Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dad suspected of smothering 3 different babies (North Somerset, United Kingdom)

This is a kind of confusing article. Here's the short version: UNNAMED DAD is suspected in the smothering of three infants by two different mothers. Previously, the mother of the first two infants had been blamed for injuring baby #2. But when baby #3 with a new mother (same dad) showed similar injuries, the authorities started to connect the dots.


Baby death inquiry re-opened
30 June 2009

AN INVESTIGATION into the death of a baby in North Somerset is being re-opened after 10 years.

London's Civil Appeal Court was told the child, known only as Baby A for legal reasons, died in 1999 after what was then judged birth-related pneumonia.

But after her half-brother was taken to hospital with similar symptoms, it was decided inquiries should be reassessed. Baby B, the sister of Baby A, was born in 2000 and suffered a broken leg when she was just a few weeks old. The 'non accidental injury' was blamed on her mother.

But in 2008, after the two girls' father had another child, known as Baby C, with another woman, the youngster was taken into hospital on two occasions.

When Baby C was just a week old he had blood in his sick - the same symptoms recorded in Baby A before her death. On a second hospital visit, Baby C was found to have multiple rib fractures.

It was also revealed Baby B had had blood in her vomit during the first few weeks of her life.

When the revelations came to light, Baby C and his sister, Baby D, were taken into care by North Somerset Council. Health professionals are now worried Babies A, B and C may have been the victims of smothering by their father - as he is the only link between the three youngsters.

The council's lawyers said the three babies all had very similar respiratory problems.

Baby B's mother is hoping to clear her name at an appeal, as she was blamed for the injuries caused to her child.

It is expected the case will be re-opened at an appeal court later this year. The outcome of Baby B and her mother's appeal could influence the futures of Babies C and D.

Dad bites seven-month-old daughter (Carlisle, United Kingdom)

Father PAUL WYLLIE bit his seven-month-old daughter on the upper thigh because of "frustration." At first he denied it, but analysis of the bite mark proved it was good old dad. So he finally 'fessed up.


Prison for Carlisle dad who bit baby daughter on thigh
By Staff Reporter

Last updated 11:44, Tuesday, 30 June 2009

A Carlisle man who bit his baby daughter and then tried to pin the blame on other members of his family was jailed for 20 months yesterday after admitting his guilt.

Paul Wyllie, 22, was brought to justice only after an alert relative spotted the injury on the upper thigh of the seven-month-old baby girl.

After hearing the sentence, police said the case showed the vital role that relatives can play in protecting children who may be at risk.

Carlisle Crown Court judge, Paul Batty QC, said the nature of the offence could be fully reported after ruling that it would be in the public interest to do so.

Wyllie, of Henderson Road, Currock, had initially denied doing anything wrong, claiming that it had been another member of his family who was responsible. But an analysis of the bite mark found on the little girl’s leg led an expert to conclude that the injury had in all probability been caused by the defendant, who admitted one count of child cruelty.

Alan Lovett, prosecuting, outlined how the baby had been living with Wyllie and the child’s mother when the attack happened. Wyllie and the mother took the child, in her pyjamas, to the female relative, who later in the evening noticed the bite mark on the baby’s upper thigh as she was changing her nappy.

“She confronted them about the matter and the defendant’s response was: ‘It wasn’t me.’”
At the relative’s insistence, the child was taken to a GP the following day. A dental specialist who examined the wound said it must have caused the baby considerable pain and made her cry.

Greg Hoare, for Wyllie, said that Wyllie committed the offence as a result of his frustration rather than any desire to harm his daughter. He said:

“He accepts that he there was a serious failing on his part. He how intends to return to Scotland. He has a new partner and intends to go back to south Ayrshire and have no contact at all [with the child].”

Passing sentence, judge Batty told Wyllie:“You broke the sacred trust which should exist between father and child because you were angry; because you lost your temper and for no other reason you did a brutal act on that baby.”

A police spokeswoman said: “This case shows the important role that relatives can play in keeping children safe.”

Stepdad gets five-month-term for molesting stepdaughter (New Hanover County, North Carolina)

Stepdad MICHAEL JARIUS WHITLEY, JR. has pleaded guilty to "incest" with his stepdaughter in return for having second-degree rape charges dropped. He'll serve just five months in prison. When he gets out and is on probation, he'll be allowed to live with the young sons of his current domestic partner. Disgusting.


Man pleads guilty to incest in New Hanover Court
Michael Jarius Whitley Jr. gets five-month term

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com
Published: Monday, June 29, 2009 at 5:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 29, 2009 at 5:12 p.m.

A 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to incest Monday in New Hanover County Superior Court and was sentenced to five months in prison followed by five years supervised probation.

Michael Jarius Whitley Jr., who lives in Utah, must also register as a sex offender. In return for a guilty plea, a second-degree rape charge against Whitley was dropped.

The charge involved Whitley’s former stepdaughter. The StarNews does not name victims of sexual crimes.

When the judge asked him if he was pleading guilty and he said “Yes,” the victim, who is 20 years old now, quietly mouthed “Thank you” to herself while squeezing her mother’s hand in court. It took five years for the victim, then 16, to come forward and tell her mother that Whitley had been sexually abusing her.

Connie Jordan, assistant district attorney, said after the victim told her mother in May 2006 about the abuse, a recording was made where Whitley admitted the abuse to the victim’s mother. However, the recording was inaudible.

Before Monday, there had been several attempts over the past few years to resolve the case that never panned out. On Monday, the plea agreement threatened to fall apart because Whitley, who had raised the girl since she was 3, said he was displeased with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Nora Hargrove, because she didn’t explore certain avenues of investigation. He didn’t give specifics. Hargrove said her client had wanted the proceedings to take place in private.

“No,” Superior Court Judge John Nobles said firmly before resuming the proceeding.
Before Whitley was sentenced, he stood up and said he was sorry for the circumstances “and what happened.”

Whitley will be allowed to be around the young sons of his current domestic partner, but he is prohibited from living with girls under 18. Also, he will continue to be able to work in computer services at the University of Utah where he cleans computers. His job entails wiping out images that might be prohibited by his conviction as a sex offender, but Nobles ruled Whitley must do his job at work, not home.

The mother of the victim said she was married to Whitley for nearly 15 years, but never knew what had been going on. She had noticed her daughter was depressed, withdrawn and couldn’t go to school. When her daughter finally told her, the victim’s mother said she felt guilty and wondered how it could have happened.

“I was laying down every night with the bad guy not knowing it,” she said.

In court, the victim’s mother talked about the impact of Whitley’s actions on her and her daughter.

“He robbed her of so many beautiful, first-time intimate experiences,” the mother said, adding she couldn’t caress her daughter on the face to wake her up and that her daughter feared men who are strangers. “I grieve silently in my mind for her. ... After today, I think (the victim’s) and my world will make sense.”

Babysitting boyfriend beats 2-year-old to death (St. Louis, Missouri)

Babysitting boyfriend MONTRELL MOORE is charged with first-degree murder, felony abuse of a child, and felony endangerment of a child in the beating death of his girlfriend's two-year-old son. The child died of blunt force trauma, and also had a lacerated liver and spleen. The mother worked the night shift, and required childcare. It's too bad there are not many childcare options open to mothers who are forced to work nights, because these sorts of crimes happen when working moms are forced to rely on boyfriends, daddies, and the like.


Funeral still not set for slain toddler


ST. LOUIS -- The grandfather of a toddler who prosecutor's say died at the hands of the boyfriend of the child's mother said that his daughter was a good mother to her children.

Samar "Sam" Brown, 2, of St. Louis, died Saturday after he was rushed to a St. Louis hospital. On Monday, St. Louis prosecutors charged the boyfriend -- Montrell Moore, 23, of the 2000 block of Destrehan Street near the city's Hyde Park -- with first-degree murder, felony abuse of a child and felony endangering the welfare of a child. Moore is being held in the St. Louis city jail in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bond.

Samar's grandfather -- Larry Coates Sr. of Cahokia -- said this morning that Samar's mother was still working on funeral arrangements. He said that his daughter -- Lacy Coates, 27, of St. Louis -- is distraught over her only son's death. She had been dating Moore since December and Moore was watching the child for her while she worked an overnight shift.

Coates Sr. said that he had a stroke in the past year and had not seen his grandson Samar since then because the child was allergic to dogs. Coates Sr. has two dogs at his home."I regret that more than anything that because of the dogs I didn't get to see him very much," Coates Sr. said today.

The family will be releasing where a funeral will be held as soon as the arrangements are made, he said. Lacy Coates also has a daughter, 9, Coates Sr. said.

