8-year-old dies after allegedly mistaking
dad’s crystal meth for breakfast cereal
JACKSON COUNTY, IN – Prosecutors are hoping to put a man in prison for 50 years after his young son died from accidentally ingesting crystal meth.
Curtis Collman is charged with the death of his 8-year-old son, Curtis, Jr., in addition to facing charges for pointing a firearm, theft and failure to register as a sex offender.
On June 21, investigators said the second grader started eating what he thought was breakfast cereal on a plate after telling his father he was hungry.
Instead, police said the boy was eating crystal meth. By the time he was done, Curtis had consumed 180 times the lethal limit.
“Just your worst nightmare as a parent,” Jackson County chief deputy prosecutor Jeffrey Chalfant said.
The boy’s father allegedly threatened a female friend at gunpoint when she tried to call 911 for help. Prosecutors said he even stopped his own parents from getting help for the boy, who was having seizures and convulsing.
“An 8-year-old child more than likely suffered for many hours,” detective Tom Barker said. “It upsets you.”
Investigators said the elder Collman’s previous record includes charges for trafficking and sexual misconduct with a minor. He was also arrested by police once for a high-speed chase.
The suspect is seeking to have his bond reduced to await trial at home. Prosecutors say they’re going to fight to keep him behind bars.
Biker Group Condemns Round Rock
Members Charged With Child Abuse
AUSTIN, TX — The Bikers Against Child Abuse organization released a statement Wednesday condemning the alleged actions of two of its former members in Round Rock related to child abuse.
“The B.A.C.A. Nation is deeply saddened and distressed to have learned that two of its former members, individuals licensed by the State of Texas as foster providers, were charged with numerous criminal acts against the children the state entrusted to their care,” read a prepared statement sent to Patch. “The reported actions of these individuals not only violates the core of our organization’s mission, which is to empower abused children to not fear the world in which they live, but it violated the very trust afforded foster providers and caregivers.”
Daniel Rodriguez and Shirley Rodriguez have been charged with two counts of injury to a child, according to Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody. An arrest affidavit details that the woman, 42, slapped one of the three adopted children before force-feeding the child, and is also alleged to have sent the man, 42, videos of the act, according to the report.
Additionally, Shirley Rodriguez was charged with two new counts of indecency with a child, according to the affidavit. She is accused of touching two of the children inappropriately while showering with them while simultaneously participating in a video call with her husband, according to the affidavit.
The woman charged with a total of nine counts of indecency with a child, two counts of injury to a child and aggravated assault, according to jail records. For his part, Daniel Rodriguez was charged with seven counts of indecency with a child and three counts of injury to a child. Both are being held at the Williamson County Jail as of Tuesday, with bail set for the man at $1.45 million and for the woman at $1.82 million, records indicate.
BACA, the nonprofit group to which both belonged, has several regional bases of operation that include one in Central Texas. The group was founded in 1995 by John Paul “Chief” Lilly in Provo, Utah. Chief is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist/supervisor, according to the group’s Wikipedia page. The group is now in 48 states and nine countries, according to the page.
In the press release, BACA described a thorough background check members undergo before joining the group: “Each and every member of the B.A.C.A. organization is thoroughly vetted before they are allowed to be involved with children. This vetting process includes going through criminal background checks on local and federal levels, and strictly adhering to policies, procedures and the code of conduct, which ensures its members are never alone with a child.”
Upon learning of the charges against the Rodriguez’, their membership in BACA was immediately terminated, officials said: “The moment B.A.C.A. became aware of the allegations, local and State Leadership moved swiftly against these individuals and removed them permanently from the organization.”
Father Arrested in Case of Child Abuse Caught on Camera
SAN JOSE, CA – Security camera video that showed a man dropping, throwing and slinging a child outside a Riverside home led to the arrest of the boy’s father, according to police.
In the video captured July 5, a man can be seen arguing with a woman identified as the man’s girlfriend, according to police. He is seen holding the young child — police said the boy is 18 months old — and speaking to the woman before dropping him.
During the confrontation, the man appeared to swing the boy at the woman.
Police were first alerted to the video by someone who posted it to a Facebook group page. Officers searched door-to-door in the neighborhood and located the man in the Montecito Estates subdivision of the Riverwalk neighborhood in Riverside.
The child suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated for cuts and bruises at a hospital. He was released to his mother.
