Latest Abuse and neglect of children News

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

Jun. 21, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. Gov. Ralph...

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

Jun. 21, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. Gov. Ralph...

Court halts release of report on Pennsylvania priest abuse

Jun. 20, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court is holding up the public release of a grand jury report expected to reveal details of widespread sexual abuse, dating back decades, by Roman Catholic priests in six dioceses across the state. The Supreme Court didn't explain the reasons for its order,...

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick punished over abuse finding

Jun. 20, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced...

Michigan OKs Nassar-related laws to give victims time to sue

Jun. 12, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday signed two bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue. The current cutoff to file a lawsuit in Michigan is generally a minor victim's 19th birthday, which critics say is out...

UN says 6 million struggling to get food in Africa's Sahel

Jun. 12, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that nearly 6 million people are struggling to get food in West Africa's Sahel region and severe malnutrition is threatening the lives of 1.6 million children. Mark Lowcock said in a statement that these levels haven't been seen since a...

Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal

Jun. 11, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis began purging Chile's Catholic hierarchy on Monday over an avalanche of sex abuse and cover-up cases, starting with accepting the resignations of the bishop at the center of the scandal and two others. More heads were expected to roll, given that the scandal has only grown...

Report on Pennsylvania priest abuse to be most extensive yet

Jun. 10, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The results of a lengthy probe into the handling of sexual abuse claims by Roman Catholic dioceses throughout Pennsylvania, which victim advocates say will be the biggest and most exhaustive ever by a U.S. state, could be made public within weeks. A statewide grand jury spent nearly two...

Romania's measles outbreak kills dozens of children

Jun. 8, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

CHITILA, Romania (AP) — An outbreak of measles in Romania has killed dozens of infants and children, with 200 new cases reported each week. Doctors say the surge in the disease is fueled by the country's low rate of vaccination. Some Romanian celebrities have waged media campaigns warning about the perils...

The Latest: Governor calls for tougher child rape penalties

Jun. 6, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

AYER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on new charges filed against a convicted child rapist who was scheduled for release (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation to toughen penalties for child rape, citing the case of Wayne Chapman. The 70-year-old convicted child rapist...