Authorities: Suspect in baby’s death bit off child’s nipples

Slyvester Knighten and Danesha Cannamore.

FLORISSANT, Mo. – A Florissant mother and her boyfriend were charged Thursday in connection with the death of the woman’s 8-month-old son.

According to authorities, the boyfriend beat the woman’s children for months, ultimately killing the baby boy. Police said the mother did not beat her children but failed to protect them.

Danesha Cannamore, 31, was charged with two counts of child endangerment. Slyvester Knighten, also 31, was charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

Prosecutors allege Knighten had been physically abusing Cannamore’s 8-month-old son and her three daughters—ages 10, 6, and 3—for months at their home in the Stonebury Apartments off of Dunn Road.

The abuse turned deadly Tuesday evening.

Police said Knighten dropped the baby boy from a great distance and also punched the child as he was in his crib.

Police received a call Wednesday around 11 a.m. after the baby was found unresponsive.

It’s believed Knighten and Cannamore kept the abuse hidden.

Florissant Police Chief Timothy Fagan could not bring himself to go into details about the child’s physical injuries.

“This (boy) endured some things that no human should have to do, especially someone who is 8 months old. There could be no more innocent of a person than an 8-month-old child,” he said. “To see the things that were done to him is really difficult to deal with. I just don’t see value in outlining specific injuries but it goes without saying they were substantial and they were pretty terrible.”

Chief Fagan said Cannamore’s three daughters were in safe custody through the state’s Division of Family Services.

Knighten’s bond was set at $1 million; Cannamore’s bond was $500,000.

Court records: Woman punches person wishing her ‘Merry Christmas’

Woman set to be arraigned Thursday afternoon

A woman is behind bars Wednesday night after she punched someone in the head multiple times after they wished her “Merry Christmas,” court documents state.

The assault allegedly occurred on Gholson Avenue in Avondale on Christmas Day.

Henrietta Bush, 32, is charged with assault.

She is set to appear before a judge for her arraignment Thursday afternoon.

Man, 60, dies after beating in $1 Christmas Eve mugging

This still image taken from surveillance video provided by NYPD shows suspects in connection to a mugging of a 60-year-old man on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 in the the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx in New York. Juan Fresnada died Friday, Dec. 27, at the Bronx hospital where he was taken in critical condition after the mugging early Tuesday, the New York Police Department said. Officers have released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects. (NYPD via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A 60-year-old man who was kicked and punched while defending his partner during a $1 mugging on Christmas Eve has died.

Juan Fresnada died Friday afternoon at the Bronx hospital where he was taken in critical condition after the mugging early Tuesday, the New York Police Department said Saturday. Officers have released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects.

His partner, Byron Caceres, told the Daily News of New York that Fresnada suffered the fatal blows while trying to spare him and urging him to run to safety, which he did.

He “tried to defend me,” Caceres, 29, told the newspaper Wednesday. He said he had been unable to summon help because he doesn’t have a cellphone. No contact information for him could immediately be found Saturday.

Police said the two men were walking in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx around 1:30 a.m. when several muggers approached them and demanded their property. When they refused, they were attacked.

Surveillance video clips released by police show a man grabbing another man’s shirt and swinging him to the ground, then hitting him. Later clips show two other men joining the attacker, one of them grasping a trash can, as the beaten man starts to stand up.

It’s unclear whether he is Fresnada or Caceres, who didn’t need hospitalization.

The muggers took $1 from the men and fled, police said.

Caceres, originally from Honduras, and the Cuban-born Fresnada met through a program for poor gay men in 2015 and lived together in a building in Morrisania, according to the Daily News.

“He’s very calm, and I’m the one who is stressed all the time,” Caceres said Wednesday as Fresnada lay in intensive care.

Caceres says the muggers didn’t say anything to indicate the attack was a hate crime.

A neighbor, Aletha Jacobs, told the Daily News that Fresnada was well known and liked in the area.

“He never bothered nobody,” she said. “He’s a beautiful guy.”

China Is Not In Africa For Charity, But To Control Its Resources

Key point: China is in Africa now not to advance Maoism, but to control its resources, people, and potential.

