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American states are struggling to find answers for ending adverse childhood experiences and saving at risk children by reversing the explosive growth of child abuse and neglect.  Today, many state ward children are the 4th and 5th generation of abused children raising their own families without parenting skills and with serious drug, alcohol and mental health issues

37% of children overall and 57% of Black children are reported to child protection services in America by the time they turn 18.  (American Journal of Public Health 1.17)

12 million children a year are reported to child protection services each year and in many states, 1/3 of foster children are required to take psychotropic medicines

ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN

Perris Couple Accused of Torturing Children Return to Court

NBC Southern California

David Allen Turpin, 56, and Louise Ann Turpin, 49, are charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult. David Turpin is additionally charged with one count of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, …

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Years after children found dead in storage unit, juror selection to begin in murder case

The Salinas Californian

The trial of a man accused of torturing and killing two children in Salinas will begin selecting jurors on Monday in Monterey County Superior Court. Judge Pamela Butler on Wednesday ordered the jury selection process to begin for the trial of Gonzalo Curiel, 20. The jury trial is expected to last about five …

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Man facing five horrific charges including child torture declines bail because he has ‘nowhere to go’

Daily Mail

Man facing five horrific charges including child torture declines bail because he has ‘nowhere to go’. Queensland man charged with abuse … The man was charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, one count of strangulation and one count of torture. The court heard the man caused …

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Sunshine Coast man charged with child torture, cruelty

Courier Mail

Police charged the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, with one count of torture, one count of cruelty to children under the age of 16 years, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of strangulation. The court heard the offences were domestic-violence …

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Confidential records entered into Turpin case where parents are accused of torturing their 13 kids

The Desert Sun

The California parents accused of imprisoning and torturing their 13 children made a brief appearance in Riverside County Superior Court on Friday so the court could receive confidential records related to their case. David and Louise Turpin used the opportunity to exchange glances and smiles, …

Turpin Case: Parents Accused Of Shackling 13 Children In ‘House Of Horrors’ Appear In Court With … – CBS Los Angeles

Turpin Torture Parents Not Shackled In Latest Court Appearance – Radar Online

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Parents accused of shackling, torturing their children appear in court

CBS News

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A couple accused of shackling and torturing their 13 children in a so-called “house of horrors” in Southern California were in court briefly Friday as one of their family members looked on from the audience, CBS Los Angeles reports. David and Louise Turpin faced a judge, mostly as …

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Child abuse: IHC reserves verdict in maid’s torture case

The Express Tribune

The police probe into the incident involving brutal torture on the child maid points out violence and abuse meted out to the victim by the wife of the sessions judge, who himself has been accused of employing the minor as maid in the first place. The police report states that “there is evidence that the victim …

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The sad story of the Perris torture case doesn’t justify a bad homeschooling law

Press-Enterprise

No child should ever be treated the way these children were. As the nation’s largest homeschool advocacy organization, we love homeschooling and believe it is an excellent educational choice for hundreds of thousands of children in California. So we are also saddened when this choice — a choice …

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Unshackled Turpins get relatives’ support in court

Press-Enterprise

David and Louise Turpin, the Perris couple accused in a torture case that prosecutors say involved varying degrees of abuse of their 13 children, sat …. The Turpins have both been charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of …

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Terrorised mother jailed for daughter’s torture death at hands of stepfather in Newcastle

ABC Online

“The history of violence established that the events were not isolated, but formed part of a consistent pattern of cruel and barbaric abuse of a helpless child,” Justice Hamill said. He accepted TP had post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from an extreme case of battered woman syndrome. The court …

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Perris Couple Accused of Torturing Children Return to Court

NBC Southern California

David Allen Turpin, 56, and Louise Ann Turpin, 49, are charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult. David Turpin is additionally charged with one count of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, …

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Years after children found dead in storage unit, juror selection to begin in murder case

The Salinas Californian

The trial of a man accused of torturing and killing two children in Salinas will begin selecting jurors on Monday in Monterey County Superior Court. Judge Pamela Butler on Wednesday ordered the jury selection process to begin for the trial of Gonzalo Curiel, 20. The jury trial is expected to last about five …

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Man facing five horrific charges including child torture declines bail because he has ‘nowhere to go’

