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Abuse of Disabled People Blamed on 'Paranormal Activity'

Federal report details widespread abuse at Colorado facility

(Newser) - “It’s much worse than we thought. It seems like every system of oversight failed," the head of a nonprofit group for people with developmental disabilities tells the Denver Post . The Post has gotten its hands on a federal report detailing widespread and upsetting abuse at the Pueblo... More »

Co-Pilot Accused of Hitting Pilot Before Takeoff

Both Air India aviators are said to be grounded while investigation continues

(Newser) - With nerves still frayed from last month's Germanwings crash , this latest incident may not expedite a return to calm. Unnamed sources say that the co-pilot of an Air India plane physically abused the pilot after an argument over paperwork last night—and that they then proceeded to take off... More »

Judge: US Must Release Military Detainee Abuse Pics

Photos show detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan

(Newser) - The US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's ruling yesterday gives the government, which has fought... More »

Mom Gets 6 Years Over Abused Maid Living in Closet

Law Wan-tung starved, beat Indonesian maid over 8 months

(Newser) - Even in jail, Law Wan-tung is likely to have better living conditions than the Indonesian domestic servant she abused over eight months in 2013. A judge has sentenced the 44-year-old Hong Kong woman to six years in jail; she had been convicted of 18 of 20 abuse charges she faced... More »

Victim Told: Write Your Attacker or Face Jail Time

Natalie Allman was tortured for hours as her sons watched

(Newser) - For seven hours, Natalie Allman was tortured and beaten with a dumbbell before her ex-fiancee slashed her throat in front of their twin boys. Now the British woman, who survived the attack and needed reconstructive surgery, must write three letters a year to Jason Hughes, the man who wanted to... More »

Ferguson Officer Accused of Hog-Tying Boy, 12

Boy's lawyer says trial date expected early 2015

(Newser) - The latest Ferguson, Mo., police officer to come under scrutiny in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting is Justin Cosma, who stands accused of hog-tying a 12-year-old boy in 2010 when Cosma was a sheriff's deputy in a neighboring county, the Huffington Post reports. A civil rights lawsuit... More »

Complaints, Suicide Fail to Close Mental Health Center

Doctor in charge isn't accredited, or a doctor, CNN alleges

(Newser) - Jessica Palmer was suffering from mental illness and drug addiction when her parents sent her to the Adolescent Family Institute of Colorado—but she didn't get the help they were hoping she would there. Instead the staff there told her that her parents didn't love her, that she... More »

Hong Kong Arrests Woman Accused of Torturing Maid

Treatment of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih has sparked protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong police today arrested a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid, a day after thousands rallied in protest of the maid's treatment. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, returned to Indonesia last week, reportedly unable to walk thanks to her injuries. She's now being treated at a hospital there,... More »

Fallout Over Rutgers Hire Prompts 'Catfight'

Trustees complain they didn't have enough time to vet Julie Hermann

(Newser) - Rutgers University is scrambling to deal with reports that its newly minted athletic director and supposed scandal slayer Julie Hermann has a spotty past of her own—complete with abuse allegations and a sex-discrimination settlement —and emerging emails show bickering and complaints among the very board of trustees that... More »

Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti Resigns

Says his first instinct was to fire coach Rice last year

(Newser) - The fallout over Rutgers abusive basketball coach Mike Rice continues to spread, with athletic director Tim Pernetti resigning under pressure today, reports ESPN . "I always tried my best to do what is right," he said in his resignation letter. Pernetti also seemed to deflect some of the blame... More »

Border Agents Abusive: Suits

Lawyers criticize 'culture of impunity' at Customs and Border Protection

(Newser) - US border agents are being accused of a series of abuses around the country, in what immigration advocates are calling a "culture of impunity" at Customs and Border Protection, reports the USA Today . The 10 plaintiffs in the lawsuits range from a 4-year-old New York girl who was prohibited... More »

'Abuse' Alerts Slapped on Chris Brown CDs

'Wildcat' stickers warn of singer's violent past

(Newser) - Can music fans get any angrier with Chris Brown? Now that he has tattooed what appears to many to be an image of a battered woman on his neck , people are attacking his CDs. "Abuse warning" stickers have been slapped on copies of Brown's latest album, Fortune, alerting... More »

Facebook Cracking Down on Abuse 'Trolls'

Vicious online slams from strangers latest concern

(Newser) - Vicious "trolls" who heap abuse on total strangers on the Internet for fun are being targeted in a Facebook crackdown. Tribute pages honoring the dead, such as soldiers in Afghanistan, have become a recent favorite of the ugly trolls, reports the Telegraph . Facebook users can manually delete abusive messages,... More »

France May Make Nagging a Crime

And that's très fou , critics say

(Newser) - The wrong answer to "do I look fat?" or "honey, why don't you empty the dishwasher?" could have French couples heading for court if a new bill criminalizing "psychological violence" between married couples becomes law. The legislation, put forward by the Sarkozy government, aims to combat bullying... More »

NYC Cops Find Dead Baby of Hooker Slave

Tiny body encased in cement in a cooler

(Newser) - Brooklyn police have discovered the body of a baby belonging to a woman forced into prostitution by a sex trafficking couple. The tiny body of the 2-month-old baby boy was encased in cement in a cooler in a flophouse. The baby's mom, an illegal Mexican immigrant, was beaten and forced... More »

Mom Charged With Sex Slavery in Girl's Death

Shaniya moved in with mother just last month

(Newser) - The mother of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl found dead appeared in court yesterday and was charged with human trafficking and felony abuse. Antoinette Davis, 25, delivered daughter Shaniya to a man "with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude ," according to court documents. Davis was... More »

Childhood Abuse May Lead to Obesity

(Newser) - Compounding the mental and physical pain that accompanies childhood abuse, a new study suggests abuse may lead to adult obesity. Researchers studied 410 children who had court-substantiated cases of physical and sexual abuse before the age of 11; 30 years later, their body mass index scores were compared with a... More »

US Embassy Guards in Kabul Living Lurid Lifestyle

(Newser) - Guards hired by the State Department to protect diplomats and staff at the US embassy in Afghanistan live and work in a Lord of the Flies environment in which they are subjected to hazing and humiliation by supervisors, a government oversight group says. In a 10-page letter to Hillary Clinton,... More »

Aussies Sorry for 10K Kids Shipped for 'Slave Labor'

British children were abused, kept hungry in program lasting until 1960s

(Newser) - The Australian prime minister will apologize to generations of British migrants shipped to Australia as children and subjected to abuse, hunger, and slave labor. Between the 1920s and 1960s the UK sent about 10,000 children to provide Australia with "good white stock," but when they arrived they... More »

Justice Report Recommends Prisoner Abuse Investigations

(Newser) - A report by the ethics office of the Justice Department recommends reopening a dozen cases of alleged prisoner abuse, a move that would expose CIA employees to prosecution if it's determined they tortured terrorism suspects, reports the New York Times. Legal experts predict Attorney General Eric Holder will launch a... More »

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