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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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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.

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Houston residents are directing their anger at a judge who returned 4-year-old Maleah Davis to her abusive home in February. Maleah had been missing from that home for over a month. On Friday, Maleah's remains were recovered in Arkansas and flown back to Houston on a private jet.

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The tragic Hart family cliff crash is renewing debate about homosexual adoptions.

Lesbian couple Jennifer Hart and Sarah Hart drove off a cliff in Mendocino, Ca. after fleeing their Woodland, Washington home amid suspicions of child abuse and neglect. Police believe all six of their adopted children were killed when the SUV went over the cliff.

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A body that was pulled out of the surf on Saturday near the site where a family of 8 went over a cliff in a SUV may be one of three missing children.

The body of a black female was discovered by a couple on vacation near Juan's Creek before 2 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of the crash site near Westwood, California. A third bystander pulled the body out of the water and called 911.

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A SUV that plunged off a cliff, killing a family of 8 near Mendocino, California, may have been an intentional act, authorities say. A passing motorist noticed the 2003 GMC Yukon overturned on the rocky shoreline about 100 feet below the Pacific Coast Highway on March 26.

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Devonte Hart, the 12-year-old boy who embraced a cop in a viral photo, was reported missing after a car carrying his family members plunged off a cliff in Northern California.

Devonte was photographed crying and hugging a police officer during "Black Lives Matter" protests of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014.

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An online clothing company is under fire for sexualizing a 9-year-old boy. Brandon Hilton, owner of House of Mann, tweeted an image of the child in full drag and a sequined onesie.

"9 year old drag superstar Lactatia is our new HOUSE OF MANN covergirl," Hilton tweeted on Jan. 6.

The nine-year-old boy first became known to the public in September 2017, when he appeared on ITV’s 'This Morning' with his mother, wearing a pink wig, makeup, and a dress.

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