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This undated photo provided by Tabatha Sams shows Tabatha Sams with her son Dawson Thilmony in Orlando, Fla.  The Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the coronavirus pandemic. She claims the boy’s father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they’re first-responders.   The boy’s father, Stephen Thilmony, is a firefighter and emergency medicine technician, and his fiance is an emergency room nurse. The father and mother were splitting custody of their son. (Tabatha Sams via AP)

Florida mom seeks custody of son, says father is virus risk

Apr. 4, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the pandemic, claiming the boy's father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they're first-responders. Tabatha Sams has asked a judge to let her keep custody...

Vegas police face 2 lawsuits in jail, traffic stop deaths

Apr. 3, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Relatives of a Wisconsin man who died in jail custody a year ago and a North Las Vegas man shot and killed by patrol officers two years ago filed separate federal civil rights lawsuits this week against Las Vegas police. Nicholas Farah’s father, Craig Farah, seeks unspecified...

Woman sentenced to 10 years for death of 6-year-old boy

Mar. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Fergus Falls woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death of a 6-year-old boy who was left in her care. Bobbie Bishop, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Justis Burland-Arnett, who was pronounced dead at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus...

Judge mulls request to release migrant children over virus

Mar. 27, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said she doesn't want a sudden, large-scale release of immigrant children from U.S. government custody but wants to know why they're still being held as the coronavirus spreads. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said she wants to be sure immigrant...

3 migrant children in US custody test positive for virus

Mar. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three immigrant children in U.S. government custody at a New York facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said it has suspended releases from centers in...

New Mexico reaches settlement with foster youth, advocates

Mar. 26, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached a settlement with foster youth and their advocates that will allow for the creation of a trauma response system for all children in state custody, officials said Thursday. The Human Services Department and officials with the state's child welfare agency in a...

Court: Judge improperly removed mother's rights to children

Mar. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge who recently came off probation for mishandling cases improperly stripped a mother’s parental rights without proper notice or a hearing, a state court said. The Tennessee Court of Appeals described the father as abusive to the mother and a danger to their...

FILE - In this June 26, 2019 file photo, migrant children walk with their families along the Rio Grande, as pedestrian commuters use the Puerta Mexico bridge to enter Brownsville, Texas, seen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico. The U.S. this week started having immigrant children held in Houston appear before a judge based in Atlanta, in what advocates say is a pilot that could portend a nationwide expansion of video hearings for kids. While the government would not confirm its plans, advocates warned of a greater burden being placed on detained immigrant children, many of whom are not yet teenagers and don’t have guaranteed access to an attorney.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

More children face immigration judges through video screens

Mar. 11, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Seven children stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a Texas immigration facility. Their image was beamed 1,000 miles away to Atlanta, where a judge sat in a largely empty courtroom and contended with glitchy audio. At multiple points, a woman’s voice broke through the audio into the Atlanta...

Pallbearers carry the casket into the funeral service for 8-year-old Thomas Valva at St. Elizabeth's Church on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Melville, N.Y. The boy's father Michael Valva, a New York City police officer, and his fiancee, Angela Pollina, are being charged with Thomas's death. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).

Suffolk County DA calls for grand jury in hypothermia death

Mar. 9, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday that a special grand jury on Long Island will investigate the case of an 8-year-old boy who died of hypothermia while in the custody of his father, a New York Police Department officer. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said the panel will...

Police chief accused of violating child custody orders

Mar. 3, 2020 11:25 AM EST

IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) — A police chief in southwest Nebraska has been accused of violating child custody orders. Chase County Court records say the charges against the Imperial chief, Ryan Wisnieski, 38, include felony violation of a custody order and felony aiding and abetting a violation of a custody...