Africa is on the cusp of a new period in its history, its renaissance. Freed from centuries of colonialism and neo-imperialism, Africa has the opportunity to become a center of economic might to provide prosperity to the continent’s growing population. Yet, at present, Africa unfortunately faces a new danger: Sino-imperialism, the risk of falling under the control of China largely through Chinese economic investment and loans. The People’s Republic of China has long supported African states since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power in 1949. Under Mao, China’s backed African liberation movements in an effort to advance Maoism and offset Soviet and American influence. In much of Africa today, China is the imperialist power. 

China is in Africa now not to advance Maoism, but to control its resources, people, and potential. From building railways in Kenya and roads in rural Ethiopia to running mines in the Congo, China has drastically changed the African economic landscape in the twentieth century. China lent nearly $125 billion to Africa between 2000 and 2006 and recently pledged $60 billion at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Co-operation. The Chinese superficially appear to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with Africa by providing financial and technical assistance to Africa’s pressing developmental needs. Trade between China and Africa has grown from $10 billion in 2000 to $190 billion by 2017. It is estimated that 12 percent of Africa industrial production, or $500 billion annually—nearly half of Africa’s internationally contracted construction market—is carried out by Chinese firms.

Police: Man raped teen boy six times in a week

A Cheviot man was arrested Friday after police said he repeatedly raped a 13-year-old boy.

Dedrick Thurman, 20, is charged with six counts of rape.

Police said Thurman abused the boy six times between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5.

The boy told investigators he was afraid no one would believe him and that Thurman threatened to hurt his family if he told anyone.

Thurman is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $600,000 bond awaiting trial.

Sources: 16-Year-Old Karol Sanchez Confesses To Staging Kidnapping That Prompted Amber Alert

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 16-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped right in front of her mother staged the whole thing, sources told CBS2.

The apparent kidnapping in the Bronx was staged by Karol Sanchez, who allegedly confessed to it after being reunited with her family Tuesday.

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No charges have been filed at this time, but police are looking for four male accomplices.

The surveillance video would send chills through any parent: Four men snatching a 16-year-old off a Bronx Street.

Karol-Sanchez-1Karol Sanchez is escorted by a police officer after being located following an Amber Alert on Dec. 17, 2019. (credit: Zani Koxha)

 

Sources say it was all staged Sanchez, who was unhappy, and four accomplices.

Blurry surveillance video showed the scene in the Melrose section of the Bronx near 775 Eagle Avenue at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The video shows four men in a sedan pull up to Sanchez and her mother, grab the girl and push the mom to the ground.

The NYPD put out an Amber Alert and flooded the neighborhood with missing posters.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sanchez suddenly showed back up at the scene and turned herself into police as stunned people on the street watched.

“We was at the pole over there, looking at her picture, and we walked up the block, she was crossing the street to to the the cop car, and I was like ‘Yo, that’s her right there,’” said Tommy Feliciano.

“She was shaken up. She was bending over, grabbing her knees, and discussing with the police. And that’s when they took her into the parking garage for questioning,” Zani Koxha said.

Sanchez was brought to the 40th Precinct stationhouse, where sources told CBS2 she staged the whole thing with four accomplices. Family issues are apparently at the root of her unhappiness.

The NYPD wants to talk to all involved before deciding who, if anyone, to charge.

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All day, residents had worried about Sanchez, and kept a close eye on their own children. They worried about Sanchez’s mother. Witnesses say she was distraught Monday night after her daughter was driven away.

“She was just screaming ‘My daughter, my daughter, my God, someone please help me.’ She was screaming hysterically. And I was looking, wondering what was going on. She was just screaming in the street,” one witness said.

Sanchez and her family live in Dutchess County but have been visiting relatives in the Bronx.

 

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Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At Mall Of America, But Faces An Online Backlash

Larry Jefferson was the first black Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Larry Jefferson has been putting on a big red suit and perfecting his best ho, ho, ho for nearly 20 years.

The retired Army captain plays Santa at shopping malls, holiday parties and charity benefits. He hit the big time this year when he was handpicked at a Santa convention to appear at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

And by all accounts, kids and parents at the mall loved him. But when the story spread online, the negative attacks starting pouring in — because Jefferson is black.

Jefferson says the online negativity didn’t surprise him — “because of the times in which we are living in” — but, he adds, “that backlash was only a small percentage.”

For Santa Larry, as he likes to be called, playing Santa pretty much seems to be his calling in life. “That’s what all my friends are telling me, despite what the mean-spirited Grinch people are saying online,” he tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “They’re going to get coal … for sure.”