Category Archives: Parenting

Dad jailed for Bullying Bully

Father Arrested After Confronting Daughter’s Bully

ST. LOUIS, MO- Police arrested a man after he confronts a small child on a school bus.

Malvin Crain turned himself into Collinsville Police. He’s facing charges of battery and aggravated assault. They are both class a misdemeanors. Police released Crain after he posted bond.

Police say 33-year-old Malvin Crain of Granite City reportedly grabbed the six-year-old boy by his jacket. He then pulled out his belt and threatened to attack the child if he didn’t stop bullying his daughter.

But according to the Collinsville School superintendent, Bob Green said he got word of the alleged bullying days ago. “The mother of the little girl came to the school last week and reported that there was a problem on the bus.”  Green said the principal followed procedure, contacted the parent of the six-year-old, contacted the other parent and they thought it was a done deal. “This morning the father came to school, told him everything was fine we have it taken care of, and apparently the parent went to the bus stop.”

When asked why the adult was allowed on the bus in the first place, he repeated what the bus company First Student told him. “They said sometimes parents get on the bus, to ask questions or deliver information. They didn’t think the parent was going to get out of control and do anything,” said Green, “It’s more like putting the kids in danger, what if you mistaken the kid… who did the bullying, you whooping someone’s kid who didn`t do anything, that`s messed up.”

Head Trauma?

2014-11-23-IrvingManChargedWithMurderIrving man charged with murder of girlfriend’s son

An Irving man is in jail in connection to a toddler’s death.

According to police, Michael Mercado, 25, was watching his girlfriend’s son alone on November 19 when he called 911, claiming 2 1/2 –year-old Dionicio Mendoza was having a seizure. The boy has no history of health issues.

Dionicio was transported to Children’s Medical Center Dallas and was placed on a ventilator. Police say he had obvious signs of trauma to the body, with injuries all over his body as well as internal injuries.

Police questioned Mercado on what had happened and say that what he said happened was inconsistent with the child’s injuries.

Dionicio had been on life support until Friday, when doctors scanned his brain and declared him dead. An autopsy has not yet been performed to determine the cause of death and they are preparing to harvest his organs.

Mercado was arrested on Friday and charged with capital murder. He is currently in the Irving Jail with no bond.

The Holiday Season and We Have Nothing

The Family Place

“Where family violence stops”

In 2013, The Family Place provided services in Spanish and in English to a total of 11,758 clients. Since 1978, we have counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 21,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. We have helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior and reach approximately 6,000 students each year through our youth education programs.

Family Violence in Dallas

  • 38% of Texas women—more than one in three—have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime. (Texas Council on Family Violence)
  • 70% of the children of abused women are also physically abused, and 20% are sexually abused. The majority of abusive men were either abused as children or witnessed their mothers being abused. (WomenKind, Inc.)
  • In 2013, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,007 family violence calls resulting in 1,215 aggravated assaults, 23 murders, 10,812 reported offenses, 91 sexual assault offenses, 180 violations of protective orders, and 5,782 arrests.
  • The 2013 Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point-in-Time Homeless Count found 2,972 people living on Dallas streets or in shelters. 24% of the homeless population was children, and 14% of the adult population listed domestic violence as their reason for homelessness.

Adopt-a-family-2014-11-5- (1472)

Adopt-a-Family

The Family Place is a 4 Star Charity

Help us help our families by considering to adopt this year!

Here’s how it works:

  • Our program has families that range in size from single women to moms with up to seven children.
  • Submit your online request below!
  • Based on your response, we will match you with the appropriate sized family, and contact you with details.
  • You will shop for each member of the family, as well as shop for some wrapping paper, tape and bows to give to the mom to wrap the gifts for her children.
  • Bring the gifts, labeled with the names of the recipients, to our Holiday Donation Center.
  • The Family Place distributes the gifts to the families.

2014 Adopt-a- Family Sign-Up
*All fields below are required
http://www.familyplace.org/adopt-a-family

Not able to Adopt-a-Family this year? You can still help by participating in our Adopt-a-Shelter Program or making a donation earmarked “Adopt-a-Family” (in the “Toward a particular program” – Other” tab on our donation page), and we will take care of the shopping.

