Police: Mom charged with abuse tried to
have child kidnapped
RALEIGH, NC – A North Carolina woman already charged with child abuse is accused of trying to convince someone to abduct her daughter from her foster home and hide her in Florida until she turns 18.
The News & Observer reports 47-year-old Russell Jay Smith and 38-year-old Lindsey Michelle Smith were charged earlier this year with child abuse for inflicting “serious mental injury” on their pre-teen daughter for more than two years.
They were accused of putting her through “extreme isolation,” forcing her to remain standing for hours, forbidding her from speaking to her siblings and failing to provide her with adequate education.
Lindsey Smith is now charged with soliciting someone to commit a felony and felony obstruction of justice. She’s been ordered held without bail.
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
McLennan County Man for Possession of
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 59-year-old Eddie Dwayne Pratt, of Robinson, on three counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.
Acting on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC), investigators from the attorney general’s office searched Pratt’s home, where they discovered images of child pornography.
They also confiscated multiple digital storage devices, which will be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit of the attorney general’s office.
During questioning, Pratt admitted to possessing child pornography.
Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.
The Child Exploitation Unit proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.
If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC
McKinney daycare worker suspected in at
least three Child Abuse cases
MCKINNEY, TX – New police documents show a former McKinney day care worker arrested for child abuse is suspected of hurting three infants.
Records show while police were investigating the first complaint against Jessica Wiese and looking at daycare surveillance video, they discovered two more possible cases that the babies’ parents didn’t even know about.
Six-month-old Henry is one of the babies former Joyous Montessori McKinney worker Jessica Wiese is accused of injuring. His mother agreed to talk to FOX 4 as long as her face was not shown.
“I don’t know what to do, you know? I don’t know what the next steps are. This is all new to him. This is what he thinks life is,” she said. “And I can’t bear to think that anyone could hurt a precious baby.”
Henry’s mother said he has been in Wiese’s care since he was 8 weeks old. Since then, she’s noticed him with a scratch.
“They said they would look into the video,” she said. “I come back from work to pick him up. ‘Oh, that’s not on the video. There’s no video.’”
The first-time mom said on other occasions Henry came home with bruises and a bit of a black eye.
“At the time in my thinking, yeah he could’ve just grabbed the toy and hit himself,” she thought.
After another mother complained about bruises on her child, police investigated and arrested Wiese Monday for injury to a child. The next day, Henry’s mother was contacted by Montessori management, Child Protective Services and police. She said she was asked to watch video footage from the daycare to identify her son.
“It was her slapping the back of his head. But that’s all I wanted to watch,” Henry’s mother said. “I can’t watch any more than that. It was pretty, pretty rough.”
An arrest warrant affidavit states that Wiese was caught on camera slapping Henry, “causing him to cry out in pain,” and then “slamming his head into the changing table” and finally covering his face “pressing down, crushing [his] face downward.”
Another affidavit states that Wiese was captured on camera that same day injuring another child by “body [slamming]” that baby onto the changing table.
Records reveal Wiese used to work as a labor and delivery nurse in North Texas but she had her license revoked for stealing and using drugs.
Henry and his mother spent part of Thursday at the hospital, getting a full body scan that will tell them whether he has any fractures as a result of her care.
“Just to think that someone has the nerve to hurt an innocent newborn baby,” she said. “I can’t even put into words what should happen to her.”
The daycare said Wiese is no longer an employee.
McKinney police are still wanting to talk to the parents of any children who have been at Joyous Montessori since May 2016.