Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dad wanted on child endangerment and drug charges (Monona, Iowa)

Dad is identified as TROY LAUFENBERG. No mention of a mother in the home or anywhere else.

Authorities Search for Monona Man Wanted on Child Endangerment, Drug Charges
By Lee Hermiston and Forrest Saunders, Reporters
Story Created: Jul 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM CDT Story Updated: Jul 31, 2013 at 6:47 AM CDT

MONONA, Iowa - Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Monona man wanted on drug and child endangerment charges.

In a press release Tuesday, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said they're looking for Troy Laufenberg, wanted on four charges: child endangerment, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The DCI said charges stem from an incident that happened July 15 at Laufenberg's apartment on East Center Street in Monona. Local police couldn't give specific details, but say they were called there for a report of an injured 18-month-old.

Four days later, authorities executed a search warrant on the property. They said they issued the arrest warrants for Laufenburg based on the evidence they collected.

Monona's police chief says as time wears on, it could become more and more difficult to track Laufenberg down.

"I thought the first week with the Facebook, it went viral, and I thought then that some concerned citizen would come forward. I hope he's still in the state," Chief Jane Scott-Quandahl said.

Police think Laufenberg could be in the Dubuque area, because he has friends and family members there.

If you have any information on Laufenburg's location, call the DCI at 563-599-4239.

Authorities don't think Laufenburg is dangerous, but they're telling people to keep their distance.

Babysitting dad charged with child abuse after 2-month-old baby hospitalized with broken leg, head injuries (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin)

Dad is identified as MARCEL MALONE, and it appears Daddy has abused children before.

Wauwatosa father charged with child abuse

Published 6:13 PM CDT Jul 30, 2013

WAUWATOSA, Wis. —A Wauwatosa baby was hospitalized with a broken leg and head injuries, and now the child's father is in jail. 

Prosecutors charged Marcel Malone with child abuse and neglect.

Investigators said he was watching the 2-month-old when a sibling heard a loud boom and then the baby crying.

A police report obtained by WISN 12 News' partners at Wauwatosa Patch says Malone has faced previous child abuse charges.

Custodial dad, step to go to trial for murder of 11-year-old daughter (Sarasota, Florida)

The custodial dad is identified as KENNETH STODDARD. He had gained custody of the girl just 6 months or so before her torture death.

Trials in autistic girl's death not likely this year

Melissa Stoddard, 11, died from a lack of oxygen to the brain. Her father and stepmother will be tried in her death.

By Gabrielle Russon Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:51 p.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.

SARASOTA - Misty and Kenneth Stoddard, the caretakers of an 11-year-old autistic child who died in December, will not likely stand trial this year.

Melissa Stoddard, an Oak Park student, died from lack of oxygen to the brain after she had been tied to a board and gagged. Her body was covered with bruises in what was one of the worst cases of child abuses that local authorities have seen. 

 During a Tuesday court hearing, Circuit Court Judge Frederick Mercurio did not set a trial date, but said he hopes the hefty case — one with at least 60 witnesses and 1,700 pages of court discovery documents — will begin in early 2014.

Misty Stoddard, who is Melissa's stepmother, is accused of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm. Melissa's biological father, Kenneth Stoddard, who is out on bail, has been charged with aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm. Misty Stoddard, 36, who appeared Tuesday with short, dark hair, has been an inmate at the county jail since Dec. 20.

“I won't say she's been in a hurry . . . but she'd like to get this case resolved sooner than later,” the judge said during the short case-management hearing.

Misty Stoddard's defense team asked for her trial to follow Kenneth Stoddard's trial.

“We believe his testimony will be critical,” said attorney Mark Brewer.

But Prosecutor Karen Fraivillig said she has no intention of making a plea deal with Kenneth Stoddard or using him as a witness. 

The state determines which trial goes first, she added. “It's my call.”

Surveillance video captured Kenneth Stoddard buying Velcro straps, boards and duct tape, which authorities believe was used to restrain Melissa, according to an investigative report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The next step is for witnesses — including two of Misty Stoddard's children — to testify in depositions. Mercurio asked the attorneys to meet again about November to give an update on the case.
This month, the Department of Children and Families released the investigation report into Melissa's death that showed she had been sexually abused by her brother back in North Carolina.

Last summer, she moved to Sarasota County to live with her father, her stepmother, who was pregnant, and their blended family of five children.

Her life in Sarasota was tumultuous.

A neighbor heard loud yelling and screaming coming from the back of the Stoddards' rural Sarasota County house at 9021 Delft Road. The sounds were of a child's cries and an adult woman yelling and slaps, he told authorities in the sheriff's report.

School officials were also worried about Melissa, according to the DCF report.

The special-needs child repeated phrases, such as “Get out of my house,” which her teacher thought she was mimicking from home. She was absent from school for long periods of time so the Oak Park staff would not see her bruises, according to authorities.

Misty Stoddard discovered the girl was not breathing in her bedroom, and Melissa was taken to a hospital Dec. 12 and died five days later.

Melissa's medical evaluation report had said she was tied to a board, which caused wounds and bruises on her body as she struggled to free herself from Velcro, straps and tape.

Dad charged with murder in death of 3-month-old son (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

He was trying to swat the dog and "accidentally" punched the baby to death? Are you kidding me?

Dad is identified as SAMUEL N. CABRERA.

Father held for trial in infant's death
Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:08 AM POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 1:54 PM

A West Philadelphia man who told police he accidentally punched his infant son while twice swatting the family dog away was held for trial on murder charges Tuesday by a Philadelphia judge.

Samuel N. Cabrera, 27, will stand trial in the April 9 death of his 3-month-old, Samuel Jr.

Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon rejected defense attorney Francis Carmen's argument that Cabrera should not face trial for first-degree murder with its mandatory life sentence if convicted.

"This is parenting gone horribly wrong," Carmen told DeLeon. "How does this ever rise to a fully formed decision that 'I'm going to kill my own child?' "

DeLeon cited testimony by Philadelphia Assistant Medical Examiner Aaron Rosen that the infant had two partly healed bone fractures that could signify a history of abuse. 

Rosen, questioned by Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly, said Samuel Jr. bled to death internally after his liver was cut. Rosen said the baby had nine broken ribs.

"There would have had to be a significant amount of force to fracture ribs and lacerate the liver to that extent," Rosen said. "There's no appropriate handling of a baby that could ever cause injuries like this."

Emergency personnel were called to Cabrera's house in the 600 block of North 63d Street about 3:50 p.m. April 9 after the baby's mother, Jennifer Wycoff, 28, found him cold and not breathing.

The couple lived with their 16-month-old daughter and Wycoff's three school-age daughters.

Cabrera gave two statements to police. The first was to Detective Gregory Meissler of the Special Victims Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as doctors tried to save the infant's life.

Meissler testified that Cabrera said he and the child's great-grandmother took him for an 11 a.m. doctor visit that day while Wycoff and several children were shopping.

When they got home about noon, Cabrera said, he put his son to sleep upstairs and checked on the infant several times.

Meissler said Cabrera told him Wycoff got home about 3:20 p.m. and found that the baby was not breathing.

The next day, after Samuel Jr. died, Cabrera was interviewed by Homicide Detective William Sierra.

Sierra testified that Cabrera first said he had accidentally hurt his son when he tripped twice carrying him upstairs to bed. Sierra said that he was skeptical and that Cabrera then said the family dog had run upstairs and jumped on the bed with his son.

"I wanted to take a swing at the dog, but he jumped out of the way, and I hit my son," Sierra said Cabrera told him.

Cabrera said he noticed that the baby was having trouble breathing and performed CPR. After a bottle, he said, the infant fell asleep.

"I didn't tell anybody I hit the child," Sierra quoted Cabrera as saying. "I was scared and didn't know what to do."

Dad arrested after assaulting mom "over custody", abducting infant son, then abandoning baby with stranger (Greeley, Colorado)

Yup, just wanted quality time, right? Just like all the abuser daddies who want custody.

Notice that this one had a protection order filed against him, and he STILL assaulted the mom over custody.

Oh, and that baby he wanted so so much? Guess he didn't have much trouble abandoning him with a total stranger when he realized the cops were after him.

Dad is identified as ALVIN PADILLA.

Man arrested after leaving baby with stranger, allegedly assaulting child's mother

 Jul. 31, 2013 | Written by Associated Press

GREELEY — The father of an infant has been arrested after police say he took his son from the boy’s mother and then left him with a woman he’d never met while he tried to flee.

Greeley police say Alvin Padilla confronted the boy’s mother on Monday over custody of their son. Police say Padilla struck the mother and then got into his car and drove off with the boy.

Police say Padilla left the child with a woman he didn’t know and told her the police were after him. Authorities say he returned to retrieve the child while officers were investigating.

