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Baby’s parents said she might be anemic

The parents of a baby girl who police suspect may have been abused offered no explanation for the girl's bruises and broken bones, according to court documents filed today.

Ashley B. Huston, 21, and Joshua E Gillis, 22, brought Gracie Rae Gillis to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Friday night. Medical staff called police and reported possible child abuse after discovering multiple skull fractures, a fractured right shoulder and a spiral fracture to her right thigh, police say.

The baby, who will be four months old on Thursday, also had bruises on her forehead, chest and legs and rib fractures that appeared to be older, according to search warrants filed today in Superior Court. Her injuries aren't considered life threatening, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Officers say Gillis left the hospital as they arrived. Huston told officers that Gracie “bruised easily and was possibly anemic” but detectives say that doesn't explain the obvious bruising to her forehead and chest.

Huston told police she arrived home from work and found Gracie in her crib with a a limp right arm, so she took her to the hospital. Gillis was caring for the baby that day, she told police.

Detectives used the warrants to search the couple's home at 123 E. Baldwin Ave. early Saturday and, early this morning, the 1994 Ford Aerostar van in which they transported their daughter to the hospital.

Police seized nine marijuana plants from the couple's bedroom and living room.

No arrests have been made; police say the first-degree assault investigation is ongoing and Child Protective Services has been contacted.

Police: Child molester living as transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff's office announced today.

Kevin Duane Musgrove, 33, was convicted of first-degree child molestation in Spokane County in 1993. His victim was a 3-year-old boy. Musgrove was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Musgrove also has juvenile convictions for two counts of fourth-degree assault with a sexual motivation.

He is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered likely to reoffend.

Musgrove is not wanted by authorities, but the sheriff's office wants the public to be aware of his presence.

Musgrove is required to check in with authorities every week because he has no permanent address.

Spokane County's sex offender registry is available here.

Sex abuse suspect escapes manhunt

A child molestation suspect who escaped a manhunt in the Sagle, Idaho, area Tuesday is wanted by Coeur d'Alene police.

Nathaniel R. Howell, 32, ran from police through the woods in the 1500 block of South Sagle Road about 3 p.m. after he saw the officers while visiting relatives nearby.

Howell is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and five counts of sexual exploitation.

Howell is 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Charge: Soldier took child porn to Kuwait

A soldier is accused of transporting child pornography from Spokane to Kuwait while on duty with the military.

Jason D. Talbott, 33, pleaded not guilty today to four child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Spokane. He was allowed to stay out of jail awaiting trial and will reside in Denver, Colo., where he is stationed with the military, according to court documents.

A federal grand jury indicted Talbott Nov. 16 on charges of receipt, possession, distribution and transportation of child pornography, as well as a forfeiture charge that calls for him to relinquish a computer, an external hard drive and a digital book reader.

The charges allege Talbott receiving child pornography in Spokane Valley between June 21, 2005, and April 21, 2009, and possessing the material until March 16. He's accused of distributing the pornography between August 2010 and November 2010, and of transporting a computer with explicit images on it to Kuwait in December 2010.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Talbott's release conditions require him to stay away from minors unless another adult is present. He's prohibited from accessing the Internet unless he's required to do so by the military.

According to the Daily Mail, Talbott was identified by federal authorities after he contacted a fake website that advertised children for sex. The website was an undercover Internet sting operation designed by the Department of Homeland Security but has since been shutdown, the newspaper reports.

Rathdrum man sentenced for sex abuse

A 26-year-old Rathdrum man will spend at last seven years in prison for sexually abusing a minor.

Justin Scott Savage was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison with eligibility for parole after seven for lewd conduct with a minor under 16, sexual abuse of a child under 16 and two counts of injury to jail.

1st District Court Judge Fred Gibler sentenced Savage, who pleaded guilty in September. Savage has previous misdemeanor convictions for theft, drugs and burglary, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

Sheriff's spokesman Major Ben Wolfinger said the injury to jail charges stem from Savage damaging the jail on several occasions.

Mom accused of fracturing baby’s skull

A woman accused of fracturing her baby's skull at a Spokane bus station last summer is wanted on a felony warrant.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Whitney A. Manges, 25, who a witness said was “swaying and staggering” when she picked her 7-month-old son after dropping him while trying to board a bus on Aug. 9.

The boy cried and appeared lethargic after the incident at the STA station in the 1300 block of East Sprague Avenue outside the Union Gospel Mission women's shelter. Police contacted Manges as she sat on a bench at the STA Plaza, where she said she was on Xanax and another drug she couldn't identify, according to court documents.

