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Gaudalupe Quintero, 23, and her fiance, Christopher Rosillo, also 23, are both charged with the murder murder of Rosillo's daughter, Oleander Labier.
Police in Gresham, Ore., say they were called to the young couple's home on April 13, where they found Labier unconscious and not breathing. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital a short time later, police say. Investigators ruled that her death was due to "homicidal violence." http://abcnews.go.com/US/TheLaw/beauty-queen-charged-daughters-murder/story?id=10428007
May 11 10 8:30 AM
The Beebe Medical Center in Delaware released a statement on its website revealing that a nurse had complained that Dr. Earl Bradley may have been inappropriately touching young female patients, particularly when taking urine samples during examination, in 1996.
The 471 criminal counts Bradley now faces are alleged to have begun in 1998, according to court documents obtained by ABCNews.com.
Bradley is accused of videotaping the sex acts with more than 100 patients at his Lewes, Del., practice called BayBees Pediatrics while the children's parents waited in another room.
A lawyer for one of Bradley's alleged victims and one of 18 families suing Beebe Medical Center for negligence told ABCNews.com that he wonders if the victims could have been spared had the hospital done more at the time of the initial complaints.
"What the 1996 revelation signifies to me, is an incredible red flag that should have been dealt with properly and if it had, we think that folks could have been saved," said attorney Chase T. Brockstedt.
An internal investigation of the allegations was conducted at the time, according to Beebe, but was done through "peer review," rather than by reporting it to the state medical board. This way, the hospital could investigate "without fear that the results of the investigation will become available for malpractice litigation," Brockstedt said.
It was determined during the internal review that Bradley's techniques involving female patients were "within mainstream of current pediatric practices," and Bradley continued to work at the hospital in various capacities until 2009, the hospital said.
Beebe released the information to authorities only after they were subpoenaed following Bradley's December 2009 arrest.
Beebe CEO Jeffrey M. Fried was not made available to ABCNews.com for an interview, but told The News Journal that, "Once you know what happened, you see what a diabolical person he was. It makes your stomach turn."
Beebe said in the statement, "People's lives have been forever altered by this diabolical monster."
Bradley, 56, is being held at the Vaughn Correctional Center on $4.7 million bail and pleaded not guilty to the charges in February.
His public defender did not immediately return messages left by ABCNews.com.
If convicted, Bradley faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"I cannot say certain things that I am feeling, and I am feeling a great deal. I am determined to see that this defendant will never, ever be in a position again to hurt another child," Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said in a statement following the February indictment.
The 160-page indictment describes in detail Bradley's alleged behavior between 1998 and 2009. Of the 103 children mentioned in the indictment, only one of them was male.
Among the 471-count indictment includes allegations that Bradley forced children to perform sex acts on him as recently as Dec. 13.
Some of the children were allegedly molested continuously over a series of days or months. One victim was allegedly raped by Bradley from June 2007 until February 2009, and another was molested "continuously" between November 2008 and November 2009.
A search of Bradley's medical practice late last year led to the analysis of more than 13 hours of video files, computers and hard drives and more than 7,000 patient files.
Biden told ABCNews.com at the time of Bradley's arrest that "this is a very very troubling case, and we here in the state of Delaware are pursuing it aggressively to the fullest extent of the law."
"The thing that makes this case so troubling and horrific is the alleged abuse of trust in this matter," said Biden. "These are highly specialized cases where no one in the community could believe someone could do this to a child, to a child who is voiceless."
Biden said that some of the alleged victims were just months old.
May 11 10 8:54 AM
For seven years, until Michigan child welfare workers intervened when he was 11, Milligan was too ashamed to reveal that his tormentor was his own mother.
"She was very brutal," said Milligan. "Through her difficulty reaching climax, she would become frustrated and violent, hitting and punching and slapping not only my genitals, but my face and body."
"It was terribly confusing, and it wasn't just the violation," said Milligan, now 46, and director of infrastructure for a major health care provider in Michigan.
As bad as the incest was, things got worse. Milligan's father had left when he was 2, but by the time he was 8, his mother, an alcoholic and a prostitute, invited strange men home who would sexually abuse him.
"Back then I would never tell anyone, not even a sibling," said Milligan, the most "compliant and sensitive" of three children living at home. "I was just too afraid. It was so horrendous for me to believe she actually would do this to me."
One of the unspeakable secrets in the world of child sexual abuse is that mothers can be molesters. Often, they prey on daughters, but more frequently their sons -- who report increased feelings of isolation and sexual confusion along with thoughts of suicide.
Both of Milligan's parents are now dead, but his past still haunts him.
"Around 10 years old, I started to get this unbelievable feeling of dread that if I don't get out I am going to die from the decadence, the debauchery, the forced molestations and the beatings that became more severe," he said. "For three months I suffered from hysterical paralysis."
An estimated one in four girls and one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted or abused before the age of 18, according to the Alabama-based National Children's Advocacy Center . In 27 percent of these cases, the abuse is perpetrated by the child's parents.
But more recent national surveys indicate about 12 percent of all child abuse cases are committed by women -- "a 100 percent increase compared with previous data," according to Chris Newlin, NCAC's executive director.
"We view females as care givers and protectors of children," he told ABCNews.com. "Now we are beginning to understand females are sexually abusing children, and it is occurring much more."
Professionals are stymied by public perception that incest is "an ugly subject," and that women can't commit such crimes.
"If it's a 35-year-old female and a 14-year-old boy, we'd say the boy is getting lucky," said Newlin. "And if it was a 35 year-old male and a 14-year-old girl, we'd call that a pervert."
And boys like Milligan aren't often believed.
"We have this overarching thing that goes back to the Salem witch trials of children making up stories," said Newlin. "You can't trust kids."
