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BREAKING NEWS: Adam Walsh Murder Linked To Jeffrey Dahmer

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Several witnesses reportedly saw Dahmer with Adam on the day he disappeared in 1981.

Jeffrey Dahmer, Adam Walsh
Jeffrey Dahmer, Adam Walsh (Getty Images)
MIAMI — One of the most infamous murder cases in U.S. history is being linked to notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

A Miami Herald investigation has raised serious questions about the man police say murdered 6 year old Adam Walsh in 1981.

According to the Miami Herald, not only was Dahmer in South Florida at the time Walsh was kidnapped from a Hollywood, Florida shopping mall, there was mounting evidence linking the killer to Walsh.

The evidence includes witnesses who said they saw Dahmer at the mall with Adam that day, one who says he saw Dahmer throw a crying boy into the back of a blue van and people who said he had access to a blue van fitting an early description of the getaway vehicle.

Adam’s body was never recovered.

A severed head identified as Adam’s was found Aug. 10, 1981 in a canal on the northbound side of the Florida Turnpike near mile marker 130.

In 1991, Dahmer emerged as one of the nation’s most infamous killers after his arrest on charges involving decapitation, necrophilia and cannibalism.

He had 11 severed heads in his Milwaukee apartment.

Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994.

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‘Dating Game’ Killer, Rodney Alcala, Sentenced to Death

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This is the third time Alcala has been sentenced to death row for killing Robin Samsoe.
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SANTA ANA — Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala has been sentenced to death for killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl and four Los Angeles County women in the 1970s.

Tuesday’s sentencing marked the third time Rodney Alcala has been sent to death row for killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.

His two previous convictions for the killing were overturned on appeal.

Marianne Connelly, the mother of Robin Samsoe read this statement to the court before Alcala’s sentence was announced:

“He is a cold blooded evil mass murdering monster that should have died years ago. Losing my precious Robin was the worst tragedy of my life and knowing the defendant tortured his victims makes it even harder to accept. I’m waiting for the day he dies. I only wish I could be the one to administer the (lethal) injection.”

The death sentence was recommended by the Orange County jury that convicted Alcala.



Earlier this month, Alcala waived his rights to have a probation report prepared about him and to have a sentencing hearing within 20 days of his conviction.

Alcala, who represented himself during his murder trial, responded to a question about when the sentencing hearing would be held with, “It doesn’t matter to me. Anything past 20 days is fine with me.”

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Hospital Workers Accused of Dumping Bodies of 21 Babies in River

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The babies’ bodies washed ashore on a riverbank in eastern China.

Hospital Workers Accused of Dumping Bodies of 21 Babies in River

BEIJING — The bodies of 21 babies washed ashore on a riverbank in eastern China and two hospital mortuary workers were detained for allegedly dumping them, state media reported Tuesday.

Video footage showed the bodies – at least one of which stuffed in a yellow plastic bag marked “medical waste” – included some infants who appeared several months old. Some wore identification tags with their mothers’ names, birth dates, measurements and weights.

The official Xinhua News Agency said there were also fetuses among the bodies. The number of girls or boys was not reported.

Residents discovered the remains under a bridge in the city of Jining, Shandong province, over the weekend. The tags on the ankles of eight of the babies helped investigators trace them back to Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University, Xinhua said.

An official from the hospital confirmed it was involved.

Hospital mortuary workers Zhu Zhenyu and Wang Zhijun were sacked and detained by police, Xinhua reported early Wednesday, citing Jining city government spokesman Gong Zhenhua.

The babies’ families had paid the pair to dispose of the bodies, but instead they dumped them at the Guangfu River, Gong said.

Three other top hospital officials were fired or suspended, Xinhua said.

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ALABAMA–Father Arrested for Beating his 1-yr old Daughter

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Gene Dillard Was Concerned About His 1-year-old Daughter’s Safety – So Be Beat The Living Tar Out Of Her


Bay Minette, Alabama (The Weekly Vice) – Gene Dillard, a 34 -year-old Alabama man, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly beat his 1-year-old daughter because she was playing with an electrical outlet.