Police said the baby was filthy but in good physical health, but Manges was not capable of properly caring for him so he was taken by Child Protective Services. Police were called to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center two days later after the boy's foster parents noticed a lump on his head that an emergency room doctor said was a skull fracture.

Detectives seized Manges' medical records, and prosecutors charged her last months with assault of a child in the third-degree and reckless endangerment, both felonies. The last charge alleges she was intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance when the assault occurred.

A $15,000 warrant was issued for Manges' arrest on Nov. 7. Anyone with information on her location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tips sought on alleged child molester

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a man charged with first-degree child molestation.

Carlos P. Unup, 46, is accused of inappropriately touching a six-year-old girl while riding in a car with her parents near East Bigleow Gulch Road and North Havana Street on Aug. 21.

A $25,000 warrant for his arrest was issued Oct. 21, the same day prosecutors charged him.

Anyone with information on Unup's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Caught In Scandal, Paterno To Retire

In this Nov. 6, 2010, file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field by his players after getting his 400th collegiate win, a 38-21 victory over Northwestern, in State College, Pa. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. Story here. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Question: Should Penn State ask Joe Paterno to step down now? Or would it be doing the right thing by allowing the legendary coach to complete the season and then retire?

Feds To Review Judge Lashing Teen

Federal prosecutors agreed Friday to look into a video that shows a Texas judge lashing his teenage daughter with a belt, a police chief said a day after authorities said too much time had passed to consider state charges. Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said he discussed the 2004 video of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams beating his then 16-year-old daughter with a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's Corpus Christi office. … Hillary Adams (pictured), now 23, posted the 8-minute clip on YouTube last week that shows her father viciously lashing her with a belt and trying to force her to bend over her bed to be beaten despite her pleas to stop. The clip had received more than 4 million views by Friday/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Did Hillary Adams do the right thing by posting the video on YouTube?

N. Idaho couple in girl’s death still jailed

Samantha Moore, of Coeur d’Alene, talks in March 2009 about the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Karina, pictured at far left. (SRPhoto/Kathly Plonka)

Post Falls police arrested a Post Falls couple in the January 2009 death of 2-year-old Karina Janay Moore, who was fatally injured while in the couple’s foster care.

Jeremy and Amber Clark were booked into Kootenai County Jail on Thursday on charges of injury to a child, conspiracy and perjury, according to a jail official.

The case has been sealed by a judge until the Clarks’ first court appearance, according to Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh.

Read the rest of Kevin Graman's story here.

Past coverage:

March 15, 2009: Karina's mother seeking justice

Man pleads guilty to child porn charge

A 41-year-old Hayden Lake man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing child pornography.

Charley Brigham Leighton II faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and lifetime supervised release when he's sentenced Jan 30 by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Coeur d'Alene.

A grand jury indicted Leighton in September after the North Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home on Aug. 26, 2010, and seized computers containing pornography images of children. Leighton told investigators he'd downloaded more than 1,000 images in about a year, according to court documents.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the images depicted children from Missouri, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, Washington, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, England and the Netherlands, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“Children are our society's most precious resource,” U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. “The federal, state and local law enforcement officers who make up the North Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force work cooperatively and use every available tool to protect children from online predators.”  

  

Hoopfest convict wanted in North Idaho

A man involved in a gang-related shooting at Hoopfest is wanted in North Idaho for felony injury to a child.

Marquis D. Johnson, 23, has a $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Kootenia County for allegedly assaulting a 6-year-old girl in Coeur d'Alene on June 25.

Johnson is accused of throwing a salt-and-pepper shaker at the girl, according to court documents. Further details are pending a week-old records request for a report from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Johnson was given an exceptionally low sentence of six months in jail last fall after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in relation to the shooting at Hoopfest.

Johnson was originally charged with about a dozen counts of attempted murder after gunshots injured two girls and grazed a bystander at the annual basketball tournament in downtown Spokane on June 26.

The triggerman, Miguel C. Garcia, is serving a nine-year prison sentence. Johnson had been released from prison just three weeks earlier after serving three years for a shooting in Spokane that didn't injure anyone.

The warrant in Kootenai County was issued Aug. 5.

Anyone with information on Johnson's location is asked to call the sheriff's department at (208) 446-1300.

