Child Abuse an epidemic in Genesee County Michigan

Child abuse, a ‘public health epidemic’ in Genesee County, needs community collaboration for prevention, experts say

GENESEE COUNTY, MI — Genesee County had nearly 2,000 child abuse victims in 2013.

The community needs to do better and needs to do more, local officials say.

Of those victims, 1,050 were under the age of 5. Of those, 35 were reported as severely beaten in 2013.

“We have to educate. You have to get mad about what’s going on,” said Robert Ennis, president for Ennis Center for Children in Flint.
Whaley Children’s Center brought together more than 75 health care professionals, law enforcement officials, businesses and school and community leaders Friday, March 13, to discuss child abuse in Genesee County.

The meeting was in preparation for the Paint Our Town Blue campaign, which kicks off in April during Child Abuse Awareness Month.

This is the second year that the community leaders were brought together to have a discussion about what could be done to prevent child abuse and neglect. This year, the hope was to produce some concrete strategies, said Kevin Roach, president and CEO of Whaley Children’s Center.

“I think what we’re really excited about is really trying to bring about awareness of this public health epidemic not only that is happening in our community but nationwide,” Roach said.

It’s time to take a step forward and turn words into action, Roach said.

Over the past three years, 21 children have died from abuse, according to a previous Flint Journal report.

Every police department in the county reported some sort of child abuse to the Michigan State Police in 2012, with 625 cases ranging anywhere from one case reported to Mott Community College police to 231 cases reported to Flint police.

“How can people neglect a child? How can you physically hurt a child? You have these statistics and you think, what can we do?” said Genesee County Undersheriff Chris Swanson. “The more you think about it, really, you can just do your part. … You can’t give up. None of us can.”

Whaley Children’s Center officials are calling on the community to do their part in getting the awareness out. They want to paint the city blue in the hopes of getting people to ask question. Whether through wearing blue, creating a blue pinwheel garden or selling paper pinwheels, they are asking the community to participate and spread the word.

But it has to be more than that, said Ennis.

“We can’t just paint this town blue this month. We have to paint this town blue every day,” he said.

April 24 is Wear Blue Day. For more information about the Paint our Town Blue campaign, click here.

There are many ways to help.

Saving children from abusive situations can start with a phone call.

The number to report suspected abuse — 855-444-3911 — is a statewide number available around-the-clock, 365 days a year.

Going forward from these discussions, Roach and other community leaders hope to see all the experts come together in one place to prevent child abuse. They want to pump up their prevention efforts and create a center to facilitate all the expertise under one roof.

An example they gave on Friday was the Chadwick Center for Children and Families in San Diego. It has forensic and medical services, a failure to thrive clinic, kids and teens court training, professional and education services and trauma counseling services — all in one place.

The hope is to create a children’s political action committee to give the issue of child abuse more attention with legislators. And to create more programs, such as Project Safe Place, which would bring training in the schools, create crisis counseling and intervention and create safe havens throughout the community for children who are being harmed or in danger of being harmed.

Swanson said he hoped the community leaders didn’t leave the discussion with a lot a great ideas that don’t result in action. There’s something that everyone can do, he said.

“When you are willing to pitch kids aside, then that community is broken,” Swanson said.

Dennis, This Is What I Think Of You

Sex Offender
Dennis

On March 11, 2015 at 11:40 pm, Dennis posted what he “thought” of the post “Child sex offenders in Maryland Public Schools: Cronyism and Coverup!!!!”. I have decided that Our Circle should see your “words of wisdom”, but unfortunately, you will get to see what I think of you first.

Dennis, what form of “english” is this????

Never mind, I already know, the dialect is used in correctional institutions, and even though you try to cover it up, I smell the AB from a mile off. Dennis, you are an absolute IDIOT.

But what really turns my stomach is the smell of SEX OFFENDER. Dennis, YOU ARE THE DREGGS OF SOCIETY and I refuse to address you any further, UNLESS you agree to a face-to-face, in which case I am happy to say that I have my dancing boots on.

