Special Reports

Crime

Janiya Thomas' eldest sister told investigators girl was tied, dunked in water in bathroom, never seen again

Mother of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas charged in Bradenton with first-degree murder in her death.

Crime

Investigators knew for weeks Janiya was missing from her home

Investigators noticed Janiya Thomas was not at her Bradenton home Sept. 23 when they arrived to investigate allegations that Keishanna Thomas had severely beaten her 12-year-old son, the latest reports released by the Florida Department of Children and Families reveal. It was the 12th time they had been called out to investigate abuse.

Videos

A closer look at the most presidential commutations ever

A president has the power to reduce prison sentences for people convicted of a federal crime. President Barack Obama used the power more than any of his predecessors. Here's insight into the record number of commutations.
Meta Viers/McClatchy for Charlotte Observer
A closer look at the most presidential commutations ever 2:49

A closer look at the most presidential commutations ever

Melania Trump awards heroic women during rare public appearance in Washington 2:07

Melania Trump awards heroic women during rare public appearance in Washington

Kristen Weiss and Christian Winslow are the fans of the game 1:42

Kristen Weiss and Christian Winslow are the fans of the game

LECOM Park voted the best spring training ballpark in Florida 0:41

LECOM Park voted the best spring training ballpark in Florida