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Saudi princess tried in absentia for alleged Paris beating

Saudi princess tried in absentia for alleged Paris beatingThe only daughter of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was put on trial in absentia Tuesday in Paris for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to strike a plumber she suspected of taking photos and video at the Saudi royal family’s apartment in the French capital. Prosecutors allege Princess Hessa bint Salman became enraged when she saw the plumber allegedly capturing her image, fearing the pictures could be used to harm her as the Saudi monarch’s daughter due to her country’s conservative traditions. The princess’ lawyer said she was not present because correspondence was sent to the Paris address, not to the royal palace in Saudi Arabia.



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New Mexico woman accused of beating daughter, shooting dog and boiling puppies on the stove

New Mexico woman accused of beating daughter, shooting dog and boiling puppies on the stoveA woman is accused of beating her teenage daughter, shooting the daughter's dog and boiling puppies alive on a kitchen stove.



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5-Year-Old A.J. Freund Died From Repeated Blows to the Head in Fatal Beating, Coroner Says

5-Year-Old A.J. Freund Died From Repeated Blows to the Head in Fatal Beating, Coroner SaysScott Olson/GettyAndrew “A.J.” Freund, the 5-year-old Illinois boy whose body was found Wednesday morning in the woods, was forced into a cold shower “for an extended period of time” before he was beaten “repeatedly” to death by his parents on April 15, prosecutors allege. He died as a result of “craniocerebral trauma” caused by “multiple blunt force injuries,” the McHenry County Coroner's office announced Thursday. Nine days after his murder, the missing toddler’s body was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave about seven miles away from his Crystal Lake home. The toddler’s parents, 36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham, who is currently pregnant, and 60-year-old Andrew Freund Sr., were arrested and charged hours after the Wednesday discovery with first-degree murder, aggravated battery, domestic battery, and failure to report a missing child or child death. Freund Sr. was also charged with concealment of a death.“It was apparent to me that nobody was going to sleep and nobody will sleep until justice is brought for AJ. This is the beginning of that process,” said FBI Agent Jeffrey Sallet at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.The couple appeared at McHenry County Circuit Court on Thursday morning, wearing orange prison jumpsuits as Judge Robert A. Wilbrandt set their bond at $ 5 million each. Both were represented by public defenders, who did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment.Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that three days before the 5-year-old’s parents reported him missing, he was forced into the shower and then “struck” to death.Local, state, and federal authorities launched a multi-county search for the little boy, finally finding his body after the couple was confronted with cell-phone evidence, Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black told The Daily Beast on Thursday. Search crews recovered the toddler’s body in the woods and technicians immediately removed evidence from the family’s home, including a child’s mattress and a shovel. “To A.J.’s family, it is my hope that you may have some solace knowing that A.J. is no longer suffering, and his killers have been brought to justice,” Black said Wednesday. “To A.J., we know you’re at peace playing in heaven’s playground, and are happy you no longer have to suffer.”According to Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) records, A.J. was born in 2013 with “opiates in his system,” and was removed from his parents’ custody a month later. He was placed in foster care, records show, for two years before he was returned to Cunningham and Freund Sr. in June 2015. Twice last year, DCFS caseworkers were called to the Freund home to investigate separate allegations of neglect, but both were “determined to be unfounded,” a spokesperson said Thursday. In December, when police called the agency after Cunningham was arrested on a misdemeanor traffic charge, authorities documented “significant problems” with the couple’s “cluttered” and “dirty” home, including an “overwhelming” “smell of feces” in the toddlers’ bedroom, documents show. Crystal Lake Police also confirmed officers visited the home, which is an hour outside of Chicago, about 10 times over the past five years, and often noted the poor condition of the house in their reports. “This news is heartbreaking. Protecting vulnerable children who come to our attention is at the core of our mission at DCFS. All of us feel this loss,” Marc Smith, acting director of DCFS, said in a statement obtained by The Daily Beast. “Our priority is the care and safety of Andrew’s younger sibling.”A DCFS spokesman confirmed Thursday that the couple’s younger son, 3-year-old Parker, has been placed in protective custody.Cunningham and Freund are scheduled to appear in court on April 29. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Beto Campaign Raises $6.1 Million on First Day, Beating Dem. Rivals

