ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Neighbors in a quiet Westside neighborhood say they were woken up to sirens and commotion. “When we looked outside to see what was going on, the place was surrounded by a bunch of cop cars,” said a neighbor. Officers were called to a home on Sheffield Place for an unresponsive 3-month-old baby. According to a criminal complaint, Anthony Serna is the father of the 3-month-old. He’s been charged with child abuse with great bodily harm.
Shauna Prewitt was a 21-year-old college senior in 2004 when she was raped and impregnated by her attacker. Her decision to keep her child — a baby girl — brought with it an unexpected twist: her rapist sought custody of their daughter when she was born.
ARIZONA – The death of a 6-month-old girl in southern Arizona has been ruled a homicide, according to her autopsy report. Baby Wyllow died in a hospital on Feb. 19, 2017. The report, which was released Friday, April 14, by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Wyllow died from an infection brought on by blunt force injuries. She was also malnourished, which was listed as a serious contributing factor in her death.
OMAHA, Nebraska — State regulators say the Omaha day care of a woman suspected of abusing a child there has been ordered closed. Omaha police say 58-year-old Lynn Rowe has been charged with intentional child abuse, no injury. Police say she was being sought on an arrest warrant when she turned up Friday in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Her attorney declined to comment. She was arrested and transported to Omaha to face charges.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are seeking the public’s help to identify possible additional victims in an ongoing child sexual exploitation investigation involving a man who volunteered with Little League Baseball for the St. Pete Breeze.
TEXAS – Thirteen male athletes have been arrested at a Texas high school for what is being characterized as a sadistic hazing ritual where they allegedly anally raped at least 10 underclassmen with various objects. The small town of La Vernia, Texas, has been rocked by a major sexual assault case where nearly a dozen student athletes are accused of raping other students as a sports initiation practice, according to police. Three members of the basketball team at La Vernia High School, Colton Weidner, 18; Christian Roberts, 18; and John Rutkowski, 18, were arrested on a charge of second-degree felony sexual assault on Tuesday. This brings the total number of men arrested to 13, as six adult and seven juvenile students have been accused of the sexual assault where they allegedly raped at least 10 other male students with Gatorade and Coke bottles, flashlights and the threaded end of a carbon dioxide tank, according to police.
DELAWARE – Federal prosecutors have charged two airmen stationed at Dover Air Force Base with sexually abusing a teenage runaway they harbored on base. According to court records unsealed Thursday, Dalian Washington, 25, and Akeem Beazer, 21, waived their rights to preliminary hearings and are being detained pending trial. Both men are charged with sex abuse of a minor. Washington is also charged with sex trafficking of a child.
Facebook should not be a safe space for pedophiles and terrorists to share ‘hateful’ pictures and videos, the Home Secretary insisted last night. Amber Rudd spoke out after the social media site was accused of endangering the lives of youngsters by refusing to remove child abuse images. Child protection charities said sex abuse pictures on Facebook act like a gateway drug to would-be pedophiles, encouraging them to abuse youngsters in real life. Material including sexual images of children and gruesome terror videos were still rife on the social network yesterday.
Healthcare staff ‘backed off’ a mother who jumped to her death while holding her newborn baby because she was ‘middle class and articulate’, a new report revealed today. Charlotte Bevan, 30, vanished from St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol with her four-day-old daughter Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck in her arms. She walked off the maternity ward holding her four-day-old child and walked past at least four nurses without being stopped. The new mother – who had a long history of mental illness – threw herself into Avon Gorge in November 2014 still cuddling Zaani around 40 minutes after leaving hospital.
As a parent and an educator I find the statistics below both confronting and horrifying. However, they do highlight the reasons WHY we need to teach the children in our care Body Safety from the earliest of years. Such age-appropriate knowledge is empowering for children, and might well be the difference between a child becoming one of these statistics or not.
SAN ANTONIO — A mother and her girlfriend have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl. Police say the child’s mother, Shari Newman and her live-in girlfriend, Letica Young, have both been charged with capital murder. The incident happened Saturday night at an apartment on Fairhaven near Datapoint on the Northwest Side. Officers were called to Methodist Children’s Hospital concerning the death of a 2-year-old Saturday. When they arrived, they noticed bruising on the child and called for homicide detectives. The detectives then examined the child and found bruising all over her body and believed it was obvious some sort of abuse had taken place.
WARREN, Michigan – A new father is in jail accused of killing his own 4-month-old baby girl. Brandon Dunmire is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. Naomi Reese was killed Tuesday inside her mother’s home in Warren near 11 Mile and Hoover roads. Warren police said Dunmire called 911 saying his daughter was not breathing. Paramedics found Naomi unresponsive.
Tishomingo Police Officer Russ Robinson committed suicide March 24 after admitting to authorities he had molested minors. His admission came after the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, questioned the 53-year-old officer about allegations he molested a 17-year-old boy after flashing his headlights to get the teen to pull over. A day after that questioning, Robinson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his home in the Crossroads Community near Iuka.
PENNSYLVANIA – The Butler County District Attorney’s office on Monday charged a 20-year-old man with homicide and rape in the death of his girlfriend’s son. Keith Jordan Lambing also faces multiple assault charges in the death of 4-year-old Bentley Miller. Mr. Lambing was captured by authorities about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after he was found hiding with his mother, Kristen Herold, in the attic of an abandoned home in Butler. He was being sought by authorities after Bentley died from “severe injuries” that District Attorney Butler Rich Goldinger described as “horrible.”
Frederick McLean has been molesting girls for at least 25 years. 8 victims have been identified so far. He fled with at least $100k in cash. He is assumed to have changed his name and appearance. He might be driving a small, dark colored pick up truck. He also might have a black 1955 Chevy hot rod on a flat bed trailer. He owned a classic race car restoration business and is very knowledgeable in that field. He used to reside near Winchester and may still be in the Southern Riverside/Northern San Diego County area.
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jahmar Nykel Young, 37, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Young, who is a Bloods gang member and convicted sex offender, is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, parole violation and larceny. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Penn State University’s former president Graham Spanier has been convicted of child endangerment over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. A jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, found Spanier guilty of one count of child endangerment. They determined that he was responsible for victims who were sexually assaulted by former Penn State assistant football coach Sandusky in a school locker room shower in 2001.
SYDNEY – Dozens of teenage students are reportedly under investigation after receiving a video that depicts an unconscious 15-year-old girl being raped at a house party in an exclusive Sydney suburb. A 15-year-old boy allegedly sexually assaulted the girl earlier this month, and another boy his age allegedly filmed the attack at a house party, police said. The footage of the alleged rape, which was shot at a Mardi Gras-themed party in Sydney’s eastern suburbs after the victim became unconscious, was shared among more than 50 teenagers who are now being investigated by NSW Police.
A man has been charged with murder after a four-day-old baby and the newborn’s two-year-old sister were found stabbed to death. Tillman Freeman, 30, faces two counts of murder in the death of the children, whose bodies were found early Saturday inside a car near Raeford, North Carolina. Freeman, whom authorities first named as the father, claimed his wife had been seeing someone else and that the children weren’t his.
Since 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. And we know that child abuse cases are vastly under-reported, as adults often fail to recognize or respond to warning signs of child abuse, and abused children suffer in fear and silence. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children.
OUR MISSION: To educate the public on child abuse signs & symptoms, statistics, intervention, reporting, prevention & assist victims & survivors in locating the proper resources necessary to enable & achieve a full recovery.