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NM Man Jailed Over Child Not Sitting

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Joshua Salais, 23

Boy who couldn’t sit down at school
sparks abuse investigation

LAS CRUCES, NM  –  Authorities arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of spanking his young stepson multiple times and hard enough to leave visible bruising on the boy’s buttocks.

Joshua Salais, 23, is charged with one count of child abuse.  The charge is a third-degree felony count.

Investigators learned that on Oct. 22, 2018, a 7-year-old boy was at his elementary school and had difficulty sitting down, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.

The young boy went to the school’s nurse, where it was discovered he had black and purple bruising on his buttocks.

The boy indicated to authorities that he was injured by Salais, who had spanked him.

The boy also indicated that his mother had to intervene to stop Salais.

Las Cruces police detectives believe that Salais used a belt on the young boy’s bare skin 8 to 10 times over the last two weeks.

Investigators subsequently observed bruising, in different stages of healing, that were consistent with allegations of the boy being struck hard, multiple times over several days.

Custody of the young boy has since been turned over to his grandmother.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Salais.  He was taken into custody Friday evening and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he was initially held without bond.

I Suggest An Auctioneer, 20 Years Do I Hear 30

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Kassidy Sump and her boyfriend Axton Chancellor are facing child abuse charges after the brutal assault against her 5-month-old daughter.

Wagoner County Couple In Jail Accused Of Abusing 5-Month-Old Child

WAGONER COUNTY, OK  –  A Wagoner County couple is in Jail tonight accused of child abuse against a 5-month-old girl.

Kassidy Sump and her boyfriend Axton Chancellor are facing child abuse charges.

Investigators say the brutal assault against the 5-month-old baby girl happened at their home in Coweta.

An affidavit says the couple, along with the child’s grandparents took the baby to the hospital.  Sheriff Chris Elliott says the couple originally told doctors the child fell off the bed a month ago.  But he says the baby had injuries consistent with abuse with a broken arm, clavicle, a fractured skull and bruising around the face and mouth.

“This baby was so severely injured they transported the baby by ambulance to the main saint Francis hospital located in Tulsa,” said Sheriff Elliott.

The affidavit goes on to say Chancellor admitted to pulling the baby’s arm until he heard a popping sound, dropping her on the floor, and grabbing her face hard enough to cause the bruising.  He told investigators he did this all because the baby was crying.

“This is a very disturbing case from my investigators.  This is a 5-and-a-half-month-old baby that can’t protect herself.  She can’t tell anybody what’s going on and we’re going to prosecute these two individuals to the fullest extent of the law,” said Sheriff Elliott.

Sheriff Elliott says Sump knew that Chancellor had possibly injured her baby girl but failed to treat her for two days.   The affidavit says Sump sought out medical treatment for the baby after the injuries were discovered by the child’s grandmother.

“Everybody failed this little girl.  We just didn’t know what was going on.  Now that we know what’s going on, we’re going to prosecute,” said Sheriff Elliott.

The baby girl is in the hospital recovering from her injuries.  The Wagoner County Sheriff Office says that child and her older sibling are now in protective custody.

Where Is Justice For 12, 6, And 2 Year Old?

Cottondale Child Sex Abuse suspect faces
Child Porn charge

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James Robert Pendley, 48, on five felony counts of first-degree sodomy against victims who were 12, 6, and 2 at the time of his arrest.

TUSCALOOSA, AL  –  A Cottondale man with pending child sexual abuse charges has been arrested for disseminating child porn.

Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s Special Victims Unit arrested James Robert Pendley, 48, on Friday.  Pendley is facing one count of dissemination of child exploitation material and could face further charges, according to Lt. Brooke Walker, commander of ALEA’s Special Victims Unit and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Pendley is currently awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree sodomy and domestic violence.  He was arrested on May 10, 2017, and charged with first-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree domestic violence/assault, a misdemeanor.

According to court records, Pendley is accused of shoving and pushing a family member who caught him abusing a 6-year-old boy in the bathroom of his residence on North Davis Road on May 4, 2017.  A grand jury later indicted Pendley on five felony counts of first-degree sodomy against victims who were 12, 6 and 2 at the time of his arrest.

Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Al May revoked Pendley’s bond Friday, at the request of the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office.

The Special Victims Unit was assisted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Northport Police, the Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force, Alabama State Troopers, ALEA Tactical team and members of the SBI’s Alcohol and Narcotics division while conducting the child pornography investigation.

IL Mother Charged With Attempted Murder

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Celeste T. Christian, 21, was charged with attempted murder after trying to drown her 3-year-old son.

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.

Plano TX Babysitter Caught Molesting Toddler

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James De La Vega was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl, police say.

Moms walked in on baby sitter molesting
3-year-old girl at Collin County home,
police say

PLANO, TX  –  A Plano man was arrested Wednesday after two women whose children he was baby-sitting walked in on him sexually assaulting one of the children, police said.

James De La Vega, 50, faces an enhanced charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.  His bail has not yet been set, and he remains in the Collin County jail.

The crime happened in the 200 block of Pagoda Drive in Anna, where De La Vega was baby-sitting three children whose mothers had gone out Tuesday night, Anna police said.

When they returned, they found De La Vega performing a sex act on a 3-year-old girl, Chief Jeff Caponera said.

De La Vega has no apparent previous criminal record in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

If convicted, he would face a prison sentence of 25 years to life because of a 2007 Texas law that increased minimum penalties in sexual-assault cases with very young victims.

Detectives from the Collin County Child Advocacy Center and the Anna Police Department are investigating the case.