Boy, 10, Found Hiding Under Sink from Fla. Parents Accused of Torture; Cops Say Child Was Captive — Parents of a 10-year-old Florida boy are charged with child abuse after police found the boy, who was reported missing, under a bathroom sink, according to CBS affiliate WTEV. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Thomas Anthony Boone, 38, and Kimberly Sue Boone, 39, each face three counts of aggravated child abuse for intentionally torturing, cruelly punishing and unlawfully holding the child captive, reported ABC’s WZVN.
Boy, 11, slams residential schools legacy — An 11-year-old boy stole the spotlight at the opening day of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings into the tragedy of Canada’s residential schools. Wanekia Morning Star Cooke, who turned up for ceremonies at The Forks in Winnipeg on Wednesday, told CBC News that members of his family still suffer from the aftershocks the federal government’s former policies had on his grandparents and elders. Cooke is a former ward of the child-welfare system — a system he says continues to remove children from their homes and places them in care where they are sometimes subjected to abuse.
Boy’s fatal beating sent doctors into counseling — The injuries to a 4-year-old Argentine Township boy who was beaten to death were so severe and “unusual” that seasoned medical staff treating him sought counseling, a doctor testified Monday.Dr. Brian Nolan, director of pediatrics at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, testified Monday in Genesee County’s 67th District Court that Dominick Calhoun was beaten and bruised on his head, back, buttocks, chest, abdomen and legs. The boy’s left hand was burned through the skin and his head was beaten so severely that his “brain was coming out of his skull,” the doctor said.
Court records show Huckaby drugged, sexually assaulted Sandra Cantu with rolling pin — A newly released court document shows that Melissa Huckaby drugged her 8-year-old neighbor, Sandra Cantu, and sexually assaulted her with a rolling pin before stuffing her body into a suitcase and throwing it into a Tracy irrigation pond last year. Sandra”s body was found with a blood-soaked cloth knotted into a noose, and her official cause of death was listed as “homicidal asphyxiation,” according to court records that had previously been under gag order.
Ex-priest charged in Canada boy’s sex abuse — A retired Catholic priest who taught math and coached basketball at Houston’s St. Thomas High School half a century ago has been charged with sexually abusing a schoolboy in Canada. Charged with sexual assault, an offense that could bring a maximum 10-year prison sentence upon conviction, is Basilian priest William Hodgson Marshall, 87. Canadian authorities said the alleged attack happened between 1981 and 1985 in Windsor, Ontario. Records for the case are sealed, and court officials would not comment on the location, date or nature of the incident. Marshall’s attorney did not return phone calls.
Judge Orders Release Of Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Files — A Portland judge has ordered the release of thousands of secret files documenting child sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts. But Judge John Wittmayer has given the scouts a chance to plan an appeal before he actually makes the files public. The Judge also wants to redact the files to remove the names of children who were abused. Wittmayer says the files aren’t confidential because the Oregon constitution clearly gives the public a right to see all the evidence used in a jury trial.
Navy’s Discharge Of Sailor Who Was Raped Shows The Damages Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — Rape is traumatic no matter who it happens to. It is about power not sex, and far too often women are the victims of rape. Of course, not all victims of rape are women. When Seaman Jose Rodriguez was drugged and raped in June 2009, that information was never suppose to go any further than the medical staff who examined him. Instead, that information was leaked and his whole ship came to know about it. Rodriguez remembers the assault through flashbacks which will, likely, haunt him throughout his life. He has said “Me being forced down, held by my neck with a couple of hands holding me down and opening my mouth while I’m yelling, ‘Help.’”
New Jersey sex abuse defendant leaps to death — A New Jersey man facing up to 30 years in jail on charges that he sexually assaulted a young child leapt from the George Washington Bridge on Thursday, ending both his trial and his life, authorities said. Stephen Gucciardo, 42, of Palisades Park had taken the witness stand a day earlier in his own trial in state Superior Court, and was present when the 9-year-old alleged victim testified on Tuesday about how he sexually abused her in 2006.
Priest gets nearly 7 years in prison on child porn charges — A priest at St. Raphael’s Parish in St. Louis is headed to prison on a child pornography possession charge. Prosecutors today announced that 58-year-old James Patrick Grady has been sentenced to 80 months (6.7 years) in prison. He must also pay a 12-thousand-500 dollar fine and be on supervised release for life. Grady pleaded guilty to the charge in March.
Valley boy calls 911 to report mother’s alleged abuse and neglect — Claims of abuse by a Surprise boy are being heard for the first time in newly released 9-1-1 tapes. The 11-year old boy called police Friday after his mother, 29, allegedly threatened to leave him and his younger brother to pursue her dreams of being a stripper. The 11-year-old told 9-1-1 operators his mother was inside the home, packing her bags and preparing to abandon him and his 6-year old brother.
Warren Blackwell jailed after being falsely accused of sex attack — Warren Blackwell, 40, was jailed in 1999 for a sex attack outside a social club. He was released in 2003 and his conviction was quashed on appeal in 2006, after new evidence undermined the credibility of the complainant. A report published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) revealed a catalogue of errors made by Northamptonshire Police, in central England, that contributed to the miscarriage of justice. Information the force failed to disclose included concerns expressed by an officer from another force to a detective about the alleged victim’s reliability, saying previously she seemed to “enjoy police attention”.
Why ‘Feminism’ Should Be Erased from the American Lexicon — The America that gave us Betty Friedan and her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, is not the America we live in today. So why, I ask, do veteran feminists remain lodged in a past that no longer exists? To millions of American women and men, whether conservative, liberal, or libertarian, feminism seems like an outdated part of the American lexicon that most simply cannot identify with. Yet the term feminism once expressed an important concept, which is why, as much as I deplore today’s understanding of the word, I understand the reluctance to give it up.