CRIME: Punishment

In a tar-paper shack at Meredith, N.H., three-year-old William Burns died last week of asphyxiation. A pathologist found black pepper in his lungs. Mrs. Evelyn Cote, 24-year-old mother of the boy—by her first marriage—explained to police that she had fed William "not more than a tablespoon" of pepper as punishment for wetting his bed. She was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

At Pikeville, Ky., Crawford Casebolt, a 13-year-old seventh-grader convicted of using a pistol to rob a man of an auto, a watch and $4.84 in cash, was sentenced by Circuit judge R. Monroe Fields "to spend the rest of his...

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