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Child Neglect

Drunk Florida Mom Had Kid Blow Into Breathalyzer To Start Car: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.13.2015 | Crime

A Florida woman is accused of having her 4-year-old son blow into a Breathalyzer to start her car while she was inebriated. Police in Apopka responde...

Malnourished Teen Weighing 47 Pounds Found In Cockroach-Infested Home

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime

Police searching a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for drugs found a 15-year-old boy weighing just 47 pounds lying on a cot and covered in cockroaches...

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

China Punishes Officials After 4 Abandoned Child Siblings Commit Suicide

AP | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Several local Chinese officials were fired or suspended following the suicides of four siblings, aged 5 to 13, who were abandoned by ...

How Legal Abortion Helps American Families

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
David A. Grimes

The net effect of abortion is helping to ensure that every child born will be wanted, loved, and well cared for. This is a goal for American families around which there should be broad agreement.

Child Abusers Shouldn't Be Able to Run Out the Clock

Ariel Zwang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Kathy's counselor helped her realize that the trauma of her childhood sexual abuse had resurfaced because she was now bringing her own child into the world. With therapy, Kathy was able to come to terms with the abuse and finally begin to heal.

Parents Arrested After 3 Little Girls Found Living In Garbage Filled Home

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 04.20.2015 | Crime

A Florida couple was arrested Friday police discovered their children living in filth, among bugs and human feces. Police say a tip led them to the...

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

Florida Mom Forces Son To Jump From Window At Gunpoint: Cops

AP | Posted 03.05.2015 | Crime

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Police in St. Petersburg say a woman forced her 8-year-old son to jump out of a second-floor window before she jumped as ...

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

Child Neglect: It Can Happen In Your Own Backyard -- Recognize It and Take Action!

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Many children die each year from child neglect. The media normally reports on child abuse fatalities so child abuse is clearer in the public's mind. Child neglect is extremely dangerous too.

Paralyzed Teen Dies Of Bedsores, Parents Charged

AP | Posted 02.19.2015 | Crime

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis couple is charged with neglect in the death of their paralyzed 18-year-old daughter who died wearing only a diape...

Couple Charged After Infant Son Starves To Death

AP | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon couple involved in online pornography has been arrested on charges of murder by abuse after an autopsy determined the...

How Institutional Neglect Affects Kids' Brains

Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:28pm EST (Reuters Health) – Kids who were raised in a Romanian institution for abandoned children have s...

Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a nation it's time to close our hypocrisy gap in the treatment of our children and value and protect our children -- all of them. We need to examine with urgency how we treat our children and the gap between what we say and what we do.

Relisha's Brothers, Part II: Endangered By Secrecy

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.06.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Secrecy in child welfare throws its dark curtain over yet another low-income family of color. This time, it is Relisha Rudd's brothers whose fate is being decided behind the closed doors of the family court.

Relisha's Brothers, Part I: At Risk of Poverty

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.02.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The tragedy is familiar to many by now. Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in March from the DC General emergency family homeless shelter. Allegedly in the care of a janitor at the shelter, Relisha hasn't been seen since.

786 CHILDREN DEAD: Abuse, Neglect Reportedly Occurred In Plain View Of Authorities

Associated Press | HOLBROOK MOHR AND GARANCE BURKE | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities ...

Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.08.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Darren Wilson is a Missouri cop whose deeds have been dissected endlessly in the court of public opinion. Sarah Markham is "Vegan Mom," a Florida parent whose 12-day old baby was taken into foster care by Florida's child protective services. The case barely registered a blip on the public radar.

Bikini-Clad Florida Mom Found Passed Out, Neglecting Child: Cops

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Crime

A mom was found passed out drunk in her bikini while her young daughter played alone in a Florida playground, cops say. Karen Gunderlach, 33, was s...

This Mom Was Arrested For Letting Her 7-Year-Old Son Walk To The Park Alone

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

A Florida mom was arrested this week after letting her 7-year-old son walk to the park alone. When Nicole Gainey's son Dominic asked for permissio...

Pennsylvania Ex-Prosecutor, Wife, Plead In Adoption Abuse Case

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - A former Pennsylvania prosecutor and his wife pleaded no contest on Monday to charges of endangering the welfare of two children they adop...

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

How 'The Girl In The Window' Is Doing 9 Years After Her Rescue

OWN | Posted 06.19.2014 | OWN

On July 13, 2005, Detective Mark Holste of Florida's Plant City Police Department responded to a call from a neighbor who had seen a mysterious, pale ...

'Demon-Possessed' Child Locked Up, Shocked With Cattle Prod: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime

Two Oklahoma parents are in custody after they allegedly kept their 6-year-old child locked in an empty room where he was tortured, police said. Ed...