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Stepfather Found Guilty in Case of Boy Rescued by Server

She noticed that severely abused boy wasn't being allowed to eat

(Newser) - Update: A Florida man has been found guilty of multiple charges in the severe abuse of an 11-year-old boy who was rescued by a quick-thinking restaurant server last year. A jury found 36-year-old Timothy Lee Wilson, the boy's stepfather, guilty on charges including false imprisonment of a child under...

In a First, US Assesses Grim Toll at Native American Schools

At least 500, and probably thousands, of children taken from their families died, report says

(Newser) - For the first time, the federal government has assessed and acknowledged the harm done to Native American children at boarding schools it backed or ran throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. A report released Wednesday by the Interior Department said the children were subjected to sexual abuse, whippings,...

Solo to Go for Treatment, Asks for Hall of Fame Delay

'My energies and focus are totally directed to my health, healing, and taking care of my family'

(Newser) - Update: Hope Solo has asked the National Soccer Hall of Fame to delay her induction until next year, announcing that she's going for help for her alcohol issues, per ESPN . In a Friday tweet , the soccer star requested the induction be postponed until 2023, noting she'll be "...

An Ugly Arrest for Soccer Great Hope Solo

TMZ reports she's charged with DWI and also child abuse because her 2 kids were in vehicle

(Newser) - Soccer great Hope Solo has had run-ins with the law over several years now . But TMZ reports on a new arrest in North Carolina that's particularly troubling. The retired goalkeeper is charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, and misdemeanor child abuse, the latter because her two children were...

Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son. But She's the One Behind Bars
Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son.
But She's the One Behind Bars
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Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son. But She's the One Behind Bars

Rebecca Hogue sentenced to 16 months under Oklahoma's failure to protect law

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman will ultimately spend more than a year in jail for the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old son, whom she never harmed. Rebecca Hogue, a 30-year-old Norman resident, had returned home from a 12-hour work shift in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2020, per the BBC . When...

Cops: Parents Locked Teen Son in 8-by-8 Structure
Parents Allegedly Locked
Teen Son in Garage 'Office'
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Parents Allegedly Locked Teen Son in Garage 'Office'

Florida couple accused of confining 14-year-old to 8-by-8 structure most of the time

(Newser) - A disturbing case of alleged child abuse has emerged out of Florida, where a couple is accused of making their 14-year-old son spend most of his time in a locked 8-by-8 "office" in their garage. Timothy and Tracy Ferriter, both 46, of Jupiter face felony charges of aggravated child...

1K Hospital Visits and One Death Later, Mom Pays for Her Ruse

Kelly Turner sentenced to 16 years for fatally abusing Olivia Gant

(Newser) - A Colorado mother who fatally abused her daughter for years while falsely claiming the child was terminally ill has been sentenced to prison to serve more than twice the length of 7-year-old Olivia Gant's short life. Kelly Turner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading...

Dad Whose Kids Died in Flood Charged With Manslaughter
Couple Whose Kids Died
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Couple Whose Kids Died in Flood Hear Their Fate

Daniel Rawlings, who drove around barricade near swollen Arizona creek, and wife get probation

(Newser) - Update: The parents of two children killed after the father drove their military-style vehicle around a barricade and straight into a flooded creek in Arizona won't be serving jail time. People reports that Judge Timothy Wright sentenced Daniel Rawlings to 60 months of supervised probation and 1,000 hours...

6 Decades Later, Abuse at Camp Still Affects His Life

'USA Today' explores the lasting trauma of abuse at Vermont's Camp Najerog in 1950s

(Newser) - The sexual abuse occurred more than six decades ago at an idyllic summer camp in Vermont. But as Alia E. Dastagir writes in a lengthy account at USA Today , it continues to have a profound impact on the life of at least one of the victims. The piece recounts how...

Trump-Backed Senate Candidate Loses Custody, Suspends Campaign

Sean Parnell's estranged wife won custody battle

(Newser) - Update: Sean Parnell has suspended his campaign for a seat in the US Senate. The Trump-endorsed Pennsylvania 40-year-old made the announcement Monday after he lost his bitter custody battle. The judge in the case granted sole legal custody and primary physical custody of Parnell's three children to his estranged...

