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Juvenile arrested for beating at Sacramento Children's Home

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Their mission statement involves helping families and and ending the cycle of child abuse.  Now the Sacramento Children's Home finds itself in the middle of a police investigation involving a woman found beaten Sunday night.

The woman was taken to the hospital after police found her lying in a field behind the Children's Home at 2750 Sutterville Road.

Officers received a call around 7 p.m. from a person saying there was an assault at the Children's Home.

Someone saw a person running across Sutterville Road near the Children's Home.  "We set up a perimeter.  K-9 dogs helped locate the suspect," Sacramento Police Officer Laura Peck said.

The suspect was taken to the hospital after K-9 dogs tracked him down.  His name and age have not been released.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

Sacramento couple sentenced in 5-year-old's torture killing

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento mother and her boyfriend convicted of murdering her 5-year-old son were given long prison sentences Friday.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny sentenced Eduardo Zamora Jr., 32, to 23 years to life in prison and a second life term in the first-degree murder and torture of Braeden James Gardner in June 2009.

Amber Ingram, 26, convicted of second-degree murder, received a 15 years to life sentence for child endangerment for leaving her son with Zamora while she went to work.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Zamora called 911 on June 17, 2009, from the couple's home to report the boy had stopped breathing. Paramedics took the child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital officials said the boy had extensive bruising and injuries indicating he had been abused.

Two Sacramento men charged with gun crimes

SACRAMENTO - Federal prosecutors Thursday filed weapons charges against two Sacramento men.

26-year-old Anthony William Hunt and 25-year-old Heber Naman Vasquez were indicted in separate cases for being felons in possesion of a firearm or ammunition.

Hunt was after police allegedly found a handgun in his home after responding to a domestic violence report on Christmas Day. 

Vasquez is accused of buying pistol ammunition at a Sacramento sporting goods store on New Year's Eve. Because of a Sacramento city ordinance involving ammunition sales inside the city limits, he had to show identification and fill out a form with him name, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. That information is automatically compared with records of criminal convictions, and Vasquez was arrested after the sale was flagged because of him prior conviction, said the spokeswoman.