Child Predators – The Washington Agenda Pt-1

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It is time for every person to be judged and sentenced equally.

Letter: Don’t let Child Abuse go under the radar

Chicago  –  A few pages after yet another story about the latest in the Harvey Weinstein saga, I read a Tribune editorial entitled: “The toughest job in state government,” and came upon a paragraph that reduced me nearly to tears.

It read: “The mother of a 2-year-old toddler from Charleston allegedly left him alone for days in a playpen with two peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and a bottle of vitamin water with a small hole pricked in the top.  He was discovered days later, dead from dehydration and starvation or a combination, according to the medical examiner.”

While the Dec. 19 Tribune editorial focused on the problems within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, child abuse problems in America are pandemic.

The latest 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from The Children’s Bureau was published in January 2017.  The CB report “shows an increase in child abuse referrals from 3.6 million to 4 million.  The number of children involved subsequently increased to 7.2 million from 6.6 million,” according to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children.  “The report also indicates an increase in child deaths from abuse and neglect to 1,670 in 2015, up from 1,580 in 2014.  Some reports estimate child abuse fatalities at 1,740 or even higher.  The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five children every day to child abuse and neglect.”

It got me to thinking. Is child abuse getting its proper coverage in the media and attention from officials?  Or is it being shoved aside because it doesn’t wear a celebrity face and status?

I cannot know the trauma caused by sexual harassment.  But I do know it can be survived.  A child’s maltreatment and death, however, cannot.
— Jim Dudas, Naperville 

Its A Bird, A Plane – The Reason Is You

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“I couldn’t feel anything. I didn’t notice anything when I was doing it… I had to get that child out of the water.”

Deputy who rescued boy from pond says
he was desperate, numb

A Utah sheriff’s deputy said Tuesday he was desperate and numb from the cold as he punched and stomped his way into a frozen pond on Christmas Day to pull out an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice while chasing his dog.

With cuts on his forearms, Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Thompson said at a news conference that rescuers believe the child was in the 37-degree water for about 30 minutes until the deputy rescued him.

“I couldn’t feel anything.  I didn’t notice anything when I was doing it,” Thompson said.  “I knew that time was of the essence.  I had a very short window to get that child out of the water.”

Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse said the boy was hospitalized in Salt Lake City but he didn’t have details on his condition.  Thompson said deputies were hopeful.

The boy fell through the ice in the town of New Harmony, north of St. George.

After arriving at the scene, Thompson, who had served on a search and rescue dive team, began searching an area where a woman reported seeing the boy’s hand flail about four minutes earlier.

The deputy stomped to break through the ice and work his way deeper, pounding with his hands and fists.

“As the ice got thicker, I couldn’t break it with my arms and my fists anymore, so I had to jump up on top of the ice, putting my weight on it, and then pound on it to get it to break,” he said.

When he went into the water, his toes brushed against reeds growing on the bottom of the pond and water reached his neck.
He swished his arms and legs around before finding the boy beneath the ice about 25 feet from the shoreline.

Thompson was treated for symptoms of hypothermia and released from a hospital Monday night.  He said he lost the feeling in some fingers but sensation had returned by Tuesday.

He expects to return to work by early next week.

The Spectrum of St. George reported that Sheriff Cory Pulsipher praised the deputy.

“He hates having the spotlight on him, but he’s a hero,” Pulsipher said.

RCMP E Division & TX AG LE Division Fight Child Trafficking

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Director David Maxwell, Sergeant America Bonnet and Lieutenant Lannie Hilboldt of the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division were recognized during receipt of the award.

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Division Receives Award from Royal Canadian Mounted Police for Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Law Enforcement Division of his office received a special award from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for partnering with its “E” Division Major Crime Unit on an investigation to stop the sex trafficking of underage girls from Canada to the United States.

Director David Maxwell, Sergeant America Bonnet and Lieutenant Lannie Hilboldt of the attorney general’s Criminal Investigations Division were recognized during receipt of the award.

Known as “Project E-Bountiful,” the collaborative law enforcement effort focused on the illegal sex trafficking activities of members of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints and their now imprisoned leader, Warren Jeffs.

Investigators from Attorney General Paxton’s office seized key evidence from Jeffs’ YFZ Ranch, near Eldorado, Texas, which was crucial in subsequent successful prosecutions in Canada.

RCMP Chief Superintendent Trent Rolfe, who led the operation, conveyed his appreciation to Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Division for its “exemplary work ethic and dedication to duty . . . in keeping with the highest standards and tradition of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

“We’re honored that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police asked for our Law Enforcement Division’s help on the investigation, and that we were able to play a role in bringing to justice the despicable individuals who were involved in the sex trafficking of innocent and vulnerable victims,” Attorney General Paxton said.

“This award is well deserved.  Texas is a safer and better place because of the hard work the men and women of our Law Enforcement Division perform every day without any expectation of recognition.”

Established in 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada.  It fights terrorism, organized crime, illicit drugs and offenses that threaten the integrity of Canada’s national borders. 

Amber Alert – Houston TX Closed

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Shamali Flores, 6-weeks-of-age

Amber Alert out of Houston cancelled,
baby found, arrest made for murder

HOUSTON, TX  –  Two days after issuing an AMBER Alert, Houston police announced a six-week-old baby was found safe and arrest was made in the murder of the baby’s mother.

Baby Shamali Flores was found early Thursday morning and appears to be unharmed.  Authorities say a woman who recently suffered a miscarriage fatally stabbed the baby’s mom at a Houston apartment and abducted her newborn daughter.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday that 28-year-old Erika Miranda-Alvarez is charged with capital murder in the death of 33-year-old Carolina Flores.  Acevedo says Miranda-Alvarez knew Flores, who was killed Tuesday.

He says Miranda-Alvarez hid her miscarriage from family members and was claiming that she had just returned this week from the hospital after giving birth.

He says investigators were at a southwest Houston apartment complex early Thursday when they happened to spot a couple holding a baby.  They questioned the couple and determined that Miranda-Alvarez was holding 6-week-old Shamali Flores, who was unharmed.

The suspect’s boyfriend has not been charged and Acevedo says it appears he wasn’t aware of the miscarriage.

Amber Alert – Houston Texas

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Houston, TXexas AMBER ALERT

Amber Alert issued for missing baby in
Greenspoint after mother found stabbed

HOUSTON, TX  –  Investigators said a baby missing after her mother was found stabbed to death may be with her father.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Shanally Flores, who was nowhere to be found when police were called to her family’s home at 185 Goodson Drive in Greenspoint.

Houston police believe the baby may be with Thomas Bernardez, a black Honduran male, who is a possible suspect in the woman’s stabbing death.

Bernardez may be driving a 2000 blue Toyota Celica with a black hood, and Texas license plate CM7-L340.

The baby is described as being 30-inches tall and 20 pounds.  She is believed to be Honduran and possibly black or of mixed origin.

If you know where Bernardez or the baby are, call Houston police at 713-308-3600.