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The Justice for Maxwell Legal Committee is working with Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) on Maxwell's Law, intended to prevent child abuse and neglect, in memory of Max Schollenberger, the 12-year-old boy who died in March and was found dead in his bedroom in May

Visits to the emergency room for cases of child abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age dropped by 53% in mid-March compared to the same time frame in 2019, according to a new analysis by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pornhub, one of the largest adult content sites in the world, has announced it will be banning unverified video uploads after allegations that it has been hosting child abuse videos.

Mastercard and Visa are investigating their business relationship with Pornhub after allegations that the popular porn site is hosting child sexual abuse content.

Reports of child abuse and neglect have declined significantly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s not an indicator of fewer incidents, child and family services professionals say. Rather, it’s a sign that abuse and neglect could be flying under the radar in distanced schooling environments.

ST LOUIS  — A local state highway patrolman who rescued a 12-year-old boy from his abusive parents has been named Missouri's state employee of the month for November, officials said Monday.

Esteban M. Reynoso works in Troop C, which patrols the counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, Pike, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Warren, and Washington.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that Juan T. Torres,64, of Annapolis was sentenced by the Honorable Mark Crooks to 110 years suspending all but 50 years in prison for sexually abusing his two step-granddaughters. Torres, a former Anne Arundel County police officer, left the force in 2000, had worked in the Crime Exploitation Unit investigating the same types of crimes he was later convicted of committing against his own family members.

A Pulaski woman pleaded guilty to felony child abuse of a 6-month-old Tuesday despite the prosecutor’s refusal to offer a plea agreement for acts he termed, “supreme evil.”

“The innocence of a child is cherished, and we all know children lose their innocence at different times,” Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith told the court. Referring to photos of the injured child, he added, “We know the exact moment this baby lost his. You can see the innocence leave his face in these photos.”

The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County has been receiving more reports of abuse recently.

During the novel coronavirus pandemic, “there has been a lot of talk about the cases going down, but the reality is, now that school is back (in session), we’ve started to see a sharp spike in the referrals and the cases that we’re getting,” said Susan Meehan during the Rotary Club of Aiken’s meeting Monday at Newberry Hall.  

BLOOMSBURY, N.J. -- "This is my brother," said Bill Cordes to his long lost brother, Robert Wilson.

That's something he hasn't been able to say for nearly 80 years. It's also how long it's been since Bill held his younger brother, Robert in his arms. In fact, it was those same arms where Bill had his baby brother taken from when he was just 8 years old. Officials at the time deemed their mother unfit to take care of them. At just four months old, Robert was put into foster care. It's a moment Bill hasn't forgotten about.

A system designed to respond to emergencies can never completely pause, even during a global pandemic.

When Jessica started to experience intense chest pain in March, she was terrified that she might have the coronavirus. Then her foster son started to experience symptoms too.

The high school in western New York State where she taught had just closed. She couldn’t get a test to confirm that her respiratory illness was indeed COVID-19, and she was confused about whether she should go to the emergency room or just stay home. She is single, and was her foster son’s only guardian. (He has since turned 18.) Caring for him while they were both so sick overwhelmed her. He was afraid

Former homeless youth who have spent an extensive period of time in foster care or experienced disruptions in their foster youth placements are at a significantly higher risk of engaging in detrimental risk-taking behaviors according to a study conducted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work faculty Amanda Yoshioka-Maxwell. Both homeless youth and former foster youth face increased risk, but this study in particular takes into consideration youth who have experienced both homelessness and foster care.

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