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Couple accused of burning child with lighter plead not guilty

Couple accused of burning child with lighter plead not guilty

A man and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging they used a lighter to burn his 6-year-old daughter in February.

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Couple charged with using lighter to burn 6-year-old

Couple charged with using lighter to burn 6-year-old

A man and his girlfriend appeared in court Thursday on charges they used a lighter to burn his 6-year-old daughter.

May 08, 2014 5:17 pm Photos

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Man given probationary sentence for endangering infant daughter

Man given probationary sentence for endangering infant daughter

A Billings judge Wednesday gave a sentence of four years of probation to a man who admitted he didn’t immediately seek medical help for his 5-month-old daughter when her head was injured.

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Guest opinion: A child's story of fear, abuse, trauma

Looking out the window, and cautiously waiting for the moment when his father gets home, the fear begins to set in. Many reoccurring questions start to develop in his head:

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Gazette opinion: Senator's case spotlights common crime

A state senator pleaded not guilty to felony assault on a minor. Jason Priest, R-Red Lodge, was charged in Carbon County District Court with throwing his 4-year-old daughter, causing the child to suffer a bump on the head when she hit the floor. Priest would face a maximum penalty of 5 years…

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Man charged with fracturing 3-year-old’s skull

Prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old man with fracturing the skull of his fiancee’s 3-year-old daughter.

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Cheyenne man denies 5 felony counts of child abuse

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 28-year-old Cheyenne man has denied severely abusing his girlfriend's son.

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Prosecutors: Father broke 3-month-old daughter’s arms, fractured her skull

Prosecutors: Father broke 3-month-old daughter’s arms, fractured her skull

Prosecutors accused a Billings man on Monday of breaking his 3-month-old daughter’s arms and fracturing her skull.

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Wyoming woman who made son sleep in dog food bag sentenced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Cheyenne woman accused of tying up her 5-year-old son at night and making him sleep inside a dog food bag with a hole cut in the bottom has been sentenced to three to five years in prison.

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Missoula day care provider to pay $10K for child left in hot van

MISSOULA — A Missoula day care provider accused of leaving a child alone in a hot van while others were in a movie theater must pay for the child’s counseling, but won’t go to jail, a District Court judge ruled Thursday.

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Mills Police Lt. Phil Crouch answers questions

Mills Police Lt. Phil Crouch answers questions

Mills Police Lt. Phil Crouch answers questions about a suspect in a murder investigation that occurred on April 20, 2011.

October 31, 2013 8:00 pm

Missoula County sees uptick in child abuse, neglect cases

MISSOULA — The Missoula Office of the Public Defender is handling a surge of child abuse and neglect cases, which is draining its financial resources and overwhelming a limited staff.

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Guest opinion: Volunteer to help abused, neglected Montana kids

One of my favorite fall sounds comes from the school playground a block from my house. If I am lucky enough to be home during recess, I hear the laughter of dozens of children — unfiltered joy filling the autumn breeze. This inspiring sound is heard in neighborhoods across Montana as another…

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Woman sentenced for beating children

Woman sentenced for beating children

A woman who previously admitted to beating two of her five children was sentenced Thursday in District Court.

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Woman admits hitting child with spoon

Woman admits hitting child with spoon

A Billings woman admitted in District Court on Thursday that she beat a young child with a kitchen spoon.

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Gazette opinion: State must respond to epidemic of child neglect

Billings and Yellowstone county authorities report a surge in methamphetamine use locally in the past year. Meth is turning up in more police stops, resulting in more criminal charges and putting more children into emergency foster care.

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Ups and Downs:

Child protection. With legislative sponsor Rep. Margie MacDonald and Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder seated beside him, Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill that requires state child protection authorities to promptly relay felony child abuse reports to local law enforcement. The gap in o…

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Gazette opinion: Progress on protecting Montana’s kids, elders

At the start of the 2013 Legislature, Montana county attorneys supported several bills to help protect the state’s oldest and youngest residents. All but one of those bills has become law or can become law within the next few days.

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Preventing child abuse takes a whole community

Preventing child abuse takes a whole community and all our efforts. Children’s success depends on healthy development and growth supported by healthy, nurturing families.

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Gazette opinion: A crime-fighting team for Yellowstone County kids

Prosecuting crimes against children requires special skills and techniques that will gather evidence without causing further harm to the young victims.

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