Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Cops: Teen may be with online predator

Cops: Teen may be with online predator

Lacey DeWent was reported missing Monday when she did not show up to her Albuquerque, New Mexico school. Police believe the 14-year-old may be with an online predator.  Lacey’s parents had recently taken out a restraining order against 26-year-old Robert Butler.  They say Butler had met Lacey online and the two had been communicating for the past year.

Lacey’s mom told HLN that she had recently found Robert hiding in Lacey’s closet.  She called the police but because Lacey had let him into the home they were unable to charge him.  Lacey’s mom then filed the restraining order but she says Robert repeatedly violated it. 

Wesley the roaming Labrador's happy homecoming!

Wesley the roaming Labrador's happy homecoming!

A New Jersey family and their beloved dog Wesley reunited Tuesday after almost a year and a half apart. The Cruz family said their Labrador went missing way back in November 2012 after running out of the family yard.  As months passed with no sign of Wesley anywhere, the family said they were heartbroken.

So you can imagine their surprise when they received a phone call on April 1 from police telling them they found Wesley! An officer from the West Windsor police department responded to a report of a dog on the loose in central New Jersey. At the scene, the officer said he found a friendly, large dog who was more than happy to jump into his patrol car and go for a ride.

Kahlil Tatum's nephew: He was a caring man

Kahlil Tatum's nephew: He was a caring man

The nephew of suspected kidnapper Kahlil Tatum tells Jane Velez-Mitchell that his uncle was a caring man who would do anything to help others.

Eight-year-old Relisha is missing and her suspected kidnapper, Kahlil Tatum, committed suicide according to police.  Read more about the story here.

Grandmother of missing Relisha Rudd speaks out

Grandmother of missing Relisha Rudd speaks out

The grandmother of missing Relisha Rudd tells Jane Velez-Mitchell she thinks there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye.  

Eight-year-old Relisha is missing and her suspected kidnapper, Kahlil Tatum, committed suicide, according to police. 

Dr. Judy Ho: Child Protective Services is broken

Dr. Judy Ho: Child Protective Services is broken

Editor’s note: Judy Ho is a licensed psychologist, professor, researcher and media consultant. She teaches at Pepperdine University. Her professional website is drjudyho.com, and she is on Twitter @drjudyho.com.

The latest story about the alleged severe abuse and neglect a five-year-old suffered at the hands of Bradley and Tammie Bleimeyer in Harris County will send chills down your spine. The five-year-old victim was forced to live in a closet under the stairs, was physically abused with bruises, scabs, and cuts, was severely malnourished at approximately 29 pounds, and forced to wear a diaper which suggests he was not allowed proper toilet training.

Cops: Mom left kids in SUV during job interview

Cops: Mom left kids in SUV during job interview

Police say a 35-year-old homeless woman left her two young children in the car while she went on a job interview. Someone walked by the car, heard a baby crying and called 911. Police showed up and found a two-year-old boy and a six-month-old baby in the hot car.

When the mother came out of the interview she told police she was homeless and had no one to watch her kids while she tried to find a job. Now she has been charged with two counts of felony child abuse.

Cops: Boy starved & held captive in closet

Cops: Boy starved & held captive in closet

WARNING: Some of these photos are extremely graphic. 

Police say a five-year-old boy was starved and kept in a tiny closet. The badly emaciated and beaten boy was covered in bruises and scabs and was wearing a diaper when police found him on Friday.

Lenny is all dressed up, but needs a home!

Lenny is all dressed up, but needs a home!

Each night, Jane Velez-Mitchell features her "Pet of the Day" on her show at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Today, we have a special collection for Pet of the Day. These pets all need new homes. 

Jane Velez-Mitchell is teaming up with animal welfare expert Jane Garrison and adoptapet.com to try to find some amazing animals new and loving homes. You can find information on adopting each animal below. And you can always go to adoptapet.com to rescue an animal near you! If you save any of these animals, please send us a photo so we can post it on the website. Our email address is Jane@hlntv.com

Kidnapping suspect dead, but where's Relisha?

Kidnapping suspect dead, but where's Relisha?

Law enforcement officers continued to search Tuesday for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, a day after police found the body of her suspected kidnapper in a Washington, D.C., park.

After "tentatively identifying" the body, police confirmed late Monday that Kahlil Tatum, the man accused of killing his wife and abducting Rudd, apparently killed himself with a gunshot to the head. But the search continues for the missing child.

Was stiletto killer defending herself?

Was stiletto killer defending herself?

Rising TV star Ana Trujillo is accused of killing her boyfriend by stabbing him in the neck and face with the heel of her stiletto. Police say she stabbed Stefan Anderson at least 25 times.  But the defense says Trujillo stabbed him out of self-defense after a life and death struggle with her boyfriend.

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