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Baby Janna’s Father Arrested

Posted by Sandra On August - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

7921108_GINDIANAPOLIS – Jeffrey Fairbanks, the father of a three-month-old girl reported missing earlier this year, is now facing murder charges. Fairbanks, 45, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of murder and one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. His initial court hearing on Friday only lasted a few minutes. He answered all of the judge’s questions and asked for a public defender.  “Certainly, the state has elements that we need to prove. But as indicated, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking at this case and believe that we’re prepared to go forward,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson after the hearing. READ MORE HERE

Fairbanks’ ex-wife: ‘I was so scared’

Docs: Baby Janna’s dad covered her face with pillow

Indiana father of missing baby now presumed dead charged in case

2-YO Twin Boys Found Drowned, Mother Arrested

Posted by Sandra On August - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
KNXV Avondale twins drowing_1440966960881_23391653_ver1.0_640_480Authorities say 2-year-old twin boys are dead after being found unresponsive in a suburban Phoenix home. Avondale police spokesman Brandon Busse says officers were called to a home near 115th Avenue and Yuma Street shortly before noon about reports of an ill person. READ MORE HERE

Video Series: Child Predators

Posted by Sandra On August - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS



Child Predators – Part 1: Reporting child sexual abuse

It’s estimated that 90-percent of child sexual abuse victims know the offender, either through family ties or through their community. But in an increasingly digital age, child predators are hiding behind the anonymity and legal grey areas of the Internet to post and trade child porn in addition to soliciting potential victims. The numbers are startling: one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before reaching adulthood according to the Centers for Disease Control. By that measures, the Department of Justice estimates 30 to 40-percent are sexually abused by family members, and half by someone they know and trust. READ MORE HERE


Child Predators – Part 2: There’s an app for that

The phrase “there’s an app for that” covers just about everything from online shopping to banking. But if there’s an app, there are thousands if not millions of users on board, and not all of them have good intentions. Each social media app encourages personal information sharing, but in the wrong hands, over-sharing can be dangerous. Cyber investigators say online predators are just as aware of the most popular websites and apps as teens are, meaning they’re on there as well. READ MORE HERE


Child Predators – Part 3: Relying on victim testimony

The prosecution of child sexual abuse is one of the most difficult tasks a prosecutor faces. Not only are the victims young, the crime itself is particularly traumatic. The Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a number of these cases in the past year, but it’s not because child sexual abuse is on the rise. Between September 2012 and March 2013, the prosecutor’s office was faced with short staffing. Eight deputy prosecutors resigned, causing a backlog of some of the more “sensitive” cases. READ MORE HERE


Teen Charged In 3-YO Boy’s Drowning

Posted by Sandra On August - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

downloadLUFKIN, Texas – An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He was booked as an adult after his arrest Friday and remained in the Angelina County jail without bond Saturday. Online records don’t list an attorney for Woods. READ MORE HERE

Mom Sentenced to Prison for Killing Daughter via Methadone

Posted by Sandra On August - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

2BB5C0E300000578-0-image-a-12_1440689735956A woman who killed her 17-month-old baby girl with a lethal dose of methadone last year was sentenced to up to 30 years behind bars on Wednesday. Courtney Nicole Howell, 27, of Layton, Utah pleaded guilty in July to giving her baby girl Jaslynn Mansfield methadone but said she only thought the drug would help the child sleep. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that on Wednesday Howell tearfully said she will regret her choice for the rest of her life. READ MORE HERE


Man Charged With First-Degree Murder

Posted by Sandra On August - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Man charged with killing his girlfriend’s one-year-old son while babysitting

2BBFB0C700000578-0-image-a-83_1440790996623A Maryland man has been accused of killing his girlfriend’s one-year-old son earlier this month. Riverdale resident Osmay Sesay, 28, was arrested Wednesday, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) said Thursday. Sesay was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse, authorities said. Police identified the victim as Ahmed Jalloh. READ MORE HERE


