Saturday, July 31, 2010
Police: Man Brought 18-Month-Old To Pick Up Prostitute
Officers Arrest 29 People During Operation
POSTED: 12:01 am EDT July 28, 2010
UPDATED: 11:30 am EDT July 28, 2010
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio --
Several people are facing charges after Middletown police conducted an operation against prostitution, but one is facing additional charges because of who police said he brought along.
Officers said an undercover sting was set up Tuesday night to help local businesses and residents displace any prostitutes and their "johns."
Investigators said they arrested and charged several people, but Michael Ratliff, 38, of Trenton, was charged with soliciting and child endangering.
Officers said Ratliff had his 18-month-old daughter with him while he tried to pick up an undercover officer and complete the transaction in a nearby alley.
Police said other officers took custody of the child until the girl's mother could arrive from Trenton.
Detectives said John Mann, 65, was also charged with soliciting on Tuesday night.
Officials said Keith Moore, 50, of South Lebanon, and Bennie Noble, 46, of Franklin, were both charged with loitering to engage in solicitation last week.
Police charged Lisa Conley, 43, of Middletown, with soliciting, as well.
Officers said Middletown police have arrested 29 people in the past few weeks as part of its anti-prostitution sweep of the downtown area.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Dad sentenced to at least 27 year for murdering girlfriend, the mother of their child (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Man sentenced to at least 27 years for killing girlfriend
Thursday, July 29, 2010 6:03 PM
By Gary L. Wright, The Charlotte Observer, N.C.
July 29--Daniel Jaworski was sentenced Thursday to at least 27 1/2 years in prison in connection with the December 2008 shooting death of his girlfriend, who had tried unsuccessfully to get protection despite several complaints about domestic violence.
In addition to the sentence for second-degree murder, Jaworski also will serve at least eight years and 11 months for first-degree burglary in connection with the case.
The total sentence will keep Jaworski in prison for at least 27 2/3 years.
He was sentenced for the death of Roschelle Woyee, the 19-year-old mother of his child. She was shot in the driveway of her home. Her father, Robert Woyee, reported hearing two shots after his daughter pulled her car into the driveway, then heard the young woman cry, "Oh, Papa!"
Police and family members said Jaworski cut the power to her parents' home, where the daughter lived, before shooting the woman. The shooting came after what records show was an 18-month stretch of incidents in which Roschelle Woyee complained to the court and probation system about domestic violence incidents involving Jaworski.
Elizabeth Woyee, the victim's mother, told The Observer she had a restraining order issued three times, but Jaworski wouldn't leave her daughter alone.
Man accused of stabbing son, ex-girlfriend indicted on murder charges
By Jason Whong •email@example.com • July 29, 2010, 7:10 pm
A man accused of stabbing to death his son and ex-girlfriend, the child's mother, was indicted on murder charges by a Steuben County grand jury.
The grand jury on Wednesday handed up a six-count indictment against Brian Ashline, 23, of Watervliet, N.Y.
The indictment charges two counts each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder, which are class A-1 felonies, and one count each of aggravated criminal contempt and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which are class D felonies.
Ashline is scheduled to appear for arraignment on the charges at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 in Steuben County Court.
He is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Trieste R. Clayton, 25, and their son, Xavier Michael Ashline, on Father's Day.
The bodies of Clayton and Xavier Michael were found the night of June 20 in the kitchen of Clayton's home on Mount View Road West in Bath.
Clayton had been stabbed in the back and neck, and her infant son had been stabbed in the chest, according to a felony complaint filed when Ashline was arrested.
Ashline is being held in Steuben County Jail without bail.
Dad arrested for burning wife to death, injuring children in arson attack (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
Child tries in vain to save burning mother
Gareth Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
A 48-YEAR-OLD man is under police guard at Port Elizabeth’s Dora Nginza Hospital after allegedly burning his wife alive and attempting to kill his two children by setting fire to their family home.
The woman, 40, died and her two children, 10, and 13, were seriously injured after their father, who cannot be named until he appears in court, allegedly poured petrol over their Magxaki Street, Kwazakhele, house and set it alight last Sunday.
The woman’s sister described the incident as horrific, saying details of how the incident had unfolded were still sketchy.
“We know she was tied to a chair in her house and her husband bought petrol and poured it all over the inside of the house.”
For some unknown reason, he had allegedly set the petrol alight, causing the house to go up in flames.
“Her daughter ran to a window and managed to call for help and the neighbours phoned the police,” she said. “We are not sure how, but they managed to get the door open and run out, but Xola stayed behind and tried to untie his mother.”
As the blaze grew, Xola was pulled outside.
“His mother was burnt severely while tied to the chair, but when the ambulance arrived she was still alive. They were all rushed to hospital and I was called the next day by doctors.”
The woman died in hospital of third-degree burns.
“The children are better, but still in hospital recovering,” the sister said.
The police are investigating a case of murder and two cases of attempted murder.
Warrant officer Hazel Mqala confirmed that the father had been arrested and was under police guard in the hospital.
The Herald team visited the children in hospital, but they did not want to talk about the incident. Both were in a stable condition.
Family members at the hospital said they were angry about what had happened. The father will remain under police guard until he is deemed fit to appear in court.
Dad murders mom after being released from jail on bail for assaulting her, menacing kids (Hyde Park, New York)
Investigation continues in Hyde Park murder-suicide
Emily Stewart • Poughkeepsie Journal • July 30, 2010
HYDE PARK — Officials are continuing to investigate why man released from jail Tuesday after posting bail on domestic violence charges shot his wife to death Thursday before turning the gun on himself.
The incident occurred at 46 S. Quaker Lane.
Anthony John Riccardulli Sr., 55, was released from Dutchess County Jail on Tuesday on $25,000 bail. He was charged June 27 with multiple felonies, accused of assaulting his wife, Linda Riccardulli, 47, and menacing her and two of their three children with deadly weapons.
A full order of protection was in place when Anthony Riccardulli shot Linda Riccardulli with a .38-caliber handgun early Thursday morning, first wounding her at 4 a.m., then shooting her fatally with a bullet to the head around 4:50 a.m. Riccardulli shot himself in the head a short while later, as police were coming down the hallway of his house, authorities said.
Police would not say if Riccardulli had returned home after his release or just before the killings. Dutchess County 911 received a call around 4 a.m. A woman could be heard crying in the background, said Dutchess County Sheriff's Deputy TJ Hanlon, a spokesman for the department.
Deputy Nicholas LaMonica was assigned to the call, he said.
When LaMonica arrived, Danielle Riccardulli, 17, the couple's daughter, said from inside the house that her father had shot her mother. Anthony Riccardulli shouted from another window that he would kill the police if they entered the house, Hanlon said.
LaMonica radioed the Sheriff's Office, and deputies from the Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Unit were sent to the home.
Hanlon would not say if police negotiators were able to make contact with Anthony Riccardulli.
While police were outside, they heard a shot, Hanlon said. Emergency Services Unit police entered the house and were coming down the hallway when Riccardulli shot himself. The fatal shots were fired around 4:50 a.m., Hanlon said.
Detective Sgt. Jason Mark said Anthony Riccardulli was taken to a local hospital.
Father on attempted murder charges
Janine Hill 31st July 2010
Police investigate the site of the fire and alleged attack.
A SUNSHINE Coast man will stand trial for the attempted murder of his wife and son although a similar charge involving his daughter was dismissed yesterday.
His wife gave evidence in Maroochydore Magistrates Court that her husband told her “Til death do us part” as he pushed her and their son towards flames in their burning home.
The man, 37, fronted court on charges of attempted murder, deprivation of liberty, arson and wilful damage following a fire at the family’s home on November 3 last year.
His wife said she had been in the bath when her husband came to the doorway with a jerry can, a lighter and their son, and lit a fire.
