Brooklyn Toddler Dies After Circumcision — New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating the death of 2-year-old Jamaal Coleson, Jr. following a circumcision Tuesday at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center. “They gave him anesthesia, and after the circumcision he woke up he was fine,” said Jabbar Coleson, Jamaal Jr.’s uncle, who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. “He asked to eat, he asked for something to drink, and then he started complaining about pain in his stomach.” Jabbar said his nephew was in the outpatient ward when doctors noticed something was wrong. But four hours passed before the toddler was rushed to the emergency room, he said.
Canon woman charged with four child sex crimes — A 30-year-old woman faces four felony charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old Buena Vista boy who later committed suicide. Brenda Lynette Harding, 30, of Canon City, was charged Monday with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse. The body of Tristen Hagen was found April 4 in the hogback hills area near Skyline Drive. He had been reported missing April 2.
Colleges Cut Men’s Programs to Satisfy Title IX — When the University of Delaware announced this year that it was demoting its men’s track and cross-country teams to club status, the news was sad but not surprising to many who follow college sports. Delaware is one of dozens of universities that have eliminated low-profile men’s teams like wrestling, gymnastics and swimming in an effort, the universities say, to comply with Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in education. But in cutting the men’s varsity track team, Delaware took the practice a step further.
Domestic abuse charity to help male victims in Surrey — A domestic violence charity in Surrey has set up a new service to help male victims as well as women. Your Sanctuary, formerly Surrey Women’s Aid, is offering confidential helpline advice and one-to-one meetings to men who have been abused. The charity said it was one of only about 20 services in England and Wales offering such services to men. It said this compared to almost 4,000 services which are aimed at female victims of domestic violence. One in six men suffer from domestic violence, according to the latest British Crime Survey figures.
Foster father goes on trial in sex abuse case — For nearly a decade, the boys from St. Paul lived with what authorities say was a terrible secret. Last summer, authorities were finally able to shine a light on the boys’ allegations: They’d been sexually abused as foster children by the man entrusted to care for them. Joseph L. Larson, 34, will go on trial Monday over the allegations, which prosecutors say are very rare. Because of his position of authority, prosecutors have already filed a motion to seek an upward departure from state sentencing guidelines if Larson is convicted.
Girl kept in crib box for a year — Two parents are accused of keeping a young child caged, naked, starving, and covered in her own waste. The details outlined in court documents are so graphic they are almost unbelievable, but the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office said the details are facts that paint a horrifying scene. It actually began with an investigation into stolen gold bouillon – 37.5 grams in weight. Detectives wanted to search 8142 Carrie Lane, which is a single wide mobile home.
Philippine city holds ‘circumcision party’ for hundreds of preteens — Hundreds of boys in a Philippine city turned out Saturday for a daylong “circumcision party” to provide a safe, free procedure for a rite of passage that most local males undergo as preteens. Some boys cried in their mothers’ arms while others bit their shirts to stifle sobs as doctors carried out the surgery on dozens of makeshift operating tables inside a sports stadium in Marikina city east of Manila. Outside, other boys lined up to await their turn. “I’m a big boy now,” one boy who had just finished the surgery bragged.
Sex abuse of boy: woman walks free — A woman who sexually abused a teenage boy with learning disabilities has walked free from court this afternoon. The Melbourne woman, who cannot be identified, was today described by a County Court judge as having a tragic upbringing which included being sexually abused by three men. The woman pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16. The boy was 14 and the woman, a family friend, was aged 25 when the offences occurred in 2008. The judge said the boy, who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder had told the woman he was sexually curious and wanted to engage in sexual activity.
Son, 10, charged in Neo-Nazi dad’s slaying — A 10-year-old Riverside boy was charged Wednesday with murder in the slaying of his father, a neo-Nazi leader, and court documents reveal that the boy has a history of violent behavior. The boy was charged with intentionally shooting his father, Jeff Hall, inside his Riverside home about 4 a.m. Sunday. He also was charged with using a gun in the commission of the killing. During his appearance in Riverside Juvenile Court on Wednesday, the shaggy blond-haired boy sat at an attorney’s table in shackles, wearing an orange Juvenile Hall uniform.
Teen mother sentenced to 10 years in child abuse case— A 19-year-old Midland mother, indicted last year in one of the most violent child abuse cases Midland County investigators said they had ever seen, pleaded guilty Friday for her involvement and was sentenced to the maximum prison term. Iris Liliana Rodriguez was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice by Judge John Hyde for a third-degree felony of injury to a child. She was arrested by Midland County Sheriff’s investigators on May 17, 2010, and has remained jailed in Midland County on a $1 million bond.
Three WVC wrestlers pulling for Brown to keep their sport — The Brown University wrestling team went through its share of struggles with a young lineup this past season as the Bears won only two matches. Three Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers and state medal winners played major roles for Brown. Sophomore Tyler Cowman from Valley West and freshmen Pat LaBuz and Jared Kay from Hazleton Area each saw major mat time. “As a young team we feel like our team battled as the season went along,” Cowman said. “We have a really bright future with a lot of young guys at Brown.” The bright future of the former WVC wrestlers and the 100-year-old Bears program could be in jeopardy after the 2011-12 season.
Wrongly convicted of rape, man gets a lift from community — He spent 17 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. DNA cleared him, but that Ridgefield man lost everything in life because he was wrongly convicted. But Alan Northrop has gotten help from total strangers who have helped him make a new start. Bob Ford of Bob’s Automotive and others at his auto shop, pitched in to buy Northrop a truck. “To help him was just the right thing to do,” Ford said. “That’s just unreal,” Northrop said. “There isn’t very many people that would do that.” He went to prison in 1993 for a rape he didn’t commit. He and fellow suspect, Larry Davis, were freed 17 years later.