Beto Campaign Raises $  6.1 Million on First Day, Beating Dem. RivalsFormer Texas representative Beto O’Rourke's brand new presidential campaign said Monday that it pulled in a hefty $ 6.1 million during its first 24 hours, besting the first-day totals for every other Democratic presidential candidate."In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president — a campaign by all of us, for all of us, that answers not to the PACs, corporations, and special interests but to the people," the El Paso Democrat said in a statement.O'Rourke announced his candidacy Thursday, triggering a massive outpouring of online donations from his supporters. He promised on Saturday to eschew lobbyist and PAC money."Our campaign will be funded by We the People — that is how we'll be able to reach and listen to voters in all 50 states. No PACs. No corporations. No lobbyists or special interests. It'll be ALL people," read a fundraising email from O'Rourke's campaign. "If we have a strong showing on our first day, people will see it as a sign that this campaign is off to a good start. That will encourage even more people to join us," a separate fundraising email read.Senator Bernie Sanders raised $ 5.9 million, just under O'Rourke's figure, during the first day of his 2020 campaign. Other Democratic candidates such as Senators Kamala Harris ($ 1.5 million) and Amy Klobuchar ($ 1 million) raised considerably less.O’Rourke, 46, served three House terms representing his western Texas district before giving incumbent Senator Ted Cruz an unexpectedly tough challenge last fall. He demonstrated his fundraising talent during that race, raising a record $ 80 million.



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Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentenced

Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentencedMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 52-year-old Minneapolis man accused of beating and raping his mentally disabled twin daughters has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.



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Utah hate crime law under scrutiny after tire shop beating

Utah hate crime law under scrutiny after tire shop beatingSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The recent beating of a young man and his father at their Salt Lake City tire shop by an attacker who told police he targeted them because they were Mexican is renewing criticism of the state's hate crime law, which one prosecutor is calling unusable.



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Greece: 6 sentenced in US tourist's fatal beating

Greece: 6 sentenced in US tourist's fatal beatingPATRAS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court on Thursday convicted and sentenced six of the nine suspects in the fatal beating of an American tourist at an island resort last year, finding them guilty of reduced charges in a move that angered the victim's parents.



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'Serial killer' suspected of beating homeless people to death in California

'Serial killer' suspected of beating homeless people to death in CaliforniaA man described as a “violent predator” has been arrested on suspicion of beating homeless men to death in California. Ramon Escobar, who allegedly fled to the West Coast state from Texas after being questioned over the disappearance of two Houston relatives, is accused of killing three people and seriously injuring four others. Los Angeles police Captain William Hayes said the 47-year-old was taken into custody after officers searched his car and recovered a wooden baseball bat and bolt cutters that they believe he used to carry out the attacks on random victims in Los Angeles.



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Nine-year-old boy dies after beating by Buddhist monk

Nine-year-old boy dies after beating by Buddhist monkA nine-year-old Buddhist novice has died after a beating by a Thai monk who allegedly battered him with a stick and slammed his head against a pillar, officials said Friday. The monk allegedly assaulted Wattanapol Sisawad with a bamboo stick at the temple in Kanchanaburi, two hours west of Bangkok, striking him on his back several times before bashing his head into a pillar. The child fell into a coma and passed away late Thursday, a hospital worker at Kanchanaburi provincial hospital told AFP on Friday, requesting anonymity.



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Beating ‘extremely disturbing”: Baltimore top cop

Beating ‘extremely disturbing”: Baltimore top copInterim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle says the viral video of a police officer beating a man is "extremely disturbing" and unacceptable. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). N



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