Strategies for Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by Sandra On August - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

images (1)The impact of sexual assault on a victim is devastating and the effects are long lasting. Victims of child sexual abuse may suffer physical injury, depression, self-destructive behavior, anxiety, feelings of isolation and stigma, shame, poor self-esteem, difficulty in trusting others, a tendency toward re-victimization, substance abuse, and sexual maladjustment.  When the perpetrator is a family member, victims often suffer the emotional scars of guilt, betrayal and fear as well. Despite the volume of research and literature addressing sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member, individuals inside and outside of the criminal justice system continue to misperceive common dynamics, misunderstand victim behavior and minimize offender dangers.  Judges and juries unfamiliar with the dynamics of sexual assault may overlook offenders’ grooming tactics or misperceive common victim reactions to abuse as evidence of the victim’s lack of credibility. Prosecutors handling these cases face unique challenges. The following 10 strategies will help prosecutors prepare and litigate cases of sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member. READ MORE HERE

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Filing a Civil Lawsuit for Child Sexual Abuse


Trauma, PTSD Inheritance

Posted by Sandra On August - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Epigenetic inheritance: Trauma Can Be Passed On Through Generations

downloadGenetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations. The conclusion from a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital led by Rachel Yehuda stems from the genetic study of 32 Jewish men and women who had either been interned in a Nazi concentration camp, witnessed or experienced torture or who had had to hide during the second world war. READ MORE HERE

Trauma Genetic Scientists Say Parents Are Passing PTSD Onto Their Kids

Childhood trauma leaves mark on DNA of some victims

Trauma: Our Genetic Inheritance

How Trauma Can Affect Our DNA

Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations



Helping Bullied Kids and Teens

Posted by Sandra On August - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

bullying-350Unless you’ve directly experienced bullying, you may not realize just how devastating it can be, especially to a child or teenager. As well as being deeply hurtful, bullying can leave anyone feeling frightened, angry, depressed, and totally undermined. But bullying should never be tolerated. Whether you’re the one being bullied, or you’re a teacher or parent who thinks their child is being bullied or engaged in bullying behavior, there are steps you can take to deal with the problem. READ MORE HERE

Teen Viciously Murdered With A Machete

Posted by Sandra On August - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Cops: Students hack boy to death

ng_4_mugshotsFour Florida students allegedly hacked a 17-year-old boy to death with a machete and buried him in the woods before two of them had sex near his grave, police said. The students attended the Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program run by the U.S. Department of Labor. The suspects, Jonathan Lucas, 18, Desiray Strickland, 18, Kaheem Arbelo, 20, and Christian Colon, 19, allegedly planned the slaying of Jose Santos Amaya Guardado two weeks before carrying out the crime on June 28, according to an arrest report filed by the Miami Dade Police Department. The group allegedly lured Guardado into the woods, where he was ambushed and repeatedly struck with a machete. READ MORE HERE

Stepfather Drowns Toddler After Repeatedly Throwing Her In Pool

Posted by Sandra On August - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Letter to my Villain: Confronting my Sexual Abuser

Posted by Sandra On August - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


Dear Villain. 

I just need to get a few thing out the way before I launch into a slaughter of what a disgusting old fart you are…. No wait… lets just launch right into it.

You are really ugly, like real ugly, you look to me like a really smelly big toe with matted pubic hair on top from a public shower in an old country town where everyone has mutated into big toes from too much pubic hair in the water.

