FBI releases document trove on Sandy Hook

The FBI on Tuesday released more than 1,500 pages of documents related to its investigation of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

The documents include reports by FBI agents who interviewed people about shooter Adam Lanza, who killed himself as police arrived at the school. Large portions of many of the documents were redacted, including the names of the people who spoke to the agents.

The documents offer a window into the early days of the investigation, as agents chased false leads and gathered evidence of Lanza’s isolation. A year after the massacre, state police released a final investigative document concluding that Lanza was obsessed with firearms, death and mass shootings.

Lanza shot his mother, Nancy, to death in their home before going to the school on Dec. 14, 2012.

— Associated Press


Judge tosses 2 of 24 counts in Schock case

A federal judge in central Illinois has tossed two counts in a 24-count indictment of former congressman Aaron Schock, including a wire fraud allegation, but Schock still faces serious charges.

Judge Colin S. Bruce ruled late Monday that prosecutors would have to rely on legislative rules to prove the allegation that Schock wrongly pocketed thousands of dollars by arranging meet-and-greets for his constituents in Washington. Bruce said a judicial ruling on such a count could violate constitutional provisions for separation of powers.

Bruce let stand 22 other counts in the 2016 indictment. The Peoria Republican has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Schock illegally sought reimbursement in government funds for lavish spending, including $5,000 on a chandelier for his Washington office, which he redecorated in the style of the TV series “Downton Abbey.”

— Associated Press


Father of dead toddler changes story to police

The father of a missing toddler whose body was found in a culvert under a road in suburban Dallas has changed his story to say the girl did not wander off two weeks ago but rather choked to death drinking milk in the family’s garage.

Richardson police said Tuesday that the Dallas County medical examiner’s office used dental records to identify 3-year-old Sherin Mathew, whose body was found Sunday by searchers with cadaver dogs. The girl was reported missing by her father, Wesley Mathews, on Oct. 7.

Police said the cause of death is unknown.

Mathews, who adopted Sherin from India in June 2016 with his wife, Sini Mathews, was arrested Monday after he voluntarily revised his police statement on what happened to the girl.

Mathews initially told police he had sent the girl to stand outside at 3 a.m. because she refused to drink her milk. In his revised statement Monday, he said that the girl choked on the milk and that he removed her body from the home after he believed she had died.

Mathews was initially charged with abandoning or endangering a child when he first reported the girl missing. Police charged him Monday with first-degree felony injury to a child, which is punishable by up to life in prison. He was being held on $1 million bond.

— Associated Press