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October 7, 1993 | DAVID E. BRADY and CHIP JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was nothing different about the trip Nury Estela Cooperman and her children took to Las Vegas last week except that it was their last. And no one--not her husband, parents or in-laws--can really say why the former Canoga Park resident wheeled the family's 1989 red Toyota sedan off Interstate 15 outside Barstow, climbed into the back seat, shot her two baby girls in the chest with a .380-caliber pistol and killed herself. It was her 30th birthday.
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August 4, 2009 | Victoria Kim
In a victory for the Los Angeles Police Department, a judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the mother of a toddler killed by a SWAT officer's bullet during an attempted hostage rescue in 2005. The case before L.A. County Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu was set to go to the jury this week after SWAT officers and police experts completed their testimony in a two-week trial.
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February 14, 1998 | SCOTT HADLY
The sentencing of an Oxnard couple found guilty last month of killing their 2-year-old daughter has been postponed for two weeks while their defense attorneys prepare motions asking for a new trial. Rogelio Hernandez, 20, will be sentenced for first-degree murder and torture in the beating death of his daughter, Joselin. His 19-year-old estranged wife, Gabriela, will be sentenced for second-degree murder for allowing the abuse of her daughter over her short life.
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December 3, 1997
Prosecutors told a judge Tuesday that they need more time to investigate the 1995 beating death of 2-year-old Lance Helms and decide whether to retry a woman who had served time in the case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Hoff delayed a hearing until February on whether Eve Wingfield will be tried again in the 1995 death of Lance Helms, who died in the North Hollywood apartment she shared with David Helms, the boy's father.
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December 19, 1993
I am a friend of the driver involved in the tragic accident reported in the story "Armenian Boy Killed While Crossing Street" (Dec. 9). I have known Kip Stolberg since college, and I feel compelled to write on his behalf. Kip rarely has a single drink--much less would he ever drink and drive. He has never even experimented with drugs (in college or otherwise). I can say with certainty that neither were involved that night. You did not make it clear when you wrote, "Detective James Mann said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the accident, though investigators wonder why the brothers (crossing the street in the crosswalk)
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June 5, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Anaheim man in jail on suspicion of abusing a 4-year-old girl could face murder charges now that the child has died, police said Friday. Elizabeth C. Halliday, who had been hospitalized for a week with severe head injuries, was taken off life support Thursday, authorities said. Joseph W. Beaman, 21, the boyfriend of the child's mother, pleaded guilty this week to charges of felony child abuse, officials said.
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June 2, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
A $2-million jury award to the mother of a 3-year-old boy who died of congestive heart failure after being misdiagnosed by an Anaheim Hills doctor was reduced Wednesday to $250,000 because of state laws limiting the size of awards in health-care malpractice suits, attorneys said. "This is a bittersweet ending to the story," said Jon Mower, an attorney representing Debra Soderberg Mann of Garden Grove. Mann's son, Brad Soderberg, died on Jan. 10, 1998, two days after being examined by Dr.
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October 25, 1989 | From Times wire services
The stepfather and mother of a 4-year-old Lake Los Angeles girl were arrested this morning about 12 hours after the death of the girl, who had bruises on most of her body, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The cause of Christina Mary Elizabeth Blalock's death will not be known until an autopsy is conducted, Deputy Chris Wahla said. The girl died about 6 p.m.
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December 7, 1996 | TRACY WILSON
The 18-year-old Oxnard parents accused of beating their 2-year-old daughter to death in June pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and six felony child-abuse charges. Gabriela and Rogelio Hernandez appeared briefly in Municipal Court, entering their individual pleas through two court-appointed attorneys. Deputy Public Defender Doug Daily is representing Rogelio Hernandez. Bill Maxwell, an attorney with Conflict Defense Associates in Ventura, is representing Gabriela Hernandez.
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March 31, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother was charged with murder Thursday for lighting a gas grill inside her car, asphyxiating her 3-year-old daughter and injuring her 4-year-old son, prosecutors said. Prosecutors also charged Linda Woo, 39, with attempted murder. She was hospitalized in the jail ward of San Francisco General Hospital. The boy was taken to UC San Francisco Medical Center and authorities said he is expected to recover. Police called the crime an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
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