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‘Treated like a criminal’: Florida mother of arrested 10yo with autism demands answers

A Florida mother wants to know why her 10-year-old son with autism was dragged away from his elementary school in handcuffs and forced to spend a night behind bars. Luanne Haygood told RT America’s Marina Portnaya the police were “certainly not trained.”

A mother in Florida watched as her 10-year-old son was dragged away from his elementary school in handcuffs and forced to spend the night in jail for an incident that took place last year.

Luanne Haygood captured footage of two school resource officers at Okeechobee Achievement Academy who grabbed her son by the wrists.

“I don’t want to be touched,” John Benjamin Haygood, who was slumped over in his chair, pleaded with the officers.

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TENNESSEE GIRL SAFE, TEACHER ARRESTED NEAR CALIFORNIA CABIN

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A 15-year-old Tennessee girl was rescued near a cabin in a remote part of northern California on Thursday, more than a month after her 50-year-old teacher kidnapped her and set off a nationwide manhunt, authorities said.

Health sciences teacher Tad Cummins surrendered to sheriff’s deputies without incident in Cecilville, California, hours after they had set up surveillance on his vehicle in the area, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. The girl was apparently healthy and unharmed, and authorities said their main concern was her emotional and mental state.

“We couldn’t be happier to tell you she will soon be on her way back home to Tennessee,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.

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Brandon daycare worker arrested for child pornography

A 25-year-old daycare worker was arrested on 20 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of transmission of child pornography.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Justin Dwayne Cross worked at Child Care of Brandon, located in Brandon Town Center. Previously, he worked at another daycare, La Petite Academy, in Riverview.

“I rushed over here. I was at work when I got the message,” said parent Alrea Hudson.

The investigation began after agents received tips that Cross was distributing images depicting child pornography. The investigation further showed that between September 2016 and January 2017, Cross shared images of child pornography in chat rooms and through different websites.

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Pembroke Pines Mother Arrested For Allegedly Burning Son With Hot Iron

A Pembroke Pines mother is behind bars after police say she allegedly burned her nine-year-old son with a hot iron – because he left paperwork at school.
32-year-old Tamecha Jean was arrested Monday night by local police and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A call had come into an abuse hotline set up by Pembroke Pines Police that afternoon, which launched an investigation.
According to officers, Jean intentionally burned her son because the child had left paperwork at school that she was expecting at home.
Jean was taken to the Broward County Jail after being charged with one count of aggravated child abuse. The victim, as well as two other kids in the home, were taken into protective custody.

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Teen arrested for bathroom-wall threats at Port Charlotte school

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday in connection with threats at a Charlotte County school.

Deputies say Kenneth Kasten is responsible for writing messages on a bathroom wall warning of a shooting at The Academy School on two different dates.

The first incident, on April 7th, prompted the school officials to increase security and lead to more than 100 students missing school.

The second threat was discovered by a student on Monday, warning of a shooting on April 22nd.

School resource officers reviewed surveillance video and identified Kasten as the suspect, saying he was the only student who entered the bathroom during the time frame the message was written.

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Rivers McGraw Act offers options for young adults arrested for DUI and drugs

The arrest of 18 to 21-year-olds for drugs or alcohol may not be the end of the world for those in handcuffs, thanks to a new state law. Now young adults who make those mistakes have options for help through the Rivers McGraw Act.

“I was on my way because Rivers had sent me that message, and I knew something was wrong with my son,” said Lauren McGraw.

Five months after losing her son Rivers McGraw to drug addiction and suicide, Lauren McGraw is elated that Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1089, the Rivers McGraw Act.

It would give two phone calls to anyone under 21 arrested for DUI or drugs.

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Juneau man, 24, arrested on charges of child porn production, enticement of a minor

Federal prosecutors say a Juneau man was arrested Tuesday on charges of child pornography production and possession, as well as online enticement of a minor.

Scott Andrew Funk, 24, made an initial appearance in Juneau federal court the same day he was arrested on the charges. Funk faces up to three decades in prison for the child porn production charge if convicted.

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations arrested Funk, prosecutors said.

Funk caught the attention of Homeland Security when the parent of a minor reported to law enforcement that their child had communicated with Funk over cellphone messaging applications, according to assistant U.

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2 arrested after mother says son left on school bus

The bus driver and bus attendant who allegedly left a special needs child on a Monroe City school bus have been arrested.

34-year-old Christopher Yates and 55-year-old Vicky Hampton have been charged with one count of felony cruelty to juveniles. Police say Yates performed a check of the bus he was driving after returning to the Monroe City bus barn on Auburn Lane, but did not check underneath the seats.

They say Yates told them that the child had climbed under the seats in the past. Yates’ bond was set at one thousand dollars.

Hampton also gave a deposition to police saying that she left the bus early before the bus was parked when they got back to the bus barn.

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Abilene Couple Arrested on Child Sex Charges

An Abilene couple has been arrested after 2 children under the age of 14 came forward to say they had been sexually abused by them, according to an arrest warrant.

It was last summer that a child told a teacher about the abuse at the hands of 30-year-old Chelsea Diaz and 57-year-old Howard Sturgis, the warrant read.

After an investigation by the Abilene Police Department, court documents say the couple used a rag they sprayed a substance on and would make the children sniff the rag.

Court documents also say when Sturgis was questioned about the abuse he told an investigator he does not remember but the spray he uses as an intoxicant may have made him pass out.

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Russian Teacher Arrested On Terrorism Charge Tied To Antigraft Protests

Russian authorities have arrested a university teacher on charges of calling for “terrorist activities” with anonymous Internet posts related to recent antigovernment protests.

Russia’s main investigative agency said in an April 10 statement that the suspect, identified in the media as 25-year-old Dmitry Bogatov, posted content “calling for mass disorder in central Moscow” and publicly tried to stoke potentially deadly actions.

The Investigative Committee said Bogatov, who teaches math at a Moscow university, was formally placed under arrest earlier in the day.

The teacher told a court hearing he is innocent.

Russian authorities had previously said they had opened a criminal investigation into unidentified individuals who had called for an April 2 unsanctioned anticorruption demonstration in Moscow.

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