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Family YouTuber Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

Viewers have long raised a flag on Utah's Ruby Franke, who offers controversial parenting advice

(Newser) - A Utah mom of six who became popular on her now-defunct YouTube channel for offering parenting advice has been arrested. The AP reports that 41-year-old Ruby Franke was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated child abuse at the Ivins home of Jodi Hildebrandt, 54, her business partner,...

Mother Sentenced in Slaying of Her Newborn in 1992

Infant girl was found in a South Carolina river

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman was given a life sentence Wednesday in the 1992 death of her newborn daughter. Stacy Michelle Costner Rabon, 50, had been found guilty of homicide by child abuse this month by a York County jury. She'll be eligible for parole in 2031 because she was...

Boy, 7, Charged With Arson; Stepdad Charged With Abuse
Boy, 7, Charged With Arson

Boy, 7, Charged With Arson

Cops say boy was physically abused before setting fire to his home with family members inside

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy set fire to his family's home as his parents slept inside, according to West Virginia police, who've laid arson charges against the boy and child abuse charges against his stepfather. The fire erupted around noon Wednesday near Elizabeth, per the AP . The Jackson County Sheriff'...

After Vote on School Discipline: 'It's 1880 in Here'

Bill in Oklahoma House on barring corporal punishment against disabled students fails

(Newser) - It was a close vote in the Oklahoma state House this week, but a measure to bar teachers and staff from using corporal punishment against kids with disabilities failed. Despite GOP Rep. John Talley's best efforts to advance HB1028, which would've kept educators from hitting, spanking, paddling, or...

Lawmaker Censured for 'Despicable' Child Abuse Remark

Alaska Rep. David Eastman suggested at hearing there may be a cost 'benefit' if child dies from abuse

(Newser) - Very few people would try to find some sort of silver lining in cases where a child died from abuse. Rep. David Eastman is apparently one of those people, however, and he's now taking flak for his comments made earlier this week in that vein. Per the Anchorage Daily ...

He Spent 4 Years Behind Bars Waiting for This Moment

Tyree Bowie was acquitted after being accused of killing a child in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Tyree Bowie spent over four years behind bars awaiting trial for a crime he says he didn't commit. Now, a jury in York County, Pennsylvania, has agreed with him, per PennLive , acquitting Bowie of all charges in the death of Dante Mullinix. The boy died in September 2018, a...

A Doctor Reported Child Abuse. What Followed Was Worse

'The Cut' shares the story of Maya Kowalski and her parents

(Newser) - Dr. Sally Smith for years worked as a child-abuse pediatrician who headed up the child-protection team in Pinellas County, Florida. She retired in July, and recapped a grim career that included seeing "dozens of children who were literally beaten to death." And in the roughly 3,000 cases...

Daycare Workers Charged After Terrifying Toddlers With 'Scream' Mask

4 were hit with felony child abuse charges, one with misdemeanors

(Newser) - Five daycare workers have been charged for their alleged involvement in a disturbing video in which one of them wears a "Scream" mask and terrifies the toddlers in their care. Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman, and Shyenne Shelton were each hit with three counts of felony child abuse;...

An Ugly Arrest for Soccer Great Hope Solo

Hope Solo
Pleads Guilty
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Hope Solo Pleads Guilty

Gets 30 days, fine in DWI case

(Newser) - Update: Hope Solo on Monday pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 30 days, with 30 days' credit given for the time she spent in an inpatient rehab facility . She was also hit with $3,100 in fees and fines and ordered to complete all recommended substance...

Youngest Turpin Siblings Detail Alleged Abuse in Foster Care

They claim in suit they were forced to overeat and then eat their own vomit

(Newser) - Update: The six youngest Turpin siblings have sued Riverside County and foster care agency ChildNet, alleging that in the years after their 2018 rescue from their parents' Perris, Calif., home, they were subjected to "severe abuse and neglect" while in foster care. The suit claims the foster family they...