Survivors like Milligan say that these crimes often go unnoticed, not just because society can't imagine women as aggressors, but because boys feel riddled with shame.
"There is this terrible stigma that boys crave sex," said Milligan. "We are just as impressionable and naive and just as afraid. How can anything be consensual at 4 or 11 years old?"
He was finally able to tell all in the self-published memoir he took a decade to write -- initially titled "God Must Be Sleeping," he changed the title to reflect a more upbeat chronicle of his survival, "A Beautiful World."
But Milligan has much to be positive about. Though his childhood was ravaged, he has managed to raise a son, now 23, who "has never known violence or abuse."
Today, Milligan is a spokesman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, sharing his experiences as a survivor.
About 10 percent of all crisis calls to the RAINN hotline are from males, according to program director Jennifer Wilson, who said they get about 100,000 calls a year.
"This crime is hard to track because people just don't share it with law enforcement," she told ABCNews.com.
In September, when child star MacKenzie Phillips went on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to disclose her father had raped her at the age of 19, calls to RAINN's hotline from incest victims "spiked."
Mothers who sexually abuse tend to have higher rates of mental illness and are often the victims of abuse themselves. They also have easier access to children.
"It's easy for women to go unnoticed," said Wilson. "And at the legal stage, they get lighter sentences."
Because incest is considered taboo, few boys come forward and social service providers are not often trained in detecting signs in women abusers.
One victim, Dominic Carter, a TV news reporter in New York, wrote about his own abuse at the hands of his mother in his 2007 memoir, "No Momma's Boy." Earlier this month, Carter was convicted of attempted assault after a 2008 fight with his wife, and could face up to three months in jail.
As a child, Milligan turned his anguish inward.
"My brother and sister could leave the house and naturally play with friends," he said. "I was petrified to leave mother. The clear sense was that if I did, the punishment would be worse."
His mother also threatened to kill herself and Milligan said he more than once was hit by cars while chasing his mother into the street.
His father was equally volatile, returning once to beat his mother "so bad he left her with an eye hanging out of the socket."
Teachers were also unaware of the abuse. "In their defense, I was kept out of school," he said about his frequent injuries. "My mother was very cunning."
The family was on welfare, but when social service workers paid their visits, the children were "always pushed out of the house and not allowed to come home," Milligan said.
Dr. Carole Jenny, a pediatrician and director of the Child Protection Program at Hasbrow Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I., said sexual abuse by mothers is "really hard to diagnose -- most of the time it's not witnessed."
"Most kids have normal exams, and most parents give a credible history," she said. "Most prepubescent boys and girls don't have any lasting physical findings. Abrasions and redness disappear within 24 hours of the event."
For young children, like Milligan, who eventually called an older married sister to intervene, getting help is difficult.
"I was sneaking money and stealing coins and running down to the pay phone and begging, 'Please come and save us,'" he said. "She eventually did but was reluctant because she was afraid."
After a court battle -- his mother unsuccessfully sought custody -- Milligan lived for a time with his sister, immersing himself in books and trying to catch up.
He had missed so much school that he could only read at a third-grade level.
"I could tell time and tie my shoes, but I struggled through my first book, Dr. Seuss' 'Green Eggs and Ham,'" he said. "I read the whole summer and pored though every book I checked out of the library. By seventh grade I barely passed, but I never quit. I kept trying and trying."
But the abuse took its toll. Until he was 16, Milligan had panic attacks and wet his bed, seeing countless child psychologists and therapists.
But by the time he was asked to leave his sister's at 16, he was an A student and involved in athletics.
Though he drifted out of foster homes and shelter with friends and priests, Milligan eventually went on to college and later graduate school.
"To this day the one question people ask is why I survived," he said. "I don't know, maybe there was something bigger and better than all of us and I tapped in to it. But I remind people it doesn't come without its problems."
As an adult, Milligan now needs medication to sleep and still has chronic nightmares, as well as anxiety attacks. "I find myself carrying around a paper bag, but I've managed to avoid the pitfalls of any addictions," he said.
Some men who are abused by their mothers become hypersexual or addicted to pornography, others avoid contact altogether.
Milligan, too, struggles with intimacy in relationships. His first marriage ended in divorce, but he has since remarried. "She is a wonderful woman and working with me in therapy."
Milligan's "happy ending" was watching his son from the first marriage -- "the sweetest, most gentle young man" -- recently graduate summa cum laude from college.
"If there is any indication of success, it's not me or the fact that I graduated from college or writing a professional position," he said. "It's my son -- he has never known violence, only love."
But his own attitude has also fueled Milligan's recovery. "I wanted to focus on the possibility of change and perseverance," he said. "I honestly don't know why I chose to read instead of doing drugs."
With good treatment, many male victims like Milligan do survive, according to Nancy Cotterman, director of the Broward County Sexual Abuse Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"I don't think they ever forget, but there are many who become empowered adolescents and adults."
What's lacking, say experts, is public awareness of mother-son abuse.
"We have the laws we need, the professionals in every profession and a tremendous network of highly trained and capable individuals in the U.S. to respond to sexual abuse," said NCAC's Newlin. "The greatest challenge is that it is such an ugly subject that most people have a hard time wanting to pay attention to it"
For free, confidential, 24/7, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or go to the online hotline.
For more information go to the National Children's Advocacy Center . http://abcnews.go.com/Hea...ry?id=9209454&page=1
May 12 10 3:21 AM
LAYTON, Utah – The body of a missing 4-year-old boy was found in a Utah canyon and his mother and stepfather were taken into custody, police said.
Ethan Stacy's stepfather, Nathan Sloop was being charged with aggravated homicide, Layton police said Tuesday. In addition, Sloop and the boy's mother, Stephanie Sloop, will be charged with felony child abuse, obstruction of justice and desecration of a corpse, police said.
