A mother in Orlando, Florida is sitting in jail after authorities discovered that she and her five children were living in filth. Now, family members say they had no idea that the children were living in those conditions and are attempting to gain custody.
Yolander Lasane, 45, has been charged with five counts of child neglect after her children were found to be living in an unsafe environment. Police say that the house contained urine-soaked mattresses, rooms filled with trashed, feces splattered all over the walls, and a bug infestation.
Authorities were called to the home after Lasane’s 17-year-old daughter ran away and wasn’t seen there for over three weeks. During that time, Lasane failed to contact the authorities, so when a neighbor finally did, they were horrified to discover the conditions the family was living in.
"The severe medical and overall neglect was horrendous," wrote an officer in the police report.
According to reports, one of the children was barely able to eat because his teeth were rotting so badly. The toilets, showers, and sinks were all out of service, and there was barely any running water at all, so it was clear that the children had not bathed in some time.
Fox 35 News in Orlando first reported on the story, and after seeing it on social media, some relatives reached out to offer their help. They claim they were completely unaware that the children were living in such terrible conditions.
“It’s upsetting to see because we didn’t know,” said John Lasane, who currently lives in Georgia. “Like I said, we didn’t know the situation had gotten that bad.”
The children are currently living with a relative while the state attempts to find permanent homes for them. Meanwhile, Yolander Lasane is sitting in jail, facing five child neglect charges.
Last month, Opposing Views reported about the disturbing death of 9-year-old Omaree Varela at the hands of his mother. The circumstances surrounding his death were horrific, but now, autopsy results are bringing to light even more gruesome details that could answer many of the questions that still remain.
Albuquerque, New Mexico police say Synthia Varela-Casaus admitted to beating her son, but says she didn’t mean to kick him as hard as she did. She is now facing charges for the boy’s death.
The autopsy report claims that the boy died from blunt trauma and had numerous injuries that were all at various stages of healing, meaning that they happened at different times. The medical investigator’s office says they discovered multiple bruises, burns, bite marks, and cuts all over Omaree’s body.
One of the most disturbing things about this case is that the young boy had called police multiple times to report abuse by his parents, but in every instance, nothing was done by police to get him out of the home.
"You make everybody sick around you, Omaree. Everybody,” said a man, believed to be Omaree’s stepfather, in the background of a 911 call from June of last year. “You make me and your mom fucking sick, man. I fucking can't stand you Omaree, my Lord.”
The autopsy report also says that the young boy had at least nine referrals to the Children, Youth, and Families Department, with two of them confirming abuse in the home. Omaree's stepfather Steve Casaus initially claimed he wasn't home when Omaree was killed by his mother, but police say that may not be the case.
Last week, a video surfaced on social media showing a woman on a Philadelphia bus nodding off while her young daughter attempted to prop her up. The disturbing clip quickly went viral, and now, the Department of Human Services says the young girl has been taken away from her mother.
The Daily News first reported that the girl was taken away, and according to their report, the mother, who is not currently being identified, took to Facebook to express her anger over the situation.
“During the weekend, the little girl was removed from her mother's home by DHS workers,” wrote Daily News reporter David Gambacorta. “The mother, whom the Daily News is not identifying because she has not been charged with a crime, posted this update on Facebook: ‘I f------ hope all you skumbags [sic] out there are f------ happy,’ she wrote. ‘I just lost the best thing in the world to me all because ppl [sic] think before they open there [sic] mouths!’”
When the video first surfaced, Opposing Views reported that SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel was very concerned that nobody on the bus at that time called police or reported it to the bus driver.
"When you have a person doing the 'heroin nod' and a little girl is trying to hold her head up, that's horrifying," said Nestel. "There's very little reason why 15 calls to 911 weren't received. I don't think there's anyone who can watch that and say, 'Ah, that's a shame,' and just walk away."
The woman depicted in the video has not been arrested or charged with anything as of now, but police spokesman Lt. John Stanford says the DHS is investigating possible criminal wrongdoing.
