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2009-04-16 15:50:00

U.S. hospitals are reporting a spike in child abuse during a recession that has driven some families to the brink and overwhelmed cash-strapped child-protection agencies, Reuters reported. Allison Scobie, program director of the Child Protection Team at Boston's Children's Hospital, said in the last three months they had twice as many severe inflicted injury cases as they did in the three months the previous year. She said her hospital typically handles about 1,500 such cases a year, but last...

2008-07-08 12:01:16

By Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times Jul. 8--Police in Tacoma are trying to unravel the identity of a toddler who was dropped off at a hospital showing signs of "significant torture." The woman who took the boy to the hospital told Pierce County Sheriff's deputies that a stranger had dropped off the toddler and a diaper bag at her house on Sunday, and gave her a dire warning: Take the boy, or I'll kill him. When she took him to a hospital, medical staff found evidence of serious child...

2008-07-02 18:00:33

By Shawntaye Hopkins, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul. 2--Lexington police are investigating after a newborn was found Wednesday morning on the front porch of a home off Richmond Road. A woman who lives on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue found the baby boy as she was leaving for work about 8:30 a.m. He was lying in a laundry basket wrapped in blankets with a note from a parent asking the homeowner to take care of the child. Lexington police have not found the baby's parents....

2007-10-26 03:00:00

NAPLES, Fla. - A woman who had her 13-year-old daughter's genitalia pierced to make it uncomfortable for her to have sex was acquitted of aggravated child abuse on Thursday. The girl, now 16, had testified that her mother asked a friend in 2004 to shave the girl's head to make her unattractive to boys and later held her down for the piercing. A jury deliberated for about three hours before deciding the mother's actions didn't involve punishment or malicious intent, or cause permanent damage...

2007-10-25 18:00:00

NAPLES, Fla. - A 39-year-old woman forcefully had her 13-year-old daughter's genitalia pierced to make it uncomfortable for her to have sex, the girl told jurors in her mother's child abuse trial. The girl, now 16, told jurors Wednesday that her mother asked a tattoo artist friend in 2004 to shave the girl's head to make her unattractive to boys and later held her down for the piercing. "She was trying to protect me, but it hurt me," the girl testified. "It not only hurt me physically, but...

2007-10-15 18:00:38

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Public Welfare Secretary Estelle B. Richman today reminded expectant parents and parents of newborns that Pennsylvania's safe haven law allows them to confidentially turn over unwanted infants, up to 28 days old, to any hospital as an alternative to abandonment. On Oct. 10 in Sharon, Mercer County, a newborn girl was found in the foyer of an apartment building. According to police, the child did not appear to have been born...

2007-08-21 12:14:01

By Brian Evans, The Lima News, Ohio Aug. 21--OTTAWA -- Sometimes, little infant "Jane Doe" cried for 24 to 48 hours and when her parents tried to move her or pick her up, she screamed violently for hours. Physicians later discovered the 3-month-old girl suffered 10 fractures to bones throughout her body. The Putnam County Prosecutor's Office last week concluded what many consider one of the worst infant-abuse cases in the county in recent years. Heather Hitchcock, 20, of...

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2007-05-11 18:00:00

By JUAN A. LOZANO HOUSTON - A mother who claimed the family dog tore off her baby son's genitals was arrested Friday and accused of mutilating the boy herself with a sharp instrument. Katherine Nadal, 25, was led away in handcuffs while awaiting a court hearing on custody of the 3-month-old boy, Holden Gothia. She was charged with injury to a child and held on $100,000 bail. Child-welfare authorities said she told social workers she woke up from a nap March 13 to find that her small...

2006-06-27 07:21:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of child abuse cases reported in Japan shot up nearly 26 percent in the year to March 2005, topping 30,000 for the first time, with almost half the cases involving preschool children. Japan had long boasted that its stable family structure made the idea of child abuse inconceivable, but reports of parents starving or beating their children to death have appeared in the news more often in recent years. According to a white paper released by the government...

2005-12-06 19:26:54

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - A man facing a possible murder charge for beating his stepdaughter so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state asked Massachussetts' top court on Tuesday to keep her alive in a case that highlights the divisive "right to die" issue in America. Jason Strickland, a 31-year-old auto mechanic, is accused of battering 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre, whose brain was found partly sheared when she was hospitalized on September 11. Her body was covered with...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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