Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:54 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:54:43 GMT
Despite speculation, Glenn Jacobs, known in the professional wrestling world as 'Kane', says he will not be running for political office, at least not yet. Jacobs spoke out last week, opposing politiciansMore >>
Jacobs spoke out last week, opposing politicians backing the proposed Internet Sales tax legislation.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:53:12 GMT
Antonio Banderas will play the charismatic miner known as "Super Mario," who in 2010 became the public face of 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground for 69 days. Producer Mike Medavoy announcedMore >>
Antonio Banderas will play the charismatic miner known as "Super Mario," who in 2010 became the public face of 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground for 69 daysMore >>
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – "I got a call from Raleigh's babysitter saying she woke up from her nap and her head was swollen," said Christy Becker, Raleigh's mother.
Becker said she had no reason to ever suspect abuse at the sitter's house. The registered nurse knew something was very wrong at the hospital, before the injuries got worse.
"I noticed behind her ear there is a classic, what they call ‘battle sign,' which is bruising behind the ear, an indication of head trauma," Becker said.
The pediatric forensics report, signed by the director of UofL pediatrics and a certified child abuse pediatrician, called it a "well recognized form of injury in child maltreatment," and concluded the "timing of the injury was more likely to have occurred while Raleigh was at the babysitter's home."
They also found a "healing radius fracture" that "raises our concern for her safety."
And it was their "firm recommendation that the parents of the other children (cared for by the same sitter) are notified of potential risk for other children."
"Blunt force trauma to the side of the head with either the back of a fist or she got thrown up against something very hard," Becker said.
The Child Protective Services investigation of what it called an "illegal daycare" concluded "child physical abuse and neglect - substantiated - against Raleigh's caretakers."
But the Beckers then learned that while a child abuse case may be documented, and substantiated, it might not get prosecuted. The Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office refused to pursue the case. The prosecutor who made the decision refused to explain why.
"We've just been told, ‘Sorry, we can't prove it,' so there she is trying to get her daycare going," said Becker.
The couple who live there are appealing the abuse substantiation. This reporter repeatedly tried to talk to them, but they refused to answer the door. A man at the residence who identified himself as a relative said nothing happened. He was there that morning. He believes the child came there that way.
"I was just very alarmed that a two-year-old could be assaulted, beaten that badly, have these head injuries, black eyes, broken arm, and no one prosecuted that," said former child abuse investigator Ed Vaughn. "I think it's more evidence than you typically have."
Vaughn helped prepare abuse cases for prosecution and examined the findings in this case.
"Imagine you and I and a two-year-old victim in this room, and we can beat the tar out of that child and neither one of us can be prosecuted for it?" Vaughn said. "I find that to be very alarming."
"What we've learned is, you can abuse a child," said Raleigh's father Jason Becker. "As long as they can't say it was you, then you can get away with it. And that's wrong."
The chief medical director of UofL pediatrics said that based on her experience, only a "small minority" of child abuse cases ever get charged or prosecuted in many Kentucky counties.
"She said, ‘You know, I see hundreds of cases like this a year. But this is only the second time I've been to court this year.' She said these cases never get prosecuted," said Becker.
WAVE 3 requested any information the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office could provide on the number of child abuse cases it pursues each year and how many it doesn't try to prosecute. This reporter was told the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office doesn't track those numbers.
Anyone who believes a child is being abused or neglected should call Child Protective Services. In Indiana, the number to call is 800-800-5556. In Kentucky, the number is 877-KYSAFE1 (8077-597-2331). Kentucky also has a new monitored, confidential and convenient website to report the abuse of a child or an adult. Click here for the Kentucky Child/Adult Protective Services Reporting System.
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:24 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:24:49 GMT
A man is taken to the hospital after a single vehicle wreck in Daviess County, KY. Deputies say it happened in the 8500 block on US 60 West. Authorities say the man was driving east when he went offMore >>
A man is taken to the hospital after a single vehicle wreck in Daviess County, KY. Deputies say it happened in the 8500 block on US 60 west. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothesMore >>
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothes from Walmart.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:33 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:33:54 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 37 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:32:29 GMT
A Wichita, Kansas television station was forced to evacuate while on the air as a massive tornado touched down nearby. NBC affiliate KSNW meteorologist J.D. Rudd saw that the tornado was headed straightMore >>
A Wichita, Kansas television station was forced to evacuate while on the air as a massive tornado touched down nearby.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:01:10 GMT
If you like the idea of starting a home baking business, you better think twice. You're going to need a license. The Gibson County Health Department says running shop from home can be dangerous, andMore >>
Gibson County Food Inspector William Tuley tells 14 News he's seen a rise in the amount of people opening up home based baking and cooking businesses since last December.
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:30 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One person has died after a traffic crash on Interstate 64. The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes just east of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) interchange. TheMore >>
The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 just east of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) interchange.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:59 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:59:12 GMT
HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – North Harrison High School was placed on lockdown Monday morning after a nearby shooting, according to Indiana State Police. The shooting happened at 9:55 a.m. at 1365 StateMore >>
An ISP spokesperson said one person was killed in the shooting just before 9:30 a.m. at 1365 State Highway 64 near Ramsey, IN.More >>