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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.

This reporting is only sampling of what should be reported –  the great majority of child trauma & abuse is never known.

37% of children overall and 54% of Black children are reported to child protection services in America by the time they turn 18.

(American Journal of Public Health 1.17)

6 to 12 million children a year are reported to child protection services and in many states,

About 1/3 of foster children are required to take psychotropic medicines

 

ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN

Migrant kids are being traumatized, not treated for mental health needs

Sacramento Bee

It accuses the agency of detaining children in excessively restrictive conditions, forcibly medicating children and failing to reunite children with their …

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Civil rights attorneys to tell LA judge that feds are traumatizing child migrants

LA Daily News

ORR neither requires nor asks for a parent’s consent before medicating a child, nor does it seek lawful authority to consent in parents’ stead. Instead …

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Traumatized Children Drugged Without Consent at US Immigrant Shelters: Report

teleSUR tv HTTPS (press release) (blog)

Last month, lawyers for five immigrant children under the age of 18 filed a class-action lawsuit after they were over-medicated without consent in Los …

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Immigrant shelters drug traumatized teenagers without consent

USA TODAY

Under most states’ laws, before a child is medicated, a parent, guardian, or authority acting in the place of the parent — such as a court-appointed …

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Tensions at reunification deadline

Politico

The count of yet-to-be-reunited children includes 431 children whose … unlawfully medicating children without parental authorization, and failing to …

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Mom Defends Sedating Her Kids Before Flights & Parents Are Divided

CafeMom

But for one British mom who spoke out on national TV, she admits to trying a more controversial method on her last flight with her kids: medicating …

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Experts Tell Ky. Lawmakers To Treat Gun Violence As A Health Crisis

WKU Public Radio

Firearm-related injuries are the third-leading cause of death in children … parents need to stop over-medicating their children and steer them away …

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5 immigrant children file complaint over detention, alleged forced medication

CBS News

LOS ANGELES – Five immigrant children filed a federal complaint in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Friday alleging that the government is “causing …

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Bevin Says Parents Should Lock Up Guns, But Balks At Making It Law

WVXU

… a Republican, said of locking up guns when children are in the house. … television, as well as overuse of cellphones and over-medicating children.

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Lawsuit alleges over-medication, mistreatment of detained minors

USA TODAY

And it follows a similar lawsuit filed in April alleging government-run facilities were over-medicating children to manage the trauma they experienced …

Class Action Suit Targets Family Separations And Alleged Forced Medicating – TPM

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Use of ‘chemical cosh’ drugs on children doubles in a decade

The Times

She had been shocked by the “astonishingly high” number of children on medication in one Ofsted focus group in a deprived part of Essex.

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Ofsted warns parents could be overmedicating their children as ritalin prescriptions double in a …

The Independent

Ritalin use has more than doubled in the past ten years, the chief of Ofsted has claimed, warning that parents may be medicating their children instead …

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The US Has A Long History Of Drugging Distressed Kids In Its Custody

HuffPost

The child said staff would intentionally provoke patients before medicating them. “They made us act violently so then we bad [sic] to be given shots,” he …

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Bevin Blames Phones, Video Games, Medication For School Shootings

89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Gov. Matt Bevin says in order to put an end to school shootings, parents need to stop over-medicating their children and steer them away from cell …

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The Forgotten Children: Taxpayers Fund Hundreds of Thousands of Unlawful Family Separations …

IVN News

Payments begin the moment a child is taken with bonuses for “special needs” such as medication, then more bonuses to state agencies for …

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US Government Forcibly Drugs Migrant Children With Psychotropic Medication, Lawsuit Claims

The Inquisitr

Lawsuit: The U.S. government is violating migrant children’s rights by placing them in detention-like centers, drugging them with psychotropic …

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ADHD and the rise in the use of medication

The Times

We have a crisis of underdiagnosis in the UK, for both children and adults, and medication is not given in response to “behavioural problems” but to …

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Arkansas is 41 on ranking for at-risk kids

Arkansas Online

In fewer than three years, Mary McQueen went from self-medicating, numbing … About 38 percent of Arkansas children, like Aubrey, are living in …

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Immigrant Shelters Drug Traumatized Teenagers Without Consent

ProPublica

Nor do they seek court approval. Instead, they act unilaterally, imposing psychotropic drugs on children who don’t know what they’re taking or what its …

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Migrant kids are being traumatized, not treated for mental health needs

Sacramento Bee

This is not to say that children in Shiloh and other facilities don’t have mental health needs. Of course they will be traumatized and require treatment.

