“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” the judge added.
The baby’s mother Jaleesa Martin told WBIR she would appeal against the judge’s order.
“I didn’t think a judge could change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs,” she said.
She said she chose the name not because of its religious connotations, but because she liked how it sounded with her two other children’s names, Micah and Mason.
Monday marked the first time in California that officials notified the public of a statewide Amber Alert through their cellphones, a California Highway Patrol official said.
It differed from phone to phone, but sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday many mobile phones across Southern California received an Amber Alert related to two missing children in San Diego.
James Lee DiMaggio is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside and kidnapping one or both of her children: Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8.
Christina Anderson’s body was found Sunday night in the burning rubble of a house in the rural community of Boulevard in eastern San Diego County, authorities said.
When an Ohio judge denied a request for Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro to visit the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the women he kidnapped and raped, the reason seemed pretty clear cut.
“I just think that would be inappropriate,” Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said last month.
The idea that Castro — who will be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to 937 counts — would have any parental rights is hard to believe. But in 31 states, rapists do enjoy the rights of a father.
Ohio currently has no laws that would take away Castro’s parental rights for fathering the child with Amanda Berry, who he abducted in 2003 when she was a teenager.
“I was astonished,” said Shauna Prewitt, who was raped when she was a senior in college.
Her daughter was six months old when she found out that the man who raped her wanted partial custody.
“How could I possibly entrust my beautiful … baby to him,” she wondered, “but beyond that I didn’t know how to spend the next 18 or more years of my life tethered to my attacker.”
Prewitt, who was raped at the age of 21, is now a custody rights attorney, and is working to enact new federal guidelines that would push states to pass laws to strip rapists of their parental rights to children they fathered through rape.
Legislation introduced last week — the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act — would do just that.
The bill would provide incentives for legal initiatives on the state level to help women secure full custody of children conceived through rape.
“Without such a law, woman can endure years of being tormented by an abuser,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida.
A federal judge has ruled that a challenge to Michigan’s statewide ban on same-sex marriages can proceed, citing the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
The case involves a lesbian couple that wants to adopt three children, but is barred from it under both a state constitutional amendment and a state statute. As Marty Lederman at SCOTUSblog explains, the constitutional amendment, “enacted in 2004, provides that ‘[t]o secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.’” The state statute limits adoption to single people or married couples. Thus since they are not considered married under state law, the couple cannot adopt.
“She’ll tell you she’s not anti-government,” said Tampa lawyer Bryant Camareno, who is representing Sharyn Hakken, 34. “She’s anti-big government.”
Authorities say the Hakkens, after learning in April their parental rights were terminated by a court in Louisiana, kidnapped their children from Sharyn Hakken’s mother and set sail from Madeira Beach.
They were apprehended in Cuba and are now being held without bail at the Falkenburg Road Jail on charges including kidnapping, child abuse and false imprisonment.
The portrait of the defendants emerging from their attorneys is that of an educated couple who adhered to some tenets of old-line libertarianism — distrust of public schools and organized religion — as well as ideas of newer vintage that fall well outside the mainstream.
Those include the concern that vaccines can harm children — an idea popularized in one form by Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann during the 2012 presidential primaries— and the theory that some airplanes’ exhaust trails contain substances spread for secret purposes by government officials, according to the Hakkens’ attorneys.
Jorge Chalela, attorney for Joshua Hakken, 35, said the couple are “impressive, nice” people who “happen to be educated and are asking questions” about the U.S. government’s activities.
Camareno said the Hakkens strongly desired to home-school their boys, ages 2 and 4. While they believe in a deity, Camareno said, they did not want their children brought up in a church.
The chain of events that led the Hakkens to lose parental rights began in 2012 in Slidell, La., on the northeastern rim of Lake Pontchartrain.
The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that police encountered the Hakkens there after the couple attended “some type of anti-government rally.”
But Camareno said the Hakkens were on a road trip from Florida to Arizona, where they planned to meet “like-minded people” who shared their suspicion of government. He said there was no rally along the way.
A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director warned a group of Maury County residents that unfounded complaints about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism.”
“We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously,” said Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, according to audio recorded by attendees. “But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered under homeland security an act of terrorism.”
“Can you say that again, please?” an audience member can be heard asking on the audio.
Smith went on in the recording to repeat the claim almost verbatim.
The audio was recorded May 29 by Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, a Smyrna-based civic action group that had been working with Maury County residents to tackle complaints about water quality in Mt. Pleasant. Residents there have complained to the state for months, saying some children had even become ill drinking the water. The meeting was organized by State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, and attended by residents, TDEC and local officials.
TDEC said it was looking into what was said at the meeting and that Smith would not be available for comment.
“In terms of the comments made by a member of the Water Resources Division at the meeting, we are just receiving the information and looking into this on our end. The department would like to fully assess what was said in the meeting,” said spokeswoman Meg Lockhart. “ I am told that the meeting was far longer than the audio clip provided by SOCM and that Mr. Smith actually clarified his remarks. But again, we are looking into it.”
The comment shocked and outraged attendees, who saw it as an attempt to silence complaints, said Brad Wright, organizer for SOCM in Middle Tennessee.
“I think it’s just to quash us complicating life for them,” he said.
Oxytocin has been called the “love hormone,” even though its effect isn’t always that lovely. It’s thought to deepen the bond that a mom has with her newborn. But what about the dads, who don’t get pregnant or breastfeed? It turns out that a father’s interactions with his children produce a similar rise in oxytocin levels.
Researchers have found that emotionally involved fathers feel other hormonal effects: reduced levels of aggression-promoting testosterone; higher levels of prolactin, a lust-squelching hormone that shows up in women during breastfeeding and in men after sexual climax; and higher levels of vasopressin, a hormone linked to bonding as well as the maternal stress response.
