June 2016 Sad Stories (part 1)

June 25, 2016 in Adoption, CASA, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, Resources, The States by Mike Tikkanen

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DesMoinesRegister.com

How child trauma can haunt us as adults

DesMoinesRegister.com

ACEs describe various forms of child abuse, trauma and household … Adults who endured four or more adverse childhood experiences are six times …

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The Sun Daily

Trauma counselling a must for child victims of sexual abuse

The Sun Daily

“Without appropriate trauma counselling, it is very likely that the child’s current and future emotional, familial and social ties are going to be badly …

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Focus on reducing childhood trauma in Pottstown

Reading Eagle

Pottstown officials are taking steps to reduce instances of childhood trauma … A program of the school district, PEAK partners with private child care …

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Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence

Science Daily

“We also found that trauma such as car accidents, natural disasters, and major illness in childhood increased the chances that teens would use …

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Orlando Sentinel

Demings: ‘No question’ 2-year-old boy dead after Disney gator attack

Orlando Sentinel

The child, who has not been identified, was attacked about 9:00 p.m. … into the search, Demings acknowledged the child’s trauma was “not survivable.

Sheriff: ‘No question’ 2-year-old boy dead after Disney gator attack – The Daily Gazette

Body of child killed by alligator at Walt Disney World recovered – Toronto Star

Authorities search for boy dragged into water by gator – The Herald

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MyNorthwest.com

Holocaust survivors can genetically pass trauma down to their children

MyNorthwest.com

She told me she’d send me a study that says parents who suffered in the holocaust can actually pass down that trauma to their children in their genes.

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Inquirer.net

Who’s to blame?: Vina Morales’ childtraumatized

Inquirer.net

Singer-actress Vina Morales claimed that her daughter Ceana has experienced “slight behavioral changes” after the 7-year-old was forcibly detained …

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Childhood psychological trauma can increase likelihood of drug misuse in adolescence

News-Medical.net

Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before …

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WTVB

Helping Children Deal with Trauma

WTVB

HOLLAND (WTHC) — Parents may not be able to shield children from the news, but there are ways to help them understand when they encounter …

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PsychCentral.com (blog)

Childhood Trauma Linked to Adolescent Drug Use

PsychCentral.com (blog)

Analyzing data from almost 10,000 teens, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that childhood trauma …

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The Trauma & Injury Research Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

The Trauma & Injury Research Center at Dell Children’s in Austin, TX studies childhood violence, injury & prevention to improve clinical practices.

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Helping Children Deal with Trauma

92.7 The Van WYVN

HOLLAND (WTHC) — Parents may not be able to shield children from the news, but there are ways to help them understand when they encounter …

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Grief and trauma in children: an evidence-based treatment manual, by A. Salloum

Taylor & Francis Online

Grief and Trauma in Children: An Evidence-based Treatment Manual is a well conceptualized and clearly organized model of intervention that …

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The Southern

Life after abuse: Trauma-trained counselors helping children heal

The Southern

Meyer was one of the counselors who underwent the special training, provided by the St. Louis-based Missouri Academy for Child Trauma Studies, …

Trauma training for Southern Illinois therapists helping abused kids – WSIL TV

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Jamaica Gleaner

Linking childhood trauma and adult health problems

Jamaica Gleaner

Have you ever wondered why some persons who endured trying conditions as children go on to experience physical and emotional illnesses later in …

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Jury told to expect ‘trauma‘ in Baca child porn case

Montrose Daily Press

Travis Baca used the Internet’s dark corners to cloak his participation in the sexual exploitation of children, prosecutors alleged Friday, at the start of …

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KPRC Houston

Man charged after infant dies from extensive brain trauma

KPRC Houston

The infant died from her injuries Jan. 28. It was later learned that the child had sustained extensive brain trauma, bruised lungs and a lacerated liver.

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Helping children cope with trauma

Emporia Gazette

Dealing with traumatic events, like the mass shooting in Orlando, can be tough for adults. Explaining those events to children can be even more …

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Belfast Telegraph

Liam Hemsworth’s childhood tumble dryer trauma

Belfast Telegraph

Liam Hemsworth’s upbringing was “loving but mostly traumatic“, thanks to his … brothers used to trap him in the tumble dryer when he was a child.

