Spanish detectives detain lawyer Rosario Porto while searching her home as they probed the suspected killing of her adopted Chinese-born, 12-year-old daughter. Photo: Oscar Corral/AFP
Spanish detectives Thursday searched the homes of a lawyer and her ex-husband as they probed the suspected killing of their adopted Chinese-born, 12-year-old daughter in a case that has gripped the country.
Police said they had detained Rosario Porto, 44, and journalist Alfonso Basterra, 49, on suspicion of homicide after their daughter's body was found at 1:30 am Sunday in woodland near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela.
According to Spanish media reports, a couple heading to a nightclub discovered the body of the girl, Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto, just hours after she had been reported missing by her parents.
An autopsy and forensic tests were reportedly conducted before the girl's body was cremated on Tuesday.
The mystery surrounding the death of little Assunta Basterra, a girl of 12 who was adopted by a couple of Santiago 11 years ago. Her parents, Alfonso Basterra and Charo Porto, renowned journalist and lawyer have been arrested. A large inheritance of the maternal grandparents could be behind this crime.
The murder of the girl Assunta Basterra remains shrouded in mystery . Adopted when she was just 1 year, the small Chinese national was found dead on a forest path near Santiago, just five kilometers from the family estate of Teo. Her parents, Alfonso Bilbao Basterra journalist and renowned lawyer Charo Porto , are now the prime suspects in a crime which motive could be economical, according to major police investigations.
A Harbor Springs couple will head to court in October on three felony child abuse charges for allegedly depriving their adopted children of nourishment, inflicting physical abuse and extreme disciplining.
Phillip Albert Loesch, 53, and wife, Kimberly Ann Loesch, 50, of Readmond Township are accused of three counts of child abuse in the second degree. Each charge carries a maximum 10 years in prison.
A pre-trial conference in the 90th District Court in Emmet County has been set for 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, and a preliminary examination has been set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Bond was previously set for both at $10,000 and contact is prohibited with the victims.
The case came to the Emmet County Sheriff's Office in mid-July, when a 13-year-old boy ran away from the home for two days, launching a two-day search by law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard in Traverse City throughout northern Emmet County. The boy was later found near a Cross Village home with only minor bug bites, but otherwise in good condition.
Not long after, all three adopted children were removed from the home.
Crime » The children, ages 17 and 20, are among the woman’s nine adopted kids.
By Michael McFall
The Salt Lake Tribune
Prosecutors have charged a Cache County woman with using a dog shock collar to punish two of her adopted special-needs children.
The 52-year-old woman, who lives in Mendon, was charged Wednesday in 1st District Court with abuse or neglect of a disabled child, a third-degree felony, as well as abuse of a vulnerable adult, child abuse and tampering with a witness, which are misdemeanors. If convicted for the felony, she could face up to five years in prison.
The woman has nine adopted children, said Deputy Cache County Attorney Andrew McAdams. One of them, a 17-year-old girl with special needs, disclosed to student aids at her school that her mom uses "a behavior band" on her, McAdams said. She had trouble describing the band, but drew a picture for the aids that looked like a dog’s shock collar, he added.
As Matt and Melanie Capobianco took possession of Veronica Brown on Monday night, another court action was brewing behind the scenes. Today, their lawyers in South Carolina are in court seeking fines, attorneys' fees and expenses totaling approximately $500,000 from Dusten Brown.
Brown, a member of the Oklahoma National Guard who served in Iraq, was forced to turn over his biological daughter to them after the failed visitation “negotiations” last week. On the presumption that the couple's attorneys were looking for a set of deep pockets from which to profit, the Cherokee Nation is also named in the action; however, according to tribal attorneys, the tribe is not a part of the contempt order and therefore not obligated to pay the Capobiancos. Additionally, they noted that the Capobiancos have no jurisdiction to sue the tribe and that the Cherokee Nation is protected under the 11th amendment granting them sovereign immunity from civil actions seeking damages and financial compensation.
The minor found dead near Santiago was taking advanced courses, studying music, and ballet.
Asunta Fong-Yang was Basterra Porto's exemplary daughter. Unusually intelligent, in her 12 years had just started 3rd of ESO at the same school where he had studied, just like her adoptive mother and his alleged killer: Rosalia de Castro de Santiago. The little one was a course above her age, because the teachers had decided she was gifted.
The girl was highly prized in her environment, where she seen as cheerful, loving and very family minded. She also studied ballet and music, and excelled in both disciplines. Even loved sports and went on to participate in several foot races.
Adopted from China when she was not yet one year by the journalist and lawyer Alfonso Basterra Rosario Porto, Asunta grew up with her adoptive parents in downtown Santiago, in an affluent environment.
Adoptive parents sentenced in the rapes of their two children
By Kevin Conlon, CNN
updated 10:46 AM EDT, Tue September 24, 2013
Joseph and Linda Mayotte of Massachusetts were convicted last month
Prosecutor says Linda Mayotte became pregnant by her adoptive son, who was 15
He faces 16 to 20 years in prison; she faces 18 to 22 years
Now 21, the adoptive son reportedly said in court: 'Let them burn in hell'
(CNN) -- A Massachusetts husband and wife were each sentenced to prison Monday after being found guilty last month of raping their two adopted children.
Joseph Mayotte, 50, sexually abused his daughter over a five-year span, starting when she was 8, according to a news release from prosecutor Joseph D. Early Jr.
Mayotte was convicted in August on 11 charges -- including rape of a child aggravated by age difference -- and was sentenced Monday to 16 to 20 years in prison.
