YORK, NE – A York County jury has found a McCool Junction woman not guilty of child abuse.
Ashley A. Eckard, 29, was charged with committing child abuse intentionally/no injury, a Class 3A felony.
Now that she has been found not guilty, the charge has been dismissed.
According to court documents, it was alleged that she burned an 8-year-old child on the hand with a lit cigarette.
According to the affidavit filed with the court, the child told investigators with Health and Human Services and the York County Sheriff’s Department that Eckard intentionally burned her three times.
The child said when she told Eckard she was going to tell other adults what happened, Eckard allegedly grabbed her by the ear and instructed her to say she had gotten hurt sliding down a slide on a bouncy house – according to the court documents.
The sheriff’s department’s investigator said he observed three burns on the child’s hand that were approximately the same size as a cigarette, in his reporting for the affidavit.
The jury was convened, a trial was held and the jury came back with the verdict of not guilty.
Too Far: 8-Year-Old Girls Now Given
Testosterone Through ‘Government Funded Research’
A research grant from the National Institutes of Health is funding research into the impact of “early medical treatment” in “transgender” children as young as 8 years old.
Endocrinologist Dr. Michael Laidlaw talked about the devastating effects of hormone therapy on “transgender children” at a panel for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, last Thursday.
Laidlaw explained that children as young as 13 years old are receiving “medical treatment” in the form of hormone therapy and puberty blockers, which disrupts normal development.
The puberty-blocking drugs given to “transgender youth” harms bone development, stops normal sexual development and puts the children at risk of osteoporosis.
Laidlaw also noted that transgender children report greater self-harm, greater mental health problems and greater dissatisfaction with their bodies after taking puberty-blocking drugs.
“Now, you’d think if you had these side effects of these medications, wouldn’t you want to stop?” Laidlaw asked.
Laidlaw brought up the government funded research of Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, who has received $5.7 million to administer “early medical treatment” to “transgender” children as young as 8 years old.
Olson-Kennedy gives “cross-sex hormones” to her subjects, which means that girls as young as 8 are given testosterone.
Laidlaw also played a clip of Olson-Kennedy defending mastectomies, breast surgery, for teenage girls.
“People make life-altering decisions in adolescence all the time, and honestly, most of them are good,” Olson-Kennedy said.
“And here’s the other thing about chest surgery: If you want breasts at a later point in your life, you can go and get them,” she said.
This is absolutely sickening. Children struggle with their basic math homework, and people such as Olson-Kennedy expect them to make decisions that will change their lives in ways they cannot comprehend.
The scary part is that lunatics like Olson-Kennedy are given millions of dollars to test their “transgender” delusions on children.
“This whole thing is an experiment on children,” Laidlaw said. “We are ignoring the voices of desisters and people who have come out of this and recognize their sex. And the NIH is allowing unethical research to be conducted on adolescents, in my opinion.”
Not long ago, conservatives warned that liberals would try pushing their transgender agenda on children — and now the United States government is funding it.
Prosecutor: Exam of ‘Ravenously Hungry’ Children Reveals Disturbing Child Abuse Case
“A Barre couple is accused of extensively harming children known to them—both physically and sexually”
Police and prosecutors in Vermont’s Washington County are calling an investigation into a Barre couple one of their most disturbing cases of alleged child abuse in recent memory.
“It’s a really concerning fact pattern,” Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault said of the accusations against Robin Benedict, 38, and Roland Withers, 35.
Police affidavits filed with the court Friday outline accusations that the couple subjected multiple children who were known to them to extensive cruelty and harm.
Investigators said there were beatings—even threats of murder. Interviews with the children revealed the kids could go days without food or be locked in closets for punishment, according to the affidavits. One young child was allegedly made to drink alcohol, Thibault noted.
The adults are also accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting two children and forcing them to touch each other’s private parts.
Separate defense attorneys for both Benedict and Withers entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients to all counts against them.
In one of the interviews described in the affidavits, Robin Benedict said she was afraid Withers might seriously hurt her if she reported the alleged crimes. However, prosecutors said she was a knowing participant in some of the alleged abuse.
Thibault noted the investigation is ongoing.
Judge Mary Morrissey ordered Benedict and Withers jailed without bail until at least their next court hearings. In those hearings, defense attorneys may argue for the suspects to be released on conditions, and prosecutors could present evidence asking that they remain in jail until trial.
According to court paperwork, police learned about the situation after the children’s doctor called in an urgent report that they were “filthy and pale,” “ravenously hungry,” and in the pediatrician’s opinion, “at risk of recurrent injury, deprivation, and death.”
Those alleged victims are now in DCF custody.
In the suspects’ Barre neighborhood, the accusations were deeply upsetting to other parents.
“To hear even just one child is torture,” said Barre resident Amanda Plante. “So I really do hope those kids can find peace.”
The chief of police in Barre said the community and state take sexual violence and crimes against children very seriously, and he wants survivors to know help is available.
“There are a lot of resources in the community and there are a lot of contact points,” said Chief Tim Bombardier. “You can deal with your healthcare provider, you can go through victim advocate services, you can even contact the police department and ask to speak to me.”
Man who murdered 4 in Oregon home,
trying to kill child shot dead by deputies,
A man who killed four people, including a 9-month-old girl, in an Oregon home and was shot and killed by deputies as he was attempting to murder a child on Saturday, police said.
Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, was killed following the quadruple murder inside the home near Woodburn, located about 20 miles south of Portland. Clackamas County deputies said they received a 911 call about 10:15 p.m. Saturday that appeared to be a domestic violence incident that sounded “dramatic, very intense.”
“Deputies knew it was going to be a bad scene,” Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jensen said Sunday morning, KOIN reported.
Police arrived at the scene and found four people — identified as 9-month-old Olivia Lynn Rose Gago; Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31; Jerry William Bremer, 66; and Pamela Denise Bremer, 64 — dead inside and Gago attempting to harm another girl. Authorities said all of the victims were related to Gago, but did not release additional information.
“Deputies saved the life of a young girl by using deadly force on the murder suspect as he was attempting to kill her. All deputies were uninjured, suspect is deceased,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.
The child and a woman, who were not identified, survived the incident and were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Jensen said the four people were not killed by gunfire. He added that he “cannot explain just how horrific it is inside” the house where the murders occurred.
“We’re not sure what was used at this time. I’ve been told that there were numerous weapons, swords, things of that nature in the residence. The investigators are trying to determine what exactly was used to kill each person,” Jensen said.
It’s unclear what led to the deadly domestic incident.
The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave as a standard protocol during the investigation.
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert on
Social Security Scam
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans to beware of calls from scam artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to fool unsuspecting people into giving them their Social Security number and money.
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received a large number of complaints from consumers targeted by the Social Security scam. Crooks tell the would-be victim that their Social Security number has been used in a crime and they must pay a fee to reactivate it or to get a new number. During the call, the person is asked to give out their Social Security number.
In other instances of the scam, individuals are told that their bank accounts have been seized and they should transfer their money to the caller for safe keeping, or that they could lose their Social Security benefits because their Social Security number was used to apply for credit cards.
Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division reminds Texans that the Social Security Administration will never call and ask for a person’s Social Security number, request money, or threaten someone’s benefits. Be sure to follow these tips from the FTC:
Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Don’t confirm the last 4 digits. And don’t give a bank account or credit card number to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
Don’t be fooled by caller ID showing the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213). Computers make it easy for scam artists to show any number on caller ID, a technique called spoofing.
Remember that anyone who calls and tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card or send cash is a scammer, no matter who they say they are.