Parents Arrested for Infant’s Death

GLENDALE, Ore. — A Glendale couple is charged with murder in the starvation death of their 7-week-old son. Amanda Marie Hancock, 21, and Stephen Michael Williams, Jr., 26, were arrested Tuesday and jailed in Douglas County Jail on charges of murder by abuse. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the death since Jan. … Continue reading »

Teen Arrested for Abusing Baby

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An 18-year-old is in jail, accused of abusing a 2-month-old baby. Springfield police arrested Michael Collier on Tuesday for criminal mistreatment and assault. Police say hospital staff called them to report infant boy with a broken arm. Collier is the child’s father. The infant is a twin, but police don’t think that … Continue reading »

Eugene Man Arrested for Sex Abuse

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is in jail for sex abuse involving a toddler. Eugene police arrested 28-year-old Brian Boe Tuesday. Detectives say they found an incriminating photo of Boe with a child while investigating a different case focused on 39-year-old Shane Emory. Emory was arrested in April and has since been sentenced to … Continue reading »

Alleged Child Abuser Appears in Court

MEDFORD, Ore. – A man accused of abusing a foster child under his care is appearing in court for the first time. Samuel Hicks was arraigned Friday following a four month investigation. Hicks pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, and unlawful sexual penetration. Those acts are suspected to have been committed … Continue reading »

Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon

EUGENE, Ore. – Lace up your shoes and get your costumes ready: the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon is coming up. All proceeds from Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon go to support ABC House’s.  ABC House provides child abuse evaluation and support services for kids whom authorities believe have been abused or neglected.  Through medical exams and … Continue reading »

Man Charged with Assaulting Boy

LEBANON, Ore. — Lebanon police have charged a 26-year-old man with the assault and strangulation of a 4-year-old boy. Police say Hugo Avilez is the boyfriend of the child’s mother and lives with the family. The boy was brought to the hospital in Lebanon on Monday. Based on his injuries, the hospital staff alerted police … Continue reading »

GA Parents in Court for Locking Up Child

Gwinnett County, GA (CNN) — Bond was denied Thursday for an ex-GA Tech football player and his wife. Investigators say the parents who locked up their now-14-year-old son in a basement room for more than a year explained they were simply disciplining the boy. Recardo and Therian Wimbush are each charged with child cruelty in the first degree, … Continue reading »

Oregon Unveils New Child Welfare Model

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Human Services is making some changes that should help reduce the number of kids in foster care. And Lane County is one of the first in the state to implement the new system. The new plan includes helping families pay for things like housing, alcohol and drug rehab, … Continue reading »

Pinwheels for Prevention

EUGENE, Ore. — Child abuse and neglect continues to plague our state and nation, and one local nonprofit is using pinwheels to try to raise awareness about the problem as a part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Driving by Parenting Now in Eugene, you can’t miss the bright blue pinwheels.  Dozens are now planted outside, … Continue reading »

Child Abuse Prevention Month

ALBANY, Ore. — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and a regional nonprofit is asking for the community’s help in taking part. ABC House, a nonprofit that helps child abuse victims in Benton and Linn Counties, is teaming up with various businesses this month to raise awareness. Coastal Farm and Ranch, CoEnergy Propane, Many … Continue reading »

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