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Tallahassee PD

"Denzel Washington" is among nearly 200 defendants arrested in a human sex trafficking sting involving a single Florida girl.

Although Washington is not the legendary actor, it isn't clear if the defendant is related to Denzel.

The operation, called "Stolen Innocence," began in 2018 and wrapped on Tuesday with nearly 200 arrests, the NY Post reported.

The girl was 13 and 14 years old at the time of the assaults, but investigators believe she was younger than 13 when the assaults began.

Among the suspects are a high-profile Florida State University booster, a middle school physical education teacher, a lobbyist, and a former candidate for local office, according to the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

They were all charged with human trafficking of a minor, and 106 people were hit with felony charges. 18 are being charged federally, according to the Post.

Several women were also arrested and charged with arranging "play" dates with the girl in exchange for money, according to the Post.

Some of the defendants say their encounters with the girl occurred in a filthy apartment and various hotels and motels around Tallahassee.

They say the girl's mother wouldn't allow them to have sex with the child unless they brought her drugs and money.

It isn't clear if the girl’s mother was charged or was part of the sex trafficking ring.

The teen was rescued by the police department's Special Victims Unit. She is in the custody of the state and "on the road to recovery."
 

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A Tallahassee, Florida woman is charged with brutally beating a 3-year-old boy to death with a tire iron.

Te’Lea Jefferson, 23, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 20 and charged with murder and aggravated battery after she confessed to beating the boy with a tire iron for climbing on a bathroom sink to brush his teeth.

Jefferson, who lived with the child's mother and his 6-year-old brother, first told investigators the toddler fell off the sink and hit his head on the toilet.

But emergency room staff told police the boy's injuries -- including severe lacerations to his face and hands and bruises on his arms and legs, were "not consistent" with falling off a sink, court records show.

Jefferson, who told police she was in a domestic relationship with the boys' mother, later confessed that she attacked the toddler with a tire iron after he refused her demands to get off the sink.

Jefferson said his refusal to get down off the sink angered her. She went into a bedroom and retrieved a tire iron from a tool box.

She then returned to the bathroom and threw the tire iron at the boy, striking him in the face, according to the police report.

Jefferson admitted to hitting the boy several more times with the tire iron and she recalled seeing blood gushing from his body.

Jefferson's girlfriend hid the bloody murder weapon outside the home.

Police believe the child died in the home before Jefferson brought him to the hospital on Oct. 19 with severe trauma to his face and head. He was unresponsive and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital at 7 p.m.

Hospital staff called 911 to report the "suspicious death" of a child.

According to the affidavit -- based on the timeline of events -- she should have arrived at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's emergency room around 4 p.m. Jefferson confessed after investigators confronted her about the 3-hour gap in her story.

The male-identified lesbian told police she disciplined the boys when they misbehaved. She said the 3-year-old "often required more strikes or blows than his older" brother, according to the affidavit.

Jefferson is being held without bond in the Leon County Detention Facility.

At her first court appearance on Oct. 21, Jefferson said she preferred to hire her own attorney rather than be assigned a public defender, even though she qualified for public assistance, WCTV reported.

Public defender Nancy Showalter said she spoke with Jefferson and her mother, and the family would rather hire a private attorney.

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Chicago PD

A Chicago teen was denied bail after admitting to molesting a girl during a virtual learning class on Thursday.

Catrell Walls, 18, is accused of sexually molesting his 7-year-old cousin during her virtual learning class on Google Meets. Walls was arrested on Saturday after the police were contacted by the girl's school.

Police say the girl signed into the class around 1:30 p.m. and students were instructed to mute their microphones and turn their cameras off.

But the girl left her computer camera on and put the microphone on mute. Prosecutors say Walls entered the room and ordered the girl to perform a sex act on him.

At least four children observed the indecent act. The teacher was alerted when one child asked, "What's going on? What's happening?"

When the teacher saw the the girl engaged in a sex act, she yelled for the other children to log off and told the little girl to turn her camera off.

The teacher then observed Walls pick up the laptop and close it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The teacher notified the school principal and the school's chief executive officer, who went to the girl's home.

The girl told them Walls "just hit her," prosecutors said. But when the principal spoke to her privately, she told him Walls made her perform oral sex on him and that it had happened before.