She said she called her son into the bath with her before the two of them escaped into a walk-through wardrobe, then a bedroom and into the hallway, where they were again confronted by her husband, who tried to push them back towards the burning bathroom.
“I was pushing back against him and we struggled. There was just pushing and shoving and then we ended up back down the start of the hallway,” she said.
Her husband asked, “Now will you stay with me?” after they all tumbled to the floor.
She told the court she believed she and her two children would have perished had she not agreed to his requests not to leave their marriage.
She said she fled to a neighbour’s property with her son while her husband carried their daughter, who had been standing on a lounge chair during the drama.
The woman appeared calm and did not falter while giving evidence, although her husband, who still wears pressure gloves on his burnt hands, fought back tears several times during the proceedings.
The public gallery was full to overflowing with family and friends supporting both parties.
Under cross-examination by her husband’s legal representative, Peter Sagger, the woman agreed that her husband “could have” burnt her more seriously or stopped her from escaping from the burning bathroom through the wardrobe in the first place.
The woman agreed that she had been sceptical of her husband’s claimed depression and illnesses, and had had enough of their troubled 19-year marriage.
Mr Sagger had sought to have the charges of attempted murder and deprivation of liberty against his client dropped on the basis of a lack of evidence.
Magistrate Dennis Beutel dismissed the charges of attempted murder and deprivation of liberty involving the couple’s daughter, but ordered the man to stand trial for the attempted murder and deprivation of liberty of his wife and son, for the arson of the house and wilful damage to a neighbour’s property.
Mr Beutel refused a fresh application for bail for the man, saying there was still an unacceptable risk that the man might re-offend or attempt to contact the witnesses.
The man will face trial in the Supreme Court on a date to be fixed.
The Daily cannot publish the family’s names because of laws which prevent the identification of child victims of crime.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT.
Father pleads guilty to two counts of cruelty to children, gets 10 years
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
2 days 1 hr ago
The question of the line between disciplining a child and child abuse was at the center of a sentencing hearing in Jones County Superior Court last week.
Randall Wesley Deaton pled guilty to two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of stalking July 15, but he did not agree to the sentence offered by the state. That left the sentencing to the discretion of Superior Court Judge Lee Parrott Jr.
After hearing testimony on both sides of the case and the arguments of the attorneys, Parrott sentenced Deaton to 10 years on each count of cruelty to children and stalking to run concurrently for a total of 10 years. The defendant will serve 180 days in the Jones County Law Enforcement Center until he is accepted into the state probation detention center, where he will serve 90-120 days. The remainder of the sentence may be served on probation.
Deaton has already been incarcerated for 200 days, and the judge said that time will be credited to the back end of his sentence.
Surrey man gets 13-1/2 years for child porn involving own daughters
By Jennifer Saltman, The Province July 28, 2010
SURREY — A 36-year-old Surrey man arrested as part of an international child-porn investigation was sentenced on Wednesday to 13-and-a-half years in prison.
The man, who cannot be identified, pleaded guilty in April to 11 charges — including incest, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference of a person under 16, importing or distributing child pornography and making or publishing child pornography.
Surrey Provincial Court Judge Michael Hicks didn’t mince words when describing the offences.
“His crimes were those of a relentless and determined predator,” he said in his reasons for sentence.
The investigation that led to the offender’s arrest began on Jan. 22, when members of the Integrated Child Exploitation Team received information about a man in B.C. who was sharing child pornography featuring his own child.
Five men in Australia, B.C., Ontario, South Africa and the U.S. were involved in the chat group.
Hicks said the worst abuse featured the man’s youngest daughter, with whom he committed incest, sexual assault and sexual touching.
The girl had been groomed from the age of four so that she would unquestioningly perform sexual acts with her father, almost daily.
“His grooming was very successful,” Hicks said.
The girl, now five, was exploited for the pleasure of her father and the other men he communicated with, the judge said.
“It was a gross and continuing violation of the personal integrity and privacy of the child that cannot be adequately described in words,” Hicks said.
As part of the sentencing hearing, Hicks had earlier been shown a selection of videos made by the offender. He called the images “wrenching and, frankly, agonizing to watch.”
There was video and email evidence of the man’s abuse of two more of his daughters, who he interfered with and sexually touched.
The man touched and sexually assaulted four of his daughters’ friends, capturing details in photographs, videos and emails. Some incidents happened at sleepovers.
Hicks talked about one email in particular, regarding a case of sexual interference, where the offender “gleefully” described his activities.
“His actions were relentless and calculated,” Hicks said of the assaults.
Regarding the child-pornography charges, Hicks said police recovered 88 videos and almost 500 photographs from the man’s computer and a shared server. Police also seized thousands of other child-pornography images from the man’s home.
Police learned recently that an investigation in Denmark that had turned up videos of the man’s youngest daughter in the possession of a man there.
The judge reiterated that a doctor who prepared a psychological report before sentencing said the man is prone to rationalization and blaming others. He has limited guilt and tends to look at the consequences and impact of his actions as they apply to himself.
When assessing his risk, the doctor noted that the man had limited insight and empathy, and was a high risk to reoffend. The prognosis for rehabilitation is “guarded,” and Hicks said the man’s effort to turn himself around must be “enormous and single-minded” to succeed.
Crown prosecutor Paul Sandhu had asked for a 14- to 15-year federal sentence. Defence lawyer Eric Warren suggested a sentence “in the high single digits.”
Hicks said he agreed that Sandhu’s suggested sentence was fit. The sentence was for 14-and-a-half years, minus one year of credit for time spent in custody before sentencing.
The judge also imposed a number of ancillary orders.
For 20 years, the man: must be on the sex-offender registry; is prohibited from possessing firearms; cannot be in a public park, swimming pool or daycare where children under 16 may be present; cannot seek, obtain or continue employment or volunteer where he is in a position of trust for a person under 16; and cannot use a computer to communicate with anyone under 16.
Outside court, Sandhu said he wasn’t feeling happiness following the sentencing decision.
“It’s been a very long, drawn-out process,” he said.
“One can only hope that in a case like this, the decision of the court will at least be a first step with respect to achieving some closure and begin the healing process for the families. That’s really what this is all about.”
Sandhu gave credit to the police for identifying the accused and conducting a thorough investigation.
When asked if this was one of the worst cases he’s dealt with in his 16 years as a lawyer, Sandhu said, “Absolutely, without question.”
“I never want to see this again.”
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/Surrey+gets+years+child+porn+involving+daughters/3333289/story.html#ixzz0vCRQ2PtR
W-B man charged with threatening to kill ex-girlfriend
By Bob Kalinowski, Staff Writer
Published: July 29, 2010
A 19-year-old Wilkes-Barre man with a history of abuse toward women was charged Wednesday with threatening to kill one ex-girlfriend on the same day another former girlfriend accused him of death threats in a protection from abuse order.
Kevin D. Dates Jr. was arraigned Wednesday morning on accusations he threatened to kill an ex-girlfriend, Brittany Sheposki, because she was cooperating with police in a previous case in which he allegedly assaulted her on July 15 in Plymouth, police said.
The 19-year-old was charged with intimidation of a witness, terroristic threats and violating a protection from abuse order.
Police said Dates left multiple messages on Sheposki’s Myspace.com page that said he was going to “shoot and kill” her and “shoot up” her house. Dates mentioned the assault rap against him and wrote he would kill her to “shut her up.” He noted he “has guns and isn’t afraid to use them,” police said.
Sheposki, who has a daughter with Dates, had a PFA against Dates that forbid him from having contact with her. She said he also threatened their child.
Court records show Dates has a history of committing violence against women, threatening to harm his own children and ignoring protection from abuse orders handed down by judges.
