A Morris man who brutally beat his former best friend’s 2-year-old son to death after starting an affair with the man’s wife was sentenced to 52 years in prison Wednesday. Gilbert Knowles, 36, described by a prosecutor as a high school dropout and drug user who worked occasionally and survived on borrowed money, must serve the entire sentence. In August, he was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2007 beating death of Devin Owens, who was found wedged between his bed and a wall above two pools of blood. Authorities have repeatedly described it as one of the worst cases of child abuse they’ve seen.
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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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