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Houston Man Whips and Beats Girlfriend’s Son

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Security camera video shows Texas man strike child with belt 62 times in less than five minutes.

Man charged with Child Abuse after
spanking is caught on camera

HOUSTON, TX  –   A man has been charged with child abuse after investigators said he hit a 7-year-old boy 62 times within five minutes in Acres Homes.

The incident was witnessed by a bystander who called police, and was captured by a surveillance camera near the man’s Houston apartment.

“He saw a vehicle pull up at one of our illegal dumping sites and saw a man get out of a car and take a young child out of the car and proceed to just beat him senselessly,” said Harris County Constable Alan Rosen.

Investigators said Kordarell Williams, 27, pulled over at James Franklin Street and Esther on Thursday evening and used his hands and a belt to hit his girlfriend’s 7-year-old son all over his body.

“He struck this child 62 times, put him in a headlock and knocked him over on numerous occasions with the blows,” said Rosen.

Detectives said Williams is the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.

They used the license plate in the video to track Williams down and in three hours, deputies arrested him.

Wearing jeans and a black shirt, Williams made his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

“They observed the complainant to have bruising on both eyes and a swollen right eye, welts on his buttocks, legs and welts on his chest and bruising on his neck,” said the prosecutor.

Williams admitted to investigators he hit the boy, but only 16 times, for stealing a phone charger.

“This is just hard for me to describe.  The brutalness of how he beat this child,” said Rosen.

The boy allegedly told deputies Williams had beat him in the past.
On Friday, the boy was in CPS custody.

Williams was behind bars on a $30,000 bond.

Our Children Are In Danger On-Line

Cyber Safety

The proliferation of child predators using the Internet to target young victims has become a national crisis.  A study shows one in seven children will be solicited for sex online in the next year.

The Texas Attorney General is urging all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

Internet Chase Video

So why are some teens so trusting of people they meet online?  For many students there is a sense that what happens online can’t hurt them.  Unfortunately, we are finding that many teens are posting personal information in chat rooms and on social networking sites making them easy prey for child predators. In this video, provided from the I-Safe curriculum, you can see how what happens when one student finds out the hard way that you can’t trust what people tell you online.  Click the image to watch the video.

If for any reason you fear any one, or have  any doubts about your safety, contact Law Enforcement immediately.

Texas Attorney General’s office 1 (800) 252-8011

The CyberTipline®
http://www.cybertipline.com

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
http://www.nsopw.gov

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com

AMBER ALERT – KIDNAPPED

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PLEASE Find Chastinea Takyra Reeves

#FindChastinea:  Gary, Indiana girl missing
after her Mother was found murdered

Chastinea Takyra Reeves was discovered missing on February 13, 2017 at approximately 2:00 a.m. from the area of 2027 Maine Street in Gary, Indiana.

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Chastinea Takyra Reeves

She is described as 5′-2″ tall, weighs 130 lbs, has black hair and brown eyes.  Chastinea may be wearing a gray shirt and light-colored or black jeans.

If seen, please call 911 immediately or 1-888-58AMBER  – 1-888-582-6237, or contact the Gary Police Department Central Dispatch at 219-660-0000.

NJ Child Found Wandering In Parking Lot

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4-year-old left in vehicle

Florham Park police charge grandmother
with Child Abuse

FLORHAM PARK, NJ  –  A grandmother is facing a child abuse charge after leaving her 4-year-old grandson in a car while she went to the dentist, police said.

At 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 4, police responded to the parking lot of 25 Hanover Road to investigate a report that a 4-year-old boy had been found wandering in the parking lot, police said.

Officer Thomas Belli was able to determine that the child had been left in a vehicle while his grandmother was at a dentist appointment in an adjacent building, police said.

Officer Jared Orgel responded to the dentist’s office and located the child’s grandmother, Dawn M. Todd, 56, of Irvington, and determined that she had left the boy in the vehicle because he was asleep and she did not want to wake him, police said.

Todd had taken two other grandchildren, ages seven and nine, into the dentist office with her, police said.

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families was contacted and responded.  The children were released to the custody of their parents.

Todd was transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where she was charged with child abuse and then released pending a future Superior Court appearance.

Younger Children And More Severe Abuse

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The Western Slope Center for Children

Reports show varying stats on Mesa County
Child Abuse

MESA COUNTY, CO  –  Data shows child abuse is on the decline in Mesa County for some organizations, while others report an increasing number of cases.

The Western Slope Center for Children saw an eight percent decrease in child abuse cases in 2016, compared to 2015.  While there is no specific reason for the decline, officials said there were fewer cases at the beginning of 2016 than usual.

“On average, we usually see at least 30 or more children a month,” said Melissa Lytle with The Western Slope Center for Children.  “I think reports were still being made.  I still think the right kiddos were coming to our center.”

In 2016, the center said it provided services for 391 kids.

“Child abuse is here and we need to have a collaborative community response to it,” Lytle said.

Of those nearly 400 children, roughly 80 percent of them were victims of sexual assault.  However, the center’s data show in 2016, there were more types of abuse reported than in years past.

“We did have a couple of human trafficking cases,” Lytle said.  “And we saw unfortunately, some witnesses to some homicides that occurred last year.”

The Western Slope Center for Children said it did see an increase in the number of sexual assault exams.  Between children and adults, 95 exams were given in 2016.  That compares to 71 exams in 2015.

While The Western Slope Center for Children saw a decrease in child abuse cases, CASA reported an increase.

CASA provides a voice for abused and neglected children in the courtroom.

“We are seeing younger kids and a lot more severe abuse that has been happening than in years past,” said Janet Rowland, spokesperson for CASA“It’s very severe.  The injuries are worse.”

CASA said it provided services for 275 kids in 2016.

Child advocates encourage community members to understand the signs of abuse.  If a child begins to behave differently than he or she normally does, that may be a warning sign.

Reporting child abuse can make the difference for a young life, according to child advocates.

“Sometimes people are apprehensive to call the hotline in fear that it is not abuse or they aren’t seeing the whole story,” Rowland said.

“But that’s not for them to decide.  It’s up to law enforcement and the Department of Human Services.”

The Mesa County Department of Human Services said it saw a slight decrease in both child abuse cases and sexual assault cases at the end of 2016.

Still, advocates urge the public to call authorities if any type of abuse is suspected.

“We rely on the eyes and ears of our community to report child abuse and neglect to us, anytime that they suspect it,” said Kari Daggett, the Director of Child Welfare at DHS.

The local hotline can be reached at 970-242-1211.  Daggett said caller remain completely anonymous, and any reports will be investigated.

CASA is hosting a ‘Fostering Hope’ event for the community on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.mIt will take place at the Grand Junction City Hall auditoriumIt is a partnership event with multiple organizations to showcase a variety of ways community members can help kids who have been abused.

To reserve a spot or get more information about the event, visit www.FosteringHope.info.