A Vermont daycare operator was arrested Monday in the death of a six-month-old baby who police said fatally overdosed after being given an antihistamine to help her sleep.
Stacey Vailancourt, 53, of Rutland, was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter and cruelty to a child arising from the January death of six-month-old Harper Rose Briar, Vermont State Police said in a news release.
“Toxicology testing determined that Harper Briar had high concentrations of diphenhydramine in her body,” the news release said.
The autopsy report noted that diphenhydramine, the active sedating ingredient in over-the-counter antihistamines, is not to be used on infants without a doctor’s order, according to the news release. There was no such order for Harper.
Vailancourt ran a licensed daycare out of her home.
Police said Harper’s parent left her with Vailancourt, who called 911 when the baby became unresponsive.
The baby’s obituary in the Rutland Herald said she was daughter of Marissa Colburn and Blake Briar, and was the light of their lives and brought joy to everyone who met her.
“Harper Rose quickly gained the title of ‘Perfect Princess,’ her beautiful smile made everyone instantly fall in love with her,” it said.
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The cases involved the 1989 rape of a 52-year-old woman and the 1994 murder of Le Bich-Thuy, a French-born 42-year-old research biologist who was also raped, Montgomery County Police said last week. Both had been followed home from a Rockville train station.
Police said the person who committed the crimes was Kenneth Day — but Day has been dead for two years. He died in West Virginia when he was 52 and his obituary said his survivors included a daughter and two grandchildren. It was not immediately clear how Day died. Though several mug shots were released of Day, it also wasn’t known what he had been jailed for in those cases.
Officials said Day could be a suspect in other unsolved cases in Montgomery County, too.
Retired detective Bob Phillips devoted hours to solving Bich-Thuy’s murder without success, according to a 2010 report.
Phillips was on the job in 1994 when he responded to Bich-Thuy’s home when her body was found.
"I remember responding there that evening with Detective Drury and Detective Bond,” he told NBC 4 DC. “She was not covered up but she just naturally sunk into this English Ivy and was hard to see."
In 2017 Montgomery detectives produced a composite sketch of the woman’s killer using DNA recovered from the crime scene with the assistance of Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia.
More recently, detectives used Parabon to upload the crime scene DNA to the genealogy website GEDmatch. That led to the identification of individuals who shared a significant amount of DNA with the suspect. A genealogy search then identified Day.
In the past year, cold case detectives in other parts of the U.S. have used GEDmatch to identify suspects in a number of unsolved cold case rapes and murders, including some that were decades-old.
Even before naming Day, Montgomery police believed the person who killed Bich-Thuy and raped the other woman had committed other unsolved crimes.
“I don’t think he did this just two or three times,” Sgt. Chris Homrock, head of the cold case squad in Montgomery County told the Washington Post last year. “This guy was targeting women in that area for at least five years.”
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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Trump was not a white supremacist and it was unfair to characterize the New Zealand gunman who slaughtered 50 people in a terrorist attack at two mosques as a supporter of Trump.
Mulvaney comments came during a discussion on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace about the New Zealand rampage and the killer’s rambling 74-page manifesto in which he describes himself as a supporter of Trump “as a symbol of renewed identity and common purpose.”
“I’m a little disappointed, you didn’t put up the next sentence because I looked at it last night, was what about his policies and he’s a leader, and he said, ‘dear god no,’” Mulvaney said.
“I don’t think it’s fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump any more than it is to look at his — sort of his eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto that align him with (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi or Ms. (Alexandria) Ocasio-Cortez,” he added, referring to the New York congresswoman.
Mulvaney called the gunman responsible for Friday’s Christchurch mosque shootings as a “disturbed individual, an evil person.”
Mulvaney also was asked if Trump has considered delivering a speech condemning white supremacy and anti-Muslim bigotry given that they were issues in the U.S.
“You’ve seen the president stand up for religious liberty, individual liberty,” Mulvaney said. “The president is not a white supremacist. I’m not sure how many times we have to say that. And, to simply ask the question, every time something like this happens overseas, or even domestically, to say, oh, my goodness, it must somehow be the president’s fault speaks to a politicization of everything that I think is undermining sort of the institutions that we have in the country today."
Mulvaney added, “Let’s take what happened in New Zealand yesterday for what it is. A terrible evil, tragic act and figure out why those things are becoming more prevalent in the world. Is it Donald Trump? Absolutely not.”
After being pressed on the matter, Mulvaney replied: "You may say you want to give him a national speech to address the nation, that’s fine. Maybe we do that, maybe we don’t but I think you could jump to the basic issue, the president is doing everything that we can to prevent this type of thing from happening here. The president is doing everything that we can to make it clear, look, this has to stop."
Fox News’ Chris Wallace contributed to this report.
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A long-running American flag flap involving a Vietnam veteran and a Virginia homeowners association appears to have been resolved.
The dispute pitted the Wyndham Homeowners Association in Henrico against Richard Oulton, a medic during the Vietnam War with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, a unit that suffered so many casualties it became famously known as "The Walking Dead."