Daily Mail

Man facing five horrific charges including child torture declines bail because he has ‘nowhere to go’. Queensland man charged with abuse … The man was charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, one count of strangulation and one count of torture. The court heard the man caused …

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Sunshine Coast man charged with child torture, cruelty

Courier Mail

Police charged the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, with one count of torture, one count of cruelty to children under the age of 16 years, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of strangulation. The court heard the offences were domestic-violence …

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Confidential records entered into Turpin case where parents are accused of torturing their 13 kids

The Desert Sun

The California parents accused of imprisoning and torturing their 13 children made a brief appearance in Riverside County Superior Court on Friday so the court could receive confidential records related to their case. David and Louise Turpin used the opportunity to exchange glances and smiles, …

Turpin Case: Parents Accused Of Shackling 13 Children In ‘House Of Horrors’ Appear In Court With … – CBS Los Angeles

Turpin Torture Parents Not Shackled In Latest Court Appearance – Radar Online

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Parents accused of shackling, torturing their children appear in court

CBS News

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A couple accused of shackling and torturing their 13 children in a so-called “house of horrors” in Southern California were in court briefly Friday as one of their family members looked on from the audience, CBS Los Angeles reports. David and Louise Turpin faced a judge, mostly as …

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Child abuse: IHC reserves verdict in maid’s torture case

The Express Tribune

The police probe into the incident involving brutal torture on the child maid points out violence and abuse meted out to the victim by the wife of the sessions judge, who himself has been accused of employing the minor as maid in the first place. The police report states that “there is evidence that the victim …

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The sad story of the Perris torture case doesn’t justify a bad homeschooling law

Press-Enterprise

No child should ever be treated the way these children were. As the nation’s largest homeschool advocacy organization, we love homeschooling and believe it is an excellent educational choice for hundreds of thousands of children in California. So we are also saddened when this choice — a choice …

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Unshackled Turpins get relatives’ support in court

Press-Enterprise

David and Louise Turpin, the Perris couple accused in a torture case that prosecutors say involved varying degrees of abuse of their 13 children, sat …. The Turpins have both been charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of …

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Terrorised mother jailed for daughter’s torture death at hands of stepfather in Newcastle

ABC Online

“The history of violence established that the events were not isolated, but formed part of a consistent pattern of cruel and barbaric abuse of a helpless child,” Justice Hamill said. He accepted TP had post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from an extreme case of battered woman syndrome. The court …

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Maryland Lawmakers Move to Protect LGBTQ Youth From Practice Tantamount to ‘Torture

Rewire

Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery), would prohibit mental health or child care professionals from practicing “conversion therapy” with LGBTQ minors. Those who use the technique would be considered to have “engaged in unprofessional conduct and shall be subject to discipline” by the relevant …

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More charges for priest: ‘No doubt this defendant has very sadistic and deviant sexual interests’

Idaho Statesman

She said investigators found more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography in Faucher’s possession, some of which depicted “the extremely brutal rape and torture of children.” She said the content was some of the worst material ever seen by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force …

Boise retired priest charged in ‘sadistic’ child porn case back in jail – KTVB

More child porn charges against former Boise priest – 6 On Your Side

Boise Catholic Priest Charged For Child Porn, Drug Possession Back In Custody – Boise State Public Radio

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Two arrested as child killed in Chowchilla believed to be victim of abuse, police say

Merced Sun-Star

After emergency responders asked his location, police believe “he stopped his vehicle, left the unresponsive child along with two other minors at a gas station in the City of Madera and left the area.” Jackson was later arrested on suspicion of felony torture, felony murder, felony assault of a child causing …

2 arrested, one charged with the murder of a child – KMPH Fox 26

Two arrested in Chowchilla child murder case – KFSN-TV

Chowchilla police arrest suspects involved in murder of child – yourcentralvalley.com

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Decatur man gets 42-month prison sentence in beating, torture case

Herald & Review

John T. McKown was arrested on preliminary charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was also charged with the sexual exploitation of a child and the production of child pornography. Police say he repeatedly sexually assaulted a …

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Ice user who killed partner’s baby son found guilty of murder

The Age

It’s not easy for anyone who loses a child.” Ms Strahan said the case had been “torture“. “It’s been very hard for all of us to sit in court and listen to the injuries that Chayse had. Anything that’s gone on, it hasn’t been easy for any of us,” she said. “(Michelle) was devastated that she’s lost Chayse and …