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Stigma Interferes With Mental Health Treatment for Kids

U.S. News & World Report

America has come a long way in recognizing the burden caused by childhood mental health conditions in recent decades. Still, far too many children …

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Traumatized Children Drugged Without Consent at US Immigrant Shelters: Report

teleSUR tv HTTPS (press release) (blog)

“These medications do not come cost-free to children with growing brains and growing bodies — psychotropic medications have a substantial cost to a …

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Foster Kids Suing for Overmedication Win Class Status

Courthouse News Service

(CN) – Three children earned class-action status Thursday in a lawsuit claiming Missouri overprescribed psychotropic medications to thousands of …

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LA Hearing Due in Federal Child Detentions Case

MyNewsLA.com

“ORR routinely administers children psychotropic drugs without lawful authorization,” according to the memorandum filed in April. “When youth object …

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US Government Forcibly Drugs Migrant Children With Psychotropic Medication, Lawsuit Claims

The Inquisitr

Lawsuit: The U.S. government is violating migrant children’s rights by placing them in detention-like centers, drugging them with psychotropic …

Lawsuit: The forced drugging of migrant children is illegal – Reveal (blog)

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Border-Detention Practices ​

Wall Street Journal

The complaint alleges the U.S. is detaining immigrant minors in overly … custodians and improperly medicating the minors with psychotropic drugs.

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More than 70000 children are being prescribed anti-depressants despite concerns that the pills …

Daily Mail

Two years ago Dr Cipriani carried out an overview of 34 trials, which discovered that apart from antidepressant Prozac, none treated both adults and …

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‘Cutting Edge’ Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

WAMU 88.5

Prozac is a very powerful drug for adults. Why would you give it to a 7-year-old?” Stephanie wondered after the doctor’s visit. “I welled up with all of …

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EXCLUSIVE: ACS rolling out plan to curb psych meds like Prozac, Adderall for foster kids

New York Daily News

Fewer city foster kids will take psychiatric drugs like Prozac and Adderall under a new policy to be rolled out this week by the Administration for …

 

 

 

Child Poisoned to Death with Salt by Mother in Twisted Plot

Patheos (blog)

One mother in a support group I was in on Facebook, Lacey Spears, killed her child by poisoning him with salt. Due to what I’ve witnessed, I follow …

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Mariah Woods death: Horrifying autopsy details reveals toddler thrown into creek was poisoned

The Independent

The child likely died of “chloroform toxicity” after suffering traumatic injuries to her face, the report indicated. Her body was found 2 December 2017, …

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Why mouthwash, makeup and more can hurt your young kids

WJXT News4JAX

Consumer Reports says if you know or suspect that a child or an adult has consumed a possible poison, call 911 immediately if he or she has …

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Cleaner charged with trying to poison babies in French creche

The Local France

Staff at the creche in Neuilly-sur-Marne, in the eastern Paris suburbs, raised the alarm after a 16-month-old child became dizzy and sleepy after …

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Ten Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Poison Control Phone Operator

VICE

In the post-WWII era, long before child-proof lids and Mr. Yuk stickers, all sorts of wondrous new chemicals and medications were making their ways …

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Cleaner Accused Of Child Poisoning To Be Tried

CHANNELS TELEVISION

A 53-year-old cleaner has been charged in France over allegations that she tried to poison two babies at the creche where she worked by putting …

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Poison control sees drastic rise in marijuana calls from 2016 to 2017, official says

KOCO Oklahoma City

WEBVTT MORE CALLS? REPORTER: ABIGAIL, JESS, I’M TOLD MOST OF THOSE CALLS INVOLVE YOUNG CHILDREN, AND IT’S USUALLY …

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Gorakhpur girl tries poisoning entire school to avenge brother’s murder

India Today

A Class 5 child from the same school was accused of that murder and is … to causing hurt by means of poison, has been registered against the girl.

