Police Say She Held Down a 2-Year-Old While Her Cousin Sexually Abused the Toddler — And it Gets Worse

CINCINNATI —
A Cincinnati woman and a Franklin man have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to selling and creating child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati.

Ciera Richter, 25, of Cincinnati, and Jason Fletcher, 40, of Franklin, were federally indicted Wednesday.

Fletcher was previously convicted by the state of Ohio of importuning a minor, among other crimes. Under the terms of his probation, he was not to possess pornography of any kind, according to Jennifer Thornton, Department of Justice spokeswoman.

In May 2017, during a visit with his probation officer, the officer noticed Fletcher had two mobile devices and, after having Fletcher provide access to the devices, started to review the content on both phones.

The probation officer found pornography of a minor female on one of the phones and Fletcher was subsequently arrested, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A search of the phone revealed not only a collection of child pornography, but also child pornography videos made with the phone. Some of the videos on the phone involved Fletcher, Richter and a 2-year-old.

In the videos, Richter helped hold, entertain and position the toddler, while Fletcher recorded himself sexually abusing the child, according to court records.

Richter procured the 2-year-old for the purpose of making the videos and intended to sell the videos, according to the indictment and other court documents.

“Richter provided the toddler to Fletcher with the knowledge that as a consequence of the transfer, the 2-year-old would be portrayed in child pornography,” said Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, in a statement. “Offenses like those alleged here are among the most heinous, and most important, that we prosecute. We take seriously our duty and responsibility to keep children safe from those who would prey upon them.”

Richter and Fletcher are each charged with one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography and production of child pornography. Those crimes carry a potential sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison.

Fletcher faces a potential range of 35 years to life in prison, because he has at least two prior state convictions for crimes involving children.

Richter is also charged with one count of selling a child, which is punishable by 30 years to life in prison.

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Daycare provider who hanged toddler in her basement sentenced to probation

636674104768235275-AP-Day-Care-Child-HangingNataliia Karia, center, with her lawyers Brock Hunter, right, and Ryan Else, reacts during her sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Monday, July 16. Karia, a Minneapolis day care owner, was sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose.

MINNEAPOLIS — A former day care provider convicted of hanging a toddler has been sentenced to probation.

Nataliia Karia received 10 years probation on Monday for hanging a toddler in her daycare and running over two men with her minivan, before attempting suicide. She had faced 13 years in prison. All of the victims of the November 2016 incident survived their injuries.

Through an interpreter, Karia asked for forgiveness.

“I apologize and I don’t know if you will be able to forgive me. I have no excuse for what I did,” she said.

Judge Jay Quam said this is one of the hardest cases he’s ever had adding if this was a normal case, given everything that happened, he would give the most severe sentence that he could.

But he says this was not a normal case.

Karia sobbed as the prosecutor ran through the details of what happened.

“She hung (him) by the neck with a homemade noose in her basement in Minneapolis. This case is about that little boy who very well could have taken his last breath in that basement,” assistant county attorney Christina Warren said.

Karia had pleaded guilty to attempted murder and criminal vehicular operation. Karia’s attorney argued the cause was mental illness brought on by abuse.

“This offense was aggravated, if not wholly caused, by abuse of Nataliia’s husband,” defense attorney Brockton Hunter said.

Hunter provided the judge with recordings they say shows her husband’s anger.

Karia told the judge, “Please help me back to my children.”

The prosecutor argued that mental illness is not a reason to give Karia probation instead of prison.

“It’s not that mentally ill shouldn’t go to prison. the Department of Corrections is incredibly well equipped to handle the needs of the mentally ill,” Warren said.

The sentencing was a continuation of proceedings that began in May. At that time, Claire and Jennifer Booth, the mothers of the toddler, gave emotional victim impact statements in court.

“Based on prior actions and history, I would not feel comfortable with simply probation. Because everybody that has testified today has said they trusted her with their children. Well you’re fine and you’re trustworthy and you’re caring until you’re not,” Claire Booth said on May 23.

In May, Denys Karia testified his mother suffered both physical and mental abuse in Ukraine and here in America. Denys said that his mother told him she had suicidal thoughts and a week before the incident told him she was worried she might hurt someone else, but her husband would not allow her to seek help.

Joseph Sabir, who saved the child from Karia’s basement, testified that he could tell she was not acting herself and told him to call the police.

“I believe what transpired that day was not a reflection of her and who she was from everything I’ve gathered from people. With a lot of medical care and treatment and support I don’t think she poses a risk to the public or her children,” Sabir said in May.

Judge Quam also handed down a 183 month stayed prison sentence, if she violates probation. Karia will be on house arrest for a couple months until the rest of probation details are determined. She could be released as early as Monday.

Following the sentencing, Jennifer Booth said, “Our family is looking forward to moving on. We have been fortunate to have a supportive, healing community surround us. We hope that Nataliia is able to move forward in her own healing journey and hope she gets the help she needs.”

