According to authorities, Caroline Rose Cagle, 5, was found dead in her home by her father early Sunday morning. The girl’s mother, Penny Short Hartle, 50, of Hendersonville is now facing second-degree murder charges.
Police officers in North Carolina arrested a six-year-old boy for plucking a tulip. He is accused of taking the flower from a yard while waiting at a bus stop.
In the North Carolina murder case of Casey Johnson, prosecutors against Joseph Ray Carroll sought the death penalty Monday.
According to the Richmond County Daily Journal, there were “aggravating circumstances” in the 15-year-old’s death. Carroll, who dated Johnson’s mother, was indicted on a murder charge Feb. 15. Johnson’s mother, Michelle, is also charged with murder. Since the initial arrest of Carroll, his murder charge has been upgraded to capital murder.
Johnson was horrifically beaten and taken to the hospital Jan. 20. Soon after, he was declared brain dead. His death was ruled a homicide, and the medical examiner declared his death as the cause of “severe trauma to the head, consistent with that of a car accident.”
According to WSOC TV, investigators found signs of physical abuse in the home prior to Johnson’s death. They also found videos of the abuse on Carroll’s cell phone, where he would record Johnson and his siblings being punished.
Carroll will appear in court this summer to face the death penalty trial.
A Fayetteville man and a pregnant woman are found dead from a murder-suicide on Sunday night. According to ABC 11, the tragic event took place along the 900 block of Willow Street around 7:00 pm.
The boyfriend of 21-year-old Bethany Anne Decker is charged with her 2011 disappearance on Monday. Bethany, a student of George Mason University, had been pregnant five months before she suddenly went missing on January 29, 2011, in Loudon County, Virginia. According to WUSA9, Bethany lived with her boyfriend, 40-year-old Ronald Roldan, in her Ashburn apartment; at the same time, her husband, Emile Decker, was deployed in Afghanistan. After her disappearance, investigators learned that Bethany had been in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Consequently, Ronald, the father of Bethany’s unborn child, would be the last person to see her alive.