ARIZ. WOMAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING NIECE PLEADS GUILTY: PHOENIX (AP) — The legal guardian of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who died in 2011 after being padlocked in a footlocker by another family member pleaded guilty in the case Friday.
Cynthia Stoltzmann, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and one count of attempted child abuse, Maricopa County prosecutors said. She will be sentenced June 6.
Stoltzmann was Ame Deal's aunt and guardian, but she wasn't charged in the girl's July 2011 death.
Instead, Stoltzmann was accused of throwing Deal into a cold swimming pool several months before the girl died and forcing her head underwater.
DOCTORS SAYS BOY SEVERELY BURNED PRIOR TO DEATH: FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A burn specialist said Friday that a 4-year-old boy whose stepfather is accused of beating him to death suffered severe and painful hot water burns that contributed to his death.
Prosecutors say the stepfather — Nathanael Sloop, 34 — and his wife, Stephanie Sloop, malnourished and abused the boy over several weeks until he died in May 2010, and then took a hammer to his face to make him unrecognizable before burying his body in the mountains.
Dr. Jeffrey Saffle said in a preliminary hearing that the burns left Ethan Stacy with second- and third-degree burns on his feet and legs.
NURSE BACKS OFF MERCY CLAIM IN 29 NJ, PA. DEATHS: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — At his sentencing hearings in 2006, serial killer nurse Charles Cullen did not explain why he killed at least 29 hospital and nursing home patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
He had told investigators they were mercy killings. But a prosecutor said Cullen was driven by a compulsion to kill and was no "angel of death."
In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that had been scheduled to air Sunday, Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering. Many of the victims of his lethal drug overdoses were old or gravely ill.
But Cullen tells a different story when reminded some victims were not close to death. He says there was "no justification" and "I felt overwhelmed at the time."
CBS announced Friday afternoon that the segment will be held for at least a week due to ongoing coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions.
COLORADO PROSECUTORS MAKE CASE FOR DEATH PENALTY: DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the deadly Colorado theater shootings said Friday that if suspect James Holmes is convicted, they will argue he should be executed because one of the victims was a child and because the attack was an ambush.
Prosecutors filed a court document listing aggravating factors they plan to raise in a possible death penalty phase of the trial.
Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say he spent months buying guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, donned police-style body armor and opened fire in a crowded Aurora theater during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie on July 20. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured.
COPS: 2 NJ KIDS LIVED IN STORAGE UNIT FOR A MONTH: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two children found living in a 5-by-10-foot unit at a storage facility in New Jersey had been staying there with their mother for about a month, authorities said Friday.
Their mother, Sheena Johnson, 27, was arrested Thursday in Trenton on allegations that she slashed her ex-boyfriend's tires. As part of routine questioning in arrests involving domestic violence, police asked Johnson if she had any dependents and if so, where they were staying.
PONG GAME WILL BE WRIT LARGE ON PHILLY SKYSCRAPER: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A skyscraper-sized game of "Pong" got underway without a hitch Friday night, under starry skies and not rainclouds that were in the forecast.
Hundreds of people turned out to watch the classic Atari video game played on the facade of a mirrored, 29-story skyscraper. Hundreds of built-in LED lights embedded in the north face of the Cira Centre replicated the familiar paddles and ball with gamers controlling giant, table-mounted joysticks across the Schuylkill River from the building.
Frank Lee, a Drexel University game-design professor behind the concept, was among the players young and old who tried their hand at the mega-sized video game.
The black-and-white arcade game introduced in 1972 had no complicated graphics, just geometric shapes. Players controlled digital paddles and tried to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it. A home version paved the way for the game console industry.