Thursday, August 28, 2014

Courts gave father full custody of two sons despite evidence of evidence of abuse, control issues; dad stopped mom from having contact--then stabs the boys to death along with his parents (Santa Barbara County, California)

Horrifying case. The mother's concerns about the father's physical and sexual abuse of the boys were ignored and belittled. She was drowned out by her husband's money and power (the fact that she was Hispanic and he was white didn't help her case either).

Kudos to Lara Cooper for writing this and NAMING THE NAMES of the whores of the court who severed this woman's parental rights and placed these poor children with the father who brutally murdered them.

Shame on people like Matthew Long and psychologist scum ball Gary Rick. You gentlemen have blood on your hands.

The killer daddy is identified as NICOLAS HOLZER.

Bitter Custody Battle May Offer Clues in Holzer Family’s Gruesome Mass Murder

With Nicolas Holzer charged as suspect, investigators still seeking motive in killings of his sons and their grandparents as ex-wife grapples with grief

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer
Published on 08.24.2014 11:05 p.m.

Shortly after two young boys and their grandparents were found murdered inside their home near Goleta earlier this month, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said investigators were searching for an explanation.

“There’s nothing that points out any motive or anything that would have preceded this terrible tragedy,” Brown told a news conference on Aug. 12, the day after Nicolas Holzer, 45, was arrested on murder charges.

Holzer is accused of fatally stabbing his sons, Sebastian, 13, and Vincent, 10; his parents, Sheila Garard Holzer, 74, and William Charles Holzer, 73; and the family dog at the home they all shared on Walnut Park Lane, a quiet cul-de-sac off Ribera Drive near Foothill School.

At the news conference, Brown said “Holzer told detectives that he had killed his family to fulfill what he believed was his destiny.” He said Holzer was waiting outside the house when deputies arrived and was taken into custody without incident.

To date, Brown and his department have released no additional information about what might have spurred the second mass murder to rock the South Coast this year.

But clues to what triggered the carnage may lie, in part, in the nasty custody fight between Holzer and his former wife that began in 2006 as the couple was going through a divorce.

An inches-thick Superior Court file obtained by Noozhawk chronicles the battle between Holzer and Juana Holzer, replete with accusations of mental illness, aggressive and controlling behavior, and sexual abuse. The court ultimately granted Holzer full custody of their children, and largely cut off Juana from contact with the two boys.

But the matter was last in court more than four years ago, so it’s unclear if anything transpired in the interim to yield such a violent outcome.

However, court documents suggest that a family situation that may have seemed normal and amiable to friends and neighbors may have had a much darker side.

Family law attorney Matthew Long, who represented Holzer in the divorce, told Noozhawk that the case was one of the more protracted court custody cases he’s handled. But he said there was nothing in the custody case and Holzer’s interaction with the family court system that raised a concern. “He always presented as a normal guy, which I know sounds preposterous given the events that unfolded,” Long said. “That’s what’s so disturbing about this. We want to have some kind of an explanation.”

Long said he last spoke with Holzer four years ago and last saw him six years ago.

“That’s the scary part ... A lot can happen in six years,” he said. “Obviously something happened.”

Neighbors of the Holzers have been reluctant to speak about the incident or the family.

One neighbor said the killings had been “devastating for those of us on the cul-de-sac as well as others within the neighborhood and the community.”

“The Holzers were always a very private family,” said the neighbor, who asked that her name not be used.

In a more public forum, last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting was adjourned in the family’s honor by Supervisor Janet Wolf, whose second district includes the Holzer home.

Wolf described William Holzer as a “brilliant scientist” and his wife, Sheila, as a “loving and devoted grandmother.”

She said she did not know the family personally, but has had many close to the family reach out to her office since the murders occurred.

Wolf described Vincent as a “boy with an electric smile who would have been joining his classmates starting fifth grade and was a standout on his school’s intramural Foothill Falcons football team.”

Sebastian was an incoming eighth-grader at La Colina Junior High School “who was a bright, spirited and gentle boy who loved being with his friends and participated in the school’s AVID program and while only 13 was already planning for college.”

Those close to Holzer’s ex-wife, Juana, are speaking out even as they are grieving the death of the boys, whose funerals were held last weekend.

Noozhawk spoke with Charles Sirois, Juana’s fiancĂ©, who said her family is consumed with grief.

“It’s a tragic loss of life,” he said.

The custody battle was costly and protracted, and taxed Juana to the brink, Sirois said.

“To take on that family that was financially capable of doing whatever it took ...,” he said. “Juana is an immigrant. She didn’t stand a chance.”

Sirois said Juana had not been in touch with the children for a number of years because the court order had become so restrictive “it pretty much eliminated all contact.”

“She was under the impression that since the Holzers had financial resources, that they would be able to take care of the children and that they’d be in a safe place,” he said of the grandparents.

Sirois has reviewed the detailed court file of the couple’s custody battle. More than two inches thick and spanning more than five years, the file outlines a contentious custody battle for the boys, which began at the divorce, and details accusations of sexual abuse.

The records paint a heartbreaking picture of two young children caught in the crossfire. The file also depicts a mother who had little recourse or money to fight a financially secure father in the court battle, and who gradually lost more and more contact with her sons.

The file outlines the beginning of their relationship, stating that Nicolas and Juana were married Jan. 13, 2001, and separated and divorced in 2006. At the time of the divorce, their sons, Sebastian and Vincent, were 6 and 3 years old, respectively.

The paperwork contains income statements and background of both parents used to sort out support payments and provide some personal history of the couple.

Holzer was listed as a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, but was enrolled at a trade school and living with his parents at the time of the divorce.

As part of the asset documentation, the file states that Nicolas had inherited some money prior to the marriage and the pair purchased a condo with the help of his parents in 2002.

Juana Holzer is described as having graduated the seventh grade in Mexico, where she was born, and had been unemployed during the marriage.

She lived in San Diego with other family members at the time of the divorce filing, and the documents state it was uncertain whether she had a driver’s license.

“Because of her educational background and lack of fluency with the English language, she will likely not be qualified for other than a minimum-wage occupation,” court records state.

When the couple separated, Juana moved into her sister’s house with the children. At the time, she had physical custody of the boys and Holzer was required to drive to San Diego for visitation.

“The evaluator recommends that physical custody be awarded to their father in Santa Barbara,” because it would be difficult for the mother to arrange transportation to get to Santa Barbara when the court arranged for custody visits with their father.

The document also acknowledged that the children would be spending time with their grandparents while Nicolas was attending classes in Ventura County.

Holzer previously worked at Raytheon, but layoffs were on the horizon and both he and his wife agreed that Holzer should be proactive and look to find a job with flexible hours and begin taking business classes, documents stated.

When the two separated, Holzer was working at Bargain Network in Goleta and shortly thereafter moved to another sales position at Select Personnel Services.

Holzer began attending ITT Technical Institute in Oxnard to become a record-coding specialist in hopes of earning what he had previously made at Raytheon.

Beginning in November 2006, Holzer was required to pay Juana $833 in child support and $490 in spousal support, with a $250 per month travel credit, leaving a monthly support obligation of $1,074.

Juana was not working at the time of the separation, and the court gave warning that she was expected to make “reasonable efforts to assist in providing for her support needs.”

In the court file, Juana expressed concern about Holzer’s mental stability and aggression toward the children. However, a 2006 statement from Holzer explained that doctors initially thought he was depressed but eventually diagnosed him with a thyroid condition.

Holzer’s parent were described as being supportive of the boys living with them in the Walnut Park Lane home.

“My parents are both in good health and good spirits and would very much like to provide a stable and loving home for Sebastian and Vincent,” Holzer wrote.

The divorce was just the beginning of the battle over the boys.

Perhaps the most revealing parts of the file are the notes about custody and visitation of the children, which chronicle a tumultuous battle between the parents.

A judge-appointed psychologist, paid by Holzer, performed a child custody evaluation on Oct. 3, 2007, and issued a 58-page report, which is not public record, recommending that Holzer be given custody.

Psychologist Gary Rick, who practices out of Ventura and is listed as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Santa Barbara, was hired by Holzer to evaluate the children and recommend who should be granted custody.

Rick did not respond to Noozhawk’s request for comment.

“The living situation and personal traits of the father were more likely to meet the emotional and educational needs of the minor children than those of the mother. Primary custody to the father is recommended,” Rick’s notes in the court file state.

Juana maintained that her ex-husband had mental-health problems and was aggressive and controlling toward her and the children, but Rick’s report indicates that “these allegations were not born out by the investigation.”

A chilling account from Juana in June 2008 states the contrary.

She noted that she was seeing the children every other weekend, and would go to Santa Barbara to pick them up and Holzer would retrieve them in San Diego.

“Vincent always cries because he doesn’t want to go with his father,” she said, adding that problems began when Holzer met her in the parking lot of a San Diego grocery store to hand off the children after a visit one weekend.

“As usual, Nicolas began to scream and offend me, then aggressively yanked Vincent from my arms,” she said. “I told him not to abuse my son, and he told me, ‘I have custody. I can do what I want.’

Juana said William Holzer was out of the truck and saw the situation unfold. She said she asked him for help to stop his son from mistreating Vincent.

