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Wednesday
Aug012012

Super Strength: Daughter Rescues Dad Pinned Under Car

Courtesy Lauren Kornacki(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A 22-year-old Virginia woman summoned some superhero strength to lift a BMW off her father, who became pinned under the car while trying to fix a blown tire on it.

Lauren Kornacki, a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington, said she went outside to ask to borrow the car on Saturday.

"I didn't hear my dad, so I went back inside and asked my mom where he was," Kornacki said.

When she went outside to look again for her father, Alec Kornacki, 52, she found him stuck under the BMW.

"I guess the way he was moving the car with his wrench, the jack slipped and it fell on top of him," Kornacki said. "He was unconscious and his arm was caught over his chest."

Kornacki, who played basketball for three years and works as a pool manager, tried to rescue her father. She may have been running on pure adrenaline.

"I just literally lifted up the car. It was like a table with a short leg. It kind of balanced it back out and shifted enough to free my dad," Kornacki said, adding that she didn't consider the feat to be "Hulk-like."

Once Alec Kornacki was freed from beneath the car, Lauren began doing chest compressions.

"I didn't even get through a full set before he started breathing again," she said.

The elder Kornacki was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where is being treated for five fractured ribs, a fractured sternum and vertebrae. He has also lost some feeling in his right arm, but is expected to regain full use in a couple of months, Lauren said.

Lauren, who said she is her father's "mini-me," insisted she doesn't consider herself a hero.

"My dad means everything to me," she said. "I'm having a hard time with this attention."

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Dad Not Charged in Alleged Molester's Death

ABC News(SHINER, Texas) -- A Texas rancher who beat his daughter's accused molester to death moments after he discovered the man raping the 5-year-old girl, will not be charged with his homicide, officials said, as they released chilling 911 tapes of the father calling for help as the other man died.

A grand jury Tuesday decided not to indict the 24-year-old father who beat ranch hand Jesus Mora Flores to death with his bare hands, after finding the man abusing his daughter behind a barn.

"I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I don't know what to do," the father is heard telling dispatchers in a frantic call to 911.

The attack happened on June 9 at an isolated ranch near Shiner, Texas. A witness saw Flores "forcibly carrying" the girl into a secluded area and ran to find the father, according to court documents. Running towards his daughter's screams, the father found Flores and the girl, both with their underwear removed, according to police reports.

He pulled Flores off the little girl and "inflicted several blows to the man's head and neck area," according to documents.

Authorities who examined the girl and Flores' body confirmed a sexual assault had occurred.

ABC News does not identify the victims of sexual assault, and is not identifying the father in an effort to protect the minor girl's identity.

The father called 911 from a cell phone and did not immediately know his exact whereabouts, making it difficult for emergency personnel to find him.

"Come on! This guy is going to die on me!" the man yelled at the 911 dispatcher. "I don't know what to do."

The father was never arrested, but Flores' death was investigated as a homicide.

"Under the law in the state of Texas deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault," District Attorney Heather McMinn told reporters.

"All the evidence provided by the sheriff's department and the Texas Rangers indicated that's what was occurring when the victim's father arrived at the scene," she said.

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Monday
Nov282011

Texas Judge Who Beat Daughter Sought Suspension, Lawyer Says

Hillary Adams speaking with ABC News(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- A prominent Texas judge who was placed on leave while the court investigates the circumstances surrounding a video of him beating his daughter with a belt and cursing at her proposed the suspension himself, his lawyer said.

Judge William Adams and the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct filed a joint motion to temporarily suspend his official duties as presiding judge during the course of the investigation.  The Texas Supreme Court approved the motion last Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Adams had already taken immediate voluntary leave upon learning that the video of "a family disciplinary event" had been made public, his lawyer William Dudley of Corpus Christi, Texas, said in a statement Sunday.

"The agreed temporary suspension is neither a fault sanction imposed by the Texas Supreme Court following an adversarial hearing, a finding of fault or wrongdoing by the commission, or admission of fault or wrongdoing by Judge Adams," Dudley said.

The suspension will allow the commission to "investigate allegations in a complete and yet expedient manner," he said.

After the video went viral on the Internet earlier this month, Adams said that he was merely disciplining his child and did nothing wrong.

"No, in my mind I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing.  And I did lose my temper, but I've since apologized," he Adams told KZTV.

