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Virginia woman accused of abducting 4 kids found in Indiana

Feb. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EST

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of abducting her four children and leading authorities on a nationwide chase for several months was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Indiana, authorities said. Melody Bannister, 34, of Henrico, Virginia, was arrested at a gas station in Hendricks...

Phoenix couple accused of concealing dead body for years

Feb. 3, 2020 6:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix couple accused of abusing three adopted children who have been removed from their custody allegedly concealed the dead body of another foster child in an attic for over two years, prosecutors said Monday. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office filed a direct complaint...

Justyna Zubko-Valva carries one of her children after the funeral service for her son Thomas Valva, 8, 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).

Funeral held for NY boy, 8, who died of hypothermia

Jan. 30, 2020 2:38 PM EST

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Friends, family and strangers alike paid their respects on Thursday at the Long Island funeral for an 8-year-old boy who died of hypothermia while in the custody of his father, a New York Police Department officer. Thomas Valva, who died on Jan. 17, was forced to sleep in an unheated...

In this Jan. 24, 2020 photo, Michael Valva is led out of Yaphank police headquarters in Yaphank, N.Y. Valva is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva, in Center Moriches, N.Y. It is alleged that the boy was forced to sleep in an unheated garage at the couple's home as temperatures dropped to under 20 degrees. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP)

County probes social services after boy's hypothermia death

Jan. 28, 2020 11:40 AM EST

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A county on Long Island has launched an internal probe of its social services department after an 8-year-old boy died of hypothermia while in the custody of his father, a New York Police Department officer. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Monday evening that a...

Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Social worker charged with coercing client into prostitution

Jan. 24, 2020 12:21 PM EST

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A former child services caseworker has been charged with human trafficking, accused of recruiting a mother who was her client into prostitution in exchange for a favorable custody recommendation, authorities said. Candace Talley, 27, of Winslow, New Jersey, was working for the Division...

Zimbabwe VP scolded for using soldiers in divorce dispute

Jan. 24, 2020 9:58 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean judge on Friday described as “frightening” the use of soldiers by the country’s vice president in a divorce-related dispute, and ruled that his wife should regain custody of their children and be allowed to access the family’s luxury home. ...

Teen who fled with mom to avoid cancer surgery has operation

Jan. 16, 2020 3:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who was taken out of state by her mother to avoid surgery for a rare type of liver cancer has had the operation while in the custody of the state welfare officials, several Portland, Oregon TV outlets reported Thursday. Kylee Dixon, 13, was recovering in an...

Tokyo-based Australian journalist Scott McIntyre speaks during a press conference at Foreign Correspondent's Club Japan in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. McIntyre said he is a victim of “inhumane

Japan convicts Australian who sought to see his children

Jan. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian journalist based in Japan says he is a victim of Japanese child custody laws that allow only one parent access to children of broken marriages, a day after he was convicted of trespassing at the apartment building of his estranged wife's parents to try to find his children. ...

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave the...