According to the Bay Minette Police Department, officers responded to a report of possible abuse where they found the girl with swelling and bruises on her face.

Investigators say the baby’s mother told officers that Dillard beat their daughter after she was caught playing with an electrical outlet in the home.

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http://www.theweeklyvice.com/2010/03/gene-dillard-was-concerned-about-his-1.html

FL–Couple Charged With Beating And Choking Their Children

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Filed under: Beating, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Crime, Imprisonment, Strangulation, Torture

Couple Charged With  Beating And Choking Their Children

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Back in February, the neighbor of Jerita and Christopher Aaron got a shock when the couple’s 10-year-old daughter knocked on their door barefoot and injured. The little girl was taken to the hospital where multiple injuries were noted, the latest from a television cord beating.

She told the police that her and her 9-year-old brother and a 5-year-old sister were routinely abused – that they all had visited the hospital at one time or another after their mother had beat and choked them. When police interviewed the other two children, the story just kept getting worse. The youngest informed investigators that once her older sister not stop screaming from being beaten, so Jerita Aaron choked her until she stopped moving. “I thought (she) was dead,” she said.

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http://www.dreamindemon.com/2010/03/30/couple-charged-with-beating-and-choking-their-children/

NEBRASKA–Boy Found Dead In His Room After Playing Choking Game

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Filed under: Crime, Strangulation, Suffocation, accident

Boy Found Dead In His Room  After Playing Choking Game DAVID CITY, Neb. – When 11-year-old Drew Fiala had not came home, his mother became worried and went out to look for him. Eventually friends and neighbors were also looking for the boy around town but he was nowhere to be seen. He wasn’t found until his mother went up to his room and found him dead with a belt around his neck.

She and the police believe that Drew was experimenting with the Choking Game. You know, the one where people make themselves pass out in a variety of different ways. We used to do this all the time when we were kids because it was fun and really, really stupid. Our method was a bit more complicated than simply choking yourself, but we didn’t end up dead with a belt around our necks. We would take 10 deep breaths and then hold it as a buddy would bear hug you from behind. You’d be out in about 15 -seconds. Again, it was really, really stupid and we really had no idea how dangerous it was. And obviously, neither did Drew.

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http://www.dreamindemon.com/2010/03/30/boy-found-dead-in-his-room-after-playing-choking-game/

N.C.–Victims In Murder-Suicide May Have Been Dead For Weeks

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Filed under: Crime, Domestic Violence, Murder, Murder-suicide, Shooting, Suicide

Victims In Murder-Suicide  May Have Been Dead For Weeks

Charlotte, NC – Nateesha Chapman, 34, had not been heard from in awhile so her uncle asked police to perform a welfare check. When police arrived at the apartment she shared with her husband and four children, the door was open and 33-year-old Kenneth Chapman could be seen inside. Police asked for him to come out, but Kenneth fired a shot at them before shooting himself to death.

Two young children, a 10-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, ran from the apartment physically unharmed. But once inside, police found the dead bodies of 1-year-old Nakyiah Chapman and 13-year-old Na’Jhae Parker in a locked room – the youngest suffocated, the oldest stabbed to death.

Police then began searching for Nateesha and found her inside another nearby apartment the family had been in the process of moving from. Like her youngest daughter, she had been suffocated. Police say all the victims have been dead since around March 14th. But as tragic as all of this is, the real kicker is the fact that the 10-year-old girl lived in the apartment and kept her normal school schedule while her siblings rotted in another room.

Why?

Because she was scared not to and afraid if she she didn’t, Kenneth would kill her little brother.

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http://www.dreamindemon.com/2010/03/30/victims-in-murder-suicide-may-have-been-dead-for-weeks/

Man to face rape, incest charges in Bullitt Co.

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Rape case in Bullitt County

A man living in Florida is about to head back to Bullitt County to face rape and incest charges.  A female family member told police that 59-year-old Jack Eagle had been raping her since she was four years old.

She said that went on for about seven and a half years, only ending about a year ago.  Eagle was taken into custody Friday in Titusville, Florida.

Authorities say they believe the victim’s story, Det. Scotty McGaha with Bullitt County Police saying, “We’re very comfortable with her. I mean, the information she gave us during the forensic interview was something that I think, as a child, it would be very very difficult to try to even imagine it, let alone make it up.”

