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FL Woman Accused Of Shaking Baby

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Sarah Loria, 20, accused of shaking Baby at Day Care.

Daycare worker arrested, charged with
2 counts of aggravated Child Abuse

BRANDON, FL  –  A daycare worker in Brandon was arrested on Friday for two counts of aggravated child abuse, officials say.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say on Dec. 18, the parents of an infant took their child to the pediatrician when the baby turned pale in color and began throwing up.  The baby spent the say attending Shepherd Day Care at 208 Terrace Drive in Brandon.

The infant was in the sole care and custody of 20-year-old Sarah Loria at the daycare.

The pediatrician initially diagnosed the baby with a stomach virus.

On Dec. 20, when Loria was caring for the baby, the infant became unresponsive. Loria then contacted the parent’s who transported the baby to a local hosital.

After an evaluation, it was confirmed that the infant suffered from shaken baby syndrome from both incidents.

On Friday, detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Loria for two counts of aggravated child abuse.

She was transported to the Orient Road Jail without incident.

MI Woman Facing Life If Convicted

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Ashley Swartout, 25, of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Battle Creek stepmother charged with
Child Abuse of twin girls

BATTLE CREEK, MI  –  A Battle Creek stepmother is facing up to life in prison if convicted of child abuse of twin sisters.

Ashley Swartout, 25, was arraigned Thursday in Calhoun County District Court on one count of first-degree child abuse and one count of second-degree child abuse.

She faces up to life in prison on the first-degree charge and 10 years in prison on the second-degree charge.

Swartout was arrested Monday after Battle Creek police obtained a warrant following an investigation which began Dec. 16.

Police said Swartout and her husband, Nathaniel Callahan, 28, the father of the twin seven-year-old girls, brought one of the children to Bronson Battle Creek hospital at 9:49 p.m. Dec. 16 for treatment.

Doctors notified police after finding severe bruising and swelling to both sides of the girl’s face as well as bruises on her arms, front and back of her torso and a bloody lower lip.

The girl said her stepmother was angry because the child was not doing her chores and grabbed her by the hair and banged her head against the walls and floor.  The girl said the woman also twisted her arm behind her back and told the girl she would break it.

Swartout told police she has seizures and does not recall the incident.  She said she remembers being angry at the girl about homework and chores but blacked out and remembers nothing until she was on the bathroom floor and her husband was over her.

Callahan told police his wife has a long history of seizures and doctors have been unable to diagnose the cause.  She is not able to have a driver’s license because of the condition.

However the girl said her stepmother was talking to her when the reported assault first began and then had a seizure and began to throw up.

Callahan came home from work and both he and Swarthout took the girl to the hospital.

OR Sewer Rat Finally Off Streets, Out Of Barns

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Gary Lee Watts, 61, is accused of having child pornography images, and animal sexual abuse images.

Images of Child Abuse, Animal Abuse seized
in Jacksonville

JACKSON COUNTY, OR  –  A Jackson County man was arrested Friday on felony charges after police said they found hundreds of child pornography images and dozens of images of animals being sexually abused.

Gary Lee Watts, 61, was arrested at his home in the 7300 block of Upper Applegate Road early Friday morning, capping off an investigation going back more than a year, according to a press release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force investigators said they found more than 700 images of child pornography on equipment seized from Watts’ home, according to the sheriff’s office, plus more than 50 images of animal sexual abuse.

The sheriff’s office started its investigation in September of last year, after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® alerted local police of child pornography being downloaded at the home.

The sheriff’s office had assistance from Oregon State Police, Medford police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the case.

The sheriff’s office arrested Watts on 20 felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and 10 misdemeanor counts of encouraging sexual assault of an animal.  Watts was held in the Jackson County Jail Friday on $275,000 bail, records show.

Court records show no prior criminal history for Watts.

PA Mother Now Faces Felony Charges

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Jamie Edward Easley, 40, Shaler Township, PA.

‘One Of The Most Violent Cases Of
Child Abuse’

SHALER TOWNSHIP, PA  –  A Shaler Township mother is facing felony charges for allegedly abusing her child in “one of the most violent cases” Children’s Hospital doctors have seen.

Katie Easley is now facing charges alongside father Jamie Easley for the alleged abuse of their newborn daughter, who was admitted to UPMC Children’s Hospital with severe injuries in September.

According to police, the 4-week-old girl was taken to Children’s Hospital after her primary care doctor found multiple bruises on her face and abdomen.

The child’s mother allegedly told the doctor the little girl had not eaten in nearly two days.

At the hospital, doctors found the girl had skull fractures, subdural hemorrhages, 19 rib fractures and other fractures to her left arm and her legs.  She was admitted in critical condition to the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

According to the criminal complaint, Jamie told investigators during a police interview that the baby’s older sibling pulled her off a bed. However, doctors said a fall from a bed would not cause the kind of injuries she had.

Police say Jamie later told them he grabbed the baby girl by the arm while she was crying, held her up, squeezed her and gave her “a quick shake.”   Soon after, the baby stopped crying.

Now, police are charging Katie with a felony endangering the welfare of children. The criminal complaint accuses Katie of not taking her critically injured baby to the hospital until the 31-day-old newborn stopped eating all together.

It also says detectives later searched Katie’s phone history and allegedly found Google searches from earlier in the month including “bruising on baby” and “why isn’t my baby eating?”

Police say Children’s Hospital doctors said “given the age of the victim, it was one of the most violent cases of child abuse they have seen, bone in arm completely snapped in half, and the worst rib fractures they have seen.”

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller reports charges against Jamie still stand.  Katie was released on non-monetary bond and is slated to go before the judge for her preliminary hearing on Dec. 19.

Children Are In Danger On-Line

Cyber Safety

The proliferation of child predators using the Internet to target young victims has become a national crisis.  A study shows one in seven children will be solicited for sex online in the next year.

The Texas Attorney General is urging all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

Internet Chase Video

So why are some teens so trusting of people they meet online?  For many students there is a sense that what happens online can’t hurt them.  Unfortunately, we are finding that many teens are posting personal information in chat rooms and on social networking sites making them easy prey for child predators.

In this video, provided from the I-Safe curriculum, you can see what happens when one student finds out the hard way that you can’t trust what people tell you online. Click the image to watch the video.

If for any reason you fear any one, or have any doubts about your safety, contact Law Enforcement immediately.

Texas Attorney General’s office 1 (800) 252-8011

The CyberTipline
https://report.cybertip.org/
1-800-843-5678

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
http://www.nsopw.gov

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com