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Mom, boyfriend charged after kids abused, tortured with hot sauce, Greenville police say
"A mother and her longtime live-in boyfriend were arrested and charged with abuse of two of the mother's children, the Greenville Police Department said. Robert Earl Kailiala Saladaga, 37, and Sabrina Irene Emerick, 25, were each charged with unlawful neglect of a child and two counts of cruelty to children. Saladaga is also charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to warrants. The abuse of the boys, ages 5 and 7, occurred on multiple occasions dating back to at least September 2017, police said. "
The Greenville News (SC), February 20, 2019

Waukegan man fatally beat 4-year-old who spilled juice on video console, prosecutors say
"Prosecutors said this week the state will seek a natural life sentence for a Waukegan man charged with first-degree murder in the apparent beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter, allegedly triggered by spilled juice. Johnathan Fair, 19, was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder by a Lake County Grand Jury Wednesday. He is in the custody of the Lake County jail with his bail set at $5 million, according to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office."
Chicago Tribune, January 11, 2019

DA: Girl made video of dad coaching her to lie about assault
"A terrified 13-year-old girl secretly recorded video of her father coaching her to lie about having been physically assaulted by him — and managed to slip the evidence to prosecutors on the eve of his trial in Pennsylvania, authorities said Tuesday. The videos show Deyon Taylor, 56, instructing his daughter to deny that he choked her in June and to tell the judge he was merely being stern with her, according to a police affidavit. At the courthouse, the girl asked to speak to a prosecutor in private and showed the videos to her."
AP , January 8, 2019

Foster family charged with abusing, starving 3 young kids
"A Pennsylvania foster family beat and starved three young children over a period of six years, even staging a videotaped fight between two of the children in an effort to cover their tracks, police said. Brenda Parise, 60, and her daughter, Amy Parise, who is turning 33 on Wednesday, were arrested Monday on felony child endangerment charges and other offenses. According to a police affidavit, the Parises beat the children — who were 6, 3, and 11 months when they were placed in the home in 2011 — with a belt and paddle and withheld food from them. When the children were fed, they were made to eat cross-legged on the floor with a hand behind the back, and were largely given bologna sandwiches and sometimes chicken, authorities said."
AP, January 9, 2019

Provo couple arrested in water torture of young daughter
"PROVO — Police say a Provo couple used water torture on their 9-year-old daughter as a form of punishment. Joseph Maseser Mitchell, 29, and Ilaria Catherina Mitchell, 28, were arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail Thursday for investigation of child abuse. Joseph Mitchell was also arrested for investigation of unlawful possession of a bank card. The investigation began Dec. 3 when Provo police received a report from the Division of Child and Family Services regarding possible abuse, according to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court. The 9-year-old girl was interviewed on Wednesday. She said her father and stepmother "have punished her three separate times by putting a towel over her face and pouring water on it," the affidavit states. "The 9-year-old went into detail saying that Joseph and Ilaria would take her to the bathroom and tie her hands behind her back. They would then hold her down in the bathtub and place a towel over her face and pour water on it. The 9-year-old stated that she cannot breathe and it hurts when this happens."" (Utah), December 14, 2018

'It's torture': critics step up bid to stop US school using electric shocks on children
"The world's only known school for children and young adults with special needs that inflicts electric shocks to control their behavior is facing international pressure to have the controversial practice banned. For almost three decades the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, outside Boston, has been zapping many of its special-needs residents with a custom-designed electric shock machine known as the GED. Students are required to carry the devices in backpacks that deliver charges of up to 41 milliamps – 10 times the amperage used in most stun guns – to their legs, arms, hands, feet, fingers or torsos via electrodes on the skin."
The Guardian, November 16, 2018

Brooklyn dad gets 25 years to life for fatal Father's Day beating of toddler daughter
"The Coney Island dad convicted of beating his toddler daughter into a fatal coma during a Father's Day visit last year was sentenced to 25 years to life Wednesday. Before hearing his fate, Shaquan Taylor, who was 18 years old at the time of the slaying, asked for leniency through his lawyer based on his age. "
NY Daily News, November 7, 2018

Lewisville father accused of killing toddler in front of neighbors is indicted in grisly death
"A Lewisville man accused of killing his 16-month-old son has been indicted on a capital murder charge, according to the Denton County District Attorney's Office. Blair Ness, 27, was indicted Thursday in the toddler's death, which happened Aug. 19 in front of several witnesses in the courtyard of the Oak Forest Apartments. A capital murder conviction is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole."
Dallas Morning News, October 26, 2018

Grand Prairie man convicted of capital murder in the "savage" beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter
"A Grand Prairie man was convicted of capital murder in the "savage" beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter in a case the judge said was the worst he'd ever seen. Charles Wayne Phifer, 36, received an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole for the March 2016 murder of Leiliana Wright. Leiliana was beaten with a bamboo switch and belts and thrown against a wall. Her mother, 33-year-old Jeri Quezada, pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child as part of a plea agreement that will lock her behind bars for 50 years. Quezada will be formally sentenced by the judge Wednesday, and relatives will have the chance to give a victim impact statement at that time to both Quezada and Phifer. "
Dallas Morning News, October 16, 2018

