July 4, 2008
A suburban Chicago man, Ricardo Gonzalez, 35, locked his two young daughters in a wire cage hidden in the back of his pickup truck because he didn’t have a baby sitter. He was arrested Monday after a woman at a gas station in Posen heard a crying child and witnessed him pushing small hands back into a cage, according to the police report.
Apparently, he had a wire cage behind the front seats of his truck. His truck had black-tinted windows and a large plywood board in the back window to keep[ the cage hidden. He said he wanted to control the girls, ages 2 and 5, so they wouldn’t run away. Police later added that the girls did not live in the cage.
The children were turned over to the state child welfare agency and placed in foster care Monday.
Agency spokesman Kendall Marlowe said the department was investigating abuse allegations against the father, they had already previously found the mother neglectful and provided unspecified “supportive services” to the family.
Gonzalez will appear in court July 31 on charges of misdemeanor child endangerment. Cook County prosecutors were exploring Thursday whether the charge could be upgraded to a felony.
June 3, 2008
Since the raid on the El Dorado, Texas compound of a polygamist sect of FLDS followers, the Canadian government has been rying to fgure out if they can also pursue legal and criminal actions against another branch of the same Mormon-splinter.
Attorney General Wally Opal called for a special prosecutor to look into allegations of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of girls in the community in Bountiful, British Columbia. He said the issue is whether the criminal code on polygamy is constitutional, which has been a point of contention in British Columbia’s judiciary for 20 years. At the Attorney General’s request, two lawyers recently issued opinions on the matter, both concluding it would be difficult to pursue criminal charges. One said it would be unfair to do so.
Opal picked Vancouver lawyer Terrence Robertson to determine whether the sect can be prosecuted successfully.
More on this story to come.
May 22, 2008
According to ruling by the Appeals Court on Thursday, the state of Texas should not have removed the more than 460 children it took from a polygamist sect’s ranch. In the ruling, the Lone Star State’s 3rd District Court of Appeals decided in favor of 38 women who had appealed the removals and the decision by a district judge that the children will remain in state custody.
“The existence of the FLDS belief system as described by the department’s witnesses, by itself, does not put children of FLDS parents in physical danger,” the appeals court panel said. The state’s Department of Family and Protective Services “did not present any evidence of danger to the physical health or safety of any male children or any female children who had not reached puberty,” the ruling went on to say.
“The legislature has required that there be evidence to support a finding that there is a danger to the physical health or safety of the children in question and that the need for protection is urgent and warrants immediate removal.”
“Evidence that children raised in this particular environment may someday have their physical health and safety threatened is not evidence that the danger is imminent enough to warrant invoking the extreme measure of immediate removal prior to full litigation of the issue.”
Stay tuned for what will follow in this potential child molestation case against the men in the polygamy sect.
May 22, 2008
A Chinese police office, Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, is the mother of a 6-month-old boy. After tthe magnitude 7.9 quake struck last week, she responded to the call of duty and the instincts of motherhood.
“I am breast-feeding, so I can feed babies. I didn’t think of it much,” she said. “It is a mother’s reaction, and a basic duty as a police officer to help.”
As of Thursday, the death toll from the earthquake had risen to more than 51,000, while more than 29,000 are still missing. Thousands of children have been orphaned; many others have mothers who simply can’t feed them. Although she cannot do it all alone, Officer Xiaojuan has jumped to the call of duty including, at one point, feeding nine babies.
“Some of the moms were injured, their fathers were dead … five of them were orphans. They’ve gone away to an orphanage now,” she said.
May 13, 2008
This is not the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ ranchthat was raided last month in Eldorado after receiving reports that underage girls were being forced to marry much older men. Instead, this is the House of Yahweh, a much darker sect that the state has been investigating for quite a long time. In February, the group’s 73-year-old leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, was charged with performing polygamous weddings and forcing about 40 children — some as young as 11 — to work at his 44-acre compound found behind guarded, ornate gates at the end of a rural road.
May 6, 2008
The court just emptied, and the results are already well known: Britney Spears will get more visitation time/ custody of her children. The lawyers argued she had made progress, and that the kids would benefit in a big way from having both parents involved more actively in their lives. She will get three days of supervised vistation per week. Britney looked happy while exiting the courthouse.
On another note, did anyone else hear about Britney’s bodyguards clearing out the women’s bathroom when she went to a concert in a major venue (aka Arena). have you ever seen the lines out of bathrooms at events like that? Geez.
May 6, 2008
New Mexico state police say they’ve arrested the leader of an apocalyptic church Wayne Bent on sex charges. Also known as Michael Travesser, 66-year-old Wayne Bent was picked up without incident Tuesday at the remote former ranch where he and his followers live, as reported by State police spokesman Peter Olson.The “Messiah” is now facing three charges of criminal sexual contact, stemming from allegations of inappropriate contact between Bent and children at the northeastern New Mexico compound.
Bent has admitted to having sex with his followers.
Officials recently removed two girls and a boy from the compound.
iNPLACENEWS originally posted a story about this here