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Globalnews.ca

Alberta NDP announce $1.7 million in funding for child advocacy centres

Globalnews.ca

The announcement comes on the heels of a symposium on childhood trauma being held at Mount Royal University on Thursday, called Connecting …

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PsychCentral.com (blog)

Trauma and Mental Health: 7 Facts You Should Know

PsychCentral.com (blog)

Sadly, most trauma begins in childhood and is often the worst kind of trauma due to its affects on the developing brain. Thankfully, youths are resilient …

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Medical Daily

Trouble Sleeping? Childhood Trauma And Abuse May Contribute To Insomnia In Adulthood

Medical Daily

Sleep plays an essential role in our overall health; it’s so vital that some studies have gone so far as to say that getting enough sleep is more important …

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The Guardian

NSPCC and NHS to open refuges to support child victims of sexual abuse

The Guardian

“Physical trauma is photographed and documented, becoming evidence to help prosecutors. Then the child has a forensic interview with police and …

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The effect of trauma on the brain development of children

Australian Institute of Family Studies

An overview of cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and principles to support effective practice responses.

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douglascountysentinel

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating child

douglascountysentinel

Carmichael Crane entered a guilty plea in front of Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James to two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, …

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NorthJersey.com

Prosecutors: Sentence too lenient in N.J. child abuse case of Army major, wife

NorthJersey.com

Challenging the punishment meted out by a judge as far too lenient, federal prosecutors urged an appeals court Thursday to toss out the sentences of …

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PennLive.com

Couple headed to Cumberland County Court on child abuse charges

PennLive.com

State police claim the children, ages 9 and 11, reported that Cover chained them to a desk and beat them over a two-year period. He also is accused …

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Telegraph.co.uk

Child killer beaten to death in prison

Telegraph.co.uk

A convicted child killer has been beaten to death by another prisoner at a top security jail. Sidonio Teixeira, who was jailed for life in 2008 for the …

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The Advocate

Burglarized home’s owner joins critics of arrest of Baton Rouge mom accused of beating sons she …

The Advocate

“She loves her kids. She don’t beat her kids,” Nettles said, noting the distinction, echoed by Nicholson, between “beating,” abuse that might involve …

Victim: Mother accused of beating kids for burglarizing home was right to ‘whup’ kids – WBTV

Mother accused of beating kids for burglarizing home released from jail – WECT-TV6

Baton Rouge mother should be praised, not arrested for punishing 3 sons caught burglarizing a … – NOLA.com

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KSN-TV

Court document released in North Newton child abuse case

KSN-TV

A court document released Wednesday shows a North Newton couple accused of child abuse and other charges allegedly beat some of their children …

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WKBN.com

Marion mom charged in beating death of 6-month-old child

WKBN.com

MARION, OH (WCMH) — A woman in Marion has been charged with murder after deputies say she beat her 6-month-old child to death. According to …

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Child abuse

The Nation

Child abuse is the physical or emotional abuse of a child by a parent, … Reports of child abuse, including sexual abuse, beating and murder have …

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The Root

Ala. Woman Indicted in 8-Year-Old Boy Beating 1-Year-Old to Death

The Root

Katerra Lewis, 27, is facing charges of reckless manslaughter in the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Kelci, after she left the child with an 8-year-old …

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Fox News

Neighbors of sex assault suspect found with 12 girls angry police didn’t act sooner

Fox News

That’s the calls that we got, I mean we didn’t get childabuse calls there, so if it was a childabuse call, we would have responded, naturally, but that’s …

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The Guardian

Parents continue ‘quest for truth’ after inquest into baby’s death

The Guardian

The parents of a premature baby have said they will continue to seek the truth following an inquest into his death. Ben Condon was born at 29 weeks …

Baby who died at Bristol Children’s Hospital should have been given antibiotics sooner – Bristol Post

Ben Condon inquest: Parents will continue to ‘seek truth’ – BBC News

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ABC Online

Mother of Summer Jamsek reveals heartbreak over coroner’s findings on baby’s death

ABC Online

A Melbourne mother has revealed her heartache that a Victorian Coroner has not been able to find a clear cause of death or deficiencies in care at a …

What killed baby Summer? We may never know – The Age

Anti-depressant Lexapro unlikely to have caused death of newborn, coroner finds – ABC Online

Melbourne mum’s heartbreak at coroner’s findings into daughter’s death – 9news.com.au

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Deputies investigating Pike Township baby’s death

Canton Repository

PIKE TWP. A township baby is dead and Stark County sheriff’s deputies are investigating. “At this time, it appears it was accidental,” said Maj.

