WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – You would think that after the countless number of news reports regarding kids being left in hot cars, that people would learn. But then again the majority of people are idiots so I guess it’s not too surprising that we continue to post about parents leaving their young kids in hot cars. In Florida. During the summer. A woman walking through a shopping center parking lot noticed a screaming 1-year-old in a parked Ford Mustang with the windows up. Good Samaritans pulled the sweaty, pale and shaking child out of the car and went inside a beauty supply store to ask if the kid belonged to anyone. No one ‘fessed up so the police were called. When deputies arrived 22-year-old Chekeena Hall, the mother of the child, walked out of the beauty supply store. Deputies asked her why in the hell did you leave your kid in a car in 91-degree weather? She responded that she had forgot the child was there. She was arrested and charged with child neglect.…

Atlanta, Georgia — Here’s a a case of child abuse that’s a bit different from the recent articles we’ve been reporting on regarding parents starving their kids. Police in Georgia have charged a couple with child cruelty after finding their two young, morbidly obese daughters living in squalor. Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call at the home of James and Anne Cardona. What they found was two girls, ages 5 and 4, morbidly obese, with rotting teeth, bugs matted in their hair and covered in filth. The 5-year-old weighed 160 pounds and couldn’t walk 10 feet before running out of breath. Her 4-year-old sister, who weighed 89 ponds, was lying on a nasty mattress in a urine soaked diaper still drinking from a baby bottle. Neither girl was enrolled in school and were living in a house that “stunk of urine and mold,” and is “infested with roaches, fleas, cobwebs and (prepare to shudder, Jaded) gigantic spiders.” Here some video that mentions neighbors and family who were aware of the girls condition and complain about the smell that emanated from the home — but never did one thing about it.…

Ironing – You’re Doing It Wrong

August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am by  

Cleveland, OH – According to police, a neighbor called 911 earlier this week after Talthina Jackson’s bloodied 14-year-old son knocked on her door and told her his momma beat him with a clothes iron. Not only did she knock the kid around with an iron, but she also threw an aerosol can at him and bit him on the jaw before threatening him with a knife. Jesus! High-strung much? When police spoke with Jackson, she reportedly said she believed the boy was sneaking into her room to steal money. She was booked on charges of child abuse and assault and will be heading to court this morning. The teen has been placed with relatives. This apparently isn’t the first time Jackson’s parenting skillz have been questioned – police say they are investigating earlier allegations of abuse that led to a recent call to the Department of Social Services. Whether anyone from DSS actually visited the home or not is unknown. Kudos and good karma to the neighbor for reporting the abuse instead of turning a blind eye and a deaf ear toward it.…

GREENSBURG, Ind. — Another story about a mother starving her disabled son, but this one ended tragically. Police have charged Courtney Gail Tressler, 26, with reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent in connection to the death of her 4-year-old son, Payton. The little boy was doomed from the start. At two months old, his father abused him so badly that he was left brain damaged and unable to walk or talk. When an autopsy was performed on Payton, who only weighed 12-pounds at the time of his death on May 17, it was revealed that he died of malnutrition and dehydration. Even though Tressler told police she had fed the boy, the medical examiner noted that there was no food in the boy’s stomach or intestines. The report also stated the skin on his face was drawn tightly against his skull and face bones. Tressler told police she had planned on taking Payton to the hospital a couple days before he died, but she didn’t have the money. She also told them she had applied for Medicaid in 2009, but police say that’s bullshit.…

DE SOTO, Kan. — Cops received a phone call from the grandmother of a 6-year-old boy with Down syndrome asking that they perform a welfare check on the little boy at the home where he lives with his mother.

When police arrived at the home of Rachel Perez, she informed them that the boy was with relatives, but police ended up arresting her because of an outstanding traffic warrant. Later that night the grandmother called the police again and asked them to please research the house for the little boy.

When officers searched the house a second time, they found the boy in the attic of the home. The property manager who let deputies into the house described what he saw. “They found him in the attic full of feces on his face, no more than 20 pounds. He was real starved to death.”

He was so malnourished you could see the bones underneath his skin. Perez, who is five months pregnant and has two daughters ages 6 and 8, was then charged with child abuse and child endangerment.…

CLAREMONT, N.H. — A 2-year-old girl was brought to the hospital by her father, Jason Longley, 22, because he thought she was having seizures. Medical staff called police after they found the girl was bleeding in her eyes and brain, suffering from a severe skin infection on her face, and had bruising patterns her father explained as being self-inflicted. During their investigation, Longley and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Laura Sullivan, would hand over a videotape that they claimed showed the little girl injuring herself in her sleep. The police played the tape that did in fact show the girl injuring herself…but only at the commands of Longley’s girlfriend whose voice could be heard on the tape. “Ms. Sullivan was giving (the girl) commands such as ‘hit yourself,’ ‘faster,’ and ‘poke your eyes,'” the police report said. “Each time she gave a command, (the girl’s) behavior would change to reflect compliance with the command.” Realizing they were dealing with a couple of complete morons, the police pressed them further until they eventually said the girl had gotten her injuries from falling out of a chair.…