Stephanie Sloop, 27, reported Ethan missing around 9 p.m. Monday, saying he had left his bed and wandered from their apartment complex. Officials said she told them the boy had walked away five of the last 10 nights.
"That appears to have been a ruse by the mother, something to cover the tracks," said Layton police Lt. Garret Atkin.Police searched overnight and said that by midday Tuesday, the couple had revealed the location of Ethan's body. The search then shifted 20 miles away to a spot off a wooded trail in Wolf Canyon, which borders the Powder Mountain ski resort, about 40 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.
It wasn't clear as searchers were digging up remains when Ethan was killed or how, police said Tuesday. Five officers were seen carrying a blue bag out of the woods late Tuesday afternoon.
Atkin refused to describe the condition of the boy's body.
The couple was married only 10 days ago, when Ethan arrived in Utah to spend the summer with his mother, police said. His biological father is in Virginia. His name was not released by police.
Investigators spent the early morning hours Tuesday combing through the Sloops' cupboards and closets, and through Dumpsters and the area near the apartment complex looking for the boy. Sex offenders in the area were interviewed and had their homes searched, Atkin said.
The Sloops' story of a barefoot boy wandering outside in his pajamas changed throughout the day, Atkin said.
Nathan Sloop, 31, was booked into the Davis County jail Tuesday night. There was no record of Stephanie Sloop being booked, and it was unclear if she would be. Authorities released no further details.
Utah State Courts records show Nathan Sloop ran afoul of the law more than once from 2000 to 2003, with convictions on charges including criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and drug possession.
In 2003, he served 30 days in jail for one drug possession charge and received a six-month suspended sentence for another.
No criminal history was found for Stephanie Sloop, and records show no criminal activity for Nathan Sloop after 2003.
An after-hours message left for the Davis County attorney's office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
It wasn't clear when charges would be filed or when the Sloops would make a court appearance. An after-hours message left for the Davis County attorney's office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Nobody answered a phone at the Sloops' apartment late Tuesday, and a message wasn't returned. Neighbors told reporters the couple were newcomers to the complex.
Attorney Richard Gallegos, who has represented Nathan Sloop in previous criminal cases, did not return messages Tuesday night at his home and office.http://news.yahoo.com/s/a...5JDC1jqrZrU.xq1dh8kBOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNuYTUwN3J0BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNTEyL3VzX21pc3NpbmdfYm95X3V0YWgEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwM0BHBvcwMxBHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDcGFpcmZhY2luZ2No
Jun 9 10 8:10 PM
In this photo released by the civil police, Jose Agostinho Pereira is seen at a police station in Maranhao state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 9, 2010. According to police, Pereira kept his daughter imprisoned for 12 years in a remote fishing village, raped her repeatedly and had seven children with her. Police allege that Pereira, 54, kept his daughter, now 28, under virtual house arrest in a two-room, thatched-roof hut near a tiny fishing village in northeastern Brazil.
RIO DE JANEIRO – A man in a remote fishing village in Brazil kept his daughter imprisoned for 12 years, raped her repeatedly and had seven children with her, police said Wednesday. The man is also accused of abusing a young girl he had with his daughter.
Police allege that Jose Agostinho Pereira, 54, kept his daughter, now 28, under virtual house arrest in a two-room, thatched-roof hut near a tiny fishing village in northeastern Brazil.
An officer who aided in the arrest said the home was located in such a remote, jungle area that the only way to reach it was by using canoes. Authorities said the children appeared to suffer from malnutrition and could barely communicate with others. Most were unclothed.
The alleged abuse began when Pereira's wife left him in 1998, said police inspector Jair Lima de Paiva.
Pereira has been in jail since Tuesday in the city of Pinheiro in Maranhao state, about 1,400 miles (2,250 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro. Charges have not been filed against him. Under Brazilian law, prosecutors only file charges after police have ended their investigation.
It was not immediately known if Pereira had a lawyer.
Paiva said Pereira kept his daughter and the children in nearly complete isolation in the countryside near the village of Experimento, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside of Pinheiro.
While the exact ages of the children — four girls and three boys — were not known as none of their births were registered, police believe they range in age from 2-months-old to 12.
"None of them were allowed to leave the house. None can read, they can barely communicate with other people," said Paiva. "They were all threatened with their lives if they tried to escape or tell anyone about the situation."
Paiva said police were tipped off about Pereira's alleged crimes by an anonymous phone call.
Officers from Pinheiro were sent to the remote area about 10 days ago, where they located Pereira's house, kept it under observation for a few days and then arrested him.
"He confessed to everything," said a police officer who helped arrest Pereira, speaking on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to discuss the case.
Pereira's daughter and the seven children are now under the care of the government's protective services.
It was last year in Austria that Josef Fritzl was found guilty of locking his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years and fathering seven children with her.http://news.yahoo.com/s/a.../lt_brazil_incest_father
Jun 11 10 7:33 AM
*POSTER'S NOTE: Though the Catholic Church is not considered a cult by any rationally, critical mind, the Church's past stonewalling and covering up for years of molestation of children by priests was cultic. Now it appears they are trying to make amends...
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict begged forgiveness from God and victims of child sex abuse by priests on Friday and vowed that the Catholic Church would do everything in its power to ensure that it never happens again.
Benedict made his comments, some of his clearest ever about the scandal that has swept the Church around the world, during a homily in St Peter's Square to conclude the Roman Catholic Church's "Year of the Priest" celebrations.
Wearing white and gold vestments as he spoke to some 15,000 priests, Benedict said the year that was to have celebrated the priesthood had been marred because "the sins of priests came to light, particularly the abuse of the little ones."
"We too insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again," he said.
Hundreds of cases of sexual and physical abuse of youths by priests in recent decades have come to light in Europe and the United States as investigations encourage long-silent victims to finally go public with their complaints.
