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Emergency placements of children deemed not safe at home spike in Washington

Child abuse or neglect in most of Eastern Washington, including Spokane, Pullman, Moses Lake, Colville and Chelan, can be reported to Child Protective Services at (800) 557-9671.


Study: Philippines a global hot spot for online child abuse

The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. …


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

New laws include everything from students in tribal regalia to bicyclists

Gov. Jay Inslee signs dozens of pieces of legislation on a wide range of topics.


Shawn Vestal: Even by Heather Scott’s low standards, bill to foster silence around child abuse was extreme, irresponsible

A bill sponsored by Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, would have eliminated the legal requirement that nonprofessionals who witness child abuse or neglect must report it to the authorities.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Shawn Vestal: Moses Lake man’s abuse of toddler shows how monstrous thrive in internet age

It’s not the kind of language you often see in court documents – even in prosecutor’s strongest sentencing arguments for the worst convicts. However, in the case of Mikhail Yuriy …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Coeur d’Alene man held on $1M bail, charged with possessing ‘sexually exploitative material’ of children

Idaho attorney general investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children unit arrested 62-year-old William R. Carr of Coeur d’Alene, who is suspected of possessing “sexually exploitative material” related to children, …


Cops: Remains found at Phoenix home where kids were removed

Skeletal remains were found at a Phoenix home where authorities recently removed three children, authorities said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Day care owner arrested after 26 kids found behind false wall

A Colorado woman accused of hiding 26 children behind a false wall at her day care center was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor child abuse, police said Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Spokane man charged with raping, molesting girl, possessing 500 images of her abuse

Daniel N. Osorno, a 52-year-old Spokane man accused of child rape and molestation, possessed more than 500 images of himself abusing a girl beginning when she was 3, according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Judge gives Spokane baby killer 26 years in prison, says he wanted to give longer sentence

Virtually nothing in Erik G. Sherman’s past indicated that he would be seated, in a jail jumpsuit on Friday, before a Superior Court Commissioner who complained that a plea agreement …


Popular YouTube mom who was charged with child abuse has died

Machelle Hobson, the Arizona mother accused of torturing her seven adopted children who starred in her popular YouTube series “Fantastic Adventures,” has died at a Scottsdale hospital, authorities say.


Spokane father pleads guilty to abusing and killing infant son

Three-week-old Emmett Sherman


Spokane Regional Health District: Well-being of our children is paramount

The recent Guest Opinion about Baby Caiden (“Still work to be done in case of Baby Caiden,” Mary Ann Murphy, Aug. 15) was a disturbing example of how child abuse …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Explanations for letting man accused of ‘child torture’ off the hook aren’t a good excuse

Despite an explanation of the decision not the press charges against a man who has an extensive history of credible reports of abusing his three children, it remains inexplicable how …


Twin girls were starved by mother, failed by state watchdog: Lawsuit filed

Two young girls who were nearly starved to death by their mother in 2015 are suing the state and a for-profit substance-abuse treatment provider.


Shawn Vestal: The state slow-walked horrific abuse reports and three children will pay for a lifetime

The system is failing three children at the center of an abuse case that one nurse called “child torture.”


French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

France’s senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, offered to resign Thursday after he was convicted of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police, the latest high-ranking churchman to …


Man accused in Idaho kidnapping case now faces child sex charges

Authorities say a registered sex offender in Idaho abused the child of a woman he kidnapped and kept chained in a barn last December


Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released – but only when kids get their grades on a Friday. The curious finding in a Florida study startled …


Idaho State Police find severely beaten woman and infant during traffic stop; driver arrested for possession of meth

During a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Idaho, a man was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, and police also found a severely beaten woman and 2-year-old child, according to a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Man pleads not guilty to injuring 8-month-old girl

A Washington state man accused of injuring an 8-month-old girl has pleaded not guilty to the charge.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018

Court records detail days before infant’s death as parents waited to seek care

Before 3-week-old Emmett Sherman was taken to a hospital earlier this month due to troubled breathing, police say his parents “Googled” the injuries and found them to be minor.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Idaho woman knew of child sex abuse, police say. Could faith healing exemption free her?

Linda Martin isn’t surprised her second cousin, Lester Kester, is accused of sexually abusing four children or that his wife, Sarah Kester, is also accused of knowing about the abuse …


California boy, 10, allegedly abused for days before death

A 10-year-old Southern California boy was starved and tortured for days before his death, sometimes by younger brothers and sisters forced to take part in the beatings, according to prosecutors …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018

Suspected child predator was counselor at Lakeland Village nursing facility

A Spokane man arrested this month in a sting operation targeting child predators had briefly worked as a counselor at Lakeland Village, the state-operated nursing and rehabilitation center in Medical …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018

More than 2,300 people arrested for child porn, sexual abuse in nationwide ‘Operation Broken Heart’

A three-month, nationwide law enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Broken Heart” led to the arrests of more than 2,300 people suspected of sexually abusing children and dealing in child pornography, authorities …


California mom of 10 says social services visited years ago

It’s unclear whether any California government agencies had an opportunity to intervene in the years authorities claim 10 children suffered “horrific” abuse inside their suburban home. Their mother told reporters …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Justices: Teachers not required to report own child’s abuse

Teachers in Washington are supposed to tell authorities when they believe a student has suffered abuse or neglect, but the state’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday the requirement doesn’t necessarily apply …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

California parents face new charges in kids’ torture case

A Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling some of their 13 children pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges of child abuse.


Shawn Vestal: How did a system – and a community – fail a boy so completely?

Long after the fact, little Wyatt’s neighbors told police that his parents treated him like “crap.” His father, Melvin Bledsoe, 27, and his stepmother, Joy Tamika Anderson, 30, are facing …