Category Archives: Cruelty

Son: Mom Why Us?

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Rebecca Ann Bell

Son of woman charged in Wake Forest
Child Abuse case: ‘We never had a
stable home’

WAKE FOREST, NC  –  Two Wake Forest parents were charged with child abuse causing serious physical injury, arrest records show.

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Michael Daniel Bell

Records state Michael Daniel Bell and Rebecca Ann Bell, of Washhouse Lane in Wake Forest, failed to enroll at least one child in school, abused at least one child and exposed a child to domestic violence and let at least one child live in a condemned home for a week.

The home that was condemned had no electricity and no running water and had holes in the ceilings, exposed nails in the floor and mold and raw meat throughout the house, according to warrants.

According to the couple’s Facebook page, they have nine children.

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Matthew Shirely, 21, and his Family.

Rebecca Bell’s oldest son, 21-year-old Matthew Shirely, lives in Nevada and said that Michael Bell abused him and his siblings for years.

“You know, just getting like smacked around to like actual fistfights between me and my stepdad,” he said.

Shirely said his family lived in Nevada prior to living in North Carolina, where Rebecca Bell moved to get back together with Michael.

“Growing up, none of my siblings, me included, we never had a stable home.  We bounced around.  Off the top of my head, I could probably give you around anywhere from 16 to 20 addresses we’ve lived at,” Shirely said.

Shirely said he feels helpless being across the country while 10 of his siblings are split up in foster care.

“You know, they’ve gone through it in the past.  They went through it when I was there.  I went through it when I was with them, and it hurts knowing my siblings, like I’m not there to do anything about it,” he said.

A father himself, Shirely said he doesn’t understand how his mother could watch her children suffer.

“She’s seen the fights, she’s seen abuse, she’s seen the way Mike treats the kids, and it just amazes me someone could watch their kids go through that and not want something better,” he said.

Michael Bell was charged in February with sexual exploitation of a minor

Records stated he possessed three photos of child pornography: an infant girl, a girl about 6 years old and a girl about 7 to 10 years old.

Michael Bell and Rebecca Bell were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Special Needs Child Locked In Basement Storage

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Special Needs Child locked In basement storage room.

Macy couple pleads not guilty to
Child Abuse

OMAHA, NE  –  A Macy, Nebraska, husband and wife have pleaded not guilty to locking a 10-year-old foster son in a basement storage room.

Krista Parker entered her plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to federal and state charges of kidnapping, child abuse/neglect and false imprisonment. Charles Parker pleaded not guilty to the same charges Thursday.

Trial dates have not been set.

According to court documents, authorities on Sept. 15 were called to the Parker home about a report of a boy locked in a storage room.

Officers found the boy locked in the dark, windowless room, amid trash, a few toys and human feces.  The room stunk of urine and feces, court documents said.

Krista Parker was found passed out upstairs, and a preliminary breath test showed her blood-alcohol content at 0.126 percent.

Parker confessed to locking the boy in the room a few hours earlier, court documents said, but denied confining the special-needs boy, who had been in her foster care for nine months, in the room previously.

Charles Parker told officers he was unaware that his wife had confined their son in the room that night, but he said that they occasionally locked the boy in the room for several hours and maybe for a night one time, court documents said.

The boy told a forensic interviewer that the storage room was his bedroom and that he slept on the floor because he did not have a bed.

MO Man Charged With Cruel Child Abuse

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James L. Hays Jr., 48

Sedalia man charged with Child Abuse

SEDALIA, MO  –  A Sedalia man has been charged with physically abusing three children.

James L. Hays Jr., 48, of the 300 block of East 14th Street, was arrested Monday afternoon at his residence and was charged Tuesday in Pettis County Circuit Court with three counts of abuse or neglect of a child.  He is at the Pettis County Jail on a $1 million bond, cash or surety.

According to a Sedalia Police Department report, an officer took a report July 23 in reference to several allegations of child abuse to three children.  Detective Travis St. Cyr began an investigation and a search warrant was served at Hays’ home Monday.

The probable cause statement indicates the children’s grandmother took them to Bothwell Regional Health Center after she noticed large bruises on them and they disclosed to her that a man known to them, identified as Hays, had been physically abusing them.  The children are ages 12, 9 and 8.

All three children were interviewed at Child Safe of Central Missouri on July 27, according to the probable cause statement.

The 9-year-old said Hays would “kick them, make them do punishments and drown them” when their mother wasn’t home.  The child showed the Child Safe interviewer a bruise and a knot on her leg from Hays kicking her, explaining it happened when she was eating granola bars.  She said Hays took the food away, spanked the child a few times, kicked her and made her do push-ups.

The girl said he “yells at them, kicks them a lot, and spanks her” when the children try to get food, court documents state.  Hays barely feeds them, she said.

The child also talked about occasions when Hays forced her to eat hot peppers, poured water over her head causing her to be unable to breathe, hit her with a belt, and called her names.

The 8-year-old said Hays makes him do “up-downs, push-ups, jumping jacks and gets spankings with a belt” when he’s in trouble.

All three children told the interviewer about numerous occasions when he would hit, kick or spank them, usually leaving bruises.  The 8-year-old recalled a time when the 9-year-old’s legs were hurt so badly she could barely walk, and another time the 12-year-old was shot with green bullets, which detectives later discovered with an airsoft gun during the search warrant.

