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January 31, 2012
Editor: Kudos to Anne M. Brown of Bel Air (Open Forum, 27 Jan 12). Her letter said it all. For 16 years, Robert C. Richardson III's life has been swept under the rug and now our judicial system wants to do the same with his future! Are there so few of us who cannot feel compassion for this child? Yes, child, albeit a troubled one. He did not get that way overnight nor did he get there by himself. He needs help and support - not more abuse and disappointment. He needs love and understanding - every human's birthright!
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By Doug Donovan and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The July death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child has been ruled a homicide — six years after the Baltimore city boy's mother was accused of shaking him into a coma-like state, Baltimore police announced Monday. Damaud Martin died July 2 at an Anne Arundel County group home that state regulators were in the process of closing down for multiple problems. State health officials are investigating whether Damaud received adequate care while living at the home, which was run by a company called LifeLine, but have cautioned against drawing any premature conclusions.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 15, 1991
THERE IS A reason that the repulsive crazed-killer murder stories, the type that is flooding the November airwaves, make such attractive television, and "In a Child's Name" reminds us of what that is.When properly made, these are compelling, dramatic tales that, in shining their raking light across the psyche of an individual and a community, can reveal the strengths and flaws of the human condition.But most of the movies that have trod this well-worn path this month have not done that. They have instead been nothing more than exploitative, voyeuristic excursions into the weirdness.
NEWS
By Justin George and Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore woman received a 40-year prison sentence Monday in the death of her 1-year-old grandson and abuse of her granddaughter after a judge said she rubbed methadone onto the children's gums before she put them to bed and headed off to a party. Towanda Reaves, 51, took responsibility for the boy's death but said she never meant to kill him. "This is not the intentional killing of her grandson, but those who think this was some form of tragic accident misunderstand the case, and misunderstand the jury's analysis of it," said Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy Doory.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
A Baltimore lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison and a year of home detention for possessing child pornography, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Patrick Joseph Redd, 33, searched the Internet for illegal images of children - some younger than 12 - and downloaded them to his home computer, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in May. He was disbarred from practicing law in Maryland in March. Tricia.bishop@baltsun.com
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May 26, 2011
I am a 17-year-old student who is responding to the article, "Glen Burnie an gets 10 years for child sex trafficking"(Baltimore Crime Beat blog, May 11). From what I have read, many details were included but some questions seemed to still be unanswered. For example, was the 12- year-old victim abducted, or did she willingly go along with the suspect? I also wonder how long the young girl was missing before police were contacted. After reading this article it made me think, what would make a 43 year old man stoop so low and do something like this to a minor?
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
A pit bull attacked a 9-year-old child Wednesday night in Pasadena as the boy played on his bike, police said. The child was with his mother who was visiting a neighbor in the 200 block of Armstrong Lane around 8:18 p.m. when the dog bit the boy on his lower leg. The child was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said the dog's owner was able to get the animal away from the child. Animal Control officers took the dog into custody. An investigation continues.
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By Peter Hermann and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2012
A toddler was stabbed this morning at a Social Services office in East Baltimore, and the child's mother is in custody, city officials said. A woman was visiting her 8-month-old child at the office, in the 3000 block of E. Biddle St., and was in a room with the child and a social worker, said Baltimore Police Detective Donny Moses. At some point the woman became irate, Moses said, took out a long kitchen knife and stabbed the baby. The child was taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics, is in good condition and is expected to survive, Moses said.
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By Emily Samuelson | November 25, 2011
Child abuse demands that we choose sides. The victim demands that we speak up and take action; the perpetrator demands that we remain silent. Do-nothing bystanders collude with the abuser, enabling him to continue devouring children. That's what is alleged at Penn State. Football trumped the lives of children. Sexual predators will always plague us, out there scanning for prey. The tragedy is that many were victimized as children. They were not protected, no one recognized the traumatic aftereffects, and they had no treatment.
NEWS
July 24, 2013
“Rock Childhood Cancer” a benefit concert for 7-year-old Julia Warren, who has a rare, aggressive form of cancer, will be held at Bel Air Moose Lodge 1952 on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. There will be seven local bands appearing include Rezin, Wirehead, The Days, Off The Hook, Bound State, Roll it Over and Triangle. Julia is being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. To date, she has undergone 15 rounds of chemotherapy and some 25 radiation treatments.  Tickets are $19.50.
