Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Her Nissan Altima was discovered behind a vacant building. We are told that officers are searching the area now.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Amanda Bacon, the mother convicted of killing her son, is now on her way to prison. Thursday April 24 the judge handed down the maximum sentence.
Bacon showed little expression as the judge handed her a life sentence at the Lucas County courthouse. She will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of that prison term. So far she has served a little over two years at the Lucas County jail while awaiting her trial.
"We didn't have an eye witness so we had to put the pieces of the puzzle together and the jury did a fantastic job," said Frank Spryszak, prosecuting attorney.
Before handing the sentence down, the judge read a letter from David Skrapenski, a man who testified in the trial. Skrapenski is currently serving time for an unrelated crime, but said he and his family cared for baby Avery for many months when Bacon could not care for him.
"I wish we could have done more to prevent this more, to make sure he was safer more, to make sure he was okay… I viewed him as a little brother," said Heaven Bowels, who cared for baby Avery.
The family has dozens of pictures from baby Avery's short life. The family says they were pleased with the verdict, but said it does not give them closure.
"Her admitting to what she did and her giving us reason as to why she did what she did would give us closure," said Bowels.
The family said they hoped to adopt Avery.
"I don't care if she gets out of prison or not, I just don't want her to have another child and do this to another family or innocent life," said Bowels.
The family said they hope to carry on Avery's legacy by providing help for mothers like Bacon.
"I'll always remember his smile. That's the most important thing," said Bowels.
Bacon will remain at the Lucas County jail until she is evaluated by a substance abuse organization. She will then be sent to the state's women's prison.