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Crime Library’s Top Five Blog Entries of 2012

1. Jury Convicts Man for Orally Raping Baby to Death

A Michigan jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Steven Deuman on September 19, 2012, of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault for the August 2011 suffocation death his 15-week-old baby girl. We were guessing that it would take his fellow prisoners less than 30 minutes to end Deuman the same way.

2. Teen Girl Accused of Sodomizing Toddler

Kansas teen Ashleigh Geist, 18, is facing down a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for allegedly molesting a boy, 3. Geist, a recent high school graduate from Olathe, is charged with aggravated criminal sodomy for a crime that police say took place on July 9, 2012, though no further details have been released. After her arrest reports surfaced that Geist had been the victim of years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father. At this time there is no more information available on the case.

3. Mom Accused of Spanking Son With Bag of Broken Glass

On August 12, 2012, Oklahoma mom Alicia Croney, 24, brought her son, 5, to the hospital with deep cuts on his legs. Concerned hospital employees called police, who questioned the mom. Croney explained that the child was playing X-Box when he wasn’t supposed to, so she spanked him with an empty chip bag, unaware that it contained glass shards.

4. Babysitters Charged With Raping Three in Their Care

Rebecca Russell, Billy Joe Bunch, Jr. and John Thomas III

Missouri couple John Thomas III, 27, and Rebecca Russell, 30, would often babysit for their neighbor’s kids, sometimes having friend Billy Joe Bunch Jr., 25, visit them while babysitting. All three were arrested for taking turns sexually assaulting one family’s children, girls, ages 5, 3, and seven months. In November Thomas pleaded guilty to sexually abusing all three girls in exchange for a 30-year sentence. He is set to be sentenced on February 5, 2013. Russell pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the 5 year old and the 7 month old, and is serving a 10-year jail sentence. Bunch pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the 5 year old, and is serving 15 years in prison. Police are reportedly calling this one of the worst cases of child abuse they’ve ever seen.

5. Teen Convicted in Rape, Murder of 5-Year-Old Girl

After a bench trial, an Oregon judge found Dustin Michael Wallace, 17, guilty of raping and murdering 5-year-old Sahara Dwight in 2010.  Wallace, an Oklahoma native, waived his right to a jury trial and admitted to attacking Dwight.  He said he didn’t mean for her to die. Despite his lawyers’ best efforts, on November 13 Wallace was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge decided that he would benefit from treatment for his autism and ADHD in prison.

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