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Three former Penn State officials are getting jail time for failing to report convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and former vice president Gary Schultz will have to spend two months in jail. Former athletic director Tim Curley will spend three months in jail. The rest of their sentences will be served in house arrest.
Spanier, who received a sentence of four to 12 months, plans to appeal. Curley received a sentence of seven to 23 months, and Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months. All three were also fined and ordered to perform community service.
Spanier was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor child endangerment, while Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children.
Sentencing guidelines had called for up to a year in prison.
Mike McQueary, a graduate coaching assistant, told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001. Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report Sandusky to child welfare authorities or police.
"Why Mr. Sandusky was allowed to continue to the Penn State facilities is beyond me," Judge John Boccabella said. "All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to [Sandusky's] crimes when they had a chance to do so."
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DENTON, Md. – The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Caroline County couple for allegedly injecting a child with heroin and forcing her into prostitution.
According to the sheriff’s office, 35-year-old Darlene Allen and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Paul Owen were arrested sometime in early April after a months-long investigation into the potential child abuse.
In January 2017, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services – Child Protective Services Division were notified about a child abuse allegation. The victim was a 15-year-old girl.
The children were going to die. Mohamed Bzeek knew that. But in his more than two decades as a foster father, he took them in anyway — the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County’s sprawling foster care system. He has buried about 10 children. Some died in his arms. Now, Bzeek spends long days and sleepless nights caring for a bedridden 6-year-old foster girl with a rare brain defect. She’s blind and deaf. She has daily seizures. Her arms and legs are paralyzed.
Maryland officials are taking steps to create a more welcoming foster-care system for gay, bisexual and transgender children and adolescents, including screening homes for possible bias and providing sensitivity training to case workers.
The policy directive issued this month by the state Department of Human Resources prohibits conversion therapy and urges foster parents of transgender children to call them by their preferred pronouns and to allow them to dress and groom accordingly.
The internal injuries of a 6-week-old girl who died in January must have been caused by physical trauma inflicted after she was born, a pediatrician testified at a hearing Tuesday for a former University of Tulsa football player who is charged with child-abuse murder.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wednesday is the Huntington Police Department's first full day of investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy.
Mariya Jones and her boyfriend Aaron Miles, both of Huntington, are being charged with child abuse resulting in death.
Emergency responders were called to their home in the 1800 block of 7th Avenue for a cardiac arrest.
According to the criminal complaint, EMS said when they showed up, the boy was already dead and cold to the touch.
Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli tells WSAZ officers have collected several pieces of evidence from the home to build their case. He also said that evidence shows several people knew the alleged abuse was happening prior to the child's death.
"We have already found, even though it's very early in this investigation, that there are people who were aware that abuse was taking place in regard to this child," Ciccarelli said. "The failing is they did not report it."
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Governor John Kasich is expected to sign off on new legislation that will help teens who are aging out of foster care become more successful adults. Right now, when foster children turn 18 they face a sharp cut-off of resources and support, resulting in many of them becoming homeless. This new legislation would extend support services until age 21.
Mandated reporting laws in Pennsylvania might seem complicated, but really, the state wants anyone with a concern about a child's safety to report it.
Larry Richardson, longtime president and CEO of the York YMCA, was arraigned Thursday after being charged for allegedly failing to report a 2014 case of alleged child sexual abuse at the YMCA's Camp Spirit in East Manchester Township, according to charging documents.
Richardson told investigators that he followed the law in not reporting the incident to authorities and that it was a case of "sexual exploration" between two 12-year-old boys, documents state......
Jolene Philo's first child, Allen, was born with a life-threatening birth defect that required 7 surgeries from birth to age 5. The first occurred when he was 12 hours old, landing him in the NICU for 3 weeks. As literally hundreds of medical tests and procedures were performed on her son, Jolene was told, "Don't worry - babies don't feel any pain" and "he'll never remember these surgeries and hospital visits when he's older."
But in adolescence, Allen seemed to become two different kids. At times, Allen was "the curious, talented, happy son he'd been when he was younger," Philo reported. "But at other times, he became a secretive, self-destructive teenager who sometimes just 'ran away.'" Because Allen remained highly successful in school, teachers, counselors and therapists brushed aside the Philos' concerns.
The pattern of running away continued until Allen was 26, and he asked his parents for help. Within a week of meeting with counselors and therapists at a cutting-edge outpatient clinic in Morgantown, WV, Allen was diagnosed with PTSD. Although he had not realized what was causing his self-destructive behavior, he told his mother, "For the first time in my life, I'm not looking over my shoulder, waiting for them to take me back to surgery."
Jay and Angie Jacobs know firsthand the challenges that come with foster parenting. The interrupted routine, lack of sleep and reduction in quiet times.
"But those pale in comparison when you can see a light bulb go off in a child's eyes when they learn something new, or you can see the love that they have for us and for our girls, it makes it worth it," says Angie. "We've been blessed beyond measure with the children we've had."
The Jacobs family first welcomed two foster children into their home seven years ago. Since then, they've taken care of 15 foster children -- some stays lasted only a night, while others were more than two years.
FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse costs nations worldwide billions of dollars a year, experts report.
In high-income nations, the median cost of child abuse equals a loss of 1.2 percent of per capita income, or $150 billion a year in the United States. The estimated cost in China -- a middle-income country -- is $50 billion a year, the experts added.
In East Asia and the Pacific, the cost of emotional child abuse alone is more than $48 billion a year, the researchers said.
The findings, from an international panel of experts, were to be presented Feb. 12 at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.