The boy’s father, identified by police as 27-year-old Techoak Lim, was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment. NBC4 is attempting to confirm whether he has an attorney.
Police said the mother and father are separated and share custody of the child. The woman seen in the video is not the mother of the child.
Spokane Valley man faces Child Abuse charges; Child reportedly records
SPOKANE, WA – A Spokane Valley man is facing serious charges of child abuse after police say his daughter recorded him attacking her at home — an attack that was reportedly so violent, the man broke his hand from hitting her so hard.
The video came to light after Brian Loss was arrested on June 20 for 3rd degree assault-domestic violence against his 16-year-old daughter.
Court documents say Loss went to pick up his daughter in Spokane County to give her a ride. She told police she jumped on the hood of his vehicle to avoid being left behind and he reportedly drove off with her on the hood, swerving in an attempt to knock her off. The child did eventually fall off the hood, according to police.
Loss appeared in court at the end of June and was then released on his own recognizance, but a domestic violence no contact order was issued.
During the investigation, police say they obtained a video of a December 5, 2017, assault by Loss at his residence. It was during that assault that police say Loss broke his hand during the beating. He and his daughter later went to an urgent care to have a cast put on it.
Documents also say that Loss violated the domestic violence no contact order on July 1. He was arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday.
Loss is charged with third degree assault and witness tampering, third degree child rape, third degree child molestation and harassment.
Kansas removes lawsuit fear for rescuers of
children, pets trapped in hot cars
Beginning Sunday, good Samaritans in Kansas won’t have to think about getting sued for busting out the window of a hot car to save a child or pet trapped inside.
A new state law underscores that lives are more important than property when it comes to hot cars. Kansas joins 18 states — including Missouri — in giving rescuers legal immunity when they believe a person or a pet is in imminent danger. Two additional states have laws protecting pets only.
Amber Rollins, director of the non-profit Kids and Cars, on Monday demonstrated how a simple device can in seconds shatter the window of a locked vehicle, making rescue possible. Rollins used a disabled SUV at the 129 Auto Parts salvage lot in Spring Hill, Kansas.
A hand-held, spring-loaded device called “resqme” was the only tool she needed. It must be used on a side window because windshields and rear windows are made to not shatter. The device, which shoots a metal pin at the glass, should be applied to a corner of a side window. Applying it to the center of the window will not work.
Regular nail punches available at hardware stores can also be used. In fact, Johnson County MedAct units each carry nail punches. A crowbar or stone or any other implement also can be used.
Some things to consider when busting out a window:
First check to see if the vehicle is locked. Obviously, if it is not the window does not need to be broken.
Use appropriate force against a side window furthest away from the child or animal inside as the glass can fly.
Get the victim to a cool place, remove clothing and apply water.
Stay until emergency responders arrive.
In addition to Kids and Cars, the Kansas law was championed by Safe Kids Kansas and the Humane Society Legislative Fund of Kansas.
Although Kids and Cars is not aware of any case in which a rescuer was later sued for causing property damage to a vehicle, Rollins pointed to a New Mexico hot-car death in which two witnesses told police they saw the victim in distress but did not act.
Rollins keeps two resqmes handy. One is attached to the driver’s seat belt of her car so it will be immediately available to use in escaping if the vehicle becomes submerged in water. The resqme also has a blade to cut the seat belt if necessary.
Rollins keeps her other resqme on her key ring in case she notices a vulnerable child or pet in a hot car.
“A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult,” said Cherie Sage, state coordinator for Safe Kids Kansas. “Their developing bodies are not as efficient at regulating their temperature. When a child’s internal temperature reaches 104 degrees major organs begin to shut down. And when that child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees that child can die.”
During Monday’s demonstration, the outside temperature was in the low 80s but the temperature inside the SUV was over 100 degrees. The air inside a vehicle can jump that much in a matter of minutes, even if the windows are partially open, because the windshield has a greenhouse effect.
There have been 18 child deaths in hot cars in the United States so far this year, about par with the average of 37 a year. But there are three other suspected cases this year awaiting autopsy results.
In most cases the parent did not know or simply forgot that their child was in the back seat.
Kids and Cars suggests that parents make a habit of putting their smart phones in the back seat so they will have to go there to retrieve them. Another idea is to keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and move it to the front seat when a child is strapped in to serve as a visible reminder for the parent.