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Mich. Mom Who Previously Drowned Infant Daughter Charged in Death of Second Baby Girl

A Michigan mother previously convicted of drowning her infant daughter has been charged with murder in the death of another infant daughter, according to multiple reports.

Lisa Rae Bryan, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice, according to MLive.com. Bryan is accused of murdering her infant daughter, Isabella Powrozek, in November 2016, according to the site.

Police investigated the child’s death for a year after hospital staff reported that Isabella’s death seemed suspicious. During that time, Bryan allegedly changed her statement multiple times while being questioned by police, according to UpNorthLive.

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Bryan allegedly admitted to sleeping in the same bed as Isabella, according to MLive, who according to UpNorthLive was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,

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Calif. Student Blaze Bernstein’s High School Friend Named as Suspect in His Murder

California officials have identified the suspect in the case of University of Pennsylvania sophomore Blaze Bernstein, who went missing during his winter break and was found dead earlier this week.

During a press conference Friday evening, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department named Bernstein’s high school friend Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, as the suspect in the case.

Woodward, of Newport Beach, California, was arrested about 1:15 p.m. Friday on suspicion of homicide, according to Undersheriff Don Barnes. He told reporters a motive for the crime is unknown and that the investigation is ongoing.

Samuel Lincoln Woodward (left) was named a suspect in the killing of his high school friend Blaze Bernstein

Barnes said the Bernstein family allowed authorities access to Blaze’s social

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Receptionist Sentenced for Fatally Poisoning Ex-Boyfriend’s Mom, Who Was Also Her Boss: Reports

On Thursday, before being sentenced to 23 years in prison in the 2015 poisoning death of her ex-boyfriend’s mother, a 24-year-old New York woman insisted she was innocent of the crime of which she’d been convicted three months earlier.

According to multiple news reports, Kaitlyn Conley was found guilty in November of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 60-year-old Mary Louise Yoder, a Whitesboro, New York, chiropractor who was also her boss.

The Post-Standard and local TV station WKTV report that Conley spoke during her sentencing in Oneida County, New York, Court on Thursday, saying: “With all respect to the justice system, I’m innocent.”

In addition to her prison term, Conley will be under five years’ post-release supervision, according to WKTV.

Prosecutors argued Conley poisoned Yoder, for whom she had worked for four years, as revenge against Yoder’s son, Adam, the Post-Standard

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Woman Sentenced for Killing Ex’s Mom, Who Was Her Boss …

On Thursday, before being sentenced to 23 years in prison in the 2015 poisoning death of her ex-boyfriend’s mother, a 24-year-old New York woman insisted she was innocent of the crime of which she’d been convicted three months earlier.

According to multiple news reports, Kaitlyn Conley was found guilty in November of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 60-year-old Mary Louise Yoder, a Whitesboro, New York, chiropractor who was also her boss.

The Post-Standard and local TV station WKTV report that Conley spoke during her sentencing in Oneida County, New York, Court on Thursday, saying: “With all respect to the justice system, I’m innocent.”

In addition to her prison term, Conley will be under five years’ post-release supervision, according to WKTV.

Prosecutors argued Conley poisoned Yoder, for whom she had worked for four years, as revenge against Yoder’s son, Adam, the Post-Standard

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New Documentary Chronicles Doctor’s Web of Lies — and Heartbreak of Newswoman He Duped

Benita Alexander thought she had found her modern day Prince Charming.

Capping off a whirlwind romance filled with gondola rides in Venice and quiet dinners in the Greek islands, she was promised a wedding in the Italian countryside officiated by the Pope himself.

But the former NBC News producer would come to find out the hard way that even the most glamorous and convincing of appearances can be deceiving.

On Feb. 14, Investigation Discovery, in conjunction with Efran Films, will premiere the astonishing — and true — story of love gone wrong in a new documentary special called, He Lied About Everything.

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The two-part special details how Alexander, an award-winning investigative news producer, met Dr. Paolo Macchiarini while she was producing an NBC News special about

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Man Allegedly Led Police on Chase with Dead Mom in Trunk — and Now He’s Accused of Murder

A California man who allegedly led police on a high-speed car chase in South Dakota with the body of his dead mother in the trunk has now been charged with murder, PEOPLE confirms.

On Monday, Tosten David Walsh-Lommen, 30, of Santa Cruz, California, was charged in the death of his mother, 58-year-old Michelle Nanette Walsh, of Palm Springs, according to a felony complaint obtained by PEOPLE.

He is being held on a $2.5 million bond in Pennington County, South Dakota, and is awaiting extradition to California.

On New Year’s Day, Walsh-Lemmon was arrested near Rapid City, South Dakota, after a 50-mile car chase at speeds topping 100 mph on Interstate 90, according to a statement released by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

The Honda CR-V he was driving, which is registered to his mother, careened into a ditch after running over a spike strip state troopers had placed on the road to stop him

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Man Found With Dead Mother in Trunk Charged with Murder …

A California man who allegedly led police on a high-speed car chase in South Dakota with the body of his dead mother in the trunk has now been charged with murder, PEOPLE confirms.

On Monday, Tosten David Walsh-Lommen, 30, of Santa Cruz, California, was charged in the death of his mother, 58-year-old Michelle Nanette Walsh, of Palm Springs, according to a felony complaint obtained by PEOPLE.

He is being held on a $2.5 million bond in Pennington County, South Dakota, and is awaiting extradition to California.

On New Year’s Day, Walsh-Lemmon was arrested near Rapid City, South Dakota, after a 50-mile car chase at speeds topping 100 mph on Interstate 90, according to a statement released by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

The Honda CR-V he was driving, which is registered to his mother, careened into a ditch after running over a spike strip state troopers had placed on the road to stop him

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Texas Woman Accused of Damaging Warhol Paintings on Drunken First Date Could Face Life in Prison

The 29-year-old woman accused of damaging at least $300,000 worth of artwork during an alleged drunken first date with a prominent Houston lawyer is disputing the allegations and saying there is more to the story, multiple outlets report.

Lindy Lou Layman appeared in court in Houston on Tuesday in connection with a felony criminal mischief charge filed in December, the Houston Chronicle reports.

She could face life in prison if convicted, according to the Chronicle.

The degree of the charge is determined by the value of the objects that were damaged, the Chronicle explains. In this case, Layman has been charged with the maximum penalty, a first-degree felony, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Layman was arrested on Dec. 23,

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Tonya Harding Almost Ends TV Interview After Host Says Nancy Kerrigan Was the Real Victim

Tonya Harding nearly cut short a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning Britain during an interview with host Piers Morgan, who was trying to pin down whether Harding was involved in the 1994 attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan.

The segment grew contentious as Harding attempted to redirect the focus onto a new biopic about her life, I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie. The film dramatizes Harding’s hardscrabble upbringing, including the domestic violence she faced.

“I respect you for trying to ask these questions, however I am really here just to talk about the future and what it means,” Harding told Morgan. “My movie now, to me, is going to help so many people to realize that it is okay to ask for help. It took me so long to be able to ask for somebody to help me. So that’s why I’m here speaking

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Ohio Man Gets Five Years for Rape That Victim Posted to Snapchat

A 78-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for raping a woman last year, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

James Allen pleaded guilty in October, two months after the rape was recorded by the now 21-year-old victim and posted on the social media app Snapchat, according to the Port Clinton News Herald.

On Thursday, Allen told the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in Port Clinton, Ohio, that he consumed a lot of alcohol on the night of the rape and couldn’t remember everything that happened but was convinced of his actions after viewing the video, according to reports.

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“Once I was shown the video by

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