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Classmate Recalls Students Treating Turpin Girl Like Dirt

Taha Muntajibuddin's recollections make for tough reading

(Newser) - David and Louise Turpin essentially can't have anything to do with their children for the next three years following a judge's Wednesday court order. The Desert Sun reports Riverside County Judge Emma Smith has barred the parents from any attempts at communication with their children, including electronically or... More »

Sister: Mom of Captive Kids Had 'Awakening' 9 Years Ago

Louise Turpin's siblings describe life of sexual experimentation, drinking

(Newser) - More disturbing details on the California couple accused of abusing and torturing their 13 children , now from the sister of the children's mother. Teresa Robinette, sister of 49-year-old Louise Turpin, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Monday and said she received a few odd phone calls between 2008 and... More »

Girl Who Fled Parents Called Cops Using Deactivated Phone

Home-school law criticized in horrific California case

(Newser) - The 13 siblings rescued from captivity in a California home were so badly treated that mental and physical recovery is likely to take a very long time, experts say. Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer says his staff was horrified by the condition of the seven adults in the... More »

Cops: Calif. Parents Shackled Their 13 Kids, Ages 2 to 29

A bizarre and disturbing story out of California

(Newser) - An ordinary house in a California subdivision concealed a bizarre and disturbing case of torture and child abuse, police say. In a press release , the Riverside County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old girl called 911 early Sunday morning after escaping a home in Perris and told police her 12... More »

Harding's Mom: Tonya 'Doesn't Know What Isn't a Lie Anymore'

LaVona Golden speaks to ABC News for TV special on her figure-skater daughter

(Newser) - In the movie I, Tonya, the film on the life of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, a shocking scene depicts a moment when Harding's mother threw a steak knife at her daughter, sticking in Harding's arm, during an argument. Now, in an interview with ABC News that aired... More »

Day Care Workers Arrested After Mom Demands Video

Toddlers were burned with hot glue gun

(Newser) - Two workers at a Chicago day care were fired and arrested after a disturbing incident that left five toddlers injured. Police say surveillance video captured one of the workers burning the 2-year-olds with a hot glue gun while the other woman watched and laughed, People reports. Lizandra Cosme, 32, has... More »

Suspect in Beijing Child Abuse Scandal: 22-Year-Old Teacher

RYB Education 'extremely shocked and distressed' about her alleged crimes

(Newser) - Authorities in China detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by a US-listed company in a case that has caused nationwide anger . Police in Beijing's Chaoyang district said in a statement Saturday that an investigation into a kindergarten run by Beijing-based RYB Education has... More »

Parents in China Outraged at Kindergarten's 'Devil Teachers'

Beijing's RYB Kindergarten is hit with accusations of drugging, abusing kids

(Newser) - "Demand justice for these children!" That's just one message posted on Chinese social media following allegations that a Chinese kindergarten run by a company listed on the NYSE abused the kids in its charge. Per the New York Times , parents allege teachers at RYB Kindergarten in Xintiandi... More »

Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

Wisconsin Mom Says Swearing at Son Is Free Speech

Ginger Breitzman is appealing jail sentence

(Newser) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether a mother's profane tirade against her 14-year-old son for burning popcorn amounted to free speech. Ginger Breitzman, 44, argued this week that her language wasn't inciting violence or a true threat and therefore is protected speech, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.... More »

Parents Sentenced for Child Neglect Over YouTube Videos

'Prank' videos showed parents screaming, cursing at crying children

(Newser) - A Maryland couple whose YouTube prank videos garnered them accusations of child abuse were sentenced to five years probation on child neglect charges Monday, BuzzFeed reports. Michael and Heather Martin entered a plea to avoid jail time, admitting the state had enough to convict them without actually admitting guilt. The... More »

Mom Raised $40K for Son's Cancer Care. He Didn't Have It

Monika Burgett is accused of having her 3-year-old's eyebrows, head shaved in the ruse

(Newser) - A woman has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and falsely claiming her preschool-age son had terminal cancer so he could receive unnecessary hospital care and opioids. A Hamilton County prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday at the trial of Monika Burgett that she convinced doctors at Cincinnati Children'... More »

Cops: Texas Woman Used Stun Gun on 5-Year-Old Son

'From zero to 10, it hurt 10,' he told police

(Newser) - Her lawyer says it was "discipline that went a little too far." Police say it was a felony. Houston woman Whitney White, 27, has been charged with felony injury to a child for abuse that included abusing her son with a stun gun when he was 5 years... More »

Woman Sentenced to Die for Locking Cousin in Box

10-year-old died of suffocation

(Newser) - A 29-year-old woman in Arizona has been sentenced to die for her role in the horrific death of her 10-year-old cousin. Prosecutors said Sammantha Allen and husband John Allen stuffed Ame Deal into a plastic storage bin and left her there overnight in triple-digit temperatures in July 2011 as punishment... More »

Baby Dies After Being Starved in Car Seat for Days: Cops

Michigan mom charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - A young mother in Michigan has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse after allegedly strapping her 6-month-old son into a car seat for two days without food or water. Lovily Johnson, 22, had a personal protection order against the father of her 2-year-old daughter in 2016, and... More »

Murder Charges for Parents Whose Son Died in Hot Car

Authorities say 2-year-old left in car overnight

(Newser) - A couple in Tennessee is facing life in prison—or even the death penalty—after authorities say they left their 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight and he died, WATE reports. Jade Phillips called 911 around 2pm July 14. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , authorities say her son... More »

Hundreds of Boys Abused in Choir Led by Ex-Pope's Brother

Lawyer says there were more than 500 victims at German school

(Newser) - At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report Tuesday. Allegations involving the Domspatzen choir were among a spate of abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Germany that emerged in 2010, the AP reports.... More »

Hawaii Family Starved Girl to Death Over a Year: Charges

Dad, mom, grandma arrested Friday

(Newser) - A Hawaii father, mother, and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl, the AP reports. Police on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday arrested 49-year-old Kevin Lehano, 33-year-old Tiffany Stone, and 59-year-old Henrietta Stone. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, reading from a grand jury indictment,... More »

$6.45M Bail Set for Surgeon Charged in Child Rape Scheme

Dr. James Kohut recruited women to find his victims, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A judge set bail at $6.45 million on Wednesday for a Northern California brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children, the AP reports. Prosecutors had opposed bail for Dr. James Kohut, saying the neurologist is a public danger who recruits women to help find child victims. The Santa Cruz... More »

Mom Charged After Boy's Teeth Pulled in Walmart Restroom

Mom allegedly used pliers to pull two of son's teeth without anesthesia

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah woman pulled two of her son's teeth in a Walmart restroom. Prosecutors said Monday that the 47-year-old woman bought hand sanitizer and needle-nose pliers from the store, then took them into the restroom and pulled two of her 7-year-old son's teeth. Police in American... More »

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