October 13, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Friends and family gathered at a recent child abuse sentencing hearing to share a mixed collection of testimonies– some good, others rather dismal– of what they thought about Kelli Rai Stapleton’s mothering abilities.   Stapleton, the northern Michigan autism advocate and mother of 14-year-old Isabelle who suffers from autism, pled guilty to first-degree child abuse…

October 12, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Elliot J. Robinson Sr., the 29-year-old Bay City Father who is accused of intentionally scalding his toddler’s hands, was scheduled to go to trial on September 30th, but that is now on hold as it looks like he is going to need a new defense attorney.

October 9, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Prosecutor says State is not to Blame Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Laura Clifton, who is currently handling the tragic murder case against Kent County’s youngest ever defendant charged with murder, has gone on the record to say that laying blame on the state for what happened to Jamarion Lawhorn is essentially pointing the finger in…

October 6, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

94-year-old Facing Child Abuse Charges If there is one thing that William Hartwell Bricker was known for during the course of his fifty year career, it was his work with children. He taught Physical Education at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Wyoming; he volunteered as a Boy Scout leader; and he spent many summers working as…

October 2, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Former School Principal Found Guilty A Michigan jury recently found Michael Ettenberger, a 46-year-old former Indiana middle school principal, guilty on charges of child sexual abuse.   The initial investigation began when Indiana police found a Craigslist ad. It was supposedly posted by a married couple with preteen daughters. They were looking for other “adventurous”…

September 29, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Former Police Officer To Undergo Psychiatric Exam Lawrence B. Woods, the retired Flint police officer facing 16 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, will undergo a psychiatric exam to determine if he is competent to stand trial. The Flint CSC charges he is facing accuse him of abusing his position of authority as a police…

September 25, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Spanking: is it “Reasonable Discipline”? Few parenting issues cause quite as much consternation as the issue of corporal punishment. Whether to spank a child or not? And if so, for which infractions? And for long? And until what age? These are questions that have been debated for years   On a recent episode of ABC’s…

July 29, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Former Christian Radio Host to Plea John Balyo, the 35-year-old former Christian radio host of WCSG who is accused of creating child pornography, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of possession of child pornography, among other crimes.   According to police records, Balyo paid Ronald Lee Moser of Battle Creek to arrange sexual…

July 28, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Wolf Lake Couple Pleads Not Guilty Robert and Bethany Pleasant, a couple from Wolf Lake, Illinois, appeared in the Jackson County District Court on Tuesday, July 22nd, for a preliminary hearing. They pled not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting children.   The couple, formerly of Murphysboro, Illinois, were arrested on June 18th on outstanding…

July 2, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Justina Pelletier Returns Home Connecticut teenager, Justina Pelletier was recently returned to her parent’s home in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was separated from her family for 16 months. This case has caused parents around the country to sit up and pay attention.   In February 2013, Justina had a consultation at the Children’s Hospital, which…