Hillary Adams, the daughter who is seen being beaten in the video, secretly recorded the beating seven years ago and recently uploaded it to YouTube on Oct. 27.  The video was then posted on Reddit, a link-sharing website, where it racked up millions of views and incited anger among viewers.

"I just wanted somebody to see it and tell me, 'No, Hillary this wasn't right and I'm glad you were able to grow up and move on past this' and 'No, your dad wasn't right,'" Hillary Adams told ABC News' Chris Cuomo.

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Girl, 9, Tries to Save Dad from Death Row

Connecticut State Police(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- The 9-year-old daughter of convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky testified via videotape Wednesday in a bid to save the violent Connecticut home invader from the death penalty.

Jurors in the death penalty phase of Komisarjevsky's trial watched the 20-minute videotape and listened as the girl laughed, and talked about a best friend and how much she loved animals.

She also discussed her father, who she referred to as Josh, not "dad," saying he was a man she used to play with at her grandparents' home. She said he had gone to jail for "something he had done at work."

The girl lived with her grandparents at the time of the 2007 murders. She is not being identified to protect her privacy.

The videotaped testimony was shown over the objection of Komisarjevsky, himself, who addressed the court for the first time during his trial, though his voice was heard previously during a taped confession.

Komisarjevsky, 31, has been convicted of 17 counts including the murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, Hayley Petit, 17, and Michaela Petit, 11, during a brutal invasion of the family's Cheshire, Conn., home in 2007.

The verdict included six aggravating factors including that Komisarjevsky and his accomplice Steven Hayes committed the murders in "an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner." The mother was raped and strangled. The girls were tied to their beds and the house and their beds were splashed with gasoline.

Hawke-Petit's husband, Dr. William Petit, testified that he was bound and badly beaten separately in the home's basement, but managed to escape.

Hayes has already been sentenced to death and is on Connecticut's death row.

Komisarjevsky's daughter was interviewed by Caroline Burry, a social worker, last weekend, but did not know she was being taped.

Burry took the stand after the videotape was played and testified that if Komisarjevsky was executed it could be "very damaging" to the girl, who is currently living with her maternal aunt. Her name has been changed and it is believed that none of her friends knows about her father's crimes.

The girl's testimony has been a point of contention for weeks as an attorney for the girl's guardian sought to prevent the interview, citing the possible psychological repercussions and a fear that her identity could become known.

But Jeremiah Donovan, one of Komisarjevsky's attorneys, said that showing the videotape was important because it would allow the jurors to see his client as a loving father who, records show, has seen his daughter 55 times during his incarceration -- instead of seeing him as just a cold-blooded killer.

But Wednesday, Komisarjevsky went against his own attorney's wishes. He addressed the judge in an attempt to prevent the videotape from being shown to the jury.

Komisarjevsky, who wore a dark suit and tie, read in a low voice from a piece of paper -- a prepared statement that his defense attorneys insisted he prepared on his own.

"Among many other considerations, I have carefully come to the overwhelming opinion that I am not at all comfortable putting my daughter in a position wherein she may feel that she has to explain or justify herself to anyone who perceives her statements to somehow help one of the most hated people in America," Komisarjevsky said.

"She's 9 years old. Had this interview been her decision to make, and she was old enough to understand that decision, that would be one thing. However, that is not the case in this situation. The decision has been made for her," he said.

Komisarjevsky went on to say that his daughter's words had been coached and that her current guardian punishes the girl if she mentions his name.

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Texas Judge Seen Beating Daughter in YouTube Video Suspended

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The Texas judge who was seen hitting his 16-year-old daughter with a belt in a 2004 video that garnered millions of views when it hit the Internet, has been suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Judge William Adams of Arnasas County, Texas, was suspended with pay pending an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the court announced Tuesday.

Hillary Adams, the daughter who is seen in the video, secretly recorded the beating seven years ago and uploaded it to YouTube on Oct. 27.  The video was then posted on the link-sharing website Reddit, where it racked up millions of views and incited anger among viewers.

In the video, Judge Adams is seen beating his daughter with a belt and cursing at her.  He has previously said that he does not feel that he did anything wrong, because he was meting out parental discipline: “No, in my mind I haven’t done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing.  And I did lose my temper, but I’ve since apologized,” the judge told CBS News' Corpus Christie, Texas affiliate KZTV after the video went viral on the Internet.

