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Man Accused in Beating Child to Death

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A Henderson man appeared in court Monday morning on charges he killed a little girl he was babysitting.

Cody Geddings made his initial appearance on a murder charge. The 24-year-old is accused of beating his girlfriend's 16-month-old daughter, Addison Weast, so severely that she died from her injuries on April 2nd.

Family members say the child was rushed to the hospital after the beating on March 31st. According to the police report, the girl's skull was shattered on her right side.

The child's mother, Jaime Higgons, told police that she left the child with Geddings while she attended a class. She told the hospital that the child fell out of a playpen, which is what she was told by Geddings. The hospital staff contacted police after noting the injuries were too severe for a fall.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty

LAS VEGAS -- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a California man charged with sexually assaulting and strangling a Las Vegas woman at her home in January.

The Clark County district attorney's office made the announcement Wednesday. Derrick Valentine is charged with a count of murder and two counts of sexual assault in the Jan. 22 death of 35-year-old Melodie Walker. The 37-year-old Valentine has pleaded not guilty. A hearing in the case is set for April 7.

Valentine is from Pasadena, Calif. He's accused of killing Walker after she tripped a burglar alarm trying to escape during what Valentine allegedly told police was forced sexual contact. The coroner ruled Walker was strangled. Valentine is being held at the Clark County jail.

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More Homeowners Falling Delinquent on Mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- The number of Southern Nevada homeowners delinquent on their mortgage payments has climbed steadily for the past several months. In some cases, it's people just willing to walk away from their homes, and in other cases, homeowners are holding out hope that they will get a loan modification.

In any given neighborhood, chances are good that a homeowner is the process of walking away from their mortgage. In the past, five months was typically the longest a homeowner could stay in their home until the bank would come knocking. But that is no longer the case.

Nick Nolf with The Nolf Group has been in the real estate business through the boom, the bust, and now the slow turn-around.

Las Vegas Metro Officer Involved In Shooting Has Been Identified

Las Vegas metro police officer involved in recent shooting has been identified. The officer involved in the March 23rd, 2010, officer involved shooting, in which Officer Madland was seriously injured has been identified as Officer Christopher Le Blanc. Officer Le Blanc has been with the L.V.M.P.D. since November of 2001 and is currently assigned to Patrol Services, Saturation Team.

Anita Mann Pleads Not Guilty in DUI Accident

LAS VEGAS -- A Henderson teen pled not guilty in a drunk driving case that killed two people.

Nineteen-year-old Anita Mann entered her plea in court on Tuesday. Police say her blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit just before noon on February 16th when she crashed into the couple's car on Horizon Ridge near Stephanie.

Mann is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death. Her trial is set for May 10th.

More than $19 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

LAS VEGAS -- The IRS has more than $19 million in unclaimed refunds for Nevada taxpayers and the deadline to claim the money is nearing.

According to the IRS, the refunds are for people who did not file a tax return for 2006. The owed money equates to a median refund of about $575 for 19,000 taxpayers.

"There is about $19 million for about 19,400 Nevadans. The window of opportunity to claim this money is about to expire and they really need to act," said Jesse Weller, IRS.

To collect the money, a 2006 tax return must be filed by April 15, 2010.

"Why should I just let it go to the IRS?" said Steven Hansen a taxpayer who made the mistake of doing that once before. He's learned his lesson, and today it's a much different story.

"That could've been money for anything medical bills, even my rent."

Neighbors Thankful After Home-Invasion Shooting

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Two armed suspects in Henderson are facing burglary, weapons and kidnapping charges after breaking into a home Sunday.

One of those suspects fled and chose the wrong house to hide in. An off-duty Metro police officer discovered the suspect in his home and shot him in the leg.

Neighbors say they witnessed only a few minor break-ins within the last decade. But they would have never expected a home invasion and officer involved shooting would happen near their homes.

"We weren't quite sure what was going on, but it was surprising to see the street blocked and the helicopters flying overhead," said neighbor Kathy Puckoris.

When police arrived, one suspect was caught and the other fled about a block down, mistaking picking the home of an off-duty Metro officer to hide in.