A group for victims said the pope had not gone far enough.
"These are strong words but not strong actions," said Peter Isley of the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), whose leaders came to Rome for the event.
"The pope should have announced an absolute zero tolerance approach to priests that abuse around the world, ensuring that they will be immediately removed from priesthood. This is a much more important move than showing remorse," he told Reuters.
Benedict himself has been accused of turning a blind eye in 1980, when he was archbishop of Munich in his native Germany, to the case of a priest who was sent there for therapy after sexually abusing children and soon transferred to parish work.
The Vatican has said a subordinate took that decision.
In his sermon, the 83-year-old pope, who met abuse victims in the United States, Australia and Malta and has decried "sin within the church," also promised that the Church would enact stronger controls on choosing men who enter the priesthood.
"We will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation...," he said.
Victim groups said they were also disappointed that the pope did not mention the responsibility of bishops, who have been accused of moving predator priests from parish to parish instead of defrocking them or turning them over to the law.
"The pope can't put priests who commit such crimes in jail, and that is what the Church needs to address," Isely said.
In his sermon, Benedict said the worldwide community of Catholic priests, numbering more than 400,000, should see the sexual abuse scandal and its repercussions as "a summons to purification" for themselves and for the entire Church.
Five bishops in Europe have already resigned. One has admitted sexual abuse, another is under investigation and three have stepped down over their handling of abuse cases.
The scandal has hit Catholic communities in the United States, Ireland, Belgium and Germany particularly hard.
A poll two months ago in Germany showed that a majority of people had lost confidence in the Church and about a quarter of the country's Catholics are considering quitting.
Child abuse scandals in the United States about eight years ago wreaked havoc on the reputation and finances of the U.S. Catholic Church, which paid some $2 billion in settlements and several dioceses declared bankruptcy. http://news.yahoo.com/s/n...0611/ts_nm/us_pope_abuse
Jun 24 10 8:45 PM
Salinas police spokesman, Officer Lalo Villegas, said Thursday that Patrick Fousek, 38, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, were arrested early Wednesday, hours after Fousek allegedly approached two women outside Walmart and asked if they'd like to purchase his child.
The women initially thought Fousek was joking, but when he became persistent, they became suspicious and reported it to police, Villegas said.
"They did an outstanding job and gave our officers good information. I don't know if they're mothers but they definitely had that instinct to help," Villegas said.
Fousek and Tomasini were arrested at 1 a.m. Wednesday at their home. Officers said the couple appeared high on methamphetamine and the house was in disarray. A police report also claimed that Tomasini told Child Protective Services, who took the baby, that she had breast-fed the infant while under the influence, Villegas said.
The couple was also booked on charges of being under the influence of narcotics, and Fousek was also served with an extra charge of violating probation. Villegas did not have details of Fousek's previous brush with the law.
The couple was expected to be in court for an arraignment Friday, at which time they would be assigned public defenders.http://news.yahoo.com/s/a...9IxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTM1MGxrcHJlBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNjI1L3VzX2JhYnlfZm9yX3NhbGUEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwM2BHBvcwM2BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDcG9saWNlY2FsaWZj
Jun 26 10 3:30 AM
BY NATE TAYLOR • June 25, 2010
Virgil Rice created a "cult-like" atmosphere in his Loveland family, isolated girls from boys and manipulated the girls to believe his sexual abuse was therapy.
Rice, 55, was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday for years of sexual abuse against girls in his family after a jury in April convicted him of seven counts.
Judge Dave Williams sentenced Rice to 24 years each for crimes against two of the victims and 12 years for crimes against a third victim.
Prosecutor Emily Humphrey quoted one of the victims during Friday's sentencing hearing as saying "I didn't think it was wrong. I thought it was therapy."
She indicated that another victim said Rice was the only consistent figure in her life and his care was all she ever knew.
Despite his conviction, Rice vehemently denies his guilt and said in court Friday he intends to appeal the jury's decision. Williams also said Rice has filed a federal civil lawsuit against him and others in the justice system involved in his case.
"I do appreciate the fact that they have experienced pain and to some extent I am responsible," Rice said of the victims. "But that does not mean I'm guilty of what they've alleged."
He went on to say he didn't think it was fair that he's become the scapegoat and "designated perpetrator" for problems in the family. He also said he's a man of integrity.
Before handing down the sentence, Williams noted Rice's development of a "God complex" and a narcissistic personality.
"There was a complete lack of remorse and complete narcissism that was on display during proceedings leading up to trial, during the trial and quite starkly during his statement today," Williams said.
Statements made in court Friday indicate Rice manipulated the girls in his family as young as age 10 and as old as 16, in all three instances abusing the girls for numerous years. Statements also indicated the family was "cult-like."
One of the girls wrote a letter Prosecutor Renee Dock read to Williams during the hearing. She wrote that she hopes today is the end of Rice's involvement in her life.
"He will never be capable of rehabilitation whether he's incarcerated or in society because he doesn't believe he's done anything wrong," she wrote in the letter.
Another victim spoke during the hearing and said she feels empty.
"This experience has been very cleansing and today I feel will be the end of this whole life shadow," she said.
Rice promised Williams today's sentencing hearing wouldn't be the end of his fight to prove his innocence.
"It will go on and on until it's done," he said.
After Rice was arrested and charged in 2004, he fled to Spain, but was eventually located by authorities and has been incarcerated since 2007. His court proceedings were long delayed because he filed numerous legal motions and tried to represent himself.
Rice is the former owner of Tech Cycle, a company that recycled computer parts. His three sons, who helped him run the business, have adamantly supported his claims of innocence and fled with him to Spain remaining in the country for a short time after his arrest while launching a website trying to prove Rice's innocence.
