Latest Child endangerment News

This inmate photo provided by the Knox County, Tenn., Sheriff shows Michael Anthony Gray Jr., who has been charged with murder and abuse involving children his parents adopted — just days after his parents pleaded not guilty to similar charges, according to a published report. A Knox County grand jury handed down charges Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, against Michael Anthony Gray Jr., 40, that included felony murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and abuse of a corpse, WBIR-TV reported. (Knox County Sheriff via AP)

Man charged in case involving slain, abused adopted children

Oct. 29, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been charged with murder and abuse involving children his parents adopted — just days after his parents pleaded not guilty to similar charges, according to a published report. A Knox County grand jury handed down charges Wednesday against Michael Anthony...

Parents charged with murder of 5-year-old daughter

Oct. 28, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Law enforcement in Georgia have arrested the parents of a 5-year-old girl who weighed just 7 pounds before dying at an Atlanta hospital in June. Jerrail Mickens, 31, and Porscha Michens, 29, were arrested Tuesday in Hall County on charges of felony murder and first-degree cruelty to...

Ohio man sentenced in 2019 death of a 14-year-old boy

Oct. 27, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to a minimum of six years for giving a 14-year-old boy a fatal dose of fentanyl and then burying his body in a shallow grave under a cow. Matthew Little pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with...

Couple pleads not guilty to abuse of 6 adoptive children

Oct. 27, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee couple have pleaded not guilty to abusing their six adoptive children. Randall Joseph Ridenour, 53, and Michelle Lee Ridenour, 48, of Harriman were arraigned Monday on 14 counts of aggravated child abuse, seven counts of aggravated child neglect and five counts of...

This Oct. 22, 2020 photo provided by the Merced Police Department shows Rodney Matthews. Matthews was arrested and booked on charges of child endangerment which resulted in the death of a child. (Merced Police Department via AP)

5-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed by young relative

Oct. 23, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by a juvenile member of her family and the girl's father was arrested for child endangerment, police said. Officers responded to a report of a gunshot heard inside a home in Merced Thursday and found evidence of a shooting, the...

Third grade student Elena thinks while reciting multiplication tables, as her brother Wyatt reviews his kindergarten work on a tablet with their mom, Christi Brouder, in the living room of the family home, while remote learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass. The Brouder family has four children that are distance learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In video classes teachers parse clues to student wellbeing

Oct. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

Christi Brouder had finally gotten her 10-year-old daughter settled on the hallway floor with a laptop and signed into a video class on Google Meet when the girl's 6-year-old brother leaped over the computer screen “in his birthday suit” to get a juice box. To Brouder's surprise, a social worker...

Gun grabbed from mom's purse by child fires in Sam's Club

Oct. 22, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been charged with child endangerment after her child grabbed her gun from her purse, causing it to fire in a Sam’s Club. Amanda Karr, 31, was charged Wednesday, according to court records, WKBN-TV reported. No one was shot, but two people reported leg pain...

Murder trial of Iowa man accused of killing toddler delayed

Oct. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The murder trial for a 24-year-old Sioux City man charged with killing his girlfriend’s 19-month-old daughter has been pushed back to next summer. A judge on Wednesday agreed to continue Tayvon Davis’ trial to July 13, the Sioux City Journal reported. Both prosecutors...

Rimrock man allegedly tries to burn trailers; family escapes

Oct. 21, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

RIMROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Rimrock man has been arrested for allegedly trying to burn down two trailers including one that had his wife and two teenage daughters inside, authorities said. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that 34-year-old Jerry Follett remains jailed on a $500,000 bond...

Police say child forced to kneel on tacks, drink hot sauce

Oct. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man is facing child abuse charges for forcing a child to sleep in a locked closet and making him kneel on thumb tacks and drink hot sauce until he vomited, police said. Kevin Grant, 31, of Naugatuck was arrested last week on charges of second-degree assault,...