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Mother of Bullied 12-YO Suicide Victim Sues School Board

Posted by Sandra On August - 4 - 2014 Comments Off

Tricia Norman listed three defendants in the lawsuit she filed Monday in Polk County, Florida

article-2715665-20404F3400000578-686_634x546The mother of a 12-year-old Florida girl who authorities say jumped to her death because she was excessively bullied is now suing the Polk County School Board, a construction materials company and a teenager accused of stalking her daughter. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in Polk County. Rebecca Sedwick leaped to her death from the roof of an abandoned concrete plant in Lakeland in September 2013.  A month later, the sheriff’s office controversially arrested two of her classmates, Guadalupe Shaw, 14 and Katelyn Roman, 13, on charges of aggravated stalking. READ MORE HERE


2-MO Old Abused Infant Dies

Posted by Sandra On August - 3 - 2014 Comments Off

2-mo child in Denver abuse case dies; mother in custody

20140801__kelsy-newell-skinner~p1_200A 2-month-old victim of suspected child abuse last weekend died Thursday, Denver police announced. The mother, 21-year-old Kelsy Newell-Skinner, was arrested on Monday and remains in custody. Around 11 p.m. Sunday police were called to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where the baby girl had been transported from Parker Adventist Hospital, according to the arrest affidavit. READ MORE HERE

Mom Told Police She “Didn’t Know Son Was Dead Until Smell Set In”

Posted by Sandra On August - 3 - 2014 Comments Off

police-tapeHARRISBURG, PA — The mother of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of their home said Saturday she didn’t know he had died until noticing the smell. Kimberly Tutko said her husband was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son, and he waited several days to tell her the boy had died. Police were called to the home Friday and found the boy’s body. Police charged Jarrod Tutko, 38, on Saturday with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse. Court records do not list an attorney for him. READ MORE HERE

8-year-old disabled boy’s death unnoticed by mother

Boyfriend Charged With Felony Child Abuse Resulting In Death

Posted by Sandra On August - 2 - 2014 Comments Off

tyler-kennedy-320Bond was set Friday morning at 10 percent of $150,000 for an Omaha man charged with felony child abuse resulting in death. During the court hearing, prosecutors began to lay their case out against Tyler Kennedy, saying that he admitted to slapping and shaking 16-month-old Orlando Were. According to prosecutors, Kennedy was caring for his girlfriend’s son while she was at work last Saturday when medics were called to their home near North 36th Avenue and Pinkney Street just after 6:30 p.m. READ MORE HERE



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Brian Callaghan, 78, Admits to Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by Sandra On August - 2 - 2014 Comments Off

imageUK — Brian Callaghan was arrested at his home in September 2012 following several allegations of historical sexual assaults in Suffolk and Lancashire from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The 78-year-old retired man from Waterford Road was charged with offences in December 2013. At Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday he pleaded guilty to two counts of administering a drug with intent to have sex; six counts of inciting indecency with children; six counts of sexual assault; three counts of child rape; two counts of committing gross indecency with children and one count of cruelty to a child. READ MORE HERE

Registered Nurse Suspended After Charges of Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

imagesWashington — The state Department of Health suspended the license of a Chelan County registered nurse after he was charged with raping a child. Charles White’s license to practice was suspended today following a three-week review by Health officials. According to the agency, White was arrested April 15 in Douglas County and the state Nursing Commission referred the case to the Department of Health on July 8. READ MORE HERE

Woman Sets Her Child Molesting Husband On Fire

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

Man whose wife set him on fire — claimed shooting him was ‘too nice’ — charged with child molestation

gas1n-1-webA burn victim in Washington state is now facing sex crime charges after his wife said she set him on fire for molesting her daughter, according to a report. Vincent Phillips, 52, who is in intensive care at a Harborview Medical Center, was expected to be charged with first-degree child molestation, local KOMO-TV reported. His wife, Tatanysha Hedman, said he assaulted her 7-year-old little girl. READ MORE HERE

