DENVER – A former human services caseworker was charged Thursday in connection to a fatal child abuse case. Rotchana Madera, 27, was charged with forgery, tampering with evidence and official misconduct. Madera was a caseworker for Denver Human Services. She’s accused of entering false information into the official case tracking system about her work on the Kelsy Newell-Skinner case. Details about what led up to the charges were not released. READ MORE HERE
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A Pinellas Park man, who performed for children doing puppet shows, face painting and creating balloon animals, was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. Peter Douglas Emr, who performed through his private business under the name “Emr the Jester,” was arrested and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of sexual performance with the intent to promote, the sheriff’s office said. READ MORE HERE
Adam Morton, 27, was arrested for putting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old toddler in the dryer
Police say a man put his girlfriend’s 2-year-old toddler inside a running dryer. Adam Morton, 27, was arrested after an investigation revealed the child was inside the dryer while it was running for a prolonged period. Doctors looked at second-degree burns on the child’s body and concluded the injuries must have come from being put in the dryer while it was running. READ MORE HERE
SCHILLER PARK, Illinois — Bond has been set at $1.5 million for a suburban mother. Krystle El Khatib, 29, of Schiller Park, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to murder her children with poisoned apple juice because she was angry with their father. According to prosecutors, El Khatib crushed up benzodiazepine pills, an anti-anxiety drug, into some apple juice, and forced her 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter to drink two glasses each. She threatened to hit her son if he didn’t do so. Then, they say she tried kill herself with a similar cocktail. READ MORE HERE
Mother’s fight to start child abuse registry gets lawmaker’s attention
A mom’s fight to have Michigan create a child abuse registry has grabbed the attention of a state lawmaker. Erica Hammel’s 1-year-old was abused by her ex’s girlfriend who had a history of child abuse – but nobody knew. An online petition to create a child abuse registry called Wyatt’s Law has grown from a few hundred to nearly 6,000 signatures and got the attention of lawmakers. Meanwhile, Wyatt’s mom took her fight for change to the St. Clair Shores City Council. Wyatt is the victim of abuse, trauma that doesn’t allow him to eat solid food or speak. So his mom, Erica Hammel, has been speaking for him and telling his story to anyone who will listen. “There’s one true voice and it’s mine,” Hammel said. “I did this from the beginning, That’s my son, my story.” READ MORE HERE
Expand the sex offender registry to include those who have been convicted of physical child abuse as well
SAPULPA, Oklahoma – An Oklahoma man is behind bars after he was accused of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son. Christopher Whinery is expected to face a first-degree murder charge for the little boy’s death. On Tuesday, an ambulance rushed 3-year-old Jason White to the emergency room. The boy’s grandfather says he received a call about an accident. READ MORE HERE
Detroit, Michigan – The Detroit Auto Show draws thousands to the Motor City. And predictably, a good number of men. And no surprise, that means, officials say, the demand for sex spikes. “They are going to cater to a special group of people.” Human traffickers that is. READ MORE HERE
SUPERBOWL 2015 – Campaign vs. Trafficking
Be a Fan for Freedom! The Super Bowl is famously known as the largest sporting event in America. Drawing thousands of football fans from across the nation to a wild hotspot fueled by tailgate parties and flashy spectacle, millions of dollars are spent to ensure that the multitudes who flock to the game have a good time. For the weeks surrounding the big game, the region chosen to host the Super Bowl turns into an enduring party with a seemingly limitless flow of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
However, there is a much darker side of the sporting phenomenon that we as a society like to overlook. The Super Bowl attracts anywhere from 125,000 to 150,000 tourists from across the nation; this increase in visitors may contribute to a spike in demand for sexual solicitation. The excessive influx of people into one general area can prove to be especially lucrative for sex traffickers, especially when a large number of those travelers are wealthy men looking for a party.
