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Drug-Addicted Mother’s Newborn Dies 2-Hours After Birth

Posted by Sandra On October - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Baby who died tested positive for meth, marijuana AND cocaine

1412368550609_wps_31_TUCSON_AZ_Tucson_News_NowThe medical examiner has ruled that the cause of death was ‘prematurity with substance abuse by his mother as a contributing factor to his prematurity and subsequent death.’ Ms Matuska has not been charged in connection to her son’s death due to a legal loophole in the negligent homicide statue, which states that children born within a mother’s womb could be classified as a self-abortion. The Tucson Police Department, who has been investigating the case for the past seven months, said that detectives are still trying to pinpoint when exactly baby Delmon was pronounced dead. On the day of the baby’s passing, police executed a search warrant at Matuska’s home, seizing cell phones, a counterfeit $20 bill and marijuana. READ MORE HERE


K-9 Unit Rescues Boy Kidnapped By His Father

Posted by Sandra On October - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

1412527033928_Image_galleryImage_image005_pngA police K9 has successfully tracked down a five-year-old boy who was kidnapped by his father and threatened with death. Richard Mamales, 44, allegedly snatched his young son, Derek, following an argument with the boy’s mother at his home in Tooele, Utah, on Friday night. He reportedly threatened to kill the entire family – starting with Derek – before grabbing his son’s hand and disappearing for the night. READ MORE HERE


Jealous Rivals Disfigure Girl For “Being Too Pretty”

Posted by Sandra On October - 2 - 2014 Comments Off


Totally Disfigured: Julia Alvarez suffered shocking injuries

A teenage girl was left disfigured after two jealous rivals slashed her face with knives because she was ‘too pretty’. The pair allegedly wanted to make Julia Alvarez, 15, ‘look like Chucky’, a reference to the heavily scarred horror movie character.  Julia had been to visit friends and was walking home when she says she was approached by the two sisters who started hitting her and punched her to the ground. According to her statement two girls aged 18 and 16 pulled out knives and said: “Everyone says you are pretty. You won’t look pretty when we have finished with you. People will call you Chucky.” READ MORE HERE






Wife Kills Husband to Save Son After Years of Alleged Abuse

Posted by Sandra On October - 2 - 2014 Comments Off


Family stand by woman who killed her California Mayor husband in argument

To the people in the LA suburb of Bell Gardens, Mayor Daniel Crespo was a kind-hearted family man who always wore a smile on his face and worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those in his area. So when it emerged the 45-year-old had been shot dead by his wife during a domestic dispute, the shell-shocked locals united in grief. But behind closed doors, a very different and somewhat sinister picture of this popular figure is beginning to emerge. READ MORE HERE


Stepfather Charged With Abusing 5-MO Infant

Posted by Sandra On October - 2 - 2014 Comments Off

phillip+jironA 5-month-old baby clings to life in a Denver hospital, and the person allegedly responsible for putting him there is the child’s stepfather. Philip Jiron sits in the Pueblo County Jail after he allegedly slapped and abused his 5-month-old stepson so badly, the infant is in critical condition. According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News, the little boy is suffering from severe head trauma. Doctors say the infant has two skull fractures and will only move him after he is in stable condition. READ MORE HERE

Grandmother Tortured Her 7-YO Granddaughter

Posted by Sandra On October - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

Grandmother, 49, dressed up as a witch named ‘Nelda’ to torture her 7-year-old granddaughter with whips and dog leashes

1412201015871_Image_galleryImage_Suspect_Geneva_Robinson_iA 49-year-old woman stands accused of brutally abusing her 7-year-old granddaughter while dressed up as her alter ego – a witch called ‘Nelda’.  Geneva Robinson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was arrested Tuesday on child abuse charges after taking her unnamed granddaughter to the hospital, saying she ‘could not control’ the girl anymore.  Doctors reported that the girl was malnourished, and had bruises, burns and cuts all over her body. The girl told a Department of Human Services worker that her grandmother regularly dressed up as a witch wearing a green mask, hat and robe, to abuse her. READ MORE HERE


