Child abuse is when an adult—usually a parent, family member, caretaker, or someone else close to the family—hurts a child or teen, makes that youth feel worthless, has sexual contact with him or her, or does not provide adequate food, care, or shelter. Child abuse can happen to all types of kids and in all types of families. And it isn’t something that only happens to little kids: 32 percent of 14- to 17-year-olds in the United States have been abused or neglected in their lifetimes, and 28 percent have been sexually victimized.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan – The 15-year-old was with Timothy Allen Fulgenzi of Farmington Hills, 36, a convicted sex offender. Fulgenzi was arrested by authorities at the scene, according to police. Farmington Hills Police and the FBI had been looking for the Center Line girl. Grech was last seen Saturday at about 8 p.m. leaving the Knights Inn near 10 Mile Road and Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills.
MODESTO, CA — A central California man accused of killing his mother, baby daughter and three others was about to be charged with the death last year of young boy when the five bodies were discovered, police said. Martin “Marty” Martinez had been under investigation since the Oct. 2 death of a toddler whose mother, Dr. Amanda Crews, was among the victims found Saturday afternoon in the Modesto home Martinez used to share with her. Authorities have not determined a motive or released how the five, including two girls, died.
Wal-Mart and Evenflo have announced an exclusive one-year deal to sell a new car seat that is designed to prevent hot car deaths. According to Evenflo, a new model of their car seats will incorporate “SensorSafe Technology,” which communicates through a chip in the seat’s chest harness and a receiver attached to the vehicle. If the car’s ignition is shut off with the chest clip still fastened, an alarm will sound.
An Oklahoma girl found injured after her parents and three siblings were stabbed to death Wednesday night told police that her teenage brothers were the killers, according to police records. Robert Bever, 18, and his 16-year-old brother are in police custody after their parents, David and April Bever, and the teens’ three siblings, who were between 5 and 12 years old, were found slain in their Broken Arrow home.
A popular teacher killed her husband and infant son over the weekend in an attempted double murder suicide. Erin Agren of Whatcom County, Washington shot her husband, Michael Jordan, and their 17-month-old son Miles before attempting to kill herself. She instead shot herself in the shoulder, and lay on the floor with her family’s dead bodies nearby for two days until she was discovered by a realtor who had arrived to show the house.
The father of a three-month-old baby boy has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his son who was found unresponsive and with signs of physical trauma at a California home, authorities said. Responding officers reported to the Santa Ana residence on Friday night where they found the baby not breathing, Santa Ana police said. The infant was transported to Children’s Hospital of Orange County in critical condition where he is currently on life support. Police said he is not expected to survive.
OKLAHOMA – A Bixby man wanted in Illinois on allegations of raping a 10-year-old girl was arrested in Tulsa on Thursday. Gary M.J. Grodin, 32, was booked into the Tulsa Jail just after 4 p.m. on a complaint of being a fugitive of justice. Grodin was wanted by the Swansea Police Department after being charged with 15 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and 18 counts of possession of child . pornography.
An Arizona mother was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday for the death of her five-year-old daughter whose body was never found. Jerice Hunter, 41, was convicted in April of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Jhessye Shockley. Prosecutors said Hunter had a friend give her a ride to a neighboring city so she could dump a suitcase containing the body in a trash bin before telling authorities the child was missing in 2011.
UTAH – The first photo has been released of a 12-year-old girl who was allegedly lured from her home and killed by a 15-year-old boy. Kailey Vijil, was found dead in a field less than half a mile from her home in West Valley City, Utah, on Friday morning. The alarm was raised after mother who was in the neighborhood looking for her, rushed to a local 7-Eleven at around 1.30am because she could not find her daughter.
A 10-year-old girl is now the mother of a newborn child following a shocking turn of events that took place on Tuesday, July 14. What began as a typical day at her school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has led to a report that is now making headlines around the world. She initially thought her discomfort was the result of a stomach ache, but she quickly learned that definitely wasn’t the case. As the pain gradually intensified, the 10-year-old girl’s teachers grew more concerned and ultimately decided that she needed to seek immediate medical attention. After she was rushed to a local hospital, doctors confirmed that she was actually in the “late stages of labor” — seven months pregnant to be exact. The baby was born prematurely, and both the girl and her baby are being treated in the hospital’s neonatal unit.
MICHIGAN – A convicted sex offender who told detectives that children are attracted to him and seek him out pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy. Jason Michael Spencer appeared in Kent County Circuit Court for a status conference on five felony sex abuse charges. He pleaded guilty to two counts that could put him in prison for life.