Jun 28 10 3:18 AM
Kevin Schatz, 40, and his wife, Elizabeth Schatz, 42, pleaded not guilty in Butte County Superior Court on Thursday to the charges, which could carry two life terms in prison.
They are accused of causing the death of a 7-year-old adopted girl and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate "biblical chastisements" with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.
The ridge parents remain in custody, with bail set at $2 million each, pending a jury trial estimated to last three weeks beginning Nov. 1.
The wife's attorney, Dennis Latimer of Chico, said outside of court Thursday they are continuing to investigate the case, but could not comment at this time on the specific allegations.
Latimer and the husband's attorney, Michael Harvey of Oroville, indicate they have not ruled out the possibility of seeking to move the trial on a change of venue to another county where there has not been as much publicity.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey alleged Thursday the ridge couple were influenced by a book found in the Schatz's home written by a fundamentalist Christian group based in Tennessee, espousing the use of a quarter-inch rubberized or plastic plumber supply line to "train" children to be more obedient to their parents and God.
Prosecutors have alleged that Lydia Schatz, 7, one of three children the couple had
Butte County sheriff's officers arrested the parents after the mother dialed 9-1-1 when the youngster stopped breathing on Feb. 5.
Her 11-year-old sister also allegedly sustained "whip-like" marks to her back, legs and buttocks during a similar parental chastisement the previous day.
She was hospitalized with kidney failure, and survived.
In addition to murder and torture involving great bodily injury, the Paradise couple face a misdemeanor count of child abuse involving one of their six biological children.http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_15373586
Jul 15 10 7:12 PM
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, right, and Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, talk to the media during a briefing to present a new set of norms The Vatican issued to respond to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal, cracking down on priests who rape and molest minors and the mentally disabled, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 15, 2010. The norms extend from 10 to 20 years the statute of limitations on priestly abuse and also codify for the first time that possessing or distributing child pornography is a canonical crime. But the document made no mention of the need for bishops to report abuse to police and doesn't include any 'one-strike and you're out' policy as demanded by some victims' groups
By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican revised its in-house rules to deal with clerical sex abuse cases Thursday, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children and doubling the statute of limitations for such crimes.
Abuse victims said the rules are little more than administrative housekeeping since they made few substantive changes to current practice, and what is needed are bold new rules to punish bishops who shield pedophiles.
Women's ordination groups criticized the new rules because they included the attempted ordination of women as a "grave crime" subject to the same set of procedures and punishments meted out for sex abuse.
The rules, which cover the canonical procedures and penalties for the most serious sacramental and moral crimes, were issued as the Vatican confronts one of the worst scandals in recent history: revelations of hundreds of new cases of priests who raped and sodomized children, bishops who covered up for them, and Vatican officials who stood by passively for decades.
In 2003, the Vatican streamlined its 2001 procedures for disciplining abusive priests, allowing them to be defrocked without a lengthy canonical trial if the evidence against them was overwhelming. The rules issued Thursday codified those procedures into church law.
"That is a step forward, because the norm of law is binding and is certain," Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, told reporters. But he acknowledged that the document was just a set of rules whose application was critical.
"It does not solve all the problems," Scicluna said. "It is a very important instrument, but it is the way you use the instrument that is going to have the real effect."
While the bulk of the document codifies existing practice, some new elements were introduced: priests who possess or distribute child pornography and those who sexually abuse developmentally disabled adults will be subject to the same procedures and punishments as priests who molest minors.
The new rules extend the statute of limitations for handling of priestly abuse cases from 10 years to 20 years after the victim's 18th birthday, and the statute of limitations can be extended beyond that on a case-by-case basis. Such extensions have been routine for years but now the waivers are codified.
But the new rules make no mention of the need for bishops to report clerical sex abuse to police, provide no canonical sanctions for bishops who cover up for abusers, and do not include any "zero tolerance" policy for pedophile priests as demanded by some victims.
"The first thing the church should be doing is reporting crimes to civil authorities," said Andrew Madden, a former Dublin altar boy who filed the first public abuse lawsuit against the church in Ireland in 1995.
"That's far, far more important than deciding whether a criminal priest should be defrocked or not," he told The Associated Press in Dublin. "The church's internal rules are no more important than the rules of your local golf club."
Scicluna defended the absence of any mention of the need to report abuse to police, saying all Christians were required to obey civil laws that would already demand sex crimes be reported.
The Vatican noted that bishops were reminded of this duty in a set of informal guidelines issued earlier this year and that its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles sex crime allegations, was working with bishops' conferences around the world to develop more "rigorous, coherent and effective" guidelines.
"If civil law requires you report, you must obey civil law," Scicluna said. But "it's not for canonical legislation to get itself involved with civil law."
Victims' groups and others have accused the church's internal justice system of failing to deal credibly with abuse allegations, allowing bishops to ignore complaints in order to protect the church, and keeping its canonical trials so secretive that victims believed they couldn't go to police.
Barbara Dorris, of Survivors' Network for Those Abused by Priests, said the new guidelines "can be summed up in three words: missing the boat."
"They deal with one small procedure at the very tail end of the problem: defrocking pedophile priests," she said. "Hundreds of thousands of kids, however, have been sexually violated (by) many other more damaging and reckless moves by bishops and other church staff."
Pope Benedict XVI should have taken the opportunity to threaten bishops who shield abusers and tell bishops to stop lobbying legislatures against extending the statute of limitations on abuse cases, said Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org, which compiles data on clerical abuse.
"Of course it's right that the viewing of child pornography be recognized as a grave crime inside the church," she said in a statement. "But practically speaking, no child will be safer because a secret church tribunal finds a priest guilty of viewing pornography."
But Bishop Blase Cupich, head of the U.S. bishops' child protection committee, said the new instruction brings a clarity to the process that will allow church leaders around the world and Vatican officials to resolve abuse claims more quickly. He said he was encouraged that lay people with expertise in church law can serve on church tribunals for accused priests.
