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Michigan House OKs bills aiming to better child-abuse probes

Jan. 16, 2020 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's child-welfare law would be updated to clarify that caseworkers must make contact within 24 hours to assess the well-being of each child in a household where abuse or neglect is suspected under a bill approved Thursday by the state House. The measure and others were passed...

Osceola County Sheriff's Office patrol cars are posted outside a home in Celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. Authorities in Florida have charged a physical therapist with killing his wife, their three young children and a dog in the affluent suburb near Walt Disney World. Osceola County's sheriff on Wednesday said that Anthony Todt faces homicide charges for the deaths of his wife and their three children whose ages ranged from 4 to 13. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Physical therapist charged with killing his wife, 3 children

Jan. 15, 2020 5:50 PM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A physical therapist killed his wife, their three young children and a dog in an affluent Florida suburb near Walt Disney World and then left their bodies there for days, authorities said Wednesday. Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said at news conference that Anthony Todt faces...

Couple accused of child abuse after month-old boy found dead

Jan. 14, 2020 1:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix couple are accused of child abuse following the death of a month-old child and the discovery of four other young children in grim conditions in their motel room. The parents, Donald Roy Ferguson, 38 and Emmaline Amelia Ramirez , 29, were arrested Jan. 7 on suspicion of seven...

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France's #MeToo: Book on child-sex writer prompts outcry

Jan. 12, 2020 2:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — He was a middle-aged French author becoming known, even celebrated, for writing about sex with children. She was a fragile 14-year-old, too young to foresee the damage she says was done to her life by his predatory grip on her body and mind. Now a grown woman, Vanessa Springora is causing a...

This March 9, 2000 photo shows the main building on the campus of The Gilman School in Baltimore.  The private school  has acknowledged that a former teacher and coach sexually abused students in the 1990s and the academy “could have done more” to determine if others had been harmed. The headmaster at the all-boys Gilman School, Henry Smyth, said in a Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 email to parents and alumni that Martin Meloy “engaged in sexually abusive behavior” with students on separate occasions at his home in Baltimore County.   (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Baltimore private school: Teacher abused students in '90s

Jan. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A private school in Baltimore has acknowledged that a former teacher and coach sexually abused students in the 1990s and the academy “could have done more” to determine if others had been harmed. The headmaster at the all-boys Gilman School, Henry Smyth, said in a Thursday...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, right, answers questions from reporters about her plans to merge social services agencies as Laura Howard, left, her top social services administrator, watches during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Kelly says merging the two agencies into a single Department of Human Services will improve the delivery of services. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Governor to merge Kansas agency faulted over child deaths

Jan. 8, 2020 7:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor plans to merge a state agency that has been under fire in recent years over abused children's deaths with another social services department in the hopes that the state will focus more on preventing problems within potentially troubled families. Democratic Gov. Laura...

New Kentucky AG announces group effort to reduce child abuse

Jan. 8, 2020 4:11 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new attorney general has pledged to work with federal and state prosecutors, children's advocates, medical experts and others in an effort to reduce the number of child abuse cases in the state. "We are No. 1 in child abuse and neglect, and that has to stop, especially as...

Couple sentenced to prison in child starvation case

Jan. 7, 2020 12:07 PM EST

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — The aunt and uncle of a toddler who died of starvation have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to felony conspiracy in the boy's death. Circuit Court Judge Mark Wills ruled on Monday that John and Janet Adkins of Princeton should serve 1-5 years on the charge, the...

Former Lancaster County prosecutor Gary Lacey dies at 77

Jan. 7, 2020 11:05 AM EST

GOTHENBURG, Neb. (AP) — A longtime prosecutor who helped create a care center for child victims of assault and violence in Lincoln and Lancaster County has died. Gary Lacey passed away Thursday at Gothenburg Health, Teresa Peckham of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg said Tuesday. Lacey was 77....

A student is seen through broken glass as she walks inside the hostel canteen room vandalized after Sunday's assault by masked assailants at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. More than 20 people were injured in the attack opposition lawmakers are trying to link to the government. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Attackers beat protesting students at Indian university

Jan. 6, 2020 6:55 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Masked assailants beat students and teachers with sticks on the campus of a prestigious university in India’s capital, injuring more than 20 people in an attack opposition lawmakers are trying to link to the government. Videos that emerged after the assault late Sunday showed people...