‘Mom’ films herself molesting toddler daughter, sells videos for drug money: Prosecutor!

 

JEFFERSONVILLE — A 23-year-old woman accused of molesting and exploiting a child for drug money appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 on Thursday.

A relative of the alleged victim, a child under the age of 5, called police after finding concerning videos on a phone belonging to Jamie L. Simms, according to court records. The videos, sent to five unidentified males on the messenger app Kik, reportedly show Simms either sexually abusing the child directly, or using sex toys on herself with the child present.

When Simms was arrested last week, she reportedly told police that she was addicted to drugs and communicated with people on apps Kik and Omegle and through Reddit, sending pornographic videos online for money. She estimated receiving $200 as payment for the videos, which she said she used to buy personal items and drugs.

Inside the courtroom Thursday morning, Simms kept her head down with her face in her hands as attorney Eric Weitzel — who presided over the hearing — read the following charges: one level 4 felony count of child molesting, two level 4 felony counts of child exploitation and one level 5 felony count of possession of child pornography.

At one point during the reading of the charges, Simms shook her head side to side. When Weitzel asked if she understood the charges against her, she said, “Yes, I understand, but” before Weitzel cut her off, advising she not speak without an attorney present.

A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf and a public defender will be appointed. Simms’ bond remains at $50,000 cash only. A trial is scheduled for Aug. 7. If convicted on all charges against her, Simms could face between seven and 42 years in prison.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull told the News and Tribune on Wednesday that the case remains under investigation. He called the case “unspeakably disturbing.”

“As of this moment she (Simms) is the only one charged. However that’s subject to change if I am able to establish criminal cases that I can prove against other individuals that were involved,” he said, adding that anyone believed to have received, requested or paid for the pornographic videos could be charged.

5ae1f9d4efc23.imageJamie L. Simms appeared in Clark County court Thursday on charges that she molested and exploited a child for drug money.

The father of the children suspected something was wrong and that is when he went through the mother’s phone. He told WAVE 3 News that when he found inappropriate videos she had recorded, he immediately called police. The details in the probable cause affidavit are disturbing and too graphic to share.

“I feel sick, I felt sick since I found out,” said the father, who wanted to have his identity withheld.

According to court documents, Jaime Simms was visiting the 3- and 1-year-old she shares with the father just last week.

“She was only here a couple hours a week to see her kids,” the father said.

He went through Simms’ phone and found videos of her and their 3-year-old daughter.

“It’s a case where a 3-year-old who was asleep was taken advantage of by an adult,” Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. “In this particular case, the allegation is that the defendant filmed the child abuse/child molestation that was occurring and then did distribute the video of that molestation on apps or websites that included Kik, Reddit and a something known as Omegle.”

Simms confessed to police and told them she recorded the videos to sell so she could get money for her drug habit.

“These are sites where people can exchange or post videos,” Mull said. “In this particular instance, she was receiving money that she had set up to a PayPal account.”

Simms told police that she estimated she received approximately $200 from the videos, and she used the money to buy personal items and drugs. Simms is facing child molestation and child porn charges. If convicted, she will have to register as a sex offender.

As for the 3-year-old?

“She doesn’t know anything that happened,” the father said. “But, she has been asking, Where is mommy? I don’t know what to say to her.”

The father said his daughter is OK. Authorities are reviewing evidence to see if there will be additional charges or if there are other victims.

Mull said the case is just another one where people will do terrible things to get drugs.

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‘Pint sized man’, 23, trapped in the body of a toddler because of mystery condition which has baffled doctors!

Manpreet Singh has not grown since he was less than a year old

A 23-year-old man has not grown since he was a baby – and medics are still baffled by the medical condition he suffers from.

Manpreet Singh has been branded the ‘pint sized man’ by his neighbours, as he has to be carried around like a toddler by his aunt.

It is not known why Manpreet, from Punjab in India, stopped growing before he could walk or talk.

He was a healthy baby when he was born in 1995, but is now completely dependent on his aunt, Lakhwinder Kaur, 42.

Doctors initially told his father Jagtar, 50, a small-time farmer, that he would start growing again.

But when that didn’t happen, the doctors suggested that it could be a hormone disorder.

Manpreet Singh, 23, is trapped in the body of an 11-month-old toddler (Image: Newslions Media / mediadrumworld)

Manpreet Singh is 23 years old, but is trapped in the body of a toddler (Image: Newslions Media / mediadrumworld)

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Manpreet has one sister, Jaspreet who has just turned 17 and a brother Mangaldeep. Both of them are physically and mentally developed.

MK Bhadu, a medical officer at a state-run facility at Hisar, said: “The patient’s growth stopped due to some hormonal imbalance.

“A child begins to develop mentally and physically from the age of three. If his body is not developing, the parents should take him to a better medical facility and get him treated.”

Scientists, however, believe Manpreet could have Laron Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that is believed to have affected just 300 people across the globe.

A crowdfunding page has been launched to help support his medical treatment.

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