Eagle is expected to be extradited back to Kentucky next week.  Previously, he was convicted on another charge of rape and sodomy with a family member back in 1984.

SOURCE:

http://www.fox41.com/Global/story.asp?S=12228474

Frankston man charged over sexual assault of teen girls he met online

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

UPDATE 11.41PM: POLICE have arrested a Frankston man over claims he is a child sex predator who stalks his victims on the internet.

Carly Ryan’s killer unmasked

Raw vision – one of the state’s most vicious murderers is taken back to the scene

John Raymond Zimmerman, 24, faced an out-of-sessions court hearing charged with 42 offences including rape, indecent assault, making threats to kill and stalking.

The charges relate to three victims but police said they needed to speak with a large number of children as part of their inquiry.

Det Sgt Craig Brien said Mr Zimmerman had set up two internet account profiles which he used to send 22,000 messages to 800 contacts.

“A significant number of children need to be spoken to in relation to this matter,” he said.

Mr Zimmerman is accused of befriending the girls in chat rooms, then blackmailing them with compromising pictures of themselves.

The hearing was told Mr Zimmerman threatened to expose them to their parents, friends and teachers if they did not meet him.

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/frankston-man-questioned-over-sexual-assault-of-teen-girls-he-met-online/story-e6frf7jo-1225848239519

Child Rapists: Should They Get the Death Penalty?

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2010 2 COMMENTS

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Oklahoma is one of the thirty-five states that use the death penalty. There are various crimes in that state that can carry a punishment of death, but rape of a child is not currently one of them. Lawmakers hope to change that. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure that would allow the death penalty for convicted felons who rape a child age six and under.

Yet, just two years ago, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional as a punishment for child rape, and overturned death penalty laws in Louisiana and five other states.

Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, said there was “a distinction between intentional first-degree murder on the one hand and non-homicide crimes against individual persons,” even such “devastating” crimes as the rape of a child on the other.

Senator Anthony Sykes, the author of the Oklahoma Bill, says there are some key differences between the Oklahoma bill and those struck down by the Supreme Court, which he thinks will get the bill over the constitutionality hurdle. He plans to amend his bill to require a previous conviction for child rape and include the requirement that the rapist have the intent to kill the child.

The death penalty for child rape bill is controversial in Oklahoma so it remains to be seen if will even pass, never mind put to the Supreme Court test.

What do you think?

Should child rapists get the death penalty?

SOURCE:

http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/100716/child_rapists_should_they_get

BOSTON–Perv pleads guilty to child porn charges while waiting trial for child rape

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Awaits trial in rape case

A former riding instructor authorities say raped a teenager in a horse trailer and posted pictures of her feet online for fellow foot-fetish freaks pleaded guilty yesterday to child pornography charges.

Joseph Silva, 34, of Swansea, who faces 15 to 30 years in federal prison when he’s sentenced June 29 by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, is also awaiting trial in New Bedford Superior Court on related state charges of rape of a child with force, posing a child in a sexual act, distribution of nude photos of a child and witness intimidation.

“We’ve been working hand in hand with the federal officials on this matter,” said Gregg Miliote, spokesman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter. “The allegations, both federally and state, are pretty horrendous.”

Silva, a small, trim man in a gray suit and blue shirt, changed his plea in the federal case after a jury had already been empaneled and opening arguments were about to begin.

Silva’s victim in the federal case took lessons at Haskins Farm in Berkeley, where he worked as a trainer. Their relationship started with compliments on her riding and a kiss when she was 14 and escalated to sex in October 2002, while both were attending the New England Horse Show finals in Springfield, according to court records.

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http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20100331perv_pleads_guilty_to_child_porn_charges_awaits_trial_in_rape_case/srvc=home&position=also

PA–Douglassville man arrested for child rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

DOUGLASSVILLE — A Douglassville man is headed to trial in Berks County Court on charges he raped a 4-year-old girl and had sexual intercourse with a 6-year-old boy when the children were in the foster care of the man’s relatives.

