Monday, August 15, 2016

Mother's Love Gone Astray or is Sheborah Thomas Mentally Ill? ~by Legal Pub

Mothers typically unconditionally love their children.  When this unconditional love is not present, bad things can happen. Similarly, bad things can happen when a primary care taker becomes mentally ill.  A 30 year-old Texas woman, Sheborah Thomas, is under strict scrutiny after the bodies of her two young children were found underneath a neighbor's home.

Thomas' seven year-old son, RayRay and her five year-old daughter, Kayana, are dead and Houston authorities want to know why.  Sheborah allegedly admitted told an acquaintance that she killed them.  KRIV.  Thomas also allegedly confessed to police that she drown the children in the bathtub.  She apparently unsuccessfully tried to bury her children; however, when that didn't work she hid them under her neighbor's house.

On the other hand, Thomas' 12-year-old son was not harmed. Thomas has no known history of mental illness and her motive remains a complete mystery at this time.  Thomas had been visited by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services a couple of times but the nature of those visits is confidential. The case is somewhat reminiscent of  Andrea Yates drowning her five children in the bathtub.  Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity during a second trial in 2006.  Yates remains confined to a state mental hospital. 

Sheborah Thomas now faces capital murder charges for the deaths of her children. All suspects, including Ms. Thomas are presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tragic.  A ten year-old has died  at a water park in Kansas City.  Caleb Thomas Schwab was riding the world's tallest water slide when something went wrong, deadly wrong.  Schlitterbahn water park may never be the same.  Schwab's dad is a representative in the Kansas House of Representatives. A water park spokesperson said Caleb died riding the Verruckt water slide.  It is the tallest water slide according to Guiness World Records.  The thrilling water ride is more than 168 feet tall.

Apparently the water park postponed the 2014 water slide three times to make sure it was safe. (Apparently in early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide before engineers revamped half of the ride and reconfigure some angles at a cost of $1 million.) Riders are suppose to be at least 54 inches tall (It has also been reported that they are suppose to be 14 years-old) Riders are strapped into a raft that has room for three people. The raft plus occupants are suppose to weigh at least 400 lbs so that the raft does not fly off the ramp. The ride drops 17 stories at a speed of 65 mph and then climbs five stories back up in a stream of rushing water.

An unconfirmed anonymous witness has suggested that the young boy separated from the raft and hit the netting. No matter what actually happened, water park safety will be scrutinized and hopefully parks will become safer in Caleb Thomas Schwab's memory.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Korryn Shandawn Gaines Death Should Not Warrant Protests or Riots ~by Legal Pub

So will Baltimore have to deal with riots?  It should not!  While another civilian was killed by police; this time it is pretty clear that the woman had a gun and was threatening police.  She may also have been using a five year old child as a shield. At this point it is not clear if body cams were being worn; however, according to police, Korryn Shandawn Gaines pointed a shotgun at them when they  tried to serve her with a warrant yesterday in Randallstown, Maryland. The 23 year-old was being served a bench warrant for failing to appear for traffic court. The charges included failing to register her vehicle, failing to prove insurance and not having proper tags.

She was also charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, littering and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order.   Yesterday while attempting to serve the warrant, Gaines refused to answer the door for ten minutes.  Consequently, the officers obtained a key to the apartment and entered accordingly.  When entering the apartment, Gaines aimed a shotgun at the officers who retreated and waited for backup.  After hours of waiting, an officer finally fired a shot. the woman responded by firing back.  The woman was then shot and killed.    During the incident, a five year old child was hit in the crossfire. The child has been hospitalized and is in good condition.

Should there be riots?  No. This woman wanted a fight.  Listen to the victim's own words from a prior traffic stop: