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Child Abuse in New York

The term "child abuse" broadly defines a range of cruel acts inflicted upon a child, often by a parent but not necessarily. And while the term child abuse is often associated with physical cruelty, such as hitting, it also includes offenses such as neglect or emotional abuse. Crimes associated with child abuse include assault and battery, neglect and child endangerment. New York law mandates that certain professionals and caretakers, including school officials and child care workers, report signs of abuse to the Office of Children and Family Services. Child abuse is a class A misdemeanor and also carries civil liability in the Big Apple.

Law enforcement takes the issue of child abuse very seriously and imposes penalties for caretakers and others who fail to report suspected abuse. But getting bruises and scrapes is part of being a kid; so anyone who believes they’ve been wrongly accused of child abuse should seek the counsel of a New York criminal defense attorney.

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Legal to Leave Your Kids in the Car While You Run Errands?

A Long Island man is facing child endangerment charges after he left his two children locked in a car in the winter weather while he went shopping.

32-year-old Luis Fajardo left his 5-year-old and 5-month-old sons inside the car while he went shopping. At the time, the outside temperature was about 25 degrees, New York's WCBS reports.

Is it generally illegal to leave kids in the car while you run errands?

Leaving Kids in Your Car Can Get You Arrested

Leaving kids in your car is a crime? Actually, it is, and yes, you can get arrested for it.

Leaving your child in your car for a few minutes while you run into the store to pick up some milk, or even to drop off a letter in a mailbox, can lead to dire consequences. These acts may seem innocent, and for most parents, they're done with no harmful intentions.

But the law may not be so lenient. Regardless of your intentions or even if your young one asks to stay in your car, you can potentially get arrested.

Cannibal Cop's Accomplice Arrested: He's Even More Depraved

We were wondering when Giberto Valle's accomplices would be identified. When the alleged NYPD "Cannibal Cop" was arrested, the FBI affidavit listed two co-conspirators. With one unidentified person, Valle allegedly discussed recipes for homemade chloroform and cooking a woman over a rotisserie-like device. With the other, he allegedly conspired to kidnap a woman and deliver her for the purposes of sexual assault.

Meet the alleged co-conspirator: Michael Van Hise. He was arrested last week and charged Monday with plotting a kidnapping, reports the New York Daily News.

Sounds ... almost normal in comparison to Valle, right?

Rabbi Weberman Guilty of Sex Abuse; Big Win for Brooklyn D.A.'s Office

Late last week, the outcome of the trial looked fairly uncertain. Alternate jurors, dismissed prior to deliberations, had either stated that they felt that there was not enough evidence to convict at all, or not enough to convict on the most serious of the charges, reported the New York Post. The remaining jurors deliberated only a short time before being sent into recess in order to allow the defendant, Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, to attend to the Sabbath.

Monday morning, according to the Daily News, the jurors only took ninety more minutes before announcing their verdict in unison: Guilty. Guilty of fifty-nine counts of abuse. Guilty of forcing the underage victim to perform oral sex and reenact pornography films during "religious counseling sessions" from 2007 to 2010. Guilty of violating the trust of an ultra-conservative religious community and the trust of the victim's family.

Rabbi Weberman's Sex Abuse Trial Starts, Sans Sex Tape

The accuser was described as a curious and free-spirited 12-year-old when the alleged abuse began. In the Hasidic Jewish community, where questions about the proper length of a skirt could lead to mandatory counseling, she was bound to run into some trouble at her religious school and in the community.

According to The New York Times, that trouble led to mandatory counseling sessions with Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, 54, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. What happened in those sessions is the disputed matter that led to eighty-eight sex abuse charges.

Troubled Teen's Suicide Followed Sex Tape, Bullying

When the train arrived, Felicia Garcia, 15, said, "Finally, it's here" before she fell backwards off of the platform at the Staten Island Railway station in Huguenot. The taunts, bullying, and constant harassment over the previous weekend's mistake had become too much.

To understand why Felicia ended her life, one must go beyond the previous weekend. Both Felicia and her brother were orphaned at a young age. She ran away from her aunt's house with an older man before bouncing around the foster system. She finally found a stable foster home and her life stabilized when she enrolled at Tottenville High School, reports the New York Times.

Is it Possible That Pedro Herdandez Did Not Kill Etan Patz?

Pedro Hernandez confessed. Over the course of multiple sessions with investigators, he gave an astonishingly detailed account of how he lured 6-year-old Etan Patz into the basement of the bodega, strangled him, and disposed of the body in a banana box. So why might this all be an illusion?

"There's just nothing else on this guy," an anonymous source involved in the investigation told the New York Post. Despite the very detailed confession, investigators have found nearly no corroborating evidence. Without it, you essentially have a bipolar schizophrenic pointing a finger at himself, screaming, "I did it!" If he were identifying anyone else as the killer, would we even listen?

Ex-Theater Director, While On Probation, Caught With Child Porn

According to the Associated Press, Vincent Sparagano is still on probation for sending suggestive emails to a 14-year-old back in 2010. As part of his probation, his computer and cell phone are monitored by probation officers.

Why then, would he be so stupid as to allegedly look up child porn? According to the Long Island Press, detectives with the Computer Crimes Division were helping the probation officers monitor his computer when they stumbled upon images of child pornography. He has since been charged with one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

'Popeye' Slits Two Kids' Throats While High on PCP and Weed

In an attack reminiscent of the wave of "bath salt" attacks that occurred over this past summer, a man is now in custody after committing a horrific act while under the influence of illicit drugs. According to the Daily News, Osvaldo Rivera, 31, also known as Popeye, slit the throats of a six-year-old boy and his twelve-year-old sister while under the influence of marijuana laced with PCP. The younger child, Dominick Andujor, did not survive. His older sister, Amber Andujor, fled her attacker and summoned help.

The combination of drugs, known as "wet", can cause aggression and hallucinations, much like bath salts. Two weeks ago, a mother in Camden decapitated her two-year-old son and stabbed herself while under the influence of "wet".

Serial Foot Licker In Custody; Feet of NY Children Are Safe

Is this the oddest of this year’s crimes? Even in New York, a serial children’s foot licker has to take the top prize. We’ve seen an anti-Semitic Elmo, though his conduct was more insane than criminal. There was also a lady selling hot dogs and happy endings. We’ve even written about public subway masturbators.

Anthony Parri, 49, makes those people look somewhat normal, at least, if the allegations against him are true. The New York Daily News reports that Parri was caught licking the foot of a child in a public area of the Penfield library. Another child was also victimized by the alleged serial licker.