While Dates was sitting in prison on Wednesday for his alleged threats against Sheposki, another woman came forward to file a PFA against him.
Former girlfriend Ashley McCoog said she was hospitalized after Dates beat her on July 15 in Plymouth, according to the PFA she filed. After he was bailed out on the assault charges, he started threatening her, she said.
“He states that he drives past my house repeatedly and won’t rest until my kids and I are dead,” McCoog wrote.
She notes she filed a PFA against Dates in 2009, which he violated five times before she eventually dropped it.
“Ever since I dropped it, things have been worse,” said McCoog, who also has a daughter with Dates.
In the 2009 PFA, McCoog noted that Dates subjected her to stalking, verbal abuse, harassing phone calls, physical violence and death threats.
“He punched me in the face twice and told me if I called the cops, he would take his father’s shotgun and blow my head off,” McCoog wrote.
Dates, of 540 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Barilla, who ordered Dates jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
Michael Sisak, staff writer, contributed to this report.
For all the smoke and mirrors as to how this baby died, the symptoms are the classic signs of abusive head trauma.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT.
Trial set in baby murder
By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Daily Press Senior Writer
Published/Last Modified on Friday, July 30, 2010 4:11 AM MDT
DELTA �� Attempts to mediate the murder case in a Delta baby’s 2008 death failed Thursday, so father Daven Beck will proceed to trial next year.
Beck, 23, was charged in 2009 with first-degree murder of a child under 12 and first-degree murder of a child under 12 by one in a position of trust. He also is charged with two counts of reckless child abuse.
He is accused of battering his 5-month-old daughter, Cady, on Dec. 22, 2008, and of violently spanking his 2-year-old stepdaughter on another occasion.
Cady died Dec. 23, 2008, at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.
Doctors there said her severe injuries, including a “blown” pupil, brain bleeding, spinal column bleeding and other trauma, could not have been caused by an accident or ailment. Prosecutors contend Beck killed the baby by repeatedly slamming her down.
Beck’s attorneys, however, said Cady’s injuries were the result of a reaction to vaccinations.
At what was to have been a motions hearing Thursday, public defender Diane Allen asked for a continuance to allow a medical expert to testify about “a very controversial and constantly evolving area of medicine” that apparently would bolster Beck’s vaccination-injury defense.
The court doesn’t have enough information to proceed without that testimony, she said.
For all the times mothers are called liars about abuse, note that this child was actually pressured by his father to alter his story and lie about the abuse on Daddy's behalf.
Bryan found guilty of felony child abuse
By CITIZEN STAFF Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:08 pm
JUNEAU— A Dodge County jury found Daniel Bryan, 34, Waupun guilty of felony child abuse Tuesday, July 27, following a 2-day jury trial and six hours of deliberation.
The charge involved an allegation Bryan had intentionally burned his 8-year-old son with a cigarette.
After spending a weekend with his father in July 2009, the boy’s mother noticed that “something was wrong” with the boy’s right elbow. The boy first told his mother that he got the injury from a fall out of a wagon, but later told her that his father burned him with a lit cigarette as punishment for kicking the defendant during horseplay. The boy said the defendant blew on the end of his lit cigarette until it got “cherry red,” prior to extinguishing the cigarette on the boy’s right elbow.
At trial, the boy switched his story back to a fall from a wagon. However, Dodge County District Attorney Bill Bedker countered with testimony from Dr. Barbara Knox, a child abuse expert from UW Children’s Hospital, Madison, who examined photographs of the boy’s elbow injury and determined that the injury was definitely consistent with a cigarette burn.
Bedker said that in light of the change in the boy’s story, Dr. Knox’s medical testimony was crucial.
“Naturally, I understand that the boy still loves his father very much and was trying to protect his dad by telling the jury that he fell out of a wagon,” Bedker said. “But Dr. Knox is one of the foremost child abuse experts in the country and she said that this was a hold-on cigarette burn injury. I found her testimony to be very compelling, and ultimately I suspect the jury did too.”
After the guilty verdict was read, Judge Brian Pfitzinger ordered the Department of Corrections to recommend an appropriate sentence.
Pfitzinger said that Bryan’s sentencing will go forward in approximately 90 days. Bryan will remain free on bail pending his sentencing hearing. He faces a sentence up to eight years.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT. Where was this baby's mom while Daddy was manhandling the baby? Working to put food on the table?
Police: Hemet 3-month-old not expected to survive after abuse; father arrested
Jason Moore of Hemet was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of child abuse.
By Jose Arballo Jr., SWRNN
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A 3-month-old Hemet baby is not expected to survive after being abused by her father, who was arrested in the case, said Sgt. Dean Spivacke in a news release.
Jason Moore of Hemet was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of child abuse, Spivacke said.
About 6 p.m. Tuesday, deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to Hemet Valley Medical Center regarding a suspected child abuse case, Spivacke said. Deputies located a 3-month-old female in the emergency room suffering from a brain injury and the investigation revealed the injuries were the result of child abuse, Spivacke said.
The baby was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment and the doctors there do not expect the child to survive, Spivacke said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Waters at the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3500 or Investigator Judge at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951-791-3400.
Read more: http://www.swrnn.com/southwest-riverside/2010-07-29/news/police-hemet-3-month-old-not-expected-to-survive-after-abuse-father-arrested#ixzz0vC2WdyGY
Hat tip to Annie.
Bryan father jailed in son's death
Thursday, July 29, 2010
BRYAN, OH -- A four-month-old baby is dead and his father's in jail, facing felony charges for the infant's death.
Police say it happened in Bryan in Williams County, where the man was arraigned today.
Kevin Oehler, 20, faces felony childhood endangering charges. His son, four-month-old Aiden, died at Toledo Children's Hospital.
Debra Taylor says she watched police converge on Oehler's apartment complex Monday evening. Emergency crews took the infant to the hospital.
Relative Kathy Martin says they "ran all kinds of tests and had tubes, said no brain activity."
The infant died Tuesday night. Police will not say exactly what happened and the Lucas County coroner was not available.
Oehler is at the Correctional Center of Northwest Ohio facing second degree felony charges. We were told "he was the one with the baby, nobody else. He was watching the baby and she was at work."
A judge set Oehler's bond at $300,000. Court documents say he's next due in court August 5.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT. Was there a mother in this home? No sign of one anywhere.
Hat tip to Annie.
Phoenix father, pastors arrested in molestation case
by Krystal Klei - Jul. 28, 2010 10:34 AM
The Arizona Republic
A father was arrested on suspicion of molesting his two daughters, and two of the family's pastors were arrested on suspicion of failing to report the accusations to authorities, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
The father was booked in connection with one count of sexual abuse, two counts of child molestation, and eleven counts of sexual conduct with a minor on July 9, Phoenix police spokesman Detective James Holmes said in a written statement. The Arizona Republic is not releasing the father's name to protect the identities of the victims.
The man was arrested after his then 16-year-old daughter told a neighbor that she had been molested by her father for several years, Holmes said.
According to police, when the neighbor confronted the father about the accusations, he apparently admitted his involvement. The father also told the neighbor he knew what he was doing was wrong.
Following the confrontation, Phoenix Police officers were flagged down, Holmes said. The girl was with the neighbor when she talked to the officers, he added.
During an interview with Phoenix Police Child Crime detectives, the girl told officers of at least one instance of sexual intercourse, several instances of sexual contact over nearly a five year range, and of the molestation of her older sister by her father, Holmes said. He added that she told officers the molestation lead to her older sister moving out when she turned 18 years old.
According to police, the father admitted to sexually abusing both his daughters when questioned and was then arrested.
The older daughter, now 19, told her two pastors, Daniel and Laura McCluskey, about the alleged abuse in 2008 at Church On The Word on the 8000 block of West Camelback Road, but they did not report the accusations to police, according to Holmes.
