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Investigation Claims Jehovah Witnesses’ Watchtower Is Hiding Child Sexual Abuse Claims

| February 19, 2015 at 07:23 am

A new report out of the Center for Investigative Reporting claims that the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ parent organization in the United States has systematically hidden child sexual abuse cases for more than 25 years.

Trey Bundy, the Reveal journalist behind the report, explained to HuffPost Live on Tuesday that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York has issued detailed memos since 1989 mandating spiritual leaders to immediately report any allegations of child abuse to the Watchtower’s legal department before the police. (more…)

Man convicted of child abuse in 1990 exonerated

| January 22, 2013 at 07:58 am

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah judge has vacated a man’s 1990 conviction for child sex abuse, declaring him factually innocent of the crime.

The 54-year-old Ogden man, Kevin George Peterson, served 15 years in prison until 2007.

The full terms of a settlement are sealed, but court records show 2nd District Judge Scott Hadley ordered the Utah Office for Victims of Crime to make an “assistance” payment of $70,000 to Peterson. (more…)

Detroit mother charged with murder, child abuse in stabbing death of 8-year-old daughter

| January 3, 2013 at 07:18 am

(AP) DETROIT – A 26-year-old woman is charged with murder in the stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter in their Detroit home.
Detroit police responding to a 911 call found Tameria Greene unresponsive early Sunday morning on the floor of the family’s near east side apartment. The girl had been stabbed in the chest and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the mother, Semeria Greene, was charged Wednesday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse. Tamiera would have celebrated her 9th birthday on Wednesday. (more…)

Child Abuse Report Made Before 7-Year-Old’s Death

| December 6, 2012 at 08:43 am

LAS VEGAS — Documents released Wednesday in the beating death of a 7-year-old boy by Clark County Family Services reveal authorities received a report of abuse a day before Roderick “RJ” Arrington Jr. died.

The report is called a disclosure form and it’s a legal document released by the county any time there is a child death. While Child Protective Services and county officials won’t say anything about the report, his grandparents are frustrated he wasn’t taken out of the home before it was too late. (more…)

Detroit man faces sentencing for murder, child abuse of missing 2-year-old daughter

| December 3, 2012 at 08:11 am

DETROIT — A Detroit father who prosecutors say faked a carjacking to cover up the slaying of his 2-year-old daughter faces sentencing for first-degree murder and child abuse.

A jury in October convicted 32-year-old D’Andre Lane. The law requires Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans to sentence him to life in prison without possibility of parole on the murder charge. (more…)

LEFFLER: Child abuse can take rare forms

| October 3, 2012 at 06:05 am

I was incredibly fortunate growing up. I lived in one house from birth until I left for college. My parents were always married.

I had two loving sisters in whose presence I always felt comfortable and safe. I was never made to feel ashamed at any choices I made and I never questioned my family’s support. (more…)

Child-Abuse Injuries on the Rise

| October 1, 2012 at 07:58 am

A national study found that serious injuries from child abuse appear to have risen modestly over the past decade or so, and suggested that downward trends in other studies of abuse may reflect reporting changes rather than real improvement.

Hospitalization for abuse-related injury rose 4.9 percent overall among children 18 and under over the 12-year span from 1997 through 2009, wrote Dr. John Leventhal and Julie Gaither, both of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. (more…)

Cebu priest probed over ‘child abuse’

| September 28, 2012 at 09:24 am

MANILA – The Vatican has suspended a senior priest in the Philippines over allegations he abused children when he was based in the United States three decades ago, a church spokesman said Thursday.

Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, who was in charge of ensuring churches follow Vatican guidelines in the country’s second biggest city of Cebu, was suspended in June from all priestly functions, said Monsignor Achilles Dakay. (more…)

Brown signs child abuse, domestic violence bills

| September 26, 2012 at 05:56 am

Child abuse SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed bills carried by San Diego Democratic lawmakers that will make it a crime for coaches and computer technicians to fail to report suspected child abuse and child pornography.

Brown also signed into law a measure requiring some domestic violence suspects to wear a GPS device, a policy that grew out of the 2011 death of a Carlsbad mother.

Child Abuse Hotline To Be Centralized

| September 20, 2012 at 06:01 am

People reporting child abuse in Georgia may soon be directed to a centralized call center. It’s a decision the Division of Family and Children Services is considering after two state employees were fired this month, charged with falsifying child abuse records.

Currently, there is a DFCS office in each of Georgia’s 159 counties—so any report of abuse or neglect is made to that county’s particular office. (more…)