Babysitter Arrested For Brutal Abuse Of Toddler
A Pennsylvania woman has been jailed and charged by Waynesboro police after a 1-year-old boy was treated in March for a number of injuries.
Jessica Samick, 21, of Greencastle, is charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child and a misdemeanor count of simple assault.
According to court documents, the child’s mother filed a report of child abuse in March after her toddler was in Samick’s care for several days in Waynesboro. She told police she had a difficult time getting Samick to return her son and noticed bruising on his face once he was finally back in her care.
Group protests Bullying in schools
Christian County, KY – One teenager wished Wednesday morning in front of the Christian County Board of Education that more people would stop ignoring bullying.
“I wish people would see it and understand that words hurt people,” Salethia Byrd said during a bullying protest.
Salethia shared with the group that came to protest bullying that she started getting seriously bullied in the sixth grade. A new girl came to the school, and Salethia said she tried to befriend the new girl. However, that student began to hang out with people that didn’t like Salethia, which she didn’t know why. The student began to talk about Salethia, but Salethia cut her off.
A short time later, the student apologized and asked to be friends again. But the student started talking about her again. Salethia shut her down again.
“To this day, she is still bullying me,” she said.
She wants people to know how much bullying can impact self-esteem.
Salethia explained she reported the student to the principal, but all the student got was a write-up.
“And that’s not going to stop anybody,” she said, adding she wished consequences were more severe for those bullying.
Her best friend, Anijah Watkins, said she was picked on because she was the odd one. She didn’t know what it was exactly, whether it was the music she listened to or something else. But it got better for her with time. Anijah said she just dealt with it and never told anyone.
Bullying protest organizer Adia Snorton Johnson said the protest was sparked by a video of students fighting that recently came out. After the video was seen, people were calling her to tell her that their child was being bullied.
Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks also stopped by to present a proclamation declaring Wednesday an anti-bullying day. He also shared a few stories of how he was bullied when he was a child.
Johnson said they had to do something about this. So, she organized the protest. But this won’t be the last of it. Johnson said this will be a continuous effort. For those who want to join, stop by the Legacy Learning center at 403 Moores Drive, call the center at 270-962-7229 or email Johnson at email@example.com to find out how to get involved.
Johnson said they will meet throughout the summer and suggested children get involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County’s summer camp. It is $30 per teen. If the family can’t afford to send the teen, Johnson said she’s willing to sponsor a few.
And if there are any children being bullied or doing the bullying, they have to be pointed in the right direction.
10 children taken from Fairfield home, Dad charged with torture
FAIRFIELD, CA – Fairfield police said they rescued ten children found living in squalor and arrested their parents.
Jonathan Allen, a father of eight of the children, was charged with seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse, by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. Police believe more charges could be filed as the investigation continues.
Fairfield Police Department Lt. Greg Hurlbut said the children were living in unsafe living conditions. Responding officers found spoiled food, as well as animal and human feces on the floor. There was so much debris that some areas of the home were inaccessible, according to Hurlbut.
Investigators believe nine of the 10 children were abused. In interviews the children described incidents of intentional abuse resulting in puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a BB gun or pellet gun.
“I have not had a case where we charge someone with torture of their own children if that tells you something. I’ve been in law enforcement since… well… more than 30 years ago,” said Hurlbut.
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office described this type of crime of torture as inflicting pain with the intent to cause cruel and extreme pain and suffering, and in this instance, for a sadistic purpose.
But the children’s mother said it’s all a big misunderstanding.
Officers responded to the home and discovered the apparent abuse when the children’s mother, Ina Rogers, called 911 on March 31.
Rogers told KTVU she called 911 after her 12-year-old son went for a walk and didn’t return home. She said her son was upset when she took his iPad away because he didn’t do one of his chores.
Fairfield police located the boy asleep under a bush and returned him to the family home in the 2200 block of Fieldstone Court. Officers said they conducted a search of the home due to concerns for the safety and health of the child and the child’s siblings.
During the search officers located nine more children, ranging in age from 4 months to 11-years-old. Officers said the children were living in squalor and unsafe conditions.
Rogers said the home’s condition was a result of her “tearing up” the house because her son was missing. “I was afraid that I could not find him. Once that fear sets in, you don’t know what to do so in that moment,” she said. “I tore up my house, I lifted up beds, I ripped things out of the closet, I completely tore up everything to make sure that he really wasn’t here.”
Rogers, a 30-year-old Fairfield resident, was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail for child neglect. All ten children were taken into protective custody by Solano County Child Welfare Services. According to Rogers, the children are now staying with family members.
Investigators from Child Welfare Services, Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Fairfield Police Department’s Family Violence Unit allege there has been a long and continuous history of severe physical and emotional abuse of the children.
Rogers denies any abuse, neglect or torture by her or her husband Jonathan Allen. “I am 30-years-old and I have 11 children and also homeschool all of my children and people don’t agree with that lifestyle. And so I’ve had many people question my right to parent and I feel this whole situation has exploded.”
Ina Rogers denies any abuse, neglect or torture by her or her husband Jonathan Allen. @FairfieldPolice say 10 of her 11 kids were living in squalor & unsafe conditions. The couple have 8 biological children together. 5,6p @KTVU pic.twitter.com/qQMwiWDar0— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) May 14, 2018
On May 11, detectives with the Fairfield Police Department arrested Jonathan Allen, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident. He was booked into the Solano County Jail for nine counts of felony torture and six counts of felony child abuse. Eight of the ten children are Rogers’ and Allen’s biological children. Rogers has 3 older children from a previous relationship. Her oldest child, who is 14, does not live in the home and was not taken by Child Welfare Services.
“This is absolutely appalling to me. I strive and I pride myself on being a good parent to my children, My husband has a lot of tattoos. He looks like a scary individual and that’s why people are so quick to judge him. My husband is an amazing person and I am an amazing mother. I am not going to allow this to break us and I am not going to stop fighting,” Rogers said.
Allen is due back in court May 24th.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department.
Man convicted of repeatedly raping
April 20, 2018
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – A 24-year-old will spend at least 25 years behind bars for raping a young girl in South Memphis.
A jury convicted Octavious Therion Wright of raping a 6-year-old in June 2014. He continued to abuse the child through December 2015.
Teachers at the girl’s school noticed she was in pain. They spoke up and investigators later determined she was being abused.
Wright has not yet been sentenced in this case. However, the felony carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Wright also has a second child rape case pending.
Man running coast to coast to raise
awareness about Child Abuse stops in STL
ST. LOUIS, MO – A man who is running across the country to spread awareness about child abuse spoke in St. Louis Monday.
Christian Griffith is running 3,000 miles from New York to San Francisco. He was a victim of child abuse as a teenager.
He is now running to raise $1 million for “Help for Children,” an organization dedicated to helping those abused and child abuse prevention.
“Help for Children is working on preventing this from happening to kids in the first place,” said Griffith.
So far he has run 800 miles and raised $200,000.
He heads back to Chicago on Tuesday where he will resume his journey.