Missing Child Found 12-Years Later In Mexico

Posted by Sandra On October - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

capture-20141001-213710A young girl missing for more than a decade was reportedly found after a daring rescue operation in Mexico. Sabrina Allen was brought back to Austin, Texas, Tuesday night. Allen was taken only one month before her fifth birthday by Dara Llorens, who is also reportedly in custody. The rescue mission included the FBI, U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities, sources told the station. Both the teen and her mother were brought back to the U.S. on a commercial flight. They were found southeast of Mexico City. READ MORE HERE

Women Stop Child Rapist In Act

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

Ohio Police: Women stopped attempted child rape in laundry room


Jehovah’s Witness Congregation Facing Sex Abuse Allegations

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

Jehovah-s-Witness-Lawsuits-Filed---imgBURLINGTON, Vermont —Two women filed lawsuits Tuesday in state and federal courts alleging they were sexually abused as youngsters by an authority figure at their Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Bellows Falls in the mid-1990s, and claiming church elders did nothing to stop it. The litigation, announced in Burlington, involves sisters Miranda and Annessa Lewis. Miranda Lewis, now 23, appeared with her mother, Marina Mauvoleon-Folsom, and lawyers Irwin Zalkin and Jerome O’Neill at a news conference. Lewis said she was 4 years old when she was first molested and fondled by Norton True, a “ministerial servant” in the congregation. Zalkin said that position is one approved by church elders. READ MORE HERE

Apple’s iPhone Encryption May Interfere With Child Abuse Investigations

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

downloadAttorney General Eric Holder ripped technology companies Tuesday that he said are “thwarting” the federal government’s ability to stop child abuse, just days after Apple and Google announced new security measures that would prevent the companies from giving authorities data on users. “We would hope that technology companies would be willing to work with us to ensure that law enforcement retains the ability, with court-authorization, to lawfully obtain information in the course of an investigation, such as catching kidnappers and sexual predators,” Holder said at a Washington conference of the Global Alliance Conference Against Child Abuse Online. “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy. When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.” READ MORE HERE

Child Rapist Filmed His Attack On Infant

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

Rapist jailed for 12 years after he filmed his abuse of a baby girl

1411989101999_Image_galleryImage_FROM_JOHN_JEFFAY_AT_CASCAA child rapist who filmed himself sexually abusing a baby girl was caught after new owners of his home found child pornography he left behind during the move. The new owners of his home were quick to tip off police when they re-decorated the home and found a disc hidden behind kitchen units at the Frinton, Essex, property. Martin Hunt, 24, was eventually tracked down when police happened to find indecent images at another pedophile’s house in Kent and a trail of emails linking Hunt to the abuse. READ MORE HERE


‘Pedophile Hunter’ Documentary Likely to Encourage More Police Stings

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

“Pedophile Hunter” entraps internet perverts including teachers by posing as underage child 

1412073512436_Image_galleryImage_Stinson_Hunter_The_PaedopThis is the dramatic moment a self-styled ‘pedophile hunter’ confronted a potential sex attacker who he had lured to a house by posing as a child online. Vigilante Stinson Hunter, who is based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, works with his team to entrap internet perverts – including soldiers, teachers and solicitors – by posing as underage boys and girls. In this dramatic clip, undercover vigilantes from Hunter’s team were seen poised for action with a camera while they waited for one of the suspects. When the man walked in, one of the vigilantes asked the suspect to explain himself, before starting to click away with his camera in a bid to expose him. READ MORE HERE

Rape Charges Shut Daycare

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

54242aa7b6212.imageA Braham day care was shut down Aug. 14 immediately following allegations that rape and sexual abuse of young girls had occurred there. Kathryn Bakke Family Child Care is a day care based in the home of Kathryn Bakke and her husband, Byron Douglas Bakke, which was licensed to care for a maximum of 12 children. The facility’s child care license was immediately temporarily suspended by the Department of Human Services after Byron, 73, was charged with five felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four felony burglary charges. Byron was jailed Aug. 12, charged Aug. 14 and is currently in custody at the Kanabec County Jail. READ MORE HERE

