- - Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Police say mom rejects children

PHOENIX — Police arrested a mother after she reportedly told officers she didn’t want her children any longer.

Police said they received a 911 call Friday from an 11-year-old boy who said his mother was packing and moving to California and wasn’t taking him or his 6-year-old brother with her.

Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Ortega said the boy’s mother, Christina Muniz, 29, came out and told officers that she was “sick of her children” and wanted the police to take them so she can “have fun and play.”

Officers said they then contacted Child Protective Services.

Miss Muniz was arrested and charged with child neglect, felony aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Cardinal’s deposition in abuse released

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony didn’t call police in 1986 after a priest admitted to molesting two boys, and he didn’t warn parishioners because the priest told him the children were illegal immigrants who had returned to Mexico, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Cardinal Mahony, 74, said he didn’t take stronger action against the Rev. Michael Baker because he didn’t know the victims’ identities and because Father Baker told him the abuse happened outside the parish.

The cardinal testified that he also did not ask his staff to search for the boys but instead sent Father Baker to a residential center in New Mexico for treatment and later placed him on restricted ministry.

The testimony released by the court marked the first time the cardinal gave a sworn deposition about his actions as head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, including how he handled allegations against Father Baker over a 14-year period. The deposition released Tuesday was part of a sex-abuse lawsuit that recently was settled for $2.2 million.


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