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The Advertiser

Twin baby dies in home birth tragedy

The Advertiser

The baby’s death will renew debate between home birth advocates who argue mothers have a right to choose where they give birth and authorities …

Adelaide twin baby boy dies in home birth in Fullarton as police investigate – Daily Mail

Twin baby boy dies during homebirth in Adelaide – ABC Online

SA home birth death being investigated – 9news.com.au

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KWTX

Waco police investigate baby’s death

Waco Tribune-Herald

A 3-month-old baby was found unresponsive at a West Waco home Tuesday morning and later died at a nearby hospital, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick …

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Daily Mail

Report condemns hospital in baby death cover-up: Parents speak of ‘vindication’ as senior staff

Daily Mail

A hospital where senior staff plotted to delete a tape recording in which they admitted appalling errors were made over a baby’s death has been …

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Reuters

Texas court halts execution of man in ‘shaken babydeath case

Reuters

Lawyers for Roberson also pointed out that it is impossible to shake a baby to death without causing serious neck injuries, which his child did not …

Texas court halts execution of man in ‘shaken babydeath case – Metro.us

Court Halts Texas Man’s Execution in “Shaken Baby” Case – Texas Tribune

Execution Halted Over Shaken Baby Syndrome ‘Junk Science’ – Newser

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10TV

Baby death investigation in west Columbus

10TV

Police were called out to a home on West Park Avenue near West Town Street around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night for a child who was not breathing.

Police investigating baby’s death – ABC6OnYourSide.com

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Journal and Courier

Grand jury indicts 2 for baby’s death

Journal and Courier

Chad A. Giroux Jr. and Makenzie D. Shultz’s baby died one day before the infant’s 8-month birthday, according to police records, and a grand jury …

2 from Lafayette charged in 2015 baby death investigation – News Sentinel

2 from Lafayette charged in 2015 baby death investigation – WANE

2 from Lafayette charged in 2015 baby death investigation – Brown County Democrat

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ITV News

Hospital apologises to parents after damning report on handling of baby’s death

ITV News

Bristol Children’s Hospital has issued an ‘unreserved’ apology to the parents of a baby who died in its care, after a report found staff had been …

Parents ‘vindicated’ after hospital apologises for handling of baby’s death – ITV News

Listen to how doctors tried to ‘cover up’ death of baby boy at Bristol Children’s Hospital – Bristol Post

Parents ‘vindicated’ after report criticises Bristol hospital over death of eight-week-old baby – Bristol Post

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Mother of Summer Jamsek reveals heartbreak over coroner’s findings on baby’s death

MSN.com

A Melbourne mother who believes her baby died after a series of hospital errors says she is bitterly disappointed the coroner could not find a clear …

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NorthJersey.com

Sentence Appealed in Child Abuse Case of Army Major, Wife

ABC News

The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has appealed the sentences of a former Army major and his wife convicted last year of endangering their three …

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Commentary: Bucks case show value of childabuse reports

Philly.com

Thanks to a concerned neighbor, 12 children are a little bit safer. When something did not look quite right, a woman in Bucks County said something.

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Madison.com

‘Horrific’ child abuse death brings 20-year prison sentence to Fitchburg man

Madison.com

Calling the injuries a Fitchburg man inflicted on his girlfriend’s son “horrific,” a Dane County judge sentenced the man to 20 years in prison Thursday …

Child abuse death brings 20-year prison sentence to Fitchburg man – Madison.com

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Tulsa World

Woman ticketed for child abuse after child nearly drowns in hotel pool

Omaha World-Herald

A 38-year-old woman was ticketed Sunday for misdemeanor child abuse by neglect after a child nearly drowned at a pool at an extended-stay hotel at …

School program promotes early child development – West Plains Daily Quill

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WJXT Jacksonville

Ex-Middle school staffer charged with child abuse

WJXT Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Duval County teacher’s assistant is facing child abuse charges from an altercation with two students in December, …

School employee charged with child abuse; Botched investigation brings policy change – Firstcoastnews.com

Arlington Middle employee arrested, school officers reprimanded in abuse investigation – ActionNewsJax.com

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New York Daily News

Child abuse survivors PAC targets N.Y. state senator’s seat

New York Daily News

ALBANY – A political action committee created by an upstate investor and child sex abuse survivor has its first target – state Sen. Kemp Hannon.