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Girl torture case: ‘rejection of early marriage led to attack’

The Hindu

During counselling and registration of statement by the Women and Child Welfare officials, the victim, suspected to be mentally unsound and a school dropout, reportedly told the officials that not agreeing for an early marriage was one of the prime reasons for the torture by her relatives. “The victim has …

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Prosecutors File More Charges Against Retired Boise Priest

U.S. News & World Report

Prosecutors File More Charges Against Retired Boise Priest. Prosecutors say a retired Boise priest was in possession of more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography with some depicting the rape and torture of children. March 14, 2018, at 10:10 a.m.. Prosecutors File More Charges Against …

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Tortured Turpin Daughter Had a Secret YouTube Channel Offering Glimpse Inside “House of …

In Touch Weekly

According to ABC News, David and Louise have been charged with 12 counts of torture, 12 counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, and six counts of child abuse. Additionally, David was charged with one count of a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 by force, fear …

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California couple faces new child abuse charges in torture case

USA TODAY

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged both Turpins with 12 counts of torture — a crime that carries a life sentence in California — and numerous additional counts of abuse and false imprisonment. David Turpin is also facing a single charge of lewd act against a child by force or fear.

Turpin parents facing more charges in case of abused children – CNN

Parents accused of torturing their 13 children face new charges – Washington Post

After California torture arrests, calls to child abuse hotline soar – The Mercury News

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Huntsman pleads guilty in Salinas child torture, murder case

The Salinas Californian

Tami Joy Huntsman pleaded guilty Wednesday to the torture and murder of two children whose bodies were located in a Redding storage unit two years ago, prosecutors say. Gonzalo Curiel, 20, and Huntsman, 42, were expected to stand trial in March and October, respectively, on charges of torturing …

Salinas child killer pleads guilty to torture and murder – KSBW The Central Coast

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Minneapolis man chained and beat daughters, repeatedly raping one, prosecutors say

Washington Post

Authorities this week charged Curry, 51, with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault, stalking, abuse of a vulnerable adult and child endangerment. He made his first court appearance Thursday and is being jailed on $750,000 bail. He has not filed a plea, and no lawyer has commented on his …

Mother arrested in Mpls. abuse case of twin daughters with disabilities – Minnesota Public Radio News

Neighbors Say They Repeatedly Reported Couple In South Mpls. Torture Case – CBS Minnesota / WCCO

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Friends defend Joshua Tree couple accused of child cruelty, abuse

CBS News

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. — The mounds of trash, old toys and furniture caught the attention of a Southern California sheriff’s deputy passing through the desert Thursday. As he approached, he spotted a hovel cobbled together with plywood and plastic sheeting. And then came the shocking discovery that a …

Calif. couple arrested after children found in plywood hovel, dozens of cats in trailer – Washington Post

Joshua Tree Parents Charged With Child Abuse After Kids Found Living in Filthy Hovel – KQED

Three children found living in wooden box in California desert – The Independent

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Documents detail alleged torture of slain boy Jeremiah Valencia

Santa Fe New Mexican

Newly released search warrants in an investigation into the death of Jeremiah Valencia, the 13-year-old boy whose body was unearthed near Nambé in late January, provide additional details about the torture the boy might have endured, suggesting he was sexually assaulted and burned, and indicate …

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Woman arrested over child torture

Daily Monitor (press release) (blog)

Woman arrested over child torture … The suspect, a resident of Busiro-Bwamba Village in Waibuga Sub-county, is said to have fastened a thread around the boy’s private parts and kept him inside the goats’ shed … However, Kirikumwinno maintains that she wasn’t involved in the torture of her grandson.

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How strong neighborhood ties can help prevent child abuse

News@Northeastern

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, at podium, takes questions from the media at a news conference regarding the couple accused of starving and torturing their 13 children in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Authorities say David and Louise Turpin could face charges including …

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Family in ‘horrific’ Mpls. abuse case had many contacts with authorities

Minnesota Public Radio News

Minneapolis police had been called to the home 53 times since 2011 on reports to check the welfare of residents, reports of lost children as well as numerous domestic abuse allegations. Police made numerous reports, but it was unclear if any of those officers reported the family to county workers, who …

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Southern California parents face new charges in kids’ torture case

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

RIVERSIDE — A Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling some of their 13 children pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges of child abuse. David and Louise Turpin previously entered not-guilty pleas to torture and a raft of other charges and are being held on $12 million bail.