No warning signs of impending horrors in city visit to Queens home of battered 1-year-old twins
"A child welfare worker saw not one sign of abuse while visiting the Queens home where twin 1-year-olds were savagely beaten two days later — with one killed by her injuries, sources said Friday. There were also no prior complaints or allegations that the five children living with allegedly drug-addled mom Tina Torabi were ever victims of violence in their basement apartment until cops arrived this past Wednesday, said one source with knowledge of the case. "The (Administration for Children's Services) workers did not observe anything suspicious or anything that would have indicated abuse," according to the source. "
NY Daily News, October 5, 2018

35-year sentence for Crystal Valdez in murder of 4-year-old son
"Judge Stanley Sacks on Wednesday had just handed down a 35-year prison sentence to Crystal Valdez, who had been convicted of murder in the 2011 beating death of her 4-year-old son, Christopher. Sacks, who presided over the trials of both Valdez and her boyfriend, Cesar Ruiz, called the case one of the worst he'd seen in three decades on the bench, and he was clearly appalled by a final request from the defense. Before deputies walked Valdez out of the courtroom to be shipped to prison, her lawyer asked, could Valdez have a few moments with her remaining children?"
Chicago Sun-Times, June 6, 2018

Woman pleads guilty to killing son for wtting the bed
"RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Pine Ridge Reservation woman accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death after he wet his bed has pleaded guilty. The Rapid City Journal reports 30-year-old Katrina Shangreaux, of Porcupine, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Kylen Shangreaux in July 2016. She reached a deal with prosecutors but still could face life in prison. She'll remain jailed until her sentencing, which wasn't immediately scheduled. Shangreaux's mother and the boy's grandmother, Sonya Dubray, has pleaded not guilty to hindering the investigation. The boy's father is serving time in federal prison for abuse and neglect of a son with a different woman."
AP, April 2, 2018

Babysitter, 17, accused of beating 2-year-old boy and leaving him brain dead
" The Buffalo News reported that 2-year-old Ethan Bigham is currently on life support at Women & Children's Hospital. The toddler will remain hooked to the machines until his organs can be donated. According to the outlet, the little boy's babysitter Devon Vanderwege was arrested and charged with first-degree assault by the Erie County Sheriff's Office. When Bigham is taken off life support, Vanderwege could face homicide or manslaughter-related charges."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 13, 2017

Killer Bronx nanny sentenced for stomping 20-month-old baby to death
"Little Cardell Williamson was killed in August 2014 while under the care of Skeeter, 42, a state-licensed day-care provider. She arrived in court wearing prison beige prison garb for the hearing."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 21, 2017

Brooklyn dad charged for busting infant son's ribs, arm
" Carl Nisbett, 22, was charged with four misdemeanors — assault, reckless endangerment, acting in a manner injurious to a child and criminal contempt — after violating an order of protection. He was arrested Monday for allegedly fracturing his 4-month-old son's left arm at the family's Coney Island home last Friday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 8, 2017

Texas mom charged after allegedly recording herself abusing her son and sending video to relatives
" Janelle Peterkin, 23, appeared in court Monday on a charge of child endangerment after she was arrested for allegedly sending disturbing images of her son's abuse. Ra'Neicha Broadnax, 20, the boy's aunt, told the Daily News she received photos and videos of her nephew being slapped, his fingers being burned with a lighter and cigarettes and him with a plastic bag over his head."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, April 17, 2017

South Carolina mom beats 6-year-old son for making grandma Mother's Day card instead of her
" Shontrell Murphy, 30, was charged with cruelty to children after admitting she hit him, local Fox affiliate WBRC reported. Cops were called to her mother's house in Spartanburg Thursday where they found the grandmother with Murphy's daughter and bawling son."

NYPD school safety agent arrested after allegedly beating 14-year-old daughter with belt
" An off-duty NYPD school safety agent beat his 14-year-old daughter with a belt at their home in Queens, police said Thursday. Henry Bernal, 34, was arrested at his home around 9:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with assault, child endangerment and possession of a weapon, cops said. His daughter's left arm was bruised from the beating, sources said."

Disturbing video shows nanny in California smacking, beating special needs child
"The disturbing incident was caught on Dyanna Ko's nannycam app. The distraught mother said she and her husband, Chris, were away at their elder son's basketball game when they witnessed the caregiver beating their 2-year-old son Landon at their Los Angeles home."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 24, 2017

Salt Lake man charged with killing girlfriend's child
"COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Criminal charges were filed Monday against a Salt Lake man in the death of his then-girlfriend's young daughter. Jake Don Jensen, 29, is charged in 3rd District Court with child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony, and child abuse, a second-degree felony.", Aug. 7, 2017

Mother who used Taser on her 5-year-old son is charged with felony
" Whitney White of Houston was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly injuring her son on at least two occasions. White said, "My anger management class told me not to tase him but we didn't go into what else to do," according to court documents cited by The Houston Chronicle."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 8, 2017

Murrieta couple charged with torturing 5-year-old boy until he went into a coma
"Murrieta father and his girlfriend have been charged with torturing the man's 5-year-old son until he slipped into a coma, Riverside County prosecutors announced Thursday. The father, Benjamin Whitten, and his live-in girlfriend, Jeryn Johnson, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of torture, child abuse and causing great bodily injury, said Lt. Tony Conrad, spokesman for the Murrieta Police Department. They were charged Thursday with one count of torture and one count of child abuse causing the child to become comatose, prosecutors said."
LA Times, August 17, 2017