Instead, the pastors met with the older daughter and the father. During the meeting, according to police, the father said he snuck into his daughter's room at night to touch her. The pastors suggested the girl forgive her father, because he was repentant, Holmes added. The pastors told the girl to restore her relationship with her father.
According to police, the father stopped sexually abusing his older daughter after meeting, but continued to sexually abuse his younger daughter.
Under Arizona Revised Statute, the pastors were arrested for their failure to report the abuse. The Statue states the pastors had the duty to report to Child Protective Services and/or law enforcement.
The pastors were arrested on Tuesday in connection with one count each of failure to report sexual abuse, Holmes said.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Teen accused of violently shaking baby to face trial
By Eimear Cotter
Wednesday July 28 2010
A TEENAGE father who is alleged to have violently shaken his six-month-old son has been sent forward for trial.
He is also caused of strongly pressing his mouth to the baby's check, leaving a circular mark.
The baby collapsed following the alleged assault, and had to be rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital.
Doctors put a shunt into his head to relieve pressure on his brain, and he has since made a full recovery.
The child's father appeared before a Dublin court charged with assaulting a child.
He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge in the District Court refused jurisdiction.
Outlining the allegation, Garda Desmond Morgan said it was alleged that gardai were called by the Dublin Fire Brigade to a house in west Dublin on August 7, 2008.
The child's mother was there with the baby, who was limp and unresponsive, and ambulance personnel had to resuscitate him at the scene.
Gda Morgan said the child was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital, where he again collapsed and had to be revived.
The court heard it was alleged the child had a number of injuries, including bleeding at the back of his eyes, bruising to the clavicle and a circular mark to his check.
Gda Morgan said it was alleged that the teen shook the child because he was "frustrated" with him, and he strongly pressed his mouth to the child's cheek, causing a red mark.
The matter was adjourned to a date in September for the book of evidence.
Notice that this guy was apparently advancing on the SWAT team and refusing orders to drop his weapon when he was shot. In fact, he was pointing his weapon at deputies. So this was definitely not a little family "quarrel." This is a guy who is a dangerous criminal. Period. It's just that his victims of choice (at least in this case) were initially family members.
Deputies shoot Deltona man at domestic violence call
By JAY STAPLETON, Staff Reports
July 28, 2010 5:08 PM Posted in: News Gonsalves
Sheriff's deputies shot a Deltona man today in an attempt to end a domestic dispute that started with the man shooting his wife in the arm.
Deputies said the short standoff ended when Clayton Gonsalves, 48 was hit at least once and was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment, said Gary Davidson, public information officer for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office..
His wife, Sislyn, 45, was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm. Gonsalves appeared to be in serious condition, said a spokesman for EVAC Ambulance, while the wife's condition was listed as stable.
Deputies were called to the home at 2820 Lake Helen Osteen Road by a 9-1-1 call at 4:43 p.m., said Davidson. The caller hung up so deputies called back and spoke with a female who said her father had just shot her mother.
Deputies attempted to resolve the conflict but Gonsalves walked to the backyard of his home, then emerged and fired one round into the air.
The neighborhood was cordoned for the safety of nearby residents. Crisis negotiators tried to talk to Gonsalves. When the SWAT team moved in to replace patrol units, Gonsalves emerged and advanced on the SWAT team, ignoring demands to drop his weapon. When he pointed the weapon at the deputies, they "fired to protect themselves," said Davidson.
The deputies involved in the shooting have been identified as Tom Dane, 46, 22-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, and Sgt. Vidal Mejias, 35, a 15-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office.
As is customary in officer-related shootings, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be brought in to investigate.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thank goodness this child was saved before it was too late.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT.
Dehydrated toddler found inside parked vehicle near Cochrane
Global TV Calgary: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:18 AM
As temperatures continue to rise, police are making a timely reminder of the dangers of leaving children in parked vehicles.
On Saturday afternoon, Cochrane RCMP were called to the Stoney Nokoda Casino where security has found a small child locked inside a van.
The temperature outside was approximately 27 degrees Celsius.
Crews broke into the vehicle and discovered the toddler was dehydrated and covered in sweat. EMS treated the child on scene.
Charges are pending against the father of the child.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Poisoned Plegtanker children put ordeal behind them
By Stabroek staff July 27, 2010 in Local News
Four children of Plegtanker, East Bank Berbice who survived after being poisoned by their father six years ago, have moved on and put the ordeal behind them.
On that fateful night, their father Khemraj Mohan murdered their mother, Sabrina Fredricks and after feeding them Ovaltine laced with poison, he took his own life.
Kumeshwar ‘Mike’ Mohan, 18, who was 12 years old at the time and his siblings; Mohanie, Savita, and Amit who are now 16, 11 and ten years old have vague recollections of what transpired on that fateful night.
Another sibling, Sharda, was spending the night at an aunt’s house at the time of the incident and was spared the nightmare. They are still in the care of their paternal grandmother, Rajmonie Tomby, 68.
The incident followed quarrels Mohan had with his wife over the long periods she was away from home, leaving him to take care of the children while tending to his farm.
Fredricks had claimed that she was sick and had to seek treatment in Suriname and Georgetown but Mohan never knew for sure if that was the case, according to Rajmonie, who lived a few doors away.
She is still haunted by what happened to her son and daughter-in-law and the fact that she almost lost her four grandchildren.
The woman told Stabroek News that it was hard for her to put the memories of that horrible tragedy behind. “Ah does remember all the time; when I see dese pickney ah must remember…”
She does not go to the small shack where her son lived with his family and where the incident took place though because “me does just imagine he in front of me…”
Rajmonie who took the children in her care just after they were discharged from hospital had vowed since then never to separate them even if she could only afford to provide them with just “salt and rice”.
In tears she told this newspaper, “me mind them from small and me tek oath that me would look after them how long me live.”
According to her, bringing up the children was a struggle “but whatever ah get me does give dem; dem very contented. I always make sure that at mealtime dem must get something to eat; me don’t left dem mouth dry…”
The woman said the children are quiet and mannerly and that they attend the mandir with her every Sunday.
Old age pension
She depends on her old age pension to provide for her grandchildren and also receives public assistance for the two smaller children – Savita and Amit who attends the Plegtanker Primary School.
Savita recently wrote the National Grade Six Assessment examination and has secured a place at the Berbice Educational Institute in New Amsterdam.
She would be the first of her siblings to attend a school out of the area and Rajmonie said she would try her best to get the $1,200 per week for transportation to send her.
She also plans to prepare lunch for the child daily and would give her a little “pocket-piece” when she can afford it.
The woman was looking forward to uplifting the $1,500 voucher that the government was issuing for each child to purchase some of their school gear.
Savita would have to travel a distance of ten miles to get to school.
But that journey would take her some three hours because of the deplorable condition of the road.
The three older siblings also attended the Plegtanker Primary, which has a secondary department up to fourth form and Kumeshwar completed up to that level, while Mohanie attended up to third form and Sharda dropped out in form two.
Kumeshwar said he was doing well at school and wished he had the opportunity to write the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination. His dream is to see Savita and Amit complete high school.
The two older girls would have loved to be involved in skill enhancement but said it is not available in their area.
They are assisting their grandmother at home with the cooking and cleaning while Kumeshwar went a few times with residents in the backdam to hunt.
He earned a little money from that and saved some of it to invest in cash crop farming on a small plot of land in March.
He was “caring” his garden and was eagerly looking forward to reaping his produce for the first time. Sadly, two months later the garden was flooded after a heavy rainfall and he lost his crop and now has to “start all over again.”
He told this newspaper that he was very grateful for what his grandmother, whom he and his siblings fondly refer to as “mama,” has done for them and wants to start earning so he can help to make life easy for her.