"DHS will ultimately take the lead on opening a file and investigating deeper into this family and the situation," said Stanford. "If their investigation reveals any criminal activity, then our Special Victims Unit will work with them and proceed accordingly."
A mother was recently beheaded in front of her 2-year-old son during a horrific elevator accident in her apartment building.
Olga Tilinina, 20, entered the elevator on the ground floor with her son Maxim after taking a walk. The elevator doors shut suddenly with Tilinina’s legs trapped between them; somehow, she managed to push her son away before he was trapped inside the elevator.
The elevator then began to rise and Tilinina cracked her head against the ceiling. Her head was found on the ground floor, while the rest of her body was stuck between the first and second floor.
"Olga and I had such great plans for our life,” Dmitry, Tilinina’s husband, said. “Now I will do all this myself, for her sake.”
Mechanics had allegedly been working on the elevator just hours before Tilinina was crushed within it, though the reason for inspection is unclear.
Tilinina’s husband plans to sue the company managing the apartment building for negligence.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested after his 37-year-old mother was found dead in their Washington state home, and after initially saying that he discovered her dead when he got home from school, the teen has now admitted to beating her to death with a dumbbell.
Brad George initially played the part of a grieving son and said that he had no idea how the death happened. He was the one that called 911 and told police that it looked like someone had broken into their home.
“She has supported me my whole life. She always knew what was best for us. I don’t know who could have done this,” he said about his adopted mother Georgina Latshaw before being arrested. “This doesn’t feel real, this all feels fake.”
George had been adopted 10 years earlier by Latshaw and has reportedly suffered from mental illness for some time. Police realized that he may not be telling the truth when they discovered the dumbbell and bloodstained clothes in his bedroom.
The teenager is being held on $500,000 bail and will reportedly be charged as an adult for the murder.
A man in Utah has filed a lawsuit and is seeking $130 million in damages after his son was given up for adoption without his permission.
Jake Strickland claims that immediately after his then-girlfriend Whitney Pettersson gave birth to their baby in December of 2010, the infant was given up for adoption. In the lawsuit, Strickland claims he later discovered that Pettersson had been secretly conspiring with attorneys, the adoption agency, and the perspective parents without giving him a chance to seek custody, calling it an "illegal, deceit-ridden infant adoption.”
Strickland and Pettersson had been in a relationship from 2009 until before the child’s birth. Pettersson was married when she began the relationship with Strickland and found out she was pregnant with his baby.
According to reports, Strickland didn’t find out that Pettersson had given birth put the baby up for adoption until weeks after it actually happened. The pair had called it quits months before the birth, and despite Strickland’s intention to file for rights to raise the baby, Pettersson blocked that from happening. At the time he found out about the birth, Strickland also found out that Pettersson was legally married to another man and not divorced as she apparently had told him. Strickland has been denied various attempts at appeals to gain custody of his son.
Now, Strickland is suing Pettersson, the adoptive parents, the adoption agency LDS Family Services, and attorneys David J. Hardy and Larry Jenkins. He is seeking $30 million for the loss of the parent-child relationship and $100 million as a deterrent to help prevent the same thing from happening to another father.
In the lawsuit, Strickland also goes up against Utah’s parenting laws, calling them “pro-adoption and anti-father.”
An 18-year-old woman died after becoming engulfed in flames and running into the street, screaming, outside of the home where she was living.
Reports say on Saturday morning, neighbors called police to inform them that a woman was in the street, on fire, and screaming at the top of her lungs. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they attempted to extinguish the flames, but were unsuccessful. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Eyewitnesses at the scene said they heard “blood-curdling” screams before the woman, now identified as Rachel Osei, fell to the ground.
"I heard initially what I thought was a fox making a noise or an animal in pain," said neighbor Layla Hamid. "I heard four separate screams - the first one right outside the house and then more screams in the road and then behind me on the level crossing. Now that I know what it was, I feel chilled to the bone. She must have been in so much pain."
Osei was a promising physical education student and mother of a three-year-old son. Family members say they are devastated by her tragic death.
"Rachel was at university training to be a sports teacher," said Osei’s father Jonathan. "She wanted to do well and provide for her son. When I heard about the fire I tried to call her on her mobile phone but there was no answer. I tried to protect her but I could not. I loved Rachel, she was a lovely, lovely daughter. I named her after my mother. I had four children, but now I have only three."
Osei lived in a housing community for young mothers in London. Reports maintain that the woman’s son was staying with relatives at the time of the incident. The initial police investigation has not uncovered any signs of foul play, and police say that the death is currently being labeled unexplained.
It’s safe to say that most mothers will do just about anything to defend their children and protect them from harm. Unfortunately, one mother’s Facebook rant in defense of her bullied son landed her in jail.
Teri Pallat, 39, was arrested on Monday and charged with making a terroristic threat, as well as first-degree harassment, after a Facebook post in which she defended the possibility of her bullied son “shooting up the school” made its way to school officials, and ultimately the police.
The now-deleted post read: “And they asked why do people shoot up schools, well this is exactly why and when our son does it cause I know he will have nobody to blame but the administration and I promise everyone he will only get the ones that caused this. He is an excellent marks men.”
Teri Pallat and her wife Meredith say that their 15-year-old son suffers from epilepsy and has been repeatedly bullied at school, but school officials have taken no action to stop it. Teri seemed to be fed up with the school’s inability to protect her son, so she took to social media to vent her frustrations in an obviously destructive way.
Pallat was released on a $10,000 bond and says that the reaction to her posting is completely irrational.
“I can’t believe this,” said Pallat. “I am just an everyday person. Facebook is what this is all about.”
If Pallat is found guilty of the charges against her, she could face up to two years in prison for harassment and up to five years in prison for making a terroristic threat.
Following the incident, Pallat’s 15-year-old son was taken for psychiatric evaluation to ensure that there wasn’t anything deeper going on. Authorities say that regardless of whether or not the boy was actually planning to bring a gun to school for revenge, Pallat’s remarks on Facebook were enough to cause genuine alarm. Reports say that Pallat’s son has been expelled from school following the incident.
A Florida mother of Muslim faith said Wednesday that her religion was the motivation behind a 20-mile road rage pursuit.
The woman, who identified herself only as Rose, had her 4-year-old and 1-year-old in the car when a man in a black pick-up truck began to pursue her.
“He grabs a red flannel shirt from his passenger seat and he takes it,” Rose said. “He wraps it around his head, holds it under his chin and starts wiggling his head like this, obviously to imitate my head scarf.”
The man crossed the double yellow line to pass her, then swerved twice into her lane. He forced her off of the road and tailed her for another 20 miles before giving up.
During the pursuit Rose attempted to call police, trying to talk to the operator over the terrifying sound of her children screaming.
Authorities have apparently identified a subject and consider the case an aggravated assault, according to the Orlando Sentinel, though Rose said that the sheriff’s deputy who responded to her call drove past the man in the pick-up truck without detaining him.
Rose believes the attack was a hate crime.
Long Island woman Leatrice Brewer, who admitted to drowning her three children in a bathtub five years ago, has given birth to a fourth child in the psychiatric hospital where she resides.
Brewer was originally found not guilty because of mental disease and has since been held at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center in New Hampton.
It is unclear who the father of the child is or under what circumstances Brewer became pregnant.
Attorney Tom Foley, who represents the father of two of the children Brewer killed, said that it was outrageous that Brewer could become pregnant while incarcerated.
“This person’s supposedly in a secure facility and she gets pregnant,” Foley said. “This is the woman who had no idea what she was doing when she murdered her children.”
Brewer’s case has also seen an increase in interest recently because she is attempting to claim $350,000 from a settlement that the childrens’ father won in wrongful death lawsuits.
However, even if she is able to claim the money, it will be put toward the $1.2 million fee for her psychiatric counseling and other services she has received since her arrest.
Alternatively, the money would be awarded to her new child as her heir.