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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 »

Woody Allen: Sex Abuse Claims 'Untrue, Disgraceful'

State attorney believed Allen molested his daughter

(Newser) - Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful" a day after Farrow renewed claims dating back to Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s. The movie director's publicist Leslee Dart said in an email today that Allen has... More »

Nuns Made Kids Eat Vomit, Wear Soiled Sheets: Hearing

Northern Ireland inquiry investigates allegations of abuse

(Newser) - Nuns beat children for bedwetting, put soiled sheets on their heads to humiliate them, and forced them to eat their own vomit when they were sick—according to accusations made today at a hearing into care homes in Northern Ireland, the Guardian reports. Senior Counsel Christine Smith also accused the... More »

Chicago Archdiocese Reveals Decades of Sex Abuse

6K pages of documents show priests moved, promoted after allegations

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of Chicago has released more than 6,000 pages of internal documents showing decades of hidden sexual abuse by 30 priests. Priests accused of abuse still received promotions, while alleged victims faced church-backed investigations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The church moved accused priests between parishes and left abuse... More »

Caregiver Tattooes Kids While Mom, Boyfriend Are Out: Cops

Three people in Virginia are facing charges

(Newser) - Three Virginia adults are facing charges after two girls were tattooed while under the care of a family friend, the Roanoke Times reports. The girl's mother, 35-year-old Melissa Delp, and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Daniel Janney, were charged Friday with two counts each of felony child abuse and malicious wounding.... More »

A Dozen Children Seized From Incest Family 'Cult'

Children lived in filth, can barely speak, are deformed

(Newser) - Kimberly Colt is only 13 years old, but she's already had sexual contact with her uncle Dwayne—who is 9—while her aunt Carmen, 8, watched. She can't read or write, because she can barely see or hear, and she doesn't know how to clean her teeth,... More »

Man Guilty of Locking Up Daughter for Years

Chad Chritton's lawyer claimed he wasn't smart enough to pull it off

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has been found guilty of keeping his daughter locked in the basement for 6 years, a time when she shrank to 68 pounds while scrounging for scraps and relieving herself in her own bed, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Chad Chritton, 42, faces up to 34 1/2... More »

Police Find Boy Cuffed With Dead Chicken on Neck

Foster parents Dorian Lee Harper, Wanda Sue Larson arrested

(Newser) - A neighbor sums up the situation: "That's some sick people." An animal control deputy responding to concerns about a pig on the loose in Union County, NC, found something far more horrifying on Friday: a boy, 11, handcuffed to a porch, with a dead chicken wrapped around... More »

Abused Teen Moms More Likely to Mistreat Own Kids

Time to 'break the cycle': advocates

(Newser) - New research points to an unsurprising pattern of abuse across generations: Teen mothers who were abused themselves are more likely to mistreat their own children. Researchers in California found that more than 40% of teen moms had been reported as possible child abuse victims; half of those reports were confirmed.... More »

Mechanic Opens Trunk, Finds Starving Baby

French couple charged with abuse

(Newser) - A mechanic investigating strange noises coming from a car trunk was horrified to find a naked, starving, and dehydrated baby girl inside, lying on garbage bags and covered in excrement. Workers at the garage in central France say the car's owner, a woman in her 40s, brought the vehicle... More »

Mom of Girl Arrested for Bullying Also Arrested

Vivian Vosburg arrested on charges unrelated to bullying case

(Newser) - The mother of one of the girls recently arrested for bullying Rebecca Sedwick , who ended up committing suicide, has now been arrested herself. But Florida's Polk County sheriff was quick to point out that the accusations against Vivian Vosburg, 30, are not related to the bullying case. Vosburg faces... More »

Cops: 2-Year-Old Son of NFL's Adrian Peterson Killed in Assault

Boyfriend of boy's mother is suspected

(Newser) - The 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson has died after the mother's new boyfriend allegedly attacked him, TMZ reports. It all started when the boyfriend—Joseph Patterson, 27—called 911 from an apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to report a choking, the Pioneer Press reports. Emergency... More »

4 Boys Saved From Life of Starving in Filth: Cops

Authorities were warned about Denver family: reports

(Newser) - This week saw the first hearing in the child abuse case of Wayne Sperling, 66, and Lorinda Bailey, 35, Denver parents who allegedly left their children, ages 2, 4, 5, and 6, malnourished and living in disgusting conditions. The boys could only talk in grunts; they weren't toilet-trained, and... More »

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