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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday identified 30 priests accused of sexually abusing minors in the archdiocese, which has been under fire for its past handling of clergy abuse cases in its part of Minnesota.
David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski
, December 05, 2013
Pope Francis on Thursday ordered the formation of a team of experts to address the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, in his first major step to tackle a crisis that has plagued it for two decades.
An Oak Lane Hutterite Colony man pleaded guilty this week to felony child abuse for his role in striking a boy. Jake Wipf, 61, pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Hanson County Courthouse to abuse of a minor. He was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail and pay a $2,000 fine and $104 in court costs.
A Denver couple accused of keeping four malnourished young children in a filthy apartment pleaded guilty to neglecting three other children under strikingly similar conditions in 2006, court records show.
Colleen Slevin and P. Soloman Banda
, October 08, 2013
Twenty-seven months after the brutal abuse and killing of two young siblings at their home on the Spirit Lake Sioux Indian reservation, Valentino “Tino” James Bagola goes on trial in U.S. District Court in Fargo Tuesday facing four felony counts of murder.
Reports of child abuse continually surface in the office of Roxy Foster, who hears of the gamut of ways children are harmed — one girl gets sexually abused by a relative, another baby boy gets brain damage after his inexperienced father throws him against the wall.
When Tribal Social Services at Spirit Lake brought 2-year-old Laurynn Whiteshield and her twin sister back to the reservation in May from the Bismarck foster home where they had lived for most of their brief lives, the department followed to the letter the process spelled out in the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the department’s interim director said Wednesday.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will meet Thursday with Kevin Washburn, the Interior Department’s assistant secretary for Indian affairs, to press for assurances that “children are being placed in safe homes” at Spirit Lake, a top aide said Wednesday.
An angry Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said she confronted federal and tribal officials Tuesday and demanded answers to what led to the “mysterious death” of a 3-year-old girl Thursday on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.
As child advocates wrestle with abuse and protection issues at the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota, controversy has flared in neighboring South Dakota over what some allege is systematic violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
The Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota is a serene environment in which children are examined and interviewed following instances of maltreatment and abuse. We talk with the executive director to get an idea of what the center does, and how predators “groom” their victims.
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