In preparation for Super Bowl 2015, ECPAT-USA is working to protect children. ECPAT-USA is:
- Reaching out to Hotels to receive training on Child Sex Trafficking
- Raising awareness about Child Sex Trafficking
- Mobilizing volunteers around anti-trafficking efforts with a specific focus on the Tourism and Travel Industry.
ROSEVILLE, Michigan — Authorities say the body of a newborn boy has been found at a suburban Detroit recycling center. Police in Roseville say workers at the Great Lakes Recycling Center discovered the body Wednesday night in a container among other items that came down a sorting line. Investigators say the child was between one and three days old and showed no signs of trauma. READ MORE HERE
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison Thursday for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years. Wendy Holland, 35, showed no emotion as the judge condemned her to what amounts to a life sentence. She must serve at least 50 years in prison before parole consideration, a prosecutor said. Jurors convicted the woman of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month. READ MORE HERE
SAVANNAH, Georgia – The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat two years ago have filed a lawsuit accusing classmates of killing him at school in a case that was covered up by school officials and investigators. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta names 38 defendants, including three Lowndes High School classmates it says attacked Johnson on Jan. 10, 2013. Sheriff’s investigators concluded the teenager died in a freak accident after becoming stuck upside down in the mat. No criminal charges have been filed. READ MORE HERE
Man charged with murder, child abuse in 1-year-old’s death
WILSON, N.C. — A 26-year-old Wilson man was arrested and charged Tuesday in the death of an one-year-old, police said Wednesday night. Melvin Eugene McNeil Jr., 26, of “104 Spruce Street SW at 1705 Tarboro Street SW,” is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. He was held in the Wilson County jail Thursday under no bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday. READ MORE HERE
A mother has been charged with rape and sodomy after she allegedly engaged in intercourse and oral sex with her son’s 12-year-old friend. Nicole Marie Smith, 30, of St Charles County, Missouri, has been jailed after she targeted the 12-year-old boy at her home, police said. The boy reportedly told investigators that he and his friend’s mother had sex and oral sex at her suburban home while her own son was in the basement. READ MORE HERE
FORT BERTHOLD, North Dakota — A 24-year-old woman is charged with child abuse on the Fort Berthold Reservation. An affidavit from an FBI special agent says Michelle Wounded Face left two of her children alone in a car that wasn’t running near Lake Sakakawea. The two kids are under the age of five. One wasn’t wearing a shirt and the other had a tank top on. Neither had shoes or socks. When police found the children they were scared and shivering. An AR-15 style rifle was in the vehicle. READ MORE HERE
JACKSONVILLE, Florida — A 60-year-old man has been arrested and is accused of getting a 12-year-old Jacksonville girl pregnant. Action News is speaking to that young girl’s family. To protect that girl, we’re concealing the faces of family members, who tell us they have a hard time believing what happened in their home. Behind bars is 60-year-old Walter Johnson, accused of getting a 12-year-old girl pregnant. Johnson is charged with three counts of sexual battery. We spoke with a woman who says that young girl is her relative. READ MORE HERE
The Ludhiana police have arrested a woman tutor and her two brothers on the charge of sexually exploiting a minor boy and filming the rapes. The trio were trying to flee to New Delhi and were at the Ludhiana bus terminus when the police arrested them on Sunday. They were produced in the court, which remanded them in police custody for two days. Accused Radha, 33, Raghav, 28, and Madhav, 24, have been absconding since October 2014. READ MORE HERE
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Missouri – On Friday, a St. Charles County woman pleaded guilty to second degree murder and child abuse charges in the death of her 4-month-old daughter. Twenty-six-year-old Jessica Lynn Howell’s daughter, Ashlynn Lilith Peters, died on Dec. 3, 2012 after she was allegedly sexually assaulted and strangled to death by Jordan Lafayette Prince, Howell’s boyfriend. Prosecutors say the night before the girl was assaulted and killed, Howell had taken Ashlynn with her to spend the night at Prince’s home. READ MORE HERE
