Tag Archives: Child Abuse

Sad day when Animals better parents than many humans

2014-11-13-ColoradoAbuse-1 2014-11-13-ColoradoAbuse-2Father of boys found in squalid Denver home pleads guilty to abuse

DENVER (Reuters) – A father of four malnourished boys found living amid cat feces in a squalid Denver home and unable to speak except by grunts pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony child abuse, prosecutors said.

Wayne Sperling, 66, was arrested last year along with his common-law wife, Lorinda Bailey, after authorities discovered the boys, aged 2, 4, 5 and 6, living in a filthy apartment teeming with flies. Sperling pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, second offense, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Bailey, 36, pleaded guilty in August to one count of child abuse and was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail and five years of probation. Prosecutors had argued that Bailey deserved a maximum seven-year prison sentence because she and Sperling had previously lost custody of two other children over similar neglect charges.

Authorities were alerted to the boys’ plight when Bailey took the 2-year-old to an emergency room with a cut on his forehead, according to an affidavit filed by Denver police. The treating physician noted that the toddler was filthy, non-verbal, and reeked of cigarette smoke.

A social worker and a police officer then visited the couple’s apartment in east Denver and found Sperling at home with his three older sons, the affidavit said. The home was littered with cat feces and permeated by an “unbearable” stench, the affidavit said.

The responding officer said the three boys uttered “infant-like noises.” “Sperling stated the children have their own language and grunt at each other but were able to speak to him and Bailey,” the affidavit said. Sperling told police that he was unemployed and was the primary caregiver for his sons.

A pediatrician who later examined the children found all the boys were malnourished, had “very poor and delayed” verbal skills, had not been toilet trained, and lacked up-to-date immunization records, the affidavit said. The four boys are now living together in foster care.

Sperling, who was found competent after undergoing a mental evaluation, is set to be sentenced next month and faces up to seven years in prison.

VIOLENCE & RESPONSIBILITY

No_Violence-2014-11-12-500Why Blame Police

I am so SICK and TIRED of seeing this same incident where Michael Brown was shot and killed by Police.  In the end, it didn’t matter who was guilty, citizens of Our Country RIOTED and DESTROYED property belonging to Citizens of Our Country.

From the very beginning, people LIED about Brown being shot in the back.  Then AL SHARPTON FANNED THE FLAMES OF RACIAL UNREST, THE TRUTH DID NOT MATTER TO THIS MAN OF GOD!!!!

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.

Part of being an ADULT is accepting responsibility for your actions.

NOW!!!!  WHO IS RESPONSIBLE????  This is so funny that it hurts, we have a VERY LARGE percentage of ADULTS in Our Country that through their own actions, are training the next generation of teenagers that not only being a LIAR is acceptable, but VIOLENCE is acceptable, and we already know MURDER is acceptable since roughly 3,700 Babies are killed everyday.

“Gang violence is connected to bullying is connected to school violence is connected to intimate partner violence is connected to child abuse is connected to elder abuse is connected. It’s all connected.”
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD,
Adjunct Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

I have a Publication from the CDC, Connecting the Dots:  An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence .  It is very obvious who is responsible for the VIOLENCE in the World of today.  EVERY ADULT IN OUR COUNTRY IS GUILTY!!!!  Just like EVERY Adult in this World of Ours is GUILTY.

It is not too late to MAN UP, WOMAN UP, COWBOY UP, (some of you know me, you already know who I am hardest on…. OK SINCE WHEN IS A FOOTBALL TEAM’S NAME MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR YOUNG-ONES????) COME ON INDIN UP!!!!  All it takes is starting over, and through peer pressure, we hold the line.  WE TAKE OUR CHILDREN BACK 1 CHILD AT A TIME, AND WE CHANGE LAWS 1 LAW AT A TIME.

Boyfriend Beats Boy to Death

Mother, boyfriend beat 3-year-old boy to death

 WEST CALN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A 3-year-old boy was savagely beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend, police say.

CBS Philadelphia reports that 31-year-old Jillian Tait and 23-year-old Gary Fellenbaum were charged Thursday in the death of Scotty McMillan.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had tears in his eyes as he described the weeks of horrible abuse Scotty suffered before dying. The duo are accused of slowly killing McMillan over the course of three days, using a homemade whip, a piece of aluminum siding and even their fists, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hogan said before Scotty died Tuesday, he had been hung upside down by his feet and spent time taped to a chair for the beatings. The couple also reportedly also hit the child with a frying pan repeatedly.  “Though the heavens may fall, justice will be done to these defendants,” Hogan said.
He said his office will pursue the death penalty.

They are also accused of beating Scotty’s brother six-year-old Ryan McMillan. Both children are Tait’s from a previous relationship.  All four moved into a trailer in West Caln Township last month, with Fellenbaum’s wife and their 11-month-old daughter.  Police say both Fellenbaum and Tait abused both boys for weeks, but the violence escalated by Sunday. The couple allegedly used homemade weapons.  “They whipped Scotty. They whipped him with a curtain rod,” Hogan said. “And while they were doing that they were laughing.”

Hogan told CBS Phildelphia, “You see here aluminum siding from a window.  And that, of course, are the holes in the wall where heads are going through the wall.”  Police say Scotty was beaten so badly Tuesday he became unresponsive, but instead of getting help Tait and Fellenbaum left him alone on this air mattress.  “They went shopping,  and went out for pizza and came back and fooled around,” Hogan said. 

The trailer where Scotty spent his final days is also home to Amber Fellenbaum, Gary Fellenbaum’s wife, and her 11-month-old daughter with Fellenbaum.  Amber Fellenbaum found Scotty dead Tuesday and called 911.  Hogan says she knew about the beatings and never called police. She is now facing child endangerment charges.