"He made me put my lips on (him) and this has happened before, and I don't want my daddy to know, it's a secret," she said, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Andreana Turano.

Police responded to the home and took Walls into custody. The girl was taken to Comer Children's Hospital for evaluation.

During police interrogation, Walls broke down and admitted through tears that he sexually assaulted the girl since she was 6.

"I don't know why. I'm sorry, I'm sorry," he said.

Walls is a senior in high school and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which impairs his ability to control his impulses, his attorney said.

Walls is expected back in court on Nov. 21.

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Montgomery County PD

A Pennsylvania youth football coach is charged with brutally raping and assaulting his 10-month-old baby daughter, causing her death.

Authorities say Austin Stevens, 29, sexually assaulted his infant daughter, Zara Scruggs, then conducted internet searches on his cellphone, typing:

"What if you don't hear baby heart or beat."

"My baby isn't breathing."

"How do you know if a baby is dead."

"If baby stops breathing."

CBS Philly reports police responded to a 911 call about a child not breathing on Saturday night.

First responders who arrived at the home at 10:40 p.m. found Zara unresponsive and wearing a blood-soaked diaper.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday.

An autopsy revealed Zara suffered blunt force trauma to her head, she had been brutally raped and sustained anal rectal trauma.

Stevens delayed calling 911 for an hour while he flirted with two women on Instagram, according to police. He never mentioned his daughter in the chats.

He later told police he panicked and made the internet searches.

He is charged with aggravated assault, rape of a child, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, and other related counts.

Zara's mother, Erica Scruggs, shared her grief in a Facebook post.

"I'm not okay," she wrote. "I really have no words. We have to fight for my baby."

A GoFundMe account raised more than $45,000 for funeral expenses.

The prosecutor said Stevens had sole custody of Zara under an agreement with the child's mother.

Stevens had recently moved to a house off of the 3400 block of Germantown Pike. Police said there was no heat or water at the house.

He is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

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Houston PD

A Houston mother who was photographed sobbing on the ground after her 2-year-old daughter was found in a storm drain has been charged in the child's murder.

Sahara Ervin, 20, and her boyfriend Travion Thompson, 21, were arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of Maliyah Bass.

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Maliyah's battered and bruised body was pulled from a storm drain on August 23, a day after the toddler was reported missing by her mother.

Ervin told police she left Maliyah on the playground for a few minutes while she cooked breakfast on Aug. 22. When Ervin went back outside, she said Maliyah was gone.

The community gathered to help in the search for Maliyah.

"Everyone looking stupid and looking for the baby when they knew what happened to the baby," said a neighbor, Stella, KTRK reported.

Court records show Maliyah was physically abused before she died. Her body was covered with looped-pattern bruises that may have been caused by an extension cord or a hanger.

The coroner said Maliyah died from blunt force trauma. She was last seen on the apartment's surveillance video on August 20 at 12:40 a.m.

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A video of a father and stepmother disciplining their disobedient daughter is going viral on social media.

The video has sparked debate over whether the father and stepmother are being abusive to the girl.

The video shows a father apparently abusing his teenage daughter who allegedly stole something and called his wife a "fat a** b*tch".

The video went viral after celebrities such as Lil Scrappy posted it on social media.

Some are calling for child protective services to investigate.

Update:

The girl is in the custody of rapper Waka Flocka's mom, Debra Antney, who is reportedly related to her. See the videos below.
 


 

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An unstable YouTuber is in trouble for alleged child abuse. Social media personality Lovely Peaches was reportedly arrested after she repeatedly abused her minor child on the internet.

Peaches was investigated for over a year for Instagram posts that showed her abusing her daughter, Cora Miracle.

"I brought you into this world, hoe," the 19-year-old told the child in one Instagram video. She also complained about having to babysit her own daughter.

In other social media posts, Lovely Peaches, real name Brittany Johnson, claimed she sold Cora to a sex traffickers and she even claimed she killed her adorable daughter.

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Johnson became an overnight sensation for her disturbing posts involving her daughter, Cora, who is reportedly 3 years old.

Johnson, was reportedly arrested after Cora was removed from her custody following an FBI investigation last week.

On Aug. 6, advocacy group Children's Riot reported that Cora "has been rescued and will never be returned to her abusive mother."

