A survey of cases that captured the public’s attention and outrage.
A San Antonio, Texas, mother is in custody after the U.S. Army and the FBI charged that she grabbed her son’s genitals and yanked them so hard that she ripped his scrotum. She did not seek medical attention, but tried to remedy the injury at home.
In a crime reminiscent of the torture of Sylvia Likens, the mother of a male teen has been convicted of torturing him over the course of several weeks in 2013. Child services was notified of the abuse by a young relative of the family, who spent a weekend. Though permanently disfigured, unlike Likens, this victim survived.
Mary Bell was convicted of strangling toddler Martin Brown on May 25, 1968, the day before her 11th birthday. She later left notes that claimed responsibility for the murder, but police dismissed the incident as a prank. After all, who could look at the angelic face of this child and ever imagine her to be one of the youngest serial killers ever discovered.
Ohio daycare worker Heather Koons would videotape herself molesting one and two year old babies all for her sick boyfriend, prosecutors say.
A woman found her soon-to-be ex-husband unconscious alongside their son, who he had injected with a cocktail of deadly drugs, including heroin.
Though her stepmother later said 10-year-old Zahra died on September 24, 2010, she didn’t report her missing until October 9. Read the tragic story of a young girl whose fight with cancer was an inspiration to those around her, and whose gruesome murder garnered international attention.
Crime Library’s Nastacia Leshchinskaya contemplates a case where a Florida couple intentionally harmed their child with boiling water and asks “Why?”
An Oklahoma mother is behind bars after dousing her daughter with gasoline to get rid of some pesky lice in a home remedy that went almost as badly as one could expect. The child caught fire and wound up in the hospital with extensive burns to her upper body, while the mother wound up in police custody.
In shades eerily reminiscent of child killer Mary Bell we present Beth, 6, the victim of such severe physical and sexaul abuse as an infant, that she is unable to bond with another person or to feel love. She admits remorselessly and openly to physically torturing her baby brother and to wanting to kill him, to hoarding knives and other weapons, and to plotting to murder her entire family; to getting her only joy from hurting other people.