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Animal hoarder ruled not responsible

A Harford County District Court judge has accepted a psychiatrist’s testimony that a 60-year-old woman charged with 118 counts of animal cruelty isn’t criminally responsible for her actions.

The psychiatrist told Judge John Dunnigan that Donna Lee Bell suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Miss Bell was arrested after more than 100 dogs and cats were found amid carcasses and large piles of feces on properties she owns.

After yesterday’s hearing, sheriff’s deputies transported Miss Bell to Spring Grove Hospital Center. Her attorney said she was trying to help the animals, but her behavior spun out of control.

When authorities raided two homes owned by Miss Bell, they found rats feeding on the carcasses of dogs and cats. Many of the surviving animals were ill from neglect.


Man pleads guilty to staging child porn

A 60-year-old Manassas man pleaded guilty yesterday to child-pornography charges after his Maryland employer found video and pictures he had made of a 12-year-old girl performing sex acts on herself in a shed behind his home.

Jack DuFrain used a variety of makeshift backdrops and outfit changes, and instructed the girl to pose certain ways while making the videos, federal prosecutors said.

He stored the pictures and videos on his home computer and transferred them to a thumb drive so he could download them to his work computer, prosecutors said.

The images were discovered on DuFrain’s work computer by his employer during an internal investigation. The Silver Spring company’s investigation also found that DuFrain had digitally altered some of the photos to make them more sexually explicit.

Authorities said they are in touch with the victim and seeking help for her.

DuFrain is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court.

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