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Child found with dead chicken around neck: Foster parents ask for attorneys during court appearance

Date: 2013-11-18

The foster parents of an 11-year-old boy found last week with his ankle handcuffed to a porch post and a dead chicken tied around his neck asked a North Carolina judge Monday for court-appointed attorneys to represent them.

Monday's hearing was the first court appearance in this case for Wanda Sue Larson, a supervisor with the Union County Department of Social Services, and Dorian Lee Harper, an emergency room nurse at CMC-Union in Monroe.

Larson and Harper were arrested Friday and charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals. Larson also faces charges of willful failure to discharge her duty as a public official.

Both Harper and Larson stood quietly in court during Monday's hearing.

Harper's bond is set at $500,000, and Larson's is $525,000. They have not posted bond and remain in the custody of the Union County Sheriff's Department.

A child’s death divides medical community in high-profile Chico murder trial

Date: 2013-11-17

A child’s death divides medical community in high-profile Chico murder trial
By Marjie Lundstrom

Published: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am

On April 18, 2012, a 2-year-old boy was rushed by ambulance to a Chico emergency room, then whisked by helicopter to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento.

Benjamin Yhip had been here before. The previous November, the little boy had been hospitalized for four days at the aging East Sacramento facility, where a medical team puzzled over his malnourished, dehydrated figure and failing kidneys.

At the time, one pediatric neurologist thought, it seemed that Benjamin was a “profoundly sick boy” who “did not have long to live,” according to Butte County court documents.

RCMP say at least nine B.C. residents facing charges in huge international child porn sting

Date: 2013-11-15

RCMP say at least nine B.C. residents facing charges in huge international child porn sting


RCMP say at least nine B.C. residents facing charges in huge international child porn sting

Toronto police chief Bill Blair held a press conference Thursday about Project Spade, a three-year, worldwide child exploitation investigation involving child pornography. The investigation lead to 386 children being rescued which include 24 Canadian children and 341 people arrested worldwide.
Photograph by: Michelle Siu , National Post

Mounties say at least nine of the more than 300 people arrested in a massive international child pornography bust are from British Columbia.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, a spokesman for the B.C. RCMP, said Friday that so far Crown Counsel has approved charges against six of those individuals.

Child porn bust: The men who were charged

Date: 2013-11-14

Child porn bust: The men who were charged
As part of Project Spade, hundreds of people were charged from all over the world, including Canada. They were teachers, doctors, priests . . .

Dr. Mark Shaffer was one of the people swept up in the Project Spade investigation.

By: Jennifer Quinn News reporter, Julian Sher Investigative News reporter, Published on Thu Nov 14 2013

The bedroom resembled that of a teenager: Hockey posters on the wall. A computer.

The man it belonged to was in his late 40s.

Police had a serious reason for being in the Chatham, Ont., home where Ronald Inghelbrecht lived with his mother: officers in Toronto suspected he was a customer of a website that sold child pornography, and the Ontario Provincial Police were there to look for evidence.

“I would describe his room as being adolescent — like he decorated it when he was 12, or 14, and he never changed it,” said OPP Detective David Beckon.

No moves for peer probe into gynaecologist in illegal adoption case

Date: 2013-11-13

No moves for peer probe into gynaecologist in illegal adoption case

THE head of the gynaecological association Marios Liasides said on Tuesday they were not investigating one of their peers over alleged misconduct in an illegal adoption case, but did advise their members to be “careful” in their actions.

A Larnaca gynaecologist, 48, is under police investigation for allegedly advising a woman against having an abortion, recommending instead an adoption.

The Bulgarian national recently gave birth and her newborn boy is now under the care of the welfare office as the biological parents, both Bulgarians, and the prospective adoptive parents, from Famagusta, are also being investigated.

A court heard on Saturday during a remand hearing that the boy’s mother agreed to take €10,000 to give her child up for adoption and was allegedly told by the doctor he would be assuming the cost of the pregnancy.

Baby at centre of adoption row under care of welfare

Date: 2013-11-11

Baby at centre of adoption row under care of welfare

By George Psyllides

A NEWBORN boy at the centre of an illegal adoption investigation has been placed in the care of the welfare office as his parents, arrested along with three others, including a doctor, were due to be released.

The baby, currently being looked after at Larnaca hospital under police guard, has been put in the care of the welfare office by court order.

Police said five suspects detained for two days on Saturday were due to be released as investigations continue.

Police arrested a Larnaca gynaecologist, 48, the child’s biological parents – both Bulgarian nationals – and the adoptive parents from Famagusta in connection with the case.

A court heard on Saturday that the Bulgarian mother had agreed to take €10,000 to give her child for adoption.

It started in April this year when the Bulgarian woman, 38, visited the doctor wanting to have an abortion.
The gynaecologist allegedly advised her to keep the baby and that he would assume the cost.

At the end of the remand hearing, the mother said she wanted her child back.

Sexual abuse of foster daughter admitted

Date: 2013-11-11

Sexual abuse of foster daughter admitted
By STEPHEN RYAN Nov. 11, 2013, 11 p.m.

A NEWCASTLE man who used his foster daughter as a virtual sex slave had ‘‘a total disregard for her as a human being’’ at a time when she was ‘‘utterly alone and had nowhere to turn’’, a prosecutor told the district court yesterday.

The paedophile, who cannot be identified, claimed to have no memory of at least a year of sexually assaulting the teen despite him buying her lingerie, pornographic magazines and regularly forcing her to drink alcohol before the assaults, Newcastle District Court heard.

The sexual encounters were part of a heinous household routine on Tuesdays and Saturdays with the offender, aged in his 60s, having to inject his penis with prescription medication in order to achieve an erection, a statement of facts said.

Prosecutor Greg Coles said the girl, who was aged 14 and 15 at the times of the assaults, was in desperate need of support, but was instead subjected to a ‘‘sexual predator’’.

Hana's Story: An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again.

Date: 2013-11-10

An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again.

By Kathryn Joyce

1 "Like She's in a Dark Room"

On the night of May 11, 2011, sometime around midnight, 13-year-old Hana Williams fell face-forward in her parents’ backyard. Adopted from Ethiopia three years before, Hana was naked and severely underweight. Her head had recently been shaved, and her body bore the scars of repeated beatings with a plastic plumbing hose. Inside the house, her adoptive mother, 42-year-old Carri Williams, and a number of Hana’s eight siblings had been peering out the window for the past few hours, watching as Hana staggered and thrashed around, removed her clothing in what is known as hypothermic paradoxical undressing and fell repeatedly, hitting her head. According to Hana’s brother Immanuel, a deaf 10-year-old also adopted from Ethiopia, the family appeared to be laughing at her.

Baby held after illegal adoption

Date: 2013-11-09

Baby held after illegal adoption

A Larnaca gynaecologist, 48, and four other people – two couples – were remanded in custody for two days on Saturday in connection with the illegal adoption of a newborn baby that allegedly involved paying its parents €10,000.

Police said they arrested the child’s biological parents, a Bulgarian couple, and the Famagusta couple who wanted to adopt the baby.
The would-be adoptive mother is the doctor’s cousin, reports said.

It all started in April this year when the Bulgarian woman, 38, visited the doctor wanting to have an abortion.

The gynaecologist allegedly advised her to keep the baby and that he would assume the cost.

On top of that, the court heard that the adoptive couple had agreed to pay the mother €10,000.

The mother allegedly agreed. She gave birth to a boy on Wednesday and left the clinic on Friday without the baby, who was going to be handed over to the 41-year-old adoptive mother.

Ethiopian girl lands in Maine after long, sad journey of adoption

Date: 2013-11-07

(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Windham, Maine) - As she walks through campus, there is nothing that sets Tarikuwa Lemma apart from the other freshmen at a college in Maine.

But a closer look reveals a young woman who has been on a long and painful journey - a journey that starts in her home country of Ethiopia.

"My mom died when I was 10," said Tarikuwa.

When her mother died, Tarikuwa says her widowed father struggled financially to care for her and her siblings. It made him vulnerable to brokers who profit when they provide children to adoption agencies.

"It brought in the adoption recruits for people who are friends with my father to come into our homes and tell him that this is a great opportunity to send your children to America to get a great education," she said.

Tarikuwa's father agreed to send her and two of her sisters to America.

What none of them understood was he had given them up for adoption. They were adopted by a family in Virginia who thought they were saving orphaned children.

