WASHINGTON DC June 17 2013 – A D.C. police lieutenant has been charged with providing access to a firearm to a minor, after his teenage son got a hold of his gun and brought it to school in March, according to NBC Washington.
Court documents filed in Prince George’s County indicate Mark Antonio Hodge, of Glenn Dale, was charged with leaving a loaded firearm in a place where he would have known a minor could gain access to it.
NBC Washington says the gun was linked to an incident at DuVal High School in Lanham on March 27, in which a 15-year-old student brought a firearm into the school.
Police later learned the teen had gotten the gun from his home, saying his dad kept the weapon under some clothes in his closet, NBC Washington details.
It’s unclear whether the gun was Hodge’s police-issued weapon, or a personal firearm.
Police say Hodge remains on “full duty” status within the department.
Henrico, Va. May 31 2013–The two and a half month old female baby being treated at VCU Medical Center, after sources said she and her brother were left in a car, died Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Toney with Henrico Police said that the mother of the baby, Brittney Downing, was charged with two counts of felony child neglect on May 28, 2013. Her 20-month-old child died over the weekend.
Henrico Police became involved when they were contacted by Prince George County, regarding the suspicious death of a 20-month-old male, Jelani A. Downing-Batson.
On Tuesday, sources told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil that Downing left her children in her vehicle while she worked at a Glen Allen hotel on Sunday. On Thursday, Henrico Police said their investigation centers around events that occurred on May 26, 2013, at a hotel in the 10600 block of Telegraph Road.
Downing called 911 just before 6 p.m. on Sunday evening and said her oldest child was in the bedroom and unresponsive at their Bailey Ridge apartment in Prince George.
When the emergency crews arrived, they pronounced the 20-month-old dead and said a 2-month-old infant in the apartment was “experiencing problems.” The baby girl was rushed to VCU Medical Center where she was on a ventilator in critical condition for days.
Downing, 22, turned herself in to Henrico Police Tuesday morning. She will be held without bond pending her next court appearance.
CBS 6 also found that Downing faces other legal troubles, in three other counties.
In Chesterfield County she’s due in court June 10 for Misdemeanor Larceny. In Colonial Heights she’s due in court June 19 for felony obtaining money under false pretense.
In Henrico County she’s due in court July 17 for speeding and driving under a revoked license; her second offense.
Police asked if you have information about the case or if you saw the mother and her two children on Sunday, to call Crime Solvers at 804-733-2777.
DALLAS TX May 20 2013— A one-year-old child who was left in a vehicle parked in the faculty lot of Frank Guzick Elementary School Friday afternoon died at Baylor Hospital.
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New Jersey Couple Arrested, Federally Charged with Abusing Their Children in Cruel ‘Training’ Program www.privateofficer.com
NEWARK, NJ May 2 2013—A U.S. Army major surrendered to federal agents following his wife’s arrest at their Mount Holly, New Jersey home this morning on charges that they abused their children through neglectful and cruel acts, including by breaking their bones, denying them medical attention, withholding water, and force-feeding them hot sauce, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Carolyn Jackson, 35, and John E. Jackson, 37, formerly of the Picatinny Arsenal Installation in Morris County, New Jersey, are charged in a 17-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, 13 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of assault.
The case falls under federal jurisdiction because the crimes were allegedly committed on a military base. The defendants are scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
“Carolyn and John Jackson are charged with unimaginable cruelty to children they were trusted to protect,” said U.S. Attorney Fishman. “The crimes alleged should not happen to any child, anywhere, and it is deeply disturbing that they would happen on a military installation. Along with the FBI, we will continue to seek justice for our communities’ most vulnerable victims.”
According to the indictment unsealed today:
From approximately August 2005 until April 23, 2010, Carolyn and John Jackson conspired to engage in a constant course of neglect and cruelty towards three children they fostered and then adopted, one of whom died in May 2008. The Jacksons told their three biological children not to report the physical assaults to others, saying that the punishments and disciplinary techniques were justified, as they were “training” the adopted children how to behave.
After John Jackson was informed by a family friend that one of the children had revealed the abuse in the Jackson household, John Jackson reported the breach to Carolyn Jackson, who retaliated against that child with multiple beatings with a belt.
The Jacksons physically assaulted their children with various objects, causing two children to sustain fractured bones for which the Jacksons failed to seek prompt medical attention.
They also withheld proper medical care for their adopted children, withheld sufficient nourishment and food for two of their children, withheld adequate water from two of their children, and, at times, prohibited them from drinking water altogether. The Jacksons even punished an adopted child they caught sneaking food or water and required one of their biological children to prevent that child from drinking out of sinks and toilets.