Both Hillary and William Adams have said the beating took place as punishment for then-16-year-old Hillary illegally downloading from the Internet.  She said the beatings were a regular part of her life during those years, but she did not publish the video until now because she feared it would incite more violence.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced publicly on Nov. 2 that it had opened the investigation.  William Adams has not sat on the bench since the video went viral; he insisted in a statement that she released the video when he threatened to cut off his financial support if she dropped out of college.

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Friday
Nov042011

Texas Judge Who Beat Daughter Not Sorry, Says It Was 'Discipline'

ABC News(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- A prominent Texas judge who was filmed beating his daughter with a belt and cursing at her said he was merely disciplining his child and did nothing wrong.

"No, in my mind I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing.  And I did lose my temper, but I've since apologized," Judge William Adams told KZTV Wednesday after the video went viral on the Internet.

Hillary Adams, the daughter who is seen being beaten in the video, secretely recorded the beating seven years ago and recently uploaded it to YouTube on Oct. 27.  The video was then posted on Reddit, a link-sharing website, where it racked up millions of views and incited anger among viewers.

"I just wanted somebody to see it and tell me, 'No, Hillary this wasn't right and I'm glad you were able to grow up and move on past this' and 'No, your dad wasn't right,'" Hillary Adams told ABC News' Chris Cuomo.

Both Hillary and William Adams have said the beating took place as punishment for then-16-year-old Hillary illegally downloading from the Internet.  It was shot in 2004 by a secret camera Hillary set up when she anticipated her father might beat her.  She said the beatings were a regular part of her life during those years, but she did not publish the video until now because she feared it would incite more violence.

"Another fight was getting out of control and I knew the beating was coming so I just waited," Hillary Adams said.

Hillary and her mother, Hallie Adams, have since moved out of the family home.  The family has not said where a younger daughter, age 11, is living.

The Aransas County Court, where William Adams has his office, posted a sign canceling his hearings for Thursday, according to ABC News affiliate Kiii-TV.  Phone calls to the judge's home and office went unanswered that day.

Neighbors told the news station that the judge and his girlfriend were seen leaving Wednesday after taking belongings from their home, including bags, hanging clothes, a briefcase, a laptop, and six to eight gun cases.

The video, which prompted thousands of calls of complaint to the courthouse, sheriff's office, and police department, also prompted a police investigation into the matter.  Authorities will try to authenticate the video and then turn it over to the district attorney, who can then present it to a grand jury.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Petit Murder Trial: Convicted Killer's Daughter May Be Forced to Testify

Connecticut State Police(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- The 9-year-old daughter of convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky may be forced to testify in her father's murder trial to save him from being sentenced to death.

Defense attorneys have filed a subpoena to the girl testify, but prosecutors have fought the motion.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families has also sent a letter to Judge Jon C. Blue asking that the child be prevented from testifying.  A mental health professional who is familiar with the psychological condition of the girl is also expected to be in court on Thursday to discuss what effects testifying could have on the child.

Lawyer Justine Rakich-Kelly, the executive director of the Children's Law Center, is representing the child.  In April, Rakich-Kelly filed a motion with the judge to have the child referred to only by a pseudonym to protect her privacy because.

Shortly after her father was arrested in 2007 for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Komisarjevsky's daughter, who was 5 at the time, received a threatening letter.  Attorneys and witnesses have so far not referred to her by name in court.

A jury of seven women and five men convicted Komisarjevsky, 32, of the murders of Hawke-Petit, 48, and Hayley Petit, 17, and the sexual assault and murder of Michaela Petit, 11.

Their bodies were found in the charred remains of the house.  The girls were alive and tied to their beds when the fire began; the triple murder has been called the most horrific crime in Connecticut's history.

After her father was arrested for the Petit murders, Komisarjevsky's daughter moved in to the home of his parents Jude and Benedict Komisarjevsky.  She is now living with relatives on her mother's side of the family.

If Blue allows the child to testify, he could stipulate she do so via video conferencing or in a closed courtroom to ease the psychological trauma of the circumstances.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

5-Year-Old Gets Behind the Wheel To Search for Mom

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(MANSFIELD, Ohio) -- When Ameleah Kegly got off the school bus Monday afternoon, her mother was not there to pick her up.  The 5-year-old walked herself to the family’s home in Mansfield, Ohio, but mom Christina Hunter, 31, was not there either.

So the girl waited at home, alone.  Three hours later, when her mom had still not arrived, Ameleah took matters into her own hands. She grabbed the keys at about 7 p.m. and got behind the wheel of the family’s black SUV to search for her mom.

