Advocates urge Texas to prevent child abuse by expanding ‘home visitor’ programs

Texas needs to ramp up spending on proven child-abuse prevention programs, child advocates and several lawmakers said Tuesday. Sending “home visitors” such as nurses, teachers and social workers to work with disadvantaged pregnant women and high-risk young families can avert huge state costs, several speakers said at a “Home Visiting…

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Accused child rapist kept a ‘perverse shrine’ to decades of abuse

A handyman at a trailer park in Pennsylvania has been arrested after four decades of allegedly raping and sexually abusing children, including sex acts involving a relative and youngsters he babysat. William Charles Thomas, 58, of Morrisville, allegedly admitted to the sickening charges last week during interviews with investigators who…

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Halifax couple charged with child abuse are expected in court

The Dauphin County couple arrested for beating and starving 3 children are expected in court today for their preliminary hearings. Back in December, Police arrested Joshua and Brandi Weyant of Halifax Township, on suspicion of child abuse. An investigation later determined those allegations were true. Police say the pair kept…

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Michigan couple convicted of second-degree child abuse

A couple convicted of second-degree child abuse after being accused of keeping an adopted son isolated in the basement of a Michigan home are maintaining that they didn’t abuse the boy. The boy, who was 17 when he testified at last year’s trial, told jurors he wasn’t allowed upstairs unless…

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Wymore woman gets 2 years of probation in child abuse case

A 24-year-old Wymore woman has been given two years of probation for negligent child abuse. Online court records show Leslie Michaelis was sentenced Thursday in Gage County District Court. She’d pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of negligent child abuse after prosecutors lowered the charge from felony intentional child abuse….

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Child advocacy group calls for changes to abuse laws in Pa.

A child advocacy group is calling for changes to child abuse law in Pennsylvania. Cathleen Palm, founder of The Center for Children’s Justice in Jefferson Township is speaking out after a 2-year-old girl in Berks County died of pneumonia. Authorities say the girl’s parents, Jonathan and Grace Foster, did not…

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