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Greensboro News & Record

High Point couple charged with child abuse of two kids under 2

Greensboro News & Record

HIGH POINT — A husband and wife are charged with child abuse after an assault call by the wife alerted law enforcement. Robyn Hermite Elliott, 23, …

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WCNC.com

Babysitter charged with child abuse of 8-month-old

WCNC.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A Mooresville woman has been charged with child abuse after an eight-month-old was hurt in her care. Candace Irvin, 30, was …

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Casper Star-Tribune Online

Man gets prison time for child abuse in Laramie

Casper Star-Tribune Online

LARAMIE — A judge in Laramie has sentenced a man convicted of three sex crimes related to the abuse of a young child to 15 to 18 years in prison.

Man gets prison time for child abuse in Laramie – Casper Star-Tribune Online

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Spectator.co.uk

‘Mandatory reporting’ of suspected child abuse is a mad, bad idea

Spectator.co.uk

This would allow David Cameron to be seen to make a stand against child abuse, and which politician doesn’t want that? But what a mess it will make.

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The Child Abuse Prevevention Center

Idealist.org

Prevent Child abuse & Neglect by: Implementing evidence-based practices and.

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Hot Cars and Kids: 5 Quick Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Prevent Child Abuse America

Leaving a child alone in a hot car is a potentially dangerous form of neglect. Use these tips to help avoid these kind of situations and keep kids safe.

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Child Abuse Prevention Event

WIXX.com

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) – The 8th Annual Butterfly Festival took place in Appleton on Saturday. Hundreds attended the event in City Park, which …

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Mission Man Sentenced for Child Abuse and Aiding and Abetting

US Department of Justice

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on June 13, 2016, …

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Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife

Associated Press

Prosecutors said the children’s abuse lasted for years. “By imposing such lenient sentences, the Court trivialized these offenses, which involved the …

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NH couple faces charges following allegations of child abuse

WHDH.com

Two parents are facing charges after allegations of child abuse in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Police arrested Brandon Perry, 23, and Samantha …

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Mom of dying son calls for harsher child abuse charges

WPDE

Charleston (WCIV) — A Charleston mom is trying to stay strong while her baby Ledgend fights for his life. Courtney Washington says baby Ledgend …

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Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife

Las Vegas Sun

Sentence appealed in child abuse case of Army major, wife. Published Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 1:58 p.m.. Updated 10 minutes ago. NEWARK, N.J. …

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Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council Sponsors Rubber Duck Race to raise awareness

96.5 KSOM | All the Best Country

(Atlantic) Wendy Richter, of the Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council, deemed the first annual Rubber Duck Derby a success.

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Support for DVA clients affected by child abuse in the ADF

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Support for DVA clients affected by child abuse in the ADF. Last updated 21 June 2016. Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Department of Veterans’ Affairs …

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Marion Star

Mother charged with murder in infant’s death

Marion Star

MARION – Formal counts of murder and two other felonies were filed Monday against a Marion County woman in the death of her 6-month old son.

Marion County woman charged in death of infant son – Columbus Dispatch

Marion mother charged with murder in the death of her baby boy – ABC6OnYourSide.com

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FOX40

Family questions infant’s death in Northern California foster home

San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — Child Protective Services is investigating after a 6-week-old girl died in a Sacramento foster home. Authorities say there are no …

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GoDanRiver.com

Police investigating infant’s death since Sunday

GoDanRiver.com

Danville Police are investigating the cause of death for an infant discovered in a duffel bag Sunday. According to a news release, police responded to …

Virginia police investigate after discovering a ‘dead infant in a bag’ inside a home – Daily Mail

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Tallahassee.com

Prosecutors seek death penalty for infant’s death

7News – WSVN-TV

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 10-month-old …

Prosecutors seek death penalty for infant’s death – NBC2 News

Florida Seeks Death Penalty in Death of 10-Month Old – WTXL ABC 27

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CBS Local

Family Questions Infant’s Death In Sacramento Foster Home

CBS Local

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Child Protective Services is investigating after a 6-week-old girl died in a Sacramento foster home. Authorities say there …

Family questions infant’s death in Sacramento foster home – The Republic

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WEAR

Father charged with murder in his infant’s death

WEAR

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WEAR) — An arrest has been made in an investigation stemming from the December death of a 2-month-old infant.