Cupich rejected complaints that the instruction didn't go far enough. By including offenses involving child pornography and victimizing mentally impaired adults, the new document will help dioceses worldwide confront abusers, he said.
"It'll send a very clear message to the bishops around the world that this is the way it's going to be done," Cupich said. "It makes it clear and also provides more resources for the quick adjudication of these cases."
But with so few real changes, Scicluna said he didn't expect a flood of cases to come forward, as happened in 2003-04 after the abuse scandal exploded in the United States and some 80 percent of the 3,000 cases handled by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith were opened.
The congregation was headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from 1981 until he was elected pope in 2005. Its procedures call for canonical trials or administrative punishments which can result in a priest being dismissed from the clerical state.
Recent efforts by civic authorities to investigate abuse allegations have again cast a spotlight on the Vatican's in-house penalties for acts that are criminally prosecutable in most of the world: Just last month, police raided the Brussels archbishop's residence and seized boxes of documents as part of an investigation into clerical sex abuse amid concerns the Belgian church was protecting pedophiles.
The rules list the attempted ordination of a woman as a "grave crime" to be handled according to the same procedures as sex abuse — despite arguments that grouping the two in the same document would imply equating them.
"The idea that women seeking to spread the message of God somehow defiles the Eucharist reveals an antiquated, backward church that still views women as unclean and unholy," said Erin Saiz Hanna, executive director of the Women's Ordination Conference, a U.S.-based organization that works to ordain women as priests, deacons and bishops.
Pope Benedict has said the question of ordaining women — often raised as an antidote to the priest shortage and to bring about more gender equality — is not up for discussion.
The Vatican in 2007 issued a decree saying the attempted ordination of women would result in automatic excommunication for the woman and the priest trying to ordain her. That is repeated in the new document, adding that the priest can also be defrocked — a permanent punishment, whereas an excommunication can be lifted if the person expresses sorrow for what he or she did.
Scicluna defended the inclusion of both sex abuse and ordination of women in the same document as a way of codifying two of the most serious canonical crimes against sacraments and morals that the congregation deals with. Also included are other sacramental crimes, including desecrating the Eucharist and — for the first time — heresy, apostasy and schism.
Clerical abuse is "an egregious violation of moral law," Scicluna said. "An attempted ordination of a woman is grave, but on another level: It is a wound, it is an attempt against the Catholic faith on the sacrament of (holy) orders. So they are grave, but on different levels."
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the dean of Germany's bishops conference, welcomed the new guidelines as a clear signal stressing that cases of sexual abuse of children and youths have to be thoroughly investigated and punished.
"The injustice of the past is being cleared, and the conclusions for the present and the future are being drawn," he said in a statement.
Benedict's native Germany has seen a flood of abuse allegations surface, and even his own tenure as archbishop of Munich has come under scrutiny since a pedophile priest in his archdiocese was allowed to resume pastoral work while being treated.
Revised Vatican rules: http://www.vatican.va http://news.yahoo.com/s/a.../eu_vatican_church_abuse
Jul 27 10 4:23 PM
By JEFF CARLTON, Associated Press
DALLAS – A Dallas man convicted of starving three children locked in a hotel bathroom for nearly a year was sentenced to 99 years in prison Tuesday after jurors heard testimony that one child was suicidal and another preferred urinating in his hospital bed to entering a restroom.
The youngest victim, a 6-year-old boy whose head barely peeked over the witness stand, told jurors he liked the hospital where he was taken after being rescued from the squalid hotel along a busy Dallas highway in July 2009.
"I got to eat," he said.
The jury sentenced Alfred Santiago, 38, hours after they convicted him of injury to a child and continuous sexual abuse. Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence. Santiago's attorney had asked for 25 years, the minimum allowed under the sex abuse conviction.
Santiago also was fined $20,000.
After the sentencing, Santiago told the judge he would appeal.
"God knows I am not guilty of these charges," he said.
The children were emaciated when they were found last summer. Their ribs and spines showed through flaky skin, and the oldest child, an 11-year-old girl, told authorities she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted.
Several witnesses compared their appearance to Holocaust survivors. The youngest boy, then 5, weighed less than 30 pounds — about the weight of a healthy 2-year-old. Pictures of the wasted children were pinned to the courtroom wall above the witness stand throughout the trial.
During the sentencing hearing, the boy described Santiago beating him with broomsticks and belts. Nervous on the stand, the child frequently pulled the neck of his navy T-shirt over his mouth.
Jurors also heard from the children's therapist, who said the oldest boy has been hospitalized three times for being suicidal. His testimony earlier in the trial was so stressful he vomited afterward.
"He worried that he would have to go to hell because he could not forgive Alfredo," Dr. Ashley Lind said.
Another doctor, Matthew Cox, said two of the children were terrified of the bathroom. One, who had suffered brain atrophy related to chronic starvation, preferred urinating in his hospital bed to going into the bathroom. The same child gained 22 pounds in less than two months in the hospital thanks to a healthy diet.
Testifying in his own defense a day earlier, Santiago repeatedly denied sexually assaulting the girl, beating her brothers or denying the children food. He said he made them breakfast and lunch every day and it wasn't his fault the children refused to eat.
Santiago also said he could not explain why he told investigators he awoke from naps to find himself having sex with the girl. He could not recall telling police that, he said.
Prosecutor Eren Price told jurors in her closing argument that the case was about isolation, hopelessness, suffering, torture and starvation.
"Mostly the evidence in this case has been about evil," Price said, standing over Santiago. "These kids thought they were going to die in that bathroom."
Another prosecutor, Carmen White, told the jury the siblings would pray for God to rescue them.
"He starved those children," White said of Santiago. "We don't let people treat animals that way."
