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.
A Florida woman is accused of beating her daughter, then sending her to middle school wearing a T-shirt that said, in handwritten text, that she had gotten a “good woopin” for getting bad grades. Melany Joyce Alexander, 31, is facing child abuse charges after authorities say she beat her daughter with a belt and then publicly shamed her, according to the Hernando County sheriff’s office. She was arrested Friday.
There’s an old urban legend that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, he’ll naturally hop out; however, if you place a frog in a pot of cool water and gradually increase the heat, you’ll end up with a cooked frog. I can’t say whether this is true for frogs, but it certainly is true for many children who are sexually molested. The gradual cooking process is known as “grooming,” and the increased heat is the evaporation of physical and emotional boundaries. The Webster’s Dictionary definition of “grooming” includes “training for a particular purpose.” For child molesters, that purpose is a sexual relationship.
INDIANAPOLIS – Joel Dale Hilton’s public defender said her client’s “greatest mistake was believing he could be normal.” Hilton, a 42-year-old Muncie man, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison — at his request — for six convictions stemming from his sexual abuse of three local girls, all under the ages of 9. Hilton was arrested last July after authorities determined he had posted images of those sex crimes on a website.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – A Comstock Park couple’s rape of a 1-year-old girl while they video recorded the act has resulted in a possible life sentence for the woman and three consecutive life sentences for the male. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber said the acts perpetrated by Michael Justin Emory, 26, and Stevie Marie Foehl, 28, were so heinous that he did not describe them in open court on Thursday, Feb. 19. “I don’t know how to quantify the horror visited upon this child,” Leiber said.
William Chris Nelms, 40, is charged with rape, sodomy and the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, according to Morgan County jail records. He is being held in the jail in lieu of more than $116,000 bond. Further information on the case against Nelms was not immediately available. Court records show that he has an extensive criminal history, including a 1995 conviction for child abuse.
MISSOURI – Police in Branson are investigating what they are calling a suspicious death after a missing six-year-old little girl was found dead in a motel room. The Taney County Coroner is also investigating at the Windsor Inn on 76 Country Boulevard. Police began searching after reports that the girl was missing. Shortly after arriving at the Inn they found Jasmine Miller unresponsive.
BANGOR, Maine — With a ski mask, a fake Facebook profile and a plan, police say Kyle Dube thought he could make himself a hero. Now the 21-year-old Maine man is set to go on trial, charged with killing a teenage girl in what authorities call a botched attempt to look like he was rescuing her from a kidnapping.
A special education teacher faces life without parole after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl when she was 4 and again when she was 9. In court Thursday, Milton Cole, 32, told the judge he teaches at a private school on Kirby. He is charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. If convicted of the super aggravated charge, a recent law that is used when the child is under 6 years old, Cole faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and could land behind bars for life without parole. Cole’s attorney, J.L. Carpenter, noted that accusations that he assaulted a girl in his home arose in the middle of divorce proceedings.
PRETORIA – A Pretoria father accused of murdering his own daughter by using her as a weapon to attack his girlfriend will remain behind bars for another week before applying for bail. Police arrested the 32-year-old Cameroonian man on Sunday night near the flat he shared with his girlfriend and newborn daughter. The child was declared dead on arrival at the Kalafong Hospital. The Pretoria Prison Court heard how Alexander Forba allegedly grabbed his three-day-old daughter from her mother’s back during a domestic dispute. He allegedly gripped the child by her legs and used her body as a clubto attack his girlfriend.
A woman who was abused by her father and went on to have his baby has revealed she is starting to rebuild her life after her attacker was jailed. Hollie Davey, 26, from Essex, was abused, molested and raped as a young girl by Paul Davey falling pregnant with his child twice – the first she lost after he carried out a home abortion. She tracked him down at the age of 13 after being raised by an adoptive family. Speaking for the first time about her ordeal since her father was jailed, Miss Davey said she will ‘never get over’ what he did to her after he stole her childhood away from her.
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