A massive search is underway for four young siblings who police believe were snatched by their allegedly abusive parents after they bonded out of jail. The sisters, one-year-old Mendy, two-year-old Evelin, five-year-old Jackelyn and six-year-old Kimberly, were last seen at their home in Canton, Mississippi on September 7. The girls had been put into state protective custody after their mother and stepfather were arrested on abuse and neglect charges but authorities believe the couple took them after being released. ‘We have every reason to believe the children are in danger,’ Canton Assistant Police chief Juan Cloy said.
A millionaire socialite who is on trial for force-feeding her autistic son a fatal dose of drugs emailed her financial adviser as she watched him die, a court heard yesterday. Gigi Jordan, 54, forced a cocktail of crushed pills and orange juice down the throat of eight-year-old Jude Mirra in a $2,300-a-night suite at Manhattan’s exclusive Peninsula hotel. As he lay dying on the bed next to her, she then reportedly emailed adviser Patrick Walsh, saying: ‘Hi Pat, can you please wire $125,000 to Bruce as requested below?’.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening. Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection about an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.
Do you think you would be able to tell if a sexual predator was using deceptive “grooming techniques” to gain access to your child? In many instances, the red flags can practically be under our noses. Yet often, parents who learn that their child has been victimized will share the same reaction… “I had no idea… He was so nice… He didn’t look like a molester.”
FLORIDA — Six children and two adults, including the shooter, are dead after a mass shooting in Florida, authorities said. Don Spirit, 51, reportedly gunned down his adult daughter and her six children inside his Bell home, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said in a Thursday evening press conference. Local media is reporting the other adult victim is 28-year-old Sarah Spirit, but he declined to confirm. Donald Spirit called 911 around 4:00 p.m. and “made reference to harming people and himself,” said Schultz. He was dead by the time deputies arrived on the scene. First responders found a horrific scene when they arrived.
Missing UVA student Hannah Graham was followed by at least one man as she walked through the Old Town area of Charlottesville in the early hours of Saturday morning, new video footage has revealed. Film taken from two separate cameras show a white male pursue the 18-year-old through the downtown mall area shortly after 1am. In the first clip the man looks over his shoulder, steps into a doorway and appears to hide from Hannah as she walks past before following her.
Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last week by a hacker. Authorities have yet to identify the culprit and its also not clear exactly how he or she got access to these women’s accounts, with iCloud the most widely reported service suspected of being breached. As the world digests the shocking breach of privacy, one common sentiment seems to be that anyone careless enough to take naked photos in digital form should be prepared for the embarrassment of having them leak. “Also raises the awareness that you shouldn’t be putting nudes of yourself online…Maybe the lesson learnt from this should be “don’t be stupid”,” read a comment since deleted on The Verge. This is shameful logic, trying to shift the blame back onto the victims. But it also ignores how very common it has become for both men and women to take and share naked images of themselves online and across mobile devices.
OKLAHOMA – A University of Tulsa student reportedly shook his 6-week-old son to death last weekend because he wanted the infant to stop crying, police said Monday. Sebastian Aguirre Jr., 22, was charged Monday with child abuse murder in the death of Etienne Aguirre, who suffered a traumatic brain injury. The child was hospitalized Thursday at St. John Medical Center, but he was later transferred to Saint Francis Hospital, authorities said.
Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson announced the capture of a fugitive wanted in two states. Bradley County detectives, working with the United States Marshal’s Service, took Jordan William Ternes into custody on Monday, at a residence in the area of Lake Forest Middle School.
FLORIDA – Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy whose mother on Monday said fatally shot himself in his middle school bathroom last week because he could no longer endure unrelenting bullying by fellow students. “The hopelessness was overwhelming,” Shaniqua Hawkins, the mother of Lamar “Shaq” Hawkins III, told a news conference. The boy, a seventh grade student whose growth was stunted by a childhood illness, was found dead around midnight last Wednesday at Greenwood Lakes Middle School inLake Mary, about 20 miles north of Orlando, authorities said.
The alleged killer of Etan Patz said in a taped confession played in court today that he tried to stop choking the 6-year-old but couldn’t. “It was like something just took over me,” said suspect Pedro Hernandez on the three-hour tape, as Patz’s father listened. “I tried to let go but I just couldn’t let him go.” The three-hour alleged confession to the 1979 crime is being played in full in a New York City courtroom today, as part of a pre-trial hearing in which a judge will decide whether the tape will be admissible at trial. Patz’s disappearance from outside his lower Manhattan home on May 25, 1979 helped spark national efforts to find missing children, including putting pictures on milk cartons and the designation of May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day, but the case lay dormant for decades.
MASON COUNTY, MI — A Mason County judge has dismissed the murder charge against Sean Phillips, the Victory Township man accused of killing his infant daughter known to many as “Baby Kate” back in 2011. The decision was released by the office of District Court Judge Peter J. Wadel early Monday morning, Sept. 15, nearly a year after Phillips was charged with open murder of his daughter, Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips who disappeared in Mason County on June 29, 2011. She was 4½ months old when she disappeared.
