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The parking lot suicides
Veterans are taking their own lives on VA hospital campuses, a desperate form of protest against a system that they feel hasn’t helped them.
Alissa Harrington took an audible breath as she slid open a closet door deep in her home office. This is where she displays what’s too painful, too raw to keep out in the open.
Framed photos of her younger brother, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old Marine Corps trumpet player and Iraq veteran. Blood-spattered safety glasses recovered from the snow-covered Nissan Frontier truck where his body was found. A phone filled with the last text messages from his father: “We love you. We miss you. Come home.”
Miller was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts when he checked into the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in February 2018. After spending four days in the mental-health unit, Miller walked to his truck in VA’s parking lot and shot himself in the very place he went to find help.
“The fact that my brother, Justin, never left the VA parking lot — it’s infuriating,” said Harrington, 37. “He did the right thing; he went in for help. I just can’t get my head around it.”
Colo. Teen Gets Life Sentence for Sexually Assaulting and Then Killing His 10-Year-Old Stepsister
A Colorado teen who molested his 10-year-old stepsister before bludgeoning her to death in 2017 acknowledged his guilt in court recently, and learned a life sentence will be imposed during his sentencing hearing next month.
Aidan Zellmer, 16, pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Kiaya Campbell on June 7, 2017, in the city of Thornton, Colorado, PEOPLE confirms.
Man gets 60 years for impregnating 11-year-old in Texas
13-year-old arrested after telling Siri he was 'going to shoot up a school'
Ohio Girl Abducted, Killed on Way to School — and Parents Sue School for Not Reporting Her Absent
The parents of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze allege that hours were wasted in search for her because the school didn't tell them she was missing
The parents of a 14-year-old Cleveland girl abducted on her way to school, then raped, tortured and murdered, allege the school is at fault for not alerting them about her absence, wasting hours that might have been used to search for her.
In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Friday and obtained by PEOPLE, the parents of Alianna DeFreeze say her school knew about the seventh grader’s unexcused absence on January 26, 2017, but failed to properly use an automated messaging system in place to alert parents with news about their children.
The school system “utterly and without question breached a critical duty owed to each and every parent to provide notice of a missing child—no text messages, phone calls, emails or any other form of communication,” the lawsuit alleges.
Thousands of people are seeking help after being forced into ‘ex-gay therapy’
In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn.
Alcorn, who identified as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr in which she described her isolation, desperation, and depression—feelings she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo. Alcorn’s parents believed their “sick” child could be forcibly turned back into a boy and “cured” of her attraction to males.
Parents keep daughter captive for a year after finding out she's a lesbian
An Italian couple has kept their teenage daughter captive for a year after discovering she was in a same-sex relationship.
The 17-year-old, who lived with her parents in a town near Rome, was subjected to psychological violence and forced to stay home.
Her family even locked her in while they were away and allegedly prevented her from going to school.
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He killed his daughter because her mom started a relationship with a woman
Dad faces child abuse charges after video shows him spanking, kicking 6-year-old
'RAY DONOVAN' ACTOR POOCH HALL ARRESTED FOR DUI ... And Letting His 2-Year-Old Drive
Father arrested for putting 3-year-old in trunk says he was conducting social experiment
A Chicago couple claims a failed social experiment involving their 3-year-old son led to the father's arrest and the boy being taken away from them.
The boy was sent by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to live with a relative for more than three weeks. But on Wednesday the department announced he has been returned the the family.
"We're still investigating," department spokesman Neil Skene told NBC News.
1-year-old left in shopping cart at Target parking lot, mom arrested: Police