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Another Mom Arrested for Leaving Kids at Park

Ashley Richardson was at food bank for more than 2.5 hours: police

(Newser) - Another mom has been arrested for letting her kids play alone at a park. An officer on patrol in Winter Park, Florida, saw the four children (an 8-year-old, 7-year-old twins, and a 6-year-old, WPTV reports) at the park Tuesday around noon, and parked to observe them since there were no... More »

Only Woman on US Marshals' Most-Wanted List Is Busted

Janet Killough Barreto was on lam for 5 years

(Newser) - Janet Killough Barreto, who apparently adopted multiple kids from Central America in the mid-2000s, was ultimately accused of abusing one of them to death and released on bond, reports the Columbian . But she was a no-show at her 2009 trial to face charges of manslaughter, child abuse and neglect, and... More »

Gammy's Parents: Surrogate Wouldn't Let Us Take Him

Dad says he's changed after pedophilia convictions

(Newser) - With their case making international headlines, the Australian parents of baby Gammy are telling their story. Speaking to Australia's 9News , David Farnell said he and his wife, Wendy, "wanted" to take Gammy home with them, Reuters reports—but his surrogate mother wouldn't let them. Surrogate Pattaramon Chanbua... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

2% of Clergy Are Pedophiles: Pope Francis

Pontiff hints at possible changes to priest celibacy

(Newser) - Pope Francis has offered an estimate on "the level of pedophilia in the Church," Sky News reports: He puts it at 2%, basing his information on aides' figures. "That 2% includes priests and even bishops and cardinals," the pope tells La Repubblica newspaper of Italy. "... More »

Boy Hidden in Basement Forced to Work Out

Regimen included 400 sit-ups a day, court filing states

(Newser) - The regime in the Bothuell household was an extreme one, according to court papers filed yesterday in the case of the Detroit boy found in his basement 11 days after he was reported missing. Charles Bothuell, 12 has told authorities he was forced to complete a workout twice a day... More »

DC Won't Allow Superman Logo on Memorial to Abused Boy

Jeffrey Baldwin, who was starved to death, loved the superhero

(Newser) - Little Jeffrey Baldwin always wanted to fly, his father testified at an inquest into the 5-year-old's death, which concluded earlier this year: "He dressed up (as Superman) for Halloween one year. ... He was our little man of steel." The Toronto boy, whose teenage parents lost custody of... More »

Police: Autistic Boy, 11, Kept in Cage

Parents face charges of felony child endangerment

(Newser) - The parents of a severely autistic boy have been arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said today. The cage—similar to an extra-large dog kennel—was found in the Orange County, California, home with a... More »

Stepmom Told Boy to Stay in Basement, He Says

But lots of questions remain about case of Detroit's Charlie Bothuell V

(Newser) - Thanks to a court document obtained by the Detroit Free Press , we now know a little bit more about why a "missing" 12-year-old boy was found hunkered down in his basement : Charlie Bothuell V told authorities that his stepmother put him there and instructed him "not to come... More »

Basement Boy Case Gets Stranger

Detroit father could face child abuse charges

(Newser) - The Detroit father whose missing son was found behind a barricade in his own basement could face charges, police say, but it's not clear whether they will be related to the 11-day disappearance of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell. Sources tell Fox that the boy was home-schooled under a strict regimen... More »

Cops: Mom Brands Kids, Promises Ice Cream

Kayla Oxenham, 23, denies charges of child abuse

(Newser) - A Florida mom has been charged with child abuse after she allegedly branded her children so she could identify them as her kids. Kayla Oxenham, 23, allegedly used a lighter to heat up a stick then burned her 5- and 7-year-old daughters on the arm while noting she "forgot... More »

Cops: Boy Locked in Filthy Room for 2 Years

Authorities rescue him from aunt, uncle in Canada

(Newser) - Police in Ontario, Canada, say they rescued a 10-year-old boy who had been kept locked in a filthy room for somewhere between 18 months and two years, reports the National Post . His parents live overseas, and they apparently left the boy in the custody of an aunt and uncle, who... More »

Mom Accused of Killing Son She Thought Was Gay

Jessica Dutro trial begins

(Newser) - An Oregon mom is on trial for allegedly beating her son to death, which she did, prosecutors told the court this week, because she believed the 4-year-old was gay. On Wednesday the judge in the case ruled that prosecutors could introduce as evidence a Facebook message in which Jessica Dutro,... More »

3 Starving, Abused Kids Taken From California Home

Two moms in custody; one girl had been chained

(Newser) - It's "a particularly heinous case," says the sheriff in California's Monterey County. Police rescued three young children who showed signs of starvation and abuse from their home in Salinas, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Their mothers, who lived together as domestic partners, are in custody. The... More »

Sandusky's Wife: Victims 'Saw Money'

Dottie Sandusky defends husband Jerry on 'Today' show

(Newser) - At least one person thinks convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky is unjustly imprisoned: wife Dottie. In fact, she goes after the victims herself in an interview on the Today show: "I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she tells Matt Lauer. “Once... More »

Guy Behind UK's Porn Rules Busted—Over Child Porn

Cameron aide Patrick Rock resigns after arrest

(Newser) - A top aide to David Cameron who helped craft new online pornography rules has been arrested in a child pornography case. Patrick Rock resigned from his post following his arrest last month, the Telegraph reports. Ten Downing Street says it contacted police, who investigated computers there before arresting the aide.... More »

Mom Arrested in Daughter's Gangrene Death

She, husband, and health aide accused of neglecting 12-year-old girl

(Newser) - The mother of a disabled Tennessee girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores has been arrested in New Orleans. The US Marshals Service says Raven Ruth is being held in the Orleans Parish Jail after her arrest yesterday. Ruth is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in... More »

Pediatrician Guilty of Waterboarding Young Girl

He held stepdaughter's head under tap as punishment

(Newser) - A Delaware pediatrician who considered himself an expert in near-death experiences involving children has been found guilty of waterboarding his companion's daughter and could be facing several years in prison. Melvin Morse, 60, was convicted of one felony reckless endangerment count for holding the 11-year-old girl's head under... More »

Cops: Girl, 5, Forced to Drink So Much Soda She Died

Parents are charged with first-degree murder over their punishment

(Newser) - A husband and wife in Tennessee are accused of making their 5-year-old daughter drink excessive amounts of grape soda and water as punishment—so much so that the girl died as a result, reports the Times-News of Kingsport. Randall Vaughn, 41, and Mary Vaughn, 58, are charged with first-degree murder,... More »

UN Rips Vatican: You Failed Kids, Saved Sex Abusers

Church 'regrets' that panel is interfering with its teaching

(Newser) - The United Nations is hammering the Vatican for what a panel calls a failure to fully address sex abuse in the Catholic Church. "The Holy See has consistently placed the preservation of the reputation of the church and the protection of the perpetrators above children’s best interests,"... More »

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