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Alleged killers talked about corpse on Facebook?

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

May 30th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Mom of dead toddler speaks to Nancy Grace

The babysitter accused of hiding a 1-year-old Ohio boy’s body in a closet and falsely reporting him missing had been caring for him for about two weeks, his mother said Wednesday.

According to Kiara Carter, she and Marquita Burch were “like sisters” until last Friday. She said Burch had babysat 1-year-old William Cunningham for extended periods of time before, but she always brought him home whenever Carter asked.

This time, however, “She just kept saying, here I come, here I come, but she never came with my baby,” Carter told HLN’s Nancy Grace Wednesday in an emotional interview.

Finally, on Friday afternoon, according to Carter, Burch told her that William was missing.

“When I got up there, I had a instinct like, my baby’s not here,” Carter said. “My baby is somewhere else and something’s wrong with him.”

Her fears were confirmed Saturday when William’s body was found in a closet in a Cincinnati apartment, where police say Burch admitted she had hidden it. Burch is now charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Burch’s attorney has not returned calls from HLN seeking comment on the case, but WCPO reported that he claimed at her arraignment Monday that the boy’s death was the result of an accidental fall.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco told Nancy Grace Wednesday that William’s body was partially decomposed and showed evidence of head trauma. She estimated that he had been dead for 2-5 days when he was found.

As the investigation continues and authorities work to determine exactly how William Cunningham died, his mother has one question she wants answered.

“All I want to know is just, ‘Why?’” Carter said.

For the entire interview, watch Nancy Grace tonight at 8 & 10 PM ET on HLN or go to www.hlntv.com

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May 28th, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Dr. Henry Lee on new Isabel Celis evidence

Prominent forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee said Friday that possible blood stains discovered by police in the Isabel Celis investigation could provide significant information.

Lee, well-known for his work on O.J. Simpson's defense team, told HLN's Nancy Grace that details contained in newly released police reports may be crucial to solving the mystery of the 6-year-old's disappearance.

One document obtained by HLN Friday states that "apparent blood" was found in the middle bedroom in the east side of the house. It also notes that a shower curtain and white hat with red-brown stains on them were found in one of the cars outside the home.

Field tests to determine whether the stains on curtain were from blood were not completed at the scene, and Dr. Lee suggested there may be a good reason for that. If the stain was small enough, the field test could destroy too much of it to allow DNA testing to be done later, he said. Lee added that forensic tests on a complete sample could enable investigators to determine whether the blood is human, whose blood it is and whether someone has tried to clean it.

The police reports also show that footprints were found on an electrical box behind the Celis house. According to Lee, those footprints could have great investigative value. Examination of a shoeprint can reveal the height and weight of the individual who left it and potentially even the brand of shoe they wore. Lee said authorities have likely searched for linkage to similar prints in or around the house, in a neighbor's yard or anywhere else in the area.

For more on the story, go to www.hlntv.com

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May 24th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

Frantic wife calls 911, catches dispatcher sleeping on the job


Snoring might have been the last sound a Maryland woman expected to hear when she dialed 911 in efforts to save her ailing husband.

A panicked Montgomery County woman called for emergency help just after midnight April 4. Her husband had stopped breathing.

“Hello? Hello?” the woman can be heard asking in between loud snoring noises allegedly from the dispatcher at the other end of the line.

“He’s all blue right now. I don’t know what to do,” she said about 30 seconds into the call, as an alternate dispatcher picked up and tried work through the disruptive snoring.

“Is that him I hear in the background,” the secondary dispatcher asked the woman about the noises.

“Yes,” she responded, twice, perhaps not realizing to what noises the dispatcher was referring.

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says the snoring dispatcher’s phone line remained open throughout the call, according to standard procedure. The procedure generally helps dispatchers and emergency responders stay in contact with each other.

This time, the would-be dispatcher contributed as many as 19 snoring interruptions to the call, before waking up nearly six minutes later, asking the caller for her address.

The woman’s panic escalated as she told the dispatcher that her husband’s airway had narrowed. Through her cries, the secondary dispatcher assured her that an ambulance was on the way.

“Tilt his head back,” the dispatcher said, in between snores.

Graham told HLN that the sleeping dispatcher was 17 hours into a 24 hour shift at the time of the call.

“He was about a half hour before taking his break,” Graham said.

The woman’s husband was taken to the hospital and released. Some say he is lucky to be alive.

Medical Examiner and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michelle DuPre, said the man’s condition could have been caused by lack of oxygen, heart attack or respiratory problem.

The man’s name and medical condition have not been released.

Graham said he did not know how long the dispatcher had been employed at the call center but said the man was a seasoned firefighter and communicator.

The unidentified dispatcher is now on paid administrative work leave, pending an internal investigation. Graham declined to make further comment about the department’s disciplinary process.

Eric Parry, Chair of the National Emergency Number Association Education Advisory Board, said there is no national regulation for 911 call centers.

“Historically, 911 was always a very local service,” he said.

“I think it has to be investigated. They have to find out what went on during the shift and if there were any medical issues or other things that don’t meet the eye.”

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