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Next Stop The Child Abuse Zone

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After 3 1/2 years, it made me angry that we were still being filtered, although as I looked at the seemingly unending list, depression grew within me, one tear at a time.
Acidic questions ate at my stomach, one word at a time….

As I looked at the Fox13 Salt Lake City website, I heard the show begin…

Sign Post Up Ahead,
Have You Made A Difference Today????

I can’t begin to tell you all what was going through my mind at that moment, all I can do is show you, as best I can, all the Child Abuse listed on that one web page.

The good part was, the Mom and Boyfriend from Sumpter Township, Michigan had been caught in Georgia.

Utah couple charged in death of 15-month-old girl
Posted 3:42 pm, October 2, 2017
WENDOVER, UT

Suspect in murder of 13-day-old baby appears in court
Posted 3:37 pm, October 26, 2017
SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT

Utah man arrested in Hawaii for 2015 murders of Orem mother and son
Posted 1:06 pm, October 30, 2017
OREM, UT

Couple arrested after 7 kids found in filthy home, 1 with maggots in diaper
Posted 5:36 pm, October 30, 2017
LEXINGTON, NC

West Jordan mother accused of killing 13-day-old son appears in court
Posted 8:44 am, November 3, 2017
WEST JORDAN, UT

Authorities think they have found body of missing 3-year-old NC girl; mom’s boyfriend arrested
Posted 3:01 pm, December 2, 2017
JACKSONVILLE, NC

Man coerced Utah teen into sending nude photos and videos, police say
Posted 2:52 pm, December 2, 2017
CACHE COUNTY, UT

Children rescued in Iron County Amber Alert were living in storage containers, hidden in barrels
Posted 3:46 pm, December 5, 2017
IRON COUNTY, UT

Davis County 19-year-old arrested for abusing, killing 7-week-old son
Posted 9:11 am, December 5, 2017
CLEARFIELD, UT

Teen pleads guilty to sexual assault and murder of 12-year-old girl
Posted 4:38 pm, December 11, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Mother pleads guilty in 3-year-old son’s freezing death
Posted 4:11 pm, December 12, 2017
MORGANTON, NC

Mother found guilty of murder after 16-year-old daughter starves to death
Posted 11:05 am, December 15, 2017
DES MOINES, IA

Second teen pleads guilty in attempted aggravated murder of Cache Co. girl
Posted 3:55 pm, December 19, 2017
LOGAN, UT

Iron County couple charged with murder in 14-month-old girl’s death
Posted 2:09 pm, December 21, 2017
CEDAR CITY, UT

Utah man booked for child abuse after stepson arrives at hospital covered ‘head to toe’ with bruises
Posted 4:15 pm, December 23, 2017
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT

Police say Phoenix baby bent in half by father has died
Posted 3:30 pm, December 26, 2017
PHOENIX, AZ

4-year-old found alone in the cold in Ogden after mother dies
Posted 5:49 pm, December 28, 2017
OGDEN, UT

Police: Suspect threatened 4-year-old at gunpoint before murdering man in Taylorsville apartment
Posted 3:44 pm, December 29, 2017
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Man admits to raping 8-year-old girl, feeding her meth
Posted 9:51 am, January 3, 2018
WASHINGTON, MO

Manhunt underway for mom, boyfriend in death of 4-year-old Michigan girl
Posted 4:10 pm, January 8, 2018
SUMPTER TOWNSHIP, MI

Family members arrested near Toeele after three-year-old child exposed to meth
Posted 3:36 pm, January 9, 2018
TOOELE, UT

Police say Utah County man arrested for sex abuse a ‘serial child sexual predator’
Posted 3:45 pm, January 13, 2018
UTAH COUNTY, UT

A dozen siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home after teen escapes
Posted 3:36 pm, January 15, 2018
PERRIS, CA

Utah mother speaks after teen babysitter charged with child abuse homicide
Posted 3:15 pm, January 17, 2018
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Child Predators – The Washington Agenda Pt-2

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It is time for every person to be judged and sentenced equally.

Sewer Rats protecting Sewer Rats

Pretty much ties it all together in a dirty #AntiChild knot.  What is “NOT” surprising is the fact that Dennis Hastert and Jerry Sandusky was big-buddy Child Predators, right along with so many big names like Ed Savitz from PA, philanthropist Samuel Rappaport (Democratic member of the PA House of Representatives), Lawrence Scott Ward (in prison for Child Porn), former DNC Chair, Ed Rendell, and even a Podesta (not surprised, shame on you Hillary AND BILL)….

It’s real easy to see why OUR LAW MAKERS SAID NOTHING as every chance at a normal childhood, along with their rights, was taken from Our Children, while being given to the perverse.  EQUAL JUSTICE????  The “have-nots” draw sentences in the 2 and 3 digit range, while the “SEWER RATS” use their revolving door card.
Robert StrongBow

Victim’s Testimony Reveals Establishment-Connected East Coast Trafficking Network

Child Predators – The Washington Agenda Pt-1

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It is time for every person to be judged and sentenced equally.

