Category Archives: Cruelty

Whole Family Cried When Woman Sentenced

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Princess White, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony injury to a child charge.

Dallas mother gets life for starving baby who was too weak to cry when he died

Dallas, TX  –  A 22-year-old mother was sentenced to life in prison for starving her 7 1/2-month-old baby to death.

When Kary Sharpe died, he weighed ounces more than he did when he was born.

Too emaciated to lift his head or roll over, he likely didn’t even cry in the hours and days before he died of starvation Dec. 2, 2014.

Kary’s mother, Princess White, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony injury to a child charge.

State District Judge Teresa Hawthorne — known for giving second chances — sentenced the woman to life in prison Friday.

Hawthorne frequently interjected during testimony to ask questions, often wondering what might have led White to neglect her baby.

The judge said she will never be able to get the image of baby Kary out of her mind — so thin that every rib in his body could be seen in his autopsy photos.

The skin around his belly and backside sagged where muscle and fat had once been.

Hawthorne said she often gives people second chances so they can get help to amend for their mistakes but couldn’t ignore “what you did by letting that baby die.”

“That poor child longed for nurture and food,” Hawthorne said.

White shouted “no!” after she was sentenced and was led back to a holding cell.  She could be heard wailing from inside the courtroom.

Her family threw themselves on the floor weeping outside the courtroom, and her mother said, “How could they give my baby life?”

White’s aunt, 24-year-old Kiara Hamlett, testified that she could tell Kary was small for his age but didn’t realize how emaciated he was until the day he died.

Hamlett and White’s sister lived with White and her three children.
“What the hell were you grown-ups doing in there?”  Hawthorne asked Hamlett.  “Is there anything you can say to me to help me understand why for two months nobody took care of this baby?”
Hamlett sniffed and hung her head.

“Do you not have an answer for me, ma’am?”  Hawthorne asked.
“No ma’am,” Hamlett responded.

Defense attorney Sindhu Alexander said White couldn’t understand that her baby could die.  Alexander asked the court for leniency.

“She was ill-equipped to deal with the exact situation she had,” Alexander said.

She said that White’s parenting skills worsened after the father of her three children went to prison, leaving her to work and care for the kids by herself.

“I don’t think Princess White realized if she didn’t take him to the doctor he could die,” Alexander said.

But prosecutor Eren Price said it’s pointless to waste time trying to figure out why a mother would let her baby starve to death.

She called White a liar and a manipulator.  White claimed that she had fed Kary and changed his diaper the day he died.  Medical records showed the child was wearing an “old, heavily saturated, foul-smelling diaper.”

And the autopsy report showed that Kary’s stomach was empty.  All that remained in his body was feces he was likely too weak to pass.

Price said as awful as it may sound, “it would have been more humane for her to put a bullet in his head.”

White was indicted in January 2015 on the injury to a child charge for “failing to provide adequate nutrition” and “failing to seek adequate medical care” for Kary.

Child Protective Services took custody of White’s two other children.  They are now in foster care.

After months in jail, White wrote Hawthorne, asking the judge to lower her bail.

“What they accusing me of I didn’t do it I love my kids,” White wrote. “I was a single mother struggle tryna make sure we had a place to stay and food to eat.”

She said that she had never been in trouble before, except for a time she was accused of stealing “pampers for my baby!!”

White signed the letter, “love Princess.”

On Thursday, prosecutor Eren Price showed the judge photos of Kary’s body.  His bones were protruding and his body was shrunken in comparison to his head.

Price compared those photos to undated pictures on White’s phone showing that Kary had once been healthy and well-fed, with rolls on his arms and legs, a round face and big brown eyes.

In some pictures he was grinning, wide-mouthed and toothless.

“If I didn’t know it was the same child, you couldn’t convince me,” said Dallas police Detective Chris Adams, a child-abuse detective who went to the hospital after Kary died.

He described the baby as “skin and bones.”  Kary was emaciated, with no muscle or fat on his tiny body.

White told police that Kary had trouble keeping down his bottles because he was lactose-intolerant.  She said she had fed him 8 ounces of soy milk the morning of his death, but police didn’t find any soy milk in the home, Adams said.

