NC Girl Found Under Stairway

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Officers found the Child locked in 2-foot by 4-foot closet under stairway.

Police find malnourished 5-year-old girl locked in closet under stairway

RANDLEMAN, NC  –  Police found a malnourished 5-year-old girl locked in a small closet under a stairway at a home in Randleman, according to a press release.

On Sept. 12, Randleman police conducted a welfare check for a child at a home in the 200 block of Back Street.  Officers were told the child was being physically and mentally abused.

Officers went to the home in an effort to locate the little girl.  Upon arrival, they found no vehicles in the driveway and it appeared no one was there.

Officers knocked on the door and received no response, so they began calling the child’s name.  Once they began yelling, they received a response.

They first asked the child if she was OK and the girl replied with “no.” Officers then asked if she needed help and she replied, “yes.”

Officers then made entry through a front porch window and found the child locked in a two-foot by four-foot closet under a stairway. She had no food or water and appeared to be extremely malnourished with burns, scratches, and bruises all over her body.

The 5-year-old was taken from the home by a daycare employee. She was taken to Randolph Hospital and transferred to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital.

She is currently in the custody of the Randolph County Department of Social Services.

As a result, Adam Joshua Byrd, who is the child’s father, and Crystal Dawn Carnahan, who is a child caretaker, were arrested.

Byrd is charged with assault with a deadly weapon serious injury, intentional child abuse serious physical injury and negligent child abuse serious physical injury.

Carnahan is charged with assault with deadly weapon serious injury, intentional child abuse serious physical injury and negligent child abuse serious physical injury.

Both were taken to the Randolph County Jail on a $350,000 secured bond.

CHILD SAFETY AND PREVENTION

Going To And From School More Safely

by NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN®

Millions of kids ride a bike, take the bus or walk to school every day. Help get them to and from school more safely by following this checklist.

Review the four rules of personal safety with your children.  Remind them to:

  1. Check first with you or the adult in charge before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything or getting into a car.
  2. Take a friend when going places or playing outside.
  3. Tell people “NO” if they try to touch you or hurt you.  It’s OK for you to stand up for yourself.
  4. Tell a trusted adult if anything makes you feel sad, scared or confused.

Walk the route to and from school with them pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they need help.  Tell them not to take shortcuts and to stay in well-lit areas.

If your younger children take the bus, wait with them or make sure they’re supervised by someone you trust at the bus stop.

Teach your children to recognize the tricks someone may use to abduct them such as asking for help or offering them a ride.  Tell them to never approach a car without getting your permission first.

Encourage your children to kick, scream and make a scene if anyone tries to take them.

Instruct your children to get away as quickly as possible if someone is following them.  If they are being followed by someone in a car, teach them to walk in the opposite direction from the one in which the car is driving.

Be sure your children’s school has up-to-date emergency contact information.  Learn about their pick-up procedures so only those you’ve authorized can pick up your children.

Make sure your children know how to contact you in case of an emergency.

For more information about child safety, visit MissingKids.com 

It’s Not Over Until The Bucket Is Empty

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Reporting Child Sexual Abuse after adulthood in Victoria, Australia has increased to 13,000 last year from 4,000 in 2010.

Woman uses bucket list to report uncle for Child Abuse before she dies

Victoria, Australia  –  A woman who was dying from terminal cancer ticked off a truly horrible item from her bucket list when she reported her uncle for abusing her as a child.

The unnamed woman had told her mother about the abuse when she was a teenager but waited until she was dying decades later to report the crime.

Her story was retold by her mother, Kaye, to Victoria Police’s podcast Unspeakable which aims to encourage victims of sexual offences to speak out.

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of sexual abuse in Australia to tell someone about what happened to them and longer to report it to police.

However, reporting in Victoria, the Australian state where the crime occurred, has increased to 13,000 last year from 4,000 in 2010.

Kaye explained to Unspeakable that her daughter had first told her about the abuse in a phone call after she returned from an overseas trip, aged 19.

However, she told her that she did not want to report the abuse at that time and that she didn’t want her grandmother to know.

‘It was very heavy on the shoulders I can tell you.  At times I didn’t know what to do.  Because she didn’t want to do anything about it, I couldn’t do anything about it,’ she said.

Kaye tried to report the abuse herself but was told by Boronia Police that there was nothing they can do.

