Articles Posted in Violent Crimes

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By Robert Fernicola, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

new%20jersey.jpgBullying has become a huge problem, especially for children between grade school and college. The State of New Jersey has announced what it called the State’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights designates a chain of command at New Jersey schools to crack down on the bullying the very moment it is reporting. The bill of rights will be presented to New Jersey legislators of both major political parties.

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By Robert Fernicola, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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gun%20firearm%20shotgun%20weapon%20on%20table.jpgA shooting occurred at a privately-owned off-campus fraternity house in New Jersey. A Seton Hall University student said the gunman stood on her back while firing off rounds, apparently with no intended target. The party started on a Friday evening and went into early Saturday, with at least 100 people in attendance. According to students, the shooter was kicked out of the party earlier in the evening for refusing to pay cover to get into the house. The Seton Hall University student stated she heard a fight erupt before the gunman was kicked out and moments later he returned with a handgun and started shooting.

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By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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discipline.jpgCity officials stated the director of a Weslaco, Texas day care center was arraigned recently on a charge of injury to a child in connection to an alleged attack upon a 4-year-old boy. Yolanda Rodriguez, 55, the administrator of Happy Days Learning, allegedly assaulted the child for misbehaving. According to police, the boy had bruises on his arms, back and back of his neck.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Hancuffs%202.jpgCody Sartin, a suspect in the killing of his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy, Jace Burgess, was arrested and charged with first degree murder by Tulsa County prosecutors. Jace suffered serious personal injuries and was rushed to a hospital with a massive brain injury. According to officers, the child also had several bruises covering his entire body: shoulders, thighs, forehead, chin and a broken toe. Jace died as a result of the massive brain injury. Investigators believe that Sartin was babysitting Jace when the injury occurred; however, Sartin claims the injury was an accident.

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By Joni J. Franklin, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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U.S.%20State%20Map%20Kansas.jpgA Kansas daycare provider admitted to forcing children to put sand in their mouths as a form of punishment. According to a report by a local television station, the daycare provider also admitted to spanking the children. Children attending the daycare center claimed she hit them with a flyswatter and put hot sauce or baking soda in their mouths when the children used bad language. As a result of these punishment methods, the Enterprise, Kansas daycare center, Munchkin Manor Day Care, has lost its license. The daycare center has 15 days to request a hearing on the revoked license. If you would like to read more about this story see Kansas daycare center loses license because of harsh punishments on children.

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By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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bruised%20teddy%20bear.jpgJoshua J. Werner, a 25-year-old Wisconsin man, was sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court to 1 ½ years in prison and another 7 ½ years for second-degree reckless injury of a child. Wood County Judge, James Mason, imposed the maximum sentence upon Werner as well as 7 years of extended supervision. Werner was convicted of what some experts determined as the worst case of physical child abuse they had seen. Werner was convicted of physically abusing his, now, 2-year-old daughter. According to the criminal complaint filed on August 18, 2008, the child was admitted with a broken leg to Riverview Hospital where official contacted authorities about the possible child abuse of the baby. The infant was then transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. There, doctors found more broken bones; specifically, 20 broken ribs, broken collarbone, leg, finger, toe and vertebrae fractures. The mother of the child, Nancy Hetze-Werner, 32, initially told authorities that a dog was responsible for the child’s injuries. However, she later admitted that the infant had been alone with Werner. Werner’s defense attorney, Richard Bender, argued Werner’s own experience with childhood abuse, coupled with an IQ in the 65 to 75 range compromised Werner’s judgment and emotional control. To read more about this article see Wisconsin man will serve 9 years in prison for physically abusing his infant daughter.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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fist%20closed%20fist%20black%20and%20white.jpgA Caldwell, Idaho man, Bryan Sears, will serve at least 3 years before he is eligible for parole repeated acts of abuse on a 2-year-old child. Sears was sentenced to 10 years in prison, ordered to have no contact with the victim, and pay the victim a $5,000 civil penalty. The twenty-six-year-old man pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child and admitted to injuring his girlfriend’s child over a 6-month span. The abuse caused the child to be hospitalized in December for more than a month with an injured pancreas. To read more about this story see Idaho man sentenced to 10 years after repeated abuse on 2-year-old.

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By Kevin Leach, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Virigina.jpgSpanking a child for disobedience has been used for generations. However, the lines separating child punishment and child abuse are becoming increasingly blurred when spanking is used for child disobedience.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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There is a troubling and very dangerous game out there called “Sack Tapping” that boys are playing. The game is no laughing matter because many boys are suffering serious personal injuries to their groins / testicles that require emergency room care and, in some cases, surgery. Sack Tapping is painful, humiliating, and quite dangerous. Has your child been a victim of “Sack Tapping”? If so, there are several actions that you can take to address the problem. First, get your child medical care if needed to make sure that your child’s medical needs are addressed. Report the incident to the school and, if the situation warrants it, to the police. If injuries are serious, a parent can seek out a Child Injury Lawyer for consultation and representation. If there was a failure to supervise the aggressive child, then a claim may be brought against the school or other organization charged with supervising the children. In addition, there may be an action against the parents of the aggressive child through a homeowner’s insurance policy or through other avenues. If you see children engaged in this dangerous activity known as “Sack Tapping”, stop the children and counsel them on the dangers. For more information about this dangerous fad or trend, see ‘ Sack tapping’ – boys punching classmates in the groin – leads to serious injury, amputation.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Minnesota.jpgA 14-year-old Minnesota boy suffered the loss / amputation of his right right testicle after being injured in a playground game called “Sack Tapping.” Sack Tapping, where a unsuspecting male is punched in the groin area, is becoming increasingly popular in all schools: elementary, junior high and high school.