1. Mother’s married boyfriend allegedly killed her baby and ate pizza with the boy’s limp body in his arms.
A US mother whose 19-month-old son was allegedly killed by her married boyfriend has spoken about the moment she realised her son seriously injured.
Roxanne Randall’s boyfriend, dentist Bert Franklin – father-of-four who kept his marital status from her – had been taking care of her son, Lincoln, in July last year when he allegedly attacked the toddler.
Police said Franklin dropped the boy on his head and kicked him.
In the surveillance footage captured at the house, Franklin can be seen with Lincoln’s limp body in his arms while eating a slice of pizza, People magazine reports.
Randall was upstairs at the time of the alleged attack and didn’t realise her son had been injured when she put him to bed that night.
During an interview with Dr Phil McGraw that airs in the US this week, the Oklahoma woman said she was awoken by sounds of the boy in distress.
“I woke up at [2 a.m.] to a sound; I thought Lincoln was coughing,” she told Dr Phil.
“I woke up and I just remember instantly thinking, ‘Oh, I knew it’ — he was sick.”
However, Lincoln was more than just sick. Randall got some medicine for the boy and found him “gurgling” and an ambulance was called.
The boy was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, after suffering a fractured skull.
Franklin was later charged with murder and is in jail awaiting trial.
2. Hobart woman allegedly attacked, set on fire by boyfriend is responding to sound for the first time.
A young Hobart woman whose boyfriend allegedly doused her in accelerant and set her on fire is responding to sound and moving her limbs, her family says.
Nicole Evans, 20, was flown to Melbourne in a critical condition early on Tuesday and will require “many months” of treatment.
For now, she remains an induced coma in The Alfred hospital with burns to more than 50 per cent of her body, AAP reports. According to her friend, Leslie Chambers, she has improved slightly.
“I am pleased to be able to report – having just been speaking with Nicole ‘s mother – that she is responding to sound and moving her limbs,” Chambers wrote on a Go Fund Me page set up for Ms Evans on Sunday.
“Her eyes are also moving under her eyelids. Her immediate family are relieved to witness this progress.”