Police said that at 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, an ambulance arrived at an apartment where Samar Brown was staying in the 1900 block of Mallinckrodt Street, a few blocks from Moore's home. Police said that Moore is the boyfriend of Samar's mother.

When paramedics arrived at the home, Samar was not breathing and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 8:51 a.m. on Saturday.

The St. Louis medical examiner conducted an autopsy and found the child had died from blunt force trauma. Samar also suffered a lacerated spleen, a lacerated liver and other internal injuries, O'Sullivan said.

After an investigation by homicide detectives, police discovered that Moore had killed the child, O'Sullivan said.

Caretaking dad on trial for death of 4-month-old girl (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

"Caretaking" father ROBERT J. FLORES is accused on intentional child abuse in the death of his four-month-old daughter. According to Flores, he left the child unattended--he put her in a laundry basket with unfolded clothes in the closet? Huh?--while he went out to buy beer. An hour later he came home, and the baby was "unresponsive" when he remembered to look for her. Mom was at work at the time.


Accused father moves to suppress statement made after baby's death
By Ashley MeeksFor the Current-Argus
Posted: 06/29/2009 09:42:21 PM MDT

LAS CRUCES — A motion to suppress the statement of Robert J. Flores on the night his daughter died was partially heard Friday before lunch recess by Third Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Bridgforth.

Flores, 24, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of intentional child abuse resulting in the 2007 death of his daughter, 4-month-old Kalynne Flores. A conviction is punishable by life in prison. He is free on $150,000 bond.

Flores is a former resident of Artesia, where he was a standout player for the high school football team.

A new hearing time, during which the prosecution plans to call two more Las Cruces police officers as witnesses, had not been scheduled by the end of business Friday, said District Attorney Susana Martinez.

Flores picked up his daughter from a baby-sitter the evening of Dec. 5 and bought beer on his way to the home he and Kalynne's mother, nurse Deserii Cortez, rented from Flores' maternal uncle, Las Cruces police detective Oscar Alvarado, according to court records.

Flores allegedly told police he placed his daughter in a laundry basket full of unfolded clothing and put the basket in a closet because he did not want neighbors to hear the baby cry while he was out purchasing more beer. Flores told police he was gone for about an hour and didn't immediately check on his daughter, but did so some time later and found her unresponsive.
Cortez was working at a hospital until 3:30 a.m. the night her daughter died. The state's
medical investigator ruled the child died of asphyxia.

District Attorney Susana Martinez argued Friday Flores' statements at the hospital, when he had his blood drawn about two hours after his daughter was declared dead, and to LCPD officers the morning of Dec. 6 were made freely.

"'Are you trying to determine if I'm under the influence of any medication or anything?'" Martinez said Flores asked when an LCPD officer asked to draw his blood. "And then the question back from the detective (was) 'Are you under the influence of anything?' And then that's when he had that discussion about, that he'd had some beer, that the doctor had asked him if he had been drinking, because he smelled the odor of alcohol on him."

LCPD Detective Edgar Rosa, who questioned Flores that morning, said Flores told him and his partner that after finding his daughter dead and realizing he needed to call 911, he decided "to throw out the beer, because he said it would look bad."

Flores was neither handcuffed nor patted down Dec. 6, said Rosa, who said his area of expertise was child abuse investigations.

"Compared to other parents (after accidents) ... he just wasn't showing that much emotion. He was scared about himself, but he wasn't showing that much emotion about that child," Rosa testified.

Alvarado, who said he was a Metro Narcotics agent at the time of the child's death, disputed that in testimony.

"He had his head down, seemed distraught," Alvarado said of Flores' behavior at the hospital. "You could tell he was really sad, the emotions with the loss of the baby."

Flores was arrested and charged Dec. 7, according to the criminal complaint filed in court, but defense attorney Mark Pickett, of Las Cruces, entered into evidence a form dated Dec. 6 usually used for DWI arrests to track the custody of Flores' blood draw.

"In DWI cases, it requires you to be under arrest. In this case, they used that form to show the date of blood drawn. They were improvising," Martinez said outside court.

Defense attorney Mollie McGraw argued in court that Flores "was never told he was free to leave or had the right to an attorney" and that Rosa and his partner sat almost blocking the door to Flores in the interview room.

Alvarado said under cross-examination Friday that after questioning, Flores was allowed to leave with his parents, who stayed at a hotel unknown to Alvarado but kept in touch through phone. He testified his partner told him Flores would be charged with one of several crimes, but "if I could guarantee bringing Robert (back to police) the next day, they could hold off on charges."

"He left the police department, so he obviously wasn't under arrest," Martinez said outside court. "He was told three different times throughout his interview that he was not in custody, he was free to go, he was free to terminate questioning at any time."

Flores did not testify Friday and declined to comment to the Sun-News.

The case is scheduled to go to trial July 13-17.

Stepdad arrested in beating death of 22-month-old boy (Greenvale Township, Minnesota)

The press insists on an UNNAMED STEPDAD, despite the fact that all the other parties are named. The unnamed (and unemployed) stepdad was arrested on second-degree murder charges in the beating death of his 22-month-old stepson, who died of multiple injuries including brain damage. Stepdad's 6-year-old daughter from another relationship occasionally visited the home, and reported seeing her dad beat the little boy on more than one occasion. So it appeared that stepdad had, at minimum, unsupervised visitation with his daughter as well.


Stepfather arrested in Dakota County boy's death
The man's daughter, 6, said he had been beating the 18-month-old, relatives say.

By JOY POWELL, Star Tribune
Last update: June 29, 2009 - 11:02 PM

An autopsy conducted on the body of an 18-month-old Dakota County boy who died last week found his brain and body battered, authorities said Monday.

Prosecutors will decide by noon today whether to charge Nicholas Miller's 22-year-old stepfather in his death.

A close relative said Monday that the stepfather's arrest lends credence to claims Nicholas' 6-year-old stepsister made to at least one family member that her father had been beating the little boy. The stepsister was among those providing information to Dakota County sheriff's investigators that led to her father's arrest Saturday, relatives said.

The suspect is in the Dakota County jail in Hastings on suspicion of second-degree murder.
On Monday, Dakota County sheriff's investigators were tight-lipped about what they were told by witnesses and family members, including the suspect's young daughter.

Chief Deputy Dave Bellows said his department was notified last week by the Pierce County (Wis.) sheriff about a child's suspicious death. An investigation determined that the injuries occurred in Dakota County before the 18-month-old was taken to Durand, Wis., where he died June 23.

The child often stayed at a dairy farm in Greenvale Township near Northfield, Minn., with his 18-year-old mother, Melissa Miller, and the stepfather, along with her parents. Melissa Miller's grandparents lived in an adjacent farmhouse.

"He was a good little fellow," Nicholas' great-grandfather, Herman Ohmann, said.

Nicholas' autopsy by the Ramsey County medical examiner's office found multiple recent injuries, including damage to his brain. Earlier injuries that had healed also were found, Bellows said.

Ohmann said injuries to the boy appeared after his granddaughter married the stepfather in November.

"Things started showing up that we were all questioning," Herman Ohmann said.

The family once took Nicholas to the doctor with a broken collarbone, Ohmann said. "Well, then, not too long, and doggone, he had another broken collarbone," he said.

The stepfather's daughter from another relationship didn't live on the farm but occasionally visited, Ohmann said. During those visits, she told at least one family member that her father was beating Nicholas, he said.

Ohmann said the girl, who lives in Red Wing, Minn., told her grandmother on the farm, Debbie Ohmann, that her father was hurting Nicholas. But the grandmother "never took it to heart," he said.

Ohmann said that as far as he knows, nobody called police about the 6-year-old's claims or about the injuries they observed on the boy.

When questioned by family members, the stepfather tried to blame the child's biological father and his side of the family for any injuries to Nicholas, Ohmann said.

A supervisor with the Dakota County's child protection unit said information about whether the unit had received any reports of suspected abuse of the toddler cannot be publicly disclosed.

The family had provided a home for Melissa Miller and her husband but grew disillusioned with him, Ohmann said. "We tried to get him a job, get him going, get him on his feet, but he would never get up in the mornings," he said. "He wouldn't do anything."

Ohmann said the couple, with Nicholas and another child, their newborn, were at the farm one or two nights a week. "Where they were all staying, we really didn't know," he said.

Herman Ohmann said he became enraged when he learned what happened to his great-grandson.

"Good God, that little boy," Ohmann said. "He didn't have no future."

Father caught raping 4-year-old daughter (Ngqeleni, South Africa)

UNNAMED DAD ran off when the mother heard the child screaming. Dad had taken the girl from her bed, and was caught raping the child by the mother.


Father allegedly rapes girl, 4
29 June 2009, 19:15

The father of a four-year-old child is being sought by police after allegedly being caught raping the girl by her mother in Ngqeleni, Mthatha police said on Monday.

Superintendent Mzukisi Fatyela said the child was sleeping with her mother on a bed on Sunday night while her 47-year-old biological father slept on a mattress on the side in the same room.

"He took the child from the bed. The mother was awoken by the child's screams. The suspect fled the scene and we are still looking for him," he said.

Dad charged with first-degree murder in death of 18-month-old daughter (Wichita, Kansas)

According to the girlfriend, babysitting dad JONELL LLOYD was apparently in the habit of "spanking" and "choking" his 18-month-old daughter for things like wetting her diaper (Imagine that. A toddler who still wets a diaper now and then. But this is a common theme--abusive fathers flipping out over dirty diapers and potty-training.) Horribly, the little girl may still have been alive when Daddy stuffed her into trash bags and dumped her in the attic. The little girl was staying with Dad and his girlfriend while Mom was having minor surgery. Dad is no stranger to violence--he shot the girlfriend in the foot in 2007.


Father on trial today in toddler's death
Jonell Lloyd is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 18-month-old daughter, whose body was found in his attic.

BY Ron Sylvester
The Wichita Eagle

Chavira Brown may still have been alive when the 18-month-old was stuffed into trash bags and put in the attic.

That's what medical examiners determined during an autopsy last year.

Today, the toddler's father, Jonell Lloyd goes on trial accused of first-degree murder.

Testimony is expected to begin at 9 a.m. in front of Sedgwick County District Judge Jeff Goering. Lawyers spent Monday questioning and selecting people to serve on the jury.

Prosecutors say Chavira died as a result of child abuse.

A crime-scene investigator found the toddler's body on Aug. 1, 2008, in the attic of the house where Lloyd lived at 15th and Green.

The child was wrapped in three plastic bags and zipped inside a couch cushion cover.

Lloyd had been baby-sitting Chavira at the home he shared with his girlfriend and his other child.

The girlfriend, Temeika Loudermilk, testified in a preliminary hearing last fall that she saw Lloyd spank and choke Chavira for wetting her diaper.

Lloyd also fathered Loudermilk's son, who was 10 months old at the time.

Jessica Jackson, Chavira's mother, said Lloyd told her he'd lost the girl at the park. Jackson previously testified she left the child with Lloyd while she had minor surgery.

Lloyd, meanwhile, had been wanted by police for not returning to a residential center nine months earlier, where he was serving part of his probation on a conviction of aggravated battery.
In that case, Lloyd had shot Loudermilk in the foot in January 2007.

The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Caretaking dad beats 4-month-old to death; mom not at home (Smithfield, Virginia)

Caretaking dad SHAUN MICHAEL DIGBY beat up his four-month-old daughter while his wife, the baby's mother, was not at home. The baby died the next day of blunt force trauma resulting from the "massive head wounds" she had experienced. She also had a broken leg and broken ribs. There was evidence the baby had been injured before.

Police said they had been to the home on "domestic calls" during the past few years, but there was "no evidence of abuse." Perhaps the police didn't look very hard? It's not too hard to connect the dots here, folks.


Smithfield father accused of killing infant daughter
07:29 AM EDT on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Reported by Kristina Rohall

SMITHFIELD - A Smithfield father is accused of killing his infant daughter.

Police say 27-year-old Shaun Michael Digby beat up his 4-month-old daughter, Alivia, inside their Lenora Cove home Friday morning. The child’s mother was not home at the time.

Paramedics air-lifted the little girl to CHKD, and doctors reportedly discovered she had broken ribs, a broken leg, and massive head wounds.

“There was blunt force trauma,” said Smithfield Police Chief Mark Marshall. “Either the child’s head was struck against something or the child’s head was struck by something.”

The infant died Saturday morning. Tuesday evening police officers arrested her father outside her viewing and charged him with first degree murder. Investigators said the baby’s injuries could not have been the result of an accident.

“Because they were so massive, they were so violent, there were so many of these fractures,” explained Chief Marshall.

Doctors also reportedly found older broken bones that were in the process of healing. Police said that could mean Alivia had been beaten up before.

“Obviously, it’s a four month old baby they weren’t self inflicted,” Marshall said. “It’s just, how could somebody have done that?”

Police said they have been to the Digby home dozens of times for domestic calls during the past few years. But Chief Marshall said there was no evidence of abuse.

The Digby family had no comment.

Stay-at-home dad "generally rough" with 4-month-old; that's why she has multiple fractures (New London, Connecticut)

Caretaking, stay-at-home dad JEFFREY MEARS admits that he was "generally rough" with his four-month-old daughter, which apparently explains why the baby had multiple fractures and bruises "consistent with multiple episodes of inflicted injury." Mears--who is nevertheless not quite sure of what went on due to his constant, self-admitted marijuana and alcohol use--stayed at home while the baby's 19-year-old mother worked. Mom is in trouble with the law for not seeking "alternative care," though it's not clear what options were really open to her. More proof that not many dads are really cut out for day-to-day care of infants or small children.


Father in child abuse case tells police he was 'generally rough' with infant
By Karen Florin Day Staff Writer
Published on 6/29/2009

Jeffrey Mears, accused of inflicting multiple fractures and bruises on his four-month-old daughter, denied hurting the baby intentionally, but told police that his judgment gets “clouded” by the marijuana and alcohol he uses constantly.

Mears, 29, and the baby's mother, 19-year-old Jaime Carr, made their first appearance today in the New London court where their case will be heard. Mears is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $150,000 bond. Carr is charged with risk of injury to a minor and is free on $50,000 bond.

Both were assigned public defenders and had their cases continued. They are forbidden from having contact with the child, who is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
The couple was living at 1591 Norwich-New London Turnpike when the assaults occurred, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Mears would watch the child while Carr was at work.

The child's injuries were discovered on April 30, when Carr took him to his pediatrician. The doctor noticed the child had multiple bruises and a broken left arm. The baby was taken to the Connecticut Children Medical Center, where doctors determined the baby also had a healing fracture of the clavicle, healing fractures in both arms, multiple healing and fractured ribs, healing fractures to both legs and a probable skull fracture. They said the injuries were “consistent with multiple episodes of inflicted injury.”

Mears denied intentionally hurting the baby, but said he had fallen with her in his arms once. He told state police he was “generally rough” with her, that he “bobbles her around a lot” and that he was always intoxicated on marijuana and alcohol when he was around the baby and Carr.
The police have charged Carr with not seeking alternate care for the child, knowing that Mears was rough with her.

5-year-old child "shoots himself"; was at home with father (Mesa, Arizona)

While using what was presumably his UNNAMED DAD's gun, a five-year-old child has supposedly shot himself. He was under the father's supervision at the time.


Mesa 5-year-old shoots self in stomach

Jun. 29, 2009 10:34 AMThe Arizona Republic

A 5-year-old boy apparently shot himself today in the stomach while playing with a gun, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reported.

The child was reported not breathing as he was being loaded into a helicopter at a home near University Drive and Crismon Road.

Rural Metro reported that the boy was home with his father when he found a 9 mm. handgun and pulled the trigger.

The father called 911, told operators the boy wasn't breathing, and was guided over the phone to administering CPR.

10-month-old baby in "extremely serious condition"; boyfriend charged (Kansas City, Kansas)

Boyfriend ANDERSON CHEFFEN has left his girlfriend's 10-month-old baby in "extremely serious" condition.


Prosecutors Charge Man With Child Abuse
DA: Baby In ‘Extremely Serious’ Condition

POSTED: 12:12 pm CDT June 20, 2009
UPDATED: 12:45 pm CDT June 20, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City, Kan., man with causing serious injuries to a 10-month-old baby who remained in an area hospital on Saturday.

Anderson Cheffen, 31, was charged with child abuse on Friday by Wyandotte County prosecutors. Court records state that Cheffen lived with the baby's mother at a house near 98th Street and Kansas Highway 32 in Edwardsville.

"To know, and to think it happened just two door down from me," a concerned neighbor said. "But I feel for the child, too. A child like that has no defenses, you know."

The district attorney's office said the baby was in "extremely serious" condition. Cheffen was being held in custody on a $1 million bond.

Boyfriend beats 19-month-old girl and her mother (Archibald, Pennsylvania)

Boyfriend JORGE IVAN REYES is accused of beating his girlfriend's 19-month-old child so badly that she received a fractured skull, broken ribs, and nearly died. He is already in jail for assaulting the little girl's mother. Reyes is playing it dumb: says he "doesn't know" how the little girl got hurt, only that "he didn't do it." He also denies beating the mom. Riiiight.


Posted on Fri, Jun. 26, 2009

Pa. man charged in near-fatal child beating
The Associated Press

ARCHBALD, Pa. - A prosecutor says a northeastern Pennsylvania man beat a 19-month-old girl so badly that she nearly died.

As he was taken to court Friday, 25-year-old Jorge Ivan Reyes of Jermyn denied attacking Faith Larson, who had a fractured skull, broken ribs and other injuries. Reyes told reporters he doesn't know how she got hurt, but he didn't do it.

Lackawanna County Deputy District Attorney Michelle Olshefski says if the girl hadn't been taken to the hospital when she was, she would have died. She says the child has gone through multiple surgeries.

Reyes was already jailed because he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, Cassidy Rega, who is the child's mother. He denies attacking her as well.

Authorities say the abuse happened in their apartment in Jermyn, a little over 100 miles north-northwest of Philadelphia.

Boyfriend throws 2-year-old onto concrete floor; she dies of head injuries (Chandler, Arizona)

Abuser JERAMIAS JOEL AGUILAR threw his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter to the floor because "she wouldn't stop crying." The little girl died two weeks later of head injuries. Her body was also found to have bruises and cigarette burns on it. Aguilar has admitted to abusing the mother and baby in the past, yet the mother was also arrested for "being present" during the incident and not being able to call 911 for two hours. Whether she would have been able to intervene or call earlier is far from evident, but that doesn't much matter when it comes to charges against mothers.


2-year-old in Chandler child abuse case dies

by Jessica Andrews and Megan Boehnke - Jun. 19, 2009 02:41 PMThe Arizona Republic

The 2-year-old victim in a Chandler child abuse case has died of her injuries nearly two weeks after the mother's boyfriend admitted to authorities throwing the girl on a concrete floor because she wouldn't stop crying.

The girl was taken to the hospital June 6, and the mother and the boyfriend both reportedly told officials the child had fallen down.

Doctors later found cigarette burns and bruising on her arms, legs, neck, back and face.

Jeramias Joel Aguilar, 21, who had initially given a false name, eventually admitted that he had carried the baby from the bathroom to the kitchen and became so angry with the girl for crying that he threw her on the concrete floor, according to authorities.

The girl landed on her head, according to his statement to police.

Aguilar, whom police described as an illegal immigrant, is in custody without bond.

He had been living with his girlfriend and her daughter for four months and admitted hitting the child and her mother in the past, often when the baby cried. While at the hospital, several family members told officers that Aguilar had abused the girl's mother in the past.

The mother, Josefa Talavera, was arrested June 10 because she was present at the time of the abuse and did not call 911 for at least two hours after the incident.

The girl was initially taken to Gilbert Mercy Medical Center after police said she wasn't breathing when they arrived on the scene. She was later transferred to St. Joseph's and was on life support with no brain activity until Thursday.

Aguilar was booked on felony child abuse and Talavera on failure to protect a child. Police are reviewing the case for the possible filing of additional charges.

Stepdad rapes, molests girl for at least 2 years (Odenton, Maryland)

UNNAMED STEPDAD repeatedly raped and sexually abused his wife's daughter beginning when she was 14 years of age, and continuing for at least two more years. He confessed to his wife four years later, and she is now divorcing him. Of course, his attorney is saying what a "good man, decorated soldier, and caring nurse" he was. His minister thinks he's a great guy, too. But has anybody checked with his former patients? Or his stepdaughter to see what she thinks? Guess not--I suppose their opinions don't matter much to the press or the Powers that Be.
Looks like the unnamed stepdad will get off easily, too--the Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner thinks a long prison sentence would be "counterproductive." Counterproductive to whom?


Mother: Didn't notice child abuse
Husband watched child porn, looked at picture of girl during sex with wife

Published 06/28/09

The mother was oblivious to the signs in 2000 and 2001.

Her husband was having sex with her 14-year-old daughter two or three times a week, but all the woman said she saw was the decorated soldier and devout Christian.

"I ask myself over and over, how could I not have known," the mother said, according to a recording of a court hearing. "When he constantly watched porn of 10-year-old girls until 3 in the morning, I should have known. He even pulled out a picture from his wallet (of my daughter) while having sex with me."

The Capital is not identifying the husband nor the mother to protect the identity of the victim, the man's stepdaughter.

The husband, 42, a former master sergeant and Odenton resident who was serving at Fort Benning, Ga., at the time of his January arrest, pleaded guilty May 7 to one count of child abuse. He was sentenced June 18 to 18 months in a county jail.

Police and prosecutors did not charge the mother with anything. She remains free and is the process of divorcing her husband, who filed the paperwork shortly after his arrest.

The mother's comments in court June 18 - comments the defense dismiss - reveal how difficult it can be for parents to accept a loved one would abuse a child, and how willing they can be to dismiss signs other would find obvious, experts said.

"The denial can be very great," said Marsha Gilmer-Tullis, director of the Family Advocacy Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "They choose not to see it."
"There is a lot of myth out there that child abusers are strangers ... lurking behind the bushes," added Lisae Jordan, legislative counsel for The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. "People aren't as inclined to look at their loved ones."

According to court records and testimony, the husband started molesting his stepdaughter in 2000 after her 14th birthday. It started with fondling and quickly evolved into sex in her bedroom. Prosecutors said he had sex with her two to three times a week until mid 2002.
The husband confessed to his wife in January 2004 he had molested her daughter. He then went to a counselor, to whom he confessed again.

County police were not aware of the abuse until last year, when the marriage between the mother and stepfather started to fall apart. Detectives sought a warrant Dec. 19 after speaking to the mother and the victim, who is now 23. A warrant charging him with second-degree rape was served a couple weeks later in Georgia, leading to his Jan. 7 extradition to Maryland.
The husband apologized in court to his wife and stepdaughter for his actions.

"I realize my actions will have a lasting effect," he said, asking the judge for lenience. "The choice that I made was the wrong choice."

Ronald Bergman, the husband's attorney, said his client was a good man, decorated soldier and caring nurse. The man had received several medals over a 23-year military career, he said.
The mother complained in court that her husband ruined her life and the life of her daughter. The woman said she can no longer trust men and that she feels like a bad mother.

Bergman noted that while his client's marriage to the mother struggled over the past few years, they stayed married, attended parties together and even went on vacation with each other as recently as 2007. It was his client, not the victim's mother, who filed for divorce Jan. 27. He claimed adultery on the part of the mother.

Bergman went on to discount the woman's comments in court. He said the husband denied watching child porn and looking at a picture of the victim during sex.

"That sounds all very dramatic, but I'm not giving it a lot of credence," he said.

Rev. Dr. Lee Washington of the Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glenn Dale, Prince George's County, said the husband joined his church in 1999 and was active in several different church groups. He regularly worked to help the homeless and to welcome newcomers to the church.
"He always displayed a very agreeable disposition and character," Washington said.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathy Rogers said the man's good deeds don't matter though.
"He is no less guilty of this crime because of his stellar past," she said, asking the judge to order the man to spend four years in prison and to pay $946 in restitution - the cost of his extradition from Georgia.

State sentencing guidelines called for the man to serve between four and nine years in prison.
Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner said he thought such a long sentence - one that would require the husband to serve time in a state prison - would be counterproductive. He said he believed the man was remorseful and interested in redeeming himself.

He sentenced the man to nine years in prison, but suspended all but 18 months to be served in a county jail. The man agreed to waive any credit he could have received for the six months he served while awaiting his trial.

"The incidents, which are egregious and protracted, occurred a good many years ago," Hackner said June 18 before handing down the sentence. "He has done a good amount to rehabilitate himself, not necessarily to impress the court, but as it is part of a change over to his view of how he should live his life."

Jordan, of The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said it was "unfortunate" the judge felt a few years of good behavior mitigated the fact the man repeatedly had sex with his stepdaughter.

"It's an astoundingly short sentence," she said.

Dad put baby in microwave; two years later, she faces many health challenges (Houston, Texas)

Two years ago, father JOSHUA MAUDIN put his infant daughter in a microwave and turned it on for 20 seconds. He was apparently under some religious delusion at the time. The girl is recovering, but will still require additional surgeries and skin grafts for years to come. Maudin is serving 25 years in prison. Hopefully, he will not be in the position to require visitation or insist that the little girl has something to gain by a "relationship" with her biological father.


Child who was put in microwave leading happy, but challenging life two years later
07:29 AM CDT on Friday, June 26, 2009

Courtney Zubowski / KHOU.com

HOUSTON—Kaylee Croxton is a bossy, pink-loving, 2-year-old girly girl. But just two years ago, inside a Galveston motel, her biological father put her inside a microwave and turned it on for 20 seconds.

Her biological mother claimed the devil told him to do it.

Kaylee’s dad, Joshua Mauldin, is serving a 25-year prison sentence for the crime.

“When I do think about Josh, it’s kind of mixed emotions and I think for Jeremy, too, because if this hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have her,” Heather Croxton said.

Croxton and her husband, Jeremy, adopted Kaylee in February.

Kaylee now has three older brothers, who have become pretty protective of her.

She’s been part of the Croxton clan for almost two years, even though the adoption just became official this year.

She was born a cousin to the Croxtons through marriage.

Shortly after the abuse, the Croxtons, who live in College Station, took her in.

“When she says, ‘I love you, daddy,’ I mean, that brings a smile right there on your face,” Jeremy Croxton said.

Kaylee has scars from the burns she suffered in the microwave.

She suffered third-degree burns on her left cheek, ear, shoulder and hand. Her left ring finger was burned all the way to the bone.

She’s had several surgeries and will need several more, because the scar tissue and skin grafts don’t grow with her.

There will be some tough times ahead.

“Obviously, I think we are going to have to tell her, because the whole world knows and if she was to find out from someone else, she would probably be devastated,” Heather Croxton said.
“It’s just so hard to think about it, how – how we’re going to explain it to her,” Jeremy Croxton said.

And if that’s not enough for the family to worry about, now there’s something else.

Since Kaylee was burned, she was treated and cared for by the surgeons at Shriners Hospital in Galveston.

Everything was going great, until Hurricane Ike blew in. The hospital was shut down indefinitely.
Now the Croxtons travel from College Station to Houston for care, and they say they’re not getting what they need.

“They have still been seeing her in Houston, but it’s much different. The staff was cut.
Everything was cut. They’re sharing operation rooms with the Houston Shriners,” Heather Croxton said. “In Jaunuary, we were told that she needs a surgery and that someone would contact us in a couple of weeks. It’s mid-June, and still no surgery.”

The CEO of Shriners told 11 News they’re doing the best they can to make sure patients who have been moved to Houston are getting the care they need.

He also said they’re sending a team to Houston to find out what the problem may be.
But the Croxton’s arrangement could be permanent. Come July, Shriners in Galveston could shut down for good.

“We have a lot of concern. I don’t blame the staff and Shriners, this staff from Galveston, but we are looking to find a new burn doctor because we don’t feel like she’s getting the quality care that she deserves,” Heather Croxton said.

But at home, Kaylee’s getting lots of quality care.

If she isn’t playing with her big brothers and her mom, she’s outside running around with her dad.

Kaylee’s life got off to a rough start, but in the end she’s found herself surrounded by a loving family.

Dad murders wife, son; wounds 2nd son (Axton, Virginia)

Father WILLIAM RONALD CARTER shot to death his wife and 29-year-old son. He wounded a 22-year-old son, who says that Carter called him on the phone and told him he needed to come home right away. Carter than lured the son into the basement and shot him as he was walking down the steps. Miraculously, the son was able to escape. Dad later committed suicide. Unfortunately, the clueless press can find "no motive" and the usual idiotic neighbors are convinced that the family were "nice, Christian people." How about recognizing Dad for what he is: a cold-blooded, manipulative psychopath with no regard for the lives of his wife and children?


Police: Va. dad lured son home, then shot him

Published: Sunday, Jun. 28, 2009 - 6:48 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 29, 2009 - 5:47 am

AXTON, Va. -- A college student who was wounded in a shooting that killed his mother and brother told police his father lured him to the family's house in southwest Virginia. The father later killed himself, authorities said.

Timothy Carter, 22, remained in fair condition Monday at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Authorities said the father, William Ronald Carter, shot his wife, Bonnie, 56, and their 29-year-old son William Ronald Carter Jr. early Sunday. Sheriff Lane Perry said the father shot and wounded Timothy, who was able to escape, and then killed himself before authorities arrived at the burning home.

The three bodies were discovered shortly after midnight in the basement of the home in Axton. The fire is being investigated as an arson, the Henry County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
The sheriff's office said Timothy Carter told investigators that his father, who was 56, lured him into the basement and shot him as he was walking down the steps. He was shot a second time as he escaped.

Timothy Carter fled to the home of a neighbor, Deborah Akers. She told The Roanoke Times that Carter said that his father had called him at Radford University, about 85 miles away, and told him there was something wrong with his older brother and that he needed to come home right way,

"He said, 'Daddy lied to me,' and that he lured him back home," Akers said.

Deputies recovered a rifle from the scene.

Akers told FOX8 News that Timothy Carter came beating on her door saying, "somebody's after me, my dad's after me to shoot me."

She said she let him in and called 911.

"When he got inside, he said his dad had killed his mother and oldest brother and that he had trapped him," said Akers.

"I've known them my whole life, even when I was in school," she said of the family "They've always been such nice, Christian people. Good people."

Police did not release a motive.

"Perv Dad for Fun" arrested for offering his 5-year-old for sex (Raleigh, North Carolina)

FRANK LOMBARD has been arrested for offering up his 5-year-old adopted son for sex to an undercover police officer. This "father" has already admitted that he molested the child "on several occasions" in full view of other adult members of an adult video chat service. Lombard, who is a gay white male, was able to adopt two African-American children with his partner.
Lombard, who was employed as associate director at Duke University's Global Health Institute, hardly fit the public's dangerous stereotype of pedophiles as nothing but misfit unemployed losers. A grim reminder that molesters come in all "sexual orientations" and from all kinds of professional and educational backgrounds--something that the public, law enforcment, and the courts are often reluctant to acknowledge.


Duke University Official, “Perv Dad for Fun” Charged in Revolting Web Sex Sting

June 28, 2009

(ChatahBox)—Frank Lombard, a Duke University official, reported to be an alleged longtime pedophile and active member of an adult video cam service, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday in Raleigh, NC, for offering up his 5-year-old adopted son for sex to an undercover police officer.

Lombard also admitted to the undercover police officer that he sexually molested his own son on several occasions.

Lombard was charged with attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in sex with a child, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Frank Lombard, worked as the associate director for Duke’s Global Health Institute, since 1999 and has now been placed on unpaid leave.

The details of this case are extremely disturbing and raise questions of how Lombard was able to get away with the shocking sexual molestation of his own son, reportedly since he was an infant, in full view of other members of the adult video chat service, named iCU2.

According to reports, the FBI became aware of Frank Lombard’s sickening sex crimes, from an informant, facing child porn charges of his own. The informant offered up Lombard, something that is usually done by a criminal in exchange for a deal.

The informant offered graphic details to investigators of how Lombard sexually molested a very young African-American child, he claimed was his own adopted son, on four separate occasions, captured on his private web cam and broadcast to an unknown number of subscribers of iCU2.
One of the observers was the informant, and after watching Lombard molest his own son on video the first time, he came back to watch the horrific sex crime against a child on three additional occasions.

The informant “met” Lombard on the Internet four years ago. Since the growth of the Internet, pedophiles and sexual predators have found an easy way to gather together with other like-minded deviants, and hunt for victims.

The informant provided enough information to investigators, enabling them to go undercover and nab Lombard on the Internet. Investigators knew that Lombard was a white male who lived in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and that he has two adopted African-American children.

Timothy Palchak, a Washington, D.C., police detective went undercover with the video chat service and found Lombard, using the screen name “FL,” who also identified himself as a “perv dad for fun.” Lombard sent the detective nude photos of himself, which were matched with the photo on Lombard’s NC driver’s license.

During the course of the detective’s chats with Lombard on iCU2, Lombard boasted that he molested his own adopted child, and that he allowed other adults to molest his child.
Lombard also bragged to the detective that “the abuse of the child was easier when the child was too young to talk or know what was happening, but that he had drugged the child with Benadryl during the molestation,” according to the detective’s affidavit.

At some point during their online chats, Lombard invited the undercover detective to fly to Raleigh to have sex with Lombard’s 5-year-old adopted child in a hotel.

The North Carolina Department of Social Services removed two children from Lombard’s home and put them into protective custody.

According to the owners of the adult video chat service, iCU2 Lombard’s profile “stated he was interested in “perv fam fun,” a known reference to incestuous child molestation.

The owners of iCU2 also told authorities that the company received a complaint against Lombard in January 2007 from another subscriber, who complained that Lombard said he was “into incest” and had adopted two African-American children.

The CEO and co-founder of iCU2 is listed on the website as Keven Adair.

There was no mention in the reports about this case, regarding what action, if any; the owners of iCU2 took against Lombard in response to the customer complaint. What is known is that Lombard reportedly continued to use iCU2 to allegedly sexually molest his own child and to search for other adult sexual predators to molest the child.

Lombard’s child was just 3-years old in 2007, the age where most children attend preschool, take afternoon naps and watch Sesame Street. According to affidavits and court documents, Lombard’s child was allegedly used to satisfy his sexual deviancy from infancy.

Did the owners of iCU2 alert authorities when it received the complaint against Lombard in 2007?

If action was taken back in 2007 by either iCU2 or the police, to stop Lombard, two more years of alleged sickening sexual abuse of a small child may have been prevented.

As additional details emerge about this disturbing case, a clearer picture should emerge of how Lombard and his criminal behavior, which was essentially broadcast over the Internet, was able to elude the attention of the police for so long.

The adult video chat service, iCU2 markets itself as an adult, discreet videochat, live audio and group chat worldwide.

A current poll on its website ask its subscribers to vote on the question: Are you For or Against Nudity in the Profiles? The three available answers to its poll are: 1. Against - Don’t flash til you’re given a green light, 2. For - Fair game, it’s part of the freedom of iCU2, or 3. Undecided - Depends on who is naked.

A search warrant of Lombard’s home turned up two webcams, five computers and a sex toy.
There are unconfirmed reports that Lombard is gay and adopted the two children together with his partner.

Lombard is being held at a Durham County Jail without bail and is scheduled to be transferred to Washington, DC to face federal charges.

Lombard’s lawyer did not return calls seeking comment about his client.

Father faces 20 years in prison for injuries to 7-month-old daughter (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Father PULUMATAALA ELI got mad because his girlfriend wanted to leave him and call off the wedding (gee, wonder why she'd want to do that?). So Dad did the "logical" thing: he blamed the baby for his troubles, and then threw around their 7-month-old daughter inside his van, causing the baby permanent brain damage. Another example of why leaving an abuser is the most dangerous time for women and children.


Father faces 20 years for daughter's injuries
Prosecutors push for a life sentence due to the victim's young age

By Star-Bulletin Staff and News Services
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2009

A state jury found a man guilty of attempted manslaughter yesterday for throwing around his 7-month-old daughter inside a van, causing permanent brain damage.

Pulumataala Eli, 34, was charged with attempted second-degree murder. He had pleaded guilty to the charge last August but withdrew his plea when he was supposed to be sentenced in November.

Eli doesn't deny he hurt his daughter but he said he did not intend to kill her.

The penalty for attempted second-degree murder is life in prison with the possibility for parole. The penalty for attempted manslaughter is 20 years.

However, the state is seeking an extended prison term of life with the possibility for parole because of the young age of the victim.

The jury will return in November to determine whether Eli deserves an extended prison sentence.

If he gets the life sentence, he will have to spend at least 20 years in prison before he is eligible for parole because he has three prior felony convictions.

Eli pleaded guilty in 2004 to first-degree assault and two counts of carrying a firearm without a permit. He was on parole for those convictions when he injured his daughter.

He also has convictions for misdemeanor abuse of a family or household member in 2000 and 2003.
Sarah Fuller, the girl's mother and Eli's girlfriend, testified that Eli threw the girl to the third row seat of the van from the second row, threw her down hard on the second row seat and threw the child seat on top of her on Oct. 24, 2007 at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Fuller said she and Eli were arguing over her intention to leave him and to call off their wedding. She said Eli blamed the baby for Fuller's change of heart.

Hospital staff at Kapiolani Medical Center noted that the baby's left eye was almost detached and she suffered massive brain injury, bleeding behind both eyes and a broken ankle.

A state jury found a man guilty of attempted manslaughter yesterday for throwing around his 7-month-old daughter inside a van, causing permanent brain damage.

Pulumataala Eli, 34, was charged with attempted second-degree murder. He had pleaded guilty to the charge last August but withdrew his plea when he was supposed to be sentenced in November.

Eli doesn't deny he hurt his daughter but he said he did not intend to kill her.

The penalty for attempted second-degree murder is life in prison with the possibility for parole. The penalty for attempted manslaughter is 20 years.

However, the state is seeking an extended prison term of life with the possibility for parole because of the young age of the victim.

The jury will return in November to determine whether Eli deserves an extended prison sentence.

If he gets the life sentence, he will have to spend at least 20 years in prison before he is eligible for parole because he has three prior felony convictions.

Eli pleaded guilty in 2004 to first-degree assault and two counts of carrying a firearm without a permit. He was on parole for those convictions when he injured his daughter.

He also has convictions for misdemeanor abuse of a family or household member in 2000 and 2003.

Sarah Fuller, the girl's mother and Eli's girlfriend, testified that Eli threw the girl to the third row seat of the van from the second row, threw her down hard on the second row seat and threw the child seat on top of her on Oct. 24, 2007 at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Fuller said she and Eli were arguing over her intention to leave him and to call off their wedding. She said Eli blamed the baby for Fuller's change of heart.

Hospital staff at Kapiolani Medical Center noted that the baby's left eye was almost detached and she suffered massive brain injury, bleeding behind both eyes and a broken ankle.

Dad sexually abuses daughter for 13 years; his prison sentence is finally "doubled" to 5 years (Vancouver, Canada)

The father, indentified only as O.M., sexually abused his daughter from the age of two to fifteen. The court decided that maybe somebody was just a little too "compassionate" when Dad got only 2 years in prison for 13 years of abuse, and this when he was on probation for an EARLIER offense. So now dad will now spend all of 5 years in the pokey.
But who allowed this father to have access to a child when he had this kind of history?


Court doubles man’s sentence for child sexual abuse

By Mary Frances Hill, Vancouver Sun
June 28, 2009

VANCOUVER — A B.C. Court of Appeal has more than doubled the sentence of a man who sexually abused his own daughter for 13 years.

A panel of three judges unanimously decided the man was afforded too much compassion when he was sentenced in 2008 to two years in prison for the prolonged abuse.

The panel sentenced the man — referred to as O.M. to protect his daughter’s identity — to five years in prison.

The acts began when the child was two years old and continued until she was 15. The abuse progressed to sexual intercourse by the time the girl reached six years of age. The girl reported that between the ages of 11 and 14, her father abused her on average five days a week, three weeks out of the month.

O.M. pleaded guilty and showed genuine remorse, according to court documents.

In the 2008 trial, the judge noted O.M., who had been abused as a child himself, felt genuine remorse and was willing to pursue therapy.

But the appeal court judges, in a ruling last week, said the original conviction didn’t consider the length of time he had abused his daughter.

In their decision, the judges also considered the age of O.M.’s daughter was first subject to the abuse, and that this was his second conviction.

O.M. began the sexual abuse of his daughter before the end of the probationary period for the first offence.

The panel said the sentencing judge in November 2008 was so “moved by compassion for his antecedents and impressed with his steady work record and commitment to therapy, she chose a sentence at the low end of the range.”

His sentence of two years less a day was “an unsatisfactory response to an egregious crime and is . . . unfit,” it continued.

O.M. “needed to protect his daughter, not give way to his deviant impulses, and to make every effort to bring the cycle [of abuse] to an end,” they continued.

“There must have been many times throughout the 13 years of abuse that the respondent’s conscience troubled him, yet he persisted.”

Dad kidnaps boy from mom's home (Lincoln, Delaware)

Father ANGEL DUPREY's ex-girlfriend had an Order of Protection prohibiting Duprey from contacting her or their three children. But that didn't stop him from breaking into the ex-girlfriend's house, grabbing the five-year-old son, and taking a swing at the grandmother, who was trying to protect the child. Father's Rights apologists will tell you these are the acts of a "loving father." WRONG. These are the acts of an abusive father who doesn't care who gets hurt or traumatized, just so long as Dad has control of his child possession.


Police: Father kidnapped boy, 5, from mom's home

By CRIS BARRISH • The News Journal • June 28, 2009

A man who was ordered by the courts to stay away from his ex-girlfriend kidnapped his 5-year-old son from her Lincoln home Saturday, and later abandoned his car when it got a flat tire about 40 miles away near Odessa, state police said.

The abduction of Zion Duprey by his father, Angel Duprey, about 12:30 p.m. triggered an amber alert for much of the day, but that was called off about 8 p.m. because the abandoned 1995 Buick LeSabre was found on the Del. 1 highway.

The suspect's mode of transportation must be known for an alert to be in effect, state police Lt. Melissa Zebley said.

A napkin with the words, "Be Right Back'' scrawled in a blue marker was attached to the car's driver side window. A woman is believed to have picked up Duprey and his son and driven them to Peoples Plaza off U.S. 40 in Bear, Zebley said.

The missing boy has black hair and brown eyes, weighs about 25 pounds and is 2-feet, 3-inches tall. He was last seen wearing bluejean shorts to his knees and a blue shirt with white designs.

The 30-year-old suspect lives in Philadelphia, and state police have notified Pennsylvania authorities about the child's abduction. Angel Duprey is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing bluejeans and no shirt. He has tattoos around his neck.

Zebley gave this account: Angel Duprey drove to the 8300 block of Collet Lane in Lincoln, where his three children live with their mother and grandmother. Duprey's protection from abuse order, issued in Pennsylvania, prohibits him from having contact with his former girlfriend or their three children.

He entered the unlocked front door without notice and walked to the rear of the home, where the grandmother was with his children and another child. He grabbed Zion and the grandmother tried to take him back. He swung at her with the back of his hand but missed, and left the home with Zion, with the grandmother pursuing behind them, trying to get the boy back. He then took off in the LeSabre.

Zebley said troopers received a 911 call from a man who said a woman he knows reported picking up a man and child whose car had broken down on Del. 1 and driving them to Peoples Plaza. Police canvassed the shopping area without success and are attempting to contact that woman, Zebley said.

Anyone with information may call investigators at Troop 4 at 856-5850 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Father of 2 admits looking at child porn (Swindon, United Kingdom)

Father DAVID DAWSON finally admitted that he had almost 100 pornographic images of children on his computer--but only after his teen-aged sons gave statements to the police.


Dad admits looking at child porn

10:00am Monday 29th June 2009

A FATHER-of-two has been put on a sex offenders’ programme after he was found with indecent images of children on his computer.

David Dawson had also entered terms like ‘pre-teen nude’ and ‘young girl nude’ into search engines on his computer.

The 39-year-old told police that could have been done by someone else in the house, but admitted it was him after officers had taken statements from his sons aged 17 and 15.

Roxy Cole, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that police went to Dawson’s home in May 2007 following a complaint and took away his computer.

He was spoken to by officers and at first denied ever viewing porn but eventually accepted he had seen adult web sites but never anything to do with children.

The computer was examined and found to have just under 100 indecent images of children, almost all at the lower level of seriousness.

She said the search inquiries were also uncovered and it was found they had been typed in between 6.20am and 6.50am.

He was spoken to again and initially denied typing the phrases saying someone else may have done it.

But he admitted he was the only one up at that time after his teenage sons gave statements to the police.

In a final interview he admitted seeing the images and that he had done so for sexual gratification.

Miss Cole said none of the images had been stored on the machine by the operator but had been recovered from an area where the computer keeps data.

Dawson, of Poplar Avenue, Pinehurst, admitted making and possessing indecent images of children.

He had initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea on the morning of his trial after a judge indicated he would not pass a custodial sentence.

Lucia Whittle-Martin, defending, said there were fewer than 100 images of children over the age of 13, none were stored and the viewing had taken place over seven months.

Passing sentence Judge Douglas Field said: “The number of images was relatively small and the vast majority were at the lowest possible level.

“This activity was over a very short time and the images weren’t saved to disc nor were they distributed in any way.”

He imposed a two-year supervision order with an accredited sex offender treatment programme. The judge told him he must register as a sex offender for five years and ordered the confiscation of the material.

Custodial dad who abandoned 9 kids to be father again (Omaha, Nebraska)

Remember GARY STATON, that poor dad we were all supposed to feel sorry for after he dumped his nine kids on the State of Nebraska? Couldn't cope and all that after his wife died. Now his girlfriend is pregnant. Up until now, he and the kids had received almost $1 million in state aid. Now gee, weren't we told that if there's a father in the home that families are self-reliant? That only single moms suck at the public dole? Guess that assumption was way wrong.


June 29, 2009
Published Sunday June 28, 2009

Man who dropped off 9 kids now dad-to-be

By Lynn Safranek

Gary Staton said he had lost the will to be a parent after his wife died.

Now, the man who dropped off his nine kids under Nebraska's safe haven law is going to be a father again.

Staton, 37, and his girlfriend are expecting a baby.

The couple declined last week to discuss the pregnancy, calling it a private matter.

But Staton addressed the matter briefly in an e-mail to The World-Herald.

“Do you think I'm going to raise this one alone?” he asked.

Since the Staton children were young, the family has received $995,468 in different forms of government aid, including more than $600,000 in food stamps and $109,774 in Medicaid, according to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services records.

The children were placed in foster care after their father left them. Under the latest figures available, the state paid an average $725 a month per child to foster parents in similar situations.
Staton has given up custody of his seven youngest children. They remain in foster care with their mother's aunt, who hopes to adopt them. The two oldest boys were in foster care until last month, when a 75-year-old Omaha woman was approved to be their guardian.

Both women are eligible for adoption and guardianship subsidies. Parents who adopt state wards may apply to receive Medicaid health insurance and a monthly maximum subsidy of $1,490 per child until the child turns 18.

After Staton's newest child is born, the state cannot remove it from his custody unless there is evidence that the child is in danger, said Brenda Beadle, Douglas County chief deputy county attorney.

Tom Incontro, an Omaha attorney appointed to advocate for the Staton children and who has known the family for years, said he was worried about how the children would react to their father's news and how it would affect them in later years. Despite the extreme adversity they have faced, the kids remain close and supportive of one another, Incontro said.

“They have each other to lean on, and I believe they will continue to do so,” Incontro said. “Hopefully this is one more challenge they will deal with and keep moving forward in their lives.”
Staton became the single father of 10 kids — ages 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 9, 8, 5, 4 and 1 month — in February 2007 when his wife, RebelJane, died after suffering a cerebral aneurysm. The oldest child was his wife's daughter from a previous relationship that he had raised as his own.
Without his wife, Gary Staton said, the amount of work involved and the stress of raising the kids on $10.75 an hour wages were too much to handle.

“I was 100 percent sure that I couldn't last much longer doing this routine over and over, and I wanted to just walk away from it all,” he said in March, when he granted interviews to The World-Herald to share his side of the story with the public.

Aside from his oldest daughter, he said, he did not ask for help from anyone in the family. He did not seek government assistance after losing his job in September.

That month, he told his kids — all but the oldest, who legally was an adult — he was taking them to Creighton University Medical Center for grief counseling. When they arrived, he notified hospital staff that he was invoking Nebraska's safe haven law, which allowed parents to leave their children without facing criminal prosecution.

At the time, the law had no age limit. The Legislature later limited it to newborns after 27 parents and guardians dropped off kids.

State workers who spoke to the Staton kids soon after they were dropped off found them to be polite and well-mannered. Although a few were a little behind in school, most of the others were excelling.

In later interviews, Staton said he was not haunted by his decision.

He said he still loved his children. “I'm just so worried about trying again and failing.”
At the time, Staton said he did not want more children and would be willing to take steps to make sure he couldn't father any more.

“If I had a thousand dollars,” he said, “I'd get fixed.”

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dad 'excessively rocked' crying 7-month-old; now baby has serious head injuries (Miami, Florida)

UNNAMED DAD has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after "excessively rocking" his seven-month old son when "he would not stop crying." (For gawd's sake, folks. Please get over it. Babies cry. That's what they do.) The baby received serious head injuries as a result.
The lawyer of UNNAMED DAD says it's a "complex matter." Complex, my @$$.


Dad 'excessively rocked' crying baby
By Tom Forbes

Posted Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:20pm AEST Updated Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:19pm AEST

A Gold Coast court has been told a father admitted to police he injured his baby son by "excessively rocking" him when he would not stop crying.

The seven-month-old received serious head injuries at the family's Miami home on Monday night and was taken to a Brisbane hospital.

His 27-year-old father was charged with grievous bodily harm last night and appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court today.

Police prosecutor Damian Summerfield told the court the father admitted "excessively rocking" his son and was regretful.

The baby's mother was in court and broke down while telling the magistrate her husband would never intentionally hurt his child.

Duty lawyer James McNab says it is a complex matter.

"Obviously everybody is distressed - this is quite a tragic set of circumstances," he said.

"It's going to take some time for the prosecution to resolve and it's ultimately at its embryonic stages and it going [be] a matter [for] expert witnesses I'd say."

The man was granted bail on the condition he not contact his family and is due to face court again next month.

Dad arrested for leaving kids alone while he went out to get his car fixed (Conway, South Carolina)

Caretaking father TYRONE GARDNER was arrested for unlawful neglect of a child when he left his three children alone at home. Guess he didn't feel like watching them while he took care of manly things, like getting his car fixed. The four-year-old twins were found wandering around outside, unsupervised and with no shoes. The two-year-old only had a dirty diaper on.
The children were put in the custody of the Department of Social Services. No mention of mom. Is this a custodial dad? Or just an irresponsible one who has no business taking care of children?


Father arrested for leaving children home alone

Jun 24, 2009 6:07 PM CDT
Jun 25, 2009 6:57 AM CDT

Child neglect in Conway
By Chandi Lowry

CONWAY, SC - Police found two children running on a road in Conway and discovered the kids were left home alone.

Conway police said when the father, Tyrone Gardner, went to the station looking for his children, he told police he left them home alone because he needed to get his vehcile repaired.

Police said without supervision, they were wandering around with no shoes on their feet and one only had on a dirty diaper.

Police said the set of 4-year-old twin boys and 2 year old girl were discovered Monday afternoon running on Blossom street in Conway.

Gardner is charged with unlawful neglect of a child and is in jail on $10,000 bond.

The children are in the custody of the department of social services.

Dad arrested in connection with 9-month-old's death on Father's Day (Mille Lacs County, Minnesota)

Father LANCE MARSHALL BALLINGER has been arrested in connection with the death of his nine-month-old daughter, who died on Father's Day. Dad was picked up shortly after the baby's death on a probation violation. He had just been released from jail the DAY BEFORE after serving 52 days for a violation of domestic abuse/no contact order, gross misdemeanor DUI, and misdemeanor domestic assault. Ballinger had apparently been in jail "on at least a half dozen occasions over the past three years." Ballinger had previously been convicted of domestic assault against the baby's mother. The mother has also said that Ballinger punched and kicked her in the abdomen when she was pregnant with the now deceased baby and that Ballinger said at that time that he "would rather see it dead" than the mother having the child.


Tribal police probe baby's death

City Editor

The Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department is investigating the death of an infant who died on Father's Day.

It was learned Wednesday that tribal police were called at 5:45 a.m. Sunday to the 15,000 block of Migizi Drive near Onamia because of an unresponsive infant.

The 9-month-old child, Tila Friend-Ballinger, was transported by ambulance to the Onamia hospital where the girl was pronounced dead.

"We've ruled it a suspicious death," said Dwight Reed, tribal police chief. "It's always a shame when a child that young passes away, especially under these circumstances."

Russ Jude, tribal police investigator, said, "We have leads that we're following up on. No arrests (have been made) at this point related to this case."

An arrest was made of the girl's father later Sunday morning on a probation violation. Lance Marshall Ballinger, 23, is being held in the Mille Lacs County jail without bail.

Capt. Mike Smith, of the Mille County Sheriff's Department's jail division, said jail records reveal Ballinger was checked back into the jail a little more than 24 hours after he was released from the jail.

Ballinger re-entered the jail about 8 a.m. Sunday on the probation violation. The Mille Lacs County attorney's office said consumption of alcohol triggered the arrest on the probation violation.

About 7 a.m. Saturday, Ballinger was released from the Mille Lacs jail after serving 52 days in jail on a violation of domestic abuse/no contact order, gross misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor domestic assault, Smith said.Jude said three tribal police officers responded early Sunday morning to the Migizi Drive residence.

There were three other children in the home at that time as well as Tila's father, Lance Ballinger, tribal police said. The children included Tila's 17-year-old aunt, 5-year-old half-sister and 2-year-old half-brother.

Tribal police said this residence was not the primary residence of Tila or her half-siblings. The home is the primary residence of Lance Ballinger and the 17-year-old.

Smith said Ballinger has been in the Mille Lacs County Jail on at least a half-dozen occasions over the past three years.

An autopsy is being performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner's office, which is led by Dr. Janis Amatuzio.Jan Kolb, Mille Lacs County attorney, declined to comment on the death investigation.

According to court records, Ballinger has been convicted of domestic assault involving Tila's mother.

This year three criminal complaints have been filed against Ballinger - two in January and one in February - accusing him of two counts of domestic abuse/no contact order violation, two counts of gross misdemeanor DUI and domestic assault.

In 2008, Ballinger was accused of domestic assault and third-degree assault of an unborn child.

The victim in all cases, according to the criminal complaints, was Kelly Friend, mother of Tila. On at least two occasions, according to the criminal complaints, Friend was observed by law enforcement officials to have suffered injuries to her face that caused bleeding.

The criminal complaint in the 2008 case states, in part, "Friend said that she was sleeping when she awoke to being punched and kicked. Friend stated that she was three and half months pregnant and that Ballinger hit her in the abdominal area saying that 'he would rather see it dead than her having it.' Friend believed that Ballinger was attempting to harm the child that he is the father of."

In the most recent criminal complaint filed in February, Friend denied being abused.

Jude and Reed said tribal police are conducting interviews and actively pursuing leads in this death investigation.

Ballinger remains in jail.Friend could not be reached for comment.

Funeral services for Tila begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the East Lake Community Center near McGregor.

Dad stabs mom to death while daughters watch in horror from closet (Brownsburg, Indiana)

Father JOSEPH WARNOCK had a temporary protection order filed against him by his wife, which he had fought. The wife had just filed for divorce when Warnock stabbed her to death. Their two daughters watched the stabbing from a closet, where they had hidden while their father was in the home. After Dad left the premises, the 12-year-old had the horrifying job of calling 911 and telling them "Daddy stabbed Mommy."
Note that this father had the intention of fighting for custody of these kids. Now their mother is dead, and he is restricted from having any contact with them (wonder how long that will last). Just goes to show how murderous, violent fathers can loudly profess their love for their kids and how they want custody, but have no compunction about murdering them or their mothers.


Former Miss Kauai killed in stabbing at Indiana home

By Kaylee Noborikawa
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2009

Eleven days before she planned to move back home, former Miss Kauai Angela Warnock was stabbed to death in front of her 8- and 12-year-old daughters in Indiana, her brother said yesterday.

On Sunday her estranged husband, Joseph Warnock, entered his former home in Brownsburg, Ind., through a patio door about midnight and allegedly stabbed his wife to death with a steak knife.

She was in bed with her two daughters at the time. Police said the girls ran into a closet and hid there for at least 15 minutes while their father was in the home.

"Daddy stabbed Mommy," the 12-year-old said in a 911 call once her father left the house, the Associated Press reported.

Joseph Warnock, 41, was arrested Monday following a manhunt in the neighborhood and was being held without bail in Hendricks County Jail. He was charged yesterday with murder and invasion of privacy, and for violating a temporary protective order issued to his wife.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges but is restricted from having any contact with his children, according to WISH Channel 8.

The couple was married for 13 years and both attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Angela Warnock, Miss Kauai 1990, received a temporary protective order on May 27 against her husband for herself and her children, according to records filed in Hendricks County Superior Court.

Last Thursday, she was granted a two-year extension of the order and a day later filed for divorce, according to records. Her husband opposed the order and fought for possession of their home and custody of their children, but the court denied his appeal, records said.

Angela Warnock's brother, Benjamin Miller, said in a telephone interview from Indiana yesterday that his sister planned to move back to Kauai with her two daughters on July 2.
"Her stuff is already arriving at my parents' house on Kauai," he said.

Angela Warnock's family flew to Indiana yesterday and is staying with friends and relatives to watch over the two girls.

"Angie was stunningly beautiful on the outside, but she was the most radiant, beautiful person on the inside and anyone that ever met her just loved her," said Miller. "She cared about everybody so much and everyone who knew her here is heartbroken."

Angela Warnock was born in Indiana but attended St. Catherine's School in Kapaa as a child. According to Miller, she was a "typical Kauai girl" who enjoyed going to the beach and horseback riding.

In 1990 she entered her first beauty pageant and won the title of Miss Kauai, which inspired her to model in Milan, Italy, for a short while. Two years later, Hurricane Iniki devastated the island and Angela moved to Indiana, where she met her husband.

Angela became a hands-on mom and was passionate about coaching her daughter's basketball team, said Miller.

"She treated those girls like princesses. She would do anything for her little girls, which is why she was going to come back to Hawaii to get a better life for them," said Miller. "We're going to do everything we can to make sure the girls have the life that Angie wanted them to have."

Eleven days before she planned to move back home, former Miss Kauai Angela Warnock was stabbed to death in front of her 8- and 12-year-old daughters in Indiana, her brother said yesterday.