Four adults charged after malnourished girl who was beaten and dragged behind a car escaped her home
"A 10-year-old girl who was repeatedly beaten, forced to work outside without breaks, and dragged behind a car with a rope tied around her waist escaped her tormentors and begged a neighbor for help, New York State police said Friday. The girl's mother, 34-year-old Leslieann Raeder, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, while Shawn Whaley, 23, Brandy Shaver, 18 and Gary Bubis, 37, were charged with second-degree assault, reported."
NY Daily News, September 2, 2017

Sammantha Allen sentenced to death for murder of 10-year-old cousin
"In the end, the jurors felt they had no choice but to sentence Sammantha Allen to death for the brutal 2011 murder of her 10-year-old cousin, Ame Deal. The Phoenix woman had been on trial in Maricopa County Superior Court since May, one of four family members charged with disciplining the girl by forcing her to do exercise in sweltering July heat and then locking her in a 31-inch-long footlocker overnight."
AZ Central (USAToday), August 7, 2017

'Ink Masters' star Chris Blinston arrested for allegedly choking his daughter
"A former contestant on the reality series "Ink Masters" was locked up for allegedly choking his teenage daughter. Chris Blinston, who appeared on Season 6 of the Spike series in 2015, was arrested on charges of felony domestic battery by strangulation after allegedly choking his 13-year-old daughter with both hands to the point he cut off her airway, according to a police report obtained by TMZ. He then did it a second time, reportedly cutting off her airway for 6 to 7 seconds."
NY Daily News, September 2, 2017

Coventry father charged with abusing infant son
"A Coventry man was arrested Tuesday, accused of physically abusing his 11-week-old son. Anthony Dicicco, 28, is facing a charge of first-degree child abuse following an investigation by Coventry police and the state Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Police said they were alerted to the situation Sunday by staff at Hasbro Children's Hospital after the boy was admitted to the intensive care unit with serious injuries. Hospital staff told police he had head trauma consisted with shaken baby syndrome." EyeWitness News, September 5, 2017

Mother charged with attempted murder after trying to smother 7-month-old son at hospital
" A Tennessee mother was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police say she allegedly tried to smother her infant son. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department announced in a press release that 23-year-old Jennifer Sandor, of Goodlettsville, was taken into custody after staff at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital said they saw her place her hand over the baby's mouth and nose."
New York Daily News, September 19, 2017

Child abuse or discipline? Defense attorney says client didn't assault Albion girl
"ALBION, N.Y. -- Defense Attorney Salvatore Lanza said his client did not assault a 10-year-old girl in the town of Albion, but he did discipline her. The child was dragged behind a vehicle, hit with a car and repeatedly beaten, Oswego County Sheriff's deputies said last month. Three adults were arrested by the sheriff's office and charged with assault. The abuse was uncovered after the child escaped from the home at 393 Albion Cross Road on Aug. 30 and asked a neighbor for help, deputies said.", September 21, 2017

Babysitter indicted for murder after confessing to torturing, killing 17-month-old while high
" The pill-popping babysitter who confessed to torturing and abusing 17-month-old Anthony Delgado has been indicted for murder, the Staten Island district attorney said Tuesday. Gloria Fields, 31, was hit with multiple charges, including first- and second-degree murder. She was also indicted on charges related to three days of sexual and physical abuse and torture of little Anthony while he was in her care, officials said."
New York Daily News, March 29, 2016

Pensacola child dies after 325-pound adult sat on her as punishment
"A 9-year-old Pensacola child died Saturday after her 325-pound cousin allegedly sat on her as punishment for misbehavior, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's Office report."
Pensacola News Journal, October 16, 2017

Queens man gets 18 years for fatally beating 4-month-old son
"Jagsheer Singh, 30, of Bayside, pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter and assault charges for striking his infant son Nevin Jandu in the head with an object, the Queens District Attorney's office said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 15, 2016.

Dad who shook baby daughter to death gets up to 12 years in prison
"A Brooklyn man who has spent nearly five years on Rikers Island for the death of his 6-week-old daughter was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years behind bars for the crime."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 22, 2016.

Life sentence for stepmom in death and 'unbearable suffering' of KCK boy fed to pigs
"On Monday, one of the adults who inflicted such horrific abuse on the Kansas City, Kan., boy was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Heather Jones, Adrian's stepmother, also was sentenced Monday to five years and eight months in prison for two counts of child abuse.", November 14, 2016.

Iowa parents arrested in teen daughter's starvation to death
"The parents of an emaciated Iowa teen who starved to death earlier this year have been charged after investigators discovered the pair denied the girl food, clothing and basic medical care — but neighbors said they warned police months earlier when the teen started begging them for meals."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, December 10, 2016.

