Category Archives: Our Circle

Michigan State Police ICAC Stops Child Predator

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Alexander Joseph Piscitelli, 22, of Wyoming Michigan.

MSP: Undercover detective busts
Child Abuse plan

WYOMING, MI  –  A Wyoming man was arrested after he allegedly tried to set up a meeting to sexually assault children, state police say.

Alexander Joseph Piscitelli, 22, was arraigned on two counts of child sexually abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

The Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says Piscitelli arranged online to pay someone to have sexual contact with a 5 and 8-year-old child.  But the person he was communicating with was an undercover detective.

MSP says it found more evidence against Piscitelli when officers searched his home after the arrest.

Online records show Piscitelli was booked into the Kent County jail Thursday and that he was being held on a $100,000 bond.

Tips about exploitation of a child online can be submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

Information on talking to your kids about online safety can be found on MSP’s website

Help Stop Child Predator In CO

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A composite sketch of a suspect in an attempted abduction case in Colorado. Photo courtesy Fort Collins Police Services.

WANTED: Suspect reportedly tried to abduct a teenage girl in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, CO  –  Police in Colorado are hoping a composite sketch can help lead to an arrest in an attempted abduction case.

The incident happened on Tuesday in Fort Collins at about 3:40 p.m.

Police are reporting a teenage girl was riding her skateboard on Deerfield Drive when she fell.

A vehicle described as an older, tan, four-door sedan with “bubbled window tint” stopped, and a man got out.  He approached the girl, grabbed her arm, and pushed her into his vehicle.

Two men were walking nearby and approached the vehicle to intervene.

The suspect reportedly told the witnesses that he knew the victim.

The victim told them she did not know the suspect.

She fled the area on foot and called the police a short time later.

Police are asking for help in identifying the suspect and are asking the two witnesses to come forward.  A composite sketch of the suspect is at the top of this article.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, in his early 20s, about five-foot-ten, with short hair, a thin mustache, bushy eyebrows, a deep voice and a Spanish accent.  He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans at the time.  He reportedly has tattoos on both arms.

“Detectives have been diligently investigating this incident.  Now that they’ve spoken to area residents and completed necessary interviews, we need the larger community’s help identifying the suspect,” said Sgt. Heather Moore, who leads the Crimes Against Persons Unit.

“We’re very grateful to the bystanders who intervened, and we also really need them to contact police to share what they saw.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 970-416-2825.

VA Concerned With Child Abuse And Neglect Numbers

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Child deaths from abuse and neglect are on the rise in VA.

Hampton Roads leads region in Child Abuse and Neglect deaths

HAMPTON ROADS, VA  –  Some of the most vulnerable people in our community are dying at an alarming rate.

Child deaths from abuse and neglect are on the rise, and local groups are working to educate parents and make everyone a partner in prevention.

The Eastern Region Child Fatality Review Team says the rate of kids dying from child abuse and neglect in this area is the second-highest in the state — which is why is they’re working to increase awareness of the issue.

“So many of these deaths are accidental, but some of them are intentional and we have to worry about those, too.  Some people just aren’t safe parents, and we need to protect children from those parents as well,” said committee member Betty Wade Coyle.

The committee says 14 children in Hampton Roads died from abuse or neglect last year.  Five of those children were infants who never reached their first birthday, and five more victims were 3 years old or younger.

The team reviewed 49 cases of abuse or neglect that were investigated by local agencies last year, including the including the death of 5-year-old Levi Robertson in Isle of Wight.

His mother and her boyfriend were found guilty of manslaughter after the child was found unresponsive in January.

“Our number seems high compared to the rest of the state, but that’s because, in some ways, we feel it’s because we’re counting better than other areas,” explained Coyle.

Coyle says the three factors that contribute to the largest number of cases are substance abuse, mental illness and domestic abuse.

The committee says children are also dying in unsafe sleep environments.
Coyle says the safest way for babies to sleep is “alone, on their back, in a crib.”

Poverty is an underlying issue, but more can be done to help parents, like providing safe housing options and home visiting programs for families who are high-risk.

NC Man Wanted For Felony Child Abuse Now In Custody

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Christopher Shaun Forde, 36, was arrested in Forsyth County for felony Child Abuse.

Wanted man found in Forsyth County, arrested on Child Abuse charges
after baby found with injuries
to face and brain

RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC  –  A man, wanted on child abuse charges, was found and arrested Tuesday evening, according to a Randolph County Sheriff’s Office news release.

At about 7 p.m., Christopher Shaun Forde, 36, was arrested in Forsyth County.  He was given a $250,000 secured bond.

On June 16, deputies received a child abuse/child neglect report.

The report said that a baby had been in the care and custody of Forde and was discovered with injuries.

The juvenile was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital and it was determined the child had sustained facial bruising and injuries to the face, neck and shoulder, deputies say.

It was also determined that the child had older injuries that were healing including a brain bleed.

An arrest warrant reports the child was less than 1 year old and had a bleeding mouth and disrupted frenulum.

Doctors determined that the injuries were not accidental.

Investigators say that both incidents happened while the child was in the care and custody of Forde.

Warrants have been issued for two counts of felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, the release says.

The Empty Chair At The Table

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Arlington National Cemetery, where so many are buried that gave their lives for Our Country.

We will never forget

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In the U.S., people wear the red poppy on Memorial Day to honor those who died trying to protect Our Country.

This is for all those that answered the Call of Duty for Our Great Country, America the Beautiful, the Home of the Brave and the Free, who gave all and didn’t get the chance to bring up their children, or grow old with their spouses, or have careers.

The flag shouldn’t stay at half-staff all day

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Today we honor the many people that have given their lives defending Our Country.

Federal guidelines say the flag should be displayed at half-staff only until noon, then go up to full-staff until sundown.