Chicago mom tried to drown son, 3, days
after posting online that he had died: police
CHICAGO, IL – Authorities in Chicago this week said a South Side mother falsely wrote on social media that her 3-year-old son had died, then tried to drown him in a bathtub days later.
Celeste T. Christian, 21, was charged with attempted murder as her son remained hospitalized in critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The child was being treated at University of Chicago Medical Center for asphyxiation and water in his lungs. Police said someone had held the toddler underwater.
Christian told police the child had wet himself after the father dropped him off, and gave him a bath. She claimed she left her son by himself for five to 10 minutes to check on her 2-year-old daughter.
She heard splashing and ran back to the bathroom to find the boy limp in the water, with foam coming out his nose and mouth, and called 911.
An hour before the child arrived at the hospital, a doctor received a call from an organ and tissue donor asking if the boy was there yet, police said. The donor did not reveal who told them the toddler would be there.
When police interviewed the child’s father, he told them Christian had earlier announced on social media that their son had died and wanted to make funeral plans, the paper reported.
Christian was arrested and held without bail at Cook County Jail.
Arizona Infant Violently Bent in Half by Dad Has Died
PHOENIX, AZ – A 6-month-old baby boy died December 21 after his father aggressively bent him in half to silence his crying.
Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, was arrested after his infant son arrived at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on December 19 with severe injuries AzFamily.com reported.
Upon examination of the victim’s body, doctors found a grade 4 liver laceration, a left lateral wrist fracture, a laceration of the pancreas and pattern bruising to the right thigh, according to Maricopa County, Arizona, court documents.
In an initial interview with police, Resendiz claimed that he put the baby to sleep on a sofa sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. on December 18. He said that he called 911 more than 12 hours later when the baby did not wake from sleeping.
According to the probable cause statement, Resendiz called 911 and told the receiver he had woken up to find his baby “unresponsive and not breathing” at 12:45 p.m. the next day.
But examination of the infant’s body and statements from the baby’s mother disproved Resendiz’s account of events in his 911 call and initial interview.
The child’s mother said her son was “awake and alert” when she left for work at 9 a.m. on December 19, according to the probable cause statement.
She then texted Resendiz around 9:45 a.m. to “ensure he was properly caring for her son,” and at 11:45 a.m. she received a reply from Resendiz notifying her that the baby was fine.
An hour later, she received another text from Resendiz that said the child was no longer breathing.
Resendiz eventually admitted to police that he had pressed the infant’s legs over his head and bent his body in order to stop him from crying.
“Robert stated he used approximately 65 percent of his strength to place pressure on the victim and did not release pressure until the victim had stopped moving and was limp,” according to the probable cause statement. “Robert used an infant doll in order to demonstrate the position of he and the victim.”
The statement concluded, “Robert also stated he had bitten the infant two times on the body out of frustration.”
Holmen school worker charged with
sexual, physical Child Abuse
La Crosse, Wisconsin – A Holmen school district employee is accused of sexually and physically abusing a child over the course of about six years.
Timothy Schilling, 47, raped the boy, beat him with a belt, slapped his genitals with a fly swatter, and urinated on him, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
The boy told police the abuse began when he was about 6 and recounted several occasions when he was raped, according to the criminal complaint. The boy described another encounter when he was about 8 when Schilling hit his bare back with a belt.
According to the complaint, Schilling slapped his face, urinated on his leg, and wrung out soiled underwear over his head when the boy struggled with wetting his pants. He also pulled on the boy’s genitals and hit them with a fly swatter.
Prosecutors charged Schilling with repeated sexual assault of a child, two felony counts of physical abuse of a child and four counts of disorderly conduct. The most serious charge carries a maximum 60-year sentence. He is free on a signature bond.
Schilling, an educational assistant who worked in building security, was put on unpaid leave after he was arrested Nov. 27, according to a letter the district sent to parents.
School District Administrator Kristin Mueller said in the letter that Schilling did not work in classrooms and that his employment was under review.
Mueller said Wednesday that he remains on unpaid leave.
