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Blog Posts in June, 2015

  • Abusive Missouri Father Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

    A man from Park Hills, Missouri was sentenced to three years in prison when he plead guilty to child abuse. The 27-year-old is currently serving another sentence for “violating his probation for possession of a controlled substance,” according to the Daily Journal. Authorities became suspicious that the father, Robert McGrane, was abusive or neglectful when his son displayed alarming behavior at ...
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  • Signed Laws Protect Members of Armed Services from Losing Custody

    Governor Rick Snyder signed three laws in Michigan last Tuesday to protect members of the armed services from losing custody of their children. Some members of the military are ordered to appear in court, but cannot due to deployment orders. The Daily Telegram staff spoke with Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge who said, “Members of our armed forces, who risk their lives to protect our freedoms, ...
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  • British Man Uses Look-A-Like in Paternity Test

    Thomas Kenny decided to send a friend who resembled him to take a court-ordered paternity test in Birmingham, England. The 25-year-old British man was in a long-term relationship with a woman who was pregnant with their second child, but was also seeing a mistress at the same time. His mistress became pregnant also, and Kenny urged her to get an abortion. She refused to get an abortion, so Kenny ...
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  • Detroit Mother Guilty of Killing Two Children

    The Detroit Free Press reported that a mother admitted to killing two of her children, whose bodies were discovered on March 24 this year. The children were put into a deep freezer in the Martin Luther King Apartments in Detroit, and were only discovered when a crew was carrying out orders of an eviction notice. Mitchelle Blair was in court in early June and began yelling loudly during her custody ...
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  • Woman Arrested for Owing Thousands in Child Support

    NewJersey.com reproted that a 52 year-old woman from Orange was arrested recently for owing over $3,ooo in child support. She was late on her payments by over a year, according to the officers at the Hunterdon County Jail. Valerie Moore was arrested in Morris county and got together the funds needed to pay all of the back support. Detectives Lamont Garnes and Frank Modaffare were in charge when ...
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  • Stepfather is Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

    In Auburn, police were called to a domestic violence and child abuse scene last week. The stepfather, George W. Barton, admitted to abusing his 5-year-old stepdaughter and injuring her. WTVM News Leader 9 reported that Barton said he used a belt and caused significant injuries to the girl who was in his care at the time. The girl has “a broken clavicle, basilar skull fracture, broken femur, ...
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  • Language Barrier Results in Custody Battle for Mother

    The Des Moines Register reported on an unfortunate case of miscommunication that resulted in a mother coming close to losing custody of her children. Sui Hlei Cuai is a Burmese refugee, and lives in Iowa. She was being abused by her husband, and called 911 to report an incident. At this time, Cuai was 26 years old and did not speak English. Investigators misunderstood her case and reported child ...
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  • 23 Year Old Soldier Burns Daughter with Water

    A soldier from Fort Bragg has been accused of scalding his 1-year-old daughter with boiling water, as was reported on fayobserver.com. Investigators in Spring Lake have charged Nicholas Young with felony child abuse. The father claimed that he had only accidentally spilled hot water on his 17-month-old daughter when removing a cup from the microwave. The girl was taken to the University of North ...
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  • Obama signs Rape Survivor Child Custody Act into Law

    Every year, 25,000 to 32,000 women become pregnant as a result of rape. About one-third of them decide to give birth and raise the baby. However, many rapists use the babies as a tool in harassing the mothers or threatening to seek custody of the baby unless the woman drops the criminal charges. The Christian Science Monitor reports that now, mothers can “petition for the termination of parental ...
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  • Michigan Offers a Break for Some Owing Child Support

    MLive, a news source out of Michigan, reports that Washtenaw County is offering a short period of amnesty for parents with warrants for outstanding child support payments. This is referred to as “bench warrant” amnesty. The Washtenaw County Friend of the Court is offering this to parents who pay $100 toward their child support and meet with a staff person to discuss their case. The county says ...
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  • Boy in England Subjected to Smoke-Filled House

    A two-year-old boy in England was found to be living in a smoke-filled house in England with drug paraphernalia scattered around the living quarters. The Guardian , a news source from England, reported that there was a visible cloud of smoke around the child and dangerous looking wires over the child’s play area. The Judge in this case, Louise Pemberton, made the decision to have the toddler ...
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  • Adoption Agencies May be Saying 'No' to Gay Couples

    Plans are underway to shield Religious child welfare agencies from being sued if they choose not to place children with a same-sex couple. The Statesman reports that a bill going through the Texas House would also protect the same foster groups if they decide to decline a family because they provide contraception. State Representative Scott Stanford, R-McKinney set Senate Bill 206 into motion last ...
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