SARASOTA, Florida — Deputies say a 270 lb. Sarasota father played a video game and at the same time used his body weight to smother his 6-year-old son. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputies say the dead boy’s 7-year-old sibling watched the horrific Christmas Eve incident unfold. The sibling reported seeing the father, James “Rick” Dearman, 31, smother the boy on the couch, as Dearman played a video game with his live-in girlfriend. READ MORE HERE
Archive for 2015
An Arkansas man is accused of raping two young girls at an in-home day care, a police report with the Little Rock Police Department stated. Ronald Thrower, 45, was arrested on December 18 for two counts of rape on a four and five-year-old girl. One of the girls disclosed that while she was in the day care, Thrower allegedly pulled his pants down and made her perform a sex act on him, the arrest report stated. After further investigation, police noted that a five-year-old victim reported a similar encounter with Thrower. READ MORE HERE
Pennsylvania prosecutors said on Wednesday that comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident in 2004. An arrest warrant has been issued for the comedian for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia-area mansion in January 2004. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said at a press conference that new information came to light this year in the case. READ MORE HERE
Mark Salling, best known for his portrayal of Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the hit show “Glee,” has reportedly been arrested for possession of child pornography after the LAPD searched his home early Tuesday morning. The LAPD confirmed that the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit served a search warrant at an address listed under the actor’s name in Sunland, California, after Crime Watch Daily broke the news. Authorities arrived at the home around 7 a.m. local time. READ MORE HERE
Babysitter accused of child rape added to Massachusetts Most Wanted list
A 75-year-old man used a “friendly, grandfather-like” act to get close to the child he is accused of raping this summer, State Police said. Now, he is on the state’s Most Wanted list after fleeing the child rape charges. State Police said John F. Munroe cut off his GPS monitoring device, which he was ordered to wear while awaiting trial, on or around Oct. 23. His car was later located in Hull, but authorities have not seen him since. READ MORE HERE
Married pastors guilty in decade-long rape, abuse of child
MORE than half a million pictures and videos depicting the abuse of innocent children were found in a South West man’s home. Pedophile Stephen McGill was jailed for 8-years after being caught with the area’s largest ever stash of child rape and torture images. McGill was living in Southeast Cornwall when police went to his home in Callington on April 14. Truro Crown Court heard how the 60-year-old lifelong pedophile, who said he had battled with his “affliction” of being attracted to youngsters for decades, also had photographs he had taken of a young naked girl aged under 13. READ MORE HERE
GEORGIA – Authorities say two men and one woman were arrested by Georgia State Police after two boys were reported as being kidnapped. Asheville police say Georgia suspects, Natasha Cantrell, Christopher Carter, and Chadwick Agan are being held in the Jackson County Jail in Georgia. Cantrell and Carter are each charged with 2nd degree kidnapping and child abduction. Agan is charged with 2 counts of child abduction. A fourth suspect, Trena Weaver of Asheville, is charged with misdemeanor child abuse. An Amber Alert was issued for 1-year-old Elijah Joyner and 3-year-old Harlee Joyner around 12:00 Sunday afternoon. The alert was lifted around 2:30 p.m. READ MORE HERE
They were murdered by one of America’s most notorious serial killers, but for three decades they remained nameless. Now, the efforts to solve the mystery of killer clown John Wayne Gacy’s eight unidentified victims has yielded results for the first time – not only for the 33-year-old cold case but for scores of missing persons cases. Thanks to scientific breakthroughs in DNA testing, Sgt. Jason Moran has identified one of the unnamed men discovered in the serial killer’s Chicago home in the 1970s. William Bundy‘s mother had long suspected her son was among the killer clown’s 33 murder victims. READ MORE HERE
Identified Victims: Headshots of some of the boys/young men whose bodies were identified as victims of John Wayne Gacy
A student who allegedly plotted a Times Square bomb attack is also suspected in the stabbing of a young boy, as part of an audition to join ISIS. Police say that last January, 21-year-old Fareed Mumuni stabbed 9-year-old Jermaine Culver in the neck as he was walking to school in Staten Island. Culver survived the attack but the case went unsolved for some time. READ MORE HERE
INVERNESS, Florida – Prosecutors have charged an Inverness man with kidnapping after an 8-year-old girl managed to escape her captor. Jeffery Story, 20, is accused of nabbing the young girl through her bedroom window in the middle of the night. READ MORE HERE
Best prevention means aligning resources, coordinating efforts
Child abuse prevention resources must focus on evidence-based intervention strategies and aggregating sound data, but the buck doesn’t stop there. Enhancing safety and resilience for at-risk children crosses many disciplines, including medicine, public health, education, childcare, law enforcement, child protection and foster and adoptive families.
The best prevention starts with aligning resources, coordinating efforts and engineering a safe and healthy environment to strengthen families and communities at risk. Vulnerable children require a deep investment, and police, hospitals, schools, foundations and social service agencies are only the first to help in the prevention of child abuse. Each of these organizations and coalitions gives vital support to children and families at risk, but the bottom line is: Invest in our children today, and we’ll all reap the benefits for years to come.
