Beaumont, TX – Witnesses in the criminal trial of a Port Arthur woman accused of severely injuring her newborn baby testified dozens of times Tuesday that it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.
Christine Johnson, a Port Arthur woman accused of breaking or fracturing 40 of her newborn daughter’s bones in August 2013, is charged with two counts of injury to a child.
If convicted, the 22-year-old faces life in prison.
“Every time you grabbed something, it was broken,” said Angela Webb, a registered nurse who worked at Christus St. Mary Hospital, where Faith Mason was admitted on Aug. 18, 2013.
Webb sobbed on the stand as Assistant District Attorney Pat Knauth asked her to explain photos of Baby Faith’s injuries.
She told the jury, made up of 11 men and one woman, that she had to put an IV line in Faith’s neck, which was also broken, because all of her limbs were crackling “like Pixie Stix.”
Johnson is accused of yanking the 1-month-old out of her bassinet by her arms on Aug. 13, 2013.
The force caused the baby’s neck to break and damaged her brain, according a probable cause affidavit in the case.
An investigator with Child Protective Services testified that Johnson told her she grabbed the girl so violently because she cried and woke her up.
Johnson was arrested about a month after the emergency room visit. She and Faith’s father, Darrell Mason, 19, lost custody of their daughter around the same time.
Mason is also charged with injury to a child. He will be tried separately at a later date.
Faith Mason, now 2, remains in state care.
Ryan Matuska, Johnson’s attorney, asked all of the state’s witnesses if they could say precisely what caused the girl’s injuries. They all testified that they could not.
Dr. Peter Evans, St. Mary’s emergency room medical director, said Faith’s injuries were so severe that they were comparable to a fall from a two-story building or a severe car crash.
“Her femur was completely deformed,” he testified.
Matuska said in his opening statement Tuesday morning that Faith’s injuries were undeniable. But who caused the injuries was unclear, he told the jury.
Picking up the pieces after a real-life horror story. It’s what one Mississippi family is doing after a horrible case of child abuse.
Amanda Raines was sentenced to life in prison this month for starving and beating her 11-year-old stepson Tyler Raines to death. Raines’ husband is also charged in the case.
An Olive Branch family has taken in Tyler’s four siblings, adopting them as their own. But tonight, they are asking the community to help their new family.
The family has four children of their own and took in four more kids after that horrible tragedy.
“He was a quiet kid, but he was real nice,” Nick Thompson told FOX13 when talking about Tyler. “He was always smiling. Tyler was always smiling.”
At just 11 years old, Tyler’s life ended at the hands of Amanda Raines. He left behind siblings who have now been adopted by the Thompson family.
“They were all close to Tyler. They lived with him; that was their brother,” Thompson said. “They look up to him because he saved them. He’s their Superman, their superhero. They miss him very much.”
Amanda Raines was sentenced to life in prison. Nick Thompson told FOX13 after a tough trial, life is getting back to normal for their family.
“We’re just trying to keep them busy, letting them do everything they never got to do before because none of them ever got to experience anything outside of the house,” Thompson said.
Thompson said they family is hoping to get a fresh start, giving these kids a childhood they never had.
“We’re taking them all to Disney World to give them a new beginning, a new start, start fresh,” Thompson said.
A fresh start, the one Tyler Raines never got.
“We’re trying to make sure they get to experience everything they can in a childhood because some of them have missed a lot,” Thompson said. “We’re trying to get them to regain that empty spot in their life.”
Family friends have set up a go fund me to help the family adjust to their new life with eight kids now. You can help by clicking here:http://dm2.gofund.me/v25xwfzg
BRYAN COUNTY, OK – A day care owner in Durant is being investigated for child abuse.
“They’re all I got and I’m all they got,” Durant mother Leslee Meade said – whose children went to Sue’s Day Care.
Leslee Meade, says she trusted Sue’s Day Care in Durant, which has been around for over 20 years.
She says everything was going fine…
“Until the last month, month and a half, I noticed that he was coming home extremely tired,” Meade said.
She says she was having to wake her 8 month old up between bites.
“Then after he’d eat, he’d go to sleep, say 6 o’clock, and wouldn’t wake up until 6 the next morning,” Meade said.
She was considering bringing her baby to the Emergency Room.
“I received a call from D-H-S saying they were investigating the day care for possibly giving the babies Benadryl to put them to sleep,” Meade said.
