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200-Lb Third Grader Removed From Family

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

CLEVELAND — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight. The Plain Dealer reports ( http://bit.ly/t68M7D) that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.


4-YO Toddler Beaten to Death On His Birthday By His Mother’s BF

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Tragic: Christopher Valdez (centre) with his sister Christine (right) and his mother Crystall (left) was beaten to death on his 4th birthday near Chicago

A toddler was beaten to death as his family prepared to celebrate his fourth birthday. Christopher Valdez was found dead in his Chicago home on Friday, shortly before his party, with cake and presents, was supposed to begin. ‘The boy’s uncle told 7 News: ‘My niece’s boyfriend beat the baby to death, and I don’t know exactly what happened. I’ve never even met the man.’ Police believe the boy, who died form ‘multiple blunt trauma’ had been dead for several hours before emergency crews found him on Friday.



Sex Abuse Allegations Against MI Congressman Dale Kildee

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS


U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee–FLINT, Michigan — Patrick Kildee’s claims that his second cousin Congressman Dale E. Kildee sexually abused him 50 years ago will only be tried in one court: public opinion. There won’t be a trial. No criminal or civil charges. No opportunities to close the case with a guilty or innocent verdict.



Syracuse Coach, Bernie Fine’s, Third Accuser Comes Forward

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS
UPDATE: (click on link below for more details on Bernie Fine being fired)

Syracuse fires associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine

Syracuse, N.Y. — A third accuser told police Wednesday that Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as a child. That revelation prompted authorities to search Fine’s home two days later, a source said. Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told Syracuse police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room when Tomaselli was 13 years old.


Shocking Details Of Abuse of Missing 5-YO, Jhessye Shockley

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Missing for Over 3-Weeks ~ Mother Was Not Suppose to Be In Custody of  Her Children

Glendale – Recent details have emerged about missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley being allegedly abused by her mother, Jerice Hunter. Jhessye was said to have suffered beatings and had even been locked in a closet. Digital Journal first reported of Jerice Hunter’s arrest when she was taken into police custody on Monday on suspicion of child abuse and is being held on $100,000 bond.



Historic Child Abuse Victims in Scotland May Receive Compensation

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 1 COMMENT

VICTIMS of historic child abuse in Scotland could be in line for financial compensation under plans to be presented to Scottish ministers. The independent Scottish Human Rights Commission will this week outline options for making reparations to the victims of abuse in state, church and private children’s homes across the country. It is estimated that many hundreds of people may have suffered systematic abuse in more than 100 care institutions in Scotland in the last 70 years but under current legislation cases are time-barred.



Link Between Child Porn, Abuse

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Child exploitation stands out as one of the most horrific federal crimes that my office prosecutes. The violence involved and the vulnerability of the victims are unparalleled. Child exploitation goes far beyond the actual acts of sexual molestation against young people, frequently taking the form of child pornography. Memorializing acts of sexual assault in photographs or videos sold or traded makes child pornography a crime that is committed every time those images are viewed.




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Proposed Law Targets Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The trauma and tragedy of the child sex-abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University has inspired a Virginia lawmaker to take legislative action. School coaches and athletic directors would be required to report child abuse or neglect to Virginia authorities under legislation proposed by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William.



Jewish Orthodox Assaults Rising

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The numbers are startling — in the past two years, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office says it has arrested and charged 89 Orthodox Jewish men with child sex abuse.

It’s horrific and shocking, though in terms of effective law enforcement and honest dealings with the public, finally a good thing. Some background: The Brooklyn DA has been accused for years by child advocates of handling the insular, image-conscious Orthodox Jewish community with kid gloves over sex-abuse scandals. Those familiar with abuse survivors from within that community — myself included — have complained that Hynes is too fearful of retaliation from a politically powerful religious bloc to hold its sex abuse perpetrators to the same standard applied elsewhere in Brooklyn.



BabyLisa CommandCenter Closed Down

Posted by Sandra On November - 25 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

