Category Archives: Neglect

Jacksonville NC Focusing On Preventing Child Abuse

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“If you want to change the lives of children, you have to change the lives of the people who are taking care of them… “

Jacksonville council looking into Child Abuse task force

Jacksonville, NC  –  District Attorney Ernie Lee addressed the Jacksonville City Council and showcased the circumstances that contribute to child abuse and mistreatment.  Although it wasn’t listed in the slideshow reasons, Lee told the council, “Some people are mean. Some people are bad.”

Other contributing factors include a lack of intelligence and education as well as a cycle of abuse, marriage problems, unemployment and illness, among other reasons.

Some people just aren’t equipped to raise children, Lee continued, adding that it was amazing what someone has to go through to get a driver’s license, and yet anyone can have a child.

Lee said he currently has 32 people awaiting trial for more than 100 charges that include child abuse and exploitation of a child.

“We need to get in front of this.  We need to do something to prevent it from happening,” Jacksonville Director of Public Safety Mike Yaniero said.

Yaniero and Lee, along with several others with them at the council workshop, were there to promote the idea of a task force that focuses on preventing child abuse.

Malea Rose-Waters with Prevent Child Abuse N.C. said she’s worked with New Hanover, Cumberland, and Halifax counties to create child abuse prevention plans using community leaders with a passion for helping kids.

The focus of those task forces is finding ways to give adults the tools they need to overcome the stresses of life and become better parents in order to give their children happy and healthy homes, like learning how to create a nurturing relationship with your child, classes for parenting skills, how to build resilience, and learning to only allow positive relationships, instead of toxic ones, around your children.

“If you do want to change the lives of children, you have to change the lives of the people who are taking care of them, Rose-Waters explained.

These communities hope to offer ways for parents to ensure basic needs are met, and help them learn it’s okay to ask for help while also ensuring they know where to go to get the help they need.

“I think all of us would agree that a child being hurt is not okay, and it’s 100 percent preventable,” said Dawn Rochelle with Onslow County Partnership for Children.  “I believe that the resources are here.”

Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips noted that the child abuse issue in Onslow County has just as much, if not more, of a devastating impact on the community as the opioid epidemic.

Council members agreed that it’s an issue that needs to be tackled and unanimously approved having the city staff look into a task force and partnerships between the city, the county, and the organizations and people represented at the meeting before reporting back with their findings within 90 days.

KY Is Fighting Child Abuse

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Kentucky Is Fighting Child Abuse and Neglect.

Do your part to fight Child Abuse in Kentucky

As we embark on a new year, we at Kosair Charities are looking ahead to a commonwealth that ensures all of our kids are free from abuse.  Through our Face It Campaign, Kosair Charities is committed to ensuring hardworking and dedicated nonprofits in Louisville and across Kentucky have the resources they need to end the plague of child abuse and neglect, and to end it now.

The Face It Campaign works closely with over 40 partner organizations to prevent child abuse and neglect in our communities by focusing on education, awareness, practice, and policy improvements.

The Face It policy team has been hard at work identifying priority policy changes needed at the state level.  In years past, we’ve secured state funding for the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel and closed gaps in education around abuse and neglect for professionals who regularly interact with children.  We continue to look upstream in our efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by advocating for common sense policies that lead to large-scale, proactive differences.  Kosair Charities is the safety net to ensure all children in Kentucky have better tomorrows.

Each year during the Kentucky General Assembly, Face It partners actively work on several policies that focus on preventing and ending abuse.  The 2018 priorities keep kids safe by prioritizing adequately funded systems, increasing transparency, and ensuring a child’s voice in court is heard.

