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April 26, 1989
A 19-year-old Long Beach woman and her boyfriend were charged Tuesday with felonies stemming from the death of her 2 1/2-year-old son, who suffered severe head injuries and several broken bones. The child was rushed to Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach on Saturday after paramedics were summoned and found that his heart had stopped. Long Beach Police Officer Sheila Cannan said the boy was "the victim of obvious child abuse," having "numerous scars, welts and marks appearing to be caused by belts."
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April 10, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
A new report from the blue ribbon commission on Los Angeles County's safety net for abused and neglected children levels stinging criticism at the Board of Supervisors for what it calls a sluggish approach to reform, and declares that the system has fallen into a "state of emergency. " "Nothing short of a complete rethinking about how the county ensures safe and supportive care for abused and at-risk children will lead to the seamless and comprehensive child welfare system that the county has needed for decades," the 10-member commission wrote in a report it voted to approve Thursday afternoon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1989
A Boyle Heights man was charged Monday with murder and sexual child abuse in connection with last week's brutal killing of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter. Manuel Bonilla, 22, who was arraigned in Municipal Court, is being held without bail. Maria Gutierrez, 22, the child's mother, was charged with child abuse and with being an accessory after the fact for helping Bonilla mislead police. The pair, both of whom wore prison clothing and were handcuffed and chained at the hearing, have been in custody since Thursday on suspicion of beating to death Gutierrez's daughter Johanna.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The mother of two toddlers found wandering malnourished and soiled in South L.A. earlier this week was charged Friday with child abuse, prosecutors said. Sidnicka Wilson was charged with two felony counts of child abuse, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a smoking device and one misdemeanor count of giving false information to a police officer.  Wilson, 32, was arrested Wednesday, two days after her two sons, ages 2 and 3,  were first spotted inside a liquor store at Stanford and Manchester avenues Monday morning trying to get a loaf of bread.  A good Samaritan grabbed them before they walked into traffic.
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September 14, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kitty Menendez, who over the years was needy, pathetic, athletic, disorganized, suspicious and spacey, "all kinds of contradictory things," simply seemed strange three weeks before her sons killed her, a former neighbor testified Monday. Called by the defense as Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial resumed after a four-day recess, Alicia Hercz said Kitty Menendez "kept staring" into space when they met Aug. 1, 1989, at the Menendez home in Beverly Hills.
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March 10, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the predawn darkness, the floodlit cathedral looms like a snow-covered mountain over this poor neighborhood. Inside, 15,000 faithful have been waiting for two hours, but they show no sign of fatigue. They are expecting their Moses. Suddenly, a pudgy preacher in a brown suit strides up the marble stairs to the altar, a golden tree trunk. Thousands of worshipers break into chest-heaving sobs. Others furiously wave white handkerchiefs and cry "Glory to Christ!" Samuel Joaquin has arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1996
A South-Central Los Angeles woman who left her children alone in a filthy apartment was sentenced Thursday to a year in County Jail. Patricia Quiroz, 26, who had pleaded guilty to child abuse charges, also was placed by Superior Court Judge Jacqueline O'Connor on three years probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine and take parenting classes.
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March 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The mother of two toddlers found wandering malnourished and soiled in South L.A. earlier this week was charged Friday with child abuse, prosecutors said. Sidnicka Wilson was charged with two felony counts of child abuse, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a smoking device and one misdemeanor count of giving false information to a police officer.  Wilson, 32, was arrested Wednesday, two days after her two sons, ages 2 and 3,  were first spotted inside a liquor store at Stanford and Manchester avenues Monday morning trying to get a loaf of bread.  A good Samaritan grabbed them before they walked into traffic.
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March 5, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA and JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The man accused of beating his 5-year-old son to death and burying him in a shallow forest grave had been charged with child abuse involving another of his children in 1996, according to police and court records. But police said they can find no evidence that the case was reported to child welfare workers, who said police routinely report such cases.
