These disturbing cases of child abuse resulted in the parents going to prison. Florida mother Shauna Dee Taylor, will spend more than a decade behind bars after poisoning her baby. Stephen Bodine of Wichita, Kansas was found guilty of horrific abuse and murder of 3-year-old Evan Brewer. The infant son of Robert James Burnette and Megan Hendricks died at 9 weeks old.
Illinois police have changed Joann Cunningham and Andrew “Drew” Freund Sr. with multiple counts, including first-degree-murder and aggravated assault, in connection with the death of their five-year-old son AJ Freund.
The Gypsy Rose Blanchard story has been widely referred to as a possible case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. The severity of the abuse can range from a caretaker lying about illnesses to forcing a victim to undergo medical procedures.
Learn about shocking cases of daycare worker abuses including Leah Walden of Baltimore and Jeffrey Rauch and January Neatherlin of Oregon. Almost one-quarter of U.S. children under the age of five are in some form of daycare center.
Experts say the term “Stranger Danger” may not be the most effective approach. Child advocate Callahan Walsh offers insight on how to broach the topic in a more nuanced way with young ones. Here are some tips on how to talk to your kids about kidnapping.
Every year, more than 200,000 children are abducted by family members. An additional 58,000 are taken by nonrelatives with primarily sexual motives. - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)