Tulsa Dad Due In Court In Child Neglect Case

TULSA, Okla. —

A Tulsa man facing a child  neglect charge after police found his 18-month-old daughter locked in a metal  dog cage in November is to have a preliminary hearing.

The Associated Press is  not naming the father, whose hearing is Wednesday, to protect the identity of  the children.

Police also found the  man’s naked 4-year old daughter outside on a cold afternoon and him asleep in a  drug or alcohol “induced stupor” after a neighbor called authorities. A third  child was asleep in another room.

The children were placed  into the custody of the Department of Human Services.

A man by the same name and  the same birth date was given a suspended sentence in August after pleading  guilty to possession of a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, court  records indicate.

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Former Yankees Manager Joe Torre Wants Focus On Child Abuse

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A government commission co-led by former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said on Wednesday that the U.S. federal and local governments are not doing enough to identify and treat child victims of abuse and violence.

At a meeting with representatives from major federal departments, the commission of academics, law enforcement officials and others, issued 56 recommendations to help child victims, including expanded training for social workers.

Torre, whose own childhood with an abusive father led him to start a charitable foundation focusing on the issue of child abuse, said many social workers and law-enforcement officials simply did not know how to spot signs of domestic abuse.

“I don’t think society knows how to react, even if they think something’s going on,” said Torre, who won four World Series championships with the Yankees and is now an executive in Major League Baseball.

The failure of Penn State University to report former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for child abuse – charges Sandusky was convicted of this year – was one example, Torre said.

The commission, set up by the Justice Department and known as the Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, has held hearings for the past year. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made the issue a priority.

Banging his fist on a table for emphasis, Holder told the commission its ideas would not sit on a shelf gathering dust, and that he would push the White House for support.

“The Justice Department is a big organization with a lot of tentacles in a lot of places, and my hope is to use the time I have as attorney general to continue the effort,” Holder said at a news conference after the meeting.

President Barack Obama has not said whether he wants Holder to serve into a second term, though Holder is expected to stay on as the chief U.S. law enforcement official at least into early 2013.

Holder said there was a moral imperative for the U.S. government to support child victims – whether they have witnessed violence at home, in gangs or elsewhere – and a financial incentive to do so if those children are kept off a path to crime.

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New York Hasidic counselor found guilty of child sexual abuse

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An ultra-Orthodox Jewish counselor was found guilty of sexually abusing a young female patient in the insular Brooklyn community where they lived, prosecutors said on Monday.

              A jury in New York State Supreme Court convicted Nechemya Weberman, 54, of sexual conduct against a child, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child. He faces 117 years behind bars when sentenced on January 9.

              The trial centered on a three-year period starting in 2007 when the victim’s parents hired Weberman, an unlicensed therapist, to counsel their 12-year-old daughter. Prosecutors have said that over the next several years, Weberman sexually abused the girl, mostly in his office.

              “The victim showed great courage to come forward in a very difficult time,” Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement announcing the verdict. “Hopefully, this verdict will lead to the understanding for other women that they can come forward as well.”

              The trial was marred by accusations of witness intimidation. At one point, four men were accused of photographing the victim in court, then posting her image on Twitter. The identity of victims in sex abuse cases is typically protected.

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Smyrna Daycare Employee Charged With Child Abuse

SMYRNA, Tenn.-  A Smyrna daycare teacher has been arrested and charged with child abuse after breaking a 3-year-old child’s arm.

Smyrna Police said that on November 2, officers were notified about possible abuse at the Rock Springs Academy Daycare in Smyrna. After an investigation officers determined that 39-year-old Carla Hougland broke a 3-year-old little girls arm when she roughly grabbed her to put her on a mat.

The child was treated at a local hospital.

Hougland was arrested and charged with child abuse. A court date was scheduled for January 29th, 2013 at 1:00pm.

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