The children said that life in the “bush” is dull and that they were no longer enjoying the little entertainment they were getting from a small “black and white” television because it had stopped working.
They long for another television so they can follow the news and other interesting programmes and even a DVD player but their grandmother cannot afford it.
The area does not have electricity but Rajmonie said she would get power from a used car battery that she has to recharge often.
The woman said she and the children live in a big house, but it is very old and run down and badly needs repairing.
She said she was at home when she got the sad news six years ago that her son had committed suicide and she started wailing. It was only when she got to the scene that she learnt that he had also murdered his wife and screamed even more.
As if that were not enough, she found out after the bodies were taken away by the police that her grandchildren had been poisoned.
She recalled that after the police left she had taken the children over to her house. A relative then decided to search the house and discovered the four cups with traces of greenish substance and realized that the children had been poisoned.
“When me hear that was gramoxone they drink, me sit flat on the floor and holler like me mad. Me thought me woulda lose all a dem. Look how much coffin me woulda had to find,” she said.
She composed herself after being consoled and told that “two dead already and me have to stand up strong fuh me grandchildren.”
She was also worried about finding a vehicle to take them to the hospital. Luckily, the owner of a jeep who was supposed to have transported his produce to the New Amsterdam market did not go that day and he rushed with the children.
Rajmonie said they spent about one week in hospital but she became so sick after the ordeal that she was unable to visit them. An aunt was there with them during that time.
The woman lamented that she never expected that her son would have done something like that because he was always a quiet person.
She also recalled that he worked hard on his farm; never talked about his problems and hardly consumed alcohol.
Kumeshwar had told this newspaper that his parents had started quarrelling shortly after his mother returned home from New Amsterdam that afternoon and said she had to leave again the next morning.
He and his siblings went to bed and left them quarrelling. They were asleep when their father woke them up and ordered them to drink the Ovaltine but they did not know that he had mixed it with poison.
He had said too that his father also told him that he had killed their mother and would hang himself and gave the boy a ring to give it to his (Khemraj’s) sister. He then told them to go back to sleep.
The next morning the children woke up with their stomachs burning and started to vomit.
Kumeshwar first discovered the lifeless bodies of his parents under the house.
His father, dressed only in his underwear, was hanging from a rope while the remains of his mother bore what appeared to be stab wounds.
He immediately ran over to his aunt’s house to give her the ring and the news that his parents were dead.
When this newspaper met the children about one year after the incident they appeared to be still hunted by the ordeal.
At that time Kumeshwar provided information about what happened but this time he said, “me don’t worry about that anymore; me done forget about that.”
Father jailed for child neglect & assault
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 16:53
A 42-year-old man convicted of physically assaulting and neglecting his five children has been given the maximum prison sentence for the offences.
The man, who is from the UK but moved to Ireland ten years ago, was jailed for seven years, with the final year suspended.
He was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court in April of this year on several counts of wilful neglect and wilful assault.
AdvertisementMs Justice Elizabeth Dunne said she had never come across a case where children were so damaged by physical abuse and failure to provide for their basic needs.
The man's three sons and two daughters, now aged between eight and 14, all are in care.
The court heard the children were shabbily dressed, filthy and starving when they were taken into care.
In a victim impact statement, the man's youngest son said he was hit both when he was 'bad' and 'good'.
His eldest son recalled being whipped and beaten for taking a block of cheese from the fridge.
Another son, who is 13 and receiving specialist care in the UK, told social workers he wished he could crawl into a black hole and die.
The court heard the man, who worked as a handyman, was rarely out of work, but Ms Justice Dunne said putting money on the table did not get rid of his obligation to look after his children.
She said he must take full share of his responsibility and not attempt to offload that on his wife.
The man was also charged with the rape and indecent assault of his oldest daughter and sexually assaulting one of his sons, however the jury failed to reach a verdict on those charges.
Dad stabs to death two daughters, mom; media makes excuses regarding "debt problems" (Fordingbridge, England, United Kingdom)
Delivery driver who murdered wife and daughters before hanging himself 'had money worries'
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:59 PM on 27th July 2010
A father who murdered his wife and two daughters before hanging himself had mounting debt problems, it was revealed today.
Andrew Case yesterday inexplicably 'snapped' and stabbed his family to death in their home in a quiet market town.
His daughters, two-year-old Phoebe and one-year-old Nereya, were fatally knifed just a few minutes after the once devoted father had also killed his nursery teacher wife, Vicky, 31.
The 32-year-old then hanged himself at the couple's rented family home.
The delivery driver had been facing insolvency and had been ordered by a court to agree a formal plan to pay back creditors.
There were also claims the couple were worried about money owed on his wife Vicki's credit card.
The managing director of the firm where Mr Case worked today said that the couple had been fighting against the 'pressure of modern society'.
A businessman, Hau Chow, who used to employ Vicky at his Chinese restaurant, said: 'I think maybe they had financial problems because they were renting that house. They had to sell their own house. They were a friendly family and the children were lovely.'
For the past three years he had worked as an HGV delivery driver for the Wiltshire-based company Doccombe European.
Post-mortem examinations were being carried out today. The two girls and their parents were found in their family home in the New Forest village of Fordingbridge yesterday morning.
Mr Case is believed to have slit the children's throats and their mother's before hanging himself.
Andy Case with his daughters, aged one and two. The girls were found stabbed to death and Mr Case was discovered hanging at a house in a quiet New Forest town.
The grisly discovery was made when the children's 56-year-old grandmother, Linda Haskell, went to the family home only to be confronted by horrific scenes.
A near neighbour of the Case family - 53-year-old Alayna Brooks - described how she saw Mrs Haskell running out of the house screaming: 'They are all dead - my babies are dead!'
The crime shocked the town of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, where at least one young neighbour is thought to have heard a child's screams yesterday morning.
Moments before the emergency services arrived Mrs Brooks ran into the house and was confronted by the body of Mrs Case in the downstairs dining room.
She said: 'The first thing I thought when I saw the woman dead was "are the babies alive?"
'I went upstairs and the man was hanging. I shook his leg and said: "Just wake up - you've got a family!"
'But it was just not happening. It was the most appalling thing I have ever lived through.
'I was distressed and I saw the two little girls side by side in the double bed.
They were dead. It was horrific - they were a beautiful family. The girls were gorgeous.'
The young family had just come back from a week- long holiday in Weymouth.
'They were so loved up,' added Mrs Brooks. 'I would have loved their marriage - they just loved each other.'
The couple, who married in 2000, have lived at the small property for the past few months after moving from their previous home which was also in Fordingbridge.
It is understood grandmother Mrs Haskell normally cared for the children on Mondays while her daughter Vicky ran St Aldhelm's nursery and pre- school in the town.
Friends described her as 'happy go lucky' and someone who was 'never unhappy'.
Yesterday Mrs Haskell was seen weeping in the street as she made a 999 call pleading for help - but paramedics and police who raced to the scene were unable to save her daughter, grandchildren or son-in-law.
South Central Ambulance Service said: 'The doctor reported back from the scene that one adult female and two children were dead and had been stabbed. One male was found hanging.'
The house where the bodies were found is set back from a row of cottages which are next to a stream on the edge of the New Forest.
On his Facebook page Mr Case had recently posted details of the family's holiday to Weymouth.
He said: 'Weymouth here we come! We're going where the sun shines brightly, were (sic) going where the sea is blue. seen it in the movies, let's see if it's true.'
He summed up his life in a brief biography: 'I am 32, I got married in 2000 and have been with my wife, Vicki, for about 15 years. We have two beautiful daughters, Phoebe (two years and a half) and Nereya (one).'
Pictures posted on his page at Easter this year show him playing and sharing chocolate eggs with his laughing daughters.
