Britax Child Safety is recalling more than 71,000 infant car seats because the carrying handles can break. The recall covers the B-Safe 35, the B-Safe 35 Elite and the B-Safe 35 Travel System made from Oct. 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015. Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the seats have handles that can develop cracks that can lead to fractures. READ MORE HERE
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Search crews continue to canvas areas of Pinson, Tennessee in search of a two-year-old boy who went missing Thursday. Noah Chamberlin was last seen while hiking in the woods with his grandmother and older sister. His grandmother said she was distracted for a minute and turned around to discovery he was gone. READ MORE HERE
RENO, Nevada – A child rape suspect wanted in Nevada may be living in the Lancaster area according to investigators. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in northern Nevada, has a warrant for the arrest of 45 year old Lee Thomas Pottle. Charges against Pottle include Sexual Assault of a Child and Statutory Sexual Seduction. The alleged attack happen in July 2014. Pottle is described as a while male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 181 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. READ MORE HERE
Babysitter accused of child rape added to Massachusetts Most Wanted list
A 75-year-old man used a “friendly, grandfather-like” act to get close to the child he is accused of raping this summer, State Police said. Now, he is on the state’s Most Wanted list after fleeing the child rape charges. State Police said John F. Munroe cut off his GPS monitoring device, which he was ordered to wear while awaiting trial, on or around Oct. 23. His car was later located in Hull, but authorities have not seen him since. READ MORE HERE
Girl hopes to receive cards from around the world
Facebook to post a photo of Safyre standing next to the tree in the hopes of getting enough cards to fill the display.A 5-year-old New York girl who lost her family in a fire that was intentionally set has one wish this holiday season: Christmas cards from around the world. In 2013, Safyre Terry’s father and three younger siblings died in a fire caused by arson. Safyre was found in the debris next to her father, who used his body to shield her from the flames. Safyre suffered severe burns, and in the months following the fatal blaze she lost her right hand and left foot. Dodler took to
Please send cards to:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady NY 12306
Convicted child rapist wanted in Snohomish County, WA
WA – The Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force is looking for Patrick Duffy McQueen. He has a DOC Felony warrant and a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. McQueen pled guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court on December 6, 2006 to one count of “Rape of a Child in the Third Degree.” He was sentenced to 15 months in prison. This conviction was the result of McQueen sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl. He has ties to South Everett and South Snohomish County. McQueen is 5’05” tall and weighs approximately 168 lbs. If you know where deputies can find him, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000. Call the hot line anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
MACON, Georgia – Bibb sheriff’s deputies are searching for an accused child molester and rapist. According to the sheriff’s office, investigators have arrest warrants out for 24-year-old Arthur Martrell McDowell. He’s wanted for aggravated child molestation and statutory rape involving a 14-year-old girl. Investigators tell 41NBC the incidents happened in July and August of this year at an undisclosed location in Bibb County. READ MORE HERE
Tillamook, Oregon – A search is underway for a convicted sex offender who escaped from the Tillamook Youth Facility. Oregon Police are looking for 22-year-old Joshua Garvin. The Oregon Youth Authority says he escaped from the facility sometime after 12pm Saturday. Garvin is from Clackamas County. He is 5’9″, 180 lbs., and has short blond hair. He was wearing a camouflage Duck Dynasty sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. The public is urged not to approach him because he may pose a danger to himself or others. If you see him, call Ann Snyder at 503-551-8294. READ MORE HERE
The impact of sexual assault on a victim is devastating and the effects are long lasting. Victims of child sexual abuse may suffer physical injury, depression, self-destructive behavior, anxiety, feelings of isolation and stigma, shame, poor self-esteem, difficulty in trusting others, a tendency toward re-victimization, substance abuse, and sexual maladjustment. When the perpetrator is a family member, victims often suffer the emotional scars of guilt, betrayal and fear as well. Despite the volume of research and literature addressing sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member, individuals inside and outside of the criminal justice system continue to misperceive common dynamics, misunderstand victim behavior and minimize offender dangers. Judges and juries unfamiliar with the dynamics of sexual assault may overlook offenders’ grooming tactics or misperceive common victim reactions to abuse as evidence of the victim’s lack of credibility. Prosecutors handling these cases face unique challenges. The following 10 strategies will help prosecutors prepare and litigate cases of sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member. READ MORE HERE