Mother probed for baby’s skull fracture

Spokane police are investigating a mother for possible assault charges after her baby suffered a skull fracture when she dropped him while boarding an STA bus.

A bus passenger saw the woman drop the 7-month-old boy as she tried to board in the 1300 block of East Sprague Avenue outside the Union Gospel Mission women's shelter on Aug. 9.

The witness said the boy cried a little bit and appeared lethargic as his mother picked up him and got on the bus and was “swaying and staggering,” according to a search warrant filed recently to obtain the woman's medical records.

The witness thought the woman was on drugs and said the boy was filthy, according to the warrant.

Police contacted the woman as she sat on a bench at the STA Plaza, where she said she was on Xanax and another drug she couldn't identify. The officer was “extremely concerned about her ability to care for the baby,” whom he said didn't appear to have been washed for some time.

“The baby appeared to be in good health other than the poor hygiene,” according to the search warrant.

The woman was arrested on a warrant for driving while suspended while the child was taken by Child Protective Services.

The baby's foster mother alerted police two days later to a lump on the boy's head, which an emergency room doctor said was a skull fracture. Police investigating possible assault charges have seized the mother's medical records to try to determine her level of impairment when she dropped the boy.

Convicted rapist indicted for child porn

A 70-year-old Stevens County man who recently pleaded guilty to child rape has been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography.

James Ernest Guinn, Jr., is in jail awaiting sentencing in Stevens County Superior Court and arraignment in U.S. District Court, where he was indicted last week on charges of production of child pornography, transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Guinn is accused of producing child pornography with a young girl between August and November 2010, and of transporting child pornography from California to Washington in 2006.

Investigators found child pornography dating back to the 1960s and on several kinds of media, ranging from digital images in computer files, to video footage and 8 mm movie film, according to the Stevens County Prosecutor's Office.

Guinn faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted. He's to be arraigned in Spokane on Oct. 6. He already faces 93 to 123 months in state prison after pleading guilty to first-degree rape of a child Tuesday in Stevens County.
  

Pro fighter wanted on child rape charge

A competitive mixed-martial arts fighter set to begin trial today on charges that he raped and molested a young girl has a reward being offered for tips that lead to his capture after he didn't show up for court. 

Michael L. Mininger, 30, is wanted on a $25,000 warrant after missing a pre-trail conference Sept. 2 in Spokane County Superior Court, where he was to stand trial this week on two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree child molestation.

Crime Stoppers today announced a reward for tips that lead to his arrest. Mininger is accused of raping a 9-year-old girl over a period of three years.

He was arrested June 11, 2010, but has been out of jail on $10,000 bond since June 17, 2010. Mininger has no criminal convictions.

He's 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds and last gave a home address in the 11900 block of East Mansfield Avenue in Spokane Valley, according to Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Family defends accused child abuser

A baby boy is fighting for his life in a Spokane hospital and his 19-year-old Coeur d’Alene father is accused of causing the bleeding in the infant’s brain by repeatedly handling him too roughly.

James Dean Blanchard has been charged with felony injury to a child. Bond was set Monday at $100,000 during Blanchard’s first appearance before Kootenai County magistrate Judge Clark Peterson. A preliminary hearing is expected within 14 days.

When Peterson imposed a no-contact order prohibiting Blanchard from seeing his 20-day-old son, Noah, Blanchard said, “I want to be able to see my son again. I’ll do anything.” Blanchard’s mother, father, stepmother and two brothers attended the hearing and said afterward that Blanchard loves his son and would never hurt him.

Read the rest of Alison Boggs' story here.

Coeur d'Alene police said today that Noah remains in “very critical condition.”

“Our hopes and prayers are with this child,” said Sgt. Christie Wood.

Man accused of raping 4-year-old girl

A Whitman County man is facing a charge of first-degree rape of a child after his arrest by sheriff’s deputies.

The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office today reported that Steven Thomas Schuler, 34, was taken into custody in Rosalia following a complaint about the rape of a four-year-old girl in Lamont on Friday.

He was scheduled to appear on Monday in Whitman County Superior Court to hear the charge against him, deputies said.

Child luring suspect leaves jail on bond

A Coeur d'Alene man accused of offering a woman money in exchange for her granddaughters left jail just hours after he was arrested Wednesday.

Shan A. Anderson, 32, posted $1,106 bond on four misdemeanor charges, including attempted child enticing, Wednesday night, according to the Kootenai County Jail.