Tuesday, local non-profit organization Dreamcatchers for Abused Children officially announced their new Domestic Violence Spokesperson, Ann Livingston.Livingston is a survivor of Domestic Violence. She is devoted to her seven children, five of them are survivors of abuse. Living the quiet life in a small country town in Michigan, Livingston is honored to be part of a group that helps give a voice to those who can’t find their own yet. Livingston said, “I want to leave footprints that others would want to follow in.”
Dreamcatchers for Abused Children will have available positions for volunteers starting January 1, 2015. We are looking for dedicated members who commit to inspire, encourage, empower and engage others in their community in the prevention of child abuse. Each Volunteer is asked to commit and help Dreamcatchers strengthen communities by raising public awareness and protect children. Volunteers […]
If you are being abused please dial 911 or call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). Suspected abuse MUST be reported immediately according to the law. Failure to report suspected child abuse is a crime!
CANADA — A defrocked Catholic priest has been found guilty of raping dozens of children and a sled dog in the Canadian Arctic, where he worked as a missionary for decades. The Belgian-born Eric Dejaeger, 67, was on Friday convicted of 31 counts of sexual offences against children and one count of bestiality. At the start of his trial last November in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s northernmost Nunavut territory, Dejaeger acknowledged and pleaded guilty to eight out of 80 original charges.
A former daycare worker has been found guilty of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school and then brutally sexually assaulting her with a sharp object. The jury’s verdict marked the culmination of a nearly two-year ordeal that has horrified city leaders and residents. Christina Regusters was convicted of all six charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault of a child. The 21-year-old sat emotionless Friday morning as the jury of seven women and five men threw the book at her inside a packed courtroom at Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center.
UNITED NATIONS — One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations’ children’s agency, Unicef. The report, drawing on data from 190 countries, paints a picture of endemic physical and emotional violence inflicted daily on children, mostly at home and in peacetime rather than on the streets or during war. Homicide is especially common in some of the Latin American countries from which children are fleeing by the tens of thousands into the United States: It is the leading killer of adolescent boys ages 19 and under in El Salvador, Guatemala and Venezuela. Central and Eastern Europe report the lowest rates of homicide among children.
Police say they have every reason to believe that the remains of a small child found in Southeast Austin are those of two-year-old Colton Turner. Cedar Park police reported Colton as missing and in danger Thursday. A candlelight vigil is planned for Colton at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 13th next to the Cedar Park Police Department. Police say at around 2:05 p.m. they located a body off Felter and Burleson Road. Officers say the body was in a small grave. Colton’s mother, Meagan Work, was booked into the Williamson County Jail for abandoning and endangering a child without the intent to return. She was later moved to the Travis County Jail where she was booked for tampering evidence with additional charges pending.
Police say the mother of a toddler found dead in an Oceanside home has admitted to drowning her child after suffering depression over a custody battle. Detectives arrested Veronica Rivas, 28, on Friday in the death of her 22-month-old son Elijah. She was booked into the Vista Detention Center on a first-degree murder charge. Officers were called to Rivas’ condo on Woodpark Way Wednesday night when the child’s grandmother called 911.
MAYFIELD, Kentucky -A mother and her teenage son have both died in an incident that started in Mayfield but ended in Ohio. The investigation began at a convenience store on the southside of Paducah. Paducah Police got a call Friday morning of a possible abduction. Video showed a woman getting out of a white 2004 Yukon SUV and being forced back inside the vehicle. Around 10:00 a.m., friends of 34-year-old Kimberly Thomas (Jackson) went to her home in Mayfield after she did not report to work. When they arrived they found her son, 17-year-old Michael Eli Mohney, dead inside. The Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain says Mohney died of 2 gunshot wounds.
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to Montgomery County, Texas, authorities early Saturday morning. He was booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CT and released at 1:35 a.m. CT after posting the $15,000 bond. Peterson had been indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He flew back early Saturday morning to Minnesota, where he has been deactivated for the Vikings’ home game against the Patriots on Sunday.
A family in Mexico has been jailed for scooping out the eyes of their 5-year-old boy during a satanic ritual. Fernando Caleb Alvarado Rios was told to close his eyes by his mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle as they danced in a circle and called upon Lucifer to appear. When the little boy was too scared to do so, his mother, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rios, fetched a spoon and gouged out his eyes, with the help of the rest of the family.
SALINA, Kansas — A Salina woman who pleaded no contest to first degree murder charges in connection with the death of her 3-month-old son is sentenced to life in prison. Judge Patrick Thompson on Monday sentenced 21-year-old Desirah Overturf to life with no chance of parole for 25 years. The case stems from the death of 3-month-old Jordan Corbin in December. Police were called to the home that Oveturf shared with Jordan’s father, 27-year-old Nicholas Corbin, to the report of an unresponsive child. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene. Nicholas Corbin has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder.
Sascha Marie Garcia’s decision to leave 5-month-old “Baby Andres” with her boyfriend turned tragic. On Thursday, the child was barely clinging to life at Miami Children’s Hospital, and Garcia’s boyfriend, Antwan James Sawyer, 27, was jailed on charges of child abuse. “He’s got lung contusions, two black eyes. [Sawyer] said the child fell off the bed. It’s really bad,” said Miami-Dade police detective Robin Pinkard.
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