ALPENA TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Michigan State Police have issued an AMBER Alert for a missing 3-year-old boy from the Alpena area. Keegan Waterman was reported missing from his home in the 2600 block of East Grant Street on Monday. Investigators describe him as black, 55 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. State police say the suspect in the boy’s disappearance is his mother, Christina Waterman. She may be driving him to Tennessee in her tan, 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, which has the Tennessee plate U4758V. Christina Waterman, 38, is described as white, 5’7″, 195 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with info should call the Michigan State Police Alpena Post at 989-354-4104 or MSP Operations at 517-241-8000. READ MORE HERE
New York authorities are asking for the public’s help in the search for a missing Bay Shore teen who vanished last Thursday. Brandy Walsh, 15, was last seen at her house on Joselson Avenue around 7 p.m. on July 2. The girl’s family said they believe she had plans to attend the Vans Warped Tour at Jones Beach on July 11. READ MORE HERE
CHRISTOPHER WARD DEININGER Wanted by U.S. Marshals
CHRISTOPHER DEININGER is wanted with Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Between 1997 and 2000 DEININGER was employed as a babysitter and committed multiple sexual assaults on several female children from one to eight years old. DEININGER plead guilty and was sentenced to probation for 12 years. After four years of his sentence, DEININGER left the facility he was court ordered to reside at and fled. DEININGER is an United States citizen. DEININGER is believed to have fled the United States for an international destination. SEE MORE HERE
SUSPECT MAY NOW BE IN MEXICO
LEBANON — Authorities turned to the public for help in catching a man accused of sexually abusing a child before he escapes to Mexico. Felipe Sanchez, 31, was indicted on May 15 on two counts of gross sexual imposition involving a child under 10, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities in Warren County turned to the public Friday after a learning Sanchez could have headed back to his home in Mexico, according to a press release. READ MORE HERE
PENNSYLVANIA – Hampden Township Police are on the lookout for a man who is suspected of abusing an 11-month-old child, according to a news release. Andrew S. Rivera, 22, is sought after an 11-month-old girl was admitted to the Harrisburg Hospital emergency room with injuries consistent with abuse, police said. Rivera is an acquaintance of the child’s mother. READ MORE HERE
Investigators in the United Kingdom say that one of the country’s most dangerous pedophiles may have attacked hundreds of children before being caught. Police say 22-year-old Bahmani Ahmadi posed as a teenage girl named Holly on Facebook to lure girls as young as 11 to meet up with him. The pedophile has already confessed to multiple crimes, including sexual assault, grooming, and inciting child prostitution, according to Mirror. “He was using social media to groom children, some as young as 11, with a view to actually meeting those children, taking them to his address and sexually offending against them, typically when they were under the influence of large amounts of alcohol,” said Detective Steve Barron. “He is possibly the most dangerous person I’ve come across in 22 years of policing.” READ MORE HERE
$50K reward highlighted as Kyron Horman case nears 5-years
PORTLAND, OREGON – As it approaches five years since the disappearance of Kyron Horman, who was 7 years old when he was last seen at Skyline Elementary School, a reward of $50,000 is being highlighted in hopes of finally solving the case. Kyron Horman disappeared on June 4, 2010. The case made headlines around the country as crews searched for any sign of the boy. READ MORE HERE
KEEP REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER Alan Powers [A509315-SB2] IN PRISON
Please sign the PETITION to keep Alan Powers in prison where he belongs! Below is the story from the victim’s mother:
In 2005 my daughter was 8 yrs old. I had taken her to meet my sister and her husband every other weekend so they can babysit for her while my husband and I worked 3 jobs. While in his care my brother -in -law molested my daughter. Through a program at school [good touch/bad touch] my daughter told the school Alan had touched her inappropriately. This happened on the day of her 8th birthday. The school contacted me and that is when I was told he had molested her. We went to court and he was given 10-life. My daughter wasn’t the only child he molested but because the other girl told when she was also 8 and nothing was done about it she never received justice. At my daughters trial the other girl did tell the judge in closed chambers what Alan had done to her for many years he had shown this child porn, showed her how to masturbate him, telling her he would show her how big people have sex and so many other things starting when she was 1 years old, but because too many years had passed and she had already told they couldn’t let her go on the record saying the full extent of what he had done to her. He had oral sex and fondled her as he did my daughter and that is all the courts would allow her to say in court records. That girl has been through pure HELL through her life and she only needed someone to listen. This is her and my daughters chance to have someone listen. After several months later and lots of counseling my daughter faced her molester as did this other girl who at this time was 21 years old. Alan should have received time for the other girl but didn’t. Alan was sentenced on Dec of that year to 10-life. On Feb 20, 2007 my sister died of a major heart attack due to the stress of this offenders crime. My sister and I were best friends, we spent every holiday together if I wasn’t working and called each other every night. When my daughter told us what happened everyone told me not to talk to my sister again, Lawyers, police, counselors because they knew we were close and I would slip and tell her what was going on. I never got a chance to talk to my sister again, she died without us making amends. After this began I stayed as strong as I could but several years later while I was at work I had a panic attack and quit my job that day, I went into a deep depression and tried to commit suicide. I had so much guilt thinking if I hadn’t taken my daughter to him he wouldn’t have hurt her, why I didn’t believe the other girl all those years before, why didn’t I just call my sister and so many other reasons i felt guilty for.In closing I would like to ask that Alan not be released from prison he is a danger to all children. He has hit children, fed my great nephew vomit after he made him eat till he was sick, made a boy stand in a corner for 6 hours in a dress for urinating on himself, kicked another child (this was my other daughter at that time she was 2). He is an evil man and everyone just lied to protect him at every turn. My sister protected him because she felt she had nowhere else to go. Please do not release this criminal now or ever. He should die in prison like the scum that he is. Thank you for taking the time to consider this petition.
Police hunt for Michigan sex offender on the run for 5-years
GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan – A known sex offender and suspected con man is on the loose. You can help put him behind bars. Michigan State Police Trooper Rick Jones’ office wall is covered with the names and faces of wanted men. Highlighted in yellow, and smack dab in the middle, is his most prized. “He’s one I just cannot find,” Jones said. Michael Rabitaille, 55, is a tier three sex offender absconder who hasn’t registered in the state’s database in more than five years. He was convicted in 1987 for raping a child in Massachusetts and spent more than 20 years in prison. READ MORE HERE
Dreamcatchers 3rd Annual MACA March and Family Fun Day was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Lexington Tierney Beach-Park in Lexington, MI from 11am-12pm. Our Family Fun Carnival Day immediately followed at the Lexington Community Center from 12pm-5pm. We would like to give a HUGE shout out to the participants, attendees, and all the amazing volunteers that helped make this event a huge success!!! THANK YOU!!
Please visit our 2015 MACA Photo Album to see photos of our event!!
2015 DC MACA Sponsors:
Captain Fishbones & The Pirate Crew
Jeffs IGA Lexington
Brownie Troop 71421
Sanilac Co Early Headstart
Continental Rental – Sandusky
Croswell Greenhouse & Florist
Lexington Fire Department
Village of Lexington
Jim Jones – Law Enforcement/Speaker
Josh Sawdon – Magicman
Sanilac Broadcasting Company
Times Herald Newspaper
Michigan Alliance for Families
Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council
When: Saturday, 4/25/2015
March Time: 11am -12pm
Where: Lexington Harbor Park-Beach
Everyone is welcome – All surrounding counties are invited!! We will begin our day by meeting at 11:00am at the Lexington’s Patrick Tierney Harbor Park & Beach (the harbor beach right on Lake Huron) to begin our march. T-shirts are being sold in advance this year (see link below) – there will not be any available to purchase at the event. There will be a short opening ceremony with guest speakers. We will march around downtown Lexington and should complete our march around 12noon.
