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Mom says warnings of abuse ignored/ WishTV8

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ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – A Noblesville man wasarrested last weekend on child molestation charges – accusations substantiated by a video , police said. But now, the mother of his son says her cries for help and warnings of abuse went unheeded for years.

Garrett Cornell was charged in connection with the molestation of a 9-year-old girl. His son, who 24-Hour News 8 is not identifying, turned his father in after finding a video tape of his dad having sex with the girl he knew well.

“What he did isn’t right,” the seventh-grader said. “I might be able to forgive him, but there is a slim chance.”

His mom, June Schanttner, echoes those sentiments. She said she called Child Protective Services back in the late 1990s about Cornell and another child. A document she provided to 24-Hour News 8 shows investigators determined police should look into the accusations. But that never happened.

“I was screaming and crying for help, but I wasn’t getting it,” June Schanttner said.

The document Schanttner provided alleges Garrett sexually abused her daughter. According to the report, CPS substantiated the child molestation claims and turned its case over to Anderson Police Department for further investigation.

But Anderson police told 24-Hour News 8 there is no record of that report on file, so there was no investigation. And no criminal charges were filed in that case against Cornell.

Anderson Police did have record of many reports made by Schanttner, though, from May 2000 to October 2011. She filed incident reports of child abuse against Cornell both with the Anderson Police Department and to the state. In those reports, Schanttner alleged Cornell physically abused their 2-year-old son while he was in his care. She told police and CPS that after she would pick her son up on visitation, she would often find bruises on his body.

Consequently, both agencies conducted their own investigations, coming to the same conclusion. The alleged injuries were photographed and documented in reports by the Anderson Police Department. The investigative analysis revealed that the bruises could have been caused by other activities and not necessarily from abuse.

No allegations of sexual abuse were reported by Schanttner. During this period, she was in a custody dispute with Cornell. The matter was eventually closed by both agencies.

Now that Cornell has been charged, Schanttner has custody of their son.

 

Mark Berndt Arrest: Officials Question How Los Angeles Teacher’s Alleged Child Abuse Went Undetected/ HUFFPOST CRIME

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LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors declined to file attempted fondling charges 18 years ago against an elementary school teacher now suspected of taking bondage-style photographs of children in his class, saying that they didn’t have enough evidence.

The investigation came after a 10-year-old girl claimed elementary school teacher Mark Berndt reached toward her genitals during class and she pushed his hand away, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said Thursday.

The details of the case and other claims by two former students about strange behavior by Berndt surfaced just three days after his arrest.

The allegations raised further questions about why he wasn’t disciplined by school officials, who have been lambasted by some parents for waiting a year to reveal Berndt was suspected of photographing children for sexual thrills.

Only parents of children identified as victims were told by authorities about the most recent investigation.

School officials and investigators said proper procedures were followed to investigate and build a case against the teacher.

Scott said the incident involving the 10-year-old girl occurred in September 1993 but wasn’t reported by her mother to officials at Miramonte Elementary School until the following January, after her daughter had seen an “Oprah” show about inappropriate touching.

School officials notified the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, which submitted evidence to prosecutors. They opted not to file a charge of committing a lewd act on a minor under the age of 14. Berndt was never arrested.

“Based on what I read, it was a thorough and complete investigation,” said Scott, who noted the investigator who handled the case has retired

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Sandi Gibbons, a district attorney spokeswoman, said in a statement the case was rejected because there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime had occurred. The statement did not elaborate.

Berndt denied the allegation at the time.

Earlier, two women who said they were former students of Berndt told the Times that complaints were made about his odd behavior as far back as 1990.

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy told the newspaper he was struggling to determine how the alleged behavior went undetected for so long.

“How do I make sense out of the fact that this took place over a number of years and no one seemed to know about that?” Deasy said. “I’m definitely trying to understand how someone could not have known.”

Berndt, 61, remained jailed on $23 million bail on felony charges of committing lewd acts on 23 boys and girls, ages 6 to 10, between 2005 and 2010. He could face multiple life sentences if convicted.

Using a cheap camera, Berndt is suspected of snapping nearly 400 photographs of Miramonte students, some with a giant Madagascar cockroach from a classroom terrarium on their faces.

Others were blindfolded or had clear tape over their mouths, and some were given sperm-laced cookies to eat as treats in the photo sessions that were treated like games, Scott said.

Some of Berndt’s students defended him, saying he was a kind and generous teacher.

Angelica Zuniga, a 16-year-old high school junior, was in third grade in 2003 when she had Berndt as a teacher. She said he never asked her or others to do anything strange or to play any inappropriate games.

“They’re calling him `monster.’ He’s just not that kind of person,” Angelica said. “He was one of the most amazing teachers out there. He’s dedicated his life to us, and I want to stick up for him.”