  • We aim to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect with adequate funding and improvements in how we respond to and support families.  For children who cannot remain safely with their parents, grandparents and other relatives often step up to help raise them, commonly known as kinship care.  Kinship care offers a beneficial alternative to foster care and helps to relieve trauma children often face upon removal from their home. Regardless of where a child is placed, children do best when the entire system of child welfare prioritizes supporting families or swiftly finding a permanent family for children who can’t return home.
  • Our goal is to increase transparency by recommending moving functions related to appeals and cases within the Office of the Ombudsman to outside of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  To ensure children are protected and cared for, to increase transparency and accountability, and reduce potential conflicts of interest, several states locate their Ombudsman’s office for children’s services in an independent location. These measures would keep kids at the center of the Ombudsman’s Office’s decisions.
  • We want to see policymakers keep kids safer from abuse by allowing adults to whom a child has disclosed abuse to testify in court.  When adults are held accountable in the court system, kids are safer from abuse.  If a child has been a victim of abuse, trauma and fear may affect their ability to testify in court.  Their fear or inability should not prevent a judge from hearing accurate information about a child’s experience, which is crucial in reaching an informed decision in child abuse cases.  If a child has disclosed information about abuse to an adult, that adult could testify about that disclosure.

Everyone plays a role in ending child abuse and neglect in the commonwealth. Kosair Charities works on every level of the system to ensure children have the supports they need to be safe and healthy with opportunities to thrive. Learn more at

Next Stop The Child Abuse Zone

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After 3 1/2 years, it made me angry that we were still being filtered, although as I looked at the seemingly unending list, depression grew within me, one tear at a time.
Acidic questions ate at my stomach, one word at a time….

As I looked at the Fox13 Salt Lake City website, I heard the show begin…

Sign Post Up Ahead,
Have You Made A Difference Today????

I can’t begin to tell you all what was going through my mind at that moment, all I can do is show you, as best I can, all the Child Abuse listed on that one web page.

The good part was, the Mom and Boyfriend from Sumpter Township, Michigan had been caught in Georgia.

Utah couple charged in death of 15-month-old girl
Posted 3:42 pm, October 2, 2017

Suspect in murder of 13-day-old baby appears in court
Posted 3:37 pm, October 26, 2017

Utah man arrested in Hawaii for 2015 murders of Orem mother and son
Posted 1:06 pm, October 30, 2017

Couple arrested after 7 kids found in filthy home, 1 with maggots in diaper
Posted 5:36 pm, October 30, 2017

West Jordan mother accused of killing 13-day-old son appears in court
Posted 8:44 am, November 3, 2017

Authorities think they have found body of missing 3-year-old NC girl; mom’s boyfriend arrested
Posted 3:01 pm, December 2, 2017

Man coerced Utah teen into sending nude photos and videos, police say
Posted 2:52 pm, December 2, 2017

Children rescued in Iron County Amber Alert were living in storage containers, hidden in barrels
Posted 3:46 pm, December 5, 2017

Davis County 19-year-old arrested for abusing, killing 7-week-old son
Posted 9:11 am, December 5, 2017

Teen pleads guilty to sexual assault and murder of 12-year-old girl
Posted 4:38 pm, December 11, 2017

Mother pleads guilty in 3-year-old son’s freezing death
Posted 4:11 pm, December 12, 2017

Mother found guilty of murder after 16-year-old daughter starves to death
Posted 11:05 am, December 15, 2017

Second teen pleads guilty in attempted aggravated murder of Cache Co. girl
Posted 3:55 pm, December 19, 2017

Iron County couple charged with murder in 14-month-old girl’s death
Posted 2:09 pm, December 21, 2017

Utah man booked for child abuse after stepson arrives at hospital covered ‘head to toe’ with bruises
Posted 4:15 pm, December 23, 2017

Police say Phoenix baby bent in half by father has died
Posted 3:30 pm, December 26, 2017

4-year-old found alone in the cold in Ogden after mother dies
Posted 5:49 pm, December 28, 2017

Police: Suspect threatened 4-year-old at gunpoint before murdering man in Taylorsville apartment
Posted 3:44 pm, December 29, 2017

Man admits to raping 8-year-old girl, feeding her meth
Posted 9:51 am, January 3, 2018

Manhunt underway for mom, boyfriend in death of 4-year-old Michigan girl
Posted 4:10 pm, January 8, 2018

Family members arrested near Toeele after three-year-old child exposed to meth
Posted 3:36 pm, January 9, 2018

Police say Utah County man arrested for sex abuse a ‘serial child sexual predator’
Posted 3:45 pm, January 13, 2018

A dozen siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home after teen escapes
Posted 3:36 pm, January 15, 2018

Utah mother speaks after teen babysitter charged with child abuse homicide
Posted 3:15 pm, January 17, 2018

Head Of TX CPS Vows To Get Better

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Sini Mathews, mother of Sherin Mathews.

