Latest Abuse and neglect of children News

Officers attend to one of several shooting victims, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Seattle, after a gunman opened fire in the heavily trafficked downtown area. (David Silver via AP)

Mayor, police pledge action after deadly Seattle shooting

Jan. 23, 2020 9:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A shootout in downtown Seattle that left a woman dead and a 9-year-old boy injured was the third violent incident this week in a part of the city long known for rampant drug use and street unrest. Business groups implored officials to improve public safety. And while crime rates in Seattle...

A Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three children after they were found dead inside the family home at this location Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Children's aunt says she was home when they were suffocated

Jan. 23, 2020 6:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman accused of suffocating her three young children never appeared to be a danger to them, according to an aunt who was in the house at the time of the killings. Pearl Rebolledo Velazco, the children's great-aunt, spoke at length at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night outside the...

Legislation seeks to close school sex abuse loophole

Jan. 23, 2020 12:37 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sexual assault survivors, parents and other advocates urged lawmakers Thursday to close a loophole in state law they argue enabled a Concord High School teacher accused of abuse. Primo "Howie" Leung was charged in April with sexually assaulting a student off school property in...

Justice: Nebraska courts working to expand public services

Jan. 22, 2020 12:14 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts are expanding their public services to protect abused children, keep former prisoners from re-offending and help some counties save money, the state's chief justice said Wednesday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican outlined the accomplishments of...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

14-year-old boy killed in weekend shooting in St. Louis

Jan. 21, 2020 7:45 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 14-year-old was fatally shot as he walked to a St. Louis store. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Agatha Davis urged whoever killed her grandson, Timothy Lucas, to surrender to police. “I want people to know he wasn’t a bad boy,...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

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...