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Mother kept baby in drawer, fed him cough syrup ‘like juice’

Police: Mother kept baby in drawer, fed him cough syrup ‘like juice’

A mother charged with murder and neglect in the death of her young child kept the 2-month-old boy in a drawer and gave him cough syrup in lieu of juice, court documents said.

More alarmingly, family members and neighbors believed Bambi Glazebrook, 29, Indianapolis, wasn’t feeding her son and told authorities—but no one took action.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, police arrived at a home in the 1200 block of Earhart in response to a 911 call about a child who wasn’t breathing. When officers got there, they found 2-month-old Phillip Robey unresponsive. The boy went to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Police interviewed Glazebrook, who told them the child seemed “fussy” about an hour before the 911 call. She said the baby “spent most of the day” in a drawer. When she checked on him at 2:30 p.m, she began to make a bottle. About a half-hour later, Glazebrook said, she changed his diaper and noticed his legs were stiff and he wasn’t breathing. She said she called 911 after waking up her father, Phillip Brahlek.

Investigators said Glazebrook’s account wasn’t true; the boy had been dead for several hours, court documents said.

Police described the conditions inside the home as “deplorable and unfit for human habitation.” They learned the baby was sleeping in a drawer located in an entertainment center in the living room. The victim was “grossly underweight and malnourished.”

Several family members said Glazebrook had a history of neglecting her children; three of her five children were adopted after Child Protective Services removed them from her home. One witness said she called CPS and police multiple times. The Department of Child Services, which oversees CPS, acknowledged receiving at least one recent complaint.

Police interviewed several witnesses who said they’d noticed the boy’s emaciated condition and a general sense of defensiveness from Glazebrook when questioned about Phillip’s health. One witness said she encountered Glazebrook and the child and was concerned because she “rubbed the back of the baby and all she felt were bones,” court documents said.

The witness also noticed dog feces on the floor of the home and described the residence as a disaster. The woman also told police Glazebrook kept the child in a drawer.

A neighbor and relative also noticed the baby’s poor condition and said something appeared to be wrong with Phillip. According to court documents, Glazebrook told her not to worry because she “would handle it.” The woman followed up a few weeks later, again expressing concern about the baby’s condition. Glazebrook told her to “mind her own business,” court documents said.

Another witness said Glazebrook rarely bathed or changed the diapers of Phillip and a 2 year old who lived in the home. That witness also said the mother gave her children liquid cough syrup to “make them go to sleep,” court documents said. Glazebrook dispensed the cough syrup “as if someone would give a child juice.”

The other child has been removed from the home.

An autopsy found that Phillip died from acute failure to thrive/starvation. He weighed less than six pounds and had “absolutely no” fat on his body.

Glazebrook is due in court Wednesday morning.

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Oh what a tangled Web we weave

Sandusky lawyer impregnated a teen

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The lawyer for accused child molester Jerry Sandusky apparently likes his women young.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola, 63, representing Sandusky in the sexual molestation case roiling Penn State and Joe Paterno’s legendary football program, impregnated a teenager and later married her, The Daily has learned.

According to documents filed with Centre County Courthouse, Amendola served as the attorney for Mary Iavasile’s emancipation petition on Sept. 3, 1996, just weeks before her 17th birthday.

The emancipation request said Mary graduated from high school in two years with a 3.69 grade point average and maintained a full-time job — but makes no mention of any special relationship between her and her lawyer.

Roughly around the same time, however, Iavasile became pregnant with Amendola’s child, and gave birth before she turned 18, her mother, Janet Iavasile, alleged in an interview with The Daily.

He was born in 1948 and was around 49 at the time.

“At the time, I didn’t know the extent of the relationship,
” said Janet of when her daughter first began spending time with the attorney. Amendola seemed more like Mary’s “mentor,” she added.

“She met him through the school district; she was interested in the law,” Janet said.

Court records show the two were married on Feb. 8, 2003, around the time her mother says their second child was born. They are now separated, but she has kept his surname.

Since then, Janet said, she has learned to accept the unusual relationship.

“Joe is a very good father and has loved his two children very much, and that’s the most important thing for me right now,”
she said.

Mary Amendola, who is now 32, did not return requests for comment, but later emailed The Daily claiming “all of the information is incorrect,” though she would not provide details. Joe Amendola did not return multiple requests for comment.

Mary has tried to distance herself from the now notorious attorney — just yesterday, she changed her Facebook name to Mary Christmas. Her friends joked she should make it permanent.

But when Joe Amendola said in a televised interview last night that he would let Sandusky supervise his children, Mary Amendola instantly posted on her Facebook, “OMG did Joe just say that he would allow my kids to be alone with Jerry Sandusky?”