But her ex-husband told her to “go away” and that she “could not talk to his father.”

When she threatened to call the police if he didn’t stop abusing Vincent, Holzer taunted her, saying, “You remember who has custody? I do, not you, and I decide what to do with my children.”

Nicolas Holzer’s position in the court files was that his wife “refused to work on marital issues and was under the under influence of her family to act unilaterally and was not meeting the educational and emotional needs of the children.”

Her visitation rights were suspended in March 2008 when Vincent made “disturbing statements to his grandmother, me and his therapist,” Holzer wrote, saying that the boys reported they had been sexually abused by their mother and her sisters.

Juana stated that her ex-husband was telling the children to make those claims.

“I am concerned about the mental and emotional well-being of our children,” she wrote. “Because of the serious nature of the false accusations that are being made against me and my sisters, I began to investigate my options with several authorities, including the San Diego police, Santa Barbara police and La Casa de la Raza.”

“I have requested that similar investigations be made of Nicolas regarding his treatment of our children,” she wrote. “If someone is doing harm to my children, including putting ideas into their heads that their mother and aunts have sexually abused them, then I want this to be stopped.”

When the couple had been married, Juana said, she had seen Nicolas do things to their sons that she did not agree with and thought were abusive.

She said she reported these acts to Rick during the evaluation process.

Juana alleged that Holzer would touch the babies’ genitals while changing them, shower with the children and allow them to touch his genitals.

She also stated that at their home when they had been married and at his parents’ home, Holzer would touch himself in front of the children, even while his parents were present and would regularly look at child pornography.

“There were times when the children would wake up crying in the middle of the night, and he would go to into their rooms without turning on the light, grab them and cover their mouth so they couldn’t scream and put them in the car and drive away with them for as long as two or three hours at a time,” she wrote.

Attorneys for both parties expressed concern about the sexual-abuse allegations, and the documents record that sheriff's Deputy Michael Emens interviewed Holzer and one of the boys on March 11, 2008.

It’s unclear whether a forensic examination of the child was ever done.

Noozhawk has requested more information about this interview with Holzer from the Sheriff’s Department, but has not been provided any information about it.

Court documents state the children’s mother was diligent to call each night to speak with the children, but Holzer said that the calls proved to be “stressful for everyone in our household.”

Whenever the mother called, Holzer told the court, he would ask each child if they wanted to talk to their mother. They would always say no, he said.

“I encourage them to talk with their mother, but given her unwillingness to put in the effort to visit them, they are apparently angry with her and I don’t feel that it is appropriate to force them to talk on the telephone,” he said.

The paperwork details that the day before Sebastian’s eighth birthday in 2009, when Juana asked to see the children without following the supervision procedures in the court order, she announced to Sebastian, “Well, anyway, I will see you tomorrow,” and then hung up the phone.

“While she did not end up driving to Santa Barbara, this incident caused tremendous stress, confusion and sadness on a day that should have been one of family celebration and unity,” Holzer stated at the time.

He said he believed there had been a “significant negative, cumulative emotional and spiritual effect” from not visiting but continuing with the nightly phone calls.

The court ordered that Juana’s right to telephone calls be terminated, and that her visitation with the children should be supervised by a psychologist for “the purpose of addressing the children’s anger towards their mother.” The court said Juana would be responsible for the cost as long as it continued.

Juana maintained that Holzer was the one who did not want her to speak to her children.

In 2008, Juana’s attorney at the time stated that she was unable to afford the cost of professional supervised visitation.

“(She) currently has no resources available to her to challenge the findings and recommendation issued by Dr. Rick, and is dissatisfied with the manner in which the investigation was conducted,” her counsel said.

The documents also say that she contacted Catholic Charities, La Casa de la Raza, CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation), CASA of Santa Barbara County (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) and the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara but “to date no such services have been obtained by her.”

The court case last came before Judge Thomas Anderle in June 2010. Holzer was present with his attorney, but Juana was not with her attorney.

Since then, she has had almost no contact with her children, her fiancé stated.

“It was just a such a tragic event,” Sirois said. “(The court battle) was such a display of money and power ... Everything was manipulated against her.”

Holzer is due back in court Sept. 9 for arraignment.

Dad accused of beating 6-month-old son to face trial (Taylor, Michigan)

Dad is identified as NICHOLAS ALAN SPIRDIONE.

Father of 'Baby Jesse' to face trial Dec. 10

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014

By Anne Runkle
The News-Herald

A Taylor man accused of beating his six-month-old son, “Baby Jesse,” will stand trial on Dec. 10 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

If Nicholas Alan Spirdione, 23, is convicted of one of the two most serious charges, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Spirdione was arraigned Aug. 25 before Circuit Judge Gregory Bill. He stood mute; a plea of not guilty was entered for him.

Spirdione’s son, Jesse, underwent numerous surgeries and spent about a month in the hospital earlier this year after police were called to the home Spirdione shared with the child’s mother in the 6600 block of Pine Street. The infant’s mother, Corie Stahl, told police and paramedics the child was having trouble breathing.

Spirdione waived his preliminary examination of the evidence against him Aug. 18 in 23rd District Court in Taylor.

Stahl testified that she was in the kitchen preparing the infant’s food when Spirdione brought the child to her and she noted that his cry wasn’t normal, he had marks on one side of his head that looked like ink and his eyes weren’t focusing. She said doctors at Children’s Hospital of Michigan told her the child needed emergency surgery if he was going to survive.

Stahl told the court that Jesse, now 10 months, is “perfectly fine,” although he is somewhat behind in his development. He goes for occupational and physical therapy several times per week, she said.

Spirdione is being held in the Wayne County Jail. He is charged with torture, two counts of first-degree child abuse, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and domestic violence.

Dad accused of assaulting 2-month-old son; baby has life-threatening injuries (Groton, Connecticut)

Dad is identified as JORDAN RITTENHOUSE.

Groton father, Navy sailor accused of assaulting 2-month-old son

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Updated: Aug 28, 2014 10:18 PM EDT
By Kaitlyn Naples
By Joseph Wenzel IV, News Editor
By Kim Lucey

GROTON, CT (WFSB) - A 2-month-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after police responded to the report of a possible child abuse incident on Tuesday.

The child is being treated at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, and the boy's father is being charged with risk of injury to a minor and first-degree assault.

Police have arrested 24-year-old Jordan Rittenhouse of 53 Deerwood Dr., Groton.

Rittenhouse is a student at Naval Submarine School and his current rank is Seaman, according to Navy Public Affairs. He entered the Navy in November of 2013 from Rockwell, NC, and reported to Naval Submarine School in January of 2014.

Police said they have not been called to the home before. As of Thursday afternoon, police said the baby was still alive, but not doing well.

Shock and sadness is spreading through a tight-knit Groton neighborhood made up of those dedicating their lives to service on a submarine, just a few streets away from the base.

"Total shock, I have two little ones so I could never imagine that happening to them," said neighbor Ty Callands. "The submarine force is really a tight-knit family. They're there to help you, the people there are all your supervisors, your shipmates, they're always there to help."

Neighbors said Rittenhouse is a husband and has a daughter in addition to the 2-month-old, and the boy's mother has reportedly spent every moment at the hospital with her son.

While some neighbors said the family has been nothing but warm and welcoming, others said they were startled to see Rittenhouse's temper flare just a few months ago.

"The daughter grabbed a toy or a bucket or a shovel, he didn't like that, grabbed it very angry, like the kid kind of backed away scared," said neighbor Misty Lewis, who said when she noticed that incident she made her presence known and Rittenhouse calmed down.

Navy Public Affairs could not comment on allegations against Rittenhouse or his current status with the Navy.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Navy's public affairs officers for comments, but calls have not been returned yet.

Rittenhouse is being held on a $300,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

At least 60% of shaken baby perpetrators are male caretakers, and usually fathers (Ogden, Utah)

This article is misleading in many ways, starting with the headline. The problem is not Mom's boyfriend per se, which is a typical right-wing backhanded way to bash single moms. It's ALL male caretakers, INCLUDING FATHERS, especially younger males.

Nearly every study I have ever seen on the perpetrators of abusive head trauma report that fathers out number boyfriends. But notice that the data is fudged here. And as a result, the numbers do not add up to 100%. See the statistics tab for the existing data.

And notice that the onus is put on mothers to prevent shaken baby. Fair enough, but the advise is convoluted and misleading. The simplest way? Avoid using male caretakers. Especially young deadbeat ones, including fathers, who are enlisted to do infant care because the mother has to work.

But of course, that's not politically correct to say now, is it? Notice that we are lectured about how fathers are "vital" to a child's development, which of course is a confusing message for mothers who are forced to make child care decisions. But the specifics of how they are "vital" are not articulated. If you review the literature carefully, you'll see that the specifics are in fact rarely explored and when they are, the supporting evidence is dubious at best.

What the research does show is this: What is "vital" to an infant's well-being is consistent, attentive, and loving care. Having a Y chromosome adds nothing special to mix, despite the ongoing anxieties of fathers rights freaks and their allies in public health and elsewhere.

Shaken-baby perpetrator often the mother's boyfriend

Wednesday , August 27, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Multimedia Reporter Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN — Take 10 minutes. Just 10.

That’s what Jenny Johnson from the Utah Department of Health says.

After all, it could save a life.

Johnson, a violence and injury prevention coordinator, stresses that while statistics show an average of four Utah child deaths each year are a result of abusive head trauma, otherwise known as shaken-baby syndrome, there is preventive help.

Just stepping into another room, away from a crying child, for a few minutes could prevent an abuse injury.

Yet another said case occurred in Ogden this week.

Ogden police arrested Adam Joseph Barney, 23, in connection with the death of a toddler Monday evening. They said Barney was arrested after emergency crews responded to reports of an unresponsive child at the Western Colony Inn at 234 24th St., No. 2.

Responders say they found the 14-month-old girl dead.

Barney, a live-in boyfriend, was questioned by police and admitted that he hit the child and squeezed her, causing severe injury, officers said.

The child’s mother was working at the time of the incident.

Statistics have found that child abuse homicide patterns reflect that the perpetrator is always a caregiver.

“It’s important for people to understand it’s not always biological parent(s), but the ones taking care of the child at the time — the boy/girlfriend of the parent, the day-care provider,” Johnson told the Standard-Examiner.

She adds that abusive head trauma is the “most common injury that we see among children.”

To be exact, 55 percent of children injured under the age of 4 are affected by abuse. “

The biological father of the child or the mother’s boyfriend are most often the perpetrators,” Johnson noted. “As scary as that is, by no means does that indicate that males and fathers are not loving caregivers; in fact, they play a vital part in child development.”

But what causes the aggressive behavior?

It may be substance abuse, stress, broken homes, among other risk factors, says Johnson. “So it’s very important mothers make sure they understand the potential risks.”

She offers these statistics on shaken-baby perpetrators:

● 30 percent, mother’s boyfriend.

● 30 percent (or less), biological father.

● 16 percent, biological mother.

● 11 percent, baby sitter.

● Usually young males between 20 and 33 years old with little experience caring for a child.

● Deaths among children, under age 2, are significantly higher in Utah; most deaths abuse-related.

“As a parent, you know it can get pretty frustrating if an infant constantly cries,” Johnson says. “That’s why parent resources are really important, for those who have these stress factors, to access help if you don't have it.”

“Fortunately this doesn't happen as often we think, but that number (statistic) can fluctuate,” she said in a phone interview Wednesday.

The Utah Department of Health violence and injury program studies a large variety of child abuse and maltreatment cases. The department reviews abuse-related deaths among children, a lot of those circumstances surrounding deaths, Johnson said.

According to The Nemours Foundation, abusive head trauma (shaken-baby syndrome) has many other names, including inflicted traumatic brain injury and shaken impact syndrome. However, all mean one thing: an injury to a child's brain as a result of child abuse.

“Sometimes an injury can cause head trauma to an infant without shaking him or her,” thus it is more accurate to title it ’abusive head trauma’,“ Johnson said. “We’ve never had this happen in Utah, but in other parts of the county there are such cases where children experience the same physiological symptoms from being dropped or thrown.” In which case, child abuse resulting in traumatic brain injury may result in lifelong injuries or disabilities.

Elizabeth Sollis, communications director for the Utah Department of Human Services, whose mission is to provide education, service and support to those in need, tells the Standard-Examiner there are crisis nurseries available across the state; Family Support Center runs the crisis nursery in Ogden.

“Child abuse and neglect can be prevented, and resources to support families and help them live safe, healthy and successful lives are detailed on our website,” she said.

If someone suspects child abuse or neglect, they should report it immediately by calling 855-323-3237. In an emergency, they should call 911.

“Don’t keep it a secret; we don’t want to see theses things happen anymore, either,” Johnson said, “and it is against the law — we have an obligation to prevent child abuse.”

In addition to calling the child abuse hotline to report abuse or neglect, the public can be directed to resources in their community. Sollis adds, “Another great resource is 211. By calling (this number), Utahns will be able to learn about a myriad of resources — public and private — in their community.”

These free resources are available for anyone, but especially those new and young parents to make sure they have what it takes to prevent child abuse. It answers questions like: What do I do when my baby’s crying? Resources, she said, recommend taking 10 minutes away from the infant to breathe.

“It sounds simple, but people don’t realize the impact,” Johnson added. “Many families have children that have had abusive head trauma and now suffer lifelong problems; it’s not just death.”

Dad accused of abusing 3-week-old son (East Providence, Rhode Island)

Dad is identified as RYAN ENOS.

Father accused of abusing 3-week-old son in East Providence

Published: August 27, 2014 09:49 AM
By Mike McKinney

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A 19-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with first-degree child abuse after the police said his three-week-old son was brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital over the weekend.

Ryan Enos, of Dighton, was charged, according to the police.

The police said the child had various bruises.

Tanya Visinho, 19, of East Providence, who is accused of obstruction of a police officer in connection with the case, was released on a District Court summons to appear in District Court next month.

Custodial dad, step accused of horrendous acts of child abuse against two daughters, including child porn, beatings, rape, imprisonment, starvation (Manitoba, Canada)

In the vast majority of these kinds of cases, the media never reports how or why the father had custody. In this case, however, we are told that the mother died. Daddy apparently started abusing these grieving children almost immediately, one he had full control.

Can't help but wonder HOW the mother died, knowing how utterly sickening this man is in every way.


Dad, stepmother accused of abusing kids

By: Mike McIntyre
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at 7:25 AM

TWO young Manitoba girls have been rescued after police say they were exposed to horrendous acts of child abuse at the hands of their father and stepmother.

The victims, currently aged six and seven, endured sexual, physical and emotional trauma while living in the Parkland area of western Manitoba. Court documents show incidents allegedly occurred between Sept. 4, 2011 and Aug. 7, 2014, which is when RCMP and Child and Family Services were contacted.

The Free Press is not publishing the name of their small home community to avoid potentially identifying the children, who are now living with a relative after being seized by CFS. The names of the accused are also being withheld for the same reason.

RCMP say the girls were forced to perform sexual acts with the adults, including some that were captured on film. They were often starved and locked in their rooms for "most of the day" while being repeatedly assaulted with weapons.

Court documents show their 37-year-old biological father is facing a total of 18 charges, while his 24-year-old wife has 16 offences. They include making child pornography, making obscene matter, forcible confinement, failing to provide the necessities of life, sexual assault and assault with a weapon.

None of the allegations has been proven, and both are presumed innocent.

The children's birth mother died in 2011. It was just weeks later the alleged abuse began. The father then married the accused in 2013. Photos of the couple, along with the children, are posted on their Facebook sites.

RCMP say they first received information on Aug. 7 that "child abuse was occurring in the home and that two girls were being abused physically and sexually by their custodial parents." No other information was disclosed.

The Free Press has learned it was another family member who initially contacted authorities with concern about the state of the children.

RCMP immediately removed the girls, along with a younger sibling who was not allegedly abused, and placed them in CFS care. Officers with the child-exploitation unit carried out a search warrant at the home on Aug. 14 and seized a number of materials, including computer equipment, which is still being reviewed. Further charges could be laid as the investigation continues.

Both accused made their first court appearances Tuesday in Dauphin.

The father has had his case adjourned until Sept. 2 and remains in custody.

The stepmother made a bail application Tuesday afternoon and was released by provincial court Judge Don Slough under strict conditions.

The Crown was opposed to her release. A court-ordered ban prevents specific details of the hearing, including evidence and submissions presented by lawyers, from being published.

The woman's bail includes a $2,000 surety and an order she reside in Winnipeg with her mother. She is also banned from having any contact with her husband, her stepdaughters or any children under the age of 16. She is also on a nightly curfew of 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Dad gets probation for child porn (County Down, Northern Ireland)

This headline and first paragraph are misleading. Dad MICHAEL STUART JACKSON didn't "just" collect or look at child porn; HE MADE IT. His own attorney admits he was "controlling" when it came to his wife and kids. Ya think?

And yet this scumbag only gets PROBATION. Typical of the coddling that sexually abusive father get in the UK and everywhere else in the world.

Probation for father-of-two over child abuse images

Published on the 27 August 2014 20:34

A 37-year old father of two from Co Down was today placed on probation for three years after he admitted possessing 258 indecent images of children.

As part of his probation Michael Stuart Jackson, from Craigarusky Road in Killinchy, will undergo the Internet Sexual Offenders Treatment Programme. In addition, he was made the subject of a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, heard that police called at Jackson’s home with a warrant on February 28 last year and that during the course of a search, Jackson’s laptop was seized. When the laptop was forensically tested, a total of 258 indecent images of children were discovered in a file marked ‘Michael’s downloads’. Also present were several extreme pornographic images of bestiality.

Crown prosecutor Rosemary Walsh said that some of the images in the more serious categories included oral sex being performed on a baby by a female adult, and children as young as four being raped and forced to perform oral sex on adult males.

Ms Walsh also revealed that during police interviews, Jackson said he had been looking at over 18 porn websites, but that other images had popped up from websites he would not normally go to. He also admitted that some of these images that “inadvertantly” popped up were of children as young as ten.

The court heard Jackson was interviewed a second time last August, and on this occasion he claimed he had been under the influence of drugs during the first interview and had given “incorrect answers to police.” He did, however, accept he had viewed images of children on the Internet.

It also emerged that both Jackson’s wife and two children has access to the laptop used by him to view and download child porn images. They have since moved overseas.

Jackson - who worked for the family furniture business - subsequently pleaded guilty to seven counts of making indecent photographs of children, two counts of possessing indecent photographs of children and three counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Defence lawyer Darren Duncan told the court that whilst on the surface Jackson had a good family background, there were “issues” between his client and his father. These problems, Mr Duncan said, led to Jackson having “issues about control”, especially concerning his wife and two children.

Regarding the offending, the lawyer said this also came down to control. He said that the pop-up images “intrigued” Jackson, who “acknowledged thereafter that he searched for other images”.

Mr Duncan added: “He felt this gave him an element of control in that he could look at whatever he wished.” Mr Duncan told Judge Geoffrey Miller QC that Jackson looked at these images whilst on legal highs. He also spoke of the “clear implications” his client’s actions have had both on him and his family - adding “he is far from proud at what he had done.”

Passing sentence, Judge Miller said that he accepted Jackson had displayed both a level of victim empathy and also embarrassment and remorse for his actions. He also acknowledged Jackson’s clear criminal record.

However, the Judge told Jackson that by viewing these images, he had “contributed” to the perpetuation of child sexual abuse where youngsters are subjected to acts of violence and depravity.

Placing Jackson under a three year probation order, Jackson was told by Judge Miller: “It is clearly apparent from your background and from the reports I have that programmes that exist are of a necessity for you to fulfil, in order that the underlying deviancy within your character which has led to these offences being committed needs to be addressed.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dad in jail after admitting he severely beat daughter (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Dad is identified as MARCUS DAWSON.!bLrhkM

Father in jail after admitting to severely beating daughter

Daughter suffered seizures, brain bleeding, retinal hemorrhages
UPDATED 11:39 PM EDT Aug 23, 2014 8

CINCINNATI —A father is in jail Saturday after police said he beat his daughter so badly she had to be taken to the hospital.

Marcus Dawson admitted to striking his daughter so hard that she suffered seizures the following day along with brain bleeding and retinal hemorrhages, authorities said.

The child abuse pediatrician at Children’s Hospital diagnosed the case as child abuse after finding numerous facial bruises, including a left side facial bruise that was a hand print, authorities said.

Dawson is now charged with one count of child endangerment and is being held on $25,000 bond, according to court documents.

Dad charged with murder in beating death of 4-year-old son; was this a custodial situation? (Marion County, Indiana)

Some interesting things are said--and not said--here.

Notice that dad DENNIS PRICE admitted (or so the police say) that he beat this child to death OVER SEVERAL DAYS. Which raises the question of why did another adult (i.e. the mother?) NOT intervene? If there was another adult in the home, and this person failed to intervene, then typically that person is charged with child neglect or some variation thereof.

But that didn't happen. Which suggests that Daddy lived alone.

So what happened to Mom? Is this a custody/visitation situation? And if so, why was a violent father with a history of drug abuse AND BATTERY granted any unsupervised contact with a young child?

Indiana is a big fathers rights state, so the possibility that this goon had custody of some sort is a very real possibility.

Father accused of beating 4-year-old son to death

Bill McCleery and Diana Penner
5:08 p.m. EDT August 26, 2014

Over the course of several days, a 29-year-old father repeatedly beat his 4-year-old son with a belt and fists until the boy died of traumatic injuries, police said in a court document.

Dennis Price was being held Tuesday at the Marion County Jail on charges of murder, battery resulting in serious bodily injury of a person less than 14 years old and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Formal charges were filed today in Marion Superior Court by the Marion County prosecutor's office.

Police were called around 7 p.m. Saturday to Price's home in the 900 block of East 42nd Street on the Northside, according to court documents. Price apparently called 911 and reported that the child was not breathing after a "possible overdose," according to a detective with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The child, Derick Jones, was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at IU Health Methodist Hospital, police said. Officers arrested Price early Sunday.

Price admitted, police said, that "over the course of the last couple of days," he "repeatedly whipped with a black belt and punched his son, DJ, about the body and head to the point where DJ eventually began acting differently, lost consciousness and ultimately died," the documents state.

Price said he gave the child Ibuprofen in efforts to reduce swelling to the boy's face. When he saw the boy was no longer responding, Price waited about 15 minutes before calling 911, police said. Price told police he attempted CPR, according to court documents.

An autopsy found the boy sustained "blunt force trauma on all extremities, including the torso, sides, chest, stomach, neck and head area," according to court documents. "Also specifically noted were a broken rib on the left side" and hemorrhaging in the boy's right lung and elsewhere.

Price has a criminal record that includes convictions for cocaine dealing in 2008 and battery with a deadly weapon in 2003. In 2011, he was charged with domestic battery but convicted of a lesser charge of invasion of privacy.

Dad charged in death of 2-month-old son (Houston, Texas)

Dad is identified as EVERTON BRYAN.

Police: Houston father charged in infant son's death

Posted TODAY, 4:23 AM Updated TODAY, 4:24 AM

HOUSTON - Police say a Houston father has been charged with killing his 2-month-old son.

The Houston Police Department says 20-year-old Everton Bryan was charged with murder and arrested Tuesday.

His son, Daniel, died at Texas Children's Hospital on Sunday. The child was admitted to the hospital Thursday with blunt-force trauma injuries.

A cause of death has not been released. Police say Bryan admitted to hurting the child.

He was booked into the Harris County Jail on $80,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.

Dad gets 8 years in prison in death of 4-month-old daughter (Youngstown, Ohio)

Dad is identified as EVAN E. LEE.

Judge gives father eight years in prison for his daughter’s death.

Published: Tue, August 26, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.
By Peter H. Milliken

YOUNGSTOWN An East Side man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 4-month-old daughter has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Evan E. Lee, 23, drew the sentence Monday from Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, who found him guilty of the manslaughter charge and of one count of child endangering after a nonjury trial last week.

Lee originally was charged with murder, felonious assault, and two counts of child endangering in the May 13, 2013, death of his daughter, Ila Lee, in their Woodside Avenue home.

The manslaughter charge was a lesser included offense in the murder charge.

Judge Durkin acquitted Lee of murder, of felonious assault and of a second child-endangering count after the three-day bench trial that occurred after Lee waived his right to a jury trial.

“The catastrophic injuries that she sustained as a result of defendant’s actions ended her life,” said Rebecca Doherty, chief of the criminal division in the county prosecutor’s office, who prosecuted the case.

Calling Lee “deceptive,” Doherty cited the multiple versions of events leading to Ila’s death, which Lee gave as the case was being investigated.

Doherty asked the judge to impose 11 years in prison, the maximum sentence for the manslaughter.

Had Lee been convicted of murder, he would have faced 15 years to life in prison.

The baby’s maternal grandmother, Tamika Haywood, and mother, Thomasina Haywood, told the judge an 11-year sentence was unwarranted because Lee tried to resuscitate his daughter and already had suffered enough from her death.

“He has to live with it every day of his life,” Thomasina Haywood said of Lee.

A doctor who treated the baby at St. Elizabeth Health Center said her fatal brain injuries were caused by “violent whiplash shaking,” but a forensic pathologist testifying for the defense said there were no marks and no evidence on the baby’s torso to suggest someone held and shook her.

The Summit County Coroner’s Office ruled Ila’s death a homicide due to complications of blunt-force trauma to her head.

The judge noted that Ila suffered eye, scalp, throat, chest and arm injuries.

Judge Durkin said Ila clearly was abused, but he didn’t know when or where, or who inflicted the abuse.

The judge convicted Lee of involuntary manslaughter because he said Lee recklessly caused his daughter’s death as a result of endangering her.

Judge Durkin said he did not believe Lee intentionally caused his daughter’s death.

However, during the sentencing hearing, Judge Durkin said he needed to send a message that people caring for those who can’t care for themselves are responsible for the well-being of those in their care.

Lee did not address the judge during the sentencing hearing.

Lee’s lawyer, Douglas King, told the judge Lee has no prior criminal record. After court, King said an appeal will be filed.

Dad pleads guilty to murdering 4-month-old son (Shelby County, Alabama)

Dad is identified as TREMAINE VANTEAS GATES.

Baby-murder case in Shelby County leads to life sentence after guilty plea

By Martin J. Reed on August 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM, updated August 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama – A former Calera man is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in July to a murder charge in connection with the death of his 4-month-old infant son.

Tremaine Vanteas Gates, 26, pleaded guilty on July 10 to killing his infant son, Tremaine James Gates Jr., in Calera. Gates was sentenced the same day in Columbiana by Shelby County Circuit Judge Bill Bostick.

The charge alleged the father intentionally caused the baby's death between Aug. 25 and Sept. 11, 2012, by hitting the infant's head against a wall, a door or both.

Reports stated the father threw the child while supervising him on Aug. 25, 2012, in Calera. The mother the next morning found the child unable to open one eye and displaying other symptoms including being lethargic, according to court documents.

