Bad Boyfriend accused of killing two children of separate mothers

Scott Jurewicz
Scott Jurewicz

27-year-old Scott Jurewicz of Jackson, Michigan, has been charged with the murder of two children only weeks apart from each other. It was a perfect storm of red tape and bad decisions that allowed the second murder to take place.

Back in March, Jurewucz was living with the mother of Brenden Hartranft when the 18-month-old was unresponsive. He was on life support three days before finally passing. The hospital told Brenden’s mother that Brenden may have died from a spinal injury. Police believed Jurewucz was the only suspect. Prosecutors said they wouldn’t issue an arrest warrant for Brenden’s murder against Jurewucz until they had the autopsy report back. In the meantime Brenden’s mother filed all sorts of protection orders against Jurewucz but he allegedly ignored them continually.

While prosecutors were waiting for the autopsy report Jurewucz moved in with another woman. According to court documents the woman was allegedly warned that she may not want to leave her children alone with him. She is said to have replied that she trusts him with her children and that she believed Jurewucz was being set-up. Then in late May, that woman’s 21-month-old son, Jesse Pepper Jr., was also dead. A day after Jesse’s death prosecutors received the autopsy report for Brenden that he died from blunt force trauma and arrested Jurewucz for his murder.

Unfortunately CPS could not remove the children from the second woman’s home as Michigan law states they can only be removed with evidence of abuse.

Jurewucz has not yet been charged in Jesse’s death yet possibly because prosecutors are awaiting on the outcome for his trial for Brenden’s murder. He is facing a mandatory life sentence in that case.

My description of the stalking that Jurewucz allegedly perpetrated is not even scratching the surface to describe the horror that he is said to have put Brenden’s mother through. I urge you to read the links below to see the extent of the harassment. When someone has had a protection order filed against them, as useless as they can be, it’s usually for a good reason and they’re normally not being ‘set up’. Abusers are usually liars and manipulators as well and are not to ever be trusted.

Here are some tips on what you can do in case you’re being stalked.

Thanks to Soobs for the tip.

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UPDATE 10/26/2015: The mother of Jesse Pepper Jr. has had her parental rights terminated after allegedly not heeding several warnings about Jurewicz.

Jurewicz’s trial date is tentatively scheduled for January, 2016.

It looked like someone had stomped on the child

The Wagoners
The Wagoners

Back in the days of the Bad Breeders website (click here to find out why it’s no more) we used to post a lot of what we called ‘killer furniture’ stories. These were stories where abusive ‘parents’, or Breeders as we called them, would blame their child’s blunt force trauma injuries on things like falling out of bed or off of high chair. Others would say their child bumped their heads on coffee tables or various other child height furniture. The problem with these stories was that the children’s injuries were so massive that the bed they fell off of must have been 3 stories high or the child was running at mach 1 when they struck the table. This is going to be one of those stories and so much more.

Here’s what a forensic pathologist had to say about the death of 1-year-old Zoey Lee Wagoner of Greenfield, Indiana…

A forensic pathologist found Zoey had suffered multiple blunt force traumatic injuries before her death. She had bruises and abrasions on her face and scalp. Her lips were bruised. Blood vessels had burst in her eyes and neck. Her liver was lacerated, and her intestines and pancreas were bruised. Old breaks in both arms were still healing.

The pathologist told police it looked like someone had stomped on the child.

Zoey’s Breeders, Matthew Wagoner, 31, and Jessica Wagoner, 32, have been charged with murder in her death. Matthew Wagner allegedly told investigators that Zoey fell off a bed. Again with that type of trauma the bed must have been 50 feet high. However that’s not the worst part of story. Police allege that the Wagoners concocted a scheme to try to throw off suspicion on them because they knew the injuries would result in criminal charges. Part of it was that Mr. Wagoner took Zoey on a walk to a nearby Circle K so he could claim she was fine then. He had to pass a hospital to and from Circle K and never once thought about getting help for his daughter. Then the plan was for Mr. Wagoner to call Mrs. Wagoner at work to make it appear like an accident happened. I bet she was just happy to get time off from work but I digress. However, even this act of evil isn’t the worst part in my opinion.

You see, the Wagoners weren’t even supposed to be living together. He was under investigation for allegedly molesting her 9-year-old daughter and the daughter’s friend. The Department of Child Services had barred them from being together because of it. But hell, why should a little molestation come between such a happy couple?

After their arrest The Wagoners both said that the other had anger issues…

She told police that Matthew has a temper and had hit her before, and that she didn’t trust Matthew with Zoey.

Matthew said Jessica had a temper of her own, and that she was “very aggressive and hits the children across the face.”

He said he saw Jessica punch Zoey in the stomach so hard it made the child gasp for air.

It always astounds me that evil can find evil like this.

As I’ve said way too many times before, if you’re a child abusing scumbag you’re not smarter than medical professionals and you’re not smarter than police. They will find out what you’ve been doing so how about not beating your child instead. –

You don’t have to be an abuser. There are resources out there for you. If you are in need of help you can reach out to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

Thanks to Brigette for the tip.

