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Arizona State University is known as a party school, but have ASU fans gone too far this time? On Monday night, a photo emerged online that's sparked outrage across the web, AZfamily.com reports.

The photo shows a baby in a diaper doing a keg stand at an ASU tailgate party. One man is holding the baby up, while another holds the tap to the baby's mouth. But is the photo real? And if so, have the baby's parents committed a crime?

Of all the terrible ideas in the world, Michael D. Turley's has to be one of the worst.

Turley, a 39-year-old Phoenix filmmaker, dressed his nephew up as a terrorist, gave him a fake grenade launcher, and made him stand at a busy Phoenix intersection, The Associated Press reports.

Why did he do it? Turley said he wanted to see how long it would take for police to respond. It's a wonder his nephew wasn't shot.

Logan McQueary, father of missing "Baby Gabriel," still holds out hope that his son is alive.

On Monday, McQueary took the stand at the trial of Elizabeth Johnson, the boy's mother, AZfamily.com reports. Johnson is facing kidnapping and custodial interference charges in Gabriel's disappearance.

On Thursday, opening statements were made in the trial of Elizabeth Johnson, the mother of missing "Baby Gabriel."

Johnson, 26, has been charged with kidnapping, custodial interference, and conspiracy to commit custodial interference, AZfamily.com reports. Gabriel was last seen in December 2009 in San Antonio.

A new lawsuit claims a pastor at a Phoenix-area megachurch manipulated his parishioner into having sex with him and divorcing her husband, Courthouse News Service reports.

Jody Gallagher says she turned to a pastor, Dale Lee McFarland of Radiant Church in Surprise, after her daughter was allegedly victimized by a youth minister. However, McFarland employed a pretty bizarre approach to counseling, according to the suit.

Two Mesa parents apparently had a powerful urge to get drunk. So powerful, in fact, that they allegedly left their young children in the car while they went into a bar to get sloshed.

Desiree David, 28, and Landrey Alex, 25, were arrested on Friday night after their children were found in the parking lot of a Cave Creek bar, AZfamily.com reports. They've both been charged with child abuse and endangerment.

Leonard Dorame allegedly ignored his infant son's multiple broken bones and brain injuries last fall. He'll now spend the rest of his life on intensive probation.

Last month, the 29-year-old father pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, admitting that he failed to take his son to the hospital, the Arizona Daily Star reports. If his sentence seems like a slap on the wrist, it's probably because prosecutors couldn't prove exactly who caused the injuries, only that Dorame failed to address them.

If you want to get drunk, you should probably get a babysitter. That way your toddler doesn't end up walking down the street on her own.

Gabriel Nava, 32, of Mesa, opted not to call a sitter and instead left his 3-year-old daughter home alone for 12 hours, The Arizona Republic reports. The toddler was found wandering alone in a courtyard. Nava was arrested on suspicion of child abuse.

Arizonans have a tendency to plow their cars into flooded areas. That's why state legislators enacted Section 28-910 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Under the "Stupid Motorist Law," as it's commonly called, motorists who become stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded area can be charged for the cost of their rescue.

In two separate incidents last week, two Tucson moms ignored warning signs and drove straight into flooded areas with their kids in their vehicles, The Arizona Republic reports. Both Tiffany N. Sherman and Edna K. Encinas have been charged with child abuse.

Nearly a year after 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley went missing, her mother has been arrested in the girl's disappearance, CBS News reports.

Jerice Hunter, 38, of Mesa, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with first-degree murder and child abuse. This is the second time Hunter has been arrested in connection with her daughter's disappearance. The first arrest didn't result in any charges.

A Mesa teacher's assistant has been arrested for allegedly leaving her 6-year-old daughter with homeless people so she could go have sex with two men, The Huffington Post reports.

When asked why she did it, Laurie Lee Kelly reportedly told police she felt a "manic sexual rage" that she couldn't control. Kelly is facing one count of child abuse.