall Chatman and 25-year-old Constance Payne decided to hit the drive through at Arby’s with their 1-year-old in the car. Nothing too suspicious there except that the drive through clerk noticed the distinct smell of weed coming from the car.
Here’s an interesting fact that a police officer told me once. Nothing else in the world smells like marijuana.
Anyway the clerk stalled them telling them to wait for theiir order while police were on their way.
When arrested the pair told police that Chatman had been smoking a ‘cigar’. *cough*blunt*cough*
A loaded handgun was also allegedly found in the car.
And who says weed doesn’t make you stupid. Or are people already stupid because they smoke weed? I guess that’s the chicken and the egg question.
Parents Arrested After Girl’s Burns Went Untreated:
Before you do anything click the link and check the mugshots of these two. This is why inbreeding is illegal.
Anyway the lovely couple of Sharon Wessel, 35, and Fredrick Wessel, 48, were living in their unheated home with their kids. Like most trailer trash they decided to heat the residence with a propane heater.
Not surprisingly one of the typical things happened when you combine rednecks and propane heaters. Their 11-year-old daughter’s pajama’s caught on fire while she was still in them. She received 2nd and 3rd degree burns over most of the lower half of her body, and it gets worse.
Rather than take their daughter to a hospital they treated the 2nd and 3rd degree burns with moisturizer. I bet it had aloe in it so they must have thought it was ok.
It took a neighbor that heard the girl’s screams to call 911. The girl is still in danger of losing her legs.
To make matters even worse Throaty Joe served 5 years in jail for child molestation.
Thanks to Bridget, LadyJade, and Unionjack for the tip.