Dr. Suzanne Dakil, a pediatrician who specializes in child-abuse cases, said even babies who have trouble eating or keeping down their food wouldn’t be as emaciated as Kary was when he died.

When Price showed a photo of the baby when he was alive to Dakil, the pediatrician raised her eyebrows and asked, “That’s the same child?”


Price nodded.

Dakil looked back at a photo of Kary’s emaciated body and said, “That would’ve been slow suffering.”

Kary weighed about 6 pounds 9 ounces when he was born.  At a checkup when he was 3 months old, he was slightly underweight at 9 pounds.  At 7-1/2 months, when he died, he weighed 7 pounds.
Dakil described such starvation deaths of babies as rare.

“This is actively, passively letting a kid die right in front of you,” Dakil said.  “It’s not an act of minutes.  It’s weeks, months.”

If Kary had been taken to a hospital, she said, he could’ve been saved.  He would have gained weight, and his growth would have been that of a normal, healthy child.

And he would have turned 3 later this month.

FL Man Restrained Child, Whipped Her

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Paul McKeehan

Man charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

UMATILLA, FL  –  A man has been arrested after he admitted to placing a 10-year-old girl in adult entertainment straps and beating her with a wooden spatula as punishment.

According to an arrest affidavit, Christopher Paul McKeehan was upset Thursday that the child had left some pills out that a 2-year-old got into as well as lying about her report card.

A witness in the home said McKeehan couldn’t find his belt he normally spanked the child with and couldn’t wait, so he grabbed the 12-inch long, two-inch wide spatula to beat the child.

McKeehan admitted to Lake County sheriff’s deputies, who had responded to the home on reports of child abuse, that the adult entertainment straps were already tied to the bed.  He added he took the child into the bedroom, made her lie down, used the straps to bind her wrists, took her pants down and beat her.

The witness told deputies that when she heard screaming, she went into the room and yelled for McKeehan to stop.  But instead the 175-pound McKeehan climbed onto the child’s back and continued to spank her with the spatula.

The affidavit adds the child was eventually able to get one hand free. But about 75 percent of the child’s buttocks was covered with a bright red and purple bruise.

McKeehan was charged with aggravated child abuse and remained in the Lake County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to the affidavit, McKeehan admitted he went too far and called law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families on himself. 

Children Locked Up And Starved 3 Months

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Children were nearly starved to death and beaten.

Police:  Children Abused, locked in room found nearly starved to death

HALIFAX, PA  –  It is a horrible case of child abuse, alleged by authorities in Halifax, Pennsylvania.

They say for three months, three young children were locked in a room and abused to the point of near starvation.  A five-year-old child weighed only 23 pounds.  Now, the parents are behind bars facing numerous charges.

“One of the girls was, probably according to the doctor was about a week away from dying,” Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said.

The district attorney says the children found in this home, under the care of Brandi Weyant and Joshua Weyant, were nearly starved to death and beaten.

“They were locked in a room with no heat source, they were given no food we believe for the last few months, their weight was basically just skin and bone,” Marsico said.

The owner of this house, Sheila Herb, says she had no idea what was going on behind closed doors.

“They need to rot in jail,” Herb said.

According to court paperwork, the children told police they were locked in their room and couldn’t leave.  Investigators say the kids told them “they would have to pound on the wall to get someone to take them to the bathroom and they would urinate on themselves and on the bedroom floor when no one would come.”

“[There’s] mold and lice [and] bed bugs,” Herb said.  “You’re going to want to shower when you leave here.”

The court paperwork says “the victims were found to be extremely disheveled with dirt, animal hair, urine and feces in their clothing and encrusted into their skin.”

“Everything you open, there’s bugs running,” Herb said.

Inside the house, a man who says he lived there, didn’t want to go on camera.  He says he fed the kids each a single apple every morning. He says he didn’t know they were being abused.

“The pictures in this case were terrible,” Marsico said.  “To see these children, you knew that they were near death when you see the pictures.”

The DA says all three children are either still in the hospital or back in the hospital.  The parents are facing numerous charges, the most serious of which is aggravated assault.

“The aggravated assault is very similar to the attempted homicide charge, so the aggravated assault would probably encompass that,” Marsico said.

