February 19, 2015 |
Abused by her husband, fearing threats against her children, Margarita Garabito told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday that she begged her 10-year-old stepdaughter to tell her teachers about the physical abuse that would result in her death. "I did tell her. I told her to save herself," Garabito, 48, responded to a question from Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano. Notaristefano seemed stunned by the answer: "So you told a 10-year-old girl to save herself, but you couldn't do it?"
February 6, 2015 |
In scientific testimony that undercut the defense of accused child-killer Margarita Garabito, a former Philadelphia medical examiner testified Wednesday that 10-year-old Charlenni Ferreira's five ribs were broken over one to four weeks - at a time when the girl's father was out of the country. Defense attorney J. Michael Farrell has told the jury that Garabito, 48, will testify that Charlenni was beaten and sexually abused by her father, Domingo Ferreira. But the testimony of Marlon Osbourne - now an associate medical examiner in Broward County, Fla. - if accurate, would make it impossible for the father to have inflicted the fatal injuries, because he was in the Dominican Republic visiting relatives from Sept.
April 4, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an incident in which he rushed at another man and, with his hand on his city-issued firearm, threatened to kill him, police said Wednesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was off duty when the incident happened about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 20, police said. The nine-year veteran was backing up his car when it struck a pedestrian. The man, who was hit in a knee, banged on Sawicki's trunk to let him know he had been struck, police said.
January 22, 2014 |
WHEN THE cop first laid eyes on Sakinah Robinson last August, he thought she was dead. Her wrists and ankles were tightly bound to the four corners of a soiled bed. Except for a urine-soaked adult diaper, she was naked. Sgt. William McNamee saw raw burn marks on her right shoulder, cuts, bruises and burns of varying sizes and shades on her face, chest, abdomen and legs. Her emaciated body was etched with wounds. She lay motionless, her head tilted to the side; her eyes open, but vacant.
July 14, 2013 |
AS DETAILED by the Chester County district attorney, it was a horrific case of child sexual assault and abuse involving three underage girls and one boy that took place from 1989 to 2012. Chester County authorities yesterday charged a Douglassville husband and wife, Warren Earl Yerger, 51, and Leslie Anne Yerger, 34, and Warren Yerger's onetime girlfriend, Deborah Anne Keeley, 46, of Birdsboro. Warren Yerger was charged with sexually assaulting three girls and a boy who were in his care during that period.
May 24, 2013 |
The parents and a grandmother of Caleb "Kai" Lawrence McGillivary, the 24-year-old drifter arrested in Philadelphia last week in connection with the killing of a 73-year-old North Jersey man, spoke this week of a troubled young man with years of behavioral and mental-health problems, hospital visits, treatment, and possible abuse. A histrionic, post-hippie hero of sorts, whose colorful account of intervening in an assault on a woman in California turned him into an Internet celebrity four months ago, McGillivary presents himself as a "home-free" sprite.
October 31, 2012 |
It amounted to another slap in the face to the woman sucker-punched by a Philadelphia cop, you know, the boys in blue who took vows to serve and protect. Yet the only citizens the officers were serving and protecting Sunday were themselves, as they flocked into Fraternal Order of Police headquarters for a $30-a-head fund-raiser for Lt. Jonathan Josey, the recently fired "protector" who delivered a knockdown blow to Chester mom Aida Guzman at the Puerto Rican Day parade last month.
July 28, 2012 |
Rising home foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies have contributed to an increase in child abuse, a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab study suggests. The study, the subject of a July 16 article in the journal Pediatrics, used data submitted from 38 of 45 pediatric medical centers around the country. The data, which covered 2000 through 2009, show that every 1 percent increase in 90-day mortgage delinquencies over a one-year period was associated with a 3 percent increase in children's hospital admissions for physical abuse and a 5 percent increase in children's hospital admissions for traumatic brain injuries suspected to be caused by child abuse.
September 1, 2010 |
Question: I've been seeing a really great guy, "Joe. " The relationship looks like it's going to jell into something more permanent. He works with my stepdad, and so knows my parents. The problem is that my mother was abusive to my sisters and me while we were growing up. In addition to physical abuse, she used to regularly tell us that she hated us and wished we would all die or run away so that she'd never have to look at us again. It's taken me many years and much therapy to move past this, but I will always carry the emotional scars.
January 20, 2006 |
A jury heard in September that an Avondale father's reign of terror against his family was so entrenched that his 7-year-old daughter often meted out her own punishment by handcuffing herself to her bunk bed for hours. Yesterday, Joseph Andrew Blackburn, 28, was sentenced to 5 to 12 years behind bars for a series of assaults that included the routine shackling of his youngest daughter. Calling the case unusual and bizarre, Chester County Court Judge Anthony A. Sarcione also accepted the terms of a plea agreement that called for Blackburn to spend five years on probation for a separate assault: using a steak knife to carve his name into the buttocks of his longtime girlfriend, who is also the mother of his three children.