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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."
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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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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 afflicting rail-thin Lindsay Gentry when she died at age 15 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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April 5, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They walked slowly through the courthouse, hand in hand as he steadied her uneven gait. Nearly a year after a mistrial on murder charges in the death of their severely disabled teenage daughter, whom prosecutors alleged had died of child abuse and starvation, Michael and Kathleen "Katrina" Gentry were in court again Tuesday to face potential jurors for their new trial on reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and conspiracy.
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October 22, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with the death of his live-in girlfriend's 2-year-old son. Christopher Hihn was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, LAPD Officer Jason Lee said. According to authorities, Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded about 1 a.m. to a call of a child having trouble breathing. Paramedics found the boy, Randy Paul Bowman, at an apartment in the 8100 block of Langdon Avenue.
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August 25, 1999
A North Hills couple was charged with child abuse and false imprisonment Tuesday after authorities said they beat the woman's 3-year-old son and locked him in a bathroom in 100-degree heat. Octavio Alberto Huicho, 23, and his wife, Elva Stella Huicho, 27, pleaded not guilty to five felony counts in connection with the alleged abuse, prosectors said. If convicted, the Huichos could each face a maximum of 24 years in prison. Bail for the Huichos was set at $200,000 each.
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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
June 18, 1999
A 53-year-old foster mother charged with beating to death a 3-year-old child in her care pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges Thursday in a Lynwood court, where her bail was raised to $1 million. Doris Jean Bennett, who was granted child custody of Gilbreania Wallace and the child's sister Cashey, 5, two years ago, was arrested by sheriff's deputies on June 7, one day after Gilbreania died at King/Drew Medical Center.
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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.
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May 7, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors on Thursday told a judge they were hopelessly deadlocked on whether a severely disabled 15-year-old girl died of natural causes or was starved to death by her parents, setting the stage for a retrial. Jurors, by a 10-2 margin, favored acquitting the parents on murder charges, but seven jurors voted for conviction on child-abuse charges. The trial and heated jury deliberations focused on the opinions of opposing medical experts and treating physicians.
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