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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 »

Police: Autistic Boy, 11, Kept in Cage

Parents face charges of felony child endangerment

(Newser) - The parents of a severely autistic boy have been arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said today. The cage—similar to an extra-large dog kennel—was found in the Orange County, California, home with a... More »

Cops: Mom Brands Kids, Promises Ice Cream

Kayla Oxenham, 23, denies charges of child abuse

(Newser) - A Florida mom has been charged with child abuse after she allegedly branded her children so she could identify them as her kids. Kayla Oxenham, 23, allegedly used a lighter to heat up a stick then burned her 5- and 7-year-old daughters on the arm while noting she "forgot... More »

Calif. Official Taped Whipping Stepson Quits

Boy punished for dropping ball during game of catch

(Newser) - A powerful California elected official videotaped whipping his stepson with a belt has resigned. Anthony Sanchez, a water district director in southern California, was videotaped by a neighbor as he played catch with his young stepson then viciously whipped the crying boy when the child failed to make a catch,... More »

Dad Who Hurled Son Into Harbor Sentenced to Rehab

Sloan Briles dove in, too—to escape furious passengers

(Newser) - A drunk ex-Marine who hurled his 7-year-old son into a busy harbor during a California sightseeing cruise has been sentenced to 180 days in a residential treatment facility for alcoholism. Sloan Briles, 35, who pleaded guilty to felony child abuse, will also have to attend a year of child abuse... More »

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