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Child Abuse And Violence Are Out Of Control

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Justin Wallace, a 10-year-old little boy, with a caring, heart of gold, will never be forgotten.

Man who allegedly fatally shot
10-year-old New York boy is charged
with murder

QUEENS COUNTY, NY  –  Jovan Young, 29, who authorities say fatally shot 10-year-old Justin Wallace, has been charged with murder, according to a news release from the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Young was arraigned on Wednesday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Toko Serita, according to the news release.  He was charged with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

“There isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t mourn this family’s loss, another tragic result from gun violence,” said District Attorney Melinda Katz in the statement.  “The defendant allegedly fired repeatedly into an occupied house, is now in custody and faces justice in our Courts.”

Young’s next court date is set for June 14, and if he’s convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison, according to the release.

According to the charges, video surveillance from the evening of Saturday, June 5 allegedly shows Young approach the home Wallace was in and fire multiple shots into the residence, Katz said.  Wallace’s 29-year-old uncle was also hit twice, once in the neck and hand, according to the release.

Young also suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condition, the NYPD said.

Beth Unger from the LAS confirmed she represents Young but had no comment.

Woman Hit Trash Truck, Child Hit Dash

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Taquire Studimire, 34, is wanted by Law Enforcement.

Police searching for Polk woman
accused of hit and run, Child Abuse

POLK COUNTY, FL  –  Police are searching for a Haines City woman accused of driving head-on into a vehicle, causing an unrestrained child to be injured on Monday morning.

Taquire Studimire, 34, faces charges of child abuse, tampering, reckless driving, hit and run and resisting arrest without violence, police say.

Authorities say she drove her 2008 Honda Civic into the front of a garbage truck in the area of North 14th Street and Stuart Avenue before 8:30 a.m. on Monday.  The driver of the truck told police that he honked his horn to try to avoid being hit, but was unsuccessful.  Studimire then exited the vehicle with a young child in her hand and told the driver that he was at fault for the crash.

Video recordings from the truck’s dash camera showed the child sitting unrestrained in the front and being thrown into the dash as the vehicles collided.  Studimire is then seen grabbing the child from the floorboard and immediately exiting the vehicle to confront the truck driver.

Police say at no point was she ever seen taking time to examine the child for potential injury.  After confronting the truck’s driver, she reentered the vehicle and backed into traffic with the driver’s side door open, almost hitting another vehicle.

The child was later located at a daycare facility after suffering a head bruise and a swollen cheek.  The child was taken to a hospital but did not suffer any serious injuries.

“The blatant disregard shown for this child is appalling,” Chief Jim Elensky said.  “She proceeded to put others in danger with her carelessness and has taken no responsibility for her actions.  Perhaps jail time is what she needs to mull it over.  It is fortunate that no one was seriously hurt.”

There is a warrant for Studimire’s arrest.  Officers made contact with Studimire by phone, but have yet to locate her.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636.

SC Couple Charged In Death Of Newborn

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Aaron Doster, 22, arrested for the death of newborn

Man, woman charged with homicide
by child abuse months after baby girl
dies in York County

YORK COUNTY, SC  –  A man and woman have been arrested following a three-and-a-half-month investigation following the death of a baby girl in York County, officials announced on Wednesday.

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Hannah Parton, 21, was arrested for death of newborn

York County detectives charged Aaron Doster and Hannah Parton with homicide by child abuse and unlawful neglect of a child.

Both Doster, 22, and Parton, 21, were arrested following an investigation into the June 23 death of Parton’s 7-week-old daughter.

Detectives, with help from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), charged Doster with homicide after they said he caused blunt force trauma to the head of the baby.

Doster and Parton were also charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Doster was not the father of the baby.

Both Doster and Parton are being held at the York County Detention Center.

WI Man Charged With Felony Child Abuse

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Justice for Child Abuse

Green Bay man charged with Child Abuse, strangulation and suffocation

GREEN BAY, WI  –  A Green Bay man has been formally charged in Brown County court for allegedly abusing his daughter.

According to court documents, Brave Cannon, 39, was charged Thursday with one count of child abuse – high probability/great harm, with another charge of strangulation and suffocation, as well as disorderly conduct.

The disorderly conduct charge is classified as a misdemeanor, while the other two are classified as felonies.

Documents state the incident happened just before 12 p.m. on July 15 on Elmore Street.

The victim told police on July 17 that she had had some friends that went over to her father’s home on the 15 to have pizza and hang out, and that her father hadn’t been home when they got there.

However, she then went to take a shower, and when she got out, her father was yelling that she had too many friends over, and told police she could smell alcohol on his breath, and knew he was drunk.

She told police Brave became angrier, and yelled more, after which she told everyone to leave and started packing up her things.

When she went back to the bathroom for her shoes, Brave allegedly pushed her very hard, and then grabbed her around her neck and squeezed.

She then said that it had hurt, she couldn’t talk and it was difficult to breathe.

Eventually, the victim was able to get out of that, but then said Brave put her in a headlock for around 30 seconds, and he threw her head against the wall.

The victim’s cousin then entered the house after hearing a commotion, and told Brave to let his daughter go or they would call the police, which he complied to.

Court records haven’t updated to show when Brave’s next court date is.

Remembering Carmen To Stop Child Abuse

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Carmen Ellis Memorial Ride – Stop Child Abuse

Annual motorcycle ride brings
awareness about Child Abuse, Safety

INDIANAPOLIS, IN  –  The grandmother of a fatal child abuse victim hopes motorcyclists and even non-riders will help raise awareness about keeping kids safe.

Although 3-year-old Carmen Ellis is no longer alive, her memory lives on thanks to her family, friends and even people who never had to a chance to meet her.

“She was just the sweetest little girl and just very funny,” Tina Smith said.

Tina lights up talking about her late granddaughter Carmen.  She and her husband, Lorin Smith who is also a motorcyclist, are organizing another annual fundraiser called the Carmen Ellis Memorial Ride, which started eight years ago following Carmen’s death.

“She died August 22, 2012, killed because of child abuse by my daughter’s boyfriend,” said Tina.

Every year since 2012, to remember Carmen, Tina has raised money for child abuse charity.

The Smiths have teamed up with local VFWs, which serves as some of the stops for the memorial ride.  This year the fundraiser will also include kicking off with a breakfast where participants can make donations.  The breakfast takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat buffet with a $7.75 donation.  The memorial ride starts at The American Legion Post 495 located at 8725 East 38th St., in Indianapolis.  The donation is $20 per motorcycle rider and just $5 per passenger. Kickstands up at 10:30 am.

The couple also plans to do a 50/50 drawing, auctions and raffles.  Tina and Lorin don’t usually set a number of riders for each event but it has grown each year just by word of mouth.  This year’s event will take place after missing last year.

The memorial ride happened last year but without Tina and Lorin.  They both lost their lower left legs in crash with a distracted driver and spent months in physical therapy.  So now they’re inviting everyone to be in Carmen’s Ride.

“You can be on a motorcycle, on a slingshot, a car, a truck or a van,” Tina said.  “As long as it’s roadworthy you can be there with us.”

This year the memorial ride is even more special because it’s on Aug. 22, which is the same date Carmen received her heavenly wings.

Whether you do Carmen’s Ride or not Tina wants everyone to help with stopping child abuse.

“The child should come first,” Tina said. “They are so dependent on us, the adults, just adults to help them.”