A Hatfield man who was convicted last year of raping a young girl in his care and indecently assaulting one of her friends will most likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars. Luis Ramos, 77, was sentenced to serve 30 to 200 years in state prison. He was also sentenced to 30 years of probation which was set to run consecutively with the end of his sentence. He will get credit for time served since Jan. 20, 2012. “I find you to be the poster boy for denial,” Judge Gary Silow said before giving his sentence. “People like you have no right to destroy the lives of young children.”
Once your identity has been stolen, recovery can be a long, tedious process. Protecting your kids’ identity can be especially difficult. Babies, toddlers and teens can all become victims of the recent Anthem breach. Since many of them have little or no credit, thieves could use their Social Security numbers for no good. That could be devastating to these kids’ futures. There are ways to protect them. Anthem offers two years of free credit monitoring through All Clear Pro – which offers protection for kids via its Child Scan service.
PONTIAC, Michigan – Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a possible case of child abuse in Pontiac after the death of a 7-month-old boy. The investigation into the death of 7-month-old Aiden Logan was put on hold today so he might give life to another baby. His autopsy was delayed so his organs could be harvested. Something went terribly wrong on Wednesday night inside his aunt’s house in Pontiac.
ALABAMA — A married teacher has been charged with sexual abuse. Leah Garmany of Centre, Alabama was arrested on Friday for second-degree sexual abuse and electronic solicitation of a child. Garmany is employed as a kindergarten teacher at Centre Elementary.District superintendent Mitchell Guice told the Rome News-Tribune that Garmany remains an employee at the school as of Friday afternoon.
The unspeakably twisted world of a bankrupt Australian businessman is unraveling after he moved to the Philippines and allegedly lured innocent children into his home – and has now been implicated in a child’s death. Peter Gerald Scully, from Melbourne, was charged last year with human trafficking and child porn-related offences arising from his alleged sexual abuse of Filipino girls which was filmed and then posted online for paying clients. The 51-year-old managed to avoid being arrested until February 20 this year before a former partner told police that Scully had killed one of his child victims in 2013. It was after this shocking revelation that the remains of a 10-year-old girl were found at a home formerly rented by Scully in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
Vincent Phillips, age given as 52, was doused with a flammable liquid, by this wife, whom then lit match and ignited him while he slept. Sounds serious, yes? Well, even more seriously, Vincent Phillips, the woman’s husband, is facing 1st-Degree Child Molestation charges for allegedly harming his 7-year-old step-daughter. The question is being raised, “What should happen to the woman who took the law into her own capable hands?” Doubtlessly, this matter will be soon presented to a court of law.
PLAINVILLE, Massachusetts — A Plainville teenager has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in her former boyfriend’s suicide. Officials say 18-year-old Michelle Carter encouraged her former boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy, to commit suicide. Just weeks later, in July he drove to a Fairhaven Kmart parking lot, filled his truck with carbon monoxide and took his own life.
Caitlin Prater-Haacke is a high school student in Alberta, Canada, who was recently the victim of a bullying incident. Someone broke into her locker in late September of this year and wrote a Facebook status using her iPad that encouraged her to die. It’s hard to imagine that those words were an easy pill to swallow, but Caitlin responded with nothing but grace and maturity. Watch the video to see what she does in response.
An argument on Facebook took a ghastly turn of events when it ended in gunfire that killed 14 year old Kierra’onna Rice. The online Facebook brawl between two groups of friends spilled out into the streets with a fistfight and later ended in gunfire that killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded two others in Alabama on Friday, authorities said. The fistfight between the girls was to be recorded for posting online according to the police.
KENT — A 35-year-old man likely faces charges of kidnapping and sex abuse after he befriended a 12-year-old girl on Facebook, picked her up from school and dropped her off hours later at a friend’s house following a probable assault, sheriff’s deputies say. On Jan. 30, the suspect drove his van to Meeker Middle School in Renton and picked up the 12-year-old he had messaged over Facebook, King County sheriff’s deputies say. Shortly after school was over, the girl’s mother called police and reported her child missing when she didn’t come home.
WELCOME LEIGH ANN ERDMAN Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is proud to announce Leigh Ann Erdman as their new Executive Vice-President. Leigh Ann accepted this position effective today, February 28th. Leigh Ann has very impressive credentials and we are very honored that she has accepted this position. She will be a huge asset to our Board of Directors. […]
The Orangeburg County Sheriff was alerted to a video shared on Facebook depicting a toddler performing a sexual act on an Orangeburg teenage girl. The report from Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says that a number of area law enforcement agencies received calls regarding the video. Orangeburg Deputies followed up on a tip from one concerned citizen that provided the identity of the teen and location of the incident, and did place the 14-year-old girl under arrest for criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Sheriff Deputies say the video was recorded by the girl, and then sent to a male friend.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota — A woman is charged with murder after police say she held her young daughter under water in a bathtub and drowned her two days before Christmas. Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a 6-year-old who had drowned in a bathtub. When squads arrived they found a female later identified as the child’s mother standing by a fire truck. When they approached her the woman, 25-year-old Kayla Marie Jones, threw her hands up in the air as if she was surrendering. As an officer arrested Jones and put her in the back of a squad car, she noticed the suspect’s clothes were soaking wet.
