Former Appleton teacher Mary Berglund charged with child abuse — Child abuse charges filed Tuesday against a former Appleton teacher shook the confidence of families and has a disabilities organization pondering a civil lawsuit. Mary C. Berglund, 53, of Appleton, was charged in Calumet County Court with nine counts of child abuse and one count of strangulation stemming from classroom incidents dating to 2009. Berglund, a special education teacher with 27 years experience, who earned $63,781 in 2009-10 school year, is accused of inappropriately restraining five children with cognitive disabilities.
Mother says she feared son she tormented — A Utah woman who tortured her 6-year-old son, causing permanent damage, says she was afraid he would hurt her. In December 2009 Michelle Napolitano tied the boy hand and foot and hanged him upside down from a nail in a doorway in her home in Vernal, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. He lost all his toes and parts of his feet from infection and loss of circulation. The mother pleaded guilty last year to one count of felony child abuse and five counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
Philadelphia priests, teacher in court in sex abuse cases — Four priests and a parochial school teacher appeared before a Philadelphia judge Monday for the first time since their February arrests on charges of sexual abuse and child endangerment. The priests were charged with raping and assaulting boys in their care, and a former official with the Philadelphia Archdiocese was accused of allowing the abusive priests to have access to children, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Proposal for a White House Council on Boys to Men — Welcome. The proposal for a White House Council on Boys to Men was originally inspired by a discussion initiated by the White House Boards and Commissions Director Joanna Martin to Dr. Warren Farrell, inquiring of his interest in advising the White House Council on Women and Girls, given his background with the National Organization for Women. Shortly after, Dr. Farrell created a multi-partisan Commission of thirty-four prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners to accomplish three goals: investigate the status of boys and their journey into manhood; identify both surface and underlying problems confronting boys and men; create a blueprint toward solutions.
Records reveal tragic life of Delray boy found in canal — By the time he was 5 years old, Jermaine McNeil had already been the subject of 10 reports to the state’s child-abuse hotline. They began when he was two months old. Jermaine’s grandmother was accused of kicking his 14-year-old mother and beating her with a belt. The baby was seen in a “diaper which was soaked through,’’ and appeared malnourished, according to state records. His mom, a report said, fed him watered-down milk. Said one caller to the hotline in 2000: “The house is horrific.’’
Saving the men who live in fear of domestic violence — We’re all familiar with the terrifying ordeals of battered wives, beaten, abused and humiliated in their own homes. But what happens when the situation is turned on its head? More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male, yet they often struggle to find support and feel ashamed to look for help. But there is hope, thanks to the UK’s growing number of refuges exclusive to men. Safe house Kendal Lodge, a terraced house in Powys, Mid Wales, which was the first to open in 2006, has provided a home for more than 50 battered men over the years and children, too.
Woman accused of raping teen babysitter — An Albuquerque woman is charged with raping a 14 year-old boy that detectives said she hired as her babysitter. According to a criminal complaint, Suzy Chavez, 31, told the boy’s family she hired him to watch her two children while she was at work. However, investigators said Chavez was offering the boy more than money. They say Chavez gave the boy drugs, lap dances and the two had sex 15 times. Investigators said the boy told them they never used condoms because Chavez “did not believe in them.” The boy also said Chavez’s 9-year-old son walked in on them once while they were having sex.
Woman headed to prison for child sex abuse — A Provo woman convicted of child abuse was sentenced Tuesday to as many as five years in prison. Wendy Currie previously pleaded guilty to three third-degree felonies for abuse that was committed with her knowledge by her husband James. During a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning Judge Claudia Laycock disagreed with the defense’s arguments that probation was sufficient and imposed zero to five years in prison on each count. Laycock ruled that the sentences could be served concurrently.