FAIRFIELD — A 10-year-old girl was charged with manslaughter Thursday in connection with the death of a 3-month-old baby from Clinton. Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway died July 8 while she was being baby-sat in a Fairfield home. Police did not identify the 10-year-old. She is in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. READ MORE HERE
Archive for August, 2012
THEIR SENTENCINGS WILL SHOCK YOU!
Kimberly Taschler (left) of Palmerton has been sentenced to up to 3 1/2 years in state prison for the starving death of her daughter. Jacob Taschler (right) will spend up to 2-years in prison for his role in the death.
The baby sat alone for 16 hours in a hot third-floor room, strapped in a car seat in front of a TV with no food or water and wearing the same dirty diaper. Before baby Kayla died of dehydration and starvation, she likely screamed, squirmed and cried out for help. Her mother, Kimberly Ann Taschler, was two floors down in their Palmerton home smoking marijuana. When she finally did check on Kayla two-thirds of a day after propping her in front of the TV, it was too late. READ MORE HERE
RIVERSIDE, CA — A Riverside mother and her two young children were stabbed to death Thursday morning by the woman’s estranged husband or boyfriend, police said. The suspect was later shot and wounded in a confrontation with officers, according to authorities. Police were called to the 10400 block of Granger Court just before 7 a.m. by other residents of the home who saw a man speeding away from the location. READ MORE HERE
16-year-old Hannah Truelove was discovered dead in the woods near her home in Gainesville, Georgia on Friday night after she had tweeted “I got me a stalker”. Her mother had reported her missing on Thursday, and several social media messages via Twitter indicated that she was aware she was in danger. READ MORE HERE
Child Was Removed Due to Feces Covered Walls, Maggots In Home
’16 & Pregnant’ couple, Ebony and Joshua Rendon, have custody of their child once more, thanks to taking on better hygiene within their household. According to TMZ, “The Department of Human Services stripped the MTV stars of custody of their daughter Jocelyn last year, after police found deplorable living conditions in their home like feces covered walls, maggots and flies.” READ MORE HERE
Child sexual abuse has been reported up to 80,000 times a year, but the number of unreported instances is far greater, because the children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened, and the legal procedure for validating an episode is difficult. The problem should be identified, the abuse stopped, and the child should receive professional help. The long-term emotional and psychological damage of sexual abuse can be devastating to the child. Child sexual abuse can take place within the family, by a parent, step-parent, sibling or other relative; or outside the home, for example, by a friend, neighbor, child care person, teacher, or stranger. When sexual abuse has occurred, a child can develop a variety of distressing feelings, thoughts and behaviors. No child is psychologically prepared to cope with repeated sexual stimulation. Even a two or three year old, who cannot know the sexual activity is wrong, will develop problems resulting from the inability to cope with the over-stimulation.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC — Deputies are asking for your help finding a missing 20-year-old Spartanburg County woman. The sheriff’s office says Crystal Lynn Freeman was last seen on May 2 on Midland Drive. She was reported missing by her mother on May 15. Freeman’s mother tells investigators Crystal suffers from depression and needs medication.
She is described as 5’4” tall, weighing 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information that may help deputies locate Freeman, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC
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Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Investigation
Twenty-one serial rapists have been identified in a massive investigation led by Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy—and her manhunt has only just begun. Worthy is leading a charge to investigate more than 11,000 police “rape kits”—which contain swabs of semen, saliva, and other evidence of rape—so the rapists can be brought to justice. The thousands of rape kits had piled up in a dusty police warehouse in Detroit for years, ignored, until one of Worthy’s colleagues stumbled upon them in 2009. Since then, an outraged Worthy has been fighting to get the kits logged, tested for DNA, and then entered into the national DNA database. READ MORE HERE
With the whole state still searching for missing Iowa cousins, Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Cook, 9, another attempted child abduction adds to the mystery. Just outside of Des Moines is the town of Waukee, Iowa, which is less than 150 miles from Evansdale, where Lyric and Elizabeth disappeared July 13th, after leaving their grandmother’s house to ride their bikes. READ MORE HERE
Were I to find out my child was sexually assaulted by ANYONE – including members of my own family, my first instinct would be to smash their head against the wall a few times and then make sure they feel the shards of glass as they fly through the plate glass window. That would be for a minor transgression! There are few crimes I find more deplorable than child molestation: torture and murder head the short list. But like all responsible adults, PREPARING (even mentally) for an emergency will oftentimes bring cooler heads to the forefront to provide the necessary actions required. Like fire drills where we were taught to proceed calmly to the nearest exit, you should at least consider what I’m about to tell you regarding confronting someone who MAY have molested your child. READ MORE HERE
