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Parents Sentenced for Child Neglect Over YouTube Videos

'Prank' videos showed parents screaming, cursing at crying children

(Newser) - A Maryland couple whose YouTube prank videos garnered them accusations of child abuse were sentenced to five years probation on child neglect charges Monday, BuzzFeed reports. Michael and Heather Martin entered a plea to avoid jail time, admitting the state had enough to convict them without actually admitting guilt. The... 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 »

Murder Charges for Parents Whose Son Died in Hot Car

Authorities say 2-year-old left in car overnight

(Newser) - A couple in Tennessee is facing life in prison—or even the death penalty—after authorities say they left their 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight and he died, WATE reports. Jade Phillips called 911 around 2pm July 14. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , authorities say her son... More »

Investigators Criticize Mom Over Missing Boys' Boat Trip

Her 'egregious' lack of judgment caused their apparent deaths, say Florida officials

(Newser) - Investigators say the mother of one of two 14-year-old boys who vanished off the Florida coast in 2015 showed awful judgment in letting them venture out in a small fishing boat, but she will not face charges, reports the Palm Beach Post . The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Carly... More »

Boy With Toddler Passenger Crashes Car Into Canal: Cops

The 13-year-old boy's father has been charged with child neglect

(Newser) - Authorities say a Florida man let his 13-year-old son drive a car unsupervised around a neighborhood with a 2-year-old passenger before the boy crashed into a canal. Neither child was seriously hurt in Friday's crash in southwest Florida, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. The Florida Highway Patrol says the... More »

Cops: Mother Deliberately Left Toddler Behind at Store

Chiengkham Vilaysane is under arrest

(Newser) - On a rare occasion, a busy mom may forget to load her kid into the car along with her groceries. But "in my whole career I have never seen anything where out-of the blue someone [deliberately] leaves their kid in a crowded grocery store," an officer tells Fox... More »

Couple Headed to Prison for Killing Child Is Expecting Again

Soren Chilson was beaten over several weeks

(Newser) - In March of 2013, after enduring weeks of beatings at the hands of her mother's now husband, 5-year-old Soren Chilson finally succumbed to a fatal blow to the head. One South Carolina detective called her death "one of the most brutal things I have ever seen," while... More »

Parents' Clown Stunt Leads to Child's Removal From Home

Cops say 4-year-old was left alone

(Newser) - News of a "creepy clown" arrest isn't so unusual these days. But this one in Menasha, Wis., involves possible child neglect charges and the removal of a 4-year-old girl from her home. Police caught two men ages 20 and 29 wearing clown costumes about 4am Friday after getting... More »

Weiner: Yes, Child Services Is on My Case

NYC agency delivered investigation letter to his mom's house

(Newser) - There were whispers that child welfare authorities could be knocking on Anthony Weiner's door after his most recent sexting fiasco , and now that possibility has come to fruition. The former NYC mayoral candidate himself confirmed Thursday to the New York Times that the city's Administration for Children'... More »

Weiner's Woes Could Lead to 'Ugly' Custody Battle

Woody Allen couldn't write a movie script like this, divorce lawyer says

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner has already lost wife Huma Abedin over his latest sexting transgressions, but the fact that Weiner's young son may have been in one of his late-night selfie sessions could have him in trouble with child services. Experts tell the New York Daily News —which says it... More »

Mom Accused of Putting Newborn in Fridge for 3 Hours

The 4-day-old boy died in February of hypothermia with asphyxiation

(Newser) - A 27-year-old South Carolina mother of a toddler has been accused of killing her 4-day-old newborn by putting him in the refrigerator for three hours, where he suffered hypothermia with asphyxiation, reports the Rock Hill Herald . After a lengthy investigation over the February incident, authorities arrested Angela Blackwell on Monday... More »

Cop Helps Out Boy, 7, Peddling Teddy Bear for Food

Cop buys him dinner; parents of 5 charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - A hungry 7-year-old boy trying to hawk his teddy bear to buy food ran into the right cop: Officer Steve Dunham tells WLWT "it broke my heart" to see the child trying to sell his toy last week outside a drugstore in Franklin, Ohio. The boy told Dunham it... More »

Parents Abandon Toddler to Catch Pokemon: Cops

The boy was found filthy and screaming, say San Tan Valley police

(Newser) - When not falling off cliffs or making illegal border crossings , people are allegedly abandoning their kids in search of Pokemon. Arizona police say Brent Daley, 27, and Brianne Daley, 25, left their 2-year-old son home alone for at least 90 minutes on Thursday night while playing Pokemon Go, reports Tucson... More »

Couple Charged With Trying to Sell 3-Month-Old

Police say they wanted money for drugs

(Newser) - A man and woman were arrested in West Virginia last week on charges that they tried to sell the woman's baby on May 28, the AP reports. Ashley N. Harmon, 25, and her fiance Jonathan Isaac Lucas Flint, 20, allegedly attempted to sell the 3-month-old girl for $500 to... More »

Woman Faces Charges for Making Her Kids Walk to School

It was punishment for missing the school bus

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman is facing child neglect charges after deputies found her driving ahead of her daughters while making them walk to school, the AP reports. Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press the mother, Lisa Marie Palmer, told deputies her daughters were being punished for... More »

Mom Lets 4-Year-Old Play 120 Feet Away, Faces Jail

Tomahawk was found playing alone at a playground in the gated complex

(Newser) - A mom who lives in a gated apartment complex in Sacramento, Calif., and describes her parenting style as "free range" faces up to six months in jail for letting her 4-year-old son play alone in the complex playground 120 feet from her front door. She was charged after two... More »

Cops: Family Banished Teen for Eating Pop-Tart

SC couple allegedly sent teen to live in tent

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl who ate an unauthorized Pop-Tart found herself banished to the woods for a week with only a tent, a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, and a watch, police say. James Driggers, 33, and Crystal Driggers, 36, of Dalzell, SC, were arrested Friday and have been charged... More »

Cops: Mom Put Infant on Roadside, Drove Away

Sandra McClary, 26, charged with child neglect, endangerment

(Newser) - Police have charged a Maryland mother with child neglect and reckless endangerment after she allegedly left her infant on the side of a Pasadena road, then drove away. A bishop found what police now say is a 6-week-old in a car seat carrier with a diaper bag nearby shortly before... More »

CPS on Kids Allowed to Walk Alone: It Was Neglect

Md. couple 'responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect'

(Newser) - Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a climate-science expert and a physicist for the National Institutes of Health now best known as the "free-range" parents who let their two kids walk unsupervised from parks to their house, have been formally declared "responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by local child protective... More »

Acclaimed Teacher Fired Over Dirty Diaper

Kelly Hahn is accused of neglect days after winning 'Pre-K Teacher of the Year'

(Newser) - Two weeks after Kelly Hahn was awarded "Pre-K Teacher of the Year" in St. Louis last fall, she was put on administrative leave. The reason appears to be child neglect and endangerment, reports KTVI , though St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams wouldn't confirm this, saying at a... More »

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