MOTHER CLAIMS THEY WERE ABDUCTED The body of an infant was found in Yolo County Wednesday morning by investigators searching for a missing 20-day-old boy. The body was found at about 9:50 a.m. in a thicket on the south bank of Ridge Cut Slough west of Knights Landing by deputies with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office […]
LIBERTY, Missouri – A little boy says he was beat up so badly at school that police had to be called. His mom says she’s now scared for both her kids and the response from viewers has been incredible. The Kitchen family sends two boys to school at Liberty Middle School. There are anti-bullying signs everywhere, they said, but that wasn’t enough to stop what happened to their youngest son. Blake Kitchen, 12, has been through a lot this week. He won’t be in school for a while after an assault last Thursday landed him in the hospital for five days.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A mother accused of brutally stabbing her 4-year-old son outside a northwest Harris County home is behind bars while her son is fighting for his life. Jenea Mungia is charged with felony injury to a child. The attack happened at a home in the 14900 block of James River at Arcadian Shores Drive.
Montgomery, Alabama – A man who served prison time for setting his dog on fire is now accused of killing a child. Montgomery police say Juan Daniels drove his SUV through an apartment at the Plaza at Centennial Hill on Feb. 12 following a dispute with another man. In the process, Daniels hit 6-year-old Aiden Howard who was visiting the apartment with his mother. Aiden suffered severe injuries and died at an unspecified local hospital 10 days later, according to police.
FRANKLIN, Ohio —A Franklin man has been sentenced for sexual battery. Paul Byrd, 64, pleaded guilty to sexual battery and gross sexual imposition involving a child under 13. According to officials, Byrd had sexual contact with the victim December of 2013.
GEORGETOWN, Colorado — An Idaho Springs woman and her boyfriend have been charged with child abuse resulting in death. In May, Haley Stanfield is alleged to have shook her 15-month-old baby and neither she nor her boyfriend Joshua Olsen pursued medical care for the little boy for three days despite witnessing signs of medical problems, according to the Clear Creek District Attorney’s Office. The boy, Logan Borchik, later died.
Lookout Mountain, TN – A prominent Lookout Mountain attorney faces charges for spanking his 11-year-old son more than 100 times. 51-year-old Morgan Adams is charged with aggravated child abuse. Police say his son had “heavy, deep bruising on both sides of his buttocks.”
KENTWOOD, Michigan— Police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby who may have died at a Kentwood home child care center. Cooper Fales died Thursday evening. Kentwood police say the cause of his death has not been determined. Grand Rapids police were called to Cooper’s home at around 6 p.m. on Feb. 19. Investigators say Cooper’s father picked him up at Bridges Day Care, LLC on Pinetree Ave. SE in Kentwood. The infant had already been placed in his carrier with a cover over the top to keep him warm.
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania – A 22 year old Lancaster City father is charged with Child Abuse after allegedly breaking his 7 month old child’s arm. City police and EMS responded at about 1:23 pm Wednesday to 102 Locust Street, Apartment 3 for a report of an injured child. They found the infant suffering from an apparent arm injury. The child was transported to Lancaster General Hospital, where it was discovered that the child’s arm was fractured.
The information that I want to share was gathered in a five-year “field study” in which I lived with, worked with, socialized and shared daily therapy with hundred of sex-offenders. This information is not born of debate or ivory tower theories, but from experience, including my own journey, which I published in book form, with the blessings of those men who shared. The basis of this disorder is trauma; the nature of it is insidious, widespread, dangerous and often subtle. A combination of behaviors in certain settings, in context, can provide a signal, a warning – a discordant note – possibly saving the innocence of a child without destroying all innocent bystanders. These are the common themes, and certainly not all offenders fit them. Offenders often appear normal and blend into mainstream society. My intent is to shine a light on these individuals while at the same time not casting dispersion on innocent people. This is a start in prevention.
Florida authorities are continuing to investigate the death of a 3-month-old girl who was allegedly held by her feet and beaten by her father. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the infant’s father, 44-year-old Steven Dykes, was caring for the child while her mother was away for a job interview on February 18. When the mother returned home that evening, the infant was already asleep, according to police. The parents went to bed at 7 p.m. and were awakened by the crying infant around midnight, authorities said in a news release
HARRISON, N.Y. – A retired officer’s suicide note indicates that the killing of his teenage daughters in their beds was a premeditated act, a suburban New York police chief said Monday. Former White Plains Officer Glen Hochman had no known health or psychiatric problems and there were no indications of alcohol or drug use. Interviews with people who knew him, including former police colleagues, found no one had an inkling that “Mr. Hoffman would have committed this heinous crime,” said Harrison police Chief Anthony Marraccini.
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