“An employee who was there and had left stated she had witnessed this,” Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Wilson said. “She referred this to the Child Welfare department.”
“Their findings were a bottle of Benadryl in the nursery in an unmarked bottle,” Meade said.
Investigators say the day care is owned by Beverly Sue Stair.
Bryan County Sheriff’s detective Jeff Wilson, says two weeks ago, Child Protective Services requested she close the business, while they looked into the allegations. Since the closure was voluntary, two days later, she reopened. Then Friday, CPS requested she close again.
“Right now we have 7 victims,” Wilson said.
Our phone calls to the day care were not returned, and no one answered the door.
In the past two years, at least two babies – one in Virginia and one in Connecticut, died from Benadryl in their system.
“It’s a very dangerous and possibly deadly situation, Benadryl is not designed for the small children,” Wilson said.
Wilson says employees have been forthcoming.
“All stated that they were ordered to give this by the owner,” Wilson said.
Wilson says the case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office, and says Stair could face felony child abuse charges.
“She could’ve potentially changed somebody’s life forever,” Meade said.
Just imagine … you’re scrolling through the posters of missing children on our website, missingkids.org, and then suddenly, you recognize one of the faces staring back at you.
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If you never knew you were a missing child, imagine how you would feel!
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You see, Steve was born Marx Barnes. But when he was just a few months old, Steve and his mother went missing. Steve ended up in an orphanage, but under a different name and his true identity was never known. He was adopted and raised by two loving parents and spent the next 34 years unaware that he was ever reported as a missing child.
But here’s the most amazing part.
Our forensic artists used a photo of Steve at 3-months-old and photos of each of his parents at 20 years old to create an age-progressed image of what Steve would look like as an adult.
Their rendering was so accurate that Steve says when he saw it, “It took my breath away.”
Time and again, NCMEC’s age-progressed images have increased publicity relating to missing child cases, including long-term missing cases like Steve’s.
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With the former director, Russell Taylor, of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s charity still in custody, after being charged with multiple counts related to child pornography, authorities raided Jared Fogle’s Zionsville, Indiana home on July 7, 2015 and removed all electronics.
More than a few people were quick to question NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!’s mention of this raid, and even likened it to a “snipe hunt”….
Jared Fogle, the fat-shedding “Subway guy” and former face of the world’s largest restaurant chain, agreed Wednesday to a plea deal for possessing child pornography and having sex with underage girls, a precipitous fall for an American everyman held up as a model for healthy living.
Between 2007 and this summer, prosecutors said, Fogle paid for and planned his business travel around repeated sexual encounters with underage girls. With his partner in the Jared Foundation, a childhood-obesity charity, Fogle also traded lurid pictures and videos of nude children as young as 6.
Fogle, 37, agreed to a deal Wednesday morning at an Indianapolis courthouse ringed by attorneys and federal marshals. As part of the deal, Fogle agreed to serve at least five years in prison and pay $100,000 to each of 14 victims to fund counseling, treatment and other assistance.
The charges marked a stunning end for the surprise-star role model and suburban family man, whose affable tale of achievable weight loss touched a nerve in a nation growing increasingly overweight.
In his prime, Fogle spoke about his diet struggles on TV with Oprah Winfrey, at Harvard health conferences, and to thousands of schoolchildren during national tours dedicated to eating right.
His quintessentially American success story also propelled the no-frills hoagie chain to become one of the country’s most popular eateries, further fueling a rapid expansion that helped its U.S. franchises outnumber those of McDonald’s and Starbucks, combined.
Fogle’s downfall as a prominent pitchman, one of the steepest in corporate history, underscores the danger for companies that crown sports figures, celebrities and inspiring unknowns as the embodiment of their brand.
Fogle will join the ranks of disgraced business endorsers such as O.J. Simpson, Michael Vick and Lance Armstrong, whose criminal charges or public embarrassments upended their corporate partners virtually overnight.
But Fogle’s case could prove particularly damning, because of the seriousness of the charges and the simplicity of Fogle’s origin story. While the others were celebrities first, Fogle became famous solely because of Subway’s wholesome ideal.
