Category Archives: Physical Abuse

One of the 5 forms of Child Abuse

Head Trauma?

2014-11-23-IrvingManChargedWithMurderIrving man charged with murder of girlfriend’s son

An Irving man is in jail in connection to a toddler’s death.

According to police, Michael Mercado, 25, was watching his girlfriend’s son alone on November 19 when he called 911, claiming 2 1/2 –year-old Dionicio Mendoza was having a seizure. The boy has no history of health issues.

Dionicio was transported to Children’s Medical Center Dallas and was placed on a ventilator. Police say he had obvious signs of trauma to the body, with injuries all over his body as well as internal injuries.

Police questioned Mercado on what had happened and say that what he said happened was inconsistent with the child’s injuries.

Dionicio had been on life support until Friday, when doctors scanned his brain and declared him dead. An autopsy has not yet been performed to determine the cause of death and they are preparing to harvest his organs.

Mercado was arrested on Friday and charged with capital murder. He is currently in the Irving Jail with no bond.

Boyfriend Beats Boy to Death

Mother, boyfriend beat 3-year-old boy to death

 WEST CALN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A 3-year-old boy was savagely beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend, police say.

CBS Philadelphia reports that 31-year-old Jillian Tait and 23-year-old Gary Fellenbaum were charged Thursday in the death of Scotty McMillan.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had tears in his eyes as he described the weeks of horrible abuse Scotty suffered before dying. The duo are accused of slowly killing McMillan over the course of three days, using a homemade whip, a piece of aluminum siding and even their fists, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hogan said before Scotty died Tuesday, he had been hung upside down by his feet and spent time taped to a chair for the beatings. The couple also reportedly also hit the child with a frying pan repeatedly.  “Though the heavens may fall, justice will be done to these defendants,” Hogan said.
He said his office will pursue the death penalty.

They are also accused of beating Scotty’s brother six-year-old Ryan McMillan. Both children are Tait’s from a previous relationship.  All four moved into a trailer in West Caln Township last month, with Fellenbaum’s wife and their 11-month-old daughter.  Police say both Fellenbaum and Tait abused both boys for weeks, but the violence escalated by Sunday. The couple allegedly used homemade weapons.  “They whipped Scotty. They whipped him with a curtain rod,” Hogan said. “And while they were doing that they were laughing.”

Hogan told CBS Phildelphia, “You see here aluminum siding from a window.  And that, of course, are the holes in the wall where heads are going through the wall.”  Police say Scotty was beaten so badly Tuesday he became unresponsive, but instead of getting help Tait and Fellenbaum left him alone on this air mattress.  “They went shopping,  and went out for pizza and came back and fooled around,” Hogan said. 

The trailer where Scotty spent his final days is also home to Amber Fellenbaum, Gary Fellenbaum’s wife, and her 11-month-old daughter with Fellenbaum.  Amber Fellenbaum found Scotty dead Tuesday and called 911.  Hogan says she knew about the beatings and never called police. She is now facing child endangerment charges.

 

Teen Pimps Children

Teenager who ran Canadian prostitution ring jailed2014-11-04-TeenPimpsChildren-1

A teenage girl was jailed for six-and-a-half years Tuesday for drugging and beating girls as young as 13 into prostitution in Canada’s capital Ottawa after luring them through social media. The 18-year-old ring leader was only 15 when she was arrested along with two other girls in 2012.

She had faced a maximum sentence of three years under Canadian law for youths, but prosecutors took the rare step of asking that she be sentenced as an adult, which carries a much higher penalty.  One of her accomplices was previously sentenced to three years in prison while the other is still awaiting sentencing.

Acting on their own without adult guidance, the girls used social media to lure victims to a suburban Ottawa home where they would be encouraged or forced to take drugs, and then delivered up to adult clients. If they refused, they were threatened with violence and blackmail.
One victim was forced kicking and screaming into a man’s car at a gas station. She escaped but was quickly caught and dragged back. Another’s clothes were ripped off in the basement of a house and she was photographed naked.

The youngest victim’s mother dropped off her daughter at the home of one of the accused for a sleepover. The girl returned home distraught the next day, wearing makeup, heels and a trench coat that didn’t belong to her.

The court heard that one of the accused would send photographs of a new recruit to prospective men from her cellphone, and if they agreed, she would send the girl by taxi to the man’s home to sell sex. Police eventually broke up the prostitution ring in June 2012 after one of the victims complained to her mother, who informed authorities.

7-year-old left out

Harrisburg Pa, woman arrested for Child Endangerment

West Shore Regional police have arrested a Harrisburg woman after she left her 7-year-old girl outside in the 45 degree cold for 2 hours without any adult supervision.

Shanette Williams, 29, is being charged with child endangerment after police say on Friday neighbors reported seeing the girl standing outside of a home along Poplar Street in Wormleysburg.

The neighbors took the little girl inside so she could warm up and called police.

Williams showed up after police were called and admitted to leaving the child. Williams was taken to the Cumberland County Prison but is now out on bail.

Shanette Williams
Shanette Williams

Second-degree Aggravated Assault????

Mother throws baby into ocean

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Police have charged a 23-year-old woman with second-degree aggravated assault for allegedly throwing her 1-month-old Baby into the ocean in Atlantic City.

Sgt. Monica McMenamin tells The Press of Atlantic City that “Patricia Shurig was seen throwing the infant into the water Sunday afternoon near the end of Pacific Avenue in the city’s Inlet section, then Shurig jumped in”.

Bystanders plunged into the water and pulled the two to shore, and a fisherman gave the

Baby CPR. Both were treated at a hospital.
Shurig is being held on $100,000 bail. It was not immediately known if she has a lawyer.

McMenamin praised the “bravery of those men who jumped into the ocean to rescue Shurig and the Baby”.