Mother Not Guilty

By Reason of Insanity

TYLER, Tex. -- A woman who claimed God ordered her to bash in the heads of her sons was acquitted Saturday of all charges after a jury determined she was legally insane during the killings.

A jury found that Deanna Laney did not know right from wrong May 9 when she killed her two older sons, ages 6 and 8, in the front yard and left the youngest, now 2, maimed in his crib. Laney, 39, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of charges of capital murder and serious injury to a child. The county district attorney said the youngest suffered permanent injuries in the attack.

State law allows Laney to be committed to a maximum security state hospital. Medical evaluations will dictate when she will be released.

Man Fakes Hanging,

Faces Fine and Jail

WEST MONROE, N.Y. -- A 33-year-old man has been charged with falsely reporting an incident after faking his own hanging as an April Fool's joke on his ex-wife.

Oswego County sheriff's deputies said Randy Wood phoned his ex-wife Thursday evening and said he had something he wanted to show her. She found him with a rope around his neck, hanging from a tree in the front yard.

Authorities say that Wood secured himself with a lineman's harness such as those used by utility crews, but his ex-wife called 911 before he told her it was a prank.

Wood could face a fine of as much as $1,000 and a year in jail.

* DETROIT -- A pit bull fatally mauled a 16-month-old boy after his grandmother, 54, apparently placed the toddler on the floor to play with the dog Saturday morning, police said. The dog bit off one of the grandmother's fingers as she tried to stop the attack, Officer Glen Woods said. Woods said the case would be turned over to prosecutors to determine whether criminal charges will be brought. The dog was taken to animal control.

* LAPORTE, Colo. -- Rain drenched much of Colorado but missed large sections of an 8,700-acre wildfire that has destroyed one home and prompted the evacuation of 140 others. Fire officials said the blaze was 30 percent contained Saturday, but 23 homes and 70 outbuildings were still considered threatened.

* SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A small military plane carrying two people crashed on takeoff Saturday morning. Authorities refused to say whether there were any survivors. The engine of the T-6A failed as it was taking off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, and the plane crashed on airport property, just west of the runway, said Maj. David Simons, spokesman for the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard.

* MIAMI -- An amusement ride broke open and ejected several passengers at a county fair, injuring seven people, including a teenage girl who was in critical condition. A piece of paneling came off the Gravitron while it was running late Friday, Miami-Dade police spokesman Juan DelCastillo said.

-- From News Services