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August 22, 1998
LAST MONTH Maryland's second-highest court upheld a Montgomery County judge's decision to send a little boy back to the mother who killed his half-sister. The woman who has been taking care of 2-year-old Cornilous Pixley can't adopt him, the three-judge panel said, exhibiting the courts' longstanding and often excessive bias toward blood relationships.The Pixley case has rightly troubled many Marylanders and child welfare advocates, who know the presumption that a child is better off with a birth parent falls apart when that parent has committed a heinous crime against another child.
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May 12, 2006
Second image seen under old painting Hagerstown -- X-ray technicians performing a checkup on a 16th-century Italian painting depicting the preparation of Jesus' body after the crucifixion got a bonus: They discovered the image of a Renaissance man hidden underneath. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which owns the painting, asked Washington County Hospital to X-ray the artwork to determine its condition. The X-rays showed a detailed image of a man dressed in late Renaissance clothing with his hands clasped at his waist.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1998
The Court of Special Appeals upheld yesterday a Montgomery County judge's decision to return a toddler to his mother, even though she killed her baby daughter in 1992. The court also denied the adoption request of the woman who is still taking care of the boy.The ruling in the emotionally charged case -- if not appealed to the state's highest court -- clears the way for Latrena Pixley to have her 2-year-old son, Cornilous, returned to her at the end of summer.The case has created a storm of controversy over when -- and if -- a parent who is convicted of killing an infant can be considered rehabilitated and trustworthy with another child, and whether state laws favor biological parents too heavily.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1998
Judges of the state's highest court grilled the lawyer for a woman who killed her infant daughter, asking yesterday why that slaying should not override the presumption that the mother, Latrena D. Pixley, is the best person to care for the son she bore after the killing.The boy's foster mother, who wants permanent custody of Cornilous, is asking the Court of Appeals to overturn a Montgomery County circuit judge's ruling that would return the child to his mother.Four of the seven judges asked Jennifer Evans, Pixley's lawyer, why infanticide should not be considered an extraordinary circumstance that could negate the presumption in Maryland law that a child is better off with a biological parent or why state law should not be read to deny custody to someone who has abused another child.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1998
Judges of the state's highest court grilled the lawyer for a woman who killed her infant daughter, asking yesterday why that slaying should not override the presumption that the mother, Latrena D. Pixley, is the best person to care for the son she bore after the killing.The boy's foster mother, who wants permanent custody of Cornilous, is asking the Court of Appeals to overturn a Montgomery County circuit judge's ruling that would return the child to his mother.Four of the seven judges asked Jennifer Evans, Pixley's lawyer, why infanticide should not be considered an extraordinary circumstance that could negate the presumption in Maryland law that a child is better off with a biological parent or why state law should not be read to deny custody to someone who has abused another child.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1998
Maryland's highest court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal of a Montgomery County judge's decision to return a toddler to his mother, who admitted killing her infant daughter in 1992.The Court of Appeals set oral arguments for December in the emotionally charged case that has rallied adoption advocates.Attorneys for Latrena Pixley, whose prospects of regaining her 2-year-old son within weeks were tugged away by yesterday's decision, could not be reached. She had won in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, which refused to end her parental rights in favor of an adoption.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1998
Should a mother who murdered her baby six years ago be allowed to regain custody of another child born to her since then?That emotionally charged question -- which has drawn comments from advocacy groups around the country -- will be argued today before Maryland's highest court.Two single women -- the mother and foster mother -- are battling over Cornilous, who will be 3 next month.One is his biological parent, Latrena D. Pixley, 24, a Washington woman convicted of the 1992 murder of her 6-week-old daughter, but given a light sentence when a District of Columbia judge agreed that she was suffering from postpartum depression.
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May 12, 2006
Second image seen under old painting Hagerstown -- X-ray technicians performing a checkup on a 16th-century Italian painting depicting the preparation of Jesus' body after the crucifixion got a bonus: They discovered the image of a Renaissance man hidden underneath. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which owns the painting, asked Washington County Hospital to X-ray the artwork to determine its condition. The X-rays showed a detailed image of a man dressed in late Renaissance clothing with his hands clasped at his waist.
NEWS
May 4, 2005
Howard County prosecutors yesterday dropped drug trafficking charges against a California truck driver stopped Jan. 12 on Interstate 95 with what police said was 103 pounds of marijuana stashed in a hidden compartment of his vehicle. Alejandro P. Chavez, 48, of Pixley, Calif., had been jailed since the incident. "Mr. Chavez did not know drugs were in the truck," State's Attorney Timothy J. McCrone said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1998
Maryland's highest court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal of a Montgomery County judge's decision to return a toddler to his mother, who admitted killing her infant daughter in 1992.The Court of Appeals set oral arguments for December in the emotionally charged case that has rallied adoption advocates.Attorneys for Latrena Pixley, whose prospects of regaining her 2-year-old son within weeks were tugged away by yesterday's decision, could not be reached. She had won in Montgomery County Circuit Court, which refused to end her parental rights in favor of an adoption.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1998
Should a mother who murdered her baby six years ago be allowed to regain custody of another child born to her since then?That emotionally charged question -- which has drawn comments from advocacy groups around the country -- will be argued today before Maryland's highest court.Two single women -- the mother and foster mother -- are battling over Cornilous, who will be 3 next month.One is his biological parent, Latrena D. Pixley, 24, a Washington woman convicted of the 1992 murder of her 6-week-old daughter, but given a light sentence when a District of Columbia judge agreed that she was suffering from postpartum depression.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1998
Maryland's highest court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal of a Montgomery County judge's decision to return a toddler to his mother, who admitted killing her infant daughter in 1992.The Court of Appeals set oral arguments for December in the emotionally charged case that has rallied adoption advocates.Attorneys for Latrena Pixley, whose prospects of regaining her 2-year-old son within weeks were tugged away by yesterday's decision, could not be reached. She had won in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, which refused to end her parental rights in favor of an adoption.
NEWS
August 22, 1998
LAST MONTH Maryland's second-highest court upheld a Montgomery County judge's decision to send a little boy back to the mother who killed his half-sister. The woman who has been taking care of 2-year-old Cornilous Pixley can't adopt him, the three-judge panel said, exhibiting the courts' longstanding and often excessive bias toward blood relationships.The Pixley case has rightly troubled many Marylanders and child welfare advocates, who know the presumption that a child is better off with a birth parent falls apart when that parent has committed a heinous crime against another child.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1998
The Court of Special Appeals upheld yesterday a Montgomery County judge's decision to return a toddler to his mother, even though she killed her baby daughter in 1992. The court also denied the adoption request of the woman who is still taking care of the boy.The ruling in the emotionally charged case -- if not appealed to the state's highest court -- clears the way for Latrena Pixley to have her 2-year-old son, Cornilous, returned to her at the end of summer.The case has created a storm of controversy over when -- and if -- a parent who is convicted of killing an infant can be considered rehabilitated and trustworthy with another child, and whether state laws favor biological parents too heavily.
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