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GA Woman Gets 190 Years For Child Abuse

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Dianna Franklin

Taylor Co. woman sentenced to 190 years in Child Abuse case

Macon, GA  –  A Taylor County woman was sentenced Tuesday to 190 years in prison for abusing her adopted daughter.

She’s the Taylor County woman found guilty of putting her adopted daughter in a chicken coop as punishment.

A jury found her guilty on 28 counts including cruelty to children, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

“We’re talking about torture were talking about abuse were talking about that this county that this state has not seen where the child didn’t die,” Prosecutor Wayne Jernigan said.

The child, now 18, was in court when her mother, Diana Franklin was sentenced.

“I will never treat my children the way you treated me.  I forgive you for everything you’ve done.  You have to pay for what you did to me,” the teen said before her mother was sentenced.

Judge Bobby Peters felt troubled by Franklin’s demeanor.
“You’ve actually shown no remorse at the beginning of this trial during the trial or after the trial even when you testified,” Peters said.

Franklin and her husband Samuel Franklin were arrested in May 2012 and charged with beating and starving the teenage girl and making her sleep in a chicken coop.

During the trial jurors heard about the abuse Franklin’s adopted daughter suffered for years.

They convicted her for using a shock collar on the girl, locking her in a chicken coop naked and giving her lashes.

It’s abuse the GBI investigator Leigh Brooks said the daughter still remembers.

“She continues to have nightmares as a result of the abuse she suffered from Diana Franklin,” Brooks said.

She said, “This is the worst case I’ve ever seen where the child survived a child abuse case.”

Peters didn’t hold back how he felt about Franklin before reading his sentence.

“You’ve shown no remorse,” he said.  “You’re just an evil woman who hides behind the Bible.  “You’ll get better treatment in prison than you gave your daughter.”

Franklin said she never imagined herself being there defending herself.  “In a pair of handcuffs for doing nothing more than loving someone who needed love,” Franklin said.

But in the eyes of the law what she called love was viewed as abuse.

The trial for Franklin’s husband Samuel, is expected to begin next week.  He faces similar charges to his wife, as well as child molestation charges.

Bianca Who Did This To You?

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Bianca who did this to you?

Movie Tackles Topic Of Child Abuse

Randy Holloway hopes audiences leave “Bianca: Who Did This To You?” ready for the next step.

“The one thing I really want the movie to do is help start the conversation, because these issues never get talked about,” says the Detroit-based director-writer-producer of the drama about the abuse of girls and women.  It screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the AMC Star Southfield.

“Bianca: Who Did This To You?” follows the journey of one woman who is molested as a child by members of her church, physically and mentally abused by her parents and forced to leave home to start a new life.  Getting married seems to promise a fresh chapter, but then something happens that could take her back to the pain she thought she had escaped.

The movie was shot in February 2014 with a local cast and crew. Michigan State University graduate and model Qiana M. Davis plays the grown-up Bianca.  Other actors include Shawntay Dalon, who’ll appear on the Comedy Central series “Detroiters,” and Robert Shannon, who’s had roles in Detroit-filmed projects like AMC’s “Low Winter Sun.”

Also featured in the film are original songs by “American Idol” season 13 top 10 finalist Malaya Watson of Southfield, who’ll be at the event and give a live performance.

A portion of the proceeds will go to SASHA Center.  Its mission includes increasing awareness of sexual assault, providing resources and public education, and offering peer support groups to survivors of rape in southeast Michigan.

Holloway says he hopes “Bianca” will help others who’ve endured abuse and that he already struck a chord when he created a Facebook page about the movie.

“I got so many messages thanking me and saying,’This is my story.  I am Bianca.’ “

‘Bianca: Who Did This To You?’
7:30 p.m. Sat.

AMC Star Southfield

$25 for screening, $35 for VIP ticket (includes reception with food, drink, a meet-and-greet with cast and crew)

Tickets can be purchased at Neptix.com

Bianca Who Did This to You?  Trailer #1

Missouri Man Arrested For Child Abuse At School

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Youssif Omar, 53

Suspect in child abuse arrest disaffiliated with MU in July

COLUMBIA, MO  –  A Columbia man who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of abusing a 14-year-old female relative for failing to wear her hijab is a former adjunct instructor at MU.

Youssif Omar, 53, was arrested Wednesday evening at the 1700 block of Timber Creek Drive on suspicion of child abuse.  Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Bryana Larimer said in an email statement that police were dispatched to Hickman High School at 3 p.m. that day in reference to the incident.

Larimer said that after Omar noticed the relative not wearing her hijab that he “grabbed her violently by the hair, pulled her outside and down a flight of stairs.”  He then slapped the girl in the face, pulled her by the hair again and put her into a vehicle, the report said.

Omar was taken to the Boone County Jail. He was later released after posting $4,500 bond.

Christian Basi of the MU News Bureau said Monday that Omar has not been affiliated with MU since July 2015.  He also refuted widespread media reports that Omar was an assistant professor, saying that Omar had never held a faculty position.  The MU directory on Monday morning listed Omar as an adjunct instructor of Arabic in the Department of German and Russian Studies.

Basi confirmed that Omar had been an adjunct and said he also was a research assistant in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and in the Campus Writing Program.

Omar is also the former managing editor of MU’s Artifacts, a semi-annual journal of undergraduate essays sponsored by the Campus Writing Program.  Essays published in the journal come from MU writing intensive and composition courses.

Each edition of the journal includes an introduction from the managing editor.  Omar wrote essays titled “Good Will in Globalized World” in April, “Divine Matrix” in December, “Diversity” in August 2014 and “Importance of Art in Our Life” in April 2014.

Omar remained listed as the managing editor of the publication early Monday morning, but the website was later updated to show Bonnie Selting of the Campus Writing Program as the new managing editor.

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Monday that the case remained under review.

Kansas Councilman & Wife Accused Of Child Abuse

TOPEKA, Kansas  –  A Kansas city councilman and his wife were arrested on Nov. 19 on allegations of child abuse.

Jonathan and Allison Schumm, both of Topeka, are each charged with aggravated battery and abuse of a child, as well as four counts of endangering a child.  They were released on bond they day after their arrests and neither is allowed contact with any of their 16 children, 12 of whom are adopted.

Court documents list five children as victims, all between the ages of five and 16.  At least one child, a 12-year-old was allegedly tortured, or cruelly beaten by the Schumm’s, according to court documents.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families has not confirmed if or how many children were taken from the Schumm’s.

The Department of Children and Families first asked Topeka police on Nov. 4 for help investigating reports of physical abuse against the Schumm’s children, according to city officials.

This is Schumm’s first term on Topeka City Council.  He was elected to represent the 4th District, which is in the southeast corner of the city, last April.

In 2013, the couple received a national “Angels in Adoption Award.”