Man arrested in death of infant in Walton County, Fla. – FOX10 News

Walton County man arrested in death of 2 month old child – WJHG-TV

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Death penalty sought against parents accused in infant’s death

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Death penalty sought against parents accused in infant’s death. Michael Wright and Andrea Dusha are charged with homicide in the death of their …

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Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tarrant County continues to battle high infant mortality rate

Fort Worth Star Telegram

The area is one of several parts of Tarrant County where the infant mortality rate, a measurement of how many babies die before their first birthday, …

Community outreach as critical as healthcare to reduce infant mortality – Fort Worth Star Telegram

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WNYT

Infant’s death under investigation in Queensbury

WNYT

Police haven’t released many details, but told NewsChannel 13 on Monday they were asked to give emergency aid to the baby, who was less than six …

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WSAW

Unsafe sleep conditions tied to most sudden infant deaths

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Journal Sentinel is taking on an issue we had too long ignored – the death of children before their first birthday. Infant mortality is a crisis not just of …

Latest sudden unexpected infant death data in Wisconsin released – WSAW

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Woman Pleads Guilty Infant’s Death

100.7 MIX-FM

Neoga, Ill (WIBQ) 22-year-old Natasha Gordon of Neoga, IL pleaded guilty this week in the August, 2015 death of 1-year-old Arianna McNeal.

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WSLS

Bedford Co. man charged with felony child neglect after child found wandering in the street

WSLS

BEDFORD CO. (WSLS 10) – A Montvale man is charged with felony child neglect after his 2-year-old child was found on the side of the road. Bedford …

Bedford County man charged with felony neglect after 2-year-old child found near road – WDBJ7

Police: Little boy found alone on side of the road, father charged with child neglect – WSET

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WTVC

Traffic stop leads to child neglect charges

WTVC

Deputies say Tyler Taylor, Madison Langston and Langston’s two children were also in the car. … All three face drug and child neglect charged.

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Traffic stop leads to child neglect charges

Chickasha Express Star

She was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, medically cleared and then transported to the Grady County Jail on charges of child neglect, …

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Huntington Herald Dispatch

Five charged with drugs, child neglect after raid

Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON – Five people were arrested Wednesday after Huntington police raided an apartment in the 1100 block of 9th Avenue, finding what …

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WESH Orlando

Mother of ‘Baby Willow’ sentenced for child neglect

WESH Orlando

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —Susan Richardson, the mother of ‘Baby Willow,’ was sentenced Monday in Orange County on one charge of child neglect …

Baby Willow mom gets 1 year for abandoning baby girl – Orlando Sentinel

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WDEF News 12

Chattanooga trio charged with child neglect

WDEF News 12

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – An investigation by the Department of Child Services has resulted in three adults being charged with child …

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WCYB

Local couple facing child neglect charges

WCYB

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents arrested 34-year-old Billy Gunter and 28-year-old Whitney Gunter on aggravated child neglect …

Jonesborough parents charged with child neglect after burn found on 3-year-old – WJHL

Couple charged, accused of child neglect in son’s burn injury – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

TBI: Jonesborough couple charged with child neglect for burn on son’s foot – Johnson City Press (subscription)

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BT.com

Britain’s Got Talent dancer faces trial on child neglect charge

BT.com

A dancer who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent is to be tried for an allegation of child neglect. Leeroy Bailey – whose dance troupe starred in the …

Britain’s Got Talent finalist on trial for child neglect – Daily Star

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Leeroy Bailey facing child neglect trial – BBC News

Britain’s Got Talent dancer faces trial on child neglect charge – Leamington Courier

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Tahlequah Daily Press

Two facing child neglect charges

Tahlequah Daily Press

Two people are facing felony child neglect charges after a 2-year-old was found unsupervised outside of an apartment complex earlier this month.

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Mother facing child neglect charge

Leader-Telegram

A 33-year-old Eau Claire woman has been charged with a misdemeanor count of neglecting a child. Jennilyn D. Berger made her initial appearance …

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Behind the drug culture is child neglect

PressDisplay.com

SOCIETY without respect and openness to accept and listen to children and youth is like a land without water— everything dies. Parents, relatives and …

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CA: Bunnett: Foster children, their families need attorneys paid by the state (Opinion)
The Mercury News – June 23, 2016
Over the 16 years that I have been working on children’s advocacy issues in Santa Clara County, I have seen how vital it is for troubled families who land in dependency court to have good legal representation when judges make the very difficult decision about whether a child should be in foster care.
http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_30049914/bunnett-foster-children-their-families-need-attorneys-paid