Philip Bazzley, 21, who also spells his name Phillip Bazzley, of West Welsh Drive, is accused of raping and having involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with the two children, a brother and sister, between October 2001 and June 2003. Bazzley was 14 at the time.

Officials said the incidents recently came to light when the children were adopted by a family in Fayette County.

“Kids don’t tell” about when they’re abused in this manner, said Berks Assistant District Attorney Ellen R. West, who is prosecuting the case. “Everybody thinks kids tell, but half the time, kids don’t tell.”

West said the children in this case were talking with a counselor for a mandated report when the incidents came to light.

She said cases such as this one, where the children are abused after they’re in the foster care system, aren’t common.

“It’s rare,” she said. “It’s usually the kids end up in foster care because of something that was happening. It’s not that they’re in foster care” and then the abuse happens.

According to court papers, Bazzley started having sexual contact with two children, who were in the foster care of his aunt and uncle, when he was 14. Court papers indicate the children would stay in a relative’s home before and after school when Bazzley was present. Most of the alleged assaults took place after school.

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http://www.pottstownmercury.com/articles/2010/03/30/news/srv0000007923364.txt

VA–Manassas man charged with child rape

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Man faces two counts of child rape

A Manassas man is charged with raping an 8-year-old girl.

Police said the man, who is related to the victim, began raping the child in 2008 when the child was 7 years old.

On Monday, Christian Robert Perez Romero, 22, of Manassas went to a police station to be interviewed and was later charged with two counts of rape, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and with forcible sodomy, said Prince William police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez.

Romero is being held without bond and is scheduled to appear in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

SOURCE:

http://www2.insidenova.com/isn/news/local/manassas/article/manassas_man_charged_with_child_rape/54834/

‘Rape simulator’ game goes viral amid calls for censorship

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Screenshots of some of the victims who appear in the RapeLay game.Screenshots of some of the victims who appear in the RapeLay game.

Attempts to ban a deplorable “rape simulator” video game have only caused it to spread virally across the internet, leading to calls for sites hosting the game to be blocked by internet censors.

Karen Willis, executive officer of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre, said in a phone interview that the existence of material such as the RapeLay video game, which lets players simulate stalking and raping young girls, made internet filters, such as those proposed by the government, necessary.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has been at war with Google and many other internet companies, academics and lobby groups over the internet filtering policy.

He believes that filters are necessary to block content such as RapeLay for all Australians, but a poll on this website yesterday found 96 per cent of the 45,000 respondents did not support Senator Conroy’s policy.

In the game players earn points for acts of sexual violence, including following girls on commuter trains, raping virgins and their mothers, and then forcing them to have abortions.

US online retailers Amazon and eBay in February last year took RapeLay off their websites, but the game’s Yokohama-based maker Illusion brushed off the protests, saying the game was made for the domestic market and abided by laws in Japan.

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http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/rape-simulator-game-goes-viral-amid-calls-for-censorship-20100331-rcpz.html

SAN FRANCISCO–East Bay Prof Accused Of Child Porn & Raping 1-yr old Agrees To Stay In Custody

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SAN FRANCISCO — An East Bay professor who faces federal child pornography charges and Missouri state charges of raping a 1-year-old girl agreed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco Tuesday to remain in custody for the time being.

Kenneth Kyle, 47, of San Francisco, an assistant professor at California State University, East Bay, is accused in federal court in San Francisco of international transportation of child pornography. Kyle was arrested at San Francisco International Airport on March 15 as he arrived on a flight from Germany.

Federal investigators allege they found at least 529 child pornography photos and 33 videos on a laptop computer he was carrying. Kyle was separately charged on March 24 by prosecutors in St. Louis County, Mo., with rape, sodomy and promoting child pornography of a 13-month-old girl.

The child’s mother, Tessa Vanvlerah, 20, of the city of Ballwin in St. Louis County, is accused of the same three charges as well as of incest. Vanvlerah is in custody in St. Louis County with a $2 million cash bail requirement and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing May 10, according to court records. Kyle also faces an arrest warrant and $2 million bail requirement in St. Louis County.

