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Mom of Girl Arrested for Bullying Also Arrested

Vivian Vosburg arrested on charges unrelated to bullying case

(Newser) - The mother of one of the girls recently arrested for bullying Rebecca Sedwick , who ended up committing suicide, has now been arrested herself. But Florida's Polk County sheriff was quick to point out that the accusations against Vivian Vosburg, 30, are not related to the bullying case. Vosburg faces... More »

Mom Charged After Baby Dies in Hot Car

She apparently forgot to drop off child, went to work

(Newser) - A mother is facing felony charges of child neglect after her 8-month-old son died from being left in a hot car for hours, reports the Washington Post . Police in Arlington, Virginia, don't think Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, 32, did so deliberately. She apparently meant to drop the boy at... More »

Russia: Adopted Boy Died of Negligence, Not Murder

American investigators say no action planned before autopsy results

(Newser) - Russian authorities are backing away from murder accusations in the Jan. 21 death of Max Shatto, a 3-year-old adopted by Laura and Alan Shatto of Texas in November, reports the New York Times . Russia's federal commissioner for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, is still upset about the death, but... More »

Car Stolen ... With Toddler Inside

Mom left keys in running car

(Newser) - If you want your car to get stolen, your best bet is probably to leave it unlocked and running in a parking lot after midnight. If you want your child to get stolen, well, try leaving her in the aforementioned running vehicle. Odds are that 18-month-old Kimberly Delgado's mother... More »

Couple Spends Honeymoon in Florida Jail

They allegedly left kids home alone while they got hitched

(Newser) - After a whirlwind wedding, a Florida couple was whisked away to a romantic honeymoon—behind bars. Kymberely Frederick, 30, and Daniel Richards, 34, were arrested Tuesday for alleged child neglect: They'd left their one-, two-, and three-year-old children at home alone while they were tying the knot, police say.... More »

Octo-Kids Living in Squalor?

Police, social services visit Octomom Nadya Suleman

(Newser) - Social workers visited Nadya Suleman's home last night after an official complaint—by the Octomom's own hairstylist—that her 14 children are living in "general neglect." TMZ has the pictures that triggered the investigation, and while some of the allegations are less than hard-hitting (the kids... More »

Siblings, 5 and 11, Found Living on School Bus

Parents went to prison a few months ago, authorities say

(Newser) - Texas authorities, tipped off by a concerned meter reader, yesterday found a sister and brother, ages 11 and 5, living alone inside a broken-down school bus on a lot teeming with garbage. The children had been living on the bus, which apparently had been altered to have electricity and water,... More »

Couple Who Never Treated Son's Cancer Gets 8 Years

Monica Hussing and William Robinson Sr. plead guilty in death of Willie Robinson

(Newser) - For more than two years, as Willie Robinson's health deteriorated, family members tried to discuss the situation with parents Monica Hussing and William Robinson Sr., but the couple never got their son treatment—even as, one relative claimed, glands in his neck swelled to the size of a softball.... More »

Couple Gets 12 Years After Pet Python Crushes Toddler

Lawyer blames sentence on Casey Anthony

(Newser) - A Florida couple whose pet Burmese python crushed the woman's 2-year-old daughter to death have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each on manslaughter and child neglect charges. Experts testified that the 8-foot-long snake was severely underweight and had tried to eat the child whole, reports the New ... More »

NYC Yanks Kids From Pothead Parents

Marijuana, cocaine, heroin given same treatment by child welfare agencies

(Newser) - Heroin, cocaine, and Mary Jane are all treated the same by child welfare authorities in New York City: even a legal amount of marijuana at home means your children can be taken away, even permanently, the New York Times reports. Several hundred of the city's casual dope smokers have... More »

State: Anthony Responsible for Caylee's Death

Mother failed to protect child, DCF reports finds

(Newser) - Casey Anthony is responsible for the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, according to Florida's Department of Children and Families. The report—the first to blame Anthony for her daughter's death—states that the young mother "failed to protect her child from harm either through her actions... More »

Slapping Teen, Taking Pay Isn't Child Abuse: Court

Although it's not 'admirable' either, justice writes

(Newser) - A couple of New Jersey parents may have slapped their daughter and taken money from her paycheck to pay the cable bill, but that’s hardly child abuse or neglect, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The child in question, now an adult, was removed from her home in 2008... More »

Mom of 5 Kids Hidden From Society a 'Crazy Lady'

'NYT' tries to unravel the curious case of Louann Bowers, Sinhue Johnson

(Newser) - The five kids that lived for years outside society are now six after an unexpected and very premature jailhouse birth, and the story gets stranger from there as the New York Times delves into it. Thirty-three-year-old mom Louann Bowers, who gave birth in her cellblock last week, ran away from... More »

Mother Records 2-Year-Old Smoking Weed: Cops

Jessica Gamble faces 11½ years in prison

(Newser) - An Ohio woman encouraged her 2-year-old daughter to smoke pot, made a cellphone video of the child puffing on a joint, and now faces three felony charges and as much as 11½ years in prison, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "It’s beyond disgusting,” the prosecutor says of the... More »

Baby Starves While Parents Tend to Virtual Child: Cops

But their virtual baby was doing great

(Newser) - A South Korean couple has been arrested for allegedly letting their real-life 3-month-old daughter starve to death while they cared for a virtual baby in an online game. Police say the 41-year-old father and 25-year-old mother spent 12 hours a night playing the Second Life-style online game PRIUS at an... More »

Study Finds Sharp Drop in Child Abuse

Public awareness campaigns credited with helping abuse drop 26% since '93

(Newser) - Cases of child abuse and neglect have fallen sharply since the early '90s, according a huge federal study. A total of 553,000 children suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in 2005-6, the study found, down 26% from the 743,200 abuse victims in 1993. Cases of sexual abuse were... More »

Fla. Man to Cops: 'Tase the Baby'

Suspect uses infant as human shield

(Newser) - A Florida man headed for a charge of resisting arrest found himself in even more trouble after brandishing an infant at sheriff's deputies ordered to Taser him and saying, "Tase the baby." Jorge Garcia is out on bail after being arrested early Friday in DeBary, between Daytona Beach... More »

Parental Neglect a Thorny Issue

Sometimes parental desires clash with those of authorities

(Newser) - “Parental neglect” is a tricky term that may indicate just the opposite: devoted parents who care for their children, but in a way authorities oppose, Kate Dailey writes in Newsweek. It’s a paradox illustrated by two moms who fled with their sons this week, one to prevent him... More »

Mother Gains Notoriety After Kicking Kids to the Curb

Park Ave. lawyer pulls 'bad mommy' move

(Newser) - The quiet suburban life of Madlyn Primoff—a mother of two who litigated international financial disputes for a Park Avenue law firm—has come undone in a wash of publicity, the Journal News reports, after her kids’ bickering proved too annoying in downtown White Plains last weekend. In a bit... More »

Enquirer Targets Palin's In-Laws

Todd's brother charged in drunken hit-and-run incident

(Newser) - The National Enquirer takes another swing at Sarah Palin's colorful family again this week—this time wielding not unnamed sources but Alaskan court documents. It seems that her brother-in-law James had a drunk-driving hit-and-run arrest in 1989, when he was 20. According to records, he hit a woman, breaking her... More »

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