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June 10, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar testified Sunday about allegations that he had beaten and choked his 15-year-old daughter. Except he wasn't in court. "The truth is, she was not choked, she was not punched," Dollar told his congregation from the pulpit at World Changers Church International, according to Reuters . Dollar is one of the most visible preachers in the United States, presiding over a 30,000-member congregation in College Park, Ga., and standing at the center of a constellated worship network of churches in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.
June 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A 40-year veteran of Los Angeles County's Department of Parks and Recreation has been arrested on suspicion of preying on children, authorities said. Donald Lee Johnson, 62, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of multiple counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 15, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The alleged crimes occurred at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in South Los Angeles. Authorities said county employees alerted them.  Johnson is being held on $250,000 bail.
May 31, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf
The death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy has sparked outrage from his family and prompted questions from county officials, as documents showed the boy's mother -- charged with murder in his death -- was previously investigated six times for abuse allegations over the last decade. "The red flags were all over the place. They were ignored. It is just inexplicable to me," said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky , noting that the Sheriff's Department was also aware of the abuse allegations.
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.
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 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 commissioners wrote in a draft report expected to be approved in a vote Thursday afternoon.  The members of the commission said the elected Board of Supervisors has responded too slowly and failed to identify a coordinated mission and clear, measurable goals for the child-protection system.  The commission released its first set of recommendations in December.
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