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Couple Drove 900 Miles With Kids in the Trunk

They plead guilty to child endangerment

(Newser) - A man and woman admitted in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car, per the AP . Sixty-three-year-old Michael J. Fee and 31-year-old Amber L. Freudenstein each pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Circuit... More »

Cops: Teacher Chopped Kid's Hair While Singing Anthem

Margaret Gieszinger allegedly wouldn't take no for an answer

(Newser) - A California teacher is behind bars with bail set at $100,000 after she allegedly followed through on what students thought was a teasing offer of "free haircuts." Police were called to Visalia's University Preparatory High School on Wednesday in response to an Instagram video that appeared... More »

Cops: Ex-Teacher Posted Tape of Pre-K 'Fight Club'

Chavay Williams is accused of egging on preschoolers in her charge

(Newser) - What happens in pre-K fight club, stays in pre-K fight club—except if the (now former) teacher posts video of it online. Ohio police say 30-year-old Chavay Williams did just that with her young charges at Columbus' Playtime Preschool, where she's accused of allowing her students to fight and... More »

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Leimome Cheeks reportedly drove her grandchildren around like that for 40 minutes

(Newser) - The children are OK, according to police, but the same can't be said for Leimome Cheeks. The Tennessee grandmother was arrested this weekend after allegedly driving around the Memphis area on Saturday with two grandkids in dog kennels in the back of her Ford Explorer. Police were alerted by... More »

DA: 10 Kids Removed From Home Were Waterboarded

Calif. kids were also shot at with crossbows, she alleges

(Newser) - The 10 children rescued from a filthy, abusive California home were strangled, punched, shot with crossbows, and subjected to waterboarding by their father, Jonathan Allen, and their mother did nothing to stop it, prosecutors say. The details of alleged abuse were included in a motion to increase the bail of... More »

Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire

He allegedly posted video to social media

(Newser) - A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making, the AP reports. Levi Dykema, 28, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands of... 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 »

Danish Mom Who Infamously Left Baby Outside Eatery Speaks

Anette Sorensen says American parents 'live in fear'

(Newser) - A Danish mother whose 1997 arrest for leaving her baby outside a New York eatery sparked an international debate about parenting styles says she still feels she was unjustly vilified. My "case that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today," Anette Sorensen tells the New York ... More »

Parents Charged in Death of Baby Found Rotting in Swing

4-month-old had maggots in clothing, skin

(Newser) - Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home, the AP reports. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder... More »

Body Found in Search for Girl Who Was Put Outside at 3am

Sherin Mathews, 3, was told to stand outside on Oct. 7 for not finishing her milk

(Newser) - Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child not far from the home of a 3-year-old girl who's been missing since earlier this month. Richardson police say the child's body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for... More »

Cops: Mom Left 4 Kids Home, Went to Europe

Iowa's Erin Macke charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - An Iowa woman departed on a European vacation on Sept. 20 but allegedly left some rather important articles behind: her four kids. Erin Macke, 30, is accused of child endangerment after she allegedly left her kids home alone while she traveled to Germany. After receiving a call from the father... More »

Prosecutor: Mom Told Stylist 'No Rush' as Kid Died in 129-Degree Car

Georgia denies bail for Dijanelle Fowler in death of 1-year-old daughter

(Newser) - The woman accused of second-degree murder in the hot-car death of her 1-year-old daughter has been denied bail in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Prosecutors say Dijanelle Fowler, who is 25, spent more than five hours getting her hair braided at a salon on June 19 while Skylar Fowler died... More »

Ex-Swim Coach Faces Felony Charge in Teen's Drowning

Tracey Anne Boyd has been charged with criminal negligence

(Newser) - A former school swim coach in Texas has been charged in the death of a 13-year-old girl who drowned during practice, prosecutors said. The AP reports Tracey Anne Boyd is scheduled to appear in court next week on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence.... More »

Father Abandons Newborn in California Parking Lot

Teen faces charges including child endangerment

(Newser) - A newborn was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after his teenage father abandoned him in a Northern California strip-mall parking lot, police say. The father, Daniel Mitchell, 18, drove into the lot in Suisun City on Monday, removed a car seat holding the 16-day-old boy, put it on the... More »

Cops: Parents Rubbed Painkiller on Newborn's Gums to Mask Addiction

Three of four kids tested positive for meth

(Newser) - A 3-month-old girl who tested positive for meth, heroin, and morphine was allegedly dosed with a painkiller by her parents hours after her April 9 birth to mask the girl's addiction from hospital staff. The Utah County Sheriff reports that Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26,... More »

Cops: Mom Spent Night With Friends as Kids Died in Hot Car

Amanda Hawkins was arrested Thursday

(Newser) - "This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement," said a Texas sheriff Friday in announcing the arrest of a 19-year-old mother whose toddler girls died after being left overnight in... More »

Dad Arrested After Boy, 13, Dies of Suspected Overdose

Robert Wylie previously charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - Fire officials found Robert Wylie banging on the door of the fire department, holding his 13-year-old son's unconscious body. But the doses of Narcan they administered couldn't save the teen. Nathan Wylie died of a suspected heroin overdose on Saturday, four days after he was taken to a... More »

New Guilty Pleas in Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal

Former VP, athletic director admit child endangerment for not reporting Sandusky

(Newser) - Two former Penn State University administrators pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor child endangerment for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case , reports the AP , more than five years after the scandal engulfed the school. Former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schultz originally were charged... More »

After Husband ODs in Van, News Gets Worse at His Home

Cops say his wife OD'd, too, though both survive

(Newser) - Cops say a 29-year-old Ohio man crashed his minivan—with an infant in the backseat—while suffering a drug overdose, reports Fox 8 . Both survived, but the story then takes a turn for the worse: When officers arrived at Nathan Carroll's Lorain home to tell his wife what happened,... More »

Woman Stopped for DUI Gave Sippy Cup of Wine to Son: Cops

She's been charged with child endangering

(Newser) - Police say an Ohio woman stopped for driving erratically handed her 5-year-old son a sippy cup with wine in it when officers approached her car. The AP reports 27-year-old Elizabeth Floyd is now charged with DUI and child endangering. Police say they stopped Floyd after getting a call Friday about... More »

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