According to recent data from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, one in 34 children is confirmed as abused or neglected in Massachusetts each year. That’s one case confirmed every 15 minutes. To get a better picture of the issue, I sat down with Suzin Bartley, executive director of The Children’s Trust, an organization with a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Bartley also serves as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. In our interview, we discuss some of the systemic contributors to child abuse, the costs that abuse incurs for the individual and the community, and the most effective ways to end the epidemic.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – A man and woman are accused of child abuse after a 5-month-old was taken to the hospital with severe oral trauma, according to the sheriff’s office. Celeste Paulina Marroquin, 20 – Charged with 2 counts of Unlawful Neglect of a child – $20,000 bond. Ricardo Perez Salas, 23 – Charged with Child abuse and Unlawful Neglect of a Child – No bond. Investigators say Salas was in a home with the child despite a recent DSS order prohibiting contact with the child. At some point between June 10 and 11 – the child starting crying and Salas put his finger down the throat of the child for an extended period of time, causing the damage, according to the report.
YUKON, Oklahoma – A man was arrested after he allegedly conspired to sexually abuse a newborn baby. On June 8, the Midwest City Police Department contacted the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office after gathering evidence Daniel Thomas J. Deffner, 39, of Yukon, traded child pornography and was engaged in a discussion involving child exploitation with a person in Midwest City. Officials say the Midwest City Police found Deffner was messaging a pregnant woman, who lives in Midwest City, through Facebook.
CALIFORNIA – Police are investigating a claim by a Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator that an anesthesiologist used a painkiller to hasten the death of a gravely injured boy to increase the likelihood his organs could be harvested without deterioration. Dr. Judith Brill, 65, has been accused of administering a high dose of painkillers to Cole Hartman, eight, before he was taken off life support. Hartman had gone into cardiac arrest after nearly drowning in a washing machine. At the time of the autopsy, coroner’s investigator Denise Bertone raised questions about the dose of the painkiller fentanyl given to the boy and pressed for re-examination of the case until a subsequent medical examiner added fentanyl toxicity as a significant cause of death.
ARIZONA – A woman and her boyfriend are facing murder charges after police say her 10-year-old son was tied up, beaten and burned to death. Lt. Vincent Schaan, with the Chino Valley Police, says Christian Pearson died Sunday from the injuries he suffered before being found Thursday. He had been was hospitalized in critical condition. Schaan says with the boy’s death police will ask prosecutors to charge Christina’s mother, 34-year-old Julianna Moreno, and 36-year-old Daniel Terry with first-degree murder.
The father being investigated in the death of his six-year-old daughter, whose decomposing body was found in an Illinois garage, claims her death was an accident. Jason Quate claims the girl, who has been missing for two years, choked to death on a steak after he spanked her. Quate, 34, who in a Las Vegas jail on unrelated prostitution charges, claims her mother then hid the body in a dilapidated and vacant home in Centreville, near St Louis. Quate faces a court hearing Friday on charges of felony sex trafficking and living from the earnings of a prostitute – though no charges have yet been filed over his daughter’s death.
A victim of a Pentecostal evangelist who sexually abused vulnerable children threw away the $20 he had given her to buy her silence after he had raped her. Another victim and her family were excluded from the Brisbane church after raising the allegations with its leaders, including the 42-year-old evangelist and treasurer. On Thursday evening, he was sentenced to 13 years’ jail after being convicted of 21 child sex offences, including seven counts of rape. The man, who can’t be identified, had between 2011 and 2013 sexually abused four girls and had repeatedly raped one over a period of 18 months, the Brisbane District Court heard.
KNOXVILLE – A child rapist was sentenced to 50 years behind bars on Thursday. Jonathan Mitchell Cooper, 31, was convicted in March on three counts of incest, three counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery, according to a release from the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office. “Parents are supposed to protect their children, not prey upon them,” General Charme Allen said in the release.