His wife, Linda Mayotte, was convicted on 19 charges -- including three counts of rape of a child -- and sentenced from 18 to 22 years behind bars.
By Lindsay Corcoran/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News
Posted Sep 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Last update Sep 24, 2013 @ 03:54 PM
The Northbridge couple convicted of raping their two adopted children were sentenced Monday to nearly 20 years each in prison after their victims asked the court to put them away for life.
Linda Mayotte, 49, formerly of 67 Laura Lane, was sentenced to serve 18 to 22 years in MCI Framingham and her husband, Joseph Mayotte, 50, of the same address, was sentenced to 16 to 20 years in MCI Cedar Junction by Worcester Superior Court Judge Richard Tucker.
On Aug. 8, Linda Mayotte was found guilty on 18 counts relating to the abuse of their adopted son from when he was 13 through 15, while her husband was found guilty on 11 counts relating to his abuse of the couple’s adopted daughter that started when she was 8 and lasted for nearly five years.
TAHLEQUAH -- Baby Veronica’s biological family handed over the 4-year-old girl Monday night, giving her back to her adoptive parents from South Carolina.
The child's transfer of custody was formally announced by Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree.
In an interview with the Tulsa World, Hembree said a district court order was issued about 4:30 p.m. to hand over Veronica. The order came after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted its ruling that had kept Veronica in her biological father's custody while the appeals played out.
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office undersheriff Jason Chennault said his office received the court order at 5 p.m. By 7:30 p.m., Veronica was with the Capobiancos.
"The court order was directed to us, so we served it," Chennault said. "We gave the Browns time to say goodbye and pack some things for Veronica, some clothes and things."
Parents guilty of murder
Joneses sentenced to life in prison for death of 6-year-old son
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:09 pm, Tue Sep 24, 2013.
By Rachael Ward | 0 comments
MONROE — A jury deliberated for more than four hours before reaching a guilty verdict in the 2009 death of a 6-year-old boy.
The adopted parents of Colin Jones — Jami Lea Jones, 43, and Louis David Jones, 43 — were both sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of malice murder.
When Sharon Pierce learned that her son had gotten someone pregnant, she knew the situation wouldn’t be ideal.
The future parents were teenagers in high school.
Pierce still embraced having a little one around, and at least initially, so did her son. But his girlfriend wasn’t ready, so she sought an adoption agency’s help.
What happened during the months leading to the birth of Pierce’s granddaughter would leave her and her son frustrated, confused and overcome with sadness — emotions that critics of private adoptions think should prompt a closer look at the attorneys and agencies who operate in that field.
Some of them blame South Carolina laws that first attracted notoriety in the 1980s, when Charleston became known as a haven for couples nationwide seeking easy adoptions.
As Pierce set up a nursery in her James Island home, she said attorneys and the adoption agency started pressuring her son. They convinced him and his girlfriend that they were too young, that they couldn’t care for a child. A pre-adoptive couple from Spartanburg paid the expectant mother’s expenses.
EMMET CO. -- An affidavit from the Emmet County District Court has detailed the alleged abuse at the home of Phillip and Kimberly Loesch - who were arrested for child abuse this week.
The investigation started after one of the children, a 13-year-old boy, went missing for two days in July.
Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin said his office received several tips as to the reason the boy had gone missing. He was found two days later.
Court documents show that the 13-year-old boy and two other adoptive children were abused from the time they were adopted in 2008 until they were removed from the home by Protective Services in July. One of the children, a now 18-year-old girl permanently left the home in January of 2012 and placed in foster care.
The affidavit shows that the children were required to spend long hours upstairs in their room during each day and were not allowed to leave the room without permission. Documents show the children were required to ask permission to use the restroom and on several occasions were forced to relieve themselves in their room because permission had not been granted.
Steller: Tucson couple in adoption scandal speaks out
September 20, 2013 12:00 am • Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star
Yes, Nicole and Calvin Eason are living in Tucson.
Yes, they have kids — three living with them in their long-term hotel rooms.
No, none of it is anybody else’s business.
Those are the answers I got Thursday to the questions I posed in last Friday’s column about the Tucson couple and their role in “private re-homing” adoptions. That’s the disturbing phenomenon in which parents who have adopted a child but regret it use informal Internet connections to find new parents for the child.
In various states, the Easons accepted kids from adoptive parents who couldn’t handle the children they had adopted — 11 times, Nicole said Thursday. But during an hourlong conversation at a Tucson Denny’s, Nicole Eason insisted that none of those children was meant to stay with her family permanently.
Rather, she said, they were giving the adoptive parents a “respite,” a term used in the adoption world.
For the past eight years, the framed photo has stood prominently on his desk at Toronto police headquarters: an American teenage girl with long hair and a beaming smile leaning against the burly Canadian cop.
Ever since Det. Bill McGarry helped turn Masha Allen into one of the most famous victims of child abuse and Internet pornography, he has kept a special place for her on his desk and in his heart.
“She gave me the strength to keep doing my job,” said McGarry, who heads the Toronto Police Identification Unit, spending days unearthing gut-wrenching images of child sexual assault on the web. “I look at her picture and say: if I don’t do this, who is going to hunt for these kids?”
Now a grown-up, Masha is using an American law named after her to go after the hundreds of men who have downloaded and traded her pictures of abuse.
Masha was adopted as a 5-year-old Russian orphan by an American millionaire named Matthew Mancuso, who sexually abused her for years and posted her pictures extensively online until she was rescued by the FBI in 2003.