Thursday, December 5 2013 5:57 AM EST2013-12-05 10:57:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A judge ruled the two teenagers accused of killing a contractor and father to be tried as adults. A murder victim's wife faced the suspect killers in a courtroom Wednesday. "Extremely difficultMore >>
A judge ruled the two teenagers accused of killing a contractor and father to be tried as adults.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:55 AM EST2013-12-05 10:55:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - You are invited to join Action News 5 behind the scenes for what has become an annual holiday tradition. For the fifth year, members of the Action News Five family will sing Christmas carolsMore >>
You are invited to join Action News 5 behind the scenes for what has become an annual holiday tradition.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:54 AM EST2013-12-05 10:54:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Imagine the number of people it would take to fill 10 FedExForum arenas. That is how many people the Mid-South Food Bank provides emergency food and assistance to each year. Out of the estimatedMore >>
From sunrise to sunset you gave, and our team across eight locations had fun at the same time – all to stock the shelves of the Mid-South Food Bank.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:47 AM EST2013-12-05 10:47:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Some Germantown residents will notice their mail looking a little bit different Tuesday. A fire extinguisher burst at a post office, sending a white substance into the air, which ended up coveringMore >>
Some Germantown residents will notice their mail looking a little bit different Tuesday.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 5:46 AM EST2013-12-05 10:46:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - With a busy weekend ahead, and the threat of wintry weather in the air, the Shelby County Office of Preparedness is keeping a close eye on the conditions. The Emergency Operations Center willMore >>
With a busy weekend ahead, and the threat of wintry weather in the air, the Shelby County Office of Preparedness is keeping a close eye on the conditions.More >>
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A 10-year-old girl found locked in a urine-soaked closet and severely malnourished continues on the long road to recovery. Local experts say her case of abuse is not all that uncommon.
The little girl weighed less than half what she should, and was stuck in the closet likely for months, maybe years. Her mother, Jacole N. Prince, 29, is charged with first-degree assault, abuse of child and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Inside an apartment, a little girl's world shrank to the 3 by 6 closet where investigators say her mother kept her locked up. A place with very little food, where bathroom and bedroom were one and the same.
"This became normal behavior for her. We know it not to be normal, we know it to be completely atrocious," Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. "Children perceive things differently and she was trying to survive in a horrible environment."
The little girl is now recovering physically at the hospital. But the next step will be to teach the girl life shouldn't always be a struggle to survive.
That is where groups like The Children's Place come in to help in the long road to mental health recovery.
"Let them know that there are adults in their world that can keep them safe, there are adults who will treat them well. They can have that normal childhood. They can get food when they're hungry, they can get help when they're hurting," said Roxane Hill, vice president of development at the Children's Place in Kansas City.
Hill says, while this case is shocking, sadly it is not unusual.
"We have had children who have not been fed, we have had children who have been locked away," Hills said.
Each case takes special care, a different approach from adult trauma counseling.
"They'll use play therapy, they'll use some art, seeing tables, those types of things to help them tell their story, tell the trauma story for them to be healed," she said.
A process of opening the girl's mind, now that the doors around her are no longer closed.
An anonymous tipster called the child abuse hotline at the Division of Family Services bringing that life-saving help from Kansas City police.
Experts at The Children's Place say that is an important reminder, that if anyone sees signs of child abuse, they should report it.
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Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:44 PM EST2013-12-05 04:44:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) – According to the Olive Branch Police Department, a 6-year-old was hit by a car while running to meet the school bus, Wednesday morning. This happened at Fox Hunt Drive and Alexander Road, nearMore >>
According to the Olive Branch Police Department, a 6-year-old was hit by a car while running to meet the school bus, Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 5:52 AM EST2013-12-04 10:52:56 GMT
(WMC-TV) – The Memphis Fire Department was called to a late night fire at what once was the River City Barbeque restaurant in South Memphis. The building located in 3400 block of Cazassa, has been vacantMore >>
he Memphis Fire Department was called to a late night fire at what once was the River City Barbeque restaurant in South Memphis.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:02 AM EST2013-12-04 11:02:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A man was critically shot in a South Memphis residential area Monday, according to preliminary information from Memphis police. Police responded to 345 South Parkway East around 7:30 p.m.More >>
A robbery victim has died one day after being shot and Memphis police need the public's help finding three suspected gunmen.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-04 04:31:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A mother and four children escaped a dramatic fire along Interstate 40 partially because of a passing motorist. That motorist happens to be an undercover DEA agent, and he believes it was moreMore >>
A mother and four children escaped a dramatic fire along Interstate 40 partially because of a passing motorist.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:57 PM EST2013-12-04 04:57:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis police responded to Minglewood Hall on Madison Avenue in Midtown after receiving a shooting call. Dispatch said they have a wounding outside in the parking area of the building. TheMore >>
Memphis police responded to Minglewood Hall on Madison Avenue in Midtown after receiving a shooting call Tuesday. When arriving on the scene, officers found someone was stabbed in the finger.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 6:01 AM EST2013-12-02 11:01:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The father of an unborn child is under arrest after police say he shot the woman carrying his baby. Jonathan Turner, 32, was arrested Friday, accused of shooting a woman several times as sheMore >>
The father of an unborn child is under arrest after police say he shot the woman carrying his baby.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:35 PM EST2013-12-04 17:35:11 GMT
(KSDK) - Not many of us can say we have saved a life, but 9-year-old Emily Ogle of Roxana, Illinois did just that earlier this week. "Well, I was just sitting there eating my lunch and then I looked overMore >>
Not many of us can ever boast of saving a life, but 9-year-old Emily Ogle of Roxana, Illinois did so earlier this week.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:07 PM EST2013-12-04 04:07:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Police responded to two separate, critical shootings Tuesday afternoon. Officers found a man shot at 273 Carpenter Street near East Memphis shortly before 5:30 p.m. In a separate, unrelatedMore >>
Police responded to two separate, critical shootings Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 5:52 PM EST2013-12-03 22:52:08 GMT
Eleanor Turner passed away in a hospice facility early Friday morning. While her son and daughter were debating whether to tell Eleanor's husband Frank, another phone call came. Frank Turner passedMore >>
In the Sunday edition of the Charlotte Observer, Page 7 B, you find a story of a love so true, even death didn't part them for long.More >>