Child Abuse 

Florida Child Welfare Investigators Criticized for Incompetance

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Say you're a child welfare investigator.
You get numerous reports that children in a particular family are being abused. Most recently, you hear they are being tied up and confined to a bathtub. How can you tell if...
Florida investigators overlooked warning signs, and little girl died.

Illinois Cracks Down on Child Abductions

Credit: AFP/Getty Images The Chicago Tribune reported last year on how -- out of 530 attempted child abductions by strangers in Chicago and Cook County suburbs during a two-year period -- only 30 of the would-be abductors were ever pro...Report by Chicago Tribune identifies holes in Illinois child abduction laws.

Number of Child Abuse Deaths Might Be Underestimated

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At least 1,770 children died from abuse and neglect in 2009.
Probably more. Probably a lot more. State officials underestimate the death toll from child abuse by at least 50 percent, according to the Governme...
Government Accountability Office says deaths from child abuse woefully underestimated.

Men Most Likely to Hurt Children, Minnesota Study Finds

Minnesota Public Radio reports men are behind most of the fatal and near-fatal injuries of infants. Credit: Getty Images
People who hurt, even kill, children often have something in common.
They're men. Minnesota Public Radio rep...
Study finds women neglect children, while men actively hurt them.

People Take Their Anger Over Economy Out on Babies, Study Shows

The number of babies with non-accidental head injuries has gone up as the economy has gone down. Credit: Getty Images Every now and again, you read a story that fills you with hope and restores your faith in humanity. This isn't o...Hospitals see surge in head injuries among infants.

Low Vitamin D Levels May Not Be Behind Unexplained Bone Fractures in Infants

Watch video on the importance of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is essential for building strong bones and teeth in infants. Credit: Getty Images "I didn't bust the guy's jaw, your honor, honest. He must have them there, whaddya call 'em, vi...
Suspicious eyes may be turning back to child abuse.

No Racial Bias in Child Welfare System, Report Finds

Almost three times as many African Americans as whites live below the poverty line, and economic need plays a huge role in abuse. Credit: Corbis It has long been argued that systemwide racial bias is behind the reporting of double ...
Almost three times as many African Americans as whites live below the poverty line, and economic need plays a huge role in abuse.

Opinion: Verbal Abuse Leaves Wounds That Never Heal

Verbal abuse leaves scars, too. Illustration by Dori Hartley When I was little, "abuse" wasn't a commonly used word -- at least, not in the context in which it is used today. During the free-lovin' late '60s, and the hedonistic ea...Physical abuse leaves scars, whereas a venomous tongue has the ability to create wounds that never heal.

Mom in Hot Water After Admitting She Forced Son to Drink Hot Sauce on 'Dr. Phil'

Granted, the segment is called "Mommy Confessions," but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know it's probably not the smartest thing in the world to appear on "Dr. Phil" with a home video of yourself screaming and berating your kid as you f...
Mother who appeared on "Dr. Phil" now faces child abuse charges.

Adolescence a Bigger Battlefield Than Most Adults Know, Study Finds

Nearly 60 percent of teens reported abuse in a recent study, but less than half reported it. Credit: Getty If Archie comics were real, Archie would pound the snot out of Jughead just for wearing that stupid hat and Reggie would slip ...Most kids abuse, but adults generally don't know about it.

Mom Joins Cheering Crowd While Girls Fight Like Pit Bulls

Who needs pit bulls and roosters? All you really need is two young girls. Let them fight it out while a bunch of cheering and jeering spectators circle around and egg them on. Heck, even a proud mama will show up to root for her little girl. ...The first fule of fight club: Don't cheer on your child as she pummels another girl. This Florida mom now faces child abuse charges.

Child Allegedly Beaten for Not Doing His Homework Quickly Enough

Bianca Anderson is accused of beating her young son. Credit: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
A Cincinnati woman allegedly beat her 5-year-old son for not doing his homework quickly enough. According to WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati,...
A Cincinnati woman allegedly beat her 5-year-old son for not doing his homework quickly enough.

Boy Scouts Refuse to Release Files on Child Molestors

The guy who lives down the street next to the playground is a pervert who likes to fondle young boys. You know it. You even investigated him to make absolutely sure. You compiled everything you learned -- and it's some pretty damning stuff -- in...Boy Scouts of America have responded to several complaints of pedophilia over the years and have created their own files for safety reasons. So why won't they hand over their findings to law enforcement?

Adults Aren't Taking Their Economic Woes Out on Kids, Report Shows

Despite the bad economy, child abuse rates are down. Credit: Getty Images
Grownups apparently are not taking their anger and frustration over the blankety-blank economy out on children. At least not in statistically significant numbers. S...

Are Parents of Obese Kids Abusive?

Could a heavy kid land you in the pokey? Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Think twice before you give your child that candy bar or cookie -- some are saying obese kids have abusive parents. Two extremely obese Georgia children who were...


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