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KARA (Kids At Risk Action) tracks current news about at risk children bringing transparency and  attention to our youngest and most vulnerable  citizens. KARA’s reporting is only sampling of what should be reported –  the great majority of child trauma & abuse is never known.

American states are struggling to find answers for ending adverse childhood experiences (ACES) 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

Compilation of information and writing on this page is the hard work of

David Vang, Mike Toronto, Jamar Weston, Adolf Nchanj, Josh Jedlicka and Blaz Zlate,  Callie Benscoter, (student volunteers at Century College) Katie Frake, Boston College, Julie O, and KARA.

Complaint: Beloit mother charged with child neglect had been reported to CPS 40 times before

Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3

BELOIT, Wis. – A Beloit couple is facing charges for neglecting eight children after officials found the children underfed with various scratches and bruises, living inside a home full of rat droppings, flies and garbage. The Beloit Police Department said 40-year-old Heather McCoy and 39-year-old Lakeidric …

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Bismarck mother charged with child neglect

KFGO

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A 21-year-old Bismarck mother is charged with child neglect after her 3-month-old daughter was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police responded to CHI St. Alexius Health after being alerted to the baby’s numerous injuries, including multiple skull fractures.

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‘It was an accident’: Rock Hill parents charged with neglect after 2-year-old dies

The Herald

The parents of a 2-year-old boy found dead Tuesday in Rock Hill have been charged with child neglect, police said. Bond was denied for both Wednesday afternoon. Bruce Leroy Williams, 33, and Lakesheia Jackson, 25, of Rock Hill, were arrested during the death investigation. Jackson and Williams …

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2 arrested in child neglect case dating back to September

KFYR-TV

BISMARCK, N.D. – Two people have now been arrested in child neglect case that dates back to September. Tuesday we told you a Bismarck woman, Chanita Parrish, was arrested after police say she slammed a 10-year-old head first into a bathroom counter. Wednesday, more information comes from …

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Martinsburg woman charged with child neglect

Herald-Mail Media

“All three children talked about being kept in their bedroom all day and only being allowed to come out for ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner,” and one child told authorities that he had to pee in a metal bucket in his room and was not allowed out of the room, Luciano said of interviews with the children in …

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Beloit couple charged with neglecting 8 children

Gazettextra

Heather R. McCoy, 40, and Lakeidric J. McCoy, 39, of 1201 Randall St., are each charged with five counts of child neglect and one count of child neglect causing bodily harm. Police and Rock County Child Protective Services workers came to the house March 14 with court orders for the eight children to …

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Couple charged with child neglect after needles, drugs found in home with baby

Kingsport Times News

Hawkins and Holbrook were each charged with child neglect, possession of Schedule III narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were arraigned Monday and remained held in the Hawkins County Jail — Holbrook on $2,500 bond and Hawkins on $1,000 bond. Their next court date is April …

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Mother charged with child neglect

Bismarck Tribune

18, 2017, another child, a 1-month-old baby, was brought into the hospital by her parents, Lopez and Rivera-Rieffel. The baby had two fractures of the left leg and one fracture of the right leg. As a result of this incident, Rivera-Rieffel was convicted of child abuse and is to not have contact with the child.

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Yes, there is a solution to child medical neglect

Idaho Statesman

During this legislative session, Idahoans marched to the Capitol with 183 child-sized coffins representing Idaho children who have died in sects opposed to medical care. This number of deaths is certainly an underestimate since many children in sects that shun medical care are born at home, don’t have …

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5 years in prison for child neglect death

Seattle Times

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A father convicted in the death of his 3-year-old daughter has been sentenced in La Crosse County to five years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Dylan Bartsh earlier pleaded no contest to child neglect resulting in death. Bartsh and his girlfriend, Jamie Rundle, were charged in …

Winona man heading to prison for child neglect that resulted in death – News8000.com – WKBT

5 years in prison for child neglect death – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

Father gets 5-year sentence for daughter’s neglect death – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Preventing, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Montgomery County Public Schools

Preventing, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. 04/24/2018. Learn about the policies, procedures and resources MCPS uses to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students.

