January 2012 News: The Phoenix Family Law News Blog

The Phoenix Family Law News Blog - Find a Phoenix Family Attorney

January 2012 Archives

Tyler McQuade Accused of Murdering Father with Shotgun to the Face

Disputes between family members are not uncommon, but they can turn deadly when the dispute escalates into violence.

Authorities believe Gilbert resident Tyler John McQuade murdered his father Sean McQuade with a shotgun on Saturday, Jan. 21, reports azfamily.com.

Mother Didn't Take Baby to Dr., Faces Murder, Felony Child Abuse

A Surprise mother who didn’t take her seriously ill baby to the hospital faces murder and felony child abuse charges a year after he died from his illness, reports The Arizona Republic.

Twenty-one-year-old Kristen Elizabeth Torres was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death of her 13-month-old son Aiden in Nov. 2010.

Aiden had died from acute peritonitis, which doctors say could have been prevented if Torres had sought medical attention for her young son.

Prosecutors Want the Death Penalty Against Ame Deal Child Abusers

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the couple accused of abusing and murdering 10-year-old Ame Deal, reports ABC15 News.

In one of the most horrific examples of possible Phoenix child abuse in 2011, Ame was found suffocated in a plastic footlocker while in the care of John and Samantha Allen, Ame’s aunt. The Allens claimed Ame was accidentally trapped in the box while playing a game, but Phoenix believe she was purposely placed there because she stole a Popsicle.

Heidi Klum to Seal: 'You're Out!'

On “Project Runway”, the fashion designer reality TV show contest hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, “One day you are in. The next day you are out.

The same, it seems, can be applied to celebrity marriages.

Klum is reportedly filing for divorce from singer Seal after seven years of marriage, reports The Huffington Post.

Senator Scott Bundgaard Resigns; Replacement Nominees Selected

Senator Scott Bundgaard announced his retirement shortly before he was supposed to testify before the Senate Ethics Committee relating to a February domestic incident with his former girlfriend, reports ABC15 News. Three nominees have already been selected to take his place.

Bundgaard represented Legislative District 4, and was majority leader of the state senate before losing his post when reports of the domestic violence incident arose.

Arizona Shower Door Owner Tried to Kill Divorcing Wife?

Recent studies have claimed that getting a divorce can lead to an earlier death from natural causes. For the estranged wife of Phoenix businessman Fred B. Knadler, however, going through a divorce may have almost led to her early death from a more sinister cause.

Phoenix Police believe the divorce process may have been frustrating enough to make Knadler want to kill his wife - literally, reports azfamily.com.

Educating Your Children About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

There were reportedly 425 children sexually abused in Maricopa County in the past six months, and the majority probably knew their offenders, according to azfamily.com. Teaching your children to speak out against sexual abuse may be the first step to decreasing such terrible statistics.

Studies have claimed that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18, according to azfamily.com.

In addition, experts say the majority of sexually abused children know their offenders, and it can become especially hard to report when the offender is a relative.

Police: Phoenix Mother Left Children Home Alone to Go Drink

A Phoenix mother who has had previous run-ins with the law due to problems with alcohol was arrested on Saturday for leaving her children home alone so she could go out and drink, reports The Arizona Republic.

Thirty-three-year-old Angie Masuda was arrested on suspicion of three felony counts of child abuse. A neighbor had reported Masuda who reportedly said she was going out drinking. Her three children - ages 5, 6, and 8 - were found home alone by responding police, according to The Republic.

UA Study: Get a Divorce, Face an Earlier Death?

We all know that love doesn’t come easy, and divorce doesn’t come cheap. But a recent University of Arizona study claims that going through a divorce could come with more serious costs than just depleting your wallet.

A survey of 32 published studies found that divorced adults have a significantly higher risk - approximately 23 percent - of early death than married adults, reports The Arizona Republic.

Apparently, getting a divorce may be just as bad for your health as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, getting limited exercise, being overweight and drinking heavily, according to UA psychology professor and the study’s lead author David Sbarra.

Child Drownings: Tempe Mom Sentenced, Kingman Mom Faces Charges

“Throwing out the baby with the bath water” may just be a catchphrase, but for two Valley women, their troubles bathing their children have landed them in serious legal hot water.

Tempe mother Summer Dawn Angelly was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years’ probation after her 11-month-old son nearly drowned in a Tempe motel bathtub last summer, reports azfamily.com.

Angelly and the baby’s father, Jasen Anchondo, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse charges in November. The couple had reportedly told police they left their son in the tub because he had soiled his diapers and there weren’t any clean ones left.

Parents Accused of Duct-Taping Children Charged with Child Abuse

A couple’s “joke” of posting Facebook photos of their duct-taped children led to their arrests and child abuse charges, reports azfamily.com.

Kayla, 20, and Frankie, 19, Almuina are accused of binding their 2-year-old and 10-month-old children’s wrists, ankles and mouths in duct tape, and posting the pictures on Facebook.

One of the children was reportedly hung upside down by the feet from an exercise weight machine, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.