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Mother of slain child blames courts for son's death

SACRAMENTO, CA - Phillip Hernandez said little at his arraignment in a courtroom packed with members of his family Friday night.

He had a fresh gash on his head. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office said it is from a "self inflicted injury during an incident in his cell." He is being housed in the psychiatric floor of the jail.

One person who has begun speaking out is his ex-wife and the mother of 9-year-old Matthew, Jessica Rose Hernandez.

Phillip Hernandez kept his head down as the judge read the charges accusing him of using a hatchet to kill his son. His family sat in the courtroom, but they had little to say when it was over. One exception, the suspect's grandmother, who reportedly witnessed the attack.

"My grandson is not a monster," Adialada Amezola yelled on the sidewalk in front of the jail.

Hernandez's attorney Stan Kubochi said he intends to use the days ahead to try to get to the bottom of what happened.

Safety advice for when a stranger knocks at your door

There's an unexpected knock from a stranger at the front door. What to do?

1. Be cautious when opening the door. Do not blindly open the door to see who it is or what it is that they want.

2. Ignore the knock on the door . You may want to go about your normal business and NOT pretend that you are not home, but instead continue to do what you were doing, or even make some noise or turn on a light so that the person knows that someone IS home (possibly avoiding a burglary).

3. Look out a window first to see who it is - Avoid looking out a door window, but instead go and look through another window away from the door if possible. If you don't recognize them, you could shout through the door and ask what they want, or you could choose to ignore them.

4. Set the door chain. Be sure that your door chain is set well with LONG screws into the door frame to help resist a "push in." Crack open the door to speak to the person through the gap.

Dad accused of killing son with hatchet has violent history

SACRAMENTO, CA - While neighbors and family members expressed shock when they learned police arrested Phillip Raymond Hernandez on Tuesday night for the killing of his 9-year-old son Matthew with a hatchet, a closer look at the suspect's past revealed a troubled background.

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Hernandez was arrested for domestic abuse and attempted kidnapping back in 2004. That case involved the mother of his two children and his wife at the time, Jessica Hernandez.

Natomas man suspected of killing son, 9, in hatchet attack

NATOMAS, Calif. - Sacramento police detectives are investigating the grisly death of a 9-year-old boy in his south Natomas home Tuesday night.

The Sacramento Police Department received two emergency calls from a residence on the 2200 block of Atrisco Circle at 11:52 p.m.

According to police reports, officers arrived at the scene and found the lifeless boy inside the home, suffering from blunt force trauma to his head.

Officers established a large perimeter around the residence while speaking with relatives at the scene. Within 15 minutes, the victim's father, 36-year-old Phillip Hernandez, was located walking in a nearby neighborhood and arrested.

Shooting in Yuba City leaves one man dead

YUBA CITY - Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead early Saturday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m. Yuba City Police received a report of multiple shots fired in the 100 block of Del Monte Ave.

When officers arrived at the home they found a garage door open with a 26 year old male inside deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police have since taken into custody two people that are believed to be roommates of the victim.

Jedidiah Jose Salazar and Maria Christina Velasco have both been booked into the Sutter County Jail on charges of accessory to murder.

Police say that they believe this shooting may be gang related.

Sacramento businessman sentenced for underage sex tourism, child porn

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento businessman found guilty last year of intention to travel to engage in illicit underage sex and child pornography was sentenced 24 years and five months in federal prison.

James E. Johnston, 71, was found to have bought a subscription in February, 2006, to a website offering photographs and videos of child pornography to customers, according to court records. Computer forensic evidence showed Johnston downloaded approximately 300 videos of child pornography, some of which were infants and toddlers being molested.

Additional computer evidence was presented at trial that soon after, Johnston began on online correspondence with a woman from the Philippines. There were messages about Johnston's intent to obtain photos of underage girls he wanted to have sex with and his plans to travel to Manila for that purpose.

Masked gunmen behind string of violent robberies

SACRAMENTO, CA - Employees feel lucky to be alive after a group of armed robbers smacked victims across the head and ordered them around at gunpoint.

The string of robberies began Tuesday night at the Lucky Express Chinese Restaurant on Willow Street, and within about an hour, three businesses were describing a similar experience to police.

"Three guys walked in, and they covered their face," a Lucky Express employee who didn't want to identify herself said.

"One guy outside the cash register hit the waitress, the lady's head, and two of them went to the kitchen and hit another waitress's head and ask, money, money, money," the employee added.

Within the hour, police said in what appears to be a related incident, three armed suspects robbed a liquor store on Northgate Boulevard about five miles away from Lucky Express.