CARE staff at Methodist Children’s Hospital trained to look for signs of child abuse
The newest report for child fatalities brings bitter sweet news for children in our state, 199 Texas children died in 2021, the number dropped when compared to previous years. The number of children who died by child abuse in Bexar County did not change from 13.
Child safety advocate calls for action from community following deaths of two children, parents arrested
Bexar County child abuse prevention advocates are calling on the community to speak up if they witness instances of abuse after two children were pronounced dead in separate cases in which parents were arrested.
Grandmother raises awareness about child abuse after the death of 5-year-old grandson
The grandmother of a 5-year-old boy who was killed, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, is raising awareness about child abuse and the need for grandparents to have better rights when it comes down to child abuse cases.
San Antonio mother, boyfriend charged in connection to death of boy found at bottom of Colorado ravine
A San Antonio mother and stepfather have been charged in the death of a five-year-old boy whose remains are believed to have been found at the bottom of a ravine in Colorado earlier this week, court records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
‘Heavily intoxicated’ judge accused of hitting baby with door after forcing way into home, records say
A Guadalupe County court-at-law judge was “heavily intoxicated” and in an enraged state when he forced his way into a home, striking his baby son with a door, arrest affidavits released to the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
‘My grandson died thinking he wasn’t loved’: Grandmother uses her loved one’s story to help stop child abuse
Patty Ojeda says her grandson, Josiah Williams, would be 14 years old now if he hadn’t died at the age of 5 from abuse and neglect at the hands of his father, step-mother and step-grandmother, who are all serving prison time.
San Antonio child advocate, pediatrician shed light on long-term affects of child abuse after girl found severely emaciated
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio child advocacy group is stressing the importance of child abuse awareness after police saved a severely emaciated 9-year-old girl from a couple this past week. “My 5-year-old son, who was premature and is small for his age, is 35 pounds -- not a 9-year-old girl,” Anderson said. “A 9-year-old girl should not be 35 pounds.”Dr. Mandie Svatek, a pediatrician with UT Health San Antonio, agrees. San Antonio police said Lakendra Williams, the girl’s mother, called 911 and told dispatchers that the child had passed out and was cold to the touch. Child Abuse CasesIf you or someone you know is dealing with child abuse, follow the links below for resources:REPORT CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT TO THE STATE BY CLICKING HERE.
New state bill would make silence on child abuse a stronger crime
SAN ANTONIO – A newly-proposed state bill aims to hold more people accountable for violence against children. There was a grandmother, there was a friend, a neighbor,” said former investigator and child abuse advocate Carrie Wilcoxon. Wilcoxon used her decades-long career in child abuse advocacy, casework and investigation to draft HB 1009, which would strengthen the penalty for people with actual knowledge of serious child abuse, who never report it. Wilcoxon pointed out statistics of the people that report child abuse, saying, “Your top three are your medical, law enforcement, and teachers. If you suspect or have direct knowledge of child abuse, report it now.
San Antonio man to run 223 miles in 3 days to raise money for child sex assault victims
SAN ANTONIO - – According to Childsafe, 90% of child sex assault victims stay silent -- something that Kenneth Anderlitch understands. “Last year we saw 5,200 plus clients, and 76% of them were sexual abuse cases,” said Maliha Imami of Childsafe. She is working hand-in-hand with Anderlitch, who is about to run 223 miles to raise money for the care center. He said the work and planning will be worth it, knowing he is helping break the cycle of sexual abuse, stigma and unearned shame. “99% of the perpetrators are known and trusted by the child,” Imami said.
Kirby man faces capital murder charge in connection with child abuse case from 2015
KIRBY, Texas – Five years after his father severely beat him, a Kirby boy has died, and his father now faces a capital murder charge, police say. The 38-year old man was convicted of child abuse in 2019 and sentenced to three years in prison. But he says child abuse happens everywhere and urges parents to seek help or step back if they feel frustrated with their child. And kids, unfortunately, suffer, you know, for no reason whatsoever other than to just cry.”If you suspect child abuse, report it to the state by calling 210-252-5400. KSAT held a special town hall meeting last month, click here to learn more about how you can help stop child abuse.
Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A Trolls doll is being pulled off store shelves amid complaints it promotes child abuse. An online petition suggests the doll is “conditioning our children to think pedophilia is OK.”“This is not okay for a child’s toy! That it’s fun when someone touches your private area?”The petition is addressed to major retailers including Target, Walmart and Amazon. Some Facebook and Twitter users have shared videos of the doll that show where the button is placed and the sounds the doll makes when it is pushed. Many social media users who have posted videos also note that the doll’s packaging doesn’t indicate that there is such a button.
Nonprofit helps with healing by transforming rooms of child abuse victims
FBI program uses public’s help to fight child sex abuseTheir case is ongoing, but the mother wanted to share their story to help other children. Room Redux anonymously transforms the rooms of children who have faced physical or sexual abuse in one day. “We get our referrals from counselors, CPS caseworkers, communities, schools, law enforcement,” said Room Redux CEO Susie Vybiral. Room Redux started in 2017 and now has chapters all over the country. If you want to request a room transformation, sign up to volunteer or learn more about the nonprofit, head to the Room Redux website.
Years after a judge ordered fixes, Texas’ child welfare system continues to expose children to harm, federal monitors say
After two abuse investigations, Texas’ child welfare workers did not remove the child from the home. Top-priority child abuse investigations are supposed to be initiated within 24 hours, but nearly a third weren’t. Seventy-nine percent of priority one and two child abuse investigations were not completed on time. State workers “inappropriately downgraded” dozens of abuse allegations against staff of residential child care centers, failing to investigate workers accused of hurting children. These “inappropriate downgrades of referrals represent a significant, systemic failure that increases the risk of serious harm to children,” the monitors’ report states.
