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Volunteer Week: Crisis Nursery Helps Victims Of Child Abuse

| April 16, 2014 at 07:31 am

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Child abuse continues to be a major problem in the Twin Cities metro, leaving many children without a safe place to stay.

A local organization is doing its part to provide shelter for these kids, and you can help. The Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis is a spot where children come from tough family situations, and there are a few ways people can come in and volunteer their time for kids who need it.

Children who are victims of abuse stay at the Crisis Nursery, whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect and to create strong, healthy families.


Nick Clegg refuses to hold inquiry into Cyril Smith child abuse allegations

| April 15, 2014 at 07:17 am

The Liberal Democrat leader says allegations of child abuse spanning decades are a matter for police as he denies having any knowledge of rumours surrounding the former Rochdale MP

Nick Clegg has refused to hold an inquiry into the “repugnant” actions of Cyril Smith and insisted he had never heard rumours about allegations of child abuse spanning decades.

Ex-policeman James Ainsworth jailed for child sex abuse

| April 14, 2014 at 07:11 am

A former policeman who sexually abused four girls and two boys over a 25-year period been jailed for 11 years.

James Ainsworth, 62, pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual abuse and one of rape.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Ainsworth told two of his female victims: “I’m a police officer, no-one will believe you.”

The offences were committed in Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire between 1965 and 1990.

Ainsworth admitted the offences as a second trial against him was about to start. The first trial had to be abandoned after he was assaulted outside court.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child abuse by clergy

| April 11, 2014 at 07:49 am

Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the “evil” damage to children caused by sexual abusers in the clergy.

In quotes carried by Vatican Radio, he described the abuse as a “moral damage carried out by men of the Church”, and said “sanctions” would be imposed.

It is being described as his strongest statement on the issue so far. (more…)

Utah officials lend support during child abuse prevention month

| April 10, 2014 at 06:52 am

SALT LAKE CITY – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Utah Division of Child and Family Services is taking part in an effort to raise awareness of child abuse and work toward preventing it.

Blue and silver pinwheels are being displayed in lawns and gardens of state office buildings and other locations, and the bright display is a show of support for efforts to end child abuse.

Ann Williamson, executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services, spoke about their goals.

“We want to see child abuse and neglect completely eradicated, and so the month of April is to increase awareness of preventing child abuse and neglect,” she said. (more…)

System to Detect Child Abuse or Injury

| April 9, 2014 at 07:00 am

Every year an estimated 1,760 children die from injuries related to child abuse. Another 150,000 children suffer permanent disabilities. Of the children fatally injured, over 75 percent are younger than four years old.

If medical personnel, law enforcement officers, and child protection services were able to differentiate between bruising from accidents and bruising from abuse, many of these deaths or injuries could be preventable.

Abuse is commonly and falsely reported as injuries. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Louisville are conducting studies on a system to detect whether bruises are the result of injury or child abuse.


Boy’s Mother, 2 Others Charged With Child Abuse Over Video Posted To Facebook

| April 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

FLINT (WWJ) – Three people have been charged in connection with the assault of an 11-year-old boy that was videotaped and posted on Facebook.

Demitria Latrion Powell, the victim’s 28-year-old mother, Uteas Michelle Taylor, the boy’s 42-year-old godmother, and Stefon Tirrell Felton, the godmother’s 40-year-old boyfriend, were arraigned Tuesday on several charges, including third degree child abuse, conspiracy to commit child abuse, and child abuse committed in the presence of another child. (more…)

Child abuse victim raped, burned, held underwater by Salvation Army major Victor Bennett

| April 7, 2014 at 07:00 am

A SALVATION Army officer put out cigarettes on the body of a seven-year-old boy, who was also thrown into a swimming pool with bricks tied to his feet, the royal commission has heard.

The boy, who cannot be named, was repeatedly raped by the officer, Major Victor Bennett, at a Salvation Army-run home in Queensland but was later offered only $10,000 in compensation by the church.

In a formal statement sent to the Salvation Army in 2007 and subsequently tendered to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the victim said “Major Bennett put out cigarette butts on me and even between my toes. (more…)

Three-year-old boy dies after being left alone overnight by mom for the TWENTIETH time

| April 4, 2014 at 09:19 am

  • Megan McKeon, 24, has been charged with child abuse after leaving her son, Austin Davis, home alone for 20 hours
  • She returned home to find him lying face up with his eyes open, but he showed no signs of life
  • She told detectives she had left him home alone on a regular basis and had done it about 20 times before
  • A doctor who tried to save Austin’s life was concerned the boy possibly had ingested prescription medication or other substances
  • The boy’s father, Tyler Davis, 22, was in prison at the time of Austin’s death after he was arrested for not registering as a sex offender (more…)

Medical child abuse ‘not psychotic behavior’

| April 3, 2014 at 06:59 am

A 44-year-old Grants Pass, Ore. mother of eight is at the center of a medical child abuse investigation.

Kate G. Parker was arrested late Tuesday afternoon at her home on Southeast Marjean Lane, KOIN 6 News first reported. A grand jury indicted her on 43 counts.

Jail records obtained by KOIN 6 News show:

24 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment
4 counts of first-degree assault
1 count of child abandonment
4 counts of computer crime