Class 7 girl tries to poison midday meal at school to avenge brother’s murder, held – Daijiworld.com

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‘Dragon’s Breath’ Ice Cream Trend Comes With Poison Control Warning

KMOX (blog)

LOUIS (KMOX) – A popular new ice cream novelty has officials at the Missouri Poison Center offering a warning to kids and adults, alike. Dragon’s …

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Girl tried to poison stepbrother, thought mom loved him more: officials

New York Post

OAK GROVE, Ky. — Officials say a 12-year-old Kentucky girl tried to kill her 4-year-old stepbrother because she believed her mother loved the boy …

Girl charged with trying to poison 4-year-old stepbrother – wreg.com

12-year-old girl charged with poisoning 4-year-old stepbrother – Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

Police: 12-year-old KY girl arrested for poisoning stepbrother – WSMV Nashville

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More California kids are having pot-related health scares, poison control officials warn

Los Angeles Times

In some cases, children find their parents’ stash and ingest it, not knowing what it is. Some older teenagers involved in reports to poison control are …

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Girl, 12, arrested for allegedly poisoning 4-year-old brother with Mr. Clean

WSMV Nashville

She also told police she poisoned the boy because he was “annoying her,” according to the police report. The 12-year-old girl was arrested and …

Police: 12-year-old girl arrested after poisoning toddler – KWCH

12-year-old girl allegedly tried to poison her step-brother – WPSD Local 6

Girl, 12, is charged with attempted murder for ‘poisoning her four-year-old stepbrother with Mr … – Daily Mail

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Protecting your kids from household dangers

Wink News

Recent data show that out of 2 million calls to poison control centers, nearly half concerned kids age 6 and under. Consumer Reports tells you which …

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Loose Ends-Princeton resident is advocate to help children with poisoning

centraljersey.com

Isles founder and CEO Marty Johnson noted in the introduction to the report that “the debacle of lead-poisoned children in Flint, Michigan, reminded us …

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CR: Protecting your kids from household dangers

Valley News Live

If you suspect that your child has ingested some kind of toxic product, call the national Poison Help Hotline at 800-222-1222 (available 24 hours a day) …

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7 At-Home Poison Ivy Treatments That Are Safe For Kids

Romper

Even if your kid is experienced with the outdoors, it’s easy to have an accidental run-in with poison ivy. And then you have to deal with the itchy …

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The Name Game: Poison Ivy – Valley Morning Star : News

Valley morning Star

As I was sitting there painting a superman logo on the arm of a little boy, I heard someone shout “Ivy slow down, slow down!” I did not recognize the …

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“The child was innocent didn’t deserve to die” Groove winner Guardian Angel recounts poisoning …

Ghafla!

He however says the friend got tired of hosting them and she attempted to poison him just to get rid of them. The evil friend ended up poisoning her …

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Where and when to test your kids for lead in NJ

New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Over the past 12 months, the New Jersey Poison Control Center received more than 100 calls for children who had elevated levels of lead in their …

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Police: Fayetteville mom tried to poison kids with lighter fluid

WTVD-TV

The kids — ages 6 and 10 — were given the mixture, but when the 10-year-old took a sip, he thought it tasted funny. The boy then ran downstairs to a …

DA orders mental health evaluation for mom accused of trying to poison her kids with lighter fluid – WTVD-TV

North Carolina mother accused of trying to poison her children by giving them creme soda mixed … – myfox8.com

Mom accused of trying to poison sons with lighter fluid, asks judge to revoke parental rights – Fox News

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Pot poisoning reports in state increase among children

The Daily Herald

From 2016 to 2017, the poison center recorded a 57.7 percent increase in the number of people reporting their young child had ingested pot.

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Protecting your kids from poisonous household products

Valley News Live

From pesticides to every day cleaners, there are many things around your home that could be poisonous to your children. If you have younger kids …

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Pot poisoning reports increase among young kids in Washington

KOMO News

Between 2016 to 2017, the poison center recorded a 57.7 percent increase in the number of people reporting their young child had ingested pot.

