kokopellinelli (kokopellinelli) wrote,

Ar - ar - AR-TI-CLE. AR-TI-CL-E. What's in the middle? ME!

Got a couple articles for you today. I'll do the sad one first.

This guy spent his day beating a toddler. He slapped him, slammed his head against the floor, shook him, put a lot of pressure on his chest, then when the child started seizing up, the guy thought he was choking and tried to pry his mouth open with a can opener. Guys, I don't know what's wrong with the world.

Child was beaten for most of day
TODDLER: Man faces two felony charges in assault on 22-month-old in his care.

A man who is accused of critically injuring a 22-month-old toddler by throwing the child against a wall and repeatedly smashing his head on the floor appeared in court Friday to face two felony assault charges.

The toddler is being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center for life-threatening injuries, Anchorage police Lt. Paul Honeman said. The child has been in critical condition since Tuesday.

Joshua Jameson Sagayo, 23, is charged with first- and second-degree assault.

"He was knocking this kid around for most of the day," Honeman said.

Sagayo and his wife, Seteli Sagayo, were Asi Sekona's caregivers because his biological father is in a California jail and his biological mother, Seteli's cousin Rebecca, abandoned him, according to court records.

Emergency room staff called police about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday to report the child was in "respiratory distress" and showed signs of severe physical abuse.

Officers arrived at the hospital and found Sagayo in front of the emergency room, where he extended his fists to a handcuffing position and said, "Do what you have to do," according to a police affidavit.

Seteli Sagayo told police she went to work Tuesday, leaving Asi and the couple's biological 1-year-old child in her husband's care.

Just before 5 p.m., she called home but got no answer. She tried back about 10 minutes later and got through to Sagayo, who said Asi wasn't doing well and looked as though "someone had knocked him out," she told police.

When Sagayo picked her up from work, Seteli saw the unresponsive child. Sagayo told her he slapped him on the back of the head to stop his crying and the boy fell, hitting his head on the floor, she told police. Sagayo said he then picked the child up by his upper arms and violently shook him, the affidavit says.

On Wednesday, police got a warrant to tap Sagayo's phone and listened to a phone call between him and his mother. In the recorded call, Sagayo said the child had been whining throughout the day and that he had "smacked him around," according to the police affidavit.

Sagayo told his mother he tried to change Asi's diaper and clothes but that the child got away from him and started to run away, the affidavit says. Sagayo picked the boy up and "slammed him back down," he told his mother. He got Asi dressed, but he still wouldn't stop crying, so he slammed him back down on the couch, telling him to stop crying, he told his mother.

The child didn't, so Sagayo said he held on to the front of his jacket and pushed down, according to the affidavit. Sagayo told his mother that was when the child began acting strangely and seized up.

"He's a good-sized fellow," Honeman said. "It doesn't take much pressure to kill a child."

Sagayo thought the child was choking and stuck a pen in his mouth to pry the child's mouth open, he said. When that didn't work, he used a can opener, which caused the injuries doctors found on the boy's mouth, he told his mother in the recorded call.

Hospital officials said the child remained in critical condition Friday. According to court records, he has life-threatening brain injuries, along with bruises and welts across his head, face and neck.

The Office of Children's Services had taken official custody of Asi by Friday, but not the Sagayos' own child, spokeswoman Susan Morgan said.

At the hearing Friday, Sagayo, who is being held on $35,000 cash-only bail, listened without expression to the charges as Judge Sigurd Murphy read them.

Assistant district attorney Michelle Tschumper requested his bail requirements be tightened to include no contact with any witnesses or children under the age of 16.

"Is there a concern the state has now that he may pose a risk to other children?" Murphy asked.

"Yes," Tschumper said.

Murphy granted the request, apparently to Sagayo's dissatisfaction.

"Does that mean I can't even call my family?" Sagayo asked hoarsely.

Not the witnesses, Murphy said.

According to court records, Sagayo is on felony probation for a drug offense, but has no violent crime convictions.

He is facing a maximum of up to 30 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

This article is considerably more amusing, though not entirely so...it is, after all, about stealing candy from a baby. Well, several babies. And when I say 'babies,' I mean kids. Still, what kind of idiot do you have to be to steal candy from children on Halloween? AT GUNPOINT? IN TALKEETNA?

