The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana’s religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs. Kihn Par Thaing, 30, of Indianapolis was arrested in February on felony abuse and neglect charges after a teacher discovered her 7-year-old son’s injuries. Thaing is accused of beating her son with a coat hanger, leaving him with 36 bruises and red welts. Her attorney, Greg Bowes, argues in court documents filed July 29 that the state shouldn’t interfere with Thaing’s right to raise her children as she deems appropriate. He cited Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act as part of her defense, saying it gives her the right to discipline her children according to her beliefs. Court documents cite biblical Scripture and state that a parent who “spares the rod, spoils the child.” READ MORE HERE
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Children’s services are investigating Anthony Weiner after a lewd selfie he took of his erect manhood while lying in bed next to his four-year-old son and sent to a woman was revealed. The Administration for Children’s Services has launched a probe into the disgraced former Congressman. The agency’s officials showed up at the apartment in Manhattan’s Union Square that Weiner shared with his estranged wife Huma Abedin on Tuesday, the newspaper reports. READ MORE HERE
ATLANTA – A Hall County babysitter is faces criminal charges after deputies said a 5-month-old baby left in her care suffered at least four broken bones. According to investigators, the little girl suffered those injuries over a period of a month while she was in the care of 38-year-old Robin Carter Capulin of Gillsville. READ MORE HERE
The $7m will divided equally between ACLU and Children’s Hospital LA
Amber Heard is giving away every penny from the $7 million divorce settlement she got from Johnny Depp to charities that help battered women and sick children. Heard, 30, revealed she is donating the money to both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she says she has worked as a volunteer for 10 years. The money will be divided equally between the two charities. ‘Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,’ Heard said about the bitter divorce battle with her famous ex-husband. READ MORE HERE
A former Marietta resident is heading to prison for life after being convicted Thursday of repeatedly raping a child, officials said. Michael Angelo Pabon, 50, was already behind bars in Cherokee County when his trial in Cobb County began Monday, Cobb District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kimberly Isaza said. In May 2013, Pabon had pleaded to child molestation and was sentenced to 15 years, Isaza said. READ MORE HERE
BRITAIN – Sisters believed to be Britain’s first deaf female pedophiles have been told to expect “very significant sentences” for sexually abusing a six-year-old boy. Sick Julie Fellows, 30, and sister Jennifer, 32, repeatedly molested the youngster over a 14 year period. Worcester Crown Court heard the sisters first started abusing the boy when he was aged six in 2000. Julie was 14-years-old when she lured the boy into a petrol station toilets where she touched her private parts. On another occasion she performed oral sex on the youngster, the court heard. READ MORE HERE
Father charged with murder and child abuse in the death of son, Chandler Berry
VIRGINIA – A U.S. Navy serviceman has been charged with murder in the death of his infant son earlier this year. Police say 23-year-old Montreaz Berry, of Hampton, was arrested Thursday, more than six months after his son’s death. Authorities say Berry assaulted 5-month-old Chandler Berry at a Hampton home and then called police to report an unresponsive baby at around 1.40pm on January 27. READ MORE HERE
Police are hunting a sex attacker who targeted two six-year-old girls at Legoland during the school holidays. The girls were in playing in the Castaway Camp area of the Windsor theme park in Berkshire when when they were sexually assaulted. Thames Valley Police have asked parents who took pictures at the park to examine them as they might have inadvertently captured an image of the sex attacker. READ MORE HERE
On the same week the Summer Olympics are set to begin in Rio, USA Gymnastics executives are coming under fire for reportedly not doing enough to alert authorities of sexual abuse claims against coaches affiliated with the organization. The Indianapolis Star published a detailed report on Thursday that examines several cases of alleged abuse. Years of sexual abuse against gymnasts who were competing to represent Team USA at the Olympics went unreported and ignored by the national gymnastics body despite complaints, according to the horrific new allegations uncovered. More than 50 coaches across the country had complaints made against them, and the official USA Gymnastics organization systematically dismissed or ignored complaints unless victims or victims’ parents complained, according to the report.
