Tag Archives: Child Abuse

FL Special Needs Teacher Arrested For Child Abuse

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Graciela Reyes-Marino

Special Education Teacher at Miami
School Facing Child Abuse,
Neglect Charges

MIAMI, FL  –   A special education teacher at a Miami elementary school is facing charges after police said she punched a student and shoved another.

Graciela Reyes-Marino, a teacher at Auburndale Elementary, was arrested Thursday on aggravated child abuse and child neglect charges, an arrest report said.

The report said earlier this month a boy in Reyes-Marino’s class had been crying and screaming when she allegedly grabbed him by the wrist and shoved him into a bathroom corridor.

She then closed the doors behind the boy, leaving him alone in a confined area for 3-4 seconds until he started screaming louder, the report said. She then opened the door and walked him to his desk.

During a separate incident, a student who was looking under his desk had been asked to stop multiple times by Reyes-Marino before she punched him on his upper back area with a closed fist, the report said.

“[Reyes-Marino] forcefully lifted [the victim] from the ground, proceeded to kick him in the leg and punch him with a closed fist on his upper back area prior to sitting him down,” the report said.

The report said Reyes-Marino denied punching the boy and said she propped the door open for the other student in the corridor.

Reyes-Marino, 60, was booked into jail and later released on bond.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials said Reyes-Marino had been employed by the district for about eight years but will be fired.

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply disturbed about the serious allegations made against the employee.  Conduct such as the one she is accused of will not be tolerated,” the district said in a statement.  “As soon as the allegations surfaced, the individual was reassigned away from the school setting pending the outcome of an investigation by the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department.  As a result of this week’s arrest, her employment will be terminated and she will be precluded from seeking future work with the District.”

NE School Supt First Hearing For Sexual Assault Of Child, CA Charges

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Timothy DeWaard, 56, is charged with felony child abuse.

Former Centennial superintendent
makes first appearance on
Child Abuse charge

LINCOLN, NE  –  A former superintendent of Centennial Public Schools accused of inappropriate contact with a student made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Timothy DeWaard, 56, is charged with felony child abuse.

NE School Superintendent Arrested Child Abuse, Sexual Assault Of Student

DeWaard resigned in July after being arrested on sexual assault of a child and child abuse charges after law enforcement received a tip regarding the alleged abuse of a high school-aged student.

Investigators said in an affidavit for his arrest that DeWaard began talking with the male student over the Snapchat app.  The talks escalated to DeWaard bringing the student into his office on multiple occasions and having him sit on his lap while he helped him with his school work, investigators wrote.  DeWaard also touched the boy’s inner thighs, according to the document.

The incidents took place over several months, with the alleged victim telling investigators he “felt he had to do this or he would fail out of school,” according to court documents.

Deputies with the Seward County Sheriff’s Office arrested DeWaard without incident at the school.  He was released after his wife paid five percent of his $50,000 bond.

DeWaard’s next hearing is scheduled for November.

SC Couple Charged In Death Of Newborn

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Aaron Doster, 22, arrested for the death of newborn

Man, woman charged with homicide
by child abuse months after baby girl
dies in York County

YORK COUNTY, SC  –  A man and woman have been arrested following a three-and-a-half-month investigation following the death of a baby girl in York County, officials announced on Wednesday.

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Hannah Parton, 21, was arrested for death of newborn

York County detectives charged Aaron Doster and Hannah Parton with homicide by child abuse and unlawful neglect of a child.

Both Doster, 22, and Parton, 21, were arrested following an investigation into the June 23 death of Parton’s 7-week-old daughter.

Detectives, with help from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), charged Doster with homicide after they said he caused blunt force trauma to the head of the baby.

Doster and Parton were also charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Doster was not the father of the baby.

Both Doster and Parton are being held at the York County Detention Center.

WARNING Killer targets Children alone In Hot Vehicles

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Your Child Needs You to Love and Supervise them.

Parents arrested after toddler son is
found dead in hot car on 90-degree day

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters  #HeatStrokeKills  #LookBeforeYouLock  #PassTheHotCarsAct

An Alabama couple is facing criminal charges for the death of their toddler son, who police said was found dead Sunday in a hot car.

The toddler was found unresponsive on the spot

Officers were sent to Hodges around 4:00 pm. against the background of reports of a three-year-old child with no answer in the car.  Franklin County Police said in a statement that an ambulance attempted to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead on the spot.

The boy’s parents, 20-year-old Dakota Fowler and 21-year-old Brandy Burks, reportedly said they last saw their baby at midnight as they put him to bed.  When they woke up at 3:00 pm, they couldn’t find their son and found him in the car, police said.

Investigators identified the deceased child as Bentley Fowler.

Autopsy reports revealed that the toddler died due to heatstroke

On Sunday the temperature in Hodges reached 93 degrees.  Although Fowler and Burks were arrested and charged with manslaughter, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver called their son’s death an accident.

The baby’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.   Records show Fowler and Burks remain in prison.

According to No Heatstroke, Bentley Fowler became the 15th Child to die in a hot car this year.  In 2019, 52 children died from car heatstroke.

Every Child Deserves Good, Loving Parents.

I Have An Update From KidsandCars.org

Unfortunately, there have been 15 hot car deaths this year in the U.S.  Not surprisingly, given the pandemic and children being home more frequently, the percentage of children that gained access to a vehicle on their own is nearly double the average this year (47% this year vs 26% on average).

Today, Thursday, August 13th KidsAndCars.org is joining the National Highway Safety Administration  and is hosting a Tweet-up to raise awareness about preventing hot car deaths.  Please join us in posting throughout the day using the hashtags #heatstrokekills, #lookbeforeyoulock and #passtheHotCarsAct

WI Man Charged With Felony Child Abuse

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Justice for Child Abuse

Green Bay man charged with Child Abuse, strangulation and suffocation

GREEN BAY, WI  –  A Green Bay man has been formally charged in Brown County court for allegedly abusing his daughter.

According to court documents, Brave Cannon, 39, was charged Thursday with one count of child abuse – high probability/great harm, with another charge of strangulation and suffocation, as well as disorderly conduct.

The disorderly conduct charge is classified as a misdemeanor, while the other two are classified as felonies.

Documents state the incident happened just before 12 p.m. on July 15 on Elmore Street.

The victim told police on July 17 that she had had some friends that went over to her father’s home on the 15 to have pizza and hang out, and that her father hadn’t been home when they got there.

However, she then went to take a shower, and when she got out, her father was yelling that she had too many friends over, and told police she could smell alcohol on his breath, and knew he was drunk.

She told police Brave became angrier, and yelled more, after which she told everyone to leave and started packing up her things.

When she went back to the bathroom for her shoes, Brave allegedly pushed her very hard, and then grabbed her around her neck and squeezed.

She then said that it had hurt, she couldn’t talk and it was difficult to breathe.

Eventually, the victim was able to get out of that, but then said Brave put her in a headlock for around 30 seconds, and he threw her head against the wall.

The victim’s cousin then entered the house after hearing a commotion, and told Brave to let his daughter go or they would call the police, which he complied to.

Court records haven’t updated to show when Brave’s next court date is.