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Texas House Guest Allegedly Bit Off Woman’s Nose and Swallowed It After Being Asked to Leave

A Texas woman was arrested early Friday morning after she allegedly bit off and swallowed another woman’s nose.

Jessica Collins, 41, had spent the night out at a bar with a friend and her friend’s neighbor, identified only as Tatiana, when they headed back to the neighbor’s home, according to WRAL.

Tatiana, 28, claims, according to ABC 13, that Collins grew disruptive after she demanded more alcohol and cigarettes.

When Tatiana asked Collins to leave, the suspect allegedly jumped on her and threw her to the ground by her hair, the outlet reported.

“I didn’t have time to react, to push her away,” she told ABC 13. “I think I was trying to fight back, but I couldn’t. All I could remember was the taste of blood in my mouth.”

Collins allegedly bit off a large piece of her nose and swallowed it.

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Woman Allegedly Uses Secret Camera to Catch Doctor Molesting Her During a Consultation

A Louisiana doctor was allegedly caught fondling a patient’s breasts and genitals during a consultation after the patient, who suspected the physician had previously been sexually inappropriate, secretly set up a camera to record him, multiple news outlets report.

On Thursday, Dr. James Dyess was arrested on two felony counts of sexual battery and one misdemeanor count of simple battery, according to the New Orleans Advocate and New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Dyess, 57, was booked into Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and released later that day on $20,500 bond, local TV station WGNO reports.

Police in Gretna, where Dyess has an office, were made aware of the alleged sexual abuse when a 35-year-old woman showed them a video she had secretly recorded of her consultation with the doctor, the Advocate and Times-Picayune report.

The patient told police she filmed her consultation because she felt Dyess had allegedly made sexual advances during a previous visit, according

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Mich. Infant Falls Through Hole in Floor and Drowns in Flooded Basement; Mom Charged

A Michigan mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after her baby daughter drowned by falling through a hole in the floor of her home and landing in standing water in her flooded basement, according to multiple reports.

Ca’mya Davis, who was supposed to turn 1 on July 25, was declared dead from an accidental drowning, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office.

On July 6, the girl’s mother, Dasiah Jordan, 26, allegedly told police she had called friends to come to the house and babysit her daughter, but left before the 28-year-old and 31-year-old women arrived, according to a report in the Detroit News.

The baby was allegedly unsupervised at the time of the fall, authorities said, according to the Detroit News

While Jordan was out, she received a message to go to the hospital where she learned her daughter was pronounced dead, according to local

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Suspected Serial Killer Allegedly Killed 3 in Texas ‘Rampage’ Before Tipster Led to His Arrest

Authorities in Texas believe a registered sex offender cut off his ankle monitor before embarking on an apparently random “rampage” across the Houston area in recent days — leaving three people dead before his capture on Tuesday morning.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, was arrested after a tipster reported seeing a suspicious vehicle that turned out to belong to one of Rodriguez’s alleged victims.

He is expected to face three capital murder charges, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Police say the first of Rodriguez’s fatal victims was 62-year-old Pamela Johnson, killed in her northwest Harris County home on Friday night.

Authorities found Johnson’s body after relatives reported being unable to reach her. Her television, computer and jewelry were all missing. The following day, her PT Cruiser was located in the parking lot of Willowbrook Mall, about 12 miles away.

A review of mall surveillance video allegedly showed Rodriguez leaving the vehicle behind.

On Saturday night, a manager at a

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Mom Who Killed Baby Girl — and Is Suspected of Killing 7 Other Kids — to Be Released from Prison

Marybeth Tinning, the New York mom convicted of murdering her 4-month-old daughter in 1985 who is suspected in the deaths of seven of her other children, has been granted parole, PEOPLE confirms.

Incarcerated since 1987, Tinning, now 75, went before the New York State Parole Board six times before she was finally granted parole on July 10, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesperson Thomas Mailey said in a statement.

Tinning, who was sentenced to 20 years to life, could be released from the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills as early as Aug. 21, according to the DOCCS statement.

According to Mailey, Tinning “will remain under community supervision for the rest of her life” with a parole officer. She will be required to abide by a curfew and participate in domestic violence counseling, according to the statement.