Ninety-one child sex offenders were interviewed about the methods they used to target children, the age range of their victims, how they selected children and maintained them as victims, and what suggestions they had for preventing child sexual abuse. Offenders were selected from treatment programs, probation, special hospitals, and prisons. They were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. Results indicate that offenders gained access to children through caretaking, such as babysitting; targeted children by using bribes, gifts and games; used force, anger, threats, and bribes to ensure their continuing compliance; and systematically desensitized children through touch, talk about sex, and persuasion. Nearly half the offenders had no bad feelings about sexually abusing children. The implications for prevention programs are discussed.
WHAT IS ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
According to the Missouri Legislature the following definitions apply to abuse and neglect:
Any physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child other than by accidental means by those responsible for the child’s care, custody, and control; except that discipline including spanking, administered in a reasonable manner, shall not be construed to be abuse.
The failure to provide the child the proper or necessary support, education as required by law, nutrition, medical, surgical, or care necessary for the child’s well-being by those responsible for their care, custody, and control. Those responsible for the care, custody, and control of the child include, but are not limited to, the parents or guardian of the child, other members of the child’s household, or those exercising supervision over a child for any part of a twenty-four hour day. Those responsible for the care, custody, and control shall also include any adult who, based on their relationship to the parents of the child of the child, members of the child’s household or family, has access to the child.
Source: 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, MO.
RECOGNIZING CHILD ABUSE
The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination.
The following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect.
- Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
- Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
- Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
- Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
- Lacks adult supervision
- Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
- Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home
- Shows little concern for the child
- Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child’s problems in school or at home
- Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
- Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
- Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
- Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs
The Parent and Child:
- Rarely touch or look at each other
- Consider their relationship entirely negative
- State that they do not like each other
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Numerous researchers have concluded that how parents respond to stressors is much more important than the stressor itself in determining the outcomes for themselves and their children. Parents are more likely to achieve healthy, favorable outcomes if they are resilient. Resilience is the process of managing stress and functioning well even when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma. Some stressors parents face can be managed easily so that problems get resolved; for example, calling a relative or friend to pick-up a child from school when a parent is delayed. But some stressors cannot be easily resolved. For example, parents cannot “fix” their child’s developmental disability, erase the abuse they suffered as a child or be able to move out of a crime-plagued neighborhood. Rather, parents are resilient when they are able to call forth their inner strength to proactively meet personal challenges and those in relation to their child, manage adversities, heal the effects of trauma and thrive given the unique characteristics and circumstances of their family. READ MORE HERE
TEXAS – A Santa Claus who has delighted children on the South Texas circuit for more than a decade won’t be coming to town this year. Reynaldo Ramirez, 37, of Corpus Christi was arrested this week by local authorities and charged Friday in a federal criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. READ MORE HERE
PITTSBURGH, PA — The state attorney general has charged a Pittsburgh police recruit already on unpaid leave with molesting two 15-year-old girls he met through a messaging app. 23-year-old Cyrus Sukhadia faces a Dec. 29 hearing on involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and other charges. READ MORE HERE
MURFREESBORO, Tennessee — A 31-year-old Murfreesboro woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted first-degree murder after a failed attempt to end her pregnancy, according to a report from the Murfreesboro Police Department. Anna Yocca of Swindon Circle is accused of using a coat hanger to end her pregnancy in September, Detective Tommy Roberts reported. She was 24 weeks into gestation. READ MORE HERE
VIRGINIA – A police detective who had investigated online crimes against children killed himself Tuesday, moments before police could charge him with having inappropriate contact with two young teens. David Edward Abbott, 39, of Gainesville, Virginia, was a Manassas City detective. He had served on the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. READ MORE HERE
A mother has been arrested days after going on the run following the death of her 24-day-old daughter who was physically abused. Alyssa Kincaid, 24, was arrested today during a traffic stop, while her 26-year-old boyfriend, Nicholas Campbell, is already in police custody. The pair are both charged in connection with the death of Ciara Campbell, Kincaid’s daughter, who died on Sunday after just a few weeks of life. READ MORE HERE
KENTUCKY – Kendall Marshall, a 6th-grader at Noe Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky has had enough of the brutal torment she has received from some of her peers. On December 10, Marshall’s family filed a lawsuit against two bullies, as a well as a guidance counselor from Marshall’s school. Marshall says the bullying started with one 6th-grade boy who used verbal tactics to cut Marshall down, commenting on her physical appearance. Both Marshall and her mother alerted school officials and district officials of the problem, but nothing was done. READ MORE HERE
WINNIPEG –Winnipeg police have charged a 53-year-old man with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine. Raymond Joseph Cormier, 53, was arrested Wednesday in the Vancouver area. Fontaine, 15, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug. 17 2014. Her body was wrapped in a black plastic bag. She was a ward of the province, one of about 10,000 children in care with 90 per cent being Indigenous. READ MORE HERE