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Michigan Woman Throws Baby

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Autumn Skuse

Babysitter charged with Child Abuse after
allegedly throwing infant

IONIA, MI  –  An Ionia County woman is now charged with first-degree child abuse involving an 8-month-old baby.

Police say Thomas Pierson suffered three skull fractures and a brain bleed while in the care of Autumn Skuse.

Skuse was arrested Monday and charged Tuesday morning in Ionia District Court.  Police say she initially told them the child had fallen.

Rachel Pierson, the baby’s mother, says Skuse was recommended to them and they interviewed her twice before hiring her.

“You would never, never, guess she would have done this to him,” Pierson said.  “I still can’t believe it.  He’s a great baby.”

Baby Thomas was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where doctors told the parents the injuries were not consistent with a fall.

Pierson says Skuse contacted her over the weekend.

“She says she snapped and dropped him, Pierson said.  “She said he was supposed to land on a pillow.  Obviously he didn’t.  She said she was abused herself as a child and she’s going to the mental health hospital.”

Skuse was given a $50,000 bond Tuesday morning.

In addition to the skull fractures, the boy had several broken ribs.

Thomas is back home with his mother and father.  Rachel says they are taking his recovery one day at a time, but so far, he seems to be doing well.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Thomas’s mother if you would like to help with his recovery.  On the page, his mother wrote, “Baby Thomas is home and did well last night.  No seizures still… thank God!  #JusticeforThomas.”

VA CPS Ignored Shredded Child Abuse Reports

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Bill Burleson, Interium Director in Rockbridge and Piedmont Regional Director Susan Reese

51 formally ignored cases of Child Abuse
reopened in Rockbridge by state

ROCKBRIDGE CO., VA  –  An investigation into the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services has led to more than 50 cases of potential child abuse being re-opened.

This comes after an internal review into the organization revealed reported cases of child abuse were shredded or never investigated.

This week, five members of the state team are investigating those cases thanks to the help of current employees who kept copy of records that their supervisor destroyed.

Almost a third of those have now been validated by the state team, meaning they have been investigated further.

That’s 51 cases of potential child abuse that have been reopened.

Piedmont Regional Director Susan Reese is first pointed out issues during an internal review.

Report: Rockbridge Co. Social Services ignored, shredded child abuse reports
Read the 38 page PDF report

She said the work of current employees who kept copies of those cases is key, and was a “bold, brave” move she applauds.

“It helped a great deal.  They knew.  I guess they just had a feeling that something was not right and they kept those and that was a great help to us in this,” Reese said.

In all they’ve reviewed about 180 cases.

“Between the ones that were shredded and the ones that were pulled from the system, we checked everything,” Reese said.

Now she and another member of the state team are personally investigating each one.

“It makes me feel much better to be able to assess the safety of these children and know that the children involved are safe,” Reese said.

His first week on the job, Bill Burleson will now be the interim director in Rockbridge.

“I’m not here as a hatchet guy, I’m here as a fix it guy,” Burleson said.

He is on a three-month contract and has been temporarily hired after retiring from a lifelong career in the field.  He’s working to reorganize the office.

“My job is to take the agency from right now and to get some people in here, get some training in here, do a little reorganizing and establish some lines of communication,” Burleson said.

He’s meeting with county leaders including the sheriff who he says will help in the hiring process of a new county director.

“First thing I did was give them my home phone number, my cell phone.  I’m here part-time… but I’m always on the other end of the telephone,” Burleson said.

He says he is committed to getting the office on the right track before a permanent replacement is hired.

He says on Monday, a newly hired employee will start at the office to ensure that every case is entered in to the system.

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.

Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016

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Ark of Hope for Children

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters

As of 11:30pm, July 12, 2016, 18 Children have been lost to vehicular heat stroke.

I think everyone will agree that too many Children have lost their lives in HOT CARS.

With this in mind, Ark of Hope for Children and NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! have an effective way to slow, and hopefully stop this killer of Our Children.

  1. Share this with everyone
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  3. Set a “TASK” with alarm in smartphone every time you drive Child/Children , set alarm 10-30 minutes early before arrival at destination to drop off Child/Children (depending on distance).
  4. DO NOT TURN OFF ALARM UNTIL CHILD/CHILDREN ARE DROPPED OFF, CONTINUE TO HIT SLEEPER, SET AT 5 MINUTES, UNTIL TASK IS COMPLETED.

Sex Offender, Daycare Worker Sexually Assaulted Children

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Heather Koon

Ohio daycare worker charged with
raping Children

An Ohio daycare worker has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting children.

Heather Koon, who worked at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria, was charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly assaulting children as young as 1-year-old in the fall of 2013.

Officials said she even videotaped the molestations.

Koon’s fiancé, James Osbourne – a registered sex offender — was also charged in the case.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Koon raped four children at ABC Kidz, while she also took obscene photos of children at ABC Kidz and Country Day School in Amherst, where she took a job after leaving the daycare in Elyria.

Prosecutors said Osbourne provoked Koon’s actions.  It wasn’t immediately clear how officials found out about the incidents.