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Cops Say Utah Couple Waterboarded Girl, 9

Father, stepmother charged with child abuse

(Newser) - A husband and wife in Utah are accused of a form of child abuse so cruel it is widely considered a violation of the Geneva Convention. Police say the Provo couple allegedly waterboarded a 9-year-old girl on at least three occasions, KUTV reports. The girl's father, 29-year-old Joseph Mitchell,... More »

Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

Australia to Child Sex Abuse Victims: 'We Say Sorry'

'Today as a nation we confront our failure to listen, to believe, and to provide justice'

(Newser) - Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered a formal apology on Monday to Australia's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long, painful journey and say sorry. His emotional speech delivered in Parliament before hundreds of survivors followed the conclusions of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses... More »

3 Words Sealed Abused Boy's Fate: 'Close the Case'

'The Atlantic' looks at the failure of caseworkers to save the life of Gabriel Fernandez

(Newser) - "Close the case." A family services caseworker in Los Angeles County named Pat Clement wrote that recommendation on the file of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in March of 2013 after a home visit. Her supervisor went along, and two months later, Gabriel was dead—the result of brutal beatings... More »

Nurse Charged With Injuring Infants at Intensive Care Unit

Injuries included broken bones and bruises

(Newser) - Wisconsin prosecutors charged a former nurse Thursday with abusing multiple infants in a Madison hospital's intensive care unit, the AP reports, accusing him of bruising them and breaking their bones. Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts involving nine infants. All but one of the counts carries a... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Kills Nephew, Hides Body in Her Room

Colorado 16-year-old to be charged as adult in murder of Jordan Vong, 7

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl killed her 7-year-old nephew, then concealed the secret and his body as a community frantically searched, according to police. Denver's Jordan Vong was reported missing around 4:30pm on Aug. 6, hours after his mother had last seen him, prompting officers to search a 20-block radius,... More »

Prosecutors: Boy Died in Exorcism-Like Ritual at Compound

Defense lawyer describes it as 'faith healing'

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy whose remains were found at a New Mexico compound where children were allegedly trained to conduct school shootings died during an exorcism-like ritual, prosecutors say. Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, allegedly taken from his Georgia home late last year, suffered from seizures, and his father believed he was possessed by... More »

This Case Is 'Worst of Its Kind in German Criminal History'

Mother, partner sentenced to jail for selling boy to pedophiles via the dark web

(Newser) - A warning before you read on: As far as child abuse cases go, the Guardian calls this one "the worst of its kind in German criminal history." A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son... More »

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an... More »

In Audio, Border Agent Jokes About Screaming of Separated Kids

McCain calls policy an 'affront to the decency of the American people'

(Newser) - A harrowing recording from inside a border facility has added fuel to the controversy over the immigration policies that have separated thousands of children from their families. In the recording, which ProPublica says was made last week and provided to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury by a whistleblower, wailing children... More »

DA: 10 Kids Removed From Home Were Waterboarded

Calif. kids were also shot at with crossbows, she alleges

(Newser) - The 10 children rescued from a filthy, abusive California home were strangled, punched, shot with crossbows, and subjected to waterboarding by their father, Jonathan Allen, and their mother did nothing to stop it, prosecutors say. The details of alleged abuse were included in a motion to increase the bail of... More »

Calif. Parents Charged After 10 Kids Removed From Home

Cops say kids were neglected, abused

(Newser) - Police say they removed 10 children from a squalid California home and charged their father with torture and their mother with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse. The children range from 4 months to 12 years old, says Fairfield police Lt. Greg... More »

Files on Hart Family Detail Harsh Punishment Over Pizza

Reports from child-welfare officials in 3 states released

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hart family's death at the bottom of a Northern California cliff comes the release of reports by child-welfare officials in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington state that the New York Times sees as peppered with "clues" as to what was going on inside the... More »

Social Worker Called 911 the Day the Hart Family Died

She said she was worried children weren't being fed

(Newser) - A social worker worried about the welfare of the Hart family called 911 in Washington state the same day the family's SUV plunged off a cliff in California. The Department of Social and Health Services employee told dispatchers in the March 26 call that she was requesting a welfare... More »

Mom Accused of Unusual Way of Getting Son Up for Church

Cops say Arizona's Sharron Dobbins used a Taser on Easter Sunday to get her teen out of bed

(Newser) - It's not acceptable to use a Taser to get your child up for church, police say—even on Easter Sunday. Arizona mother Sharron Dobbins was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after allegedly using a stun gun on her 17-year-old son early Sunday morning, the Sacramento Bee reports. She... More »

They Called CPS on 'Free Hugs' Boy's Family. Then, Tragedy

'I was trying to … protect them and this is the result,' neighbor says after fatal car crash

(Newser) - The search is still on for 15-year-old Devonte Hart and two of his siblings after the SUV they were believed to be in with their adoptive parents and three other siblings went over a cliff in California (those five were found dead at the scene). But it's allegations about... More »

'Smoking Baby' Mom Arrested After Facebook Commotion

Viral video led cops to 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton

(Newser) - A video of an infant smoking a small cigar set off outrage on social media that helped North Carolina authorities ID and arrest the mother. A version of the video that's received 1.5 million views was posted by a user who urged the mother's arrest. The 10-second... More »

Hospital Didn't Look Into Baby's Bruising Until 4 More Injured

Federal report finds Wisconsin hospital didn't do enough to protect its youngest patients

(Newser) - A baby in the newborn intensive care unit of a Wisconsin hospital was found with unexplained bruising last April, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. A investigation wasn't launched until 10 months later. In that time, investigators found, another four newborns suffered injuries ranging from bruising to bone fractures. Now... More »

Captive Children 'Starting to Make Plans for Future': Mayor

Meanwhile Turpin parents face new charges in massive child abuse case

(Newser) - Two California parents already facing dozens of charges for allegedly keeping their 13 children captive and torturing all but the youngest are now facing even more charges, CNN reports. A spokesperson for the Riverside County District Attorney announced Friday three more counts of child abuse against both Louise and David... More »

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