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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 23, 2014
An Aberdeen woman was found guilty Thursday of child abuse and neglect. A Harford County Circuit Court jury in Bel Air found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor after two hours of deliberation, according to Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly. Cassilly said evidence presented over the course of three days of testimony showed Barker had repeatedly beaten her 8-month old daughter in the head on April 17, 2012, causing multiple skull fractures because the child would not stop crying.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
A 24-year-old Annapolis man charged with sexually abusing a child he was hired to babysit said he is "ashamed" and has apologized to the victim's family. Anne Arundel County Police said Andrew Dickinson Grabau, of Annapolis, was arrested on a warrant charging him with sex abuse of a minor, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and second-degree assault. The investigation stemmed from allegations that he abused a child, who he had been hired to babysit, on numerous occasions between April 2013 and October 2013.
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By Andrea K. Walker | October 1, 2012
Fractures, head trauma, burns and other serious injuries among child abuse victims is on the rise, despite what data from child protective service agencies show, according to new research by Yale School of Medicine. Serious injuries from child abuse increased nearly 5 percent in the last 12 years, the study found. Child protective service agencies show a 55 percent drop in physical abuses cases from 1997 to 2009. Yale researchers said it raises questions on the accuracy in the way abuse cases are reported to child protective service agencies.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 3, 2014
An Aberdeen woman received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for the severe beating of her infant daughter in 2012. In January, a Harford County jury found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglecting a minor. She was sentenced by Harford Circuit Court Judge Stephen M. Waldron. Police investigations and subsequent testimony at her trial disclosed Barker, then 23, had repeatedly beaten her 9-month-old daughter in May 2012 because the child would not stop crying.
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March 6, 2010
As Maryland's leading child-abuse prevention organization, we at The Family Tree know that Senate Bill 689 will help protect Maryland's children from maltreatment. By providing clear guidance about how a parent may discipline his or her child, the bill both teaches parents appropriate behavior and protects children from dangerous abuse. The Family Tree wholeheartedly endorses Senate Bill 689 and applauds its co-sponsors, Sens. Jamie Raskin and Richard Madaleno. Child abuse takes a tremendous toll in the United States.
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September 13, 2011
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The mother of a 2-month-old girl who was fatally beaten at her home in Brunswick has pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse for failing to protect her daughter from the girl's father. Twenty-one-year-old Jessica Peavy entered the plea Tuesday in Frederick. Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith says the state will seek a one-year jail term, with 14 years suspended, at Peavy's sentencing Oct. 27. He says prosecutors also will ask for supervised probation with drug treatment.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 9, 2012
When children are abused, the human costs are high, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : Children who were physically, sexually or psychologically abused are more likely to have poorer health, social and emotional difficulties and lower economic productivity. But the abuse also substantially impacts the nation's health care, education, criminal justice and welfare systems - the costs from abuse and neglect are approximately $124 million just from one year's worth of cases over the abused lifetimes, the CDC says in a new report.
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November 11, 2011
The scandal currently rocking Penn State and its beloved football coach Joe Paterno sheds important light on how we respond to child abuse. It's a reminder that the impact of remaining silent in the face of sexual abuse can be devastating. We mourn the humiliation of the university and the coach, but let's give equal attention to the suffering of the victims. Some of the abuse was likely preventable had adults in the know, at the time, put their foot down. Children depend on adults to protect them.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
A Severn father was found guilty of child neglect on Wednesday, but was acquitted of the most serious charge facing him - child abuse - in a case that stemmed from his 5-year-old son losing consciousness after drinking methadone. In a bench trial, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner found Paul K. Brooks Sr., 28, guilty of seven charges, including drug possession, stemming from the September 2012 incident. Hackner said Brooks should have acted faster to get the child medical help when he began to get sick - but he noted that Brooks ultimately made the 911 call, according to a recording of the verdict.