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Mother accused of trying to poison sons with lighter fluid – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana …

WBXH

While 34-year-old Octavia Robinson faces child abuse charges, her 6-and 10-year-old sons have been placed in the care of social services. (Source: …

Mom accused of trying to poison sons with lighter fluid – New York Post

Fayetteville mom accused of trying to poison kids goes on profanity-laced tirade in court – WRAL.com

Mother accused of trying to poison sons with lighter fluid – WMC Action News 5

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NC mom tried to poison her kids with lighter fluid, police say

Charlotte Observer

A North Carolina mom is accused of trying to poison her two sons with lighter fluid … Robinson tried to poison her children on Sunday, according to the …

Mum asks to have parental rights revoked after ‘poison’ attempt on sons’ soda drinks – 9Honey

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Child ingests antipsychotic drug, leading Novartis to recall packages that don’t meet child safety rules

FiercePharma

… “The prescription drug packaging is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, posing a poisoning risk if swallowed by …

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Bench trial for Glenwood mother accused of poisoning daughter ends

The Daily Nonpareil

In court Friday, Mills County Attorney Naeda Elliott described Frazier as a mother who “despised her own child” and who sought to poison, …

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NC mom tried to poison kids with lighter fluid, police say

Asheboro Courier Tribune

A North Carolina mom is accused of trying to poison her two sons with lighter fluid, authorities say. Octavia Robinson, 34, of Fayetteville was arrested …

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Learn about lead testing in Massachusetts and what a result means for your child

Mass.gov

In a lead test, a blood sample is taken from the child’s finger or arm. … A child under 6 years old with a lead level of 25 or more is lead poisoned.

Poison control centers report spike in kids‘ exposure to addiction drug

Fox News

From 2007 to 2016, more than 11,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. were exposed to buprenorphine, a drug that’s used to treat opioid-use …

Unintended Buprenorphine Exposure Among Children a Growing Problem – Psych Congress Network

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Kids‘ exposure to addiction drug rose 215% in three years, study says

CNN

“This is never prescribed for children under 6. It is a significant risk to them,” said Henry Spiller, director of the Central Ohio Poison Center and an …

Buprenorphine Exposures Among Children and Adolescents Reported to US Poison Control Centers – AAP News

Kids overdosing on meds meant to fight opioid addiction – CBS News

Study: Drug to treat opioid dependence falling into children’s hands – AAP News

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“Even Ted Cruz Thinks This Is a Bridge Too Far”: Texas Republicans Fear Child Detention Will Be …

Vanity Fair

Nine days ago, Ted Cruz was among Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in the debate over the White House’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, …

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Woman poisons children, commits suicide after fight with husband

Citizen TV (press release)

A woman has allegedly poisoned her four children and committed suicide following a marital dispute in Sumek village in Rongai, Nakuru County.

Shock as mother poisons four children before committing suicide – The Standard

Woman commits suicide after poisoning four children – Nairobi News

Nakuru woman poisons children, kills self – nation.co.ke

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Poison Control Centers report spike in kids exposed to prescription medicines

WZTV

Poison control centers report a spike in calls about kids ingesting a medicine called buprenorphine. It’s a prescription med used to treat people …

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Toddlers Sickened From Flame Colorant Products

WFMYNews2.com

Cole says in toddlers, one way to detect poisoning is if the sickened child has bright blue or bright green vomit, the same color of the product in the …

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Mom poisoned children due to ‘financial, love problems’

Independent Online

Pretoria – A mother said she poisoned her two children – sons aged 10 months … the poisoning if the staff at a clinic acted sooner in assisting the child.

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Summer Safety: Poisons to keep away from your family

WJXT News4JAX

As the summer temperatures rise across Florida, so do calls to poison … like bug spray and your swimming pool- which can put your child at risk.

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Grand Rapids man pleads not guilty to trying to poison Wausau woman to kill her unborn baby

Wausau Daily Herald

WAUSAU – A 33-year-old Wisconsin Rapids-area man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he tried to kill his unborn baby by poisoning a …

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Mother consumes poison at the child protection authority

Hiru News

A mother who had attempted to commit suicide by drinking poison at the National Child Protection Authority, was hospitalised last afternoon.

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Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do

AZCentral.com

Observation is key if a child has accidentally taken too much Tylenol but not enough for a … Poison Control received 2,785 calls of this type in 2017.