Twenty years ago, Wyndham took Oulton to court over a 25-foot flag pole on his property in the affluent townhouse development, WRIC-TV reports.
After Oulton was found guilty of violating the HOA’s by-laws, the flag pole was forced to go.
"I’m standing in my front yard being told my American flag is a visual nuisance,” Oulton told the station as he took down the flag pole. “I think it’s horrible, but I have to comply."
Now with the help of a Virginia state lawmaker, the HOA says Oulton can put the flag pole back up, according to the station.
"They asked us to poll our neighbors and we polled all of the neighbors that were adjacent, nine houses and (it) was 100 percent support," Oulton told the station.
Oulton is planning to hold a flag-raising ceremony next month and says he wants to fly Old Glory in front of his house again to honor the memory of those from the 1/9 who lost their lives in Vietnam.
"The memories are always there," he told the station. "Unfortunately, they’re deep inside me and I can’t clear them out."
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A man was arrested Saturday in the cold case killings of two 17-year-old Alabama girls 20 years ago — one of Alabama’s highest-profile cold cases, according to reports.
Cops investigating the deaths of high school seniors Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley in Ozark, Ala., got a break when DNA and a search of a public genealogy website linked Coley McCraney, 45, to the crime, local media reported.
Investigators found their bodies in the trunk of J.B.’s car on Aug. 1, 1999, a day after their families reported them missing. The girls were going to a birthday party for J.B. when they disappeared, the Dothan Eagle reported.
One of the girls was raped.
The search of the genealogy website was conducted using DNA from the crime scene, according to the paper.
The newspaper quoted Tracie’s mother as saying at a vigil on the tenth anniversary of the murders that she prayed every day law enforcement would come up with answers.
“Some days you go to work, get home and tears start. You go to sleep crying,” Carol Roberts said. “Through God’s grace and strength, we’ve come this far, and that’s what Tracie would want us to do.”
She said in 2007 that her daughter and J.B. wound up in Ozark after getting lost driving to the party, WDHN-TV reported.
“She said, ‘Mom, we’re on our way home,’” Roberts said, according to the station.
Online records show McCraney, a married Dothan, Ala., man with children, was booked into the Dale County Jail on five counts of capital murder and one count of rape.
His DNA was not on file because he had no criminal record, WSFA-TV reported.
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Maryland police say five MS-13 gang members stabbed one of their own 100 times and drove the body to Virginia where they set it on fire.
His body was found dumped on the side of the road in Stafford, Va., March 9.
Police in Prince George’s County said in a news release that the teen was killed in a home 60 miles away in Landover Hills, Md., that belonged to the leader of a Virgina MS-13 clique.
Cops charged the clique leader Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 29, with participating in the murder.
The other suspects and Pineda-Chicas drove to Ordonez-Zometa’s home for a meeting March 8, police said.
“To hear somebody was stabbed 100 times, per the medical examiner, pretty much speaks for itself how violent the attack would have been,” Maj. Brian Reilly said Friday at a news conference.
He said invesitgators still don’t know why Pineda-Chicas was targeted for death by his friends.
NBC 4 Washington reported speaking on Thursday to Pineda-Chicas’ mother who said her son was being threatened after saying he didn’t want to be an MS-13 gang member anymore.
The woman, who was not identified, told the station that when his gang pals accused him of talking to cops, they threatened to kill his family. He told them to kill him instead.
"He had to take knives to defend himself, and screwdrivers,” she told the station. “He had razors and he told me, ‘Mom, I’m going to defend myself with them, but it’s not going to be enough.’"
She said they fled El Salvador after her son was forced to join MS-13 there.
Police said the others suspects in the case were Jonathan Castillo-Rivera, 20; Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 18; Christian Martinez-Ramirez, 16, and Jose Hernandez-Garcia, 25.
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A suspect was reportedly in custody Saturday in connection with this week’s suspected gangland slaying of a reputed New York City mob boss.
The suspect was being questioned by NYPD detectives investigating the shooting of alleged Gambino crime boss Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali in Staten Island Wednesday, according to local media reports.
Authorities found the 24-year-old suspect’s fingerprint on a license plate the hitman reportedly handed Cali before shooting him dead, the New York Post reported.
Cali, 53, was plugged six times in an encounter with a man who rammed Cali’s SUV in what police believe was a staged accident to lure Cali out of his home on Staten Island.
A source told the paper that Cali shook hands with the killer before being shot.
The Staten Island Advance reported that the suspect was a white male who lives in Staten Island and that he was apprehended Saturday morning in New Jersey.
“We know that there was a vehicle accident in front of the residence, and we believe the victim’s vehicle was struck,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told the paper after the shooting.
Shea was also quoted as saying, “In trying to elude gunfire he fled to rear area of his personal vehicle, and was trying to get underneath the truck.”
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The alarming number of horse deaths at a California racetrack has drawn the attention of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, which has announced it was conducting a criminal investigation with state regulators.
