Top 10 Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Year (So Far ...)

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7. Jennifer Barnes, Mom Who Shoved Feces in Son's Mouth and Stuck a Toothbrush in His Anus, Pleads Guilty

The Gilbert mother who shoved feces in her 10-year-old son's mouth and shoved his toothbrush in his anus, among other abuses, has pleaded guilty in the case as part of a plea deal.

​Jennifer Barnes pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse, but the other 11 charges were dismissed.

Read the full story here.

6. Nina Koistinen Says She Killed Her 6-Day-Old Baby Because She "Had Too Many Kids Already"

A Phoenix mother admitted to killing her 6-day-old baby girl because she "had too many kids already," police say.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the woman, 36-year-old Nina Koistinen, had prior run-ins with Child Protective Services and previously had said she wanted her children "to go to heaven in a vehicle accident that appeared intentional."

According to police, Koistinen's husband found his 6-day-old daughter, Maya, unresponsive inside their home, near 56th Street and Thunderbird Road, on the morning of April 8.

Read the full story here.

5. Doug Stanhope Raises Thousands for Tornado Survior Who Told Wolf Blitzer She's an Atheist

Comedian Doug Stanhope, a Bisbee resident, helped raise more than $100,000 for a woman whose house was destroyed in the Oklahoma tornado this past May.

Stanhope tells New Times he started raising funds for Rebecca Vitsmun after her widely-seen interview on CNN, in which anchor Wolf Blitzer asked her if she "thank[ed] the Lord" for her family's decision to leave their house before it was destroyed by the tornado, and Vitsmun gave a response that became an instant classic -- she's actually an atheist.

Read the full story and see the video here.

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