Police were called to 1034 N. 3rd St. at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, where they were told that Anderson approached a grandmother and “attempted to give her money so he could have her granddaughters,” according to a Coeur d'Alene police news release.
 
While investigating that case, officers learned Anderson also attempted to lure a boy walking home from school just minutes earlier, police said. 
 
Anderson was booked on four charges, attempted child enticing, attempted child custodial interference, disturbing the peace and obstruction. Each is a misdemeanor. Suspects arrested on felonies in Kootenai County cannot post bond until seeing a judge.

Repeat sex offender gets 15 years to life

A sex offender with a lengthy criminal history in Oregon will serve 15 years to life in prison for molesting a girl in Post Falls.

Roy L. Goldsborough, 52, was arrested in December after a 12-year-old girl told family members about the abuse.

Post Falls police recorded a phone call between the girl and Goldsborough in which he confessed to the abuse, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty in March to lewd conduct with a minor under 16 and being an habitual offender.

Kootenai County District Curt Judge John Mitchell sentenced him Wednesday to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 15 years, with credit for time served in the Kootenai County Jail.

Mitchell noted Goldsborough's extensive criminal history, the nature of the offense and his “blame shifting” when sentencing him, accoridng to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

Goldsborough's criminal history includes convictions for two counts of sexual abuse, two counts of felony assault and single counts of petit theft, delivery of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. Goldsborough moved to Post Falls last fall.

In a prepared statement, Prosecutor Barry McHugh said the sentence “was appropriate given the unconscionable nature of the offense and the continued predatory conduct by the defendant.”

Mother-daughter child abusers sentenced

A Coeur d’Alene woman and her mother were ordered imprisoned today for their roles in the neglecting of twin 2-year-old girls.

Elisabeth Crossley and her 55-year-old mother, Ruth Cassidy, each will spend up to five years in prison, with no less than two years.

Crossley’s twin daughters were found Dec. 5 locked in a bedroom at a Coeur d’Alene apartment.

The girls were naked, covered in fecal matter and had bruises and open sores, authorities said.

The woman who alerted police to the girls' conditions, Brandi Conklin, was honored last month with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department's Civilian Humanitarian Award.

Crossley and Cassidy were each charged with two counts of felony injury to a child. 

Crossley pleaded guilty to one count while Cassidy entered an Alford plea, in which she did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence for prosecutors to obtain a conviction.

Past coverage:

Feb. 1: CdA woman admits to abusing twin girls

Dec. 6: Feces-caked 2-year-olds rescued in CdA

Police: Dog abuser beat boy, too

A Spokane Valley man already accused of abusing his dog has been charged with felony assault against a child.

Jeffrey S. Brown, 40, is accused of beating his 4-year-old stepson at the home they shared with Brown's wife and the couple's 18-month old son at 14819 E. Fourth Ave.

Brown remains in Spokane County Jail on $50,000 bond after appearing before Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt today on one count of second-degree assault of a child. That's in addition to $10,000 bond already imposed for a first-degree animal cruelty charge

According to court documents, the victim's mother noticed unusual bruising on the boy Dec. 27 and took him to a hospital, then fled Spokane with her children “in cooperation with Child Protective Services.”

Brown was arrested in February after animal protection officers found his 1-year-old brown dog, Gizmoto, with a broken femur sustained during months of abuse.

Brown released ownership of the dog to SCRAPS, and the organization paid for the dog to be examined. SCRAPS director Nancy Hill said Wednesday that the veterinarian took the dog in but said she wasn't sure if it had been adopted yet.

In an interview with a sheriff's detective, Brown initially denied hurting the boy but then said he'd been too forceful on several occasions and needed counseling to control his temper.

Sex offender jailed for child porn

A Spokane sex offender already in jail has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Daniel Elliot Ochs, 47, pleaded not guilty this week to two felonies after a grand jury indicted him Feb. 16.

He's charged in U.S. District Court with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography in relation to a search at his home on July 27. He's accused of possessing sexually explicit images of children beginning in January 2010.

The FBI seized three cell phones; Ochs would relinquish ownership under a forfeiture charge included in the indictment.

Ochs has been in jail since July. In 2005, he was sentenced to 46 months in prison for possession of child pornography. He was released early, in late 2008, and was to be on probation for five years. He was arrested after an Internet site complained of uploaded images of child pornography. Investigators traced an email address to Ochs.

Ochs said in a written statement to the FBI that he started looking at child pornography again because of “stress and relationship problems.”

“It is an addiction and I am in treatment for it,” he wrote, according to court documents.
  

