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Pregnant Texas Mom Confesses to Killing Infant Sons

Brazoria County Sheriff's Department(HOUSTON) -- A 20-year-old Texas mother who is now pregnant with her fourth child has confessed to killing two of her infant children, according to police, who said that she told them she thought she "had too many kids."

Kristi-An Walker confessed to killing her 4-month-old son in April 2011 and her 6-month-old son in June 2012, Angleton, Texas, police said.  Police told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV that Walker, who also has a 3-year-old son, admitted to throwing her babies and banging their heads.

"She said she had too many kids," Sgt. Kirk Coleman of the Angleton Police Department told KTRK Tuesday.  "She had three kids.  She didn't want to have three.  She thought she did.  The kids would cry and it would frustrate her, and she would lose control, and she would bang their heads."

"She would take him from the car seat, and she would bang his head on the metal part of the bassinet," Coleman said.

Walker was indicted last week on a murder charge and two counts of injury to a child.

Coleman told ABC News on Wednesday that a judge had issued a gag order in Walker's case as of Tuesday.

Despite her daughter's confession to police, Walker's mother, Carol Shelton, maintains her daughter is innocent.

"She wouldn't hurt those boys in any way," Shelton said.  "She loved those boys more than anything."

Police said that Walker is now four weeks pregnant.  She is currently being held in Brazoria County Jail on a murder charge stemming from the death of her 6-month-old son, and charges of injury to a child in both deaths.

Walker's 3-year-old son is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


US Birth Rates Suggest White Majority Could Become Minority

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New census figures suggest children of minority descent could reflect the face of America's future.

For the first time ever, non-white Americans, Latino, African-American, and Asian American outnumber white children.

"The idea where we had a white, middle-class population that we talked about in the 1950s and 1960s, that's disappearing," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institute.

The new generation is still in the cradle, but as the infants grow up America will start to look very different.

Already, the trend lines are becoming clearer: Older Americans are whiter.  Younger Americans are more non-white.

Most of the change is being driven by a surging Latino population with a much higher birth rate than any other ethnic group.  It is further bolstered by legal immigration.

In fact, according to the Census Bureau, more than half of the growth in the U.S. population between 2000 and 2010 was because of growth in the Hispanic population.  Between 2000 and 2010 the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent while the non-Hispanic population grew only 5 percent.

Latinos have already passed African Americans as America's largest minority.  Latino Americans now number close to 50 million people compared to 38 million African Americans.

Whites remain a majority.  About 223 million people in the United States reported they are white, which accounts for 72 percent of all people living in the United States.

A March 2011 study in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry journal about multiracial children pointed out that two million American children have parents of different races, making them one of the fastest growing segments in America.

The implications of this evolving America are poised to touch everything from politics, where Hispanic voters wield increasing power, to education.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Philadelphia Doctor Charged With Killing Babies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A Philadelphia doctor has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman and seven babies. Prosecutors call it the case of a doctor "who killed babies and endangered women." 

Doctor Kermit Gosnell has been accused of murdering seven newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.  He and his staff are also charged with killing a patient who was given a lethal dose of Demerol. Court records say the clinic he ran in west Philadelphia "reeked of animal urine and scattered throughout in jars, bags and cabinets were fetal remains.  They say Gosnell's business "was not health; it was profit."  

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