Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Denise Cooke, 29, wanted to grab a few drinks in St. Louis late Sunday night. Only problem was she had her nine-year-old son with her, which did not stop her from abandoning him in a hotel -- long enough for cops to find him. Riverfront Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The memory of Newtown was still fresh when Avila decided to throw a scare into students who were supposedly picking on her middle-school daughter. But she was the one who wound up being thrown somewhere: the hoosgow. Westword has the story.
Did you hear the one about the shoplifting mama who ditched her ten-year-old to take the fall? Then there was the sheriff's deputy busted for allegedly robbing a bank. How does a sheriff's deputy get arrested for robbing a bank? (Why does a sheriff's deputy rob a bank?) Those idiotic stories and more are outlined in this story from writer Erin Sherbert of the SF Weekly: The 20 Dumbest Crimes Committed in 2012 in the Bay Area
It's the police!
Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: A Texas woman has been arrested after police caught her behind the wheel of a car while allegedly intoxicated, all while an eight-month-old baby was buried alive under clothing and a skateboard in the back seat of the trash-filled vehicle. Houston Press has the story.
Former True Crime Report editor Pete Kotz has pulled together and ranked a real grab bag of awful people who did awful -- and often strange or just plain sick -- things this year. Head over to the St. Louis Riverfront Times for Pete's rundown of the 25 worst people of 2012.
8. Rebecca Lynn Burrell
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Murphy's attorney tried to claim she meant to kill herself rather than her children -- and that wasn't her only rationalization. Why weren't jurors convinced? And how long did it take them to throw away the key? Westword has the story.