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Cops: Boy Hidden Away for 3 Years Found Dead in Closet

His mother has been charged with murder

(Newser) - Police found Yonatan Daniel Aguilar dead in the bedroom closet of his family's Los Angeles home in August—and authorities say the malnourished boy, who was 11 years old but weighed just 34 pounds, had been hidden away in locked closets for three years. He was last seen publicly... More »

Babysitter Was Serving Life for a Child's 2006 Death. Then, a New Finding

New evidence suggests Amara Ou died from undiagnosed juvenile diabetes

(Newser) - In October 2006, Amara Ou's father dropped the 2-year-old off at her babysitter's Florida home. A few hours later, after the girl wouldn't wake up from a nap, babysitter Syna Lim, now 48, tried for two hours to reach Amara's parents before getting hold of the... More »

She Served 10 Years Because Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son

Arlena Lindley got out 35 years early: BuzzFeed

(Newser) - The crime itself is unthinkable: A decade ago, Arlena Lindley's boyfriend beat her 3-year-old son to death. But for Lindley, the aftermath managed to get worse: She was convicted of failing to protect her child, and after prosecutors asked for a sentence of 10 years, the judge gave her... More »

FBI 'Gathering Facts' About Pitt's Allegedly Drunken Flight

Source denies actor hit son on plane

(Newser) - The Brangelina divorce saga has reached a stage where there really might be a need to make a federal case out of it. Sources tell TMZ that the reason the LAPD isn't investigating Brad Pitt's alleged abusive behavior on the family's private plane last week is that... More »

Viral Images of Girl Being Disciplined Spark Debate

Man seen pulling girl by hair in Walmart

(Newser) - A man in Texas is being investigated after several Walmart shoppers spotted him pulling a girl by a section of her hair held against his shopping cart. Shoppers Erika and Robert Burch say they asked him to stop, and when he told them to mind their own business they took... More »

Teen Can Sue Facebook Over Naked Pic: UK Court

Her lawyers say site should've stopped photo from reappearing on 'shame page'

(Newser) - While Facebook refused to allow one of the world's most famous photos of a young naked girl during the Vietnam War, another girl has won the right to sue the social media site for her own nude pic, RT.com reports. A Belfast high court ruled to let the... More »

Teachers Who Sexually Abuse Students Avoid Prison in Iowa

Despite a law making prison time mandatory, according to investigation

(Newser) - Iowa teachers who sexually abuse students are getting off with probation despite a state law making at least some prison time mandatory. A Des Moines Register investigation discovered at least seven teachers received no prison time for sexually abusing students over the past five years.Two teachers who sexually abused... More »

Weiner: Yes, Child Services Is on My Case

NYC agency delivered investigation letter to his mom's house

(Newser) - There were whispers that child welfare authorities could be knocking on Anthony Weiner's door after his most recent sexting fiasco , and now that possibility has come to fruition. The former NYC mayoral candidate himself confirmed Thursday to the New York Times that the city's Administration for Children'... More »

Dad Allegedly Crashes Car to Kill His Toddler

Nathan Weitzel 'did not think he was man enough to raise a child'

(Newser) - A Colorado father is accused of attempting to kill his 2-year-old son in a pre-planned car crash because "he did not think he was man enough to raise a child," KUSA reports. Authorities say 29-year-old Nathan Weitzel was watching his son Isaiah play at the park when he... More »

Weiner's Woes Could Lead to 'Ugly' Custody Battle

Woody Allen couldn't write a movie script like this, divorce lawyer says

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner has already lost wife Huma Abedin over his latest sexting transgressions, but the fact that Weiner's young son may have been in one of his late-night selfie sessions could have him in trouble with child services. Experts tell the New York Daily News —which says it... More »

Mom Accused of Putting Newborn in Fridge for 3 Hours

The 4-day-old boy died in February of hypothermia with asphyxiation

(Newser) - A 27-year-old South Carolina mother of a toddler has been accused of killing her 4-day-old newborn by putting him in the refrigerator for three hours, where he suffered hypothermia with asphyxiation, reports the Rock Hill Herald . After a lengthy investigation over the February incident, authorities arrested Angela Blackwell on Monday... More »

When Asked Her Name, Abused Girl Replies 'Idiot'

She's only 4 years old

(Newser) - The details of the physical abuse are bad enough, but a different type of detail is particularly heinous: Police say that when a 4-year-old girl was rescued from an abusive home in Arkansas, she thought her name was "idiot" because she'd been called it so often, reports the... More »

Cop Helps Out Boy, 7, Peddling Teddy Bear for Food

Cop buys him dinner; parents of 5 charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - A hungry 7-year-old boy trying to hawk his teddy bear to buy food ran into the right cop: Officer Steve Dunham tells WLWT "it broke my heart" to see the child trying to sell his toy last week outside a drugstore in Franklin, Ohio. The boy told Dunham it... More »

At Australia's Refugee Camp, Chilling Abuse, Rape

Guardian reports on rape, child abuse at Nauru

(Newser) - More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru reveal what the Guardian describes as "routine dysfunction and cruelty," including assaults, rape, and incidents of self-harm. About half of the incident reports from May 2013 to... More »

Parents Get Last Visit Before Abused Baby's Death

5-month-old Dinah Paige Whited was taken off life support Monday

(Newser) - The incarcerated Georgia parents of a badly abused infant were given permission by a judge to visit her before she was taken off life-support. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the process began just after noon on Monday and 5-month-old Dinah Paige Whited was pronounced dead at 3:09pm. She had... More »

3 Kids Dumped in Scorching Desert as Punishment: Cops

California mom Mary Bell, boyfriend Gary Cassle arrested on felony child abuse charges

(Newser) - San Bernardino County deputies received a disturbing call Wednesday: Three young children were wandering around a Twentynine Palms-area desert. When they arrived on the scene around 11:30am, one of the hottest parts of the day ( KESQ notes it was around 94 degrees; the New York Daily News says... More »

Cops: Mom Nursed Baby 12 Hours After Using Cocaine

'These are excellent parents,' says lawyer of ex-reporters whose daughter tested positive

(Newser) - An Arizona couple has gone from reporting the news to becoming the news after their 4-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine. Oro Valley police say former Tucson TV reporters Krystin and Somchai Lisaius took their baby to a hospital on May 15 as she was "unable to wake up"... More »

Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room

Orlando Williams was allegedly angry after tripping over a laundry basket

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed this week because he didn't clean up his room, KDKA reports. JonMarquis Stepich was in the care of his mom's fiancé, Orlando Williams, last Sunday, while his mom was at work. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , JonMarquis was sleeping when Williams, who... More »

Boys Broke Into a Home. A Whipping Got Mom Arrested

'It's been hell,' says Schaquana Evita Spears

(Newser) - Appropriate parenting or criminal behavior? That's the question being asked across the US in regards to the case of a Louisiana woman arrested Monday for whipping her young sons after they burglarized a neighbor's house. Among the people speaking up for Schaquana Evita Spears, a 30-year-old single mom... More »

Cops: Mom Fights Off Man Trying to Abduct Daughter

She wrestled the teen from man's grasp in Florida store

(Newser) - Police in Florida are praising a woman whose "motherly instinct … may have saved her daughter's life." Surveillance video from a Dollar General store in Hernando on Tuesday shows a man police are identifying as 30-year-old Craig Bonello pushing a cart full of items. He then wanders... More »

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