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.
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.
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.
I turned the knob and the door cracked open, suddenly the all too familiar smell was all around me, and on me. As I finished opening the door, the smell of my 3rd son drew closer around me, holding to me tightly.
The next afternoon I turned the knob, and as I opened the door and held it, my Mother looked into my eyes and nodded, then my Niece did also, as they proceeded into the big room, moving to the chairs I had marked with my eyes.
The table was filled with gamblers, all holding the winning hand, including the nurse at the far end of the table; she knew her part by heart, and in fact was certain of an academy award, until she looked into the eyes she knew so well….
These people had lied to me since the day before, and evidently thought we were dumb as dirt. Never in my life had I ever imagined the day when the people I respected so much would instead prove to be as low as the most evil criminals.
I listened as each one at the table had their say, then, while slowly standing up, I looked from one, to the next in turn all around the table. I explained the difference in “no activity” with a swollen head, and a “brain stem test”, then I looked into each set of eyes, and said NO ONE WILL BE TURNING MY SON’S VENTILATOR OFF TODAY, NOR EVER.
My Brother called me 3 years ago, and told me to hurry. When I got to the place, he met me at the door, and we went to the young Lady’s room.
Nurses were all standing around staring at the relative, as my Brother asked my opinion. I said heroin???? NO WAY, maybe PCP, but you remember when I was in the hospital and went out of my head 2 different times???? He said that’s why I called you.
When I said, “considering how hard she fell when she was blind-sided, I would have to believe bone marrow was in her system and going to her brain, but apparently she didn’t break nothing”. The nurses looked like I had slapped them.
These people failed to X-Ray this young Lady, missed a broken hip, then left the illicit drugs misdiagnosis on her record to cover their incompetence. The sad part of this is that she had been in the hospital for nearly 3 full days.
My Little Brother was the victim of a poorly trained employee at Insurance Market Place. We got their attention by contacting Our Elected Officials.
However, while filing an appeal, I had to rush My Brother to the ER. Later he was diagnosed with pancreatitis, but sent home without a Doctor doing anything.
To say he was in agony, is like saying a blow torch is warm, because Our Circle on Google had told me so. After over a month, we won his appeal, and he was checked into Parkland Hospital, where he stayed for 4 days then released.
All this time He has been losing weight, and still hurting badly almost all the time.
This week I went with him to his appointments, before Chemo, and for whatever reason, between our questions, it fell out of these people’s mouth that he hasn’t been getting any real treatment due to the drugs in his system.
I believe my Brother got their attention by telling them between Parkland Hospital and Insurance Market Place, they were responsible for him losing nearly 40 lbs and everything else, plus knowing the pain he was in, yet not prescribing him anything.
But now I don’t mind telling everyone that I got my Brother the medicine for pain. I am unable to take anything like this and muscle relaxers, so I didn’t know….
I’m sorry Little Brother, and I have to admit this to all of you, I knew how he was hurting, and I knew his stress and depression first hand, yet I made him even more miserable because I kept thinking I was going to go wake him up one day and he wasn’t going to wake up.
SO, this is for all of you….
First, I checked if anything had turned up on the VA Hospital Drug Thefts, and oddly enough nothing has been posted since roughly the end of May.
BUT, I did come across some very interesting facts:
Doctors and Nurses are more likely than other occupations to form a substance addiction.
Studies suggest that Medical Professionals are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their patients.
Substance Abuse is grossly unreported in medical community by an estimated 50% and most likely much higher.
*15% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be as much as 50% higher
**20% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be more than 50% higher