The DA investigation has been prompted by the deaths of 22 thoroughbreds at Santa Anita Park since Dec. 26 and is being conducted jointly with the California Horse Racing Board, according to a Reuters report Friday.
The deaths of the horses due to catastrophic injuries suffered in training and during races over the short period of time have alarmed horsemen and racing fans and led to a renewed focus on the racing industry’s long-standing problem with drugs–both legal and illegal. These substances can mask injuries a horse may have suffered due to the stress of running on spindly legs.
“We are cooperating fully with the District Attorney’s Office. We will not be providing any additional details about the ongoing, confidential investigation,” Shawn Loehr, CHRB chief of enforcement, said, according to KABC-TV.
Santa Anita spokesman Mike Willman said in a statement that the track welcomes the district attorney’s "sincere interest in solving these very serious issues that we’ve experienced over the past two months."
Santa Anita in Arcadia has canceled racing in response to the breakdown deaths.
Some trainers have blamed the deaths on heavy rains which has affected maintenance of Santa Anita’s dirt track.
On Thursday, 3-year-old filly Princess Lili B snapped both front legs during a workout, forcing her to be put down.
After the breakdown, the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, announced that two prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs will be banned the day of a race and that jockeys will not be allowed to use a whip on a horse as they compete.
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This week’s killing of Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali in Staten Island is reportedly the first New York mob boss hit ever recorded on video.
Cali, 53, was whacked Wednesday in front of his home, fueling speculation the slaying took place as part of a war between rival mob families or a battle for control of the Gambino crime family after the release from prison of Gene Gotti, the 73-year-old brother of former Gambino boss John “Dapper Don” Gotti.
A police spokesman told the Staten Island Advance Friday that no one has been arrested in the shooting.
No one could recall the head of a New York Mafia family ever being shot in front of their home before this week.
"Doing it at their home with family, that breaks a rule," federal Mafia prosecutor Joe Peters told "Fox and Friends” Friday. "But they’re used to breaking rules because they’re not supposed to be involved in drugs, and heroin is one of their biggest businesses."
The Daily Beast offered a blow-by-blow of the contents of the video showing Cali’s murder, citing as a source a law enforcement official who had viewed the tape provided a description.
The video at first shows Cali emerging from his house to confront a man in a hooded top and baseball cap who had just rammed Cali’s parked SUV with a pickup, the news outlet reported.
The video then shows the man bending down, picking up a license plate and handing it to Cali who takes it and walks around to the rear of his SUV, according to the news outlet.
Next, the footage shows the man producing a gun and shooting Cali from behind and then firing more shots as Cali falls, the Daily Beast reported. Those gunshots may have been fired to make sure Cali was dead.
The video concludes with the hitman calmly walking back to his pickup and then driving away, according to the news outlet.
Police said the killer fired 12 bullets and struck Cali six times. They also said the accident may have been staged to lure Cali outside.
The police seized the video — taken by Cali’s home security system — after going to court and obtaining a search warrant, the Daily News reported.
A search warrant was needed because Cali’s family reportedly refused to turn it over voluntarily.
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Infighting among entities involved in the Ethiopian Airlines air disaster probe has hampered analysis of the plane’s damaged black boxes by France’s BEA air accident investigation agency, Fox News has learned.
The source reported being told that the American investigators left the BEA Thursday night after 12 hours of "doing nothing."
The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization has protocols for examination, custody and cooperation among the investigators involved in a civil aviation accident but those protocols are being ignored, according to the source.
The source who spoke to the American investigators also reported being told that the crash site in Hejere had been ransacked by locals before it was secured.
“The scene has been badly compromised,” the source told Fox News. “Positioning is important and that’s been disrupted.”
The report of friction comes as the BEA said Friday that its analysis of the flight recorders had begun.
French officials have said it was unclear whether information could be retrieved due to the damaged condition of the recorders. Ethiopian authorities are leading the crash probe and it will also include the U.S. National Transporation Safety Board.
Also Friday, The New York Times reported that the pilot requested permission "in a panicky voice" to return to the airport shortly after takeoff as the plane dipped up and down sharply and appeared to gain a startling amount of speed.
The report cited "a person who reviewed air traffic communications" from Sunday’s flight saying controllers noticed the plane was moving up and down by hundreds of feet.
Sunday’s plane crashed minutes after takeoff outside Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board, including eight Americans.
It was the second crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet in six months. A crash just after takeoff in Indonesia in October killed 189 people.
Countries — including the United States — have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 as Boeing faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to the two crashes. The company on Friday announced a possible software fix to be complete within 10 days.
The decision to send the flight recorders from the Ethiopia crash to France was seen as a rebuke to the U.S., which held out longer than most other countries in grounding the jets, finally giving the order Thursday afternoon. Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the NTSB who is now an aviation consultant, said that late call by the Federal Aviation Administration may indeed have been a factor.
“I can’t speak for the Ethiopians,” Goelz said. “I’m sure that was under consideration that the FAA was adamant until they weren’t. I think Ethiopia wanted to choose an investigative partner that clearly didn’t have a dog in the fight.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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