At a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Edward Chen in San Francisco today, Kyle waived his right to have a hearing on whether he should remain in federal custody for the time being. Chen scheduled Kyle’s arraignment on the federal charge for April 5. Defense attorney David Bigeleisen said after the hearing that he is “still gathering information” on the federal case and could not comment. He said he had not seen the charges in the Missouri case.

If Kyle is convicted, the pornography transportation charge would carry a minimum sentence of five years in prison and maximum of 20 years.

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PHOENIX–Liberian teenager pleads guilty in child gang-rape case

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PHOENIX — A teenage Liberian refugee charged in the gang-rape of an 8-year-old girl in Phoenix last summer pleaded guilty in the case Tuesday, authorities said.

Maricopa County prosecutors said the 15-year-old boy, who was transferred from adult court to juvenile court last week, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, kidnapping, three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. He will remain in detention until an April 27 hearing.

The Associated Press is not naming the teen because of his age. He was 14 at the time of the July assault and had been the only one of four boys charged as an adult. All the children involved are refugees from the war-torn West African nation of Liberia.

Prosecutors said the girl was lured July 16 to an empty storage shed at a west Phoenix apartment complex with the promise of chewing gum. The oldest boy admitted holding the victim down while he and three other boys – ages 9, 10 and 13 – sexually assaulted the girl, according to authorities.

Defense attorneys for the 15-year-old said the boy most likely will be sent to a residential treatment center with 24-hour supervision for a year or more. Prosecutors said he could have faced more than 25 years in prison if convicted as an adult in the case.

Authorities said juveniles are not given fixed prison sentences, and instead are constantly evaluated on whether they should be released, maintained in treatment facilities or sent to a juvenile corrections facility. When they turn 18, they age out of the system and must be released, although the boy still could be forced to register as a sex offender until he turns 25.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/30/AR2010033004237.html

German bishop accused of beating orphaned girls

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Pope Benedict XVI attends Palm Sunday Mass

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The new accusations are a further blow to Pope Benedict XVI

One of the Pope’s closest conservative allies in Germany, Bishop Walter Mixa, has been accused of brutally beating and flogging children in his care.

The Bishop of Augsburg, 68, denies the claims by five former pupils at a Catholic-run orphanage and care facility. But they will be a source of deep embarrassment and concern in the Vatican: Bishop Mixa is part of a conservative axis in Pope Benedict XVI’s native Bavaria that has always backed the pontiff in his most controversial decisions, from criticising the violence of Islam in Regensburg cathedral, to rehabilitating the Holocaust-sceptic Bishop Richard Williamson.

Although there are no accusations of sexual abuse at the home – where the bishop was a visiting priest in the 1970s and 1980s – it is clear that Mr Mixa is in trouble.

“Once he took a wooden cooking spoon and beat me until it broke,” sais Markus Tagwerk, now 41, who was in the Catholic home between 1972 and 1982.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7082705.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

MINN–Cops: Minn. man trapped, shot ex with kids in car

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Cops: Minn. man trapped,  shot ex with kids in car

In this photo provided by the Blue Earth County District Court via the Mankato Free Press, Joel Marvin Munt is shown in a booking mug.

ST. PETER, Minn. — A Minnesota man who repeatedly accused his ex-wife of child abuse rammed her car into a tree and shot her to death in front of their three young children before fleeing in a vehicle belonging to good Samaritans who responded to the crash, prosecutors said Tuesday.

A sheriff’s deputy who caught up with Joel Marvin Munt found the children crying inside the stolen SUV and heard one say “Daddy killed Mommy,” according to a criminal complaint charging Munt with second-degree murder in death of his ex-wife, Svetlana Vladimirovna Munt, 32, of Mankato.

Joel Munt, 33, of Burnsville, also was charged with five other felonies related to the crash and vehicle theft. Bail was set at $600,000 during his first court appearance Tuesday.

Public defender Krista Jass told The Associated Press that Munt suffered from “untreated depression” after his 2009 divorce. Jassa said he does not have a criminal record beyond some minor traffic offenses, but declined to comment further, saying she was gathering more information about the weekend incident.