Case was planning to run a marathon in September in aid of new living quarters for the parents of premature babies looked after at Salisbury Hospital.
Case said his favourite quotation was: 'Sucess is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obsticals which he has overcome.'
But other posts on Facebook point to darker preoccupations.
On June 8 he wrote: 'Time is equal to life. Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life or master your time and master your life... FIN.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1298069/Father-Andrew-Case-murdered-wife-daughters-hanging-money-worries.html#ixzz0utkLYafi
Jury out again in trial of father accused of murder
Published on Tue Jul 27 15:55:22 BST 2010
A jury has retired for a fourth day to consider its verdicts in the trial of a Kent paramedic accused of murdering his baby son.
Gavin Gibbs, 41, of Brook Vale, Erith, was heard to whisper "Please forgive me" as three-month-old Charlie's life support machine was turned off.
But he told the Old Bailey he was saying sorry because he had not been able to save the child from dying from brain injury.
Gibbs denies murdering Charlie in October 2008, and causing injuries to the baby's twin sister.
He told the court Charlie collapsed at home and he tried to resuscitate him.
But the prosecution says he caused non-accidental injuries to both babies.
Jul 27, 2010 6:44 am US/Eastern Va.
Man Pleads Guilty To Fatally Shaking Son
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) ― A northern Virginia man has pleaded guilty to fatally shaking his 9-month-old son.
Herbert M. Price Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his son, Dylan M. Price of Burke. The infant was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, on Sept. 22.
The father was initially indicted on murder and child abuse charges in January. Prosecutors dropped the child abuse charge in the plea deal.
Price faces up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Sept. 24.
Ohio 4-year-old tips police to mother's slaying
(AP) – 15 hours ago
CLEVELAND — Police say a 4-year-old boy abandoned on a street corner tipped off police to his mother's fatal stabbing, and the woman's husband now faces charges in her death.
Police say a motorist left the boy in the inner city about 8 miles from his home Sunday night. A witness alerted police, and the boy told investigators his mother had been stabbed at the home.
Officers found the woman with multiple stab wounds early Monday in a garage at the home, and she was pronounced dead.
Cuyahoga County Coroner's spokesman Powell Caesar says the mother was identified as 42-year-old Tonya Hunter.
Police Sgt. Sammy Morris says Hunter's husband, Maurice Lyons, was arrested and that charges of aggravated murder and domestic violence are pending. Morris did not know if Lyons has an attorney.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Dad accused of doing drugs, wielding gun
08:14 AM PDT on Monday, July 26, 2010
A 33-year-old Victorville father is behind bars this morning after his wife reported that he appeared to be using meth and had terrorized the family all night by grabbing a gun and ransacking the house in search of noises, investigators say.
Elliot Mosqueda was arrested at 11:12 a.m. Sunday along the 14900 block of Mesa Linda Street for investigation of child endangerment, according to jail records. His bail is $100,000.
His wife flagged down a deputy at 10:37 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the San Bernardino County sheriff's station in Victorville and reported that Mosqueda appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and she feared for the safety of her three children, sheriff's spokeswoman Karen Hunt said in a written statement.
Deputies Eric Stoll and Eileen Jansky went to the family's home.
"The suspect first claimed the gun was locked away in a safe, but (deputies) later found the loaded gun stashed in a kitchen drawer that was easily accessible to family members," according to the statement. "A field sobriety test was administered, and the suspect was found to be under the influence of methamphetamine."
Mom files for order of protection; dad seeking custody of 3-year-old daughter from adoptive mom (Dayton, Ohio)
Baby Vanessa: Birth mom files for protection order against Mills
By Lou Grieco Monday, July 26, 2010, 11:25 AM
DAYTON — Baby Vanessa’s birth mother, who is supporting the child’s adoption, filed a petition for a domestic violence civil protection order on Friday, July 23, against the child’s father, Benjamin Mills, Jr.
The petition, filed by Andrea Conley, states that she was downtown in the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority hub when Mills came up behind her and grabbed her. He let her loose after she screamed, and she had someone escort her to her bus, according to the sworn statement she gave.
“Benjamin still stayed outside the bus trying to talk to me,” Conley wrote. “I was fearful and scared that he could of followed the bus and was going to grab me when I got off at my stop.”
No incident report was filed with Dayton Police Department, and Mills does not currently face criminal charges in relation with the allegation. The civil protection order is civil, though violating one can lead to criminal charges.
Conley, 31, and Mills, 29, have a long history of agitating each other. Both have been convicted of domestic violence against each other — in Mills case, it was a felony that resulted in state prison time. Both have had prior protection orders against each other, according to police and court records.
In December 2007, Conley pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of violating Mills’ protection order against her. In August 2008, she pleaded guilty to three felony counts of violating his protection order.
Mills is currently fighting for custody of Vanessa with Stacey Doss the California woman who adopted her.
We've posted on this case several times in recent months.
Accused Lehigh Acres killer dad to child of daughter, tests confirm
BY PAT GILLESPIE • email@example.com • July 25, 2010
1:10 A.M. — A Lehigh Acres man accused of fatally slashing the throat of a two-month-old and trying to kill his 20-year-old daughter the same way May 20 fathered with his daughter the boy whose life he spared that day, recently released documents confirm.
Manuel De Jesus Rosales, 43, faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the killing of two-month-old Josue Rosales and the assault of Karminda Rosales Salazar.
He is scheduled in court Aug. 26 for a case-management conference.
In more than 500 pages of documents released to Rosales' attorneys last week, witnesses said Rosales Salazar had planned to move back to New Jersey to be with Josue's father, Santos Cardona-Sevilla - an apparent motive for Rosales allegedly killing Josue and trying to kill Rosales Salazar. DNA reports confirm Rosales is the father of Rosales Salazar as well as 1-year-old Brian Rosales, who was unharmed. Roommate Mauricio Maldonado, who called 911 to report the attacks, told detectives he was at the house when Rosales allegedly killed Josue and cut Rosales Salazar.
State attorney's office spokeswoman Samantha Syoen said there is no update about whether prosecutors plan on seeking the death penalty against Rosales.
Rosales' attorney, assistant public defender Neil McLoughlin, had no comment.
Sgt. Stephanie Eller, Lee County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said Rosales Salazar is no longer in the hospital. Her whereabouts are unknown.
Rosales Salazar told detectives from a Lee Memorial Hospital bed Rosales had "violated" her since she was 17 and is the father of her baby Brian, whom Rosales was holding - unharmed - when deputies arrived at the house that night.
In a transcript, and in apparent broken English, Rosales Salazar told detectives that last year she lived in New Jersey, where she was in a relationship with Sevilla. But Rosales wanted her to move to Florida with him, promising a job, car and place to live just a few weeks after Josue was born. He apparently wanted a different relationship than she did.
"He didn't do anything" he promised, Rosales Salazar said. "I tell him, 'I don't love you. I love Santos. I love you with (as) father.' "
Rosales Salazar planned on moving back north to be with family, including her brother and cousins.
On the night of May 20, she was outside on the phone with Sevilla when Rosales asked who she was talking with. At first she didn't say but later told Rosales it was Sevilla. She went inside the house and he pushed her, trying to see on the phone with whom she had been speaking.
While in the bedroom, she said, Rosales was grabbing her and one of the boys and she called to Maldonado, a friend who had been living with them for months, for help.
"He was, like, tryin' to beat her again and so I grab him from the back," Maldonado told detectives. "He... put his hand inside the closet. And pulled the, and he pull out a big knife."
In that time, Rosales Salazar ran outside to call police. When she did, Rosales followed and Maldonado, inside the house with the two boys, locked the doors.
Maldonado told detectives Rosales broke a back sliding door with the knife and came into the house. Maldonado ran out and found Rosales Salazar, who was lying in the driveway.
