Father: Mother should get death in baby's killing
SAN ANTONIO - The father of a newborn baby who authorities say was mutilated, killed and cannibalized by his mother said Tuesday he wants to see her executed.
Scott W. Buchholz said that Otty Sanchez, the mother of 3 1/2-week-old Scotty Wesley Buchholz-Sanchez, seemed fine in the days before the killing, even though they argued. However, he said she told him she had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and was going to be admitted to a hospital for treatment.
Sanchez's relatives told The San Antonio Express News that she had been diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, which can cause delusional thoughts and hallucinations.
Sanchez, 33, is charged with capital murder in the baby's death and could face the death penalty. When authorities found the infant's body Sunday, Sanchez told officers the devil made her do it, police said.
'She killed my son. She should burn in hell,' Buchholz said.
Schwarzenegger signs budget with more cuts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a revised $85 billion budget Tuesday that he said contained 'the good, the bad and the ugly,' including additional cuts to child welfare programs, health care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts.
Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to save an additional $656 million that will let the state restore a reserve fund he said is needed for tough times. Democrats immediately questioned whether he had the authority to make some of the cuts.
Pa. police: New law needed after fatal beer brawl
PHILADELPHIA - The police commissioner has called for a city law requiring bars to report fights to 911 following a fatal melee sparked by a spilled beer at a ballpark pub.
Three people have been charged in the attack on David Sale Jr., who was beaten and kicked to death Saturday near Citizens Bank Park during a Phillies baseball game. He was part of a group ejected from a sports bar for fighting.
'We need to know about it when it's taking place,' Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. 'Then we can get officers there to see that something truly breaks up before it escalates.'
Mom of dead girl says sickness was test of faith
WAUSAU, Wis. - The mother of an 11-year-old central Wisconsin girl who died of undiagnosed diabetes as the family prayed for her to get better testified Tuesday that she believes sickness is caused by sin and can be cured by God.
Leilani Neumann told the jury in her husband's trial that she thought her daughter's March 2008 illness was a test of her religious faith and she didn't take the girl to a doctor because that would have been 'complete disobedience to what we believe.'
Dale Neumann, 47, is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the 2008 death of his daughter Madeline Neumann, called Kara by her parents. His wife was convicted of the same charge this spring and faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 6.
Post office cited by GAO as being troubled agency
WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday added the Postal Service to its list of high-risk federal agencies in need of change.
The post office has been struggling with a sharp decline in mail volume as people and businesses switch to e-mail both for personal contact and bill paying. The agency is facing a nearly $7 billion potential loss this fiscal year despite a 2-cent increase in the price of stamps in May, and cuts in staff.
Abortion doctor slaying suspect pleads not guilty
WICHITA, Kan. - The man accused of killing Kansas late-term abortion provider George Tiller has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities say anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder also threatened two ushers who tried to stop him during the May 31 shooting in the doctor's church in Wichita. Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the slaying.