CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 |
The South Los Angeles foster mother under investigation in the fatal beating of a 2-year-old child had been the subject of five previous child-abuse complaints, including one substantiated allegation that she had severely neglected her own biological child in 2002, confidential records show. Kiana Barker's troubled history, coming in the wake of disclosures about her live-in boyfriend's criminal record, has raised questions about how she could have been approved last year as a foster parent by child-welfare authorities.
December 28, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I was an assistant Cub Scout den leader in the early 1990s. I was required to participate in training that was all about protecting the boys from any sort of abuse. As I recall, we were instructed to be sure that boys were never left alone with only one adult; there were always supposed to be at least two. Maryly Cushingham Fullerton The Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts have long fought public exposure of their pedophile scandals, at the expense of future victims' safety.
June 24, 2012
Re "Trial starts for man who beat priest over alleged molestation," June 21 Being a spiritual but not a religious person, I never could swallow the concept of heaven and hell. However, after reading John Lynch's story, I now know that those two little boys experienced their own personal hell by coming face to face with the devil in the form of Father Jerold Lindner, who was accused of molestation by more than a dozen people. As far as I am concerned, the wrong man - Lynch, who allegedly assaulted the elderly Lindner - is on trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2012 |
Call them cretins, barbarians - whatever you like. I'm with you. But there are two very good reasons many California drivers abuse disabled placards when they park their vehicles. First, it saves them a lot of money. Second, the chance of getting caught is next to nil. My Wednesday column on the subject has drawn hundreds of responses from readers who have disabilities but struggle to find parking because of all the cheaters, and there were scores of people offering their own evidence of abuse.
June 1, 2013 |
BEIJING - In China's southern Hainan province, a school principal and a housing authority official were arrested after they allegedly took six girls ages 11 to 13 out to sing karaoke, got them drunk and spent the night with them in a hotel. A principal in Anhui province was arrested on suspicion of molesting nine girls, and a 50-year-old math teacher in the same province was charged with raping a 7-year-old girl. A kindergarten security guard was arrested, accused of molesting children.
February 8, 2010
Dear Amy: The Department of State is both troubled and concerned by the letter in your column from "Worried," regarding the allegation of a host parent abusing an international exchange student. The department appreciates the letter writer bringing this matter to the public's attention and strongly encourages the writer, and anyone else who learns of similar incidents, to report such incidents to law enforcement authorities immediately. As the responsible agency for regulating and monitoring international high school exchange student programs in the U.S., the Department of State's top priority is the safety and well-being of these young people.