Child abuse was ex's fault, Mukilteo man testifies

Date: 2013-11-05

By Diana Hefley

EVERETT -- A Mukilteo man on trial for the abuse of his 10-year-old adoptive sister spent Monday distancing himself from the girl and the woman who was paid to care for the child.

Derron Alexis, 44, told the jury that he was against plans to have the girl live with him and his former girlfriend. He said he already had his hands full with his job as an airplane mechanic and taking care of Mary Mazalic, a woman who claimed to be disabled because of a myriad of health problems.

"I knew I couldn't be there to give her what she needs," Alexis said.

His mother and Mazalic were behind the arrangement to have the girl move to Washington from New York. He told jurors he was never in charge of the girl's care. He also said he never had any indication that she was being abused or needed medical attention.

Alexis testified for about three hours Monday. His mother, who sent the child to live with Mazalic and Alexis in 2010, also was called as a witness for the defense. Jurors likely will begin deliberations today.

Parents charged in death of Newport News girl, 7

Date: 2013-11-05

By Cindy Clayton

Police have charged a couple in the April death of their adopted 7-year-old daughter.

Officers who were called about 1:40 a.m. on April 4 to the 200 block of Gallery Court found the girl, Terrilynn Destiny Dennis, not breathing, police wrote in a news release. Family members were performing CPR on the girl until paramedics arrived and took her to a hospital where she died.

The girl, who was adopted in December 2012 from Louisiana, had several medical issues.

The medical examiner needed additional time to investigate because of complexities with the case, the release says. Research and lab results led to a ruling of homicide on Sept. 23.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney reviewed the case and sought warrants charging Terri Winslow Dennis, 31, and Pamela Travers Dennis, 40, with felony child neglect, the release says. They were arrested Monday at their home in the 200 block of Gallery Court and were being held in jail.

No other information was immediately available.

Adoptive brother convicted of abusing, starving girl

Date: 2013-11-05

By Diana Hefley

EVERETT -- The girl wrapped her arms around the deputy prosecutor and squeezed.

A jury had confirmed on Tuesday what the pair knew was the truth all along -- the girl's adoptive brother abused and mistreated the child when he should have protected her.

It only took jurors three hours to convict Derron Alexis, 44. The former airplane mechanic denied being responsible for the girl's condition when the 10-year-old was rescued from his home in 2011.

She weighed just 51 pounds. Her body had lost nearly all its fat and had started metabolizing her muscles for energy. She had scars from being whipped with electrical cords and burned with lit cigarettes. She was kept in diapers and forced to sleep in a bathtub. The girl alleged that Alexis forced her to stay in a dog crate so he could sleep.

The man testified Monday that he never wanted his adoptive sister to live with him and his former girlfriend Mary Mazalic. His mother sent the girl, then 9, to Washington because she didn't want the child in special education classes.

Mazalic was convicted last year of abusing the girl. She is serving 30 years in prison.

Adoptive parents charged with murder, child neglect in death of 7-year-old girl

Date: 2013-11-05

by Matt Knight

Newport News, Va. – The adoptive parents of a 7-year-old girl who died in Newport News in April have now been charged with felony murder.

Police and medics responded to a report of a girl not breathing around 1:40 a.m. on April 4 in a home on Gallery Ct. When officers arrived they found family members performing CPR on the victim, seven-year-old Terrilynn Destiny Dennis. The officers took over the CPR efforts until medics arrived and transported her to a local hospital where she died a short time later.

According to police, the medical examiner has been investigating the case since then and recently ruled her death a homicide after determining the cause and manner of death.

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the lead detective in the case obtained warrants, charging each parent with one count of felony murder.

On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, Sheriff’s deputies served the warrants on both parents, 31-year-old Terri W. Dennis and 40-year-old Pamela T. Dennis, at the City Jail where they were being held on the original charges of felony child neglect.

Momma Mia!

Date: 2013-11-01

Momma Mia!
Grounded in her human-rights work, Mia Farrow can look back at another triumph—the loving home she created for 14 adopted and biological children. But she must also continue to deal with the wreckage from the sensational scandal that almost rent it apart 20 years ago. From Farrow and eight of her kids, including the long-silent Dylan, Maureen Orth gets the full story of life before and after Woody Allen.

By Maureen Orth

Pound Pup Legacy