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Report: 231 Members of German Boys' Choir Abused

The choir was conducted by the brother of former Pope Benedict

(Newser) - At least 231 members of a Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically abused over four decades—largely while the choir was conducted by the brother of former Pope Benedict XVI, the New York Times reports. That number comes from Ulrich Weber, a lawyer hired by the Regensburger Domspatzen choir... More »

Cops: Martial Arts Instructor Knocks Out 5-Year-Old

He's been charged with felony child abuse

(Newser) - A 21-year-old martial arts instructor was arrested this week and charged with felony child abuse after allegedly knocking a 5-year-old student unconscious, the Washington Post reports. Police say Justin Branick was teaching a taekwondo class at Virginia's Tiger Martial Arts Academy in Bristow on Tuesday when he got mad... More »

Parents Charged After Space Heater Kills Toddler

They allegedly left him alone for 38 hours while doing meth

(Newser) - Authorities say a 2-year-old boy in Missouri died after being left alone in a room with a running space heater for 38 hours straight while his parents did meth, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "They heard the child's cries and did nothing," a county prosecutor says. The... More »

Gruesome Child Murders Leave Cops 'Shaken'

Social workers visited children's home 4 times in last year

(Newser) - In the year before two children were found dead in a California storage locker, social workers visited the home of their guardian at least four times but didn't identify enough of a risk to remove the children. "We're looking at the case to see if there's... More »

Bodies of 2 Children Found in California Storage Unit

A 3rd child is 'fighting for her life'

(Newser) - Two people already in custody on suspicion of child abuse, torture, and mayhem are now being investigated for homicide after the bodies of two young children were found in a California storage unit Monday, the New York Times reports. The Plumas County Sheriff's Office arrested 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel and... More »

Baby Dies After Siblings, 3, Put Her in Oven, Turn It On

Children had been left home alone: police

(Newser) - An absolutely awful story out of Houston, where police say four children were left alone Monday night and their mother came home to find one of them dead. The two 3-year-old siblings of the 19-month-old little girl who died, J'Zyra Thompson, told authorities that one of them put the... More »

Charges: Woman Poisoned Young Son for Months

She allegedly says she 'accidentally' gave her son the wrong medication

(Newser) - A Missouri woman is accused of repeatedly poisoning her 9-year-old son for about a year. Prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Rachel Kinsella of Meadville with endangering the welfare of a child. Court documents allege investigators found that Kinsella was surreptitiously having her son treated at two hospitals, getting unspecified prescriptions at... More »

Couple Cleared of Abuse Likely Won't Get Child Back

Criminal charges dropped, but adoption has already taken place

(Newser) - A young English couple cleared of child-abuse charges is unlikely to ever see their child again regardless, the Independent reports. Karissa Cox and Richard Carter took their six-week-old baby to the emergency room three years ago after finding it bleeding from the mouth. The couple was accused of child abuse,... More »

Battered Woman to Stay in Jail Until 2030 for BF's Abuse

Tondalo Hall denied clemency in Oklahoma for not protecting kids from partner

(Newser) - Tondalo Hall wasn't accused of abusing her two young children but was handed a 30-year sentence for failing to protect them from her abusive boyfriend. Her partner, meanwhile, nabbed a plea deal and served just two years for breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old infant; he was... More »

Cop Pulls Drowning Girls From Pond; Dad Charged

Suspect told 911 he had 'pedophilia things'

(Newser) - A North Carolina sheriff's deputy says he heard wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex's pond at night to rescue two young girls who, police say, had been thrown there to drown by their father. Durham County Sheriff's Deputy David Earp, who lives around... More »

Mom Accused of Forcing Surgeries on Child for Years

Malinda Lugin allegedly did so for 7 years—beginning when she was pregnant

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman was indicted by a grand jury yesterday for allegedly forcing her 7-year-old daughter to undergo "unnecessary and potentially harmful" surgeries and tests, the Star-Ledger reports—and authorities say the 36-year-old started the abuse while she was pregnant with the girl, per the New Jersey Herald ... More »

Mom Charged After Her Kids Found Living in Mo. Cave

Brittany Mugrauer's 2 children had uncooked ramen, no shoes

(Newser) - A 24-year-old mother is in custody yesterday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty, and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City, Missouri. Brittany Mugrauer was charged Friday night with two counts of felony child endangerment. Jackson County... More »

Day Care Workers Accused of Running Child 'Fight Club'

2 women have been fired, face child abuse charges

(Newser) - Investigators say they've uncovered a disturbing fight club at just about the last place you'd expect to find such a ring: a day care. Prosecutors allege teacher's aide Erica Kenny, 22, and teacher Chanese White, 28, encouraged about a dozen boys and girls, aged 4 to 6,... More »

Judge Rules on Woman Who Stuffed Baby in Bag

Kimberly Pappas claimed she miscarried baby at work

(Newser) - A woman accused of suffocating her newborn baby in a plastic bag at work is facing charges of child abuse and murder. A judge made the ruling today after hearing testimony in a Detroit suburb, the Detroit News reports. Kimberly Pappas, 26, allegedly gave birth in her office bathroom on... More »

Special Needs Siblings Found in Cages

Two women, including their mother, charged with child abuse

(Newser) - Two women were charged with child cruelty and false imprisonment after authorities found siblings with special needs living in what police called "homemade cages" inside a Georgia home yesterday. Acting on a tip that a child had been left alone at home in rural Chatsworth, officers discovered that while... More »

Boy Beaten Over Slice of Birthday Cake Has Died

Police say 9-year-old Jack Garcia was handcuffed and fatally punched

(Newser) - Police say a 9-year-old Maryland boy has died after he was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. Hagerstown police Capt. Paul Kifer says Jack Garcia died yesterday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. Kifer says police will confer this afternoon with... More »

Boy Beaten Almost to Death for Taking Piece of Cake

9-year-old not expected to survive

(Newser) - A young boy in Hagerstown, Md., was beaten almost to death for taking—or, as family members put it, "stealing"—a piece of birthday cake without permission, police say. Prosecutors say the 9-year-old was handcuffed and severely beaten by his mother's boyfriend, 30-year-old Robert Leroy Wilson, and... More »

Grandmother Gets Life for Girl's Fatal Forced Run

Prosecutors called Joyce Hardin Garrard 'drill sergeant from hell'

(Newser) - An Alabama woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about candy has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Joyce Hardin Garrard, the diminutive grandmother whom prosecutors depicted as the "drill sergeant from hell," stood before the judge... More »

Cops: Man Killed Toddler Who Peed on Him

18-month-old beaten to death during diaper change

(Newser) - A Cicero, Ill., man allegedly murdered an 18-month-old boy in his care just because he couldn't handle the common hazard of diaper-changing, officials say. Police say Martin Alvarado Jr., 23, flew into a rage and beat Edwin Eli O'Reilly, his girlfriend's son, to death after the toddler... More »

Parents Charged After Boy Found in Septic Tank

Face felony abuse and neglect charges as investigation continues

(Newser) - An already tragic story just got worse: The parents of Noah Thomas, the 5-year-old boy who was found dead in a septic tank last week, have been charged with felony abuse and neglect of children. Ashley White, 30, and Paul Thomas, 32, were arraigned today and are being held without... More »

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