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Molestation victim takes poison, critical

The Tribune

She revealed to her mother that one of their neighbours, who is married and father of a child, had been harassing her for about four months. He used …

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Sheriff: Couple arrested after baby found with glass cuts, cigarette burn

WSAZ-TV

The baby also allegedly had a bruise on its forehead. When deputies and a Social Services worker looked, they found a cigarette burn on the child’s …

Sheriff: Laurel County infant with cigarette burn locked in car, 2 arrested – WKYT

Sheriff: Women admits she was high when she burned baby – WTVQ

London Couple Accused Of Abusing Kids While High On Meth – LEX18 Lexington KY News

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Parents charged months after infant hospitalized with second-degree burns

WTAE Pittsburgh

Authorities have charged two parents with child endangerment after their four-month-old suffered from deep, second-degree burns to his face, neck …

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Community rallies to help father and son burned in accident

fox8.com

Aaron says on July 12, he and his son were outdoors enjoying beautiful … Both were admitted to the burn unit at Akron Children’s Hospital where …

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Kidnapped 6-month-old boy dies from burns in Louisiana

KXAN.com

NACHITOCHES, La. (KLFY) — A 6-month-old baby was kidnapped and burned in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Police received a call from the mother of …

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Afghan teen who burnt to death came here as child bride on fake papers

The Age

A young mother who died after being set alight in a still unexplained tragedy is believed to have entered Australia illegally as a child bride.

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Woman arrested for burning death of kidnapped 6-month-old

WGNO

NATCHITOCHES, LA – A woman has been arrested and charged with first degree murder after a 6-month-old baby was kidnapped and found …

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Baby girl from PE badly burnt in cooking oil accident

News24

Little Jaydené Croucamp Bester from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape sustained burn wounds over 30% of her body. Debbie Bester, Jaydené’s …

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Man, son burn to death in fire he allegedly lit over marital disagreement

The Standard

Debris from fire that burnt a man and his son to death in their house at Siakago police quarters in Embu County. [Joseph Muchiri/Standard]. A man and …

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Affidavit: Man hurt girlfriend’s child days before trying to burn self, daughter

Waco Tribune-Herald

The woman was arrested Wednesday on child endangerment charges, accused of leaving her three children with the man after he injured one of them …

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2 arrested after child found bruised, burned in Spartanburg Co., deputies say

WSPA.com

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Two people have been arrested after deputies say a child in the home was found with multiple bruises on his body …

Deputies: 2 Spartanburg Co. women arrested after toddler is found covered in bruises – FOX Carolina

Two Spartanburg women charged with unlawful neglect of 2-year-old – Spartanburg Herald Journal

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Affidavit: Man hurt girlfriend’s child days before trying to burn self, daughter

Waco Tribune-Herald

Waco police arrested the girlfriend of a Waco man accused of trying to set a car on fire in April with himself and his 2-year-old daughter inside.

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Each time Australia delays bringing a sick child from Nauru, the stakes get higher

The Guardian

A child attempts suicide or commits self-harm, and soon, it is seen, they are moved with their families to Australia where they can access appropriate …

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Mental health after war: how children in Iraq are severely underserved

Toronto Star

What this has meant is thousands of Iraqi boys and girls have nowhere to turn, with marked increases of self-harming and suicide attempt rates.

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I tried to kill myself. I survived. When Canada’s health care system failed me, I tried again, and again

This Magazine

For more than half my life, someone has been trying to kill me. …. saw familiar behaviour in her daughter: Nimkii began to self-harm, attempted suicide, …

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OCA calls for more funding for foster families

iriefm.net

Mrs. Gordon Harrison said the entire child care system needs to be … The critical incidents referred to include sexual abuse, selfharm, attempted …

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Children are turned away from mental health help

The Times

They were told to try to secure an appointment “if things get worse”. … Anxiety, depression or low mood, selfharming and suicide ideation were the …

Selfharming children refused access to mental health services because symptoms ‘not severe … – The Courier

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Children’s Advocate probing critical cases at children’s homes; Youth Ministry to provide details of …

iriefm.net

The JFJ also revealed findings of a UNICEF situation analysis, where incidents to include sexual abuse, selfharming and attempted suicides, were …

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