Memorial fund set up for slain Tucson boy

A memorial fund is set up for the family of 4-year-old Jaedyn Minley, who died Saturday after police said he was badly beaten.

Jaedyn's paternal grandmother is asking that funds be deposited into a Bank of America account in her name with a notation that the money is for Jaedyn's funeral. The routing number is 061000052. The account number is 334039970272.

Jaedyn's mother, Judy Minley, 26, and her live-in boyfriend, James Dwight Robinson, 27, are being held in the Pima County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. Tucson Fire Department paramedics were summoned to the couple's apartment about 11 a.m. Thursday after being told a child had been found "drowning in a bathtub," court documents state.

Paramedics found the boy unconscious, unresponsive and bleeding from his buttocks, court documents state. His body was covered in bruises, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

He was declared brain dead Saturday and taken off life support. His heart, lungs and kidneys were donated to two children and an adult.

Minley and Robinson told detectives the boy had been disobedient the night before they whipped him with a sandal between 45 and 60 minutes, court records show.

Family members said Jaedyn's father, Lance, and Judy Minley separated about three years ago. The father declined an interview request Tuesday.

Lance, a Navy veteran, now resides in the Atlanta area. Jaedyn's funeral will be held there.

Minley's and Robinson's bonds have been set at $500,000 each.

Kim Smith

2 of 6 puppies found dumped in desert die

Six puppies were found dumped in a cardboard box in a desert area on the northwest side, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona said Tuesday.

The puppies were left in an area near West Tangerine and Twin Peaks roads without food or water. They were suffering from exposure to the heat and dehydration.

A man walking in the desert March 19 saw one of the puppies near a box. When he went to look closer he saw the other puppies in the box, the Humane Society said. The puppies are about 7 weeks old.

One of the puppies was already dead in the box, and another died while at the Humane Society.

The four remaining puppies have been given treatment and are recovering, the Humane Society said. They will be put up for adoption once healthy.

Arizona Daily Star

2 sex offenders caught trying to enter country

Two convicted sex offenders were arrested this past weekend by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector. A third man arrested was wanted on a California warrant for cruelty to a child, and corporal injury to a spouse.

In separate incidents, agents from the Nogales and Douglas stations caught Federico Reyes-Rodriguez, 55, and Roman Castillo-Leon, 24, for entering the country illegally, said a Customs and Border Protection news release.

A records check showed Reyes-Rodriguez was convicted of raping a child in Washington state, and Castillo-Leon was convicted of having sex with a minor age 3 or younger in San Bernardino, Calif., the release said. Both men face possible federal prosecution for illegally re-entering the country as felons.

In a third incident, Willcox station agents caught Rafael Ibarra-Barrera, 37, and said he had entered the country illegally. After his fingerprints were entered into a national crime database, a warrant showed that he was wanted on the child and spouse charges in Ventura, Calif., the release said.

Ibarra-Barrera was transferred to Willcox Police Department custody and faces extradition to California.

Carmen Duarte

Train kills man north of downtown

A man was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a train just north of downtown Tucson, police said.

It happened about 4:30 p.m. on North Granada Avenue between West Sixth Street and West University Boulevard. No further information was available.

Carmen Duarte

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