child abuse

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri (01:25).

April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. New CEO of Daniel Kids Lesley Wells (36:19) addressed the topic.

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including the winner of The Masters Patrick Reed (46:00).    

  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver about the dangers of sea level rise in the nation’s oldest city. Attorneys Dan Iracki and Rufus Pennington talked about a $1.9 million settlement with Jacksonville over the shooting of unarmed Davinian Williams by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy. Attorney Wayne Hogan discussed Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Exchange Club Family Center executive director Barbara Alexander and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida CEO Denise Marzullo talked about the upcoming Healthy Minds, Healthy Families conference.  

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BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA — After a six-day trial of a Brunswick pastor on sexual molestation charges, a Glynn County jury deliberated less than an hour Monday, finding Ken Atkins guilty of all charges.

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The Monique Burr Foundation for Children announced a new program Wednesday to teach students in grades six through eight how to identify and prevent sexual abuse.

Child Abuse Prevention

April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In Duval County, there were 2,471 reports of child abuse last year. That includes reports of neglect, physical and sexual abuse combined.

Out of the 735 children who were removed and sent to Foster Care in that same time period, 307 were removed due to neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse.

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Today in Jacksonville, six alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse announced they are suing their former martial arts instructor decades after the alleged abuse occurred.

The suit would have impossible before a new Georgia law went into effect.

 


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A former Duval County Public School third grade teacher is behind bars for allegedly molesting one of his students.

Police arrested Douglas Bailey last week after a Duval County Public Schools investigation began in March and Bailey resigned in April.  

The former Thomas Jefferson Elementary school teacher is accused of molesting at least one of his third grade students.

Investigators interviewed 15 of the victim's classmates , as well as the victim, who admitted to being touched.

As the U.S. works to normalize relations with Cuba, we speak with John Caulfield, retired American diplomat and former Chief of Mission with the US Interests Section in Havana, about what we could expect in the coming months in years for the island nation. As Havana’s senior U.S. diplomat, Caulfield achieved agreements on immigration, environmental protection, civil aviation and cultural exchange; championed the aspirations of ordinary Cubans to increase their political rights and economic opportunities in a difficult environment.  

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An embattled Southside pediatric dentist has been served with a class action lawsuit, News4Jax learned Thursday.

The complaint, on behalf of four plaintiffs, alleges negligence and that Dr. Howard Schneider is a “pathological sadist,” who inflicts physical and psychological pain for sexual excitement or gratification. The plaintiffs contend Schneider set up the dental practice catering to poor and uneducated clientele so he would have a “constant supply of defenseless indigent children to victimize.”

Dental Abuse-Allegation Protest Begins On Facebook, Turns Violent

Apr 29, 2015
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Accusations started pouring onto a Facebook page after it was started to share allegations of abuse from patients of a local dental practice.

Tuesday afternoon as the accusations poured in so did protesters, picketing outside the office of Dr. Howard Schneider.

Renee Frisch, whose daughter was a patient of Schneider, said her daughter has been traumatized and said that it is the result of his work.

As the nation marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, several Northeast Florida organizations, including the YMCA, the Monique Burr Foundation, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and WJCT, have partnered to form the Darkness to Light Stewards for Children Coalition. The group is working to train 50,000 adults to develop the skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We speak with Tammy Miller, VP of Risk Management, and Linda Burr, Lead Trainer, for YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Anthony West woke up Sunday, November 16 to a scenario that probably felt like a nightmare. His daughter had been shot in the head by his son with a BB gun. The BB pellet had penetrated the girl's skull, and the head wound was pouring out blood.

His son had been playing with the air gun the night before. West told Action News Jax, “I guess my son just grabbed it. They were in here playing and stuff and it was a freak accident.”

There has been a recent string of deaths due to child abuse in Northeast Florida.

Peter Haden

Jailhouse tattoos. Cold stares. Outlaw gangs.

These are images to come to mind for many when they hear the word "bikers."

But there’s an international organization of bikers that puts that tough reputation to good use: to help children.

Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA, is an international organization of motorcycle riders that works to create a safer environment for abused kids. Their goal is to empower children not to live in fear of the world in which they live, said Chops, president of the BACA Seven Bridges Chapter in Jacksonville.

The committee tasked with taking a broader approach to reduce preventable child abuse-related deaths is set to have its first face-to-face meeting at the end of this month, since a new child welfare law took effect last month. They had their first logistical meeting with its new members this past week.

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