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Never Discipline A Child When You Are Angry!!!!

Police: Texas Soldier Beat Daughter To Death

Posted 12:45 pm, September 22, 2014, by AP Wire
While testing different search syntax, and noting the differences in how the news was filtered, I found this… 4 hours ago.
Two months ago, while putting together the NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! Google+ Page, I had already decided not to bring mine and Little Brother’s life into this.

The first part of our life wasn’t half bad. The reason being, it was spent with The Best Man I was ever to know. Our Father was a Good Man, who loved us, His Boys.

But that was just half the time.

We lived in fear, day and night, the rest of the time. We spent a good part of our early life around Military People, and on several bases. Our Step-Dad was Army Secret Service in Korea, then spent time in Vietnam with the Navy Seabees. For as far back as I can remember, we always believed in GOD. I know this because we prayed for GOD to kill us everyday. But we always thought GOD was mad at us, maybe we had done something HE didn’t like, OR maybe he just didn’t like us.

We always went to church, and we were Bullyed and physically hurt every service, by several boys.  This happened In PLAIN SIGHT OF MANY ADULTS, who never said one word to stop them, but would laugh at us or snicker. I KNOW all this was real and happened, because we were BEAT after every service.

If I had said this 2 months ago, this Child might still be alive.

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER Discipline A Child When You Are Angry!!!!

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper.

Police Det. Mike Baranyay says 20-year-old Dartarious Graham was arrested Sunday.

He says the U.S. Army specialist beat his daughter, Peyton Graham, with a belt Saturday. When firefighters were called to the home, they found her unresponsive. She was taken to an area hospital where she later died.

The child’s mother and the father’s cousin also were charged with injury to a child by omission.

Graham is being held at the El Paso jail on $250,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

Justice System Too Harsh On Sex Offenders?

John Grisham Apologizes for Remarks on Child Porn

CNN – John Grisham is taking back statements he made about Child Pornography and Sex Offenders.

In a recent interview with the UK’s Telegraph, the lawyer and prolific author of books and Hollywood adaptations such as “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief” and “A Time to Kill” sparked outrage when he expressed his belief that some people who view child pornography online are receiving punishments that don’t match the scale of the crime.

“We have prisons now filled with guys my age, 60-year-old white men, in prison, who’ve never harmed anybody (and) would never touch a child,” Grisham said during a conversation about high U.S. prison rates. “But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons and went too far and got into child porn. … They deserve some type of punishment, but 10 years in prison?

“There’s so many of them now, sex offenders … that they put them in the same prison, like they’re a bunch of perverts or something.”   He then used an old law school friend as an example:  “I have no sympathy for a real pedophile. But so many of these guys don’t deserve harsh prison sentences. A friend of mine, this was 10 years ago, was drinking, and his drinking was out of control. And he went to a website, and it was labeled, 16-year-old wannabe hookers or something, some stupid website. And it said 16-year-old girls. So he went there and downloaded some stuff.

“It was 16-year-old girls that look 30…  He shouldn’t have done it. It was stupid. But it wasn’t 10-year-old boys, and he didn’t touch anything.”  To Grisham’s recollection, the website his friend visited was actually a sting operation to capture sex offenders. He said his friend was then sent to prison for three years.  Those comments and the nature in which Grisham discussed the very serious issue of child pornography incited a flood of hurt, disappointed and angry reactions from fans.

“The day that you came out in an interview and said that watchers of child porn get too stiff of a penalty for it (you said 10 years was too much) makes you someone that I cannot support nor no longer want to read,” a reader named Kendra Benefield Lausman shared on Grisham’s Facebook page; another posted that she’s taken her entire Grisham library to her “burn barrel” with the intent to set the books on fire.  “How do you think child porn is made?” a poster named John Kelly asked on Grisham’s page. “Someone is still getting hurt you imbecile. I’m sad to say that I will never purchase, nor consume, one of your books ever again. I am disgusted.”  After the uproar began, Grisham issued an apology. 

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“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” the author said in a statement. “My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”

That may not be enough for some of his former followers.  “You clearly said in the interview that people (like your drunk friend) who look at child porn don’t deserve severe punishment,” Facebook user Raylene Jolly Wheeler posted in response to Grisham. “Not sure how you can backtrack that statement.”

