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CA Couple Charged With Child Abuse

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CA Couple Charged With Child Abuse

Burbank Couple Charged With Child Abuse After Live Grenade, Heroin, Meth Found in Home: DA

Burbank, California  –  A Burbank couple was facing multiple charges, including child abuse, Tuesday after police allegedly found a live grenade, heroin and methamphetamine in their home.

Peter Jacquin and Deborah Charves, both 44, were arrested after police discovered the drugs and grenade in the home they shared with their 10-year-old son, prosecutors stated in a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jacquin and Charves were each charged with two felony counts of possession for sale of a controlled substance, heroin and methamphetamine; one felony count each of possession of a destructive device, a hand grenade; and child abuse.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Tuesday.

If convicted, Jacquin faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and 4 months in prison. Charves could face up to 8 years and 4 months in prison, the DA’s office stated.

Bail was set at $155,000 for Jacquin and $130,000 for Charves.

Jacquin and Charves were scheduled to return to court on Nov. 3.

Houston TX Amber Alert Cancelled

Amber alert girl from Houston found safe, Louisiana man in custody: State Police

An Amber Alert for a missing Houston girl has been canceled after the 6-year-old was found safe and the Louisiana man she was believed to be with taken into custody, according to Louisiana State Police.

Before Alexis “Lexi” Johnson was reported missing, she was last seen in Houston with Harvey Eugene York Jr., 40, of Zwolle, who is not her father.  Texas authorities issued the Amber Alert, and Louisiana State Police assisted in the search for the girl.

On Monday (Oct. 12) morning, troopers discovered in Sabine Parish the 2000 Ford F-150 in which Johnson was last seen, according to Sgt. James Anderson, spokesman for the State Police. 

Amber Alert for missing Houston girl, 6

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Alexis “lexi” Lynn Johnson, 6

HOUSTON –Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for missing Texas girl Alexis “Lexi” Lynn Johnson, 6, believed to be with her mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Police say the man, Harvey Eugene York Jr., was visiting the girl’s mother at her downtown Houston home around 5 p.m. Sunday when the two got in an argument and he was asked to leave, reports CBS affiliate KHOU. York was reportedly seen driving off with the child in the car.

He is not the child’s father, reports the station.

York is reportedly from Louisiana and was believed to be driving there. The child’s mother told KPRC that York’s mother called her Monday morning to report that he had stopped by her home in Zwolle, in western Louisiana, with the child.

York was believed to be driving a blue 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck with Louisiana license plate F163202. The truck was found abandoned Monday off a highway between Belmont and Zwolle, but there was still no sign of the girl or the suspect, according to CBS affiliate KSLA.

Alexis Lynn Johnson is described as a white female, with shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes. She weighs about 63 pounds and is 3 feet, 7 inches tall. She is said to be wearing glasses.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

WI AG, Republicans Introduce Child Abuse Legislation

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MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and a group of Republican legislators have proposed a package of bills designed to crack down on child abusers.

Schimel and the Republicans introduced four bills during a news conference Tuesday.

One bill would give victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse the right to have a victim advocate accompany them during examinations and interviews with police.

Another bill would require social service agencies to report any instances of child abuse or neglect to police.

The remaining two bills would make repeated acts of physical abuse to a child or child neglect formal crimes.

Schimel also announced he plans to designate an assistant attorney general as a child abuse resource prosecutor who would assist local district attorneys in child abuse cases.

Reno Man Gets 2 Life Sentences For CSA

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Marcos Martin-Montoya, 35

Reno, Nevada  –  A Reno man was sentenced on Monday to serve two life sentences in prison after he plead guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Marcos Martin-Montoya, 35, plead guilty earlier this year to two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, officials with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Each count carries a penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 10 years.

“The sentences handed down today are consecutive, guaranteeing that the very earliest Martin-Montoya could be eligible for release would be after he has served 20 years,” officials said in a statement.

Authorities had received a report that Martin-Montoya was inappropriately touching the 12-year-old in early May. Investigators later found that the girl had been sexually abused by him since 2009.

“He was arrested that same day,” officials said.

A multidisciplinary team from the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center were investigating the case. That included detectives from the Reno Police Department, authorities with the Washoe County Social Services and prosecutors with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

“The work done by this exceptional team of prosecutors, detectives and child advocacy professionals continues to better serve our community’s most vulnerable victims of crime,” District Attorney Chris Hicks said in a statement on Monday.

The Child Advocacy Center opened in June 2014 and has conducted more than 300 interviews with child victims.