Oklahoma woman formerly named DHS Adoptive Parent of the Year gets prison time in Child Abuse case
JAY, OK – An Oklahoma woman who was formerly named DHS Adoptive Parent of the Year received prison time in connection to a child abuse case.
In 2006, Deidre Matthews, 50, and her former husband, Jerry Matthews, were recognized as Department of Human Services Adoptive Parents of the Year for northeast Oklahoma, the Tulsa World reports.
While the two were married, they reportedly lived with nine children, ages 4 through 17, in an animal feces-infested mobile home in Jay, Oklahoma.
The couple also owned more than 50 animals, including three spider monkeys and 11 lemurs.
According to the Tulsa World, court records show that under the care of Deidre Matthews, the oldest teen was forced to kill her pet kitten by bashing its head into a tree; another child was handcuffed and placed in a dog cage; children were made to stand outside or walk around the house naked; and children were kept home from school to avoid detection of bruises, welts and wounds.
Matthews is also accused of beating the children, allowing pet monkeys to bite the two teen daughters, and withholding food and water as punishment.
Her husband, Jerry, pleaded no contest to two counts of child neglect in 2016. He received a suspend life sentence in exchange for testifying against his former wife.
This week, Deidre Matthews pleaded no contest to 12 counts of child abuse, child neglect and child endangerment.
According to the Tulsa World, Matthews received a life sentence, all but four years of which was suspended.
The local assistant district attorney said Matthews will receive credit for the year she spent in county jail and that she will only have to serve 85 percent of her sentence.
Prince Frederick, MD – On August 10, 2017, police responded to a trailer on Hallowing Point Rd, in Prince Frederick, for a report of child abuse.
Detective Jernigam from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and a Child Protective Services Worker from the county responded to the trailer after they received complaints that a 3-year-old boy had visible marks on his body. The complaints came from the child’s teachers at the Head Start program.
The child had marks on his chest, back, and legs that appeared to have been made by a thin cord of some type. The child’s speech and language is delayed, and he was only able to indicate his mom was mad.
Police made contact with the child’s mother, identified as Rocla Aceneth Tovar Calderon, 40, of Prince Frederick.
The Child Protective Services Worker explained they needed to speak with Calderon about the marks on he son’s arms, and Calderon stated that she hit him because she was angry because he “do a lot of things” and she “need to teach him”. Calderon went on to say that she tries not to hit him because “he’s white and it leaves marks”, which she knows is a problem, and that sometimes she has to hit him so he will learn.
Calderon explained that she is having issues with potty training, destructive behavior, and that the only way she can keep him occupied is with a tablet.
Calderon was asked what she hit the child with, and she said it was a cord to a tablet because he chewed it and it broke. The previous night, 8/9/2017, Calderon admitted to hitting him between 5-7 times but she was not exactly sure because she was so angry with him. Calderon then explained that she usually uses a shoe to hit him, but she had the cord in her hand, which is why she used it. Calderon said that it hurts her hand to spank him with her hand and gives her blood clots, so she uses a shoe.
The Child Protective Services Worker explained that she could not hit the child with cords and leave marks. Calderon repeatedly indicated that she cannot control his behavior, citing examples of him urinating in a basket full of clean laundry, and on the blankets on her bed. While speaking with Calderon, the child grabbed an empty water bottle, urinated inside it, and placed it on the floor near the front door. Calderon made no attempts to stop this behavior, and rather indicated that it was another example of not being able to control him “because he’s 3”.
Police described the residence as “extremely unkempt, with old food on the floor, tables, chairs, and counters. Insects were visible flying around the residence, crawling on the counters and floors. Ms. Calderon apologized for the mess and stated that it is Thursday which is her day to clean.”
The Child Protective Services Worker prepared a safety plan for Calderon, which was signed by both parties, indicating that she was not allowed to hit the child with any objects. The plan also indicated that in-home services would be provided by CPS to assist Calderon with the child’s behavior and with cleaning her home so that it is sanitary.
Rocla Aceneth Tovar Calderon, was arrested and charged with assault, and child abuse, she posted a $10,000 bail and was released. Calderon has a preliminary court date on September 22, 2017, in Calvert District Court.