OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma dentist and married father-of-four has been charged with killing his mistress’ toddler son after allegedly threatening to murder and mutilate the boy’s father. Bert Franklin, 35, was arrested Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 19-month-old Lincoln Van Henry Lewis. The toddler’s mother found him unresponsive at home on Sunday and took him to Mercy Hospital, where he was diagnosed with skull fractures.
An alleged pedophile ‘grinned’ and ‘twitched’ as German detectives questioned him about the kidnapping, sexual abuse and murder of two young boys, a court has heard. The prosecutor told a court in Potsdam, near Berlin, how Silvio S, 33, had apparently practiced what he was going to do to his victims by using a children’s doll. Silvio S, a security guard, is accused of murdering four-year-old Mohammed and six-year-old Elias after kidnapping them off the streets. In dramatic scenes in court the prosecutor placed one of the dolls in front of the accused. It was about the same size as a three-year-old child and was one of eight similar dolls found at the suspect’s home.
POLK COUNTY — Nine men, including a first-grade teacher, former animal control officer, Disney workers and a Publix worker have been arrested as part of a Polk County child pornography investigation. Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrests at a news conference Thursday. Search warrants were executed at several homes in the county, the Sheriff’s Office said in an operation it called “Operation Child Shield 3.”
A Connecticut TV meteorologist was arrested Wednesday and accused of possessing child pornography. Justin Goldstein, 33, was arrested at the studios of WTNH in New Haven. The station announced that Goldstein had been suspended for the duration of the investigation. Connecticut State Police told Fox 61 that their investigation of Goldstein began last month after videos depicting child pornography had been downloaded to an internet account registered to him. Investigators served a search warrant on Goldstein’s home in Hamden Wednesday and seized computers and other electronic equipment.
KALAMAZOO, Michigan — A Kalamazoo mother will stand trial for the March death of her four-year-old daughter. Daveeta Walker is charged in the murder of Kharisma Richardson. A judge determined Wednesday that there is enough evidence to send her case to trial.
Deputies arrested a Salem pastor for raping a juvenile he met through his work at a local church, Marion County Sheriff’s Office officials said. Mauricio Aguilera-Garcia, 55, was arrested this week by detectives after a week long investigation, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Chris Baldridge said. Aguilera-Garcia is charged with rape, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration.
WACO, Texas – A McLennan County grand jury has ndicted a Crawford High School student on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a young child. Donnie Wayne Howard, 17, is accused of taking nude photos of two young children, recording video of the sexual abuse of one of them, and then sharing the images with a friend using an instant message application. Howard remains jailed.in lie of bonds totaling $600,000.
A Fayetteville couple was charged Friday with felony child abuse of a 2-year-old girl, with one of the accused charged with the 1998 death and sexual assault of another child almost the exact same age as this victim. Jimmy Tyron Baldwin, 48, was with the victim on June 11 before returning her to her biological mother, authorities said. The victim’s mother took the child to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center because she was “not acting right,” police said.
Pembrokeshire, Wales – An eight-year-old boy who died of scurvy was ‘invisible’ to the authorities after his parents refused to allow officials to see him from the age of 13 months. Dylan Seabridge died at age eight at his family’s isolated farmhouse in and had no direct contact with doctors, nurses or teachers for seven years. His parents Glynn, 47, and Julie, 46, who home-schooled him, initially believed he was suffering from growing pains but the true cause was revealed after he collapsed in December 2011 and later died in hospital.
One of the two men accused of raping of a 10-month-old baby girl allegedly bragged about abusing the infant over Skype to an associate. Police also say the Melbourne man, 50, lamented over the fact he and his 50-year-old boyfriend, the baby’s father, ‘did not have enough time to do everything we wanted’ in a conversation with an associate two days after the alleged abuse took place. In another conversation via Skype before the incident, the man allegedly said he and the baby’s father were going away with the child for a few days, adding: ‘incest turns me on so much’, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
A convicted child rapist has been ordered held on a $500,000 bond on charges that he smothered a five-month-old baby boy in Missoula. Marc Allen Palmer, 25, faces felony deliberate homicide for allegedly suffocating infant Brayden Beal while the child’s mother and Palmer’s mother were sleeping, according to a court affidavit. Allen is a registered sexual offender after being convicted of child rape and three counts of child molestation in Washington in 2007.
