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Hardin man charged with assault, child abuse

A Hardin man suspected of assaulting and abusing a child denied federal charges during an arraignment Friday in Billings.

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Trial scheduled for parents charged in death of 10-week-old son

Trial scheduled for parents charged in death of 10-week-old son

A trial date has been set for a couple arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of abusing their twin 10-week-old children, one of whom later died in a Denver hospital.

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Man pleads guilty to assaulting toddler in 2009

Man pleads guilty to assaulting toddler in 2009

A 29-year-old man admitted Thursday that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend’s young son in May 2009.

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Montana man in custody after allegedly beating 3-year-old girl

MISSOULA — A 25-year-old Missoula man is facing a felony count of assault on a minor for allegedly repeatedly striking his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

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Woman pleads guilty to negligent homicide in death of 3-month-old daughter

Woman pleads guilty to negligent homicide in death of 3-month-old daughter

A 23-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday to child abuse and negligent homicide in the 2012 death of her 3-month-old child.

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Mom accused of leaving kids to die in cold car

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota mother has been charged with child abuse after authorities say she left her two young daughters to die in a parked car with no heat during a frigid winter day on an American Indian reservation.

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Gazette opinion: What Montana can learn from worst child abuse cases

No child should suffer abuse or neglect, no child should die because they were injured or abandoned by adults.

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Man charged with sexually abusing 8-year-old girl in 2012

A 50-year-old Billings man accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in 2012 made an initial court appearance Tuesday on a felony sex charge.

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Parents charged with abusing 10-week-old twins; mother facing homicide charge

Parents charged with abusing 10-week-old twins; mother facing homicide charge

After their 10-week-old son died in a Denver hospital over the weekend, a Billings couple made initial court appearances Monday on multiple assault charges and a deliberate-homicide charge accusing the mother of beating and strangling the child until he was unconscious on Christmas Day.

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Failure at its extreme

The case of 10-week-old Ethan Henderson — whose family in Arundel, Maine, had been the subject of at least 13 calls to child protective services or police — presents a particularly telling example of a repeated systemic failure.

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A system still failing

When President Richard Nixon signed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act into law in 1974, it was seen as a sign of federal commitment to preventing child abuse through state-level monitoring.

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Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE — At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

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Casper man admits to abusing 7-month-old daughter

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man charged with child abuse earlier this year after a doctor found bruises on his infant daughter's body pleaded guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court on Tuesday.

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Woman sentenced to 5 years in ‘horrendous’ cigarette lighter child-abuse case

Woman sentenced to 5 years in ‘horrendous’ cigarette lighter child-abuse case

A 31-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections for lying to police as they investigated the cause of third-degree cigarette lighter burns inflicted on her boyfriend’s 6-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome.

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West Laramie woman arrested in child abuse case

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A woman running a West Laramie at-home day care center has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse.

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Better Business: Background checks can provide a measure of protection against crime

There are many reasons a business would have a background check policy for job candidates. The main one is protecting the business, its employees and its customers from harm and legal action.

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Blackfeet woman sentenced for child abuse

GREAT FALLS — A Blackfeet Reservation woman who pleaded guilty to assault and child abuse after her 8-month-old foster daughter was beaten so badly that the girl suffered permanent injuries has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Enough evidence found for trial in caged-child case

Enough evidence found for trial in caged-child case

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Prosecutors have enough evidence to take a Wyoming man to trial on allegations of keeping a 7-year-old boy locked in an outdoor cage, a judge ruled.

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Sheriff: Inquiry into alleged child cage took time

Sheriff: Inquiry into alleged child cage took time

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Investigators did not have enough evidence until last month to take custody of a 7-year-old Wyoming boy who was allegedly kept in an outdoor cage, despite requests last year to check on his welfare, authorities said.

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Wyoming couple accused of keeping child in a cage

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A Wyoming man and a woman face felony charges on allegations that they kept the woman’s 7-year-old in an outdoor cage on and off for three weeks, forcing the child to sleep in the enclosure even during rainstorms.

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