A 2-year-old boy died of a severe head injury in what Winston-Salem police described as a case of child abuse, authorities said Friday. Dr. Donald Jason, a Forsyth County medical examiner, said that the boy, Jaxson Sonny Swain of Walnut Cove, died Wednesday of a compressive subdural hematoma caused by a blunt force head injury.
In a year when violent and criminal off-the-field behavior by athletes has appeared prominently in the news, Major League Baseball has, for the first time, announced a comprehensive policy regarding players involved in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases. The policy was announced jointly with and in agreement with the players union. The terms of the policy, in their entirety, follow. In short, however, the policy has a dual treatment and intervention program along with a disciplinary program.
A District man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 5-week-old son after he squeezed the infant tightly to quiet him and fractured his vertebrae in the process, authorities said. Robert Smith Sr. of the 3700 block of Ninth Street NW was arrested Monday and ordered to remain in the D.C. jail until trial. Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond said she found “substantial probability” that Smith was a danger.
The Eau Claire man who police say knew he was HIV positive and didn’t use protection while sexually assaulting 13- and 10-year-old boys will be sentenced Aug. 7. Blair D. Diehl, 39, 139 W. Lexington Blvd., pleaded no contest Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court to two felony counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child.
ALBERTVILLE, Alabama – Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Thursday arrested an Albertville man after discovering hundreds of images of child pornography, some of which involved infants and toddlers. Rodney Shane Bolding, 43, was arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail under a $100,000 bond. He is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of dissemination of child pornography.
ALABAMA – A woman who cooked anti-freeze into food she gave her common-law husband’s two young children has been sentenced to death. An Alabama jury found Heather Leavell-Keaton, 26, guilty of the 2010 murder of three-year-old Chase DeBlase. They ruled that she also recklessly caused the death of his four-year-old sister, Natalie, just months earlier. On Thursday, Mobile County Circuit Court judge Roderick Stout sentenced Leavell-Keaton to death by lethal injection making her the first woman in the history of the county to be sent to death row.
A Sunnycrest Elementary second grade teacher was charged with two counts of third-degree child rape, child molestation and first-degree incest in King County Superior Courton Aug. 13. Federal Way Public Schools placed Patrick Michael Belser, 44, on administrative leave when school district officials learned of the allegations — which do not involve students,according to charging documents.
She calls it the most honest conversation she’s ever had with sex offenders. Oprah sits down with four admitted child molesters for a frank, graphic discussion of their crimes. Watch the two-hour conversation in its entirety—an Oprah.com exclusive.
MI – A Brighton father jailed after being convicted of abusing his then-11-week-old daughter will not lose his parental rights to his daughter, a judge ruled today. Judge Miriam Cavanaugh told Joshua Quincy Burns that he made a terrible mistake, but he has the capacity to be rehabilitated and he should be given the opportunity to prove that to the court and to his daughter, Naomi. Cavanaugh said it is not in the best interest to terminate his parents rights.
West Bloomfield, Michigan – Federal authorities revealed on Tuesday that a former Jewish Community Center camp counselor posted the name of at least one of three 5-year-olds whose nude photos he put on a Russian website. The disturbing new details emerged as Matthew Kuppe was denied bond by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford. Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield, was charged last Thursday with the production, distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.
Pennsylvania – A teenage boy accused of breaking into a North Philadelphia home last month and abducting, sexually assaulting and beating a 5-year-old girl unconscious is now in custody. The 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday night. The teen, who police say is known to frequent the neighborhood where the incident occurred, faces several charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — FOX59 has confirmed Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman, is expected to plead guilty to possession of child pornography charges. Sources say Fogle will accept a plea deal Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon to discuss the deal and charges against Fogle.
ALPENA TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Michigan State Police have issued an AMBER Alert for a missing 3-year-old boy from the Alpena area. Keegan Waterman was reported missing from his home in the 2600 block of East Grant Street on Monday. Investigators describe him as black, 55 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. State police say the suspect in the boy’s disappearance is his mother, Christina Waterman. She may be driving him to Tennessee in her tan, 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, which has the Tennessee plate U4758V. Christina Waterman, 38, is described as white, 5’7″, 195 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes.
JACKONSONVILLE, Florida – The child that was sexually assaulted in Arlington on Monday night has given a description of her attacker to police. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced in a briefing on Friday that the attacker is a black man with short hair. The eight-year-old did not provide an age range. Chief Tom Hackney says he was hesitant to give the very limited description, but wanted to provide an update on the investigation.
Wisconsin — Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck announced today Robert Maranger has been indicted on seven counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of rape of a child under 10. Heck said Maranger was staying at the Quality Inn and Suites with his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter. They were in town to visit the Air Force Museum. Heck said the alleged victim is the 8-year-old child and the offenses occurred in the indoor pool and continued in the exercise room.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tennessee — A former Clarksville-Montgomery County School System teacher has been arrested and charged with rape of child. Brandon Hester, 27, was booked into Montgomery County jail Friday on the charges of rape of child, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated statutory rape, and sexual battery by an authority figure. His bond has been set at $150,000.
UTAH – Eight people have been charged in federal court in Salt Lake City with sex trafficking of children. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the individuals were arrested Tuesday after an investigation by the FBI and Salt Lake City police. All those charged appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty, prosecutors said. “This was a long term investigation, involved a lot of work by local detectives and federal agents over a period of time,” said U.S. Attorney John Huber.
Peter Dashboy Khosa, accused of raping 29 children over five years, allegedly used kindness to win over his victims. He pretended to need help and children would trust him. Khosa would allegedly offer them money to keep them walking until they were tired and did not know where they were. Then he would assault and rape them. Two children testified to this effect on Friday in the Johannesburg High Court sitting in Palm Ridge. A girl who was 10 at the time of the attack, said she was with a friend when Khosa approached them. He asked them to help him, his wife and child as they had to carry lots of parcels.
Chandler, Arizona – A Chandler man was arrested and booked last week for suspected child abuse, sexual assault and molestation. Formerly a Florence resident, Kenneth Hess, 44, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation since December 2014. Florence Police Detectives served Hess a search warrant at his home in Chandler on Aug. 13, according to a news release from the Florence Police Department. During the investigation, detectives learned Hess was a suspect in the possible sexual assault and molestation of at least two young children.
The 2B708CB700000578-0-image-a-5_1439826242595father of an 11-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of 3-year-old Elijah Walker in Detroit has been charged with manslaughter in the death. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Monday the father, Curry Bryson, stored the weapon in a ‘grossly negligent manner.’ Mr Bryson is also charged with second-degree child abuse, using a firearm during a felony and altering identification marks on a weapon.
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