Letter: Don’t let Child Abuse go under the radar

Chicago  –  A few pages after yet another story about the latest in the Harvey Weinstein saga, I read a Tribune editorial entitled: “The toughest job in state government,” and came upon a paragraph that reduced me nearly to tears.

It read: “The mother of a 2-year-old toddler from Charleston allegedly left him alone for days in a playpen with two peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and a bottle of vitamin water with a small hole pricked in the top.  He was discovered days later, dead from dehydration and starvation or a combination, according to the medical examiner.”

While the Dec. 19 Tribune editorial focused on the problems within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, child abuse problems in America are pandemic.

The latest 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from The Children’s Bureau was published in January 2017.  The CB report “shows an increase in child abuse referrals from 3.6 million to 4 million.  The number of children involved subsequently increased to 7.2 million from 6.6 million,” according to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children.  “The report also indicates an increase in child deaths from abuse and neglect to 1,670 in 2015, up from 1,580 in 2014.  Some reports estimate child abuse fatalities at 1,740 or even higher.  The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average almost five children every day to child abuse and neglect.”

It got me to thinking. Is child abuse getting its proper coverage in the media and attention from officials?  Or is it being shoved aside because it doesn’t wear a celebrity face and status?

I cannot know the trauma caused by sexual harassment.  But I do know it can be survived.  A child’s maltreatment and death, however, cannot.
— Jim Dudas, Naperville 

Lies And The Hypocrite’s Oath

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My Brother’s Keeper

Playing GOD While Killing Your Neighbor

I turned the knob and the door cracked open, suddenly the all too familiar smell was all around me, and on me.  As I finished opening the door, the smell of my 3rd son drew closer around me, holding to me tightly.

The next afternoon I turned the knob, and as I opened the door and held it, my Mother looked  into my eyes and nodded, then my Niece did also, as they proceeded into the big room, moving to the chairs I had marked with my eyes.

The table was filled with gamblers, all holding the winning hand, including the nurse at the far end of the table; she knew her part by heart, and in fact was certain of an academy award, until she looked into the eyes she knew so well….

These people had lied to me since the day before, and evidently thought we were dumb as dirt.  Never in my life had I ever imagined the day when the people I respected so much would instead prove to be as low as the most evil criminals.

I listened as each one at the table had their say, then, while slowly standing up, I looked from one, to the next in turn all around the table.  I explained the difference in  “no activity” with a swollen head, and a “brain stem test”, then I looked into each set of eyes, and said NO ONE WILL BE TURNING MY SON’S VENTILATOR OFF TODAY, NOR EVER.

My Brother called me 3 years ago, and told me to hurry.  When I got to the place, he met me at the door, and we went to the young Lady’s room.

Nurses were all standing around staring at the relative, as my Brother asked my opinion.  I said heroin????  NO WAY, maybe PCP, but you remember when I was in the hospital and went out of my head 2 different times????  He said that’s why I called you.

When I said, “considering how hard she fell when she was blind-sided, I would have to believe bone marrow was in her system and going to her brain, but apparently she didn’t break nothing”.  The nurses looked like I had slapped them.

These people failed to X-Ray this young Lady, missed a broken hip, then left the illicit drugs misdiagnosis on her record to cover their incompetence.  The sad part of this is that she had been in the hospital for nearly 3 full days.

My Little Brother was the victim of a poorly trained  employee at Insurance Market Place.  We got their attention by contacting Our Elected Officials.

However, while filing an appeal, I had to rush My Brother to the ER. Later he was diagnosed with pancreatitis, but sent home without a Doctor doing anything.

To say he was in agony, is like saying a blow torch is warm, because Our Circle on Google had told me so.  After over a month, we won his appeal, and he was checked into Parkland Hospital, where he stayed for 4 days then released.

All this time He has been losing weight, and still hurting badly almost all the time.

This week I went with him to his appointments, before Chemo, and for whatever reason, between our questions, it fell out of these people’s mouth that he hasn’t been getting any real treatment due to the drugs in his system.

I believe my Brother got their attention by telling them between Parkland Hospital and Insurance Market Place, they were responsible for him losing nearly 40 lbs and everything else, plus knowing the pain he was in, yet not prescribing him anything.

But now I don’t mind telling everyone that I got my Brother the medicine for pain.  I am unable to take anything like this and muscle relaxers, so I didn’t know….

I’m sorry Little Brother, and I have to admit this to all of you, I knew how he was hurting, and I knew his stress and depression first hand, yet I made him even more miserable because I kept thinking I was going to go wake him up one day and he wasn’t going to wake up.

SO, this is for all of you….

First, I checked if anything had turned up on the VA Hospital Drug Thefts, and oddly enough nothing has been posted since roughly the end of May.

BUT, I did come across some very interesting facts:

Doctors and Nurses are more likely than other occupations to form a substance addiction.

