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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HEALTH
August 29, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Is severe childhood obesity a life-threatening form of abuse that justifies removing a child from his or her parents? Doctors, lawyers and child welfare experts have grappled with this question in recent years, and the debate was renewed this summer by a high-profile commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children's Hospital Boston, and Lindsey Murtagh, a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, argued that when children are near death due to morbid obesity, state intervention should be considered.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
After a top Arizona official said last week more than 6,000 recent child abuse reports in the state had been ignored, a plan to investigate the cases has raised questions about whether the overburdened child welfare system has the ability to get the job done.    Arizona's Child Protective Services came under fire last week when Clarence Carter, director of the state's Department of Economic Security, which oversees child welfare, revealed that 6,110 reports of child abuse between 2009 and 2013 had not been investigated.
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