The latest investigation of Berndt began in the fall of 2010 when a film processor became suspicious about the photographs and turned them over to Redondo Beach police, who on Dec. 2, 2010, handed them over to the sheriff’s department, Scott said.

Berndt, who taught at Miramonte for more than 30 years ago, was removed from classwork in January 2011 and fired within the month.

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Associated Press writers Robert Jablon and Raquel Maria Dillon contributed to this report.

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CPS: Child Protectors or Pimps?/ henry MAKOW.com

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Mothers Occupy

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Dear Friends;

 Many of us have seen in the news recently about Josh Powell who killed himself along with his 5 and 7 year old sons and the violent explosion of their home after the children were brought to him for supervised visitation while he was under suspicion of the disappearance of their mother, as well as other allegations including child pornography. This is one of many situations that are happening today where children are forced into custody/visitation situations with harmful, abusive and sometimes deadly parents


223 Children per day Monday through Friday are sent to live with their abuser parent or are sent to unsupervised visits with their abuser parent. Protective parents who have tried to protect their precious children from abuse  have found themselves in the following various situations including but not limited to family courts ordering  ;

gag orders
supervised visits
reduced visitation time for the protective parent
custody switches giving the abuser parent full custody
labeling the protective parent various unsubstantiated psychological labels as a direct result of normal protective actions taken by the protective parent
 
and so much more.

Some of this abuse is sexual and the children are left in the care of their sexual predator parent.

The Sandusky scandal at Penn State is mild compared to the scandal of family court corruption and abuse.

The trauma endured by the children ripped away from their loving parent and sent to live with their abuser parent creates  long term damage.

What can we do to stop family court abuse and corruption?


Mothers Occupy

Mothers Occupy will be an ongoing world -wide peaceful candlelight vigil about family court abuse and corruption and  Juvenile and Dependency Court Corruption.

The Kids for cash scam in the PA juvenile courts   is also not an  isolated  incident 

Let’s join forces with concerned advocates and organizations around the world in solidarity and peace to save the children.

We already have many organizations  and countries on board and endorsement from the prestigious Battered Mothers Custody Conference among many others. 
For more information about Mothers Occupy and how you may help the children contact;


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KS Court of Appeals Vacates the Criminal Contempt Charges by Nola Foulston and Judge James Burgess

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It’s the hurly learning centre! Babies left screaming in terror as they are swung round head of ‘baby yoga’ guru who claims it is GOOD for them/ Mail online

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By DAVID BAKER

Frightening images of babies as young as two weeks old being flung around a therapist’s head have shocked millions around the world.

And now the Russian woman filmed spinning the babies by their wrists and ankles has confirmed she hopes to bring the practice to the UK.

Lena Fokina can be seen flipping a baby over her head in her bizarre ‘baby yoga’ routine which has been banned from a number of websites for fear that it glorifies child abuse.

Many viewers believed the moves must have been performed on dolls but the 51-year-old says they are definitely real babies and she has been practising the techniques for the past 30 years.

Lena was tracked down at a seminar called ‘Parenting the Deliberate Way’ in Dahab, Egypt, where parents from across Europe were paying her to perform the same moves on their infants, some just months old.

And while most of the babies were left screaming in tears or vomited during or after their session of ‘baby dynamics’, Lena insists it is for their benefit.

The qualified PE teacher, said: ‘It’s very good for babies and not dangerous at all. Some babies cry at first, but they begin to enjoy it.

‘Most people think young babies can only lie on a bed, eat, and cry. But babies are born with natural reflexes, which we can use to help them develop physically and intellectually.

‘I work with parents from across Europe. I hope soon I will be working with a family in England. I think there are a number of open-minded parents there whose babies could benefit from my work.’

According to Lena, baby yoga was first practiced by ancient African tribes – but the modern incarnation was developed by fellow Russian Dr Igor Charkovsky, who was also present at the seminar.

Lena, a mother-of-five and grandmother, does sessions that can last up to five minutes, during which babies are spun, swung and flipped, often by a single limb.

The actions are performed on babies from a few weeks old up to around age two.

Lena added: ‘The method was originally developed to cure and correct the health of children having muscular or skeletal problems but it is also suitable for healthy children.

‘The movements are designed to improve their muscular abilities and development.

‘And the children often turn out to be early readers, singers, talkers, swimmers. It also makes their hands stronger. We are humanists and we don’t do anything wrong.’

At the camp the parents, hailing mainly from Russia and the Ukraine, also seemed entirely satisfied as they stood by and watched Lena treat their babies, usually above a gravel floor.

Each day at 8am, parents would bring their tots to the Mirage Village Hotel in Dahab. Around twenty parents had signed up for Lena’s latest 12-day seminar, which costs £255 per family.

Parents smiled and chatted as the infants were left dangling for long periods by their arms or legs. But in almost every case the babies began crying just seconds into the bizarre routine.

