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February 4, 2001 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all that can be said about Jeane Newmaker--and there is not much, for she has gone into retreat now--what seems most certain is that by last April, she was a desperate woman. It had been her dream to give and receive affection, to make someone happy, to cradle a needy, grateful child. So at age 42, single and living alone, she adopted a 6-year-old girl, Candace. Newmaker apparently did not get back from Candace what she had expected.
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February 4, 2001 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all that can be said about Jeane Newmaker--and there is not much, for she has gone into retreat now--what seems most certain is that by last April, she was a desperate woman. It had been her dream to give and receive affection, to make someone happy, to cradle a needy, grateful child. So at age 42, single and living alone, she adopted a 6-year-old girl, Candace. Newmaker apparently did not get back from Candace what she had expected.
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March 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The therapy session was meant to bring Candace Newmaker closer to her adoptive mother by having the 10-year-old girl push her way out of a blanket to simulate birth. But a videotape shows Candace begging for her life as she tries to escape the blanket meant to represent a womb. She died of asphyxiation on April 19, 2000, one day after the so-called rebirthing therapy. The tape, prosecutors say, is the key evidence against two psychotherapists charged in her death.
NEWS
October 5, 2001 | From Reuters
A judge Thursday sentenced a married couple to probation and community service for their role in the death of a 10-year-old girl who suffocated during an unconventional psychotherapy session. Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence for Jack McDaniel, 48, and Brita St. Clair, 42, in the April 2000 death of Candace Newmaker, but the judge was persuaded by a sentencing report that recommended against sending the couple to prison. McDaniel and St.
NEWS
March 29, 2001 | From Reuters
A 70-minute videotape of a psychotherapy session will be the "star" witness at a trial of two therapists charged in the death of a 10-year-old girl who suffocated while wrapped in a blanket in a procedure designed to mimic the womb. "It's like a snuff film. It's going to be very difficult for everybody in that courtroom to watch," said Craig Silverman, a Denver attorney and former prosecutor. The videotape, which one therapist allegedly told police would "hang us," has never been shown publicly.
NEWS
June 19, 2001 | From Reuters
A judge Monday sentenced two therapists to 16 years in prison in the death of a 10-year-old girl who begged for air and screamed for mercy after she was bound head-to-toe in a flannel sheet during a discredited psychotherapy procedure called "rebirthing." Connell Watkins, 54, and assistant Julie Ponder, 40, both sobbed during their separate hearings before Jefferson County Judge Jane Tidball as she pronounced their sentences.
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April 21, 2001 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two therapists were convicted Friday of child abuse in the death of a 10-year-old girl who suffocated while undergoing a controversial "rebirthing" therapy. The jurors deliberated for five hours before finding Connell Watkins and her assistant Julie Ponder guilty of reckless child abuse resulting in death. Ponder, 40, fought back tears when the verdict was read in Jefferson County District Court in Golden. Watkins, 54, stared straight ahead.
SPORTS
December 12, 2002 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Peter Dobush is far different than his teammates at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa High, many of whom grew up in comfortable homes near the coast, with parents who doled out the proper ratio of affection and discipline. Dobush's life has taken many turns. He grew up in an economically-depressed, drug-infested part of Detroit, where his father slept with a gun under the pillow. But as Dobush grew older, unsafe surroundings turned out to be the smallest worry in his life.
WORLD
June 8, 2011 | By Jung-yoon Choi and Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
Some simply viewed their children as late bloomers. Others refused to discuss or accept the diagnosis. But many of the affected parents in Ilsan seemed to at least have an inkling when they were told for the first time that their son or daughter had a disorder that in South Korea had long been seen as shameful. "They knew from the bottom of their hearts that their children were suffering, struggling," said Dr. Young Shin Kim, a Yale psychiatrist who led a groundbreaking six-year study of autism among children in the middle-class suburb of Seoul.
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May 6, 2001 | CAROL LYNN MITHERS, Carol Lynn Mithers is the author of "Therapy Gone Mad: The True Story of Hundreds of Patients and a Generation Betrayed."
Last week, Connell Watkins, an unlicensed Evergreen, Colo., "therapist," and her assistant Julie Ponder were convicted of reckless child abuse in the death of 10-year-old Candace Newmaker, who died of asphyxiation during a "rebirthing" session. Now that the two women face up to 48 years in prison, now that the nation has expressed its outrage at the radical therapy that led to the tragedy and Colorado Gov.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
First Melyssa Cowburn's 5-year-old child tried to bash in a baby's head with a hammer. Then he set the shower curtain on fire. The next day he plugged all the sinks and toilets in their apartment and flooded the place. Cowburn and her husband had tried unsuccessfully to get their insurance company to pay for mental health treatment for the boy. The difficulty she had keeping him under control had already helped drive her to attempt suicide last year.
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