Category Archives: Physical Abuse

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

WARNING:  Child Killer Still Out There

A missing 30-year-old mother and her two kids were found dead in their vehicle Thursday morning July 23, in Farmers Branch Texas.

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office reports they took a missing persons report Wednesday afternoon for the mother and her two children, a 2-year-old little girl and her 4-year-old sister.

Authorities were told they left their house in Forney at about 8 a.m. Wednesday July 22, headed to Grapevine for a play date.

They never showed up and were reported missing by concerned family members.

On July 22, 2020, the two (2) little girls became the 12th and 13th Children who lost their lives to heat stroke in a hot vehicle this year, the temperature was in the mid 90’s wednesday while heat index values climbed to near 105 degrees..  Their mother apparently lost her life to drug overdose.

In Chesapeake Virginia, on tuesday July 28, 2020, authorities say that an 8-month-old baby girl has died after being left alone in an unoccupied vehicle for several hours on Tuesday.

The Chesapeake Police Department said officers responded to the report of an unattended child in a vehicle about 12:38 p.m.  First responders rendered aid and rushed the 8-month-old to a local hospital.  But she was pronounced dead.  She is the 14th child lost to heat stroke in a hot vehicle this year.

Temperatures were in the high 90s on Tuesday, while heat index values climbed to near 110 degrees.  The incident remains under investigation.

Every Child Deserves Good, Loving Parents.

Your Children Need You Now More Than Ever

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National Center For Missing & Exploited Children

The Milk Carton of the 21st Century.

Twenty five years ago, Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” music video featured images of missing children and helped close 21 cases.

If one video could recover that many children, how many can we find with the power of new technology and social media?

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For the 25th anniversary of the song, we reimagined “Runaway Train” with new artists and a dynamic music video that updates itself with missing children from the NCMEC database based on a user’s location.  That means more missing children in front of more people in more relevant places.

Watch #RunawayTrain25 and help us bring home #Missingkids.

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As the nation’s clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation – because every child deserves a safe childhood.

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MD Man Facing Felony Child Abuse Charges

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Paul Frederick Herd Sr., 57, is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, first-degree assault and second-degree custodial child abuse.

Cecil County man charged with Child Abuse; accused of shaking baby

April 02, 2020

CECIL COUNTY, MD  –  A man is facing felony child abuse charges after he allegedly shook a 5-month-old baby in his Cecil County household, causing significant injury to the infant’s brain, according to charging documents.

Investigators identified the suspect as 57-year-old Paul Frederick Herd Sr., who remained in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond on Thursday, two days after his bail review hearing, court records show.

Herd is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, first-degree assault and second-degree custodial child abuse – all of which are felonies – in addition to three misdemeanor offenses, according to Cecil County District Court records.

“At this time, it is impossible to know what long term effects will be; however, portions of the brain were deprived oxygen due to the hemorrhaging,” Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Det. Chase Arminger, lead investigator, outlines in his written statement of probable cause filed on Tuesday.

The investigation started on March 19, when Arminger responded to Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Del., after physicians there alerted that they were treating a 5-month-old baby for “injuries consistent with physical abuse,” police said.

Doctors reported that the infant was “actively seizing with no medical explanation,” that a CAT scan revealed the infant was suffering from “acute and chronic” bleeding inside the head; and that a retinal scan indicated “significant (bleeding) in both eyes,” police added.

“The ruptured blood vessels in the retinal area were too numerous to count.  Medical professionals advised (that) the injuries present were inconsistent with the explanation given at the time the infant was presented to the medical staff.  Det. Arminger was advised that the mechanism of injury was physical abuse consistent with shaking, unless or until, proven otherwise,” according to court records.

That prompted Arminger to conduct separate interviews with five other people who were living in the house with the baby – the infant’s mother, the mother’s boyfriend and the mothers’s two other children, who are elementary-school aged, police reported.

The mother told Arminger that the baby and her two other children had been left in the sole care of Herd on March 14 and again on March 17, police said.  The mother also told the investigator that she noticed a change in the baby’s behavior on March 16, police added.

“The infant was refusing (its) bottle, sleeping off and on, and being abnormally fussy. Through March 16 through March 18, the infant’s condition continued to deteriorate, prompting the mother to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician,” court records show.

On the morning of March 19, however, the baby started seizing and, after consulting the pediatrician on the phone, the mother called 911 — resulting in an ambulance crew driving the infant to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, police reported.

The mother’s boyfriend, during his separate interview, gave a similar account of when Herd was alone with the baby and the other two children in the house, police said.  He, too, also told Arminger that the baby had been moody and had a diminished appetite, police added.

