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California Presumes Homeschooling Parents Are Child Abusers, Seeks Invasive New Restrictions

As California lawmakers continue their track-record of controversial decisions, one announcement in particular has caused an outcry for its overreaching presumption: that all homeschoolers must also be child abusers.

According to The Washington Examiner, the plan set out by lawmakers would be to force parents into proving to the government that they are, in fact, fit to be a parent. The homeschooling parent - per legal requirement - would have to meet the government's required checklist via home visits, interviews, and other oversights, effectively increasing the burden on the parent to prove themselves parentally fit.

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS

Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013).

Couple Accused Of Locking Child In Cage

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. -- A Dubois County dentist and his wife were arrested this week on allegations they regularly keep one of their children locked in a "cage."

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Dubois County Circuit Court on Thursday, sheriff's deputies were called to Alan and Aimee Friz's home on Wednesday on a report of a developmentally disabled child who was out of control.

DCFS investigator is assaulted while trying to aid a child in Sterling, Ill.

Andrew Sucher allegedly struck a 59-year-old Department of Children and Family Services investigator in the head when she appeared at a child's home near Sterling on Sept. 29, 2017.

llinois child welfare officials are reacting with shock and anguish to the severe beating of a veteran investigator who was assaulted while taking protective custody of a 2-year-old child near Sterling, about 120 miles west of Chicago. The child's relative, 25-year-old Andrew Sucher, allegedly knocked the 59-year-old Department of Children and Family Services investigator to the ground and kicked her in the head when she appeared at the child's home Friday evening, according to court records and interviews with state and local authorities.

Iowa Mom Jailed After Leaving Kids for European Jaunt

An Iowa mother who left her four young children alone to go on an 11-day European trip was jailed on child endangerment charges, authorities said on Friday.

Erin Lee Macke, 30, traveled from Johnston, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, to Germany on Sept. 20 without arranging child care for her children, two aged 12 and the others 6 and 7, Johnson police said. The children also had access to a gun in the house.

Former Cook County human services director charged with child abuse

The man who was responsible for overseeing social services in Cook County is himself accused of engaging in a years-long pattern of child abuse.

Former public health and human services director Joshua David Beck, 40, was charged last month in State District Court with multiple felony and gross misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations of abuse toward two children. The children, ages 12 and 10, reported to investigators this summer that they had been subjected to years of physical and verbal abuse, including strangulation, slapping, hair-pulling and name-calling, according to a criminal complaint.

Cheyenne Man Gets 18-20 Years for Sexual Abuse of Teen

A 60-year-old Cheyenne man is headed to prison after admitting to bribing, manipulating and grooming his teenage foster daughter to have sex with him.

Laramie County District Court Judge Catherine R. Rogers on Thursday sentenced Mervin Scofield, Jr. to 18 to 20 years in prison, rejecting a plea agreement which called for a four to seven year sentence.

Foster parents who starved child sentenced to 5-10 years in jail

Megan Finlan and Stephen Bauer, foster parents who admitted to withholding food from an 8-year-old boy as punishment, were sentenced to 5-10 years in jail after pleading no contest to five counts of negligent child abuse in July.

The boy, Camron, weighed as little as 32 pounds at age 8 and he in November of 2015, staff at Florence Elementary reported that he was underweight. The boy would also eat food out of the trash at school.

Former Lake County Foster Parent of the Year sentenced for crimes against boys

James Dunn is a former Lake County Foster Parent of the Year who fostered 12 different children with no complaints.

Now, the 42-year-old Concord Township resident will never be allowed to foster another child again. Dunn, a longtime employee at a local insurance company until recently being terminated, was sentenced Sept. 14 to 30 months in prison for committing crimes against three boys.

Egyptian Study Confirms Autism is Caused by Mercury in Vaccines

In Egypt, a team of nine scientists from prestigious Egyptian medical schools and universities have found that one in every 50 children in America have metabolic brain disease, and it could be a result of the mercury contained in vaccines.

Mercury exposure is measured by examining children's urinary porphyrins (excreted organic compounds that are biomarkers for mercury toxicity). The presence of mercury within blood and urine exploits the well-known link with vaccines and metabolic brain disease (autism), but the severity of autism is closely linked to the levels of exposure to this harmful neurotoxin.

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