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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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Who Was Gianni Versace? Fashion Designer’s Life and Death Chronicled in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

American Crime Story is back for a second season Wednesday on FX. And after tackling the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 2016, Ryan Murphy’s truw-crime anthology drama turns to the shocking murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

Set in Miami, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, depicts how serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) shot Versace (Edgar Ramirez) outside his Miami mansion and the repercussions that followed the death of one of fashion’s biggest names.

The life, death and legacy of Versace have been adapted in film and television before, but never to this extent. Here’s why Versace is so revered 20 years after his murder.

Who was Gianni Versace?

Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on December 2, 1946. By the age of 26, he began working in fashion design in Milan

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‘American Crime Story’ On Gianni Versace’s Death Is Fiction, Family Says

The book refers to Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, written by Maureen Orth and published in 1999.

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When He Was 13 Years Old, Paris Bennett Stabbed His 4-Year-Old Sister to Death

Viewers who saw the Investigation Discovery documentary The Family I Had last month witnessed a true crime story almost too horrific to contemplate. A decade ago, then 13-year-old Paris Bennett killed his four-year-old sister, Ella, with a kitchen knife.

The documentarians interviewed Paris, now 24, in the Texas prison where he’s serving a 40-year sentence — the state’s maximum sentence for a juvenile murderer — and the New York Post recently published an interview his mother, Charity Lee. Just after midnight on Feb. 5, 2007, cops found Charity at a Buffalo Wild Wings near Abilene, TX, where she waited tables.

“[The police] told me that my daughter had been hurt,” she says in the film, remembering that fateful night. “And I was saying, ‘You need to take me to Ella now,’ and they were like, ‘You can’t go… She’s dead.’

“And that made no sense, because I knew that I’d

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Police ‘Not Ready to Call Anyone a Suspect’ in Death of Colo. Teen Who Named Alleged Stalker on Facebook

Colorado authorities have not made an arrest in the death of a 19-year-old woman who obtained a protection order against a man she alleged was stalking her weeks before her death.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Adams County Sheriff Mike McIntosh told reporters that detectives are working around the clock to deliver justice for Natalie Bollinger, who was found dead Saturday off the side of a road north of Denver.

Weeks before she was reported missing, Bollinger posted a warning on Facebook to family and friends about a man she said was harassing her. She also obtained a protection order against the man, identified as Shawn Schwartz, an Adams County court official tells PEOPLE.

When asked by reporters of the status of Shawn Schwartz, (who was not directly identified during the press conference), McIntosh said authorities were in touch with him but added they were “not ready to

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Arizona Woman, 69, Mauled to Death By Akita While Volunteering with Dog Rescue Organization


A 69-year-old Arizona woman was mauled to death Wednesday by a dog while volunteering at the Canine Country Club and Feline Inn in Phoenix, PEOPLE learns.

The victim, Carol Harris, was killed by an Akita.

Harris was volunteering with Akita Advocates, which had rented out space at the Canine Country Club and Feline Inn in Phoenix.

The organization confirmed Harris was killed Wednesday in a statement posted to Facebook.

The Canine County Club and Feline Inn issued a statement on the mauling incident: “It is with heavy hearts we pass along sad news. This afternoon a volunteer from one of the rescue groups we host was playing with…[an] Akita [that] is owned by the rescue group, Akita Advocates…in one of our play yards when [the] dog attacked her. She was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, and has since passed away.”

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Pit Bulls Who Mauled Owner to Death Were ‘a Little Bit Neglected,’ Authorities Allege

Authorities released disturbing new details Monday in the mauling death of a Virginia woman by her two pit bulls, and alleged the dogs had recently become “more isolated” with “less and less human contact.”

Goochland County, Virginia, Sheriff James Askew released the information at a news conference, saying he wanted to address skeptics who floated other theories about the death of Bethany Lynn Stephens.

The body of Stephens, 22, of Glen Allen, was found Thursday evening in the woods near an old family farm where she frequently walked her dogs, after her father called 911 around 8:20 p.m. to report that she hadn’t returned home. Initial findings from the medical examiner appeared to confirm injuries to the victim “consistent with being mauled by these dogs,” the sheriff said over the weekend.

“There’s been such a high volume of misinformation,” Askew said on Monday. While stating “I have no idea” what caused the attack,

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PEOPLE Explains: Virginia Woman Mauled to Death By Her Two Dogs While Walking Them in Woods

The scenario sounded far-fetched to those who knew 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens: While on a walk in the woods with her two pet pit bull dogs, the animals attacked and mauled the Virginia woman, killing her.

Goochland County, Virginia, sheriff’s deputies who encountered her body Thursday night were responding to a call around 8:20 p.m. from her father, who had grown concerned when Stephens did not return home, Sheriff James Agnew said at a news conference on Friday.

Initial findings from the medical examiner appeared to confirm injuries to the victim “consistent with being mauled by these dogs,” the sheriff said.

“This was not a homicide,” he said.

A member of the Stephens family declined comment when called by PEOPLE.

Here are five things to know about the tragedy:

1. The Victim Was Visiting Her Father

Stephens did not live in Goochland, Virginia, where the attack on her occurred, but had grown up in the area

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Nicole Finn Found Guilty of Starving Teenage Daughter to Death …

Nicole Finn, the 43-year-old Iowa mother authorities say starved her teenage daughter to death, was found guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child endangerment on Thursday.

A 12-person jury, which began deliberating the case since Wednesday, convicted Finn in the October 2016 death of 16-year-old Natalie Finn, according to the Des Moines Register.

Natalie weighed just 85 pounds at the time of her death and one attorney described the case as the worst he had ever seen.

The mother of five will be sentenced Jan. 26, but first-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Iowa.


Nicole Finn

In final arguments, the prosecution argued Finn sought to kill and torment the three children, including Natalie, who was adopted. The defense claimed Finn

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NC Toddler Freezes to Death on Porch as Mom Slept Inside with Drugs in Her System

A North Carolina woman whose 3-year-old son froze to death on their porch earlier this year pleaded guilty on Monday to an involuntary manslaughter charge, PEOPLE confirms.

Jamie Basinger was unconscious, with drugs in her system, as her son, Landyn, was dying outside her home in March, according to a Burke County court official.

Following her plea this week, Basinger was sentenced to 19 and 32 months in prison. That sentence was suspended and she was give three years’ probation, with credit for 245 days already served, according to Basinger’s attorney, Frank Webster, and the Morganton News Herald.

Webster tells PEOPLE she will only serve her remaining months in prison if she violates her probation, meaning her release from behind bars is immediate.

Basinger was also originally charged with felony child abuse in Landyn’s death, but prosecutors dropped that count as part of a plea deal, according to Webster and the

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