The mother transported the child to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster and subsequently the infant went to Children's of Alabama where he died on Sept. 11, 2012.

Prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office announced in December 2012 they were seeking the death penalty against Gates.

Gates had no prior adult felony convictions. The case previously included letters of support for Gates from a Chilton County High School counselor and another from a teacher at the institution he attended from 2002 to 2006.

Gates, who lists a Montgomery address in his court file, had been held without bond since the capital murder charge surfaced against him after the baby died.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dad accused of murdering 1-month-old son in 2007, severely injurying another 2-month-old son in 2012 (Shreveport, Louisiana)

Dad is identified as KENNETH WILLIS.

Hearing set for alleged child killer

Louisiana 5:01 p.m. CDT August 23, 2014

Kenneth Willis, 30, is accused of murdering his one-month-old son in 2007 and of severely injuring another son, who was 3 months old at the time, in 2012.

The son who was killed, Zamion Willis, died from head injuries and multiple fractures, but at the time of his death there wasn’t enough evidence for prosecutors to charge his father.

After a daycare worker discovered suspicious injuries on Willis’s other son in 2012, officers noted the child seemed lethargic at the family’s home in the 6100 block of Tierra Drive. And when additional evidence was gathered linking Willis to the 2007 killing, he was charged with first degree murder for the death of Zamion and second-degree cruelty in the case of the other child.

UPDATE: At a hearing set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in front of Judge O’Callaghan in Caddo District court, Willis’s attorneys will argue their motion for continuance. The date of the jury trial, which had been set for last November, is now Oct. 13.

Mom cleared of poisoning baby now suing rhe father; alleged that he posionedthe baby's formula to get sole custody, avoid child support (Erie County, New York)

All of these actions fit the pattern of a deliberate, sociopathic abuser. Had this suit been filed in Chautauqua County, New York--home of Family Court Judge Judith Claire (who isowned and operated by the local fathers rights group)--the mother would now be rotting in prison and this manipulative abuser would have full custody of the baby.

Dad is identified as THOMAS MEYERS.

Mother cleared of poisoning baby now suing the father

By James Staas | News Staff Reporter on August 18, 2014 - 10:42 PM ,
updated August 19, 2014 at 7:08 AM

An Orchard Park mother of three who was accused of poisoning her infant son during a contentious custody battle but was later cleared has sued the baby’s father, alleging that he added blood thinning medication and cleaning products to bottles of her breast milk and formula.

Kimberly Lawton, 37, filed the lawsuit Thursday in State Supreme Court in Buffalo against Thomas Meyers, of Bemus Point in Chautauqua County.

The suit, filed by attorney Steven M. Cohen of HoganWillig, says Meyers’ false allegations and actions against Lawton “were for the purpose of obtaining sole custody” of their child to avoid having to pay Lawton child support. The mother spent more than a week in jail and lost custody of the baby and her two other children; a grand jury later cleared her of the poisoning allegations.

The suit says the baby boy was born Nov. 14, 2012, and that Lawton told Meyers she would be seeking child support payments from him, since they were no longer together.

On Jan. 15, 2013, Meyers filed a petition in Erie County Family Court for sole custody of the baby, but his request was denied.

About a month later, Lawton filed for sole custody and was awarded a temporary order of residence, and Meyers was granted limited visitation. Lawton also petitioned for child support from Meyers who asserted in Family Court that his annual income totaled $120,000, according to the lawsuit.

In March 2013, Meyers sent bottles of breast milk and formula that Lawton had given him for the baby’s use during visitation to Avomeen Analytical Services, a chemical analysis laboratory in Michigan, for testing. But before sending the bottles to Avomeen, the suit says, Meyers added foreign substances to the bottles, including a blood thinning medication and cleaning products.

Around April 3, 2013, the suit says, Avomeen produced an analysis of the bottles that “identified compounds including a blood thinning pharmaceutical, a chlorinated aliphatic, and a number of aldehydes, indicating the suspect formula is adulterated.”

Meyers cited that analysis in filing a claim with Child Protective Services against Lawton for allegedly poisoning their baby. At about 9:30 p.m. April 3, 2013, CPS workers arrived at Lawton’s home to notify her of the claim and to inspect her residence.

The next day, the suit says, Lawton took her baby to the pediatrician and then to Women & Children’s Hospital, where he was examined, tested and found not to be suffering from any form of poisoning. On that same day, Meyers filed a criminal complaint with the Orchard Park Police Department, accusing Lawton of poisoning the baby.

On April 5, 2013, Meyers went to Lawton’s home to obtain more bottles of breast milk and formula for the baby, the suit says, but instead he gave the bottles to an Orchard Park police officer in an undercover vehicle for analysis as part of the police investigation into his complaint.

The suit says the bottles were in Meyers’ possession, outside the view and/or supervision of police, for a sufficient period of time to allow Meyers and/or an associate to add foreign substances to the bottles.

Three days later, Meyers filed a petition in Family Court seeking temporary custody of his son based on his claim that Lawton had poisoned the baby.

On April 10, 2013, the court issued Meyers a temporary order of custody and visitation, allowing Lawton only limited and supervised visits with the baby.

About a month later, the suit says, Michael Murphy, the father of Lawton’s two oldest children, sought and received custody of the children, based on Meyers’ poisoning claim against Lawton.

Last September, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services informed Lawton that the CPS investigation into the poisoning claim found the allegations to be unfounded.

Meanwhile, the suit says, the Orchard Park Police Department had sent the bottles that Meyers turned over to police on April 5, 2013, to the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany.

The center sent a trace evidence report dated Oct. 1, 2013, to the Orchard Park police chief, indicating that the bottles of breast milk and formula contained ethanol (alcohol).

Police arrested Lawton Oct. 17, 2013, at her residence on charges of attempted second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She remained in custody until Oct. 25, 2013, when she posted $50,000 bail.

In March, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury, which dismissed the charges against Lawton, based on “insignificant amounts” of ethanol found in the bottles – the same amounts found occurring naturally in some bottled fruit juices.

The suit alleges that Meyers’ false claims and actions resulted in Lawton’s loss of custody of her three children as well as her spending more than a week in custody, spending money on attorneys’ fees for Family Court and criminal proceedings and damage to her reputation and business. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of compensation for the damages.

Lawton also filed a petition July 17 for a court order allowing her to file a late notice of claim against the Town of Orchard Park and the Police Department.

Meyers’ attorney, Donna L. Haslinger, could not be reached to comment.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dad suspected of abusing 3-week-old son; baby has 16 bone fractures (Roanoke, Virginia)

UNNAMED DAD and no mention of a mother in the home.

Father Suspected Of Abusing Three Week Old Son

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:34 PM EDT

By David Tate

Roanoke, VA - Detectives are investigating a possible case of child abuse that, according to court records, left a three week old child with 16 different broken bones.

According to the search warrant on file, in Roanoke Circuit Court, the father admitted to the abuse because he wouldn't stop crying.

The young boy suffered from 13 rib fractures, fractures to both collar bones and a broken leg.

The warrant goes on to say that the nature of the injuries were deemed, by authorities, to be non-accidental and caused by "intense gripping" by an adult.

The father of the child is reported in the affidavit as admitting to such behavior only after police confronted him with the evidence.

The affidavit shows the father originally told emergency crews that he tripped over an animal while on some stairs with the child in his hands.

When crews arrived the baby was unresponsive and was revived at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dad found guilty of 1st-degree murder in beating death of 7-week-old daughter; baby killed the first time he did infant care alone (Waterloo, Iowa)

Actually Daddy managed to kill the baby within ONE HOUR of his first attempt at infant care. It's too bad we don't have longer maternity leaves in this country....

Dad is identified as TREVOR EUGENE SMITH.

Father sentenced in daughter's death

August 18, 2014 5:00 pm • By Jeff Reinitz

WATERLOO | Aubriana Christian’s mother said she still struggles to understand what happened.

The 7-week-old baby girl died days after paramedics and police found her unresponsive in her Waterloo apartment Sept. 26, 2012. Jurors later found the child’s father, 28-year-old Trevor Eugene Smith, guilty of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

On Monday, Samantha Christian told the court of her struggles with the loss in the form of a letter she wrote to the daughter.

“I’ve replayed it over and over in my mind, trying to imagine what went through your daddy’s mind. I can’t. I simply can’t bring myself to even fathom the thoughts that could have possibly entered his mind,” Samantha Christian said.

Prosecutors said Smith was left alone with Aubriana for the first time after the mother returned to work following maternity leave. About an hour after she left, Smith called 911 to report a problem with the child.

Authorities said Smith eventually admitted to shaking the baby because she wouldn’t stop crying. He said he also dropped her on a bed and let her fall back onto a changing table.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t there to protect you. I’m sorry you can’t be here to grow and laugh and play,” Samantha Christian said.

“We found justice for you, so you can rest peacefully, now,” she said.

Judge Kellyann Lekar sentenced Smith to life without parole, which is the mandatory sentenced for first-degree murder. Child endangerment is punishable by up to 50 years in prison, but that charge was combined with the life term. He also was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution.

Smith declined to address the court Monday.

The defense requested a new trial, arguing that the state improperly used its witnesses to discredit a defense doctor before she could take the stand to testify. Lekar dismissed the motion for a new trial.