After 11 CPS Investigations, Couple Charged With Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

web1_crims_web_0Their history with Clark County Child Protective Services stretches back to 2008. Las Vegas parents Donald E. Brown and Melissa D. Lawrence received 10 visits from CPS staff investigating allegations of possible neglect or abuse reported to the county’s child abuse hotline from 2008 to 2012, according to police and court records. CPS, part of the Department of Family Services, investigated the welfare of one of Melissa’s daughters, who had injuries that included black eyes, bruises and a chipped tooth during that four-year period, court records show. Court records also show the agency was aware during a 2010 investigation that Brown, 51, already had a criminal conviction in the death of another child. In 1984, he was convicted in California on a charge of manslaughter after his daughter died of multiple skull fractures, according to Clark County District Court records. READ MORE HERE

Adrian Peterson Case Sparks Spanking Debate

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

insight-spanking-art-gqju8at3-1adrian-petersonHACKENSACK, N.J. — In study after study, as many as 8 out of 10 adults in America say that spanking is an appropriate form of discipline.?What the studies don’t show is how people define spanking and where they believe corporal punishment of children crosses a line to abuse.?Those questions have long been quietly debated, but the indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson has raised them in a public way, even if many of those who believe in spanking find Peterson’s alleged behavior abhorrent. The story is well-known by now — the Minnesota Vikings running back has been indicted on child-abuse charges after stuffing leaves in the mouth of his 4-year-old son and beating him with a tree branch that left the boy with cuts and bruises all over his body. The incident started a conversation among opponents and defenders of corporal punishment of children by their caregivers. The issue is so uncomfortable that pediatricians, who are supposed to ask parents how they discipline and whether they spank their kids, rarely broach the topic. READ MORE HERE

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Mother Charged With Poisoning, Killing Her 5-YO Son With Salt

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

1411321772483_wps_69_article_2624478_1DB5D9120The mother charged with poisoning her son to death with a massive dose of salt is now telling investigators the 5-year-old may be to blame and she had nothing to do with it. Lacey Spears, 26, told Westchester County authorities the boy ‘would once in a while play with his feeding tube and could have put something in it.’ Documents filed Friday reveal that police now believe Spears not only poisoned her son’s feeding tube with salt, but did so over the course of several days. READ MORE HERE


PA Priest Held On Sex Tourism Charge

Posted by Sandra On September - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

usmanchargedwithchildsextourisminhaitiPennsylvania — A priest accused of traveling to Honduras to engage in sex with children while promoting missionary work with the poor there has been arrested by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, was arrested Thursday and will remain in custody until a hearing Monday before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh. The judge must decide then whether the priest will remain jailed until he can stand trial. The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said it was “profoundly disturbed by the allegations against Father Maurizio.” It said he has not functioned as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish since federal authorities searched the parish rectory on Sept. 12. READ MORE HERE

168 Children Rescued In Child Trafficking Bust

Posted by Sandra On September - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

Some were never even reported missing

Missing Children Sex TraffickingWASHINGTON — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place. Advocates say the roundup reinforces the need for a standardized, nationwide approach to reporting children as missing, especially those absent from state foster care systems who are seen as most vulnerable to abuse. Concerns over unaccounted-for children aren’t new, but they’re receiving fresh attention amid heightened awareness of child sex trafficking. State and federal efforts are under way to streamline how police are alerted when kids go missing. READ MORE HERE

Man Charged With Taking Up-Skirt Pics Of Young Girl

Posted by Sandra On September - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

