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July 20, 1989 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times Staff Writer and
When it was over, Sharon Hanna looked at her husband and commented that the next time the two of them presented a panel on the extended stepfamily they should consider including a segment entitled, "Can You Top This?" One woman in the audience had just complained that her husband's ex-wife won't go near her and has so poisoned the air that her stepchildren start trembling if they are in the presence of both her and the ex-wife.
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February 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Jennifer Williams, the stepmother of a 7-year-old girl who was forced to sleep in a doghouse, was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Williams, 29, also was fined $500 and placed on probation. Prosecutors said Williams and her husband, Christian Williams, 33, forced the girl to live in the leaky 4-by-8-foot doghouse for almost two weeks last summer because she had misbehaved. On Thursday, Christian Williams was given 30 days in jail, fined $500 and ordered to take a parenting class.
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April 9, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Monday that an Anaheim woman who helped raise the child born to her husband and a surrogate mother should have no legal rights to the 10-month-old girl. The ruling came on the first day of a trial to determine which of three contending "parents" should win custody of the child--the father, his estranged wife or the surrogate mother they hired before their marriage crumbled.
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December 31, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
First came Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel, whose respective stepmothers did a thorough job convincing us--before we even reached kindergarten--that these parental understudies are no-good, cruel and sometimes even poison-toting creatures. Then, as soon as the story lines for these fairy tales were forgotten, along came Hollywood filmmakers to take over where the fairy tale authors left off. That's how Stephen Claxton-Oldfield, a psychologist at St.
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April 20, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an extraordinary motion, the public defender's office has asked a Superior Court judge to turn over videotapes of a recent murder trial on grounds that defense attorneys did not know the proceedings were being recorded and that the court may have illegally eavesdropped on private conversations. Claiming that the defendant's rights may have been violated, Public Defender Mike Judge's office requested that Judge Curtis Rappe produce all tapes made in the trial of Robert Gauchi.
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July 28, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Testifying that he sexually molested his stepdaughter, a South Carolina community leader said Thursday that he bears some responsibility for her emotional problems and pleaded tearfully for a jury not to sentence her to death for drowning her two sons. "My heart breaks for what I've done to you, for your pain and your loss," said Beverly Russell, reading from a recent letter he wrote to his stepdaughter, Susan Smith. She received it in her prison cell.
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January 15, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS
A jury rejected the prosecution's theory that a 33-year-old man killed his 4-year-old stepdaughter during an act of sodomy and found him guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, torture and assault causing death on a child under 8. Roberto Cauchi escaped the first-degree murder charge that would have made him eligible for the death penalty, said Daniel Wright, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case. "We wanted a sentence where he would never get out at all," Wright said.
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July 18, 1997
A 15-year-old boy shot and killed his 22-year-old stepfather after the man argued with the teenager's mother at her home, police said Thursday The youth, whose name was withheld because of his age, was arrested at the scene of the shooting in the 4500 block of Orchard Avenue. He was held for investigation of murder in the Wednesday slaying of Julio Andino, Los Angeles Police Det. Richard Marks said.
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May 12, 1995 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Antelope Valley woman convicted of beating her 9-year-old stepdaughter, depriving the girl of food and keeping her captive in her bedroom, was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison. During a hearing in Lancaster Superior Court, Donna Lynn Fell, 35, asked that her punishment be limited to probation. But Judge Kenneth R. Freeman ordered her to serve a prison term for abusing her daughter, Amy Michelle Fell. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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November 28, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gunman killed an 18-year-old man in his Norwalk home Tuesday and returned six hours later and killed the young man's stepfather as police, a few feet away, were investigating the first shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. The officers chased the gunman, who fled on foot and disappeared into the night.
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July 18, 1997
A 15-year-old boy shot and killed his 22-year-old stepfather after the man argued with the teenager's mother at her home, police said Thursday The youth, whose name was withheld because of his age, was arrested at the scene of the shooting in the 4500 block of Orchard Avenue. He was held for investigation of murder in the Wednesday slaying of Julio Andino, Los Angeles Police Det. Richard Marks said.
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April 20, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an extraordinary motion, the public defender's office has asked a Superior Court judge to turn over videotapes of a recent murder trial on grounds that defense attorneys did not know the proceedings were being recorded and that the court may have illegally eavesdropped on private conversations. Claiming that the defendant's rights may have been violated, Public Defender Mike Judge's office requested that Judge Curtis Rappe produce all tapes made in the trial of Robert Gauchi.
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March 8, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 35-year-old man convicted of killing his 4-year-old stepdaughter while baby-sitting was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Roberto Cauchi, convicted in January of second-degree murder, torture and child abuse in the killing of Christina Rodriguez, was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cauchi was represented by the Los Angeles County public defender's office.
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January 15, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS
A jury rejected the prosecution's theory that a 33-year-old man killed his 4-year-old stepdaughter during an act of sodomy and found him guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, torture and assault causing death on a child under 8. Roberto Cauchi escaped the first-degree murder charge that would have made him eligible for the death penalty, said Daniel Wright, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case. "We wanted a sentence where he would never get out at all," Wright said.
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July 28, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Testifying that he sexually molested his stepdaughter, a South Carolina community leader said Thursday that he bears some responsibility for her emotional problems and pleaded tearfully for a jury not to sentence her to death for drowning her two sons. "My heart breaks for what I've done to you, for your pain and your loss," said Beverly Russell, reading from a recent letter he wrote to his stepdaughter, Susan Smith. She received it in her prison cell.
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May 12, 1995 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Antelope Valley woman convicted of beating her 9-year-old stepdaughter, depriving the girl of food and keeping her captive in her bedroom, was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison. During a hearing in Lancaster Superior Court, Donna Lynn Fell, 35, asked that her punishment be limited to probation. But Judge Kenneth R. Freeman ordered her to serve a prison term for abusing her daughter, Amy Michelle Fell. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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March 8, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 35-year-old man convicted of killing his 4-year-old stepdaughter while baby-sitting was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Roberto Cauchi, convicted in January of second-degree murder, torture and child abuse in the killing of Christina Rodriguez, was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cauchi was represented by the Los Angeles County public defender's office.
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April 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire reports
A Superior Court judge in Orange County denied custody of a 10-month-old child to a Santa Ana woman whose estranged husband fathered the baby with a surrogate mother. But Judge Nancy Wieben Stock said the woman, Cynthia Moschetta, can seek visitation rights as a stepparent. In California, a person must be biologically related to a child or have adopted the child to be declared its legal parent.
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March 11, 1995
Police arrested a 33-year-old man Friday for allegedly abusing his 4-year-old stepdaughter so badly that she went into cardiac arrest and died. Robert Cauchi drove his stepdaughter, Christine Rodriguez, from his Van Nuys home to Childrens Hospital about midnight after she went into cardiac arrest Thursday night, said Detective George Martenez. When doctors examined the girl they found bruises on her arms and torso, as well as internal injuries, suggesting she had been abused, Martenez said.
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March 8, 1995 | PAULA LYNN PARKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifteen years ago, amid the pain and confusion of ending her eight-year marriage, one thing was clear to Judi Andersen: She wanted to stay in touch with her two stepdaughters. The 14-year-old met her halfway; the 12-year-old, angry and disappointed, wasn't as interested, Andersen said. "(The younger one) built a wall; (the older one) built a bridge. And since I was into bridge-building, a bridge got made," said Andersen, now 45, living in Canyon Country and remarried.
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