Latest Child abuse News

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Aug. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago. The...

Pell's appeal argued 'solid obstacles' precluded convictions

Aug. 19, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen "solid obstacles" that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys. A jury convicted Pell of molesting the 13-year-old friends in a...

Man guilty of kidnap, abuse after wild California RV chase

Aug. 19, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested after he led police on a wild RV chase with his young children last year has been convicted of kidnapping, child abuse, injuring a spouse and other charges. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday that jurors deliberated for two hours before returning...

Prosecutor: Priest charged with raping boy 20 years ago

Aug. 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prosecutor says a priest in Ohio has been charged with nine rape counts involving a male elementary school student about 20 years ago. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turz) says the Rev. Geoffrey Drew was indicted Monday in Cincinnati. Deters says the alleged crimes occurred...

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

Aug. 19, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that he groped her during what she thought was a modeling interview for the Victoria's Secret catalog....

Deputies find newborn covered in ants on floorboard of van

Aug. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a mother and grandmother were arrested when deputies discovered a 16-day-old newborn covered in ants on the floorboard of their van. News outlets report 32-year-old Rebecca Jean Fultz and 69-year-old Charolette J. Simpson were charged Thursday with criminal abuse...

Hearing for mom in boiling puppies case 'mistakenly' closed

Aug. 19, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A court official says a New Mexico district judge mistakenly kept the public from a hearing involving a New Mexico woman accused of forcing her children to watch her kill their pets. The Farmington Daily Times reports an Eleventh Judicial District Court administrator said last week it...

2 shuttered Arizona shelters for immigrant kids could reopen

Aug. 18, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The nation's largest provider of shelters for immigrant children is looking to reopen two facilities that the state of Arizona forced it to shutter last year because of issues with employee background checks and allegations of abuse. Southwest Key filed applications to reopen a downtown...

Iowa man, woman each get 30 years in prison for abusing boy

Aug. 17, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — A man and woman who confined the man's son in a basement in central Iowa have each been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The Des Moines Register reports that 31-year-old Alex Shadlow and his girlfriend, 40-year-old Traci Tyler, were sentenced Friday. Shadlow had earlier pleaded guilty...

Florida mom arrested for leaving girl in hot car for 3 hours

Aug. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a woman intentionally left a toddler strapped to a car seat for three hours while she went grocery shopping in the middle of the day. Officials say the child suffered from febrile seizures but recovered at a children's hospital. Fort Lauderdale police...