Dad avoids jail even after admitting to creating, distributing child porn (United Kingdom)

The typical coddling of a sexually abusive, porn sick dad. Dad is identified as BOBBY LAY.

PUBLISHED: August 19, 2014 11:59 am

Father avoids jail after downloading images of child abuse

A father who downloaded dozens of vile photos showing adults abusing young children has been spared a prison sentence.

Police found the pornographic pictures on Bobby Lay's laptop after carrying out a raid at his Wolverhampton home, Stafford Crown Court heard.

In his web browser's history, Lay had used search terms such as '14-year-old models' and 'underage porn pictures'.

Mr Neil Ahuja, prosecuting, said an examination of the computer also showed that he had uploaded two of the indecent photos on to a file-sharing website.

Lay, aged 33, of Sherwood Street, Whitmore Reans, admitted four charges of making indecent images of children and two of distributing indecent images.

He was given a three-year community order with sex offender treatment and ordered to register as a sex offender for five years, banned from working with children indefinitely and told to pay £535 costs.

Judge Paul Glenn told him: "The police found a number of indecent images at levels one to four on your laptop.

"The pictures were both girls and boys and some plainly very young.

"You raised the suggestion of a virus - I am tempted to say I have heard all that before. You mention anxiety and depression.

"Your final position seems to be you have no recollection of downloading - I find that hard to accept and I find it hard to accept you have no sexual attraction to children.

"You suffer from post traumatic stress, you have plainly been affected by finding out the quite tragic details of your early childhood. In your case there is more to be gained from rehabilitation rather than locking you up for a short period."

Mr Ahuja said the indecent pictures, found following the search on May 22 last year, comprised 397 at the least serious level one; 25 at level two; 68 at level three and 87 at the serious level four depicting children being abused by adults.

Some of the children were as young as four, while many were in the range of five to 10 years old.

Initially, Lay claimed there was a virus on his computer, then said he had been confused and that he had no sexual interest in children.

Mr Andrew Wallace, defending, said: "This is not a particularly aggravated case, it's a modest number of images and doesn't demonstrate someone who's poring over the internet looking for images of abuse."

Lay, who has a partner and a young son, was reluctant to accept what he had done because of the disgust shown by others.

Dad charged with assaulting 3-month-old daughter (Marion, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as BRANDON EDWARDS.

Marion Man Charged with Child Abuse

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 07:29 PM EDT

Deputies arrest a McDowell County man and accuse him of assaulting and seriously injuring his 3-month-old daughter.

Deputies have charged 20-year-old Brandon Edwards with felony child abuse. Deputies say little Emily Ann Edwards is in critical condition after suffering multiple blows to the head. They say those injuries are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Detectives say on Thursday, August 14th, Edwards allegedly shook his daughter and threw her to the ground, knocking her unconscious.

She's in Mission Hospital, where Edwards and the baby's mother took the child. Brandon Edwards' father says the injuries had to be the result of an accident, because he says his son is kind to children.

Elvis Edwards says, “we all prayed for Brandon, because we know that he never would do something intentional to hurt his baby, there’s just no way, but all I’m worried about right now is Emily healing up and getting better.”

Brandon Edwards' next court date is September 3rd. He's in jail under $150,000 bond.

Dad charged with aggravated child abuse of 2-month-old baby (Lebanon, Tennessee)

Dad is identified as JOHN AVERY MANUS.

Lebanon father charged in child abuse case

Andy Humbles, 1:05 p.m. CDT August 19, 2014

A Lebanon father has been charged with aggravated child abuse of his 2-month-old child after an indictment handed down by a Wilson County grand jury.

John Avery Manus, 41, is being held in the Wilson County Jail after his arrest Aug. 15 on a $25,000 bond.

Lebanon police and the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency responded to a call on Lake Street in May that required the child to be sent to a medical facility because of injuries. The call also led to an investigation. Further details about the child’s injuries weren’t released by police.

A court date is scheduled Sept. 26.

Dad charged with manslaughter in death 2-month-old son and sexual assault of baby's under-age mother (Patterson, New Jersey)


Father charged in the death of his infant son

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 6:04 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2014 6:04 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A 21-year-old Paterson man has been charged in the death of his son.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said that the man was charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. He was also charged with sexual assault because he impregnated the baby's mother when she was between 13 and 16 years old and he was at least four years older.

The man's bail was set at $500,000. It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Authorities said last week there were signs of trauma to the 2-month-old child, who died in October 2013.

The infant's juvenile mother was charged with delinquency in the death last week.

The Associated Press isn't naming the suspect because doing so could potentially identify the mother. The news cooperative doesn't identify potential victims of sex crimes without their consent.

Media confirmation: Dad charged with 1st-degree murder of 5-year-old son WAS custodial "primary caretaker" with mom "not in picture"; who gave this abuser child custody? (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

How and why did dad VERNELL DAY get custody of this boy? What judge gave it to him? Why is the mother "not in the picture"? Was she forced out by this abuser? Lots of unanswered questions STILL.

5-year-old boy dies in hospital after father allegedly beats him, Baton Rouge police report Vernell Day, 36, has been booked on first-degree murder after he allegedly abused his 5-year-old son.

By Quincy Hodges, | The Times-Picayune
on August 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM, updated August 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

A 5-year-old boy died Wednesday night after his father allegedly abused him earlier this week, according to Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola Jr.

Jay'v'une Bergin died at a local hospital after suffering multiple brain bleeds, bruising of various stages of healing and contusions to the forehead along with signs of malnourishment.

His father, Vernell Day, is now being booked on first-degree murder charges.

Coppola says Day's son was taken to the hospital around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. Hospital personnel then contacted the police to report a possible child abuse. Police then executed a search warrant at the home on 48th Street, where they found a handgun and placed Day under arrest.

Coppola said police had enough evidence to apprehend Day. Coppola said Day, 36, refused to make any statements to law enforcement regarding the allegations. However, when Day was being transported to the Parish Prison, he told reporters, "I did not beat my son."

Coppola says Day was the primary caretaker of his son and the child's mother was currently not in the picture. Coppola added that the boy might have other siblings.

Day was also booked on a felon in possession of a firearm charge.

Dad sexually assaulted kids, then went on to have second family with new wife who didn't know he was a convicted pedophile (Australia)

Dad is identified as ADRIAN WILLIAMS. And now he is married to wife #3.

Monster dad sexually assaulted his own children... then went on to have a second family with new wife who didn't know he was a convicted paedophile

Adrian Williams served six years in jail for molesting his own children from his first marriage

While on parole on to marry another single mother and had two children with her

She had no idea she married a paedophile He now lives in country Victoria where he's settled in with another woman

By Sally Lee For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 10:56 EST, 18 August 2014 | Updated: 13:37 EST, 18 August 2014

Adrian Williams is a father, grandfather and husband.

He is also a convicted paedophile who hid a disturbing secret from his two wives.

Under such unfortunate circumstances, Australian mothers and divorcees Belinda and Maggie have come together to reveal their ex-husband's dark past for fear that he may strike again.

Mr Williams was aged 16 when he married Belinda, who was a 20-year-old single mother at the time.

She already had two sons from a previous marriage but went on to have three more with Mr Williams.

Her suspicions began when her five-year-old son warned his teacher at school that she would be wary of his father.

'There was a parent teacher interview coming up and he kept telling the teacher "you're going to be scared of my dad",' Belinda told A Current Affair.

'He then started saying explicit things about sex that a five-year-old shouldn't know.'

A two-page confessional letter from Mr Williams addressed to Belinda confirmed her worst nightmare - that her husband was sexually abusing his own biological son.

The full details of the letter cannot be reported as it is too graphic.

'I would tell the boys to go into the bedroom,' he wrote. 'I would always say it when they were in another room so I didn't see the look on their faces.

'I am unfit to be called a husband and a father. Please tell my boys that I am sorry for what I have done to them and to you. Because none of you deserve it.'

Mr Williams was consequently convicted for the crime and sent to jail for six years.

But both Belinda and second wife Maggie agree that his punishment wasn't enough.

'He took my kid's life. He took my life. His life should be gone too,' Belinda said.

The two women describe him as 'scum', 'manipulative' and 'a cheater'.

But while on parole he met Maggie - who was also a single mother at the time - and went on to have two children with her.

She had no clue that the man she married was a convicted child molester.

'It just makes me sick,' Maggie said. 'I can't believe I didn't see all this. It's almost as if he doesn't care. 'He should've never been allowed to have more children.'

Belinda broke the shocking truth to Maggie which left her in tears.

Noel McNamara, from the Crime Victims Support Association, says he is disgraced by the 'leniency' and 'mercy' of the system which protects paedophiles and their identity.

'It's just wrong and it's a disgrace,' he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Williams has moved to country Victoria where he's settled in with another single mother.

When approached for comment, he simply drove away.

Mr McNamara says Mr William's actions are 'pure evil'.

Both his ex-wives are sickened by Mr William's and hope he doesn't fool other women.

Dad violates protection order, assaults mom, abducts son who is found several hours later with bruising (Wellington, Colorado)

Dad is identified as JARRED SPENCER.

