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July 8, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A local man was sentenced this week to nine months in jail for abusing his girlfriend's two daughters in a case that a social worker described as the worst mental suffering by children she has seen in 10 years. A jury last month found 39-year-old Josef Burnett Cannon guilty of four counts of inflicting physical pain or mental suffering on a child and two counts of inflicting cruel or inhuman corporal punishment on a child.
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January 19, 2002 | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles man who allegedly beat his 16-month-old daughter and then abducted her 4-year-old sister remained at large Friday. The abducted girl, Majesta Miranda, was found by a man about 6 p.m. Friday in a San Pedro neighborhood, a day after she disappeared. But police with tracking dogs continued to scour the neighborhood for her father, Harry Lee Perez, 36.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1991 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aaron Abernathy stopped breathing in his baby-sitter's arms one cold February afternoon and died hours later in the same Los Angeles hospital where he was born just three months before. He was buried in a pale blue casket at Forest Lawn cemetery on a hill set aside for the graves of babies. His baby-sitter, a matronly grandmother of five named Dora Kerr, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ and IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The father of a 3-year-old girl allegedly killed by his live-in girlfriend struggled Friday to deal with his grief while defending his lover and trying to find the money to bury his daughter. For Jose Mejia, it all began around 4 p.m. Wednesday when his girlfriend, Genera Valle, reached him at the nearby marble factory where he works. "She said my daughter had fallen while she was eating," Mejia said. "I dropped the phone and just flew home."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001
A Northridge woman accused of leaving her two young children in a locked car in the midday heat will be arraigned Wednesday on two counts of child abuse, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Subha Sara Sadaf, 21, could face up to seven years in prison for allegedly leaving her sons, ages 1 month and 19 months, in her locked car with the windows rolled up on June 27 in a Northridge parking lot, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
A Hyde Park woman who allegedly bound and gagged her 3-year-old daughter and was holding her in a closet was arrested Monday after the father rescued the child, police said. A 2-year-old girl was also removed from the woman's custody by police. Both children were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and were in stable condition. The woman, whose name was not released, was booked on child abuse charges, Los Angeles Police Lt. Joe Ramm said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 25-year-old woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony child abuse after Los Angeles police found her three young children alone in their bug-infested, garbage-strewn North Hills apartment. A neighbor called police about 2 a.m. to report that the children, ages 2, 4, and 5, had been left unattended at their Parthenia Street apartment, said Officer Curtis Faulkner, an LAPD spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The defense opened its case Friday in the trial of David Helms on charges of beating to death his 2 1/2-year-old son Lance, waiving an opening statement and calling witnesses who appeared to do Helms more harm than good. Before the trial, defense attorney Jack Stone maintained that conflicting medical evidence raised legitimate doubts about whether it was Helms or his former girlfriend, Eve Wingfield, who fatally beat the toddler in their North Hollywood apartment.
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August 1, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most of her life, Melissa was the family slave. She was kept out of school and often forbidden to speak at home. She was forced to do the household chores and lapped water from the toilet. She was beaten with a vacuum hose, burned with an iron, hit with a belt buckle and allegedly sexually molested. When strangers came around, Melissa was sent to the closet to hide. But the 19-year-old El Monte woman has been freed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 40-year-old convicted child pornographer pleaded guilty to raping his 11-year-old stepson and making him pose for photographs wearing bondage paraphernalia, authorities said Friday. Glenn Clements sodomized his stepson and made the boy perform oral sex repeatedly over the past four years, as often as every week, at his Van Nuys home, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Jennifer Turkat, of the Van Nuys Sex Crimes, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of a plea bargain, the mother of two children beaten to death by their father was sentenced to four years in prison Friday for child endangerment, then ordered released because she already had served more than enough time in jail. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen ordered Petra Ricardo, 38, released from Twin Towers Correctional Facility. She has been held there without bail since her 1998 arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001
A Northridge woman accused of leaving her two young children in a locked car in the midday heat will be arraigned Wednesday on two counts of child abuse, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Subha Sara Sadaf, 21, could face up to seven years in prison for allegedly leaving her sons, ages 1 month and 19 months, in her locked car with the windows rolled up on June 27 in a Northridge parking lot, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles couple were convicted Wednesday of torturing and murdering their 13-year-old son, whose nude and scarred body was found in a trash dump in a Mexican desert three years ago. Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe found Maria Tinoco, 37, guilty of first-degree murder for her son Edwin's strangulation death, and her husband, Saul Tinoco, 39, guilty of second-degree murder. Both were convicted of torture acts and child abuse involving their son and their nephew, who lived with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A local man was sentenced this week to nine months in jail for abusing his girlfriend's two daughters in a case that a social worker described as the worst mental suffering by children she has seen in 10 years. A jury last month found 39-year-old Josef Burnett Cannon guilty of four counts of inflicting physical pain or mental suffering on a child and two counts of inflicting cruel or inhuman corporal punishment on a child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bit by bit, they reconstructed Lindsay Gentry's life, and what they believed caused the severely disabled 15-year-old girl to wither away and die. "This was a child who was abused and neglected," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Kathleen Cady, during closing arguments Monday at the retrial of Lindsay's parents in Van Nuys. For years, Cady contended, Michael and Kathleen "Katrina" Gentry failed to give their daughter enough food, and the girl eventually starved to death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year and a half before his bone-thin daughter died, Michael Gentry said he believed that parents had the right to kill their children if it was in everyone's best interest, a witness testified Thursday. Monna Wagner, a former legislative aide, said Gentry came to her Palmdale office in 1994 and said "he wanted legislation that no one had the right to investigate any allegations against the family."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1999 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman suspected of killing 3-year-old Elijah J. Johnson by putting him in a bathtub filled with scalding water surrendered to police Thursday, investigators said. Leona Patrice Hightower, 23, of Los Angeles was arrested when she voluntarily arrived at the LAPD's South Bureau station accompanied by a lawyer, said the district attorney's spokeswoman, Sandi Gibbons. Hightower is being held on one count of murder and one count of child abuse causing death, Gibbons said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As officials were sorting out the tragic details Friday surrounding the death of a 23-month-old toddler allegedly beaten to death by his foster mother, relatives and social workers questioned the effects of rigid bureaucratic regulations that were supposed to protect the child. The toddler had been separated from a good home with relatives who were denied needed medical and financial assistance, relatives and a county children's services official said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The disease wastes away muscles, curves the spine and causes severe vision problems. But myotonic dystrophy is not known to cause the type of malnutrition that afflicted rail-thin Lindsay Gentry when she died in 1996, an expert witness testified Monday in the retrial of her parents. "I don't think I've ever seen a patient with myotonic dystrophy suffering from malnutrition," said Dr. Thomas Anderson, a professor who runs the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center.
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