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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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October 18, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The mother of one of the girls charged in the Florida case of cyber bullying has been arrested on charges of abusing children, the Polk County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. Vivian Vosburg, the mother of one of the girls, has been taken into custody on two counts of child abuse and four counts of child neglect, Sheriff Grady Judd said at news conference. He said the arrest was unrelated to the cyber bullying that led to the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. On Sept. 9, Rebecca jumped off of a silo at an abandoned cement plant in Lakeland, Fla. Authorities said she had been targeted for about 10 months by two girls, one 14 and the other 12. The girls told Rebecca she was “ugly” and "should go kill herself" on numerous occasions, according to the arrest affidavit that was released publicly under Florida law. After Rebecca killed herself, the older girl posted messages on Facebook admitting the bullying.
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