NEWS
By Darian G. Burns | September 29, 2014
Ray Rice is not the only NFL player currently dealing with a suspension. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard by now that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse after taking a switch to his 4-year-old child's back, buttocks and legs. In response to the indictment Mr. Peterson, like Mr. Rice, was suspended, then reinstated and then suspended again from playing. Mr. Peterson denies that what he did was abuse. He defends himself, says he was simply disciplining a child and that, yes, he did get carried away in that discipline.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK - With the Orioles preparing for the postseason, closer Zach Britton is anxiously anticipating the birth of his first child, and his baby boy's arrival could come in the middle of the club's playoff run. Britton's wife, Courtney, initially was expected to give birth in late-October, but the due date was pushed up to Oct. 14, when the Orioles could be in the midst of the American League Championship Series. So the Brittons sat down with their doctor and looked at the playoff schedule.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Maryland health officials confirmed Wednesday the first case of enterovirus D68, a somewhat rare type of respiratory infection that has been sweeping the country and largely sickening children with asthma and underlying health conditions. Doctors in Maryland had expected cases, though most were expected to be minor, or the equivalent of a cold that would not require medical attention. Serious cases can cause breathing problems for children. The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the specimen was collected from a hospitalized child and sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 21, 2014
My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids. Or so many of Adrian Peterson's critics would have you believe. Mr. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. A "switch," for those who don't know, is a long twig. I should know, having been on the receiving end of quite a few. When no switch was available, mom was also known to employ a section of the orange plastic track from my Hot Wheels.
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Susan Reimer | September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been charged in Texas with felony child abuse for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son so badly with a switch that it left welts, bruises and cuts on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum and defensive wounds on his hands. The child received the "whooping" from his father after fussing with another young child over a video game, and we are asked to accept this method of discipline and this level of injury as a cultural difference between black parents and white parents or between Southern parents and Northern parents, or between rural parents and urban parents, between parents of 40 years ago and parents of today or between rich parents and poor parents.
NEWS
September 15, 2014
The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Given that this was Texas, a state not normally given to condemning spanking of children as a disciplinary tool, one presumes that the injuries the preschooler suffered — because he allegedly failed to share his video game with a sibling — were pretty harsh.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2010
John Joseph Merzbacher, a notorious Baltimore child abuser accused of molesting dozens of students at the Catholic school where he taught, could soon be released from a life sentence, under a federal court order handed down Friday. Merzbacher, now 68, is a former middle school teacher at the city's Catholic Community School. He was sentenced in 1995 to multiple life terms after a jury found him guilty of raping a preteen Elizabeth Ann Murphy decades earlier. He has already served 15 years.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A licensed social worker who counsels teenagers was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography this week in Baltimore County. Detectives monitoring the sharing of child pornography online found a home in the 2300 block of Turkey Point Road in Essex that was a source for explicit images. Police say the investigation led them to believe James Patrick Tinker II, 46, was responsible for sharing the child pornography. Tinker told detectives he is a licensed social worker and counsels teens at Turning Point in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counseling in Glen Burnie.
NEWS
By Casey Gwinn | September 8, 2014
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens have been taking a great deal of heat for their lenient treatment of running back Ray Rice for punching his then fiancée (now wife) in February 2014. Now, with the video of the actual assault circulating on the Internet, the heat has intensified, with the Ravens releasing him from the team, even though the facts of the case, already known to the Ravens and the NFL, have not changed. Ray Rice is seen in the video knocking Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator and then dragging her lifeless body into the hall, where he eventually props her against a wall.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Three men who were sexually abused by a church youth-ministry leader years ago experienced a measure of justice Wednesday as they confronted their abuser in court, read emotion-charged statements about how his crimes have damaged their lives, and heard a judge sentence him to 16 years in prison. Jediah Tanguay, 33; Benjamin Tanguay, 31; and Roger Robbins, 30, were minors in the 1990s when Raymond Fernandez, then a longtime youth leader at Greater Grace World Outreach Church in East Baltimore, has admitted he molested them.
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