How safe are Florida’s domestic violence shelters?

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times questions the safety of some domestic violence shelters in Florida, including The Spring of Tampa Bay. The nonprofit behind the shelter is one of the most revered in the area and supported by many of Tampa’s elite.  The Times uses the story of a little girl molested at a…

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Video shows sheriff discussing abusive discipline at boarding school

Before he was a tough-talking Arizona sheriff and congressional candidate, Paul Babeu ran a Massachusetts boarding school rife with abuse. The DeSisto school used inhumane punishments on teens with special needs. After a 2012 ABC15 investigation, Babeu denied any “knowledge” of the mistreatment of students. But a never-before-seen home video proves that Babeu not only…

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Newborns die after being sent home with mothers struggling to kick drug addictions

Reuters identified 110 babies who died since 2010 after being born exposed to opioid drugs and sent home to parents who were ill-equipped to take care of them. More than half of those babies had to go through drug withdrawal before they were released, only to die under preventable circumstances.  The investigation features interviews with…

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Allegations of death caused by child abuse go unresolved in Massachusetts

In the second part of its “Out the Shadows” series, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting continues its investigation into child abuse and neglect in Massachusetts.  NECIR found that many cases involving children dying from possible abuse or neglect go unresolved for years. These unresolved cases include three open homicide investigations, and the cause…

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Massachusetts child abuse and neglect deaths steadily increasing

At least 110 Massachusetts children 17 and younger died from abuse or neglect between 2009 and 2013, according to reporting by The New England Center for Investigative Reporting. A third of these kids had at some point been under the watch of the state Department of Children and Families. Many others were likely known to…

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Illinois sends state wards to residential centers despite attacks, abuse

In residential treatment centers across Illinois, juvenile state wards are assaulted, sexually abused and running away by the thousands — yet state officials fail to act on reports of harm and continue sending disadvantaged youths to the most troubled and violent facilities, a Chicago Tribune investigation found. Reports of patient-on-patient sexual assault are commonplace at…

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Extra Extra Monday: Baby boomers, school shootings and health licensing boards

Review shows health licensing boards voted improperly | The Boston Globe Four Massachusetts health licensing boards met nearly three dozen times over five years without enough members present, casting a legal cloud over numerous votes on disciplinary proceedings, license applications, and investigations, according to an internal audit by the Department of Public Health. The review,…

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Extra Extra Monday: Child abuse deaths unheeded, strawberry pesticides, habitual drunk driving

Nursing homes unmasked: Who owns California’s nursing homes? | Sacramento BeeAs private investment groups scoop up an ever-larger share of the nation’s skilled-nursing care market, it has become increasingly difficult to decipher who owns the nation’s largest chains. Elder-care advocates will tell you this is no accident: A convoluted ownership structure, they say, is a…

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Judge ‘sickened’ by abuse program’s failures

Minnesota law mandates that child-protection agencies investigate child abuse cases with evidence of egregious harm and substantial endangerment. Yet since 2005, more than 20,000 cases of children deemed at “high risk” for more abuse have been routed to family assessment, in which social workers don’t investigate the cases and instead try to work with families.…

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Battered, Bereaved and Behind Bars

At least 29 states have laws that explicitly criminalize parents’ failure to protect their children from abuse, according to Buzfeed News. In Texas, the crime is known as injury to a child “by omission.” In other states, it goes by “permitting child abuse” or “enabling child abuse.” In addition, prosecutors in at least 19 states…

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