Mother charged w/ baby’s 1957 murder

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Judith Post says she remains haunted by a memory more than half a century old — the sight of her older sister tossing her own baby several feet and watching the infant land on the floor. Though Post tries to forget the scene, a fresh court case has forced her to confront those thoughts again.

Post's sister, Ruby Klokow, 74, (pictured) of Sheboygan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the 1957 death of her daughter, after her son came forward to police in 2008 with stories of horrific childhood abuse.

Klokow, wearing a red prison jumpsuit, did not speak at the preliminary hearing, during which a judge determined there was enough evidence for her to stand trial.

Post, 69, isn't sure how to react to the allegations. She told The Associated Press that Klokow regularly abused her when they were children, and she said she once watched Klokow toss her baby daughter Jeaneen to the ground. It's not immediately clear how that alleged incident might relate to Jeaneen's death.

“How do I feel about how she should be punished? I don't know,” Post said, pausing for a moment and taking a deep breath. “That's up to God.”

The case is proceeding now because of James Klokow Jr.

The 55-year-old went to police with stories of his mother regularly beating him, choking him and kicking him in the legs with steel-toed boots so often that he still has knee problems. He spoke of his mother breaking his arm and nose.

He said she once forced him to stay in the basement for so long that he quenched his thirst by lapping water from the floor. He also described his mother covering the head of his mentally challenged younger brother and striking the wailing boy's toes one by one with a hammer.

But despite the physical torture, James Klokow told investigators, one of the worst pains he endured was his mother blaming him for his 7-month-old sister's death.

Click the link below to read the rset of the story by Associated Press writer Dinesh Ramde.

Child prostitution concerns at Super Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — As thousands of football fans descend on Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are keeping watch for a different kind of out-of-town visitor: pimps selling children for sex.

Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex trade. This year, Texas authorities and advocacy groups are stepping up their anti-prostitution efforts, especially where young girls are concerned.

“Most people don't know that our children are being brutalized this way, and we have to stop it,” said Deena Graves, founder of Traffick911, a Texas organization that launched the “I'm Not Buying It” campaign for Super Bowl XLV. “We need to get mad. We need to get angry about what's happening to our kids right here.”

For weeks, volunteers have been canvassing neighborhoods in Dallas and other cities, distributing door hangars and posters with information. Others have placed coasters in restaurants and bars. Traffick911 has also made public-service announcements, some featuring current and former NFL players.

“As a man and as a father of two beautiful girls, I'm not buying it — and neither should you,” Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff says in one television ad. “If you're one of these men buying these young girls, I'm telling you that real men don't buy children. They don't buy sex.”

Pimps hawking young girls see the thousands of men who travel to the Super Bowl each year as a gold mine of potential clients. Police in and around host cities have tried for years to crack down on prostitution by conducting stings or increasing patrols during Super Bowl week. Only in recent years have underage girls come to light in increasing numbers.

“This is a very large issue. We want people to know what human trafficking looks like,” said Thomas Lawrence, an assistant Dallas police chief. Last year's Super Bowl in Miami drew as many as 10,000 prostitutes, including children and human trafficking victims, police said.

Read the rest of the story by Associated Press writer Angela K. Brown by clicking the link below.

CdA woman admits to abusing twin girls

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The mother of twin 2-year-old girls found living in squalor in their Coeur d'Alene apartment pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony injury to a child.

Elisabeth Crossley, 27, (right) entered her plea as part of a deal with the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office. Under terms, Crossley could face up to 10 years in prison.

Acting on a tip from neighbors, authorities found the twins in December locked in a bedroom at their apartment, investigators said. Both remain in state custody. Investigators say the girls were sealed inside the bedroom with no clothes, bedding or furniture.

They say the walls of the room were covered in fecal matter, and both girls were bruised and had open sores.

Police also said a couch cushion was tied to the inside of the bedroom door to muffle noise from the twins banging on the door. 

First District Court Judge John Luster said the facts of the case are “disturbing,” and he scheduled sentencing for April 13.

Crossley was released from Kootenai County jail on her own recognizance pending sentencing.

The judge ordered that she remain in Idaho. Crossley said little at her hearing Monday and kept her face covered with her long hair, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press.

She has offered authorities no explanation for the injuries or living conditions inside the apartment.

Last week, Crossley's mother, 55-year-old Ruth K. Cassidy, (left) entered an Alford plea to felony injury to a child.