Toddler Thrown, Killed From Moving Car

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

Florida man faces death penalty for ‘the ultimate act of revenge': Killing toddler to spite mother 

article-2712739-202B469600000578-476_634x378A Florida man faces the death penalty after being convicted of killing his girlfriend’s baby in 2009 by throwing the three-month-old out of a moving car while speeding down a highway. Richard McTear, of Tampa, was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and other charges related to the death of Emanuel Murray Jr. Prosecutors argued during the trial he killed the baby to spite his mother. McTear is believed by authorities to have taken the child on a drive after an argument with Jasmine Bedwell, 22, and tossed him out of the moving car. Blood stains were later found on McTear and in the vehicle, cops said. READ MORE HERE


Stepfather Sentenced to 27-Years for Killing Stepson

Posted by Sandra On July - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

article-0-20249DE500000578-190_306x431A stepfather who killed his two-year-old stepson following years of abuse has been jailed for at least twenty years and six months. Gregory Wayne Hill, 40, pleaded guilty last year to murdering his stepson on March 3, 2008 while he was caring for little Jakob Brown at The Oaks in Sydney’s south west. During that day, the court heard Hill delivered the two savage blows that would kill the boy. The first attack ripped the two-year-old’s stomach wall and would have caused him ‘enormous pain’. But instead of seeking medical attention, Hill watched the boy’s suffering for hours before delivering the fatal blow to his head. The boy was pronounced dead on arrival at Campbelltown Hospital. In sentencing Hill to a maximum of 27 years and 6 months at the Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Geoffrey Bellew said the 40-year-old had shown a ‘callous disregard’ for the boy. READ MORE HERE

Man Who Raped Mother, 8-YO At Knifepoint Finally Captured

Posted by Sandra On July - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

Man, 44, who ‘raped mother and her 8-year-old daughter at knife-point’ is captured after manhunt

article-0-201BD98E00000578-258_634x822A man accused of raping a mother and her 8-year-old daughter at knife-point in Alabama is behind bars after leading law-enforcement officials on a four-day manhunt. David Pitts, 44, had been on the run from Ozark since Thursday, when he was accused of raping a 30-year-old woman at gunpoint and making her daughter watch. He then allegedly assaulted the little girl in front of her mother. Pitts was arrested without incident at Bethesda Hospital East after the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that he was being treated there. READ MORE HERE

New Bill Requires Current Photos Of Sex Offenders On Registry

Posted by Sandra On July - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

downloadOKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma mother is now pushing to make a change with the state’s Sex Offender Registry. She says the pictures on the website are so old you can’t recognize the people who could be a danger in your neighborhood. Now lawmakers are getting involved. The bill is basically the same as the current Sex Offenders Registration Act. The only change is instead saying law enforcement “may” take a photo each time, it says they “shall”. READ MORE HERE


Abandoned Baby Found by Dog Walkers

Posted by Sandra On July - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

newaygo-county-abandoned-baby-c67b243d42bb1dbbNEWAYGO COUNTY, MI – A black Labrador mix named Bobby had a hand in finding a naked newborn girl – just hours old – who had been left under a satellite dish on the side of a dirt road Monday morning, said Jeff Kopp of White Cloud. Police were called to the a short distance away from Kopp’s home in the 500 block of West Marion Avenue in White Cloud on Monday after he found the baby while heading out to walk his daughter’s dog, he said. The infant had some scrapes and was taken to Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont, said Newaygo Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chad Palmiter. READ MORE HERE



Family Slaying Kills Five

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

Police: Murder-suicide probed in family slaying

Family Slain MaineAn apparent murder-suicide that left a father, mother and their three young children dead in a Saco, Maine, apartment rattled the quiet city and shocked friends who said the family patriarch was friendly and outgoing. This afternoon police said they are looking at Joel Smith, 33, the father and husband, as the cause of the horrific slaying. Killed were his wife, Heather Smith, 35, and their three children — 12-year-old Jason Montez, 7-year-old Noah Montez and 4-year-old Lily Smith. “It appears they were sleeping,” Saco Police Sgt. Chris Harriman said of the victims, who were killed in the master bedroom and a child’s room with a shotgun. READ MORE HERE

