ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a Rowan County girl who was last seen in November 2011 has been located, according to Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. In August 2016, investigators with the sheriff’s office and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained information that confirmed Erica Parsons was likely deceased. On Tuesday, Rowan County detectives and special agents with the FBI recovered skeletal human remains of a young girl who was identified as Erica. READ MORE HERE
Archive for September, 2016
KENT, Washington — Police here say a woman who was very late in her pregnancy set herself on fire. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where the child was delivered at nearly full term, police say. The infant died shortly after it was delivered. The King County Medical Examiner says the infant lived little more than two hours and died of asphyxia. READ MORE HERE
HARLEM – A 6-year-old Harlem boy covered in bruises died after being rushed to the hospital by his mother, police said Tuesday. The child’s mother, Geraldine Perkins, had been the subject of five child abuse allegations stretching back to 2010, sources said. But she told detectives her muscle-bound boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, beat little Zymere Perkins with a broken broomstick for defecating in an ice bucket, sources said. READ MORE HERE
Karen Lockhart was abused by her father Albert Starkie from age of seven
A woman whose father took her virginity when she was just 11 has bravely spoken out about how her ‘life was stolen’ decades after the horrific abuse. Mother-of-one Karen Lockhart, now 57, was assaulted by her father Albert Starkie over a five-year period starting when she was just seven-years-old. She was forced to carry out sex acts on him at Tatton cinema in Manchester at the age of nine and she was abused at the family home in nearby Wythenshawe. After keeping the awful truth hidden for 50 years, Ms Lockhart decided to tell police and Starkie, 80, has now been convicted of child abuse offences. READ MORE HERE
A wannabe rapper has been charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl after grooming her on Facebook. Noor Raad raps under the name of Thundah MC and was arrested at his Sydney home in the suburb of Bankstown on Tuesday. Raad was arrested after a tip-off was made to the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad that an underage girl had been procured online for sex. READ MORE HERE
An 11-year-old boy has become Britain’s youngest male-on-male rapist after he admitted attacking a nine-year-old boy 15 times. The child from Blackpool, Lancashire, was only caught when the victim’s mother heard suspicious whispering on the baby monitor in her son’s bedroom. The boy, who is now 12, also sexually assaulted a seven-year-old boy and then twice sexually assaulted an 11-year-old disabled boy while on bail for the rapes. READ MORE HERE
14-year-old gunman wounds 3
TOWNVILLE, South Carolina — A teacher and two young students were injured when a 14-year-old allegedly opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday afternoon. 911 dispatchers received the initial call around 1:45 p.m. from a teacher who was in a classroom, reporting an armed male on the campus, officials said at a press conference Wednesday evening. The shooting left a 6-year-old boy in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Scott Stoller, Anderson County’s director of emergency services. READ MORE HERE
3,000 images of children and babies being abused found on his computer
UK – A former Royal Navy chief petty officer and prison guard has been jailed after attempting to meet a nine-year-old girl for sex. Married father-of-three Geoffrey Grimster-Shepherd was caught by undercover police posing as a woman named ‘Tracey’ in an online chatroom – where he detailed how he would like to have sex with her and her stepdaughter ‘Katy’. The 58-year-old was arrested after travelling from his family home in Cornwall to Gillingham in Kent, where he had arranged to meet Tracey in a McDonald’s. READ MORE HERE
Man calls police saying he just shot his family; 4 children killed
DEARBORN, Michigan – Police arrested a father Wednesday who allegedly murdered his four children in their family home. The man, whose name was not made public, injured his wife and attacked and killed all four kids. The man called Dearborn Heights police at about 1:20 a.m. to confess he had murdered his family. The man was sitting on his front porch when police later arrived at the home. Lt. Michael Krause said the suspect called police and told them that he had killed his entire family. Inside the home, investigators found a 4-year-old Kaliegh Green and 6-year-old Koi Green dead in their beds, a 17-year-old girl and 19-year-old boy dead in the basement, and the suspect’s wife suffering from gunshot and stab wounds. The wife, identified as Faith Green, was rushed to a local hospital and last reported in fair condition. READ MORE HERE
A recent study revealed that the U.S. has seen an alarming rise in suicides. In fact, with the rate now at 13 suicides per 100,000 people, it’s at an all-time high since the mid-1980s. The idea that anyone could feel life is not worth living anymore — let alone thousands of Americans each year — knocks the wind out of me.