Authorities allege Munt rammed his Chevrolet Suburban SUV into the driver’s side door of his ex-wife’s car Sunday morning — pinning it against a tree at the Rasmussen Woods Nature Area in Mankato — then shot the woman he’d gone to Russia to marry in 1998 after meeting through an online singles agency. A medical examiner determined she was shot seven times.

Prosecutors believe the three children, ages 4, 5, and 7, saw it all.

“I can only assume that they did,” said Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Patrick McDermott. “They were in the car when she was shot.” They are now in protective custody.

One witness told police that when he went toward the scene, he saw a man outside the car who pointed a large pistol at him and told him to leave. The witness called 911 and saw another SUV drive up. The couple in the second SUV said the man at the crash scene stole their vehicle at gunpoint, but let them unload their three children first, the complaint said.

The sheriff’s deputy pulled over the stolen SUV a short time later. Munt surrendered peacefully, telling a deputy, “Sorry for causing you this trouble,” according to the complaint.

One boy in the vehicle had a bloody face with glass embedded in it — Munt told a witness the child was cut when a car window exploded, according to the complaint. A pistol and an empty magazine where found on the driver’s side floor.

Munt told the officers who arrested him, “If you people had done your job protecting my daughter from her mother, she wouldn’t have to go through this,” the complaint said.

Documents filed in the divorce proceeding show Sventlana Munt was born and raised in Russia. She said she met Joel Munt through a singles agency — the documents do not say when — and they e-mailed back-and-forth with the help of a translator. He visited a few times.

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Child abuse allegations made against 45 Maltese priests in 11-years

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Child abuse allegations have put the Church under a cloud all over the world.

A total of 84 allegations of child abuse, involving forty-five Maltese priests, were reported to a Church response team over the last 11 years, The Times reports today.

The response team was set up in 1999 and receives reports from both the Maltese and Gozitan dioceses, a spokesman for the Curia said.

He would not divulge the nature of the cases, saying the response team’s work was carried out in confidence.

The spokesman said disciplinary actions are always taken by the bishops or major superiors of religious orders when allegations are proven.

The spokesman did not say how many of the priests investigated had been found guilty of child abuse or whether any priest had been dismissed or banned from celebrating Mass and hearing confession.

However, he said the judge presiding over the response team in such cases informs the alleged victims of their right to follow their case civilly.

The only cases in which proceedings could not be followed were those in which the persons who lodged the report did not substantiate their claims to the response team, the spokesman said.

Asked whether the Maltese dioceses could say with certainty that they did not know of any priest accused of any form of child abuse who was currently working with children, the spokesman said: “The dioceses can ensure every alleged case that is brought forward to the response team is investigated to ensure any case of abuse is stopped by removing the perpetrator from pastoral ministry related to the nature of the abuse”.

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http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100331/local/child-abuse-allegations-made-against-45-maltese-priests-in-11-years

CO–Couple arrested Tuesday for felony child abuse

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CENTER — A common-law husband and wife were arrested here Tuesday and charged with one count of felony child abuse each following an investigation begun March 16, by Saguache County Social Services and Saguache County Sheriff’s Office.

Timothy Andy Garcia, 43, and Cheryl Candace Pacheco, 26, were arrested yesterday by Saguache County Undersheriff Dan Warwick and Investigator Mark Werts. Pacheco was arrested at Blue Horizons thrift store in Saguache without incident. Garcia was arrested at the family home, 576 Wills St., Center. According to Werts Garcia attempted to prevent being taken into custody but was arrested after a short struggle. No injuries to the suspect or officers was reported.

Both Garcia and Pacheco were booked into the Saguache County Jail and bail had been set at $20,000 each on the single class four felony they are each charged with.

The victim in the case is the couple’s five-month old son, who, along with four siblings has been removed from the couple’s custody.

On March 9 the child was brought to the Rio Grande County Hospital by his mother who told emergency room staff the child had possibly jammed his finger and had been experiencing a fever for two days. When checked by the ER staff, the child was found to have a temperature of 102.4 degrees, a low oxygen level and a breathing rate of 40. Staff reported the infant was lethargic and did not cry when blood was drawn. The child was admitted to the hospital but began having increased medical problems and was transferred via air ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo.

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