Man Sentenced to 20-Years for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

William_Bardin_t635MOUNTAIN HOME, Arkansas — A Baxter County judge has sentenced a Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. The Baxter Bulletin reported that 63-year-old William Bardin was sentenced Thursday. Bardin pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a girl under the age of 14 over several years. READ MORE HERE

Child Rape Fugitive Found, Arrested

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

1406555942000-beckMURFREESBORO, TN – A Lebanon man facing more than three dozen sexual offense charges is in custody after four years as a fugitive Friday in Rutherford County, according to an official. Stephen Beck, 43, was charged with three counts of raping a child Sept. 10, 2010 in Rutherford County Circuit Court, according to a media release. Beck was also wanted for nine counts of rape of a child, 16 counts of rape and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in neighboring Wilson County. Beck was released on $1 million bond after he was charged, but he failed to return on his next court date, according to the release. READ MORE HERE

House Clears Legislation for the Victims of Child Abuse Act

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

_text_imageThe House on Monday cleared legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act for the president’s signature. Passed by voice vote, the measure, S. 1799, would authorize $15 million annually through fiscal 2018 for child abuse prevention programs, including grants to train attorney prosecuting cases and develop investigations. READ MORE HERE

S. 1799: Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2013

Introduced: Dec 11, 2013

Status: Passed Senate on Jun 26, 2014

Prognosis: 74% chance of being enacted

Schedule: The House Majority Leader indicated on Jul 24, 2014 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.

Shocking Abuse Caught on Children’s Nursery Camera

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

VIDEO Parents Horrified As They Watch Teachers Beating Nursery ChildrenHorrified parents allegedly witnessed children as young as five being beaten in an unlicensed Romanian kindergarten after staff forgot to turn off CCTV cameras. Staff at the Little Kingdom nursery, in the Black Sea city of Constanta, used to leave cameras on each morning from 9am until 12noon so parents could watch their children playing and in lessons. The cameras were usually switched off at midday when the children were expected to go to sleep. But police and social workers investigating the incident say a parent who logged on after that time one day at the end of last year noticed the cameras were still running, and was shocked to see children allegedly being shouted at and abused. READ MORE HERE

Man Pleads Guilty to 213 Counts of Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On July - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

1hp4b5.AuSt.42BELLEFONTE — A Pleasant Gap man has agreed to a plea that could mean several decades behind bars for raping two children. Eric Todd Crader, 33, accepted the arrangement with the Centre County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, pleading guilty to 213 counts of rape of a child. He also entered a guilty plea for a separate marijuana possession charge for drugs found when he was arrested. Crader was charged with a total of 1,278 counts in connection with the case, including an additional 213 counts each of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault of a child, sexual assault and indecent assault of a person under 13. READ MORE HERE


Damian Sutton’s Killer Sentenced to LIFE In Prison

Posted by Sandra On July - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

download (2)MICHIGAN – A man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son to death. Ronald Dimambro Jr., from Washington Township, Michigan, was convicted in June of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse for breaking Damian Sutton’s skull in August last year. Before the sentencing on Thursday, Damian’s distraught mother, Nicole, called her ex-boyfriend a ‘demon’ and an ‘evil monster’ for how he had treated her son, who died six days after he was beaten. ‘Damian is getting his justice today,’ she said as she held on to her son’s blue blanket, the Detroit Free-Press reported. READ MORE HERE

Father, Stepmother Starve 10-YO Son to Death

Posted by Sandra On July - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

aaron-and-elizabeth-ramseyJohnathan Ramsey, 10, dropped from 90 to 60 pounds before he died trying to survive on a restricted diet of bread and water. The diet was enforced by the boy’s father Aaron Ramsey and stepmother Elizabeth Ramsey, who kept him locked in a bedroom in their Dallas, Texas home. Dallas County District Attorney, Eren Price, said Johnathan’s parents confessed to letting Johnathan starve to death, and his father eventually led police to the boy’s body. READ MORE HERE