"The FBI has ensured that Peaches will no longer have access to hurting Cora or any other children. She is being prosecuted and will pay for what she has done."

The group claimed Cora was placed in the care of her grandmother. "Cora was back with her mother, and has been taken away from her as of this morning," according to The Salvation Foundation. "As of now, she is safe, she is no longer with her mother."

Johnson's social media accounts were deleted recently. The foundation stated they were working on getting all of Johnson's accounts deleted. Her Instagram account alone had over 1 million followers.

Recently, Johnson began threatening TikTok personality Charli D'Amelio, saying she hired a hit man to "sexually assault Charli during a livestream, causing D'Amelio to end the livestream.

Johnson was later banned from TikTok.
 

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Clark County PD

An Ohio man who kneeled on the neck of a crying 2-year-old baby boy in a viral photo was arrested and may be charged with child abuse.

Isaiah Jackson, 20, of Clark County, was arrested on a probation violation unrelated to the shocking incident.

Clark County officials are reviewing potential charges against Jackson, who is shown kneeling on a crying baby's neck in the photo.

The photo was a recreation of the image of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd.

The baby boy's arms are being held by someone off camera. It is not clear if the person restraining the child will also be arrested.

investigators made contact with Jackson, the child's mother and the child immediately after the photo went viral with the caption "Blm now mf."

The baby was evaluated at a local hospital but he was unharmed. The mother, who is dating Jackson, was not aware of the photo having been taken, or its contents, until she was informed by other parties after the photo went viral, according to WHIO.

The mother and baby are Caucasian, Jackson is mixed-race.

The baby's grandmother posted screenshots of text messages er daughter exchanged with a friend that show her defending Jackson's actions.

"We are looking into this case; however, it is still an active investigation. At this point, we are actively looking into it and we are VERY early on into this investigation," Major Chris Clark added in an e-mailed statement.

Lt. Shultz said the county prosecutor's office will "provide a determination of the scope and breadth of the felony charges" Jackson is likely to face.

Facebook is suspending the accounts of users who post the photo for violating the community's standards on hate speech and nudity.

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A Rancho Cordova Police officer is under fire for punching a 14-year-old boy after the cop "lost sight" of an adult during a suspected drug transaction.

Cell phone video shows the cop slamming the teenager into the pavement, then punching him repeatedly in the head while pinning the youngster to the ground.

The police department released a statement identifying the officer in the video as a "Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer... who was proactively patrolling the area of Mills Station Road and Mather Field Road. The deputy was in the area due to complaints from citizens about hand-to-hand sales of alcohol, tobacco and drugs to minors."

The department said the use of force on a juvenile was warranted because the boy resisted arrest.

"It's important to put video footage into context, especially in relation to a use of force incident. In this case, the deputy saw what he believed to be a hand-to-hand exchange between an adult and juvenile. As the deputy turned around, he lost sight of the adult, who left the area. When the deputy approached the juvenile, the juvenile was uncooperative and refused to give the deputy basic information. He told the deputy he was 18 years old. Having reasonable suspicion that criminal activity was occurring, the deputy attempted to detain the juvenile so he could conduct further investigation. The juvenile became physically resistive at that time, causing the deputy to lose control of his handcuffs, with landed several feet away. The deputy attempted to maintain control of the juvenile without his handcuffs and while alone waiting for his partners to arrive and assist him."

California is still under restrictive lockdown orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Package stores in certain neighborhoods are closed, forcing residents to purchase essential items such as food and alcohol from street level dealers.

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Colorado Springs police arrested the chatty stepmother of Gannon Staunch exactly 5 months after the 11-year-old boy went missing.

Gannon's stepmother Leticia Stauch was arrested in South Carolina on Monday, Colorado authorities confirmed.

The charges include child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a body, and tampering with physical evidence.

"As you can see by the arrest, we no longer believe Gannon is alive," Lt. Mitch Mihalko said at a press conference on Monday. Police have not recovered Gannon's body. They will continue searching the El Paso area for Gannon's body. The search can take weeks or months.

Stauch told police the boy went missing after he walked over to a friend's house on Jan. 27. Stauch told police she last saw Gannon at 3:15 p.m. that day.