 

Plea Deal in 3 Year Old Girl’s Death

Iowa Day Care Provider Avoids Life Sentence

Orange City, Iowa An Iowa woman admitted Thursday to causing the head injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl at her in-home day care, but avoided a life sentence under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Sapp told the court that she dropped the toddler to the ground. She also entered an Alford plea to child endangerment with multiple acts, meaning she did not admit guilt to that charge but conceded there was enough evidence to convict her of injuring the girl three other times over the prior eight months.

Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge, which would’ve been an automatic life sentence for Sapp. Second-degree murder would’ve required a minimum of 35 years behind bars.  Instead, Judge Edward Jacobson sentenced Sapp to an indeterminate sentence of up to 100 years as called for in the plea agreement. That means there is no mandatory minimum, and it will be up to the Iowa Board of Parole to decide when to release Sapp.

Drake University law professor Bob Rigg said Sapp, 34, will serve “significant time” behind bars but nowhere near 100 years. He said her actual sentence might be around 15 to 20 years, based on the board’s prior practice for similar offenses.  Rigg said Sapp received a “significant concession” when prosecutors didn’t pursue a murder charge. In turn, she gave them a major concession by admitting to other crimes and avoiding a trial.  Prosecutors made the plea agreement public Thursday after keeping it secret since its Oct. 10 signing.

The case dates to Oct. 29, 2013, when Sapp called Autumn’s mother to say the girl was out of it after falling down the stairs when she went to play in the basement. Autumn’s mother left work and took the girl to a nearby hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with serious head injuries and had her airlifted to a South Dakota hospital. Doctors discovered a fractured skull and serious brain trauma. The girl died two days later, and a medical examiner ruled it a homicide.

Court records show that after failing a polygraph, Sapp changed her story about the girl falling down the stairs and told a detective she slammed the toddler to the ground after becoming angry because Autumn was having trouble taking off her coat.  DayCareProviderDeath-2014-10-18-1Sapp had argued that confession — and incriminating text messages police discovered after she let them search her phone — should have been suppressed. She argued she had not been read her Miranda rights and had barely eaten or slept for two days.  But Jacobson ruled Thursday that the confession and her consent to the phone search were voluntary, and that investigators “treated the defendant quite well.”

 

Mom Charged In Alleged Horrific Child Abuse Case

Abusive Mother Tried To Sew Daughter’s Mouth Shut: Cops

The Huffington Post | By Sebastian Murdock
Pennsylvania authorities have arrested a 46-year-old woman on a litany of charges, accusing her of trying to sew her 16-year-old daughter’s mouth shut and eat cat litter, among other horrific acts.
Rana L. Cooper, a mother of seven children, has been the focus of an investigation that began at least six months ago. In a criminal complaint obtained by The Huffington Post, Cpl. Robert Copechal of the Pennsylvania State Police details a long list of abuses the teen suffered at the hands of her mother.
Authorities allege that the abuse may have started as soon as the child was adopted in 2008. Cooper’s husband, the adoptive father, was allegedly aware of at least some of the abuse. (Read the Criminal Complaint)

WARNING: GRAPHIC DETAILS OF ABUSE

The teenage victim told authorities that Cooper would not allow her to eat, drink, or even use the restroom until “points” were earned by cleaning the home. The victim alleged that because of this rule, she often soiled herself and did not drink for days.
The only time the girl could eat was after the rest of the family had already eaten, according to police. On multiple occasions, Cooper allegedly forced food into the chid’s mouth, inducing vomiting. In one instance, the suspect allegedly forced the child to eat cat litter. On another occasion, the victim told police Cooper would force her to “go into the bathroom and scrape her finger around the rim of the toilet and eat what was on her finger.”
The criminal complaint details more than a dozen instances of abuse. Cops allege that the mother once tried to sew the child’s mouth shut with a needle and thread, stopping only after piercing the child’s lower lip with a needle. Cooper often threatened to cut out the child’s tongue, police said.
If the victim did not listen to her parents, Cooper would forcefully jam a Q-tip into the teenager’s ear, causing it to bleed and leaving her partially deaf, the complaint reads. Cooper also allegedly attempted to gouge out the child’s eyes.
“Child states that mother was in her face and she closed her eyes tightly,” Copechal wrote in the report. “Child stated that mother took her finger and pushed in child’s eyes causing broken blood vessels in child’s eyes.”
Cooper allegedly hit the child numerous times with a hair brush, spit on her, and forced her to eat toothpaste. The child told police that she was allowed to eat once a day.

