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These undated photos released by the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Police Department show Tony, left, and Miracle Crook. Authorities searching for the two Tulsa, Okla., children who have been missing since Friday, May 22, 2020, were knocking on doors and stopping drivers at their apartment complex Monday, May 25. (Tulsa Police Department via AP)

Tulsa police hunt for missing kids, 3 and 2; mother arrested

May. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police searching for two small Oklahoma children who have been missing for days on Monday knocked on doors and stopped drivers at an apartment complex in Tulsa, after sending dive teams into nearby ponds. Police said 3-year-old Miracle Crook and 2-year-old Tony Crook of Tulsa were last...

Illinois child welfare employee investigated after boy dies

May. 24, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois prosecutors are investigating a former child welfare agency employee who supervised an abuse claim involving a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy later found beaten to death, documents show. Prosecutors are exploring whether to charge Andrew Polovin with child endangerment...

Lawyer says white woman attacked girl because she was black

May. 21, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A white woman is charged with assaulting an 11-year-old black girl in what the girl’s lawyer calls a racially motivated attack. Elizabeth Shirey accused Skhylur Davis of stealing her mail on May 11, attorney Justin Bamberg said. Skhylur told police that Shirey "attempted to grab...

FILE - In this April 20, 2017, file photo, members of the National Bureau of Investigation and FBI gather evidence at the home of an American suspected child webcam cybersex operator during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines. The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Study: Philippines a global hot spot for online child abuse

May. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday. A new study released by the Washington-based International Justice...

Police: Young girls, grandmother attacked in home invasion

May. 19, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls and tying up and beating their grandmother in her apartment was caught naked in the attic of the home, police in Mississippi said. Keith Lamar Reeder, 46, fought with the Pearl police officer who found him in the attic Saturday...

Bankruptcy claims date set for Boy Scouts child sex victims

May. 18, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys have agreed on a November deadline for victims of child sex abuse to file claims in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. The Nov. 16 date presented to a judge Monday was worked out after attorneys for the official committee representing abuse victims objected to a...

In this May 27, 2015, image made from video released by Royal Commission, pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence, asked by an official, lower right, during a child sex abuse royal commission, in Ballarat, Australia. Ridsdale was sentenced to more jail time Thursday, May 14, 2020, after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. (Royal Commission/AAP Image via AP)

Australian pedophile priest sentenced to more jail time

May. 14, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pedophile priest was sentenced to more jail time Thursday after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. In all, Gerald Ridsdale is known to have abused at least 69 children. He has been behind bars since 1994 after he was sentenced to 34 years....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. The University of Michigan said Wednesday, May 13, 2020, that it is seeking to remove a law firm it hired to handle lawsuits following hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by Anderson, a sports doctor who worked at the school for decades. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan via AP)

U. of Michigan seeks to remove law firm in sex abuse suits

May. 13, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan said Wednesday that it is seeking to remove a law firm it hired to handle lawsuits following hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, a sports doctor who worked at the school for decades. It's the second time the university has...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar, former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts, appears in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich. A judge dismissed criminal charges Wednesday May 13, 2020 against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon arising from Nassar's sexual assault scandal. Simon was ordered to trial last year on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint against Nassar, who was a campus doctor and now is serving decades in prison. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

May. 13, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

A judge’s dismissal of criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is the latest development from the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal that has rocked the school. Simon was ordered to trial last year on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a...

Florida mother accused of abusing adopted 14-year-old son

May. 12, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

MILTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accused of beating her 14-year-old adopted son with a dog chain, cutting his arms and head and chipping his teeth with pliers, sheriff's officials said. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said Monday during a news conference that it's one of the worst cases of...