UPDATE 6/6/2015: The defense for Matthew Wagoner have requested a psych eval for their client which reports say is usually the first step in seeking an insanity defense.

‘A Monster Took Him’

‘A Monster Took Him,’ Family Speaks Out About Suspect Accused Of Beating Infant To Death:

Man jailed after infant’s death:

Said monster, Steven Shaw
Said monster, Steven Shaw

41-year-old Steven Shaw of Coldwater, Michigan, is only 5 feet (1.5m) tall. His small stature hasn’t stopped him from being the worst kind of monster. In the past Shaw was accused of the rape of a 13-year-old girl and choking his own 7-year-old daughter. He escaped justice both times. He’s also been accused of abusing his ex-wife but charges were dropped. Unfortunately, growing up in an abusive household I know how that scenario plays out. Doesn’t mean the abuser isn’t guilty. This time Shaw is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 7-month-old son, Carson Burm.

Shaw allegedly beat Carson to death while the mother was at work. Shaw was also said to have been watching over the mother’s 2-year-old daughter as well. While the mother was at work Shaw is said to have shaken the baby and struck his head against a hard object. The force was enough to snap the baby’s spine.

Of course Shaw tried the usual BS when abusers try to cover their crime…

Medics found the baby on the floor, turning blue and unresponsive. Shaw told the responder he had laid the baby in its crib but moved it to the doorway when it stopped breathing.

Of course the hospital and coroner found out otherwise. Do they think that if they’re story is convincing enough that no one will check? Police also found a hole punched in the wall so take that for what you will.

CPS was said to have visited the home 3 times but did not take Carson away. My friend, who we’ll call CW, works for a state child protection agency. I asked CW why wouldn’t CPS interfere if they’ve been their 3 times. CW told me that a judge would more than likely not agree to have a child removed from a home unless there were visible marks and bruises. At the time Carson was only treated for what one doctor called an ear-infection even though they noted that there was blood in Carson’s ear.

Shaw seems like one of those guys who tries to make up for his stature by trying to be a tough guy, but like most tough guys it seems he only takes his violent rage out on victims smaller than himself. I wonder how that’s going to work out for him in jail.

In the meantime Carson’s father has set up a memorial fund on GoFundMe which can be found here. They are in need of money to help pay for Carson’s funeral. Please give if you can.

If you live in the Coldwater area there will also be a fundraiser for Carson.

Family said a fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Butler Motor Speedway, located at 1031 Clarendon Rd. 49082. The race will start at 7 p.m.

Thanks to MM for the tip.

Carson Burm
Carson Burm

Journey Ann was not in the system

Boyd and Payne
Boyd and Payne

Couple charged in beating death of 1-year-old Bartow County girl:

This is an older story but I think it still deserves attention.

I’m not usually a fan of nontraditional names but Journey Ann is a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. Unfortunately 1-year-old Journey Ann Cowart’s own journey in this life was cut short. Journey Ann’s mother, Brandy Ann Boyd, and her boyfriend, Austin Payne, both of Cartersville, Georgia, were arrested for Journey Ann’s death.

The coroner’s autopsy revealed that Journey Ann had been systemically beaten prior to her death. Blunt force trauma was the cause of death and the autopsy also showed that she had been beaten previously with bone fractures that never healed properly. If she hadn’t been killed Journey Ann probably would have grown up handicapped due to all the injuries she sustained.

What really grabbed me about this story is this quote from the article…

Investigators said they had not received reports of child abuse in the home from either the Division of Family and Children’s Services or family members.

I don’t know why that struck a chord in me but it got me to thinking about how a lot of child abusers are good at hiding things. How many stories have been posted here where the suspects either moved around to avoid detection or hid behind home schooling? A lot of them are eventually found out but too many of them go undetected until it’s too late.

The police and child protection agencies can’t be everywhere at once so we as citizens need to be their eyes and ears. Maybe you don’t know how to report child abuse. Do you call police, family services, your local crime stoppers? My answer to that is yes to any of the above. I asked someone who works for a child protection agency at what point should someone call in a suspected case of child abuse. They told me if you have any suspicion of child abuse to notify someone. It doesn’t have to be physical signs like bruises or cuts. In case you don’t know who to contact I found a list of each agency in each US state and how they can be contacted. As the old adage goes if you see something say something. However let me also add that you shouldn’t go looking for child abuse everywhere you look. If you look for abuse everywhere you’ll see abuse everywhere whether it exists or not.

I’ll have that link posted on the sidebar as well.

Thanks to Victoria for the tip.

Journey Ann Cowart
Journey Ann Cowart

Frostbite vs. Blunt Force Trauma

northpole

Autopsy says dead toddler had been burned:

In North Pole, Alaska, police recently arrested 24-year-old Amber Lynn Aubrey Swanson in the death of her 18-month-old son, Julian Swanson-Byrd.

