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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 »

Grandmother Guilty in 9-Year-Old's Running Death

Joyce Hardin Garrard faces death penalty

(Newser) - A woman who forced her 9-year-old granddaughter to run so long that the girl died now faces the death penalty. A jury in Alabama convicted Joyce Hardin Garrard of capital murder yesterday in the 2012 death of young Savannah Hardin, reports NBC News . Jurors deliberated more than three hours, about... More »

Alleged US Cult Leader Arrested in Brazil

Victor Arden Barnard accused of child sex abuse

(Newser) - An alleged cult leader on the US Marshals' "Most Wanted" list who reportedly had kept a group of girls as young as 12 at his disposal in Minnesota—and who has been accused by two of the girls (now adults) of sexual abuse—was arrested in Brazil on Friday,... More »

Cops: Couple Made Boy, 11, Continually Stand in Corner

Mom and boyfriend have been charged with child abuse

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Utah boy told investigators that, from October to November of last year, his mother's boyfriend made him stand in the corner without moving, except to go to the bathroom, eat, and sleep. If he moved otherwise, the boyfriend would allegedly punch him in the head or hit... More »

Girl Dies After Being Shaken by Father—15 Years Ago

Father could now be charged with murder

(Newser) - When little Baylee Rose Duggins was just 3 months old, she was hospitalized after being shaken by her biological father—and 15 years later, she died as a result of that abuse. Baylee suffered severe head trauma, and the resulting brain damage left her legally blind and unable to walk,... More »

80% of Dark Web Traffic Revolves Around Pedophilia

Study finds child pornography is the biggest draw among anonymous users

(Newser) - Between March and September of last year, four out of five visits to a major part of the Dark Web—the anonymous corner of the Internet—were to sites exhibiting the sexual abuse of children, says a new study picked up by Wired . These sites account for only 2% of... More »

Pope Knocks Vatican's 'Spiritual Alzheimer's'

Pontiff describes 15 'ailments' in Christmas speech

(Newser) - Speaking to cardinals, bishops, and priests during his yearly Christmas speech, Pope Francis offered up a harsh critique of Vatican practices. Francis described 15 "ailments" within the church administration known as the Curia—ailments he's seeking to remedy next year, the BBC reports. Among his concerns are "... More »

Hundreds of Abused Kids Die Under CPS' Watch

AP investigation says many are killed while cases with protective services are open

(Newser) - At least 786 American children died of abuse or neglect in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities—many of the children beaten, starved, or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, the AP has found. To determine that... More »

Boy Behind Wall Texted Mom to Help Police Find Him

13-year-old missing for 4 years was found 'where no person should be'

(Newser) - "Thank you. Thank you." Those were the first words Gregory Jean Jr. spoke to police on Saturday when they peeled back a wood panel in an upstairs closet and found him crammed in the space between the garage and attic, WXIA reports. But the officers had help from... More »

Woman Gets 78 Years for Waterboarding Kids

Missouri children subjected to 'systematic torture'

(Newser) - A St. Louis woman's brutal mistreatment of her three children went far beyond the legal definition of child abuse to become systematic torture, prosecutors say. Lakechia Schonta Stanley, 34, has been sentenced to 78 years in prison for the abuse, which included whippings with electrical cords, beatings with blunt... More »

Battered Woman Serving Longer Sentence Than Her Abuser

Convicted for 'allowing' ex to abuse their child

(Newser) - Tondalo Hall was allegedly being abused by her boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr. Yet when Braxton broke the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old daughter, he served just two years in prison, while Hall was sentenced to 30 years for allowing the abuse to happen. She was one of 28 mothers... More »

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 »

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