Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

WA Couple Apparently Grew Up Together

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Melvin W. Bledsoe, 27

Post Falls couple accused of felony Child Abuse also face charges of incest

Spokane, WA  –  Three months after their arrests in connection to a grievous child abuse case, Melvin W. Bledsoe and Joy T. Anderson remain in Kootenai County jail.

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Joy T. Anderson, 30

Bledsoe and Anderson, half-siblings accused of severely beating, starving and tying up Bledsoe’s 6-year-old son in the Post Falls area, both were charged with felony injury to a child in October.  During the abuse investigation, according to court documents, detectives uncovered information to support charging the two with incest.

Bledsoe’s and Anderson’s bonds have been set at $200,000 and $75,000.

Anderson, 30, and Bledsoe, 27, have pleaded not guilty.

According to Post Falls police, the boy, whom Bledsoe and Anderson took to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in October, was suffering from a split pancreas and had scars and scabs all over his body.  The boy had several fresh wounds, dried blood on his body, ulcers on his legs and a cauliflower ear, police said.

Bledsoe and Anderson are accused of delaying the child’s treatment when he had life-threatening injuries.  Both alleged abusers face maximum sentences of life in prison.

“(The child) was hiding food, was requesting the foster mom bring food and had many indicators that he was starved for some time,” prosecuting attorney Laura McLinton said in a court hearing.  “He was eating household items, including a pillow, because he didn’t have food.”

The child, who was primarily home-schooled, according to court files, quickly gained 5 pounds after he was sent to the hospital, McLinton said.  He is in protective care.

This isn’t the first time Bledsoe has been accused of abusing the boy.

In 2012, Bledsoe pleaded guilty to felony injury of a child after slapping the boy, who was then 9 months old, according to court records.  Child Protective Services temporarily took the baby from him, according to records.

In the 2012 case, Anderson, a married mother of three at the time, lived with Bledsoe and testified against him.

In the 2017 abuse case, Anderson and Bledsoe told police that the boy sustained his injuries from being “clumsy,” saying he crashed his bike, fell down the stairs and also fell on a rock at a park.

A former neighbor in Rathdrum told police the boy often was lying face down on the bed with ropes tied around his wrists, the police report said.  The same neighbor said he sometimes witnessed Bledsoe picking up the boy and throwing him into a wall.

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

Witness Fabricated And Manipulated Evidence Against FL Couple

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Two Hillsborough County educators accused of Child Abuse will return to the district after their charges were dropped.

Former Hillsborough educators cleared of
Child Abuse, will return to district

TAMPA, FL  –  Two Hillsborough County educators accused of child abuse will return to the district after their charges were dropped.

Michael Hoskinson, the former principal of Coleman Middle School, and his wife Kimberly, formerly a teacher at Plant High School, both resigned following their arrests in November.

“Our mission is to keep the community safe and pursue justice, while promoting a fair and equitable criminal justice system,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.  “We follow the rule of the law and do not pursue charges unless we have a good faith belief based on the evidence that the person committed the crime of which he or she is accused. In working with law enforcement during a thorough investigation of the Hoskinson case, we determined that a key witness fabricated and manipulated evidence and that there was not credible evidence to pursue the charges at issue.  Accordingly, we have declined to file charges and have closed the investigation.”

What started as an argument with a family member turned physical when Kimberly Hoskinson pushed the victim and Michael Hoskinson punched the victim twice in the ribs, investigators said at the time.

“The Tampa Police Department made arrests in the Hoskinson case based on probable cause and in the interest of protecting a victim,” the department said in a statement.  “As is standard in such cases, the investigation continued after the arrest.  As a result of that thorough investigation new information came to light, which resulted in the actions announced by the State Attorneys Office today.”

The Hoskinsons, who were silent as they wiped tears from their eyes during a Monday afternoon press conference, will meet with district officials within the next few days to determine their future positions.

“The district is sensitive to everything the Hoskinsons have gone through,” Hillsborough schools said in a statement.  “Their positions with the district have not been determined at this time.”

How Can Anyone Abuse A Child

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Sherin Mathews, 3, was put outside at 3 am Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, for not drinking her milk, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Autopsy determines girl whose dad said she
choked on milk died from ‘homicidal violence’

DALLAS, TX  –  A 3-year-old Texas girl whose body was found near her home more than a week after her adopted father told police she went missing, died from “homicidal violence,” according to an autopsy report.

Sherin Mathews’ death was a “homicide,” but the exact cause could not be determined due to the body’s extensive decomposition, Steven Kurtz, a spokesman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, told People.

Sherin was reported missing Oct. 7, but her body wasn’t found until Oct. 22 and identified days later.  Her adopted father, Wesley Mathews, admitted to police that he removed Sherin’s body from the home after changing his story multiple times on the events leading up to her death.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the couple left Sherin home alone the night before her disappearance.

The attorney representing Sini Mathews said the report, received Tuesday evening from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, does not implicate her in Sherin’s death.

Attorneys for Sherin’s adoptive parents received a copy of the autopsy report.

Sini and her husband, Wesley Mathews, are expected in court Wednesday morning for a CPS custody hearing for their 4-year-old biological daughter.

Wesley Mathews is charged with injury to a child, while Sini is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

Wednesday would mark the third CPS hearing for the Mathews parents.  During a hearing in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse.

Last month, the couple temporarily lost their rights to see their biological child.

Its A Bird, A Plane – The Reason Is You

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“I couldn’t feel anything. I didn’t notice anything when I was doing it… I had to get that child out of the water.”

Deputy who rescued boy from pond says
he was desperate, numb

A Utah sheriff’s deputy said Tuesday he was desperate and numb from the cold as he punched and stomped his way into a frozen pond on Christmas Day to pull out an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice while chasing his dog.

With cuts on his forearms, Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Thompson said at a news conference that rescuers believe the child was in the 37-degree water for about 30 minutes until the deputy rescued him.

“I couldn’t feel anything.  I didn’t notice anything when I was doing it,” Thompson said.  “I knew that time was of the essence.  I had a very short window to get that child out of the water.”

Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse said the boy was hospitalized in Salt Lake City but he didn’t have details on his condition.  Thompson said deputies were hopeful.

The boy fell through the ice in the town of New Harmony, north of St. George.

After arriving at the scene, Thompson, who had served on a search and rescue dive team, began searching an area where a woman reported seeing the boy’s hand flail about four minutes earlier.

The deputy stomped to break through the ice and work his way deeper, pounding with his hands and fists.

“As the ice got thicker, I couldn’t break it with my arms and my fists anymore, so I had to jump up on top of the ice, putting my weight on it, and then pound on it to get it to break,” he said.

When he went into the water, his toes brushed against reeds growing on the bottom of the pond and water reached his neck.
He swished his arms and legs around before finding the boy beneath the ice about 25 feet from the shoreline.

Thompson was treated for symptoms of hypothermia and released from a hospital Monday night.  He said he lost the feeling in some fingers but sensation had returned by Tuesday.

He expects to return to work by early next week.

The Spectrum of St. George reported that Sheriff Cory Pulsipher praised the deputy.

“He hates having the spotlight on him, but he’s a hero,” Pulsipher said.