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Child neglect cases highlight importance of reporting suspected abuse

WTTV CBS4Indy

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In Hancock County, there have been a handful of child neglect cases in the last few years that bring awareness to the importance of protecting children. The May 2015 death of Zoey Wagoner is still on the minds of many in the …

Pinwheels for child abuse prevention – Reno Gazette Journal

Pinwheels for Prevention focuses on community’s role in preventing child abuse – Washington Times Herald

Non-profit of the Week: Stop Child Abuse and Neglect – Racine County Eye (blog)

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Parents sentenced in disturbing case of child neglect

CTV News

The parents of five children between the ages of two and 10 years received two year sentences Wednesday after pleading guilty to endangerment. The parents are 27 and 28 years old. The court heard the family was living in dreadful conditions, in a home smeared with feces, with little in the way of food, …

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Child neglect charges dropped against Minot woman

Valley News Live

MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Prosecutors want a child neglect charge dismissed against a 23-year-old Minot woman accused of leaving her 3-year-old son alone because she couldn’t afford child care. The Minot Daily News reports a motion to dismiss the charge against Octavia Kavon Pilot was filed Tuesday.

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Kentucky pair arrested on child neglect charges

Williamson Daily News

WILLIAMSON – Mingo County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Kentucky man and woman on Friday after allegedly finding drugs and knives within a child’s reach. Frank Elwood Fields, 28, of Belfry, Kentucky, is facing charges of fleeing on foot, obstruction and child neglect resulting in the risk of injury, …

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State training academy proposed for overwhelmed child abuse workers

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Spurred by recent breakdowns in Minnesota’s child protection system, legislators are pushing a project to train hundreds of workers each year on new methods for detecting and preventing child abuse. The ambitious proposal would create the state’s first standardized curriculum and certification process …

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Woman arraigned on child neglect charges

Martinsburg Journal

Ashley Brooke Shelton, 30, of North High Street, was arraigned on two felony counts of child neglect. In January, Shelton was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute heroin. Subsequently after her arrest, it was determined that Shelton had been using illicit drugs with …

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Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrests two on child abuse, neglect charges

WCTV

(WCTV) — The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two parents following a lengthy investigation of child abuse. Officials say in August of 2017, an investigator with the Department of Children and Families was at Shands Hospital regarding the condition of an 8-week-old infant. Documents say the …

Deputies: Parents charged after 8-week-old suffers severe head trauma – WTXL ABC 27

Parents charged after 8-week-old suffers severe head trauma – WTXL ABC 27

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NB parents sentenced to two years in disturbing case of child neglect

CTV News

The parents of five children between the ages of two and 10 years each received two-year sentences Wednesday after pleading guilty to endangerment. The parents are 27 and 28 years old. The court heard the family was living in dreadful conditions, in a home smeared with feces, with little in the way of …

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Mom of slain Tennessee boy with autism arrested on child neglect charge

WHIO

At the request of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, the TBI issued an Endangered Child Alert, and law enforcement agencies, search and rescue organizations, and citizen volunteers began an exhaustive search in the area of his residence. On April 6th, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General …

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Child neglect cases highlight importance of reporting suspected abuse

Fox 59

In Hancock County, there have been a handful of child neglect cases in the last few years that bring awareness to the importance of protecting children. The May 2015 death of … The case sparked awareness and a message to people to report suspected child abuse before it’s too late. That message is …

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What Is Child Endangerment?

DuPage County Divorce Lawyer | Oak Brook Criminal Defense

Illinois law is committed, as a general rule, to safeguarding the welfare and the best interests of the state’s children. Parents’ interests are subordinate to the rights of children to have safe and loving homes, which is why any allegation of child abuse, neglect or endangerment is taken extremely seriously …

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet

CDC

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect. 2017. What are child abuse and neglect? These important public health problems include all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (such as clergy, a coach, a teacher) that results in harm, …

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28th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect

View an Event

28th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect. On Friday, April 27, in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and its community partners, will host the 28th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect, …

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Child neglect charges dropped against Minot woman

Seattle Times

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors want a child neglect charge dismissed against a 23-year-old Minot woman accused of leaving her 3-year-old son alone because she couldn’t afford child care. The Minot Daily News reports a motion to dismiss the charge against Octavia Kavon Pilot was filed Tuesday.

