Kids left in hot cars: What’s the solution?

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It happens every summer doesn’t it? Every summer we get inundated with stories about parents who leave their kids in the car during the extremely hot weather. This summer is no different as the story of Justin Ross Harris from Georgia has been taking up the headlines. Harris is a different case however as he’s accused of allegedly leaving his 33-month-old son Cooper in the car intentionally while he went to work.

As an aside this story is too Nancy Grace for me. I bet she even made one of her stupid twitter hashtags about this. #broiledbaby or something like that.

Getting back to the point most of the parents who leave their kids in hot cars do so accidentally. Granted there are the cases where a selfish person will go into a strip club or get their hair done while leaving their kids in the car. I’m not talking about those people.a I’m talking about the people who genuinely forget that they left their kid in the car while under the influence of no substances. What do we do with them? Is prosecution really the answer? Is there some kind of education that’s needed? Something is obviously needed as unnecessary child deaths caused by leaving them in a hot car happen every year.

Thanks to Ashley and Nancy for the tip.

Time to talk about Safe Haven laws again

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I must be getting soft in my old age. Tipster Misty sent me a story about a 27-year-old woman from Florida who gave birth at home then placed the newborn in a trash bag where she died. I used to go ballistic over reading stories like this but for some reason now I couldn’t be too harsh on this woman. We don’t know her situation.

The woman was Hispanic and lived with her adult siblings and mother. We don’t know what was going on at the home. We don’t know if the woman herself was in danger from the family if it was revealed or from someone else. She has been charged with manslaughter however. Instead of piling on this woman I decided it was time to talk about the state Safe Haven Laws in the U.S. again.

Each of the 50 states has their own law in which you can drop off a newborn baby at certain places safely with no questions asked. With so many of these stories that constantly show up in the news it makes me wonder if the states are not doing enough to inform the public about these laws. So I’m going to give them a little hand.

For instance this story took place in Florida and according to Florida’s Safe Haven law

You can leave your baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station or with a fire fighter at any fire station in Florida.

They also have a crisis line you can call at 1-877-767 BABY (2229).

You can look here for your own state’s Safe Haven laws here.

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Reward doubled in Adam Herrman disappearance

Adam Herrman then and what he may look like now.

Adam Herrman then and what he may look like now.

Reward increases in search for Adam Herrman:

Reward in Adam Herrman case doubled to $100,000:

This Tuesday, July 1st, will mark the 15th anniversary since the disappearance of then 11-year-old Adam Herrman from the Butler County, Kansas home of his adoptive Breeders, Doug and Valerie Herrman. While Adam disappeared in 1999 his disappearance wasn’t reported to anyone until 2008. His adoptive Breeders were collecting the government benefits for Adam the entire time he was gone. They were both sentenced to less than a year in jail on fraud charges.

Just recently an anonymous donor doubled the reward for information leading to the discovery of Adam to $100,000.

Anyone with information about Adam’s whereabouts or his disappearance is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or 316-322-4257.

If you were to ask my opinion I would reluctantly say that I think Adam is no longer with us. When this story first broke it was big time national news. If no one could find him then I think it’s very unlikely that he’s till alive. Even so Adam needs to come home and those who wronged him need to face justice.

Thanks to Denise for the tip.

Foster Breeder makes kids drink bleach to mask weed

Foster teen says she drank bleach to mask cannabis:

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We’re all familiar with bleach right? The stuff that makes your clothes white even if they weren’t white before. The stuff that when mixed with ammonia makes chlorine gas. (Don’t ever mix those two.) Lastly and most importantly the stuff YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DRINK. Are we this dumb as a society that there are people out there that really think it’s ok to drink bleach let alone give it to their kids.

Apparently there is as we go to Bunker Hill, Kansas, where Pam Pertl is accused of making her foster kids drink milk that was laced with bleach. I guess it’s ok since wholesome milk was involved. Anyway, why did Ms. Pertl allegedly give the teens bleach and milk to drink. Why to mask their drug test results since she was allegedly smoking weed with her foster teens. Guess what, it didn’t work as they all failed the drug test.

I’ve been around enough burnouts to imagine how this happened. “Dude, this one guy told me that of you drink bleach you can pass a drug test. We should so try that.”

Talk about how harmless weed is all you want it’s still a crime in 48 states. Deal with it.

Here’s what to do in case someone were to drink bleach.

Thanks to Denise for the tip.