Swanson told the staff at the local hospital that Julian had frostbite after falling from a car window into the snow. She claimed that she took Julian for a drive to get him to sleep and when she stopped the car she fell asleep. When she woke up she claims that Julian somehow opened the window and climbed out of the car and was face down in the snow. She brought him to the hospital after he had already passed.

Except when the autopsy was done the medical examiner claims that the frostbite was actually thermal burns and that Julian had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

I’m not sure the type of car involved in this story but let’s say for a moment that Julian fell from the window of the car. I would assume that most people in a place like North Pole would drive trucks or SUVs or some kind of 4×4 which can be pretty tall. Combine the height of the alleged fall and the amount of snow that would have been present to cover the boy’s body like that could the fall have caused the blunt force trauma. I’m thinking no. Not to mention the frostbite wasn’t even frostbite to begin with.

Again here’s a thought people, the doctors are smarter than you. Instead of thinking up lies in order to get yourself out of trouble how about not abusing your kids in the first place?

Thanks to Blue for the tip.

Another craigslist killer arrested, a year after the crime

Billy Joe Delacey
Billy Joe Delacey

Vet accused of killing male escort:

Hatfield man accused of murdering male escort in Colorado:

33-year-old Billy Joe Delacey of Hatfield, Pennsylvania has been arrested for the August 2011 murder of 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva in Mesa County, Colorado. Delacey allegedly solicited the male on male massage that was being offered by Oliva on craigslist. Police believe that the pair met for sex where Delacey paid Oliva $100 even though no sex ever took place. Instead Oliva was killed by blunt force trauma to the back of the head.

Police say that the only person that arranged to meet Oliva on the day that he was killed was someone who called themselves ‘Billy’ and a picture that was sent to the victim’s phone resembled that of Delacey. Delacey tried to be slick about the murder too. He gave several stories about where he was at the time of the murder, none of which proved to be true. He also refused to take a polygraph test and told friends he was leaving Colorado because he was shipping out. Delacey hadn’t been active in the military since 2008. Where he really shipped out to was his folks’ place in Pennsylvania where he supposedly told them that he was only under investigation for ‘piracy’. I don’t see how that can be considered piracy except that he stole a man’s life, allegedly. Also not totally suspicious was that police say that Delacey downloaded a program called “Evidence Eliminator” mere hours before police first contacted him. Since police know this I’m guessing the program didn’t work very well. Child porn was allegedly found on the computer as well which Delacey is said to have claimed he stole from his neighbor.

Ladies and gentlemen, this may just be the guiltiest person to ever have lived without killing someone in front of a dozen witnesses.

But again this goes to show two things that I’ve been saying for a while. Even with craigslist shutting down their erotic services section the human sex trade is still alive on craigslist and needs to be monitored. The second is if you meet anyone from craigslist in the real world you are literally and without hyperbole taking your life in your own hands.

I think the list of craigslist killers now hovers around 20 at least. One of these days I’ll finally get around to having a page that lists them all.

Philly boy killed after being returned to violent parents

Tina and Floyd Wimes
Tina and Floyd Wimes

Boy Dies After Being Sent Back to Parents: Sources:

Boy, 6, beaten and starved to death by parents after court ruling put him back in their care:

One of the many things that I am thankful for in my life is that I’ve never had to go through a custody battle of any kind. However I would think that it would be common sense that a child not be returned to house full of violence after they have been removed, especially if a loving family was willing to adopt them. Apparently common sense is in short supply in the city of Philadelphia.

Khalil Wimes was removed from the ‘care’ of his Breeders, Tina and Floyd Wimes, because of a history of drug abuse and violence. Five other children were removed from the home as well. Khalil was placed in a foster home where by all reports he was loved and cared for. The foster family took care of Khalil for three years and were fighting for the chance to adopt him. They were being fought by the Breeders every step of the way. The Breeders won and DHS returned Khalil to them.

Since you’re reading this here you know there was no happy ending for Khalil. This past Monday his Breeders took him to the hospital claiming that the 6-year-old Khalil ‘fell from the tub’. 15 minutes later Khalil was dead. As an aside, as a youngster I was treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Back then and today CHOP is renowned as being one of the premiere hospital’s for children. If they couldn’t save Khalil it’s probably unlikely that anyone could.

As you can expect this was no mere fall from a tub. The medical examiner not only ruled Khalil’s death due to blunt force trauma but he only weighed 29 pounds at the time of his death. There’s no fall from a tub that can make a child that was healthy all of a sudden be malnourished.

We have to stop the culture in our legal system where the parents’ right of possession is greater than the child’s right to safety. Because let’s face it. This was all this was about. The scum sucking Breeders obviously didn’t give a damn about Khalil’s well-being. All they cared about was whether or not they had him. He was only a piece of property to them.

Khalil Wimes
Khalil Wimes

I’ve got nothing more to add. I am so disgusted at the whole situation I can’t even be bothered with these two pieces of child beating shit. May they rot in hell for a thousand eternities.

Thanks to all who sent it tips.