Studies suggest that Medical Professionals are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their patients.

Substance Abuse is grossly unreported in medical community by an estimated 50% and most likely much higher.

*15% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be as much as 50% higher

**20% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be more than 50% higher

*   Results indicated serious engine filtering
** Adjusted engine results

Kentucky Officials Site Drug Use For Increase

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County sees rise in Child Abuse, Neglect cases

HARDIN COUNTY, KY  –  Hardin County has seen a recent increase in cases involving child abuse and neglect, with a significant amount of those cases related to substance abuse, officials say.

Family Court Judge Pamela Addington has presided over family court cases for more than 13 years.  She said from mid-June 2004, when was elected to the bench, to December 2004, she handled 423 neglect and abuse cases.  For the whole year in 2005, that number was 739.

In 2015, there were 810 cases and in 2016, there were 860.  This year, Addington and fellow Family Court Judge Brent Hall, who has been on the bench for 10 years, are on track to have more than 900 abuse and neglect cases combined, Hardin County Attorney Jennifer Oldham said.

From Jan. 1 through Aug. 14, Addington said she and Hall have had 759 child abuse and neglect cases.

In 2016, total family court filings reached 2,698 cases.  Addington said the total cases of what they have done this year already is more than 2,000 and “we’re just a little over halfway point.  We’re probably going to be really closely double.”

“We’ve had a significant amount of cases,” Addington said.

Hall said Hardin County’s numbers for Family Court filings have increased more than any other county in the state of Kentucky.

“Our numbers for family court filing have gone up.  We’re the highest in the state as far as increase,” he said, noting the state average for increase is about nine percent, while Hardin County is about 40 percent.  “It’s a huge increase in the case load.”

Assistant Hardin County Attorney Dawn Blair said she suspects a large contributor to the increase in family court filings is substance abuse.

“My gut is drugs,” she said, noting nearly 70 to 75 percent of all cases have substance abuse involved.

Oldham agreed.  She said officials are “finding at the heart of many of our cases is drug use, drug addiction.”

Hall said “you can’t parent well and be on drugs.”

“We’ve known it has been the majority of our cases for a lot of years,” Hall said.  “It’s sad.  Our case numbers are going up because, probably, our drug numbers are going up.  … It’s really disheartening to see our numbers go up like this.  It’s really disheartening to see the same faces over and over again.”

Ashely Purcell, a local foster parent, said since March 2016 she has had 13 different children in her home, with the stay ranging from 48 hours to much longer.

“The majority of children we’ve had in our home were because of addictions,” she said.  “I know from everything I’ve read, the drug addiction and opioids, meth all of it is just on a horrible rise and it is our children ultimately paying the price for it.  And whether they are born being exposed to it, drugs, or addicted or born in an environment around it, they are still victims of drug use because it affects them long-term.”

Blair said the impact of drugs on children is well documented.

“There are all kinds of studies on adverse childhood experiences. Those have all shown to have negative impact on kids in the long run,” Blair said.

With the rise in these cases, it also means there is a rise in the number of children who are entering the foster care system.

David Vice of CASA of the Heartland said although the number of children being removed from homes has gone up, on pace to exceed last year’s total, the number of social workers, CASA volunteers or attorneys representing those cases has not increased.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings.

At 18, children have the choice to leave the state’s care or recommit to the state.. If they choose to recommit, they have the option to stay in a foster home or live in a dorm or apartment. .If they recommit to the independent living program, they still have rules to follow, which includes maintaining enrollment in school or employment. .They are able to stay in the independent living program until they turn 21.

“A lot of kids will do that and go and those are the success stories we love to hear about,” Blair said.

Hall said of those who emancipate themselves with no permanent place­ment, within a year, about two-thirds will be dead, homeless or in jail.

One way to potentially help keep families together and possibly avoid those statistics is family drug court, Oldham said, noting no county in Kentucky has family drug court.  She said the ultimate goal is to “reunify families and get people clean.”

Oldham said local officials are looking into revenue options to start a family drug court in Hardin County. .According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, it “is a juvenile or family court docket of which selected abuse, neglect, and dependency cases are identified where parental substance abuse is a primary factor. .Judges, attorneys, child protection services, and treatment personnel unite with the goal of providing safe, nurturing, and permanent homes for children while simultaneously providing parents the necessary support and services to become drug and alcohol abstinent. .Family dependency treatment courts aid parents in regaining control of their lives and promote long-term stabilized recovery to enhance the possibility of family reunification within mandatory legal time frames.”

Oldham said she expects a family drug court to cost about $200,000 a year.

With this drug court, Oldham said “when children are in foster care because their parents are drug addicted,” they would have something “set up for actual treatment and actual monitoring through intensive drug screening and intensive management to get these families back together.”

“Right now, we have the concept, but need the money,” she said.

Blair agreed, saying family drug court would be “phenomenal,” in addition to more money for social services.

“The more barriers we can remove to help these families become self-efficient, the better off we’re all going to be,” Blair said.