Look back on 2013: Kern County's top 10 stories

Eyewitness News is taking a look back at the stories you viewed most in 2013 on BakersfieldNow.com.

This isn't a subjective list of the year's biggest stories. It's a tally of the local stories that gained the most attention.

The top 10 list below doesn't include some popular postings, such as Kern County's Most Wanted or the collection of photos from Bakersfield's past, because the list is reserved for defined news stories. The countdown also doesn't include high-traffic national stories.

Just outside the top 10 most-viewed stories are the ag aircraft crash, pot shop killings and an Eyewitness News exclusive with Korn's guitarist.

The most-viewed stories for 2013 on BakersfieldNow.com, in ascending order, are:

No. 10 - Body of infant found in Oildale dumpster

An outpouring of shock and compassion came from the community after a newborn baby's body was found in June in a trash container. The case remains unsolved. The child was buried months later in the new Garden of Innocence, a resting place for abandoned babies.

No. 9 - Teen wounded in Taft high school shooting

Bryan Oliver, who was 16 at the time of the Jan. 10 shooting, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm for the classroom shooting of 16-year-old Bowe Cleveland at Taft Union High School.

No. 8 - Kern County Animal Control: No truth to mass-killing rumor

Amid a public split of Bakersfield and Kern County animal control services, the county had to calm Internet rumors that it would undertake a mass killing of shelter animals before a facility move.

No. 7 - Bakersfield police shoot, kill 'suicidal' woman

Among officer-involved shootings this year, 31-year-old Maria Rita Zarate was shot and killed in October after walking around outside near near Oswell Street and Virginia Avenue with a handgun. Officers fired on Zarate when she raised a gun towards them, police said.

No. 6 - Spectators wounded after taking shrapnel in PG&E plant demolition

Five people were hurt by shrapnel one August morning during a planned demolition of the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power plant in northwest Bakersfield. Spectator Jerry Wood's legs were severely wounded.

No. 5 - Coughing big rig driver crashes into canal; 1 dead

A Wisconsin man died in May after crashing his semitruck off Highway 99 and into a canal.

No. 4 - Dumped, skinned animals found?

Mystery carcasses, found last winter by an Eyewitness News viewer, sparked curiosity and questions.

No. 3 - Teen girl accused of toddler's murder

The most-recent of the stories in this top 10 list, 17-yeat-old babysitter Asiah Hines is accused of murdering 1-year-old Kai'dan Timothy Webb earlier this month.

No. 2 - Sex offender awarded custody of 6-year-old girl

A judge in Oklahoma City awarded custody of a child to 55-year-old Nicholas Elizondo, who is a registered sex offender from Bakersfield.

No. 1 - Taft girl dies years after swallowing battery

The local news story that generated the most traffic on BakersfieldNow.com, people were saddened by the tragic death of little Kylie Rose Ricards. The 3-year-old Taft girl died from complications of swallowing a common household "button" battery. Kylie's story is shared by around 3,000 children each year who swallow these dangerous batteries.