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September 12, 1991
One of the reasons I seldom read the newspaper is because, invariably, every time I pick it up I read something that makes me so mad I want to spit! To charge a 15-year-old girl with manslaughter ("Girl, 15, Charged With Leaving Baby in Trash," Aug. 31) is only to institutionalize the abuse and pain she has already suffered. At the age of 17, I was forced to give up my newborn son for adoption. The nightmares, anguish and guilt I have suffered for the past 24 years have been hellish.
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February 28, 2014 | By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present, more or less, and a Beijing resident named Boyang waits for the ashes of his childhood friend Shaoai, dead at 43 after having been poisoned (accidentally or otherwise) 21 years before. "Who wanted her to die?" Boyang's mother asks when he visits after dropping off the woman's cremains with her family. "Who wanted to kill her back then?" These questions resonate throughout this novel, which moves fluidly between past and present, among Beijing, Massachusetts and the Bay Area, in tracing the intersecting lives of four people - Boyang, Shaoai and two other women, Ruyu and Moran - as they wrestle with both their complicity and their heritage.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2000
A man has been arrested and charged with molesting at least three girls between the ages of 5 and 7 over the past two years, authorities said Wednesday. Daniel Larson, 50, has been charged with 32 felony counts of oral copulation and having sex with a child under 14. Larson, who is scheduled to be arraigned today in San Fernando Superior Court, is being held on $1.8-million bail. Investigators said Larson told them that a female friend brought the girls from the San Fernando Valley to his home.
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February 28, 2014 | By Victoria Kim, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Saying she was sending a message to any American who would consider traveling abroad to sexually exploit children, a federal judge on Friday sentenced a retired U.S. Marine captain convicted of having sex with young girls in Cambodia to life in prison. Michael Joseph Pepe, 60, was convicted in 2008 of illegal sex acts with seven girls ages 9 to 12. Six of the girls flew to the U.S. to testify at trial that Pepe, who was working as a civilian teacher in the country at the time, had drugged, bound, beat and raped them in his compound in Phnom Penh.
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November 12, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Teaching young girls to embroider small, oblong pieces of cloth as evidence of beginning proficiency with needle and thread is an idea that has been out of fashion since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. By the mid-19th Century, the need for hand-stitching to mark initials on clothing and linens was eradicated by the cheap availability of indelible ink and by the unstoppable emergence of mass production. The making of embroidered samplers was suddenly obsolete.
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November 19, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A young girl was molested Friday while walking near an elementary school in the 10th such incident in the Tujunga area in the past 4 months, Los Angeles police said. Police, who believe one man may be responsible for the attacks, declined to release details of the latest incident.
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September 9, 1999 | RICH CONNELL and SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cynthia Topper sometimes chattered to neighbors about her daughter, bragging about how bright she was, how she liked going to school each day and how they would splash together in the backyard wading pool. But the neighbors rarely, if ever, saw the young girl Topper described. Some wondered if the youngster really lived in the rundown yellow house with its windows painted over.
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January 2, 2003 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Three years ago, a young girl immigrated from China to the United States to join her father. On Tuesday -- seven months after she was shot by a police officer found to be acting in self-defense -- a Ventura County judge will open the next chapter of her anguished life. Now 14, the girl will be sentenced for assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon.
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April 22, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins
The young girl told classmates, who told school employees, who told county social workers. But her sexual abuse by a school board member continued for years and some of the school officials who worked with him want to know why. Last week, Brian E. Martin, 49, a member of Ventura County's Rio School District board since 2006, pleaded guilty to continuous sexual molestation of a girl under age 15 and inflicting "great bodily harm" — by...
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May 13, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted murderer Richard Lucio DeHoyos told jurors Wednesday that he killed and sodomized a 9-year-old Santa Ana girl while in a rage over losing his job at a fast-food restaurant earlier that day. Taking the witness stand for the first time since the 1989 slaying of Nadia Puente, DeHoyos, 35, said he wanted to kill the Taco Bell manager who fired him, but instead took his anger out on Nadia. He said he later apologized to her lifeless body.