Missionary Sexually Abused Orphans in Kenya

Posted by Sandra On July - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

Matthew Durham, 19, allegedly confessed sexual abusing 4 – 10 children, age four to ten years old 

article-2701543-1FE1303E00000578-708_634x381A 19-year-old missionary from Oklahoma sexually abused up to ten African orphans – some as young as four years old – while volunteering at the shelter where they lived in Nairobi, Kenya, according to federal charges filed against him. Matthew Lane Durham was arrested last Thursday at his parents’ home in Edmond, Oklahoma, after he fled Kenya when he was confronted with the sex abuse allegations. The founder of Upendo Children’s Home, Eunice Menja, told the FBI that Durham admitted to assaulting between four and ten children, aged four to ten – including one who is HIV-positive – while volunteering at the orphanage between April and June of this year. He allegedly wrote out a sickening confession for Mrs Menja in which he detailed horrific acts of sexual abuse against both boys and girls. According to court documents, he admitted in the written confession that he raped at least three children and forced others to watch the sex abuse. READ MORE HERE

Father Sentenced to 18-Years for 2-Yo Daughter’s Murder

Posted by Sandra On July - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

Father smirks as he is sentenced to 18 years for fatally beating two-year-old daughter

article-2701902-1FE154C400000578-840_634x447A father has been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and nine months in prison for beating his two-year-old daughter to death in an attack he had hoped would make her a lesbian. Donovan Lamar Haynes, 23, was sentenced in Flint, Michigan on Monday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the 2011 killing of Ti’Airra Woodward. A pre-sentence investigation report claimed Haynes had beat the girl to turn her gay in hope that she would avoid men like him, who had a history of treating women poorly, Mlive reported. Haynes’ attorney Elbert Hatchett called him ‘deranged’ before Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah sentenced him to serve a concurrent five-to-15-years in prison for first-degree child abuse. READ MORE HERE

Starved 7-YO Boy Found Weighing Only 25 Pounds

Posted by Sandra On July - 20 - 2014 Comments Off

article-0-1FCDFEA800000578-63_634x349The mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy were arrested last week after an investigation revealed that the mother allegedly had beaten and starved the boy to the point that he only weighed 25 pounds. The investigation was set in motion when Mercer County Youth Services sent caseworkers to the family’s home in Greenville, where they saw that the boy was ‘clearly under weight’ in early June. Caseworkers took the unidentified boy straight to the UPMC Horizon hospital before he was transferred to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he reportedly has gained 20 pounds since he first arrived on June 6. READ MORE HERE

Teacher Charged With 92 Counts Child Abuse Gets 15-Yr Sentence

Posted by Sandra On July - 20 - 2014 Comments Off

article-2698338-1FCB944800000578-275_634x630A high school teacher who engaged in sexually explicit conversations with male students, including asking them for semen-stained tissues to make art projects, has been sentenced to 15 years jail. Charles Reilly admitted he also instructed the 17 boys, aged 12 to 16, at New Jersey’s Pine Hill Middle School how to masturbate over a five year period.  Authorities said the 45-year-old soccer coach, who’d worked at the school for more than a decade, also had an inappropriate online conversation with an undercover cop who he thought was a young boy. READ MORE HERE

Pediatrician Arrested In Child Porn Sting

Posted by Sandra On July - 19 - 2014 Comments Off

Raza Laskar is accused of sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children

article-0-02C749AB000005DC-461_634x421One of the men arrested in a crackdown on suspected pedophiles is a junior doctor working in pediatrics. Raza Laskar, 31, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, is accused of sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children. He faces trial later this year. Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball said: ‘We know this man has worked in hospitals right across Greater Manchester and we understand the public will undoubtedly be concerned upon hearing about the offences with which he has been charged.’ READ MORE HERE


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