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Mother Now Charged With Abuse Of Child

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Valerie Pastran, 21

Tucson woman arrested week after
boyfriend in Child Abuse case

TUCSON, AZ  –  Police said on Friday, May 5, that they have arrested a Tucson woman in connection with a child abuse case for which her boyfriend was arrested last month.

According to Tucson Police Department Sgt. Pete Dugan, 21-year-old Valerie Pastran was arrested on Thursday, May 4.  She was booked on one count of child abuse, Dugan said.  She was released later that night.

NM Fighter Accused Of Child Abuse

Gilbert Cuhen, an MMA fighter from New Mexico, was arrested on abuse charges on April 27 after Pastran’s 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in a home on Tucson’s south side.  Cuhen was also charged with child abuse.

Dugan said on April 27 that the child was in critical condition.  The child’s family said she was on life support.

Tucson News Now will update this late breaking story as details become available.

Michigan Couple Charged With Neglect

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Megan Schug, 23

Mom charged with Child Abuse as son, 4,
in critical condition

Detroit, MI  –  A 23-year-old mother was arrested and a warrant was being sought for her 34-year-old boyfriend after Battle Creek police alleged the woman’s son suffered neglect.

The 4-year-old boy, Maloyd Gaines, was reported in critical condition Thursday afternoon at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, according to Battle Creek police. The hospital said his condition was not available.

Detective Sgt. Troy Gilleylen said the boy was malnourished and kept locked in a room and had injuries over several parts of his body.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert issued a charge of second-degree child abuse against Megan Schug of Battle Creek Thursday morning and she was arraigned in the afternoon in Calhoun County District Court.  Gilbert also issued a similar warrant for Isaac Miller, known as Mike, Schug’s boyfriend and father of one of her children.  Battle Creek police were looking for him Thursday afternoon.

At the arraignment, Magistrate David Heiss said Schug faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charge.  He set bond at $20,000 cash and scheduled a preliminary examination for April 6.

Watching from the audience were Schug’s mother, Melissa Schug, and her sister, Morgan Schug.

Outside the courtroom both said they had no idea about the charges until they attended the arraignment.

“Nobody told me anything before I came to court,” Melissa Schug said.  “Just that he was in serious condition.  I don’t know what is going on.”

She often visits her daughter and takes her to buy food.  She said her grandson is always happy when she sees him and she calls him “my little Sumo” because he was chunky as a baby.

“He is such a sweetie.  He is a sweetie.  He loves his Nanna and he loves his aunties.  He is a good kid.”

Police said they believe the boy has a mental disability and said he doesn’t speak.  Melissa Schug said her grandson doesn’t talk much around strangers “but my baby talks; he talks to me and he is happy.”
And he eats, she said.

“He loves vegetables.  He is not good on peas but me and him would eat the heck out of spinach.  We would mix it with eggs and eat the heck out of it.”

She last saw her grandson about two weeks ago and didn’t detect any problems.  However, she admits she doesn’t like Miller.

“I just didn’t like him,” Schug said, “just the way he was.  She said he was not abusive but I know he drank and I don’t like people who drink.”

She said Miller once said he had to be stern with the boy.

“He said he had to be strict because he is a boy and I said he is not putting his hands on my grandson and she promised me.”

Police said they believe that the child was sometimes locked in a closet but Melissa Schug said she never saw that happen.

Officers were called to Bronson Battle Creek at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday after the child was taken to the emergency room by LifeCare Ambulance.

Schug told officers her son had not been feeling well for a few days and she was unable to feed him cereal about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Police described the child’s condition as “severely dilapidated state of health” and Gilleylen said he had a low body temperature.  The boy was transferred to Kalamazoo for treatment.

The boy had a round cut on his nose, large sores on his right side of his thigh and leg and substantial bruising to his toes on his left foot. Gilbert said he had injuries on his buttocks, back, feet, and head.

Police later went to the home in the 200 block of East Emmett Street and said they found questionable living conditions.  Shug’s three daughters were taken to foster care homes by Child Protective Services, but Gilleylen said they appear to be in good health.  Melissa Schug said Thursday afternoon she still is trying to find her granddaughters.

The case remains under investigation by the detective bureau.

Worst Case Of Child Abuse PA Doctor Says

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Geisinger Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital in Danville, PA

Osceola Mills Child Abuse Case Called “Worst” Doctor Has Ever Seen in
Three-Week-Old Infant

OSCEOLA MILLS, PA  –  An Osceola Mills couple has been accused in what a Geisinger Medical Center doctor has called the “worst case” of child abuse he’s ever seen in a three-week-old infant.