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Kansas Allegedly Fatally Shot Mom While She Slept Beside …

The killing 15 years ago mystified Kansas investigators.

On the night of August 15, 2003, 51-year-old hairstylist Carol Fleming and her boyfriend, Rick Harris, had gone out to a club, then stopped by Fleming’s hair salon to pick up Harris’s son. From there, the couple went to Fleming’s home in Beloit and then went to bed.

Later that night or early the next morning came a 911 call: Fleming had been shot in the head while in bed with Harris, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and a Kansas Missing and Unsolved flyer.

Fleming’s teenage son was in a second room. Another son, Charles “Chuck” Ray Fleming, who was 31 at the time, had parked his pickup in the garage and when police showed up “was in the process of feeding the dog,” the flyer states.

Investigators reported no significant findings that led to the immediate identification of a

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Iowa Infant Beaten to Death — and Teen Dad Is Charged | PEOPLE …

An Iowa teen father is behind bars in connection with the beating death of his eight-month-old daughter.

Jayden Straight, 17, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the death of Raija Straight, Polk County Attorney John Sarcone tells PEOPLE.

Raija suffered multiple skull fractures, a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs and massive retina hemorrhaging, according to a police affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Raija Straight

A doctor allegedly told detectives that the girl’s injuries were “from a deliberate assault and could not be explained as unintentional or accidental,” the affidavit says.

“It is heart-wrenching what she potentially went through,” Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Paul Parizek tells PEOPLE. “I heard it was described as [being similar to] an eight-month-old child being dropped off

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8-Month-Old Iowa Girl Beaten to Death — and Her 17-Year-Old Father Is Charged

An Iowa teen father is behind bars in connection with the beating death of his eight-month-old daughter.

Jayden Straight, 17, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the death of Raija Straight, Polk County Attorney John Sarcone tells PEOPLE.

Raija suffered multiple skull fractures, a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs and massive retina hemorrhaging, according to a police affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Raija Straight

A doctor allegedly told detectives that the girl’s injuries were “from a deliberate assault and could not be explained as unintentional or accidental,” the affidavit says.

“It is heart-wrenching what she potentially went through,” Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Paul Parizek tells PEOPLE. “I heard it was described as [being similar to] an eight-month-old child being dropped off

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Casey Anthony Got a ‘Bella Vita’ Tattoo When Caylee Was Missing — and She Recently Covered It Up

On July 3, 2008, Casey Anthony walked to an Orlando tattoo shop to get a tattoo on her left shoulder. She chose the words “Bella Vita,” which is Italian for “Beautiful Life.”

While she was getting the work done, she made small talk with the tattoo artist, Bobby Williams, whom she had known for seven years. According to Williams, she seemed upbeat and happy during the appointment. He later said that Anthony told him that her 2-year-old daughter Caylee was with her nanny.

But Caylee wasn’t with the nanny; she had last been seen two weeks earlier and was likely dead, authorities now believe. Anthony was subsequently arrested and tried for first-degree murder in Caylee’s death, and was acquitted in 2011.

The tattoo became a focal point of Anthony’s trial. Prosecutors told the jury that Anthony’s bar-hopping and tattoo signified that she was not looking for her daughter, but was

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Drugs in Breast Milk Killed Baby, Police Say — and Mom Is Charged …

A Pennsylvania mother has been charged with killing her infant son after allegedly breastfeeding him with milk containing methamphetamine and other drugs, PEOPLE confirms.

Samantha Whitney Jones, 30, of New Britain Township, was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her 11-week-old son, R.J., according to the criminal complaint and the affidavit of probable cause obtained by PEOPLE.

An autopsy allegedly showed that the baby died after she allegedly fed him breast milk tainted with methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the affidavit says.

“R.J. ingested the combination of fatal drugs through breast milk,” the medical examiner says, according to the affidavit.

On the morning the baby died, Jones called 911 after she found him in his bassinet “white and not breathing,” according to the affidavit.

Jones and her mother, who was also in the house, began administering CPR to the infant at the direction of the dispatcher, the affidavit says.

When police arrived at

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