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DETROIT — A 19-year-old Michigan State University student is recovering Tuesday after surgery overnight for a broken jaw his family says stems from a brutal hate crime. Two men at a party early Sunday attacked Zachary Tennen, a journalism sophomore at MSU, after asking whether he was Jewish, his parents, Tina Tennen and Bruce Tennen said Tuesday. They raised their arms in a Nazi salute, chanting “Heil Hitler” and then knocked Tennen unconscious, Tina Tennen said. READ MORE HERE
The National SAFEKIDS Campaign recommends that no child under the age of 12 be left at home alone. However, consider a child’s age and maturity level. For example, if a child is extremely impulsive, it might be best to wait until he or she is older than 12. There appear to be very few states with specific regulations about the age of a child left at home alone. However, since the number of latchkey kids is growing significantly due to 2 income parents and single parents and guardians, there is a growing movement within state agencies to set guidelines. READ MORE HERE
PORTLAND – A Milwaukie youth league coach has been indicted on child sex abuse charges involving a young player on his team and also his step-daughter. Police arrested 49-year-old Gary Clausen on nine counts of sex abuse. Bail has been set at $500,000. Detectives began their investigation after hearing in April that Clausen had inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old player on his Mt. Hood Little League softball team. READ MORE HERE
The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) announced today the warning signs of child abuse for children returning to school from summer break. PFSA states, if a child has spent the summer in an abusive or neglectful home, it may be in the first few days back at school that the tell-tale signs of abuse are most likely to emerge and be recognized.
Tina Phillips, director of training for PFSA said in a release issued today, “It may be easier for teachers and other school employees to recognize that something was or is amiss because of the time lapse. A child who has been abused or neglected over the summer may look or act dramatically different from when school ended a few months earlier. A returning child also may see school or a teacher as a safe haven and feel comfortable enough to open up.” READ MORE HERE
Routinely screening all children seen in the ER for signs of maltreatment seems to have improved child abuse detection in the Netherlands, a new study finds. The progress suggests that such systematic screening helps catch more cases of child abuse, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. But whether the findings could extend to other countries is unclear. And one emergency physician doubted the usefulness in U.S. hospitals. READ MORE HERE
When parents disagree about discipline, the underlying issue is often a conflict in parenting styles. Parenting styles develop in a complex process from childhood history to adult knowledge and experience. Because parenting styles are rooted in individual belief systems, polarization and conflict are common when parents’ styles differ. The most common conflict occurs between parenting couples who have authoritarian and indulgent styles. The authoritarian parent is adult-centered and high in control efforts. The indulgent parent is child-centered and low in control efforts. READ MORE HERE
The wife of the Minnesota State football coach accused of child pornography made an emotional statement today, saying that her husband is innocent and charges against him were ‘ridiculous and baseless’. Melodee Hoffner said she hoped authorities would reconsider the charges against her husband after videos of their three children, aged nine, eight and five, dancing naked were found on his school cell phone by an IT worker. Todd Hoffner, of Eagle Lake, faces two felony counts related to child pornography after authorities said they found nude images of the 46-year-old’s children earlier this month. READ MORE HERE
INDIANAPOLIS – The man arrested in the death of a 3-year-old girl told police he beat her because she soiled herself, according to court documents. Jose Cruz, 21, was the boyfriend of the girl’s mother. He was arrested after police were called to the home in the 3700 block of Long Wharf Drive Tuesday for the girl’s injuries. She died Wednesday night . READ MORE HERE
Neighbors tackle child kidnap suspect after mom punches him
PORTLAND – Strangers helped a Portland mom tackle and capture a man she said tried to drag her 6-year-old daughter into the bushes Sunday night. Antoinette Robinson told KGW she saw the man grab her daughter and her instincts kicked in. She sprinted outside and started punching him. The girl had been playing outside, at a friend’s house, when the young man grabbed her just before 6:30 p.m. in the 16900 block of SE Lafayette Street, according to police. READ MORE HERE
Willie ‘Slick’ Parks faces aggravated assault charges after his ex-girlfriend filed a criminal complaint claiming that Parks broke her nose, gave her a concussion, and was beaten so badly that she miscarried. According to Huffington Post, the complaint also says that Parks did not allow the 28-year-old-woman to go to the hospital for days after the assault. READ MORE HERE
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