LUDINGTON— Fueled by alcohol and drugs in the early morning of April 28, James Vernon Belanger raped his former girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter, then suffocated her with a pillow before fatally stabbing himself in the chest, Mason County authorities said Wednesday.
Those were just some of the grisly details released Wednesday by Mason County Prosecutor Paul R. Spaniola during a press conference about the death of Lakeview Elementary School first-grader Chloey Ann Stoudt. Police said she died at the hands of Belanger, 39, inside the home of her mother, 30-year-old Kelly Jo Stoudt, at 1082 Pineway.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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