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Possible life sentence for rape of 7 yr-old foster child

on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 07:15
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Possible life sentence for rape of 7 yr-old foster child

Joshua Matthews convicted by Greenfield jury

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A former Athol resident could face up to life in prison for raping a seven year-old foster child who was living at his family home.

Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office notified 22News that on Wednesday, a Franklin Superior Court jury found Joshua Matthews guilty of two counts of forcible rape of a child.

Prosecutors say the 22 year-old Matthews, who most recently lived in Keene, New Hampshire, had abused the boy over the course of more than two years.

The victim, who is now 14 years old, had

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Woman admits causing death of 3-year-old foster child

on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 11:06
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Woman admits causing death of 3-year-old foster child

COLUMBUS — A Hardin woman admitted Thursday that she caused the death of a 3-year-old foster child who was locked in a hot car.

Lavonna Bird, 50, appeared before Judge Blair Jones and pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the death of Jaren Wayne Blacksmith, one of three foster children in her care at the time, on Aug. 17, 2011. 

Bird's trial in the case had been set to begin Monday in Big Horn County District Court. Bird changed her plea Thursday during a 20-minute hearing held in a Columbus courtroom where Jones has his main office.

Bird remains free on a posted $40,000 bond.

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13-year-old says ‘gay porn’ led to repeated rape of 4-year-old foster child

on Sun, 08/19/2012 - 19:45
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A 13-year-old boy is awaiting sentencing in Calgary after pleading guilty to raping a four-year-old boy in his foster home. The teen, identified as T, told police after his arrest on Jan. 3rd that the idea for the assaults, which occurred over the course of a year, came from watching “gay porn” on his foster parents’ home computer.

T’s assaults were discovered when he was caught in the midst of an attack by a neighbor who could see in the bedroom window from his office next door.