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OK Couple Gets Life For Child Abuse

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Gerrad Coddington, 25, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

Pauls Valley couple sentenced to life in prison for ‘horrific’ case of Child Abuse

PAULS VALLEY, OK  –  An Oklahoma couple who was charged with crimes related to child abuse will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

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Christina Nelson-Coddington, 30, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

The investigation began when an agent with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office received two cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® that were reported by Facebook.

“They were seeing activity on the internet that suggested there was a minor being exploited,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said.  “The investigation discloses that the crimes that involve the minor child are incredibly distressing.”

Investigators generated over 6,000 pages of communication between the co-defendants and tens of thousands of photos and videos.

Authorities determined that underage victims were beaten, handcuffed and raped. Officials also say there was a plan to commit incest with an unborn child.

Investigators arrested and charged 25-year-old Gerrad Coddington and 30-year-old Christina Nelson-Coddington with 29 counts relating to child abuse including first-degree rape, incest, child abuse, manufacturing child pornography, and lewd acts with a minor.

A Garvin County judge recently sentenced the couple to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children,” Attorney General Hunter said.  “These are evil people who presented a danger to society.  I commend Judge Edwards’ decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.  I applaud the investigators with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.”

WA Couple Apparently Grew Up Together

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Melvin W. Bledsoe, 27

Post Falls couple accused of felony Child Abuse also face charges of incest

Spokane, WA  –  Three months after their arrests in connection to a grievous child abuse case, Melvin W. Bledsoe and Joy T. Anderson remain in Kootenai County jail.

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Joy T. Anderson, 30

Bledsoe and Anderson, half-siblings accused of severely beating, starving and tying up Bledsoe’s 6-year-old son in the Post Falls area, both were charged with felony injury to a child in October.  During the abuse investigation, according to court documents, detectives uncovered information to support charging the two with incest.

Bledsoe’s and Anderson’s bonds have been set at $200,000 and $75,000.

Anderson, 30, and Bledsoe, 27, have pleaded not guilty.

According to Post Falls police, the boy, whom Bledsoe and Anderson took to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in October, was suffering from a split pancreas and had scars and scabs all over his body.  The boy had several fresh wounds, dried blood on his body, ulcers on his legs and a cauliflower ear, police said.

Bledsoe and Anderson are accused of delaying the child’s treatment when he had life-threatening injuries.  Both alleged abusers face maximum sentences of life in prison.

“(The child) was hiding food, was requesting the foster mom bring food and had many indicators that he was starved for some time,” prosecuting attorney Laura McLinton said in a court hearing.  “He was eating household items, including a pillow, because he didn’t have food.”

The child, who was primarily home-schooled, according to court files, quickly gained 5 pounds after he was sent to the hospital, McLinton said.  He is in protective care.

This isn’t the first time Bledsoe has been accused of abusing the boy.

In 2012, Bledsoe pleaded guilty to felony injury of a child after slapping the boy, who was then 9 months old, according to court records.  Child Protective Services temporarily took the baby from him, according to records.

In the 2012 case, Anderson, a married mother of three at the time, lived with Bledsoe and testified against him.

In the 2017 abuse case, Anderson and Bledsoe told police that the boy sustained his injuries from being “clumsy,” saying he crashed his bike, fell down the stairs and also fell on a rock at a park.

A former neighbor in Rathdrum told police the boy often was lying face down on the bed with ropes tied around his wrists, the police report said.  The same neighbor said he sometimes witnessed Bledsoe picking up the boy and throwing him into a wall.

We Joked About Child Abuse In The 90s

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Pedophile that Sexually Abused his Daughter

Then The Daughter The Convicted Pedophile Raped Speaks Up

It was 1996 when police arrested Jim and Justine and charged them with prolonged sexual abuse and exploitation of their 13-year-old daughter, Amanda.

At the time, Jim claimed that he didn’t think he was doing any harm to his daughter, and that in those days, child molestation was considered “something people joke about” — citing comic book “Chester The Molester” as supposed cultural evidence of this.

But the repercussions of that abuse — which began when his daughter was just 11 — would haunt Amanda into her adulthood, sending her life sideways as she attempted to self-medicate and escape the pain.

Now, 20 years later, Amanda and her biological parents meet again — Amanda for an apology, her parents (particularly her father) forgiveness.

Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of “Dr. Phil,” Amanda says her parents would routinely photograph her in “provocative” situations and video tape her performing various sexual acts— sometimes with her father — with the plan to sell the tapes across the world.

She tells Dr. Phil: “Jim told me with the money we could make, I could go to college”

Amanda adds that she never saw any of her supposed earnings.  Her mother, on stage with Amanda already, begins weeping, presumably overwhelmed with guilt and regret at her part in the abuse.

Then Dr. Phil brings out Amanda’s father.  The audience is silent as he walks out, the tension at its peak.

Amanda starts in on Jim, at first tenuously, seeming to barely contain her rage:

“Where to begin?….  How could you?”

Amanda begins to ask questions directly to her father — reluctantly, at first — saying she’s “dreamed of this moment,” but adding:

“Truthfully I would have preferred if you had been six feet under.”

Jim says to Amanda as she stares at him in anger and disbelief that he’s ashamed that he only remembers abusing Amanda four or five times when it was obviously a regular routine in the family.

