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,,,, Please visit our Online Calendar for upcoming events and our Facebook Photo Albums to view past events. CHILD ABUSE MARCH HELD IN PORT HURON It was about 150 marchers that took to the streets of downtown Port Huron (Michigan) Monday afternoon in ...
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Bullies’ Homecoming Prank Has Happy Ending

Homecoming Queen Gives Bullied Friend Her Crown It wasn't the crown that stole the spotlight at a North Texas high school's homecoming ceremony last week, but rather the friendship between three very special young women. Anahi Alvarez was named Grand Prairie High ...
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How to Spot a Child Molester

The Stranger You Know: How to Spot a Child Molester’s Tricks 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 ...
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Woman Executed for Murder

Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9 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 ...
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Bullies’ Homecoming Prank Has Happy Ending

September - 22 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

It wasn’t the crown that stole the spotlight at a North Texas high school’s homecoming ceremony last week, but rather the friendship between three very special young women. Anahi Alvarez was named Grand Prairie High School’s Homecoming Queen on Friday, but the 17-year-old didn’t bask in the limelight for even a moment. That’s because she and her friend Naomi Martinez, who had also been nominated for the honor, had promised each other that if they won they’d give the crown to a very important person in their lives: their best friend, Lillian Skinner. According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, Skinner — a beloved student who is known for her cheerful energy and kind spirit — had been bullied by a group of girls prior to Friday’s event. The girls reportedly played a prank on Skinner by telling her that she had been nominated for the homecoming court, though she hadn’t been.

Arrest Warrant Issued In Case of Missing UVA Student, Hannah Graham

September - 22 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

A wanted poster was issued today for a nursing assistant described as a ‘person of interest’ in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Detectives were also seen on Monday returning to search the apartment of Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew in Charlottesville. The 32-year-old is wanted on two counts of reckless driving for speeding away from the police station on Sunday.

F. Lax Construction 2nd Annual Golf Outing Benefits Dreamcatchers

September - 21 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

We are pleased to announce that F. Lax Construction’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing to benefit Dreamcatchers for Abused Children was a HUGE success! We would like to thank Ty Blanchett and the owner of F. Lax Construction, Mr. Allen Jawad, for their continued support of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. They generously donated $10,000 to our organization from the proceeds of this event. Many thanks to all of the participants, contributors and sponsors that made this event such a success!!

Four Siblings Abducted By Their Abusive Parents

September - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Millionaire Mother Poisoned, Killed Her 8-YO Son

September - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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?’.

Woman Executed for Murder

September - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

How to Spot a Child Molester

September - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.”

Man Murders Six Children

September - 18 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

New Video Prompts Search for Missing UVA College Student

September - 18 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Increase of Teens Sending Nude Selfies

September - 18 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

6-WO Infant Shaken to Death

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Child Rape Fugitive Captured

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Boy Commits Suicide Due to Bullying

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Exclusive Interview: Alleged Killer of Etan Patz

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Judge Dismisses Murder Case Against “Baby Kate’s” Father

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.

Dreamcatchers Announces New Domestic Violence Spokesperson

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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.”

Dedicated Volunteers Needed

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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 […]

Report Child Abuse

September - 15 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Respond

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!

Defrocked Priest Found Guilty of Multiple Child Rapes

September - 14 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

Daycare Worker Found Guilty Of Child Kidnapping & Rape

September - 14 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

Shocking New Unicef Report

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

Missing 2-YO Colton Turner Found Deceased

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

Mother Admits to Drowning Her Toddler

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

Ex-Boyfriend Murders Mother and Her Teen Son

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

Adrian Peterson Indictment Charges

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Sandra Comments Off

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.

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