September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.
- Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide
- Preventing Suicide as a Family Member or Caregiver
- Being Prepared for a Crisis
Crisis and Information Resources
- I’m in crisis or am experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts: National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- I’m looking for more information, referrals or support: NAMI HelpLine 800-950-NAMI (6264)
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. READ MORE HERE
RecognitionWorks also had the opportunity to meet with addiction survivors who shared their stories about overcoming their substance abuse.
Dad Kills Baby Daughter Who Survived Cancer Because He Was Jealous
A man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of his toddler daughter in what authorities said was a murder fueled by jealousy over the attention the girl received after surviving cancer. Ryan Lawrence, 25, was arrested two days after he abducted his little girl, Maddox, police said. Lawrence admitted in court to beating his daughter to death with a wooden baseball bat before burning her body in a fire pit and then tying her remains to a cinder block and dumping them in the water. READ MORE HERE
Two New Jersey women have violated the first two rules of Fight Club – and it has landed them in hot water. Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 29, pleaded guilty in court on Thursday to encouraging young children under their supervision at a day care center to fight each other – similar to the ‘fight club’ depicted in the 1999 hit film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. According to Union County prosecutors, the two former workers at the Lightbridge Academy day care center in Cranford, New Jersey, encouraged children between the ages of four and six to push and shove each other in the schoolyard. READ MORE HERE
Shocking Photo of Child Wrapped in Duct Tape Circulating Online
A shocking photo has been submitted to Fugitive Watch of a little girl wrapped induct tape, with tape across her mouth. The photo appears to be from a Facebook account with the name Carlos Bautista. The post is written in Spanish saying the girl is 12 years old and is being offered for as a servant or sex slave. It also appears to say she cleans and mops and is good for other things. READ MORE HERE
TLC’S “The Willis Family” Father Charged With Child Rape
Toby Willis, who is a star of the TLC reality show The Willis Family, has been arrested for allegedly raping an underage girl. The 46-year-old was taken into custody on Friday and charged with one count of rape of a child. He is being held without bail. The married television star is the father of 12 children. While Willis and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee, investigators reportedly picked up Willis in Kentucky after he attempted to flee from law enforcement. READ MORE HERE
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A lawsuit by a Tennessee high school basketball player who was raped and assaulted by teammates claims officials knew athletes were being abused but did nothing. The victim, identified only as John Doe, was a freshman at Ooltewah High School in December when he was held down by two older players while a third forced a pool cue into his rectum, tearing his bladder. READ MORE HERE
U.K. – Four pedophiles who abused children over five decades were branded ‘monsters of the deepest, darkest depths’ by a judge as he jailed them for a combined 63 years. Joseph Foster, 74, Logan Morris, 71, Stephen Amos, 62, and Martin Belgium, 55, were convicted of 27 offences against nine victims. The predators raped and molested seven girls and two boys – some as young as five – in a ‘morass’ of offending spanning from the late 1970s to 2012 that often went unreported, and one victim claimed was as regular as ‘washing up.’ READ MORE HERE
OCALA, Florida – A 10-year-old North Florida boy has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of his 2-year-old cousin. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets the boy was booked into a juvenile detention center Wednesday, more than two months after he and his sister told deputies their cousin, Journee Blyden, fell out of a playpen in her Ocala home on June 21 and stopped breathing. The toddler died a few days later of severe head trauma. READ MORE HERE
Number of unaccompanied minors applying for asylum tripled in past 2-years
Nearly 50 million children throughout the world are ‘uprooted,’ forcibly displaced from their home countries by war, violence or persecution, UNICEF has revealed. In its analysis of global data, UNICEF found there were also one million asylum seekers whose refugee status is pending and approximately 17 million children displaced within their own countries lacking access to humanitarian aid and critical services. Children are also increasingly crossing borders on their own: more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in 78 countries last year, tripling 2014’s numbers. READ MORE HERE
Minnesota elementary school teacher, Aric Babbitt, 40, and his husband, Matthew Deyo, died in a murder-suicide following reports of a teen boy who told police the married couple had sex with him. The South St. Paul teacher refused to discuss the allegations when police searched the couple’s home last month, according to court records obtained. Nine days later, the couple was found dead on Lopez Island in Washington state. READ MORE HERE
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