As another form of punishment, Carolyn and John Jackson forced two of the children to consume food intended to cause them pain and suffering, variously including red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and raw onion. They also caused one child to ingest excessive sodium or sodium-laden substances while being deprived of water, leading to a life-threatening condition.
All the children are currently in the custody of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
If convicted, Carolyn and John Jackson each face a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison on each of the 17 counts with which they are charged. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, under the command of Major General David E. Quantock, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa L. Jampol and Elizabeth M. Harris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
LEWISTON, Idaho April 13 2013– A Lewiston woman has been charged in the death of a toddler she was babysitting.
A grand jury indicted Natasha Hodges this week on a first-degree murder charge for the Aug. 30 death of 2-year-old Rylee Mingo.
The Lewiston Tribune reports Hodges was booked in the Nez Perce County Jail Thursday and released on a $50,000 bond.
Lewiston police said last year the young girl and an older sibling had been left in the care of a baby sitter when their mother went to work. The younger child began to have breathing difficulty and the sitter called an ambulance.
Police said the preliminary autopsy showed the child died of internal bleeding but not what caused it.
Nez Perce County Prosecutor Dan Spickler declined to release further information.
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NASHVILLE, TN March 25 2013 A Nashville couple faces charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after they were accused of routinely putting their 5-year-old inside an oven as a form of punishment.
Source: WSMV .com
Morgan Hill CA March 14 2013 A teacher at the Kiddie Academy has been arrested for allegedly drugging students. (KTVU)
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Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said former bus driver Delinda Bradley, 49, and former bus monitor Marley Reynolds, 21, were each charged on Tuesday, a day after being fired by the district for not following procedure. According to district spokesperson Shelly Galloway, the boy was picked up at 7 a.m. and was scheduled to be dropped off at Kingsbury Elementary School at 8 a.m.
“The care and safety of our students is a top priority,” said Galloway. “The school district is fully cooperating with law enforcement in this matter.” The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of not more than 30 days in jail or not more than a $200 fine. Both Bradley and Reynolds were released from jail on personal recognizance bonds and are expected to appear in court on March 11 at 2 p.m.
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Saratoga County NY Feb 22 2013 An upstate New York mother is accused of hiring strippers for her son’s 16th birthday party late last year, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney.
Judy Viger, 33, of Gansevoort is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement. The parents of five teens who attended the party reported the presence of strippers to police.
The complaining parents found out that the strippers had been at the November 3 bowling party through photos posted on Facebook. The parents took the pictures to the South Glens Falls police, who then started taking witness statements, the district attorney’s statement says.
One of the photos distributed by the district attorney’s office shows Viger receiving a lap dance from one of the hired dancers; another picture shows a young male with another nearly nude dancer on top of him with her legs around his head.
“As difficult as it may be for us to have to weigh in on these kinds of cases, certainly exposing the unsuspecting children to this sort of ‘entertainment’ goes beyond the pale when it comes to what is appropriate for 14, 15 and 16 year old child,” Murphy said in the statement.
CNN affiliate WRGB visited the Viger home and encountered a man who said the family “was not making statements at this time.”
CNN’s calls to Viger, her attorney and the adult entertainment company that provided the dancers were not immediately returned.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho Feb 13 2013 –
The father of a two-year-old — who was arrested Sunday on child endangerment charges — said he simply forgot about his son when he left the house for work.
Hours later, the boy was found by himself along a busy Coeur d’Alene road.
The boy was taken into protective custody after a couple of Good Samaritans found him standing alone near the intersection of Government Way and Park Avenue Sunday afternoon.
Virginia Griggs is a manager at the nearby Sully’s Pub and Grill.
Griggs said the couple brought the boy into the bar for safe-keeping and called authorities.
The boy told officers his name and his dad’s name. He was wearing an inside out pajama top, sweatpants and boots, and a diaper that looked like it had not been changed for awhile, police said.
Griggs said the boy seemed okay, but because overwhelmed while answering the officers’ questioning.
Police contacted 36-year-old Jesse Edwards of Hayden by cell phone, and were able to confirm the child is his.
Officers arrested Edwards at the Hayden Wal-mart where he was buying a few things. Police said he appeared to be under the influence of some substance.
Authorities said Edwards offered no explanation about how he became separated from his child.
Edwards told KREM 2 News he simply forgot about his son when he went to work just after 7:00 a.m. He said he was so tired, he could not remember if he dropped off his son at his parent’s house near Rathdrum like he normally does. Edwards said he and the boy live at a home a couple of blocks away from where the child was found.