Child safe, dad arrested after Amber Alert; Jarred Spencer faces charges of kidnapping, child abuse

Team Posted: 10:25 AM, Aug 21, 2014
Updated: 5:13 PM, Aug 21, 2014

WELLINGTON, Colo. - Deputies found a child who was the subject of a Wednesday night Amber Alert and arrested his father. The series of events began around 5:11 p.m., when deputies with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office were sent to the 7300 block of View Pointe Circle in Wellington over a violation of a protection order. They found an adult woman who was injured and was taken to the hospital.

Just after 10 p.m., Sheriff's Office announced the alert and search for Blue Lee Spencer from Wellington. At the time, they said they believed the boy was with his father, 32-year-old Jarred Lee Spencer.

The alert was canceled just after midnight, when the child was found and Jarred Spencer was arrested.

Prior to the issuing of the Amber Alert, Jarred Spencer's father had told authorities his son violated a protection order. He also believed his son was having a paranoid episode and was speaking of a possible bomb in his truck, people in his attic and basement and blood coming from the child’s rectum.

Spencer also told his father there were bruises on the child. Authorities also spoke with the child's mother who had "obvious injuries" but she would not say how she got them.

Now that he is arrested, the Sheriff's Office says Jarred Spencer faces charges of second degree kidnapping, third degree assault, menacing, false imprisonment, child abuse and domestic abuse.

Dad, girlfriend both get 13 years in death of 11-month-old son; mom wanted life sentence (Havre, Montana)

Somehow we missed notice of Dad's sentencing back in April. Another case that obviously involved custody/visitation rights involving a baby. And once again, Daddy and his clueless gal pal couldn't handle the responsibility. Wonder what judge gave Daddy his "rights" and whether Daddy had a past history of violence.

Dad is identified as GARRETT "KIRBY" LAFROMBOISE.

Montana woman gets 13 years in prison for child's death


POSTED: 4:08 PM Aug 21 2014
UPDATED: 6:07 PM Aug 21 2014

HAVRE, Mont. - A Box Elder woman has been sentenced to just over 13 years in prison for her role in the death of her boyfriend's 11-month-old son.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls sentenced Cecilia Rose Gardipee on Thursday for the Oct. 21 death of Kaidynce Small.

The boy's father, Garrett "Kirby" Lafromboise, received the same sentence in April.

The Havre Daily News reports Jasmine Small asked Morris to impose a life sentence in her son's death.

Gardipee and Lafromboise both pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and second-degree murder charges were dismissed.

Lafromboise admitted sticking his finger down his son's throat and hitting him in the stomach. Gardipee said she shook the toddler for 90 seconds after covering his mouth and nose to try to get him to stop crying.

Here's an earlier article about Daddy. Once of the comments reports that Daddy got visitation after establishing paternity. Sad. We need to stop catering to men who merely sleep with a woman. If you aren't married, not a committed partner, then no rights as far as I'm concerned.

Rocky Boy man pleads guilty to assaulting child

The Associated Press The Associated Press
January 23, 2014 11:53 am  • 

GREAT FALLS — A Rocky Boy man has pleaded guilty to assaulting an 11-month-old boy as part of a plea agreement that would dismiss a second-degree murder charge stemming from the child’s Oct. 21 death on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.

Garrett “Kirby” LaFromboise, 21, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Tuesday during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Keith Strong in in Great Falls.

Prosecutors said they would have proved in court that on Oct. 21, LaFromboise became frustrated because the child would not stop crying. Court records say he told investigators he put his fingers in the boy’s mouth and gagged him to try to make him stop crying before punching him in the stomach.
LaFromboise’s public defender Evangelo Arvanetes told the magistrate that he and his client reviewed the plea agreement and found it “more appropriate for his offense than what his co-defendant has done.”

Cecilia Rose Gardipee, 22, pleaded not guilty in December to second-degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury and aiding and abetting on each charge in the boy’s death. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danna Jackson said the boy also suffered skull fractures, bleeding and bruising of the brain, bleeding on the spinal cord and may have been suffocated.

Federal prosecutors identified the victim only by the initials K.S.

Dad charged with child neglect after his pit bull kills 5-year-old son during visitation; why does father with "extensive history of arrest" for drug dealing and abuse, violence have any custodial rights? (Miami, Florida)

Daddy and his girlfriend were stoned on pot laced with cocaine while the little boy was being mauled to death by one or more of his pit bull/pit bull mixes. Or they were sleeping it off. Whatever.

Notice that Daddy has an "extensive history of arrest" for drug dealing and violence. He has been convicted of battery. He has brandished a gun at his front door during his drug deals. Neighbors had expressed concern about the dogs before, but the CPS morons apparently didn't know that pit bulls are not allowed within the city limits of Miami. At any rate, they failed to act against the father. Big surprise there....

Some of this took place before the parents separated, and YET, it is apparent that Daddy was granted his custodial/visitation rights anyway. But then this is Florida, so unless he was in prison for a mass shooting, he would get his "rights" as a matter of course. Maybe even in prison the way the fathers rights people keep pushing these things. So much for discrimination against daddies.

So now a little boy has suffered a horrendous, horrible death thanks to fathers rights and their CPS buddies/enablers. Nice job, guys.

Dad is identified as JAVON DADE.

Father, Girlfriend Charged In Boy’s Mauling Death

August 22, 2014 12:10 PM MIAMI

(CBSMiami) – Two people have been arrested and charged in connection to the mauling death of a child in Goulds.

Four year old Javon Dade Jr. was attacked and killed by his father’s dog, or dogs, on Wednesday, August 13th, in the yard of his father’s home on SW 123rd Avenue about a block south of SW 228th Street.

On Friday Javon’s father, 30-year old Javon Dade, and his father’s girlfriend, 26-year old Alessandra Carrasco, were charged with child neglect in the boy’s death.

During their first court appearance, bond was set at $75,000 for Dade and $25,000 for Carrasco. The judge ordered Dade to stay away from Carrasco if he bonded out.

According to Dade’s arrest report, he picked up the boy from his mother’s residence around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12th, and then went to his home. After Javon Jr. fell asleep in a bedroom, his father and Carrasco “began smoking several marijuana cigarettes laced with cocaine,” according to the report. Carrasco then fell asleep.

The following morning Dade and Carrasco woke up about 9 a.m. and Javon Jr. was nowhere to be found. Police received a missing person call more than an hour later, and quickly found the child dead in the tall grass of the rented home’s sprawling back yard.

Police said while the front door to the home was locked, the rear sliding glass door was closed but unlocked.

Dade’s dogs; a pit bull, two pit bull mixes and three puppies were seized by the county’s Animal Services. The gray and white pit bull was euthanized because of his temperament. The five other dogs continue to be housed in a shelter.

Animal Services released the following statement, “The decision to euthanize was based solely on the animal’s temperament. What, if any involvement this dog had in the tragedy involving Javon Dade, Jr., has not yet been determined. The Animal Services Department continues to assist Miami-Dade Police and the State Attorney’s Office in their ongoing investigation.”

Javon Jr.’s grandmother, Jocelyn Dade, told CBS4 that Javon Sr. has three other children by different women, two sons and a daughter. Carrasco has a six year old who was at home when the attack happened.

Dade, in an exclusive interview with CBS4’s Natalia Zea, said both her son and his girlfriend have drug issues. One glance at her Facebook page shows clearly she loved her grandson.

“Oh Javon, my pooka. He was so sweet, so caring, so loving,” she said. “It hurts every time I think about him, see his toys and his clothes, places that he and I used to go together, it’s just hard, I keep seeing his face,” said Dade.

Police said while the front door to the home was locked, the rear sliding glass door was closed but unlocked.

Dade said the pit bull mixes grew up with her son but pit bull, which was euthanized, was a new dog picked up from a neighbor. She added that her son feels completely responsible for Javon Jr.’s death.

“Yes he does because that’s his son. He loved his son,” said Dade.

Department of Children and Families records reveal that in March, 2011, the agency received a complaint from a neighbor when Javon, who was 6-months-old, was living with his mother, dad and siblings at the Malibou Bay Apartments. The caller expressed concern about the “smell,” the “feces,” and the “danger” of the dogs being in the home. The DCF report discusses an incident in the prior year when both the mother and father were bitten while breaking up a fight among the dogs.

“Two of the dogs are pit bulldogs,” the DCF report added. If the DCF investigator knew that it is illegal to keep pit bulls in Miami-Dade County, there is no mention of it, and no indication that animal services was informed of the situation. The DCF probe concluded that Javon and his siblings were in a “moderate to high” risk environment, yet no action was taken to remove the children or the dogs.

DCF investigators spoke with teachers, daycare workers and a doctor who said the children appeared healthy and well dressed.

In another of several hotline reports to DCF about Javon’s family, a caller said the boy’s father, Javon Dade, Sr., was seen “selling cocaine” out of the front door of the home. The caller said the father brandished a handgun as he argued with his alleged drug customers. DCF’s report noted the father’s extensive history of arrest, primarily for drug offenses. Javon Dade, Sr. has been charged at least a dozen times in his adult history, primarily with drug violations involving cocaine and marijuana. Among his seven convictions are also one for battery and one for resisting arrest.

