Christy Lamour arrived at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center early the morning of April 4, 2011, with the limp, swollen body of her 5-year-old son in the back seat. Doctors rushed outside and tried for 45 minutes to revive Christian Lamour, but were never able to restart his heart. Lamour told doctors, police detectives and social workers she thought her son had come down with the flu or a stomach virus. She explained away his bruises by telling them he’d fallen off his bunk bed. READ MORE HERE
Archive for April, 2012
A daughter forced to act as her father’s ‘wife’ has waived her right to anonymity to help other abuse victims. Emma Frost, 22, was left devastated after suffering a decade of sexual abuse at the hands of her father. Now, after seeing him jailed for life, she is taking the brave step of sharing her story in the hopes she can help others who have suffered a similar plight. Emma, from Clacton, Essex, says: ‘I stayed silent for years because I thought nobody would believe me. READ MORE HERE
A mother has been jailed after she filmed her children getting changed for the sexual gratification of her new pedophile boyfriend. The 42-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had earlier signed a bizarre ‘contract’ with her new lover – a retired fire and rescue worker – agreeing to become his ‘sex slave’. READ MORE HERE
A man accused of murdering a gay supermarket worker embarked on a campaign against uncaught paedophiles using ‘military strategy’ to track them down after overhearing convicted prisoners planning new offences while in prison, a court heard. Christopher Hunnisett, who is on trial accused of killing supermarket worker Peter Bick, told the court he used the internet and a network of ‘live sources’ – some made in prison – to investigate rumours of child abuse. He assigned possible offenders militaristic ‘call signs’ depending on the strength of evidence against them, he said. READ MORE HERE
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO– A Missouri woman faces more than a dozen charges for statutory rape and sodomy in New Madrid County. Sheriff Terry Stevens says Melissa Eaton, 48, of Lilbourn, Missouri allegedly carried on a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. According to court records juvenile authorities alerted investigators about the situation. READ MORE HERE
Sarasota, Florida — A grandmother and grandfather are facing numerous charges for towing a toy plastic car from behind their SUV… with their grandchild seated inside. According to the arrest report, a Sarasota deputy on patrol spotted the SUV on Sunday, pulling a small plastic Hot Wheels car with the 7-year-old girl inside. The toy car was connected to the SUV with dog leashes tied to the trailer hitch. READ MORE HERE
TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Police released surveillance video Friday of several potential witnesses who they want to speak to regarding the disappearance of six-year-old Isabel Celis. The video shows a group of five people – two men and three women – walking through a parking lot headed in the general direction of the Celis house after Midnight on April 21, the morning Isabel was reported missing. As of Sunday afternoon, police said they had identified and interviewed three of those people. READ MORE HERE
TACOMA—A Bonney Lake mother who prosecutors say repeatedly bleached her child’s eyes, causing permanent vision damage, was charged Monday with Assault of a Child in the First Degree. In May, 2011, the 15-month-old girl was airlifted from Tacoma to Harborview Medical Center after suffering a blow to the head. While treating her, medical staff noticed that a previously diagnosed eye condition had worsened. The victim was sleeping up to 22 hours a day because exposure to sunlight had become extremely painful. READ MORE HERE
MORGAN HILL, CA — The reward has been increased from $10,000 to $25,000 in the search for missing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar. Authorities believe the Morgan Hill teenager was abducted from her home on March 16. The high school cheerleader was last seen by her mother at 6 a.m. on March 16, before she left for classes at Sobrato High School. READ MORE HERE
Joshua Waguespack, 33, an 8th grade math teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic school in DeLand, Florida, planted small cameras in pens and left them in the girl’s dressing room. According to The Daytona Beach News Journal, Waguespack lost his iPad at a Walmart when a woman found it, along with the naked pictures of 12 and 13 year-old girls that he uploaded from the small camera. READ MORE HERE
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM KEVIN EPLING:
International Stand4Change is this Friday! And what a day it will be. We now have over 1 MILLION students in every state in 70 countries, making a global stand on the #1 issue in schools after funding. Be sure to check out the website www.stand4change.org for the flier and more info.
We will break the Million mark before Friday, we have messages from one of the stars of GLEE, we are gathering celebrities in major cities to attend events and singer Cody Simpson has taken the message to Australia. As many of us stood together years ago for Hands Across America we finally give our children their time to stand up. Not only for themselves but more importantly for each other. Some schools are planning very sample events, some will just acknowledge the day, some at a different time, and others are going all out. It is up to the schools and the students to decide. Yet we have had some schools/districts say they will not participate because they feel it is a “one-time thing” or if they do participate it will only “bring attention” to the issue.
Even other anti-bullying groups are not sharing the info because it is not “their” group. Personally I think these are very archaic ways of looking at a very real and very different problem. If you choose as a teacher or administrator, law enforcement officer or head of an anti-bullying group, to treat it as a “one time thing” than yes that is all it will be. But this can be used as a catalyst to get them to act. It can be the beginning of something great. And if someone really thinks that participating will only “bring attention” to the issue and create discussion, and yes action on the issue, than I am sorry but that is exactly why it should be done. This is no longer an issue to simply skirt around, it must be addressed and when students can see themselves with a million other students they can know they are not alone.