In addition, according to court records, the mother’s boyfriend reported that he noticed a small bruise on the baby’s face on the night of March 17 and that he was unsure of the cause.

The mother’s boyfriend also noted Herd had told him that, on March 14, one of the elementary-aged children had tripped over the baby while the infant was on the floor — an incident that occurred while all three children were in Herd’s sole care, court records show.

During their separate interviews, the elementary-aged children gave similar accounts of Herd’s alleged reaction after the tripping incident took place, police said.

The older of the two children described Herd as “mad” at the sibling who had tripped over the baby, police added.

That older child told Arminger that Herd then picked up the infant and “shook her up and down saying, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay’,” court records allege.

The younger of the two elementary-aged children told the investigator that Herd picked up the baby and “moved (the infant) up and down” while saying, “It’s okay, it’s okay.”

During his interview, Herd told investigators that the tripping incident occurred on March 17, not March 14, and that the baby was not injured and was “doing fine” and “taking bottles normally,” police reported.

When asked about the events of the March 13-15 weekend, according to court records, investigators noticed a “significant behavior change” in Herd.  Investigators observed Herd “look away and appear withdrawn while giving answers to specific questions,” police reported.

Herd denied watching the baby and the two older children over the March 13-15 weekend, until detectives shared details given during other interviews, police said. At that point, police added, Herd “admitted to watching the children, but only for 30 minutes.”

When asked to detail what occurred right before and directly after the baby’s mother called 911 on morning of March 19, Herd told investigators that the infant was “barely conscious,” and that he attempted to help the baby while waiting for the ambulance, police reported.

“I (Herd) kept holding (the baby’s hands) and keeping (the baby) alert, because I know when you have a concussion, you don’t go to sleep,” according to court records, which further allege, “(Herd) would have had no knowledge the infant had a head injury at the time 911 was contacted unless there was prior knowledge of the mechanism of injury.”

Arminger arrested Herd on Tuesday, court records show.

IHS Doctor Indicted On Eight Counts

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Pedro Ibarra-Perocier, 58, of Wagner, SD, was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 4 on 4 counts of sexual abuse and 4 counts of abusive sexual contact.

Indian Health Service Doctor Faces
Sex Abuse Charges

RAPID CITY, SD  –  A former Indian Health Service physician in South Dakota faces federal charges that he sexually abused Native American patients.

Pedro Ibarra-Perocier, 58, of Wagner was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 4 on four counts of sexual abuse and four counts of abusive sexual contact involving his patients, according to U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons.

Ibarra-Perocier previously worked at the IHS clinic in Wagner on the Yankton Reservation.  The allegations involve four adults between January 2014 and August 2018.

The indictment does not explain where or how Ibarra-Perocier allegedly abused his patients, but it says he engaged in sexual acts and contact with patients by threatening them and making them fearful.  A trial date has not been set.

Earlier this week, a former IHS pediatrician was sentenced for sexually abusing Native American children while on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Stanley Patrick Weber, 71, of Spearfish was sentenced in federal court to five consecutive life sentences and ordered to pay $800,000 in fines.

In a statement Friday, the IHS said it has “made important strides to address and prevent sexual abuse in healthcare facilities and strengthen policies on patient protections and staff reporting responsibilities.  Patients and employees of the Indian Health Service should never face sexual harassment or abuse.”

TN CPS Covered Up Abuse Of Special Needs Child

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Melissa Winer, 44, homecare nurse arrested and charged for abuse of Special Needs Child.

Caught on Cam: Nurse arrested for
Child Abuse

CLARKSVILLE, TN  –  A Tennessee nurse has been charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

The victim’s mother, Jo’Vanna Williams, released surveillance video of the alleged abuse.

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Sunshine Williams, 12, with Family and neighbor.

Her daughter’s homecare nurse, identified as 44-year-old Melissa Winer, appears to push 12-year-old Sunshine Williams to the floor and grab her by the hair and arm to pull her up.

In another surveillance video, the nurse puts a blanket over Sunshine’s face.

Family friend Sharon Edwards says Sunshine is a beautiful soul and that she doesn’t let cerebral palsy and other health conditions keep her down.

When the incident happened, Jo’Vanna Williams reported it to the Department of Children’s Services, who closed the case after deeming the incident a policy violation.

The incident didn’t make it to police until a local paper posted the video online months later.

Shortly after, Clarksville police officers arrested Winer for aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Jo’Vanna and Sunshine Williams want people to know about the incident so that similar cases don’t slip through the cracks.