Padilla is facing charges of child abuse, harassment and violation of a restraining order.

The baby was dropped off to a resident in the 1900 block of 12th Avenue in Greeley at 7:17 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Dad locked up for abusing 11-week-old daughter; dad blamed the "stress" of home decorating (United Kingdom)

God only knows that the stress of picking out just the right window treatment is simply overwhelming! The poor dear just could help abusing the baby after all that, yes?

Dad PAUL ROBERTS is one narcissistic @$$hole.

Father locked up for causing brain damage to his baby girl after shaking her .

6:30pm Wednesday 31st July 2013 in News

By Neil Hunter.

A BABY was left brain damaged after being shaken by her father - because he was "under stress" with work and decorating the family home.

Paul Roberts' pitiful excuse emerged during a court hearing yesterday when he was locked up for 21 months for harming his tiny daughter.

The 35-year-old's lawyer spoke at length about what impact the case has had on the former bus driver - and barely mentioned the injured child.

"It goes without saying that he is devastated at the prospect of a custodial sentence," Peter Wishlade, mitigating, told Teesside Crown Court.

"He has worked all his life. He lost his job as a result of this and retrained as a bus driver and lost that when they found out he was coming to court.

"He is going to be faced with difficulty for the rest of his life in relation to employment as a result of this.

"This is a tragedy not only for Mr Roberts and his wife, but also for his family who accompany him at court today. "He is never going to forget it or forgive himself for what happened at a time when he was under stress at work and decorating the house."

The court heard how the 11-week-old girl was floppy and pale with breathing problems when Roberts called an ambulance to their home.

Hospital scans revealed serious bleeding on the brain, said prosecutor Rachel Masters, and both Roberts and his wife were suspected.

Even though he had been left looking after their two children that night, the father denied deliberately causing any injuries in September 2011.

It was more than a year later when he confessed during a custody hearing with his now ex-wife, and police later charged him.

Roberts, of Whitley Road, Tornaby, near Stockton, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared in court.

Mr Wishlade said he was from an "exemplary" family and described the actions as "a momentary lapse of reason and loss of temper".

Judge Tony Briggs told Roberts that his initial denials and the knock-on effect for his wife and children made the matter worse.

"You lost control of yourself and shook her with sufficient violence to cause serious bleeding to the brain," the judge said.

"An attack by a man of your age and your background and your knowledge on a child like that is obviously a very serious matter.

"Children of this age must be protected, and it must be understood by everybody that shaking a very young child of only weeks of age is a matter which must attract custody save for in the most exceptional circumstances."

Custodial dad leaves 3-year-old daughter home alone with several AR-15s, a grenade, and ammunition (Miami, Florida)

Mom apparently lost custody because she didn't have the financial resources to care for the girl. Maybe nitwit custodial dad LUIS BIANCHI needs to sell off some of his arsenal and pay Mom adequate child support. But of course, the fathers rights people are opposed to all that.

Father Found, Charged After Wandering Girl Led Police to Apartment Full of Weapons

Police say Luis Bianchi, 25, was arrested and charged with child neglect.

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 | Updated 6:48 PM EDT

Police have found the father of the girl left alone in an apartment full of weapons in Little Havana.

Luis Bianchi, 25, is being held on $5,000 bond on child neglect charges, according to Miami Police.

Officials began looking for the man Wednesday night when they were alerted that a 3-year-old was roaming the halls of her father's apartment at 922 SW 3rd Street.

When police arrived, they entered the apartment that the girl and neighbors said she lived in to try to find her parents. When they checked the bedroom, officers noticed several high-powered weapons, specifically AR-15s, and a grenade sitting on a table in plain view, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officials said the weapons were unsecured and in arms reach of the child.

Police say Bianchi turned himself in after seeing the report on the evening news. He told officials he left his daughter at the apartment at about 6 p.m. after speaking to her mother, who said she was on her way, the affidavit said.

Since he was running late to work, he said he sat his daughter down in front of the television, put a couch against the door to his room where the weapons were and left, according to the affidavit.

He told police that he left the door to the apartment locked before leaving, officials said. When police asked him about the weapons, he said he leaves them on a table, but blocks the door to his room with the couch, the affidavit said.

However, officials said the couch was not completely blocking the door.

A man who said he is the girl's grandfather said Wednesday that his son had a permit to carry guns, but perhaps not a grenade.

Also, Thursday, the Department of Children and Families has to do a home study to see who will get custody of the girl. Her mother was at a custody hearing but the girl had been with Bianchi after the mother had said last year that she couldn't financially take care of her. There is another hearing set for Friday.

Custodial dad arrested for abusing 10-year-old son (Houma, Louisiana)

As is typical in these accounts, there is no explanation as to how or why dad NICHOLAS VERDIN had custody of this child, or what happened to the child's mother. It's as if she had never existed.

Houma man arrested for abuse of his 10 year-old son

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 08:14

Houma, La. - The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Houma man for allegedly abusing his 10 year-old son, according to a police spokesman.

An officer was on patrol Tuesday morning in the area of Grand Caillou Road when he located a 10 year-old child walking along the highway.

The deputy encountered the child and questioned him about his destination. The boy told the officer that he was attempting to walk home to his residence in east Houma near the tunnel.

When the deputy arrived at the home, the woman there identified herself as the child's grandmother. The grandmother indicated that the child did not live with her and that he resided with his father on Grand Caillou Road.

After further investigation, the child disclosed that he has suffered abuse at the hands of his father while in his care. Obvious fresh and scarred cigarette burns were noted on the child's hands and feet. Massive scarring on the child's knees was also noted from the child being forced to kneel in rice while holding several pounds of textbooks for long periods of time.

The child was taken to the hospital. Medical staff treated his injuries and also noted that the child was severely malnourished.

The Department of Children and Family Services has custody of the boy.

The father, identified as 34 year-old Nicholas Verdin, was arrested and booked for one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dad jumps out of 2nd story window with 2-week-old baby to avoid being served PFA (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Dad JUSTIN COMANS just wanted some quality time with the baby, so he took a, um, shortcut outside. Um, yea.

Updated: 12:40 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 | Posted: 7:26 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013

Police arrest man accused of jumping out of 2nd story window with 2-week-old

PITTSBURGH — Investigators spent several hours searching for a man who ran from police with his 2-week-old baby early Monday morning.

The child’s mother told Channel 11 News that 32-year-old Justin Comans jumped out of a window in East Liberty, with the child strapped onto his body in a baby carrier, when police attempted to serve a protection from abuse order on him.

The child’s mother, Shilina Davis, said she and Comans got into an argument early Monday morning. Davis said she then filed an emergency PFA on him. When police arrived to serve Comans with the order, investigators said he jumped out of the home’s second-floor window.

“I am patiently waiting and hoping that he will come to his sense and bring him [the baby] home, where he needs to be,” Davis said. “Please bring him home.”

Comans was arrested several hours later at a home in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood.

“Picture that – someone kidnapped their own kid,” Comans said as he was being led out of police headquarters. “This is not fair. I didn’t take my own son with my own name.”

The child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to be checked for injuries. Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Scott Schubert said the baby did not appear to be injured.

Schubert said Comans will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and kidnapping.

Police: Dad assaulted 2-year-old son while in his care, then assaulted Mom when she confronted him (Newport News, Virginia)

Not clear in this account whether dad JODECI BROWARD was merely babysitting or whether this was some kind of court-ordered custody/vistation situation.

Man accused of assaulting wife and child
Updated: Monday, 29 Jul 2013, 12:33 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 29 Jul 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Newport News father is accused of assaulting his 2-year-old son and the child's mother.

Officers were called to the no hundred block of Carmella Drive on July 27. A woman called police to report that her 2-year-old child was injured while in his father's care. Jodeci Broward reportedly told the woman their son was hurt while riding his bicycle. They got into a fight over the incident and Mr. Broward allegedly assaulted Mrs. Broward.

Medics took the child to the hospital for evaluation.

Mr. Broward was taken into custody and charged with assault: malicious, victim severely injured, strangulation of another, assault on a family member and abuse/neglect of a child, causing serious injury.

Dad arrested after 1-year-old daughter found dead (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Dad is identified as WAYNE BRADSHAW. As often happens, there is no mention of a mother in the home.

Dad arrested after baby, 1, dies
Updated: Monday, 29 Jul 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 29 Jul 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A father was arrested after his 1-year-old daughter was found dead Friday.

Wayne Bradshaw, 25, of Indianapolis, was arrested for battery after police responded to the 2300 block of North Rural Street for a report of an unconscious child.

A report says police spoke with Bradshaw who said that his daughter had fallen and was not breathing.

She was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.

Deadbeat dad charged with assaulting 12-week-old daughter; baby in medically induced coma with severe head injury (Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts)

Dad is identified as SHAUN SICSICO.