This kind.

Wasilla women indicted on Halloween theft charges
HALLOWEEN CRIME: Eight children who were robbed testify.
PALMER -- Eight children whose candy was taken from them at gunpoint by two women on Halloween in Talkeetna, according to Alaska State Troopers, testified Thursday before a grand jury.

Two women -- Kendra Grace Butts, 18, and Amber Marie Martin, 20, both of Wasilla -- were indicted Friday on seven counts of robbery, one of attempted robbery and eight of assault. If convicted, they face a maximum of 180 years each in prison. The minimum sentence for robbery with a gun in Alaska is seven years.

The District Attorney's office added the attempted robbery charge Friday after learning from Alaska State Troopers that one child in the incident refused to surrender the candy. Troopers originally reported seven children were robbed that night on Main Street but Friday said they learned an eighth child hid behind a tree during the incident.

Recordings of phone calls to Butts and Martin from their boyfriends in jail detailed for troopers the two women's involvement in the Halloween stickup, according to an affidavit filed in the case against Butts.

Troopers on Oct. 31 arrested the boyfriends, Michael Scott Wilson and Aaron J. Tolen, both 24, of Wasilla, in a Talkeetna restaurant not long after the robbery. The two were indicted Friday on one count each of hindering prosecution and weapons misconduct.

A troopers spokeswoman, Beth Ipsen, said the troopers' robbery investigation led them Nov. 5 to a cache of stolen goods worth more than $100,000 near Montana Creek Road about two miles from the Parks Highway. The recovered goods are linked to a string of burglaries in the Upper Susitna Valley area. Nobody has been charged in connection with the stolen property or the burglaries.

Troopers also discovered on the same property a plastic pumpkin full of candy bearing the name of one of the children in Talkeetna, according to the affidavit. Ipsen declined to elaborate Friday when asked how the defendants charged in connection with the Halloween robberies were linked to the stolen goods.

Troopers found at the site a Polaris six-wheel all-terrain vehicle, tools and a 1995 Chevrolet pickup.

Investigator Christopher Long in the affidavit filed in Butts' case details how troopers obtained recordings of phone calls by Wilson and Tolen in the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer to Butts and Martin. Long said a corrections sergeant monitoring the jail calls informed troopers Nov. 2.

According to Long, Wilson and Butts discussed Butts breaking into the impound yard to retrieve 14 incriminating items, including Butts' purse, from inside Butts' Dodge truck, seized by troopers Oct. 31 in Talkeetna. Failing that, Butts' was to burn the truck, according to Long.

Ipsen said Friday she could not say where the truck is being held.

"It's under our control, and nobody else has access to it," Ipsen said.

The robbery occurred around 5:15 p.m. Oct. 31, according to troopers. A Dodge truck drove past the children on Main Street, made a U-turn and returned. Two women wearing ski masks exited, one pointed a revolver at the children and then fired a shot into the air, according to troopers.

The women told the children to hand over their candy or be killed, the children told troopers, Long's affidavit states.

Tolen and Wilson were arrested that night at Latitude 62, a bar and restaurant in Talkeetna. They showed up in a Dodge truck bearing the license plate number the children had provided troopers.

The recorded phone calls told troopers that Butts and Martin after the Halloween robbery drove to a cabin where they met up with Tolen and Wilson, according to Long. The women "bragged about robbing candy from a group of kids," and an argument over that ensued, Long states.

Wilson and Tolen left the cabin for cheeseburgers at Latitude 62, according to troopers and witnesses.

Identified by townspeople on the lookout for the Dodge and apprehended by troopers, Wilson gave up both women, but Tolen denied knowing anything about the robbery, according to troopers' accounts Nov. 1. But the jail phone calls revealed that Tolen and Wilson "concealed their full knowledge ... of the robbery" when first questioned.

Well, of COURSE you're going to grow up crazy, if you have the last name Butts. All of those scars left over from middle school...that's what made her rob the children!

Still, these ladies could get 180 years in prison for stealing candy, while the jackass above them can only get 30 years for almost killing a toddler? Seem odd to anyone else?
Tags: articles, beat up, candy, halloween, robbery, toddler
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