"She say, you know, 'Mauricio, I'm bleeding, call an ambulance,'" he said.
He said he tried to grab his phone, but Rosales came back. Maldonado said Rosales offered Maldonado his phone, so Maldonado called 911 and Rosales went back inside.
When he emerged, Rosales had with him Josue, Rosales Salazar and Sevilla's child.
"I, I, I couldn't even talk, you know, I was like, in shock," Maldonado said. "She was layin' down and he put the baby in front of her, in front of her face ... he cut the baby with the knife."
Maldonado said he cut Rosales Salazar again and walked inside the house. Crime scene photos released with the documents show a large knife in between the mattress and box spring of a bed inside the house.
Rosales Salazar said the image of her father killing her son was the last one she remembers before waking up in the hospital.
"I don't know anything after that, anything," she said. "Next, I know when I'm here."
Dad Accused of Beating Son Pleads Not Guilty
Last Update: 11:45 am
A local father accused of beating his child over a game of hopscotch appeared before a judge today for the first time, to enter a plea of "not guilty." Chris Robison is charged with felony abuse.
Police say he beat his five year old son with a belt on July 4th during a game in front of the family home, in the presence of other neighbors.
Robison is suspended from his job as a teacher at Camp Ernst Middle School in Burlington. Robison told Local 12 that he spanked his son with a belt for talking back and that the boy was not hurt.
Public release date: 26-Jul-2010
Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
One-size-fits-all approach to child custody can endanger moms and kids
URBANA – Do child custody evaluators' beliefs about domestic violence sometimes put divorced women and children in danger? A new University of Illinois study reveals that evaluator's beliefs generally fall into two categories, and one group is far more likely to prioritize safety for women and children when making custody decisions.
"Some evaluators see conflict as a natural part of relationships. When domestic violence occurs, they reason that it takes two to tango. When a couple's relationship is over, these evaluators see no reason the mom and dad can't co-parent safely, especially if they've both attended court-ordered anger management classes," said Jennifer Hardesty, a U of I associate professor of human and community development.
"The other group believes that anger management classes work for some couples, but they also know that violence can be used to control and terrorize women, and that children may be used as pawns in the relationship or as weapons against the mother. In such cases, these evaluators carefully craft custody arrangements that will keep the mother and children safe," said doctoral student Megan Haselschwerdt who worked with Hardesty on the study.
The researchers would like to see standardized and mandated training that would teach custody evaluators how to discriminate between types of violence because different kinds of violence require different interventions.
"Unfortunately, many courts are applying a one-size-fits-all model to custody cases. It's important to err on the side of safety. Safety precautions can be relaxed if it turns out that there's not as much of a risk as was thought. That's better than just assuming that there's no risk," Haselschwerdt said.
Approximately 20 percent of divorcing couples in the United States require judicial intervention to reach a custody agreement, and allegations of domestic violence are raised and substantiated in about 75 percent of these cases, she said.
"This means that custody evaluators—many of whom have little formal training in the dynamics of domestic violence—are in a position either to ensure safe custody agreements or to minimize or deny the seriousness of domestic violence and its relevance to child custody," she noted.
In the study, 23 custody evaluators participated in in-depth interviews, answering open-ended questions about their beliefs and how they made decisions.
Members of the "it takes two to tango" school said that most of their cases involved situational violence or arguments that turned physical because couples were unable to manage their conflicts properly—for example, a heated conflict about finances that ended with a shove.
These custody evaluators acknowledged that extreme cases of battering exist but said they almost never saw them.
But Hardesty disagrees. "These evaluators described situations that clearly went beyond situational violence, but they were convinced that was all they were seeing."
"In fact, speaking up for her safety can backfire on a woman if an evaluator decides she is trying to alienate the father from his children by making exaggerated claims. The evaluator may then compensate by prioritizing the father's custody rights," she said.
The more prevalent type of domestic violence is situational violence, which probably occurs in approximately 60 percent of the evaluators' cases.
In at least another 30 percent of cases, described by scholars as intimate terrorism, one partner attempts to control the other through threats of violence and a willingness to follow up on them.
"Usually there are multiple forms of control—not allowing the partner to make any financial decisions, threatening to take the children away if the abuser's demands aren't met, emotional abuse, name calling, degrading or humiliating the other person—anything that would terrorize someone or make them feel less human," Haselschwerdt said.
"Attempts to control could involve keeping a log of how far a partner has driven or checking their cell phone and where they're going on the Internet. These sorts of monitoring behaviors become dangerous when they're followed up with threats of violence," she said.
California is the only state that mandates any domestic violence–specific training for custody evaluators, who are called on by the courts as they are needed from their primary occupations as attorneys, psychologists, and social workers.
"There are many models and templates for suggested ways to do these evaluations. They tell evaluators what kind of information they need, how many people they should talk to, and how much time they should devote to an evaluation, but there are no legal requirements for how they should actually be done," she said.
The study will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and is available pre-publication online at http://jiv.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/05/20/0886260510370599.full.pdf. Jason D. Hans of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, is a co-author.
Flint father found guilty in beating death of 7-month-old daughter
Published: Monday, July 26, 2010, 3:12 PM
Updated: Monday, July 26, 2010, 3:15 PM
Laura Misjak The Flint Journal
FLINT, Michigan — Michael Anthony Griffin, 20, of Flint, was convicted Friday in the September beating death of his 7-month-old daughter Naviah Griffin.
Naviah died after she was left in the care of Griffin Sept. 30, 2009 when her mother was visiting friends.
The mother returned home to find the baby limp and hardly breathing, according to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.
The baby was transported to Hurley Medical Center where it was discovered she had a subdural hemorrhage. She died during emergency surgery.
The defense argued that Naviah had fallen from her infant swing to a wooden floor, and the prosecution argued that the injuries were the cause of “abusive head trauma.”
Griffin was convicted of first degree felony murder and first degree child abuse. He will be sentenced in circuit court Aug. 30 and faces life without parole.
Father guilty in baby's death
Travis Williams sentenced to life in prison
By Patty Leon
Updated: July 26, 2010 10:43 a.m.
Travis Williams was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, three counts of cruelty to children in the second degree and two counts of contributing to the deprivation of a child for his involvement in the September 2008 death of his 7-month-old daughter, Syikiria Williams, in Hinesville. Williams was found not guilty of malice murder.
The trial, which lasted four days, was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Hope.
In this particular case, dad FRANKLIN DELANO JEFFRIES II has been indicted on federal charges of threatening a county chancellor (and unnamed others) regarding a "custody dispute" over his daughter. Seems Daddy Darling threatened to kill these people on youtube if he didn't get his way. Cute.
I'm sure if I had the time and the stomach to troll the fathers rights boards today, we'd find all kinds of scum who just worship this guy too. Just like they loved Mack and others.
Okay, can we finally put to bed the term "custody dispute"? This wasn't a dispute. This is a bullying criminal who would stop at nothing to get his way. Concern or love for his daughter had nothing to do with this, believe me. It's all about Daddy shoving everybody around and inflicting his will, especially on the girl's mother. The daughter is just a battle trophy to these guys.
Fort Campbell soldier faces federal charge of threatening Knox County chancellor
Posted: Jul 21, 2010 2:01 PM CDT
Updated: Jul 21, 2010 4:31 PM CDT
KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - A U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., was indicted Tuesday on a federal charge of threatening in a YouTube video to kill a Knox County chancellor.
A federal grand jury indicted Franklin Delano Jeffries II, 36, on one charge of transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat.
Jeffries is accused of posting a video of himself threatening to injure and kill Knox County Chancellor Michael W. Moyers on or before July 9, 2010.
An affidavit from an agent with the FBI said the video shows Jeffries singing a song that references killing a judge and others if he must continue going to court in a custody dispute over his daughter.
