FESTUS, MO (KTVI) – Police came to a Festus home Sunday morning for a report of a spider bite. What they found was one of the worst cases of child abuse they have ever seen. A 17-month-old child was found beaten to death. A 3-year-old was also injured in the attack.
Mother Taylor Fast, 21, was arrested on child endangerment charges. Now, her boyfriend has been identified and charged in connection with the abuse of the 3-year-old.
Dewayne Boyer, of DeSoto, MO is charged with abuse or neglect of a child. His cash only bond has been set at $500,000.
If you wish to help the family with burial cost, a GoFundMe account has been established: Layla Fast “Evans” Funeral Cost.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Children in communities in Bexar County and all over the world are being abused in many different ways.
From physical assault and sexual assault to child pornography, child exploitation and child trafficking, all are different and equally concerning types of abuse.
But local, state, and federal agencies are working together to keep children safe.
“Victims are left with permanent physical, emotional, and psychological damage,” said Department of Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Harry Jimenez.
Jimenez said that to save children from these nightmares, the combined agencies formed Project Safe Childhood in 2006.
“We could pool our resources and identify and rescue as many children as possible, and to prosecute those responsible for the exploitation of children,” said Project Safe Childhood coordinator Tracy Thompson.
The San Antonio Police Department, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are all working on Project Safe Childhood.
“None of us are here looking for credit,” said Jim Wheat, with the District Attorney’s Office. “We’re looking to get the results.”
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said it’s working. “Just last week, an individual was given a life,sentence for being a child predator,” she said.
But there’s still a long way to go.
“There are parts of this issue, especially with human trafficking of children that often is difficult to prosecute (and) difficult to prove because of the laws that are in place,” Pamerleau said.
She said she wants to call attention to the Texas Legislature, which is currently considering legislation that will provide better tools for agencies to prosecute these crimes.
FESTUS, MO – A mother is in jail, and police are searching for her boyfriend after the beating death of a seventeen month old toddler in Festus. A three-year-old was also injured in the attack.
Police say they aren’t certain what happened yet, but they know one thing: the beating taken by seventeen month old Layla Fast is the worst case of child abuse officers here have ever seen.
“It’s anger. It’s sadness. It’s empathy,” Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said. “ Anybody that’s a parent. What got me is when I first saw this child, she looked like one of my great nieces. Just a small innocent child maybe 25 pounds. Just a little one year old girl should not have experienced what this child experienced. Her last few seconds of life were a pure hell.”
The child’s mother, Taylor Fast is in jail. The 21-year-old is facing child endangerment charges for the moment, though police say that could change quickly depending on what they find out from the autopsy and her boyfriend.
The boyfriend, who officers would not name, is described as a person of interest, not a suspect. That status, police say, is also subject to change. They’ve been actively searching for the man for more than twenty-four hours.
“We want to know the truth,” Lewis said, “not some doctored story or some excuse story. We want to know the truth of what happened to this child because someone has to speak for the victim. She can’t speak for herself anymore.”
Relatives of the child came in and out of the Festus police department Monday afternoon, but they say there were few answers as to what had occurred.
Police say it began when the received a call Sunday morning from Taylor Fast. She told them her daughter had been bitten by a spider and was unconscious. When police arrived, they say they quickly knew the story was bogus.
“I’ve been a policeman for 32 years and this is the worst case of child abuse I have ever seen,” Lewis said. “Nothing even comes close to this. This child looked like a situation, say if a child was involved in a car accident. It was horrible.”
The little girl’s grandfather, a former firefighter, said that description was hard to hear. Speaking on behalf of the child’s biological father, David Dunn, Sr. said the entire family is stunned.
“We just want the truth of what really happened to our granddaughter. Would have never expected this from the mom or whatever. I don’t know what to say.”
He said his memories of Layla will be her beauty and her smile.
But he also has the girl’s big brother to think about. The three-year-old boy suffered a broken leg. Police say he broke into tears every time he tried to stand on it. Dunn says he was given the impression the boy is fortunate to have survived the attack that killed his sister.
If you to help the family with burial cost, a gofundme account has been established: Layla Fast “Evans” Funeral Cost.
MEDINA, Ohio — The national symbol of child abuse awareness and prevention flutters in the breeze in front of a church near Medina’s Public Square.
