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FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot, Gritty, performs during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. Chris Greenwell has alleged that the mascot punched his 13-year-old son, Brandon, after a photo shoot in November. The Incident is under investigation. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)

Flyers mascot under investigation for alleged assault

Jan. 22, 2020 6:44 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old boy during a photo shoot, police said. Chris Greenwell and his son Brandon met the hairy, googly-eyed mascot at a November event for season ticket holders. Brandon patted Gritty on the head...

This photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jonathan Watson. A second convicted child molester has died after he was beaten with a walking cane by Watson,  last week at a central California prison, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

2nd California child molester dies after beating with cane

Jan. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A second convicted child molester has died after he was beaten with a walking cane by another inmate last week at a central California prison, officials said Wednesday. Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, was pronounced dead on Sunday at a hospital, three days after authorities said he was...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. State prosecutors said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that the first of the four Chicago sexual abuse cases against Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who alleges that Kelly tried to force himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Kelly, who remains jailed, faces a raft of charges in several jurisdictions, including four separate indictments on Illinois state charges involving four women who accuse the singer of sexually abusing them during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Illinois prosecutors make plan for their 1st R. Kelly trial

Jan. 22, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors said Wednesday that the first of four Chicago sexual abuse cases against R. Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who says the R&B singer forced himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Although Cook County prosecutors told Judge Lawrence Frank...

Woman gets probation in drowning of great-granddaughter

Jan. 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman charged after the Omaha drowning death of her infant great-granddaughter has been sentenced to two years of probation. Court records say 63-year-old Sandra Laravie pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted negligent child abuse resulting in death. Prosecutors had reduced the charge in...

Kansas mother pleads guilty in starvation, abuse of child

Jan. 22, 2020 12:31 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the starvation of a 5-year-old boy. Elizabeth Marie Francis, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sodomy and child abuse, the Johnson County District Attorney's office said. She and her boyfriend, John Carter, 36, were...

Justice: Nebraska courts working to expand public services

Jan. 22, 2020 12:14 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts are expanding their public services to protect abused children, keep former prisoners from re-offending and help some counties save money, the state's chief justice said Wednesday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican outlined the accomplishments of...

Justices order child sexual abuse jury report be kept sealed

Jan. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury's findings about a central Pennsylvania man who said he victimized about 16 to 18 people will remain permanently sealed because the child sexual abuse report did not recommend government changes in the public interest, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The...

Man arrested for beating child with belt

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police say a Sioux Falls man has been arrested for beating a 12-year-old child with a belt. The girl reported the beating to school staff who notified police. The man was arrested on an abuse of cruelty to minor charge. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the girl suffered some...

Day care provider charged in baby's strangulation death

Jan. 22, 2020 10:03 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls day care provider has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a baby who became strangled in a car seat. Prosecutors say Kayla Styles left the 9-month-old boy in the car seat to nap Nov. 14 and when she checked two hours later she found the baby was...

Sheriff's office: Louisiana woman charged in children's rape

Jan. 22, 2020 4:19 AM EST

SULPHUR, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has been arrested on rape charges after a local sheriff's office said Instagram conversations revealed she had inappropriate sexual contact with young children. Lakien D. Perry, 18, of Sulphur, was charged with seven counts of first-degree rape, 20 counts of sexual...