Blackhorn33
Child sex offenders in Maryland Public Schools: Cronyism and Coverup!!!!

Dennis
7 hours ago
These types of news stories are the reprehensible hate teaching fear mongering methods the Nazis used to stir up hatred for the Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The intention of these fear and hate germinating stories is to create a society that feels off balanced and stressed by using children as a battering ram to get as many people to side with the egregious intensions of these soon to be exposed, front groups, who intend to use so called, sex offenders (American citizens) to set legal precedents that will allow for the most horrific punishment man can conceive. Once these unconstitutional laws are on the books they won’t only apply to sex offenders but these horrific laws will apply to you and your children as well. These sycophants in power have been lowering the Constitutrional protection bar year after year. Always cleverly using children to take away, more liberties. It hasn’t worked yet with firearms but they will continue to use children as thier gateway to tyranny to pry that right as well. These comments don’t apply to people who use force or abuse children to young to understand. Those acts are reprehensible and should be delt with harshly. But for people illegally involved with willing teenagers, society has more than enough protection and have gone to far in punishment. Many cultures around the world have decriminalized sexual contact with willing teenagers. Personally I believe it is immoral for an adult to be intimately involved with a willing teenager and would not involve myself with a person that young. At the same time American society should get in line with the rest of the civilized world and make it a misdemeanor or decriminalize unless the person is in a position of authority. Punishment should be reduced to a fine. With no unconstitutional scarlet letter of public humiliation requirement after the fine has been paid. These unconstitutional Megan type laws are the technical equivalent to tattooing numbers on ones forearm. Not in my world. Those front groups I referred to will be exposed this summer for who and what they actually represent. Stay tuned.

Nurse Assistant Sentenced For Torturing 2 Adopted Children

Child Abuse
Ingrid Ivenia Brewer

Palmdale Woman Sentenced to Prison for Torturing Two Adopted Children

Posted 7:57 PM, March 11, 2015, by Kennedy Ryan, Updated at 01:59am, March 12, 2015

A nurse’s assistant from Palmdale was sentenced Wednesday to seven years to life in prison for torturing her two young adopted children.

Ingrid Ivenia Brewer pleaded no contest on Dec. 15, 2014 to two counts of torture in connection with the abuse, a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated.

The case came to light in January 2013 when Brewer called 911 to report the 8-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister missing from their Palmdale home, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded and during a search of the neighborhood found the children huddled under a blanket beneath a parked vehicle near their house, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Both children were scantily clad, despite the sub-freezing temperatures, the release stated.

The children told deputies they had run away from home because they were tired of being tied up and beaten by Brewer, prosecutors said.

According to the children, Brewer hit them with electrical cords, ropes, pipes and a hammer.

Investigators said injuries to the children’s bodies were consistent with the alleged abuse, including marks that indicated that their wrists had been bound with zip-tie type restraints, according to the release.

Brewer worked as a nurse’s assistant at UCLA Medical Center.

Teacher Places Plastic Bag Over Child’s Head

Child Abuse
37-year-old Thelmo Garcia

LAUSD Teacher Charged With Child Abuse After Allegedly Placing Plastic Bag Over 4th Grader’s Head.

An elementary school teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District who has been accused of placing a plastic bag over a student’s head in class was charged with a single count of child abuse Friday, officials said.

The charge came two days after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested 37-year-old Thelmo Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School near West Hollywood.

During the Feb. 5 incident, Garcia allegedly placed the bag over a 10-year-old girl’s head and left it on for several seconds before removing it, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

A brief statement released by LAUSD on Thursday said that Garcia was removed from the school last month. His profile has already been taken down from the elementary school’s website.

Garcia was arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown L.A. on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charge, according to the DA’s office.

He was being held on $100,000.

Garcia faces up to six year in state prison if convicted on the charge.