UPDATE:(11/25/2011)– The baby Lisa command center, run by investigators, has been closed. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (11/18/2011)– FOX News reported Friday that according to Irwin family attorney John Picerno, the handy man known as “Jersey” bragged to someone that he was paid $300 to kidnap baby Lisa Irwin. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (11/14/2011)–There’s some new information in the search for missing baby Lisa Irwin. A metro man said he knows who was using Megan Wright’s phone when it received a call from a phone belonging to Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley the night the child disappeared. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(11/2/2011)–Deborah Bradley, whose 10-month-old daughter has been missing for almost a month, consumed a box of wine on the stoop of her home after Lisa’s father Jeremy Irwin left for his night job. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (11/1/2011)– New York attorney Joe Tacopina announced Tuesday that a new Kansas City attorney will help represent the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin. John Picerno will join the legal team for Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/31/2011)– The former attorney for the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin said she and her team will continue to volunteer their time to help find the baby. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/26/2011)– The local attorney for the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin said Kansas City police will re-interview her two young brothers this week. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/24/2011)– Kansas City police aren’t commenting about new video footage that shows a man leaving a wooded area near the home of a baby missing since early October. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/23/2011)– Baby Lisa’s family to media, “Don’t Blame Us.’ READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/21/2011)– Read the search warrant documents here: www.kmbc.com

UPDATE:(10/20/2011)– A 17-hour marathon search of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin’s home wrapped up early Thursday morning. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/18/2011)– A search of a wooded area in the Northland in the case of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin has prompted police to call for a no-fly zone of the area. Within the last hour Kansas City police vans, ones typically used to collect evidence at crime scenes, arrived at the search location.READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/17/2011)– A New York attorney was introduced Monday afternoon as the legal counsel for the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/17/2011)– The mother of Lisa Irwin, an 11-month old Missouri girl missing for nearly two weeks, said in an interview she was drunk the night the infant disappeared. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/14/2011)– A private investigator who has been hired to come to Kansas City to assist in the search for missing baby Lisa Irwin said on Friday that a $100,000 reward has been setup for her safe return. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE:(10/12/2011)– Lisa Irwin’s Family Gets Help From Private Eye. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/11/2011)– The mother of missing baby Lisa Irwin is preparing to be arrested in connection with her baby’s disappearance, according to a family member who says she thinks that an arrest is “inevitable.”  READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/10/2011)– Missing Baby Lisa: Police Stage ‘Break In” at Family’s Home. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/9/2011)– The hunt is still on for missing Missouri baby Lisa Irwin, and her parents hope a reward trust fund they are creating will encourage new tips in the case. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/8/2011)– The parents of a missing 10-month-old baby girl insist that they are cooperating with authorities despite earlier reports that they had ceased cooperation. READ MORE HERE

UPDATE: (10/6/2011)– The parents of a missing 10-month-old Missouri girl are no longer cooperating with authorities, and their claims that whoever took their daughter stole their cellphones hasn’t produce any leads, police said Thursday night. READ MORE HERE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police canceled an Amber Alert Tuesday evening for a missing 10-month-old girl, although the investigation and search for her continue.Police issued the alert for Lisa Irwin early Tuesday morning. The baby was last seen at 10:30 p.m. Monday asleep in her crib at her parents’ home in the 3600 block of North Lister Avenue. READ MORE HERE

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Family Speaks Out After Child was Sexually Assaulted At Local YMCA

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

It’s a place for fun and exercise for families, but what happened to a 13-year-old boy at a popular Lansing recreational facility is something you’d never expect. The boy’s parents shared their son’s story, but they chose to hide their identities to help protect their son. They wanted to tell his story in hopes of bringing about change. Last March a Lansing mother dropped off her 13-year-old son at the Westside YMCA. He was going swimming. When she returned to pick him up, something was wrong.





Post Penn State: Reports Rise

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Child abuse reports increase amid Penn State scandal

Penn State administrators and faculty may have remained silent about their suspicions that former coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting children, but in the wake of the scandal authorities in several states say they’ve seen an increase in the number of calls to their abuse hotlines.  In Pennsylvania, the State Department of Public Welfare received more than double the average number of reports of child abuse in the week after the scandal broke. According to spokesperson Anne Bale, in an average five-day period the department receives about 2300 abuse reports to its hotline; the week of November 7-11, they got 4,832 calls.



2-YO Found Dead in Car Seat

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS
Tierra Morgan, 2, of Lakehurst was last seen Monday.
A Lakehurst toddler was found dead, still strapped in her car seat, in a park stream in Monmouth County on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said, and police were looking for her father, who was last seen with the girl.The body was positively identified as 2-year-old Tierra Morgan, who had been missing since Monday when her father, Arthur Morgan III, 27, picked her up for a court-approved visitation.

Family Judge Adams Suspended

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Texas Supreme Court Suspends Judge Who Beat Daughter on Tape

AUSTIN, Texas — Judge William Adams, who made national headlines after the release of a 2004 video of him beating his then-teenage daughter, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court. The reason for the action was not mentioned in an order of suspension that was made public Tuesday. Adams, a court-at-law judge in Aransas County, was roundly criticized when his now-adult daughter posted online a video of him beating her with a belt when she was 16.




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