She turned the headlights on and put the key in the ignition but, failing to turn the ignition completely on, she rolled the car backward down the driveway and right into the neighbor’s yard.

Realizing the trouble she was in, Ameleah got out of the car and called 911.

“Um, my mom’s car backed out on accident and I need the police to pull my mom’s car back in,” she told the dispatcher.  “The car is staying on running now you got to get here quick, my mom is going to be pissed at me.”

Mansfield police officer Ryan Grimshaw arrived at the family’s home to find Ameleah unharmed, but scared.

“I just found a little girl standing in the doorway by herself on the phone,” he told the Mansfield News Journal.  “She was scared, but she opened up pretty quickly. She said she came home from school and no one was there. She said she had been playing with her two cats and that she was hungry, so I made her some pizza rolls and gave her a juice box. She was pretty happy about that.”

What Ameleah and Grimshaw didn’t know at the time was that the girl’s mother, Hunter, had been taken by ambulance to a local hospital earlier in the day for an undisclosed ailment.

Released from the hospital late Monday, Hunter told officials she had asked Ameleah’s father, Aaron Kegley, 26, to take care of their daughter after school. Kegley says he never received that message.

Mansfield police did not file charges against Hunter or Kegley, but the county’s Department of Children Services is looking into the incident.

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Daughter, 9, Is Dad’s Designated Driver?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A father in a Detroit suburb faces charges of child abuse after making his 9-year-old daughter drive him to a service station because he was too drunk to take the wheel, police said.

The outing was caught on tape by the station’s surveillance video, which shows the van pulling up to the station around 3 a.m. on Oct. 8, and the man, identified as 39-year-old Shawn Weimer, walking in with his daughter.

“Nine years old. Nine! Gas, break, listen, we’re leaving, and she’s driving. I’m drunk,” he can be heard saying to a clerk in the store.

Weimer was arrested after police officers in Brownstown Township, southwest of Detroit, were alerted by a 911 call.

“A 7-year-old is driving it and her dad is drunk and he’s in the passenger side,” the caller, who watched the girl get in the driver’s seat at the service station and pull the vehicle onto the road, told a 911 dispatcher.

“Are you sure the child’s driving, sir?” the dispatcher asks the caller.

When police stopped the car a few miles later, they were surprised to see the young girl really sitting behind the wheel, in a booster seat but still able to operate the van’s gas and brakes.

They were even more surprised at the 9-year-old’s reaction.

“She looks at the uniformed police officer, and says ‘What did you stop me for? I was driving good,’” Brownstown Detective Lt. Robert Grant said.

The girl later told detectives that this wasn’t the first time her dad had her serve as his designated driver.

“She explained to me that he did let her drive before,” Grant said. “On this night, she indicated, he was drinking whiskey and, for whatever reason, instead of the little girl being in bed at 3 a.m., he decided to go for a ride after drinking.”

Officers described Weimer as “argumentative” in telling them he was just teaching his daughter to drive.

Weimer and the girl’s mother are separated and she was spending the weekend with him.

He refused a Breathalyzer test and was arrested, Grant said.

Weimer was charged with second- and fourth-degree child abuse, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor, for the Oct. 8 incident.

He was also charged with being a habitual offender from previous convictions for unarmed robbery, felony firearm possession and receiving and concealing stolen property.  He could face 15 years in prison if convicted.

Weimer was also ordered to have no contact with his daughter, now back in the custody of her mother.

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Friday
May272011

Girl Allegedly Shoots Dad for Taking Cellphone

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A father remains in serious condition after police said his 15-year-old daughter allegedly shot him with a hunting bow Wednesday evening.

Police said the arrow struck the torso of the 35-year-old father, who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Tahyua, Washington man told police he had taken away his daughter's cellphone to discipline her, although police did not know why she'd been grounded.

Mason County sheriff's spokesman William Adam told ABC News, "He crawled out of a window of his house, and then he was able to crawl to a vehicle and drive to a neighbor's house.  The closest neighbor was a third of a mile away."

The teenager gave up willingly after deputies found her in a forest area near her home, Adam said.

"She had an excess of at least 36 arrows, along with the compound bow, according to her father," Adam said.

Compound bows, which are popular with hunters, allow shooters to draw the bow with less effort than is required for other kinds of bows, making it easier to aim at a target.

Police said after they apprehended the girl, they found her to be "despondent, with serious medical issues, so she was transferred to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital."

She is expected to be brought before a judge sometime Friday.

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