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February 2012 Archives

Representative Daniel Patterson Domestic Abuse Claim

State lawmaker Daniel Patterson is in trouble again on claims of threatening or abusing his significant other. The most recent Daniel Patterson domestic abuse claim alleges that he threatened to kill his former girlfriend and campaign chairwoman.

Now Patterson’s fellow lawmakers are stepping in and pointing towards a pattern of alleged abusive conduct in asking Patterson to step down, reports The Arizona Republic.

Arizona Child Fatality Review: Moms More Likely to Kill Kids

Most people would probably point to a child's father or male caretaker as being the more likely to cause a child's death in a case of child abuse. However, in Arizona's annual Child Fatality Review Report, the study found that moms were actually responsible for the most deaths.

The Child Fatality Review Report revealed some common trends in the cases of child abuse and death. Along with mothers being more likely to kill their children, the study found that victims were more likely to come from households with a history of domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, poverty or separated parents, reports The Arizona Republic.

Bad Husband? Man Throws Plate at Wife for Bad Food

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Apparently, that is the best way to his temper too. A Chandler man was arrested after he allegedly threw a plate of food at his wife because he wasn’t happy with the dinner.

Isidro Curiel, 37, sat down to eat a spaghetti dinner with his wife and five children when he started to complain about the food in the Chandler domestic violence incident, reports

AshleyMadison Survey: Phoenix Most Cheating Spouses?

Phoenix seems to top a lot of ignominious top-10 lists from bankruptcy, to foreclosures. In the latest list, Phoenix was ranked number three for cities with most cheating spouses.

In a survey released by Internet matchmaking site, Phoenix trailed just Washington D.C. and San Antonio for most infidelities, reports The Phoenix Business Journal. If you don’t know, AshleyMadison is a website designed for married individuals to meet other married individuals to have a secret tryst with no strings attached. The AshleyMadison survey is based on per capita memberships onto its website.

Grand Canyon Hell Hike: Trial Begins for Accused Grandfather

Indiana native Christopher Alan Carlson is facing six counts of felony child abuse in Arizona for allegedly taking his three grandsons on a Grand Canyon hell hike, reports the Associated Press.

Authorities claimed Carlson forced his grandsons - ages 12, 9 and 8 at the time - to hike in the Grand Canyon in triple-digit temperatures without food and water during two separate trips in August.

Grandmother Accused of Leaving Baby Home Alone for Drugs

Scottsdale police are accusing a 50-year-old grandmother of leaving her 16-month-old grandchild home alone to obtain illegal drugs, reports ABC15 News.

Rhonda Boyd was arrested at a store pharmacy on Jan. 31 for allegedly trying to purchase illegal prescription drugs under the guise of an employee from a doctor’s office.

Mother Faces Charges For Beating Daughter, Claims Cultural Defense

A mother is facing two felony counts of aggravated assault and resisting arrest after allegedly beating and tying up her daughter because she talked to a man, reports

Yousra Farhan was arrested at St. Joseph’s hospital where her daughter was being treated for minor injuries. Her 19-year-old daughter, Ayia Altameemi, was reportedly taken there by the Phoenix Fire Department after she told Alhambra High School authorities that her mother had hit her repeatedly and tied her up for talking to a man outside of school.

Phoenix Dating, Marriage and Divorce on Valentine's Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The one day of the year when your romantic status is placed under a microscope. Whether you are looking for love, found it, or lost it, Phoenix is a great place for all three.

Baby Safe Haven Law: Abandoned Baby Could Have Been Prevented

Phoenix police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby girl who was left in the front yard of a home in North Phoenix on Tuesday, reports

The newborn baby was allegedly only three-to-six-hours-old and still had part of her umbilical cord attached when she was discovered, according to Phoenix Fire Department Captain Scott McDonald.

Witnesses reportedly told police they saw a young and very pregnant Hispanic woman looking distressed near the home around the time the baby was left. Detectives say they are concerned about her health, according to

Best Wedding Day of All? Get Married on Arizona Centennial, V-Day

Valentine’s Day is (reportedly) the most romantic day of the year. It’s also one of the most patriotic days in Arizona history since it commemorates Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood. What better day for an Arizona couple to get married?

In honor of such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Arizona state courts will be hosting a free ceremony on Feb. 14, reports The Arizona Republic.

“Nobody else will be able to do this for another hundred years,” said Aaron Nash, spokesman for the Clerk of the Maricopa County Superior Court. “It'll be a chance to be a part of Arizona's history.”

The Top 3: Criminal Convictions and Child Custody Rights

If you’re a parent who has been convicted of a crime, one of the most significant - and unintended - consequences of your conviction could be the potential loss of custody of your children. Child custody cases depend on a lot of factors, and we’re here to boil it down to the top 3 things you should know about how criminal convictions affect your child custody rights:

Father Sentenced for Death of Daughter Left in Car

A father from Kingman was sentenced to six months in jail for leaving his baby daughter in a hot car, leading to her death, reports the Associated Press.

George Lyman was sentenced to six months in jail for his almost-three-month-old daughter’s September 2010 death. Lyman had forgotten he had left her in the back seat after dropping the child’s mother off at work and going home to take a nap. The baby died after being left in the car for almost five hours. Rescuers say her internal temperature was at 108 degrees.