Crazy Confederate anti-vaxxer kidnaps kid

Sunrise Woman Accused Of Kidnapping Daughter To Avoid Vaccinations:

Sunrise mom accused of kidnapping girl to avoid vaccination, preschool:

Country-wide hunt for Florida mom on the run with daughter, 2, after kidnapping her from dad ‘to stop her being vaccinated':

Megan Elizabeth Everett

Megan Elizabeth Everett

Let’s get this out of the way right up front. There is no link between vaccines and Autism. It has been debunked time and time again. If you believe that there is you are a gullible and ignorant Luddite. Like 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Everett of Sunrise, Florida.

Everett had shared custody of her 2-year-old daughter Lilly. Back in May when it was time for Everett to return Lilly to her father she didn’t and is now part of a nationwide manhunt for both Lilly and her egg donor. The reason Everett allegedly kidnapped her daughter is so she wouldn’t be vaccinated. The crazy doesn’t end there though as Everett only wanted her daughter to learn about the Confederacy. Yes, that Confederacy, the failed nation that broke from the Union in order to perpetuate slavery in North America.

According to court records, Everett left a note for Baumann vaguely explaining her actions.

“You are a great dad,” she wrote, with the word “great” underlined. “If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave.”

“One of the issues we had was, she wanted to home school my daughter,” said Baumann. “I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy.”

Once again we have home schooling being used to hide behind racism and anti-vaxxing which both can be considered a type of abuse.

It seems that Everett ‘s new squeeze, Carlos Lesters, may have been the one who put these ideas in her had as his entire family has been described as Confederate flag waving gun nuts. Lesters also has family in Georgia and Kentucky.

Police ask anyone with information about the whereabouts of Everett and Lilly to call 954-746-3600 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Oh an as an aside, the Confederate flag in all its forms should be referred to by its proper name, the traitor’s rag.

NM Tweaker charged in baby rape

Los Lunas man accused of raping baby:

Deputies: Man locks girlfriend out of hotel room, rapes her 8-month-old daughter:

Julio Iturralde

Julio Iturralde

When reader Lucy posted a link to this story in the open thread she said that it was bad, even bad for BB. She was right. So this is your warning. This is a very graphic story. It’s so bad I’m having trouble not reverting to form and just post a venom filled, profanity laced screed with no purpose but I’ll try.

27-year-old Julio Iturralde of Los Lunas, New Mexico, has been charged with raping his girlfriend’s 8-month-old daughter. Allegedly Iturralde and the girl’s mother were staying at a motel in Los Lunas. The mother claims that when she went out to the car to get something Iturralde locked the door to the room and then raped the baby girl. When Iturralde finally let her back into the room the mother noticed tremendous amounts of blood in the girl’s diaper. She then claims that Iturralde started smoking meth at that point.

You would think that would be the end of the story but it’s not. The mother, 25-year-old Jasmin Davis, has been arrested as well. She’s been charged with tampering of evidence and child abuse as she allegedly did not take the child for medical attention for 18 hours and lying to police by telling them that her daughter must have been injured by another child. The girl is currently in the custody of CFS.

Why would anyone defend a meth smoking baby rapist to the police? I can understand it may be out of fear but when the police are right there how do you not tell them everything in order to get you and your child to safety? There is no man or woman out there worth that kind of abuse. Single parents, not only can you afford to be selective with your possible love interests, you have to be. Your kids are the most vulnerable members of our society. It’s supposed to be your job to protect them, not your boo.

‘A Monster Took Him’

‘A Monster Took Him,’ Family Speaks Out About Suspect Accused Of Beating Infant To Death:

Man jailed after infant’s death:

Said monster, Steven Shaw

Said monster, Steven Shaw

41-year-old Steven Shaw of Coldwater, Michigan, is only 5 feet (1.5m) tall. His small stature hasn’t stopped him from being the worst kind of monster. In the past Shaw was accused of the rape of a 13-year-old girl and choking his own 7-year-old daughter. He escaped justice both times. He’s also been accused of abusing his ex-wife but charges were dropped. Unfortunately, growing up in an abusive household I know how that scenario plays out. Doesn’t mean the abuser isn’t guilty. This time Shaw is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 7-month-old son, Carson Burm.

Shaw allegedly beat Carson to death while the mother was at work. Shaw was also said to have been watching over the mother’s 2-year-old daughter as well. While the mother was at work Shaw is said to have shaken the baby and struck his head against a hard object. The force was enough to snap the baby’s spine.

Of course Shaw tried the usual BS when abusers try to cover their crime…

Medics found the baby on the floor, turning blue and unresponsive. Shaw told the responder he had laid the baby in its crib but moved it to the doorway when it stopped breathing.

Of course the hospital and coroner found out otherwise. Do they think that if they’re story is convincing enough that no one will check? Police also found a hole punched in the wall so take that for what you will.

