Posts Tagged ‘bodily injury’

After More Than 12 Million Online Views Sharkeisha Is Arrested

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


The brutal clip showed 17-year-old ShaMichael Manuel getting pummeled by a schoolmate named Sharkeisha, who struck her in the face when she’s wasn’t looking and then hit and kicked her while she was on the ground.

The Harris County sheriff’s office said the foulmouthed bully was arrested last Thursday on charges of assault with bodily injury. They didn’t identify her because she’s a minor.

The Nov. 19 attack allegedly started because of a dispute over a boy, ShaMichael’s family told Houston’s KHOU-TV. The sickening footage has since gone viral, inspiring snarky, shark-themed memes and a popular Twitter hashtag.

“The video’s just going and going,” ShaMichael’s mother, Olevia Henderson, told KHOU-TV. “They’re making jokes, and they’re taunting. They’re glorifying the girl Sharkeisha, but they’re taunting my daughter at the same time.”

The vicious beating left her with a black eye and a split lip. Her mother told KHOU-TV she’s had trouble seeing out of one eye.


Mother Allegedly Tore Son’s Scrotum And Tried To Repair Genitals With Superglue

Saturday, October 26th, 2013


A mother in San Antonio, Texas, is accused of ripping her 6-year-old son’s scrotum and bruising his penis. Instead of seeking medical attention, she allegedly tried to mend his torn genitals with the adhesive power of superglue.
The FBI charged Jennifer Marie Vargas on Wednesday with assault causing serious bodily injury after investigators said she grabbed the boy by his private parts and pulled with enough force to open a 4-centimeter laceration on his scrotum.

KENS reports that Vargas mutilated her son on Sept. 27 and then cleaned the wound with alcohol before trying to seal the gaping hole with the glue.

“She applied superglue to the (boy’s) scrotum until the bleeding stopped, stuffed his underwear with paper towels, and then told him to go to bed,” a criminal complaint affidavit said. “Vargas did not seek any type of medical treatment for the child.”

The assault occurred in the family’s home at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Vargas’ husband, who is enlisted in the Army, returned home to find his son crying in an upstairs bedroom. Vargas was arrested Wednesday, and is being held without bond. She faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

The boy is recovering following surgery and remains in the custody of his father.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, federal investigators are looking into whether any past abuse occurred. A Child Protective Services spokeswoman told the newspaper that the agency had not dealt with the family before.

Mom Charged With Whipping Son, 4, To Death Because He WET Himself

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

A mother of three from Houston, Texas, has been accused of killing her four-year-old son by whipping him to death after the boy wet himself in the family car over the weekend.

Vastie Coleman, 27, has been charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury and was ordered held without bond on Tuesday in the Harris County Jail in connection to the death of Kyron Barnes.

One of the children told investigators Coleman used a cord to beat little Kyron because ‘the belt was broken because mom kept whipping the kids so hard it broke into pieces.’

Last Sunday night, sheriff’s deputies were sent to investigate what happened to Coleman’s son at the family’s apartment in the 5300 block of the North Sam Houston Parkway.

Shortly before their arrival, the 27-year-old woman allegedly put Kyron in the tub after he peed on himself in the car and whipped him for more than 20 minutes until he stopped breathing.

When paramedics arrived, the four-year-old was unresponsive. They tried to revive him, but to no avail. The boy was taken to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Three corrections officers charged in beating death of Alabama inmate

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury has charged Michael Smith, 37; Matthew Davidson, 43; and Joseph Sanders, 31—former corrections officers of the Alabama Department of Corrections—in a 17-count indictment. The indictment alleges that the officers participated in the beating of an inmate that resulted in bodily injury and the inmate’s death, and that the officers conspired with each other and other officers to cover up the incident.

The indictment charges all three former officers with felony civil rights violations, with obstruction of justice-related violations, and with making false statements to the FBI. Defendants Davidson and Sanders are charged with assaulting the victim, which resulted in bodily injury to the victim. Smith is also charged with assaulting the victim, which resulted in bodily injury to and the death of the victim. Agents of the FBI and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested all three defendants earlier this morning.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama on August 4, 2010, when inmate Rocrast Mack was severely beaten, suffered significant injuries, and died the following day in a Montgomery, Alabama hospital. As set forth in the indictment, at the time of the incident, Michael Smith was a lieutenant with supervisory authority over other officers on his shift. Davidson and Sanders were corrections officers on the same shift with Smith.

Scottie Glenn, another former corrections officer at Ventress, pleaded guilty on November 18, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Montgomery to one count of violating the civil rights of Rocrast Mack for his role in the incident and to one count of conspiring with other corrections officers to cover up the incident. In court, Glenn admitted that he escorted Rocrast Mack in handcuffs to an office at the prison, knowing that Rocrast Mack would be beaten in retaliation for a prior incident. Glenn also admitted that he and other officers, at the direction of another officer, identified in court documents as Officer A, lied in written reports and lied to investigators to cover up the incident.

If convicted, Smith faces a maximum potential penalty of life in prison or the death penalty. Davidson faces a maximum sentence of 105 years in prison. Sanders faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison.

This case is being investigated by the Mobile, Alabama Division of the FBI, in partnership with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Patricia Sumner of the U.S. Department of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerusha Adams of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.