FAMILY FUN DAY *FREE* INDOOR CARNIVAL
When: Saturday, 4/25/2015
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Lexington Community Center (Peck Rd, Lexington)
This year’s theme will be a CARNIVAL. There will be carnival games & prizes, photo ops, and a professional clown. Many children’s indoor/outdoor activities will be offered!! “Captain Fishbones and the Pirate Crew” will once again be joining us! We will also have Child ID/Fingerprinting kits, face painting & tattoo table, toddler zone, music d.j. & karaoke, zumba, arts & crafts, playdough & coloring table, potato sack race, games, bubbles, hula hoop, basketball and a 3-in-1 bounce house. There will be popcorn, sno-cones, cotton candy and other treats for sale.
There will also be a Mom-to-Mom sale, bake sale and raffle drawing. Awareness, educational and informational booths will be on site for the parents!!
**Carnival Prizes** (and) **Prize Raffle Drawings**
CARNIVAL CLOWN & MAGIC SHOW
There will be a professional clown on-site that will perform a 45-minute MAGIC SHOW.
CAPTAIN FISHBONES & THE PIRATE CREW
“Avast Ye!” Captain Fishbones and the Pirate Crew of the Forgiven will be performing at this year’s Dreamcatchers MACA March & Family Fun Day!! This amazing, wonderful, caring group of volunteer PIRATES have supported Dreamcatchers for Abused Children 100% ~ and have actively participated at our annual MACA Marches. The kids just LOVE them and we are pretty fond of them ourselves!! They perform year-round for hundreds of different venues – all which support children!! See you soon, Mateys!! PLEASE like their page
DREAMCATCHERS CHILD ABUSE BOOTH
We will have a child abuse education and awareness booth with lots of free information and resources available for attendees. Child ID kits, sexual abuse awareness coloring books, freebies, and more!!
DREAMCATCHERS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BOOTH
We will also have a domestic violence education and awareness booth with lots of free information and resources available for attendees. This is a new division – directed by Ann Livingston (DV survivor & advocate).
We are looking for participants for our Mom-to-Mom sale. If interested in reserving a table for $10, please contact:
Ann Livingston (810) 986-0841
LOCAL BUSINESS – VENDOR TABLES
We are looking for vendors and local businesses interested in promoting their business and/or merchandise. Tables are available, but limited, and are $10/each. Set-up time will be allowed prior to the march. If interested in reserving a table for $10, please contact:
Ann Livingston (810) 986-0841
Kristin Hartway (810) 922-4725
We are looking for sponsors who would like to help make our 3rd Annual MACA March a success. Sponsors can donate items needed for the event or make a financial contribution. If interested in supporting our efforts, please contact:
Ann Livingston (810) 986-0841 or
Kristin Hartway (810) 922-4725
** Everyone is welcome ~ FREE to the public!! **
For more information about our MACA Marches & Family Fun Day, please *LIKE* our MACA Facebook page:
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR Dreamcatchers MACA Facebook Page
CLICK HERE to see CNBC News press release on our National “Tie One On” Child Abuse Campaign – Initiated by The Mama Bear Effect and partnered with Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Sparks of Hope, and Enough Abuse Campaign.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Police said Friday that they’re trying to find a couple and five children who left a North Las Vegas home where a 3-year-old girl was found dead and a 4-month-old girl was so badly neglected by her 17-year-old mother that the child was hospitalized in critical condition. If Kellie Cherie Phillips, 38, and Jondrew Megil Lachaux, a 39-year-old ex-convict, aren’t in Nevada, they may be in the Los Angeles or Oakland, California, areas, North Las Vegas police Officer Aaron Patty said. Patty told reporters that Phillips and Lachaux were sought for questioning, and that no Amber Alert or arrest warrant had been issued. READ MORE HERE
OUR MISSION: To educate the public on child abuse signs & symptoms, statistics, intervention, reporting, prevention & assist victims & survivors in locating the proper resources necessary to enable & achieve a full recovery.