MN Year In Review: Our 10 Most Shocking News Stories
In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.
With so much going on every day, most news stories end up being big today and forgotten tomorrow, but these 10 stories were so shocking, sad, and disturbing they stuck with us all year. Check out the list:
In April, 18-year-old Port Richey, FL, mom Chekayla Dampier was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse after she put her 7-week-old baby under scalding hot water to punish him for crying excessively. A little over a week later, the baby boy died from the burns he suffered as a result of the 142-degree water which left him with severe burns to his head, chest, arms, and even his eyes and ears.
The Uppercutting Bus Driver
We don’t really have to re-introduce Artis Hughes and Shi’dea Lane to you do we? If you don’t recognize the names, you most certain recognize that uppercut and the famous line, “you going to jail now!”
This past October we reported the sad story of St. Louis couple Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette who experienced a traumatic birthing experience at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center when they claim they were forced to have a vaginal delivery. The OBGYN reportedly separated their baby’s head from the body during the process and then pushed the body back into the mother and forced her to have a Cesarean section to cover up the mistake.
In one of our most memorable redemption stories of the year, 26-year-old Brian Banks was cleared of rape charges 10 years after being falsely accused by a highs chool friend. Brian’s name was only cleared after the girl requested his friendship on Facebook when he was released from jail and admitted to making up the story and offered to help clear his name. The HS football player has since gone on to snag a chance at landing an NFL contract.
One of the most bizarre stories this year was the tale of 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt who alleged three men set her on fire after writing the n-word and “KKK” on her car. After an investigation, Louisiana police determined a few days later that Moffitt made the whole story up and her burns were self-inflicted and she was the one who wrote on her car. No motive was determined.
Though this story is still unraveling, many are still struggling with the idea of the man they see as Elmo having innappropriate contact with underage boys. The story went from shocking, to dismissed when the initial accuser recanted his story against Kevin Clash. But then things went downhill when the accuser claimed he was paid off and then two other men came forward with similar allegations.
One of the saddest Entertainment stories we had to report was the passing of Tameka Raymond’s son, Kile Glover. The son of Usher’s ex-wife was hit in the head during a Jet Skiing accident in July, and while many were hoping for the 11-year-old to pull through, eventually the family decided to take him off of life support.
Arkansas Police proved the life of a black man has no value when Chavis Carter’s death was somehow ruled as a suicide in August. The 21-year-old was taken into police custody, handcuffed, and sat in the back of a police car. Yet an autopsy found that the gunshot wound to Chavis’s right temple, which took his life, was somehow self-inflicted.
Though there is some hope that justice will be served when it comes to Trayvon Martin, for months the nation was on edge as African Americans spoke out against the travesty that was the circumstances surrounding his death. With George Zimmerman in custody, there is faith that the Florida man will be made to pay for the shooting death of the 17-year-old, but with the Stand Your Ground law providing a scapegoat for many in the past, there is worry that young Trayvon’s death will continue to be unsettled.