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There are 5 forms of Child Abuse: Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Family Violence, and Sexual Abuse.

Women Abuse Children At Higher Rate Than Men

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Gigi Mitchell, accused of trafficking an 11-year-old girl in Las Vegas.

Woman charged with sex trafficking of
girl, 11, on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, NV  –  An 11-year-old girl boasted of smoking cigarettes and drinking booze on the Strip, and she told men she was a prostitute, according to police.

Now the 40-year-old woman prosecutors allege brought the girl to Las Vegas is charged with sex trafficking and child abuse.

In a brief court appearance Friday morning, Gigi Mitchell clasped her hands at her waist and choked back tears as Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia told Mitchell she faces a preliminary hearing next month on seven felony charges.

The girl, who admitted to drinking and smoking with Mitchell in casinos, has been taken in by child protective services.

Metropolitan Police Department officers working at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in the early morning hours of March 2 spotted Mitchell and the girl approaching men in the casino, while the girl wore a “tight-fitting” white floral dress and black high heels, according to an arrest report.

When the two were initially questioned by police, they gave what officers believed were “rehearsed” answers, the report said.

Mitchell told investigators that she and the girl were “selling flower pens” and went to The Cosmopolitan for breakfast.

Mitchell initially told police she had just met the men.  Later, she said they were cousins named Brandon and Justin, or Randy and Gary.

The girl, identified in the arrest report as “victim 1,” told police that she and Mitchell had driven to Las Vegas from Arizona around the time of the Super Bowl in early February and had stayed at various hotels along the Strip.

After Mitchell allowed police to review her phone, investigators found a photo of male genitals that she sent to the girl.  She denied sending the photo.

Mitchell’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Mike Feliciano, declined to comment on the allegations.

On the girl’s cellphone, police found various messages with men that appeared to be “prostitution related.”  In her purse, they found two condoms and three pens.

The report detailed various sexually explicit conversations the girl had with an unidentified man, with whom she apparently had engaged in sex acts.

In one, the man mentioned a desire to marry the girl.

“Tyna (thought you’d never ask) come on now I’m not marry type material,” she replied.

He responded: “Why u say that LMFAO”

The girl wrote back: “Cuz ima prostitute LMAO”

The messages appeared to indicate that Mitchell was aware that the girl had sex with the man.

One of the men, identified as “Tony” from San Francisco, messaged the girl about sex and she replied “Sorry hun, we are already done for the night.”

As of Friday, only Mitchell had been charged in the case.

When investigators tracked the man down, the report said, he immediately responded: “I did nothing with the young one.”  He said he discussed sex acts for money with Mitchell before changing his story to say that they “only discussed her giving him a massage for money.”

He said he was first approached by the girl, who wanted to sell him flowers, before she introduced him to Mitchell.  When investigators asked him about text messages he sent to the girl, he told them he had been joking.

Investigators later found records of Mitchell renting rooms along the Strip starting Feb. 3, the day of the Super Bowl.  She paid cash for three nights at Treasure Island, and later that month the two were spotted on surveillance at the New York-New York, Stratosphere, Bellagio and Paris Las Vegas hotels.  One of the men seen on video admitted to taking Mitchell to his room at Stratosphere, but said she “left abruptly” because she “must have thought he was a cop.”

The morning in early March that police found the girl and Mitchell inside The Cosmopolitan, they were seen approaching eight different men within 45 minutes. “Not one time did Gigi Mitchell or victim 1 approach a female guest,” the report said.

“Gigi Mitchell is seen holding flower pens and claimed she and (victim 1) were only trying to sell these pens.  It appears to (police) that Gigi Mitchell and victim 1 are using the flower pens as a cover to hide the activity of prostitution.”

The girl later told investigators that she and Mitchell sold pens to men for “anywhere from $10 to $1,500,” according to the report.

She said she and Mitchell would sometimes go to hotel rooms with men “because they would have more money up there …  Sometimes these men think they are going to do ‘bad stuff’ so they have more money but that she would never do that stuff … When these men would try to have them do stuff, they would just ‘ditch them’ and leave the room.”

Mitchell is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

NM Wants Tougher Child Abuse Laws

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Child Abuse Advocates believe tougher laws would be a better deterrent.

Advocates organize March Against
Child Abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, NM  –  A child that died on Tuesday had not even seen their first birthday.  The person who reported the death claimed the baby drowned, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

They have not yet said how the baby died, but that the circumstances are suspicious.

The community is hurting — wanting to know exactly what happened or if someone is to blame.  That will all come out in the investigation, according to APD.

As police continue to investigate, the community is coming together to say enough is enough.

“Burying a child is the worst nightmare anyone can go through and then at the hands of a parent, boyfriend, girlfriend, whatever the case may be, it’s a nightmare,” said Veronica Rael-Garcia, an advocate whose daughter was killed in a road rage shooting.

Rael-Garcia knows that hole left behind after a child dies.  Her daughter, Lilly, was killed in a road rage shooting when she was just four.  It was a case that shook the community.

“The community is upset, they’re scared, they want answers,” said Crystal Gutierrez-Baca, an advocate with New Mexicans Against Child Abuse.  “So now more than ever we need the community to join us.”

Crystal Gutierrez-Baca is teaming up with Rael-Garcia to be the voice for those children.  The goal is that other people and leaders from around our state start making a change.

“There should be programs out there in the city and the state so that if somebody feels overwhelmed they’re able to reach out,” said Rael-Garcia.  “I wholeheartedly believe if we had tougher laws that may be something that does deter it.  Who knows?”

Gutierrez-Baca and Rael-Garcia said the conversation needs to start now.  In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month, they’re putting together the third annual March Against Child Abuse this Saturday.  It will be at the Bataan Memorial Park from noon to 3 p.m.

Where Are Your Children?

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#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters

In 2018, 51 Children died from heatstroke in a hot, locked vehicle.

I think everyone will agree that too many Children have lost their lives in HOT CARS.

The average number of U.S. child vehicular heat stroke deaths is 38 per year. (one every 9 days)

Eighty‐eight percent (88%) of children who have died from vehicular heat stroke are age 3 and younger.

Fifty‐four percent (54%) of heat stroke deaths in vehicles involve children age one and younger.

See a child alone in a car?  Get involved!  Call 911 ASAP#HeatstrokeKills #LookBeforeYouLock

The summer of 2016, Blair Corbett, Founder of Ark of Hope for Children, and I put our heads together and came up with an effective way to slow, and hopefully stop this killer of Our Children.

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  3. Set a “TASK” with alarm in smartphone every time you drive Child/Children, set alarm 10-30 minutes early before arrival at destination to drop off Child/Children (depending on distance).
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Good Bye You Are No Longer Welcome In My Home

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IT IS MURDER

Nearly 50 Hollywood Actors Threaten To Boycott If ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill
Becomes Law

“Thank You!!!! We Appreciate You Georgia”
Robert StrongBow

Georgia lawmakers Friday turned aside threats from Hollywood celebrities and gave final legislative approval to a bill that would ban most abortions in the state.

One day after the Writers Guild of America threatened that Georgia would pay a steep fiscal price if the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill wins final approval, a coalition of Hollywood celebrities joined with Alyssa Milano to warn that they, too, will push for the entertainment industry to flee the state if, as is likely, the bill becomes law.

A letter to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has been signed by nearly 50 stars including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Essence Atkins, Uzo Aduba, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, David Cross, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow, Colin Hanks, Bradley Whitford and Amber Tamblyn, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

However, if the letter’s goal was to short-circuit the bill, that strategy failed.

On Friday, the Georgia House gave the bill final legislative passage by a 92-78 vote, one vote more than the bare minimum needed to pass.

Last week, Georgia’s Senate approved the law banning most abortions after six weeks from conception, the time at which a baby’s heart starts to beat.  Kemp has indicated he would sign the bill if it cleared the legislature.

But the law has run afoul of what the celebrities will support.

“This dangerous and deeply-flawed bill mimics many others which have already been deemed unconstitutional,” the letter from the Hollywood celebrities read.  “As men who identify as small-government conservatives, we remind you that government is never bigger than when it is inside a woman’s body or in her doctor’s office.

“This bill would remove the possibility of women receiving reproductive healthcare before most even know they are pregnant and force many women to undergo unregulated, hidden procedures at great risk to their health.”

The letter closed with a clear threat.