 

Teen Pimps Children

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A teenage girl was jailed for six-and-a-half years Tuesday for drugging and beating girls as young as 13 into prostitution in Canada’s capital Ottawa after luring them through social media. The 18-year-old ring leader was only 15 when she was arrested along with two other girls in 2012.

She had faced a maximum sentence of three years under Canadian law for youths, but prosecutors took the rare step of asking that she be sentenced as an adult, which carries a much higher penalty.  One of her accomplices was previously sentenced to three years in prison while the other is still awaiting sentencing.

Acting on their own without adult guidance, the girls used social media to lure victims to a suburban Ottawa home where they would be encouraged or forced to take drugs, and then delivered up to adult clients. If they refused, they were threatened with violence and blackmail.
One victim was forced kicking and screaming into a man’s car at a gas station. She escaped but was quickly caught and dragged back. Another’s clothes were ripped off in the basement of a house and she was photographed naked.

The youngest victim’s mother dropped off her daughter at the home of one of the accused for a sleepover. The girl returned home distraught the next day, wearing makeup, heels and a trench coat that didn’t belong to her.

The court heard that one of the accused would send photographs of a new recruit to prospective men from her cellphone, and if they agreed, she would send the girl by taxi to the man’s home to sell sex. Police eventually broke up the prostitution ring in June 2012 after one of the victims complained to her mother, who informed authorities.

Incest in Alabama

Teen’s disappearance helps reveal Alabama sex ring

BAY MINETTE, Ala. — By most accounts, 19-year-old Brittney Wood was with uncle Donnie Holland the night of May 30, 2012, the last time anyone saw her. Holland — who was under investigation for horrific sex crimes at the time — died from a bullet within days in what was ruled a suicide.

The investigation that followed has publicly unraveled what authorities describe as a dark, twisted tale of perversion in the working-class neighborhoods and piney backwoods of coastal Alabama. Eight of Woods’ adult relatives and three family friends have been charged with dozens of felonies in two counties as the alleged members of an incestuous ring that authorities say shared children for group sex. Holland was the leader, prosecutors say, of what has been described as the largest sex ring ever uncovered in Alabama. Wood was a victim and likely key witness.

Wood is presumed dead, but authorities haven’t found a trace of her and no one is charged in her disappearance. Even without Wood to testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already have pleaded guilty to sex charges, and jurors this month convicted a friend of Holland’s of multiple sex charges in the first trial. Others — including the missing teen’s mother, Chessie Wood, and two aunts — await trial.

Chessie Wood, accused of having sex with a young female relative, said she had no idea what was going on in the family until after her daughter’s disappearance. “The No. 1 thing here is to find Brittney. The No. 2 thing is to get all these sick (people) off the streets,” she said

Perhaps the most troubling question is why didn’t child welfare workers pursue charges following what prosecutors describe as multiple complaints about sexual abuse within the family going back at least six years? “You’d be surprised how many of them had prior allegations. Nothing happened,” said Heinz, an assistant district attorney in Baldwin County. “You have to wonder what wouldn’t have happened to these children if something had been done. And Brittney might still be alive.”

The case is so big officials don’t know exactly how many kids inside and outside the family might have been victimized; estimates range from 11 to 16 children who were as young as 3 or 4 when they were first molested or made to watch adult relatives during drug-fueled orgies. The children of the suspects have all been placed in foster care or with relatives who weren’t involved in the crimes.

Authorities believe group sex and child sexual abuse went on for three generations in two families that merged when Holland married Wendy Wood, Chessie Woods’ sister. “Donnie was the manager. He’d say, ‘I’ve got this child and this adult, come on over,'” said Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson.

Brittney Wood, meanwhile, led a life that was troubled long before folks on the Alabama coast came to know her smile because of missing persons fliers posted in store windows and shared on social media. The single mother of a daughter born when she was 17, Wood was molested as a child by a step-grandfather who went to prison for the crime, said Patterson. Before she went missing, Patterson said, Wood was using drugs and had a gun for personal protection while bouncing between relatives’ homes; others often cared for her daughter.

A relative reported Holland for allegedly abusing one of the family girls in February 2012, authorities said, and word spread through the clan. Private Facebook messages provided to The Associated Press by Stephanie Hanke, Brittney Wood’s stepmother, show that a female relative informed Wood about being raped by three male relatives on May 27, just three days before Wood vanished.

After Holland died, relatives and police wondered about Wood. “We didn’t even realize she was missing until after they found him shot,” said Hanke.  Searches for the teen began and the sex abuse probe picked up, too. Two of Woods’s uncles, Dustin Kent and Scott Wood, were arrested within three weeks and later pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy. Aunts and family friends were eventually charged.

This month, family friend Billy Brownlee, 50, was convicted in Baldwin County on charges of sexually abusing a girl in the Holland family when she was about 12. Brownlee claimed Donnie Holland forced him into the acts against his will, but jurors needed only 20 minutes to return a guilty verdict.

Donnie Holland’s 35-year-old wife, Wendy, is set for trial in early December in what could be a key prosecution. Court records show she has pleaded not guilty, and Heinz said she shows no interest in a plea agreement.

Still, authorities wonder how child sexual abuse could go on for years between so many people without anyone being charged until 2012. One girl accused an uncle of sexually abusing her as early as 2008, Heinz said, but welfare workers found the complaint unsubstantiated. “You look at these reports and wonder, ‘Why? How did it not go anywhere?'” said Heinz.