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Danville VA AMBER ALERT Cancelled

Baby Emma found safe and Father arrested

DANVILLE, VA  –  The search for a missing Danville, Virginia infant believed to be in extreme danger is over.

  • NC tag EKZ-5093
  • 2007 Gold Suzuki four-door Forenza
  • 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy.
  • Blond, with blue eyes, and weighing about 18 pounds
  • She was last seen wearing a light blue onesie.
  • Last seen at Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville.

Emma Grace Kennedy, who is seven months old, appeared to be in good health and was being evaluated at a hospital, the Danville Police Department in Virginia said in a news release.

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Carl Ray Kennedy, a registered sex offender in North Carolina and could be armed with a knife

Carl Ray Kennedy, the girl’s father, was arrested with the baby in Randleman, North Carolina, about 65 miles south of where the abduction took place Sunday evening at a gas station in Danville, police said.

Virginia State Police had issued an Amber Alert early Monday stating that the infant was in “extreme danger.”

Kennedy, 51, is a registered sex offender with a long criminal history, police said.

Before the alleged abduction, he was out of jail on a $250,000 bond on a drug distribution charge.

Danville VA AMBER ALERT

Man wanted in Danville, Virginia Amber Alert possibly sighted in North Carolina

Danville, VA – JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) — The search for a missing Danville, Virginia infant believed to be in extreme danger continues.

  • NC tag EKZ-5093
  • 2007 Gold Suzuki four-door Forenza
  • 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy.
  • Blond, with blue eyes, and weighing about 18 pounds
  • She was last seen wearing a light blue onesie.
  • Last seen at Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville.
.jpg photo of suspect in Amber Alert
Carl Ray Kennedy, a registered sex offender in North Carolina and could be armed with a knife

Seven month-old Emma Grace Kennedy is believed to have been abducted by Carl Ray Kennedy on Sunday night at the Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville, Virginia, which is about three hours from the Tri-Cities.

Carl Ray Kennedy was possibly sighted in the area of Seven Springs, North Carolina around 6:30 p.m. Monday night and may possibly he headed to Oak Island, North Carolina.

Virginia State Police also releasing new license plate information: NC tag EKZ-5093, traveling in a 2007 Gold Suzuki four-door Forenza.

He was last seen wearing a brown shirt, gray pants, with gray hair and green eyes.

He has a tattoo of a skull on his left forearm a tattoo of a skull with bandana over the mouth on right forearm, an eye tattoo on the back of his right hand, an upper right arm tattoo of a pitbull with American bulldog written under it and a wizard on his left upper arm.

Kennedy is also a registered sex offender in North Carolina and could be armed with a knife.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Danville Police Department at 434-799-5111 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.

Babysitters Are Rats And Roaches

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A FedEx deliveryman discovered the lonely boy.

5-year-old Bronx boy’s parents left him home alone for a night in feces-stained apartment

New York  –  The flies and the neighbors were still buzzing Saturday after a 5-year-old boy was abandoned all night by his parents inside their vermin-riddled Bronx apartment.

Mom Charlotte Lewis, 49, and dad Wilfred Lewis, 59, were arrested for leaving the child home alone — except for the cockroaches, rats and flies.

“A couple of times they would leave the door open and I always told my boyfriend, ‘Oh, that house is kind of disgusting,’” said Deanna Strom, 27, one day after a FedEx deliveryman discovered the lonely boy.

The Kingsbridge Ave. apartment, in addition to the living critters, featured feces splattered across the walls when cops arrived on the scene Friday afternoon.

A stench of decay wafted from the apartment Saturday, when a squadron of flies remained visible through a hole left in the front door where the knob was missing.

“I couldn’t imagine that at all,” Strom said about the vile conditions inside the home.  “It was pretty disturbing.”

On top of the repugnant state of the residence, there was no food inside the refrigerator, authorities said.

The parents were arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court Saturday night on endangerment charges.

Prosecutors said three out of the four children recently had scabies and the little boy left alone had bugs on his body and in his coat.

“This is not a case of poverty, but severe child abuse and neglect,” said Assistant District Attorney Nick Lastella.

There was combination of live and dead rodents in the home and “significant blood smears in the apartment, particularly in the bathroom and on the toilet,” Lastella said.

The boy told police that he last saw his parents on Thursday night, cops said.

Authorities found his mother at Montefiore Medical Center where she works as a nurse.  Prosecutors said she is enrolled in a masters program at New York University.

The boy’s father is a technician for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The couple has three other kids — a 12-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy — although none were at home when police arrived.

All four kids are at Montefiore for observation, prosecutors said. Bail for their parents was set at $15,000.

How Can This Be Simple Child Abuse

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Kaylene Bowenwright, 34, was charged with child abuse.

Texas mother charged with Child Abuse
after son had 323 doctor visits and
13 major surgeries

Dallas County, TX  –  A community in northeast Dallas is reeling over a 34-year-old mother charged with child abuse after spending the past eight years taking her son to 323 doctor visits and putting him through 13 major surgeries.

Kaylene Bowenwright, of Lake Highlands, was arraigned in Dallas County Dec. 6 on a warrant accusing her of injury to a child with serious bodily injury with bail set at $150,000, according to court documents.  Bowenwright was also ordered not to communicate with her son Christopher, 8, and have no contact with other minors.

“Throughout his young life, Christopher has been placed full time on oxygen and, at times, used a wheelchair.  He’s endured invasive procedures and surgeries, including being fitted with a feeding tube that fed directly into his small intestine and led to multiple life-threatening blood infections,” the Star-Telegram reported.

Dr. Suzanne Roper-Dakil of Children’s Medical Center Dallas suspected that Bowenwright may have been trying to make Christopher sick, according to an affidavit included in a Child Protective Services petition for Christopher’s removal from his mother obtained by the Star-Telegram.  This suspicion was raised after Bowenwright recently took Christopher to the center because of a supposed seizure.

“I am very concerned that mother has moved from exaggerating symptoms to inducing symptoms,” Roper-Dakil wrote in the affidavit.  “If mother has given Chris something to induce a seizure, this is potentially fatal.  At this point, I am very concerned for his welfare.”

A request for comment has been placed with Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Christopher’s father Ryan Crawford tried convincing a Dallas County family court judge that his son was not as sick as his mother claimed and she was just fishing for attention.  Crawford believes Bowenwright may exhibit Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy, a disorder in which a person creates or induces symptoms in others to gain attention.

Bowenwright’s claims regarding her son’s poor health even inspired the Dallas community to start a YouCaring campaign two years ago for Christopher that has raised more than $8,000.

“Christopher is battling a severe case of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) in his lungs, kidneys, liver, heart and brain. Diagnosed at the age of two, the congenital condition is slowly taking the wind out of the sails of this bright and active boy.  His sparkling eyes and ready smile belie the fact that his arteries and veins are no longer working as they should to deliver oxygen-rich blood throughout his body,” the YouCaring campaign states.

A GoFundMe campaign called “Christopher’s Beach Bash” was launched in Aug. 2016.  It raised $610 before being shut down.  The campaign appears to have been started by a family friend, according to a preserved version of it on Google.

“Never in your life do u want to hear the dreadful ‘C’ word about anyone but hearing it when it comes to a 7-year-old that you love like your own is what I’m facing right now.  One of my very dear friends, Kaylene, has a son who has been diagnosed with cancer.  Christopher has been given 6 months to love by the doctors but I know the God that I serve and he is more powerful than the words of doctors or attacks from satan,” Lori Hawkins-Sims wrote in the campaign description on GoFundMe.

Doctors determined that Christopher does not have cancer or many of the symptoms that Bowenwright claims and which inspired the YouCaring and GoFundMe campaigns, the Star-Telegram added.

A request for comment has been placed with Bowenwright’s public defender.

AZ Official Charged With Child Abuse In MN

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Old Gila County Courthouse

Gila County official charged in MN with Child Abuse shortly after he was rehired

A manager for Gila County’s health and emergency services agency is scheduled to stand trial early next year in Minnesota on charges of abusing his two children, according to court documents.

Joshua Beck, 40, is charged with two counts of assault and two counts of endangering a child, according to court records in Cook County, Minnesota.  His trial is scheduled to start on Jan. 29.

Beck was the Cook County Health and Humans Services director in Minnesota before he resigned on July 21.  His charges were filed in Minnesota about a week later.

Before moving to Minnesota, Beck had worked as manager of Gila County’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness, a program within the department, in Globe.

Gila County hired him back after he left Minnesota, for the same position, a role that helps oversee the county’s 53,000 residents’ safety in event of a public health emergency.

Gila County Manager James Menlove said he was aware of Beck’s pending criminal court case.  He said Beck had applied for the job and was hired before the charges were filed.

“Gila County takes the charges against Beck very seriously, but as is the case with anyone in the criminal justice system who has yet to be convicted, Beck is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty,” according to an emailed statement.  “Gila County remains steadfastly committed to the safety of its employees and the residents it serves.”

Beck was rehired on July 18, before the charges were filed on Aug. 1 in Cook County, the statement says.  He had two previous stints with the county from November 2012 to May 2013 and again from March 2014 to September 2016.

His current annual salary in Gila County is $62,042.

‘We believe this is a witch hunt’

Through his lawyers, Beck denied the allegations.  He said the false claims of abuse are at the center of a custody dispute involving his stepson and stepdaughter and other family members.

“He adamantly disputes the allegations and is taking the steps to defend himself in court,” said Tyson Smith, a lawyer for Beck, in a phone interview.

Christa Jacqueline Groshek, another Minnesota lawyer for Beck, said in a phone interview Beck is innocent and the children’s grandmother has been seeking custody.

Groshek said Beck has three biological children with his wife and none of them have alleged they’ve been abused.  She added that Beck has worked in public health policy for a long time and he cares for families and children “so he wouldn’t hurt children.”

“We feel like he’s been wrongfully accused,” she said.  “We believe this is a witch hunt that started with the maternal grandmother.”

Groshek made these arguments on Monday to a judge in Cook County at a hearing seeking to dismiss the prosecutor’s evidence. She said she expects the judge to make a decision whether to dismiss the charges or not in the next couple of weeks.

Allegations of abuse

According to a probable-cause statement, the 10-year-old girl told a staff member at First Witness, a child well-being advocacy organization in Minnesota, Beck had abused her since before moving from Arizona.

“She indicated that the defendant calls her names, pulls her hair, throws objects at her, forcibly wakes her up, and takes away her cochlear implants so she cannot hear,” the complaint said.

In one instance, the girl told the staff member Beck grabbed her neck and choked her until she couldn’t breathe, the court document says.  The girl said the choking gave her a bruise and affected her sense of smell, the document says.

In another instance, she said Beck pulled her hair, slapped and threw toys at her face, the document says.

Both children also told the staff member, according to the court document, that while they lived in Arizona, Beck threw them both to the ground.  The boy’s head hit some rocks and his head began to bleed and one of the girl’s ankles was injured, the document says.
The children said they didn’t receive medical attention for their injuries and the girl couldn’t walk on the ankle for a few days, the probable cause statement says.

The boy also said Beck “likes to cause him pain,” the court document states.

Both children said Beck encourages the three younger children to mistreat them, too, by hurting them physically or calling them derogatory names, according to the court document.