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Stories tagged: child abuse

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 …

Montana launches new effort to reduce child abuse, deaths

Montana’s health department on Friday announced a new effort aimed at reducing deaths due to child abuse and neglect.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Man awaiting trial for child abuse now suspected of child rape

A man accused of beating his girlfriend’s daughter because the child interrupted him while he played video games is now being investigated for child rape.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

Spokane Valley man accused of assaulting toddler because she interrupted him while playing Xbox

A Spokane Valley man accused of brutally beating his girlfriend’s child was charged Monday with first-degree child assault.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

Post Falls police say couple abused son and left him so hungry he ate his pillow

Post Falls parents suspected of abusing 6-year-old son. Boy was so malnourished and hungry that he ate his pillow.

Seattle Archdiocese pays $1.3M to settle sex abuse case

The Seattle Archdiocese has paid $1.3 million to settle a sex-abuse lawsuit involving a former member of a religious order who taught in its schools.

Police: Couple bound, gagged and taped 4-year-olds to wall

Police say an Ohio man and his girlfriend restrained, gagged and taped his 4-year-old twin boys to a wall.

Man suspected of rape, child sexual abuse in Oregon arrested

A 42-year-old man is back in Oregon after authorities in Indiana arrested him in connection with the rape and sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 12.

26-year-old Montana man sentenced for smothering infant

A 26-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to smothering a 5-month-old infant last year.

UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017

Investigator found in 1984 Seattle mayor abused foster son

Three decades before Ed Murray was elected Seattle’s mayor, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that he had sexually abused his foster son, prompting state officials to conclude that “under no …

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Authorities: 3-year-old in Florida killed for drinking milk from jug

A woman and her mother beat her girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy with a plastic rod and then threw him across a room because he drank milk from a jug, authorities said …