Category Archives: Indifference

Five Wisconsin Newborns Seriously Injured

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Five infants suffered serious injuries in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital.

Nurse suspended after 5 newborns injured
in hospital

MADISON, WI  –  Five infants suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, rib and arm in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital and the nurse who cared for them has been suspended, a federal agency said in a report after it inspected the hospital.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that UnityPoint Health-Meriter hospital in Madison didn’t respond to the suspected abuse until early last month, when staff noticed two babies with bruises.  An internal investigation revealed two similar cases last year and one from January.  The identity of the suspended nurse has not been released.

Quoting a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, the newspaper said the federal agency was so concerned about the hospital’s response that it threatened to cancel its Medicare contract with Meriter.

The agency told Meriter in a Feb. 23 letter that the situation “is so serious that it constitutes an immediate threat to patient health safety.”

Meriter spokeswoman Jessika Kastern said the hospital is cooperating with authorities and has implemented new safety measures.

According to the inspection report, staff in the 42-bed unit noticed bruising on the arm of an infant on Feb. 2.  A doctor thought it might be from the baby clutching wires or an IV device.  The next day, staff noticed bruising on the arm and wrist of another baby.  A doctor thought it might be from a tightly wrapped blanket.

On Feb. 4, staff saw bruising on the second baby’s face and three days after that they discovered a lump on the baby’s head.  A CT scan Feb. 8 showed the baby had skull and arm fractures.  The nurse was suspended.

The Madison police department is investigating.

Meriter told the agency that it has assigned a security guard to the newborn unit and is putting cameras in all rooms.  Each nurse will now care for two patients instead of three in the unit, which handles babies in intensive care.

Feeding Child Predators

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Three and a half years ago we thought it was just indifference….

Child abuse poll a ‘mistake’ – Facebook

In what has become a seemingly regular occurrence, Facebook is being asked: how on earth did this happen?

On Sunday Facebook asked an unspecified number of users their thoughts on how child abuse images should be handled on the network.

It gave a scenario in which an “adult man” asks a 14-year-old girl for “sexual images”, and then a list of possible answers.

One option read:  “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”

A follow-up question offered options on how policies should be enforced, such as “Facebook decides the rules on its own” or “external experts decide the rules and tell Facebook”.

As noted by the Guardian, none of the options allowed the user to suggest that the proper course of action in this scenario would be to inform child protection agencies or call the police.

“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s head of product.

“But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on FB. We regularly work with authorities if identified.  It shouldn’t have been part of this survey.

“That was a mistake.”

Data set

The company is no longer running the survey.

The BBC understands Facebook’s team was instructed to find out how users felt was best appropriate to deal with illegal content on the network.  The site is not, of course, considering changing how it deals with child abuse imagery.

Over the network’s head looms the prospect of more regulation.

By asking users if they feel more comfortable with Facebook determining the rules on how unacceptable content is handled could be an attempt to build data to back up its likely argument that it can regulate itself.

Another option, whereby experts advise the network, is also a possibility.  In the past, Facebook has turned to outside experts when developing new technologies, particularly those aimed at younger users.

However, the site as criticised over its choice of experts – many of which it had funded, as reported by Wired magazine.

Facebook has had a tough time dealing with negative publicity recently.  At an event for US conservatives last month, in the wake of another school shooting, the company demonstrated a virtual reality shooting game set in a train station.

It later pulled the demonstration, saying it regretted its inclusion on its stand. 

Two NC Daycare Workers Charged with Child Abuse

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Mary Neal Winchester, 55

Another Daycare Worker Charged With
Child Abuse in Rockingham Co.

WENTWORTH, NC  –  A second daycare worker is facing child abuse charges in Rockingham County.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office confirms Mary Neal Winchester, 55, has been arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor Child Abuse.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into abuse at Lil’ Daydreamers Child Development Center in Reidsville.

The warrant for her arrest accuses her of “grabbing the child by one of the child’s arms and slinging her up against a cabinet and then picking her up and dropping her violently on the floor.”

Winchester was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.

Earlier this month (Feb. 15) detectives charged Nekeisha Latwanna Walton, 39, with two counts of misdemeanor Child Abuse.

The warrant for Walton’s arrest accuse her of “forcefully grabbing the child by the arm, jerking her, and then pushing her over.”

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has also been involved in this investigation.  A spokesperson says it is aware of the allegations and is considering next steps.

Winchester and Walton were both employees of the Lil’ Daydreamers Child Development Center at the time the alleged abuse occurred.  Attempts to reach the daycare’s owner for unsuccessful.

WFMY News 2 reached out to the Pastor of Noah’s Ark Full Gospel Baptist Church, where the daycare is located, but our call wasn’t returned.

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

Washington Must Stop CPS Collateral Damage

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Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of falsifying information

Jefferson County caseworker admits falsifying Child Abuse records

DENVER, CO  –  A former Jefferson County Human Services caseworker fabricated records in a dozen child abuse and neglect cases claiming she investigated the cases when she had not, authorities say.

Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of falsifying information in child abuse and neglect documents and attempting to influence a public office, according to a news release by Pam Russell, spokeswoman for District Attorney Peter Weir.

Schultz was a caseworker between December 2015 and July 31 of 2016 who investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect.  Human Services fired Schultz in July of 2016 and began reviewing her cases.

Schultz entered false information in 12 cases, claiming she interviewed victims, families and witnesses in person or on the phone when she did not, the news release says.

The review determined that there were no unresolved safety issues and the cases had been closed.

Schultz faces up to 9 years in prison when she is sentenced on March 5.