Indiana Mom Accused of Selling Daughter, 13, to Man

Parents say child, adult are engaged

(Newser) - An Indiana woman allegedly sold her 13-year-old daughter to a 27-year-old man before she and her husband forced her to marry him and then celebrated the wedding with a party, authorities said. The girl's mother was charged Thursday in Allen County with child selling where the defendant transfers or...

Tortured Turpin Siblings Describe 'Hell' They Endured

'I thought I was going to die,' Jordan Turpin tells Diane Sawyer

(Newser) - Reflecting on her childhood, Jennifer Turpin says "the only word I know to call it is 'hell.'" It's no wonder considering the 32-year-old grew up in what media outlets have dubbed a "house of horrors." Turpin was one of 13 siblings rescued in...

Police: Missing Girl's Hand Signal Saved Her

16-year-old got help from passing motorist, and police arrested her driver

(Newser) - A teenage girl used a hand signal popularized on TikTok to signal for help. The 16-year-old from North Carolina had been missing for days when she was rescued Thursday, USA Today reports. James Herbert Brick, 61, of Cherokee, North Carolina, was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, and charged with unlawful...

Alleged Incident With Teacher of the Year 'Beyond Disturbing'

Caroline Lee arrested after being accused of hitting a student

(Newser) - Police say a discussion between a Florida student and her teacher about a social media post led to violence, and to the Friday arrest of the teacher, who just last week was announced as her school's teacher of the year. The Florida Times-Union reports that a since-deleted Instagram post...

Mom of Abandoned Boys Says She Visited 'Every 2 Weeks'

Gloria Williams now claims she also didn't know her 8-year-old son, Kendrick Lee, was dead

(Newser) - A Texas mother charged after the body of her 8-year-old son was found in an apartment along with three abandoned siblings now says she checked on her boys "every two weeks" and that she hadn't realized one of the brothers was dead. "I'm sorry. I didn'...

Horrific Details Emerge in Case of Abandoned Siblings

Texas siblings say they saw Brian Coulter beat their brother to death

(Newser) - Horrific details emerged Wednesday in the case of three Houston-area siblings believed to have lived an an apartment with their brother's remains for almost a year. Police say mother Gloria Williams, 35, and her 31-year-old boyfriend Brian Coulter apparently moved out of the apartment weeks after Coulter allegedly beat...

Daycare Owner Sentenced for Hiding Kids Behind Fake Wall

Colorado Springs facility had 25 kids but was licensed for 6

(Newser) - A woman who kept more than two dozen kids behind a false wall in a basement was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday. Carla Faith was found guilty of 26 counts of child abuse, and some other charges, including running a daycare without a license, in August. Police found...

Teens Ended Up Vomit-Covered at Parties Mom Allegedly Threw

Shannon O'Connor allegedly supplied booze to kids who were just 14, 15

(Newser) - The parties don't sound particularly COVID-friendly, and that's the least of the issues with them. Authorities say a 47-year-old woman threw the Los Gatos, Calif., bashes from June 2020 until May 2021 and supplied guests with vodka, Fireball whiskey, and condoms—and that those guests were largely just...

Parents of 3-Year-Old Suing Disney Cruises for $20M

Lawsuit alleges another child sexually assaulted toddler in front of staff

(Newser) - Parents of a child in Vermont are suing the Disney Cruise Line for $20 million. They say their 3-year-old daughter was groped by a “significantly older child” while being looked after in the Oceaneer Club daycare for passengers ages 3-12, WCAX reports. They say their daughter was restrained, and...

Queens of the Stone Age Rocker Gets Bad News From His Kids

Restraining order against Josh Homme for domestic violence filed in name of his 2 young sons

(Newser) - The frontman for rock group Queens of the Stone Age is being accused of domestic violence, and a filing for a restraining order on behalf of his two young sons has been submitted. Per legal documents seen by TMZ , the request for a protective order against 48-year-old Josh Homme was...

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