Family of murdered Bella Vista child had been investigated by DHS twice in 2014, twice more in early 2000s
"Isaiah Torres died on March 29, 2015 after being raped and severely physically abused while in the care of his parents, Mauricio Torres and Cathy Torres of Bella Vista. Both have been arrested on charges of capital murder, rape and first-degree battery.", April 10, 2015

Pennsylvania woman accused of feeding 4-year-old stepson laxative-laced beans, hot sauce
"Miller was resentful because the young victim was Nathan Duke's child with another woman, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. Duke was also charged, police say, because he did nothing to stop the abuse."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 8, 2016

Bucks County DA Charges Mother, Boyfriend With Murder Of 14-Year-Old Girl
"Authorities announced the charges against Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan Sunday, saying the pair killed Grace Packer by beating, raping, poisoning and ultimately strangling her in Richland Township over an 18-hour period in July.", January 8, 2017

Brooklyn day care worker beats her 4-year-old son to death with stick for dropping egg on floor
"Strangers trust Zarah Coombs to care for their children — never suspecting that the Brooklyn day care worker could be capable of savagely killing her own son."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 27, 2017.

A mother said she kicked her child for not brushing her teeth. Now the girl is dead.
"At first, police say, Iris Hernandez Rivas couldn't explain the traumatic injuries that left her 4-year-old daughter, Nohely, barely alive.
One moment, the little girl was taking a shower, Hernandez Rivas had told police, the next she was facedown in a bathtub in their apartment in Gaithersburg, Md.", February 3, 2017.

Maryland mom pleads guilty in 9-year-old son's birthday cake beating death
" Garcia's son Jack was handcuffed to a chair by Garcia's brother and pummeled by her boyfriend, who suspected Jack of eating cake meant for his 2-year-old daughter.
Police say Garcia allowed the abuse and sent away an ambulance as Jack lay dying."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, February 8, 2017.

Stepmom of burned boy had 30 Arizona Department of Child Safety reports
"PHOENIX — The stepmother of a boy who suffered severe burns from being forced to stand barefoot on the hot ground, had approximately 30 prior Arizona Department of Child Safety reports involving her children, according to police.", August 2, 2015.

Four-year-old girl found beaten and bruised grows up thinking her name is 'idiot'
"A four-year-old girl who was zip-tied to a bed by her mother's boyfriend received so much abuse growing up she thought her name was "idiot", police have alleged.
Arkansas couple Jennifer Denen, 30, and Clarence Reed, 47, were arrested on Friday (12 August) after officers said they discovered Denen's daughter covered in bruises and dried blood.", May 25, 2015.

Police question Queens grandparents' story that 3-year-old boy fighting for his life fell down stairs
"A 3-year-old Queens boy living with his grandparents is now fighting for his life — and detectives are not buying the grandparents' story he got hurt falling down the stairs, police sources said Tuesday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 2, 2016.

LA mom charged in death of malnourished son found in closet
"Thirty-nine-year-old Veronica Aguilar was charged Thursday with one count each of murder and child abuse in the death of her son, Yonatan. Her arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, was postponed."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, August 25, 2016.

Florida mom who is 62 and once appeared on reality show charged with manslaughter after her 6-year-old son beats his newborn sister to death in minivan
"A 62-year-old Florida woman who once appeared in a reality show called "I'm Pregnant and 55 Years Old" has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after her 6-year-old son beat his newborn sister to death while the children and their 3-year-old brother were left alone."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 12, 2016.

Family of malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet had been reported to social workers six times
"Days apart in 2012, two teachers contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services about a young boy named Yonatan Daniel Aguilar.
One reported that the boy was suffering from general neglect. Another said he had a black eye.", August 29, 2016.

Indiana woman cites 'religious freedom' law after she is busted for disciplining 7-year-old son with coat hanger
" An Indiana woman accused of punishing her child with a coat hanger claims the state's religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs.
Kihn Park Thaing, who is from Myanmar, was arrested in Indianapolis in February after a teacher discovered her 7-year-old son's injuries. The boy had 36 bruises and red welts."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 1, 2016.

Body of malnourished, partially burned corpse of 4-year-old Chicago boy found by firefighters; toddler had been kept in feces and urine-soaked room
" CHICAGO — A 4-year-old boy whose malnourished, partially burned remains were found by Chicago firefighters had been kept in a back room of his family's home that reeked of feces and urine, prosecutors said Thursday.
When firefighters found Manuel Aguilar's body in an abandoned home on Tuesday, he was so small that investigators initially believed they had found a 9-month-old baby, Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini told Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 5, 2016.

Queens couple charged with beating infant son so badly he needs reconstructive surgery
"A Queens couple was charged Wednesday with beating their 6-week-old son so badly the infant had multiple fractures all over his body and needs reconstructive surgeries on his nose, authorities said Wednesday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 7, 2016.

Queens stepmom who locked 12-year-old girl in her room without food or water convicted of assault for beating her with a metal broom handle
" A Queens woman charged with starving and beating her pre-teen stepdaughter faces 25 years in prison after she was convicted Friday of assault and child endangerment.
Sheetal Ranot, 35, was found guilty of slashing the girl, then 12, with a shattered metal broom handle that cut the girl's wrist to the bone — and coldly leaving her in a pool of blood, authorities said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 28, 2016.

Neighbors witnessed warning signs of abuse long before bruise-covered Zymere Perkins, 6, died in Harlem
" Bree Coates recalls the ice cream clutched in Zymere Perkins' tiny right hand last year, the grin spread across the little boy's beaming face.
Now the 6-year-old is dead, and Coates — a witness to the beatings heaped on the helpless child — wonders if she also bore witness to the doomed child's few moments of joy."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 28, 2016.