Oak Bluffs Father Accused of Inflicting Severe Brain Injury on Child

Sara Brown Monday, July 29, 2013 - 2:45pm

A 19-year-old Oak Bluffs man was arraigned Monday morning on a charge of assault and battery on a child with substantial injury after his infant daughter allegedly sustained a severe brain injury.

According to Cape and Islands assistant district attorney Laura Marshard, Shaun Sicsico’s 12-week-old daughter was brought to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Saturday evening with a severe brain injury. The child was later airlifted to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Doctors said the injuries were consistent with abuse, Ms. Marshard said in court, including bruising on all four limbs. A doctor said the child was in a medically-induced coma with a fatal brain injury, according to Ms. Marshard, and the injuries were consistent with landing on something soft like a bed or couch.

Ms. Marshard said Mr. Sicsico was interviewed by state police and Oak Bluffs police Det. Nicholas Curelli, and he allegedly told police that he had spun the child and may have spun her too hard. After that, two people came to the home and the child appeared to be having a seizure, she said, and the visitors insisted that the child be brought to the hospital.

A statement of facts by Detective Curelli said attending physicians and Dr. Alice Newton, the medical director of child protection at the hospital, believe the injuries are consistent with abuse, he wrote, and the injuries most likely occurred sometime Saturday.

The parents of the child brought the child to the hospital, he said, and Mr. Sicsico was arrested after being interviewed. The Department of Children and Families has emergency legal custody of the victim, he said.

“Further charges may follow upon worsening of victim’s condition,” Detective Curelli wrote.

Ms. Marshard said the mother of the child, Mr. Sicsico’s girlfriend, was in Boston with the child. Ms. Marshard requested bail of $75,000.

Two women cried in court as the facts of the case were discussed.

Attorney Ryan Searle, representing Mr. Sicsico during the arraignment, requested bail of $1,500, and said Mr. Sicsico indicated that he had never harmed, shaken or hurt the child.

Ms. Searle said Mr. Sicsico said the child had been acting strangely on the day she was brought to the hospital, and that the baby seemed to be having a seizure.

Ms. Searle said Mr. Sicsico is unemployed and has lived on the Vineyard for the last two years. Bail was set at $50,000 by district court Judge Thomas Barrett, and Mr. Sicsico was ordered not to have contact with the child. Robert Manning was appointed as his attorney, and a pretrial hearing scheduled for Thursday, August 1.

Dad charged with capital murder in death of 7-month-old baby (Marshall, Texas)

Dad is identified as JAYSON JONES.

Father charged in death of 7-month old baby in Marshall
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:19 pm | Updated: 12:48 pm, Mon Jul 29, 2013.
From Staff Reports

A 30-year-old Marshall man has been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of his 7-month-old child.

Jayson Jones was arrested July 9 in Ouachita Parish, La., and was taken Friday to the Harrison County Jail, according to a release from the Marshall Police Department.

Police said the 7-month-old was taken unresponsive to the emergency room at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall more than a year ago on July 14. Medical personnel were unable to resuscitate the child. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Westy Meisenheimer pronounced the infant dead and ordered an autopsy. The infant’s death was ruled a homicide.

A Harrison County grand jury on June 27 issued a sealed indictment for Jones on a capital murder charge. Jones was taken into custody July 9 in Louisiana.

Jones refused extradition but was taken July 26 to Marshall after a governor’s warrant was issued.

Dad arrested for abusing 6-month-old son; baby in critical condition (Ypsilanti Township, Michigan)


Ypsilanti Township father expected to face child abuse charges
6-month-old boy in critical condition with head trauma

Published On: Jul 29 2013 01:53:18 PM EDT

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A 38-year-old Ypsilanti Township father is expected to be charged after his 6-month-old son was sent to the hospital for head trauma.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the University of Michigan Hospital on Sunday when doctors reported the alleged abuse on the boy.

The boy remains in critical condition.

The father was arrested and is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Dad arrested for assaulting 12-year-old son (Rock Hill, North Carolina)

Yet another case where a divorced abusive father still had child access. Not seeing any discrimination against daddies here, guys....

And of course we are not told WHO gave this goon his rights or WHY. Or what rights he had. Hopefully not full custody???


Police: Rock Hill dad kicked son, 12, in the back

By Jonathan McFadden
Posted: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

ROCK HILL A Rock Hill boy who was sitting at a dining room table suffered bruises to his neck and back after police say his father grabbed and kicked him on Friday.

Police responded to a home in southern Rock Hill at about 11 p.m. when a woman complained that her ex-husband assaulted their 12-year-old son, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The woman told officers that while her son sat at the dining room table, the father, 40, grabbed the boy’s neck, lifted him up and then kicked him in the back, shoving him out of the dining room, the report states.

Police spoke with the boy, who confirmed the allegations against the father, according to the report. Officers also photographed the boy’s injuries, which authorities said were consistent with being kicked in the back.

Police arrested the father and charged him with unlawful conduct toward a child. He was granted a $5,000 bond and sent to the York County Detention Center.

Dad charged with manlaughter in death of 4-year-old daughter during his custody/visitation time (Sebring, Florida)

A concern not raised here is why dad CHRISTOPHER KING, had custody/visitation rights at all. Notice that the mother had voiced concerns about the children's safety before, which the authorites (as usual) ignored. There was obviously evidence of child neglect and probable drug abuse, but the Florida's DCF looked the other way, because that's what they do with when they are committed to Joint Custody Uber Alles and Daddy's Rights No Matter What. And now a 4-year-old girl is dead.

Also notice that one child showed visible signs of being afraid of Dad, which points to more serious abuse.

So who gave this father his visitation/custodial rights? And just what were his rights? Did he have full custody? What? As usual, we are not told.

Concerns raised about father before daughter died in car

Jay Meisel | Highlands Today
Published: July 28, 2013

SEBRING - If evidence exists that a father was using drugs the night before the morning he's accused of leaving his daughter to eventually die in a hot vehicle, it can be used during his trial, attorneys agreed last week.

But any evidence of drug use before that won't be a part of the testimony, the attorneys agreed.

Records released last week by the State Attorney's Office also indicate that concerns were raised previously about Christopher King, 35, the father, before the child died in the car. However, it was indicated at a hearing that any contacts with state Department of Children and Family Services won't be a part of the trial because none of those situations contributed to the death of the child.

King was arrested in connection with the death of his 2-year-old daughter, Amelia King, and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect with a great harm after an autopsy showed that the daughter died of heat stroke.

Initially, King told authorities that his daughter and her 4-year-old brother were playing outside and that the brother accidentally locked his sister in the car. But records show that an acquaintance of King told authorities that he told him several stories about what happened.

The brother told authorities that they forgot Amelia was in the vehicle and that the father, who took a nap after getting home, didn't remember that until the brother awoke him from the nap, the report said.

Records say that Heather King, the mother of Amelia, who is divorced from Christopher King, told authorities that a month before Amelia died she went to King's home to pick up or visit her children and discovered that "the children were dirty and that Amelia had feces smeared on her butt," the report said.

The mother also told authorities that earlier in the year she had concerns about the children's safety because she believed King was using drugs, the report said.

She also said that several contacts with the Department of Children and Family Services about the children occurred, the report said.

One child, who was apparently not with King at the time of Amelia's death, "was afraid to be left alone with Christopher," the mother told authorities, the report said.

The mother told authorities that the child was being treated for mental abuse and post traumatic stress disorder, the report said.

Friends told authorities that Christopher King would go out and leave the children in the vehicle, but make sure the air conditioning was running.

The reports contained several references regarding drug use. One man told authorities that King has smoked methamphetamine, but when that happened was unclear. The same witness indicated that King and he got high together, but didn't specify the type of drug they used.

Another person told investigators that King had asked him to go in his house the day Amelia died and dispose of marijuana.

No date has been set for a trial.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Drunk dad gets suspended sentence for swinging 4-week-old son, threatening to drop him (Dublin, Ireland)


Drunk dad threatened to drop his own baby

SONYA MCLEAN – 25 JULY 2013 02:30 PM

A FATHER has been given a five-year suspended sentence after he was caught drunkenly swinging his four-week-old baby boy.

A court heard that the man threatened to drop the infant if gardai came any closer to him.

Officers were concerned for the child, who was not crying or moving. The baby was later found to have some bruising, but was otherwise fully alert with normal vital signs.

The 30-year-old, who cannot be name to protect the child's identity, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to wilfully exposing a child in his care to injury by, while intoxicated, swinging the child around with its head unsupported on February 28, 2012.

He also admitted possession of a blade on the same occasion. He has three previous convictions, including a drug offence for which he was jailed.

Gda Ciaran O'Neill told prosecutor Garret Baker that the man told officers in interview that he "felt s***" about what had happened and said he would not have done it had it not been for the alcohol and prescription tablets he had taken.

