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Posted on September 4, 2018 by secretangel
Abusing a child… is something we never want to see… but it happens often… in so many a family.
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.
The statistics are shocking. According to Victims of Crime, a website with national statistics on child abuse, one-in-five girls, and one-in-twenty boys, are victims of sexual abuse.
“These numbers are incorrect, the actual statistics are: Child rape occurs every two minutes. 1 in 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age 17, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested before the age 17 (1 in 5 in Canada). A sex offender will molest an average of 120 victims, most of whom do not report it, and 90% of molesters abuse children they know.”
“What we learned and what I personally learned is once you start talking about it, once you actually get somebody not to be hush-hush and quiet and talk about it then you realize they know somebody who knows somebody,” says Oasis, the executive producer of the documentary.
The idea for the documentary was born from Wanda Martin Palmer, the founder of #ProtectOurGirlsCampaign.
Wanda says she and her daughter were victimized by the same person, prompting her to create the campaign, which she now uses to give resources and information to other victims.
“She’s going to make sure that it goes to the highest level as it can possibly go,” says Javenna Smith Myrieckes, director of the film.
End The Silence, which centers around Palmer, brings out a series of emotions, from anger to sadness.
“A couple of the young ladies have such extreme experiences that what makes it difficult for them to go on is that some of the predators and violators are still in their family structure,” said Javenna. “And then, I start to find out about their victories and their healing, and I actually start to get a little afraid. Because it’s a subject matter that not everyone wants to avoid and ignore.”
The hope is this film will accomplish its two main goals. To show victims that there are ways to get the help they need, and to begin the conversation, a conversation long overdue.
“It’s not going to be the perfect discussion, it’s uncomfortable. But it’s necessary,” said Javenna.
End The Silence will premiere at the Black Diamond Lounge in Fruitland on August 24, and again at the Senator Theater in Baltimore on August 30.
You can find out more information at endthesilencedocumentary.com.
Frederick, MD – Frederick police have linked a man to four sexual assault cases dating to the 1990s, after a domestic disturbance at the man’s house last month.
At 3:15 a.m. Oct. 25, police arrived at 47-year-old Joey Leon Laster’s home in the 1800 block of Ganby Way to find a teenage boy knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking for help, according to charging documents.
The boy told police Laster had sexual contact with him, causing him to flee, according to charging documents filed against Laster over the last week in Frederick County District Court.
Laster denied the accusations, but a man and two more boys contacted detectives over the next two days to report past abuse after Laster was charged with second and third-degree sex offense and sex abuse of a minor.
The earliest abuse reported to police dated to 1999, when Laster began inappropriately touching a boy who was then 8 years old, according to documents. The other two boys told police they were abused between 2008 and 2013.
Police said Laster would alternate between using threats and promising gifts to the boys to keep them from telling anyone about the abuse or refusing his advances, the documents state.
“I would kill you before you even thought about telling anyone,” Laster told one boy, according to one set of charging documents.
In addition to the charges filed against him Oct. 25, Laster was also facing five counts of second-degree assault, four counts of sex abuse of a minor and one count of fourth-degree sex offense, according to the charging documents.
Laster was released from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center as of Friday when his combined $725,000 bail was posted through a bondsman, court records state.
Laster was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Nov. 25, court records state.
“Empowerment today meant them being able to walk and laugh and talk and smile on their way to school this morning,”
That’s the mission behind Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA, and the reason the Kanawha Valley chapter of roughly 10 motorcyclist is walking child abuse victims to school this week.
“To see them smile, to see them hold their head up, their chin up and look you in the eye because maybe they couldn’t do that before with others because they were afraid – it’s a blessing for us,” said BACA patch member “Bootsie.”
BACA members said thousands of children in West Virginia are abused physically and/or sexually. Some of those children are too scared to walk to class in fear the perpetrators will find and hurt them again, BACA members said.
Friday marked the second day the Kanawha Valley chapter walked two child abuse victims to Cabell County schools. 13 News is not releasing the names of those children or schools in order to protect their identities.
BACA also escorts children to court in child abuse cases. “Pipe,” president of the BACA Kanawha Valley chapter, said they will also go to parks with children or sleep on their front porches if they’re too scared to sleep at night – anything that helps the children feel safe.
“Empowerment today meant them being able to walk and laugh and talk and smile on their way to school this morning,” Bootsie said. “They’re the hero – they’re the strong one. We’re just the supporter.”
Each motorcyclist must go through a background check before becoming a part of BACA. Anyone who’d like to join the organization can find out more information at their monthly meetings, held on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Eleanor Fire Department.
BACA can be reached on their hotline at 304-760-9373 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgC