"It was good police work, because our officers easily could have just taken him to the hospital," said Melton, who heads the five-member police department.
He declined to give specific details about what Hernandez-Ventura told officers, but his did say the murder suspect "didn't seem under a normal state of mind."Morrison police did not conduct any drug tests on the suspect, Melton said. He said Hernandez-Ventura moved to town less than a month ago after meeting Leake while she was visiting family on the East Coast.
They’re the adoptive parents of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, who was found dead on 12 May inside the family’s home in Perry, 35 miles northwest of Des Moines, Iowa.
Police say preliminary autopsy results show she was severely malnourished.
When I steer a cart through the local market, the spirits of the parents who provided for their kids in the big house guide my arm to Ajax, Clorox and Pine-Sol—safe, familiar brand names I know from my childhood.I wipe my face with the red bandanna I have tied at my throat.I am shirtless, thirty-seven, wearing blue running shorts and cheap, nylon running shoes.Prior blisters on my hand were raised by a tennis racket.My hands are the soft hands of a writer who teaches. The next morning, after I set the kit’s five-foot pole onto the stubby base, I tie a clothesline rope to the post top and attach the tetherball to the other end of the line. **** The old house I rent is in walking distance from the center of Drake University, where they will pay me to teach creative writing.