Aaron John Mills, 32, of Osceola Mills has been charged by state police at Clearfield with aggravated assault, F1; aggravated assault, F2; conspiracy/endangering the welfare of children, M1; endangering the welfare of children, M1; simple assault, M1; recklessly endangering another person, two counts, M2; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, M.

Stephanie Diane McGuire, 22, also of Osceola Mills, has been charged with conspiracy/endangering the welfare of children, M1; parent/guardian/other commits offense, M1; recklessly endangering another person, M2; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, M, two counts.

According to the affidavits of probable cause, on March 1 McGuire took her infant daughter to a doctor’s appointment to be examined for a diaper rash at Geisinger Medical Center, Philipsburg.

She was examined and diagnosed with bruising to her forehead, the tip of her nose and the left side of her abdomen.  She had a severe diaper rash with a prolapsing rectum.  The infant was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center by ambulance.

The same day, she was transported to and admitted for treatment at the Geisinger Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pa.

She was diagnosed with multiple areas of abrasions and excoriation over the face and flank of right great toe; several bruises over the head, abdomen, right arm and legs bilaterally; excoriated and denuded perianal region with deep perianal furrows and anal prolapse; a left, fourth anterior rib facture; and bilateral, medial and lateral metaphyseal corner factures of the femurs.

In a phone interview with state police on Friday, Paul J. Bellino, M.D., Geisinger Medical Center, stated that, “This was the worst case of child abuse in an infant of this age that he has ever seen.”

In particular, the injury to the infant’s mouth and nose would have created an “extreme” amount of blood loss and pain, Bellino told state police.

According to state police interviews with Mills and McGuire, the infant was in their sole care at their residence on Edwards Street in Osceola Mills.  Both stated that she wasn’t in the care of anyone else between Feb. 26 and March 1 when these injuries occurred to her.

Mills allegedly admitted to pulling the infant girl up off the changing table by her ankles forcefully and causing injuries to her legs while caring for her Feb. 26.  According to the affidavits, both Mills and McGuire failed to seek immediate medical treatment for the infant for her severe diaper rash and injuries.

Bail has been set for Mills and McGuire at $100,000 and $50,000, respectively.  Their preliminary hearings have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday during centralized court at the Clearfield County Jail.

CA Child Predator Draws 55 Years For 3rd Strike

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Michael David Ikeler, 38

Torrance Man Sentenced To 55 Years To Life
For Sexually Assaulting, Kidnapping
2-Year-Old From Car Wash

LOS ANGELES, CA  –  Authorities said a 38-year-old Torrance man has been sentenced to 55 years to life in state prison for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 2-year-old girl from a Gardena car wash.

Michael David Ikeler, 38, was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 27 of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 with a special allegation that the crime was committed during the course of a kidnapping.  He was also found guilty of two counts of sexual penetration of a child under age 10.

Deputy DA Allyson Ostrowski said Ikeler also was ordered to registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

On April 2, 2015, a woman was washing her vehicle at a car wash on Western Avenue while her two daughters waited outside of the car.

According to court testimony, the older daughter notified her mother that the 2-year old had disappeared.

The young victim was found naked, hours later sitting on the ground by herself near a garbage dumpster at a Cudahy restaurant parking lot, the prosecutor said.

At the time of his arrest, authorities said Ikeler had previously been arrested in Northern California and Arizona for crimes involving children.

K-9 Finds Drugs, Child In NC Vehicle

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Megon Anne Wilson, 23

Burlington woman charged with
heroin trafficking, Child Abuse

Burlington, NC  –  A woman allegedly found with heroin in her vehicle and home has been charged with drug trafficking and child abuse.

Megon Anne Wilson, 23, of 911 North Park Ave., Burlington, was arrested Wednesday by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony trafficking heroin, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor child abuse.

She was also served with multiple outstanding orders for arrest, according to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest took place Wednesday evening, when deputies from the sheriff’s office’s Special Operations Unit stopped Wilson’s vehicle on North Main Street in Graham.  Randy Jones, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said Wilson’s car was stopped for a traffic violation while officers were conducting “saturation patrol” in an area where there has been “gang-related activity.”

A child was with her at the time.

A K-9 brought out to the vehicle indicated drugs were inside, Jones said, and deputies found a plastic bag of heroin.

Deputies then obtained a search warrant to search Wilson’s residence, he said, and seized 12.8 grams of heroin, “paraphernalia” and $202.

Wilson faces the child abuse charge because the child was with her while she allegedly had drugs in her possession.

Wilson was held in the Alamance County jail under a $120,350 bond.