Gibson Co. teen charged with child abuse

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office has charged a 15-year-old boy with two counts of aggravated child abuse after photos circulated on Facebook showing his two younger sisters bound with duct tape, the sheriff said in a news release Tuesday.

The photos were brought to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

“Investigators immediately starting working on the case and determined the images were on the Facebook page of a 15-year-old juvenile male from Gibson County and the images depicted were those of his two younger siblings, 2 years old and 6 months old,” Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas said in the news release. “After identifying the one responsible for posting the pictures, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office did follow up by checking on the welfare of the two young children in the photos and determined they weren’t in any immediate danger. They also conducted an interview of the 15-year-old male, with the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, where the male admitted to placing his two siblings in the duct tape, in what he described as a joke, and taking the photos.”

Investigators have discussed the matter with District Attorney General Garry Brown’s office. On Tuesday, the 15-year-old was formally charged in Gibson County Juvenile Court with two counts of aggravated child abuse.

The two young girls are not currently living in the same home with their teenage brother. Thomas said the teenager is living with a different relative.

The teenager will appear in juvenile court when his court date is set.

Thomas said the teen is not currently being charged as an adult, but the district attorney and court system will determine if he will eventually be charged as an adult.

Thomas said his department is still working on the investigation.

“My investigators are still looking into it to make sure they haven’t missed anything,” he said.

“The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone in the community that has reached out to us and made sure this case was being followed up on,” he said.

Two of the photos on Facebook were posted on Valentine’s Day and show each of the two girls bound with duct tape while lying on a bed. In one photo the 2-year-old girl’s hands and feet are apparently bound behind her back and her mouth is wrapped in duct tape. In the other photo, the 6-month-old’s hands appear to be bound with duct tape.

Another photo circulated on Facebook shows the 2-year-old lying in the open trunk of an SUV with her arms and legs apparently wrapped in tape.

The photos were shared thousands of times on social media, and many residents reported them to law enforcement.


New campaign asks everyone to look out for signs of child abuse

A CAMPAIGN to encourage people to report child abuse is being rolled out in North Devon.

The campaign, supported by Devon County Council, aims to tackle the problem of child abuse going unreported.

A third of people who suspect child abuse do nothing to report it, according to the Department for Education.

The main message of the campaign is you don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions before reporting them.

The campaign, Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse, aims to highlight the fact everyone has a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

It calls on the general public to report any signs of abuse.

These signs may include:

-Changes in appearance, such as frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when drunk.

-Changes in behaviour, such as being demanding or aggressive, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired.

-Changes in communication, such as use of sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient.

The chairman of Devon Safeguarding Children’s Board, Mark Gurrey, said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we would encourage anyone who is concerned that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect to report their concerns.”

The county council’s cabinet member for children’s services James McInnes is pleased the council is tackling the issue.

He said: “We want it to become a social norm that people, the public, feel that they are able to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect to the authorities.

If you have suspicions a child is being abused you are encouraged to report it to Devon’s Safeguarding Hub by calling 0345 155 1071 or emailing including as much information as you can.

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His Hand

She felt the warmth

Of his gentle hand

press deep between her thighs

Trust betrayed

Innocence lost

love was his disguise

He held her close,

His voice so soft

His tempting, careful praise,

Promises, promptings, guidance

So He could have his ways.

Ignoring her naivity

blind to her trusting eyes

devouring her virginity

with his selfish threats and lies.

the deed now done

momentarily he is satisfied

until his appetite

hungers again

for what her little body can supply.

Filled with confusion

torment and undeserved shame

Her child hood stolen

by a treacherous

soul-sucking game

Surviving unworthiness worthily

forever her life is changed.

His secret is well-hidden

behind his kind and honest face

And his charitable, Christian heart

No one suspects

the child molesting part.

Invisible bars imprison

her soul to agonizing

denial and pain

his unforgivable sin

kept alive again and again

revived by her memory

so it never ends

Forever she participates


Always he will win.

Essex child abuse: Increase in case probes ‘not surprising’

via BBC News – Essex child abuse: Increase in case probes ‘not surprising’.

Concerns over the handling of child abuse cases by an Essex Police team are “not surprising”, the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.

Eight extra cases have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on top of 30 already being looked into.

The investigations relate to a team covering north Essex.

Essex PCC Nick Alston said the increase was “distressing”. The force has been asked to comment but has yet to do so.

“As the review into the quality of child abuse investigations instigated by Essex Police progresses, regrettably I do not find it surprising that it has identified further cases of concern and fresh referrals to the IPCC,” he said.

But he stressed the number of cases being dealt with by the IPCC remained “a small proportion” of the total number of such cases investigated by the force each year.

“I am convinced the force is making real efforts to identify and resolve problems with the quality of child abuse investigations,” Mr Alston added.