4870520_GPLYMOUTH, Michigan -A 33-year old man accused of taking upskirt photos of a 13- year-old girl in a book store has been ordered to stand trial on a felony charge. Ronald Burrill from West Bloomfield is charged with one count of eavesdropping installing/using device.  That carries a sentence of two years in prison, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and or a fine of $2,000. READ MORE HERE

2-YO Child Beaten To Death for Having a Dirty Diaper

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

imagesEL PASO, Texas – Crimes Against Persons have arrested and charged three people after a two-year-old girl dies. El Paso Fire Fighters responded at around 4:50p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, to an apartment located at 4011 Alabama after a child was found to be unresponsive. The child was transported to El Paso Children’s Hospital by the El Paso Fire Department. At around 5:56pm El Paso Police were sent to the hospital after the child had died. Injuries were observed that appeared to be suspicious and, Crimes Against Persons was requested to take over the investigation. READ MORE HERE

Former Vatican Ambassador Charged With Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

vatican-gettyThe Vatican has opened a criminal trial against its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic and placed him under house arrest, marking the first time a high-ranking official has been criminally charged by the Vatican with sexual abuse of children. Josef Wesolowski was defrocked in June after the Vatican’s canon law court found him guilty of abuse and returned him to life as a layman. Wesolowski, who is from Poland, had been recalled from his post in August 2013 amid allegations that he had sexually abused teenage boys. READ MORE HERE

Former Vatican Ambassador Is Facing Sexual Abuse Trial

Former Vatican ambassador under house arrest for sex abuse

Former Vatican ambassador arrested for child sex abuse

Police Search for 40 Children Whose Pics Were On Math Teacher’s Phone

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

Police trying to find nearly 40 children whose pics were found on math teacher’s phone

1409640265466_wps_25_Detectives_from_the_StateSYDNEY – A mobile phone belonging to a maths tutor charged with sexually assaulting his underage clients may help police identify up to 40 possible victims of the 66-year-old. Police have uncovered evidence which could suggest that Quy Huy Hoang could have come in to contact with more than the six children he has has been accused of sexually assaulting between 2007 and 2014. Up to 40 Images of underage boys and girls have allegedly surfaced on his phone which police seized during a dramatic arrest outside his Greystanes home, in Sydney’s west, earlier this month. READ MORE HERE


Manhunt: Father Brutally Beat Son; Posted Pics Online

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

Police hunt for father who brutally beat 3-yo son – posted images on social networking site

CEN_AngryHusband_01.jpgCHINA – A father who brutally beat his three-year-old son before posting graphic images of the child’s bruised body on the internet in a warped bid to force his estranged wife to return, is being hunted by police. Twisted Zhong Lo, 36, from Shantou city in south China’s Guandong Province posted pictures of the toddler on the Weibo website after apparently submitting him to six months of constant beatings. In chilling messages to his estranged wife Cai Lifen, 20, who left him in January this year, he begged her to return before falsely claiming to have beaten the child to death. READ MORE HERE

Trial Begins After Father’s 10-WO Infant Killed

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

Dad accused of killing 10-week-old son claims his miniature dachshund caused him to fall on the boy

1411590207578_wps_63_Defendant_Anthony_CasanovMICHIGAN – A dad accused of killing his 10-week-old baby has claimed that his miniature dachshund tripped him, causing him to fall on the child. The murder trial of Anthony Casanova, 41, began in Muskegon, Michigan on Tuesday, 20 months after the death of his baby son, Tyler, at their home in Norton Shores in January 2013. Casanova has claimed he was holding Tyler in one arm and letting his dog in through a glass door, when the pet ran between his legs, tripping him and causing him to drop the baby on the carpet and then fall on top of him, Mlive reported. But in court, jurors heard how, during a three-hour interview with cops, Casanova eventually said that he had squeezed the crying baby twice before hitting his head against a bed multiple times. READ MORE HERE


Man Charged With Abducting UVA Student

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

 — Police say they have captured the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Wednesday that 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is in custody in Galveston, Texas. Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile in the case of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who has been missing since Sept. 13. READ MORE HERE

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