Crossley's estranged husband, Scott Lewis Crossley, 41, says he plans to get a paternity test so he can take custody of the girls. He said traces of his life with his wife were destroyed in a burn barrel on a California beach while on an “acid trip.” Scott Crossley said he worked as a professional wrestler from 1999 to 2002 under the name Mutant, but isn't working now because of a heart-rhythm disorder, according to the Associated Press.

Child porn suspect jailed without bail

A suspect in a child pornography case previously allowed to leave jail on his own recognizance has been ordered held without bail after a federal indictment.

Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, faces up to 30 years in prison for five charges that include two counts of production of child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ruled Monday that the charges were too serious to allow Monzingo out of custody. He does not have a stable address and he has not undergone a mental health assessment, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Monzigno was arrested Dec. 16 after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price released Monzingo from jail on his own recognizance the next day; the suspect was arrested on the federal charges last week. He has pleaded not guilty.

Plea reached in CdA child neglect case

(AP) — The grandmother of twin 2-year-old girls found with injuries and living in filthy conditions has reached a plea in the neglect case.

 Ruth K. Cassidy, 55, (left) entered an Alford plea to one count of felony injury to a child. Prosecutors agreed to drop a second count, according to court records. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to get a conviction.

District Judge John Luster scheduled Cassidy's sentencing for April 13. Kootenai County deputy prosecutor Donna Gardner says 26-year-old Elisabeth Crossley (right) is likely to be arraigned next week.

She also is charged with two counts of felony injury to a child after her children were found in a bedroom with no clothes and dried feces caked on their bodies.

Crossley's estranged husband, Scott Lewis Crossley, 41, says he plans to get a paternity test so he can take custody of the girls.

He said traces of his life with his wife were destroyed in a burn barrel on a California beach while on an “acid trip.” Scott Crossley said he worked as a professional wrestler from 1999 to 2002 under the name Mutant, but isn't working now because of a heart-rhythm disorder, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press.

Man charged w/ producing child porn

A Spokane man arrested on child pornography charges in December has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to two counts of production of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

The charges allege Monzingo filmed the sexual abuse of a minor on two occasions in July and August, then distributed child pornography through his computer on Oct. 28 and Nov. 30.

Police found explicit materials during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16.  The home is about a block from an elementary school.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price released Monzingo from jail on his own recognizance after his arrest, but he was taken into custody on the federal indictment Thursday and remains in jail. A hearing to decide if he should be allowed bail is set for Jan. 24.

Spokane police began investigating Monzingo after undercover Colorado detectives said they’d received pornographic files from him over the Internet.

Man gets 2+ years for breaking boy’s leg

A Post Falls man will spend at least two years in prison for breaking the leg of his fiancée’s child, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

Michael Robert Edinger, 27, was charged after he and his fiancée, Rebecca L. Mullin, took Mullin’s 2-year-old son to Kootenai Medical Center Sept. 24 with a broken leg.

District Judge Lansing Haynes this week sentenced Edinger to 10 years in prison with elgibility for parole after two years.

Mullin’s son was in Edinger’s care at the time he was injured. Edinger initially said the boy injured himself while they were playing, but nurses said the injury – a spiral fracture of the left femur – is extremely rare and likely caused by abuse.

Edinger, who police said “sat emotionless” during an interview, eventually told authorities he “snapped” while changing the boy Sept. 23 and “grabbed the boy’s leg, twisted it, and slammed it to the floor,” police said.

The boy also had several other broken bones that appeared to be weeks old, nurses said.

“The long sentence imposed by Judge Haynes is justified by the nature of this crime, especially taking into consideration that a defenseless child was seriously injured,” Kootenai County Prosectuor Barry McHugh said in a news release. “Mr. Edinger’s lack of remorse for his conduct is troubling.”

Post Falls Child Abuser Gets 10 Years

A 27-year-old Post Falls man was sentenced to 10 years in prison — two fixed and eight indeterminate — for fracturing the leg of his fiancee's (Rebecca L. Mullin) 2-year-old son. Michael Robert Edinger was sentenced by Judge Lansing Haynes for felony injury to the child who was in Edinger's care at the time. After initially stating that the injury had been cause while he was playing with the boy, Edinger admitted that he had “snapped” while trying to change the boy's diaper. Edinger, according to a news release from Prosecutor Barry McHugh, said the boy was crying and being uncooperative. Edinger said he grabbed the boy's leg, twisted it, and slammed it to the floor. Full prosecutor's news release here.