And another vomited mid-air after undergoing several minutes of swinging. Yet Lena refused to acknowledge any dangers.

She said: ‘From the moment of its birth a child can grasp, step, support itself and swim.

‘The Charkovsky method uses these natural reflexes for child training. The amount of time it takes to train an adult to do it on a child depends on the sensibility of the child’s parent. Sometimes it only takes one training session.’

Therapist: Russian born Lena Franklin said she first started performing ‘baby yoga’ on her children more than 30 years ago

For years, doctors around the world have warned that ‘dramatic and unnatural movements’ inflicted on a young baby can lead to brain bleeding, retinal hemorrhaging and brain swelling  – commonly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).

And some researchers have suggested that SBS can occur at much lower levels of head movement than had been previously thought.

But Lena, who has been practicing baby yoga for more than 30 years, tells clients it is harmless even for newborn babies, as long as a child is eased into the movements gradually.

She is also not worried about any strain on the babies’ joints and limbs.

She said: ‘Even a tiny baby’s body can adapt to the process easily if you take it gradually.

‘As long as the parent or instructor has practiced and studied the teachings of Dr Charkovsky the child will be fine.

‘People tend to get upset when they see it because they are not aware of children’s real abilities – but these abilities are much wider than it is traditionally thought.’

The Dahab seminar offered participants the opportunity to ‘learn the method of Igor Charkovsky and techniques for working with pregnant women, newborns and children’.

As well as morning seminars in ‘baby dynamics’ parents were also instructed in ‘water rebirthing’, which involves repeatedly dunking children’s heads underwater.

The practice is designed to address ‘repressed trauma from birth.’

According to literature about the practice on Lena’s website, rebirthing ‘allows the mind and body to gently restructure itself so as to increase the feeling of happiness, efficiency, be healthy and to feel the inner harmony of the individual.’

However, there seemed to be little of this on display in the children being forced under the water by Dr Charkovsky, a Russian midwife whose research includes the effect dolphins can have on a mother’s calm during childbirth.

Again, many ended up in tears.

Also on offer at the seminar were more traditional pursuits such as baby massage, swimming lessons and gymnastics.

Lena has also conducted workshops in Thailand and India where she has worked on children from all over the world.

She said: ‘Baby dynamics is quite well known in Russia but up to now all the literature about it has only been in Russian.

‘However, it is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world and we want to teach parents by bringing our methods to where they live.

‘Although I don’t know anybody practicing in the UK yet I will be very proud when I see my methods applied there.’

Lena studied physical education at the University of Physcial Culture in Moscow, achieving a Master’s degree.

She later went on to study under Dr Charkovsky.

Now divorced Lena has five children, Alexandra, 30, Tatyana, 27, Timur, 23, Maria, 16 and 13-year-old Pavel.

She is also grandmother to Christian, three, and Petrik, four and it was on her own children that she started refining the worrying methods.

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Dateline NBC: A Family’s Story/Susan Powell

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Mothers Occupy Family and Juvenile Dependency Courts

Man Accused Of Threatening To Blow Up DHS With Ryder Truck Bomb/NewsOne6.com

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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 2:48 PM ESTUpdated: Feb 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST

By LaShauna Sewell, 
OKLAHOMA CITY -Oklahoma County prosecutors have filed charges against a man accused of making a terrorist threat to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

According to court documents, Carl Grande called the Oklahoma Child Support Enforcement Division on February 9. An operator recorded the entire call. Grande told the operator he wanted to leave a message. He hurled profanity at the woman, then said, “I’m just ready to get a [expletive], uh, one of them [expletive] Ryder trucks and blow up your [expletive] [expletive] building! Just tell them I want my [expletive] money back!”

Police considered the threat viable because Grande was a commercial truck driver and was operating a tractor trailer truck at the time he made the call.

Grande hung up the phone after making the threat. According to court documents, authorities immediately evacuated the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s Office because Grande lives in Shawnee. The custodial parent of Grande’s child lives in Chickasha.

DHS also notified the police departments and child support enforcement offices in both Chickasha and Shawnee.

An unattended U-Haul box truck was discovered a block from the Child Support Office in Shawnee. Police blocked off the area, searched the truck and discovered it was not a threat.

Police were able to trace Grande through his cell phone. He was arrested and charged with making a terrorist hoax.

Judge tosses law banning sex offenders from Facebook/ ZDNet

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By  | February 18, 2012, 2:15pm PST

Summary: A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law meant to keep registered sex offenders from Facebooking with minors because it encompasses too many types of websites.

 

Chief Judge Brian Jackson has thrown out a state law banning sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networks saying it was unreasonable and unconstitutional. In the Middle District of Louisiana, Jackson ruled that the law, which took effect in August, was too broad, as it encompassed many commonly read news websites, as well as social networks. During a hearing a few months before his ruling, Jackson noted the statute’s definition of “chat room” meant that the court’s own federal website could be included. He did, however, hint at the possibility of approving a more narrowly-defined law.