It turns out that fathers get many of the same rushes that mothers do from parenthood — but the payoff depends on proximity and interaction. For example, researchers see the effect if the child sleeps with the parents, if the father recognizes and responds to the baby’s cries, if Dad plays with the kids. When that proximity isn’t present, the fatherhood effect isn’t as strong.
“There seems to be some kind of fundamental social-neurobiological framework that comes into play when fathers interact with their kids,” said Lee Gettler, an anthropologist at Notre Dame who worked on the prolactin study.
This case should be interesting - this is where “reasonable expectation of privacy” butts up against journalistic freedom. I believe that Svenson has stepped over the line here, but the courts could rule otherwise.
The Fosters say they did not consent to be photographed, and would have refused if asked.
They say they were “deeply distressed” to find that their “children’s faces were clearly recognizable,” potentially “compromising their safety and security.”
“Plaintiffs were also greatly frightened and angered by defendant’s utter disregard for their privacy and the privacy of their children,” the complaint states. “Plaintiffs now fear that they must keep their shades drawn at all hours of the day in order to avoid telephoto photography by a neighbor who happens to be a professional photographer.”
The Fosters claim that Svenson stands to profit handsomely from “The Neighbors.” A bit of Internet research showed that a Los Angeles gallery’s exhibition quoted pictures of the children at $5,000 to $7,500 apiece, according to the complaint.
“Upon information and belief, Svenson intends to sell five prints of ‘Neighbors #6’ and ‘Neighbors #12’ for a total of $50,000-$75,000,” the complaint states.
“Neighbors #6 shows Martha Foster holding her son James, with her daughter Delaney standing beside her. Delaney is wearing a bathing suit and James is wearing a diaper.
“Neighbors #12 shows Martha Foster holding Delaney in her arms. Delaney is wearing a bathing suit.”
Svenson’s press statements demonstrate his “disregard” of privacy concerns, the Fosters say.
“For my subjects there is no question of privacy,” Svenson said in a promotional statement, according to the complaint. “The neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within.”
Martha Foster claims she told Foster that she does indeed have questions about her family’s privacy.
“Greatly concerned for the safety and security of her children, plaintiff Martha Foster contacted Svenson on or about May 2, 2013, to express her concerns and attempted to resolve the situation amicably,” the complaint states. “Defendant was unwilling to completely stop selling and displaying images of plaintiffs’ children.”
After this conversation, the Fosters retained attorneys and publicity for Svenson’s project exploded, with NBC, CBS and ABC, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Post lining up to profile the photographs, according to the complaint.
“These videos and articles include photographs that clearly picture plaintiffs’ apartment building and many provide its address. ‘Neighbors #12’ continues to be displayed on a Facebook web page attributed to Svenson,” the complaint states.
More: Courthouse News Service
An 11-year-old Florida boy has died after being shot by a four-year-old relative on Mother’s Day at a Lake City apartment complex, according to a Department of Children and Families spokesperson.
Jarvan Jackson died Tuesday at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
According to neighbors interviewed by Action News, there were six children and at least one adult in the apartment at the time of the shooting on Sunday.
The victim’s grandmother told First Coast News that the four-year-old and a two-year-old were playing with the gun and Jackson was trying to get it away from them when he was accidentally shot in the neck.
“The children were covered in blood,” the 911 caller told Action News. “I went inside the house because I heard all the kids screaming and the little boy was laying on his back, covered up.”
DCF’s John Harrell told HuffPost Miami that the four-year-old sustained an injury during the shooting but it was not life threatening.
Lake City Police have ruled the shooting an accident and are investigating how the four-year-old got access to gun, reports the Gainesville Sun.
Florida has had a string of violent accidental shootings involving children in the last few weeks.
A three-year-old Tampa boy fatally shot himself after finding his uncle’s gun in a backpack last week.
The week before, a six-year-old girl was shot in her chest, right above her heart, by her 13-year-old brother. She is expected to recover.
The father of a 4-year-old boy who shot and killed his 6-year-old playmate after finding a loaded .22-caliber rifle in his parents’ home has been arrested after officials found “multiple” unsecured weapons accessible to children in the New Jersey house.
Anthony Senatore, 33, was arrested Monday evening and charged with several counts of endangering the welfare of children, the acting prosecutor in Atlantic County, Jim McClain, announced in a statement.
According to the charges, which also include one count of being a disorderly person for allegedly allowing minors to access a firearm, Senatore had at least three weapons in his house in addition to the rifle that his son was holding on April 8 when he fatally shot his neighbor, Brandon Holt, in the head.
The other guns in the house, where three children ages 4, 8 and 12 live, included two Harrington & Richardson shotguns and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, officials said. All were found “unsecured and in close proximity to ammunition and accessible to Senatore’s own children,” McClain said.
Senatore was released during the night on $100,000 bail.
The investigation was turned over to the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office, apparently because Senatore’s family has ties to law enforcement in Ocean County, where the shooting occurred. The New Jersey Star-Ledger said Senatore’s mother and grandfather had retired from the Ocean County prosecutor’s office. His father was a detective in another New Jersey county.
The shooting occurred April 8 on a quiet, suburban street in Toms River, about 70 miles south of New York City. Witnesses said the 4-year-old was outside playing with Brandon on the warm spring evening when he wandered inside his house and came out with the loaded weapon. The gun went off, hitting Brandon, who was in a go-cart about 45 feet away. Brandon died in a hospital the next day.
It was the second time in three days that a child had gotten hold of a loaded weapon and shot someone. Three days before Brandon died, a 4-year-old in Tennessee shot and killed a woman during a cookout.