Edwards denied he was under the influence of any substance.
Officers arrested Edwards for child endangerment. He bailed out of jail and is due in court Tuesday.
Edwards said his son’s mother is not in the picture, and that he has full custody of Jake.
The toddler was placed into protective care.
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC Feb 9 2013
A Richland County man is accused of tattooing “Daddy’s Girl” on his daughter.
Deputies arrested 39-year-old Victor Shane Scroggins Thursday morning. He is charged with tattoo of a minor, unlawful neglect of a child and not having a required certificate. After turning himself in Thursday morning, Scroggins was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Scroggins is accused of tattooing “Daddy’s Girl” and a Browning logo in his 14-year-old daughter’s wrist at their home in October.
Deputies received tips that Scroggins tattooed his daughter and possibly others in his home, without a license from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Investigators are looking for anyone who may have received a tattoo from Scroggins. Anyone who has should contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Leon Lott says “You should never take getting a tattoo lightly. Know the risks. Tattoos breach the skin which means infections and other complications are possible.”
FORT MILL, SC Feb 6 2013
A Fort Mill woman is facing charges after deputies say her toddler son was found wandering shoeless around an apartment complex parking lot.
According to the York County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Palmetto Place Apartments on Saturday night around 10 p.m. after a two-year-old boy was seen in the parking lot alone.
A woman and her boyfriend saw the two-year-old, according to deputies, and asked where he lived. The young boy was dressed in only a shirt and pajama pants; he was not wearing socks or shoes.
The couple took him back to his apartment, which was unlocked, and found the boy’s four-month-old sister alone in the home in a crib.
The couple took the children back to their apartment and called deputies.
When deputies arrived they searched the home and found it empty. They made contact with the children’s mother, 26-year-old Colleen Louise Pellettiere, who told deputies she was on her way back home.
Brogan arrived at the home more than an hour after deputies arrived at the home, according to the report. Deputies noted that she was wearing only a halter top and black tight pants, no jacket or shoes. Deputies also noted that the temperature was low and it was cold outside.
When asked why she was dressed that way, Brogan’s response was she “had left the house dressed like that.”
According to deputies, Brogan had a black stamp mark on her right hand that resembled ones that are commonly used to get into clubs and bars. When asked, she never could explain why the children were left at home alone, deputies said.
The Department of Social Services was brought to the home and took the children. They were placed with a foster care family in Lake Wylie. The children’s father currently has a pending case with NC’s Children’s Protective Services and is not allowed to have unsupervised visits with the children.
Brogan was charged with two counts of Unlawful Neglect of Children.
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. Feb 6 2013 — A Dollar General employee arrested in Wrightsville last week for hitting a child with a belt has now been charged with two felonies, aggravated assault and cruelty to children. The charges were upgraded from simple battery because according to the police chief, store video shows the woman hitting the 8 year old at least 25 times.
After initially saying they were looking into the details of the case before acting, Dollar General told 11Alive News Monday afternoon the employee, Emilia Graciela Bell, had been fired. “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the reported incident at our store in Wrightsville, Georgia,” read the statement, “And have expressed our sincere apologies to the child’s family.”
Investigators have not yet released the video, but the boy’s family told WMAZ Macon over the weekend it shows a “beating,” not a spanking.
“It was more or less a beating than a spanking the way she was hitting him,” said Jody Ivey, the father of 8 year old Logan Ivey. “I don’t know how to explain it, and I don’t want to think about it.”
Logan said it was very painful.
“I felt like I had five needles sticking in me; it really hurt, I was screaming ‘Mama,’” he said. “And I was crying real bad because she [the clerk] had actually hurt me…when she stopped whipping me my pants were actually a little bit warm.”
Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling said Logan was running around in the store and got into a confrontation with Bell, 39. Bell told investigators that Logan threw a cookie at her and that’s when she removed her belt, chased the boy down and spanked him behind the counter.
“It felt real real painful; nobody should have that kind of torture to them,” Logan said. “It really hurts.”
The boy’s mother and sister, who were also in the store, did not witness the spanking, according to the chief.
The chief said Bell was immediately arrested and admitted to investigators what she did.
Bell was taken to jail and bonded out Friday morning.
Dollar General’s full statement:
“Dollar General strives to provide a safe and welcoming place for our customers to shop. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the reported incident at our store in Wrightsville, Ga and have expressed our sincere apologies to the child’s family. This incident is contrary to our core values of serving our customers and communities and does not reflect the commitment of our nearly 93,000 employees to treat everyone who enters our stores with kindness and respect. The type of behavior described in this incident is unacceptable, and the person responsible is no longer employed by Dollar General.”