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February 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
Would a spanking proposal introduced by a Wichita lawmaker give Kansas teachers new leeway to rough up the state's schoolchildren? That's how some online reports have characterized the measure, which was introduced last week by Rep. Gail Finney -- ostensibly in an effort to reduce child abuse, not encourage it in the classroom. “Kansas bill would allow spanking that leaves marks,” screamed one headline. “Teachers could spank harder under bill pending in KS legislature,” warned another.
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February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Tennessee couple pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and child abuse charges for allegedly intoxicating their 5-year-old daughter by having her chug more than two liters of water and grape soda, leading to her death. Randall Lee Vaughn, 41, and Mary Vaughn, 58, of Surgoinsville were arrested this week after a two-year investigation into the death of the man's daughter and his wife's stepdaughter. The Hawkins County Sheriff's Department said the parents drove an unresponsive and discolored Alexa Linboom to the emergency room Jan. 1, 2012.
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February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Alan Zarembo
Los Angeles County prosecutors Wednesday dropped their case against a Miramonte Elementary School teacher who had been accused of molesting a former student. Martin Springer, at the time a third-grade teacher at Miramonte, came to the attention of investigators as they questioned students about accusations Mark Berndt, another teacher on staff, conducted lewd classroom games with dozens of students. The 2012 child abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary in South Los Angeles became the biggest and costliest in the history of the  Los Angeles Unified School District . The district also replaced all 85 Miramonte teachers for months to assure parents that their children were safe.  The case against Springer was dropped after the alleged victim's family told prosecutors the girl was too traumatized to testify at trial, "so we are unable to proceed at this time," said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to study the financial feasibility of recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection reform. Their decision will allow staffers to determine the cost of the commission's interim proposals in time for a final report and more recommendations in April. In December, the commission released an interim report calling the county's child welfare system "dysfunctional" and in need of "fundamental change. " The commission began its work last summer to improve the county's child welfare system after the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.
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February 2, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
The 2012 child abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary became the biggest and costliest in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Police said third-grade teacher Mark Berndt conducted lewd classroom games with dozens of students. The district replaced all 85 Miramonte teachers for months to assure parents that their children were safe. So far, L.A. Unified has paid $30 million in civil settlements. Obscured in the flood of publicity, however, has been the case of another third-grade teacher at Miramonte: Martin Springer, who came to the attention of investigators as they questioned students.
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January 28, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided to delay action on the interim recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection until a final report is issued in April. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas signaled that he would continue to press to immediately begin a restructuring of the county system to protect children from abuse and neglect, but the four other supervisors said they were not prepared to join the effort until they can fully assess the commission's vision and the accompanying cost.
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September 13, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entertainer Paula Poundstone, an adoptive and foster parent who has been a fixture on the stand-up comedy scene for 20 years, pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of felony child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of inflicting injury upon a child. As part of a plea agreement with Los Angeles County prosecutors, Poundstone is expected to be placed on probation for five years but will not go to jail, attorneys said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013
A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday in connection with what officials called the attempted murder of an 8-year-old boy. The boy was found with severe injuries consistent with child abuse, including a skull fracture, several broken ribs and burns to his body, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. According to the Sheriff's Department: Isauro Aguirre, 32, admitted to injuring the boy. His girlfriend -- the child's mother, Pearl Fernandez, 29 -- said she was present during the assault and did not intervene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided to delay action on the interim recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection until a final report is issued in April. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas signaled that he would continue to press to immediately begin a restructuring of the county system to protect children from abuse and neglect, but the four other supervisors said they were not prepared to join the effort until they can fully assess the commission's vision and the accompanying cost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A retired Los Angeles County Fire captain was sentenced Monday to six years in state prison for child sex abuse, prosecutors said. Edward John Cervantes, 62, of Whittier pleaded no contest Jan. 8 to committing a lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Cervantes was immediately taken into custody after he was sentenced in a Pomona courthouse, prosecutors said. Cervantes was also prohibited from contact the victim for 10 years.
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