Brooklyn man convicted of second-degree manslaughter for 'violently shaking' his 6-week-old daughter to death
"A jury convicted a Brooklyn dad of second-degree manslaughter Wednesday in the shaken-baby death of his 6-week-old daughter.
Eryc Ford's mother breathed an audible sigh of relief when the jury's foreman said the defendant was "not guilty" of the top charge of first-degree manslaughter."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 10, 2016.

Stepmom convicted in death of 5-year-old stepson blames others
"SAN ANTONIO - Two days after Christmas in 2012 the lifeless body of Josiah Williams, 5, was found by his family in the South Side home he shared with his father, stepmother, step-grandmother and two siblings.
According to the medical examiner, the child died from "prolonged dehydration and physical abuse." He was underweight and his body showed signs of bruising.", June 27, 2016.

Brooklyn dad tortured 3-year-old son with Legos, shot him with BB gun, cops say
" A Brooklyn dad tortured his 3-year-old son by forcing him to kneel on Legos until his skin split and he bled, shooting him with a BB gun and burning and whipping him, police said.
Leonardo Decouite, 23, was busted at about 4 a.m. Sunday and faces several counts of felony assault."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 7, 2016.

Harlem teacher with history of hurting kids busted for assaulting 7-year-old special needs student
"A teacher at a troubled Harlem elementary school with a long history of hurting kids has been arrested for his latest violent outburst, this time against a special-needs student, police allege."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, February 24, 2016.

Police grill schizophrenic babysitter, career criminal boyfriend in brutal death of Staten Island toddler
" Police are investigating a pill-popping, schizophrenic babysitter and her career criminal boyfriend in connection with the death of a Staten Island toddler, sources said Monday.
Little Anthony Delgado, just 16 months old, had been hit numerous times in the head, had rectal bleeding and suffered what resembles a bite or burn on his penis, sources said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, February 23, 2016.

Brooklyn mom who drowned her daughter regularly punished kids by placing them inside water-filled storage container
" The children of an abusive mom — accused of drowning her daughter because she was mad that she urinated on herself — lived a life of horror, law enforcement sources said Wednesday.
Over the weekend, Lin Li allegedly placed 2-year-old Melody Zheng in a storage container inside the bathroom tub and left the water running — a form of punishment she and her brother regularly endured, sources said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 17, 2016.

Man accused of raping girls, infecting them with HIV
"HOUSTON (KTRK) --David Richard Wilson, 33, was found guilty of the sexual assault of a child in 2005 and sentenced to four years in prison. Six years later, Wilson was back in court, accused in two new cases that, if proven, may have lifelong consequences for two more children.", March 17, 2016.

Washington state dad obsessed with video game Destiny beats 8-month-old daughter to death with Xbox controller
" A twisted Washington state dad who was obsessed with a video game brutally beat his 8-month-old daughter to death with an Xbox controller.
Ahmed Hussein Ibrahim, drunk and high when he broke little Nawal's skull with the controller in November of 2014, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 16, 2016.

Texas mother accused of putting 2-year-old child in family's oven
" A Texas mother is accused of putting her 2-year-old child in an oven, leaving the toddler with second- and third-degree burns, authorities said.
Deputies responded after receiving a tip that a child had been burned inside a Glen Rose home, NBC station KXAS-TV reports."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 20, 2016.

Georgia teacher who knocked 4-year-old special needs boy to ground charged with child cruelty
" A Georgia pre-K teacher caught knocking a 4-year-old special needs boy to the floor has been slammed with child cruelty charges.
Amelia Stripling turned herself into Tifton police Friday after shocking surveillance video showed her kneeing the tot from behind, sending him crashing onto the floor at Tift County Pre-K Center."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 26, 2016.

Grandmother sentenced in child assault
"WEST CHESTER -- A Pottstown grandmother pleaded guilty Thursday to physically assaulting her 5-year-old grandson inside a North Coventry department store, an incident that was captured on the store's surveillance video.
Cynthia Gehret, 63, of Queen Street, admitted in Chester County Court that she had kicked the young boy who she said she had raised from the time he was born, in the stomach after grabbing him and shoving him through a door at the Kohl's Department Store at the Coventry Mall.", October 15, 2015.

Stepfather pleads guilty to beating 3-year-old Jeida Torres to death
" A sadistic Brooklyn stepfather who brutally beat his 3-year-old stepdaughter to death for accidentally soiling herself, pleaded guilty and is expected to spend 15 years to life in prison.
Kelsey Smith admitted to a Brooklyn judge on Friday that he caused "serious physical injury" to Jeida Torres, which resulted in her death, and assaulted her 5-year-old brother, Andrew, on Oct. 18, 2014, inside a Bushwick homeless shelter."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 23, 2015.

6 church members arrested after teen dies from blunt force trauma
"Six members of the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford, New York, have been arrested after the 19-year-old son of two of the suspects died from blunt force trauma injuries, police announced Tuesday.
Lucas Leonard, 19, was taken by family members in a car to a hospital in nearby Utica on Monday afternoon. The New Hartford Police Department said Leonard was injured during an assault and was pronounced dead at the hospital.", October 13, 2015.

