Children depend on many adults as they grow up. Parents, relatives, teachers and child care workers all provide children with love, support and guidance. No one wants to see children grow up with fear, anger or neglect. But no one is born knowing how to care for children. Sometimes we make mistakes that hurt them. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a relative or a caregiver, you can make a difference and help the children you love grow up in a caring, loving environment. Adults don’t have to be perfect, just willing to listen, learn, grow and change.
An apparent murder-?suicide that left a father, mother and their three young children dead in a Saco, Maine, apartment rattled the quiet city and shocked friends who said the family patriarch was friendly and outgoing. This afternoon police said they are looking at Joel Smith, 33, the father and husband, as the cause of the horrific slaying. Killed were his wife, Heather Smith, 35, and their three children — 12-year-old Jason Montez, 7-year-old Noah Montez and 4-year-old Lily Smith. “It appears they were sleeping,” Saco Police Sgt. Chris Harriman said of the victims, who were killed in the master bedroom and a child’s room with a shotgun.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Arkansas — A Baxter County judge has sentenced a Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. The Baxter Bulletin reported that 63-year-old William Bardin was sentenced Thursday. Bardin pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a girl under the age of 14 over several years.
MURFREESBORO, TN – A Lebanon man facing more than three dozen sexual offense charges is in custody after four years as a fugitive Friday in Rutherford County, according to an official. Stephen Beck, 43, was charged with three counts of raping a child Sept. 10, 2010 in Rutherford County Circuit Court, according to a media release. Beck was also wanted for nine counts of rape of a child, 16 counts of rape and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in neighboring Wilson County. Beck was released on $1 million bond after he was charged, but he failed to return on his next court date, according to the release.
The House on Monday cleared legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act for the president’s signature. Passed by voice vote, the measure, S. 1799, would authorize $15 million annually through fiscal 2018 for child abuse prevention programs, including grants to train attorney prosecuting cases and develop investigations.
Horrified parents allegedly witnessed children as young as five being beaten in an unlicensed Romanian kindergarten after staff forgot to turn off CCTV cameras. Staff at the Little Kingdom nursery, in the Black Sea city of Constanta, used to leave cameras on each morning from 9am until 12noon so parents could watch their children playing and in lessons. The cameras were usually switched off at midday when the children were expected to go to sleep. But police and social workers investigating the incident say a parent who logged on after that time one day at the end of last year noticed the cameras were still running, and was shocked to see children allegedly being shouted at and abused.
BELLEFONTE — A Pleasant Gap man has agreed to a plea that could mean several decades behind bars for raping two children. Eric Todd Crader, 33, accepted the arrangement with the Centre County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, pleading guilty to 213 counts of rape of a child. He also entered a guilty plea for a separate marijuana possession charge for drugs found when he was arrested. Crader was charged with a total of 1,278 counts in connection with the case, including an additional 213 counts each of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault of a child, sexual assault and indecent assault of a person under 13.
MICHIGAN – A man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son to death. Ronald Dimambro Jr., from Washington Township, Michigan, was convicted in June of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse for breaking Damian Sutton’s skull in August last year. Before the sentencing on Thursday, Damian’s distraught mother, Nicole, called her ex-boyfriend a ‘demon’ and an ‘evil monster’ for how he had treated her son, who died six days after he was beaten. ‘Damian is getting his justice today,’ she said as she held on to her son’s blue blanket, the Detroit Free-Press reported.
It’s hard to believe until you enter any store–school is almost back in session! And while most parents keep a close eye on back-to-school sales, and tax-free holidays, it’s also a good time to refresh yourself on how to keep your children safe!
Johnathan Ramsey, 10, dropped from 90 to 60 pounds before he died trying to survive on a restricted diet of bread and water. The diet was enforced by the boy’s father Aaron Ramsey and stepmother Elizabeth Ramsey, who kept him locked in a bedroom in their Dallas, Texas home. Dallas County District Attorney, Eren Price, said Johnathan’s parents confessed to letting Johnathan starve to death, and his father eventually led police to the boy’s body.
ARMADA, Michigan -Police say the body of 14-year-old girl, April Millsap, has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada. Police say her death has been ruled a homicide. Armada Police Chief Howard Smith says April took the family dog for a walk on the Macomb Orchard Trail around dinner time on Thursday. Around 8:20 p.m., two people walking on the trail were led by April’s dog to her body. Police say the dog stayed over April, wandering back and forth to the path, seemingly looking for help. Her body was 15 to 20 feet off the trail.
Kevin Patrick Stoeser is a Fort Hood soldier turned convicted child predator — and he’s part of the U.S. Marshals Service top 15 most wanted. He’s on the run, but in the last few days he’s been spotted at least a dozen times in Leander. Now, group of neighbors are helping track him down. The last time anyone officially saw Stoeser was at a Del Valle treatment house right before he escaped through an emergency exit. So to help catch this fugitive the community has been fighting back by posting his photos on every window they can find.
A unique insight into why young children sexually abuse other children is to be revealed in a ground-breaking study. The research, which has yet to be formally published, was on boys aged 10 or under who have molested siblings, classmates, or friends. It found that they are invariably born into families in which abuse, violence and neglect has become routine over several generations. The peer-reviewed study found that the boys were unable to form healthy relationships as a result of neglectful and hostile parenting. Even before starting school, they were anxious, angry and detached; bed-wetting, nightmares, self-harm and eating problems were common.