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November 10, 2011
Today we have witnessed a complete and total failure of the American higher education system ("Paterno fired," Nov. 10).  I am embarrassed that the educational system that I am a part of was responsible for affecting the lives of children in a negative way, not the positive ways that the good people in my field strive to do on a daily basis. This appalling scandal is not about touchdowns, a coaching legend's fall from grace, or money, this about breaching the trust that every parent that sends their child to college expects from us as educators.  Every person in higher education has a moral responsibility and expectation to protect the young men and women we interact with on a daily basis.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
A former employee at the Maryland School for the Deaf was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for sexually abusing two girls at the school. Clarence Cepheus Taylor III, 38, showed no emotion as Howard County Circuit Judge William V. Tucker pronounced the sentence after a three-hour hearing. A young man seated in the spectator's gallery stood up quickly, shouted in protest and stormed out of the courtroom. Taylor, who worked as a school aide, was found guilty in a jury trial in November of two counts of child sexual abuse for inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl at the Columbia campus.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 23, 2014
An Aberdeen woman was found guilty Thursday of child abuse and neglect. A Harford County Circuit Court jury in Bel Air found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor after two hours of deliberation, according to Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly. Cassilly said evidence presented over the course of three days of testimony showed Barker had repeatedly beaten her 8-month old daughter in the head on April 17, 2012, causing multiple skull fractures because the child would not stop crying.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
For the second time in three days, Anne Arundel County police say a child was left alone in a cold vehicle at the Arundel Mills complex in Hanover. Police say a man left his 6-year-old grandson in the mall parking lot near Best Buy on Thursday as snow fell throughout the area. "This is a snow-covered car. This is a cold car. This is 34 degrees with a snowstorm at that point. It was only getting colder," said police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith. The incident followed another case Tuesday in which a police say a Baltimore woman was arrested after she left her 4-year-old daughter alone in an SUV for 81/2 hours while she was inside Maryland Live casino at Arundel Mills.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
A Baltimore woman is accused of leaving her 4-year-old child in a car outside the Maryland Live! Casino for more than eight hours on New Year's Eve. Security workers were patrolling the parking garage at the casino in Hanover at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they saw the unattended child crying in a parked vehicle, Anne Arundel County police Lt. T.J. Smith said. Officers called to the scene found that the vehicle had entered the parking garage at about 10 a.m., Smith said. A woman left the vehicle and entered the casino, he said.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
A former employee of the Fort Meade Youth Center was charged Tuesday with sexually abusing two boys there in 2010 and 2011, federal authorities said. Anthony Dennis Williams II allegedly communicated with the boys through social media and text messages, authorities said in a criminal complaint. The 27-year-old Severn man engaged in sexually explicit conversation and exchanged sexually explicit photographs and videos with the boys, authorities said. "Parents must be relentless about reading children's text messages and checking their social media accounts," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Federal authorities are asking anyone with information about the former Fort Meade Youth Center worker who was accused this week of sexually abusing two boys to contact them. Anthony Dennis Williams II made an initial appearance at U.S. District Court in Baltimore Wednesday on charges of sexually abusing a minor. The 27-year-old Severn man is accused of abusing two boys in 2010 and 2011. Williams II allegedly communicated with the boys through social media and text messages, authorities said in a criminal complaint.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Maryland is one of three states that requires workers in certain occupations to report child abuse but whose law doesn't include criminal sanctions against those who fail to do so, according to a state legislative analysis. That distinction met with renewed criticism last week after a Baltimore Sun investigation by Tricia Bishop revealed court records claiming that a Catholic school principal and other Catholic officials were aware of a teacher's sexual abuse of students, but didn't report it until the teacher was under investigation - years after the crimes took place in the 1970s.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2011
A man who has been tried three times in the death of a 3-year-old girl has been denied a chance at a fourth trial with a ruling by the state's highest court affirming his latest conviction for involuntary manslaughter and child abuse. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that 31-year-old Erik Stoddard's conviction and 40-year prison sentence will stand in the 2002 fatal beating of Calen Faith Dirubbo in her Northeast Baltimore home. Police said the suspect was angry because he had been unable to toilet train the girl.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
The FBI is investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by a former employee of the Fort Meade Youth Center, a spokeswoman for the Army base said Friday. Authorities did not identify the man. Base spokeswoman Mary Doyle said the suspect left his job at the youth center in 2012. She said the abuse allegedly occurred at the center while he worked there. The allegations were reported to law enforcement, Doyle said, and the suspect has been banned from the base in Anne Arundel County.
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November 4, 2013
SARC, a non-profit in Harford County providing hope and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking, received a proclamation from the Harford County Council recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The proclamation was issued by Billy Boniface and the Harford County Council in hopes to increase public awareness about domestic violence. The proclamation states the long-term personal and societal effects of domestic violence, which is a largely under-reported crime.
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