Steve Rivkin, a marketing consultant with Rivkin & Associates, said, “I’m sure this is causing other major brands to look at this situation and say . . . ‘What’s our vulnerability, and what’s our fallback if something awful happens?’ ”
Fogle, a married father of two, will be required to register as a sex offender and pursue treatment for sexual disorders. Prosecutors agreed not to seek more than a 12 1/2 year prison sentence, although a federal judge could levy a longer term.
Fogle, who made millions off Subway endorsements and motivational speeches, used “wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said at a news conference Wednesday. Jeremy Margolis, Fogle’s attorney, said after a court hearing that “Fogle expects to go to prison” and “will do his time.”
In July, federal agents raided Fogle’s home in Zionsville, a suburb of Indianapolis, after a tip sparked an investigation that spread to local, state and federal authorities, including the FBI.
Fogle’s wife, Katie Fogle, said in a statement that she was “extremely shocked and disappointed” by the charges and will seek a divorce. His relatives said they were “very concerned for the well being” of his victims, adding that they hoped he would benefit from treatment and “look forward to the day that he rejoins our family and society.”
After the raid, Subway publicly and abruptly suspended its partnership with Fogle and began scrubbing his history from its online ads, including removing an online game, “Jared’s Pants Dance,” from the chain’s Subway Kids site.
Steven DeBrota, a prosecutor, said authorities had filed no charges alleging that anyone at Subway knew of Fogle’s crimes. In a statement Wednesday, Subway said it had previously ended its partnership with Fogle and added that his “actions are inexcusable and do not represent our brand’s values.”
Russell Taylor, 43, the Jared Foundation’s former executive director, was charged in May with seven counts of production and one count of possession of child pornography. In a raid on Taylor’s home in Indianapolis, authorities found more than 400 pornographic videos of children.
Prosecutors said that Fogle began asking about sex with minors years before Taylor began producing child pornography in his home and that Fogle received and viewed videos of Taylor victimizing a 14-year-old girl.
A dozen minors were secretly filmed and photographed changing clothes or bathing in Taylor’s home, and those explicit recordings were then shared with Fogle and others, court documents state. Fogle knew the victims’ ages, names and addresses, and met some at Indiana social events.
Fogle also traveled to New York to engage in sexual acts with two teenage girls, meeting with them in plush Manhattan hotels after they were trafficked online. In 2012, court documents said, Fogle offered one girl more money if she would find him another underage victim, adding, “The younger the girl, the better.”
About that time, tweets from Subway’s official account showed Fogle was attending New York Marathon events and promoting Subway on TV newscasts.
Fogle first starred in Subway ads in 2000 as an Indiana University student who had lost 245 pounds on the “Subway diet,” changing his life after an obesity scare by eating no-cheese veggie or turkey subs for almost every meal.
“I was reborn in every sense of the word,” Fogle told the campus newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, in 1999. “Subway helped save my life and start over. I can’t ever repay that.”
Fogle became a surprise hit for Subway, a Connecticut-based deli chain with growing ambitions to win over millions of eaters increasingly skeptical of fast food. A stark counterpoint to Ronald McDonald, he began traveling to share his plain-spoken testimony, always while hoisting an old pair of his wide-waisted blue jeans.
The Jared campaign also proved to be a resounding sales success. Between 2000 and 2006, Subway’s U.S. sales doubled, from $3.8 billion to $7.7 billion, allowing the chain to further stake its claim across the country’s strip malls and family meals.
One year after Fogle’s first ad, Subway’s store count in the United States for the first time passed that of McDonald’s. Subway sandwiches now roll out of more than 44,000 restaurants in 110 countries.
The ad blitzes and heartwarming story also catapulted Fogle to sudden stardom. He gave the keynote address at a Harvard University obesity conference, carried the Olympic torch and spoke about his weight struggles on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “American Idol” and “Larry King Live.”
In 2007, the first year covered by the federal sex-crime charges, Fogle published a self-help book, “Jared, The Subway Guy: Winning Through Losing: 13 Lessons for Turning Your Life Around.”
Youth and health advocates were overjoyed to share a real-life example of eating right. Starting in 2008, Fogle began speaking to tens of thousands of middle school students as part of the Jared & Friends School Tour, an American Heart Association-sponsored program built to teach kids about healthful eating.
After he launched the Jared Foundation, Fogle said he was motivated to help children have a healthier upbringing than his own, adding, “Now I am in a position where I can have some influence with kids, and hopefully, can help them learn to make better choices.