One of three kids at center of child abuse case in Wilson County released from hospital
STOCKDALE, Texas – One of three children who was hospitalized after being found severely malnourished and covered in feces early last week has been released from the hospital. 3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County homeA Wilson County Sheriff’s Office investigator said an older child in the home reported the abuse Tuesday by sending a text message to 911. A Wilson County sheriff’s investigator said Friday it appears the man was no longer living there when they began investigating earlier this week. The 16-month-old, who was described as severely malnourished and weighs 12 pounds, had sunken eyes, pale skin and was unable to stand on her own, records show. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating and have yet to make any arrests.
3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County home
3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County homePublished: May 8, 2020, 5:38 pmAn investigation is underway in Wilson County after three children were found in horrible conditions inside a home in Stockdale, court records obtained by KSAT 12 confirm.
3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County home
STOCKDALE, Texas – An investigation is underway in Wilson County after three children were found in horrible conditions inside a home in Stockdale, court records obtained by KSAT 12 confirm. Three children, ages 4, 2, and 1-years-old, were found severely malnourished and covered in feces earlier this week and have since been taken to a hospital. A Wilson County Sheriff’s Office investigator said an older child in the home reported the abuse Tuesday by sending a text message to 911. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a criminal case is underway and that charges could be filed as early as Monday. A Wilson County sheriff’s investigator said Friday it appears the man was no longer living there when they began investigating earlier this week.
ChildSafe: COVID-19 Pandemic is ‘perfect storm’ for child abuse perpetrators
"It's a perfect storm, unfortunately, for the perpetrators of these types of crimes." Child abuse is a serious issue facing the city, respondents said. (KSAT)Now that children are no longer in school or the public eye, perpetrators can hide abuse, McGibeny said. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reports fiscal years 2019 and 2018 each saw nine child abuse fatalities in Bexar County. Click here to learn how you can report child abuse.
Child abuse prevention advocates worry ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ orders putting kids at risk
SAN ANTONIO – A perfect storm — that’s what some child abuse prevention advocates are calling the coronavirus pandemic. Some worry the longer this crisis continues, it will lead to another epidemic of child abuse and neglect cases. “The implication is that maybe that child abuse is down, right? We know that in these kinds of very tense, anxious, anxiety-producing times that parents inappropriately will lash out at anyone around them, including children,” Burton said. “Very few staff are working in offices right now but CPI caseworkers are still responding to allegations of child abuse and neglect.
Child abuse spike feared as families quarantine
SAN ANTONIO – Fears that the coronavirus quarantine will spark a flurry of unreported child abuse cases is prompting advocates to spread the word on how to calm the situation. Child abuse will spike with stressed families stuck at home during quarantine, experts say“Everyone in Texas, everyone, is a mandated reporter. Definitely make that phone call.”The phone call she’s recommending is to the state Child Abuse Hotline which is 1-800-252-5400. She says by just walking away for a minute or two, you let the moment pass when child abuse is most likely to happen. Have a consistent wake up time, consistent bedtime, consistent mealtimes, and set aside time for when you do schoolwork and exercise.
Child abuse will spike with stressed families stuck at home during quarantine, experts say
SAN ANTONIO – Child abuse is predicted to rise as families are stuck at home during the COVID-19 self-quarantine period. “Because schools are closed down, the children aren’t being seen by anyone, so that’s always a red flag for us,” Abernathy said. Some teachers can assess kids’ well-being through tele-education, but for students who aren’t doing that, the community is being asked to look out for concerning or unusual activity. If they see it, they’re asked to report it to the Texas Child Abuse Hotline. If you believe abuse may be happening, immediately call the Texas Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 252-5400.
Dad gets 72 years in death of boy found encased in concrete
DENVER, Colo. – The father of a 7-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete in a storage unit in 2018 was sentenced to 72 years in prison on Friday in his death. Prosecutors dropped a murder charge under the deal, partly because authorities could not specify how the boy died. Pankey's wife, Elisha Pankey, previously pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death under a plea deal that required her cooperation with prosecutors. Authorities found Caden's body in December 2018 while investigating allegations of domestic violence that Elisha Pankey made against her husband. An autopsy found signs that the boy was severely emaciated and evidence of injuries to his head, chest and limbs.
Siblings of toddler beaten to death removed from mother's custody
Siblings of toddler beaten to death removed from mother's custodyPublished: February 19, 2020, 5:11 pmThe two older siblings who witnessed their 3-year-old brother beaten to death, allegedly at the hands of his mother's boyfriend, have been taken from their mother's custody.
Converse couple arrested after forcing minors to drink and play games naked for years, affidavits says
CONVERSE, Texas – A Converse couple was arrested Tuesday after forcing two minors to drink alcohol and play games naked, according to two arrest warrant affidavits. Man accused of sexually assaulting underage relative for 5 yearsThe affidavits state that two minors were forced by the couple to drink alcohol and participate in games like strip poker and naked Twister. Both of the child victims told police that James, 51, also sexually assaulted them multiple times since 2015. The arrest affidavit for Jennifer, 43, states that she participated in the games with the minors and provided alcohol to the minors along with her husband. If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse you can view a list of resources to find help here.
Convicted child abuser indicted for sex assault of 9-year-old child allowed visitations with son, 5
Records show Sandy filed for divorce from Vigil in July 2018, three months after he was arrested. Vigil was then indicted for continuous sex abuse of a child a month later, records show. This is a (expletive) divorce proceeding. Several other charges, including interfering with an emergency telephone call, have been dismissed in exchange for guilty pleas to other charges, court records show. Court records show that in May 2018 the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office filed a protective order against Vigil.