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Ex-NFL Player Accused of Abusing Teen Son

Boy, 14, was removed from home after officers executed a search warrant

(Newser) - Former NFL player Daniel Muir and his wife, Kristin, were taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the alleged abuse of their 14-year-old son. Indiana State Police said they executed a search warrant at the Muirs' Logansport, Indiana, home early Wednesday and found Bryson Muir "safe and well,"...

Former Red Sox Pitcher Arrested in Child Sex Sting

Sheriff says Austin Maddox thought he was meeting 14-year-old girl

(Newser) - Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox was one of 27 men arrested in a sting operation targeting sexual predators, Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters announced Monday. The sheriff said Maddox and other suspects were arrested in the "Valiant Knights" operation last month after arranging to meet people they thought...

Jury Awards $38M in Abuse of Teen Detained by State

More than 1,100 other former residents of New Hampshire youth center have filed suits

(Newser) - A New Hampshire jury awarded $38 million to the man who blew the lid off abuse allegations at the state's youth detention center Friday, in a landmark case finding the state's negligence allowed him to be beaten, raped, and held in solitary confinement as a teen. David Meehan...

Atlantic City Mayor, Wife Charged With Abusing Daughter

Counts include endangering the welfare of a child

(Newser) - Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and his wife, La'Quetta, were charged Monday with abusing and assaulting their teenage daughter on multiple occasions, including hitting her in the head with a broom and knocking her unconscious. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said it filed charges against both parents of...

Disturbing Details of YouTuber Ruby Franke's Child Abuse Revealed

Franke herself chronicled the abuse of her children

(Newser) - The malnourished and badly bruised son of a parenting advice YouTuber politely asks a neighbor to take him to the nearest police station in newly released video from the day his mother and her business partner were arrested on child abuse charges in southern Utah. The 12-year-old son of Ruby...

Horrifying Predator Groups Target Kids on Popular Apps
Horrifying Predator Groups
Target Kids on Popular Apps

Horrifying Predator Groups Target Kids on Popular Apps

After grooming and coercing minors, members force them to livestream self-harm

(Newser) - This isn't an easy story to stomach, so read with caution. Reporters from the Washington Post , Wired , Germany's Der Spiegel, and Romania's Recorder worked together to uncover the dark underworld of a new type of predator group targeting children on the web. And while online abusers are...

YouTuber Franke: Partner Created 'Distorted Sense of Morality'
Ruby Franke
for Child Abuse

YouTuber Ruby Franke Sentenced for Child Abuse

She and Jodi Hildebrandt will serve at least 4 years in prison, and as many as 60

(Newser) - YouTube celeb Ruby Franke and business partner Jodi Hildebrandt were each sentenced Tuesday to serve at least four years and as many as 60 years in prison over child abuse charges, reports the Hill . Each received four terms of 1 to 15 years to be served consecutively, with the Utah...

AI Image Generators Were Trained on Child Porn
AI Image Generators
Were Trained on Child Porn

AI Image Generators Were Trained on Child Porn

That training helps systems produce more explicit imagery of children, though fake

(Newser) - Hidden inside the foundation of popular artificial intelligence image-generators are thousands of images of child sexual abuse, according to a new report that urges companies to take action to address a harmful flaw in the technology they built. Those same images have made it easier for AI systems to produce...

YouTuber Ruby Franke Is Going to Prison for Child Abuse

Utah mother of 6 pleads guilty to 4 counts

(Newser) - A Utah mother of six who gave parenting advice on YouTube pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of aggravated child abuse and will go to prison for trying to convince her two youngest children that they were evil, possessed, and needed to be punished to repent. Ruby Franke stood and...

2 Siblings of Girl Who Died of Starvation to Get $5M Each

Iowa will pay the penalty after Sabrina Ray's death in foster care

(Newser) - Iowa will pay $10 million to the siblings of an adopted 16-year-old girl who weighed just 56 pounds when she died of starvation in 2017, according to a state board that approved the settlement Monday. Sabrina Ray was severely malnourished when authorities found her body at her home in Perry,...