Looking straight at his daughter, he says:

“It should have been burned into my memory as much as it was into yours.”

As Amanda recounts how her life spiraled out of control into adulthood — addiction, work as a topless dancer, even the creation of an alter ego to escape the pain she was experiencing — it’s clear that the memories left significant scars with lasting impact.

But the most chilling moments in the episode come from a one-on-one interview with Jim taped earlier, in which the former convict claims that during the early 1990’s, “sexually abusing children were things that people winked and joked about.”

Unbelievably, he goes on to complain that he’d been “exploited, taken advantage of [and] beaten up,” in prison.  He also protested that he had never been aroused by his daughter, but rather was interested in the “mechanics.”

But Dr. Phil doesn’t pull punches responding to claims that Jim didn’t know what he was doing to his daughter, saying directly to Amanda:

“To suggest that he was in an environment where parents didn’t know it wasn’t okay to rape their children is insulting your intelligence, it’s insulting to your experience, it is a complete insult to this entire experience between him and you.  Now he’s either that naive, or he’s just thumbing his nose at you because that is an idiotic statement.”

To watch the entire episode, which aired on Wednesday of this week, check Dr. Phil’s website for listings.

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, which collects statistics nationally, reports that 46% of children who are sexually abused are the victims of family members.

It also reports that 61% of American rape victims are raped before the age of 18, and unbelievable 29% of all rapes occurred before the victim was 11.

 

GA Woman Gets 190 Years For Child Abuse

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Dianna Franklin

Taylor Co. woman sentenced to 190 years in Child Abuse case

Macon, GA  –  A Taylor County woman was sentenced Tuesday to 190 years in prison for abusing her adopted daughter.

She’s the Taylor County woman found guilty of putting her adopted daughter in a chicken coop as punishment.

A jury found her guilty on 28 counts including cruelty to children, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

“We’re talking about torture were talking about abuse were talking about that this county that this state has not seen where the child didn’t die,” Prosecutor Wayne Jernigan said.

The child, now 18, was in court when her mother, Diana Franklin was sentenced.

“I will never treat my children the way you treated me.  I forgive you for everything you’ve done.  You have to pay for what you did to me,” the teen said before her mother was sentenced.

Judge Bobby Peters felt troubled by Franklin’s demeanor.
“You’ve actually shown no remorse at the beginning of this trial during the trial or after the trial even when you testified,” Peters said.

Franklin and her husband Samuel Franklin were arrested in May 2012 and charged with beating and starving the teenage girl and making her sleep in a chicken coop.

During the trial jurors heard about the abuse Franklin’s adopted daughter suffered for years.

They convicted her for using a shock collar on the girl, locking her in a chicken coop naked and giving her lashes.

It’s abuse the GBI investigator Leigh Brooks said the daughter still remembers.

“She continues to have nightmares as a result of the abuse she suffered from Diana Franklin,” Brooks said.

She said, “This is the worst case I’ve ever seen where the child survived a child abuse case.”

Peters didn’t hold back how he felt about Franklin before reading his sentence.

“You’ve shown no remorse,” he said.  “You’re just an evil woman who hides behind the Bible.  “You’ll get better treatment in prison than you gave your daughter.”

Franklin said she never imagined herself being there defending herself.  “In a pair of handcuffs for doing nothing more than loving someone who needed love,” Franklin said.

But in the eyes of the law what she called love was viewed as abuse.

The trial for Franklin’s husband Samuel, is expected to begin next week.  He faces similar charges to his wife, as well as child molestation charges.

Janie’s Fund To Help Child Abuse Victims

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Steven Tyler Launches Janie’s Fund

Steven Tyler Launches Janie’s Fund to Help Child Abuse Victims

Steven Tyler has launched a new philanthropic initiative that aims at raising money and awareness to help girls who have suffered sexual abuse, the singer announced today.  For Janie’s Fund, a nod to Aerosmith’s 1989 hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” Tyler will partner with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to those victims of neglect and abuse.

On Pump’s “Janie’s Got a Gun,” Tyler tackles the issue of child abuse and incest in the song’s lyrics, and the creation of Janie’s Fund has been a longtime goal of Tyler’s.  “As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music,” Tyler said in a statement.  “I am starting Janie’s Fund to give a voice to the millions of victims who haven’t had one and encourage everyone to join me on this mission.”

To help plant a foundation for Janie’s Fund, Tyler has launched a Prizeo page filled with unique rewards for those who donate, ranging from t-shirts for $50 “Star” donors to $25,000 “Big Kahuna” donors who will receive a “VIP Mardi Gras Experience” with Tyler. There’s also a Janie’s Angel reward for donors of $75,000 that will include “dinner with Steven Tyler and receive one of his iconic scarf enrobed mic stands (with a working mic) as well as a limited edition signed and numbered framed copy of the ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’ lyric sheet.”

All donors will be entered into a raffle to win the “Ultimate VIP Rock Experience with Steven Tyler” prize, which will include walking down the red carpet with the rocker at his upcoming solo album’s release party as well as the opportunity to hang out with Tyler backstage.

Tyler adds on the Janie’s Fund Prizeo page, “Now…We can’t undo what’s been done by abuse in this country…but we CAN let these girls know they are loved, get them the help they need, and assure them that there is MUCH LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.