CA: California Child Welfare Digital Services Executes Contract for API (Press release)
State of California Health and Human Services Agency – June 23, 2016
The California Health and Human Services Agency’s (CHHSA) Office of Systems Integration (OSI) has executed a contract with Taborda Solutions, headquartered in Folsom, California, to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) to the existing Child Welfare Services / Case Management System (CWS/CMS). Taborda’s software development team is the first to join the Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) partnership for the agile development of the CWS/CMS replacement. This API will allow the development of user-facing digital services, including child welfare case intake, licensing, and case management services, while social workers seamlessly continue their work to protect children. Also: http://www.chhs.ca.gov/Press%20Releases/California%20Child%20Welfare%20Digital%20Services%20Executes%20Contract%20for%20API.pdf
http://www.publicnow.com/view/B610B0CB769C88E16FFEAAB036426064657AA458?2016-06-23-21:01:06+01:00-xxx6037

CA: CASA executive director Marilyn Barr retiring
Visalia Times-Delta – June 23, 2016
“…I saw innocent, vulnerable children and adults and also people with significant complaints, and I realized I would constantly be standing up for people,” she said. She has been doing that for the last 18 years, as she expanded and improved CASA so that it is respected and honored by the court system and child welfare services. At the end of June, she is retiring.
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/life/inspire/2016/06/24/casa-executive-director-marilyn-barr-retiring/86267500/

CA: Kids and Downtown Dining Chefs Working Together
The Salinas Californian – June 23, 2016
Kinship Center children have one thing in common: they suffer from abuse, neglect, abandonment, or other traumas.
http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/life/2016/06/23/kids-and-downtown-dining-chefs-working-together/86315498/

CA: McGuire blasts psychotropic medication audit delay
Eureka Times-Standard – June 23, 2016
North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire expressed outrage this week over what he called an “irresponsibly delay” of an audit of data on the prescribing of psychotropic medications to foster youth that he and the Senate Human Services Committee requested last year, but a representative of the California Department of Health Care Services said the information needed to complete the audit has been given to state auditors.
http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20160623/mcguire-blasts-psychotropic-medication-audit-delay

CA: L.A. County May Be Near $2.63 Million Settlement in Gabriel Fernandez Case
The Chronicle of Social Change – June 22, 2016
Los Angeles County may be on the verge of settling a lawsuit brought by the family of Gabriel Fernandez, the 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was beat to death by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013.
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/la-county-may-near-2-63-million-settlement/19144

CT: State Debuts Online Program To Help Boost Graduation Rates For Foster Children (Includes video)
Hartford Courant – June 23, 2016
The Department of Children and Families on Thursday publicly introduced an online education and tutoring program that it says will help students in foster care graduate from high school.
http://www.courant.com/community/east-hartford/hc-connecticut-virtual-academy-helps-foster-children-0624-20160623-story.html

IL: Social service agencies hit hard by budget impact (Includes video)
WSIL – June 23, 2016
A new survey by non-profit group United Way reveals 95 percent of social service agencies in Illinois have been forced to make cuts in the last year. Those agencies blame the state budget impasse. Many provide child welfare and senior services.
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/32297019/social-service-agencies-hit-hard-by-budget-impact

IL: Teen parent support group receives $25,000 grant (Press release)
Daily Herald – June 23, 2016
One Hope United has received a $25,000 grant through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to strengthen families headed by teenage parents and to help prevent child abuse.
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160623/submitted/160629498/

LA: Spare the rod? Welfare chief, attorney for arrested Baton Rouge mom differ on what constitutes child abuse (Opinion)
The Advocate – June 23, 2016
The way to tell when disciplining a child has gone too far is when a child is left bleeding or with cuts, burns or bruises, the state’s top child welfare official said Thursday. Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters said in a statement that she felt “compelled to address a question many are asking” about child abuse but didn’t specify any particular case she was addressing.
http://theadvocate.com/news/16198748-103/spare-the-rod-louisianas-child-welfare-chief-weighs-in-on-what-constitutes-abuse-attorney-for-arrest

MD: Prince George’s County Focuses on Foster Kids
Afro American – June 23, 2016
There are 479 children in foster care across the county, according to the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (DSS). Of those children, 51 percent are girls and 49 percent are boys.
http://www.afro.com/prince-georges-county-focuses-on-foster-kids/

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