Children 'Whipped' at Florida Prep School: Parents

8 students reportedly received 3 lashes each at Orlando school

(Newser) - A group of incensed Florida parents say their children were "whipped" at their prep school in Orlando, Florida, last week. Police responded to Alpha Learning Academy, which is run by the St. Mark AME church, Thursday afternoon in response to the allegations, ClickOrlando reports. Parents say a pastor at...

California 'Party Mom' Is Indicted on 63 Counts

Shannon O'Connor allegedly supplied booze at parties and encouraged kids as young as 13 to have sex

(Newser) - A so-called "party mom" who allegedly organized alcohol-fueled parties for young teens during which she encouraged them to have sex was indicted by a grand jury Monday on 20 felony and 43 misdemeanor counts. Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Rebekah Wise said prosecutors decided to present the case...

2 Guilty of Terror Charges Linked to Boy's Disappearance

3-year-old was found dead at New Mexico compound

(Newser) - Jurors on Tuesday delivered split verdicts in a case that stemmed from the search for a 3-year-old boy who went missing from Georgia and was found dead hundreds of miles away at a squalid compound in northern New Mexico. Four members of the family were on trial. Three were found...

Dad Faces Up to 40 Years for Locking Son in 'Office'

Tim Ferriter found guilty of aggravated child abuse, false imprisonment, neglect

(Newser) - A Florida father accused of locking his adopted son in a makeshift room in his garage was convicted Thursday of child abuse charges. A jury, who heard the boy was locked in the 8-by-8-foot structure for up to 18 hours when he misbehaved, found 48-year-old Tim Ferriter of Jupiter guilty...

Family YouTuber Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

Viewers have long raised a flag on Utah's Ruby Franke, who offers controversial parenting advice

(Newser) - A Utah mom of six who became popular on her now-defunct YouTube channel for offering parenting advice has been arrested. The AP reports that 41-year-old Ruby Franke was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated child abuse at the Ivins home of Jodi Hildebrandt, 54, her business partner,...

Mother Sentenced in Slaying of Her Newborn in 1992

Infant girl was found in a South Carolina river

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman was given a life sentence Wednesday in the 1992 death of her newborn daughter. Stacy Michelle Costner Rabon, 50, had been found guilty of homicide by child abuse this month by a York County jury. She'll be eligible for parole in 2031 because she was...

Boy, 7, Charged With Arson; Stepdad Charged With Abuse
Boy, 7, Charged With Arson

Boy, 7, Charged With Arson

Cops say boy was physically abused before setting fire to his home with family members inside

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy set fire to his family's home as his parents slept inside, according to West Virginia police, who've laid arson charges against the boy and child abuse charges against his stepfather. The fire erupted around noon Wednesday near Elizabeth, per the AP . The Jackson County Sheriff'...

After Vote on School Discipline: 'It's 1880 in Here'

Bill in Oklahoma House on barring corporal punishment against disabled students fails

(Newser) - It was a close vote in the Oklahoma state House this week, but a measure to bar teachers and staff from using corporal punishment against kids with disabilities failed. Despite GOP Rep. John Talley's best efforts to advance HB1028, which would've kept educators from hitting, spanking, paddling, or...

Lawmaker Censured for 'Despicable' Child Abuse Remark

Alaska Rep. David Eastman suggested at hearing there may be a cost 'benefit' if child dies from abuse

(Newser) - Very few people would try to find some sort of silver lining in cases where a child died from abuse. Rep. David Eastman is apparently one of those people, however, and he's now taking flak for his comments made earlier this week in that vein. Per the Anchorage Daily ...

He Spent 4 Years Behind Bars Waiting for This Moment

Tyree Bowie was acquitted after being accused of killing a child in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Tyree Bowie spent over four years behind bars awaiting trial for a crime he says he didn't commit. Now, a jury in York County, Pennsylvania, has agreed with him, per PennLive , acquitting Bowie of all charges in the death of Dante Mullinix. The boy died in September 2018, a...

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