CPS was said to have visited the home 3 times but did not take Carson away. My friend, who we’ll call CW, works for a state child protection agency. I asked CW why wouldn’t CPS interfere if they’ve been their 3 times. CW told me that a judge would more than likely not agree to have a child removed from a home unless there were visible marks and bruises. At the time Carson was only treated for what one doctor called an ear-infection even though they noted that there was blood in Carson’s ear.

Shaw seems like one of those guys who tries to make up for his stature by trying to be a tough guy, but like most tough guys it seems he only takes his violent rage out on victims smaller than himself. I wonder how that’s going to work out for him in jail.

In the meantime Carson’s father has set up a memorial fund on GoFundMe which can be found here. They are in need of money to help pay for Carson’s funeral. Please give if you can.

If you live in the Coldwater area there will also be a fundraiser for Carson.

Family said a fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Butler Motor Speedway, located at 1031 Clarendon Rd. 49082. The race will start at 7 p.m.

Thanks to MM for the tip.

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Carson Burm

A Voice for the Innocent at Cincinnati’s Take Back the Night

Our friends over at A Voice for the Innocent recently posted the following video to their YouTube channel of their participation in the 2014 Take Back the Night event in Cincinnati. Ohio.

Remember everyone, children can be victims of rape as well.

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Journey Ann was not in the system

Boyd and Payne

Boyd and Payne

Couple charged in beating death of 1-year-old Bartow County girl:

This is an older story but I think it still deserves attention.

I’m not usually a fan of nontraditional names but Journey Ann is a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. Unfortunately 1-year-old Journey Ann Cowart’s own journey in this life was cut short. Journey Ann’s mother, Brandy Ann Boyd, and her boyfriend, Austin Payne, both of Cartersville, Georgia, were arrested for Journey Ann’s death.

The coroner’s autopsy revealed that Journey Ann had been systemically beaten prior to her death. Blunt force trauma was the cause of death and the autopsy also showed that she had been beaten previously with bone fractures that never healed properly. If she hadn’t been killed Journey Ann probably would have grown up handicapped due to all the injuries she sustained.

What really grabbed me about this story is this quote from the article…

Investigators said they had not received reports of child abuse in the home from either the Division of Family and Children’s Services or family members.

I don’t know why that struck a chord in me but it got me to thinking about how a lot of child abusers are good at hiding things. How many stories have been posted here where the suspects either moved around to avoid detection or hid behind home schooling? A lot of them are eventually found out but too many of them go undetected until it’s too late.

The police and child protection agencies can’t be everywhere at once so we as citizens need to be their eyes and ears. Maybe you don’t know how to report child abuse. Do you call police, family services, your local crime stoppers? My answer to that is yes to any of the above. I asked someone who works for a child protection agency at what point should someone call in a suspected case of child abuse. They told me if you have any suspicion of child abuse to notify someone. It doesn’t have to be physical signs like bruises or cuts. In case you don’t know who to contact I found a list of each agency in each US state and how they can be contacted. As the old adage goes if you see something say something. However let me also add that you shouldn’t go looking for child abuse everywhere you look. If you look for abuse everywhere you’ll see abuse everywhere whether it exists or not.

I’ll have that link posted on the sidebar as well.

Thanks to Victoria for the tip.

Journey Ann Cowart

Journey Ann Cowart

Bad girlfriend makes 3-year-old eat her own feces

Arizona police say Nicole Candelaria forced 3-year-old to eat own feces after bathtub accident:

Nicole Candelaria

Nicole Candelaria

What is it with child abusers and feces? There’s either feces on the floor, on the kids or in this case used as a torture device.

27-year-old Nicole Candelaria of Tempe, Arizona, was arrested for allegedly abusing her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The girl had an accident in the bathtub. That’s not unheard of for children that age. So Candelaria did what we all would have done and told the girl it was ok, that accidents happen and she cleaned up the mess with a twinkle in her eye and a spring in her step. Ok, I made that up. What she’s really accused of doing is making the girl eat her own feces as punishment.

Police became involved when the girl told her mother what happened. When questioned by police Candelaria supposedly said that the girl lies all the time. Nothing like trying to lay the blame on a 3-year-old girl is there? Except the girl’s siblings also said that Candelaria made the girl eat her own waste. A medical exam on the victim also showed bruising over most of the girl’s body and an injury to her vagina of unknown origin. Candelaria would watch the children while their father was at work. The kids were visiting their father for the week.

With those tastefully done tattoos I wonder if she has a night job, one that may or may not involve a pole.

Thanks to Vod for the tip.