Justice will be served for Crystal Williams, stepmom of a 5-year-old boy who was starved and beaten to death. The stepmom will serve a 99-year sentence for the horrific child abuse that led to Josiah Williams’ death just two days after Christmas in 2012. As testified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner, Josiah’s cause of death is listed as “dehydration in a battered, underweight child.” Crystal Williams told the jury that Josiah was a very picky eater, trying to account for him being so underweight.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act requires states to “check any child abuse and neglect registry maintained by the State for information on any prospective foster or adoptive parent and on any other adult living in the home of such a prospective parent, and request any other State in which any such prospective parent or other adult has resided in the preceding 5 years, to enable the State to check any child abuse and neglect registry maintained by such other State for such information, before the prospective foster or adoptive parent may be finally approved for placement of a child” and to ‘‘comply with any request described…(above) that is received from another State.”
AUBURN, ALABAMA – Investigators with the Auburn Police Department have confirmed that 43-year-old Brandee Morgan, a middle school teacher in Chambers County, has been arrested and charged with second-degree rape and facilitating the travel of a child for an unlawful sex act. Morgan, who lives in Auburn, was arrested on June 30 at the police department.
TENNESSEE – The mother who allegedly stabbed four of her five young children to death has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse and neglect, authorities said Saturday. Court documents say Shanynthia Gardner, 29, cut their throats open at her home in Memphis, Tennessee. Sheriff’s deputies found a large butchers knife with what appeared to be blood on it at the apartment were the killings took place. Gardner, of Memphis, was charged with four counts of first degree murder, aggravated child neglect and aggravated child abuse. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham says the victims were a 4-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl, a 2-year-old girl and a 6-month-old girl. Their names have not been released.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – When a 10-year-old girl ended up in the hospital with stomach pain, doctors learned she was pregnant. Fort Lauderdale police detectives from the special victims unit met the girl at Broward Health Medical Center earlier this year. The man accused of getting the child pregnant, police said, was Raymond Vincent, a youth pastor who used to live in Fort Lauderdale.
A man who almost killed a child in what a judge described as a “waterboarding” episode has been jailed. Earl Jason Romans, 29, forced his victim to consume “in excess of five pints of water in a short period of time”, medical reports showed. Romans, accused of grievous bodily harm with intent against an infant child, changed his plea to guilty during his trial at Nottingham Crown Court. Romans was jailed for 13 years and three months, by Judge Timothy Spencer.
FULSHEAR, Texas — A silence continues to hang over a Fort Bend County neighborhood after a shooting rocked the usually quiet street. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies say Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, were shot and killed by their mother Christy Sheats, 42, on Friday around 5pm. A Fulshear police officer shot and killed Christy at the home on Remson Hollow Lane when she refused to drop her weapon. Only the husband and father, Jason Sheats, was not harmed.
A Melbourne mother who helped her nephew rape her 12-year-old daughter by holding her legs may be out of jail in less than a year. The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, was sentenced in the Victorian County Court on Friday to a maximum of four years jail, with a minimum of two years. The mother and nephew were in an incestuous sexual relationship when the offending started in 2011, the court heard.
A man in China has been sentenced to 11 years in jail after he was found guilty of beating his girlfriend’s son to death. The boy was just five years old when he was abused by his mother’s boyfriend in Jiangsu province. Hu is said to have hit the boy on multiple occasions in the lead up to the fatal beating. Chinese media reported that the 5-year-old boy’s parents were divorced and had been living with his father.
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