PORT ANGELES, WA — The former principal at a Christian school in northwestern Washington has pleaded guilty to raping and molesting children as part of a plea deal. Douglas J. Allison, 55, was arrested by Clallam County Sheriff’s detectives last March and charged with 12 counts of child molestation and rape after two girls reported they had been assaulted by Allison at the Mountain View Christian School in Sequim. READ MORE HERE
WALTON COUNTY, Georgia – The jailed parents of a severely injured Georgia infant have both agreed to remove her from life support following a court order. Jamie and Justin Whited, the parents of Dinah Paige Whited, agreed to take their now 5-month-old daughter off life support as she remains in a vegetative state following injuries related to alleged child abuse. The parents, who have neither been tried or convicted on charges of child abuse, both made the decision during a court appearance on Aug. 3, following a court order by Walton County Juvenile Court Judge David Dickinson. Dickinson issued an order to remove “all life support measures, and to allow Dinah Paige Whited to die,” the newspaper reports. READ MORE HERE
PARK CITY, Utah — A 28-year-old woman has been charged after roommates found the bodies of two infants in a closet. Police responded to the home of 1287 Empire Ave. in Park City on September 3, 2015 on reports of a suspicious finding. A roommate of Molly Jojola told police that she and some friends had been cleaning out Jojola’s room when they found a large plastic tote in the closet that smelled bad. READ MORE HERE
MUSTANG, Oklahoma — A teen is arrested for distributing over 1,000 sexually explicit images of young children on the internet. “Our preliminary look was over 300 videos and images, but when we really got a look at it there was over 1,000,” Chris West, the Canadian County Undersheriff, said. Those graphic photos and video clips, all of children under 4-years-old, were posted online. READ MORE HERE
Psychological Abuse is Chasing Your Kids Everywhere
Psychological abuse is something that doesn’t get as much attention as it should, especially from parents of teenagers. They just let them do whatever it is the latter-desire, and soon they find out that their kids are feeling depressed, developed a habit to abuse, gotten into drugs, or are bullying someone. All of these actions are often a result of psychological abuse that they may have gone through while their parents dwelled in a state of denial. As a parent, you need to make sure that your teens don’t go down this road because it’s not a pretty one.It can literally scar or even destroy them for life. So do keep an eye on your kids and stop being shy of using iOS or Android parental control apps for their protection. Your only concern should be to ensure that they don’t face any of the following problems because they can lead to psychological abuse.
Teenage is the phase where young romances and relationships begin to get serious. If the person your kid is interested in is fine and all, then you have very little to worry about. They both would be influencing each other, and if both of them are emotionally intelligent, then they will make things work. However, things can go from bad to ugly if your kid gets involved with the wrong person. There is a strong likelihood that they would suffer from regular emotional abuse, which is bound to eventually affect them at a psychological and emotional level. This may lead to depression, and in order to cope with it, they might start taking drugs, resort to violence, or bully someone else to vent their frustration. When they are in this kind of rage, they are a danger to themselves and the people around them.
Parents Can be a Problem Too
This problem is not restricted to relationships though as you might equally be contributing to their psychological abuse. Nothing damages a child more than seeing their parents fighting each other. They just can’t accept this thought and it continues to wear them down as the fighting and shouting refuses to die down.
Another way in which parents impact the psychology of their children is by having really high expectations from them. They want them to excel at everything, which is something that they obviously can’t do. Some can’t do it because they just aren’t ready for it, and some can’t do it because don’t understand it. However, parents don’t take that into consideration and just keep on pushing their kids to do better. This causes enormous stress, which may lead to psychological abuse.
In the School
Bullying and cyber-bullying has been a trend that is simply refusing to call it a day. Unfortunately, it too contributes heavily towards psychological abuse. If not dealt with at the right time, bullying can really ruin your kid’s life and push them to a point where they don’t even want to achieve anything. They may have experienced so much psychological abuse that they think they aren’t good for anything. They simply give up.
How to Best Handle These Situations?
It is important for you to help your kids when they are going through any of the aforementioned ordeals, and the only way you can know it for sure is by keeping an eye on their activities. Use available monitoring technology if you have to because the mental well-being of your youngsters is not something you should take chances on.
