In 2001, Andrea Yates, suffering from severe depression and psychotic episodes, waited until her husband went to work and methodically drowned her five young children one at a time in the bathtub.
When a child goes missing, investigators often don’t have to look far from the family home to find their suspect.
On April 9, 2002, police searching for missing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu found a note on the grounds of the trailer park where she lived. It read, “From Sandra, to my killer.” The next day, police would arrest Sandra’s Sunday school teacher in her murder.
Katie Stockton, 32, was sentenced in a Winnebago County courtroom on April 5, 2013, for the murder of Baby Crystal. The newborn remained unidentified for years after her mother left her on December 17, 2004, to suffocate and freeze to death in a wooded area along a road just 90 yards from the family home.
Ashburn, Virginia, teen Erica Smith was only 14 on July 29, 2002, when she told her younger brother Billie, 10, that she was going out to meet a friend. That was around lunch time. Erica never got to the friend’s house and she never came home.
Police arrested the mother and aunt of youth De’Marquise Elkins in connection with the shooting murder of infant Antonio Santiago. Antonio was in a stroller on a walk with his mother Sherry West when they were mugged and shot.
Police in Brunswick, Georgia, have arrested De’Marquis Elkins, 17, and another youth, 14, whose name is being withheld, for the cold-blooded murder of a 13-month-old baby boy.
On March 18, 1974, three weeks after being let out on parole, 14-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was opening his mother’s store when little Katie Curran walked in looking for a notebook to buy. With the promise of more notebooks downstairs, Jesse took her to a cellar where he brutalized and killed her.
On March 16, 2006, Joseph Smith was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the Super Bowl Sunday 2004 rape and murder of Carlie Brucia, 11, in Sarasota Florida. Carlie was reported missing within 30 minutes of her abduction. The case made national headlines when police released surveillance video showing the girl’s abduction.
The devil made her do it! Or was it a lonely immigrant housewife’s despair? A 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl were jumping on the bed in his parents’ room when his mother, Elzbieta Plackowska, allegedly stabbed them both to death.