Child Neglect Charges Dropped Against Minot Woman – U.S. News & World Report

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Mom of slain Tennessee boy with autism arrested on child neglect charge

WSB Atlanta

DICKSON, Tenn. – The mother of a slain Tennessee boy with autism has been charged with aggravated child neglect or endangerment, investigators announced Monday. Mother of Reported Missing Child Arrested, Charged in Ongoing Investigation https://t.co/h3254HtjAK pic.twitter.com/cNynFcrhJi.

Mother of autistic boy allegedly killed by father arrested, charged with child neglect – WXYZ

Court documents: Joe Clyde’s mother at home when child was beat to death – WCYB

Affidavit: Mother present at time son, Joe Clyde Daniels, killed by father – WJHL

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Child neglect charge dismissed against ND woman with prosecutor saying poverty was to blame

WDAY

The older child had missed school on multiple occasions last fall to stay home and watch the 3-year-old. The school notified social services and the girl was interviewed. Social workers then went to Pilot’s apartment and found the boy home alone playing with his toys. Pilot was arrested later that day …

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Joe Clyde Daniels’ mother arrested on child neglect charge

The Tennessean

Joe Clyde Daniels’ mother arrested on child neglect charge. USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee … The case of Joe Clyde Daniels’ death took another turn Monday night with the arrest of the 5-year-old’s mother on charges of aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Krystal Daniels, 27, was booked …

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Is lack of dental care child neglect?

New Jersey Herald

A Stroudsburg, Pa., mom was threatened to be reported for child abuse after a dentist claims she failed to take her child for regular dental treatment. On March 19, Trey Hoyumpa posted a letter she received from Smiles 4 Keeps, a pediatric dental office in Bartonsville, Pa. In the letter, the office informs …

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‘Pass the Pinwheel’ campaign aims to prevent child abuse in Louisiana

WAFB.com

“Preventing child abuse starts with safe, stable, nurturing relationships. We want to say thank you to those who are a part of those relationships by handing out pinwheels – the national symbol for happy, healthy childhoods – and encouraging others to ‘pass the pinwheel’ with us,” said Amanda Brunson, …

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Man pleads no contest to felony child neglect

Journal Times

Police were informed by a doctor that the baby had four fractures to his skull, a broken rib and three broken bones in his legs. The doctor said … 7, 2016, with two felony counts of physical abuse of a child as a party to a crime and child neglect resulting in great bodily harm as party to a crime. On Monday …

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Mom of slain Tennessee boy with autism arrested on child neglect charge

Atlanta Journal Constitution

The mother of a slain Tennessee boy with autism has been charged with aggravated child neglect or endangerment, investigators announced Monday. >> Father of missing Tennessee boy with autism accused of killing him, hiding body. Mother of Reported Missing Child Arrested, Charged in Ongoing …

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Painting Birmingham Blue To Raise Awareness For Child Abuse prevention

Birmingham Times

Supporters participate in the Exchange Club Child Abuse and Prevention Center kickoff ceremony to launch National Child Abuse Prevention Month outside City Hall in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, April 2, 2018. The 13 blue and white pinwheels represent the yearly average of 13 children killed in …

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Officials stress community help in fighting child abuse, neglect

KESQ

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. – Officials in Riverside County are stressing to community members to speak up on child abuse as April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. “People want to mind their own business but sometimes when you mind your own business, children get hurt.” That’s what Dr. Sophia …

Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month – KSPR

Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can You Do To Help? – WMFD.com

Child abuse affects 1-in-4 girls – Record Delta

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Mother of missing child arrested