Custodial dad charged with murder in beating death of 5-year-old son (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Read this carefully between the lines. Dad VARNELL DAY JR. was custodial, and apparently had been custodial for a while.

We're told the father and son lived together. Given the evidence of malnutrition and healing injuries, Dad had been abusing the boy for a long time. There is ZERO mention of a mother in the home or elsewhere. If there was a mother who was involved, even periodically, then she obviously would have been arrested on abuse and failure to protect charges.

Notice ONCE AGAIN that the reporter feels no compulsion to tell us how or why this little boy ended up with this brutal man in this isolated prison cell (neighbors rarely saw the boy. Men don't give birth, so obviously Daddy had to gain control by eliminating the mother somehow. But how?

Once again, we have the standard questions, the questions that are never raised by these reporters. Is the mother deceased? If so, do we know that it was from natural causes? Is she "missing"? Given Dad's propensity towards violence, that should raise questions right there. Did this control freak/abuser strip her of custody through the family courts and/or CPS? Again, silence. But it is hardly unheard of for fathers to wage a custody battle, only to kill the child they just had to have.

Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen Posted: Aug 22, 2014 7:18 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 22, 2014 7:19 AM EDT

By Kiran Chawla

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.

Varnell Day Jr., 36, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his son, Jay'v'une Bergin. Day was speechless and visibly angry as he was being taken back to prison. He is accused of savagely beating his son. The little boy died shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The blinds are all closed with newspaper keeping the sun out and a private property sign is propped in the window of the home on North 48th Street where the pair lived. It is the place where investigators said the beating took place.

"The little boy had multiple brain bleeds, bruising, which consisted of various stages of healing, along with contusions to the head with signs of malnutrition," Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. with the Baton Rouge Police Department said.

Neighbors said they saw an ambulance arrive at the home on Monday. The 5-year-old was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries. John Green, a neighbor who has lived one block off Gus Young Avenue all his life, said Day usually kept to himself and they rarely saw the little boy.

"The kid don't be outside enough," Green said. "Like we will be out here, he will take them to school and pick him up. After that, they would be inside."

Green added Day had only been at the home for the past couple of years and he simply saw him in passing.

"I couldn't really believe he would beat a child like that. I don't see how you can have a heart to beat a child so bad like that," Green explained.

Day was originally arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, but the charges were upgraded and he was re-arrested after the boy succumbed to his injuries.

The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) was reportedly called in on this case, but there has been no response from officials about requests for comment.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Bergin. Click here to donate

Dad charged with felony child abuse of 4-month-old son (New Bern, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as JACOB ISAAK PINYAN.

Teen dad charged after infant shows 'Shaken Baby' symptoms, NC deputies say

Posted: Aug 21, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2014 3:29 PM EDT

By Rod Overton -

NEW BERN, NC - Deputies say they've arrested a teen father accused of abusing a 4-week-old infant.

Jacob Isaak Pinyan, age 19, the father of the child, is charged with Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Physical Injury.

Investigators say the arrest follows a report of child abuse about the infant, which showed symptoms consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The baby boy was transported to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern by its parents when the child started having difficulty breathing.

The mother of the baby has posted on Facebook throughout the incident, keeping family and friends updated on how the baby is doing. In many posts she details his health issues, an emergency flight to Greenville and asks for prayers as the infant struggles to live.

"No mother should ever have to go through what I am going through. I shouldn't be seeing my baby in pain. My heart is breaking every second, with every beep on the monitor, with every sound he makes, knowing I was powerless," wrote Karly Elizabeth Straub.

Pinyan is jailed under a $150,000 secured bond.

The child is listed in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Dad in "custody battle" murders 3-year-old daughter; grandparents in critical condition (Landover, Maryland)

Horrible coverage, with the usual "nice guy" clueless neighbors and family members in denial. Why do you quote these idiots?

The facts speak from themselves. There is not much that's nice about Daddy. In fact, he fits the portrait of the abusive/controlling father who uses a custody battle as a way to punish Mom and destroy the child TO AN ABSOLUTE T.

Check out the tell-tale signs.

1) Custody battle beginning literally after the birth of the child, subjecting this new mother to horrific stress and financial strain.

2) The guy OBVIOUSLY HAS A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, hence the mother's efforts to obtain an order of protection, and the destruction of the grandmother's property.

3) Despite all this, Daddy is granted weekend visitation with an infant. Mom still has primary custody, but that's not enough control for Daddy, see. Obviously, he continued to be an @$$, as he was switched to supervised visitation. Nice of the courts, but they were still putting this mother and child in danger and traumatizing them by binding them to this dangerous criminal.

4) Daddy is further emboldened when the mother is ORDERED TO PAY HIM $11,000 for what appears to be a mistake of the courts. Why is she being punished?

4) And in reality, the protective mother's custody concerns are DOCUMENTED IN REALITY now. Daddy "allegedly" shot the two grandparents (now in critical condition) and stabbed and shot the 3-year-old daughter to death in a police shoot out.

Despite the BS from the relatives, Daddy didn't "snap" or anything else. This is exactly how controlling abusers behave. Once again, the authorities failed to save a mother and child from a violent killer.

Dad is identified as FREDERICK ROY MILLER.

Prince George’s police say man shot and stabbed daughter, 3, before he was killed

By Mike DeBonis and Julie Zauzmer
August 17 

A Landover, Md., man who engaged in a Saturday afternoon shootout with police on Branch Avenue, with his 3-year-old daughter beside him, appears to have stabbed and shot the girl before he was killed by officers, Prince George’s County officials said Sunday.

Police identified the man as Frederick Roy Miller, 38. Court records identify his daughter, who was a passenger in the car her father drove while firing at police, as Laila Miller.

The chase began Saturday afternoon after Miller allegedly shot Laila’s maternal grandfather and great-grandmother at a home in Camp Springs. Both were hospitalized in critical condition Sunday.

Police initially said they were not sure whether officers knew the girl was in the car when they fired at it, nor whether she was killed by a bullet fired by her father or by one of the six officers who returned fire during the chase.

Dean Jones, president of the Fraternal Order of Prince George’s County Police, said Sunday morning that the officers involved in the shooting were “all hurting right now.”

“They’re wondering if they’re the one that hurt the child,” Jones said. “They were trying to do the right thing, and it didn’t go well at all.”

But late Sunday afternoon, police said initial findings from the Maryland state medical examiner indicated that it was Miller who had harmed the toddler.

Jones said the initial shooting involving the girl’s grandfather and great-grandmother may have stemmed from a custody battle between the child’s parents. The child’s mother was not at either scene and was found unharmed afterward, police said.

No one answered the door Sunday at the mother’s home in the 4200 block of Farmer Place in Camp Springs, where the two relatives were shot. The home is a tidy split-level in a quiet subdivision near Crossland High School.

Court records indicate a long-running dispute between Miller and Laila’s mother, one that included requests from the mother for protective orders against Miller and a December 2012 destruction-of-property complaint filed by the great-grandmother against Miller.

Litigation over custody of Laila began six months after her birth in January 2011, court records show. Judges over the years consistently ruled that the girl’s mother should have custody; Miller initially had weekend visitation rights, then was restricted to supervised visits.

A woman who answered the door at Miller’s address Sunday said the long battle over Laila’s custody and child support had taken a heavy toll on Miller, who had gone to members of Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs and others for assistance in getting custody of the child.

“He contacted anybody and everybody to ask for help. . . . All he wanted was to see his daughter,” said the woman, who identified herself only as a “close family relative.”

Miller’s relative did not know why he went to the house in Camp Springs on Saturday where Laila and her mother lived. She said Miller had family members in the area and he might have driven past the house and seen his daughter there.

The relative pointed to a monetary dispute that may have aggravated relations between Miller and Laila’s mother. Court records show a Maryland Circuit Court judge ordered the mother to pay Miller more than $11,000 in November after finding that the child received Social Security disability payments owed to Miller that exceeded the amount of child support he would otherwise be obligated to pay.

“They didn’t want to pay the money the court ordered [the mother] to pay him back,” the relative said.

Miller, the relative said, was a disabled Marine veteran and had worked as a technician for Verizon but was recently unemployed. His daughter was his only child, she said, but Miller had helped raise many of his 23 nieces and nephews.

A man leaving the Miller residence Sunday afternoon declined to comment, only shaking his head when told police suspected Miller of harming his daughter.

A next-door neighbor, Stephanie Bailey, said she never knew Miller to be violent, saying he regularly helped out with yardwork and “always had a smile on his face.”

“I know that he was struggling through the court system to get access to his daughter for a very long time,” she said.

Bailey said she was skeptical of reports the Miller might have harmed Laila. “I wouldn’t believe that,” she said. “I really wouldn’t.”

A statement from police named the officers involved in the shooting. They included five members of the Prince George’s police force — Cpls. Clarence Black and Paul Schweinsburg; patrol officers Alba De Jesus, Brett Fairbrother and Christopher Gehlhausen — and Master Trooper Williard Shelton of the Maryland State Police.

All six are on routine administrative leave until the investigation is completed, police said. None were injured during the chase or shootout.

Lynh Bui contributed to this report.