Some members of Colorado family may have been strangled, court documents reveal

(CNN)New court documents filed in the case of a Colorado man suspected of killing his pregnant wife and their two daughters suggest that some of the victims may have been strangled. They also asked the court to allow defense expert Richard Eikelenboom to take swabs from the bodies. “I have a lot experience taking samples from dead bodies getting good results after strangulation,” Eikelenbloom wrote to the court. “The hands of the children should be sampled as well.” It is unclear whether a judge ordered the coroner’s officer to swab for DNA. The first motion, according to documents, was filed 20 minutes before the autopsies were scheduled to begin. Defense attorneys did not indicate in the court filings what motivated …

Handcuffs, assaults, and drugs called ‘vitamins’: Children allege grave abuse at migrant detention facilities

(CNN)A year before the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their families at the border in a mere five-week period, a ninth-grader in McAllen, Texas, was taken from his mother. But John Doe 2 landed in a far more troubled corner of the system, according to a first-person sworn declaration in a current legal motion against the federal government for unlawful and inappropriate detainment of children. His account is one of dozens describing overloaded and secretive shelters, treatment centers and secure detention facilities for undocumented minors, which at their worst have allegedly been home to neglect, assault and other horrific abuse. The allegations in these documents, as well as recent facility inspection reports …