14-year-old dies after JPSO says he was beaten over bad grades
"JEFFERSON PARISH, La.-- A 14-year-old Waggaman boy has died after JPSO deputies say he was severely beaten by his father over bad grades at school.
Jalen Daniels died of head trauma two days after being hospitalized, according to the Mark Bone, chief death investigator for the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office.
Daniels' parents, Furnell and Terri Daniels, were originally booked with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. After Jalen Daniels' death, they were re-booked with second-degree murder. ", February 11, 2016.

Murder charge dropped for Irish nanny accused of killing infant, 1, by shaking
"BOSTON — A murder charge has been dropped against an Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care after a state medical examiner reversed a finding that the child's death was a homicide caused by shaken baby syndrome, prosecutors announced Monday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 31, 2015.

Alabama woman sentenced to death for children's torture, murder
" An Alabama woman who helped barbarically torture and murder her common-law-husband's two small children has been sentenced to death.
Heather Leavell-Keaton was sentenced to die by lethal injection Thursday, six months after the children's father, John DeBlase, was handed the same sentence."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, August 20, 2015.

Washington dad charged with murder after squeezing 5-week-old son like 'roll of toothpaste' to quiet him
" A Washington father has been charged with murder after he allegedly squeezed his 5-week old son to stop his crying.
Robert Smith Sr., 28, has been charged with first-degree murder after he squeezed tiny Robert Jr. tightly to keep him quiet and fractured his vertebrae in the process, authorities said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 20, 2015.

Georgia dad gets life without parole for starving 10-year-old daughter to death, burning body
" A Georgia man who starved his daughter to death and then burned her body has been sentenced to life behind bars without parole.
Eman Moss, whose 10-year-old daughter, Emani Moss, was found dead in a Gwinnett County trash can in 2013 after he called 911 in distress, learned his dark fate Friday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 14, 2015.

Queens mom charged with murder of 3-week-old son she threw out 4th-floor window told cops an 'evil spirit' had taken over baby's body
"The manical mom charged with throwing her 3-week-old-son to his death from a fourth-floor Queens window told cops that an evil spirit had taken over her baby's body, prosecutors said Saturday.
Rashida Chowdhury's disturbing admission was revealed as she was arraigned Saturday night on murder charges at Queens Criminal Court."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 8, 2015.

Four Southern California cops charged with abusing kids at boot camp
" Four police officers have been arrested for allegedly physically abusing kids at a boot camp for troubled children, California authorities said.
Sheriff's detectives arrested Detective Marissa Larios, 36, and Officer Patrick Nijland, 47, of the Huntington Park Police Department. Also busted were officers Carlos Gomez-Marquez, 31, and Edgar Gomez, 35, of the South Gate Police Department, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 6, 2015.

Kenosha mother gets 20 years prison for child abuse
"This woman's children were tortured, a judge said, physically and emotionally.
They were injured and coerced — for years — to lie about the things happening in their home. They didn't tell social workers that a man ordered not to have contact with their mother was living with them, and was hiding in the basement during visits.", July 15, 2015.

Charges added to suspected child abuser after N.C. dad posts photos of bruised toddler online, calls justice system 'a joke'
"The parents of a two-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten with a metal belt and slammed into a wall have posted photos of her sickening injuries on social media after charges were dropped against her alleged attacker -- their babysitter's husband."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 10, 2015.

Detroit mom who killed her kids and stuffed them in a freezer gets life in prison, says she regrets nothing
"A Detroit woman with no remorse for killing two of her four children and stuffing the bodies in a home freezer was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.
Mitchelle Blair was charged, convicted and sentenced in less than four months, since an eviction crew discovered the children's bodies in the freezer in March. They had been stored there for a few years. She pleaded guilty in June to first-degree murder."

Detroit mom of murdered kids found in freezer confesses in courtroom outburst: 'Yes, I did kill her!'
"Mitchelle Blair is charged with murder after the bodies of two of her children, 9-year-old Stephen and 13-year-old Stoni, were discovered in the family's home in March."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 04, 2015.

Texas dad charged with murdering 3-year-old son over potty training
" Prosecutors say a 3-year-old boy struggling with potty training was beaten to death by his own father.
Now that Houston man could face a similar death sentence after being charged with capital murder Tuesday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 03, 2015.

Police: Maryland Boy Dies After Being Beaten for Eating Cake
"Hagerstown police Capt. Paul Kifer says Jack Garcia died Sunday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington."

Boy found handcuffed to N.C. porch with dead chicken speaks out, recalls sickening abuse
"Nearly two years after an 11-year-old foster boy was found chained to a North Carolina porch with a dead chicken around his neck, he's speaking out about his extreme abuse, saying 'I knew they wouldn't believe it.'"
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 30, 2015.

Washington dad facing sex charges related to 12 children fathered with women in secret 'cult'
"Two mothers are accused of standing by and doing nothing as their 12 children were physically and sexually abused by their father in what's being described by authorities as a secret 'cult.'
The sickening allegations involving Washington dad Melford Warren Jr., 43, led to one deputy calling it 'one of the worst cases of abuse we've ever seen,' Q13 News reported.
'These children were held against their will, denied nutrition, denied medical care, and physically and sexually abused,' Scott Wilson, of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, told the station after asserting his claim.
Detectives say Warren's children, ranging in age from infanthood to 13, were taught to hide the abuse and never speak with police."
Daily News, May 27, 2015.