Essete Workneh | Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager
volunteer@familyplace.org | 214.443.7714

I care, but…

Where would we be without you?

Look around you, what do you see?  Do you see a perfect world that you enjoy being a part of?  Do you see a world that is less than perfect, but you are content, so it’s not so bad?  Or do you see a world with misplaced priorities;  a world where Athletes are the Heroes, the Good Guys, even if they do sucker-punch their 100 pound Wife and knock her out in an elevator occasionally.  A world where the media hangs on every word of a Team Owner; a man your Children just possibly have noticed on the evening news, with his hands where they shouldn’t be on a woman who isn’t his wife.

So you DO CARE, you don’t like the inequalities that exist in the world as it is now;  but you have nothing to offer in the way of talent, you are uncomfortable and shy when it comes to speaking when more than one stranger is present.

Join the club, I just described me.  I was and still am, a bookworm, Ms Librarian, OK a nerd, I said it.  A short time ago, I was offered(?) a job as Editor of a G+ page for a group of people(strangers).  I was petrified, the first week it would seem to take half a day to type a very short post(OK, so I didn’t have to look these strangers in the eye, it seemed as if I was standing right in front of them), I would type 1 letter and then check to see if I had misspelled “a”, I was a nervous wreck by dinner every single night, and on the 3rd night was threatened with force feeding or a feeding tube by a certain tyrant.  But an unbelievable thing happened, these strangers were more than understanding, many were and still are there, day or night for me.(especially Bunny)

Then one day “she” joined Our Circle(“she” is actually 2 very different women, 1 is a brain, I just had to mention you Caroline), she was everything I ever daydreamed or imagined me being.  April was beautiful, talented, a very good parent, and even cared for others.(my 3 are actually at least 5, since I inherited 2 from my alter-ego and The Tyrant)

Please don’t mistake who I am intending this for, if you read each word, everyone mentioned and implied is who I am writing this for, but read on so you will know YOU TOO are desperately needed, to effect the change this world so badly needs.

I hesitate to think where we would be at this point in time without you.  A caring heart big enough, and with so much love, for everyone and every living thing in Our World, and you in  your GOD given caring way, already have all the above mapped and cataloged in your heart, which included this nerd.  You mean so much to me, and it is only right that I share at least a part of what Our Circle has been Blessed with. This is Our Circle’s April:

 

Woman Behind Bars for Sodomizing Boy

Woman Behind Bars After Self-Pics Sodomizing Child

Police have arrested a woman in Albuquerque after discovering the photos she emailed to another man of her performing oral sex on a 7-year-old boy.

Gwen Lindgren has been behind bars since Wednesday and is facing charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a minor, sexual exploitation of children, tampering with evidence and bribery or intimidation of a witness. Lindgren’s husband found the photos last week, but police report that the pictures were taken in September.

Lindgren had met the man she sent the photos to on the Internet. After being arrested and interviewed by authorities, she claimed that the man, whom she refers to as “the caretaker,” forced her to take the photos and send them to him. Lindgren said the man was helping her get through marital problems, and if he asked her to take similar photos again, she could not guarantee them that she wouldn’t.

The identity of the boy has not been revealed, but neighbors say they had been concerned even before news of the sexual abuse came out. Denise Phillips, who lived in the same apartment complex, says she often saw the child being neglected: “He would swim alone, he would wait at the bus stop on his own, sometimes without a coat in the dead of winter. He would always be wandering around on his own. So, of course, we were welcoming to him.”

After a few months, Phillips and other neighborhood moms called the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) of New Mexico back in May. They saw representatives of the CYFD visit the boy’s home, but no one was ever taken into custody. Phillips believes that if they took the boy into the custody of the state, the assault could have been prevented.

Lindgren is facing the additional charge of intimidating a witness after she threatened the boy to never discuss what she did to him.

The husband found the photos of the two in compromising positions when he was going through his wife’s phone and alerted local law enforcement.

He told authorities that Gwen had told him she had engaged in sex acts with a child before, but he hadn’t believed her at first since they were both very drunk at the time.  The husband says the two were separated and in the process of getting a divorce.