Santiago's defense attorney, Richard Carrizales, acknowledged in his closing argument that jurors "couldn't just ignore the photos" of the starving children. Carrizales blamed the children's mother, Abneris Santiago, for denying the children food and suggested the youngsters' testimony about beatings and rapes was unreliable.
Each of the three children have different fathers. Alfred and Abneris Santiago, who share a last name but were not married, have a daughter who was 1 when they were arrested. She was healthy and unharmed.
Abneris Santiago's trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
The four children live together with a foster family.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_starved_children;_.
Aug 17 10 10:27 AM
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – A South Carolina mother who claimed her children drowned when their car careened into a river was charged with murder Tuesday after authorities said she confessed to suffocating the two toddlers and then faking the accident.
Sheriff Larry Williams said 29-year-old Shaquan Duley told investigators she was distraught about money troubles and unemployment and that she killed her children by putting her hand over their mouths after a dispute with her own mother. He says Duley then strapped the children into her car and drove it into a river Monday morning.
"This was a young lady that was in trouble, in trouble in more ways than she realized," Williams said. "She was in trouble and she didn't know where to turn."
Williams said the responsibilities of being a mother were simply too much for Duley, who didn't show signs of remorse during an overnight interview with authorities.
Two-year-old Devean C. Duley and 18-month-old Ja'van T. Duley were dead in their child seats by the time divers got to the car Monday near a rural boat landing on the North Edisto River in Orangeburg, some 35 miles south of Columbia, the state capital.
The Highway Patrol was notified around 6:15 a.m. Monday that a woman needed help getting her children out of a car. Duley, who did not have a cell phone, had walked some distance down the country road by the boat landing and flagged down a passing motorist to call the Highway Patrol.
Duley was to be arraigned later Wednesday.http://news.yahoo.com/s/a..._sc_toddlers_drown;_ylt=--
Sep 19 10 7:48 PM
Muhammed Goher, 47, was charged with three counts of capital murder in the Sunday morning shootings, said Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Jamie Wagner.
Goher was in stable condition Sunday afternoon at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, where he was being treated for what investigators say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, Wagner said. A sheriff's office statement said he was expected to survive.
Goher's two daughters, ages 14 and 7, and a 12-year-old son were killed in the shootings, which were reported around 9:45 a.m. The apartment is attached to a convenience store where Goher worked, about three miles south of Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Goher is divorced from the children's mother, Norma Goher, but had court-ordered visitation rights, according to the statement.
Those rights were to be the subject of a Sept. 27 court hearing in Houston. However, Goher received the children Friday afternoon and was to have returned them to their mother Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
A female baby-sitter reported seeing Goher with a handgun and fled the apartment before hearing a gunshot, according to the statement.
Neighbors did not return telephone messages left Sunday by The Associated Press.
One neighbor, Julio Rodriguez, told the Houston Chronicle that he dialed 911 after he saw a woman screaming when she left the apartment at the time of the shooting.
"I heard her screaming, "Gun! Gun! Shoot! Shoot!' I got scared because I knew there were kids in there," he said.
Muhommad Riaz, Goher's co-worker at a convenience store near his apartment building, told the Chronicle that he had spoken with Goher Saturday. He found him to be upset over the upcoming court date and the fear of losing his visitation rights, Riaz said.
Goher said "everyone was lying" about him having a violent temper, Riaz told the newspaper.http://news.yahoo.com/s/a.../us_children_slain_texas
Sep 23 10 6:44 PM
Oct 31 10 2:12 AM
By Luis Perez October 31, 2010
TARPON SPRINGS, Fl. -------- A North Pinellas man was arrested on multiple child abuse charges Friday night. Tarpon Springs police said he went into haunted house organized by high school students and fondled, kissed or harassed several of them.
It happened about 10 p.m., police said, during an event organized by the Tarpon Springs High School drama club.
Police would not disclose the location, but said it was not a private home. They could not say if any of the five victims, ages 12 to 18, were members of the drama club.
The St. Petersburg Times is not naming the suspect because his identity was the subject of considerable confusion Saturday.
An arrest affidavit from Tarpon Springs police named one man, while Pinellas County Jail officials said fingerprints had established it was another man who used the same address and date of birth. A family member said the jail report was in error. Both men are about 50 years old and appear to be brothers.
The Sheriff's Office could not explain the discrepancy Saturday night.
Police said the man entered the haunted house as a part of a group. Outside the building, police said, he approached one girl and fondled her through an opening in her costume, police said.
Inside, the police report said, he forced a kiss on a young woman who was lying on a table, and groped her as well.
He grabbed another victim's head and shook it for five to seven seconds, and told another young person, "I'm not supposed to touch you, right?" before fondling and trying to kiss her, according to the affidavit.
He allegedly hit another teen in the stomach. That victim led arriving police officers to the man in a nearby alley. Police said he appeared to be drunk.
He was arrested on four counts of child abuse and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior, police said, all felonies. He was released from jail Saturday afternoon after posting $60,000 bond, records show.
Schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn did not return a call for comment.http://www.tampabay.com/n...at-haunted-house/1131437
Nov 17 10 1:26 PM
District Attorney's Office succeeds in bid for supervision.
A former Marinwood man who was convicted on six counts of felony child abuse and sentenced to 16 years and eight months in state prison will be released on Monday.
Winnfred Wright, who lived with three women with whom he fathered 12 children, will be supervised by parole agents from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Marin County District Attorney Edward Berberian said his office was notified of Wright's release in September, when corrections department officials said he would be freed on "non-revocable parole."
Berberian said that news was "very disturbing" because the case that began with the death of a 19-month-old child in 2001 was so tragic.
Berberian urged state officials to reconsider the terms of Wright's release. He was told Tuesday afternoon that the parole conditions had been modified and Wright will be supervised.