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February 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Southwest Missouri was in shock Wednesday after a coach at a Springfield school was accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl off the street and then killing her.  Hailey Owens, 10, was near her home late Tuesday afternoon when neighbors saw a gold Ford Ranger pull up and a man start talking to the girl, Springfield Police Chief Paul F. Williams said at a televised news conference. Hailey initially ignored the driver before coming back to speak to him again, which is when the man snatched her into the truck and sped away, Williams said.
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February 13, 2014 | By Karolina Waclawiak
In the story collection "Karate Chop," Dorthe Nors illuminates an ominous world of disconnected people trying to make sense of their dislocation. Among these micro-transmissions of self-preservation is the standout, "The Wadden Sea," in which a young girl takes off to a remote seaside town with her depressed mother. When the young narrator's grandmother comes to rescue them both, the young girl says, "I could tell she knew fear of life, and I could tell she knew it was a kind of fear that took in the whole of people's lives and could make them forsaken wherever in the world.
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February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The excellent new drama "In Bloom," Georgia's Oscar entry in the foreign-language category, has the heartbreak and hope of a country slipped inside a coming-of age-story of two 14-year-old girls. The 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, were a potent and chaotic time in Georgia, one that filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili remembers as shaping her attitudes about women's roles in an evolving society. She wrote her own childhood into Eka's (Lika Babluani) and Natia's (Mariam Bokeria)
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January 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl at a Palmdale restaurant on New Year's Day may have been spotted in Riverside County, authorities said Thursday. The driver of a vehicle told authorities that a man apparently matching the suspect's description was at the Promenade Mall on Monday afternoon, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.  The man walked in front of the driver's vehicle. Afterward, the driver realized that the man might be the sexual assault suspect and contacted law enforcement authorities.
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January 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside the restroom of a Denny's in Palmdale. The alleged assault occurred on New Year's Day at a Denny's diner in the 37000 block of 47 th Street East, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hudson. Hudson said the incident took place inside the women's restroom at the restaurant. He said the young girl was leaving one of the stalls when the man, who may be homeless, allegedly assaulted her. The man stopped and fled the restaurant when another person entered the restroom.
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October 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
A young girl was found not breathing in a stairwell of a smoke-filled West Los Angeles high-rise and was taken to a hospital with four other injured people, officials said Friday. The child, whose age and name were not released, was found on the 23rd-floor stairway of the 25-story building in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore. The girl was with two other people, but it was unclear whether they were related, he said.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Southwest Missouri was in shock Wednesday after a coach at a Springfield school was accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl off the street and then killing her.  Hailey Owens, 10, was near her home late Tuesday afternoon when neighbors saw a gold Ford Ranger pull up and a man start talking to the girl, Springfield Police Chief Paul F. Williams said at a televised news conference. Hailey initially ignored the driver before coming back to speak to him again, which is when the man snatched her into the truck and sped away, Williams said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present, more or less, and a Beijing resident named Boyang waits for the ashes of his childhood friend Shaoai, dead at 43 after having been poisoned (accidentally or otherwise) 21 years before. "Who wanted her to die?" Boyang's mother asks when he visits after dropping off the woman's cremains with her family. "Who wanted to kill her back then?" These questions resonate throughout this novel, which moves fluidly between past and present, among Beijing, Massachusetts and the Bay Area, in tracing the intersecting lives of four people - Boyang, Shaoai and two other women, Ruyu and Moran - as they wrestle with both their complicity and their heritage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A veteran Los Angeles police officer pleaded no contest to sexually molesting one girl and attempting to molest a second after luring them to his home, authorities said Tuesday. Miguel Angel Schiappapietra Jr., 28, pleaded no contest in a downtown courtroom to two felonies--one count of a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age and one count of an attempted lewd act on a child under 14 years of age. The officer is due back in court Sept. 6  and is expected to be sentenced by Judge Michael Abzug to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A registered sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of following and filming young girls in the Santa Clarita area, officials said Thursday. Yale Yurman, 70, was identified with the help of loss prevention workers at a Target store on Magic Mountain Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Detectives served a search warrant Wednesday at Yurman's home, said Sheriff's Deputy Josh Dubin. Authorities seized evidence allegedly showing that Yurman had trailed girls in several instances, including at a Wal-mart and a church in Valencia, according to the sheriff's department.
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