Blake Fowler’s death shows social worker need help to stop child abuse

via Blake Fowler’s death shows social worker need help to stop child abuse 

EVERY time a case where a child has been failed by the professionals who were supposed to protect him or her emerges, it prompts questions about how this abuse and neglect could go on.

When a child is let down by those closest to them we need to know that the authorities are there to pick up the pieces and intervene soon enough to put their life back on track.

We all have a responsibility to get better at spotting the early warning signs and acting accordingly.

In Southampton the report released last week into the death of seven-year-old Blake Fowler has prompted such conversations to take place.

There have been a number of reports into tragic cases of abuse and exploitation of children released over recent months.

Many lives have been damaged by these terrible acts, not just those of the young victims but families and communities too.

As wounds begin to heal, the scale and degree of such vile crimes has given everyone with responsibility for keeping children safe cause to reflect.

Any case that raises questions about child abuse and neglect will prompt discussion about what could have been done differently.

Councils will do everything in their power to ensure nothing like it ever happens again.

Child abuse charges filed after Detroit boy found in basement

The father and stepmother of a Detroit boy who was found after being reported missinglast year were charged with torture and child abuse Friday, according to prosecutors.

Charles Bothuell IV and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuwell, allegedly physically abused the child, forced him to live in the basement, deprived him of food and made him engage in an extreme exercise regime, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

The boy, then 12, was discovered June 25 in the basement of his father’s home behind a barricade after numerous searches of the home in the days following his June 14 disappearance. He was very thin, with marks on his upper body when he was found.

Charles Bothuell IV told authorities his son ran away after being scolded for not exercising or doing his chores. He learned his son was found during a taped interview with HLN’s Nancy Grace when he said he had no idea the boy was in the basement.

via Child abuse charges filed after Detroit boy found in basement |

New Calgary chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse set to fight for abused kids

via New Calgary chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse set to fight for abused kids 

You’ll hear them long before they arrive, and when they do, you might wish the motley crew of leather-jacketed bikers had gone the other way.

Greasy, grim and menacing, the dozen-strong motorcycle gang sure seems like a respectable citizen’s nightmare, with one particular bearded behemoth looking like the kind of guy who spends his spare time wrestling grizzly bears.

But unless you’re a child molester or someone who abuses kids, there’s nothing to fear at all — and if you happen to be the young victim of such abuse, these intimidating men and women are the best friends you could ever hope for.

Stepmother faces upgraded charge in child abuse case

HOUSTON – The stepmother of a 5-year-old boy who was found beaten and malnourished in a stairway closet is facing an upgraded felony charge.

Tammi Bleimeyer was charged with injury to a child by omission Friday.

Bleimeyer and the boy’s biological father were arrested in March 2014 and charged with felony child endangerment.

Bleimeyer turned herself in Saturday and posted $30,000 bond later in the day. Her husband, Bradley, remains in jail on $150,000 bond.

The boy was found by his 16-year-old brother, who called police. Investigators said the boy weighed about 30 pounds and was found with his bones popping out and skin peeling off his back.

via Stepmother faces upgraded charge in child abuse case.

Nursery to remain closed after failing to report bruises of child abused by family member

A struggling nursery that was closed down by Ofsted after a worker failed to tell social services about bruises noticed on a child has lost its fight to re-open.

Catherine’s Cross Nursery, in Darlaston, shut last year and was struck off the register by the education watchdog for a string of safeguarding failings.

The management was said to be poor and ineffectual, while inadequate learning and development opportunities were being offered to children at the Pinfold Street centre.

Nursery operators Darlaston Community Association took the matter to an appeal heard at a First-Tier Tribunal earlier this month. But the original decision to close was upheld.

The hearing was told concerns were raised about the failure of a worker to report to social services bruises she had noticed on a child.

The abused toddler was ultimately taken into care after suffering a serious assault by a family member.
Ofsted said the concerns were sufficient to justify removing the nursery from the register and, after an appeal, a judge has now backed that decision.

Judge Melanie Plimmer told the tribunal that, if anything, the concerns raised then were even more valid now than they were last year.

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Ex-Teacher Charged With Failure To Report Child Abuse

Dona Block, 49, of Belton, surrendered Thursday at the Bell County Jail and was later released on $5,000 bond after she was named in a misdemeanor warrant charging failure to report child abuse or neglect.

The charge stems from the failure to report “that a child who was attending Belton ISD may have been the victim of abuse, neglect or sexual assault,” Lt. Donnie Adams said in a press release Thursday.

The charge stems from a sexual assault investigation that started in March after authorities learned that a 25-year-old Belton man had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Belton ISD student,

Ex-Teacher Charged With Failure To Report Child Abuse.