WVLT

DICKSON, Tenn. (WVLT)- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the mother of 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels is now behind bars. Krystal Nicole Daniels is facing aggravated child neglect or endangerment charges in the disappearance of her son. The father, 28-year-old Joseph Daniels, is accused …

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Ohio man charged with child neglect after crashing ATV in Upshur County

WBOY-TV

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – A Columbus, Ohio man was arrested on child neglect charges in Upshur County Monday. Mario Green, 27, was allegedly driving an ATV on Waterloo Road in French Creek with three, small children on the back when he lost control of the vehicle and wrecked, according to the …

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Child Abuse, Fatalities from Abuse and Neglect, Trending Upward

The Chronicle of Social Change

While the number of child neglect and sexual abuse cases continues to trend downward, America saw an uptick in maltreatment-related fatalities and the number of documented physical abuse cases and, according to an annual report by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of …

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Man charged with negligent homicide, child neglect after head-on crash

WSAZ-TV

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A man troopers say that caused a deadly accident and put children in danger has been arrested. John Ramsey, 43, is charged with negligent homicide, child neglect resulting in injury, a child seat belt violation, giving false information to police, and driving on the …

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Join the fight against child abuse, neglect

KRIS Corpus Christi News

Child Protective Services (CPS) completed 174,740 investigations last year in Texas and confirmed that 63,657 children were victims of abuse or neglect. That’s an eight and a half percent increase in the number of victims compared to the previous year. “We must all get involved to make children safer …

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Statehouse event to kick off Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

London Madison Press

COLUMBUS — A local radio personality, state legislators, advocates and others will kick off Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Ohio at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 5, in the Statehouse Atrium. This year’s campaign theme, #30MinuteHeroes, encourages Ohioans to share on social media how they …

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Pinwheels Raise Awareness of Child Abuse in the Great Lakes Bay Region

WSGW

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Council Great Lakes Bay Region has kicked off it’s annual pinwheel garden campaign to raise awareness of child abuse in the region. Child abuse and neglect affect children from all walks of life, regardless of social …

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UNH Research: Child Abuse Up Slighty in Recent Years

New Hampshire Public Radio

New research from the University of New Hampshire shows a slight increase in the rate of child abuse nationwide. The report from the Crimes Against Children Research Center shows that from 2015 to 2016, child physical abuse increased by 5%, while child maltreatment fatalities increased by 8%.

Child sexual abuse in US costs up to $1.5 million per child death, study finds – Science Daily

April events focus on child abuse prevention – Lebanon Express

FSA declares April as Prevent Child Abuse Month – Kokomo Perspective

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Ex-Midlothian doctor’s felony child neglect conviction is upheld as he prepares to file separate …

Richmond.com

Gibbs has filed notice with the Virginia Court of Appeals of his intention to appeal his murder conviction. Debra Corocran, one of two attorneys who represented Gibbs on both the child neglect and murder charges, said Wednesday that Gibbs’ formal appeal is expected to be filed within the next few days.

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Preventing child abuse

News24

“Sexual abuse is activity with a child that includes fondling, oral-genital contact, intercourse or exposure to child pornography. Emotional abuse means injuring a child’s self-esteem or emotional well-being. It includes verbal and emotional assault, such as continually belittling or berating, as well as …

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Charlotte Talks: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

WFAE

Since 2008, the pinwheel has been the symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention. According to Prevent Child Abuse America, a national coalition of doctors and advocates, the pinwheel symbolizes the “stable, healthy, and protected childhood all children deserve.” The need for awareness has …

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Child neglect

APA PsycNET

Relationships among neglect, perceived child temperament, and family context and characteristics were examined in a sample of 121 urban, low-income mothers (mean age 24.7 yrs) with a child under 30 mo old. Maternal reports of more difficult child temperament predicted emotional neglect, family …

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Child Abuse & Neglect

Science Direct

Read the latest articles of Child Abuse & Neglect at ScienceDirect.com, Elsevier’s leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature.

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Dentists can help mitigate, prevent child abuse, neglect

American Dental Association

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and offers an opportunity for dental professionals to reflect on their role in recognizing abuse or neglect.

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