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PENDER COUNTY, NC Jan 19 2013– A Pender County man was arrested and charged Friday in connection to sex offenses involving children.
According to Det. Sgt. John Leatherwood with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Danny Strickland faces the following charges:
-First degree statutory sex offense of a child – 9 counts
-Indecent liberties with a child – 9 counts
-Crime against nature – 9 counts
Previously, Strickland was charged with two counts of first degree statutory sex offense of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
However, due to the added charges involving a different victim, Strickland’s bond has been set at $5,150,000.
Prior to the additional charges, it had been set at $250,000.
New Orleans LA Jan 16 2013 The NOPD last week arrested a 32-year-old woman accused of teaching her 8-year-old son how to break into a house on the West Bank, according to an arrest warrant issued by the New Orleans Police Department. Tajhma Deary was booked into the Orleans Parish jail on Jan. 9 on charges of attempted simple burglary, criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to the warrant, Deary and her son were caught on surveillance video trying to break in to a house in the 3900 block of Inwood Avenue on Nov. 16 about 11:20 a.m. The victim told police he recognized Deary because she had dated his son, though the couple had broken up in March 2012.
The video shows the “minor place his right arm inside the mail slot to make several attempts at unlocking the locks on the door while the female (Deary) stands nearby offering assistance to the minor,” the warrant says.
After failing to open the front door, Deary allegedly hopped a 6-foot-tall wrought iron fence to gain access to the side of the house, where she removed a screen from a window. She tried to lift the window, but failed because it was locked, the warrant says.
Deary then dismantled one of the victim’s video surveillance cameras off the exterior of the house, the warrant says. The pair then ran away.
STOCKTON CA Jan 16 2103 – A Stockton mother is on the run, accused of stealing from a store and stuffing the stolen goods into a baby stroller. And police say she did it with her three daughters in tow.
In order to make a quick getaway, investigators say not only did 44-year-old Bobbie Pritz bite a security officer, but she got behind the wheel of her van and ran another one over.
“It’s sad, it’s really sad,” said shopper Victoria Gomez.
Stockton police say Pritz took her toddler and 16-year-old daughter into JC Penney to steal clothes and perfume, using the child’s stroller to hide the merchandise.
“Oh my, she needs to be taken to jail,” shopper Sameisha Hardy said.
While Pritz was inside stealing, she left her 13-year-old daughter in the car, say police. As Pritz and her daughters left the store, three security guards walked up, and that’s when she got violent.
“She fought all three of them, biting one of them; and then, when she got into her car, she actually ran one over,” said Stockton Police Department spokesman Joe Silva.
Fortunately, the security guard who was run over only suffered minor injuries.
“Lucky. I mean, yesterday’s incident could have turned very deadly based on her actions, and [he] was very fortunate,” said Silva.
Investigators say Pritz got away with her toddler and 13-year-old daughter in the car, but her 16-year-old was left at the scene.
“I don’t’ know what to say; that’s just outrageous,” said Hardy.
It’s an outrageous display of a mother setting the wrong example in front her own children.
“It’s really sad because you’re using your kids to benefit yourself,” said Gomez. “It’s pretty sad because they’re innocent, and you’re teaching them that something like that is OK, and it’s not.”
Investigators arrested the 16-year-old. She was cited and released over to her grandmother.
Pritz and her youngest daughter are still on the run, but are not believed to be in danger. Her 13-year-old daughter is also with her grandmother, we’re told.
$1 million bond set for Alabama husband, wife accused of sexually abusing, photographing 7-year-old www.privateofficer.com
FLORENCE AL Jan 11 2013 — The husband of a Lauderdale County woman accused of having nude photos of a 7-year-old girl on her computer has been charged in connection with the production of the photos and both are jailed under $1 million bonds each for additional sexual-related charges, officials said.
Matthew David Ayers, 41, 1801 Lauderdale 298, Florence, is charged with possession of child pornography, production of child pornography, first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and wilful sexual abuse of a child under 12, said Richard Richey, an investigator with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s office.
Richey said Matthew Ayers was arrested late this afternoon.
Department officials said the arrest was made after a forensics expert found a sexually-suggestive photo of Ayers, his wife and the girl on a electronic device taken from their residence last week.
Patricia Allana Edmon Ayers, 32, same address, was charged Jan. 4 with five counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of production of child pornography after five nude photos of the child was found on her computer, authorities said.
Richey said this afternoon that Patricia Ayers is now facing the additional charges of first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and wilful sexual abuse of a child under 12.
Both are being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Patricia Ayers initially was jailed on bail of $100,000.
