Photos: 12 Worst St. Louis Crimes, June 2013

Jessica Howell, accused of plotting her baby's rape.
Jessica Howell, accused of plotting her baby's rape.

In the St. Louis metro area, the month of June was filled with an unusually high number of upsetting and unbelievable crime stories. There was the night of violence involving eighteen injuries across the city, the tragic slaying of an immigrant refugee just a week before his daughter was born and one of the most disturbing stories of rape in recent memory.

There was also the absurd -- bizarre cases of harassment, random attacks with unclear motives and more.

Below is our roundup of the twelve worst crimes we covered in June, which appears to be one of the most headline-grabbing months of 2013.

See also: - Photos: 12 Worst St. Louis Crimes, May 2013 - Photos: 12 Worst St. Louis Crimes, April 2013 - Photos: 12 Worst St. Louis Crimes, March 2013

12. Tragic Hit-And-Run

Courtesy of family.

A tragic crash in St. Louis county left a two-year-old boy dead and sent the teenage driver fleeing from the scene of the accident only to turn himself in later.

Why'd he flee? He told cops he was "scared." But the excuse is not enough for the family mourning the death of Darion Griffin.

Full story: Darion Griffin: Family Mourns After Hit-And-Run Kills 2-Year-Old, Calls For Safer Roads

11. The Neighbor With A Chainsaw

In the you-can't-make-this-stuff up category, June had the story of Lynn Marie Herzog, a 50-year-old Lincoln County woman who reportedly thought it would be fun to scare kids in her neighborhood.

With a ski mask on. And a chainsaw in hand.

Full story: Lincoln County Woman Allegedly Put On Ski Mask, Threatened Children With Chainsaw

Continue for more crimes of June, 2013.

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