I am a woman now with really annoying and adorable children, and you are an old man with grandchildren that i hope to the goddesses are safe because no amount of warning from me has stopped you from being allowed to see them. Why do they protect you so? It’s not like you ever paid child support or even looked after them? You are their father, you can do no wrong.  READ MORE HERE

2-YO Boy Dies From Abuse

Posted by Sandra On August - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

55d7b8f01bdde.imageA 2-year-old boy died of a severe head injury in what Winston-Salem police described as a case of child abuse, authorities said Friday. Dr. Donald Jason, a Forsyth County medical examiner, said that the boy, Jaxson Sonny Swain of Walnut Cove, died Wednesday of a compressive subdural hematoma caused by a blunt force head injury. READ MORE HERE

MLB’s New Domestic Violence, Sex Assault, Child Abuse Policy

Posted by Sandra On August - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

zz1lyzc0mznizmrlzjy2zdmzyjc3mzfhyzy4ngnhnmiyoa-e1425061580779In a year when violent and criminal off-the-field behavior by athletes has appeared prominently in the news, Major League Baseball has, for the first time, announced a comprehensive policy regarding players involved in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases. The policy was announced jointly with and in agreement with the players union. The terms of the policy, in their entirety, follow. In short, however, the policy has a dual treatment and intervention program along with a disciplinary program. READ MORE HERE

Father Charged With Murder

Posted by Sandra On August - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

5-Week Old Infant Was Squeezed to Death

images (1)A District man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 5-week-old son after he squeezed the infant tightly to quiet him and fractured his vertebrae in the process, authorities said. Robert Smith Sr. of the 3700 block of Ninth Street NW was arrested Monday and ordered to remain in the D.C. jail until trial. Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond said she found “substantial probability” that Smith was a danger. READ MORE HERE

Man with HIV Molested Young Boys

Posted by Sandra On August - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Diehl-Blair-022515The Eau Claire man who police say knew he was HIV positive and didn’t use protection while sexually assaulting 13- and 10-year-old boys will be sentenced Aug.  7. Blair D. Diehl, 39, 139 W. Lexington Blvd., pleaded no contest Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court to two felony counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child. READ MORE HERE

ICAC Team Arrests Man – Had 100’s of Child Sex Abuse Images

Posted by Sandra On August - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

bolding-rodney-shaneALBERTVILLE, Alabama – Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Thursday arrested an Albertville man after discovering hundreds of images of child pornography, some of which involved infants and toddlers. Rodney Shane Bolding, 43, was arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail under a $100,000 bond. He is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of dissemination of child pornography. The arrest comes from a tip received Wednesday to ALEA’s ICAC Unit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC.) READ MORE HERE

AL Woman Sentenced to Death by Lethal Injection

Posted by Sandra On August - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Stepmother is sentenced to death after cooking anti-freeze into children’s food, killing them

-2450004815db7a4aALABAMA – A woman who cooked anti-freeze into food she gave her common-law husband’s two young children has been sentenced to death. An Alabama jury found Heather Leavell-Keaton, 26, guilty of the 2010 murder of three-year-old Chase DeBlase. They ruled that she also recklessly caused the death of his four-year-old sister, Natalie, just months earlier. On Thursday, Mobile County Circuit Court judge Roderick Stout sentenced Leavell-Keaton to death by lethal injection making her the first woman in the history of the county to be sent to death row. READ MORE HERE


Heather Leavell-Keaton becomes first Mobile County woman sentenced to death

Elementary Teacher Charged With Rape

Posted by Sandra On August - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Teacher charged with child rape, molestation

childabuseA Sunnycrest Elementary second grade teacher was charged with two counts of third-degree child rape, child molestation and first-degree incest in King County Superior Courton Aug. 13. Federal Way Public Schools placed Patrick Michael Belser, 44, on administrative leave when school district officials learned of the allegations which do not involve students,according to charging documents. READ MORE HERE

“The Mind of a Child Molester” Oprah In-Depth Interview

Posted by Sandra On August - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

20100129-oprah-on-set-1-600x250Oprah sits down with four child molesters to get the answers you need to know. How they groom, seduce and gain a child’s trust. She calls it the most honest conversation she’s ever had with sex offenders. Oprah sits down with four admitted child molesters for a frank, graphic discussion of their crimes. Watch the two-hour conversation in its entirety—an Oprah.com exclusive. READ MORE HERE

Watch the 2-hour conversation in its entirety—an Oprah.com exclusive 

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