Latest Child abuse News

Utah Legislature expands ability of clergy members to report child abuse

Feb. 29, 2024 20:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah faith leaders who learn about ongoing child abuse from a perpetrator during a religious confession will be able to alert police without fear of legal ramifications under a bill that received final legislative approval Thursday in the state Senate. The...

Delaware judge cites 'evil' and 'extreme cruelty' in sentencing couple for torturing their sons

Feb. 29, 2024 18:19 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman who was convicted of torturing her two stepsons with the knowledge and help of their father was sentenced Thursday to 106 years in prison by a judge who called the abuse “the most extensive and persistent evil” he has ever seen. Mary Vinson,...

Jeffrey Epstein grand jury records from underage girl abuse probe to be released under Florida law

Feb. 29, 2024 14:44 PM EST

Grand jury transcripts from a 2006 Florida investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of dozens of underage girls will be released publicly later this year under legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. A local judge cited the new law in denying release of the records for now. ...

West Virginia man sentenced to life for killing girlfriend's 4-year-old son

Feb. 27, 2024 16:45 PM EST

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son. A judge handed down the sentence on Monday to Walter Richardson, 36, of Fairmont during a brief hearing, WBOY-TV...

Michigan man gets minimum 30 years in prison in starvation death of his disabled brother

Feb. 26, 2024 13:02 PM EST

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who pleaded guilty in his disabled brother's starvation death was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 30 years in prison by a judge who said the defendant is “one step away from becoming a psychopath.” Paul Ferguson, 21, pleaded guilty in...

West Virginia inmate enters plea in death of cellmate at Southern Regional Jail

Feb. 23, 2024 11:52 AM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia inmate accused of killing his cellmate during an attack at Southern Regional Jail has entered a plea agreement. Lucas Matthew Wagnar, 29, entered a Kennedy plea on Wednesday to second-degree murder in the 2022 death of Douglas Alan Cunningham,...

Professional bowler extradited to Ohio weeks after arrest while competing in Indiana tournament

Feb. 23, 2024 11:19 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A professional bowler who was arrested by U.S. Marshals while he was competing in an Indiana tournament earlier this month has been extradited back to Ohio to face charges related to child sexual abuse material. Brandon Novak, 35, of Chillicothe, Ohio, was...

A Michigan toddler's shooting highlights new gun storage law and other states' strategies

Feb. 22, 2024 18:34 PM EST

A Michigan man is the first person to face charges under the state's new law requiring gun owners to keep weapons in locked storage containers around minors. The case is bringing attention to similar state laws across the U.S. and prosecutors' determination of when to bring criminal...

Retired Catholic bishop charged with sexual offenses in northwest Australia

Feb. 21, 2024 20:49 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A retired Catholic bishop has been charged with sexual offenses including child abuse in a remote part of Australia’s northwest. Christopher Saunders, 74, will appear in the Broome Magistrates Court on Thursday in the heart of the sprawling Outback...

After 2-year-old girl shoots self, man becomes first person charged under Michigan's gun storage law

Feb. 21, 2024 18:46 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose 2-year-old daughter shot herself in the head with his revolver last week became the first person charged under the state’s new law requiring safe storage of guns, just days after the new measure took effect as part of a sweeping reform of gun regulations...