Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

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.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

Probation for pedophile millionaire

Probation for pedophile millionaire

An heir to the DuPont chemical fortune admitted to sexually assaulting his own3-year-old daughter but was not sentenced to any jail time. Robert Richards was originally indicted on two counts of second-degree child rape but he cut a plea deal and in 2009 was sentenced to just probation.

We are only learning about this now because his ex-wife is suing him and alleging in that lawsuit that he may have abused his infant son as well. The judge who only gave Richards probation defended it by saying he “will not fare well” behind bars.

Police: Kidnapping suspect is dead

Police: Kidnapping suspect is dead

While searching for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, police found the remains of an adult male in a Washington, DC park. On Tuesday, police positively identified the body as kidnapping suspect Kahlil Tatum.

Rudd was allegedly abducted by Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where her family stayed.

Is body cops found linked to missing Relisha Rudd?

Is body cops found linked to missing Relisha Rudd?

HLN affiliates WJLA and WUSA reported Monday that police have found the body of an adult male in a Washington, D.C., park.

Police are searching for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who was allegedly abducted by a man named Kahlil Tatum. Police have not said whether the body they found in Kenilworth Park is that of Tatum. 

Exclusive: Driver in road rage 'karma' video speaks

Exclusive: Driver in road rage 'karma' video speaks

A stunning video of apparent road rage ends in a crash and goes viral.

A Florida woman, who asked not to be identified, says the driver of a pickup truck tailgated her for at least three minutes so she decided to pull out her phone and record it. She continues to drive down the road and video with the other hand while the truck drives closely behind her.

Funeral for dolphins killed in 'The Cove'

Funeral for dolphins killed in 'The Cove'

A group of dolphin advocates held a funeral procession through the streets of Washington DC for the dolphins and whales killed in ‘The Cove’ in Taiji, Japan.  Kevin Starbard, who participated in the procession, told HLN, “The procession went from the DuPont metro station to the Japanese embassy. When we got to the embassy, one of our volunteers went inside to tell them we wanted to deliver the coffin and bloodied dolphins to them.  Of course, they declined our offer.” This was similar to an event held in December in New Zealand.

The protesters want to bring attention to the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan. Each year thousands of dolphins are herded into ‘The Cove’ in Taiji, where many are taken into captivity or slaughtered. According to Sea Shepherd, this year more than 800 dolphins were killed and 164 were taken captive during the hunt.

Felony battery charge for 'Scandal' star

Felony battery charge for 'Scandal' star

Star of the hit TV show ‘Scandal’, Columbus Short, has been charged with felony battery after he was accused of punching someone in an LA bar. Short was released on $50,000 bail but this isn’t his first run-in with the law.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

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