Stauch gave numerous television interviews, complaining that Gannon's biological mother was living in her house with her husband. She said she couldn't go home while her husband's ex-wife was there.

Gannon's supporters observed that Stauch was enjoying the attention from the media.

Stauch told reporters she believed Gannon had been abducted. But a neighbor's surveillance video showed Gannon getting into Stauch's pickup truck on the day he went missing.

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The surveillance video is very dark, but if you look closely you can see Gannon at the 1:30 mark getting in at the rear driver's side door. Then at the 1:39 mark Stauch (wearing a white cap) is seen getting into the truck and driving off.

The video shows Stauch returning to the home alone about an hour later. At the 6:35 mark she is seen exiting the truck alone. She appears to be carrying a white towel.

"Justice will be served because my boy does not deserve this," said Gannon's biological mother Landen Hiott.

Gannon's father, Albert Stauch, said in a statement read aloud at the press conference, "The person who committed this heinous, horrible crime is one that I gave more to anyone else on this planet, and that is a burden that I will carry with me for a very long time."
 

 

 

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A Pensacola man was arrested after he brutally beat his minor child with a belt for making bad grades, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Darryl McRae, 33, was charged with child cruelty and child abuse. He is being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.

The incident came to light after the boy approached a school resource officer and said his father gave him a "whoopin'" on Sunday because of his grades.

The resource officer observed bruises and welts all over the child's back and leg. A school counselor contacted the police and DCF took the boy into custody.

According to a police report obtained by WEAR TV, the boy said McRae struck him 15 times with a belt. McRae reportedly beat the boy multiple times in the past with a belt, and other objects.

McRae's arrest sends a message to other parents that beating children with belts, extension cords, and similar objects is against the law and punishable by prison time.

The law understands that raising children is hard work and takes a lot of patience and self-discipline. But child abuse will not be tolerated.

Parents are urged to take parenting classes to teach them more effective ways to discipline children and to manage their own emotions and anger.

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A Virginia mother wants answers after prison guards strip searched her 8-year-old daughter before she was allowed to visit her inmate father.

The unidentified mom said Diamond Peerman, the girlfriend of the girl's father, drove the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center to visit her dad on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Peerman said guards told the girl to strip after a drug-sniffing dog alerted guards to her.

The little girl hesitated to take her clothes off in front of strangers, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Peerman, who is not the child's guardian, said she told the girl this was the only way she could visit her dad.

"I told her, that means you have to take all of your clothes off or you're not going to be able to see your dad," Peerman told the Virginian-Pilot. "That's when she started crying."

State policy allows strip searches at prisons. If a visitor refuses to be searched, they can be banned from the facility.

"That's outrageous," said Daniel Macallair, executive director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. "It's generally regarded in the criminal justice field that you do not strip search young children."

He called the strip search "an act of child abuse."

DOC Director of Communications Lisa Kinney said the allegation was "deeply troubling" and "represents a breach in protocol."

Kinney said she would take disciplinary action against the guards responsible for the search.

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A Florida man was arrested after he abandoned his preteen son by the son of the road because he believed the boy was same-sex attracted.

Haines City police say Evenaud Julmeus, 30, dropped off the distraught boy in front of a closed police station with a bag that contained some clothes.

A bystander called police after witnessing Julmeus drop off the boy who was distraught and crying.

Julmeus reportedly caught his son viewing male pornography videos on his cell phone, according to the affidavit obtained by Fox News.

The victim told police Julmeus "became very upset" after he found the videos. The boy, whose name and age were redacted from the affidavit, told police his father ordered him to pack a duffel bag and that he was taking him to a police station to find a new home.

Police say Julmeus did not attempt to contact law enforcement or child protective services to inform them of the boy's circumstances.

After the boy's mother learned what happened, she went to go look for him at the police station. She left her other two minor children with Julmeus, the affidavit said.

Julmeus fled the home when police arrived, leaving the two minor children alone.

Julmeus has been charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm and turned himself in, police said. Julmeus is being held without bond.

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Houston police are searching for a suspect who raped a 13-year-old boy, robbed him and left him naked in Tidwell park. Family members told KPRC the boy is familiar with the suspect.

The sixth grader skipped school Monday, his family said. The boy was hanging out near his apartment complex when he was approached by a Black man in his 20s.