State failed 3-year-old Sherin Mathews,
head of Child Protective Services says

Texas Child Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman is disappointed in his agency’s handling of Sherin Mathews’ case.

Whitman, who declined to talk about any specifics of the case, said the agency will figure out how Sherin’s case “slipped through.”

“I’m gonna tell you right now, it is my mission, it is my passion that we get better at this,” he said.

In March, a doctor found that the 3-year-old Richardson girl had suffered injuries to her upper-arm bones and fractures in her leg bones that were in various stages of healing, according to testimony Wednesday.

The doctor, Suzanne Dakil of the Referral and Evaluation of At Risk Children Clinic, reported the injuries to CPS, suspecting that Sherin had been injured at the hands of her parents.

“I had no explanation other than this child had been physically abused,” Dakil said.

Sherin was found dead in a culvert Oct. 24, more than two weeks after her father reported her missing.  Wesley Mathews originally told police he had left her outside in an alley around 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk.  Later, he said that she had choked while he “physically assisted” her in drinking the milk, and he left her body in the culvert.

Wesley and his wife, Sini, remain jailed on charges related to the girl’s death.  Her father is charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury and her mother is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.  Authorities say the couple went out to dinner with their other daughter, also 3, while leaving Sherin at the house alone.

The other daughter was placed with family members in November after more than a month in foster care.  She is the couple’s biological daughter; Sherin was adopted from India.

Court testimony this week showed that Sherin was treated for an elbow fracture in September 2016.  The family said her sister had pushed her off a couch while the two were playing, according to medical records.

Injuries in her upper-arm bones were suffered after Sini grabbed the girl to catch her from a fall on the playground, she claimed.  But Dakil told the court that the injuries weren’t consistent with the mother’s claims.

After more X-rays showed leg fractures, Dakil reported the family to CPS.

The agency reached out to Dakil about Sherin’s medical history, she said, but the CPS commissioner says that “they could have done a better job.”

Commissioner Whitman says he can’t say why Sherin wasn’t removed from her home after the report, but that “it breaks [his] heart.”

“I mean, to have a child go outside because they didn’t want to drink their milk or whatever, I mean that story was just not believable,” he said to WFAA.  “I don’t know.  I don’t know what was going through her father’s mind.

“It’s astounding to me why someone would do that to a baby.”

The World Lemmings Love So Much

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On Sunday officials discovered the body of a young child.

Child’s body found in Richardson is ‘most likely’ missing 3-year-old Sherin Mathews

Dallas, TX  –  Less than a mile from the Richardson home where a missing 3-year-old was last seen two weeks ago, officials on Sunday discovered the body of a young child.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the body is that of Sherin Mathews, who has been missing since Oct. 7, but they indicated they have no reason to think it is a different child.

The medical examiner will determine the child’s identification and cause of death.

“The indications are that it is most likely her, however, we have not had positive ID.  So until we have a positive identification we are not going to say it is Sherin,” Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.

The body was found about 11 a.m. in a culvert near East Spring Valley and South Bowser roads, east of U.S. Highway 75, with the help of search dogs.

As the investigation continued to unfold, more and more stuff came to [the] surface and we followed up on that,” Perlich said.  “It led to the search of that area with canines, and that’s how we came across the body.”

The area was blocked off as a crime scene as police waited for the FBI response team to process the area.  Late Sunday afternoon, a sheet-covered stretcher was loaded into a waiting van.

Sherin’s parents have been notified of the discovery.

The girl’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child after Sherin went missing.  He was released from jail after posting bond and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device and surrender his passport.

No additional charges have been filed.

During a court appearance Monday, Sherin’s parents learned that their biological child, a 4-year-old girl, will remain in foster care for another three weeks while Wesley Mathews looks for a civil attorney.

Judge Cheryl Shannon has set a custody hearing for Nov. 13.