The police document also states:

Mother choked the child two times until child blacked out. Last time happened about a month before child was removed.
The child stated that father was present when mother was choking her. Child stated that father told mother to stop however mother did not. Child stated that father proceeded to just stand there and watch as mother continued to choke child.
The child’s father, 51-year-old Richard Cooper, told his wife he wanted a separation from her on Easter two years ago. Police said the mother blamed her adopted daughter for this. As punishment, Rana Cooper allegedly grabbed the girl by her neck and twisted it, then bit the child’s nose until it bled before slamming her onto the ground and punching her in the face.
In July, the victim told police her mother struck her in the face with a metal belt buckle, causing her eye to swell and become discolored.
One of the suspect’s seven children, 24-year-old Ronnie Cooper, told local station KDKA, that the allegations were all false.
“Nothing, none of that happened,” Ronnie Cooper said. “Like, I’m here every day, like, none of these [allegations] are true.”
In September, Rana Cooper admitted to police that she once submerged her daughter’s head under water “for approximately 3-10 seconds,” according to the complaint.
Cooper now faces charges including recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  District court officials told the Star Tribune that Cooper does not have a lawyer on file.
HuffPost Crime called the Cooper residence, but no one in the family was willing to speak. Richard Cooper is not currently facing charges.  Rana Cooper has a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 6.
The child no longer lives with the Cooper family.

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One man’s mission to rescue child sex-trafficking victims

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American goes undercover to track down Child Traffickers

Last weekend, police broke up a major Child Sex Trafficking ring in Colombia, which has become a destination for tourists looking for sex with boys and girls.  The police had help from an American who went undercover to rescue the Children.

Tim Ballard has one mission: to track down Child Traffickers. Four months ago Colombian authorities asked him to investigate a tip that Children were being sold there as Sex Slaves.  “Within a half hour this individual walks up to me asking me what I’m here for, what I want and within minutes he tells me that I have kids here as young as 11 years old,” Ballard says.  A former Homeland Security agent, Ballard now heads up Operation Underground Railroad, a non-profit group that rescues trafficked kids. After that first meeting, the Colombians asked him to put together a sting.

Operation Underground Railroad spent months planning — renting a house, rigging it with hidden cameras to document the crime, coordinating with Colombian authorities and negotiating with the traffickers.  “How they find these kids is they lure them in by pretending to have a modeling agency,” Ballard explains. “They target them at nine- or 10-years-old and they were telling us that at about 11, they’re ready for sex. They’re ready to be sold.”  What is it like to look into that kind of person’s eyes?  “It’s horrifying and this is why: Because I have to smile in the face of evil,” Ballard says.

Less than 24 hours after the operatives landed, the suspected traffickers arrived on the island and the final deal with the undercover team began.  Fifty-four boys and girls, aged 11 to 18, were ushered in for what had been billed as a sex party. They were given candy and drinks and told to wait in a small room.  “This little 11-year-old boy, I remember, he asked… one of my operatives for some cocaine,” Ballard recalls with tears in his eyes. “He said, ‘They usually give me something because I’m really scared. To kind of numb myself.’”  By the time the deal was done, the alleged traffickers were set to make $25,000.  That transaction was never completed.

Twenty-five Colombian special operatives stormed the party, arresting five suspects — four men and one former beauty queen — all charged with Child TraffickingThe victims, 29 of whom are under 18, were evacuated, given medical exams and placed in a rehabilitation center where specialists are working to undo the damage.  “Right before we got on the boat, we walked by the room where the kids were and a couple of the kids came up to the screen,” Ballard says. “And they put their hand up on the window) and I go to touch their hand… and I see that there’s liberation now.  Liberation, one child at a time.