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June 2, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
LIANGHE, China - When kindergarten was dismissed on that April afternoon, 6-year-old Ren Xinyi and her younger cousin hurried home. They were eager to check out a plastic bag they had spotted on the way to school that morning with their grandmother, who had taken it home without thinking twice. Xinyi looked inside and grabbed a blue pencil and notebook; 5-year-old Ren Zhaoning took out a children's yogurt drink and sipped half of the creamy white liquid before handing it to her cousin.
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May 29, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Bella Rodriguez-Torres, a 10-year-old girl who had fought cancer since the age of 4, died Tuesday in South Florida. Her story touched many people, including Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. During Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, both players wrote #LiveLikeBella on their sneakers to honor the young girl.  "[Dwyane] came to me with the story today, it was a no-brainer," James told reporters. "It's sad. It puts everything in perspective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Los Angeles police searched Thursday for at least one man who tried to lure female victims into a car, authorities said Thursday. Four separate incidents in the Cypress Park area have been reported since October 2012. In two of those cases, the same girl was walking on the street alone when the suspect pulled up in a vehicle and offered a ride, police said. Police described the girls as "young" but did not provide their ages. In each incident, the girls refused to go into the car and ran away.
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April 30, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A teenage girl charged with murdering her mother and stepfather suffered years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the couple, a defense attorney told a Compton jury on Tuesday. Cynthia Alvarez, then 15, took no part in the October 2011 killings other than to strike her stepfather on the legs with a baseball bat at the insistence of her boyfriend, who actually carried out the attacks, Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Carole Telfer said in court. Telfer said her client was molested as a young girl and later raped by her stepfather, Jose Lara.
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April 29, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. - In this rural town southeast of Sacramento, small-town neighborliness and distance from urban life made many of its 7,500 residents feel safe. Locals say many residents still don't lock their doors. But feelings of security have been shattered by the killing of an 8-year-old girl over the weekend. Authorities have revealed few details about the crime, but local media have reported that the girl's older brother told detectives an intruder got into the home while their parents were away and fatally stabbed her. Leila Fowler's slaying prompted a sweeping manhunt across the rugged terrain of Calaveras County and left residents searching for answers.
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April 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi
The man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl will be arraigned Thursday in a Los Angeles court, officials said. Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, was originally expected to be arraigned Friday, but officials said the proceeding had been moved to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Summers, a felon and reputed gang member, was captured Wednesday morning at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico , authorities said.
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April 24, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
A man who police allege kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom and sexually assaulted her was captured Wednesday at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mexico, ending a monthlong international dragnet. Tobias Dustin Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang member, was found in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, said Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad. Officials did not provide details about his movements in Mexico, but LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said a phone tip received late Tuesday night narrowed the focus of the search.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
A man who police allege kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom and sexually assaulted her was captured Wednesday at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mexico, ending a monthlong international dragnet. Tobias Dustin Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang member, was found in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, according to Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad. Summers was returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, and officials said he would be held on $19- million bail.
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April 20, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Several hundred people protesting the rape and kidnapping of a 5-year-old girl descended on police headquarters Saturday, waving signs, overrunning barriers and calling for the resignation of the capital city's police commissioner. The angry demonstration, which spread to a hospital and the homes of two senior officials, was reminiscent of the outcry seen after a 23-year-old student was brutally raped and killed in December, a crime that shook the nation and led to tougher laws and the creation of special courts for rape cases.
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March 30, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck, Times Community News
Irvine police are searching for a man they say lured a young girl to his car and then exposed himself to her. The 6-year-old was walking home from school with two older siblings about 1:45 p.m. near Deerfield and Yale avenues, according to a statement from Irvine police. As she trailed behind her siblings, a car pulled up to the curb and the driver started talking to her, asking where she went to school and where she lived, police said. He then allegedly asked her if she'd "seen this" and exposed himself to her as she looked in the open passenger-side window.
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