The agent said Moyers, who is handling the custody dispute, was fearful of his life after learning about the video.
If Jeffries is convicted he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI and Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Notice that dad ABDUL AWKWAL not only murdered his "estranged" wife and brother-in-law, but did so just before a meeting at the family conciliation offices of the Domestic Relations Court, where they were to discuss--what else?--CHILD CUSTODY. This was in 1992. Just recently, Daddy's conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeals. So his death sentence still stands.
Wonder what ever happened to the poor child who was left motherless by this abusive father?
We need to stop kowtowing to these violent dads and give the protective mother custody. End of story. You think we would have learned this in 18 years, but apparently not. The authorities need to stop creating settings and "meetings" where murderous thugs like Awkwal can entrap and kill innocent people.
Cleveland ‘honor killer’ sent back to death row
Posted on July 24, 2010 by creeping
No discussion about honor killing, possibly because this occurred in 1992, but he killed his wife and her brother after she filed for divorce.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Abdul Awkal is back on death row for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law inside Lakeside Courthouse in Cleveland.
A three-member panel of appellate judges overturned the 51-year-old former Cleveland resident’s two murder convictions in March 2009, but the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decided otherwise Thursday.
The judges decided 10-4 to uphold a lower court ruling that denied Awkal’s claim that he received ineffective counsel and should be retried or freed.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason applauded the ruling.
“His execution is long overdue,” Mason said. “He shook the foundation of the legal system and I am pleased an overwhelming majority of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that Awkal’s death sentence should be affirmed. However, I am certain this murderer will continue his legal maneuvering to delay his walk to the death chamber.”
“There is no dispute that Awkal shot and killed his estranged wife and brother-in-law,” wrote Judge Ronald Gilman for the majority. “The trial instead focused on whether he was legally insane at the time of the crime, and the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that he was not.”
Awkal shot Latife Awkal and her brother, Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz, in 1992 before a meeting in the family conciliation services office of the Domestic Relations Court on Lakeside Aveneue.
Awkal, 51, had come to the Untied States from Lebanaon when he was 24, settling in Detroit and then the Cleveland area. His marriage to Latife was troubled form the start. Latife and her family felt Awkal was not a good Muslim.
Latife filed for divorce after learning her husband gave her a venereal disease. Awkal became distraught.
The shooting occurred prior to a meeting over custody of their child. Awkal claimed he planned to kill himself and that he tried to hug his baby when his brother-in-law interfered.
Distraught or humiliated, infuriated, dishonored?
Note that as long as you are a daddy who only killed his own children, the neighbors will still praise you for being a "doting father." Why do reporters waste our time quoting the utterly Clueless Neighbors? Just what is it you have to do to get classified as a bad father these days, since even Killer Dads are labeled as "nice"? Would we say that a guy who shot up an office or a factory was "nice"? Disgusting....
Hat tip to Annie.
Montreal mom finds 2 boys, dad dead
Last Updated: Saturday, July 24, 2010 7:47 PM ET
Montreal police are investigating a suspected murder-suicide after the bodies of a 72-year-old man and his two young sons were found in an apartment in the city's southwest early Saturday.
Investigators suspect the father strangled the boys, aged seven and one year old, before killing himself.
The bodies of the father, whom neighbours identified as Jacques Tanguay, and sons Anthony and Gabriel were found by the boys' 33-year-old mother Sylvie Breton when she returned to their Ville-Émard apartment about 1 a.m.
She called 911 and was taken to hospital in a state of shock. She has since been released.
Louise Dion, who said she knew the family well, described the man as a doting father who was usually in charge of bathing the children and feeding the toddler.
A friend of the couple, who did not want to be identified, told CBC News that the father often looked after the children alone and was tired, but always seemed very proud of his boys.
Normand Gratton, who works as a local crossing guard, said he saw the older boy, Anthony, every day as he went to and from school and that the boy would often pick dandelions to give to his mother as a bouquet.
Lyne Limoges said her daughter spent part of Friday playing with the seven-year-old, describing him as a happy boy who always wanted to help.
An autopsy Monday or Tuesday is expected to determine the exact causes of death.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/07/24/montreal-deaths-emard.html#ixzz0uoIvy9MX
Note we are also starting to see more evidence of Dad's previous threats of violence against the mother too. This is also typical in these cases.
My heart truly goes out to you, Lilach. May you find justice and peace in your travails.
Triple murder: Mother says has 'nothing left to live for'
Lilach Shem-Tov, whose ex-husband murdered her three children, says 'my goal in life is for him to sit behind bars. Then I'll join the kids'
07.25.10, 16:44 / Israel News
Lilach Shem-Tov, whose three children were murdered by their father on Saturday says her goal in life is for her ex-husband Itay Ben-Dror "to sit behind bars. After that I will join my children. A mother doesn't abandon her children."
On Saturday, after she learned about the murder, Lilach told her acquaintances: "If you loved me, you'd let me die. I have nothing to live for anymore. I want to die."
Triple murder: Dad lay beside kids' lifeless bodies for 10 hours / Raanan Ben-Zur
Itay Ben Dror, who confessed to brutal murder of his three children, says act was premeditated, driven by ex-wife's refusal to take him back and her plans to celebrate birthday with new boyfriend.
The children - 10-year-old Omer, eight-year-old Roni and five-year-old Or – were to be laid to rest in Netanya at 6:30 pm Sunday.
Meanwhile Sunday, Judge Liora Frenkel decided to extend Ben-Dror's remand by 10 days. The judge decided to send Ben-Dror to an initial psychiatric evaluation, despite the police's objection. The examination's results will be received Tuesday.
Judge Frenkel wrote in her ruling that "this is a shocking, painful and terrible case. As I read the investigation material, my heart cries."
'The authorities said he was okay'
"I have nothing left to live for. My life has been stopped at the age of 38," the mother told Ynet on Sunday, recounting the events of the recent months.
"Last July he attacked me and said that the weeds in my house must be removed and laid on my grave. Then there was another incident with a knife, which he tried to bring into my home. I reported it to the authorities, and he promised not to do anything, neither to me nor to the children.
"The authorities said he was back on track, that the children loved him and he loved them, and that I could let him have them. They told me, 'Don't engage in a war in front of the children; leave the war for the court.'"
Lilach is filled with bitterness against those who accused her of being partially responsible for the disaster. "I woke up in the morning and the newspaper said that the writing was on the wall," she said.
"I am tormented as it is. I won't be abased as well. I trusted the authorities and the professionals; they told me he was okay. I wouldn't have helped him murder them. I thought he loved them."
The Welfare and Social Services Ministry said Sunday that it had found no failures in its treatment of Ben-Dror's case. The ministry cited an expert opinion submitted by the treating psychiatrist, who said earlier this year that the father should be allowed to see his kids.
A Kfar Yona welfare official told Ynet that the mother's claims, by which the authorities had threatened her to allow Ben-Dror to see his children unsupervised, were false. "Treatment of the family and the visitation rights were settled according to professional opinions," he said.
Earlier Sunday, Lilach told Army Radio about her ex-husband's mental problems and the tense relations with him since the divorce. She spoke about the battle over alimony and visitation rights and how he had threatened her and the children. Nonetheless, she said, she gave in and let him see them in a bid to prevent an ugly battle in front of them.
"I wanted them to have a father," she cried. "I didn't know I was giving them to a murderer. They took all my… my three flowers. They were such good children. I waited three years with fertility treatments until happiness came to me. Why was it taken away from me on my birthday of all days? How am I supposed to feel?
Responding to claims made by Ben-Dror's relatives, that the murder was the result of insanity, she clarified: "He is not a mental patient, but a manipulative person."
Yoav Zitun contributed to this report