MICHIGAN – A Catholic priest who worked at a Detroit high school was sentenced to 12 years in prison today after he pleaded guilty to transporting child porn to Chicago and admitted to sexually assaulting a former student. Fr. Richard James Kurtz, 70, was a chemistry teacher years ago at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit. Kurtz, who was brought in the courtroom Tuesday shackled and handcuffed, read a statement before Judge Mark Goldsmith, saying he was “deeply sorry” for his actions.
ACCOMACK, Virginia — The mother of a woman who said her stepfather and mother abused her for years has been indicted for rape. Ruth Ann Johnson, 58, of Sulphur, La., was arrested June 26 after an Accomack County grand jury indicted her June 1 on charges of rape, indecent liberties and child endangerment in connection with incidents dating to summer 1986. The indictment names Johnson as an accessory before the fact in sexual crimes allegedly committed by her then-husband, Khalil Mohammed Muslimani, against her daughter, who was younger than 13 at the time.
MICHIGAN – The apparently remorseless Detroit mother who admitted to killing two of her children and hiding their bodies in a deep freezer was sentenced Friday morning to life in prison without parole. Mitchelle Blair, 36, was allowed to address the Wayne County courtroom and displayed the same anger she has previously shown since her arrest in March in the horrific case.
Child sexual abuse is a crime, yet a growing number of pro-pedophilia websites promoting the listing of ‘stories’ of sexually abusing children and ‘photos’ of ‘clothed’ children. Sites like youngcity.net and boylinks.net are just a couple that are allowing pedophiles to feel comfortable and acceptable about their abusive nature. These children cannot defend themselves – and it is time that we acknowledge ‘free speech’ does not cover the right to exploit and abuse innocent beings.
Mother jailed for life for brutally torturing, starving her 4-YO son to death found dead after ‘taking her own life’ A mother jailed for life for brutally torturing and starving her four-year-old son has been found dead in prison after she was said to have taken her own life. Magdelena Luczak, 29, was convicted of murdering tragic Daniel […]
ONO, California — A father considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his 6-month-old daughter in Northern California became the subject of a manhunt after he stole a gun and fled, authorities said Saturday. Matthew Graham, 23, skipped a meeting with his probation officer and stole a semi-automatic pistol from his mother after learning new information about the probe, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said.
A South Florida woman killed her daughter and her two grandchildren before taking her own life over the weekend, police say. Cops in the town of Greenacres, near West Palm Beach, say Nilda Sheffield, 53, gunned down Elizabeth Flores, 30, and Flores’ kids Xavier Neff, 7, and Sofia Chiddo, 2. A horrified friend of the family discovered the bodies in the family’s home on the 4600 block of Chariot Circle around noon on Saturday
A Massachusetts woman allegedly drugged and molested an 8-year-old boy during sickening Skype sessions with a disgraced NYPD sergeant, the Daily News has learned. The woman, whose name The News is withholding to protect the identity of the now-13-year-old victim, is the second woman charged with participating in the sexual exploitation of children with Sgt. Alberto Randazzo.
Springfield police say three witnesses followed a 14-year-old girl’s screams along a dark trail, pulled a would-be rapist off her and held the man down until officers arrived. Three friends were parking their car at a Greenway Trail near Wilson’s Creek on Thursday night when they heard a girl screaming for help, according to a probable cause statement. The three friends followed the sounds of the screams, using a cell phone as their flashlight, until they found a man later identified as Christopher Muller wearing only his boxers lying on top of the girl, according to the statement.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — A South Florida officer has been arrested after he was found possessing child pornography on his home computer. Fort Lauderdale Police arrested Jorge E. Vasquez after, they said, he traded child pornography online.
HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Authorities have located a missing 13-year-old Florida girl and arrested the man she was found with. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Polk County, Fla. authorities on Thursday about the girl. Her name is not being released. She was last seen on Tuesday and was thought to be with Aurelio Hernandez-Gomez. Polk County authorities had received information that the two may be in a Hartford Township residence. Deputies went to the home with Covert Township and Pokagon Tribal police. They found the girl and Hernandez-Gomez upon arrival.
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MICHIGAN – Three Bloomfield Hills kids who refused an order by a judge to go to lunch with their father have been ordered to a juvenile detention facility. “I felt like I was watching them be executed,” said Maya Tsimhoni. The Tsimhoni family was in Oakland County’s family court for a hearing on supervised parenting time when Judge Lisa Gorcyca took matters into her own hands. June 24 court transcripts showed how upset the judge was. She ordered the Tsimhoni kids ages 14,10 and 9 to have a “healthy relationship” with their father.
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