crimes against children

Where Is Amiah Robertson?

For as long as I have been blogging about missing children, my contrition for their parents has only grown worse. Generally, the outcomes are not good and a parent is usually involved. I feel no different with Amiah Robertson’s parents and caregivers. There is so much that is SO wrong with the information coming out of Indianapolis where she is from. She has been missing since last week. The dates are in conflict. One would…
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Vinton County Wrestling Team Assault on Student

45-year old Dewey Thacker is facing misdemeanor child endangering charges stemming from an incident on February 5 that was caught on camera at a Vinton County school when he witnessed an assault on a 12-year old boy in a high school wrestling room and did nothing to stop it. It is unclear what Thacker’s position with the school wrestling team is as he is not a board approved assistant coach or volunteer. He has now…
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Trial Rescheduled: Minor Witness Dies in Fire

This is such an incredibly sad story.  An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in  Youngstown, Ohio.  It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf.  Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion.  One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions.  The little girl was to appear as…
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She Had 7 Children: Three of them are DEAD

Seven years ago I had written about a child murder case in Steubenville, Ohio.  The father of the baby, Fred Roman, bashed his son’s head against a wall because he was crying.  Today, the mother of that child is in jail on a charge of child endangerment, and her son is dead.  COVERED in bruises from head to toe according to Sheriff Fred Abdalla and had burns on his feet. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla…
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Steubenville: Time to Take Out the Trash

I was able to find a copy of the Bill of Particulars online – thanks to @4rcH_4ng3I_ who posted the copy on Twitter.  I know I sound like a broken record when I say that this case continues to get stranger and stranger with each court hearing, but it’s true.  This case is like a rotten onion.  The more you peel back layers the more funk that lies underneath.  This past court hearing didn’t disappoint in the…
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Cultural Apathy

Last week members of the Steubenville Police Department along with agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed the search warrants on 8 locations throughout Jefferson County in what was reported to be raids resulting from an illegal gambling investigation initiated by Steubenville Police and Ohio BCI.  An estimated $1.5 million was seized as a result of the coordinated raids.   What is odd is the lack of response by Jefferson County Prosecutor’s office…
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Burch Middle School: Mandatory Reporting Failure

After all of the publicity surrounding the Steubenville case, it is hard to comprehend that ANYONE in their right mind would attempt to protect their own when it comes to sexual abuse allegations within a school system.  That is exactly what is happening in Delbarton, WV by school administration at Burch Middle School. On Thursday West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey filed an injunction against several employees at Burch Middle School and the Mingo County…
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Coach Craig Wood Charged with Murder

Yesterday an Amber Alert was issued for Hailey Owens, a 10-year old from Springfield, MO after she was taken around 5 p.m. by a man driving a gold Ford Ranger.  Witnesses report that the truck had circled the area several times before pulling over and dragging Hailey into the vehicle. The Amber Alert was canceled just before 7 a.m. Wednesday and Coach Craig Wood was arrested and charged with murder.  Springfield police say they received a…
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MISSING: Newborn Kayden Powell

Wisconsin police and the FBI are trying to locate a 5 day-old baby boy who went missing from a home in the town of Beloit, Wisconsin early Thursday morning. Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the mother of Kayden Powell, Brianna Marshall,  contacted police immediately after she woke up around 4:30 Thursday morning when she discovered her son was gone. The home belongs to the great-grandmother of the infant where she lives with…
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Debra Copeland School of Bright Promise

Debra Copeland, a physical therapist at the School of Bright Promise in Jefferson County, Ohio was put on paid administrative leave and is facing three charges of child endangerment for abuse that was secretly recorded by an intern.  The intern who worked at the School of Bright Promise secretly recorded the  sessions with Copeland and two special needs children.  The woman who is being identified as BJ told News 9: “Her demeanor, the way she…
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