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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
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Malaysia: 20-Year-Old Mother Who Dumped Her Baby Alive In A Toilet Bowl Faces Mandatory Death Sentence

Nur Izzati Adi
Nur Izzati Adi
It's always heartbreaking to hear the news of a child's passing, but perhaps even more so when the child was murdered at the hands of their own flesh and blood.

A 20-year-old food processing student at an agricultural college in Bukit Kayu Hitam was recently charged in the magistrate's court for drowning her newborn baby in the hostel's toilet bowl.

The Star reported that Nur Izzati Adi allegedly murdered her baby on March 30 at 5:20pm in the women's toilet located on the 3rd floor - to which she nodded as the charges were read last Monday.

As it is a murder case, the court ruled that Nur Izzati was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

No plea was recorded, and on top of being denied bail, Nur Izzati was taken to the Pokok Sea prison.

Nur Izzati was represented by Tunku Intan Mahiya Tunku Mahamad, and prosecuted by the Deputy Public Prosecutor Parihah Ab Kadir.

However, in light that the post-mortem report has yet to be fully revealed, Magistrate Nurfadrina Zulkhairi has declared that the case will be re-mentioned in court on June 7.

The daily also highlighted that police were investigating a possible case of body dumping, but promptly turned into a murder case after the baby was confirmed to be alive prior death.

The 1st-year student was first arrested when she went to a government hospital to sought medical treatment.

After the reports were lodged to the police, her 19-year-old boyfriend, was also arrested in Jitra last week.

Source: malaysiandigest.com, April 13, 2017

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