Parents of teen accused of killing Italian cop speaking out for first time ahead of son’s trial

In this combo photo released by Italian Carabinieri, Finnegan Lee Elder, sits in his hotel room in Rome. (Italian Carabinieri via AP)

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UPDATED 8:42 AM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020

The parents of one of the teenagers accused of killing an Italian police officer are speaking out. This came as the teen’s lawyer claimed “foul-play” by Italian prosecutors.

Parents of 19-year-old Finnegan Elder broke their silence Friday, just days before their son heads to trial.

Elder and a friend are facing aggravated murder and attempted extortion charges in connection with the stabbing of an officer in Rome last year.

Although the teen admitted to the stabbing, he claimed self defense and said the officers failed to identify themselves as officials and he feared for his life.

Family members of Finnegan Elder embrace as their family attorney Craig Peters, right, speaks to members of the media in front of their home in San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)

Elder’s defense team claimed poorly translated transcripts are playing out in the prosecution’s favor. His parents said they worry their son is being mistreated by police.

“The pain is relentless,” stated the father Ethan Elder. “It’s constant, it’s when we go to sleep, it’s when we wake up, it’s when we sit together, when we’re happy, it’s when we’re sad, it’s always there.”

Elder’s trial is set to begin Feb. 26.

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VA. teen charged after opening fire on parents

Picture of wanted poster of Levi Henry Norwood. (Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department)

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UPDATED 12:46 PM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

A manhunt for a Virginia teen, accused of opening fire on his family, has come to an end. 17-year-old Levi Norwood was taken into custody in North Carolina Saturday evening.

Norwood allegedly shot his parents and younger brother in Fauquier County on Friday. The mother and child were killed in their home. The father, however, survived after entering the house and seeing his wife and child dead. That’s when the teen shot him as well, but he managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

Norwood fled the scene in a red Toyota Camry, but he was later apprehended after being caught shoplifting in the next state over.

There was a large operation underway across different departments to take the teen into custody.

“When they reported to the scene, they observed a 6-year-old child that had been killed, the mother of the child, and also the father had been shot as well,” stated sheriff Bob Mosier of Fauquiier County. “He’s (the father) in stable condition at the hospital.”

Norwood is facing two-counts of murder. A motive for the attack remains under investigation.

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Parents of Parkland shooting victim sue FBI for failing to investigate tips about gunman

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

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UPDATED 9:18 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

The family of one of the victims from the 2018 Parkland school shooting has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the FBI.

The Pollack family filed suit on Wednesday, alleging that the bureau knew the accused gunman had “the desire and capability to carry out a mass school shooting,” but it failed to take any action to stop him.

The family specifically claimed the FBI had information Nikolas Cruz was collecting ammunition right before the shooting took place on Valentine’s Day two years ago.

This comes after the Pollack’s also filed suit against a former county sheriff deputy, who failed to enter the school building while the shooting took place.

“How many schools, how many children have to get shot?” asked Andrew Pollack. “It stops here with this administration and me, I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed.”

Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, listens during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting Thursday, Nov 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was 17-years old at the time of the deadly incident. The shooting killed a total 17 students as well as teachers and wounded several others.

The suspected gunman faces multiple counts of first degree murder as well as attempted murder. His trial is expected to begin later this summer.

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Calif. parents charged with murder, torture of 4-year-old son

Four-year-old Noah Cuatro is pictured. (Photo/GoFundMe)

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UPDATED 10:46 AM PT — Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A California couple has been indicted on multiple charges, following a months long investigation into the death of their four-year-old son last year.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment against Jose Cuatro and Ursula Juarez on Tuesday. The pair is being accused of torturing their son, Noah, over a four month period, which resulted in his death.

Noah died last July in a Los Angeles children’s hospital. His parents initially told the police he drowned in a community pool, but the coroner’s office later ruled Noah’s death a homicide after finding trauma on his body inconsistent with drowning.

Following his death, Noah’s great grandmother, Eva Hernandez, filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the county. The suit claims they failed to save the boy despite countless reports of abuse made to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Noah was briefly in Hernandez’s care before he was returned to his parents against her warnings.

“I told the social workers ‘please, he doesn’t want to leave, he wants to stay here’ and he begged me,” she explained. “He would hold on to me and say don’t send me back grandma.”

DCFS released a statement denying any wrongdoing. In the meantime, Noah’s parents have been charged with one count each of murder and torture. Cuatro faces additional charges of assault on a child resulting in death and sexual assault, while Juarez faces one count of child abuse under circumstances likely to cause death.

Juarez is being held on a $3 million bailM while Cuatro’s bail is set at $4 million. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Their arraignment is scheduled for next month.

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