Fighting Child Abuse with the Help of Parental Controls
As a parent, you can leave nothing to chance while engaged in an uphill battle against child abuse. One of the biggest challenges that you are likely to face throughout the battle is timely detection of the threat. While physical abuse is easy to spot, detecting psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse is a different ball game altogether. Fortunately, technology has provided an excellent solution to the problem in the form of parental controls. Often described as an essential parenting tool in today’s day and age by popular tech sites like TechoMag, they allow parents to spot signs of trouble in time and pull their kids out of nightmarish situations. There are several ways in which parental controls have been playing their part in the war against child abuse.
Unblinking Supervision of Online Interactions
The advent of web-connected devices and social networking sites has massively increased kids’ susceptibility to emotional and psychological abuse. The kind of freedom and lack of policing on digital platforms has resulted in kids being subjected to insults, name calling, threats, blackmailing, and rejection on frequent basis. This is precisely why anxiety and depression has grown so common among the younger generation in recent years. Parental tools resolve this issue to a large extent by empowering parents to view everything their kids do and come across online. It not only allows them to quickly become aware of their kids’ ongoing ordeal, but also counters the problem of kids remaining silent about their sufferings and trying to face everything on their own.
Defense Against Dangerous Elements
Internet is a huge and unpredictable beast. Allowing kids to roam it freely is perhaps one of the biggest mistake a parent can make. The cyber space is plagued with threats like online predators, sexual predators, blackmailers, and so much more. Equipped with a cunning mind and the skill to persuade the impressionable minds of their young targets, these dangerous elements are relentless and unforgiving. Parents have a better chance of keeping their kids safe from the clutches of such people by deploying a parental control on guard duty. Aside from supervision, these tools also allow internet filtering in order to erect an impenetrable digital wall separating kids from web areas where dangerous elements are known to exist in abundance. Of course this may not go down well with the kids, but there is no other reliable way to keep them at a safe distance from predators and other threats.
Protection That Extends Beyond the Cyber Realm
When parental controls are mentioned, the first thought that pops into mind is digital protection. Yes, they provide digital protection, but their capability and benefits do not end there. As a matter of fact, parental controls are known to have played a considerable role in helping parents save their kids from becoming victims of sexual abuse by revealing their exact coordinates through GPS tracking and allowing them to reach their kids in time. Location tracking has become a standard feature in parental controls, and has been serving its purpose exceptionally well. If the prevalence of smartphones and popularity of social networking sites among the younger generation gave predators and other dangerous element the idea that they would be able to freely hunt their prey, they are mistaken because as long as parental control tools are around, parents will continue to have the upper hand.
OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma dentist and married father-of-four has been charged with killing his mistress’ toddler son after allegedly threatening to murder and mutilate the boy’s father. Bert Franklin, 35, was arrested Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 19-month-old Lincoln Van Henry Lewis. The toddler’s mother found him unresponsive at home on Sunday and took him to Mercy Hospital, where he was diagnosed with skull fractures. READ MORE HERE
Child porn investigation leads to 9 arrests
POLK COUNTY — Nine men, including a first-grade teacher, former animal control officer, Disney workers and a Publix worker have been arrested as part of a Polk County child pornography investigation. Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrests at a news conference Thursday. Search warrants were executed at several homes in the county, the Sheriff’s Office said in an operation it called “Operation Child Shield 3.” READ MORE HERE
A Connecticut TV meteorologist was arrested Wednesday and accused of possessing child pornography. Justin Goldstein, 33, was arrested at the studios of WTNH in New Haven. The station announced that Goldstein had been suspended for the duration of the investigation. Connecticut State Police told Fox 61 that their investigation of Goldstein began last month after videos depicting child pornography had been downloaded to an internet account registered to him. Investigators served a search warrant on Goldstein’s home in Hamden Wednesday and seized computers and other electronic equipment. READ MORE HERE
KALAMAZOO, Michigan — A Kalamazoo mother will stand trial for the March death of her four-year-old daughter. Daveeta Walker is charged in the murder of Kharisma Richardson. A judge determined Wednesday that there is enough evidence to send her case to trial. READ MORE HERE
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