Stepfather Found Guilty in Case of Boy Rescued by Server

She noticed that severely abused boy wasn't being allowed to eat

(Newser) - Update: A Florida man has been found guilty of multiple charges in the severe abuse of an 11-year-old boy who was rescued by a quick-thinking restaurant server last year. A jury found 36-year-old Timothy Lee Wilson, the boy's stepfather, guilty on charges including false imprisonment of a child under...

In a First, US Assesses Grim Toll at Native American Schools

At least 500, and probably thousands, of children taken from their families died, report says

(Newser) - For the first time, the federal government has assessed and acknowledged the harm done to Native American children at boarding schools it backed or ran throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. A report released Wednesday by the Interior Department said the children were subjected to sexual abuse, whippings,...

Solo to Go for Treatment, Asks for Hall of Fame Delay

'My energies and focus are totally directed to my health, healing, and taking care of my family'

(Newser) - Update: Hope Solo has asked the National Soccer Hall of Fame to delay her induction until next year, announcing that she's going for help for her alcohol issues, per ESPN . In a Friday tweet , the soccer star requested the induction be postponed until 2023, noting she'll be "...

Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son. But She's the One Behind Bars
Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son.
But She's the One Behind Bars
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Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son. But She's the One Behind Bars

Rebecca Hogue sentenced to 16 months under Oklahoma's failure to protect law

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman will ultimately spend more than a year in jail for the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old son, whom she never harmed. Rebecca Hogue, a 30-year-old Norman resident, had returned home from a 12-hour work shift in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2020, per the BBC . When...

Cops: Parents Locked Teen Son in 8-by-8 Structure
Parents Allegedly Locked
Teen Son in Garage 'Office'
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Parents Allegedly Locked Teen Son in Garage 'Office'

Florida couple accused of confining 14-year-old to 8-by-8 structure most of the time

(Newser) - A disturbing case of alleged child abuse has emerged out of Florida, where a couple is accused of making their 14-year-old son spend most of his time in a locked 8-by-8 "office" in their garage. Timothy and Tracy Ferriter, both 46, of Jupiter face felony charges of aggravated child...

1K Hospital Visits and One Death Later, Mom Pays for Her Ruse

Kelly Turner sentenced to 16 years for fatally abusing Olivia Gant

(Newser) - A Colorado mother who fatally abused her daughter for years while falsely claiming the child was terminally ill has been sentenced to prison to serve more than twice the length of 7-year-old Olivia Gant's short life. Kelly Turner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading...

Dad Whose Kids Died in Flood Charged With Manslaughter
Couple Whose Kids Died
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Couple Whose Kids Died in Flood Hear Their Fate

Daniel Rawlings, who drove around barricade near swollen Arizona creek, and wife get probation

(Newser) - Update: The parents of two children killed after the father drove their military-style vehicle around a barricade and straight into a flooded creek in Arizona won't be serving jail time. People reports that Judge Timothy Wright sentenced Daniel Rawlings to 60 months of supervised probation and 1,000 hours...

6 Decades Later, Abuse at Camp Still Affects His Life

'USA Today' explores the lasting trauma of abuse at Vermont's Camp Najerog in 1950s

(Newser) - The sexual abuse occurred more than six decades ago at an idyllic summer camp in Vermont. But as Alia E. Dastagir writes in a lengthy account at USA Today , it continues to have a profound impact on the life of at least one of the victims. The piece recounts how...

Trump-Backed Senate Candidate Loses Custody, Suspends Campaign

Sean Parnell's estranged wife won custody battle

(Newser) - Update: Sean Parnell has suspended his campaign for a seat in the US Senate. The Trump-endorsed Pennsylvania 40-year-old made the announcement Monday after he lost his bitter custody battle. The judge in the case granted sole legal custody and primary physical custody of Parnell's three children to his estranged...

Indiana Mom Accused of Selling Daughter, 13, to Man

Parents say child, adult are engaged

(Newser) - An Indiana woman allegedly sold her 13-year-old daughter to a 27-year-old man before she and her husband forced her to marry him and then celebrated the wedding with a party, authorities said. The girl's mother was charged Thursday in Allen County with child selling where the defendant transfers or...

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