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March 15, 2014

Mom says she was target, too in NJ tot creek death

 

By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) – The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found in a New Jersey creek, still strapped into her car seat, says she fears the girl’s father would have killed all three of them had she gone along too.

Imani Benton testified Thursday in the trial of Arthur Morgan III. A jailhouse letter Morgan sent her after his arrest said he wished she had gone with him and 2-year-old Tierra Morgan-Glover to the movies the day their daughter died.

The letter says the plan that November 2011 day was “to go as a family.” Benton testified she believes that meant Morgan would have killed her, the girl, and himself.

Tierra was found submerged in a park creek. Morgan’s lawyer indicated his client would not deny responsibility for the girl’s death.

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Chris Brown booted out of rehab, taken into custody by LA sheriff’s deputies

Singer Chris Brown has managed to intrigue -- and infuriate -- the public since he first burst onto the scene in 2005. Here's a look at his life and career.

Los Angeles (CNN) — Singer Chris Brown has been booted from court-ordered drug rehab and taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, a sheriff’s spokesman confirmed Friday.

Details were not immediately available about why Brown, 24, was kicked out of the Malibu facility where he has been treated for the past four months.

Nor was it clear exactly why he was taken into immediate custody, but he had been serving a five-year probation sentence when he entered rehab. That sentence stemmed from a 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

He was “cooperative when taken into custody” as he was picked up from the facility and taken to the Los Angeles County men’s central jail where he was being held without bail Friday afternoon, a sheriff’s department statement said.

His lawyer and representatives did not immediately respond to CNN calls for comment.

Brown’s legal troubles began five years ago when he beat Rihanna as the two were in a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street. He pleaded guilty to felony assault in June 2009, which resulted in a sentence of five years of probation and 1,400 hours of community labor.

The judge has revoked Brown’s probation twice in the last year, most recently because of his arrest on a sidewalk near the White House after allegedly punching a man.

Brown voluntarily entered a rehab program a day after being released from a Washington jail in October, but he was kicked out a few days later for “throwing a rock through his mother’s car window” after a family session at the center, a probation report said. Brown was upset because his mother said she wanted him to stay in treatment, the report said.

“Mr. Brown preceded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother’s car window and it shattered,” according to letter from the rehab center included in the probation report.

His probation was revoked last November, but the judge allowed him to stay out of jail by entering a 90-day anger management and drug rehab program. Although he completed that program last month, the judge ordered him to remain a resident at the Malibu treatment facility until another hearing on April 23.

Brown’s probation officer reported at a hearing last month that the singer “continues to make great improvement” in dealing with anger, stress and drugs, but the judge decided he could not go free until after his trial for an assault charge in Washington on April 17. If he is convicted in that case, the judge would decide at an April 23 hearing if Brown should complete his probation in jail.

Brown has been working on a highway cleanup labor crew in Los Angeles three days a week to fulfill the 750 hours of service remaining in his probation requirements, his probation report said. At that rate, Brown could complete the labor in mid-October and possibly be free from probation requirements by the end of the yea

Rihanna and Drake’s Whirlwind Week in Europe: Exclusive Details on Their Latest Night Together in England!

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Not only are Drake and Rihanna “just friends” (ahem), but they also appear to be great traveling buddies.

The duo have made numerous appearances together throughout the globe in the past week alone, with their last outing being at the Zouk Restaurant and Bar Friday night in Manchester, England, where they hung out until 3:30 a.m.

“They were with a total of 16 people, including bodyguards and assistants,” a source tells E! News. “They were really enjoying themselves…The bill was about $6,000 to $7,000. We closed the entire restaurant for them.”

The insider adds, “They enjoyed the food and even had a dance party. They were all dancing,” and noted that they were able to listen to Drake’s new and unreleased album (lucky!).

WATCH: Drake covers Rihanna’s “Stay” in Belgium

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RiRi was spotted wearing unusually baggy attire (no cleavage or anything!) and covered head-to-toe while arriving at the Manchester airport before her rendezvous with Drizzy tonight.

Prior to partying Zouk, the pair was seen getting “very cozy” while knocking down pins at a bowling alley in the U.K. “Drake and Rihanna spent a late night Tuesday, early morning Wednesday at All Star Lanes following his show at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester,” an eyewitness told E! News.

“They arrived pretty late and didn’t leave until 4 a.m. Rihanna had visited the venue last year after her show in Manchester and clearly enjoyed it because she came back!”

But that’s not all! Rihanna has been following Drake all over Europe while he’s on his current tour. Last Thursday, the “Take Care” collaborators wined and dined at a sushi restaurant in Amsterdam. And on Saturday night, they grabbed dinner together in London.

Drizzy’s next concert is scheduled at The SSE Hydro on Saturday in Glasgow, U.K. Soooo, guess we’ll see Rihanna there?

—Reporting by Andrea Martinez

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