Abuse and neglect of children

FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2020 file photo shows a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school in Walpole, Mass., amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Child welfare agencies in the U.S. have a difficult mission in the best of times, and now they're scrambling to confront new challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 28, 2020 - 4:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents. For caseworkers, the potential toll is physical and emotional. Child welfare workers in several...
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Police caution tape surrounds a playground in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the day after Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide stay-at-home order that closed many businesses, as well as all playgrounds, basketball courts and sport courts. As families across the country and the globe hunker down at home, it's another danger, equally insidious if less immediately obvious, that has advocates deeply concerned: A potential spike in domestic violence, as victims spend day after day trapped at home with their abusers. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
March 24, 2020 - 5:35 pm
“Safer at Home.” It's a slogan of choice for the mandatory confinement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But it's not true for everyone. As the world's families hunker down, there's another danger, less obvious but just as insidious, that worries advocates and officials: a...
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This is University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, March 10, 2020. Cherell Harrington, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, March 11, 2020, naming Allegheny County and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as defendants, gave birth to her third child at UPMC's Magee-Women's Hospital in November 2017. She says medical staff collected her urine without her consent and tested her for drugs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
March 11, 2020 - 12:02 pm
A mother sued a Pittsburgh hospital Wednesday, saying it collected and tested her urine for drugs without her consent while she was in labor and reported a false positive result to protective services that resulted in a child abuse investigation. It is the second such lawsuit filed against the...
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Demonstrators attack a vehicle belonging to the fire department during an International Women's Day march in Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Protests against gender violence in Mexico have intensified in recent years amid an increase in killings of women and girls.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
March 08, 2020 - 9:22 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Women filled the streets of the world's largest cities Sunday to protest gender violence and inequality on International Women’s Day, with the mothers of murdered girls leading a march in Mexico City and participants in Paris inveighing against the “virus of the patriarchy.”...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017 file photo, a Mexican flag flies at half-mast on the Metropolitan Cathedral during three days of mourning following a deadly earthquake and hurricane, in Mexico City. The Vatican's announcement that it is sending an investigative commission to Mexico in March 2020 to look into cases of clergy abuse could become a turning point in a country that's home to the second largest number of Catholics in the world. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
March 06, 2020 - 3:22 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's bishops said Friday the Vatican had suspended a clerical sex abuse fact-finding and assistance mission to Mexico due to the spreading coronavirus in Italy and now the Vatican. The Mexican Episcopal Conference said in a statement the Holy See had suspended all foreign...
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Turkish backed Syrian fighters take a break near the village of Neirab, in Idlib province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)
February 25, 2020 - 12:30 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-controlled northwest Syria killed at least 16 people Tuesday, including two students and two teachers, opposition activists said, as government forces captured a town considered a symbol of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. The capture of...
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February 25, 2020 - 12:04 pm
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Roy Lewis Norris one of the so-called “Tool Box Killers,” who preyed on teenage girls in Southern California more than 40 years ago, has died, state corrections officials said Tuesday. Norris and Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered five girls...
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CORRECTS BYLINE TO KEITH RIDLER, NOT KEN RITTER - Charles Nielsen, 58, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Nielsen, testify before a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Feb. 24, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under legislation that headed to the House on Monday, Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
February 24, 2020 - 4:37 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday at a legislative hearing with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits. Charles...
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Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from left, Ezequiel Villalonga, Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, and Claudia Labeguerie, answers reporter's questions at the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican, and Pope Francis himself, to come clean about the crimes committed against them, one year after Pope Francis' summit on clergy abuse. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
February 20, 2020 - 1:42 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St...
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Korri Loader, a friend of the victims of a car fire, sits at a makeshift memorial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, near the scene of a car fire which claimed the lives of a mother and her three young children in Brisbane, Australia. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died after their car was set alight on a street in suburban Brisbane on Wednesday morning. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 11:43 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were “shocked, saddened and devastated” by the deaths of five people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died after...
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