PHOENIX, Arizona — They are not releasing names yet, but a 16-year-old girl has been charged with child abuse after calling cops claiming her baby had been kidnapped by armed men.  Police were contacted by the young mother at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. She was frantic and told a story of armed men snatching her baby at gunpoint while she walked down the street. Police began a search for the baby, and at around 11:30 p.m., a K-9 unit located the 1-year-old girl sleeping in her stroller behind some bushes on the side of the road. The baby was unharmed, and police would quickly learn that there had been no kidnapping, that the teen had left the baby there on purpose. According to police “she was having difficulty coping with the responsibilities of motherhood.” The infant was placed in the custody of family members, and child protective services were notified. I have a hard time feeling real angry at the 16-year-old mother as I don’t know her situation aside from the possibility of her being pregnant at 14, but man is she lucky nothing bad happened to that baby.…

Sherman McBryar Charged With Torture, Child Abuse

August 17, 2010 at 5:44 am by  

Stevenson, AL – Though authorities aren’t releasing many details, one thing is clear – Sherman McBryar has been accused of abusing and torturing his two daughters, ages 1 and 2. In one incident, McBryar is accused of repeatedly slamming his 1-year-old child’s head into the wall and twisting a piece of wire around her wrist to prevent her from sucking her thumb. We also know that McBryar is accused of putting his other toddler child into a car seat and placing said car seat and child in a 90+ degree bathroom with three goats. Yes, you read that right. Goats. In the bathroom. It appears as if the girls’ mother filed a complaint against McBryar, her common-law husband, on Thursday and he was arrested later that day. Investigators say it is the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen and had they not intervened when they did, it was very likely that one or both of the girls would have died from the abuse. Luckily, they were both treated and released into the custody of their mother’s family.…

Mooresville, IN – After receiving an anonymous tip about possible child abuse/medical neglect, caseworkers from DCS made an unannounced visit to the home of 19-year-old Kaitlin Moore and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Justin Weber. There they found the couple’s 2-month-old infant suffering from severe, untreated burns. When the child was examined at the hospital, doctors also discovered a total of 8 fractures to several bones including one rib, both arms, both legs and her right ankle. According to neighbor Tami Moran, Kaitlin recently told her that the infant had been burned after rolling off her bath pad and into scalding hot bath water. She and the boyfriend decided to treat the baby’s burns at home because prior run-ins with DCS left them fearful the child would be taken away. Seems this isn’t the first time the baby girl has been injured. Shocking, I know. DCS had visited the couple’s apartment on two separate occasions in the past two months – once to investigate a black eye, and another time to investigate an injured arm.…

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. — Lisa Witt, 21, has been arrested and charged with child abuse after admitting that on two separate occasions she jerked her 3 1/2 month old son’s legs hard enough that she heard them crack. In both cases, she never took the infant to get medical treatment. In one case Witt admitted she was angry with her husband while changing the baby’s diaper. She jerked his leg hard enough she the bone snap. In another instance she admitted to once again being mad at her husband while giving the baby a bath, and was so rough with him that once again she heard bones in his leg snap. In both cases, she refused to get him medical attention out of fear of getting into trouble. It wasn’t until the baby could not straighten his leg that she asked her mother to take him to the doctor. There it was found the infant was suffering from a broken left tibia and femur as well as a right tibia.…

Denver, Colorado – More details coming out in regards to the day care that was closed down earlier this month after a child reported one of the workers had touched them inappropriately. Court documents reveal that 19-year-old Benjamin Janicki has admitted to sexually assaulting at least 13 of the children at the Park Hill United Methodist Children’s Center where he worked for a couple of months. Most of the abuse occurred while the preshoolers were lying on mats. It is then that Janicki would “tickle” parts of the children’s bodies. One of the children told their parents about the abuse and they in turn notified police. Their investigation has led to the identification of three possible victims but they feel there are more and plan on interviewing at least 50 children. The Colorado Department of Human Services sent out licensed workers after the allegations were made and observed “significant supervision” issues. Significant enough to suspend the center’s operating license.
 
Some parents with children in the day care do not fault the owners as they scramble to find someone to watch their kids.…

HOMESTEAD, FLA. — Lee Wille DeJesus, 23, is in jail facing second-degree murder charges after his son died from injuries he suffered during a boxing lesson. Lee Wille DeJesus told investigators he put on boxing gloves and punched his 2-year-old son up to 15 times on his face, head, torso and shoulders. The last punch was so hard that it knocked Wiley Brown off the bed where he struck a wall before hitting his head on the tile floor. The complaint also states that even though DeJesus witnessed his son become unresponsive and having seizures, he waited 30 minutes to an hour before calling 911 only after noticing his son’s lips were turning blue. DeJeesus would initially lie about the boy’s injuries, claiming a babysitter was responsible. Under questioning he would admit to punching on the boy. He was originally charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, but after Brown was listed as brain dead and on life support with no chance of recovery, those charges were upgraded. Prosecutors plan on filing first-degree murder charges as soon as Brown dies.…


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