Archive for August, 2011

Charges filed in what Sheriff Cain calls worst child abuse case

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad on August 26, 2011 by punauni

HARDIN COUNTY – The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services are investigating the death of a 4-year-old girl in what Sheriff Ed Cain and CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam tell KFDM News is “one of the worst child abuse cases” they’ve ever seen.

The girl weighed 32 pounds.

“That child suffered months and months of physical abuse, sexual abuse and also neglect,” Shari Pulliam with Child Protective Services told KFDM News.

Late Thursday afternoon deputies arrested the mother, Amanda Guidry, 30, and her boyfriend, Jason Delacerda, 34, on 1st Degree Felony charges of Injury to a Child. If convicted they could face up to life in prison.

Sheriff Cain says the boyfriend called 911 Wednesday night and an ambulance took the child to Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth. She died at about midnight. Sheriff’s deputies and Child Protective Services began investigating and visited the couple’s mobile home off Highway 69 in Kountze. Investigators say there were visible signs of abuse. A preliminary autopsy shows the four-year-old girl died of blunt force trauma to the head. The autopsy report lists the preliminary manner of death as homicide. Toxicology results are pending.

Sheriff Cain said the mother and boyfriend voluntarily came to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning Thursday afternoon and were arrested following the questioning.

Shari Pulliam with CPS says investigators with her agency are shaken up after seeing what Pulliam calls abuse the girl suffered. Investigators believe it went on for nearly six months. The Sheriff and Pulliam say it’s one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve ever seen. Pulliam says nearly every one of the girl’s ribs was shattered.

“Old fractures and new fractures,” said Pulliam. “Almost every rib on this child was fractured. The child had a skull fracture, multiple cigarette burns to the chest. Large burn on her foot and both buttocks.”

Cain said the girl had “numerous bruises and burns, basically from head to toe.” The Sheriff said she was the victim of severe abuse going on the last several months. According to Cain, his office is consulting with the Hardin County District Attorney’s Office and other charges might be filed in the case.

“I’ve never seen anything this bad,” said Sheriff Cain. “Doctors agree and they’re saying it’s pretty bad. I can’t believe it went on this long without anyone bringing it to our attention.”

Cain said it hurts him to see children who are abused.

“Any time there’s a child involved, they are totally helpless. An adult can help themselves but children like this, they can’t help themselves. It’s a serious case. It’s sad, it’s tragic. This child has suffered a lot.”

Pulliam says the girl would have turned five in December. According to Pulliam, the girl was malnourished. She weighed only 32 pounds. Pulliam says that’s a definite sign of abuse. She says no calls were made to indicate any abuse was going on in the home.

“There’s no reason that could make someone do something like this to a small innocent child,” said Pulliam. “What we ask the community, if you think a child is being abused or neglected, you need to make a report to the hotline.”

The child abuse hotline number is 1-800-252-5400.

Pulliam says there are ways to prevent abuse from occurring by looking at the warning signs. They include unexplained marks or bruises on a child’s body. Neighbors and friends need to become aware if the child’s behavior changes or if the child has unexplained weight loss. If parents find it hard to control themselves out of anger, Pulliam says to step away from the situation, take time to calm down, call and talk to someone.

The couple will be booked into the Hardin County Jail, ccording to Sheriff Cain.

He’s consulting with the Hardin County District Attorney’s Office and says additional charges could be filed.

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Juliette Dunn arrested for giving 4-year-old and 10-month-old beer and cocaine

Posted in Connecticut, News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by punauni

 

A Connecticut mother was arrested after she forced her 4-year-old son to chug a bottle of beer – and gave her 10-month-old daughter booze and cocaine, police said.

Juliette Dunn, 29, who lives in Success Village, Conn., was sitting with a friend Lisa Jefferson on a playground when another mom flagged down officers and complained that she was feeding her child beer, the Connecticut Post reported.

When cops approached, they spotted an empty 40-ounce Steele Reserve beer on the ground next to the 4-year-old boy and a baby bottle that smelled like alcohol.

Witnesses told officers that earlier that day Jefferson had told her son to chug the beer – and then called him an alcoholic when he finished, according to the report.

The children were taken to a local hospital where they tested positive for alcohol and the 10-month-old tested positive for cocaine.

When being interviewed by a social worker, the 4-year-old mentioned that he liked “Natural Ice beer, Budweiser beer, but didn’t like the taste of Dog-Bite beer,” police told the newspaper.
Dunn and Jefferson were arrested and charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child and two counts of second-degree assault.

They are both being held on a $100,000 bond.

Another Stripper on Drugs, Another Baby

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad with tags on August 1, 2011 by punauni

 

A woman was arrested at a strip club Tuesday night after her newborn baby was missing, officials said.  Micah Ashley Alford, 26, from League City, was apprehended at Ritz Cabaret, where she was applying for a job, investigators said.  She had a felony warrant for her arrest on charges of child endangerment and abandonment.Galveston County Precinct 8 deputy constables said they received information that Alford delivered a baby five days ago, which she eventually confirmed.Deputies said Alford’s probation was revoked when she failed a drug test when she was 5 months pregnant.  When deputies asked Alford where her baby was, she had no idea, officials said.  Shortly after police put out an alert for the baby, two women called saying they had him.  They told investigators another woman gave them the baby and he had no milk or diapers at that time, but they went and bought those items.   The women then agreed to meet officers at the Academy parking lot on Edgebrook and the Gulf Freeway Tuesday night to hand over the infant, who was fine.  Officers had been searching for the newborn for four days.  Records show that this is Alford’s fourth child and that the other three were taken away by Child Protective Services.  According to police officers and policenews.net, Alford has prior charges of DWI, child endangerment and child abandonment.  Her bond has been set at $100,000.