Both the homeowner and neighbors say they wish they would’ve known so they could’ve helped.

“Them little kids, why didn’t they just give them up instead of torturing them?”  neighbor Fred Anderson said.

The district attorney says animals in the home were fed and healthy while the children were starving.  Police say both Brandi and Joshua Weyant have denied abusing or neglecting the children.

Can You Imagine Dying Alone In A Hot Car

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Michael Thedford, 33

Father arrested in death of child left in car
in Collin County

MELISSA, TX  –  Authorities have arrested a father after his 6-month-old daughter was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon outside their Melissa home.

According to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were alerted at about 1:30 p.m. that an infant was left alone in a vehicle in the 1400 block of Milrany Lane in Melissa.

Authorities released few details but confirmed the child died and that her father, 33-year-old Michael Thedford, was arrested.

Thedford was charged with manslaughter and is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Fabiola Contreras lives across the street from the home.  She said she immediately noticed all the commotion as first responders arrived at the scene.

“I saw the ambulance come first,” Contreras said. “I just saw them rush into the house.”

Officials with the Collin County Sheriffs Department says the child was unresponsive when deputies arrived at the scene.

Contreras says detectives spent some time with Thedford in the front part of the home and had him retrace his steps.

“Before we knew it, he was walking outside with handcuffs,” she said.

The cause of the child’s death is under investigation.  Deputies were told the child was left in the car but it hasn’t been revealed for how long.

According to KidsandCars.org, 16 children have died in hot car related deaths nationwide this yearThat’s more than double the number of 7 at the same time last year.

Tuesday’s death was the third this year in Texas, according to the organization.

Three Operators Of Home For Troubled Youth Arrested

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Pastor John Young, Aleshia Moffett, and William Knott turned themselves in to authorities.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich believes Aggravated Child Abuse charges are justified and said there was more than enough evidence to make the arrests.

MOBILE, AL  –  After a very lengthy investigation, three former operators of Saving Youth Foundation — a home for troubled youth — are now facing charges of aggravated child abuse.

Pastor John Young, Aleshia Moffett, and William Knott turned themselves in to Mobile Metro Jail after being indicted by a grand jury.  The investigation was launched after several victims came forward with allegations of abuse back in March.  One of those victims was 17-year-old Taylor Wagner.  She claims she was placed in isolation for 22 days for writing her mom a letter for help.

“They would put you in handcuffs and shackles if they felt like they wanted to.  Sometimes they would strip you down to your bra and underwear and you were in there for 24 hours a day.  Sometimes they would barely let you out to use the restroom,” said Wagner.

Since then a total of 12 alleged victims have come forward — eight boys and four girls.  According to officials none of them live in Mobile County and most live all over the country, which is why the investigation took so long.

Back in March, a day after more than 30 boys and girls were removed from the facility — Young gave FOX 10 News an exclusive tour — even showing us those isolation rooms.  At the time, he told us the kids would say anything to get back out on the streets.

“I don’t really blame the kids. They want their freedom. They want to go smoke their pot and go out on the streets and go on Facebook and everything and a facility like this is a controlled environment,” said Young.

Despite the charges, Young still maintains his innocence and says the evidence will back his side of the story.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich believes the charges are justified and said there was more than enough evidence to make the arrests.

After seeing the closet-like isolation rooms with chicken wire and locks on the outside, Rich said it is not only a violation of city fire codes but also very disturbing.

“The children were placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time.  This was not a couple of hours in an isolation room to calm them down… these were extended periods of time – days, weeks, sometimes even months.  There was also shackles that was used… handcuffs for extended periods of time.  These children were placed in harm’s way and the allegations are very serious of aggravated child abuse,” said Rich.

Affiliated with Solid Rock Ministries, the Saving Youth Foundation fell under the church-run exception and was not regulated.  Rich said that needs to change.

“They need to be regulated.  Any facility that houses children needs to be regulated and there needs to be a very strict standard of care that is given when someone takes the responsibility to house and provide education and training of a young person.  And with it should come high standards,” said Rich.

All three suspects face charges of aggravated child abuse. Young faces 12 counts, Moffett four counts, and Knott eight counts.  If convicted, each charge carries two to 20 years of jail time.