Boy, 11, abused by grandparents until he 'dreaded being alive' tells them 'I love you, I hate you'

AN 11-year-old boy who was so badly abused by his grandparents that he 'dreaded being alive' told them: "I love you, I hate you" in court.

The child, who lost his mum in childbirth, was accompanied by his foster parents to the sentencing of evil Jennifer and Rocky Wooldridge.

As he told the courtroom the horrifying account of his abuse at the hands of his guardians, he said: "I love you, I hate you" to the Wooldridges.

The boy wasn't allowed to leave his room and first landed on the police radar when he was taken to hospital with severe thermal burns.

The couple from Knoxville formally adopted the boy and his sister in 2017 after their mum died in childbirth in 2012.

They were given full custody of the children after being locked into a legal battle with their grandchildren's maternal grandparents.

Despite being a convicted criminal and former nurse, Rocky Woolridge, 50, was listed as his grandson's primary caregiver.

Suspicions first arose when the little boy was taken to hospital to be treated for thermal burns.

After police quizzed the boy on how he got the burns, the story kept changing – leading to officers raiding his grandparent's home in March.

The Wooldridges caused him to dread being alive

Iowa Human Services Department reported only one blanket and one pillow in the boy's bedroom, along with wet underwear and plastic sheeting.

The complaint also says the 11-year-old had injuries consistent with child abuse, including thermal burns on his feet and deep bruises.

Police observed him shaking and walking with difficulty.

According to a filing, a social worker said the boy had not been out of the house for two weeks and "did not appear to be free to move around the home."

Rocky also showed the social worker a motion detector system that sounded an alarm and set off flashing lights whenever the boy got out of bed and stepped on the floor.

According to court records, she found a plastic bag filled with pull-up nappies in the room.

The boy said how he wasn't allowed to leave his room to go to the bathroom and he hadn't been outside since the previous summer.

His foster parents described the boy as "beautifully kind-hearted" and "goofy, wild and full of life", but said he sill struggles from the abuse.

"The Wooldridges caused him to dread being alive", the foster mum said.

In his statement, the victim said: "Why did you lie? I don't like liars like you and your stupid husband."

The couple were charged with kidnapping, child endangerment and neglect of a dependent.

Jennifer, 43, was able to secure a plea deal after pleading guilty of child endangerment causing bodily injury, resulting in her receiving three years probation.

Rocky was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of neglect of a dependent person and two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury.

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Japan enrages China by buying nearby island to hold war drills with America after threats from Beijing – The Sun

JAPAN has purchased an uninhabited island off its southern coast to hold war drills with the US amid growing tensions with China.

Mageshima Island is an 8.2sq km black of land in the East China Sea, and is intended as the site of a new military base.

It was purchased for 16 billion yen (£113 milion) from Tokyo-based development company Taston Airport.

The island previously hosted an important airfield for the Japanese military in the closing stages of the Second World War.

The purchase follows pressure from Washington to Tokyo to find a location for US aircraft carriers and their fighter jets to carry out military drills, and is unlikely to improve relations with Beijing.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: “It’s important to secure the site for field carrier landing practice from the viewpoint of security so we will continue to try to build a permanent facility at an early date.”

Diplomatic relations between Japan and China have improved in recent years, but continue to be strained by China's growing military might and its territorial claims to the waters surrounding it.

The East China Sea is a disputed region situated in the middle of China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, which is believed to hold valuable natural resources.

In 1995, China discovered an undersea natural gas field in the region, which the disputing countries believe could connect to other natural resources.

The South China Sea similarly sees competing island and maritime claims by China, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

One third of all annual global maritime trade and 40 percent of China's total trade passes through the sea, making it an important strategic thoroughfare.

Recent years have seen Chinese vessels repeatedly sailing through disputed waters, inflaming tensions with both Japan and the US.

In June this year, an armed Chinese aircraft carrier sailed between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea.

While it did not enter Japanese waters, it was seen as an act of aggression on Beijing’s part.

China has also been building military bases on a chain of islands in disputed waters.

State media agencies in China have not directly attacked the purchase of Mageshima, though did claim that the decision to build a military base their had been met with "staunch criticism" by residents of the neighbouring Tanegashima Island, controlled by Japan.

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Baby is killed by her cat after it fell asleep on her face in Ukraine

Baby girl is killed by her cat: Mother finds nine-month-old daughter dead after pet went to sleep on the child’s face as she had a nap and suffocated her

  • Snezhana, 22, left baby Alexandra asleep in a pram outside while she did chores
  • Cat climbed into the pram and fell asleep on the nine-month-old girl’s face 
  • By the time Snezhana realised what had happened, the girl was not breathing 
  • Medics spent 40 minutes trying to revive the girl, but their efforts were in vain  

A nine-month-old baby girl has been killed by a cat after the pet fell asleep on her face and suffocated her, Ukrainian police have said.

Nine-month-old Alexandra had been left asleep in her pram in the back yard of 22-year-old mother Snezhana’s house while she did housework.

Snezhana, who lives in the Vinnytsia region of eastern Ukraine, around 125 miles from Kiev, came to check on the girl when she found a cat asleep on her face.

Mother Snezhana, 22, from eastern Ukraine, was doing housework when she put nine-month-old baby Alexandra outside in her pram

While Snezhana wasn’t looking, one of the family’s pet cats got into the pram and fell asleep on the girl’s face. By the time Snezhana realised what had happened, the girl wasn’t breathing

The cat jumped out of the pram and ran away, and Snezhana discovered that Alexandra wasn’t breathing. 

The mother called her local paramedic and an ambulance but they could not save the baby, who died of asphyxia.

Halyna Zakharchuk, the village paramedic, said: ‘There was a smell of milk, a warm place, the cat got inside the pram to warm up.

‘The baby was well dressed, her arms were out. When we came, the baby was still warm… We found the baby in the state of clinical death.

‘I ran there, the ambulance arrived quickly. We could not help… we were trying to resuscitate her for 30 to 40 minutes.’

Local policeman Pavlo Darmorgrai said: ‘The mother saw the cat lying on the baby…sleeping on her head. The baby was already dead.

The family owns two cats, though it is not clear which one was responsible for the girl’s death

Police said the cats were likely attracted to the pram because it was warm and smelled of milk, before deciding to fall asleep there

‘The body was sent to forensic experts, an autopsy was performed. The preliminary opinion of the expert is that it was asphyxia.

‘There are no more injuries on the baby’s body.’

The baby was Snezhana’s only child with her husband Alexander.

The family had two cats, shown by the Ukrainian TSN News channel.

It was not clear which cat caused the tragedy.

Police say the death was ‘accidental’.

‘We are not taking any measures against the mother,’ said Darmorgrai.

‘We understand it is a huge psychological problem in the family now.’

Medic Halyna Zakharchuk said she spent 40 minutes trying to revive Alexandra, but her efforts proved to be in vain

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