With her dark hair neatly pinned back, glamorous sense of style and remarkably unlined skin, Gabriella Gillespie, 50, looks every inch the professional mother-of-five. But her immaculate looks conceal a dark secret, for unlike her neighbours in the quiet Bristol suburb that she calls home, Gabriella is a former child bride. Now, more than 20 years after escaping her violent rapist husband, she has written a memoir in the hopes that telling her story will help prevent other girls from going through the same trauma.
A 19-year-old missionary from Oklahoma sexually abused up to ten African orphans – some as young as four years old – while volunteering at the shelter where they lived in Nairobi, Kenya, according to federal charges filed against him. Matthew Lane Durham was arrested last Thursday at his parents’ home in Edmond, Oklahoma, after he fled Kenya when he was confronted with the sex abuse allegations. The founder of Upendo Children’s Home, Eunice Menja, told the FBI that Durham admitted to assaulting between four and ten children, aged four to ten – including one who is HIV-positive – while volunteering at the orphanage between April and June of this year. He allegedly wrote out a sickening confession for Mrs Menja in which he detailed horrific acts of sexual abuse against both boys and girls. According to court documents, he admitted in the written confession that he raped at least three children and forced others to watch the sex abuse.
A father has been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and nine months in prison for beating his two-year-old daughter to death in an attack he had hoped would make her a lesbian. Donovan Lamar Haynes, 23, was sentenced in Flint, Michigan on Monday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the 2011 killing of Ti’Airra Woodward. A pre-sentence investigation report claimed Haynes had beat the girl to turn her gay in hope that she would avoid men like him, who had a history of treating women poorly, Mlive reported. Haynes’ attorney Elbert Hatchett called him ‘deranged’ before Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah sentenced him to serve a concurrent five-to-15-years in prison for first-degree child abuse.
Believing his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter caused their break up — a 42-year-old man snuck into the home and stabbed the 6th grader to death in gruesome fashion, authorities claim. Investigators say the wounds were extremely gruesome. Miami police say 11-year-old Marta Guzman did not slash her own wrists, or commit suicide. The Little Havana girl was found unresponsive at her own home on June 22. According to an arrest affidavit, police responded to the Little Havana apartment where Marta lived with her mother, Amaury Alvarenga. Alvarenga called police after arriving home around 2:30 pm to find her daughter’s neck and wrists slashed.
The mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy were arrested last week after an investigation revealed that the mother allegedly had beaten and starved the boy to the point that he only weighed 25 pounds. The investigation was set in motion when Mercer County Youth Services sent caseworkers to the family’s home in Greenville, where they saw that the boy was ‘clearly under weight’ in early June. Caseworkers took the unidentified boy straight to the UPMC Horizon hospital before he was transferred to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he reportedly has gained 20 pounds since he first arrived on June 6.
A high school teacher who engaged in sexually explicit conversations with male students, including asking them for semen-stained tissues to make art projects, has been sentenced to 15 years jail. Charles Reilly admitted he also instructed the 17 boys, aged 12 to 16, at New Jersey’s Pine Hill Middle School how to masturbate over a five year period. Authorities said the 45-year-old soccer coach, who’d worked at the school for more than a decade, also had an inappropriate online conversation with an undercover cop who he thought was a young boy.
One of the men arrested in a crackdown on suspected pedophiles is a junior doctor working in pediatrics. Raza Laskar, 31, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, is accused of sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children. He faces trial later this year. Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball said: ‘We know this man has worked in hospitals right across Greater Manchester and we understand the public will undoubtedly be concerned upon hearing about the offences with which he has been charged.’
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – A local school district is dealing with the issue of bullying, only this time, it’s from coach to player. The family of Spencer Davidson, who graduated from Clear Lake High School this spring, filed a discrimination claim against football coach Fred Wieck. After mediation, the two sides came to a settlement, requiring the school district to pay $50,000 to the Davidson’s. Wieck is also required to write a formal apology letter, and changes will be made to the school’s anti-bullying policy. While district officials can’t comment on a personnel matter, the superintendent says a closer look at their anti-bullying policies is beneficial for everyone.
BAGHDAD — The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year. In a report, the U.N. focused on a range of violations committed against civilians, particularly by the Islamic State, though it also said Iraqi forces and allied fighters had not taken precautions to protect civilians from violence.
A seven-year-old girl ran sobbing for help to a neighbor after her mother’s husband shot the woman and then himself in a murder-suicide at their home, police said today. The girl, who has two brothers aged one and six, ran to the home of her mother’s friend following the fatal shootings in Houston, Texas. The shootings took place around 3am on Thursday, according to the Houston Police Department.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A Daytona Beach father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son Friday said he did what he had a right to do when he beat the suspect unconscious, leaving him in a puddle of blood, according to a 9-1-1 call. “I just walked in on a grown man molesting my son” the upset father told a dispatcher. “And I got him in a bloody puddle for you officer.” The father was acting like a dad, said Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood. Police responding to the Daytona Beach home at 1:07 a.m. Friday after the father called them found Raymond Frolander, 18, of Holly Hill lying motionless on the living room floor. Frolander had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth, an arrest report states.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A missing pregnant woman has been found dead in the trunk of a vehicle that was driven by the suspect in her boyfriend’s homicide, and police say the accused killer committed suicide while in a car chase with authorities Thursday night. The deaths of 18-year-old Brooke Slocum and the suspect come after Wyoming police found her boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer, dead in Gezon Park on Wednesday, July 16.
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