Saturday, June 23, 2012
Is a nation ready to make serious changes about child abuse?
The Penn State Scandal and the resulting trial of Jerry Sandusky shocked the nation and tarnished a football legacy. Many are left wondering what they can do to keep something like this from ever happening again and Georgia lawmakers have certainly taken notice. In April legislators amended House Bill 1176 to broaden the pool of mandated reporters, people required to report suspected child abuse or neglect by law, reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Before the amendment was passed, Georgia law only named teachers, doctors and other professionals mandated reporters. Mandated reporters now include parent chaperones and volunteers at clubs, churches and other organizations. Failure to report suspected child abuse is a misdemeanor and …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Police arrested Ebony Berry, 38, of Mableton Friday after they found the body of her severely malnourished teenage daughter at their home on Concord Road.
The 16-year-old Mableton girl that police say was starved to death by her mother was mentally challenged, reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Ebony Berry was arrested Friday and charged with murder and first-degree cruelty to children after Cobb police found the severely malnourished body of her daughter Markea Berry at her home in the 600 block of Concord Road just outside Smyrna city limits. Friday was not the first time Cobb police had come to Markea’s aid. In 2010, the department issued a search for her after she wandered away from her home. At that time, the police told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the then 14-year-old Markea functioned at a third grade level. She was found safe the next day at Walmart in Austell. …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Other children also found in the home were subsequently released into the custody of Department of Family and Children Services.
Cobb Police arrested and charged a Smyrna mother with murder and first-degree cruelty with children on Friday after finding a dead severely malnourished girl at her home. At 1:30 p.m., Precinct 2 officers responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive girl at a home on Concord Road. When the officers arrived on the scene, they found the body of a dead girl, whose age has not yet been released. Other children found at the home were in "good condition" and released to the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services, according to Cobb Police, who have not yet released the number of other children at the home. Ebony Berry, 38, is currently being held without bond at the Cobb County Jail. Police are asking anyone with information …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was scheduled to face his accusers in court Tuesday, some Georgia state lawmakers, including Smyrna's Rich Golick, feel the mandatory child-abuse reporting law needs reviewing.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was expected to enter a Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday and hear testimony from several teenagers and men that he sexually abused them, some by rape, when they were young boys. But early Tuesday, Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing, a decision that moves him toward a trial as the 67-year-old faces more than 50 counts involving sexually molestation of 10 boys that he met through The Second Mile, a youth charity he founded. In their grand jury testimonies, the boys claimed that over a 15-year period, Sandusky’s advances ranged from soapy shower hugs to rape in his basement during sleepovers. Sandusky is currently free from jail on $250,000 bail. Penn State’s president …