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FLORIDA: Murder trial for troubled boy Z

A decade before he was charged with murder, a 2-year-old Cristian Fernandez was found naked and dirty, wandering a South Florida street. The grandmother taking care of him had holed up with cocaine in a motel room; his 14-year-old mother was nowhere to be found. His life had been punctuated with violence since he was conceived. Now 13, Fernandez is accused of two heinous crimes himself: first-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of his 2-year-old half-brother and the sexual assault of his 5-year-old half-brother. Charged as an adult, he is the youngest inmate awaiting trial in Duval County.


WISCONSIN: Case of fetus cut from womb

Maritza Ramirez-Cruz bled to death when her full-term fetus was cut from her womb almost a year ago. The fetus also died. Her three surviving children and their father, Christian Mercado, are getting psychiatric help to deal with the horrors, which will be rehashed at the trial starting Monday of a woman held in the killing. Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 34, is accused of faking a pregnancy, panicking as her supposed due date approached and luring Ramirez-Cruz, 23, into her house. There she attacked her with a baseball bat and cut the fetus out with an X-ACTO knife, the criminal complaint said. Court documents say Morales-Rodriguez had had miscarriages and her boyfriend wanted a son.


ILLINOIS: How terror suspect was caught

Months ago, the FBI noticed an email message: A man in the Chicago suburbs was distributing chatter about violent jihad and the killing of Americans. Undercover agents began to talk to him online. In May, they introduced him to another agent who claimed to be a terrorist living in New York. The operation ended Friday night, an affidavit says, when Adel Daoud, 18, was arrested and accused of trying to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar. Daoud is due to make an appearance in federal court Monday.

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