“We want to stay in Georgia,” it said.  “We want to continue to support the wonderful people, businesses, and communities we have come to love in the Peachtree State.  But we will not do so silently, and we will do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if H.B. 481 becomes law.  You have a choice, gentlemen.  We pray you make the right one.”

Many on Twitter suggested the actors leave Georgia’s policymaking to Georgians.

Hey @Alyssa_Milano Mother to mother, actress to actress, and as a proud Georgian, I’ve got some things to say to you.  I’m incredibly proud of my home state and @GovKemp for taking a stand in the fight for life amidst backlash and dubious threats. https://t.co/dpwDFn6O70
— Ashley Bratcher (@_AshleyBratcher) March 28, 2019

Georgia is supposed to bow down to Hollywood extortionists?  https://t.co/ebLpbWMvbG
— Wayne Dupree | 🎤 (@WayneDupreeShow) March 29, 2019

Hahahaha …maybe staying out of Georgia would the best thing for Georgia.. this is so ridiculous, Entertainers in their Hollywood BUBBLE thinking they truly could make an impact, an sway the working class majority with their diluted fantasies.. Stick to ENTERTAINMENT! Stupid 👎
— chris (@crbillie) March 29, 2019

Killing babies is bad for all business, ma’am.  We have no interest here in Georgia of taking our 30 pieces of silver in exchange for what Hollywood is peddling, much more interested in standing up for Truth and Life 🙂
— Tom Kuipers (@TomKuipers) March 22, 2019

Republican State Rep. Trey Kelley was not intimidated.

“I think it’s sad that some will try to use the movie industry to stop good legislation in Georgia.  But with any proposal I do — and I know many members of (the Republican) caucus — weigh the merits of the legislation, they don’t pay attention to what special-interest groups have to say about it,” he said, according to The Journal-Constitution.

State Rep. Ed Setzler, who sponsored the bill in the House, said the bill represented what “commonsense Georgians” were about.

“This bill recognizes the fundamental life of the child in the womb is worthy of legal protection and balances that basic right to life with the very different situations women find themselves in pregnancies,” he said.

But many Democrats were siding with Hollywood, including Stacey Abrams, who lost the governor’s race to Kemp last year.

The film industry is now integral to our economy.  Ask the carpenters, hairdressers, caterers, electricians & artists from Senoia to Savannah who rely on these jobs to feed their families.  For them, for us, Georgia isn’t Hollywood – it’s home.  #gapol #HB481IsBadForBusiness
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 29, 2019

Mississippi recently passed a similar bill.  “Heartbeat” legislation also has been proposed in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Ohio.

MO Trooper Goes Extra Mile For 2 Little Girls

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Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Klempke

Trooper awarded for work in
Child Abuse case

A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper has been named Missouri State Employee of the Month for March because of her work on a child abuse investigation in Cole County.

Trooper Ashley Klempke’s investigation led to criminal charges against two parents and the children in their care being placed in protective custody.

Klempke, a road trooper with the Patrol’s Troop F based in Jefferson City, was eligible for the statewide honor because of her selection as Department of Public Safety Employee of the Month for February.

In October 2018, Klempke responded to a report of two young girls walking along a highway in Cole County.  The girls were dressed only in pajamas and had no shoes.

“While other agencies were focused on returning the children to their parents and hesitant to investigate their allegations of long-term abuse, Klempke insisted on conducting a thorough investigation, including medical evaluations,” patrol officials said in a news release.

The medical evaluations supported the girls’ claims of severe abuse, as did forensic interviews, and a search warrant executed at their residence.  As a result of Klempke’s effort, a total of six children were placed in protective custody and both parents were criminally charged.

Klempke’s work in this investigation included conducting 16 interviews and execution of multiple search warrants.

“From the very start, Trooper Klempke approached this not just as two children who had wandered away from home, but as a matter that needed to be fully investigated,” Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten said in a news release.  “Trooper Klempke handled this case with perseverance, dedication and compassion, and her efforts made a difference.”

Klempke was appointed to the patrol July 1, 2011, as a member of the 94th Recruit Class.  She currently works in Cole County.  A native of Los Angeles, she worked as a corrections officer for the Missouri Department of Corrections prior to joining the patrol. Klempke and her husband, Brandon, have five children.