For every reason I get from schools and communities of why not to do it, I will give you one reason why: the kids. It is about them and how we want them to act and help us take control of this situation. If we keep doing it they way we have always done it, because of the way it affects us and our “routines”, we will continue to fail. Don’t be a Bystander any longer, Stand up and be counted on May 4th, 2012… I will, will you?
JACKSON COUNTY — An airman temporarily stationed at Keesler Air Force Base has received bonds of $125,000 on charges of statutory rape and child pornography, Sheriff Mike Byrd said. Deputies arrested Michael Burl, 23, on Wednesday. Byrd said Biloxi Regional Medical Center called authorities regarding the alleged sexual assault of a girl under the age of 16 from an incident that reportedly occurred Monday. READ MORE HERE
THE thought of thousands of Jamaican children living the nightmare of sexual abuse has motivated three adults, scarred by this horrific act, to share their stories with the hope that the victims can be rescued. The three — a man and two women — decided to speak after reading an April 1 Sunday Observer article in which Dr Sandra Knight painted a gruesome picture of abuse of Jamaican children, including four-year-old girls she has treated for gonorrhoea, a nine-year-old boy who was raped by his mother’s pastor, and an 18-month-old boy who died after being buggered by an uncle. READ MORE HERE
Rape — forced, unwanted sexual intercourse — can happen to males and females of any age. Rape (also called sexual assault) is about power, not sex. A rapist uses actual or threatened force or violence to exert control over another human being. Some rapists use drugs or alcohol to take away a person’s ability to fight back. Rape is a crime, whether the person committing it is a stranger, date, acquaintance, or family member. No matter how it happened, rape is frightening and traumatic. Someone who has been raped needs care, comfort, and a way to heal. As a parent, how can you support a child who has been raped? Here’s on overview of the tools you’ll need to help your child. READ MORE HERE (AND) READ MORE HERE
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We have an update on the case of a former Fort Drum soldier and his wife who were accused of sexually abusing a three year old girl in Pennsylvania. According to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette newspaper in Pennsylvania, 38 year old Richard Lafayette pleaded guilty last November to criminal solicitation to rape a child. He was sentenced to a 7 1/2- to 15-year prison term. READ MORE HERE
A man who gave Seattle police a false name and tried to run away early Saturday morning was wanted on an escape warrant for child rape. According to the Seattle Police Department, officers stopped the 40-year-old man for trespassing at Eighth Avenue South and South Jackson Street at about 1:26 a.m. Saturday. He gave them what they said was “obviously” a false name, and when officers tried to walk him back to the patrol car to figure out his true identity, he took off. READ MORE HERE
PORT RICHEY – An infant who was seriously injured earlier this month when his mother held him under scalding hot water for several minutes has died. Emilio Jesus Bautista passed away Saturday morning at Tampa General Hospital. The baby was approximately nine weeks old. His mother, Chekayla Ariel Dampier of Port Richey, is being held at the Pasco County Jail on a bond of $150,000. READ MORE HERE
AVON PARK — An Avon Park man remained in Highlands County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond Thursday after Highlands County Sheriff’s investigators accused him of abusing his children with a stun gun. Allen Bradley Sconyers, 35, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse — cruelty toward a child by torture to punish or cage a child. READ MORE HERE
While social media has been a useful tool for connecting with lost relatives, one Philadelphia software salesman used a missing child website to stumble across his own past. As reported by CBS News earlier this week, a Philadelphia man named Steve Carter discovered his own baby picture on a site designed to help reunite missing children with their parents. Carter was adopted at age four from an orphanage in Honolulu, Hawaii, but details prior to that time didn’t add up for him. READ MORE HERE
Camden, SC – On Sunday the Camden community came together to support a 4-year-old Kershaw County girl who was hospitalized due to what deputies say is abuse. It’s been one week since two adults were arrested and charged with abusing the child, so much so, she suffered two broken arms and one leg. Her mother, 24-year-old Catharine Ammons and her boyfriend, 27-year-old James Watson were also charged with unlawful neglect of a child. READ MORE HERE
Despite promises of transparency by Gov. Steve Beshear, state officials are refusing to release child-protection records about a man who was convicted of beating his 3-month-old son prior to the mysterious deaths of his two infant daughters. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services won’t release records about Jesse Allison, who is charged in Caldwell County, in Western Kentucky, with murder in the 2009 asphyxiation death of his 7-monthold daughter Ariel. READ MORE HERE
Charges of sexual abuse against children and teenagers have been made against a Christian commune in Waco, Texas. Homestead House has been upheld as an utopia with wholesome Christian values for thirty years and is well known in the local community. But those who have left the church, which sits in a gated compound of 500 acres, have revealed a dark side to the secretive religious group. READ MORE HERE
SAN DIEGO– Police arrested a San Diego man on Saturday after he said “voices in his head” told him to slice the arms of his 8-year-old son. The 30-year-old man was arrested in San Diego’s Mount Hope Cemetery on suspicion of child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Times reported. READ MORE HERE
Sexual abuse is one form of child abuse. It includes a wide range of actions between a child and an adult or older child. Often these involve body contact, but not always. Exposing one’s genitals to children or pressuring them for sex is sexual abuse. Using a child for pornography is also sexual abuse. Most sexual abusers know the child they abuse. They may be family friends, neighbors or babysitters. About one-third of abusers are related to the child. Most abusers are men. If you think a child may have been abused, it’s important to report it. READ MORE HERE
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