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TV host ‘Mr. Wonder’ Indicted for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mr Wonder Abuse apA former children’s television show host who vanished decades ago amid allegations he sexually abused children on a camping trip in Louisiana was indicted Thursday on rape charges. Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley says a grand jury indicted 76-year-old Frank John Selas III on two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of sexual battery and eight counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Mosley said the charges relate to one alleged victim, who testified before the central Louisiana grand jury. READ MORE HERE

Abused Child Has Skull Fracture, Lacerated Liver

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20160227-110509SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – San Antonio police are investigating alleged child abuse after a young boy suffered a skull fracture and a lacerated liver, among other injuries. Marc Gutierrez, 18, was charged over the weekend with intentionally assaulting and causing bodily injury to a child. READ MORE HERE

Daycare Provider Sentenced to 30-Years

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

n4ifquSAN ANTONIO – A mother and owner of a northwest side day care was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday in a child abuse case stemming from 2012. That year, Iliana Archuleta’s 8-year-old son was taken to a hospital after suffering a seizure. Hospital staff reported signs of abuse to authorities, prompting a larger investigation. That investigation revealed that Archuleta’s three adopted children, 10-year-old twins- a boy and a girl- and the 8-year-old boy, were malnourished. READ MORE HERE

Murder-Suicide Kills Family of 4, Self

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Police officers take cover behind vehicles lining the road during a standoff at a rural property near Belfair, Washington, February 26, 2016 in this handout photo provided by Mason County Sheriff's Office in Shelton, Washington. REUTERS/Mason County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters

Washington state authorities on Saturday were seeking to confirm the relationship between a man who fatally shot four people at a rural home west of Seattle then turned the gun on himself following a tense standoff with law enforcement. Details of the slayings in Belfair, about 25 miles west of Seattle, remained under investigation, including when the victims were killed and why the gunman might have targeted them. READ MORE HERE

Five dead in Washington state murder-suicide

Washington State Shooting: Five Dead In Murder-Suicide

(Photo image: Police officers take cover behind vehicles lining the road during a standoff at a rural property near Belfair, Washington, February 26, 2016 in this handout photo provided by Mason County Sheriff’s Office in Shelton, Washington. REUTERS/Mason County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters)

Man Faces 144 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On February - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20160225-201112A Scranton man has been arrested on 25 different charges of child sexual abuse covering a 5 1/2 year long period. Jim Thorpe police say James Matthew Acevedo-Schneider was arrested on 144 counts of sexual abuse of a child, including rape, sexual assault, and indecent assault of a person under the age of 13. Police say the incidents occurred in Jim Thorpe from April 2000 until January 2006. READ MORE HERE

Child Murderer Sentenced to 18-Years In Prison

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sponaugle mugA Pratt man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for murder in the second-degree and abuse of a child, according to a news release from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Joseph D. Sponaugle, 29, was sentenced in Pratt County District Court to serve 220 months by Judge Francis Meisenheimer. Sponaugle was convicted in January of one count of second-degree murder, one count of abuse of a child and one count of endangering a child. READ MORE HERE

15-YO Boy Shot, Killed His 10-YO Sister

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Boy then cleaned her up, put her in a white dress and dumped her in a field

capture-20160222-202139FLORIDA – Disturbing new details emerged this afternoon in the case of a Florida teenager accused of murdering his 10-year-old sister, with the 15-year-old suspect claiming he shot the girl by accident and then dumped her body in a field. Fredrick Matthew Lochridge, 15, was arrested Sunday in the murder of his 10-year-old sister, Isabella Heffernan, after she was reported missing by her family and was later found behind her home in Fountain. According to an arrest affidavit released this afternoon, Lochridge admitted to shooting Heffernan with a .22 caliber rifle at around 3am on Sunday. READ MORE HERE


Stepfather Killed 2-YO Boy

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

3173724000000578-3458509-image-a-68_1456155496202OKLAHOMA – The stepfather of a toddler who died from head trauma on Tuesday has been arrested on complaints of child abuse and child neglect. Branden Taylor, 30, of Tulsa, Oklahoma told police he kicked his wife’s 2-year-old son Michael Rigney in the face the day before he died and that the boy was ‘out cold,’ but he did not seek medical treatment. The boy was discovered with multiple bruises on his body, including the left side of his face, when police arrived to the home after his mother Tina called to report the boy was unresponsive. Branden is not facing any additional charges at this time because authorities have yet to determine if the child’s death was a homicide. READ MORE HERE


Kids TV Host, Accused Molester, Found 30-Years Later

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Man Found as Youth Leader With New Name

screen_shot_20160201_at_3.05.00_pm_1.png.CROP.promovar-mediumlarge.05.00_pm_1An unnerving story out of San Diego: Law enforcement agents believe they’ve found a man wanted since 1979 on child molestation charges who was living under a new name and working in a number of roles that involved close contact with children. The man—Frank Szeles, allegedly a.k.a. Frank John Selas—had originally been charged in Louisiana with sexually abusing a number of children he’d met through his role as a local kids’ TV host named “Mr. Wonder.” He’s believed to have been in California since 1985. From the AP:

The man who faced a San Diego judge Wednesday denied he is the 76-year-old fugitive named Frank John Selas III who allegedly fled to Brazil in 1979 after Louisiana authorities secured a warrant for his arrest. Back in Louisiana, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators are convinced the right man is in custody. Meanwhile, officials in California are suddenly facing fears that Selas could have preyed on other children during the 37 years that he eluded capture.  READ MORE HERE

CHP Officer Charged With Child Molestation

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Dan-Deal-225x300Yreka, California — Yreka Police arrested 48-year old CHP officer Daniel Deal Tuesday night on child molestation charges. Deal is currently charged with Lewd Acts With a Child between the ages of 14 and 15, though the investigation is ongoing. YPD tells NBC5 News the alleged abuse occurred in the last year in Yreka on multiple occasions. YPD, along with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Deal has since bailed out of Siskiyou County Jail. READ MORE HERE

4-YO Girl Strapped In Car Seat, Set On Fire

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

9851612_GHOUSTON – Police in Houston have charged a man and a woman who allegedly set a 4-year-old girl on fire last April. The little girl was critically burned in a hotel motel room while she was strapped into a car seat. Police say the little girl was not taken to the hospital until the next day. She suffered burns over 30 to 40 percent of her body. READ MORE HERE


Veronica Harris and Christen Rogers charged with injury to a child

Justice for 4-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Set on Fire


Former School Worker Pleads Guilty to Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

greenhouse_10weymouth-4_metroA 38-year-old woman has admitted she raped a teenager while she was employed as a food services worker at a Weymouth middle school, according to prosecutors. Janelle Foley pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child on Wednesday, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office. A trial was set to begin this week. Foley was indicted in March 2014 and charged with raping a 15-year-old boy, who authorities said was not a student at Chapman Middle School where Foley worked at the time the crimes occurred. The mother of four was accused of sexually assaulting the victim during parties at his family’s home. READ MORE HERE

Woman, Husband, Ex-Husband Charged With Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

56c0e175308ec.imageELKTON — Detectives arrested a woman, her husband and her ex-husband on Friday after an investigation revealed they beat their children inside their Elkton residence with their fists, shoes, ladles and other objects, or played supporting roles in those attacks, police reported. Officer Sean Murphy of the Elkton Police Department started his investigation on Monday. Agents from Child Protective Services had contacted his agency and alleged that physical child abuse had been occurring inside a residence in the 100 block of Huntsman Drive, according to police. READ MORE HERE

8 Teens Arrested for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

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