On Tuesday, a judge granted Katrina Kennedy Flores supervised visitation – in a therapeutic setting.
The video went viral on Facebook in May.
The woman who recorded the 16-minute video said Kennedy Flores hit her 2-year-old son, shook him violently and threatened to kill him.
In the video, shot in April, the toddler could be seen crying and the mother is seen throwing something into a playpen. Kennedy can be heard accusing the toddler of losing a cellphone charger.
Kennedy was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of child abuse and the judge ordered her to have no contact with her son.
The boy, who isn’t being identified, was placed in the care of Kennedy’s younger half-sister, Nicole.
“I confronted her. I was like what is wrong with you, like you really did this over a charger?” Nicole said after she said she watched the video online.
The woman who shot the video has also been charged with child abuse. She’s accused of not doing anything to stop the alleged abuse. The woman claimed she cannot walk or move and feels bad that she did not do more.
After the video was posted, viewers shared their outrage in hundreds of Facebook messages, comments and emails.
The video inspired a group of strangers who found each other on Facebook to try to change the punishment for child abuse. They want child abuse to be a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor.
Kennedy Flores has another pre-trial hearing scheduled in October.
State Senator says Weiner should be probed
for Child Abuse
New York – A veteran New York politician is demanding city authorities open a probe into the household of Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin for potential child abuse and neglect.
Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who is also a pentecostal minister, said he was repulsed by the shocking revelation that Weiner sexted a woman a lurid crotch shot of himself with his 4-year-old son in the picture.
“You should know that the Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 cover of the New York Post shows a photo of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bed alongside his toddler, while doing things that no child should see on camera in Anthony Weiner’s sexual exchange with a woman,” Diaz wrote in an open letter calling on authorities to take action.
“The photo and story worry me as a Senator, a Minister, a parent, and a grandfather, because I believe that the disregard for any boundaries of sexual activity with a child present is incredibly inappropriate, and could have a harmful impact on the child.”
He said, “I urge the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services to investigate this case carefully and thoroughly … I am sure that the Administration for Children’s Services will consider how Anthony Weiner’s continued perverted activity that we have all seen over the years in his texting or Twittering is a harbinger of possible future child abuse or neglect, especially when he does this with his child next to him in his bed.”
Diaz said there should no double standard when it comes to child abuse.
“I am pretty sure that if this kind of information was shared with the public and if the adult in the photo with a toddler was Black or Hispanic, the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services would have been knocking on the door to investigate possible child abuse to remove the child.”
Diaz called Weiner’s perversion “a very sad situation” and said he would pray for both parents to “acknowledge the harmful effect of this continue activity on their young child, and they will address it with professional help before their child is further victimized by it. I also pray that the Administration for Children’s Services will do their job.”
Child Exploitation Unit Makes 37th Arrest
of the Year
August 26, 2016
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of David Lloyd Kennedy, 44, for 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
The Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) received multiple reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline that Kennedy uploaded images of child pornography to a micro-blogging website.
The report prompted CEU investigators to execute a search warrant at Kennedy’s home in Wortham, resulting in the seizure of several digital storage devices.
During an interview, Kennedy admitted he had observed child pornography in the past, but denied any involvement in this case.
A forensic examination of the seized devices found large amounts of child pornography.
For the charges of Possession of Child Pornography, Kennedy faces a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
The CEU works tirelessly to keep predators away from vulnerable children in Texas.
Since January, the CEU has arrested 15 offenders of child pornography crimes and 22 offenders of online solicitation.
If you suspect or know anyone possessing or producing child pornography or involved in any child exploitation activities, please report it to the NCMEC at https://cybertip.org/
Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Williamson County
August 25, 2016
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Kevin Scott Burke, 38, on Tuesday for five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
The Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline that Burke uploaded images of child pornography.
The report prompted CEU investigators to execute a search warrant at Burke’s home in Taylor, where child pornography was found on his laptop computer.
Investigators seized numerous digital storage devices during the search of Burke’s home.
During an interview, Burke confessed to uploading the images detailed in the NCMEC CyberTipline report.
Burke also revealed that he downloaded and saved additional child pornography onto his digital devices that were seized during the search warrant.
Burke is a registered sex offender with a criminal history that dates back to 1997.
For the charges of Possession of Child Pornography, Burke faces a third degree felony punishable by two to ten years in state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
The CEU works tirelessly to keep predators away from vulnerable children in Texas.
Since January, the CEU has arrested fourteen offenders of child pornography crimes.
Malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet was subject of earlier Child Abuse reports, LAPD says
Los Angeles, CA – When police arrived at his Echo Park home on Monday, the body of an 11-year-old boy was lying in a closet, wrapped in a blanket.
The boy had been dead for at least several hours, showed signs of physical abuse and appeared to be malnourished, officials said.
Authorities are now trying to determine the exact circumstances of the boy’s death and also whether officials missed warning signs of possible abuse in the home.
On Tuesday, officers with the LAPD’s Abused Child Section arrested the child’s mother, 39-year-old Veronica Aguilar, on suspicion of child endangerment resulting in death.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services received reports of possible abuse regarding the boy at least three times between 2009 and 2012, said Capt. Julian Melendez, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Juvenile Division.
He did not have details of the Police Department’s response but added that any evidence of injury or sexual abuse would have triggered an investigation by Juvenile Division detectives. He added that he did not believe any police investigation was ever launched.
Armand Montiel, a DCFS spokesman, said in an email that “the law does not allow us to confirm or deny whether we provided any services to this child or family.”
At about 2:15 p.m. Monday, police received a call from the child’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, who said he had come home from work and his wife, Aguilar, told him the child was dead, Melendez said.
Pinzon told officers that he saw the boy in a closet in the home in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez Street and ran two blocks to a 7-Eleven on Sunset Boulevard to call police because his cellphone would not work in the house, Melendez said.
Officers met Pinzon there. When they found the boy, he had been dead for some time and “had obvious signs of malnutrition and visible injuries,” Melendez said.
Police arrested Aguilar early Tuesday morning. Pinzon was not arrested, Melendez said.
Aguilar has at least three other children, ages 14, 16 and 18, who were not at the home but were located and contacted by police, Melendez said. They were taken to a police station, and the minors were released to DCFS, he said.
An autopsy on the boy’s body was expected to take place Wednesday, he said.
The child had not attended classes in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2012 and was thought to have possibly been in Mexico for some time, Melendez said. It was unclear whether the boy attended school in another district.
Aguilar is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The death comes as the DCSF has been grappling with several high-profile cases of children being killed after social workers received allegations of child abuse.
In 2013, Gabriel Fernandez was beaten to death, allegedly by his mother and her boyfriend, even though authorities had numerous warnings of abuse in his home.
Gabriel was allegedly forced to eat cat feces, shot with BBs and locked in a cabinet at their Palmdale home. The abuse of the 8-year-old boy went on for several months despite repeated reports to the Department of Children & Families Services and the Sheriff’s Department, records show. The mother and her boyfriend are now both charged with murder and torture.
Four social workers have been charged with felony child abuse and falsifying records in connection with Gabriel’s killing. Prosecutors alleged that they minimized his physical, mental and emotional injuries and allowed him to remain in the home.