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Bizarre courtroom scene as lesbian lovers collapse and wail after hearing they will serve life for murdering three-year-old girl

Bizarre courtroom scene as lesbian lovers collapse and wail after hearing they will serve life for murdering three-year-old girl

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By Laurie Whitwell

A Charleston courtroom was the setting for a bizarre scene when two lesbian lovers collapsed, wailed uncontrollably and hyper-ventilated after hearing they would serve life for killing a three-year-old girl.

Erica Mae Butts and Shanita Latrice Cunningham had to be picked off the floor by court officials and held in chairs as they were wheeled out of the room.

The mother of Butts was physically thrown out by three staff members after shouting loudly at her daughter to, ‘Get up!’ then screaming, ‘I can’t leave my baby like this, my baby is out!’


Hyper-ventilating: Erica Mae Butts, one of two women sentenced to life for killing Serenity Richardson, 3, gets wheeled out of court after collapsing

Passed out: Shanita Latrice Cunningham fell to the floor when Judge Deadra Richardson said she would serve life for the murder


Panic: The pair lie on the floor as staff hurry to sort out the unexpected reaction

As sobs echo from the gallery, a clerk can be heard to ask, ‘Do we have any EMTs in the building?’ while others try to get a panting Butts to slow down her breathing.

Butts and Cunningham, both 25 from Summerville, South Carolina, were told on Friday they will spend the rest of their lives in prison for beating Serenity Richardson to death in 2009 while the toddler was in their care.

Serenity was visiting Butts, her godmother and her mother’s best friend, and Cunningham, who was Butts’s lover, for two weeks at their home in Summerville, South Carolina when the abuse took place.

‘It is nearly impossible for words to accurately describe what these women did to that poor little girl,
‘ said Elizabeth Gordon, assistant managing solicitor for Charleston County.

‘They beat her repeatedly both with a belt and with plastic coat hangers. You can see the outlines of the strikes on this child’s body. There is not one area of this child’s body that was unharmed except for the soles of her feet.’

Butts admitted to Summerville police on Thursday that she whipped Serenity with a belt for urinating on the floor.

Serenity’s mother, Ieshia Richardson, a childhood friend of Butts, lives in Detroit.

‘The explanation they gave (for the beatings) was that Serenity had a potty accident,
‘ Ms Gordon said. ‘Their explanation is “we didn’t know what we did would kill her.”

‘They knew what they did was wrong.’

By the time paramedics reached Serenity, she was already dead and had been placed on ice and exposed to bleach in desperate attempts to revive her.

Circuit Court Judge Deadra Richardson said nothing had ever affected her as strongly as the photos of the little girl’s battered body.

In August, Butts entered an Alford plea, meaning she maintains her innocence but acknowledges that taking her case to trial would likely result in a conviction. Cunningham pleaded guilty.

Butts had been in the hospital with Ieshia when she gave birth to Serenity, her only child. She had been the only person Butts confided in after she was raped at age 15.

‘I was responsible for some things, but I would never kill her,’ Butts said, according to the Post and Courier. Then, practically screaming through her sobs, she turned to Ieshia and said, ‘I will always love you no matter what. I just want to tell you I’m so, so sorry.’

During the hearing, Cunningham’s attorney said her client was less culpable than Butts in little girl’s death.

Butts’ attorney instead portrayed Cunningham as the ‘controlling and aggressive’ partner in an abusive relationship, while describing Butts as a ‘meek’ woman, the Post and Courier reported.

Sentencing the killers, Judge Richardson said: ‘To ignore what must have been excruciating sounds that came from that child is more than disconcerting to this court.

‘As such, the court finds it appropriate that each be sentenced to the state department of corrections for a period of life.’

Her words sparked the outpouring of emotion.

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Corey Feldman: Pedophilia Is Hollywood’s Biggest Problem

Former child-star Corey Feldman is making some shocking claims in a new interview with ABC’s Nightline.

The 40-year-old actor, who starred in hit films in the 1980s like “The Goonies” and “Stand By Me,” told Nightline that the biggest threat to children in show business is something that just isn’t talked about — pedophilia.

“I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… it’s all done under the radar. It’s the big secret,” he said.

Feldman said he was surrounded by pedophiles when he was 14-years-old and didn’t realize until he was older just what these “vultures” were and what they wanted. Feldman says it was these people who abused both him and close friend and troubled teen actor Corey Haim, who died last year at the age of 38.

“There is one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim, and that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul — and that person needs to be exposed but unfortunately I can’t be the one to do it,” he said.

Both Feldman and Haim have talked about their abuse before, even confronting one another about it on their 2008 reality series “Two Coreys,” revealing that they were both being molested by different people at the same time.

Feldman told Nightline, “There are so many people in this industry who have gotten away with it for so long that they feel they’re above the law. And that’s got to change, that’s got to stop.”

There still seems to be a rift between Feldman and Haim’s family. When Haim died in 2010, Feldman was not invited to the funeral and when Nightline reached out to Haim’s mother for comment, she told them she wasn’t going to respond to anything Feldman had to say, and wishes he would only talk about himself.

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