All Good Mother’s Duct Tape Their Children

Here’s a tip: if you want to prove you’re not a bad mother, duct tape your children to chairs. Or at least that’s the dubious logic that led to one of the more unique cases of child abuse we’ve seen. ‘Mommie Dearest’ with duct tape restraint A mother and her boyfriend wanted their kids to watch the movie “Mommie Dearest” to show the kids that she wasn’t in fact, the worlds meanest mom. But apparently, the kids weren’t to keen … Continue reading →

Dead Children Found In Storage Unit

A child abuse investigation that spanned multiple counties in norther California has led to the discovery of the bodies of two children inside a storage unit. Police arrested 39-year-old Tami Joy Huntsman and 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel on charges of felony child abuse, torture, and mayhem. Police are treating the case as a homicide, pending the result of autopsies. Both will also be charged with two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances, which includes murders committed during an act of … Continue reading →

Four Police Officers Charged With Child Abuse

In San Louis Obispo, California, four police officers were recently charged with physically and emotionally abusing the children they worked with at the Leadership Empowerment Discipline boot camp, a program for at risk youth.  It’s not surprising at all to learn that abuse was going on in such a place — many (if not most of these troubled teen rehabilitation programs are little more than child abuse packaged as tough love helping, and the horror stories and streams of deaths … Continue reading →

Girl Testifies Against Her Parents

In Clarksville, Tennessee, an 8-year-old girl was forced to testify as a key witness in the trial of her parents, who are accused of murdering her 4-year-old sister, Arianna Taylor. The 8-year-old apparently found Arianna dead in her bed after seeing her father beat her sister the night before. Her parents then waited another 5 hours to call 911. My hear goes out to this poor girl. Talk about an impossible position to be in. Cases like this serve as … Continue reading →

Mother Kills Her Children . . . & Says She’d Do It Again

Child abuse is typically a problem of parents who otherwise love their children, either making poor decisions or loosing their composure in a moment of anger. Then there are cases like this one, which is so unusual as to defy all logic. Mitchelle Blair is a 36-year-old mother who admits to subjecting her children to some of the most horrendous abuse you can think of, eventually killing two of them. Thirteen-year-old Stoni was kicked, hit on the head, “over and … Continue reading →

Girl Survives Beating With Baseball Bat, Then Death Panels By CPS Workers

The story of Haleigh Poutre is one of tragedy that highlights many of the things wrong with our child protective service system. It’s also a story of hope and survival against all odds. Haleigh was born February 24, 1994. She was 11-years-old on September 11, 2005, when she was badly burned and beaten severely with a baseball bat, allegedly at the hands of Jason and Holli Strickland, her stepfather and maternal aunt, respectively, who had legally adopted Haleigh. The beating … Continue reading →

Children Who Are Murdered By Family Members

Starving Children for Insurance Money In Forest, Mississippi, authorities say money may have been the key motive in the starvation death of a 4-year-old-boy.  Police say Austin Watkins weighed a mere 19 pounds when he died on November 9th, 2008.  Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee said the family had taken out an insurance policy on the boy.  His grandmother and aunt were arrested and charged with murder.  (USA Today, 11-17-2008, p. 12A) … Continue reading →

Mom Found Guilty Of Allowing Baby’s Death

12-21-07 A twelve person jury found a young woman, Molly Midyette, guilty of knowing and reckless child abuse resulting in the death of her 10-week-old son, though she isn’t accused of causing the injuries and claims she didn’t know about them. The woman cried as she was led out of court in handcuffs. She faces a mandatory 16 to 48 years in prison. Her husband, Alex, who is accused of inflicting the injuries, remains free on bond and still faces … Continue reading →

Girls Body Found In Cave

11-9-07 The search for a 9-year-old girl who had been missing for a week carne to a disappointing end, when her body was found inside a cave in the Montana hillside. Little Rowan Ford was found on private land about 10 miles south of her home in Stella, a small town of about 200 people. Police arrested two suspects, including the girls stepfather, a day later. Rowan vanished while she was being cared for by her stepfather over the weekend, … Continue reading →

Man Receives 20 Years For Punching Toddler

10-3-2007 Twenty-seven-year-old  Francisco Ramirez was  sentenced early Wednesday, in a child abuse case that left a two-year-old girl permanently disabled.  He was originally charged with attempted murder, but later pleaded no-contest to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter. He has two prior first degree burglary convictions, as well as two second-degree assault convictions and other minor charges. He was ordered to serve at least 13 years and 4 months of the 20 year term before being eligible for parole. Ramirez … Continue reading →