Illinois man gets 33 years in prison for fatally beating 3–year–old who swore while playing Mortal Kombat video game
"Thomas Albea repeatedly punched defenseless 3–year–old X'Zavion Charleston in the stomach after he swore while playing Mortal Kombat, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The youngster was hit so hard in the brutal Sept. 14, 2011, attack at his own Waukegan home that some of his internal organs ruptured."
Daily News, May 25, 2015.

Michigan man waterboards 5–year–old over torn backpack: cops
"A Michigan man waterboarded his girlfriend's 5–year–old son after the boy accidentally ripped a backpack, police said.
Michael Porter allegedly used belts to restrain the child on the back of a footstool at his Flint home May 12, reports NBC 25.
The 30–year–old then allegedly covered the youngster's face with his underwear and poured water over the fabric to make the boy feel like he was drowning.
Porter is also accused of prodding his partner's other son, 12, in the chest and throat with a knife."
Daily News, May 19, 2015.

'They're going where they belong': Tenn. pair sentenced for killing daughter by forcing her to drink 2 liters of grape soda
"It is 'an effective life sentence' for the pair that forced Alexa Linboom, 5, to drink about 2.5 liters of grape soda and water after the girl stole a sip of her stepmother's drink, Attorney General Dan Armstrong said.
Although the girl screamed in pain and became unconscious, the Surgoinsville pair did not take the girl to the hospital for hours on Jan. 1, 2012."
Daily News, December 09, 2014.

Arizona couple forced son to sleep in backyard, go to bathroom outside: police
"Brian and Shelly Romine were charged with child abuse after making Brian Romine's 16–year–old son with a learning disability stay outside in the blazing summer heat in Chandler, Ariz., for more than a month, police said."
Daily News, December 09, 2014.

British thug who punched girl, 4, so hard he ripped holes in her intestine gets 13 year sentence
"Craig Carth, 27, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm in the March 2013 attack on the girl, who spent several days in intensive care with two holes in the front wall of her intestine."
Daily News, December 01, 2014.

Florida woman uses stun gun on 3-year-old, faces child abuse charge: cops
"A Florida woman got a shock after she landed in jail on child abuse charges.
Ramona Braswell, 30, was arrested by St. Petersburg police Saturday after she was accused of using a stun gun on another woman's 3–year–old, WFLA reported. She faces one count of felony child abuse."
Daily News, December 01, 2014.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces 2 years in prison if found guilty of child abuse
"Peterson, 29, turned himself in early Saturday. He spent about 30 minutes in custody and posted $15,000 bond. Most defendants charged with injury to a child, a felony, get probation if they have an otherwise clean criminal history. A date hasn't been set for his first court appearance."
Daily News, September 13, 2014.

Police: 25–pound boy nearly starved, beaten by family.
"(CNN)—A 7–year–old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly starved and weighed only 25 pounds when he arrived at a hospital, authorities said. The boy sometimes ate insects he caught on his porch."
CNN, July 20, 2014.

Detroit boy abused, harshly disciplined: State Petition
"Charlie Bothuell V's workouts, in the morning and evening, included 100 push–ups, 200 sit–ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 arm curls on each arm with 25–pound weights and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical trainer, the court documents said.
"Charlie V reports having to complete the entire workout 'in under an hour or I would have to do it again,'" a petition filed in juvenile court by a state agency said.
Bouthell told investigator he could not finish the workouts sometimes because he was in pain from being struck on the feet with the PVC pipe, the petition said.
...The petition filed in Wayne County juvenile court said doctors found scars or wounds on his chest and buttocks from the pipe and the boy has said his step–mother verbally and emotionally abused him and punched him."
Reuters Press, July 10, 2014.

Serial child abuser charged with murder in daughter's death, 22 years after attack
"Anthony Shannon Lane, 41, who is already serving 25 years in prison for abusing his infant son, was charged in the death of his adult daughter, who died last year from injuries she suffered in a beating two decades ago."
Daily News, July 09, 2014.

Houston man whips teen daughter with belt for choosing black dance partner: police.
"A Houston man beat his 14–year–old daughter after he found out she chose a black child as her partner for her quinceanera dance at a party last month, police said."
Daily News, May 28, 2014.

Girl, 12, testifies how stepdad 'waterboarded' her
New York Daily News, February 4, 2014

CA mother, boyfriend held for murder of 3-year-old daughter
New York Daily News, February 3, 2014

Oregon teens face kidnapping, assault charges for alleged torture of fellow student
Blue Kalmbach, 15, Jenna Montgomery, 15, and Jess Taylor, 17, pleaded not guilty in Portland court. They will be tried as adults for the alleged Feb. 10 attack on Dustyn Murrain. Cops say the crazed teens carved a swastika in the forehead of the victim.
Daily News, February 20, 2014

Kansas City mom pleads guilty to locking girl, 10, in urine-soaked closet
Missouri mom Jacole N. Prince pleaded guilty to keeping her 10-year-old child identified as L.P. locked in a closet and so malnourished she was only 32 pounds and the size of a toddler. Her two half-sisters were taken into protective custody, and Prince was arrested.
Daily News, January 08, 2014

