Category Archives: Child Innocence

FL Day Care Worker Charged With Child Abuse

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Brittany Williams with her son

STARKE, FL  –  According to police a woman picked up a pre-schooler by his neck and kicked him on the playground.  It’s a cruel case of child abuse and the mother of the very young victim wants answers.

Police say 46-year-old Robyn Bryant was arrested Thursday and charged with cruelty toward a child which is a third-degree felony. She bonded out on $1,000 Friday.

The mother of the child, Brittany Williams says at first the boy didn’t want to talk.  But he is slowly returning to normal.  Williams lives in Starke and works in Gainesville.  For the past 11 months she’s trusted the preschool with her child.  She says all that changed on Wednesday when the alleged incident happened.

Williams says she received a call that changed everything.

“I was devastated. I was hurt because I trusted these people with my son,” Williams said.

She received a call from the Starke police telling her to rush to Bradford pre-school because her 4-year-old son was involved in a child abuse case.

“The child basically told the officer the same thing the complainant had told him.  Went to do a well-being check and the officer noticed marks on the child that they were consistent with being picked up by the throat,” said Capt. Barry Warren of the Starke Police Department.

Officials say a day care employee saw the incident unfold.  That employee stated Robyn Bryant picked up the 4-year-old by his neck and walked him to the playground.  After dropping him to the ground police say Bryant kicked him.

“I’m holding back tears.  It’s sad, it really is. It really is.  I’m only doing this because I want other people to know so that this does not happen to anyone else’s child.  Because I think about the ones that can’t talk.  The ones that can’t tell you what happened,” Williams said.

Williams says the owner apologized on Thursday.  Bryant was arrested and charged with cruelty toward a child.  She hopes Bryant will never work with children again and thanks the employee who called police.

“I don’t know who she is but if I could just reach out to her and tell her thank you.  Thank you so much because if it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t have known.  She’s the one who called the police,” Williams said.

KCH Developing Child Abuse Program

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Child Abuse Prevention

Kentucky Children’s Hospital Developing Program to Help Kentucky Pediatricians Handle Cases of Child Abuse

LEXINGTON, KY  –  Pediatricians routinely examine bangs, bruises and bone fractures — the standard acute injuries resulting from normal childhood activity.

But in rare cases, a pediatrician must also question whether a child’s injury was the consequence of an accident or a sign of physical abuse or maltreatment.  When a caregiver’s explanation isn’t consistent with the medical evidence or a child informs a provider of mistreatment, the pediatrician grapples with either reporting their suspicion or remaining silent.

To help Kentucky pediatricians navigate these sensitive situations, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) hired its first pediatric specialist in child abuse pediatrics, a subspecialty of pediatrics concerned with examining medical evidence to investigate instances of child abuse or maltreatment.  Dr. Christina Howard brings an elevated level of expertise in forensic medicine to KCH after completing a fellowship program with Dr. Melissa Currie at the University of Louisville.  Her arrival at KCH signifies the establishment of the first pediatric forensic medicine program to serve Central and Eastern Kentucky.

In addition to Howard, Dr. Jacqueline Sugarman, also a board-certified child abuse pediatrician and who has done significant work with the Lexington Child Advocacy Center, and KCH pediatrician Dr. Jaime Pittenger, who has a special interest in child abuse pediatrics, will assist with the program.

Howard works across disciplines and departments at UK HealthCare to advise on cases where medical evidence suggests the possibility of physical or sexual abuse to a child.  Acting as a neutral expert, she collects and delivers medical information to several entities involved in a child’s welfare, including representatives of the criminal justice system, law enforcement and child protective services when appropriate.  In addition, she consults with pediatric providers across Central Kentucky to assist with the process of investigating and reporting cases of child abuse or neglect.

“It’s hard for pediatricians because they have relationships with families,” Howard said. “It’s difficult to even consider abuse when you are close with a family; they are in a tough position.”

As part of her fellowship training, Howard completed a variety of multidisciplinary rotations both inside and outside the medical field. In addition to training with neurosurgeons and orthopedists, she spent time with members of the judicial system, including court advocates and state attorneys.  In addition to working on specific cases, Howard holds a legislative role, pushing for policies designed to prevent and detect cases of child abuse.  She advocates with Kosair Charities Face It Campaign to support legislation that will train teachers to identify signs of physical abuse in their students and know how to act to do if they have a concern of abuse.

Every year in the U.S., an estimated two million cases of child abuse are reported to child protective services.  According to the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Report of Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities for the 2015 fiscal year, 74 percent of children who died from abuse or neglect were under the age of 2.  Howard and her colleagues are frequently involved in cases that deal with children under the age of 4 who are incapable of reporting how an injury occurred, as well as children up to 18 years of age.  They are available to help when there are concerns in either physical abuse or sexual abuse.

Howard emphasized the purpose of forensic medicine is to protect children. She said medical evidence could also be useful for absolving a family member or caregiver of any wrongdoing.

“Abuse is not something we want to miss, but it is also just as important not to call something abuse when it is not,” she said.

“We call it forensics because we look at the whole picture.  We don’t just look at an ear bruise and say that’s diagnostic — we take everything into consideration.

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. 

Let’s Share A Good Memory

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The Moon and Venus

Let’s all make a difference today, OK????

At 5:30 am, a very Good Friend sent me a picture and I want to share the memory with all of you.

I would have shared it earlier, but there is something that no one knows, other than Our Family, and that includes the very Good Friend that sent me the picture….  I suppose most of you already got the idea that it must be Frank, and you would be right.

This past week, a very good friend from the early days just came back into Our Lives, so I am sharing this memory with Mona also.

This is a picture of the Moon and Venus taken about 5:30am this morning.

We hope all of you have a great day, and please be safe!!!!