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Ice In Child’s Sock Drawer – Part 1

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Abilene ranks highest in Child Abuse/neglect rate

Abilene ranks highest in Child Abuse
– neglect rate

Abilene, TX  –  A 5-year-old boy brought to the Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center said he was angry at the police.

Angry at the police for taking away his parents.

When asked why the police did that, the boy responded that the police found ice — methamphetamine — in his home.

The forensic interviewer asked the boy where they found the ice.

In his sock drawer, he said.

It’s a case Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls cannot forget.

As a board member of the Child Advocacy Center, where children who are victims of crime are interviewed, Bolls hears the occasional Child Protective Services case, but this one made him wonder: “How does a 5-year-old child in this community know about ice?”

How could a parent produce drugs and leave them in a child’s drawer?

“There are things that make you go ‘I wish I didn’t know that,'” Bolls said.

But there are many more cases like that 5-year-old boy’s in Taylor County and the surrounding Big Country.

In this area, there have been “too many cries,” Police Chief Stan Standridge said.

For the past five years the Abilene region has reported the highest rate of child abuse and neglect in Texas, doubling the state average most of those years.

Officials who respond to allegations of child abuse and neglect in Taylor County — one of 30 counties in the region — say the rate is a result of a high degree of people reporting possible abuse and close collaboration among agencies and community partners.

But the numbers are still stark in comparison.

In fiscal year 2015, the Abilene-Wichita Falls region had 21 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect per 1,000 children, according to the most recent Department of Family and Protective Services statistics.  That amounts to 2,763 confirmed victims.

The next-highest rate came from the Tyler region, which had 14.7 confirmed cases per 1,000 children, nearly 50 percent lower than Abilene’s rate.

The state average rate for 2015 was 9.1 confirmed cases per 1,000 children.  That means 66,721 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect across Texas.

An expert on child abuse said the high rate could be caused by a number of factors — ranging from a statistical anomaly to heightened public awareness of the issue, from a heavier-handed approach to child abuse in the area to just more abuse.

Others claim the rate is a direct effect of the immense use of methamphetamine and other drugs among adults.

In all likelihood, there is no one reason or solution.

Designated Driver In Back Seat????

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Alyssa Bazala, 25

Mom used heroin in car, passed out with baby in back seat

Pittsburgh, PA  –  A woman was charged after police said she used heroin at a McKeesport gas station with her baby in the back seat.

Police said they found Alyssa Bazala, 25, passed out behind the wheel at the Speedway gas station on East Fifth Avenue.

A police officer said a customer told him a car was running with the doors locked around 3 a.m. Thursday.  The officer spotted Bazala in the driver’s seat in a daze, with her 1-year-old child in the back seat.

Police said they started pounding on the windows to wake her up and, according to a criminal complaint, Bazala had “poor motor skills and seemed confused.”

Police said it took her a full minute to unlock the door, and when police opened the door, they saw she was holding on to a Crown Royal bag.  She told police there was “nothing good” in the bag.

When they opened it, they discovered several empty heroin stamp bags and a hypodermic needle.

Police also found 10 suspected stamp bags of heroin in her hoodie pocket and recovered five empty heroin stamp bags in the baby’s diaper bag.

The baby was taken to UPMC McKeesport and is now in the care of his grandmother.

Young Man Tricked On Social Media, Beat To Death

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Preston Talley, 35

4 arrested in murder investigation; accused
of using social media to lure victim

BROOKSVILLE, FL  –  Detectives made four arrests in a grizzly Hernando County murder.

A man walking in the woods Sunday spotted a car with a naked body lying near it and called authorities.  Deputies spent hours at the crime scene off State Road 50 in the eastern part of the county, processing the scene and gathering evidence.  Their investigation revealed the victim had been in contact with three men and a woman on the dating site Plenty of Fish.

The victim has been identified as 35-year old Preston Talley, of Gainesville.

Investigators believe Talley thought he was speaking with 25-year old Kayla Morrow, of Dade City.  In reality, he was communicating with 24-year old Joshual Gardner, who lived at the same address as Morrow.

“Her and Mr. Gardner and two other individuals were actually attempting to lure our victim into Hernando County … for what he thought was going to be either sexual acts and or consuming drugs, specifically methamphetamine,” Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.

Talley drove to the area and met with Morrow.  The two spoke briefly before he followed her to an isolated wooded area off of the highway.  There, the three other suspects were hiding and waiting.

