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GrandFather Wants System Fixed

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Brook Stagles, 3

Grieving Grandfather seeks Trump’s ear on
Child Abuse

ROCHESTER, NY  –  John Geer is a desperate man.

Reeling from grief after his 3-year-old granddaughter Brook Stagles died last month from injuries sustained in a beating that allegedly came at the hands of her father’s girlfriend, Geer has found his mission: raising awareness of child abuse and the pressures faced by the often undermanned, overburdened agencies responsible for protecting the most vulnerable.

And he’s trying to get the attention of a significantly higher power: President-elect Donald J. Trump.

To that end, Geer, a 46-year-old small business owner from Irondequoit, has sunk nearly $100,000 into buying billboards around the country that will deliver his message, “Don’t let children die from child abuse … like Brook Stagles.”  The billboards have already gone live in Chicago, Cleveland and Allentown, Pa.  More are coming Monday, in cities that include Philadelphia; Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Another will be erected that day in Henrietta.

He’s also purchased the domain name trumpforchildren.com and set that up with a website that details his efforts.

“I want the system fixed,” said Geer.  “And I have to make something happen.  This needs to be in the national spotlight, that’s why I want Trump to look at it.  This is nationwide and we need real reform.”

In the days since Brook died, Geer — whose daughter Ashley is Brook’s mother — has busied himself reading news stories online about children who have died as a result of neglect or abuse.  He’s found it overwhelming.

“There are so many cases, so many of these scenarios and it’s happening everywhere,” he said.  “It’s mind-blowing and I was so blind to all of this before.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data, state and local child protective services across the country received an estimated 3.4 million referrals of children being abused or neglected in 2012.  Of those, an estimated 686,000 children were victims of maltreatment, and 18% of those were victims of physical abuse.  The agency estimates roughly 1,640 children in the United States died from maltreatment that same year.

Brook’s father, Michael Stagles, and his girlfriend Erica Bell face criminal charges in connection with the girl’s death.  Bell has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, while Stagles has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.  Trials for both have been scheduled to begin May 15.

Prosecutors have not given specifics about Brook’s death, but Michael Stagles is accused of failing to get medical help for his injured daughter; while Bell is accused of acting with “depraved indifference to human life” and engaging in “conduct which created a grave risk of serious injury or death to Brook Stagles, a person less than 11 years old, and caused her death.”  The conduct is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 9 and Nov. 12.

Brook died Nov. 14 after being hospitalized the night of Nov. 13.  Her death was ruled a homicide four days later.

Geer said Brook’s injuries were so severe that family members were asked at the hospital if the girl had been in a car accident, and Assistant District Attorney Sara Van Strydonck has said Brook was “bruised from head to toe.”

Geer said his granddaughter died of sepsis caused by a ruptured intestine.

Turning to Trump

He said he and other family members contacted Monroe County’s Child Protective Services in September to report that they believed Brook was being abused.  Geer’s daughter Ashley and Michael Stagles had ended their long relationship earlier in the summer, but continued to amicably share custody.  It was after Stagles began dating Bell in late August or early September that family started to notice unexplained bruises and marks on the girl, Geer said.

He said the response from CPS was inadequate and too slow to save his granddaughter.

In a written statement, Department of Human Services Commissioner Corinda Crossdale has said, “As a community, our hearts are heavy at the loss of any child. Unfortunately, the Department of Human Services cannot discuss any case under investigation.”

A staunch Trump supporter, Geer is hopeful the president-elect will hear of his campaign.

“The whole family is big on helping kids,” he said, noting the Eric Trump Foundation and its work raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  With Eric Trump deciding earlier this month to stop directly soliciting contributions for the charity, due to the possibility that donors could try to use him for access to his father, Geer said child abuse prevention and child protective services reform could become a new banner for the Trump family to carry.

In addition to the billboards, Geer is looking at buying advertising on the sides of buses that would run near Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.  He also has $150,000 he says he’s willing to provide the president-elect to be used for any purpose if Trump would just give him 10 minutes of time on the phone.

“This is what I need to do, I need to get this to Trump,” said Geer. “Once I know he knows what’s happening, I’m going to have a million pounds lifted off of my shoulders.”

Did You Give To The Needy This Year????

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Remove the Chains of Child Abuse + Trafficking – Ark of Hope For Children

Do You Know Of A Child That Didn’t Get Anything For Christmas????

Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year.

The average victims age is 11 to 14.  I wonder what they got for Christmas?  Some dope or maybe some alcohol that someone forced them to drink, and maybe a pack of cigarettes.

