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Search for Missing Girl Shifts to Haunted House

Searchers say they had tip from Houston police

(Newser) - The search for missing Houston 4-year-old Maleah Davis has shifted to a haunted house attraction south of the city. Members of the Texas EquuSearch search and rescue organization said teams searched the area near Creepy Hollow in Rosharon, KTRK reports. Tim Miller of EquuSearch tells KHOU that the organization received... More »

Man Who Said 4-Year-Old Abducted Is Now Charged

Houston police charge Darion Vence after finding blood evidence of ex-fiance's missing daughter

(Newser) - The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston on Saturday and police say they have found blood in his apartment linked to the girl. Darion Vence was arrested without incident, Houston police said. He was charged with tampering with... More »

'Hundreds of Bugs' Crawl Out of Girl's Backpack, Mom Arrested

Jessica Stevenson has been charged with felony child neglect

(Newser) - When a Florida second grader came to Bagdad Elementary School in Milton with an undesirable smell and soiled clothes, a staffer found out from the little girl she didn't remember the last time she'd bathed. Then, "hundreds of bugs crawled out" of the child's backpack in... More »

On Night Boy Died, a Telling Internet Search

Police say AJ Freund's mother looked up how to perform CPR on a child

(Newser) - Police say it was a deleted video, recovered from the cellphone of Andrew "AJ" Freund's mother, that prompted the boy's father to confess, reports CNN . The March video, shown to Andrew Freund Sr. before he led Illinois police to the 5-year-old's body, showed AJ being berated... More »

Team Owner Is 'Deeply Disturbed' by Recording

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt reacts to audio of Tyreek Hill

(Newser) - Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was "deeply disturbed" by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The most visible face of the Chiefs' ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters... More »

'Daddy Did It': NFL Player Suspended After Tape Airs

Kansas City Chief Tyreek Hill's fiancee allegedly accuses him of child abuse

(Newser) - A wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended after a local news station got its hands on a recording that suggests domestic violence involving a young child. The Kansas City Star reports on an 11-minute audio file sent to KCTV5 that appears to contain a conversation between... More »

Parents Get Life Terms in Torture Case

Children of David and Louise Turpin were shackled, beaten, and malnourished

(Newser) - The abuse was nearly unspeakable , and now the parents who inflicted it on 12 of their 13 children may spend the rest of their lives in prison. David Turpin, 57, and wife Louise, 50, of the Los Angeles suburb of Perris received life terms Friday after pleading guilty to charges... More »

Ex-NFL Player Charged in Death of Girl 'Afraid to Go Home'

Former NFL player Cierre Wood held without bail in death of his girlfriend's daughter

(Newser) - A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Cierre Wood, 28, was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, along with the girl's mother, Amy Taylor, 25, who has since posted $5,... More »

Mom Gives Horrific Details of Daughter's Murder

Sara Packer says Grace was 'non-entity'

(Newser) - Pennsylvania woman Sara Packer shared horrific details of the rape, murder, and dismemberment of her adopted daughter in a courtroom Wednesday—and the AP reports that she "appeared to smirk at times." Packer admitted that she hated 14-year-old Grace Packer and "wanted her to go away,"... More »

A Child's Face Said 'Help,' So a Kentucky Waitress Did

Police track down suspects after Facebook post

(Newser) - A waitress alarmed by a distraught child and disturbing adults flagged the group to police, helping them track down and arrest the adults. Jordan Cooper thought something was wrong as soon as she approached the table to serve the two adults and two children, one a girl about a year... More »

Tragedy in Maryland: a Baby Dead, a Young Girl Charged

Paxton Davis was left alone with 11-year-old while mother did an errand, police say

(Newser) - A baby is dead, and an 11-year-old girl is being tied to his death. CNN reports that 1-year-old Paxton Davis died Thursday, four days after he was admitted to a Maryland hospital with "severe injuries to his upper body," per a Prince George's County Police Department release... More »

Calif. Parents of 13 Enter Plea in Torture Case

It's a guilty plea for David and Louise Turpin

(Newser) - A new development in the case of David Turpin , 57, and his wife, Louise, the California couple accused of holding their 13 children captive inside their home: a guilty plea on charges including torture, child endangerment, false imprisonment, and others. CNN notes Louise Turpin, 50, could be seen crying as... More »

Japan's Abe on 10-Year-Old's Death: 'We Failed'

Girl had complained of abuse by father, but she was returned to her home

(Newser) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stood before Japan's parliament Thursday and said the government had failed a 10-year-old girl. Mia Kurihara was found dead in the bathroom of her home near Tokyo last month, and both her parents are now facing charges. An autopsy didn't reveal a cause of... More »

Man Accused of Killing Girl, 4, for Spilling Juice on Xbox

Prosecutors seek life sentence for Johnathan Fair

(Newser) - Prosecutors will seek a life sentence for a suburban Chicago man accused of beating a 4-year-old girl to death after she spilled juice on an Xbox video console. Prosecutors say "heinous" circumstances justify the sentence for 19-year-old Johnathan Fair, of Waukegan, if he is eventually convicted of first-degree murder... More »

He's Serving 450 Years. His 'Victims' Say He's Innocent

Ricky Malee is 17 years into a sentence for crimes he insists he never committed

(Newser) - If Ricky Malee had taken the plea deal, he'd be out of prison right now, having served just 10 years. Instead, he's 17 years into a 450-year sentence. But he didn't want to confess to a crime he insists he didn't commit, and so "an... More »

Pediatrician Admits Sexually Assaulting Dozens of Patients

One victim was two weeks old

(Newser) - A former Pennsylvania pediatrician has admitted he sexually assaulted 31 children, the AP reports, most of them patients. Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown pleaded guilty on Thursday to sexually abusing two family members and admitted to sexually assaulting more than two dozen patients. The abuse spanned decades and typically involved... More »

Cops Say Utah Couple Waterboarded Girl, 9

Father, stepmother charged with child abuse

(Newser) - A husband and wife in Utah are accused of a form of child abuse so cruel it is widely considered a violation of the Geneva Convention. Police say the Provo couple allegedly waterboarded a 9-year-old girl on at least three occasions, KUTV reports. The girl's father, 29-year-old Joseph Mitchell,... More »

Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

Australia to Child Sex Abuse Victims: 'We Say Sorry'

'Today as a nation we confront our failure to listen, to believe, and to provide justice'

(Newser) - Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered a formal apology on Monday to Australia's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long, painful journey and say sorry. His emotional speech delivered in Parliament before hundreds of survivors followed the conclusions of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses... More »

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