“Our information is the minute he got out of the vehicle, one of the suspects began to hit him with a bat… (They) beat him viciously in the head to the point where he was deceased,” Nienhuis said.

Morrow, Gardner and the two other suspects, 19-year old Andrew Abbott and 24-year old Brandon Harrelson, allegedly took $20 and meth from the victim.  At some point, the four allegedly removed Talley’s clothes and disposed of some of their own clothing.  The sheriff believes they did so to destroy evidence.

Authorities say the suspects then left the state, heading for the Jackson, Mississippi area.  After making their way back into Florida, there were arrested in the Gainesville area.

One or more of the suspects told friends or relatives what happened, detectives said.  Authorities interviewed those acquaintances.

Morrow, Gardner, Abbott and Harrelson are charged with robbery and first-degree murder.  They will be transported from Alachua County to the Hernando County Jail.

Why Is Child Abuse So Hard To Get Over?

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Ark of Hope for Children

Ark of Hope for Children

Ark of Hope for Children is empowering advocates and donors to bring care and awareness to those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.  Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through our various programs.

This approach acknowledges that traumatized people often respond to daily life quite differently even years after their traumatic experiences ended.  If we can address their trauma, we can change lives.  Unconditional love, understanding and mentoring support can empower victims to mold the challenges of their past into hope filled futures as thriving survivors.

Statistics we have gathered about child trafficking, child abuse and bullying show that intervention is highly needed.  Click the links above to the latest statistics or click on our programs below that highlight our efforts to mobilize lighthouses of hope for survivors throughout the U.S. and beyond.

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2015 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT
  • Average victims age is 11 to 14
  • Average life span of a victim is 3 to 7 years
  • This year alone 10,000,000 Children, 13 years of age and up will contract at least one(1) or more STI or STD in the United States.
  • There are at least 2,000,000 run-aways every year.
  • 1 out of every 6 run-aways will fall into Child Sex traffickers hands, and that translates to 16.667%, so out of 2,000,000 runaways 333,340 Children will be raped

Youth Overdose Deaths Up In 35 States

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In a world with no morals, the first thing to become extinct will be mentors and role-models.

Lack of Responsibility for one’s own actions, and Lack of Respect for Laws and Law Enforcement by a large percentage of adults is having a very negative impact on teenagers, and is already taking a heavy toll.

Although what should be apparent, and a MAJOR WAKEUP CALL to all is THE NEW CLOCK ON THE WALL.

The Clock that keeps track of the exponentially spreading HIV, AIDS, STDs, STIs, AND EBOLA; but there is one difference in that clock, it’s not COUNTING TIME, IT IS SUBTRACTING TIME…. until every disease unique to humans becomes extinct.

Thirty-five states saw youth drug overdose deaths increase dramatically in the past decade, according to a new report. And in five states – Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming – the overdose death rates more than quadrupled.

Drug overdoses were the leading cause of injury death in 2013, exceeding that of motor vehicle crashes, says the report released Thursday from Trust for America’s Health, a national non-profit group that watchdogs public health issues.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works ranks states on their actions to curb teen substance abuse — from alcohol to opioids — among 12 to 25-year-olds in the U.S from 1999 to 2013.

Of the 35 states that have seen an increase in youth overdose deaths from 1999 to 2011, rates more than tripled in 12 states (Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia).

While Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Wyoming saw the biggest increase in youth overdoses in the same period, those states do not currently have the highest rates in the country. Current rates are highest in West Virginia, where 12.6 per 100,000 youths overdosed from 2011 to 2013 — compared with North Dakota, where only 2.2 per 100,000 youths overdosed in the same time period, according to the report.

“More than 90 percent of adults who develop a substance use disorder began using before they were 18,” Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, said in a press release.

The amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled since 1999, and prescription drug overdoses accounted for more than half of the all drug overdoses in 2013. Nationally, males are 2.5 times more likely to overdose as females, according to the report.

“The increase in youth drug overdose deaths is largely tied to increases in prescription drug misuse and the related doubling in heroin use by 18 to 25-year-olds in the past 10 years – 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription painkillers,” the report said.

The report highlights 10 indicators of policy strategies that could help curb substance abuse in the younger population. These include limiting access to the drugs, increased funding for treatment facilities and improving counseling, early intervention strategies and recovery support.

“Achieving any major reduction in substance misuse will require a reboot in our approach – starting with a greater emphasis on preventing use before it starts, intervening and providing support earlier and viewing treatment and recovery as a long-term commitment,” Levi said