A lesbian couple is facing 13 counts of child abuse after being accused of abusing their three children. Eraca Dwan Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica DeAnda, 44, of Salinas, California, reportedly starved and beat all three children, and chained the oldest girl, 8, to a wall so she could not get food. The 13 charges include child abuse, child endangerment, false imprisonment and torture. READ MORE HERE
Aldair Hodza and Laura Sorensen Arrested for Child Physical, Sexual Abuse
New Kent County, Virginia – Two Iowa-residents were arrested in New Kent on Tuesday for the apparent abduction and abuse of a young woman. The arrests occurred after a truck driver called the New Kent Sheriff’s Office reporting that he noticed suspicious activity at the Pilot gas station on Route 106 near I-64. The truck driver said he noticed a tan-colored RV parked behind the gas station. There was a man going in and out of the RV, and a woman peering out from inside the RV before the curtains were quickly shut, according to court records. READ MORE HERE
Jailed for 25-years over child porn so depraved it shocked veteran FBI investigators
Germantown, MARYLAND – A former federal cyber-security expert who used his professional skills to hide his membership of a ‘dark web’ child pornography ring called PedoBook has been jailed for 25 years. Timothy DeFoggi, 56, of Germantown, Maryland, joined a Tor-based website which featured images of child sex abuse believing that his activity would be completely anonymous. However, federal investigators discovered DeFoggi, who was the former acting director of cyber-security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joined the Tor-network-based website on March 2, 2012 until the site was taken down by the FBI on December 8, 2012. READ MORE HERE
FLORIDA – A 15-year-old girl and her 11-year-old sister have been arrested in Florida and charged with the murder of their 16-year-old brother, authorities said Tuesday. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said that Misty “Ariel” Kornegay, 15, grabbed a handgun from her parents’ bedroom and fatally shot her brother, 16, sometime before 10 p.m. Monday in the living room of their home, and that Ariel’s sister, 11-year-old Nicole Kornegay, helped in the crime. READ MORE HERE
NAMPA, Idaho—When a local nurse’s son was sent to the juvenile corrections center here at age 15, she was upset, but relieved that he would be away from drugs and gangs. The single mother said that the “night he went in, I felt bad, but I could sleep because he was safe.” But within months, the head of security at the state juvenile corrections center in Nampa struck up a sexual relationship with the teenager, according to police reports. Julie McCormick admitted to having sex with him three times in 2012 while he was incarcerated, the reports said. READ MORE HERE
Christopher Austin, who reportedly killed a hunter as both shot at the same deer two years ago, is now facing eight counts of child rape.
A Wales man accused of shooting and killing another man while hunting two years ago is now facing several counts of child rape. Christopher S. Austin, 43, was arrested Dec. 23 on eight counts of gross sexual assault, said Lt. Glenn Holt of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office. All but one of the charges is a Class A felony, Holt said. The remaining charge is a Class B. READ MORE HERE
A Hendersonville foster father charged in September with raping a 12-year-old girl who was placed in his home by the Department of Children’s Services has been indicted by a Sumner County grand jury. Randy Louis Roe, 56, of New Shackle Island Road was arrested by Sumner County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Sept. 17 and charged with one count of rape of a child. READ MORE HERE
West Virginia — A 28-year-old Logan woman has been charged with child abuse resulting in injury. According to the criminal complaint, Logan Policeman R. Adkins received a call concerning an intoxicated person on Jan. 1. Upon arriving at the residence, Adkins was informed that Reanna Browning was arguing with her mother when Reanna’s 5-year-old son exited a bedroom crying. The grandmother reportedly told Adkins “she has threw” the child “around in the bedroom.” Adkins observed that the child had a cut on the back of his arm, and redness on the back of his shoulders. Browning reportedly told Adkins that the child had fell out of the bed. Adkins allowed Browning and the child to leave. READ MORE HERE
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