According to the National Runaway Switchboard 1.3 million runaway and homeless youth live on America’s streets every day.

Do you know that in 2014, 1 out of every 6 runaways fell into the hands of Traffickers?

In 2015 that number fell to 1 out of every 5 runaways fell into the hands of Traffickers.

The life expectancy of a Child that has been Trafficked is 3 to 7 years.  They are found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide.

Do you know that not 1 state in our country has Laws already enacted that will guarantee safe, protected housing, on-going counseling, continuing education, and support groups until these victims are healed within and without.

California just enacted the first step, and that is guarantee that these victims will be treated as victims, and not prosecuted as criminals, as so many have all over our Country up until now.  You can read about this in the newspapers at this very moment, the 2 sides of the California Law Makers have carried this into the media as a mud-slinging match.

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! gives to help Our Children.   We saw the people who DO HELP OUR CHILDREN, and opened Our Hearts and Our wallets and donated to the people I call “The 24/7 PEOPLE” last year, and we will continue giving monthly every year.

ARK OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN

“Breaking the chains for those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying to lead survivors into lives filled with faith, hope and love.”

Ark of Hope for Children is empowering advocates and donors to bring care and awareness to those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.  Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through our various programs.

This approach acknowledges that traumatized people often respond to daily life quite differently even years after their traumatic experiences ended. If we can address their trauma, we can change lives. Unconditional love, understanding and mentoring support can empower victims to mold the challenges of their past into hope filled futures as thriving survivors.

My Friends, this is the Holiday Season, The Giving Season, I want to ask all of you to open your hearts, as NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! opens Our Hearts, and give to this worthy group of caring people who get results.  They get results by being The 24/7 People  that Love every Child.

But I can show you something that I have never seen any other Child Advocates Center with what ARK OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN has on Facebook.  But #ArkOfHope also has one on Twitter.  I mean if this was the military, you would know that you were staring at a 4 Star General.

What I am talking about is a group of supporters, a support network, like a really big group of walking Reviews.  Every single one of the supporters have seen these fine people’s work time and time again.

Come on out, someone will introduce you to “The 24/7 People“, because like I said up above, Our Children NEED this.

Also, all donations on Facebook get the Facebook $1,000 matchUp to $1,000 matched by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

Remove the Chains of Child Abuse + Trafficking
Fundraiser by Blair Corbett for Ark of Hope For Children

https://www.facebook.com/arkofhope/

http://arkofhopeforchildren.org/

Twitter – Ark ofHope @AbusedKids

CHILD PREDATOR OF 150 CHILDREN TO BE RELEASED EARLY????

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Louis VanWie is scheduled to be released 10 years short of his maximum sentence

Troy man who admitted to Sexual Abuse of over 100 kids could return to Capital Region after early release

ALBANY, NY  –  A child sex predator could soon be out of prison and return to the Capital Region.

Louis VanWie is scheduled to be released 10 years short of his maximum sentence.  The Troy man admitted to abusing more than 150 children over decades.

Two of his victims are trying to fight his release.

Some of his young victims never knew his name until his 1997 arrest.

His victims said VanWie got away with most of his horrible crimes. Now they fear he will harm other local children when he is released from prison – possibly at the end of December.

In 1996, Kayla Wittman was a sweet-faced ballerina.  She was a happy kid growing up in Lansingburgh.  But her bright smile would fade with the unwanted touches from a man she knew back then as a family friend.

“He would have me sit on his lap, and he would force me to sit there if I tried to get up,” she recalled.  “You know, he would touch me.”

Wittman said the abuse was revealed after the night VanWie entered her bedroom.  She and a friend were making a home video. She said VanWie made some comments, which were picked up by the camera.

“And then I just made my parents aware,” she said.  “They listened to the videotape, and they just thought that things were a little weird. And then I confessed to them everything that he had done to me.”

Troy police investigated and discovered two more victims.  The local handyman was arrested on Sodomy and Sexual Abuse charges.

But then came a chilling revelation.  VanWie admitted to abusing over 100 boys and girls going back decades.  A search of his home revealed a large collection of children’s underwear and photos of young kids in bathing suits.

Then police received calls from more than 100 other possible victims.

“He is the worst of the worst,” Gary Greenberg said.  “Over 40 years, he abused hundreds and hundreds of kids.”

Today, Greenberg is a successful casino investor, but back in 1966, he was a 7-year-old boy living in Cohoes.  He said VanWie sexually assaulted him during a visit to the hospital when VanWie was working as an orderly.

“You know, he wanted to touch me in my private parts, and you know, I fought him,” Greenberg said.  “I kicked him.”

