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June 14th, 2013
06:50 AM ET

Mother of missing toddler arrested – Pamela Brown reports

An 18-month-old Ohio girl has been missing for nearly two weeks now. This morning, her mother is behind bars and charged in the little girl's disappearance.

CNN's Pamela Brown has the story.

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Filed under: Children • Crime • Missing
June 13th, 2013
06:22 AM ET

Mom busts alleged child predator – John Zarrella has the story

This morning CNN is reporting a story of a crusading parent out to keep her daughter safe.

A mother we are identifying only by Carolyn, her first name, pretended to be her own 11-year-old daughter and used social media to turn the tables against an alleged child predator. John Zarrella has more on the story.

Carolyn says she found inappropriate messages sent to her daughter from a grown man and fooled the alleged predator into thinking she was her daughter in order to stop him and eventually have him caught. “The man now charged with sending the lewd texts and pictures is 23 year old Michael Jerome Bradley,” Zarella says. “But Bradley might still be out there if not for Carolyn's dogged pursuit.”

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Filed under: Crime • Law • Parenthood • Uncategorized
June 12th, 2013
06:24 AM ET

Woman tracks down father's alleged killer – Poppy Harlow reports

It took 26-years to find her father's killer. Now Joselyn Martinez says she finally has justice.

Martinez tirelessly tracked social media for a decade, spending less than 300 dollars to hunt down the man she says killed her father. Due to her unwavering commitment, that man is in custody this morning.

CNN's Poppy Harlow spoke to Martinez and has more on the story.

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Filed under: Crime • Investigation
June 6th, 2013
08:15 AM ET

Former cop Brett Seacat's lawyers say hormone supplement led to his wife's suicide

Attorneys for ex-cop Brett Seacat who is accused of killing his wife and setting fire to their home are laying out their case. They say side effects of a weight loss hormone led her to commit suicide.

-CNN’s Ted Rowlands reports

READ MORE: Prosecution undercuts handwriting expert in Kansas cop's murder trial

Filed under: Crime
June 5th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

"Female James Bond" acquitted of killing actress/model – CNN's Kyung Lah has the emotional reaction to the verdict

A stunning ending to the trial of the defendant who was called the "female James Bond." Forty seven-year-old Kelly Soo Park showed no emotion as the jury declared her not guilty in the 2008 murder of an aspiring actress.

The victim’s family however had plenty to say.

– CNN's Kyung Lah has the emotional reaction to the verdict.

Filed under: Crime
June 4th, 2013
06:23 AM ET

Ex-Cop denies killing wife – Ted Rowlands reports


A former policeman is on trial in Kansas, accused of killing his wife and setting their home on fire more than two years ago.

Attorneys for Brett Seacat say his wife, Vashti, started the fire and shot herself.

But prosecutors say he was upset about the dissolution of their marriage, giving him more than enough motive.

On Monday, jurors heard from the Seacats' marriage counselor,CNN affiliate KWCH reported.

Connie Suderman testified that Seacat called her just hours after his wife's death in April 2011.

"He said, 'I killed her, Vashti is dead and it's my fault.' That's what he said," Suderman said, according to KWCH.

The counselor also testified that she met with Vashti Seacat shortly before her death.

READ MORE: Did Kansas cop kill wife, burn down their home?

Filed under: Court • Crime • Law
June 3rd, 2013
07:15 AM ET

Republicans release IRS transcripts amidst growing controversy – Dan Lothian reports

Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif has released partial transcripts into the IRS scandal regarding Tea Party applications. IRS workers in Cincinnati are heard "telling congressional investigators about why they targeted conservative groups," Dan Lothian reports.

“But two democratic sources involved complain Issa released the transcripts before making them available to democrats in what they say is supposed to be a bipartisan investigation,” he says. “The sources tell CNN the excerpts are taken out of context, and Issa's claim they indicate direction from Washington is misleading.”

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May 31st, 2013
07:02 AM ET

AZ mom is freed from Mexican prison – Rafael Romo has more on her release

A Mexican judge ordered the release of Arizona woman Yanira Maldonado from prison late Thursday. Maldonado was arrested last Wednesday as she and her husband, Gary, were on their way back to Arizona. She was accused of attempting to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana that Mexican authorities alleged they had found under her bus seat.

Maldonado reunited with her husband with an emotional bearhug after her release and speaks live to the press. Rafeal Romo has more on the story on "Early Start" this morning.

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Filed under: Crime • International law • Law • Law enforcement • Mexico
May 30th, 2013
07:17 AM ET

Arizona mom speaks out from jail about arrest on drug smuggling charges in Mexico – CNN’s Rafael Romo reports

The American woman accused of trying to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana is speaking out from inside a Mexican jail. The soldiers who arrested Yanira Maldonado were supposed to appear in court Wednesday but defense attorneys say they never showed up. Hearings in the case will resume tomorrow.

-CNN’s Rafael Romo is the first reporter to interview Maldonado in jail and has the latest from Nogales, Mexico.

READ MORE: Arizona mom turns to scripture to survive in Mexican jail

Filed under: Crime • Drugs • Mexico
May 30th, 2013
06:40 AM ET

22-year-old hacking suspect Michael Adebowale due in court for death of British soldier

One of the two prime suspects in last week's brutal hacking death of a British soldier is due in court at this hour. 22-year-old Michael Adebowale was formally charged with murder yesterday. He and another suspect allegedly ran over Lee Rigby then killed him in broad daylight using cleavers and knives

CNN’s Frederick Pleitgen has the latest on what to expect in court today.

READ MORE: 22-year-old charged with murder in British soldier's hacking death

Filed under: Crime
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