New Jersey teen Justin Robinson admits to strangling and dumping 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale in recycling bin
What gets blamed for this? Comics? Video games? Facebook? Parents ... hey, what did they do?
Daily News, August 07, 2013

Trials set for social workers in N.C. child's death
USAToday, April 13, 2013

Outraged judge lays into child welfare workers at sentencing in toddler beating death
Denver Post, April 11, 2013

Child Abuse Injuries, Deaths On The Rise, Study Finds
"The hospital data show that there was an increase in the percentage of children who died from abuse-related injuries, from 0.25 deaths per 100,000 children in 1997, to 0.36 deaths 100,000 children in 2009."
Huffngton Post, October 02, 2012

Buffalo boy, 10, called 911 repeatedly before stepdad allegedly beat him to death
Daily News, April 27, 2012

11 children removed from sex offender's home after some were found tied to beds
Daily News, February 21, 2012

No Spousal Privilege in Criminal Child-Abuse Cases, Judge Rules
The Legal Intelligencer, February 15, 2012

11-year-old beaten to death for 9 hours by mom's boyfriend for not vacuuming: police
Daily News, February 13, 2012

Uncle nabbed in beating death of 6-month-old boy, cops say
Daily News, May 26, 2011

Tot dies one month after ACS returns him to family
"Sharee Brown completed anger management, counseling and parenting courses in 2007, and a law guardian agreed with ACS' recommendation to give the children back to their mother."
New York Daily News, August 20, 2008

Child Welfare Tightens Law on Removal
New York Times, May 15, 2008

Battered Child Syndrome
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Portable Guide to Investigating Child Physical Abuse (December 2002; revised from August 1996)

Police: Abusive Dad Ruled House of Horrors
Boston Herald, June 15, 2001

Fla. Caseworker Charged in Abuse Case
Associated Press, July 13, 2002

Man Convicted in Savage Killing of Boy Gets 25-to-Life
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 2002

Parents Sue Over Humiliation
Orlando Sentinel, June 2, 2002

The Randal Dooley Case
Archive of articles regarding the arrest, trial and Second Degree Murder conviction of Tony and Marcia Dooley in the beating death of Randal Dooley, including testimony by physicians, police officers, and child protective service workers regarding abuse allegations pertaining to Randal before his death. (Concludes May 25, 2002)

Parent's Fate Tied to Life-or-Death Decision for Son
Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2002

Dead Girl's Kin Sue Adoption Agency
The Fresno Bee, March 15, 2002

Porn fighters break ring of kid-spanking fetishists
Chicago Tribune, March 13, 2002

Doll Reveals Harm That Can Be Done To An Infant's Brain
The Indianapolis Star, March 13, 2002

Findings on Diffusion-Weighted MRI May Point to Shaken-Baby Syndrome
Reuters Health, February 25, 2002

Man Who Held Girl Captive for Decade Given 14 Years
Mainichi Daily News, January 22, 2002

Woman Convicted in Brutal Death of Son Wins Custody of Her Baby
Associated Press, November 27, 2001

Abused Girl, 7, Found Dead in Bronx
New York Daily News, November 22, 2001

Philadelphia Man Gets Prison Sentence for Feeding Cocaine to Baby
The Associated Press, July 26, 2001

New Law to Allow For Longer Prosecution Time For Those Who Abuse Children, Elderly or Disabled
Waco Tribune-Herald, July 25, 2001

Elijah's Story: Campaign Against Shaken Baby Syndrome
Salt Lake Tribune, June 21, 2001

"Rebirthing" Therapist is Sentenced to 16 Years
Associated Press, June 18, 2001

Abused Foster Children Win $3.3 Million Settlement
The Associated Press, May 25, 2001

Investigation Details Allegations of Abuse
Des Moines Register, June 14, 2001

Case Helps Toughen Child Abuse Laws
The Birmingham News, June 5, 2001

A Simple Video Finds Success Against Shaken Baby Abuse
New York Times, May 29, 2001

Young Killer's Pleas Went Unanswered
Indianapolis Star, April 26, 2001

Investigating Child Abuse in Ireland
BBC News, September 18, 1999
Series of articles regarding panel appointed to investigate allegations of decades of sexual and physical abuse by the Christian Brothers boarding school and other institutions funded by the government, but run by private religious orders

Evaluation of Physical Abuse in Children
American Family Physician, May 15, 2000

Pediatric Injury Resulting From Family Violence
Pediatrics, Vol. 99, No. 2, February 1997

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Shaken Baby Syndrome
Child Abuse Prevention Network's resource pages for Shaken Baby Syndrome.

American Humane Association
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112-5117
Toll-free: 1-800-227-4645

Childhelp USA
15757 N. 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: 480-922-8212
Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-422-4453

International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
25 W. 560 Geneva Rd., Suite L2C
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 221-1311

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
2955 Harrison Blvd., #102
Ogden, UT 84403
Phone: (801) 627-3399
Toll Free 1-888-273-0071

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Toll-free: 1-800-394-3366

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
Population and Public Health Branch - Health Canada
Address Locator: 1907D1
Jeanne Mance Building
Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 1B4
Phone : (613) 957-2938
Toll-free: 1-800-267-1291

The Shaken Baby Alliance
P.O. Box 150734
Ft. Worth, TX 76108
Phone: (877) 636-3727

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