Greenberg said he fought his way to a set of service elevators.

“That’s where the elevator shaft was,” he explained.  “So he picked me up by my ankles, hung me head first down the elevator shaft, and said, ‘If you don’t do what I want you to do, I’m going to let go.’”

Greenberg said his abuser’s identify remained a mystery for 30 years.  But that all changed in 1997 when he recognized VanWie in news reports of his arrest.

Greenberg said he and VanWie’s other victims were denied justice due to New York State’s statute of limitations on sex abuse cases, something he’s trying to change by spearheading the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate any time limit.

“He’s a poster case for why we need to change the laws in his state,” he said.

But now, there’s a much more urgent concern.

The man who admitted to victimizing several children is about to be set free.  The shocking news was delivered in a letter to Wittman’s parents.

The Department of Corrections told NEWS10 ABC the now-74-year-old convicted child predator is eligible for conditional release after serving two-thirds of his 30-year prison term.

“It’s terrifying to know that I can go to the grocery store and bump into this man who scarred me for life,” Wittman said.

Wittman is afraid other children could be hurt by VanWie when he is released.

“I mean, a lot of people are saying he will be closely watched, but obviously, he doesn’t follow the rules or the laws,” she said.  “So I don’t think this is going to stop him.”

VanWie has a tentative release date of December 29, 2016.  But the DOC said he has been unable to secure adequate housing, so his release date may change.

NEWS10 was told he still has family in the area and may return to Troy.

Wittman and Greenberg are now asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep VanWie behind bars or place him in civil confinement. NEWS10 reached out to the governor’s office.  They said those requests will not happen.

Parole denied VanWie five times, but he has served two-thirds of his indeterminate sentence, so by law, he is eligible for release.

When Will Our Country Say “NO MORE”!!!!

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Benjamin Taylor, 32

West Virginia baby dies after “worst case of
sex assault” in decades

RIPLEY, WV  –  A 9-month-old baby has died after she was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old man in West Virginia, according to officials.

Jackson County officials say this incident was the worst sexual assault case they’ve seen in two decades, according to WCHS.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, was found Monday morning with the child in the basement of an apartment he shared with his girlfriend, who is the mother of the baby.  The baby was unresponsive and covered with blood, officials say.

Family members tell West Virginia Metro News that the baby was clinically brain-dead with no hope of waking up.

Taylor will now face a murder charge on top of the count of first-degree sexual assault.  Authorities say Taylor had a criminal record, but a motive was not yet known.

Taylor is in jail under a $2 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

Can You Say Forced Induction 700+HP War Horse

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This post is dedicated to my sons, 4 GOOD MEN

Report: Shelby GT500 to Get 700-Plus Horsepower

Rumors continue swirling about the upcoming Shelby GT500.

UPDATE: 2018 Shelby GT500 is coming, could crack 740+ HP w/ Direct-Injection Twin-Turbo EcoBoost 5.0

Today, a new rumbling indicates that this beast may be prepped to be a Hellcat killer with well over 700 horsepower.

The report hails from the folks over at HorsepowerKings.com and it’s enough to get Mustang fans worked into a frenzy.  The report indicates that Ford reps have claimed the GT500 will have “well over 700 horsepower” while “breathing through a straw.”  The latter statement is a possible hint at forced induction.  Additionally, the publication says that Ford is “working very hard” on direct injection for this new powerplant.

This leads to speculation of a 5.0-liter EcoBoost V-8 engine for the GT500 as the flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8 in the GT350 would require too much reworking to prep it for forced induction.

What’s more, in a CNN interview with a Ford rep a while back, the company’s agent said, “our new SVT Halo Mustang will have more HP than the Hellcat.”   Translated into today’s world—one where SVT is no longer a thing—this would likely apply to the engine under the hood of the GT500 halo rig.

This means at least 708 horsepower—the Hellcat has 707 ponies, but I doubt Ford would be satisfied with just a one-horsepower advantage over Chrysler’s halo engine.

Adding fuel to this Ford versus Chrysler fire is another report that claims the GT500 was spotted doing quarter-mile runs and may have pulled off a 10.96-second run at 126 mph.  There is no mention whether this was on drag radials or stock tires, but if it was on the stock rubber, then it’s 0.25 seconds faster than the Challenger Hellcat.  If this is with drag radials, then the GT500 is in for a rude awakening as that’s 0.11 seconds slower than the Hellcat.

For now, this is purely a connection of the many faint dots that make up the Shelby GT500.  Only time will tell just how true these reports are.  Stay tuned for updates.