"He tried to drink with him, smoke with him and get him to buy stuff at a store," said the boy's mother, who did not want to be identified.

The mother said the boy accompanied the suspect to Tidwell park, where the suspect took the boy's phone, beat him and sexually assaulted him.

His mother said the boy woke up and realized he had been raped and robbed.

"The last thing he remembers is [his attacker] grabbing a big stick to hit him," the victim's mother said. "He remembers perfectly who did it."

The boy's uncle helped police search the park for evidence. "I found the clothes and shoes right there," his uncle told KPRC, pointing to a trail in Tidwell Park. "I'm surprised police didn't find them."

"I want them to catch him, I want him to pay, and I want there to be no more victims like my son," the boy's mother said. "I want justice for my son, and I want police to do their job."

Police are warning parents to keep an eye on their sons and daughters until the predator is caught.

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Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A Colorado woman who sought donations to fulfill her terminally ill daughter's "bucket list" was arrested and charged with the girl's murder.

Kelly Renee Turner, 41, organized ride-alongs with police and fire crews for 7-year-old Olivia Gant, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation paid $11,000 for a "bat princess" costume party for Olivia.

Turner publicized her daughter's terminal illness and promoted the girl's "bucket list" of dreams to fulfill before she died.

When Olivia died in 2017, her cause of death was listed as a variety of ailments including an intestinal disorder, brain seizures, and a buildup of fluid deep in the brain.

But when Olivia's body was exhumed last year, a coroner did not find physical evidence of those disorders. Her cause of death was listed as undetermined.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office arrested Turner at a Denver-area hotel on Friday. She is being held without bond.

Police say Olivia was in and out of hospitals for most of her 7 years. In the months before she died she received nutrition through a feeding tube.

She was admitted in July 2017 to Children's Hospital Colorado, where doctors said she showed signs of malnutrition.

One doctor told investigators Turner insisted that he sign a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order for her daughter.

The doctor said Turner wanted to withdraw all medical care and give Olivia nutrition intravenously (via IV) rather than through a feeding tube in her stomach.

Doctors told Turner Olivia wouldn't survive on IV nutrition, and Turner was given the option of taking her home on hospice care. Olivia died at home a few weeks later.

Doctor's suspicions grew when Turner brought another daughter to the hospital and claimed she had "bone pain."

Turner brought up Munchausen syndrome by proxy in an interview with investigators last year.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a psychological condition in which a parent or caregiver exaggerates or causes medical illnesses in children for attention from healthcare workers.

"That has never been my case, like at all, whatsoever," Turner said in the interview.

Turner is also accused of fraudulently obtaining about $539,000 worth of medical care for her two daughters from the government-funded Medicaid program.

Last week, a Dallas woman was sentenced to six years in prison for subjecting her 10-year-old son to hundreds of procedures and 13 major surgeries in another case of Munchausen by proxy.

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A Dallas woman was sentenced to six years in prison for subjecting her 10-year-old son, Christopher to hundreds of procedures and 13 major surgeries.

According to a Child Protective Services (CPS) complaint obtained by the Star-Telegram, Kaylene Bowen-Wright faked or caused her son's illnesses and medical problems almost from the day he was born.

CPS states Bowen-Wright, 36, subjected Christopher to years of unnecessary invasive medical treatments in Dallas, where they lived.

Bowen-Wright pleaded guilty to injury to a child causing serious bodily harm. She admitted she faked his medical conditions and subjected him to 13 major surgeries as well as hundreds of minor medical procedures.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Christopher was fed through a feeding tube and for a time he was in a wheelchair.

When he was 5, Christopher was placed in hospice care and Bowen-Wright signed a "do not resuscitate” order, meaning nurses would allow him to die if his condition took a turn for the worse.

"(She would) just always say that something's wrong with Christopher all the time," the child's father, Ryan Crawford testified in court. "It was just one thing after another."

Bowen-Wright was arrested in 2017 after CPS notified authorities of a possible Munchausen syndrome by proxy child abuse case. Her other children were removed from her home.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a condition in which a mentally unstable parent or caregiver exaggerates or causes medical problems in children or people in their care.

Christopher, who has healed from his surgeries, was placed in his father's custody by the state.

"She stole Christopher's childhood," prosecutor Jennifer Sawyer said in court.