"In light of the facts and circumstances of the case that led to Winnfred Wright's conviction for child abuse wherein one of his 12 children died, the decision to place Mr. Wright under parole supervision is the correct and most appropriate action," Berberian said.
Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March 2003 in Marin County Superior Court along with three co-defendants. Prosecutors said he was the leader of the cultlike group, the Family, that raised children under severe conditions governed by a "Book of Rules," that called for restricting their diets, as well as binding and whipping them.
The case was uncovered after Ndigo Campisi-Nyah-Wright was taken to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael by two women who said he was not breathing. The toddler suffered malformed legs, a skull fracture, broken bones and rickets among other ailments caused by calcium deficiency and starvation.
Wright, who is in his early- to mid-40s, will be released either in Marin, where he rented a home, or in San Francisco.
Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the corrections department, said that Wright, who began his sentence in San Quentin State Prison, now is serving in a community correctional facility for low- and medium-custody inmates.
Berberian said the terms of parole could include such things as an order not to contact his victims and he may be required to enroll in a treatment program, perhaps for batterers.
"We won't know what the restrictions are until he leaves," Berberian said.
Wright's release is appropriate under a state program made into law in January that was put in place to reduce spending, reduce overcrowding and end a pattern of parolees returning to prison for violations.
Berberian's concern was non-supervised parole. Under non-revocable parole, offenders are not sent back to prison if they violate the terms of their release.
"I don't think that Winnfred Wright fit into that category," Berberian said.
He said after he presented Matthew Cate, the secretary of the corrections department, with documentation of evidence used in Wright's sentencing, the department took his recommendation.
Wright's children, who ranged in age from 19 months to 16 years when Ndigo died, were placed in foster homes in Marin and elsewhere. He said about half of those children are legal adults and the others are still in foster situations.http://sanrafael.patch.co...ult-leader-to-be-paroled
Nov 28 10 9:20 PM
*Poster's Note: Seems this case of child abuse goes back several generations.
YORK, Pa. – They lived outside society, hidden from the world in a squalid row house with no heat, electricity or running water. They had no birth certificates, no schooling, no immunizations or evidence of medical care — nothing whatsoever to prove their existence.
Police in this south-central Pennsylvania city are still piecing together how the parents of five children — ranging in age from 2 to 13 — managed to conceal them for so many years. And why.
"I don't know what would possess them at all," said detective Dana Ward Jr., who tracked down the children after a child welfare agency received an anonymous tip about the clandestine family.
Ward charged Louann Bowers, 33, and Sinhue Johnson, 45, with five felony counts of child endangerment. They are scheduled to be in court Friday, though Bowers' lawyer said she will waive her right to an arraignment. Both are locked up in York County Prison.
Bowers ran away from "a very chaotic household" when she was 16 and "didn't want to be found," attorney Ronald Gross said.
"I think, unfortunately, Mom's desire to not be found by her family impacted the children's growth," he said. "She realizes now, `I should have done it differently.'"
Johnson's public defender did not return a phone message seeking comment on the case, which was first reported by The York Dispatch and York Daily Record.
Years of isolation have taken their toll on the siblings. Now living in foster homes, "some of the children suffer health and vision issues," Ward wrote in an affidavit. "None of the children are at their expected education levels, and there are possible mental health issues."
Since their discovery, the children have been vaccinated and the older ones have been enrolled in school.
York County Children and Youth Services became aware of the family through anonymous tips in 2003 and again in 2007, but police said Johnson refused to cooperate with caseworkers.
The agency got another anonymous referral in 2009, this time from someone claiming to be a family member who had seen the children. The agency contacted Johnson again, but he remained uncooperative, court documents state.
That led caseworkers to obtain a court order granting them permission to enter the dilapidated house on South Duke Street. By the time they arrived, the family had fled.
Ward said it appeared that all seven family members had lived in a single room on the second floor. He said all the utilities were shut off. Rainwater came through the leaky roof and was collected in buckets.
Police tracked the family to a hotel outside York. Johnson was gone, but Bowers opened the door, her head concealed by a dark veil. The detective found the children hiding in a bathroom, three girls and two boys. They hadn't bathed and appeared unkempt. They left with investigators without saying a word — and refused to provide any information.
"They did say that they were not permitted to talk about the family or the living conditions," Ward said.
The lack of cooperation from either the children or Johnson and Bowers has stymied investigators' efforts to learn more about the family's circumstances.
The fact that almost no one knew about the children is even more puzzling because of the urban setting in which they lived. Neighbors say they never saw them, not even once.
Charlton Shaw, 56, a roofer who lives several doors down, said he was unaware of the children's existence until Johnson and Bowers were arrested. "I said, holy heck, how did they do that? You never heard a sound. No kids crying, no kids coming or going," said Shaw, who has lived on the block for 10 years. "How do you mess up the kids' futures like that?"
Gross disputed the notion that his client was hiding her children but acknowledged the family maintained a "very close network of individuals."
Gross said the children were home-schooled, but Ward said he could find no evidence of it. Parents of home-schooled children are required by law to register with the district in which they live, provide evidence of immunizations and follow approved curricula.
Gross said Bowers has studied more than 70 religions and adheres to a faith related to Islam.
"She essentially doesn't show her face, except to her husband," Gross said. He said the family opposes vaccinations "based on some beliefs about impurity and pricks of the skin."
He declined to comment about the apparent lack of birth certificates.
"She understands she had some shortcomings as a parent, but her love and desire to have the children and wanting to be there for her children has not changed," Gross said.
Gross said Johnson was in the midst of rehabbing the house on South Duke Street, and that the family spent most of its time in Washington, D.C. But Ward said he could find no evidence the family ever lived in Washington.
"There are still a lot of unanswered questions from our end," Ward said, "because no one will talk to us."
Nov 29 10 4:32 AM
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