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Cops: NYC Man Killed Girl, 3, for Potty Accident

Investigators say he beat stepdaughter for soiling pants

(Newser) - A New York City man accused of killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter for soiling her pants was arrested after his own horrified mother turned him in, sources say. Kelsey Smith is believed to have flown into a rage and savagely beaten Jeida Torres on Saturday, police sources tell the New York ... More »

Boy Allegedly Poisoned by Mom Had Similar Scare as Baby

But years of red flags weren't enough to save Garnett Spears

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy from New York's Rockland County was allegedly fatally poisoned by his mother earlier this year. The worst part might be that warning signs were present almost from the day Garnett Spears was born, reports the Journal News . The newspaper obtained a fatality report about Garnett that... More »

Jonathan Dwyer Joins NFLers Facing Assault Charges

The Arizona Cardinals' running back faces multiple assault charges

(Newser) - The hit list keeps growing, and unfortunately, that is meant literally. In the first few weeks of the NFL season, a slew of domestic violence and child abuse allegations have come to light involving star football players, including a graphic video of Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) appearing to punch unconscious... More »

After 'Additional Thought,' Vikings Again Bench Peterson

Team bans star until child abuse charges resolved

(Newser) - The Minnesota Vikings have decided to ban star running back Adrian Peterson until the legal issues over him hitting his 4-year-old son with a stick have been resolved. The team—which decided to reinstate him on Monday —has now reversed course and placed him on the exempt-commissioner's permission... More »

Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'

No charges after allegations NFL star injured his 4-year-old in 2013

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson was accused of beating and injuring another of his sons to discipline him last June, but the football star was never charged in the alleged incident, according to reports. KHOU has obtained text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother—a different woman from the mother involved... More »

Peterson to Play Sunday Despite Abuse Charges

Vikings running back is reinstated by Vikings, says he's 'not a perfect parent'

(Newser) - The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence allegations, most notably in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, but Peterson will play Sunday against the Saints after being reinstated by the Vikings today, the AP reports. As debate rages on about what punishment should be doled out to the... More »

It's 'Perfectly Legal' to Beat Your Kids

Mark Joseph Stern on why Adrian Peterson probably won't go to jail

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse , then quickly reinstated , and don't expect him to go to prison, writes Mark Joseph Stern on Slate , because "in much of the United States, beating your own children—even to the point of bodily harm—is perfectly legal." Corporal... More »

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 Haven, 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 »

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