Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hannah Ross, Age 7

***UPDATE SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH, 4:55 P.M.** We have a tragic update to bring you on the story of the missing 7 year old at Fort Gordon. Dive teams discovered the girl's body around 3:15 Sunday afternoon at the lake behind the girl's home. We will have more on this story tonight on WJBF News Channel 6 at 6. _________________________________________________________________ The Augusta Richmond Dive squad is still searching for a missing 7-year-old girl at Fort Gordon. The dive team is looking for Hannah Ross, who investigators say went missing near her home, Saturday evening. The Ross family moved into Fort Gordon from California just last week. A PIO for Fort Gordon says Ross has no shoes on, and was last seen wearing a purple shirt and white shorts. Investigators at Fort Gordon police, the Columbia County Sheriff's office, the Richmond County Sheriff's office, as well as hundreds of volunteers spent Saturday night looking for Ross. K-9 units also assisted with the search. Investigators searched for Ross behind the Lakeview housing area on Fort Gordon. Several hundred volunteers, mostly soldiers, combed the area and searched into the night. A helicopter crew also assisted with search efforts. Ross suffers from autism and was last seen behind her home on Fort Gordon at approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday evening. Hannah is 4 foot 8 inches tall, 80 pounds. Anyone with any information on Hannah's whereabouts, please contact Fort Gordon authorities at 706-791-9747. WJBF News Channel 6 will have much more on this story tonight at 6, 10 (CW) and 11.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Woman pleads not guilty to murder in death of 4-year-old son

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Carmel Valley woman accused of drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in their apartment bathtub pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and assault charges.

Patricia Corby, who faces 25 years to life behind bars if convicted, was ordered held on $10 million bail by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Michael Smyth.

A bail review and status conference is scheduled for Tuesday at the downtown San Diego Courthouse.

Corby, 36, flagged down a patrol sergeant driving out of a parking lot at the precinct house about 9:30 a.m. Saturday and asked for help with her son, Daniel, who was unconscious and not breathing in her car, said San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert.

Daniel Corby, who turned 4 last week, was pronounced dead by medics near a San Diego police substation on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley about 30 minutes later.

After questioning Corby, detectives arrested her on suspicion of murdering the child.

An autopsy was conducted, but a cause-of-death ruling was on hold pending completion of further postmortem tests, the medical examiner reported.

Police disclosed no suspected motive for the crime, which occurred in the 4600 block of Torrey Circle in the Torrey Hills area of Carmel Valley. The boy's father was at work at the time of his son's death, Herbert said.

A neighbor said Patricia Corby was a stay-at-home mom who was attentive to the needs of her son, who had some form of autism.

9 Year OId Ariyanna Pivachek: Wandered, Drowned. Autism.

While the world dithers with blue buildings and "experts" fiddle with official numbers and scientists dream of their DNA payday, people with autism are dying:

Hillsborough County Florida:

After a desperate three-hour search by scores of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies — including about eight divers working multiple ponds at the same time — a missing 9-year-old girl with autism was found in the bottom of a pond behind the home where she attended a party.

Deputies began searching for Ariyanna Pivachek shortly after 3:30 p.m. when a call came in that she walked away from a party at 11159 Golden Silence Drive in Riverview, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon.

The preliminary cause of death at this time appears to be an accidental drowning however a final ruling will be determined by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office, according to McKinnon.

Ariyanna had gone missing about 20 minutes earlier in an area that has several ponds, said McKinnon.

"We had deputies fanning out in ponds, taking their gun belts off to go in," said McKinnon, adding that about 50 deputies in all, including those flying in a helicopter, were involved in the search.

Deputies searched the party house, where there were eight adults and eight children, several times, according to McKinnon.

"We wanted to make sure she wasn't hiding," he said.

After searching the pond about 40 feet behind the home where the party took place for about an hour, Ariyanna was found about 15 feet from the shoreline in about 6 to 8 feet of water.

"There was zero visibility in those ponds," said McKinnon.

Ariyanna was living in a foster home at 309 Greenview Drive, Brandon, according to McKinnon.

The girl was picked up from that home by a family who was considering adopting her, according to McKinnon. The family brought her to the Golden Silence Drive home to attend the party.

A man answering the phone at the Greenview Drive home declined comment.