He agreed with Ann Marie Lawlor, defending, that her client said he had the knife because his partner had previously been threatened.

He accepted that both the man and his partner believed this threat was credible, which was why he had removed the baby from the house.

Judge Patrick McCartan said at an initial sentence hearing that he had grave concerns about the case and adjourned it for updated HSE reports.


"While I accept the proposition of recklessness and disregard, the seriousness of the case was the fact that he removed an infant of that age from his home at midnight," the judge said.

He said also had concerns about the man's involvement in drugs.

"Having said that it's quite clear that he has made very significant efforts to put right the very grievous wrong he did."

Judge McCartan had adjourned sentencing previously pending an indication from the HSE that it was safe for the man to move back in with his family.

However he was told by Mr Baker yesterday that the HSE hasn't been able to provide this information.

Dad leaves 4-year-old daughter home alone with weapons arsenal (Miami, Florida)

Dad is identified as LUIS BIANCHI.

Father charged after leaving child home alone with weapons

Posted: 07/25/13 at 6:10 am EDT
Last Updated: 07/25/13 at 12:20 pm EDT

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida father accused of leaving his now 4-year-old daughter home alone with weapons and a grenade has been arrested and charged with child neglect. 

Authorities arrested 25-year-old Luis Bianchi on Thursday. He is being held on $5,000 bond.

"What were the circumstances of leaving this child with such an arsenal at her hands?" said Miami Police Detective Willie Moreno.

Neighbors called 911 after they spotted the little girl wandering the hallways outside of her apartment on 922 Southwest Third St. in Little Havana, Wednesday afternoon.

When police arrived on the scene they called out for an adult several times. When they did not received an answer, they entered the apartment. "We didn't find any adults, any other human being inside, but what we did find was one grenade, several assault riffles and an arsenal of ammunition," said Moreno.

Police called the bomb squad to the scene and all residents in the building were evacuated. The grenade was removed and rendered safe. The weapons and ammo were also removed.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bianchi admitted leaving his daughter home alone but said her mother was on the way to pick her up. He also said his weapons were secured and away from the reach of his daughter.

The child, who turned 4 years old today, is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. A dependency hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Her grandfather said he was shocked that his son would do such a thing. "He has a license to carry guns. He has a security license ... I just don't believe it," said the grandfather through a translator. 

Police are glad the little girl was unharmed because the guns were in clear reach.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Custodial dad, suspected in mom's 2006 death, now admits killing 8-year-old daughter (Bangalore, India)

After the mother was killed by the father in an apparent dowry murder, the maternal grandparents took custody of the daughter. Then killer daddy SATHYANARAYANA SINGH was acquitted for Mom's murder.  A few years later he decided that he now wanted custody of the daughter. This after not visiting the girl or having any relationship with her at all. Then he apparently killed her too.

Bangalore: Man beats 8-year-old daughter to death
DHNS Bangalore, 26 July 2013

(DHNS):It’s another case of a young life snuffed out at the hands of those who were supposed to take care of her.

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly beaten to death by her father here on Thursday. Reason: The Class II student couldn’t memorise her lessons.

The West division police arrested Sathyanarayana Singh after he confessed to have beaten his daughter, Neha Singh, in a fit of rage for not studying properly.

Police sources said he had hit the girl with a rolling pin. Neha was the accused’s daughter from his first marriage.

Sathyanarayana, however, tried to shift the blame on a stranger. He claimed that somebody beat up Neha when she went to a nearby shop and that she collapsed on returning home. Sathyanarayana said Neha died by the time she was rushed to hospital.

The police were, however, alerted by a neighbour who suspected foul play.

“The circumstances under which the girl was found dead were mysterious. One of their neighbours alerted us. We grew suspicious after coming to know of the man’s background. He was accused of killing his first wife for dowry. The girl was his daughter from the first marriage. He said he beat the girl with a cane and she collapsed thereafter.

We have booked him for murder,” said Duggappa, ACP (Kengeri Gate sub-division). The body, which bore several injury marks, was taken to Victoria Hospital for autopsy.Sathyanarayana was married to Asha Singh, who died in 2006. Her parents Raghunath and Vasantha Singh, residents of Shimoga, had alleged dowry death. Sathyanarayana was subsequently arrested. After spending around six months in prison, he was acquitted.

Neha was only 10 months old then. Asha’s parents took her to Shimoga. After being released from prison, Sathyanarayana started a plastic mould factory in Timber Yard and married again. He was living with his mother Padma Bai, second wife and a one-and-a-half-year-old son from the second marriage.

 Sathyanarayana had not visited Neha even once in the past seven years. In May, he suddenly turned up at Shimoga, claiming custody of his daughter. Raghunath told Deccan Herald that Sathyanarayana promised to take good care of the child. “We did not relent. He said as he had not divorced my daughter, he was the rightful custodian of the girl.

We unwillingly sent her. The girl could not adjust there. She had never seen her father before. She complained that her father and grandmother were harassing her and pleaded us to take her back. We thought that she would eventually adjust. But he killed her, like my daughter. He is a demon,” Raghunath said. In his statement to the police, Sathyanarayana said when he asked Neha, a class II student at SGM school in Avalahalli, some questions from her notes, she could not answer. He asked Neha to learn her lessons properly. The family left for a temple in the afternoon, leaving her alone at home to study. He claimed to have found Neha asleep on returning home. An enraged Sathyanarayana then beat her up with a baton.

D Rajappa, DCP (West), told Deccan Herald that the Byatarayanapura police have registered a case of murder and arrested Sathyanarayana. The police are investigating into the role of Padma Bai and his second wife, he added.

Dad indicted on murder charges in death of 4-month-old daughter (Youngstown, Ohio)

The alleged killer dad is identified as EVAN LEE.

Father charged in child’s death
By WKBN Staff
Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:42 pm
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 5:01 pm

A Youngstown father was indicted Thursday for violently shaking his 4-month-old daughter to death.

Evan Lee, 22, was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of murder, two counts of endangering children and one count of felonious assault.

The murder charge carries a 15-years-to-life maximum penalty.

Prosecutors said Lee shook Ila Lee, who was born on Christmas Eve, to death in May. She died soon after.

It’s the ninth homicide in Youngstown this year. There were 26 in all of 2012 and 18 at this time last year.

Daughter of convicted rapist dad confronts him at sentencing (Patterson, New Jersey)

We've reported several times on this case (and now convicted) rapist dad ASWAD AVINDE over the years. Good to see that this lying little sh** is finally locked up.

Daughter of Paterson man convicted of sexually assaulting her confronts him at sentencing

As Aswad Ayinde’s daughter stood up to speak, the judge ordered him to put down the court papers he was hunched over and face the daughter he had assaulted and raped since she was 8 years old, fathering her four children.

“I can’t describe how much you hurt me and my sisters,” the daughter, now 35, said Friday to her father, shackled in a prison jumpsuit, his head still bowed, eyes never once meeting hers.

As the woman rehashed the horrors her father inflicted on her and her sisters in Paterson, Ayinde burst out, “You should’ve told the truth instead of lying,” bringing an admonishment from Superior Court Judge Raymond Reddin, who told him that not only did he believe the daughter’s testimony, but also so did the 12 jurors who convicted him.

Ultimately, the daughter said she forgave her father and hoped at some time he’d repent.

“But obviously, with your head down like that, you do not understand,” she said, three of her sisters fighting tears in the courtroom pews.

After the daughter finished, Reddin on Friday tacked on 50 years to the 40-year prison sentence Ayinde, 54, received in 2010 after being convicted of raping another of his daughters, who bore a fifth child.

The former music producer and self-proclaimed prophet faces three more trials for allegedly sexually assaulting three other daughters after requesting separate trials.

Prosecutors have said that Ayinde dominated his children as a god-like prophet who wanted to create a race that carried his pure bloodline. Over the years, he molested five of his seven daughters and fathered six children, the family and their attorney said.

By about 2001, the family had mostly split up, Ayinde “bouncing around,” but still in reach of his family, the daughter said. In 2003, he tried to rape her for the last time.

 “That was it. … I just felt stronger,” she said.

Yet, it wasn’t until she and her sisters learned that Ayinde had fathered more children with other women that they decided to go to the authorities in 2006.

“We found out we had other siblings, young siblings, and we had to put him to a stop,” the daughter said after the sentencing hearing. “Even though we were healing, they could still fall victim.”

These days, the sisters stay in close touch. The daughter who spoke Friday is studying communications at Essex County College — “straight A’s last semester,” she said — and has just finished a memoir. As for her four children, two have genetic illnesses that doctors told her likely were due in part to the incest. A 9-year-old daughter died in 2010 of spinal muscular atrophy.

In sentencing Ayinde, Reddin could not hide his disgust for what he had done.

“By 13, most fathers are taking their daughters to the park … teaching them to ride a bike,” he said. “You took her in the bedroom and repeatedly raped her to complete your disgusting, revolting fantasies.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Dad gets 8 years for burning 4-month-old daughter, fracturing her skull (Bayonne, New Jersey)

The River of Denial runs deep when it comes to abuser daddies. Everybody sucks up to them, makes excuses for them. You very seldom see this for mothers, who are treated the freaking antichrist for "sins" like "failing" to stop an enraged violent male from beating an infant or small child. 

Dad ISAAC CANDELARIO still wants us to believe that ALL of these baby's injuries were an accident. Really? The burns? The fractured skull? All the other fractures? The sustained bruising? The retinal damage that is typical of violent treatment/shaking/banging?

He plays himself as the true victim here, with no real or even feigned concern for the baby. This is typical of the narcissistic kind of abuser. It's always about me me me. 

Though there is mention of "family" here, there is no specific mention of the baby's mother.

Bayonne dad sentenced to 8 years for burning infant daughter, fracturing her skull

By Erika Solorzano/The Jersey Journal on July 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM, updated July 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

A Bayonne man convicted last month of burning his daughter with a knife and fracturing the infant’s skull found support today from over 40 family members and friends who crowded a Hudson County courtroom to witness his sentencing.

The group wore t-shirts emblazoned with pictures of Isaac Candelario, 28, and the victim. The t-shirts were inscribed circling the picture with the message, “The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it. A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it.”

Candelario was sentenced to a total of eight years today. He was convicted in June of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon. His sentences for all three crimes will run concurrently.

He had been facing up to 20 years behind bars.

A former Jersey City school employee, Candelario was arrested at his home on April 15, 2011, with authorities charging him with burning his infant daughter and fracturing several of her bones, including her skull. During a five-week trial earlier this year, prosecutors revealed that the baby also sustained bruises and retinal hemorrhages.

 Today, Candelario said the injuries were all accidents.

"I don't know how I'm up here today,” he said. “I've done everything in my power as a responsible father to ensure the safety of my family."

His family members and friends held hands as they looked on, tears running down their faces.

Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor Jane Weiner urged Hudson County Superior Court Judge Lisa Rose to remember that there was a victim in this case, and it’s not Candelario.

“I'm asking your honor to remember that the actual victim in this case is an innocent and helpless baby,” Weiner said.

Rose and the prosecutor’s office received 46 letters on behalf of Candelario, who was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Pothead dad picks up 4-year-old daughter by the throat, injures her face (Pinal County, Arizona)

Don't get me wrong. I'm not pro-drug in the slightest. But the drugs are fairly insignificant here. What you have is a hot-headed idiot who loses his temper after even a normal childhood incident like a little girl soiling her underwear. Being clean and sober doesn't necessarily make you a good parent if you're an @$$hole to start with. 

Dad is identified as JOSHUA ANGELL.

26 JUL 2013

Father, accused of picking up daughter by her throat, picked up by law enforcement
by: Jim Knupp

The US Marshals Service Violent Offender Taskforce – Pinal apprehended Joshua Angell, 31, on Thursday as a result of a June 5 indictment, filed by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, for child abuse involving his 4 year old daughter.

According to the Probable Cause statement, the alleged child abuse occurred on April 20, 2013. Records state that Angell was “celebrating ‘4-20’” by smoking “high-grade weed” and after his daughter soiled herself, he picked her up by the throat to change and clean her and her face struck a door jamb causing injury to her cheek and eye area.

The statement indicates the abuse for which Angell is accused was discovered when the 4 year old was taken to Mountain Vista Hospital by her mother with suspicious injuries to her throat and cheek. Medical personnel stated the injuries appeared superficial to minor, though as reported in the public record, the injuries also appeared intentional and specifically, the marks on her neck looked to be the result of her being grabbed by the throat with significant pressure.

Acting on a bench warrant for Angell’s arrest, the US Marshals Violent Offender Taskforce - comprised of the US Marshals Service, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Casa Grande Police Department and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office - took Angell into custody around Noon on Thursday in Chandler.

Angell is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. He was booked into Maricopa County Jail and will be extradited to Pinal County for arraignment on July 30, 2013.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “Drugs and kids don’t mix and our children deserve the best lives we, as parents, can provide. Studies have found that child abuse cases are often associated with either alcohol or other drug use within the home – up to 80% according to one study. I thank the Violent Offender Taskforce for their hard work and dedication to ensuring potentially dangerous offenders are taken off the streets so my office can in turn seek justice for the victims.”

Dad abducts mom, 8-month-old son at knife point, assaults mom (Campbelltown, Australia)

Damn right the police had a right to be concerned for the baby, even though dad STEVEN HUME had (allegedly) never threatened the baby before--"just" Mom. But guys like this graduate into child abuse/child murder all the time--once they realize that the loss of her child will hurt the mother worse than any single bruise to her own body.That's how these abuser daddies roll. 

As it was, after abducting the mother and baby and knife point, this sh** beat the 16-year-old mother and dumped her at a highway rest area. Then he took off with the baby alone, until the baby was recovered returned to the police by one of Daddy's relatives. The loving daddy--no doubt just wanting quality time doncha know!!!--is still missing.

Abducted baby handed in but father on run

Date July 27, 2013
Nick Ralston Crime Reporter

An eight-month-old baby abducted by his father at knife-point from the boy's teenage mother has been handed into police.

Baby Zhaiden Mifsud was handed into Campbelltown police station just before 5pm on Friday by a relative of his 24-year-old father Steven Hume.

It followed a 20-hour search for the boy after Mr Hume abducted his ex-girlfriend and the boy from a home in Chester Hill on Thursday night.

Police said while Zhaiden had been found safe Mr Hume remained on the run. Paramedics were checking on the baby's health.

Zhaiden's abduction prompted a day-long search in bushland on Sydney's south-western outskirts after the Toyota Camry Mr Hume had been driving was found abandoned, crashed into a tree on Avon Dam Road at Bargo at 6.50am on Friday.

Police and volunteers attached to the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, assisted by the dog squad and rescue helicopter, combed the surrounding area.

The search effort had been exhausted only shortly before news filtered through that Zhaiden had been handed in at the police station almost 40 kilometres away.

Police had earlier expressed great concern for the welfare of both Mr Hume and Zhaiden, although they said Mr Hume had not made any threats to harm himself or the boy.

Mr Hume, who was the subject of an apprehended violence order and known to police, at 8.30pm on Thursday had forced his way into the Kenthurst Place home where his former girlfriend Casey Mifsud lived with her father Marco.

He grabbed the 16-year-old mother and their child and forced them into the back of the Camry.

It is alleged Mr Hume then pulled over in a rest area on the Hume Highway at Douglas Park and assaulted Ms Mifsud, dumping her there.

The baby's grandfather, Marco, made an appeal on 2GB's breakfast radio for Mr Hume to return the baby.

''Bring the child back safely. Don't do anything stupid, you know?'' he said.

''I hope he doesn't do anything silly, that's all.''

Mr Hume is described as being of caucasian appearance, 165-175 centimetres tall, thin build with brown hair, and last seen in a blue jumper and green track pants. He has tattoos on his arms and chest.

Dad with restraining order against him kills 5-year-old daughter (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

The killer dad is identified as MANUEL PIMENTEL

Man kills daughter, 5, in Puerto Rico; shoots self

9:37 AM Friday Jul 26, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Police in Puerto Rico say a man killed his 5-year-old daughter and then committed suicide in what they described as a domestic violence case.

Authorities identified the man as Manuel Pimentel and said his ex-girlfriend had requested a restraining order against him. 

They said Pimentel shot the girl shortly after telling his ex-girlfriend about his plans.

The killing occurred Thursday in the San Juan working class neighborhood of Santurce.

Dad charged with 1st-degree murder in death of 2-month-old daughter, facing trial next month (Waterloo, Iowa)

Dad is identified as TREVOR EUGENE SMITH. No mention here of a mother in the home.

Father faces trial in baby daughter's death
UPDATED 10:06 AM CDT Jul 23, 2013

WATERLOO, Iowa —The trial for an Iowa Falls man charged with killing his daughter has been delayed until next month.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier newspaper reported Tuesday that the trial for 27-year-old Trevor Eugene Smith had been set to begin this week.

Smith is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

The trial was postponed until Aug. 27 to give lawyers more time to prepare.

Prosecutors said Smith was caring for his 2-month-old daughter, Aubriana Christian, last September in Waterloo when she stopped breathing.

Doctors later determined the girl had a brain bleed that wasn't caused by an accident. She died Oct. 2 after being removed from life support.

Custodial dad with history of domestic violence charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of 2-year-old son (Homestead, Florida)

This case illustrates the total double standards applied to mothers and fathers. Mom appears to be guilty of being a messy housekeeper and smoking a little pot. Okay, not necessarily mother of the year. But how could you possibly argue that Dad ANGEL LUIS VILLEGAS was a better choice with HIS history of unemployment, domestic violence and "anger issues"?

Within ONE MONTH of getting custody, this POS threw his 2-year-old son into a wall and killed him. Total father fawning by Florida DCF, and all overseen by a child sex trafficker within the department. Adds to the growing pile of evidence showing that fathers rights folks and assorted pedophiles/child porn/human trafficker types are either the same people or work hand in hand.

Homestead man charged with shaking toddler to death

By Carol Marbin Miller

A Homestead man has been charged with shaking his 2-year-old son to death last week — one month after state child welfare administrators gave him custody of the toddler even though he was unemployed, living in a one-bedroom home with eight other children, had been repeatedly accused of domestic violence and had admitted to child-welfare authorities that he had “an anger issue.”

Two-year-old Jayden Antonio Villegas-Morales became the fifth Florida youngster to die since May after having already come to the attention of state child-protection administrators.

The deaths may also have claimed the job of Department of Children & Families Secretary David Wilkins, who had been Gov. Rick Scott’s longest-serving agency head.

Wilkins abruptly resigned last week amid a growing scandal over the deaths of children whose safety had already been investigated by DCF.

Jayden’s father, 28-year-old Angel Luis Villegas, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder.
Last week, before Jayden succumbed to his injuries, Villegas told Miami-Dade police he “became frustrated” with the little boy, who had been vomiting for much of the day on July 17, and “threw the victim on the bed, which resulted in [his] striking his head against the wall,” a police report says.

In an unusual move for an agency that had remained extremely tight-lipped as the child death scandal unfolded, DCF’s interim secretary, Esther Jacobo, released nearly 100 pages of records Monday, and discussed Jayden’s death openly with a reporter.

The head of DCF’s privately run foster care agency in Miami, called Our Kids, also discussed the case. “

All of the professionals involved are grieving the senseless and brutal way Jayden’s young life ended,” said a statement released Monday jointly by Our Kids and the Children’s Home Society, a group that had been involved with Jayden’s family.

“These tragedies should not happen. We are working with our partners to understand exactly what happened and what changes need to be made immediately,” the statement added.

Both DCF and Our Kids have launched a “painstaking review of every detail of what went wrong with this family,” the agencies said. “The murder of an innocent child at the hands of his father while the family was under state supervision is completely unacceptable. The review of the details of this case is gut-wrenching for all of the professionals involved.”


Jayden and his siblings had been the subject of at least five prior investigations by DCF. An investigation last month, which resulted in Jayden being removed from his mother’s care and sent to live with his father, was not provided to the newspaper because it involved a sibling whose records are confidential, DCF said.

The Herald filed suit in Miami-Dade court Monday to obtain the records of that investigation, and Jacobo said her department would not fight the request.

The toddler’s involvement with the state appears to have begun in February 2011, with allegations that he was living in a “filthy” home overrun with cockroaches and littered with dirty diapers.

“The baby bottles are nasty and not cleaned after use,” a caller to DCF said, adding that both Villegas and Jayden’s mom, Lourdes Morales, were smoking marijuana “in front of the children.”

The investigation was closed on March 31, 2011, with an investigator concluding he could not substantiate the allegations.

But the case has an odd asterisk: The DCF investigator, Jean Lacroix, was arrested a year later on charges that he was pimping out foster children assigned to his care as part of a sexual trafficking ring.

Lacroix’s supervisor in the case, Duray Smith, resigned in May after the Herald reported he had been moonlighting as a substitute teacher — sometimes on the same days he was working at DCF — without seeking the approval of the department.

For several months, Jayden lived with both Villegas and Morales in an unusual Homestead household: Villegas was living with his girlfriend, 24-year-old Guadalupe Jaramillo, with whom he was expecting a child, and her four children. Morales was living in the home with the couple, and was expecting her fourth child with Villegas.

When an investigator arrived at the home, Jaramillo at first identified herself as Villegas’ sister.


Villegas had been repeatedly accused of abusing Morales, and in April, he was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly “grabbed” Morales “violently, causing injury to her right arm,” according to a Florida City police report.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against Villegas on the same day he is alleged to have attacked Jayden, however, when Morales could not be located, records show.

Villegas acknowledged to a DCF investigator in March 2012 that he had “an anger issue and wants counseling.” It is unclear whether Villegas ever received the treatment, however, when the March 2012 investigation was closed.

“We are really saddened, and pretty upset about this child’s death,” said Jacobo. “There were a lot of missed opportunities in this case.”

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the manner in which Duray Smith, a former DCF supervisor, left the agency. Smith resigned in May.

While Mom works, Dad leaves 4-year-old at home so he can go to a bar (Burnsville, Minnesota)

Sounds like dad RICHARD DONALD MOORE is cheating on Mom too. Wonder if this dude even has a job, or whether he is the stay-at-home "parent" while Mom is working.

Charges: Dad left girl, 4, home alone to go drink while mom was away

Posted: Jul 24, 2013 12:38 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2013 12:42 AM EDT
by Iris Pérez

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) - A little girl had a bad dream and woke up to find no one home to comfort her. So, she went to the neighbor for help and now her father is facing criminal charges after police found him in a bar.

"When children are neglected or abused, it's a serious situation," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

Richard Donald Moore, 47, was formally charged with one count of child neglect after police were called to his Burnsville neighborhood hours after his 4-year-old daughter woke up clutching a blanket and walked out of her house and woke a neighbor to say she had a nightmare and couldn't find her dad.

"It's a pretty dangerous situation when you have a child that young of an age waling outside on streets, in driveways, after midnight alone," Backstrom said.

The girl's mother was reportedly away because she travels for work, and when police contacted her, she said Moore was supposed to be at home and then gave officers the names of a few bars to go check. According to the complaint, repeated calls to Moore from the girl's mother went unanswered.

After obtaining Moore's license plate number and searching local bar parking lots, police eventually him on the patio at Ansari's Mediterranean Grill and Lounge having drinks with a woman who told police Moore picked her up at 10 p.m. that night, leading investigators to believe his daughter had been home alone for more than three hours.

"You're not supposed to leave a child under the age of 7 alone in a home for any period of time because of the dangers associated with it," Backstrom said.

The woman at the bar also told police that she has known Moore for a year, but she did not know his child was at home. Moore, however, admitted she was there when police asked.

"What happened to dad that he could not attach to his child and understand how the rest of us look at this and say, 'Oh my God, this is a dramatic neglect case?'" asked Karina Forrst-Perkins, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.

Dakota County Social Services defines leaving any child aged 7 or younger alone as a "lack of supervision," and requires children ages 8 and 9 not be left alone for more than two hours.

"This child is four," Forrst-Perkins continued. "Could the child meet their needs like an adult can meet their needs? No."

DCSS also says children aged 10-13 shouldn't be left alone for more than 12 hours, and 14-year-olds should not be left alone for more than a day at a time.

Backstrom said Moore is fortunate his daughter did the right thing and went to a caring neighbor, but he makes no bones about the fact that he feels charges are warranted.

"It's a lesson for everyone to learn from," Backstrom said. "Young children need to be protected."

A single count of neglect of a child carries a maximum sentence of a year imprisonment and fines up to $3,000.

FOX 9 News did visit Moore's home for comment, but the woman who answered the door said she had no interest in discussing the complaint.

A relative picked up the girl from the neighbor's home the night of the incident and the criminal complaint said she would be kept in the care of that family member until the girl's mother could catch the first flight home.

Coroner: Dad lied about how 17-month-old daughter died while in his "sole care" (United Kingdom)

Is dad PAUL FRETWELL a single or custodial father? Notice that this toddler was in the "sole care" of her father at tht tme of her fatal head injury, and that there is no mention of a mother in the home...or anywhere else.

Coroner to contact prosecutors over inquest into death of child

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Derby Telegraph

A CORONER is to write to prosecutors after ruling that a father lied about how his daughter died.

Paul Fretwell told an inquest that his 17-month-old daughter, Nina, died after falling down a small flight of stairs at their flat in Station Road, Ilkeston.

But, after hearing other evidence, deputy coroner Louise Pinder ruled that Mr Fretwell was hiding the truth and recorded an open verdict.

Mr Fretwell was arrested shortly after Nina died from a severe head injury in July 2010. But he was released because of a lack of evidence.

An inquest was held this week to establish the facts of the case.

And, following yesterday's verdict, a spokeswoman for Derby Coroner's Court confirmed that Miss Pinder planned to write to the Crown Prosecution Service to "inform them of the outcome".

Miss Pinder spent 15 minutes summing up the case before recording an open verdict. She said: "On the balance of probability and based on all the evidence, I conclude that the fatal head injury was not compatible with a fall down the stairs in the way that has been described.

"The precise circumstances of how Nina sustained a head injury while in the sole care of her father, however, remain unexplained.

"As the evidence I have heard at inquest has not fully or further disclosed how Nina died, I return in this case an open verdict.

"While this is clearly unsatisfactory for all parties involved as it leaves unanswered questions, it is the only appropriate verdict." Miss Pinder said that there were a number of reasons why she concluded Mr Fretwell had not told the truth.

She said tests had revealed Nina had suffered a series of "non-accidental" injuries in the weeks before her death and pointed out that Nina was "frightened" of stairs and so was unlikely to have gone near them.

Miss Pinder also said that Mr Fretwell had "changed his story" relating to how many stairs Nina had supposedly fallen from.

She added: "The space on the landing where he said he found Nina does not appear to be large enough for her to be in the position he later described."

Furthermore, Miss Pinder pointed out that Mr Fretwell had returned to the flat as his daughter lay critically ill "before police could secure the scene".

Following Miss Pinder's comments, the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We will await the report from the Coroner and will respond as appropriate to any issues raised."

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: "The case was thoroughly investigated. A file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, which decided there was insufficient evidence to bring a criminal case against anyone."

Mr Fretwell refused to comment after the hearing.

Dad facing murder charge in death of 3-year-old son (Las Vegas, Nevada)

It's not real clear in this account, but it sounds like dad JONATHAN QUISANO is a single dad. Notice that the grandmother dropped off the child at "his" house. And that Dad ended up calling the mother and SHE was the one who called the paramedics. Wonder if this involved a court-ordered custody/visitation agreement....

Dad accused in son's abuse death due in court
Posted: Jul 24, 2013 11:04 AM EDT Updated: Jul 24, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
Written by Matt Guillermo

Jonathan Quisano, 26, was charged with murder by child abuse in the death of his 3-year-old son Khayden.

(LVMPD) LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - A Las Vegas father facing a first-degree child abuse murder charge following the death of his 3-year-old son is scheduled to appear in court. A felony arraignment for Jonathan Quisano, 26, was slated for 8 a.m. Wednesday in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Quisano is being held in Clark County Detention Center without bail following his arrest last month.

In a Las Vegas Metro police arrest report, Quisano claims his son Khayden fell over the back of a couch while he was watching him on June 6.

In the report, Quisano told police Khayden was dropped off by the boy's grandmother at his residence in the 4700 block of Trim Water Court after he returned from work.

Quisano, in the report, told police he tried splashing water on the boy's face after the fall. The boy began to vomit and cough up blood, the report said. Quisano told police in the report he called the child's mother about the emergency and she called paramedics.

Police, in the report, found Quisano's story inconsistent with the injuries an attending doctor at University Medical Center saw.

According to the report, the doctor said the child suffered two skull fractures, severely bruised lungs and a possible lacerated spleen.

Quisano, in the report, denied injuring the child but did not offer an explanation for the injuries. Metro said Quisano has no prior arrests in its jurisdiction.

Metro said officers haven't been called to the home for reports of abuse. Child Protective Services said its agency does not have any prior history with the family. CPS has placed another family member in its care.

Dad in dangerous mental state retains custody of 2-year-old son (Portland, Oregon)

UNNAMED DAD sound like a drug-addicted, crazy nitwit. How this moron got custody is not explained at all. Nor what happened to the mother. Typical fawning over a custodial daddy. Never held accountable for anything they do.

Father in dangerous mental state retains custody

July 24 BY NIGEL DUARA Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon man has regained custody of his child, even though trial and appellate courts found his mental state poses a danger to the 2-year-old.

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a trial court's finding that put the child in state custody. It was the second time the appeals court ruled on the case — a previous ruling was unclear and apparently misinterpreted by the lower court.

The overturned decision puts the child firmly back in the father's custody, pending a new hearing in trial court. The appeals court said reviewing whether a parent's condition at the time of a hearing poses a risk to the child "does not have an easy answer."

But it ruled the trial court erred when it relied on the father's history of substance abuse, mental state and threat of relapse to deny him custody, which the appeals court called "facts that have ceased to exist or for which there is no evidence."

The case began in 2011, when the Oregon Department of Human Services took custody of the child. The father, identified in court documents as "N.P.," conceded in August 2011 that his use of controlled substances made him an inadequate parent.

By December 2011, the father had completed drug and alcohol counseling and addressed the problem. He then tried to win back custody of his child.

But the Department of Human Services refused, saying the child belonged in state custody because the father "has ongoing mental health and/or anger and frustration problems that impair his ability to competently parent the child." The department made no claims about substance abuse, its original reasoning for taking custody of the child.

A trial court judge agreed in 2012.

"Viewed in light of the risk that is represented by his use of controlled substances," the judge wrote in an opinion, "the father's anger and frustration represent a condition that, without treatment, impairs his ability to parent."

And the appellate court still found that the father's "anger, frustration, intemperance and immaturity" represented a threat to the child. But the appellate court ruled that the trial court erred when it relied on his history of substance abuse and threat of relapse.

The appeals court has established a high bar to prove that a parent's condition poses a threat to a child. Whether it was possession of pornography or failure to complete sex offender treatment, the appeals court has ruled in at least two other cases that parents were still fit to retain custody of their children. 

The appeals court said that the evidence before the trial court "was sufficient to establish that father's condition or conduct gave rise to a current threat of serious loss or injury to the child."

But the court didn't rely on that to deny him custody, instead using the fact that the father had a substance abuse problem at the time of the hearing, and the appellate court ruled "there was no evidence to support that determination."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dad who tortured 11-year-old daughter gets 18 months in prison (Guizhou Province, China)

Dad is identified as YANG SHIHAI. No mother is identified as being in the home.

Father given 18-month sentence for child abuse

Global Times | 2013-7-25 0:38:02 By Wang Nan

The father who brutally abused his 11-year-old daughter was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday in Southwest China's Guizhou Province.

Yang Shihai, a farmer from Bijie, Guizhou Province who perpetrated physical abuse and torturous assault on his 11-year-old daughter, was arrested on May 22. Yang was prosecuted on June 27 for the crime of intentional injury.

According to the evidence collected by the police and the local prosecutors, Yang picked up his daughter by her feet and dipped her head in a pot of boiling water last October, causing permanent damage to the girl's scalp, for no obvious reason.

The girl was also pierced with needles, forced to kneel on broken glass, and once had her mouth sewn shut by her father using fishing line to "keep her quiet."

The daughter is the eldest of the family's five children. Her siblings were not abused.

"Judging by the fact that Yang Shihai only tortured his eldest daughter and that this daughter was the only child not raised by Yang Shihai, we believe that he had intentionally abused the child to vent his frustration in life," said the prosecutor.

Yang's abuse raised great public concern as photos of the daughter with a scarred scalp circulated on the internet.

Wang Jie, a volunteer who often visits the victim, told the Global Times that the girl is currently living in a local nursing home, and that the local government failed to provide psychological rehabilitation and comfort.

Chen Huiqi, a child protection lawyer from Guizhou who follows the case, told the Global Times that the court is considering exploiting the father's right of custody.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dad accepts plea deal for abusing 6-week-old daughter (Fort Myers, Florida_

Dad is identified as PATRICK CANNEDY. No mention of a mother in the home.

Father accepts plea deal in shaken baby case

Posted: Jul 22, 2013 11:36 AM EDT Updated: Jul 22, 2013 2:43 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL - A father accused of violently shaking his infant daughter accepted a plea deal from the state this morning. Patrick Cannedy pleaded guilty to third degree felony child abuse.

The judge sentenced him to 48 months of probation. He must also pay $500 in court costs and must receive a mental evaluation.

Earlier this year, deputies said Cannedy shook his daughter, Lily, so hard she suffered a brain hemorrhage. Lily was six weeks old at the time.

After a lengthy investigation, Cannedy was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.

A doctor told deputies the infant suffered severe head trauma due to shaken baby syndrome.

Deputies say the baby also showed other signs of physical abuse, specifically bruising all over her chest, stomach and hips, caused by some sort of trauma.

Investigators say Cannedy denied ever hurting his daughter. He told them he picked her up abruptly while she was vomiting.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dad charged with beating 4-month-old baby (Shiloh, Illinois)

Dad is identified as RANDALL M. PENN.

Father charged with beating four-month-old baby
Posted on: 10:06 am, July 22, 2013, by Vera Culley

SHILOH, IL (KTVI) – A Metro-East father is behind bars for allegedly beating his four-month-old baby. Authorities arrested Randall M. Penn, 20, of the 2300 block of Richland Prairie, after his four-month-old was admitted to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Police were called on July 11 when the child was brought to the hospital with multiple injures that doctor’s felt may have been caused by abuse. On Saturday, July 20, a 7-count warrant was issued for Penn’s arrest after a police investigation.

Charges against Penn include aggravated battery of a child and domestic battery. He is currently jailed on a $750,000 bond.

The child is still hospitalized.

Dad charged with murder in death of 1-year-old son (Detroit, Michigan)

Dad is identified as ELIJAH MORRIS.

Detroit Dad Charged In Baby’s Death

July 19, 2013 5:37 PM

DETROIT (WWJ) – A young Detroit father is facing murder charges in connection with the death of his 1-year-old son.

An EMS unit and police responded to a call that a child at a home on the 8000 block of Braile on the city’s west side was not breathing.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, but police aren’t saying how the child was killed. 

Elijah Morris, 20, was arraigned Friday afternoon on two felony charges: one count of child abuse-first degree, and one count of felony murder.

He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail pending a preliminary hearing set for Friday, July 26.

The child’s name was not released.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dad held for torturing 11-year-old daughter (India)

Dad is identified as MANOJ. No mention of a mother.

Father held for torturing girl

By Express News Service - IDUKKI 20th July 2013 09:50 AM

In yet another case of torture, Manoj, 35, Thambuzhil house, at Banglamkunnu colony near Thodupuzha, was arrested on Friday for inflicting burn injuries on his 11-year-old daughter.

 The father, who enjoys a good name in the neighbourhood, is said to have burned the girl with a hot steel ladle on the left leg, below the knees, enraged over the girl allegedly taking money from the house of the neighbour, the police said.

The girl, a sixth standard student, was found limping in the school by a teacher, who informed the matter to the police. Manoj has another child who is younger to the victim, police said.

Single dad never charged for molesting daughter, taking child porn photos (Plano, Texas)

UNNAMED DAD. The abuse started right after the mother died. And law enforcement will not prosecute for all the usual reasons--statute of limitations, blah blah.

Plano victim hopes her story helps others understand the impact of child pornography

Published: 20 July 2013 10:40 PM Updated: 21 July 2013 12:25 AM

April, 39, tossed a dozen envelopes sealed with red evidence tape on the table.

Inside were childhood photographs she said were taken by her father, not of birthdays and Christmas gatherings but of April in the nude and in sexually suggestive poses.

Her father is a charming guy, April said. But he made her childhood hell, she said, by taking pornographic photos of her and molesting her.

April, not her real name, agreed to tell her story in hopes of helping people understand the impact of child pornography on its victims. As in most cases, the perpetrator was someone she knew, not a stranger.

And like many offenders, he was never charged with a crime. By the time April, who grew up in Plano, decided to press charges, police told her the statute of limitations had expired. That statute was lifted several years ago but was not made retroactive.

Her father admitted he took the photos but said he never showed them to anyone else. He also said he does not collect child pornography.

April said he started taking pictures of her naked when she was around 5, shortly after her mother’s suicide. 

When she entered puberty, her father said he wanted to document her “development into a woman,” April said.

He took the lineup-style photos of her standing nude near the dining-room drapes because he said they made a “nice backdrop,” April said.

Her father said he “had reasons for taking them. They might not have been good reasons, and if I had it to do again, I probably would not have.”

The sexual contact started around age 12, April said. She recalled her father coming into her room and asking, “Do you want to have some fun?”

When she was around 16, April found the courage to object. Though her father quit molesting her, she said, the photo sessions continued.

“The night of my homecoming dance, he took pictures of me in my stockings,” she said.

April remembers feeling humiliated and embarrassed during the photo sessions, even though she smiled because her father insisted, she said.

The sessions finally ended when she left home.

She did well in college and grad school, landed a good job, married and had a child.

“I live in a really nice house. I have a really cute kid. I work for a major corporation. I handle stress really well,” she said. “Nobody would ever know.”

But privately, she suffered from debilitating depression.

Eventually, she found an incest recovery group, where members understood her pain.

With encouragement, she approached Plano police about what she said her father had done. She took the photos — which she said she removed from her father’s house — with her, but it was too late.

Her father said the photos were always her property and he kept them for her until she had a safe place to keep them.

Though the legal system didn’t help April, she said therapy did. She still gets emotional, but “it’s not my shame,” she said through tears. “It’s his.”

Several years ago, April confronted her father, with whom she’d cut off most contact.

She recalled him saying his behavior was wrong, but “I thought I was helping you and teaching you, preparing you.”

In an effort to improve their relationship, the two agreed to attend counseling together.

“I don’t think we’ve moved forward as successfully as I’d hoped,” her father said.

He declined to comment further on the advice of a counselor.

April said she appreciates his efforts, but the next meeting will be her last.

She’s tried, she said, but “I can’t ever forgive him.”

“I’ll never be done dealing with this,” April said. “It’s like PTSD — it stays with you forever.”

Dad beats 12-year-old son after boy told him to stop beating his girlfriend (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Dad is identified as GABRIEL ARCHULETA. The custody/visitation situation is not explained here, but clearly this @$$hole of a father had some sort of child access he didn't deserve. You can just about be he has a history of violence with the mother as well. These types usually do. 

Notice how the police refused to take Daddy's assault seriously. Typical daddy coddling.

Mannerly Boy Pummeled by Father 

Christopher Archuleta, 12, is still recovering from the beating his father, 32-year-old Gabriel Archuleta, allegedly administered July 7, after Christopher told Gabriel to stop hitting his girlfriend. Christopher’s mother said when she reported the assault to State Police, officer Nicholas Levine said there wasn’t enough evidence to make an arrest, despite her son’s face being severely bruised.

By Nathan J. Comp SUN Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:05 AM MDT

A Calle Redonda Trailer Park resident was arrested July 12, six days after he allegedly pummeled his 12-year-old son after his son scolded him for slapping around his girlfriend.

Gabriel Archuleta, 32, was arraigned in Santa Fe Magistrate Court July 15 on a felony count of child abuse and criminal damage to property. He is currently being held on $100,000 cash-only bond. 

Archuleta’s son, Christopher Archuleta, said he, his father and his father’s girlfriend were returning home from a Lil’ Mayhem concert in Albuquerque when his father, who he said had been drinking all day, became enraged after losing his phone. When Gabriel Archuleta’s girlfriend told him she didn’t know where his phone was, he allegedly began slapping her.

“I told him you don’t hit girls,” said Christopher Archuleta, the bruises on his face still visible a week later. *

Christopher Archuleta said his father, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, pushed the seat back, pinning his legs, and began punching him with a closed fist. The boy said his father punched him more than 20 times.

“He punched me from Sombrillo to El Llano,” he said.

The girlfriend, he said, pulled up to Gabriel Archuleta’s mother’s residence and exited the vehicle. Christopher, seeing his chance to escape, fled the vehicle. He said his father then picked up a cinder block and began to chase him.

Through the darkness, Christopher Archuleta said he ran until coming to the street, where he flagged a passing motorist. He said he banged on the window, begging the motorist for help. But before the motorist could respond, the boy saw his father running toward him with the cinder block.

“I jumped into the back seat,” he said.

The motorist turned out to be Gabriel Archuleta’s girlfriend, he said. As she sped off, Gabriel Archuleta allegedly threw the cinder block at the vehicle, causing a large dent. Christopher Archuleta’s mother, Julie Wyman, wondered if her son hadn’t gotten away whether he’d be dead right now.

“What the hell was he going to do with the cinder block?” she asked. “He’s lucky he didn’t kill Christopher.”

The next day, Gabriel Archuleta sent Wyman this text message in reference to their son, who refused to speak with his father following the incident.

“What? He thinks he’s bad now?” the text read. “I will show that lil boy how I roll. (Expletive) kid thinks he’s tough now? haha. that’s funny.”

Wyman met her son at Española Hospital following the beating.

“He had all these bruises and a huge lump on his face,” she said.

She said she called State Police, but an officer never arrived at the hospital. Once he was discharged, they went to the State Police Española Office, where she said officer Nicholas Levine told them there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest Gabriel Archuleta. 

“They said they couldn’t do anything unless he had a warrant,” Wyman said. “Isn’t his face evidence enough?”

Levine was unavailable for comment. His superior, Captain Roman Jimenez, didn’t return calls as of press time.

Wyman said it was only after she contacted the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department that police seemed to take the incident seriously.

Wyman said the beating has given her son nightmares and he startles easily when someone knocks at the door. Until his father was arrested, he lived in fear his father would come for him, she said. 

Christopher Archuleta said it is the first time his father has hit him, but he’s determined to make it the last time.

“I don’t even want to see him anymore,” he said. “I’m happy he’s not on the streets hurting people.”