Decades later, Kaye’s daughter was diagnosed as terminally ill and had just weeks to live when she drew up a bucket list with reporting the crime at the top of it.

Detective Christine Robinson received the report and filmed Kaye’s daughter in her own home as she detailed what happened to her.

She was then admitted to hospital but police took her written statement to her bedside so she could read it in case she died before her uncle was taken to trial.

Within two days her uncle had been arrested, he confessed to what happened and within a week he had been summoned to court.

He pleaded guilty but due to the limits of the legislation that was used at the time of the offence received a five month suspended sentence and was placed on the sex offenders register.

But Kaye said her daughter would have been blown away by what happened.

She told Unspeakable: ‘She was hoping for a good result.  “It’s fine mum, I can die now knowing he’s going on the sex offenders list”.

‘I was pretty confident we would but she was sure we’d get the outcome we did.’

TX Woman Faces 5 To 99

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Sara Anne Woody, 25, is facing five to 99 years.

Woody found guilty on 16 counts of
Child Abuse

Wichita Falls, TX  –  The Burkburnett stepmother accused of child abuse and child torture was found guilty on 16 counts of injury to a child, including three first degree felony charges.

Sara Anne Woody, 25, is facing five to 99 years, or life in prison, after six men and six women determined she caused serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury for “engaging in pattern of child abuse and/or torture” with her two stepsons and her oldest daughter.

It took more than 11 hours of deliberations for the jury to reach its verdict, which was announced by 30th District Court Judge Bob Brotherton just after noon Wednesday.

In addition to the first degree felonies, jurors found Woody guilty on 10 total counts that included striking her oldest stepson on the lip with a metal spoon and on the shoulders and face with a tent pole.

The other three counts involved her younger stepson.  She was found guilty of striking him on the tooth with a metal spoon, holding a lighter under his tongue for lying and hitting his genitals with a belt for wetting the bed.

She was found not guilty on 10 counts of injury to a child.

The abuse came to light when the oldest stepson was taken to the United Regional Health Care System emergency room on March 30, 2016, with a severely bruised upper lip.

Despite being told by the boy and his father, Jonathan Darrell Woody, that the boy had fallen while roughhousing with his brothers, Dr. Jeremy Sautner told jurors about two weeks ago that he believed other signs were missing from an injury that was caused by a fall.

Sautner said the boy would have also injured his chin or nose, which would have hit the concrete also during a normal fall.  The bruising around the eyes was also alarming to the medical professional.

To a physician, Sautner said, it was the “classic definition of a red flag for child abuse.”  By law, he is a mandatory reporter of suspected abuse.  He filed a report with local law enforcement.

During closing arguments Tuesday, Woody’s defense attorney Reggie Wilson told jurors his client was a loving, Christian mother who “picked up these kids when no one else wanted them.”

“Those four children need and deserve a mother like Sara in their lives,” Wilson said, speaking of Woody’s four biological kids.  “…You’re the ones who can save these children from a life without their mother.”

Prosecuting attorney John Gillespie argued Tuesday that it was time for the jurors to “face evil” and believe that people like Woody exist in the world who will abuse children.

Gillespie said Woody only cried for herself and not her victims while on the stand.  The rest of her testimony, he said, felt “very rehearsed and she had an excuse for everything.”

The punishment phase of the trial began at Wednesday after lunch and is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Thursday. 

Got 2B Safe – My Rules

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Knowing My Rules for Safety

  1. I CHECK FIRST with my parents, guardians, or other trusted adults before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, or getting into a car.
  2. I TAKE A FRIEND with me when going places or playing outside.
  3. I TELL people “NO” if they try to touch me or hurt me. It’s OK
    for me to stand up for myself.
  4. I TELL my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared,
    or confused.

Sometimes there are people who trick or hurt others.  No one has the right to do that to you.  So use these rules, and remember you are STRONG, are SMART, and have the right to be SAFE.

Always:

  • CHECK FIRST
  • TAKE A FRIEND
  • TELL PEOPLE “NO” IF THEY TRY TO TOUCH YOU OR HURT YOU
  • TELL AN ADULT YOU TRUST IF ANYTHING HAPPENS

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
www.missingkids.com

KidSmartz is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors.  This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect kids by teaching and practicing the 4 Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
CyberTipline

Resources:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®

KidSmartz.org