The Community Pinwheel Walk to Prevent Child Abuse was hosted Saturday by the Children’s Center of Medina County. Nearly 150 residents helped plant 437 pinwheels in front of St. Francis Xavier church on E. Washington Street after a short walk from the square.
“Each of the 437 pinwheels represent one of the children abused or neglected in the county last year,” children’s center case manager Kim Brightbill said.
The nonprofit center opened in 2007 in a house on Highland Drive in Medina and assisted nearly 60 sexually abused children last year. Forensically trained case workers interview the children and provide investigators with a videotape of the sessions. And specially trained nurses perform physical examinations of the victims.
The center, funded by grants and donations that totaled $121,600 last year, also provides biological parents with a comfortable toy-filled home environment in which to visit with children who have been placed in foster homes, Brightbill said.
A child victim of abuse spoke before the walk that began about 10 a.m. Participants carried the pinwheels east on Ohio 18 to the church, planted them in the yard and walked back to the square to gather for refreshments.
I keep seeing and hearing about “Cultural Inequalities”, yet when it comes to REAL-TIME INJUSTICE, this is just another brick in the wall of NO SHOWS for some who seek to obscure the real issues in Our Country with their own agenda of racism.
I saw this story in the newspaper about a 1-year-old Girl, and I couldn’t believe although this Child was on this earth just 1 year, that she would be treated more like a number than a human being. This Child had a name and I was going to know her name.
Seattle Hospital: Baby Shot in Drive-by Shooting Has Died Sunday April 19, 2015 11:34am central time
A 1-year-old girl who was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting outside Seattle has died.
A spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center says the girl was brain dead and care was withdrawn Saturday night.
Police say the baby was shot in the head Thursday afternoon while sitting in a car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala at an intersection in Kent, Washington. Her parents were in the front seat when police say a black car pulled alongside, and the driver and a passenger in that vehicle opened fire before driving off.
Authorities have said they don’t believe the shooting was random.
Baby shot in the head in Kent drive-by shooting Friday April 17, 2015 8:16am central time
KENT, Wash. — Police continue to search for suspects after a one-year-old baby was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in Kent Thursday.
The baby remains in ‘very critical’ condition, according to a spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center.
Kent Police Department spokesperson Melanie Robinson said the baby’s injuries are life-threatening.
“With information we have, this appears to be a random act,” said Robinson. “From what we gathered from witnesses and people we spoke to, this appears to be a road rage incident that turned bad.”
The drive-by shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of S. 248th Street and Lake Fenwick Road near the Lake Fenwick Estates apartment complex.
Witnesses describe seeing two male suspects in a black car. Police say those two suspects opened fire on another vehicle, “which had mom, dad and baby in the back seat,” said Robinson.
Robinson said the gunfire struck the baby, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center. While police reported the child had died, they later rescinded the statement and said the child was still alive.
While police search for the suspects, they have no more information about the suspects or their vehicle.
Meanwhile, police have blocked off the area in Kent while they conduct their investigation.
Relatives say 1-year-old victim of drive-by shooting brain dead Friday April 17, 2015 10:13pm central time
Kent police no longer believe Thursday’s drive-by shooting that left an infant in critical condition was a case of road rage.
“Although preliminary information indicated road rage, new information gathered doesn’t show that as the true cause,” Kent police spokesman Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said Friday.
Kasner stopped short of saying the car the baby was in had been targeted, and police have not indicated a possible motive for the shooting.
On Friday, 1-year-old Malaja Miracle Grant remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Relatives told KING-TV that Malaja had a strong heartbeat but had been declared brain dead.
“Miracle’s her middle name because she’s a miracle,” said Precious Grant, who identified herself as the toddler’s aunt. “Heart beating strong because she’s a fighter,” she told the television station. “She’s a soldier, and she’s made it through so much. That’s why she’s a miracle baby.”
According to police, the baby was in a car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala and her parents were in the front when someone opened fire on the vehicle around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Lake Fenwick Road and Reith Road.
A black car pulled up alongside the silver car near the Lake Fenwick Estates apartments and both the driver and passenger in the black vehicle opened fire, then drove off, police said.
While police have not indicated they believe the shooting was gang-related, they did say they believe it will likely turn out that the parties involved had connections to each other.
“Having your purse or mail stolen can be random. Those are crimes of opportunity,” said Kasner. “But as you go up the scale toward the more serious crimes, like homicide, it’s typically not random.”