The jury trial of a Rapid City area couple accused of using fan belts and a cattle prod to discipline their three young sons started Wednesday at the Pennington County Courthouse. David Roney, 53, and Mary Roney, 41, are each charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child under 7-years-old and one count of child abuse. The abuse allegedly occurred over a 16-month period spanning the last half of 2008 up until Dec. 2009 when the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services took the children into protective custody.
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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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