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Monterey County woman pleads guilty to murder, torture of two children found in storage unit

The Mercury News

Huntsman, 42, and her partner Gonzalo Curiel, 20, have been awaiting trial for more than two years in the torture and deaths of Shaun Tara, 6, and his 3-year old sister Delylah, whose bodies were found in December 2015, as well as the child abuse and torture of their sister, who was 9 years old at the …

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Prosecutor: Torture of captive Minneapolis twins ‘as repugnant and horrifying as anything I have …

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Did they not go in the house?” Child safety experts with Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis examined the twins soon after they were removed their parents’ care and concluded that their injuries were “clinically diagnostic of torture.” Dr. Mark Hudson, medical director of the Midwest Children’s …

Charges: Father tortured, starved and raped twin daughters; had two children by one of them – gomn.com

Charges filed against mother in Minnesota ‘torture’ case – Fox News

Charges: Mpls. Father Abused Twin Daughters With Mental Disabilities – CBS Minnesota / WCCO

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Arizona couple charged with locking up adopted children

BBC News

They have now been charged with child abuse. The arrests come a month after a California couple were held after police found their 13 children held captive at home. David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin were held on charges of torture and child endangerment. Police said some of their children …

Couple Arrested For Holding Children Captive After Son Escaped From Bedroom Window – Oxygen (blog)

A child escaped from an Arizona home and told a disturbing story — now his adopted parents are … – Rare.us

Couple arrested after adopted children found living in squalor – WAND

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Charges: Minneapolis father raped, chained and beat twin daughters in what authorities called …

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The abuse continued for years, the criminal complaint and other court filings read, until one of them escaped to alert authorities last May. Charges filed Tuesday against 51-year-old Jerry Lee Curry and a protective order against him also reveal that he fathered two children by one of the twins, one born in …

Charges: Minneapolis father beat, raped twin daughters – Fox News

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Oregon’s Abused Homeschoolers: A Patch Report On Hidden Torture

Patch.com

Some cases of child abuse — when not caught by third party players like teachers, doctors, or friends — are only discovered when the child has been killed by their abuser; and hiding the abuse until it’s too late, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, is much easier when the child is …

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Ontario 2-year-old found with bruises, bite mark; mother, her boyfriend arrested

San Bernardino County Sun

A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested on accusations of child abuse after serious burns, bruises and a bite mark were found on the woman’s 2-year-old son, Ontario police said. Sarah Kurz, 24, of Ontario, and her boyfriend 33-year-old Jonathan Connors, of Highland, were arrested after police …

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Hidden Torture: Missouri Homeschool Laws Can Shield Abusers

Patch.com

“Homeschooling parents could lock a child up and no one would ever know.” Think about it: Lax oversight provides a shield far more effective than anything some parents could ever devise on their own to to lock up their children and hide their torture and abuse. Along with starvation, physical torture and …

Hidden Torture: Virginia Abuse Cases Include Homeschooled Kids – Source Patch – LocalKicks

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More than $500000 raised for 13 siblings held captive in California

Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thirteen siblings in Southern California who authorities say were beaten, shackled and abused by their parents can count on more than $500,000 in donations that local groups have raised for their care. The parents of the siblings, David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, …

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School children suffer physical punishment and torture in Ilam

MyRepublica (satire) (press release) (blog)

Children are given harsh punishments, such as being beaten in hands and legs with batons, and other forms of torture, in schools. They are yet to find terror-free education system in schools. Local stakeholders said school administrations are more concerned about politics than child rights. They said it …

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Walt Amses: The price of a child’s life

vtdigger.org

You’d wonder what kind of torture the NRA inflicted on the GOP to engender their consistently soulless, immoral response. The Grand Old Party’s willingness to turn their backs, over and over, on America’s children literally looking down the barrel of a gun, must be the result of threats, blackmail, torture or …

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Plea agreement for woman linked to child porn syndicate

Citizen

The 22-year-old woman from Westering is alleged to be part of an international child pornography ring that distributed footage depicting the rape, torture and murder of babies, including newborns. It was indicated in court yesterday that a plea agreement had been reached between the defence and …

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