Verbal Battery On Trial

Wisconsin’s State Supreme Court is considering a unique case this week: Whether or not a mother’s verbal berating of her 14-year-old son qualifies as a crime. She went on the profane-laced tirade after the boy burned popcorn. The mother, Ginger Breitzman, was charged with disorderly conduct after the incident. She alleges that because her language didn’t threaten violence, it therefore qualifies as protected speech and she shouldn’t have been charged. Regardless of the outcome of this case, it highlights the … Continue reading →

Extreme Punishment: Death Inside A Tiny Box

Child abuse is rarely about monsters and villains, but parents with poor child rearing skills who progressively spiral out of control. Many child abuse deaths arise out of abusive punishments taken too far. the testimony given in an Arizona trial this week is a tragic testament to this. Ame Deal was a 10-year-old girl who met her end in a most unimaginable way. It seems that when Amy misbehaved, her legal guardians, had a rather sadistic way of punishing her: … Continue reading →

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 →

Saving Bella

We now know that little Bella was just shy of her 3rd birthday when she was murdered. According to the story given by the mother, she and her boyfriend were having trouble getting Bella to sleep one night. The boyfriend then said, “I’ll get her to sleep.” Then went to put the little girl to bed. Later on, the mother went in to find the little girl listless, her face swollen. She had apparently been smothered, and was obviously dead.  … Continue reading →

Handcuffing Kids At The Shelter

We all know how difficult it can be to contain unruley children. But it’s best to leave the ties and bondanges out of you disciplinary practices, especially if your working with kids who come from abusive backbrounds. One Oaklahoma City woman found this out the hard way, when she was reciently forced to resign over her practice of handcuffing children at the Pauline E Mayer Shelter where she worked. … Continue reading →

Leaving Your Kid in the Park

Lord knows that parents could use a break from time to time. A little me-time away from the kids. But one Philadelphia mother took this idea to a whole new extreme. She wanted to visit her boyfriend in Maryland, and apparently was having trouble finding anyone to look after her special needs child. So she took her quadriplegic son into the woods of a local park and dumped him there, where he spent 5 days alone in the forest. (She … 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 →

Choking Children

In Nanticoke, New York, a 20-year-old woman was arrested earlier in the week after allegedly punching, slapping, and choking a 10-year-old. She was charged with “criminal obstruction of breathing” and endangering the welfare of a child. Is there such a thing as “non-criminal” obstructions of breathing? (Jan. 30, 2015)   … Continue reading →