“Although the Act is intended to promote the legitimate and compelling state interest of protecting minors from internet predators, the near total ban on internet access imposed by the Act unreasonable restricts many ordinary activities that have become important to everyday life in today’s world,” Jackson wrote in his 17-page ruling (embedded above), according to CBS Houston. “The sweeping restrictions on the use of internet for purposes completely unrelated to the activities sought to be banned by the Act imposed severe and unwarranted restraints on constitutionally protected speech. More focused restrictions that are narrowly tailored to address the specific conduct sought to be proscribed should be pursued.”

“We take the safety and security of our users, especially the many young people on Facebook, very seriously,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We have consistently supported bills that criminalize usage of social networking sites by registered sex offenders. Our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities already bars these individuals from using Facebook and we would welcome the potential of criminal penalties to strengthen these provisions.”

The ACLU of Louisiana filed the lawsuit challenging the law in August on behalf of two sex offenders, identified only as John Doe and James Doe in court filings. The organization argued the terms used in the law barred sex offenders from browsing any website that allows users to create profiles about themselves or that has chat rooms, instant messaging, and e-mail.

The attorney general’s office meanwhile defended the statute, and said it would appeal Jackson’s ruling. Lawmakers, backed by Governor Bobby Jindal, insisted said the law was designed to keep sex offenders from preying on children in online forums, including Facebook.

“Louisiana families should have the comfort of knowing their children are able to go online without the threat of sex predators,” Jindal said in a statement. “It’s offensive that the Court would rule that the rights of sex predators are more important than the rights of innocent children. As the father of three young kids, I will do everything in our power to protect Louisiana families and that includes appealing to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and bringing legislation this upcoming session to fortify and strengthen the law. The Internet is the virtual playground where sex offenders are trying to strike and prey on our kids. We must have the tools to crack down on monsters that are preying on our kids. If these predators want to search the internet for a victim, they won’t be able to do it in the State of Louisiana.”

Poor, Homeless Students Living Out Of Cars As Childhood Poverty Climbs/ CBS News

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More than 16 million children now live in poverty in the United States, the highest number since 1962. In all, 19.8 percent of school children were living in poverty in 2010, and childhood poverty rates increased significantly in one of every five U.S. counties between 2007 and 2010, according to a Census Bureau report released today.

And in places like Seminole County, Fla., where the construction industry crumbled during the recession, more than 1,100 homeless students traverse the public schools.

In a heart-wrenching follow-up to a report from eight months ago on the newly homeless in Florida, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a report Sunday that profiles the families who have reached the point where they can’t even make ends meet in motels — and have resorted to living out of their cars.

Arielle Metzger, 15, and her brother Austin, 13, are two of Seminole County’s homeless students. They’ve been living in a truck with their father for five months, but call it “an adventure.”

CBS’s Scott Pelley asks the two how they respond to their peers when asked about where they live.

“When they see the truck, they ask me if I live in it, and when I hesitate, they kind of realize,” Austin tells Pelley. “And they say they won’t tell anybody.”

Yeah, it’s not really that much an embarrassment,” Arielle says. “I mean, it’s only life. You do what you need to do, right?”

The Metzgers wash up and get ready for school in gas stations, and when they get to class, they’re just like the other students.

For the report, Pelley also spoke to 15 other students in the district who were living out of cars and profiled families that were earning their motel stays by painting guest rooms or who had witnessed family members being robbed of the few dollars they had in the car.

These students also face an uphill battle. A recent Pew Economic Mobility Project report reveals that poor American children of poorly educated parents do a lot worse — academically and socioeconomically — than their counterparts in other countries.

Income mobility just within the U.S. has significantly declined since the mid-90s, according to a report this month by the Boston Federal Reserve. In recent years, families were more likely to stay within their income class than before — the rich are staying rich, and the poor and middle-class are struggling to move up the economic ladder.

The National Center for Education Statistics also reported in October that the high school dropout rate for poor students is disproportionately high: low-income students dropped out at a rate five times greater than their high-income counterparts — 7.4 percent compared with 1.4 percent.

Still, the rock-bottom lifestyle has instilled in some of Florida’s children a rekindled determination and renewal of the American dream. When Pelley asks what education means to her and her brother, Austin responds, “It’s everything.”

It’s everything to us. I plan to be a child defense lawyer,” Arielle adds. “If I focus on my studies, I have that opportunity.”

Seminole County Public Schools’ organization, Families in Transition, is a social services agency that helps homeless students in the area.

To hear the Metzgers’ story and the strife of other families in Seminole County, watch the full 60 minutes segment above, or visit CBS for the full transcript.

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