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AUSTRALIA – More than 30 alleged pedophiles have been charged after a crackdown on child sex abuse in regional Western Australia. The arrests were made after a nine month investigation, with the alleged perpetrators charged with almost 300 offences including sexual penetration and interfering with children as young as nine years old. Most of the accused men are Aboriginal and are from towns including Roeburn, Wickham and Karratha and surrounding areas, with many of them regarded as elders in their communities.
Do you wonder what dangers our children face online? Do you read news reports about online predators and scammers and want to teach your kids to protect themselves? Looking to gain control over what your child can and can’t view online? I’m sure you will agree with us when we say protecting children’s privacy online can often be overwhelming. The internet is constantly changing and new dangers pop up every month. Criminals change tactics frequently and last year’s defenses sometimes just don’t work anymore. In this guide, we outline some of the issues facing modern parents today and provide step-by-step instructions on how to protect your loved ones.
UTAH – A Utah man who allegedly punched his 3-month-old son in the face after the infant spit up on him last weekend has been charged with second-degree felony child abuse. Mason Allen Blair, 22, of Ogden, was charged Friday in Provo’s 4th District Court, accused of leaving the baby suffering from “severe head trauma, including multiple brain bleed.” Police said earlier this week that the child was initially in critical condition, but had been stabilized and was thought to be gradually improving. A condition update was not immediately available Friday.
WANTED IN TRI-CITIES, WASHINGTON: Convicted child molester, Jamie Torres, is running under the radar in the Tri-Cities, where he’s wanted for failing to register as a sex offender — a felony crime he’s been busted for several times already — both in Franklin County and Benton County. Torres is also a High-Violent Offender whose been convicted of assault.
A convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after sexually assaulting and getting a 12-year-old girl pregnant. Jose Anthony Caracciolo, 50, is already behind bars and serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for transporting the girl out of state for sex, and had pleaded guilty in September 2014 to first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Investigators with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office first became aware of Caracciolo’s crimes in New Jersey in April 2013 after police in the town of Egg Harbor looked into the girl’s pregnancy.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man accused in a 2015 child rape turned himself in to authorities Tuesday night, officials said. Kayoiunderne Hicks, 29, surrendered to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals said in an email. Hicks is charged in Cleveland Municipal Court with one count of aggravated rape, records show. The incident took place in June 2015, court records state. The rape victim is a child younger than 6, the marshals said.
BUCYRUS, OH – He told police he raped a 5-year-old girl, and now could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Donald C. Fisher, 56, of Bucyrus, was sentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years after he entered a plea of guilty to one count of first-degree felony rape.
DETROIT, MI – Detroit police are investigating after an 11-month-old baby died due to alleged child abuse. According to police, the baby was left with family on May 17 around 7 p.m. By 9 p.m., the family had taken him to the hospital due to difficulty breathing. The baby was in critical condition and after investigating at the hospital, they determined the baby had been abused and notified Child Protective Services.
A Knox County stepmother will spend more than two decades behind bars for abusing her stepsons. On March 12, Jessica Cox was found guilty of beating, burning and starving her two stepsons. She was convicted on 24 of the 29 counts against her. That includes 23 counts of aggravated child abuse and 1 count of reckless endangerment.
Whether it is psychological, emotional or sexual, being a victim of abuse can leave emotional and mental wounds that are much more difficult to heal than cuts and bruises. Survivors of childhood abuse may often find it immensely difficult to cope with the damage to their own mental health and the intense, negative thoughts and feelings that plague them for a long time after the actual abuse has ended. Going through abuse in childhood can lead to mental health issues in adulthood, which can hinder an individual’s ability to find peace and happiness in their life.
NEVADA – Las Vegas police arrested the father of a 3-year-old boy late Friday after the child reportedly drowned in a bathtub that afternoon and had apparent signs of abuse. The father, Brandon Nicholson, faces multiple felony charges including murder by child abuse, police said. About 2:10 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a home on the 4600 block of Vegas Drive to investigate the possible drowning incident.
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