Latest Child abuse News

Kansas agency finds abuse and neglect in Wichita boy's death

Apr. 25, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas child welfare authorities investigated two reports of possible abuse or neglect involving a Wichita couple in the 17 months before their 3-year-old son was found dead in his crib. The Kansas Department of Children and Families on Thursday completed its investigation into the...

Illinois child welfare system under fire after boy's death

Apr. 25, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Disturbing details emerged Thursday of the torture authorities say preceded the beating death of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers, escalating scrutiny of a state agency already being reviewed because of the recent deaths of two other children....

Penn State ex-president asks court to overturn conviction

Apr. 25, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier asked a federal magistrate judge Thursday to overturn his child endangerment conviction with less than a week left before he is scheduled to start serving a two-month sentence. Spanier's lawyers argued his conviction under a 2007 law for...

Woman accused of raping child, posting video on social media

Apr. 25, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman is accused of raping a 4-year-old boy and posting videos of the sex act on social media. News outlets report Memphis police arrested 24-year-old Tamara Marion on Tuesday and charged her with child rape and sexual exploitation of a minor. A police affidavit says...

Therapy worker sentenced to 8 years for raping autistic boy

Apr. 25, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A judge sentenced a 29-year-old therapy worker to more than 8 years of prison for raping a 13-year-old boy during on-the-job visits to his Gresham home. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a jury took about an hour to find Abigail Minjung Kim guilty of six counts of first-degree sexual...

Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 clergy accused of sex abuse

Apr. 24, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore on Wednesday published the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse after their deaths. The release of the names marks a revision to an archdiocese policy that once prohibited the naming of...

Police: Man killed baby after learning he wasn't the dad

Apr. 24, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man beat an infant to death after discovering that he wasn't the child's father, police said. Jose Avila-Agurcia, 33, is charged with murder in the death of 4-month-old Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, Memphis police said. News outlets cited an affidavit of complaint that says...

Prosecutors: Texas couple filmed sex abuse of dozens of kids

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas couple were sentenced Wednesday to 60 years each in prison for filming themselves sexually abusing kids, a case that prosecutors say involved more than two dozen young victims including babies. A federal judge in Waco gave Christopher Almaguer and his wife Sarah Rashelle Almaguer the...

Man indicted on dozens of new child sex abuse charges

Apr. 24, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has been indicted on 43 new counts of child sexual abuse after he was charged in January with 25 counts of encouraging sexual abuse of a child and an animal. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Stacy Curtiss was charged Wednesday with the new counts. Court documents say...

Boy Scouts: Handful of sex-abuse cases emerged in 2018

Apr. 24, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over past allegations of child sex abuse, the Boy Scouts of America defended its current prevention policies on Wednesday and said there were five known victims in 2018 out of roughly 2.2 million youth members. "Scouting programs today are safe," said Erin Eisner, a chief...