The children all also talked about Hays locking them in the bathroom and forcing them to sleep in a closet in the bathroom.  The 9-year-old said Hays locks the door with a bar on the outside.  The 12-year-old drew pictures of the two metal bars she said Hays uses; one is black with “Hays” written on it while the other is red with Neo-Nazi symbols, court documents state.

The 12-year-old said they’ve been sleeping in the bathroom for four years.

Two children said their mother isn’t allowed to do anything about Hays locking the children in the bathroom.  The 9-year-old talked about their mother “sneaking food to them while locked in the bathroom.  She specifically mentioned peanut butter and jelly.”  The 12-year-old said a few times their mother either tried to call someone or get the children out of the bathroom, but Hays wouldn’t let her.

According to court documents, during the search warrant SPD officers found the black metal bar, the red metal bar, belts matching the children’s descriptions, and a long rifle airsoft gun with green plastic BBs loaded inside, all consistent with the children’s disclosures.

The bathroom door didn’t have metal brackets attached, “but it was clear that they were recently removed.”  Officers found brackets inside a toolbox that matched up with the holes on the door frame.

Online court documents do not list an attorney for Hays, and a hearing has not been scheduled.

CA Family Arrested For Torture Of Child

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Yulonda Parker, Shalonda Rae Hill, Louis Hill and Delores Parker are all facing felony charges.

Anaheim family members accused of
torture, Child Abuse on teen girl

SANTA ANA, CA  –  A hammer, pins, a chair and an awl are just some of the things a criminal complaint alleges a 15-year-old Anaheim girl was assaulted with by her own family.

Anaheim police arrested the girl’s father, stepmother and two other family members over the weekend.

A neighbor didn’t want to show her face but said she’s heard issues at the home.

“Sometimes they would threaten each other, (saying) stuff like, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ but I never really thought they would hurt a child,” she said.

Yulonda Parker, Shalonda Rae Hill, Louis Hill and Delores Parker are all facing felony charges of torture, child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

Neighbor Mary Perez said she saw law enforcement at the home.

“When I saw the social services car, I knew there was something wrong because I had a foster home for about 10 years,” Perez said.

Neighbors said they believe other children live at the home, and they’ve tried to step in during loud arguments.

“Usually they’re arguing and the little kids are crying, but our neighbors come and try to calm them down,” said the unidentified neighbor.  “But they don’t like the advice we give them.”

The Orange County District Attorney is not commenting on the case.

Two of the suspects have hired private attorneys.  ABC7 reached out to both — one did not respond and the other had no comment.

All four suspects are being held at the Orange County Jail.  Each of their bails is set at $1 million.

Ignorance Of Chemicals Is No Excuse

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Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien, WI

PDC community divided as principal charged with Child Abuse makes first court appearance

Prairie du Chien, WI  –  On Wednesday, Aaron Amundson, a Prairie du Chien principal for Bluff View Intermediate School charged with physical abuse of a child, appeared in court for the first time.

According to a criminal complaint, Amundson used chemical cleaners to scrub off two letters on a student’s hand.  According to the victim’s mom, her son’s hand was chemically burned from Amundson’s actions.

Before Wednesday’s hearing, Amundson’s defense filed a motion to dismiss the charge, but the prosecution was not ready to argue that motion.

However, the prosecution did ask the judge for a $1,000 bond and a strict no contact order between Amundson and the victim.

In response, the defense asked for the no contact order to have exceptions for Amundson to accidentally run into the student at Bluff View.  The defense argued a strict no contact order would prevent Amundson from going back to work at the school as long as the victim attends the same school.

The judge granted the no contact order with exceptions for incidental contact at the school.

Critics of Amundson say this case highlights the deeper divide in the Prairie du Chien community.

“Since the recession, our community got divided.  It’s either you have money or you don’t,” Darlene Natwick, a mother with a son in the PDC School District, said.

She said Amundson’s supporters, “want to protect him.”

An Amundson supporter said Amundson did not intentionally chemically burn a student.

“It’s a tragedy what occurred.  It was a mistake,” Kurt Kravchuk, who had a child in the PDC School District, said. “Aaron freely admits he made a mistake and didn’t look at the directions.  He was just trying to help out a child that came to him in need.”

Amundson has been on paid, non-disciplinary leave, but some women say they’ve seen him at the school.

District Administrator Bob Smudde said that’s because he has allowed Amundson back.

“He’s been going to administrative meetings at the bookends of the day, no student contact,” Smudde said.  “Since he is on paid leave we are trying to get him to be as involved in the administrative process with meetings with adults as possible, but he is doing nothing with students at this time.”

Smudde said the District Attorney did ask him to not allow Amundson back on campus, and Smudde said Amundson has not been back since.  He added that there has not yet been a decision made as to if Amundson will be allowed on school grounds after the judge created a no contact order with exceptions allowing for Amundson to be on school grounds.

Smudde said that no decision has been made in regards to Amundson’s employment because of the ongoing court proceedings.

In the meantime, Amundson’s supporters and critics both hope for different outcomes.

“I really think it’s time for a new principal.  I would like to see a new principal,” Natwick said.

Kravchuk said, “I just hope justice is carried out in a proper manner.”

A motion hearing and preliminary hearing are set for May 31 at 2:30 at the Crawford County Courthouse.