Source: The TimesDaily
Louisville KY Jan 4 2013 A 30-year-old Louisville man was arrested on New Year’s Eve for leaving his 9-month-old son in his car while the man was in a store.
The arrest report for Ronald Hardesty Jr., of the 9800 block of Caven Avenue, says the child was alone in the car for at least nine minutes. The vehicle was not running and the temperature outside was 37 degrees.
A passing officer spotted the infant and waited nine minutes until Hardesty walked out of Action Cards at 8302 Preston Highway after selling a gift card, the report says. Hardesty is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment. The child was released to a family member.
Ames IA Dec 31 2012 A woman took her three children, two daughters and her son to J.C. Penney’s and ended up getting arrested for shoplifting. The woman got caught stealing $39 at the store.
Melissa Rose Sego from Ames, Iowa tried to stuff $39 worth of merchandise in her purse. As she and her children attempted to leave the store Sego got into an altercation with a loss prevention agent.
Sego tried to force her way out of the store and shoved the agent into a wall. The agent is said to have suffered minor pain and injury.
According to the police report, the loss prevention department stated they witnessed Sego take her kids and several items into a dressing room. When she emerged from the dressing room, she only had her kids with her.
The dressing room was checked for the merchandise however, there weren’t any items in the room. The police officers stated that Sego also forced her children to participate in the shoplifting, however her son wasn’t involved.
Sego’s daughters were charged with fifth degree theft and transported to a juvenile facility.
Sego was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aggravated theft and transported to the Story County Jail. Sego is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7.
SPARTANBURG, SC Dec 26 2012
A Spartanburg woman faces charges of child neglect and shoplifting after officers said she tried to shoplift items from a local Walmart, and then allegedly put her child’s life in danger.
The Spartanburg Public Safety Department said 20-year-old Kahliah Martin had placed two boxes of diapers and various electronics into her buggy, and proceeded past the cash registers and to the exit without paying for the merchandise.
Officers said the two loss prevention associates approached Martin, who ran out the exit into the parking lot, while carrying her 4-month-old daughter.
The report from SPSD said as Martin was running out, she was nearly struck by two vehicles in the parking lot, and “ran through the parking lot weaving in and out of cars swinging her daughter,” before security officers subdued her, and escorted her back inside the store, before police arrived and arrested her.
Associates were initially tipped off to Martin because of a prior shoplifting incident, officials said.
Martin’s daughter has been placed into protective custody.
PENSACOLA, Florida Dec 24 2012
What Dorothea Vega is accused of doing sounds like something from a horror movie. “There was an alarm system on the victims room where if the victim came out of the room the alarm went off and was not allowed to be out of the room except for doing chores.”
The victim, a middle school student, told a school resource officer she was beaten with toilet plungers, brooms, sticks, shoes, rulers, wooden spoons and open and closed fists. “The child was not allowed to bathe or eat.”
According to deputy Matt Baxter the young girl would use the school restroom to clean-up for school. “The child was forced to take prescription medication in order to try and control her behavior.”
Vega worked for the the Escambia county school system according to superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “She worked week to week. Just a few hours each week. She was not a full time employee at all.”
Vega was immediately suspended from her position at Ensley Elementary School. She had only worked here for about a hear and a half trying to get parents more involved in school activities.
“She will not report to work until these matters are cleared,” says Thomas. “If she is found guilty of this, these are disqualifying offenses and we don’t allow people in Florida to work who are guilty of these offenses.”
Vega is charged with torturing a child, battery and cruelty to a child. She remains in the Escambia county jail.
For at least four months the victim endured what investigators called “deplorable” conditions. Tonight she is in protective custody.
Jefferson County MT Dec 23 2012 William Province, of Jefferson County, has been charged with several felonies for allegedly waterboarding four young children, two of whom were his own.
Province, 42, was arrested late Tuesday night as he got off an airplane in Helena from a trip to Alaska.
According to the complaint, the boys, ages 9 and up, were subjected to a water-torture technique of a type used in the military. It simulates the effects of drowning.
The incident took place over about an hour’s time at the man’s home in the Wickes area.
The affidavit says Province meant it as a “learning experience.”
The affidavit goes on to say that while Province was in the process of waterboarding the fourth child, his girlfriend walked in and tried to stop him. He then allegedly held her arm behind her back so tight that she received a broken wrist and two broken fingers.
Province was charged with three counts of assault on a minor, one count of intimidation, one count of felony partner/family member assault, and misdemeanor assault.
He is currently the Jefferson County jail on a $200,000 bond.
His arraignment will be scheduled some time in January.